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   Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1998, Lethbridge, Alberta                                g ENTERTAINMENT V Stompin' Tom V takes his act on the road. See page A14 COMMUNITY EVE N T Get your community event posted here. Call Pat Sullivan at 328-4411. j X CLASSIFIEDS Southern Alberta's Marketplace. See page B 12-16 Onlii www.netreader.com Monday, June 29, 1998 YOUR LIFE. YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR NEWSPAPER. 700 (plus GST) Home delivery Humane society doesn't want shelter site Society president says sharing digs with animal shelter would be confusing for pet owners By CRAIG ALBRECHT Lethbridge Herald The Lethbridge and District Humane Society badly needs a new facility, but not badly enough to take the city up on an offer of free land on which to build it. The society, working out of cramped quarters in the industrial park, approached city council in April asking for a donation of a 'Ai-acre piece of property. A city committee will recommend today that council make that donation, with the added provision the property be shared with the Lethbridge Animal Shelter. "If that's (he case, it would have to be an amicable says Audrey Giovinazzo, society president. The city-run animal shelter also requires a new facility, and at first glance it would seem a natural fit for the two to share real estate. While they both deal with pets, Giovinazzo says the differences are too great to cohabit. "We'll have to incorporate purchasing land into our fundraising efforts because it is that important to says Giovinazzo. The humane society estimates the cost of a parcel of appropriate land at The soci- ety hopes to build a shelter and a fenced exercise yard on the lot. The existing building is just square feet with no exercise yard. Sandwiched between two auto repair shops, it lacks proper ventilation or heating. Despite those inadequacies, the humane soci- ety still cares for more than 250 animals a year while they await adoption. That goal to serve as an adoption centre, or what Giovinazzo calls an "animal welfare orga- nization" is the cause of the differences. The humane society is a no-kill shelter; ani- mals are only put to death if they are gravely ill. The animal shelter, meanwhile, is forced to euthanize animals once there's no more room at the inn. "The animal shelter is an animal control facility and there's a world of she says. "And we'll always be a no-kill facility." There are other differences, as well. Unlike the animal shelter, the humane society immunizes all pets it takes in and adults are spayed or neutered. Giovinazzo fears the spread of airborne diseases if the two shared property, even if they were housed in separate buildings. Placing the two facilities together, she says, would also add to the confusion among pet owners. Although the animal shelter is tucked away far in the Uplands area, Giovinazzo says people often mistake it for the humane society. There have been folks pounding on the door demanding their pet be returned, and others who call the society to pick up stray animals, which it doesn't. See SOCIETY PageA2 Banff asking 'What Businesses worry over order to leave downtown BANFF (CP) More than a dozen businesses will be forced out to make way for an environmental education centre the federal government will build on a prime parcel in downtown Banff. "They want the gold mine and are giving us the said Linda Charlton, the owner of two hotels whose family has had roots in Banff for 50 years. Her hotels are not in the block affected by the new cen- tre, but she is concerned that the interpretative centre and the government's overall plan for the national park will hurt business. "This is a strong indication we are really not running our own she said. The plan to build the centre was contained in Friday's announcement by Heritage Minister Sheila Copps that 17 per cent of Banff would be returned to parkland and that a tight rein would be placed on plans to expand the com- mercial floorspace in the town. Banff Mayor Ted Hart siid he has been assured by Ottawa that businesses would be treated "fairly and hon- eslly." "They're business people, and I'm sure at this time sit- ting down and figuring out how to make the best of this situation." Employees and business owners are wondering if they will lose their jobs. "It was like, when I heard about the 17 per cent of land to be reclaimed by the said lason DeSoto, owner of Bruno's Cafe Grill along the strip where the centre will he built. "1 had no idea it was going to be right in the core and the