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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta lg THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Fridoy, April 2 Municipal hospital faces huge deficit If its budgeted expenses and income for 1973 follow projec- tions, the Lethbridge Munici- pal Hospital will be in the red to the tune of Andy Andreachuk. hospital admini- strator said Thursday. The Alberta Hospital Ser- vices Commission's 1973 basic payment allottment to the hospital falls short of the hospital's budgeted ex- penses and short of its projected revenue. The Lethbridge Municipal and Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home District Board has appealed to the Commis- sion to reduce the difference by Even if the Commission should honor the appeal, the LMH could face a financial crises if vage negotiations for 1973 were to exceed the eight per cent budgeted for. To prevent such a crises, the board suggests a closure of some surgery beds for July and August. The closure would save the hospital S16.- 000 in salaries alone, with ad- ditional savings in drugs. 6Govt. slack on Menial Health Act' The Loagheed is dragging its feet in its res- ponsibility cf proclaiming the new Mental Health Act, the executive director of the Ca- Eadian Mental Health Asso- ciation said in Lethbridge Thursday. W. C. Coombs says a very significant part of the Conser- vative Government's p 1 a t- form in the last provincial ejec- tion was its promise to en- compass citizen and region- al organizations partieipat- tion in major government de- cision making. With the new Mental Health Act, the gov- ernment doesn't appear to be doing this and Mr. Coombs says he ''is not certain they haven't.'' The new act passed its third reading during the fall sitting of the legislature and the government has failed to proclaim it during the spring sessions. The Canadian Mental Health Associationn feels the new Act's provision for regional mental health councils and co-ordinators should be acti- vated on immediately so that mental health in Alberta can take on the new directions in- tended in the Act. It is possible for the govern- ment to carry out certain pro- visions of an Act before it's proclaimed and in the case of the Mental Health Act. that is exactly what is happening. Mr. Coombs says the gov- ernment is operating in an unusual manner in cErrying out these provisions if it hon- estly intends to infer the idea that citizens should be in- volved in the decision mak- ing on how mental health will be cared for in this province. The government has al- ready appointed mental health directors in several regions of the province. It is the contention of the Mental Health Association that a mental health council of citizens should have been appointed by the government and in turn the council would then appoint directors or co- ordinators in the various re- gions of the province. If the government appoint- ed a director, be is respons- sible to the government and he will feel obligated to carry out the government's mental health plan, says Mr. Coombs. He suggests the government plan may be rational on an over-all provincial scope, bat it may not be acceptable to the citizens of a particular region of the province. On the other hand, if a mental health council of con- cerned citizens appoints the directors it will be with the intention that they are to be responsible to the trisbes of the people of Ihc region. The association feels citi- zens, would he mor? willing to co-operate with a director who is from their region and dir- ectly responsible to them. Mr. Coombs says the gov- ern ment used the system of appointing directors in the past and it is obvious they have faded. "A1! >ou have In A> i> look el the inadequacies of t h r mental health program of i re- past snd the present to be said. medical surgical supplies. Commission's basic payment food, laundry and housekeep- ing. There was also a differ- ence of between the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospi- tal's budget projection and the Alberta Hospital Services Cimmdssion's basic payment allottment. The local board did not make an appeal on behalf of the Auxiliary Hospital. Preliminary plan of region ready A document which marks the beginning of a process that will ultimately affect everyone in the 13.000 square mile Oldman River Region will be made public Monday. The document a synop- sis of the preliminary region- al plan will be studied at a workshop meeting of the Oldman River Regional Plan- ning Commission at Leth- bridge Community College Monday. It sets out problems, out- lines opportunities that exist, and makes policy recom- mendations intended to pro- vice guidelines covering such areas as land use. urban and rural development, environ- mental protection, transpor- tation, recreation, water supply and administration of the region. It is intended only to be the forerunner of a regional plan and is definitely not a final or inflexible document, commission planners empha- size. Through a process of dia- logue, interaction and com- promise with all parties af- fecting or affected by the de- velopment of the region, an acceptable plan should be reached, they say. A copy of the proposed pre- liminary regional plan will be sent to the council of each municipality and to each public authority having juris- diction in the region for com- ment and representations. The plan can only be adopt- ed by a two thirds vote of the commission members. Mail thef suspects remanded Two men charged Feb. 28 with the attempted armed robbery of a mail truck were remanded without plea or election in provincial court in Pincher Creek Thursday to June 12. Paul Lukiv, 46. New Westminster, B.C. and Jean Jacques Rochon. 