Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, April 30, 1974 DK. BLA1H CONTINUES INVESTIGATION OF MENTAL HEALTH Council first move to improve Alberta's mental health picture Bv GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Second of a series By appointing the Alberta Mental Health Advisory Council, the provincial government has finally expressed a willingness to hear recommendations regarding mental health change in Alberta, says the council's chairman W. R. N. Blair, head of the psychology department at the University of Calgary, says the appointment could be the first step in implementation of many of the recommendations in the 1969 Blair Report on mental health in Alberta Critics say the government has ignored the report, which carried more than 200 recommendations for mental health reform in the province Dr Blair says although the government has seemed to ignore the report for five years it has finally begun to act through the council The council was appointed last August to act as an adviser to the minister of health on mental health policy. The Blair Report recommended the appointment of the council to act as an adviser to the Human Resources Development Authority in implementing other report recommendations. The development authority was an agency set up by the Social Credit government to co-ordinate governmental departments with related areas of jurisdiction. This authority was involved in the departments of education, health, youth and attorney-general because there are overlapping areas of jurisdiction, Dr Blair says. But the authority issued its final report shortly after the 1971 election when the Conservatives took power. The report itself resulted from former premier E C Manning's White Paper on human resources, which said the Blair study would be implemented to "achieve a standard of excellence" in the field of mental health. The study group proceeded with this and the focus of the White Paper in mind "not aware there would be a change in Dr. Blair says. Human resources development and co-ordination of services at the government departmental level are still needed through a mechanism similar to the development authority, he says. Along with government co- ordination, there must be co-ordina- tion at the community level between all services providing mental health care and ultimately total health care. But this approach will need the total support of communities across Alberta, he says. The mental health advisory council is hoping to provide ways and means by which such co-ordination can occur. The provincial council has already recommended to the health minister that regional councils be set up to plan mental health needs in Alberta health regions, Dr Blair says. If implemented, the councils will be a step toward total health planning and co-ordination in Alberta. Even as it is, mental health, although a broad field, may be too narrow a focus and the councils should be set up to provide total health planning, says Dr. Blair. The ultimate aim of the provincial council is still for development of a total health delivery system. On the path of this objective the council has met seven times and formed recommendations for government in five areas. It has requested the formation of regional councils (recommended in requested research funding (recommended in requested revisions in amendments to the Mental Health Act (the act was a result of the 1969 report) and studied travelling psychiatric clinics. Dr. Blair admits the council is investigating the same areas and making similar recommendations as those of 1969. "We are using the report as a guideline but in essence redoing it to see if recommendations are still he says. He added he could give no reason why the government waited until last summer to establish the council. The government has made some progress without the help of the council and implemented some report recommendations The Social Credit and Conservative governments acted on the recommendations to begin to reduce the populations of mental hospitals and promote more treatment in general hospitals. Since 1969 the mental hospital populations have been cut by half more than 30 per cent while the Socreds were in power, he says The government has also doubled the staff of its mental health branch, increased funding for mental health and improved forensic facilities for the criminally insane, hs says. And the council will be pressing for areas that still need money, programs, reorganization and change. The council will be investigating the research needs of the province and probably requesting the establishment of a body similar to the Human Resources Development Authority, he says. The group will also be looking into care of the elderly. "The province has been active in providing a system of auxiliary and nursing homes but when the populations of mental hospitals were lowered many patients went to the nursing homes and those who used to be placed in mental hospitals are going to the homes he says. The council will be looking at the training of nursing home staffs to handle the disturbed elderly patient, the needs for more staff and homes and the problem of isolated nursing homes, away from large centres. Shell accepts Taber land TABER (HNS) Shell Canada Ltd. has accepted the town offer for land in the Taber Industrial Park But town council Monday night said the company must move its fuel operation to the industrial area