Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on August 16, 1983 · 1
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Tuesday, August 16, 1983
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a r :i HJ. WW 1 4 f?- V l ' A tip of the hat to Canadian fashionCl Comedy of Errors? HardlyB12 Darth Vader over Edmonton A 10 A night to forget for the TrappersDl 3 - . 1 T T I f ' ... f trnmiiiiiiiir-T -r r1 nl i ifiti CO Look out b 1 5 Edmonton, Douglas! t By BOB REMINGTON Journal Staff Writer BANFF Calgary may have Superman, but Edmonton has Kirk Douglas. The veteran actor was to begin work at Fort Edmonton early this morning on a $4.2-million western co-starring James Coburn as an alcoholic sheriff and Douglas as an ex-member of the notorious James gang. Production of the film, titled Draw, was announced here Monday at the Banff Television Festival by producer Harold Greenberg, president of Montreal-based Astral Film Productions, the producers of Porky's the highest-grossing film in Canadian motion picture history. Draw is being made in conjunction with Douglas's production firm. The Byrna Company. Douglas, the dimple-chinned 66-year-old Hollywood veteran of such movies as Champion (1949), Paths of Glory (1957) and In Harm's Way (1965) cancelled an appearance at a press conference at the Banff Centre due to a 6:30 a.m. start for filming. But in a videotape from his Edmonton hotel, Douglas said he was looking forward to his first western since The War Wagon with John Wayne in 1967. "For quite a few years there was a belief that people didn't want to see westerns, but people from around the w orld have said they do," said Douglas. During filming in Australia for one of his most recent movies, The Man From Snowy River, Douglas said he "sensed excitement by the public seeing horses in open spaces again." Filming of Draw will continue for five weeks in Edmonton before moving to the Drumheller area for an additional seven days. Greenberg, a rotund Alfred Hitchcocklike figure, acknowledged a problem with "old shoot-'em-up" westerns, but described Draw as having broad entertainment value and likened it to a cross between Cat Ballou and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Appearing as a stand-in for Douglas in the movie is John White, the 25-year-old son-in-law of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Minister Connie Osterman. The minister attended the press conference. Mayor Cec Purves was to attend, but was ill. Draw is written, directed and produced by Canadians Stanley Mann, Steven Stern and Ron Cohen. Greenberg said it will be first released theatrically, followed by release on Home Box Office in the U.S. and an undisclosed Canadian pay-TV network. Coburn, who has appeared in dozens of films including The Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint and Hell is for Heroes, will arrive in Edmonton this weekend for filming. Greenberg said the movie is financed completely by the producers. A few clouds, moderate west winds, high 23, chance of precipitation 20. Wednesday: mainly cloudv.Cll HERMAN "People are beginning to complain about too much violence on cave walls." The Edmonton T1T1 25 CENTS it t One for Pietro Biondo, who set out from his native Montreal 13 months ago, has put 9,600 miles on his unicycle l: - 7 J V : 1 f I ; " ; . ,mJ i lV?,; , I, . jf I f i r vmi) "f Alberta A14, B14 1 ' Ann Landers C5 " ; . . , , .. . . f 1 Barry Westg ate D1 ' S 7 v ' ) Bndge C11 f,, :1 - . . '7. ' ' 1 Bulletin board B2 f .J 0 'J VV Business A10-14 , - v r f . Canada A2-3 f -'If t Careers A10 - r "1 comics bio - - yi,iftrv, ; 1,-4 Crossword C12 . ,. f f f f . Dths....; C8 I 'V M If V -i uuii oioiu r.i , f' Entertainment. ...B11-12 Flair C1-3 Vv, i-otnenngnam ao t-ranK Mutton uz Health Ob , Horoscope C10 V i. i . 4 June oiicppdiu VyH Movies B11 Patterns C10 Ron Collister A5 . i; show tmes bi 1 Coming W ednesdav Sports D1-4 tv listings bio Is canning a lost art? Our food experts don't World A4 5 think so. CLASSIFIED ADS index C9 Cabinet ministers and Robert Bourassa wants Order form C1 1 MPs from Quebec dodge to lead Quebec Liberals Employment C10-12 province's tax.A2 again.A3 Mini Market C12 v 6 Vehicles C13-15 Real estate D5-1 1 Our Opinion The Journal City taxPayers caught in the middle of a war be- information C8 'ween firefighters and city administrators A6 !OtT'TT Ml TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1983 PICTURE: Karen Sornberger the road travelling North America's coastlines, His girlfriend joined him for the trek from Alaska, to Calgary, then home. , ri i I S . s3lL&- "J" t k. n French army halts advance of Chad rebels N'DJAMENA (AP) Libyan troops and Chadian rebel forces have halted their advance through Chad, apparently deterred by new strongpoints the French army set up north of N'Djamena, the capital, the Chadian government said Monday. Information Minister Soumaila Mahamat said the Libyans stopped bombing Oum Chalouba, a northern garrison, on Saturday and had made no move to take over the Koro Toro, a desert outpost about 600 km north of of the capital that was abandoned by government troops Friday. But Soumaila said the government of President Hissene Habre would need more French aid if Libya and the rebels, who have taken nearly half the country, decide to press their assault and move south to N'Djamena. Western diplomatic sources concurred with the assessment that Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy may have ordered a pause in his forces' push