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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Letttbtidge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Saturday, April 13, 1974 Pages 19-36 Milk tokens hoarded Silverwood Dairies and Palm Dairies Ltd say Lethbndge customers have bought almost all their milk tokens in anticipation of milk price increases Monday Al Wiggins, manager of Silverwood Dairies, says they've sold all their tokens and "are not getting anything back People buy tokens, pay cash for milk now and will use the tokens when milk prices go up Monday Silverwoods has about 10.000 tokens valued at Ron Rubeniuk, plant superintendent of Palm Dairies, says he too has few tokens left People are trying to buy to worth at a time Palm has about the same number of tokens as Silverwoods Both dairies have instructed their drivers to sell their tokens evenly among customers and not sell them all to one customer Mr Rubeniuk says they experience this hoarding of tickets is normal for just before a milk price increase CJOC revenue up 16% Selknk Holdings Ltd owners of CJOC Radio and Television in Lethbndge recorded a net income, after taxes of 4 million in 1973 The company owns 10 radio and television stations in Canada and is a major shareholder in three other Canadian television stations, a radio station in London, England, and four cablevision c ompanies in Canada including a 25-per-cent interest in Cablevision Lethbndge Ltd It had expenditures of million and revenue of 3 million in 197S according to a financial statement released today CJOC Radio increased it s 1973 revenue by 16-per-cent, compared to 1972 figures With total assets of million Selkirk showed a protit ot about 10-per-cent Profit computed on revenue was 15 per cent in 1973 South cattlemen elected Four Southern Alberta cattlemen have been named to executive positions in the' Canadian Brown Swiss Association Mel Foote and Allan Orr of Fort Macleod have been named directors of the association, representing both beef and dairy-type animals In the beef section, Mr Orr becomes past-president, succeeded by C E Isaman of Stettler Mr Foote, Lynn Sommerfeldt of Cardston and Berme Zoratti of Pincher Creek have been named directors for the beef section LCC grader set A motor grader operator's course will be held at Lethbridge Community College April 22 to May 31 Operation and maintenance of motor graders, with emphasis on practical work, will be taught first at the college and then on the job in the City of Lethbndge and nearby counties Cutting straight lines, putting the crown on the middle of the road and building ditches and corners will all be part of the students' practice. Enrolment will be limited, and financial assistance will be available to qualifying students I Front runners tackle the university hill. They are chasing winner Peter Moore, above The Race There were two races Friday from the Lethbridge Community College to the University of Lethbridge One was won by Peter Moore of Edmonton who travelled the 10 miles averaging just over five minutes a mile The other was won by the 189 race finishers who competed against the course and themselves Incredibly, only one starter failed to finish Such was the 1st annual Lethbridge Ten Mile Road Race BILL GROENEN photos En route refreshment stand Workshop in city Does public need voice in planning? John Eccleston, second place finisher James and Tim Goertz By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Is public participation in community planning a useful or even practical exercise' And is the public in a city like Lethbridge on smaller communities even interested in participating on other than an ad-hoc basis when their own particular interests may be involved9 These were questions raised at a workshop on a draft version of a new planning act for Alberta at the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission's 15th annual workshop at the Yates Memorial Centre Thursday The answers, coming from the people at the workshop session, including elected representatives on county, town and city councils in the Oldman region and planners and other administrators, were far from unanimous The proposed planning act sets up a fairly structured system to involve the public to a greater extent and in more than an after-the fact' basis in decisions that affect the community and its individual members It proposes area planning advisory committees that would be mandatory in cities over 25 000 population The citv would be divided up into one or more areas and a committee of at least five residents from each area would be appointed by city council to advise and assist council in the planning and regulation of development in the area It would also be funded by council vuijpr..der, to cajry out the purposes it considers necessary Also proposed is the setting up of community organizations at the neighborhood level The prime object of this would be to give the citizen group council recognized status to take actions and to enable the group to come into being at an earlier stage than the present ad hoc groups that usually organize themselves in opposition to some proposed development in their neighborhood By the time they have mustered their forces it may be too late, say the authors of the draft planning act The statutory community organization is capable of being created before the event and thereby become an organization with positive rather than purely negative input into the planning process But some people at the workshop session were doubtful that enough interested people could be found for such committees People are too busy trying to attain their own life said one 'They only become involved if their life style is cutically affected However another person countered that people need to be educated to become aware that their lifestyles, particularly in rural Alberta, are seriously threatened by coming changes Dennis Cole, Calgary chief commissioner, who chaired the session agreed that most people become involved only when their own way of life is threatened Just try to put a freeway through Edmonton or Calgary vuthin a block of a house he said Except for a few people who are always interested in the broader issues, most people are only interested in their immediate environment It's been my experience that in relatively stable areas the majority attitude is, just leave me Mr Cole concluded However, he said he would like to see the public involved in order to turn out good plans and good policies that the people are involved in and can believe in, no matter how long it takes Jim Stendebach, a planner with the ORRPC who serves as a liaison officer with the city, told the session he's seen'- people show up in droves at a council meeting to speak on things like dog licence fees But no-one at all speaks up on zoning bylaws that may affect them far he said But he said community committees such as those suggested in the draft planning act could too easily become the instruments of pressure groups with specific axes to grind He suggested that rather than just holding formal public hearings as happens now councils should on major issues hold neighborhood meetings and tell people how proposed changes would affect them Planners should take the information they have, say here are our choices, then take it to the public and educate them, he said Mr Cole also pointed out that while public participation has become something of a motherhood issue ever> urban area has many publics and issues becomes more complex in this light 'There s a difference between what the man on the block might think and what might be the view of the total community, he 'Land resource of the future9 The time is coming when land will be considered as important a resource as energy is today, Alberta s planning director said in Lethbndge Thursday Speaking to a workshop sponsored by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission on suggested changes to the provincial planning act Noel Dant said more emphasis is being placed on land as a resource rather than just an economic commodity Mr Dant, who co-authored the draft version of a new planning act, told some 100 people at the workshop the new act which at this stage is a working paper only, not proposed government policy, is in general an attempt to reconcile the interests of the landowner and the greater public interest He said more emphasis will be placed in the future on public interest over property rights but where there is interference and financial losses to the individual compensation will be made Private owners will have more avenues of redress and better than present access to the courts, he added Mr Dant listed several aspects that a planning act should cover It should be enabling legislation delegating land use control down to the local level provide the means for managing the physical economic and social aspects of urban growth and decline to ordinate plans of development between dillerent levels of government and between government departments establish 01 ganiza tional and administrative bodies to carry out land use regulations and make a clear distinction between planning authority and responsibility at the dillerent levels Lost? A course teaching peopb to find their wav out of the is being offered by the University of Lethbndge beginning April 19 The public service course in orienteering charting a path through unknown territory consists of four sessions Doivntown greenery The greening of downtown Lethbndge got a small start this week with planting of several elm and ash trees at 7th Street and 5th Avenue S That's the extent of the project for now, however, according to city parks boss, Bill Brown. A commit- tee of downtown businessmen and property owners was organized last summer to get more greenery downtown. Bui Mr. Brown says while there will likely be a more extensive planting program in the future it won't happen this year.A major part of the community services budget this year is devoted to west side landscaping. Some 000 has been allocated to that project ;