heart of Banff. It was really surprising." Tyler Bowman, manager of United Colors of Benetton clothing store another of the businesses affected said area employees are already facing uncertainty over the economy and the latest news only adds to worries. "Banff, because of the drop in the lapanese yen, is uncertain to begin said Bowman. See BANFF PageA2 HERALD PHOTO BY DAVID ROSS ITCH STROLL IN THE SHOWER: Jodie Sameshima walks through Ihe Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in the rain Sun- day. The unsually damp conditions in southern Alberta are playing havoc with Ihe garden's tourist season. More to bonsai than tree trimming Security won't spoil fireworks, says chairman Additional safety will not detract from the Canada Day fireworks dis- play, say organizers. As in previous years, the light show will he set off from Henderson Lake golf course. But the safety area will be significantly larger this year, says Wayne Dwornik, vice chairman of the Celebrate Canada Committee. Security problems have occurred in past years when enthusiastic thrill- seekers try to get closer to the fire- works, Dwornik says. Safety regulations governing fire- works demonstrations demand the public not be allowed within a 100- metre perimeter of the launch site. To meet the requirement, security will be increased and an additional cordon set up. Signage will also be posted to keep the public out. "About people used to crowd up to the fence; they won't be able to do that this year, but they won't be affected too says Dwornik. The fire department, police, and 18lh Air Defence Unit will provide security at Wednesday's event. In light of recent damp weather, Dwornik assures fireworks fans the show will likely go on. The final deci- sion, however, will be based on how hard it's raining and the size of the crowd gathered to watch the event. "The only things that would hamper us is a huge wind or really low says Dwornik. "We're hoping not lo have rain, because it will be a little less pleasant for spectators." The city has hired a new company lo provide the fireworks and Dwornik expects an even bigger display than last year. Dwornik also reminds people that parking will not be permitted along South or North Parkside Drive on Canada Day. People are encouraged use the parking lol at the I.elhbridge Exhibition. Inside your PHOTO By DWIO ROSSRER Leslie Dowdell looks like a giant when standing next to his works of an. That's because for the past 24 years, Dowdell has performed the ancient art of bonsai trimming and pinching back the shoots of tiny trees or plants. Dowdell had three of his meticulous- ly manicured tiny trees on display at the Nikka Yuko lapunese Gardens on the weekend. A member of the Bonsai Society of Southern Alberta, Dowdell has 150 bonsai pots at his Brooks home, Bonsai is an art form that has been evolving in Japan since the 12th centu- ry. The practice began even earlier in China. "The bonsai tree is a representation of a full-size tree, except on a smaller says Dowdell. The name comes from two Japanese words: meaning shallow con- Ron DEVITT Herald Staff MAPLE Dennis Goshinmon pinches a leaf from his Japanese maple as he prepares for a Bonsai Society of Southern Alberta display Sunday at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. tainerorlrayand a plant or planting. "Bonsai is definitely an art says Dowdcll, looking over his sculptured living art. "There is definitely styles and forms. You have to look at the tree and determine what kind of style fits the best." Dowdell says there are different looks a bonsai arlist can try: Windswept.for a tree on the side of a mountain; an upright for grasslands; leaning; and cascading. "Each of these styles should reflect the type of environment that would have shaped the tree." Bonsai combines horticultural, technical, artistic and philosophical disciplines. "It's a combination of you working hand in hand or branch with the says Dowdell. "You have to decide what the best style is for the tree and control it, if the tree will lei you." The bonsai is considered an expres- sion of the earth's life force and is cre- ated as an abstraction or sketch of nature. "The main thing once you've gol the shape or style established is keeping them alive." to BONSAI PageA2 Calgary businessman starting municipal ______political party. See page A4______ Agriculture Business Careers City Classified Comics Deaths Enlertainmenl B5 B6 B6 A3 B12-16 B11 B12 A14-15 Living Notices Opinion Sports Theatres TV Tonight Weather A10-11 B6 AS B1-4 A14 B11 A2 v4, i i ,'f v i   

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