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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 1, 2006, Lethbridge, Alberta ONLINE EDITION March INSIDE STORIES 4 Broncos clash Canadian Oh Wheres spring Snow rests on the coats of a pair of deer Tuesday morn Ing as they bed down In the grasses In Indian Battle HERALD PHOTO BY IAN MARTENS City tops in power franchise fees Mayor says city counts on franchise fees to help pay for civic services Franchise fees for selected cities Franchise fees for selected cities Electricity dollars per year I Natural Gas dollars per year J Red Deer By DAVE MABELL Lethbridge Herald The Canadian Federation of Independent in a report released in late says small businesses here pay an average of per year in electrical franchise fees on top of the billing for their actual power By similar businesses in Edmonton pay a in Red Deer while in Medicine Hat operates its own power theres no franchise Closer to the says Fort Macleod charges a year for use of its distribution system while Cardston offers the lowest for use its locally owned wires In Mayor Bob said he doesnt know how other communities raise their revenue but this city counts on about million aftertax revenue from franchise fees to pay for civic When the provincial and federal governments cut their grants 60 per cent in the he council had to find more revenue Should we raise our property taxes or cut our Source Canadian Federation of Independent Business services he Lethbridge is still the only large Alberta city not collecting a business he pointed And while business property tax revenue is about double whats raised from residential said business pays a much bigger share in Calgary and A previous council was faced with finding a faker he and members of the Industrial Association of Southern Alberta were involved in those The present rate is less the mayor not greatly influenced by fluctuations in Albertas power Copies of the report were sent to city officials across Alberta and said the information will be included in the agenda material for city councils next For smaller spokesman Janine Halbesma says high power rates and fees remain one of the business biggest Story CONTINUED on Page A2 Source Canadian Federation ol Independent Business HERALD GRAPHIC BY BRIAN PRICE HEALTH CARE Third Way definition money talks New Alberta health plan means those with cash can get faster hip replacements EDMONTON staff has con firmed plans to reform health care by opening the door for private letting patients pay for faster access to some procedures and allowing doc tors to work in both the public and What were looking for is some middle ground that accounts for capacity to keep the public system strong and protected by sufficient Health Minister Iris Evans said as she introduced Premier Ralph Kleins socalled Third Way on healthcare You can talk about it being two tiered but its no different than whats going on in Its no different that whats going on in every place they have private Its people making choices for Quebec doctors are not allowed to switch back and forth between public and private systems and so must choose one or Local members of Friends of Medicare said the policy details released Tuesday confirm the groups warnings about the provinces Third Way being a move toward privatized health And thats bad news for they Albertas plan to expand private insurance will only lead to more out expenses for individual Albertans and said Friends of Medicare spokesman Gordon Instead of guaranteed provision of health Albertans coverage may depend on their insurance All Albertans need to ask themselves will they be covered Allowing doctors to work in both the public and private systems will create a health Campbell Allowing doctors to spend part of their time in a lucrative private healthcare tier will leave fewer doctors to help patients in the public The suggestion the Third Way will offer Albertans more healthcare choices isnt entirely said Diane Poynter another Friends of Medicare It will offer rich people more Its a barrier for poor The doctors will go where the money While the Alberta government has vowed to uphold the public health Poynter questions what of system it will They might keep the system in existence but it will be such a bad system it will be of no practical value to she Campbell urged Albertans to voice their concerns before its too Health Minister Iris Evans says she wants to hear from the public during the month of he Albertans have one month to let their MLA know how they feel about the Third If we dont speak up the Third Way may be a done deal by Jack board chairman of the Chinook Health doesnt see the provinces Third Way plans having a major impact on the In there are not that many private providers waiting in the wings like in the larger metropolitan areas in Calgary and said Even if private operators recognize an opportunity in southern he I dont see this as something thats going to impact us nor the people in our Public healthcare advocates have often warned allowing doctors to work both sides eventually shifts resources into draining the public side of professionals and burdening it with the more Story CONTINUED on Page A2 Taber mom breathing easier after hearing from injured son in Afghanistan Kelly Catton recovering from injuries sustained in weekend rocket attack By STACY OBRIEN Lethbridge with CP files Taber resident Bernie Catton got the kind of call no mother would ever Her 2nd Kelly was wounded over the weekend in Afghanistan in a rocket Kellys Lyle Catton who lives in Medicine called her Saturday to tell I was glad it was his dad that was able to tell It was a tough call to she although Kelly has shrapnel in both his ankle and his hell recover from both Hes calling it a Forest Gump Hes got some shrapnel in his but they picked most of that His foot is giving him the most trouble right so hes staying pretty close to his said who spoke to her son by phone Tuesday He was in good Although Bernie said shed love to see her son come back to Taber where she she knows it wont He was quite happy that theyre allowing him to I was disappointed and he was a little Mom it just was never an option Id come It was just never in the cards that I was going to come Insurgents launched the grenade that injured her son Saturday as officers were returning meetings at the main Canadian base at Kandahar Story CONTINUED on Page A2 Kelly Catton of speaks with reporters In Kandahar one day after he was hit in the legs by shrapnel in a grenade Catton was riding in a jeep like the one behind B4 Stocks B5 Comics B6 Classified Deaths B9 Entertainment Living AID Missing Pets Opinion A9 Sports Scoreboard B3 Weather Price Home delivery 50 cents daily n
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