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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, April THtLtTMBHIDOt HERALD M High River rural area seeks new fire truck HIGH RIVER The High River Rural Fire Protection Association will ask the Foothills Municipal District to levy an additional one-half to one mill in recreational areas of High River, Cayley and Blackie to cover the cost of a new fire truck. Ratepayers in the three areas approved the increased levy at three separate citizens' meetings. At present the rural area around High River is served by a home-made pumper truck. It has a 500-gallon tank Brooks building surges BROOKS Building permits authorizing in new construction have been approved by town council. This swells the total construction authorized by permits this year to more than million. Green Construction was authorized to build an addition to the high school costing and a addition to Newbrook Lodge. There will be a 23- unit addition to the Plains Motel and Celtic Construction will build a 17-suite apartment block. Prairie Apartments plans a 12-suite apartment. B and H Homes plans to build four fourplexes at an estimated cost of each. Applications were approved for four duplexes, three at each and one at There were six applications for single family dwellings in the price range. Dime-store justice lashed EDMONTON (CP) A brief to the Kirby Commission by the civil liberties subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, presented by Edmonton lawyer Phillip Ketchum, said Alberta's courts must rid themselves of the police image. "It's very hard explaining to the client that he's getting a fair hearing when the prosecutor, the clerk of the court and the witness are all policemen and the judge is an it said. "Let's "get rid of 'dime- store' justice, or 'cash register' justice, as it is called on the street." Facilities must be upgraded, including 'law libraries, and judges must be given case-load programs incorporating periods of free time. However, the brief questioned whether the public was prepared to spend adequate funds on the judicial system. "I read somewhere that more money was spent by the United States government on agricultural subsidies than on the nation's judiciary system, and I bet the same thing could be said for this province." The province should return to using a judicial nominating board that would recommend to the government a list of people suggested for judges. "I believe that a board such as this, made up of judges, a bar association member and lay people, could remove any possibility of patronage being labelled on any new choice." The brief added that every person should have his legal rights read to him when any charge is laid, before police questioning is begun. George McDermott of the Metis Association of Alberta told the commission of alleged police beatings, harassment, petty searches and legal subterfuge "just so they (the police) can put us in our place." He said the association had tried unsuccessfully to work with the Alberta Human Rights Branch. "I can say that in some areas of this province if a human rights guy went there, he'd be killed because of his inaction." Mr. McDermot said there was obvious discrimination against natives in provincial courts, citing examples of identical crimes and substantially different sentences for natives and whites. Legal adviser for the association, James Robb, said the association advocates removal of the controversial warrant of commital clause in law books. and a portable pump as well as an auxiliary gallon tanker. Association chairman Bill Hanson and secretary Allen Smith say the unit is incapable of handling large fires and the age and condition of the original unit prevents it from being driven more than 35 miles an hour on most rural roads. The association wants to buy a new unit. It would be capable of handling all types of rural fires. This truck would have a front mounted pump and carry gallons of water. With a full complement of hose, two sets of breathing apparatus, nozzles, extinguishers and a small portable pump for filling, it would cost about If all the rural residents plus the villages of Cayley and Blackie agree with an additional mill rate for 10 years, the rate would be held at one-half of a mill. This would amount to 50 cents per assessment on an amortized loan over 10 years. Nanton folks want senior citizen home NANTON total of 555 rural residents have signed a petition to obtain a senior citizens' home for Nanton. Twenty volunteer canvassers from Nanton and Stavely districts circulated the petition. Only 11 people refused to sign. The rural area which has been canvassed includes the northern one-third of the Willow Creek Municipal District. It extends from one mile south of the town of Stavely to the northern boundary at Connemara and to the west and east boundaries of the MD. ;jj: About 85 per cent of the people living in this area 18 years of age or older signed. Addition to home open in Cranbrook 1 CRANBROOK (Special) The split-level addition to the Dr. F. W. Green Memorial Home, doubling accommodation potential, is now in operation. Newly appointed supervisor is Eileeu Pigoon who comes to the post from Grande Prairie. She is experienced in management of this type of facility and also an experienced chef. The only remaining original staff member, Mildred Turner, who has been interim acting supervisor, is now kitchen supervisor and head cook. Built originally in the late 1950s, honoring the memory of a pioneer physician, the home has served as retirement boarding home