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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge competitors get running start at Summer Games opener RICK ERVIN photo Southern Alberta Games competitors from Lethbridge got off to a fast start in Fort Macieod Wednesday as they piled out of two buses to discover the parade of athletes had already begun. Sprinting to catch the parade were participants in track and field, swimming, trap shooting and slow pitch. The fifth annual Summer Games, which conclude Saturday, have attractedy athletes from Southern Alberta. The City of Lethbridge contingent re- turned Wednesday with a silver medal for second place in junior women's slow pitch. District The Lethbtidge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, August 8, 1974 Pages 13-24 Kaincti Industries employees join carpenters union By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Production workers at Kainai Industries oh the Blood Reserve have joined the. carpenters union which represents workers in similar factories elsewhere in Southern Alberta. In a recent ruling, the Board of Industrial Relations cer- tified Local 2998 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners to bargain for 110 plant workers, mostly Blood Indians, employed by Kainai Industries in Standoff. Carpenters and joiners spokesman Pat Mattei told The Herald his union represents all Kainai employees except office workers and staff employees responsible for hiring and firing. He said the union will meet Kainai production workers within a week to elect a negotiating committee which will negotiate the Stan- doff locals's first contract proposal. Mr. Mattei said the carpenters union will not jeopardize the status of Trea- ty Indians" living and working on the Blood Reserve. He said union policy should result in "better pay, more opportunity for advancement and proper grievance procedure" for his union's new members. He said the union has "no evidence to determine the ac- tual wages being paid workers" at Kainai, but added that wages at Standoff are below the industry average. Tax exemptions allowed Trea- ty Indians will be taken into account when the union's negotiating committee con- siders wage proposals. Mr. Mattei said the carpenters' union will en- courage its Kainai local to press management for an Indian-only hiring policy replacing non-Indians in key company positions with Bloods. He said a shortage of qualified Indian tradesmen has been aggravated by com- pany reluctance to "allow In- dians to serve in appren- ticeship programs." In order to retain CSA approval for its sectional homes, Kainai must employ licensed tradesmen, many of whom are non-Indian, .to complete final inspections. Asked whether the union's hiring policy is dis- criminatory, Mr. Mattei said the union merely wants to ex- tend current company policy, which is "not a question of dis- crimination but a condition of employment. Mr. Mattei said Kainai workers were unsuccessful in past efforts to organize an effective employees association. He said plant workers turned to an outside union for help in much the same way Red Crow Development, the Blood band's holding company, appealed to outside business interests for help in setting up Kainai. Although the corporate structure of Kainai is ex- pected to change presently, plant workers don't anticipate any great change in manage- ment personnel or policy, Mr. Mattei said. Red Crow Development has agreed with Wickes Canada Ltd. to buy out Wickes' share in Kainai and an all-Indian board, recently elected to Kainai's board of directors, is waking for approval of the takeover by Indian Affairs in Ottawa. Nudes baring up while costs soar The amusement tax for streaking is on the rise, some Southern Alberta residents are discovering. Sidney Albert Johnson, 608 12th St. A N., was fined Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in Lethbridge provin- cial court to a charge of being unlawfully nude in a public place. In provincial court Aug. 1, two men were fined each after they pleaded guilty to charges of indecent exposure. Court was told that on July 27, Murray Dittrick, 22, of Deadwood, Alta., and Craig Noren, of Edmonton, streaked through a Coaldale hotel beverage room on a dare. After the two men streaked they were followed upstairs in the hotel by an employee and held, without clothes, until the police arrived. Last month a Lethbridge man was fined "amuse- ment tax" for running nude down a Waterton Park town- site street July 1. Court was told Johnson, on July 9, stark naked except for a pair of running shoes, walk- ed into Tastee Freeze, 722 23rd St. N., at p.m., bought a package of cigarettes and left. "Were you, in fact, waited Provincial Judge A. H. El ford asked Johnson. But the youth said he had the right change and bought the cigarettes from a machine. Face-lift The CP Rail station in Lethbridge will soon present a new face to the world. With the help of painters like CP employee Seymour Smith, 276 7th Ave. 