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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursdoy, April 19, 1973 FOUR-DAY WEEKEND FOR SOME; OTHERS LESS FORTUNATE It's going to be a four-day, work-free Easter weekend for some Lethbridge residents, a three-day weekend for others and less for still others. The court house and pro- vincial judge's court will be closed Friday to Monday, re- opening Tuesday. The major- ity of lawyers' offices are al- so expected to be closed the four days. Federal and provincial gov- ernment offices will be closed the four days Doctors will not have office hours Friday through Sun- day although emergency ser- vice will be provided. Dental offices will similarly be closed the three days. There will be no milk or bread deliveries Friday. Nor- mal deliveries will be made Saturday and Monday. City buses will operate on holiday hours Friday and Sundav with one bus serv- ing North Lethbridge and one bus serving South Leth- bridge. Regular hours of op- eration will be observed Sat- urday. Most citv stores will be closed Friday, open Saturday, closed Sunday and open Mor- day. Some independents will be closed Monday. Time Air will operate on the Sunday schedule Friday. Greyhound Bus Lines will maintain its regular schedule throughout the -weekend. City hall will be closed Fri- day to Sunday. The auto- matic secretary will provide emergency telephone num- bers. Essential services such as the powerhouse, water treatment plant, police and fire will be maintained. Banks will stay open until 6 p.m. Thursday and will close Friday to Sunday, re- opening Monday. Beer parlors and cocktail lounges will be closed Friday, opened Saturday and opened Monday. The Herald will not pub- lish Friday. Most churches will be hold- ing Easter services Friday and Sunday. Some congre- gations will hold joint ser- vices. Most restaurants wil' be open through the weekend al- though some will be closed Good Friday. There are no programs scheduled for the Yates Mem- orial Centre this weekend. Bowling alleys will be open at certain times Friday through Sunday for tourna- ment and open bowliiig. The Civic and Adams ice centres are closed. A Midget hockey tourna- ment will be held at the Hen- derson Ice Centre facility Friday through Sunday. At the Friti Sick Pool Fri- day, there will be family swimming 10 a.m. to 12 noon, adult swimming 12-1 p.m., public swimming p.m.; Saturday, pub- lic swimming 3-6 p.m.; Sun- day, public swimming 1-5 pm. and family swimming 6-8 p.m. There is nothing slated for the Civic Sports Centre or city schools. Theatres will be operating throughout the Easter week- end. The Paramount will fea- ture the Disney film The World's Greatest Athlete and the Paramount Cinema will 5 how Sounder, both rated family. The College Cinema sho-i Avante, an adult him. Tvvo adult James Bond films. Diamonds are Forever and On Her Majesty's Secret Service will be featured at the drive-in. The Optimist Club of Leth- bridge will be holding its an- nual Hikes for Tikes starting at 7 a.m. Friday at the Civic Centre. The 28-mile hike will ba from Lethbridge, through Coaldale to Picture Butte. Proceeds will be used to fur- ther youth projects in the area. Billiard parlors will be Good Friday and Sunday. The YMCA will be closed Good Friday and Saturday will feature an all member swim between 11 a.m. and p.m. The Sir Alexander Gait Museum will be closed Fri- day and Saturday but open Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be a spiritual service and choir singing at the Lelhbridge Cor- rectional Institute Friday with the regular Roman Ca- tholic church service Satur- day night and the Salvation Army service Sunday. The city's three nursing lames have decorations and treats for the patients. A tea for friends and relatives will be held at the Edith Cavell Nursing Home Saturday. Mass will be celebrated Sun- day and a regular church ser- vice will be held Sunday night. The Oristian Reformed Church will be at the Devon Sunday afternoon. At the Southland, the Lethbridge Nazarene Church choir will entertain Sunday afternoon. St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church will conduct wor- ship Sunday morning. Nothing special is planned for the three senior citizens lodges in the city. School children are on holi- days from Friday to April 29. The last day of school is Thursday and they return to the books Monday, April 30. University of Lethbridge students finish writing exams Thursday and don't return until summer sessions start May 7 or the fall session which starts Sept. 6. Lethbridge Community Col- lege students gel this week- end off and start exams Monday. LCC is offi- cially out April 28. There will be no mail de- livery Friday and the post office and sub post offices will not be opened for wicket service. The lock-box lobby will remain open on its 24- hour basis. Regular will be resumed Monday. Long distance calls increase in Lethbridge By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer An average of long distance telephone calls were made from Lethbridge each day of 1972, Alberta Govern- ment Telephones announced today. Calls completed through the Lethbridge AGT office are in- creasing at a rate of each year with a total of long distance calls handled in 1972. Eight thousand calls were made to long distance points in the Lethbridge area with Calgary, the next most pop- ular location, receiving calls per day from Leth- bridge. Other most frequently call- ed locations include Edmon- ton, 705 calls per day, Medi- cine Hat, 482 