Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The LetKbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, August 9, 1974 Pages 15-28 Miniely assures Lethbridge of land purchase assistance By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The province will probably help the city finance expan- sion of its industrial park through a land purchase act passed at the spring session of the legislature. And it will probably use the same act to buy up river valley land the city wants protected for park use, Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely revealed in an inter- view Thursday. Mr. Miniely's unexpected arrival in Lethbridge, at least as far as the City was New cabinet minister has ties in Alberta Judd Buchanan, new minister of Indian affairs and northern development in the Trudeau cabinet, has strong Lethbridge connections although his seat is London West, Ont. He is the son of Nelles V. Buphanan of Edmonton, retired chief judge of the District Court of Northern Alberta. Nelles Buchanan is a cousin of the late Senator W. A. Buchanan of Lethbridge. While a student at the University of Alberta, Judt Buchanan met and later married Kay Balfour, daughter of Gerda Balfour of Lethbridge. The Buchanans' have been frequent visitors to Lethbridge and Mr. Buchanan's appointment will like- ly bring him West even more frequently. Moisture boon to parched crops concerned, had civic officials hustling to drop in for meetings at his hotel. Due to a mix-up in itineraries somewhere along the line, they hadn't expected Mr. Miniely to arrive until next week. His three-day visit to the city is the fourth in a series of visits by provincial cabinet ministers. The results of the meetings Thursday apparently pleased the city. Mr. Miniely told Mayor Andy Anderson he was certain that provincial help for the northern industrial park expansion could be arranged. He also told Bob Bartlett. community services director, the province would look favorably on buying up land in the river valley for park use by the city. In a bit of financial sleight of hand which will insure ex- pansion of the industrial park is not an added burden on the city's mill rate, the province will probably buy land already owned by the city. The city will use the money to finance buying more land and providing services. The city couldn't finance expan- sion through the normal channel of the Alberta Municipal Financing Cor- poration. It had already borrowed its limit from the AMFC. Mr. Miniely said. In any case, Mayor Anderson said after the meeting, the city didn't want to go that route because it would add to the mill rate. "We want this to be totally he said. "We will pay back the province as we sell the land." The city administration believes the multi-million dollar expansion can pay for itself in five years. The government land purchase fund was established this spring to allow the province to buy up land now for future public use. The fund could finance up to million in land deals which were too rich for any in- dividual municipality's pocketbook. City Council has been told it will need more than million this year and next to get the estimated million project started. I would add 465 acres or an estimated five year's worth of expansion space to the city's depleted stock of industrial property. Part of the initial cost Up to three quarters of an inch of rain was dumped on portions of Southern Alberta Buchanan funeral in Hamilton Funeral services were held today at 3 p.m. in Hamilton for Hugh Buchanan, former publisher of The Herald, who died suddenly Wednesday at 54. Cremation was to follow and Mr. Buchanan's ashes will be scattered on Waterton Lake, where the family had main- tained a cottage. Son of the late Senator William A. Buchanan, of Lethbridge, he was editor, then editor and publisher of The Herald from 1954 to 1959. At the time of his death he was editorial page editor of the Hamilton Spectator, where he had worked since 1962. Pioneer farming The 5th annual Pioneer Acres Plowman and Threshermen's Club turn-of- the-century farming demonstration at Langdon Corner, featuring steam draft horses and will be fired up this engines, nostalgia, weekend. Set up at the Ken Taylor farm one mile east of the junction of Highways 1 and 9, east of Calgary on the TransCanada Highway, the farming techniques of the past will be on parade for public viewing. Thursday bringing a halt to drought conditions and boosting hopes of better crop yields in most areas. Sherry Clark, regional director for the Alberta department of agriculture in Lethbridge, said the rain will help some crops while many crops that are close to maturi- ty are too advanced to benefit. The real bonus for farmers will be felt in crops which are still growing, those still show- ing some signs of green in them, said Mr. Clark. The rain will help build bushel weight through larger kernels that will allow farmers a better grade for their