'A. S., the building at 1st Avenue and 8th Street S. is receiving a new coat of paint. The station has been standing at the head of 8th Street S. for almost 70 years. Construc- tion of the building began in November, 1905. At groundbreaking, cost of the build- ing was estimated at Dry spell has crops on ropes Spring wheat delivered at 'Hat By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The first loads of spring wheat have been delivered in the eastern portion of Southern Alberta amid the prospect of lowered crop yields under continuing near- drought conditions. Sherry Clark, regional director of the Alberta depart- ment of agriculture, said Wednesday the lack of a good general rainfall since the first week of June has most spring seeded crops on the ropes. The later seeded crops and those seeded on stubble land are in even worse shape. "Every extra day without rain is costing farmers money." said Mr. Clark. The weather office reported' scattered showers can be ex- pected today with temperatures in the 70s Friday. As the cool weather in Southern Alberta moves to the east today, clear warm weather is expected to move into the area. Swathing operations are in full swing throughout the South for all cereal crops. Swathing on oilseed crops should begin in general in about one week. Medicine Hat reported the first harvest of spring wheat with a yield of 15 bushels per acre. Without more rain soon, 10 to 15 bushels per acre can be a predicted average for the South, he said. Grasshoppers are still caus- ing concern for farmers throughout the district. Mr. Clark said the pests are moving from crop as they are being swathed to fields which are still green. All district agriculturists in Southern Alberta reported to Mr. Clark Tuesday. Pincher Creek appears to be the area least affected by lack of moisture. Wheat crops which were seeded in the fall of 1973 are considered good while all other crops are fair. Tame hay pastures are in excellent condition. Cardston reported winter wheat crops are good with spring wheat, oats, barley and rapeseed fair. Foremost reported spring crops suffering, with moisture needed to fill the kernels. Plants are burning at the botoms of stems due to heat. Lethbridge crops are reported good to poor, depending on local weather conditions. Medicine Hat area crop's are also failing to fill kernels, es- pecially on fields with light soils. Crops are burning in the Taber district on dryland farms. Many fields of irrigated crops are unable to keep up with the moisture re- quirements due to the heat and lack of natural precipita- tion with low yields expected in the southern portion of the district. The southern part of the Municipal District of Willow Creek is reporting many dry areas with crops better as they progress north. The nothern half of the County of Vulcan reports crops in fair to good con- ditions with crops fair to poor in the southern portion. Kinisky wants to hear from you JULIAN KINISKY Participatory democracy is the name of the game in the series of public hearings into the use of pesticides and her- bicides in Alberta, says the vice-chairman of the Alberta Environment Conservation Authority. Julian Kinisky of Edmonton told The Herald Wednesday the hearings are designed to accommodate all Albertans. If the public doesn't care about the use of pesticides and herbicides in the province, new laws and regulations governing their uses will be drawn up for the public. "And there won't be any chance for complaints once the laws are in he said. Claiming the hearings are a long way from being just for the farm community, Mr. Kinisky said acre for acre, city people use massive amounts of material to get rid of household and garden pests and weeds. Any laws developed from the public hearings will affect this sector of the public also, perhaps more than the farm community in some respects. The public hearing, which will start in Lethbridge Oct. 30 at a vet to be named location. will involve persons airine their views on the use of pesticides and herbicides. The authority will listen to all persons who wish to come forward. Tape recorders and video tape units will record the proceedings for future study. Mr. Kinisky said the hearings will be informal. Long written briefs are not needed. If a person in the crowd wants to ask a question or make a point on the spur of the moment, he will be welcome. "We are encouraging school children to said Mr. Kinisky. He said at another series of hearings, the recommendation of a nine- year-old girl was passed along to government to be made into law. I might be one phrase from one individual which could be the key to the hearings." At the end of each day of hearings, a period for interplay between the audience and those who had presented briefs will be allotted It all the persons wishing to be .heard can't be accom- modated Oct. 30, the hearings will resume the following day. Going east Sheri McFadden of Lethbridge has been ac- cepted for a three-year course at the National Theatre School in Mon- treal. She is one of four English-speaking women students from across Ca- nada to be accepted. Miss McFadden, 18, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry McFadden. A for- mer speech arts student of Margaret Zaugg in Stirling, she has the lead in the comedy Damn Yan- kees, the allied arts sum- mer musical, to be pre- sented Aug. 20 to 24 at the Yates Memorial Centre Curtain time is p.m. Miss McFadden plays the role of Lola, the devil's sexy accomplice. Accused remanded A 28-year-old Fort Macieod man charged with the non- capital murder in the death of an 84-year-old woman will appear in provincial court in Fort Macieod Sept. 25 for a preliminary hearing. Donald Edward Blundon, who appeared in Lethbridge provincial court Wednesday, is charged with the death of Angeline Provost. Mrs. Provost, a long-time resident of Brocket, died June 29 in Fort Macieod Municipal Hospital six day: after she was assaulted in a relative's home in Fort Macieod. ;