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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETH3P.IOC-E HERALD Monday, April 30 It ivas a long, hard Hike for Tikes BILL GRCENEN phs'o Just in the rain and snow and the sleet get to be quite a drudge after a while. This was evident Saturday when only 190 of the 800 peo- ple who entered the sixth an- nual Optimist Club Hike for Tikes made it to the finish line at Picture Butte. Leo Grudniski, chairman of the hike, said a number of the hikers pulled out at the Coaldale checkpoint because of the snow storm that was going through that area. The route, which ran from the Civic Centre in Leth- bridge to the Elks' Lodge in Picture Butte, was completed by Armin Gerstenbuhlar and George Smith, two mem- bers of the Lethbridge Track and Field Club, who came in together with a time of 4 hours and 34 minutes. The oldest person to com- plete the hike was John Bar- clay, 35. of 400 2nd Ave. S. The youngest walker to fin- ish was Ingrid Nieuwenhuisen, 9. cf 739. 16th St. N. Mr. Grudnishi said about was raised by the hi- kers. The money will be used for youth projects in the city. Lethbridge growth ivill create land problems Special studies are propos- ed for the Lethbridge area, Park and the Crows- nest Pass by the preliminary regional plan. The expansion of the Leth- bridge urban area is seen as inevitably creating several problems involving land use conflicts with surrounding rural areas and neighboring communities. Among the problem, areas: The development or ex- pansion of noxious industries within or close to the city. Demands for residential end commercial development on the fringe of the city. O Development of prime agricultural land for non- cgricultural uses. O A growing demand for country residences within commuting distance of the city. The evolution of small, nearby communities into "dormitory suburbs" for the convenience of urban com- muters. The opportunity exists, says th3 planners, to make the city and its neighboring munici- palliies a coherent sub re- gion to more fully realize both the potential of Leth- bridge as a regional com- mercial, administrative, cul- tural and academic centre and the potential of surround- ing municipalities u> develop as distinct bat complemen- tary satellites. Studies should be initiated, they say. to determine the area directly affected by Lethbridge, estimate future demands for land uses within the area and discover the predominant roles of munici- palities within the area in the context cf anticipated demand for land use. A sub-regional land use plan should be prepar-d on completion of the studies, they recommend. The problem with Waterton Lakes National Park is one of a facility taxed to its limits already while no new devel- opments are planned. In fact, existing camp- ground facilities may be phas- ed out shortly, the prelimi- nary regional plan synopsis stafcs. A high priority study into land use and development capability of the sub-region ivithin the vicinity of the park is reccmmended. Revitalization of the Crov.s- Pass area are discussed aimed at reducing or remov- ing present sources of air pol- lution in the Pass, and ssek- ing senior government assis- tance in diversifying the local economy as well as steps to assess the area's recrea- and tourist potential, improve housing and adopt a more practical form of local government than the present five administrations. Catholic Central plav wins use conflict examined by plan By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Land use and the increas- ing number of conflict silua- tipns arising in this area are giwn a close look by the pre- liminary regional plan. Opportunities exist, plan- ners say, to conserve prime agriculture lands for agricul- tire use since no effective substitute exists: fo adopt a comprehensive rea- listic policy of designating appropriate rural lands for country residential, vacation home or recreational uses: and to review, ar.d if indicat- ed, inhibit, the accumulation Plan lists 11 difficulties The preliminary regional plan, as submitted to the Oldman River Regional Plan- ning Commission is a work- ing paper aimed at providing a framework for co-ordinated regional development. In the process it set out 11 apparent difficulties which must be overcome if the goal of realizing the region's po- tential is to be achieved. In the synopsis, the 11 areas are presented as a set of problems, together with their corresponding opportunities and, finally, policy