Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald Local MM SECOND SECTION Albtna, Tuwday, There's an explanation but... nobody told the elevator man Whiskey Gap cars loaded, waiting Woodwards waiting for quality hotel Arrangements still independent oTtCkHt ;rf'1 hotel in the Woodward Stores' Letnbrtdgt Centre project. But Woody McLaren, director of special projects for Woodward's said in a telephone interview from Vancouver Monday a major hotel chain is interested and is having an Mr. McLaren taid Woodward's had been approached with offers to htukJ a "cheaper" hotel on the project site, hut had turned them down. "We're InaUtiag it be of the-same quality and calibre as the rest of the development or we won't put it in." he said. "You doo't need a cbetp hotel hi Mr. McLaren added that the land on which the hotel is to be built is beinf left vacant and the hotel coukJ beadded to the development at any time. The. rest of the development including the office tower and high-rise apartment is under construction and on schedule, be said. The hotel Is alatod for the north end of the rite 4th Avenue S. vest of the office tower at the corner of 4th Avenue and 4th Street. Development of the hotel will depend OB signing of a lease, Mr. McLaren said, because every hotel chain has different specifications for iU hotels. "We left it vacant rather than building and then having to make he saU. Mr. McLaroa atoo MM Woodward's is not jwt Pf-etttag leases for to the mall that to part of the project because coats which will hi toeav rates are still being determined. The majority of the LethbridM Centre project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1975. By MICHAEL ROGERS Special to The Herald Grain cars that are loaded with wheat and have waited more than a month to be hauled to Lethbridge from Whisky Gap, 60 miles southwest of here, will sit idle for at least another week. Earl Olson, spokesman for CP Rail, told The Herald Monday the line into Whisky Gap has been closed because of snow and ice in low spots on the tracks. Mr. Olson in a telephone interview said the the six cars will be moved as soon as Gas co-op program expanded Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Southern Alberta irrigation farmers can now apply for grants and loans to install natural gas to power their sprinkler systems, Roy Farran, minister of telephones and utilities, announced in the legislature Monday. The extension of the government's rural gas plan to cover non-heating uses could cost up to million. Outside the legislature, Mr. Farran said that southern farmers had derr.ohsfraTed to him that non-heating uses of natural gas had to be included in their applications to establish co-operatives. Many areas were too sparsely populated to make it economically feasible to establish just a home-heat co- op. The minister said earlier that the program was not intended to get gas to every field but after his announcement Monday, he said the extension would help strengthen the economy. These are the new regulations A farmer can obtain one grant and one loan to install gas for an agricultural use on an unoccupied parcel other than the home quarter section or parcel It must be a sepaate tap', not an extension from the homestead. Loans and grants for all occupied homesteads on other than the home quarter section will now be given. -Any co-operative may borrow on behalf of a member requiring third or further service up to under the same terms as the guaranteed loan of Grants for further service would be allowed by special permission of the minister. Extraordinary heavy users such as Hutterite colonies may qualify for up to five loans and grants per colony. Non-heating uses of natural gas include powering irrigation systems, running grain dryers and pumps of various kinds. weather and track conditions permit. "This is why we have been trucking grain to Lethbridge. Whisky Gap is not an isolated incident, we don't know bow lone it will take to get the grain he said. Mr. Olson said the grain at Whisky Gap, destined for Vancouver, has been waiting to be pulled out since March S. He also said there was one other car at Woolford, 15 miles northwest of Whisky Gap. The elevator manager at Whisky Gap told The Herald the cars were brought down Feb. 24 and all six were loaded and ready by Feb. 26. He said he has asked CP Rail why they haven't hauled the grain out but "you can't find out anything. I've asked and they say they don't know "This happens all the claimed the elevator manager, "I've been here six years and its' been going on ever since I've been here." He said section crews have been to Whisky Gap six times since the cars were loaded to clean out the crossings. "The Friday after the cars were loaded a diesel came in and plowed the snow off the tracks and went back empty." Mr Olson said that diesel had a snow plow on the front and wasn't equipped to bring out the cars. "A lighter diesel would be needed to haul the grain because the tracks on the branch lines are made of lighter Mr. Olson said. "A diesel can't just go in to plow put snow and pick up cars just because they are there There has to be orders issued. There has to be an orderly he said. A spokesman for Alberta Wheat Pool in Calgary said the railways are going to be concentrating their work on the main lines and those that aren't threatened with snow drifts or floods. He said hauling grain may not be the railways' best paying enterprises and "perhaps it's not economical for them to go into Whisky Gap to pick up those few cars Justice Minister Otto Lane, who is responsible for the Canadian wheat board, said recently temporary closures would affect some of the grain producing areas, leaving the railways free to concentrate on lines that are not blocked by snow or likely to be hit by spring floods. But even after