for about 30 persons. The original cost was and it was debt free. The extension provides 16 private rooms, each with toilet facilities. It is Thief pleads blackmail CALGARY (CP) A former Mount Royal College bookkeeper who was blackmailed into stealing from the college has been jailed for one year by an Alberta Supreme Court judge. Joyce Swan pleaded guilty to the charge before Mr. Justice A. M. Dechene, who rejected a defence plea for a suspended sentence. Defence Lawyer Harvey Korman said he will appeal the sentence. Crown Prosecutor Robert Nelles said Mrs. Swan worked in the college accounting office and between August, 1968, and September, 1972, she drew up vouchers for 36 refund cheques to fictitious students. She cashed the cheques herself and bank records showed the was placed in her account. Mr. Nelles said Mrs. Swan was in a position to place the cacnelled cheques in the college records in a way which hid the crime, until a regular audit detected the cheques after she had left the college. Mr. Korman said the woman committed the crime to save her floundering marriage. Mr. Korman said the woman told the man about her unhappy home life and that the man later used the story against her. Although the two were intimate only on one occasion, he began calling the woman and demanding money, said Mr. Korman. He said the- man called 36 times over the four year period and on each occasion threatened to tell her employer and her husband about her unfaithfulness. He said the woman arranged the cheque cashing scheme to save her marriage which is "back on its feet." The prosecutor said it was "incredible" that an educated woman such as Mrs. Swan could let the situation drag on for four years. at present only five short of capacity, 40 residents in the home. Downstairs housekeeping units on 17th Avenue, below the main building accessible from the rear at ground level number four. They will accommodate one or two persons and are not yet complete. Blairmore clean-up underway BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Blairmore department of public works crews are busy sweeping and cleaning paved streets in town. The heavy accumulation of gravel and sand that was used during icy winter periods is being gathered up and stored for other purposes. The town is planning an extension of last year's curb and gutter and paving program. Tenders have been advertised and it is hoped an early start will be made on the project. This year's program will complete most of the streets in town and will cost about Council has ordered restriction of truck weight loads, on the town's newly paved streets in order to prevent the pavement from being torn up. Signs will be installed at key points to advise truckers of the restrictions. The restrictions and signs will be lifted when the spring break- up period is over. Stingy government 4to blame' CALGARY (CP) Stingey governments are mainly to blame for the failures of large mental institutions to successfully treat patients, a symposium of psychiatry was told here. "It was years of fiscal paring by parsimonious governments which led to such reduction in their standard of care as to finally discredit said Dr. Keith Pearce. "Let us also frankly admit that the professions and the public both allowed government to starve the mental hospital of every resource not only preventing them from being able to change but in fact causing their deterioration until they were discredited." Dr. Pearce, head of psychiatry at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, said mental health care must shift from large specialized institutions to general hospital psychiatric units. He said once mental health care is focused on general hospitals it will be necessary to regionalize health care and place psychiatric services under the direction of independent hospital boards who could represent their community's interests. The Herald- District This would total per year and would cover the entire cost. Should any of the three areas or the two villages opt out of the scheme, the mill rate would have to be raised to three-quarters of a mill or possibly to one mill. The present pumper truck is owned by the Town of High River while the tanker is the .property of the High River Rural Fire Association. Both units are based at High River and manned by the High River Volunteer Fire Department. This practice would be continued with the new unit. Rural fire calls are expensive. Four men must be detached from the town force to attend each rural fire. Rural residents have formed the association with a membership fee of A country fire call costs a member plus per hour after the first hour for firefighters' salaries. A non- member pays plus the regular plus the per, extra hour. 1 MD of Cardston raises wages of some employees CARDSTON (Staff) The Cardston Municipal District council has approved the following increases for MD employees: shop foreman, per month from mechanic, per month from mechanic, per month from shop helper, per month from road foreman, per month from experienced machine operators, an hour, from an hour. The MD secretary treasurer told council prior to the wage debate that "there is no question these fellows can make more money on private contract work than on our buggies (diet moving machines used in road and construction Reeve Harold Jensen commented: "It all seems crazy to us but the way things are going but what are you going to do? We have just got to learn to live with it." Two new buggy operators will start at Coun. Keith Olsen said earlier that the "road crew is worth an