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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta don't speak out 'the ignorant9 will prevail By MURDOCH MACLEOD HtraUBtaff Writer Decision! on physical education aad recreation will be mwte'by people ignorant of the field if do not speak out, the Alberta Teachers' Association's 13th annual health and physical education convention wat told Saturday in Lethbridfe. The message came in a speech written by M. L. Van vliet, dean of physical education at the University ol Alberta, and delivered by Murray Smith, chairman of physical education in the U of A education faculty. Dr. Van Vliet was absent due to illness. Hardly a week goes by without the provincial government announcing a new policy, grant or decision on sport or fitness, said Dr. Van Vliet. "I wonder how often the members of our profession have been consulted Without strong professional organizations, physical education and recreation could be taken over completely with the professionals having no input in planning future development, he said. Advice Dr. Van Vliet said it was time someone the profession gave the general public enough information for it to make enlightened judgements about the future of sport and fitness in Alberta and Canada. It was time for those at the operational level to give careful advice to those who made the policies. "I am sick of critics and cynics mouthing opinions about our efforts in physical education when they have no real knowledge of what our ledger really looks he said. He also said he felt he knew more about the position of physical education in Canada than "some salesmen who are involved with Participation" or a public relations firm engaged by the government to make a study. and I am damned sure I know a great deal more than the self-confessed authorities who are writing in our sports pages across Canada and who are broadcasting on radio and he said. He referred to some areas of physical we arejkrt too of oar Elementary schools were only recently provided with physical education specialists, and therefore there had not been enough progess on fitness, growth and development or general physical skills. He reminded the convention that strength, agility, co-ordination and endurance were among the skills needing development. Zest Where physical educationists had a chance to work with students they had gone a long way in developing participation and a "zest for life" because of good health from activity. Another problem was the split between coaching and officiating, and teaching The two fields involved different interests and different goals, but there were also different fields within engineering and medicine. The problem of coaching hung over the profession's head, but it did not accept or refuse the responsibility. And some physical education specialists put a lot of effort into good coaching with little compensation. Charges and counter- charges within the profession on this issue would serve no purpose, he said. A third problem was the unwillingness of individuals or groups to make positive public statements on sport and fitness problems. Issues which could be commented on were commercial spas, coaching and officiating, parental over- enthusiasm, government intervention and the need for recreation facilities. Most communities offered little chance for physical recreation to young adults over 18, and school systems should make more time availabe for physical education institution and free recreation, he said. With governments moving more and more into the sport and fitness field, the profession should stand ready to speak out, said Dr. Van Vliet. "If we want he said, "Let us speak out about excellence with dignity and not some professional leagues' view of what they think excellence is, particularly if it is directly opposed to our view of sportnwnship." reports Page District The Lethbridge Herald Local H9W9 SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, April 6, 1974 11 to 20 CLOSED BUDGET SESSION TODAY City council will resume its efforts to whittle down the 8.06 mill increase projected in the city's 1974 operating budget at a budget committee meeting today. The meeting starts at 4 p.m. and is closed to the public. It's open to the press but newsmen aren't allowed to quote individual aldermen on their budget statements. Among other items at stake in budget deliberations are continued funding for the city Birth Control and Information Centre, and new funding for three proposed public day care centres. Both items have been contentious public issues but represent only a small portion of the city's total budget since both are preventive social services projects funded 80-per-cfent by the provincial government. Council will meet in :ts regular public session at 8 p.m. Coroners' juries worth retaining? by DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer Recommendations of the Kirby commission on lower-court reforms which call for the abolishing of the role of coroner in its present form have produced mixed reactions among coroner's jurors in Lethbridge. The changes called for by the commission would do away with coroner's juries, a move which three of the seven jurors interviewed agreed with. "We have capable enough