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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION Tax courts 'should be impartial' By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Courts of revision, the first level of appeal for tax assessments, have to become more impartial, panellists, at the annual convention of the Alberta Assessors' Association in Lethbridge agreed Wednesday Ian Fraser, property tax supervisor with Canadian Utilities, and one of the members on a panel aihcussmg the role of courts of Burning fight promised The burning barrel bylaw to go to city council's next regular meeting Monday night will apparently contain provision for two week spring and fall burning ban moratoriums City fire marshall Doug Kometz said today he would not be against such a provision It would apparently enable city council to declare two week "clean-up weeks" in the spring and fall during which time residents would be allowed to burn refuse much as they can now The rest of the year, however, outdoor burning including the use of burning barrels would be prohibited Council asked for the bylaw about a month ago in 4-2 vote, but .two members of council were not present at that meeting The two week burning provisions aren't expected to appease opponents of a burning ban It won't make a bit of difference to said Aid Bill Kergan, who along with Aid Tom Ferguson voted against the resolution calling for a burning ban bylaw "We're going to have a he promised Provincial court revision, said the present make-up of the tribunals is not satisfactory In many cases, municipal councillors or employees sit as judges while ratepayers challenge their taxation assessments, set by a municipally employed assessor Mr Fraser suggested the courts could become effective tribunals if persons with experience in real estate appraisal were appointed to courts of revision for terms longer than one year. Peter Klompas, assessments inspector with the municipal affairs department, told the convention there is little chance a municipal councillor can be objective while judging either the actions of a municipal employee (the or a friend and neighbor who is complaining about his assessment None of the panellists suggested courts of revision should be scrapped, although Rene Gagne, panel chairman, said many people regard the courts as a worthless exercise preceding appeal to the Alberta Assessment Appeal Board And said Martin Kay, a Calgary lawyer and panellist, many lawyers regard the courts as an inconvenient step before appeals either to the Alberta Supreme Court, or the provincial appeal board Mr Kay said the courts of revision not really courts, but administrative tribunals are a quick and inexpensive procedure for ratepayers complaining their property has been assessed too high But, he said, the revision tribunals could be maae more effective if persons with expertise in assessment replaced municipal councillors as judges Last day Friday is the registration deadline for the University of Lethbndge's summer session I which runs from May 6 to June 7, officials said todsy Ruckus in bar costs man A Yellowkmfe, N W T man who resisted arrest by Lethbridge city police Tuesday night was fined in provincial court Wednesday Melvin Fred Beauheu, 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to resist arrest He was being arrested on a charge of failing to leave licensed premises when asked to do so The court was told Beauheu fought and kicked, slightly injuring the arresting constable Beauheu also pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to leave and was fined A Lethbridge man who tried on a pair of pants in a local clothing store Tuesday and left without taking, them off was sentenced in provincial court Wednesday to 60 days in jail David Yellowfeet, 22, 1403 Taber kindergarten seeks money The newly-formed early childhood services council of the Taber separate school district will hold kindergarten classes next fall in St Mary's School, if it receives provincial funding The council recently elected Allen Herbst as president. Teacher applicants are now being screened by R C Spenralh, superintendent of Southern Alberta rural Catholic schools 3rd Ave N pleaded guilty to a charge of theft under He also admitted a prior record of related convictions A man who obtained worth of groceries with a bad cheque last month was sentenced in provincial court Wednesday to 60 days in jail Joseph Smith. 26, 976A 12th St S pleaded guilty to the fraud charge March 28 The lethbrtdge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, April 18, 1974 Local news PAQES-15-28 What frost warnings? Taking advantage of bright sun and warm temper- atures, Ann Jensen, of Lethbridge, gets a head start on her tan and her garden. But the weatherman warns gardeners there is still a 90 per cent chance of frost and April temper- atures have been known to plummet as low as 21 below, which is what happened April 17, 1943. The probability of frost doesn't go below 50 per cent until after the third week in May. Apparently, the frost warnings have been ignored by these spring flowers photographed around the city. I I Spring '73 strike Province can't soften cost ATA mortgage rate hikes The Southwestern Alberta Teachers' strike last spring cost the Alberta Teachers Association more than The 15-day strike involving about teachers cost the ATA but it still had in its stike fund at the end of 1973, Bernie Keeler, the executive secretary of the association says Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON There is little the province can do to soften inevitable rises in mortgage rates