hour." Coun. Ken Beswick said, "Why try to be conscientious? The provincial government is certainly inflationary." said Coun. Olsen. "But it sure hurts me when I lose on every head of beef I sell." Pension officer in 'Pass Canada Pension Plan field officer Louis LaPlace will answer questions about the plan, old age security and the guaranteed income supplement in five B.C. centres April 22 to 25. Anyone who wants to take advantage of this service may see Mr. LaPlace as follows: Sparwood town hall from to a.m. April 22. Fernie city hall from 1 to 3 p.m. April 22. Cranbrook, 101 Federal Building, 9 a.m. to p.m. April 23. Kimberley union hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. Creston, Federal Agriculture Building, a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. District I calendar I Warner oldtlmers will hold their semi-annual pot-luck dinner at p.m. Sunday at the school auditorium and secretary Irene Holladay says everyone is welcome The Hoping Nimble Needles 4-H Sewing Club will hold its Achievement Day in the Hoping Community Centre at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, and its Rally Day May 11 at Lethbridge with swim- ming, supper and bowl- ling for all members, says Sheila Scratch, club reporter residents of Readymade will meet Monday at 8 p.m. in the Readymade School to discuss compiling a history of the area. Grant for high school The increases in the per student grants announced in January will provide the Lethbridge public school board with an additional and the separate school board with an additional for the 1974-75 school year. The South In short Summer festival planned HIGH RIVER The High River district recreation board will sponsor an eight-day summer festival Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. It will involve many local groups and individuals. Total community involvement for fun is the key, says recreation director Dennis McCullough. Two major events, the All-Breed Horse Show and the Race Meet, both sponsored by the High River Agriculture Society, will drawmany visitors during the festival. There will be a week-long fishing derby. Many other activities are planned. Magrath spending CARDSTON (Staff) The Town of Magrath is seeking aid from the Cardston Municipal District on a expenditure and not as reported in the April 15 edition of The Lethbridge Herald. The story said Magrath recently purchased an expensive fire truck. The town is considering the purchase of a second hand vehicle but the expenditure has not yet been made. Sunshine Circle meets ETZIKOM (HNS) The Sunshine Circle met at the home of Gladys Stromsmoe recently. Roll call involved an exchange of flowers and flower seeds. Members completed plans to serve lunch during the Edward Herbst auction sale. The hostess gift was won by Gladys Genno. The May 1 meeting will be held at the home of Kay Sheltgen. Two seek trustee's seat HIGH RIVER James A'Hara of Okotoks and J. M. Heidt of DeWinton are seeking ,1 seat on the Foothills school division board. Voting will take place May 2 at Okotoks. The winner will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Lee Coyne. He will serve until the 1974 organizational meeting in October. Mr. A'Hara is an electrical consultant and Mr. Heidt is an engineer. Cancer canvass shaping up ETZIKOM (HNS) Barbara Traxler has been elected president of the Etzikom Community Club. Other officers are Alice Ondrik. vice-president; and Ellen Heitrich, secretary-treasurer. Canvassers were chosen for the cancer-fund raising campaign and kits were distributed. Kay Sheltgen reported she presented toilet articles to the Bow Island Pleasant View Lodge and roll call involved fines to defray expenses. The next meeting will be held May 8 at Barbara Traxler's residence. MP opens High River office HIGH RIVER Crowfoot MP Jack Homer will open a constituency office here. It will be managed by Lillian Knupp. Mr. Horner said, "This might come as a surprise to other areas in the constituency of Crowfoot which would have preferred an office in their region. I feel that I am in the town of Hanna and Brooks fairly often and people feel free to approach me but I do not get over to the area south of Calgary quite as often. Because of this and the fact suburbia is rapidly spreading into this area from Calgary, the residents there may feel they do not know their member of Parliament nor how or where to reach him." The office will be financed by the government. It will pay up to a year for secretarial help and a month for office rental equipment. Trophy Night Saturday COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Bill Michalsky, well-known Lundbreck guide and outfitter, will show wildlife pictures at Coleman Fish and Game Annual Trophy Night to be held Saturday, in the Coleman Catholic Hall. The event will get underway at p.m. when trophies and prizes for the best game heads and largest fish caught during the season will be presented. A light lunch will be served followed by a party. Speakers will include Charles Drain, ML A, and officers from the Pincher Creek fish and wildlife office. Development officer named HIGH RIVER Bruce Lawrence has been appointed development control officer for the Town of High River. He will process applications for developments from citizens under the development control bylaw. At the same time, he will also act as building inspector, mobile licence free collector and collector of trade licences for the town. Prlcti iflwtlvi HI) Sitirdiy. April 20th dotlq. vt right to limit quantltln. 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