43, of Mont- real were arrested about 65 miles north of Lethbridge Feb. 28 after two men jump- ed the driver of a mail truck at Brocket and tried to hold it up. The driver fought off the men and as he drove away, one cf the masked men tried to break the windshield with a heavy pistol. The remand was requested by the Crown. A 29-year-old Onion Lake, Sask. man was sentenced to one year's imprisonment af- ter he pleaded guilty to beat- ing a 75-year-old man with a hammer. Tre charge of assault caus- :nc bodily harm was laid against Norman Wolfe after -lonn Suehar. of 1121 8'Ji St. X.. was found badiv beaten in his bedroom April 15. The same charge, against Delpfcine BuUchi3d. 39. of Cardston. was withdrawn. Mr. Sochsr was released from St. Michael's General Hospital Thursday. A former LeUjbndge busi- nessman. now serving a SK- roontji sentence on 11 counts of theft by coverswn was .sentenced So three weeks 5n jail on 31 other similar charges. Hugh L. Graham, former manager of the now defunct Graham Collection Aeency pleaded grotly to Ihc addition- al counts which The three-wpek sentence handed d-ffa-n Thursday will run concurrent, with "v month term be is Deputy Minister of Munici- pal Affairs, D. W. Isbister is to speak at a dinner at Sven -Ericksen's Family Res- taurant concluding the work- shops on the plan. Minister Dave Russell was to speak, but will be unable to attend because the legislature is still in session. Houses near new library for sale Tenders have been called' for the removal of six houses from the southwest corner of the old Central School block. The buildings are being of- fered for sale, but with the advice that they are net suit- able for relocation in the city. The block is being cleared to make way for a senior citizens' apartment. Construc- tion of the 75 unit apartment could begin as early as Aug- ust. Four of the houses on the site are still occupied, but city officials say the tenants were given ample notice to move by the end of this month. One of the houses is being used as an office by the Na- tive Friendship Society, which still hasn't found a perma- nent home to use as a cen- tre. Mike Keewatin. director of the Friendship Society, said Thursday, the centre is back to where it was two months ago, with no immediate pros- pects. A deal for a building at 3rd St. and 2nd Ave. S. fell through and another possibi- lity at 3rd Ave. and 5th St. S. turned out not to meet city requirement for the purpose. "Our only alternative at the moment seems to be to get another office, store our stuff somewhere and keep said Mr. Keewatin. The city meanwhile says it will also soon begin offering properties in the downtown redevelopment area for sale, although again with the stipu- lation that they are not suit- able for relocation in the city. Some garages, however, will be available that may be suitable with improvements for relocation in the city. People interested should watch for listings of specific properties for sale in The Herald, a city spokesman said. Un-poplar trees Diseased poplar trees af ihe leihbridge Exhibition Grounds have been levelled by to be replaced by 60 Russian elrns. The poplars wera weakened by on internal bark infection to such an extent that they could have been toppled by a strong wind. New Russian elrns, near the southside parking lot, are expected to be planted today. The old poplars were planted about 30 years ago by R. C. (Cleve) Hill, a past president of the Exhibition board, who gave his permission to destroy the diseased trees this week. BY SEPARATE TRUSTEES Bus route study set By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer About 50 Catholic elemen- tary students in the Lakeview district are attending public school because they lack in- formation about separate fa- cilities in this city, local trus- tees wege told Thursday. Ralph Himsl, superinten- dent for the Lethbridge sep- arate board, said many Grade 1 to 6 students who nor- mally would attend Assump- tion School are now regis- tered with the public board's Lakeview School. Although Assumption is only nine blocks from Lake- view School, Mr. Himsi said lack of information on sep- arate schools (coupled with inadequate bus service) has resulted in some Catholic families sending their chil- dren to the pubHc institution. He said a recent meeting of Catholic parents in the Lake- view district showed seven main concerns: "Newcomers to the city do not have adequate informa- tion about the (separate) schools and often do not know where to get it. parents would re- spond to an improved bus service. More communica- tions in the area about school would encourage parents. "Parents have other con- cerns: they want their chil- dren home for lunch, crowd- ed buses, dangers in cross- ing Mayor Magrath Mr. Himsl said. Separate trustees protested crossing conditions at Mayor Magrath Drive last year but were told by city council an overpass would be too costly. Board members agreed to studv a new routing for bus service in the 1973-74 school year, with the co-opera- tion of the Lethbridge Trans- it System. They also named trustee Paul Matisz. Mr. Himsl and elementary education direc- tor Maurice Landry as board representatives to a commit- tee of Lakeview parents con- cerned with separate school enrolment in that area. Trustee Steve Vasdenak praised formation of closer links between the board and parents. is an opening, or a step forward., to perhaps form other committees of more parents in an advisory capacity. "There might be other things they could help with, too; get them interested in their education Mr. Vaselenak said. Trustees approved publica- tion of an information leaf- let describing services offer- ed by the separate system to Le'hbridge newcomers. "We could accomplish dis- tribution at the church door, perhaps through rea! estate people, the Catholic Educa- tion Centre and the Welcome Mr. Himsl told the