the snow and water are gone the line may" be kept closed longer, Mr. Lang said, so that the maximum amount of grain can be moved Mr Lang said the government will buy another 4.000 hopper cars to move the gram "in the equipment in which it really ought to move But back in Whisky Gap there are still six cars full of grain that aren't moving and the elevator manager still doesn't know why. "Here you've got the government buying new cars and spending millions of dollars to fix up the old cars and I've got these cars full of grain just sitting said the puzzled elevator manager, who asked not to be named. Irrigated acreage may double in 10 years Herald Legislature Bweau EDMONTON The province hopes to double to 1.6 million acres the amount of land under irrigation in Alberta, within 10 years. Depending on the availability of water, it .is hoped that another five million acres can be under irrigation In the long-term, a legislature committee waa told Monday night. "I hope people in the irrigation districts will accept the challenge of growing things that can't be frown anywhere else In Western Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer told the committee considering his estimates. Efficient rotary sprinklers, removing the necessity to depend on gravity alone, and a natural gas provision program would help spread Irriaptkw, he said. Dr. Homer also toW the committee the province U providing ia to smaller irrigation districts to adopt the more efficient techniques of larger districts. Waiting A long line of CP Rail cars, including 31 stand- ard boxcars, has been sitting idle at the Mekastawe Pit, three miles northwest of Fort Macleod. CP Rail officials say all the cars are waiting for repair. There are only two cars which would be suitable for hauling grain if repaired. The grain cars coultt qualify for the federal government repair program. Under this program, announced 10 days ago, 50 cars have been repaired at the Calgary depot. BILL QHOENEN photo raised for mental health Local mental health canvassers raised about Monday night and are conficent final returns for the residential canvass will surpass the objective. A spokesman for the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association said today 400 canvassers spread out around Lethbridge Monday night, and a few will complete their rounds tonight. The residential canvass officially completed the organization's first local independent fund-raising drive which kicked off last week with a business canvass. Indians seek better radio time Indian News Media in Standoff, and three Southern Alberta radio stations will begin discussions next week on improving radio service to native people in the .area. The organization's radio produces weekly tapes for broadcast over CHEC Radio, CJOC Radio, and CFAC Radio in Calgary, will be asking the stations to increase the time alloted for the programs and to change the time slots provided to increase the audience. There have been complaints that the 30-mmute programs on CJOC and CHEC are on too early in the day.Les Healy, executive director of Indian News Media, said Monday. The program is broadcast on CJOC at 7 a.m. Sunday and on CHEC at a m Sunday. In addition, Mr. Healy said, both stations will be asked to carry 60-mmute programs, instead of the present 30- minute shows. Mr. Healy said there is no complaint with the time slot provided by CFAC Calgary but that station will be asked to carry a 30-minute program. CFAC now broadcasts a 15- minute program at p.m. Sunday. Universities claim they know where it's at pulled down our ivory towers' The days of the uni- versity thinking it is separate and apart from society are over Ad- vanced Education Min- ister Jim Foster. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Second of six Universities are not responsive enough to the interests of society. The business community, elected representatives, the department of advanced education and other groups and individuals have all made that charge in the 1970s. But they all have failed according to the to explain how the universities weren't being responsive to society. Some people in Alberta's universities believe there are two reasons "unfounded accusations" have and are being made against universities. First, they say, some "political-types" believe it is popular to label universities as elitist organizations operating in ivory towers because the public doesn't understand the role of universities in society. Second, the universities perform a social role that distinguishes them from other institutions that of being a centre of informed criticism in society. The president of the University of Calgary, A. W. R. Carrotbers, says the search for truth can be a disruptive exercise that can anger certain segments of society who may then attempt to get back at the university by accualng it of not being responsive to the needs of society. The majority of people the need for aodi a critic and support It. Bat thert is a need for a, "buffer" between the government and the universities In order to protect them from the "outcry" of those that have been criticized, Dr. Carrothers said in a Herald interview. That would prevent those criticized from putting political pressure on their elected representatives to interfere with the autonomy of the universities as a measure of getting even, another academic suggests. The universities contend they don't have that "buffer" since the Universities Commission was replaced by the department of advanced education. Could political pressure be the reason the.department of advanced education is being more restrictive with funding to the universities? Jim Fester, minister, told The Herald the Alberta Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern about the universities and he has i often found himself defending the