which will follow a steep increase in the Bank of Canada's lending rate, the legislature was told Wednesday 'Based on last year's experience, I expect that unfortunately they (mortgage rates) will Dave Russell, minister of municipal Fred Davis offers interview insights FRED DAVIS By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Fred Davis has an almost uncontrollable urge to hold up a book whenever he sees a television camera Mr Davis, a well-known television personality says some celebrities are unwilling to appear on his interview program, The Fred Davis Show, unless their arms are twisted by publishers or producers wanting publicity for newly-released books or movies. As a result he has held up more books for the camera in the last year than he did cigarette packages in several years making du Mauner commercials As guest speaker at the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce's annual president's banquet Wednesday, Mr Davis outlined some interesting aspects of the television industry Sir Edmund Hilary, the New Zealander who conquered Mount Everest, was a good example of a reluctant interview subject The alpinist was very shy and would not be interviewed for television until he wrote a book and his publisher talked him into it, said Mr Davis He also said it was comforting in a way to see major actors suffering stage fright, which they hold him got worse as time went on Actors who could play almost any role were nervous playing themselves unless they were interviewed often and had developed a public personality He said actor Sir Ralph Richardson had told him he was a very competent interviewer, but added he had "the best dentist in London and I can't say I enjoy going to him For a good interview the ice had to be broken at the start so 'he subject would be relaxed and open. But a steady diet of celebrities would make a poor show, he said Two very good interviews had been with a taxi driver and a charwoman in London, England. The taxi driver was over 70 and had been driving for 50 years He had seen literally everything in the back of his cab. The charwomen had successfully organized the charwomen of London to end their economic exploitation If he did a bad show, he was the first to know it from his mail, he said But many television executives were removed from the public and lost sight of the values by which they should judge programs Television people had to "look across the table" at their audience, and not down at it The CBC, on the other hand, was sometimes too sensitive to a few letters, and lost sight of artistic values that way, he said The corporation had once banned books being shown on camera because of complaints about promoting foreign writers Mr Davis said he was pro-police when law-and-order issues were discussed on television "I had my bellyful of the forces unjustly criticizing our police forces across the country when I was doing Under he said He said he had erred on the side of his own views when interviewing Los Angeles police Sgt Joseph Wambaugh, an author of realistic detective novels and creator of the television show Police Story He said he tried to bring out strong opinions with "Don't you think questions and came off looking like a "right-wing nut" when Sgt Wambaugh didn't think so He also said the Front Page Challenge program does not become boring because you can never tell what panelist Gordon Sinclair will do affairs, told Gordon Taylor (SC Drumheller) The Bank of Canada Sunday moved to dampen the economy growth rate with the steepest increase in rates since 1967 It raised the rates one per cent to the highest level ever of per cent Mr Russell said it was "extremely difficult' for the province to compete with "unilateral decisions" made outside the province An attempt to hold down rates by the Alberta Housing corporation in a similar situation last year "literally flooded" the corporation with applicants for loans Mr Russell said the rush to take advantage of the lowest interest rates in the province left the corporation strapped to meet its own social housing commitments Gordon Miniely, provincial treasurer, tolf NDP leader Grant Notley that the province did not consider the higher lending rate suitable to the Alberta economy. "But for other parts of Canada you could argue the other he said Mr Miniely also said John Turner, federal finance minister, had limited control over Bank of Canada policies Mr Russell said the increase probably will, mean interest rales on Alberta Housing Corp loans will go up. He added that it is unlikely ceiling will be placed on the housing corporation's interest rates Surveyors goofed, says MLA Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON At least one item included in a consumer survey which showed startling price differences throughout the province does not exist, according to Bill Wyse (SC Medicine Hat Redcliff) Mr. Wyse said that a General Electric 176 cubic foot refrigerator chosen as a test item in the survey of 23 communities wasn't in the company's catalogues "We shouldn't quibble about a few comparatively minor Bob Dowling, minister of consumer affairs, said outside the legislature in response The survey, conducted by district home economists, was the first ever to be carried out on a province wide basis It claimed that during the last week of February, the test fridge sold for 1589.47 in Calgary, in Red Deer, 1599 in Medicine Hat, 95 in Grande Frame, in Vegreville, in Stettler, in Barrhead, in Evansburg, in Olds, in Lloydminster, in Wamwrighl, in St Paul, in Dramheller, in Lethbndge, in Brooks, in Peace River and in Vulcan the price spread is ;