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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, April I, 1974 A T THE LEGISLA TUHE Doc Hornets Agri-Business Show rumbles through committee By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON When Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer wades into the meeting of a legislature sub-committee, it can be a wondrous thing to behold. The sub-committees, still considered an experiment by the house, are where MLA's do much of the shirt-sleeve work on departmental budget estimates. And Dr. Homer has the most dynamic, the host, the be-all and end-all of departments. Just ask him. His civil servants are the most dedicated, the hardest working, the most competent anywhere. That's what he tells the other 17 members of the committee. Across the table sit two former ministers of agriculture Harry Strom and Henry Ruste. Dr Homer uses his near-encyclopedic knowledge about the department to spar with them. If the thrust and parry gets a little dangerous, he will take them into his confidence: "Quite he will say a dozen times during a two- hour session. "To be very, very he will add for variety. Like a bespectacled Rene Levesque of the west, he peers owlishly from behind thick glasses and clouds of cigarette smoke. He is a man with a mission. He will drag his farmers into the world markets, stdffing their pockets with money, despite themselves. "The world is our he proclaims. "Our farmers 'have got to learn our farmers have got to realize... our farmers have got to understand The adroit minister is even successful at walking the tightrope between producers and consumers. He simply offers both the best of all possible prices. Good prices for farmers mean they will produce more. More production means prices won't be boosted out of sight because of shortages. He is also bery adept at pulling mind-boggling figures out of his department's operations. His marketing division has created a half-billion dollars in business for farmers in the last six months alone. His department undertook the first-ever Canadian trade mission to sell beef to Europe. He is going to "put the bull ring in the federal government's nose and show it how to sell agriculture. Suddenly, the committee can see clearly Doc Homer's travelling agri-business show, rolling from the orient to the continent. You want it, we got it. Step right up. Unfortunately, it appears the national television networks have not gotten the Doc's message and don't see the vision yet. He tells the committee he wants prime viewing time to make his pitch. To hell with Lloyd Robertson and the National, the Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Show and Mary Tyler Moore. All in all, he adds a fifth dimension of entertainment to the committee structure, officially only intended to encompass four aspects of governing. The committees can cut eight hours of legislature debate down to about two hours of committee work as four committees meet simulatneously. They provide an education and insight for MLAs into each department. They can addommodate the special interests of MLAs without wasting the time of the entire assembly. An education minister, for example, has little desire or need to discuss irrigation techniques in detail. So committees are split up to deal with different broad areas such as agriculture, lands and forests and the environment on one hand and social services such as education and health care on the other. And, the committees do go into condiserable tiresome but important details of every department, the system keeps ministers on their toes. Dr. Hornet excells at the latter. But it would probably not be unfair to say the facts sometimes suffer as the Doc's Agri-Business Show rumbles over the committee. He exhorts farmers to grow more grain corn to meet a market expanding at a miraculous rate. Asked by opposition leader Bob Clark if a Lethbridge distilllery cannot obtain high enough quality corn from the district to produce its products, he says the distillery is "quite happy with the kind we grow but not the quantity. In fact, the distillery has been importing American corn because of quality problems with locally-grown corn. It is a very small fact, almost insignificant when you're running the best of all possible departments. At the end of the second night of deliberations, the agriculture promoter sags in his chair. But in a flash, he perks up to inform a reporter how well the department's plans are going to solve an expected shortage of farm workers this year. Then he and his trusty troupe of civil servants pack their cases and disappear into the night. CTC strings still bind north flight Discussions with the chairman of the Canadian Transport Commission have not yet resulted in the lifting of restrictions on Time Air service to Grande Prairie. 'Stubb Ross, Time Air president, said today he told Edgar Benson, CTC chairman, last week in Ottawa, that restriction's placed on proposed Time Air service to Grande Prairie would make the service uneconomical. Mr. Benson indicated he would take the matter up with the chairman of the CTC's air transport committee, Mr. Ross said, "but I haven't heard from him yet.'' Time Air had applied to the ATC for three flights daily to Grande Prairie, with connections to the Edmonton Industrial Airport. CP Air now makes two flights a day to that community, with connections to the Edmonton International Airport. 