southward for fear of a direct clash with the French troops. France has committed at least 700 paratroopers to train Habre's army and has deployed them in strategic positions at Salal and Abache facing the rebel-held northern desert. French officials insist the paratroopers are in Chad strictly on a training mission, but they say the French troops would defend themselves if attacked. Soumaila said Habre repeated his request for direct military intervention by the French in talks with Guy Penne, French President Francois Mitterrand's chief adviser on African affairs, during Penne's 24-hour visit to N'Djamena. Penne left Chad on Monday for Cameroon. In Paris, there was no immediate reaction from the Elysee Palace or the French Defence Ministry on Habre's latest appeal. Soumaila said Habre reiterated to Penne the Chad government's insistence that the French military presence should be stepped up "to the scale of the massive Libyan invasion." He said Habre told Penne the French army would be welcome to set up new military posts anywhere it wished on Chad territory, but he indicated that Habre did not expect French forces to give active support to his planned battles to retake the northern desert. A CBS News report in Washington said there were "hints of direct Soviet involvement" in Libya's actions in Chad. Correspondent David Martin said a U.S. intelligence report asserted that a Soviet lieutenant-colonel had arrived at a Libyan-controlled air base in northern Chad to help set up anti-aircraft missiles. He also said a "high-level Libyan military delegation is reported to have visited Moscow in the past week." Since the loss of the northern oasis of Faya-Largeau on Wednesday, Habre's forces have abandoned virtually all the northern half of the country most of it uninhabited desert to the Libyan-backed rebels led by Chad's former president, Goukouni Oueddei. Chad's soul the prize A6 $90,000-transfusion urged for after-school program By CHRIS ZDEB Journal Staff Writer A council committee has recommended the city Social Services Department find $90,000 to extend the financially-strapped after-school care program through September. But Andy Dorash, department general manager, says he doesn't know where he'll find the money that's needed. "When we last reviewed the budget for this (public affairs committee) meeting, there didn't appear to be any funds," he said Members of the committee made the recommendation Monday to keep the program going for another month while city officials meet with the province to negotiate long-term funding. The recommendation goes before council today. If the request is approved, 500 city students from low-income families won't be denied after-school care that city social services says it cannot afford after Aug. 31. Provincial cost-sharing of the program ends next month when the students enter Grade 1. "It's an interim measure to buv us Police solve .22-calibre crutch case ByCONAL MULLEN Journal Staff Writer He doesn't call himself James Bond, but a man whose crutches were mistaken for a rifle Monday warns people to beware of his Bic lighter. James Alcock. 33, propped his crutches near a table while he ate dinner with a friend at the Salad Patch & Oriental Food, 10165 101st St., shortly after 7 p.m. Meanwhile, police received an anonymous call saying someone in the restaurant had a .22 calibre gun disguised as a crutch. "What the devil's going on'.'" Alcock said afterward, pointing to a crutch. "Where would you hide a rifle in something like that?" He said two officers marched in. followed by two detecties and a sergeant. "I thought I was public enemy number one. I'm sitting here having dinner and they pull me over. I wasn't speeding." An officer lifted one of the crutches and asked what it was. "I looked at him and I said 'that's a crutch.' " The officer asked Alcock what was in the crutch. "Probably steel and metal and stuff like that." he replied. When police realized the crutches were harmless. they withdrew sheepishly from the restaurant and shared a few laughs outside with Alcock, who savs he bears them no ill will. He's been using crutches since January when a hit-and-run driver shattered his knee and leg. But after police departed. Alcock smiled and pointed to a rubber end on the bottom of a crutch. "They never pulled that off." he whispered. "That could be a silencer." some time," Aid Bettie Hewes said after the emergency committee meeting Dorash said he'll comb through his department's budget once more before reporting to council today. "I wouldn't be surprised if social services came back and said it had been able to save some money (in its budget)." Aid. Olivia Butti predicted She feels money could be saved if older students, totally subsidized by the citv. were dropped from the program "I don't think we should subsidize anv 1 1 -or-1 2-year-olds," she said "I'm sure they're old enough to look after themselves . . . and to babysit the seven, eight or nine year-olds in the same family w ho are also in the program " Committee members were hopeful a long-term solution can be negotiated with the province after chairman Aid Ed Leger told of a positive telephone conversation Saturday with Social Services Minister Neil Webber. "He (Webber) said he was willing to consider providing more money if it's (found to be) necessary ," Leger said. Committee members recommended a meeting with the minister and mayor be arranged as soon as possible. t

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