calls per day, Cranbrook, 231, Brooks 167, and Vancouver, 153. Even though some tele- phone companies such as Bell Canada aid Quebec Tele- phone have expressed con- cern that their directory as- sistance services are being abused, AGT doesn't believe that th e service has been too badly abused in Alberta. AGT says the majority of the calls to directory assist- ance are by people outside the directory area, or by per- sons wishing to call a new number that is not yet listed in the directory. Quebec Telephone is so concerned about the abuse within its sytem tiat it is looking into the possibility of a service charge of 25 cents per call to give out num- bers. The AGT Lethbridge office employs as many as 6 girls for directory assistance at peak periods. An extra load for the girls to handle are emergency calls of which the local branch handles approxi- mately 85 calls per months. Emergency calls result from persons being too dis- traught to find and dial the number for police, fire, and ambulance. In larger urban areas the emergency overload is handl- ed by the provision of a spe- oal number. AGT offered to set the emergency number system up in Letbbridge but city coun- cil hasn't decided yet what to do. Many phone users do not thoroughly understand the AGT direct dialing service in the case of a wrong number being dialed or a call being aceidently cut off while in progress. AGT officials suggest that in both cases the caller should dial "0': and report the matter to the operator imme- diately. She will note the cir- cumstances, and an approp- riate adjustment will appear on the caller's next bill. Another area where people can help themselves is in the handling of nuisance calls. If someone receives a threaten- ing call or an annoyance call, he or she should simply hang up without speaking to the calling party, suggests G. E. Brice, AGT public informa- tion supervisor. Mr. Brice says if the calls persist, the matter should be reported, to the AGT business office for referral to the sec- urity department. This de- partment has the staff and electronic equipment neces- sary to apprehend any nui- sance calls Provincial court Theft charge dropped A charge of theft over S200 against a 27-year-old Calgary man was dismissed Wednes- day in provincial court. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson refused to ccmmit Gary Vernon Ramchuk for trial after both defense and the Crown agreed to apply the same evidence present- ed to an earlier preliminary bearing into a charge of theft against Gordon John Ramchuk to Gary Ramchuk's case. Charges against the Ram- chuk brothers were laid after the Feb. 19 theft of about S2.000 from Tnriftway Phar- macy. Gordon Ramchuk will be tried on the charge in district court in Lett- bridge. Trial date has not been set A 53-year-old Letbbndge tnan charged wrUi possession of a stolen, pension cheque remanded Wed- nesday to May 30 for trial. William WMler, a resident of the Plainsman Hole! has pleaded not guilty to the charpe that on March 29 he was in possession of a pension cheque belonpne to William patient in Lethbridge Municipal Hos- pital. Taber man pleaded not guilty Wednes- day to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon, and was remanded to May 24 for trial. Thomas Morton Archer is charged that on April 9. he was in possession of a starting pistol. A 24-year-old Medicine Hat man bas been bound over for trial on a charge cf non-capi- tal murder following the con- clusion of a prelimin- ary hearing Monday in Med- icine Hat Harvey Eason was charged Feb. 26 following the death of his two-year-old son Rod- ney in a Medicine Hat hospi- tal Feb. 24. Under a court order, evi- dence presented to the preli- minary hearing cannot be re- ported in the press. The case will be heard by thr Alberta Supreme Court, probably at its next Medi- cine Hat silting- A charge of uttering s threat by telephone was with- drawn Wednesday against a Lethbridge man. It had hrcn alleged that between Teh 1 and March ]3. Joseph Kenya, of 409 2nd S. jnad? pbW'e rails JhredteruTja life of Mrs. Christine Cohen, of mi IHh St S. ITRVIV School break Hopping right along with the Easter Bunny, 15-year-oJd Reno Trentini joins the rsst of his fallow students throughout the city for the annual spring break today through April 29. A Grade 9 student at Homiiton Junior High School, Reno won't have to look at another book of poetry, mathematics or geography for a full 10 days. Unsettled weather forecast vi father vith a chance for scattered have been forecast lor the weekend m So-jJb- C-T and thunder cloud5; K" exported to reach the region late ihw and remain through Pnday The highs today and Friday are expected m the 45 to 50 range Ovcm.ght tempera'.ures will be in the kw to mid 30s. Saturday. Sunday and Mon- day temperatures aro e Epect- ed to increase slifVJy to be- tween SO and 55 degrees The chance of scattered stamen a expected to con- tone through the weekend. Alberta doctors hoping to reduce medical shopping By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Medical Asso- ciation is trying to establish a monitoring system to cut down on the number of pa- tients who needlessly shop around for medical care. But, the association hasn't bean able to obtain the co- operation from the Alberta Health Care Insurance Com- mission medicare for a study on the feasibility of such a system, the executive direc- tor of the Alberta Medical Association said In Leth- bridge Wednesday. Dr. Robert Clark says that some people are shopping around from one doctor to