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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta lg THE LEihBRIDljE HEKALD Acdnrsday, April A Insurance rate up for schools The insured value of all school buildings within t be Letbbridge public system has been increased million by local trustees. Public board members were told Tuesday the 8 per cent hike will boost insur- ance premiums by on the new value of million. A letter received from the board's Edmonton appraisal engineer states all valuations prior to March of this year were under-valued by 8 to 10 per cent. "There has been a drastic increase in the cost of cors- truction in the last six months of 1972. Our normal proce- dure has been to use either Use June or December index as a basis of compiling our figures, but these unfor- tunately do not arrive until about two months trus- tees were told. In other business Tuesday, the board: Approved a policy of pay- ment to local teachers for extra activities. Each school principal receiv- ing board funds for such pur- poses will provide a summary of activities to the board for which the money was spent. Tabled adoption of a pol- icy on term appointments for administratjrrs until a "suit- able" program of evaluation has been developed and pre- sented to trustees for consid- eration. Approved a trio to Ed- monton for Dr. George Bevan and local principal Wayne Terriff to discuss an individualized learning pro- ject for Winston ChimM! High' School. The trip will be taken only if renrired by the department of education. Filed the 1S72 audited statement, which shows a S298.641.66 surolus for the public school division. Trustees also approved pay- ment of to teachers in- volved in two summer work- shops on art and social stud- ies curriculum at Westmins- ter School. Program develop-mant for the new courses is expected to be detailed during two local sessions, June 11 to 29 and August 13 to 17. Thirty-two teachers will be involved with the curriculum planning. Proiect director K. R. Fisher will receive for his work on the work- shops. Subject consultants will be paid per week for four weeks (two consultants, Development teach- ers will be paid per week. Screen rights obtained to area author's novel Movie crews are expected to start shooting in southwest- ern Alberta next year, The Herald has learned. Jandu Productions of Toroil- to, a new Canadian film com- pany, has announced it has obtained the screen rights to the book, Goldenrod, by Her- bert Harker o! Calgary. Mr. Harker. who lived near Glenwood until the age of 19, used southwestern Alberta as the setting for his book with major events occurring around Lethbridge, Fort Mac- leod, Stavely and Calgary. The novel deals with a champion bronco buster in the 1930s who is knocked out of the business by an acci- dent, the love between father and sons, man and woman, matters of despair, trials and tribulations, the overcoming of odds and eventual umphs. Mr. Harker told The Her- ald copies of the book had been sold up to Sep- tember. Major critics have acclaimed it. The screen play script has been completed, said Mr. Harker. but no director of the production has been named yet. The producers have said they feel that in Goldenrod they "have a film that will do for Canadian motion pic- tures what Sounder has done for American films." Shooting of the film is ex- pected to run from June of 1974 until the first snowfall. Further details are to be an- nounced as plans develop. Goldenrcd is Mr. first book. He said it took him two years to write. Sewer sludge The city has started its spring clearing of the sewer catch basins. This pile of muck illustrates part of the annual collection of leaves, grass and dirt which find their way through the sewer gratings. The job is still done manually in Lethbridge with long- handled scoops but the city is looking at mechanical devices for the job. Corn replaces wheat Elevator still useful Grain corn from Southern Alberta producers is expected to make the Lethbridge Cana- dian Government Elevator "justify its existence." ac- cording to the national gen- eral manager for all similar inland grain terminals. Bill Turner, in the citv to tour the International Distil- lers Canada Ltd. plant to be completed this year, said the location of the distillery in Lethbridge msans the elevat- or on the eastern outskirts of the city "is about to serve a useful purpose." The facility, with a 1.25- million-bushel capacity for grain, was put up Toi Oale or lease by the Canadian Grain Commission last year but Mr. Turner feels the expected boom in grain corn to be handled by the elevator will relieve some pressure to get rid of it. The Herald quoted last Jan- uary that the local govern- ment elevator has lost an av- erage of for many years. Pioneer Grain Company has signed a contract with the managers of the local ele- vator to use the facility to handle all the grain grown in Southern Alberta destined for the new distillery. Pioneer is now contracting with area producers to grow grain corn for. local mar- ket. As the corn is harvested, it will be shipped to Leth- bridge where it will be dried at the elevator to keep it from spoiling. Mr. Turner said new drying facilities, to handle the corn for tbe next two years Buck-a-Cup campaign surpasses 1973 goal Movie next story set in Southern Alberto The Lethbridge and district Buck a Cup fund raising campaign astonished organi- zers as it surpassed its 1973 goal by it re- leased today. The goal set by the local members of the sponsoring 'organization, the Canadian Restaurant Association of Al- berta, was which was r. increase over the previous year's funds raised. The 29 participating res- taurants in Lethbridge. Ta- ber, Fort Macleod. Piacher Creek, Blairmore, and Cole- man collected by sell- ing Buck-a-Cup buttons for ii each over an 11-day pe- riod. The button enabled tbe purchaser fa obtain a free cup of coffee or tea at a sponsoring CRA restaurant on April 19. All proceeds from the cam- paign are turned over to the Alberta Rehabilitation Coun- cil for the Disabled. production in Southern Alber- ta, will be ordered by June. He said they should be in- stalled inside the government elevator and be ready to dry the first loads of com about September. Officials expect about to bushels of grain corn to be grown in the area in 1973. Alf Tiessen, manager of special crops for Pioneer Grain, said about acres should be contracted with his company by the time seeding is completed. He said this is short of the 6.000 acres needed to meet the needs of this distillery this year. He expects production to pick up in the next four to five years to a point where Southern Alberta grain corn can supply the If there is a shortage of Southern Alberta grain corn at any time, U.S. corn will be brought in. Jack Waterhouse, manager of the Lethbridge government elevator, said the new venture for the facility will not mean any change in staff. Mr. Turner added that as the amount of grain corn in- creases, additional staff will have be added to tha crews at the elevator. When the drying starts this fell, the equipment will be op- erated 24 hours a day through the harvest season, he said. The new equipment will handle about 10.000 bushed daily at first with tbe capac- ity increased at needed. Trustees' strength 'firmly established' By HERB LEGO Herald Staff Writer Regional bargaining is now fjrmly established in South- ern Alberta following a three- week teachers' strike in this area last month, district school trustees were told Tu- esday. Ray Clark, chairman of the Southern Alberta School Au- thorities Association, said government intervention in the March 12 to April 2 dis- pute may have been the best solution but it has shown the strength of SASAA. Speaking to zone members of the A'bsrta School Trust- ees' Association, Mr. Clark said he is sure rural teachers felt pressure from public sup- port of SASAA during the three-week school, closure. Rural teachers were order- ed back to work by Labor Min- ister Bert Hohol. A govern- ment-appointed arbitrator is now studying teacher wage proposals for 1973. "I think regional bargain- ing has proved its worth in our 13 school districts. They're all closely knit and just as strong now as they were before the strike. "In the future, the Alberta Teachers' Association and the public will respect us as a fairly strong group of dir- ectors and Mr. Clark said. He said government inter- vention in the strike can be justified on the basis of chil- tirsn needing education. More than elemen- tary and high school students were kept out of school by the teachers' strike. "I'm not too sure govern- ment intervention is the best solution but because there ere children involved, maybe that's the only Mr. Clark said. He said the teacher walk- out was a test of SASAA strength on the part of the ATA. "I think this strike had to be because they (ATA) were testing the strength of the strongest association in South- ern Alberta. "I don't think they'll come back and try it again. "The public stood behind us all the way. The public felt they'd been pushed far enough as far as teacher sal- aries are concerned. "It was really that support that kept us going as long as we did. I'm sure the teacners felt ths pressure of that sup- Mr. Clark said. He criticized rural teach- ers, and the ATA, for organiz- ing meetings of rural parents in strike-bound areas. "I'd have had more respect for the teachers if they had stayed with their group and we had stayed with ours. "I think teachers should have used a little more eth- ics with the strike. I don't think it was up to them to go out and organize meetings of parents and to sow seeds of Mr. Clark said. He would not speculate on tbe arbitrator's salary award for teachers, expected by April 30. Mr. Clark said; briefs for both teachers and trustees have been ed to the arbitrator during two short meetings at Cal- gary. "I'm not too sure, at this' si age that any one man can really get the picture from two briefs in so short a time. "But he's going to have to, and we're at his mercy. ''We will know before the end of the week what the grid (salaries) is going to be and we're going to have to live with it." Mr. Clark said. Rural teachers are now back at work under a 16- month contract which in- cludes all items except wages. Schools called social agencies More and more schools are becoming "social agencies" to compensate for family weaknesses in providing bet- ter learning conditions, a local school trustee said Tuesday. Carl Johnson, a member of the Lethbridge public board, told zone delegates of the Alberta School Trustees' Association children are not getting the full benefit of es- tablished agencies because cf a lack of integration in ser- vices. Reporting on behalf of the ASTA educational council, Mr. Johnson said social ser- vices should be centralized at tbe local level. "Services are not integrat- ed as they should be. The data is not assimilated and the child is not getting full benefit. "Smaller units, using all the services and their find- ings, should be centralized at the local Mr. Johnson said. ETV is 'on its way' as education facility Educational television is on its way and schiwl trustees not supporting ETV projects may find themskves 10 years behond the times, the secre- tary cf the Southern Alberta ETV Association said Tues- day. Doug Card, a member of the Lethbridge public school board, said television can be adapted to education only if Alberta trustees begin to util- ize facilities available. He told zone delegates of tbe Alberta School Trustees' Association the provincial government will supply ETV materials to any school which can use them. "Trustees must purchase equipment and adapt it into tbe existing system of all jurisdictions. "The whole provincial con- cept is based on the fact that schools will have the equip- ment with which to play back materials supplied. "The government is relying on us to pat equipment in our Mr. Card said. He said a tape recorder, television camera and moni- tor are needed to properly re- ceive full benefit from gov- ernment-supplied materials. "Television is here. Edu- cational television