recom- mendations designed to im- prove the situation described. The preliminary regional plan's role, as seen by the commission planning staff who have been working on it for the past two years, is to provide a grass-roots view of the region to outsiders, reflect- ing the desires, aspirations and concerns cf its people. For those within the region, the plan should act as a framework for assessing all policies and developments to be undertaken within the re- gion. The 11 areas looked "at by the plan include growth and development, regional revita- lizatica, managing rural land, managing the regional water supply, conserving the natur- al environment, inadequate parks and open space, the role of transportation, communi- ty and social services, public administration, and taxa- tion, the future cf the moun- ains and foothills and sub- regional areas with unique problems. Copies of the detailed pre- liminary regional plan will be sent to the council of each municipality and to each pub- lic authority having jurisdic- tion in the region for comment and representations. ROLE OF THE POLICE 'Police represent status quo This is the sixth of a scries of seven articles examining the role cf the police and what individuals from various so- cial and economic groups per- ceive that role to be. Today's interview r.ith a incal trade unionist. Tcesda? conclud- ing article crnsist of or'n- ions gathered in zn on-lhc- strcct interview. By CARAHATA Herald Staff Writer Police m Ccr.ada represent the .status quo. a delegate the IjcthVidge Labor Council feel? "They oltT. compelled to carry out laws tnst some- times favor the Matus quo. and in many cases a Tnan yj'i he ricire, but him to a law for and a for the poor more crimes are committed azainst property. n may seem that jxtfcc cive s hicher priority lo the pr-> of property than do t-> kx! protection of pco- ji'c. he A hich rate Tr.tnl causes an in th-c niimbar of com- mitlcd against pniptrty. TCot or.i> are pc-op'id rower -A'.IC.I nnc'Tiipioyod. cn-l 1 pert lore thfT ploal to obtain proptrty "rd nifrcy, "ben s has do thouphts may turn to {rime. Mr Packard y-ni 5C" :-'i of on r i He also feels that when deal- ing with people instead of p.-operty. police tend to ignore the human element. "Poiice should b2 tiaaieJ in human iishavicr. and not rtepsnd on brute force when dealing with deli- cate situations." Mr. Packard J-iVS Some police are not capable o{ properly assessing situa- tions. ard too over-bear- ing in the discharge of tr.cir responsibilities. If pDlice Tnised freely vai'i pccnTe. and gat involved n phases of communitv a-c- livily" it help estab- 3if h belter comniuaty-policc Many 3abcsr unionist ar.d run afoul of the po- bccaufc of a lack of comnvjnicaljoTi. fail to corarnunicote under- land ihcir itSws. he Some frar po- lice bc-caiia? fioms offxtTS may brutal and an entire force a imapr Arid 5-nmc dwi'1 tm- fkrj'a'f'i the law snd dw't knv.' 1hcy >i.r. c -.vcns. rti In Mr. Packard said, the pj'.ice arj pretty fair. "There could be an improve- ment. hut you can't five the wro'e force a bad namo bc- cruss of three or four palio men." A picket lane is the idrntifiablc place where po- are he suggests. Before a strik jig xrnion can ret up a picket ?ine. they have to inform the ps3icc of their inlenlJons. But unir.nists Ijava the right to picket to in- form the public that have legitimate complaint aciinst the owners, he Policemen shauld have f-'ir.f k.r.d of can barcain fw them. In', they haic the to strikr, say? To a point, that them the of c compulsory ar'.iilraVn rorr- Ihf it i.- cood ior Mr. Packard feet He says that at in a brcakdwn of the The irinninp plav now ad- vances to the provincial finals Mav 10. H and 12 in Banff. Four scholarships for further training in drain two roon- fvref by Ihe Musi- cal Thwrrr and two by the foaldale Little Theatre were awsTxfed a1 festival. Scholarship winners wre Laurie Mann and Stewart Hood of the LCI production "Aria Dawn McCaagnerty of H-f 1-fI nrorlvifmi "Over- io--5." aH K-thie Wilson of the Catholic Ccn- of rural land into excessively large holdings, whether under lorcign or domestic owner- ship. To this end the plan's writ- ers recommend that prime land, particularly land designated as Class 1 or 2 by the Canada Land In- ventory be reserved for agri- cullural use. Other recommendations in- clude: O Restriction cf the subdi- vision of land for agricultur- al use to a minimum parcel of ?0 acres. 9 Adoption of a compre- hsnsive land use policy for river valleys. 