another in an attempt to get a diagnosis or treatment that coincides with what they feel is medically wrong with them. The present Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission regulations allow for repeti- tive care so anybody under the plan can do their shop- ping at the taxpayers' ex- pense. Too many tests taken The proposed--monitoring system would be computeriz- ed enabling a physician to obtain, within seconds, the complete msdical history of treatment given to his pa- tient in Alberta. Under the present system a patient could be creating unnecessary medical prob- lems for himself by taking too many tests such as x-rays. As it is now. the physician has to take the pa- tient's word as to what treat- Annual check-up costly The high cost of the annual medical check up is an- other burden on the tax dol- lar because in most cases they are paid for by Alberta Health Care Ins u r a n c e whether the patient required a check-up or not. In March. Dr. Ray Bain- borough, director of the Southern Alberta Regional Hospitals L a b o ratory in Lethbridge. charged that the annual check up is creating an economic burden that he couldn't imagine any nation being able to bear. Dr. Clark claims Alberta Health Care Insurance can afford to continue paying for medical check ups but it must keep a close tab on the public trend toward request- ing the examination. He said if every person in this province had a medical check-up this year it would cost S40 million. The present budget for the Alberta Health Care is 590 million. Attitude change needed "Where would the plan get the money to pay for the siclc people who can't afford medical There is definitely an up- ward trend in the number of annual check ups in Alberta each year but Dr. Clark sug- gested this is partly the fault of the medical profession. For many years doctors and m e d ical associations have promoied the annual check up as a method of preventing illness or catching a disease in an early curable state. Today doctors and medical organizations such as the cancer society are advising people to request a check-up when an unusual symptom appears. The AMA is presently mi a program of education and re- direction to inform people of the change in thinking. Nursing homes a burden CJark says another burden on the tax dollar ha? been a change in society's attitude toward the care of the elderly and the sack A few years ago. relatives took it upon themselves to care for their own but today everybody wants to be inde- pendent. They rather institutionalize them, he The result this public al- titude has created pressure CTI the government to build more auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes to care and bouse Ihc sick and the elder- fc Grant prxyj- dent elect of the A3beria Medical Association, Al- berta has a high number of nursing boings com pared with other provinces. Alberta has eight bods per 1.009 population wjiile On- tario has only five per population. in answer to crimes who say Alberta has a shortage of nursing homes, Dr. McFhail says. "Well never have enough beos as long as so- tieJy continues with it? pres- ent institutionalize them al- He said nursing homes have enough applications be- fore they're even buiJt. A possible solution to the overbad may rest with the AMA's proposed home care service for tte sick and dis- abled and the day care cen- tre for the eJderiv. ment and tests he has al- ready received, says Dr. Clark. The physician often has to order tests to be done on a healthy patient just to ease the patient's mind that there isn't anything wrong with him physically. The AHA suggests that if 2 patient wishes to shop around for further testing after his initial tests, then lie should pay his own way. DR. GRANT McPHAIt 'Labor Act changes bad for teachers' Proposed changes to the Alberta Labor Act are not in the best interests of provincial teachers, a Lethbridge educat- or said Thursday. Bill Brcoks, southwest dis- trict representative of the Al- berta Teachers' Association, told members cf the local ATA a change in bargaining procedures could be forced by the planned amendments. "As far as we can see, the re- are not in our favor. "We may fir.d ourselves re- considering our procedure as far as bargaining is concern- Mr. Brooks said. He would not elaborate, when questioned after the ATA meeting, on what Labor Act changes he considers detri- mental to teachers. Mr. Brooks said the amend- ments are being studied by ATA executive members and welfare officials. Labor Minliier Bert Hohol has promised a new Labor Acl for this sitting of tte Legislature. Among changes listed by Dr. Hohol are: upgrading the rote of conciliation board chairmen, so in the event of a three-man board having no majority opinion, the chair- man's ruling would be final: extending the period in which TiOiice can be given that ne- gotiations should begin: pro- visions for a last-ditch meet- ing between feuding parties before invoking binding arbi- tration procedures. Eleven delegates from the Lethbridge local will attend a Unree-day conference at Cal- gary, Monday. A Lcthbridpc rfisofcfJcn. 1o be prcscn'cd to the ATA An- nual Representatives" Assem- bly, calls for rcmtn-al of "dis- criminatory pension practices iww sffcr'rns female teachers who rciirod belorc June, 3970. Vompn who retired from prior to tthat date were given pensions about J3 per cent Jess than men with comparable service because life cxpcrUsncy was a factor in calculations at that Jimo TV difffrentertion vas rp- mmvd by the gwerament after Jime, 1970. ;