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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The next question is what is an incinerator? By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Is a backyard incinerator really just a dressed-up burning barrel or is it something a little more elaborate? At the moment that question seems to be open to individual interpretation of the open-burning ban bylaw passed by city council Monday. Doug Kometz, city fire marshall, admitted Tuesday he doesn't know the answer, but he's busy working on a suggested definition of an incinerator. He's basing it on 1972 standards for outdoor residential incinerators put put by the National Fire Protection Association, authoritative North American body. Among its recommendations: A proper incinerator must have a smokestack that reaches a minimum of 12 feet above ground level and it must have an approved spark arrester. An "approved" spark arrester is a cylindrical mesh affair that fits in and above the smoke stack, not just a flat screen on top of the stack. "We're first going to have to get an okay to follow this code, then check with the provincial environment department to be sure we're not contravening what they're trying to Mr. Kometz said. "Then we'll advertise in the paper, settling exactly what an incinerator is." "Hopefully in the next day or two, we'll know exactly where we stand." In the meantime, burning barrels without at least a lid of some kind are definitely out, because they would not meet the requirements of the bylaw. It allows burning in an incinerator which does not permit the escape of sparks, ash or dense smoke. What kind of an incinerator is that? "Personally I think it's a burning barrel with a lid on said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, who termed the ban passed by council Monday a "piddly bylaw that doesn't accomplish much." "Here we have a bylaw that allows people to burn just as they always have for four weeks of the year and to burn in their burning barrels with a few minor modifications the rest of the he said. The bylaw gives council the authority to declare a "Clean-Up Week" lifting the open burning ban for two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall. Council hasn't yet declared such a clean-up week for this spring. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April 24, 1974 Pages 13-24 Clark lashes discrim ina tio n in women's pay Rush on for couriers, AGT ______.C2___________ J______________ By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Discrimination in pay to women working for the provincial government is Property division plea fails Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The legislature took no action Tuesday on a government backbencher's plea that women receive a more just division of property in the event of a marriage breakdown. Graham Harle (PC Stettler) told MLA's the problem of property rights in divorces and separations has reached almost "crisis" proportions in Alberta. In his private member's resolution, he asked the government to change property laws in light of a Supreme Court of Canada decision last year which denied Alberta ranch wife Irene Florence Murdoch a share in the family ranch. "I am afraid that because of the Murdoch Murdoch case many women will be prevented from receiving a just and equitable division of Mr. Harle said. "Because a wife has not had the opportunity of earning money, or was not wise enough to see that some property was in her name" it was not fair she should not receive some rights in the division of property in a marriage that breaks down. As the law stands, property not specifically assigned the wife belongs to the husband. But Mr. Harle's resolution that the government allow courts to decide the breakdown of assets on the basis of each partner's contribution to the marriage was allowed to fall to the bottom of the order paper without a vote. The matter will probably not come up for debate again until the fall. By adjourning debate, the house did not take the opportunity to tell the government what it should do with a report on property rights and marriage being prepared by the Institute of Law Research and Reform. One of the only two women in the legislature, Catherine Chichak (PC Edmonton- Norwood) moved to adjourn debate and will thus be the first to speak on the resolution if it comes up again. Mr. Harle told the legislature Alberta had the highest divorce rate in the country with 227.8 divorces per 1.000 population. The national average is 148.3 per "There is a crying need I suggest it has almost reached crisis proportions, that something be done on property rights in he said. Keith French (SC Hanna- Oyen) who introduced a similar resolution in 1971 which resulted in the law institute's review, said there was no doubt the province has sole right under the BNA Act to deal with property rights. The legislature may still have a chance this session to again debate the matter if a bill introduced Tuesday is considered. Gordon Taylor (SC Drumheller) introduced a private member's bill that would give the courts the right to divide property equally between spouses upon separation. getting much worse, despite the government's commitment to equal pay for equal work, Bob Clark, opposition leader, charged Tuesday. Mr. Clark said the government is convicted by its own statistics, according to figures it released to the opposition in answer to queries from Roy Wilson (SC Calgary Bow) last year and this. From September 1971 to April 1973, male salaries increased by 24.2-per-cent, compared with only cent for females. "The discrimination is being increased at the rate of two to Mr. Clark said in an interview. "That is some comment on the government's commitment to equal pay for equal work." The vast majority of women are still making less than The percentage has dropped by only three-per- cent to 84-per-cent. The few women able to get over the hurdle scarcely reflects the much higher increase in the cost of living, Mr. Clark said. "Looking at the whole picture, the government has done nothing in the area of improving wages for full-time female employees. It calls into question the whole government commitment to equal pay." This is what the government's answer revealed: Of full-time female employees hired since April 1973, only 71 received slaries over Some earned under 371 earned to and 160 earned to The average starting salary for male employees since April 1973 was an increase from average starting salary from September 1971 to April 1973. But for females, salaries during the same two periods climbed to only from Of full-time female employees hired from September 1971 to April 1973, earned under 432 from to 112 from to and only 26 over Both periods showed high turnovers of female employees with leaving the government's employ in the first period and joining the ranks. In the second period, women left employment and joined the civil service. Strike hits local businesses Cannonball hits town RICK ERVIN photo Big enough to reach the Young Calgarian Leslie Logan, five, does a bit of hard driving while his father, Bernie unloads the truck. The Logans, usually with Bernie at the wheel, make several trips a a week to Lethbridge.. Public school hopes to reach turned off student 'Here and now' education for dropouts By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Public school students who are "turned off" by school but must attend by law may be in for special educational assistance by next fall. School principals and central office administrators have been meeting this year to discuss better ways of serving the educational needs of potential high school dropouts in the public school system and are in the process of designing a program specifically