board. In addition, trustees will consider an in-service train- ing program to make all staff familiar with answers to questions on the school system often asked by par- ents. Native course in counselling disappointing By JEW GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Native Social Coun- selling course at the Leth- bridge Community College has not met the expectations of the participating students, says a vocational counsellor with the dept. of Indian af- fairs and northern develop- ment. Chuck Andrews insists that If the course is to continue, it must meet the career as- pirations of the students. The 32-week counselling course may or may not have been in produc- ing qualified personnel, but it certainly has failed in its bid to train employable coun- sellor-assistants for Alberta. Of the 28 students taking the course, eight are from Manitoba, three from Niger- ia, .one from Saskatchewan and the rest are Albertans. The Manitoba students all have found employment. The Canadian international devel- opment association exchange students will be returning to Nigeria. About 75 per cent of the Alberta students and thp lone Saskatchewan student are still unemployed and emclov- ment is not a likely possibili- ty in the near future RE-EVALUATION NEEDED Mr. Andrews says he would like to see the course con- tinue for another year if coun- selling agencies are prenared to give a verbal commitment indicating interest in employ- ing graduates of the course. Pie also feels the course must be re-evaluated to meet the needs of Alberta's coun- selling agencies. The program was designed to provide assistants for the more qualified counsellors. It was a fcl'ow- up to a very successful four- week summer program that has been operating at the col- lege for the past four sum- mers, says R. H. Gent, dis- trict superintendent cf Indian education. Carol Watt, instructor-co- ordinator of the course, would like to see the course contin- ue but become much more complex in the future. She also suggests that it should be emended to a 12-month pro- gram from the present eight month term. Hugh Reid, counsellor at the Lethbridge Community College, is firm in his belief that there is a definite need for native counsellor-as- sistants in Alberta because the case load has become too heavy for counsellors to han- dle on their own. He says the course could be providing a starting point for many future native pro- fesstional counsellors because it gives them a sound intro- duction to counselling and if they like the type of work they can move on to Univer-. sitv courses. The social counselling stu- dents mav be concerned about employment but those who talked to The Herald claim the coarse was a defin- ite asset to them personally. "Before we tcok the coarse we knew of the Indians' prob- lems, but we didn't know why (he problems developed or to cop2 with ITiem." said Larry Catagas. 20. a native social counselling stu- dent at the college. He suggests counselling for natives must become a prior- ity concern of Indian leaders and government officials. "They need help In adapt- ing to urban life and Indians must have help to under- stand their problems on the he said. Another student claimed white counsellors on the re- serves aren't able to thor- oughly understand their In- dian cliental. He says Indians make it difficult for the white cowi- sellor by not speaking out about what concerns them in the same manner as they would to another Indian. Another native student, Laura Morin says of all her years in school, the social counselling course was the most successful in teaching her something. UNCLE TOM She received her education in an urban school and be- cause of her experiences there suggests integration of whites and natives at the ele- mentary school may be the answer to many of the.prob- lems of the Indian people. "The younger you make the adaptation to white society the she claims. "Just because you have white friends and an education, it doesn't mean you've become an Indian Uncle she said. Mrs. Watt says education is the key to Indian problems acd coimselling has a major rote to play in helping them understand their problems. Mr. Reid charges that the lack of education is the re- sult of irrelevant schooling being taught on the reserves in the past. "Thsre are some good teachers on the reserves, but it's more by accident than by good he says. Ths 1972-73 term of the Na- tive Social Counselling Course at the Lethbridge Community College ended Thursday. It now remains to be seen if it is indeed "The End'' of one of only two such courses in Canada. Music prof, appointed life fellow University of Lethb ridge music professor Lucien Need- ham has been named a life fd'ow in the Incercontinental Biographical Association. Prof. N7eedham was unani- insusly elected to the assoo.a- tion in which life fellowship is limited to people and recognizes the members as ore of "most distinguished achievement." Prof. Needham has also bsen asked to prepare the Western Board of Music dip- loma level papers in singing psdagogy. HS was asked to compose th? examination papers at the recent mealing of the profes- representatives of the Un'.vc.-sities of Alberta. Mani- toba. Leihbridge, Calgary. Brandon and both Saskatch- ewan campuses. "We try not to be hostile towards the police" TfcU is the fourth of a srr- irs of ypven article? oxam'n- int; thr role of the poiicp and what individuals from various social and economics groups pcrcche that rolr In To- day's interview is with an In- dian cartoonist. Salnrdav's br wish a UiwcrsHy of yl By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Policemen tend to be ex- ceptionally efficient when they src around Indian peo- ple, an Indian cartoonist Everett Soop, who works for the Indian newspaper. K-inai News, published at OaTMom, feels, however.