if it wants the land The bulk station is on CPR property south of 47th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets Coun Bruce Milliken says the move will not take place until after the sugar beet harvest this fall. Council will ask the company to make a formal application to purchase the industrial park property The Taber Fire Department has won radio communication between the ambulance, fire trucks and the fire hall. Purchase of the radio equipment was approved in principle by council Monday night. The move is subject to approval of the Taber Municipal District council on an equally shared basis The cost is estimated at Individual call-out units will be acquired for each member of the fire department under the next project. It is expected the purchase will be discussed by the MD council later this month YES! WE CUT KEYS WHILE YOU WAIT! Call Hardware 327-5767 DOWNTOWN 606 608 3rd Ave. S. FM radio here next year Stranded If the weatherman is right, 7-year-old Danny Krammer, 1223 4th Ave. S., may never get down. A weak disturbance moving in from the west this afternoon will bring "a risk of jarring what promises to be a perfect spring day, with temper- atures in the low 60s. Wednesday is expected to be a little cooler, with daytime temperatures in the 55 to 60 range. Rapeseed pests in year of decline Alberta rapeseed producers can expect a year relatively free of insect problems this year, for the first time since 1970, says an entomologist and pest control specialist with the Alberta department of agriculture Michael Dolinski reports last fall's pupal survey, carried out by the plant industry laboratory, showed only three small areas of the province are likely to suffer from Bertha armyworm infestations this summer, and FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6585 E. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDQ. these infestations will be light The three areas are tne Bluesky-Wanham districts, the Bon Accord district and the Strathmore district Even these predicted infestations may not materialize if the Bertha armyworm population was reduced last winter or if Outdoors studies proposed ready to serve 'BREADS ROLLS "PASTRIES PARTY RARRELS PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS SVEN ERICKSENS [FOOD AND PASTRY SHOPJ A Galbraith School outdoor education project that provides students with the opportunity to learn by working with the environment is in need of financial assistance, the public school board is to be informed when it meets tonight. The project involves the transporting of the students to Elk water Park for a week in the outdoors beginning May 27. The park is to provide the students with the environment they need to practice the outdoor living skills they studied in the classroom and to gain skills that cannot be taught in the classroom situation. The school is requesting to to offset the cost of accommodation and transportation. this season's weather is unfavorable for their survival. In the summer of 1973, only acres of rapeseed crops were sprayed in Alberta compared with the previous year. The year 1971 was when the first Bertha armyworm outbreak occurred The reason for the dramatic decrease in the Bertha armyworm population is not really known, but, undoubtedly, the high incidence of disease and parasites and the weather played an important role, according to the specialist. "It says Mr. Dolinski, "that two years of a high armyworm population are needed to produce enough disease and parasites to significantly reduce the Bertha armyworm population." He says another survey is being carried out this spring to assess the winter survival rate of the pupae As in previous years, light traps will be used to catch the Bertha armyworm and any other flying insects which could represent a potential hazard to rapeseed These traps make it possible to determine moth populations and the presence of migratory flying insects like the diamond-backed moth. Other surveys will be conducted during the summer to supplement the information obtained from the spring survey, Mr Dolinski says. Infestation predictions about the alfalfa looper are hard to make because of a lack of scientific data about this insect. However, it's not expected to cause serious problems. High populations in the past have always been sporadic. Fresh vegetable growers urged to boost production CLIFF BLACK DENTAL LAB MEOKAL DENTAL KM. PHONI 317-2111 3rd Ave. S. MM. Drfvi Phone 328-8161 Phone 328-7756 THE POCKETBOOK EXCHANGE WE 416 13th Street North If Alberta's vegetable production does not increase significantly this year, consumers in this province who have been faced with rapidly rising food costs could also find themselves faced with shortages, says the head of the horticultural crop development at the Brooks Research Centre. T. R. Krahn says growers could turn to other crops if economic returns from vegetables do not appear to be favorable. He is urging fresh vegetable producers to make every effort to increase production, particularly in the area of yields per acre. He points put growers can anticipate this market, which is grwoing rapidly, will pay higher prices this year, and produce from other areas will be less competitive than in the past because of higher production and transportation costs. Growers of vegetables and potatoes destined for processing have contracts which ensure a predictable return. They will, undoubtedly, increase