Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridgo, Alberta, Tuesday, April 23, 1974 PAGES 15-28 South hit by critical labor shortage f ns-knvTimVU1! AMniiMk nttnllaMtTA in tkof firt-vA rtf lirMvlf By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer A healthy construction industry is "robbing" labor from other areas of employment, says the manager of Canada Manpower. The service industry, agriculture and manufacturing are the areas that have been particularly hard hit, says Frank Besplug. Many skilled and semi-skilled workers ate going to the construction industry for the "quick money." There is considerable construction going on in Southern Alberta and most of the jobs are unionized and are paying high wages, Mr. Besplug says. A unionized construction laborer makes an hour. However, the construction industry too is 'facing a shortage of skilled workers. There are 20 vacancies for carpenters and 10 for bricklayers in the Lethbridge area, Mr. Besplug said. Canada Manpower has wired all across Canada in search of carpenters and even sent request overseas but with very little success. There have always been shortages in the industry (hotel and restaurant Mr. Besplug says. There isn't enough challenge in that type of work. As far as the agriculture is concerned, Mr. Besplug says there just isn't enough farm laborers around any more. In the past anyone could work on a farm but farms have become very mechanized and it takes a special type of person to be able to work on a farm these days. Mr Besplug hopes student workers "will bail us out of a tough situation" and fill vacancies in some of the areas where there are shortages. He said this summer there should be work for any student who is willing to work. MLA T Judy has a way with a packer Although she doesn't even drive a car, Judy Thompson, 324 Rideau Crt., handles a packer with ease. She, and other heavy-equipment operators, are busy creating a suburb out of farmland on the city's west side. Hyndman: 'they should grab the thistle' School boards will face plebiscites until they get to voters Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Local school boards will continue to face possible plebiscites on their spending demands, Lou Hyndman, minister of education, said Monday. Mr Hyndman told a legislature committee that until boards established closer links with their electorates, the province believed it must retain some control over supplementary requisitions. If boards want more than a The Bridge Salvation Army's 'break9 for men released from jail By DAVID B. ELY Herald Staff Writer A transitional centre in the city for releasees from the Lethbridge Correctional Institution is being planned by the Salvation Army. Capt. Ron Butcher, correctional service officer for the Army, explained the centre to Lethbridge Rotarians at their regular luncheon Monday. The Rotarians have pledged their help in raising funds and have planned a chicken barbecue for May 7 at the El Rancho. The proceeds from the event will be given to the Army for the project. Capt. Butcher said The Bridge, as the centre will be known, will provide a place to live for men who will be looking for work and trying to fit back into society "on the street." "A lot of these fellows can make it if they get a he said. Too many men released from jail have no place to go. The releasee finds himself going back to where his friends and former troubles are. The Bridge will give him a place to eat and sleep while he makes the transition to normal life. The Salvation Army will be working closely with other agencies, Capt. Butcher said. The Rotarians met in the old Trianon ballroom, now owned by the Salvation Army. This is where The Bridge will be established Work on the sleeping cubicles, interview room and television room has already begun. When completed the centre will house 16 to 18 men, plus a supervisor and a cook. Releasees will be, closely screened, Capt. Butcher said, and a resident of The Bridge will have to conform to the few regulations of the centre if he wants to stay. A nominal rent will be charged. The Bridge is not to te confused with the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission's halfway house. he said. No government agency is involved in The Bridge. The Bridge is expected to be ready for use by September, Capt. Butcher said. The Rotarians are selling tickets at each for their May dinner Family entertainment will also be provided More secret power plant deliberations City council went into a closed session Monday for the second time in a week to discuss the city power plant situation. Talks were held last week with Calgary Power concerning the city's future power supply, but further with the company were not expected for three to four weeks. per cent increase, they must advertise the fact to give voters a chance to organize a plebiscite on the question. Mr. Hyndman told the committee that 11 boards are in the process of asking for increases in excess of the limit. He said indications are that they will have no trouble gaining approval, or at least not arousing dissent, over the increases. But he said the feeling of the public was that a degree of control should remain. Outside the committee, he said boards should "grab the thistle themselves" on tough issues. They should stop handing them on to the minister. "I'd have to receive a lot fewer letters and inquiries to my office that should be directed to school boards" before lifting the plebiscite requirement, he said. The education minister also told the committee it will cost the province somewhere between million and million this year to try to equalize inequalities among school boards. The province will use administrative means to distribute corporate taxes more fairly among separate and public boards. The subsidy route has been chosen as legislative changes might be contrary to the British North America Act and sectarian education policies, Mr. Hyndman said. Separate boards would be major beneficiaries under the plan. The boards have complained that they educate more students than represented by .their assessments. Safety record earns rebate City workers had so few accidents in 1973 that the city received the maximum possible rebate from the Workers' Compensation Board, City Manager Allister Findlay reported to council Monday The rebate amounted to and was equivalent to all the rebates the city has obtained from the board since 1953, the city manager said. But 1974 does not look so good because of hazardous ice conditions early in the year, he added. Derailment Monday Canadian Pacific Railway personnel are investigating a derailment at Brant early Monday morning that involved 23 empty beer boxcars and a loaded propane car. A CPR spokesman in Calgary said today the propane car stayed upright after it left the rails and was not damaged. Damage to the empty boxcars was relatively light, he said. The cause of the derailment has not been determined. Brant is 15 miles northwest of Vulcan. accused of rousing Hutterite issue By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Social Credit MLA Ray Speaker has been accused of inflaming an already tense situation surrounding Hutterite land dealings. Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell Monday asked the MLA for Little Bow to be more temperate in his language concerning the Hutterites. In calling for a freeze on all farm land purchases by corporations, foreign interests and Hutterites, Mr. Speaker suggested some Southern Alberta communities were so upset they might take the law into their own hands. He said his constituents were extremely disturbed by large land purchases and he accused some Hutterite colonies of being arrogant and irresponsible in their dealings for land "It is impossible to predict what some people in the South might Mr. Speaker said in a weekend interview. "In the last year or so I've heard a lot of people in my area say that if the government can't do something about this problem, then they might start doing something about it themselves The municipal affairs minister said he was disappointed an MLA would use such language. "It is incumbent on MLA's like Mr. Speaker to be more temperate in their language. I'm surprised that an MLA would use language like that." Mr. Russell said the government recognized there would be problems in making all Albertans equal when it came to buying land. "It's a very sensitive thing to handle at this time That's why I'm a little concerned at the language Mr. Speaker is using. The minister rejected Mr. Speaker's suggestion that purchases be frozen until a land use forum reports in about two years. "It takes away the rights of the vendors as well as the he said. "We have a bill of rights that says all Albertans are equal." Mr. Russell said he recognized that communities and other farmers had legitimate concerns about Hutterite expansion But he said Hutteriies appear to have been "pretty good neighbors." He had received as many favorable as unfavorable comments about the colonies. Meanwhile, Mr. Speaker said that far from attempting to inflame the situation, he wants to convince the government there is a problem. If it is ignored, it will only get worse and possibly explosive, he said in an interview. "I am doing the minister a favor and trying to get people together to talk about it You ignore it and that would inflame the situation." Mr. Speaker said he was not politically motivated in pursuing the issue. If he had wanted to stir things up, he w'ould have kept his constituents separated from Edmonton and worked up their fears about government policies. As it was he was attempting to get the government and concerned persons together. "It is important for the minister to realize communication is important. The government just isn't paying attention to a large group of citizens." He said he wanted to bring to the attention of large land purchasers that they had a problem on their hands and should do something about it. Regarding Hutterite expansion in particular, he said the only way to resolve conflicts was for the colonies "to carry out better public relations campaigns in the communities on which they're, going to inflict themselves." "People at the level where these things are happening are very frustrated. There is no real protection for people in the community Because of the frustration, a thing like this could the MLA said. Mr. Russell has said he is ready to meet with a delegation of Southern Alberta residents about land use but a date has not been set. MY BUT THOSE TICKETS DO ADD UP A Calgary rock musician is facing a possible 75-day jail sentence for failing to pay 25 parking tickets. Ralph McKague, 27, a drummer in a travelling rock band will serve the sentence if he cannot pay the in fines and costs levied in provincial court Monday. He did not have the money when he appeared in court. McKague came into the police station to pay six parking tickets and was arrested by police who were aware of the 25 outstanding tickets. 'Clean-up bylaw won't be used to persecute' By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council Monday passed a bylaw aimed at cleaning up "unsightly and untidy" premises after being told it was intended primarily to improve the appearance of the city's industrial park. City Manager Allister Findlay said the bylaw wasn't an attempt to persecute anyone, but it was paramount that some control over conditions in the north-side industrial park be attained. Council had balked at the bylaw when it was first presented in January and two aldermen were uneasy about it again Monday for much the same reasons. Aid. Vera Ferguson said the bylaw opened the door to invasion of privacy and of property. She said she was concerned about a section of the bylaw which defined an unsightly and untidy premise as one not in keeping with the surrounding properties within a one block radius of similar zoning. "I live in an older neighborhood where incomes vary, the size of houses vary, and the way people live she said. "There's no way I want to impose my standards on everyone. "It smacks of, 'You all better conform or you all just better not live here.' Aid. Steve Kotch said the bylaw would be hard to enforce and was one more bylaw that helps to make Lethbridge "probably one of the cities in Western Canada." But Mr. Findlay said: "As long as I'm city manager the city will by no means go out and persecute people." A recent council tour of the industrial park showed the problems there, he said, and at least the bylaw will give council the power to do something after persuasion fails. Aid. Cam Barnes said he was for the bylaw because it was concerned not with the ordinary citizen but cases where conditions don't change year after year. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said that while he was against restrictive bylaws generally he favored this one It gives people a fair opportunity to clean up a mess if there is a mess and it gives them access to city council if they think they are being pushed around, he said. Public pressure more than the fines will see that the bylaw works, he suggested. The bylaw provides for a maximum fine for infractions but only after a lengthy process is first carried out. The bylaw gives a city building inspector the right to enter private land and inspect the premises. If he deems a property unsightly and untidy within the provisions of the bylaw, he can give the owner a notice of at least seven days to clean up. If the situation isn't remedied, the building inspector can report to council, which can then serve another notice on the owner. The owner then has at least 10 days to either comply or appear before council to explain his position. If he fails to convince council he shouldn't be required to clean up, council can issue a clean-up order giving him another 15 days to do so. If he still doesn't, the city can come in and do it for him. Coaldale replot to be discussed COALDALE (HNS) There will be a public meeting here at p.m. Wednesday in the Coaldale Sportsplex to discuss the north Coaldale replot program accepted in principle by town council Monday night. Mayor A.F. Blakie, Oldman River regional planner Code Clements and a representative of the town's engineering firm, Brown, Okamura and Associates, will be on hand to discuss the scheme. RCMP centennial flags fly in city courtroom RCMP centennial flags will be displayed in Lethbridge provincial courtrooms as a commemoration of the co- operation between the RCMP and the courts. The flags were presented to Provincial Judge Lloyd W. Hudson Monday after regular provincial court Insp. J. R. Bentham, commanding officer of the Lethbridge subdivision and representing the RCMP, and Dr. John Walker, representing the Alberta RCMP Centennial Committee, made the presentation.