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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta DID YOU KNOW? Special reduced senior citizen and youth fctrcj available on Air Canada, CP Air and Time Air. Also new reduced fares to Europe available August 10th; when you plan to travel call BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE Phone 328-3201 328-6858 PERSONALIZED SERVICE-NO EXTRA COST Lethkidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lelhbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, August 11, 1970 PAGES 9 TO 16 J A. E. CROSS We ilock FUJI, ANSCO, ILFORD, AGFA, and KODAK Projection lamps, processing chemicals and popar and Philips flash bulbs. