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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta the LetHbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Doctors want interest paid Lethbndge, Alberta, Thursday, April 25, 1974 Pages 19-36 Birth control centre 9s claims countered The Alberta Medical Association is pressing the government to pay interest to physicians on accounts owing that are more than 60 days old, the executive director of the AMA said here Wednesday Robert Clark of Edmonton said the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission charges physicians interest on money that is overpayed them for services, so the physicians should have the same right The move follows a situation last summer when the AHCIC took so long to pay doctors some had to take out loans, Dr Clark said And although the government has said this will never happen again "we want he said 'Family life program success not reflected by abortions' Another Lethbndge motorist is about to get a taste of what city council euphemistically calls "frdst heaves." Drivers of cars with heavily scarred undercarriages know them better as potholes. Brace for a bump Some has been ear-marked for the patch- up job In the meantime, city crews are busy night and day cleaning up the tons of pea-gravel and sand dropped on city streets over the winter A larger RICK ERVIN photo than usual amount of sanding material was spread city streets this winter because of the number on of freeze-thaw cycles that left roads icy contributed to the frost-heaves problem. and also By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The effectiveness of family life education programs cannot be measured by a rise or decline in the abortion rate, the president-elect of the Alberta Medical Association said here Wednesday Bob Hatfield of Calgary said he believes there is no adequate way to measure the effectiveness of family life or sex-education programs Dr Hatfield was commenting in an interview on the Lethbndge Birth Control and Information Centre's claim that its effectiveness can be seen in a decline in the city's abortion rate Dr Hatfield has been heavily involved in family life education programs in Calgary and rural schools and has trained medical students at the University of Calgary in family life education Although there are no gauges to measure effectiveness, they are beneficial, he told The Herald Dr Hatfield said he has seen through experience that the courses he and others have conducted have helped some people "I guess I can only fall back on experience that there have been couples in certain marriage counselling classes that have been helped This has even included a couple who broke-up instead of trying to secure a sick marriage he said So critics of family life education, who say rising divorce, abortion and venereal disease rates statistics show sex education is not working, are not being realistic There are too many other factors involved he claimed And this is true with the AMA trying to reduce the increase in therapuetic abortions by promoting family life education BOB HATFIELD At last a home for city dept. CITY ANNOUNCES CUTS Next year budgets Svon't be so honest' By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Lethbndge pre-school services and the North Lethbndge Child Development Centre appear to be the projects hardet hit by city council's decision to trim from Preventive Social Services funding this year Recommended budget cuts to be presented to city council's next meeting and presented for information to the Community Services Advisory Committee Wednesday show the biggest cuts coming from these two projects Bob Bartlett, community services director, told the advisory committee the reduction in the North Lethbndge project budget will mean it won't be able Provincial court to its day care operation until the fall The pre-school services project will have to drop one of the two new classrooms it planned to open on the north side this year The pre-school services budget was cut by to and the North Lethbndge day care budget by some to 250 Other budget reductions included PSS administration, Information Lethbndge Golden Mile Drop-In Centre. Lethbndge Society for Meals on Wheels The Centre for Personal and Community Development, Homemaker's Services and Family Counselling services Members ol the advisory committee agreed generally that while it was their responsibility to recommend, projects to council it was council's prerogative to order budget cuts However two members, Elizabeth Hall and Jim Anderson, noted that council could expect submission of much inflated budgets next year. "I know of two budgets that were entirely honest budgets that left no fat for council to said Mrs Hall Bottle depot owner wants bigger commission The owner of a cit; beverage-container return depot says he's losing money on some bottles and the commission he receives on containers should be increased Dave Green of Green's Pop Shop, 546 13th St N says he doesn't make enough money on quart-size or larger bottles and liquor bottles to cover the cost of handling them Beverage-container return depots receive a one-cent commission on all bottles they handle They also receive two cents for pop cans, five cents for standard sized liquor, wine and soft drink bottles and 10 cents for quart size or larger bottles Mr Green says the 10 cent commission he receives on the larger bottles just pays for the labor He says he doesn't make any money on the liquor bottles because they are difficult to handle He makes money