for those students. The proposed program is to emphasize life skills skills that people need to "get along in life." The life skills program would instruct students on how to get along with other members of the family and with fellow workers and management. It would also inform students how to utilize services available in the community, the director of public school services says. "We need a program that gets an individual's understanding of Fred Cartwright said in an interview Tuesday. The program would humanize education and make it "relevant to the he explained. Mr. Cartwright said the "turned off" students want to receive an education that is meaningful to them "right here and now." The type of student the program is being designed for is usually dissatisfied with society as a whole and not just the educational system. In school, many of them have been suspended at one time or the other or have resisted complying with the mandatory educational requirements of the school. The public school system has only about 65 students who are in the "turned off" student group or who can be classified as having learning disabilities in the junior high and high school grades. Often "learning disabled children end up with a poor image of themselves" and need some type of social development education, Mr. Cartwright said. The schools are considering establishing a program that would suit the needs of both groups of students one in a junior high school and the other in a high school. Mr. Cartwright also pointed out the turned-off student problem is evenly distributed among boys and girls. The proposed program would see the students divided into groups of 10 to 15 students. They would be taught life skills for "a couple of hours each day" and would take courses already offered by the school during the rest of the day, he added. Once the program is complete, Mr. Cartwright said the next task of its organizers will be to select teachers to instruct the program and provide them with inservice training for teaching life skills. Canada Manpower is sponsoring a program to train teachers to instruct life skill programs for adults. The school program will simply have to modify the Manpower life-skill program for students in the 13 to 16 age group. The major stumbling block for the proposed program will be finances. Its organizers have outlined a possible three sources of funding; the public school board, the individual schools (they could redirect some of the funds they now receive) and the department of education, which provides a special education teaching grant for qualifying learning disability programs. By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge businesses appear to be turning to private messenger services and the telephone system to get around the postal strike. Officials of Towne Messenger and Transfer, Lethbridge Messenger Service, Brink's Courier Service and Loomis Courier Service said business had picked up slightly since the walkouts began. But Bill Beattie, Lethbridge manager of Greyhound Bus Lines, said Greyhound was "swamped" with courier business, and could not handle the increased load. The rush had started Friday, he said. An Alberta Government Telephones official said in a telephone interview from Edmonton that there was a significant increase in long distance calls during business hours.' During the hours 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday AGT handled as many long distance calls as a normal Christmas Day. Callers have the best chance to complete calls before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m. Those unable to complete calls should hang up and try again about 15 minutes later, AGT advises. The biggest increases in calls were in the flood- stricken areas around Vegreville and Barrhead. Dennis Axworthy, manager of the CP-CN Telecommunications office in said there had been a very considerable increase in commercial telegrams since the strike started. Mike Sutherland, general manager of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, said the strike could have a negative effect on businesses. Messages going by telex or telegram rather than letter would cost more, but with bills not being paid by mail, cash flow would be reduced, he said. John Rhodes, Lethbridge manager of the Alberta Motor Association, said the strike would have a large effect on AMA operations. If the situation got bad enough, it might be necessary to take a post office box in Sweetgrass, Mont. He said automobile insurance payments, membership payments and trip reservation deposits, especially for Expo 74 in Spokane, would be affected. The AMA world travel department would also find it impossible to arrange passports, visas or overseas hotel reservations. Alan McCaskill, Lethbridge Regional Manager for Canadian -Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd., said the company would be able to keep up internal correspondence because it uses a private'coumr service. MEANWHILE, WITH EARS TO DOOR CARDSTON (Staff) Sparks flew in Cardston's town council chambers Monday night but all the press learned was from one or two loud exclamations that were loud enough to come through the door into the hall. Reporters were barred from the meeting at about p.m. when Robert Wiley of Cardston and an associate came to council as a delegation. Mayor Lloyd Gregson, in barring two members of the press, said the delegation had requested a closed session. "I didn't agree to have it the press members out in the hall heard someone say. "I didn't agree to make an application to have it zoned." Then there was some argument and an order from the mayor, "I want it in writing nothing verbal from now on." Presumably the matter will come to an open council meeting some time soon. Knifepoint crime nets 3 years A 20-year-old man from Baltimore, robbed a city man at knifepoint April 14, was sentenced in provincial court Tuesday to three years in prison. The court was told Clarence Charles Leash was hitchhiking near Fort Macleod with two juveniles and got a ride with Michael Bodnark, 62, 617 8th Ave. S. Leash pulled a knife near Monarch, forced Mr. Bodnark out of his car and also took his wallet. Leash and the juveniles were arrested later that evening in Lethbridge. Leash appeared in provincial court April 16, elected trial by provincial "judge and pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery. A lawyer was obtained for the man minutes before his appearance for sentencing Tuesday. Ken Wasylyshen told Provincial Judge Lloyd Hudson that Leash's parents had separated when he was six, and the boy had spent most of his life.in foster homes, and with relatives. The judge said he had to consider deterrence in a crime where an innocent life was endangered. The two juveniles, a 15- year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were to appear in juvenile court today. DST comes back Sunday again will change. Albertans will be turning their clocks ahead one-hour Sunday as the province begins its third session with Daylight Saving Time. At 2 a.m. Sunday the time will officially be changed to 3 a.m. This hour will be made up in October when clocks Daylight time was first introduced to the province in 1972 after a plebiscite accompanying the 1971 election supported the change from Mountain Standard to Daylight Time. Fury's fate out Thursday An announcement concerning the fate of The Sight, The Sound and The Fury will be made Thursday morning. The Association for Historical Productions board met Tuesday to decide what to do with the outdoor pageant which this year was to feature the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police in Alberta, but failed to get city council backing. A board director said today a news release will be issued Th'ursday. ;