officials to look after says Steve Young, who has served on coroner's juries four or five times in the past ten years. "Juries really don't accomplish anything." It can be tough for a jury to arrive at a decision and sometimes jurors will hastily agree with the coroner's recommendation "just to get out of Mr. Young said. "Who's going to argue with a medical wondered Michael (Spike) Martel who has served on one jury. "The best we can do is get the evidence in layman's terms." Medical experts are more qualified to look into a death than the ordinary citizen, he thinks. "Does it (a jury's recommendation) really mean said Mirk J. Klovansky. "I'm not sure a jury means anything." Mr. Klovansky said he didn't like serving on a coroner's jury because "I doubt whether we're accomplishing anything." Three other jurors felt some changes should be made, but that the jury should not be abolished. "I guess it seems we're just going through the motions said Leonard Ully, "but sometimes a jury serves a real purpose, like when there is some reasonable doubt surrounding a death." Mr. Ully felt that the cases could be better screened before an inquest was called so that juries would not have to sit through cases where little conflicting evidence or unusual circumstances were presented. keep it neat' r I HICK ERVIN photo Low cost housing A wily sparrow, loweMeft, has set up light housekeeping at the Centre Village Mall and without a doubt has the best tenant rates in the shopping centre. Robins, the harbingers of spring, have already been spotted throughout Southern Alberta but when one of the year-round resident species decides it is time to start this year's family, winter must be long gone. Three injured in collision A collision at the intersection of Mayor Magrath and 10th Avenue S. Sunday afternoon caused minor injuries to three persons and damage. Jacob Harms, 24, of Coaldale, was northbound on Mayor Magrath Drive when he was in collision with a car driven by Joseph Tomasta, 71, 2126 10th Ave. S., who was eastbound on 10th Avenue S. Mr. Harms, Mr. Tomasta and Maria Tomasta were treated for minor injuries at St. Michael's Hospital and released. A pedestrian suffered minor injuries early Sunday morning when knocked down by a car on Mayor Magrath Drive. Zenko Opyr, 413 24th St. S., was crossing Mayor Magrath Drive at 5th Avenue S. when he was knocked down by a vehicle turning north onto Mayor Magrath Drive. Police identified the driver as Lon Dudley Cooper, 25, of 518 12th St. B N. Mr. Opyr was treated at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital for a bruised hip and leg and kept in for observation. Sewer contract awardfed A contract to construct sewer and water connections between the Lethbridge Research Station, provincial jail and the city has been awarded to a Calgary firm. Western Industrial Contractors Ltd. of Calgary will start work on the project within two weeks. The work is part of the million expansion planned for the research station and will give it a second source of water It will also mean that instead of operating their own sewage treatment lagoons, the research station and the jail, under an agreement signed with the city, will pump their sewage into the city system after midnight when sewage flow into the city's secondary sewage treatment plant is low. This will entail construction of holding tanks in the area of the two facilities Parsons Electric Ltd. of the city will be one of the sub-contractors on the project. "I guess inquests are ordered because of public he said. "Six people have heard the evidence and are satisfied that nothing was out of order it keeps it neat." The duties of a jury should not all be given to one man, Mr. Ully said. "I'd hate to see a society where one man could dominate the situation too he said. A coroner's jury satisfies "the curiosity of the says Joe Luchansky. "If it's a case of the public demanding an explanation, a jury serve its purpose, but nine-tenths of the time why not take the coroner's word for he said. Gturge Peterson, who has served as a ju- ror on "50 to 100" inquests in the last 23 years also feels the cases should be screened a little more closely. "In so many cases, eyety thing so clear- cut the case is already decided before the Mr; TeterSon said. Many of the inquests he attended shouldn't have been held, he feels. "Every case is he said, "But lots of times we have the filing an inquest is a waste of time and mont-y." "The only value we have is where there is a Mr. Puterson said. "But we shouldn't do away witb ihe jury." Says former juror Doug Boyer, "I think they're a said Dcyg Boyer of coroner's juries. He has sat on a jury three times in the past six months. "Too .many things could be swept under the carpet without them." Mr. Boyer feels it is good to have citizen involvement in the coroner system, and wouldJiate to see the function of a jury passed on to one man "We're getting more governmentalized all the he said. "It's good for the public to John ,E.. Morgan, chief coroner in Lethbridge, has never been shy about his opinion of coroner's juries. 