4 Piece Decorated Metal CANISTER SET Choice of 3 colors. Regular 588 __. While they last Call China 3Z7-5767 DOWNTOWN 606 608 3rd Ave. S. The committee approved the application, but allowed only two flights a day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Under the ATC order, Time Air would be required to keep the Twin Otter used on the Grande Prairie service grounded in Edmonton between flights. Herald open house Public tours will be conducted through The Herald's new production facilities and renovated offices next week. Herald gerneral manager Don Doram said today three public tours a day will be conducted April and 19. Each tour can accommodate about 20 persons. Tour arrangements must be made ahead of time with The Herald. The tours will conclude two weeks of special ceremonies celebrating completion of the newspaper's transition to offset printing and photo typesetting from letterpress and hot metal typesetting. Construction began a year ago with planning preceding construction by another year. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-65B5 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND GASFITTINO Special ritM lor Mnlor New Phom 328-2106 THE AUCTION 2508-2nd Ave. N Ql HO Lethbridge DLUulV License 077855 REGULAR TUESDAY EVENING SALE. APRIL 9th p.m. To enhance your home with new and used items at low, low cost try our weekly Auction, we have many useful articles of household appliances, furniture and effects. For this week we wish to highlite: Harvest Gold Admiral Dual Temp. Fridge (slightly damaged) Ntw Harvest Gold Admiral 30" 6 New 24" Doors With Hardware 2 New 39" Box Springs and In Herculean fabric 1971 Honda 100 Motor Sport Suzuki Dirt Bike PLUS MANY NOME ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO LIST. COMNM: Mm 27 SATURDAY 11 A.M. ANTIQUE BYGONE SALE many fine crafted Items of furniture, china and glassware For yeur conrtfjnmtnt ot Phono 327-1222 JOHN BEREZAY, No. 067449 Stars perform The stars of the Festival Concert, concluding the 44th Annual Lethbridge and District Kiwanis Music Festival, brought many fine musicians and performers on stage at the Yates Memorial Centre Sunday night. Heather Klassen of Vauxhall plays her award-winning number, Haydn's Concerto in D Major. Canada Winter Games focus on participation Participation is a key factor in the Canada Games, the assistant director of Sports Canada said Sunday in Lethbridge. Bud Eraser told the Alberta Teachers' Association's 13th annual physical education convention the Canada Games have 10 objectives, but two are central to the others. These are stimulating amateur sports across Canada, and stimulating understanding between people from different regions. The games should allow the maximum number of Canadian athletes to take part in high-calibre competition, he said. The games concept places more emphasis on participation than medals, he said. The governing body, the Canada Games Council, has had small battles with the Now is tin to consider Air Conditioning wMto FflE-SEASON Chirlton 6 Hill LTD. 1262-2nd Am. S. Pnons 32S-33M media, sports governing bodies and local games societies which want to promote winners. Medals do not count towards the final scores in the Canada Games, said the department of national health and welfare official. Ten provinces and both territories were eligible to enter teams, and the best team in any event gets 12 points, the last-place team one. The emblem of the games championship, the Canada Games flag, goes to the region with the most points, not the one with the most gold medals. (Ontario) had always won the flag so far, but other provinces were gaining. Participation includes the games region itself as well as the athletes, he said. Only medium-sized cities and regions can play host to the games, eliminating such places as Montreal, Winnipeg "even Calgary." At the Saskatoon- Winter Games in 1971, 234 people sat on sports committees, volunteers helped set up events and medical personnel numbered 550, including 122 doctors. The total community must be involved in a centre holding the Canada Games, he said. The games also allows Canadians to meet and understand each other. Competitors who grew up in, small towns or on farms have an opportunity to meet those who had lived all their lives in the inncer cities of Toronto or Montreal. The 1975 Canada Winter Games will be held in Lethbridge and district next February. VIC role in community council topic The community role of the unemployment insurance commission will be the topic of discussion, Thursday at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. Dave Crofton. Lethbridge district manager for the commission, will speak at the noon-hour luncheon at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. The Lethbridge office of the commission was expanded in the fall of 1973. CLIFF SLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB Competitive sports sparks lively debate A lively discussion of the relative roles of recreational sport and competitive athletics took place Sunday at the Alberta Teacher's Association's 13th annual health and physical education convention in Lethbridge. Questions raised included whether excellence in competitive sport such