production in 1974, which means consumers are unlikely to be short of such products as frozen and canned peas, corn, beans, and various potato products like frozen French tries, potato chips and dehydrated potatoes, he said. Fresh vegetable producers do not have this assurance because they depend on the day-to-day supply and demand fluctuations to determine their prices. However, this year they will have certain advantages over other production areas. CJOC to air Alberta educational TV show By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A one-hour Alberta orientated educational program will be televised across the province every weekday morning of the year within a "matter of a few the president of the newly formed Alberta Educational Communications Corporation said in Lethbridge Monday The program will be produced by the corporation and will be broadcast on as many Alberta television stations that can be encouraged to carry it, Larry Shorter told the annual meeting of the Southern Alberta Educational Television Association Two stations CJOC in Lethbndge and CFAC in Calgary have already agreed to broadcast the program. The corporation, Mr. Shorter says, is attempting to change viewers habits in the morning time slot by providing them with an "Alberta program'1 that is geared to all regions of the province More money will be spent on educational television programs for broadcast in the mornings than has ever been spent on morning television programming by any station in the province, he boasted. The one-hour program will be designed to provide information that is geared for adult, prescholer and in- school use Priority topics Included in the 15 or 16 priority topics for the program are the metric system, multi-culturalism, fine arts, language arts, handicaps, Alberta and its history and preschool education. The program is only one of many changes the new corporation hopes to initiate in education television in Alberta in the next few years, Mr. Shorter indicated. In September, the corporation will take delivery of a new color television mobile unit that will be used to produce regional programming on location by the fall of 1975, Mr. Shorter announced. During its first year of operation the color mobile will be used to replace the educational television studio in Edmonton while changes are being made to the facility The coporation has taken over the facilities of the educational television outlets in Edmonton and Calgary and will use its newly-acquired studios for province-wide live and taped educational television production. About two-thirds of the corporation's million budget will be used to operate and maintain the studios in Edmonton and Calgary, Mr. Shorter said. The corporation has also taken over the audio and visual dubbing centres of the department of education and will continue to provide the many services of the centres to all regions in the province. hours a day Mr. Shorter also said the new Edmonton independent station has offered to broadcast 6V2 hours a day of educational programming when it goes on air and other stations which may be operating as independent stations rather than CBC affiliates within the next two years have also indicated they may broadcast corporation programming three or four hours each day. The corporation also intends to discontinue using" cable television channels to broadcast its programs. Cable television channels, Mr. Shorter adds, could still be used by local educational authorities to broadcast local programs. He told the meeting the Lethbridge region would be receiving educational radio programming from CKUA in Edmonton on an FM signal "hopefully by next May or June CKUA was taken over by the corporation in October, 1973, from Alberta Government Telephones which operated it for the University of Alberta. The radio station features arts, cultural, ethnic and educational programming. The FM transmitter in Lethbridge will cost the province The announcements by Mr. Shorter appeased some of the concerns about educational television that were expressed earlier at the meeting by members of the Southern Alberta Educational Television Association but others were left unanswered. Southern Alberta schools first became involved with educational television in 1966 .following the formation of the association. Study may bolster city's case A feasibility study on the marketing of Southern Alberta agricultural products now being carried out may beef up the city's case for a larger airport. The study was recently initiated by the provincial department of agriculture and also involves the department of industry trade and commerce The LaBorde Simat study made public last July called for expanded runways and terminal facilities at the Kenyon Field Airport, but information received since then indicates the city will have lo prove to the ministry of transport that there is a sizeable advantage in air- freighting Southern Alberta products through Lethbridge. Cancer fund The April fund raising drive for the Lethbridge branch of the Canadian Cancer Society has fallen more than short of its goal but rural and late mail donations are expected to decrease that figure. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bide, 222 5th St S Phone 328-4095 ANGLO SLIDE ind MOVIE PROJECTORS AT LOWER PRICES 419 5th SlrMt S LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD. 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