4Some verdicts useless' "Some of the jury verdicts I've had were so futile they weren't worth the paper they were written Dr. Morgan told the Kirby commission as it sat in Lethbridge last December. "A coroner working without a jury is more he told The Herald. "But if the public feels happy with a jury, we should keep the public happy. That way they don't think someone is pulling something over them." Max Cantor, chief provincial coroner, told The Herald he prefers working with juries. "If I sit in judgement by myself and make a recommendation, that recommendation is the opinion of one man, and one man may have certain prejudices that will influence his he said. A coroner'yjury can be called from people off the street, Dr. Cantor said, providing they are of good standing and can sit on the jury without it interfering seriously with their business. But now a coroner is provided with a list of prospective jurors, and from this he tries to choose a jury that will be able to examine the case fairly. In Lethbridge, a coroner issues a summons to obtain a jury to the policeman who is setting up the inquest, and the policeman chooses the jury. Besides the basic requirements of good standing and availability, the policeman tries to make up a mixed jury. Ideally, there will be no more thafi two who have served on coroner's juries before, says city police Insp Glenn Michelson. And it's good to have some expertise on the jury, such as a mechanic in the case of a death involving a motor vehirlp A coroner's jury arrives at a decision that is supposed to clear the matter up publicly, and it is sometimes routine task. But even in seemingly routine cases, there might be someone who violently disagrees. v At a recent inquest in which there was no conflicting medical evidence as to the causes of the death, the jury brought back its decision that the death was due to natural causes. But after the inquest, a woman, apparently a relative of the deceased, called to the jurors, making oblique reference to their maternal heritages. "I want to take a good look at you "she said. "Because I'm never going to forgetyour faces." WORK TOO HEAVY, SAY TRUCKERS No work for woman bus driver? Fought Edmonton transit system Lorna Durand with daughter, Denlse By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Lorna Durand won a moral victory last week. Mrs. Durand, 30, wants to be a bus driver. In fact she wanted to drive an Edmonton Transit System bus so badly she fought ETS regulations disqualifying her and another persistent woman applicant from the job for 1% years. Last week the ETS opened its doors to women bus drivers by scrapping its five-foot- seven minimum height standard and its 35- year age limit in hiring bus drivers. But the relaxation of the rules came too late for the five-foot-six Mrs. Durand, who moved back to her home town of Lethbridge last fall after separating from her husband. Nevertheless she was delighted to hear the news. "They didn't even acknowledge my first three said Mrs. Durand of her experience with the ETS. "I got mad and decided to fight. At first they told me i needed more experience. "I already had my Class 2 driver's licence and had been driving a school bus in Edmonton. "I went back and got my Class 1 licence that's the highest you can get and some of their men only have a Class 5 licence. "Then they told me I wasn't tall enough. The other woman, Kathleen Laird, was told she wasn't tall enough either they said she was V4-inch too short." "If I'd been a man I would have been hired. They have drivers under five-foot-five who have been driving since the war years." The two women took their case to Alberta Human Rights Commission and to Edmonton city council in their battle for equal rights. Why does she want to be a bus driver? "It's a good job and something I know I can do says Mrs. Durand. "And it's the wages mainly. I've got five kids to support." "I don't believe in women's she adds "I just want to be able to feed my five kids without living off the country." Mrs. Durand is on welfare now because she can't get a high enough paying job. She says she applied for a city bus driving position here when she arrived, but there have been no opening. "I applied with three trucking companies she says. "They won't even look at me they say the work's too heavy." There's been no sex bias in the Lethbridge Transit System, but there just aren't that many openings either, according to city personnel director Gerry Hopman. The transit staff numbers only about 30- full-time drivers and turnover is slow. Mr. Hopman says there are no restrictions such as those just removed by the ETS and a female would have the same chance as a male of getting hired based on driver's licence requirements and ability to get along with the public. "Until very recently we never had applications from females, Mr. Hopman said. "Probably because it was always previously advertised under the male section of the want-ads, it was always assumed it was a male job. The city transit system now has several women driving school buses part-time and women will be taking some charter bus trips in theluture. Mrs. Durand says she intends to keep applying for a full-time driving job. 'Til eventually get on if I keep at she says. Mr. Hopman says he thinks the public would probably not be startled to see female bus drivers. "We're past that stage women are popping up in all sorts of Jobs." ;