as hockey and football should be fostered at the expense of more individual efforts such as gymnastics and tennis. How much competition should be in the school or in other parts of the community? The session followed a panel discussion entitled "Do competitive sports belong under the umbrella of physical Panelist Wilma Winter, a physical education professor at the University of Lethbridge, said she could not think of athletics without competition. The word "athletics" comes from a Greek word meaning she said. Spirited competition does not have to mean a fierce rivalry, but does mean a striving for excellence, said Ms. Winter. Athletics in schools and colleges should be run by the physical education specialists. They are the people who have physical education training and are experts in athletic matters, she said. She said they require the same care, responsibility and enthusiasm as physical education classes. If athletics were run by the right people, the evils of excessive emphasis on winning might be eliminated. Sharon Giduk, a student teacher from U of L, said inter-school competition has been overemphasized. "I don't feel there is a need for a highly-competitive inter- school program in the elementary she said. Everyone should be involved in athletic activity in elementary school, she said. Physical development is necessary for development of the whole child, along with mental and emotional development. She said competition can come later, in junior high school and high school. Jim Whitelaw, a teacher at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, said he is of two minds about participation. On one hand, he wanted his teams to win. But he has been criticized as a coach for using his second string during important games, to allow all players to participate. He said the competitive athletic program should be part of a broad physical BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN EMMhM UN p.m. PHONE 13S-M72 arts mi> AM. a. LETHBRIDBE REFRIGERATION LTD. ComnMreM Rswlgoratlon Specialists WALK-IN FREEZERS COOLERS ICE MAKERS 111 11th Stnwt South Phono 321-4333 education program. Good sportsmanship has to be emphasized, not least of all to some coaches and parents. Another problem raised was deciding which of the many available sports to include in competitive athletics. Mr. Whitelaw said no one sport should be over- emphasized. He held up as a bad example 10-year-old boys playing 90 games of hockey in a season and practising 10 months a year. Larry Chace, a trainer for the Calgary Stampeders, said school athletics should build competitiveness, self- discipline and respect for authority. Competitive athletics should be part of the schools' physical education program, he said. If this left recreation for the masses short of facilities, the solution is to ask for more facilities. The competitive program could run in one gymnasium or arena and the recreational program in another. He urged paying teachers for coaching time, to reduce the number leaving physical education for other jobs in education. Leroy Pelletier, physical education supervisor for the Calgary separate schools, said there was room for competition in school programs, but not for the development of maximum excellence. That would eliminate the 90 per cent of students who were not superb athletes, he said. The best athletes can be developed in outside sports leagues, he said. Schools exist to meet the needs of all the students. Mr. Pelletier said school programs include self- directed as well as adult- directed activities, and self- evaluation by students as well as measurement by objective standards. Reading course to help youngsters, teachers Youngsters and teachers will be attending the same summer school July 2 to 24 at the University of Lethbridge to learn more about reading. The summer school includes tutoring sessions to help the children with their reading or academic problems and regular courses to improve teachers' approach to reading instruction. The school is designed to allow teachers to apply the teaching concepts they're taught while assisting the students in order to obtain practical experience. The U of L faculty of education sponsored reading ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartt Bids. 222 5th St. S Phone 328-4095 summer school will accommodate 30 children and 35 teachers for the three week period of its operation. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS AIR CONDITIONING by and Alcon Refrigeration 2214-43rd St. 8. Phoiw 327-5816 INCLUDE MEDICINE CABINET IN YOUR SPRING CLEANING When as the robin red breast reminds you spring has finally arrived and the good news stirs you into an energetic round of spring cleaning don't forget the medicine cabinet. It's unwise to keep prescription drugs "on hand" after the specific con- dition for which they were ordered has been cured. You should not take potent medicines without your doctor's advice, self-diagnosis can do more harm than good. The less crowded your drug storage area is the less chance for a mistake when reach- ing for a bottle. If you like you can bring us any drugs you wish to discard and we'll be glad to dispose of them safely. GEORGE Mid MOD SAY... Some stretch pants have no other choice. DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY RODNEY SI. S. soi sm s. CMW-MM ;