on pop cans Mr Green says he'd like to see the commission increased from one cent to IVi or two cents for containers He says he'd like to expand -his business but can't afford it On a recent trip to Edmonton, he claimed he saw four container depots who had gone out of business He said the depots were too small and needed to expand to serve a bigger area but they couldn't afford it Last month a committee Tepresenting several Edmonton container depot operators met with the government to ask for a higher commission When asked if he was going to go out of business, Mr Greene replied "No, I'm making a few bucks Green Acres lodge will expand A 10-room addition to the Green Acres Lodge has been approved by the provincial cabinet, the administrator of the Green Acres Foundation, Don LeBaron, announced Wednesday The addition will cost about and should be completed this summer, Mr LeBaron said The senior citizens' residence at 102 5th Ave S now houses 50 persons, he said The Green Acres Foundation administers the Green Acres Lodge, the Golden Acres Lodge, the Blue Sky Lodge and the Devon rental cottages, providing housing for .185 senior citizens The foundation has 85 names on a waiting list, Mr LeBaron said A brief is being prepared by the foundation which will ask the minister of municipal affairs and the Alberta Housing Corporation for another lodge in Lethbndge, a lodge in Coaldale and an addition to the Golden Acres Lodge Mr LeBaron said it is hoped these requests will be included in the 1975-76 fiscal budget. Cyclist fined for fleeing police A Lethbndge man was fined in provincial court Wednesday on charges arising out of a police chase Tuesday Neville Wiber, 21, 942 15th St S pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while suspended He was fined for the dangerous driving and on the other charge He pleaded not guilty to another charge of stealing a motorcycle and will stand trial May 15 City police saw Wiber operating a motorcycle in the city Tuesday evening Neither he nor his female passenger wore helmets, and the police tried to stop Wiber A chase through the city eventually ended near a cemetery in the northwest part of the city when Wiber lost control of the bike and it flipped He fled on foot, leaving his passenger pinned under the bike She suffered superficial bruises Wiber was also prohibited from driving for two years and was ordered to take the course for impaired drivers "If you appear before me again for driving while Provincial Judge L W Hudson told Wiber, "I'll send you to jail for the maximum term Wiber was convicted of similar charges last summer on two separate occasions, one of which involved a police chase that ended in the fairgrounds A Lethbndge man who took a car Sunday without the owner's consent pleaded guilty in provincial court Wednesday and was fined Francis Delaney, 18, 525 Stafford Drive, took a car belonging to Gary Hamilton, 521 Stafford Drive He lost control and collided with three other cars along Stafford Drive, He was also fined for driving without a licence Executive director of the AMA, Robert Clark, of Edmonton, said the association's policy hopes to affect the abortion rate "We are concerned about it and have to do he said Dr Hatfield added any increase in family life education is desirable And it does not have to be a doctor who does the counselling 'There is still on the part of many people, the idea that they won't accept things from anyone less than a physician when really other people can have more experience in the area, he said The counselling of family life should involve everyone Some people make excellent counsellors just because they are 'warm and thoughtful The Municipal Planning Commission gave the city community services department permission Wednesday to convert the south side branch library into department offices The approval appears to end a long and sometimes controversial search by the department for office quar- ters to accommodate all its administrative staff The library vacated the building at 1020 20th St S earlier this year when it was decided the branch was too expensive for it to maintain In other decisions Wednesday, the planning commission approved plans submitted by five Lethbndge Housing Association members for show homes to be built in West Lethbndge this year Plans for the rest of the 12 show homes included in this year's Parade of Homes are still to be submitted Also approved by the commission was an application by Block Brothers to construct a "Mr Mike's" restaurant at 524 13th St N Stadium completion target Aug. 15 "They won t mistake again make that Construction has started on the Henderson Lake stadium which is expected to be completed by Aug 15 The project is being financed through a federal winter capital works loan of announced this week in Ottawa The loan is repayable over a 20-year period, but under the terms of the winter capital fund, the federal government pays 100-per-cent of all direct on-site labor costs in the winter months and 50-per-cent of the labor costs during summer months. While the new Henderson stadium won't be completed until mid-August, Bob Bartlett, community services director, says bleachers with seats for about people will be installed at the stadium for the start of the baseball season BILLGROENENpholo Last of the term With summer-like temperatures and a warm sun to help, Sharon Giduk, an ed- ucation student at the University of Lethbndge, works on her last essay of the term Classes at the university ended April 17 and all exams will have been written April 30 ;