grain. It will also increase yields. Delton Jensen, district agriculturist in Warner, said the rain will stop kernels from shrivelling as much. Because many farmers in Southern Alberta plant winter wheat and fall rye in September, the rains will provide needed soil moisture to germinate these crops. Both men agreed the rains came too late to give farmers bumper crops but they did for- stall a disaster. The Lethbridge weather of- fice reported 0.58 of an inch fell on the city from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. In the same period Cardston recorded 0.4 of an inch, Waterton 0.5 of an inch and Mountain View 0.62 of an inch. The Taber irrigationist's of- fice reported 0.4 of an inch fell on that town. Purple Springs recorded 0.72 of an inch, brassy Lake 0.16 of an inch while Cranford and Chin recorded 0.55 of an inch. Taber also benefitted from rains of 0.15 of an inch Aug. 8 and 0.12 of an inch Aug. 7. With all the rainfall, the Lethbridge weather office says scattered showers could occur this afternoon due to a cloud build-up. Credit union hopes dashed by treasurer It would be unfair to other lending institutions and their clients for the province to offer lower interest money to credit unions, Gordon Miniely, provincial treasurer, said Thursday. The announcement dashed the hopes of the Credit Union Federation of Alberta for a low-interest million loan from provincial coffers. "I can't see investing funds with credit unions at lower interest rates when we don't do the same for other financial in- stitutions, including provincial treasury branches. It would be grossly unfair to other Albertans investing with other in- he said. But the provincial treasurer said he was investigating how to make it possible for the federation to borrow public funds, which it cannot do under present legislation. He said the province recognized credit unions as important institutions within the province. The federation asked for million to extend credit to its 217 members but said it could not afford 10 to 12 per cent interest rates. It wanted the same rate of 8% per cent municipalities pay through the Alberta Municipal Finance Cor- poration. Credit unions will have to assess their situation to see if they have over extended themselves, Mr. Miniely suggested. One problem is the large number of long-term loans they were making, but depending themselves on short-term borrowings. "You can't lend long-term and borrow he said in an interview. includes purchase payments on 206 acres. There is some urgency as far as the city is concerned as its option on land expires Oct. 15. Warrant spending defended Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely has reacted sharply to opposition criticisms of government ex- penditures not approved by the legislature. Opposition Leader Bob Clark earlier lashed the government for spending more than million in the last two months in special warrants not approved by the legislature. Then NDP leader Grant Notley said Thursday he would introduce a "mini- budget" this fall as an alter- native to cabinet controlled spending. "I'd assume Bob Clark would say they wouldn't do anything because of a flood or emergency Mr. Miniely said in an interview Thursday during a visit to the city. "Over million of that spending was a direct result of emergency flood situations. There was no way we could do anything about that." The money was spent in compensation for crop and other damage from severe spring floods in north and central Alberta, he said. Another "substantial por- tion" of the million went towards land investments such as the Capital City Park for Edmonton, and were not "spending" as such. A third of the amount would be reim- bursed to the province by Ot- tawa, he said. Unpredictably inflated construction costs also entered the spending picture, Mr. Miniely said. "I would be critical of special warrants myself if they were from overspending allocated budgets. But the need to respond to needs between sessions is a different question than simple inac- curate budgeting." Free parking Lethbridge may be in line for the title of the city with the most expensive free parking. As these photos taken Thursday by Herald photographer Phil Illingworth show, habit dies hard. Or maybe it's just you can park all day for free, but it's your last chance to buy 12 minutes for a penny. Meantime, the city crew changing the meter heads to the new cents per Vz hour, 10 cents per plugging away at about 125 meters per day. At that rate they'll be finished by next Friday and the best parking bargain in tbwn will come to an end. Plaque at Lundbreck to honor Doukhobors Consulting firm updating forecast on air traffic Petro chemical de- velopments in the province have made air passenger traf- fic forecasts, prepared last summer in a report calling for upgrading of Lethbridge's air- port, seem quite conservative, says an employee of the con- sulting firm that prepared the