university when speaking at public gatherings. Mr. Foster says it is unfortunate "there are some real mixed views" about university education. He still claims "Joe citizen is for less and less autonomy" for universities. The days of the ''university thinking it is separate and apart from society are over." It must begin to inform the public about what it's doing so its role is more clearly understood, Mr. Foster feels. Public interest-there's no such thing. Most people couldn't be con- cerned less about uni- versities. Professor Grant Davey. R. G. Baldwin, University of Alberta dean of arts, says "no one araead ben (U of A) to arrogant, aa was the case 10 yean ago." There to absolutely ;'no desire to llvt hi an Ivory tower." He also qnestions any suggestions from the government that the university is not responsive to society. Dr. Baldwin believes the universities are in as good a position to read public opinion as the government is. The universities have representatives from the community on their boards of governors and senates and the students also represent public opinion from various regions of the province, he explains. The president of the U of A faculty association is irritated when he hears elected representatives talk about universities not acting in the interests of the public. "Public interest there isn't such a thing as the public Grant Davey insists. "Unless you survey the public's opinion on sin or motherhood, there isn't such a thing as a public interest. Most people couldn't be concerned less about universities." The universities claim it has been the parents and students and not the department of advanced education who have articulated a need for change in the university by looking to alternatives to university education such as offered in college and trade schools. They also claim they have changed to become more responsive to the changing needs of society. However, the department says they haven't been changing quickly enough. Dr. Davey warns against creating programs in a hurry and reacting immediately to .community pressure. University programs must continue to be planned to provide long-range benefits to society, he says. By asking universities to become involved in short-term research projects, the department is "asking unrvenities to do some things that could be baat done by other anas of society." tie U of A academic vice- president, Wlllard Allen, maintains "universities don't pretend to offer all 'the educational opportunitiei that you'll ever need." Dr Allen also doesn't believe the universities are in competition with other institutions for students. But, he says, the government has been fostering conflict between the two types of institutions and the department of advanced education has been highlighting the few problems the post-secondary institutions have had in dealing with each other. Professors don't have it easy. Their average work week is about 50 to 55 hours. U of C Vice President Finn Campbell. The department of advanced education agrees that the universities can't be all things to all people. The department's deputy minister, Walter Worth, said in Lethbridge last month, that since one institution can't hope to meet the specialized needs of the students and society a whole system of post-secondary institutions had to be developed. That is why, Dr. Worth said, large-scale planning is needed to co-ordinate the operation of the institutions so they are more reflective of the public interest, more rational in development and more careful in husbanding resources. Dr. Davey says the only indication he has received of what Dr. Worth was referring to as the public Interest was In the area of applied research in the oil If he is jaying the universities haven't been Involved in oil sand research, he U badly mistaken, Dr. Davey suggests. Toe U of A "was Involved in such research long before Wally. (Worth) was he added. university communities also become very edgy when people within the department of advanced education and the public project the attitude that university faculty members do not work hard. The U of C Academic Vice- President Dr Finn Campbell, says the attitude is completely unfounded. Professors, Dr Campbell says, work on the average about 50 to 55 hours a week. About 22 hours of that time is spent instructing which is split between in-the-classroom contact with "t-.idents and assisting students after and between classes. The professor is kept busy about 10 hours a week with curncular design and administrative duties. That leaves 18 to 23 hours a week for preparing reports, correcting papers and research. The uncertainty of tLe government attitude toward universities, the fear that their role will he limited to job training, the charges of overspending and the accusations that universities are not earning the money they're being paid, has created A situation in which faculty members don't feel at home in the community, a university administrator says. Dr Campbell, says it has also created a situation in which universities don't "have a good opinion of themselves anymore." He feels the present university atmosphere could cause some staff members to attempt to convince students that a society that is against Intellectual thinking "is wrong." It is a difficult situation for some staff members and the U of C has people from 10 to countries on staff to adapt to a new community. And it even becomes more difficult U they think the public ia against them, Dr. Campbell says. That is why Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, "should be as honest as be can be with these people." W. R. Uoroh, pwtMent U of C faculty association, agrees. The guvtinment should say what it Is dotaf and what It it going to do and inform university faculty that "universities are not on the bottom of the totem pole."