9 regulation of feed lot locations and o'her intensive livestock operations. Regulation of non-urban residences to ccsignfied areas to avoid fragmentation of prime agricultural lands and to avoid conflicts with exist- ing and forejseab'.e develop- ment such as intensive live- stock ops-rations. In making thase recom- msndafors th? planners pointed to the growing ten- dency to fragment rural land into small parcels for coun- try reisdences, vacat ion homes and commercial or re- creational developments. They also see problems in the increasingly frequent con- flict between rural land own- ers and visitors trespassing en their property; increasing size and number of feed lots; the risk of unsightly and unre- gulated strip development along highways; and the con- tinuing trend towards Iarg2 rural land holdings and for- eign ownership. A problem is also seen in the increasing demand for the region's limited water re- sources and the lack of ade- quate data or controls for safeguarding the vital water- sheds in the mountains and foothills where tte water sup- ply originates. Ths preliminary regional plan calls for a thorough re- view of the situation as a basis for a truly comprehen- sive water management p> licy and a look at the rela- tive costs and benefits of in- troducing more efficient dis- tribution techniques for irri- ga.ion. Population shift L minnniz the population of the Oldman River region as a whole grew by only .1 per cent between 1961 and 1971, significant population shifts within the region occurred. In general the rural to urban population shift was evident here as elsewhere, with Lethbridge increasing iis share of the regional popula- tion from 22 per cent in 1951 to 34 ner cent in 1971. While a few other commu- nities along primary highways have also grown, most com- munities have declined or re- mained static. The rural de- population was most pro- nounced in the Vulcan and Warner Counties. The only exception to this trend was on the Indian re- serves where population has more than doubled since 1951. The ORRPC planners feel the effect of the vicious cir- cle of decline in rural com- munities can be minimized through a balanced develop- ment concept in which econo- mic development and public investment would be focused on several key "sen-ice cen- Tnese centres fall into two categories: those identified as already possessing a natural "nr.rth momentum, such as Lethbiidge. Claresholm, Pin- c'ler Creek and Taker, and those that appear to require some external stimulus to en- SITC they maintain a viable economy Cardston, the Crowsnest Pass region, Fort Macleod, Milk River, Stand- off and Vulcan. The planners also feel an accelerated growth rate, pro- vided it occurs within a bal- anced development concept, would be desirable. They recomznend the prov- ince be requested to initiate positive steps towards decen- tralizing its functions and ac- tivities to benefit all areas and particularly to promote slow growth regions while re- tarding (he growth cf Cal- gary and Edmonton which accounted for 85 per cent of Alberta's population increase from 1981 to 1971. The region's economic base should also be diversified, it is suggested, paying particu- lar attention to tourism and secondary manufacturing. Ltthbridge Catholic Central Ilieh School's production of "To Burn A won the South- v.-est Alberta High School Festival Saturday. The festival, held at the Yaies Memorial Centre Friday and Saturday, was sttended by about 260 p-aople. The winning play, directed hv Catholic Central drama in- structor Gloria Benz. won the ffjlival over four other plays. A sixth oJay did not enter the crmpctS'aon. In 'nuking his announcement. Dr B-isn Tyson .'rid the Catholic Central play a c'ose winner over the Lcihbridgc Collegiate Insti- tute's production of "Aria Da- ;n z ctm- ffy arhitration process. Thp Allied Arts Wcste -Jen- sen Metnorial Award for .Mage CTPW was awarded Catholic- rfnlTal. The Ijetbbridge Youth Thea- conoe'ilive entry, Th? In-Group." was acdaJTn- cd by the adjudicator for its learn playing. Guttdersoti and. devices Surrounded by corrtrocepiion devices from on Ontario priormateuiicol fum, h c president iHe Alberta School Truslccs' Asiocioiicn, Harold Gundfirjon, soys he iias enough proof to establish a link bciween drug companies and o lobby for sex edjcai on in the classroom. ASIA executives, meeting here during the weekend, approved o resolution supporting Mr. Gunderson's stand against MX education for commercial gain- ;