report. Donald Brownie of Data Metric, formerly LaBorde Simat Ltd., said in a telephone interview from Calgary he is preparing new forecasts for the city on east-west markets including Vancouver, Vic- toria, Regina, Saskatoon, Win- nipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. "We're trying to come up with what we feel are realistic figures." said Mr. Brownie. "If anything the market is much stronger than we originally forecast." The petro-chemical developments, if they materialize, and it looks like some of them are about to, will have a stimulus on traf- fic, the consultant said. Mr. Brownie said he will be going to Montreal in September to work with Air Canada officials on updating passenger statistics. The Data Metric report presented to city council in July, 1973, said passenger sur- veys showed the need for a Toronto-Vancouver route through Lethbridge by 1978. Since that report was made public, talks have been held with the airlines and provin- cial and federal government officials concerning upgrading the Kenyon Field Airport to handle air freight shipment of Southern Alberta agricultural products to Pacific Rim countries as well as getting an east-west- passage route through the city. But so far nothing has come of the proposals. LUNDBRECK (Staff) The Alberta Heritage Sites Service will unveil the first historical marker in this country dedicated to the Doukhobors at a prayer home there at 11 a.m. Sunday. The historical marker will be erected on Highway 3 west of Cowley but the Ceremony has been moved to the prayer house here because of highway traffic problems. The first Doukhobor pioneers of the Christian Com- munity of Universal Brotherhood came to Lundbreck in 1915. In 1916, they bought land at Cowley. The historical plaque says: "Toil and Peaceful Life Under this motto the first Doukhobor pioneers of the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood came to Alberta in 1915. Over 300 settled in communes in this area, on acres of virgin land. They built grain elevators, a flour mill, and struggled with pioneer life. In 1926 a second community, the Lordly Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood, settled at Shouldice. Many of their descendants live on these lands and enrich Alber- ta's heritage." Culture and Youth Minister Horst Schmid will unveil the plaque. Today there are about 100 Doukhobors in the area, most- ly retired. There are 60 active members of the prayer home here. It is registered as the United Doukhobors of Alber- ta. Cowley-Lundbreck. The communes were broken up in 1939. Michael Veregin of Cowley, a distant relative of the late leader Peter Veregin, says "During these years, from 1939 until now, many of the old people have died, retired or moved away to Calgary or B.C. The young people don't want to farm and have gone into other occupations." While the Doukhobors will be honored here Sunday, they have not always been on the best of terms with their neighbors because of their ideas and beliefs on com- munism, pacifism and education. After the First World War the councils of the Municipal District of Livingstone No. 70 and the Village of Cowley passed resolutions urging the federal government to buy Doukhobor lands for settle- ment by returned soldiers. Nothing came of these resolutions. Doukhobor lands were lost in 1937 when National Trust and the Sun Life Assurance Company foreclosed. In- dividuals could not appeal since they were incorporated. Some Doukhobors bought the land back as individuals but about one-third left for B.C. It was the end of the communes in this area. Traditional Doukhobor ser- vices are held monthly in Lundbreck. Men and women sit on opposite sides of the church during a service com- posed of psalms and prayers. The basic elements of ex- istence are symbolized by the presence of bread, water and salt. Milk processors seek interim price boost The retail price of milk to consumers could be boosted this- month if a submission from Alberta dairies is accepted by the Public Utilities Board. The PUB will hear representatives of Alberta milk processors in Red Deer Aug. 28. They are seeking an interim price increase for milk before a utilities board hearing on milk prices in October. Fred Trofanenko of Edmonton, a member of the utilities board, told The Herald in a telephone interview today, the dairies are seeking the price increase because of a recent labor settlement with a dairymen's union. He said the interim price increase, if any, will be based solely on the increased production costs to dairies arising from the new labor contract. Any price increase will be ratified and possibly changed at the PUB hearing in October. Al Wiggins, manager of Silverwood Dairies Ltd. in Lethbridge, said the recent contract agreed to by union and management gave workers a 13 per cent wage boost over one year. Mr. Wiggins said the last time dairies were awarded a price increase for retail milk was Oct. 15, 1973.