is getting a start. "It's up to us to do some- thing with it to kesp from ba- ing 10 years behind the Mr. Card said. He said the Southern Al- berta Educational Television Association will not disband, regardless of the amount of support for ETV in provincial classrooms. "We form a very good lev- erage with in? government mainly by being in exist- Mr. Card said. He said it is essential to assimilate as much social agency information as pos- sible, in local communities, because 10 per cent of Alberta children cannot raach full learning potential without help. Mr. Johnson said a report on early childhood education, which recommends learning handicaps be overcome be- fore a youngster begins regu- lar school attendance, de- serves careful study by all trustees. The report suggests detail- ed use of social agencies, spe- cially trained personnel and parent groups to solve early learning problems. "I have grave reservations, but you must realize I may be wrong. "The model is so all inclu- sive that I fear the child may not receive his due. The child is the important person, the child should be at the top of the model. "There may be dangers that the child will not be helped when he needs it. Help may come too Mr. Johnson said. Also speaking to zone trus- tees Tuesday was Lethbridge separate school board chair- man John Boras. Mr. Boras, an executive member of the ASTA, iaid ir-.ost problems in education are the result of actions by trustees themselves. "More of our problems are problems of our own making. "If we were to take a more relaxed look and forget about so many committees, we would find that things prob- ably still function as they ha said. Air. Boras said a move to- ward "teacher power" must not be allowed to remove con- trol of schools from the tax- payer. "Years ago, the schools be- longed to the parents. You got teacher power now. "Right now, it's a battle, for who's going to control education. I think it should tc given back to the parents, where it Mr. Boras said. 'Basic police role fo protect people, property from criminals This Is the second In a vn- fc? rf seven articles ex- amining the role of the police and what iixlividnals perceive that role to be. Today's inter- view is with the chief of the city police and an RCMP staff Thursday's interview Is with a city businessman. By WARREX CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer 'White the cause of most crimes is rooted in tie nature cf Uie society, police forces cannot be involved in chang- ing tbe society. The role of the police, in part, is to rehabilitate offend- ers to the society, ROMP Sgt. Bob Morrison said in a Herald interview. And Lethbridge Police Chief Ralph Michelson states in his force's policy manual: "Crime is a symptom of ills within the society, which are not the responsibility of the police lo cure. The police force is responsible, however, for interacting with the com- munity to generate mutual HTxJersfandiBg so that there may be public support for prevention." Oef Micfcelson and S. Sgt. Morrison both agree that the bssic role of the police is to prelect people and their prop- erty from criminal attach, with S. Sgt Morrison adding that protection of people prob- ably has a higher priority than protection of property. The greatest majority of crimes are those commatted psainst property, S. Sgt. Mor- rison 533-5. Most offenders in this category "have little or no property. "People have to eat." Crime could be reduced if unemployment rale tedurfd. and people were pro- vided with "some standard of material he fee's. A certain amount of lime is given in recruit training for instruction in sociology and psychology, and policemen are encouraged lo gel in- volved with "socially disa'i- peapk, S. Sgt. Morrison says. Involvement in v a r i o u 5 community activities, and workshops in palicc relations are two wavs that police forces attempt io create a better relationship the public. "Mort people really dTi't v.-bat a poJiceman be says. "We try and .Oiorw them that our job is not pcrvsecirtion The Ijcthbndge force I've police role "is to ihr law in a fair and manner. It is not the role of tbe police force lo legis- late, to render legal judg- irunts, or to punish." Its policy manual goes on to state that "commanitv in- volvement is essential lo fa- cilitate a free flow of Informa- Jlwi between the public and ifce police force to assist in the identification of problem areas." la a democratic society, the Ijethbridge force believes police are an integral and in- divisible element of the public they serve. "While tbe primary rc- fponsibility for enforcement cf Jaw lies Ttilh the people, tbe complexities of modern wjrieKy, and the inability of paopJe to personally cope with crime has required that they create the police service to assist la maintaining social Chief Michelson says n OK policy manual. "Peace ia a free society de- pends OB voluuUnr com- pliance with the law." the city police feel. S. Sgt Morrison feels only a small number of people op- pose law and order. Lack of public support is ore of the problems police have to deal with and S. Sgt. Morrison foefe "there will ways be a certain amount of resentment.1' "In my opinion, traffic en- forcement does more to tar- nish our tian most areas of enforcement "If we didn't do H, people would only come into contact with us while we'ra proten- jug properly or persons." Police work has been made more difficult in some areas nf enforcement because of i liberalization of public atti- tudes and policies, said. and lbe force mus' make changes. "As long as we can meet these changes, our rok will be S. Sgt. Morrison says. "To meet the times laws roust change to bring Uicm into line with changing condi- S. Sgt. Morrison says. ID this end, the RCMP and olher police forces lobby for legislative change. "We try and get change' thai mil be fair to ai! con- ferred." he says. Oiicl Micbclson feels legis- lative change which could benefit the Canadian people be to give polks more power to use wiretapping and rTectronic surveillance tech- niques 10 fight organized crime.- ;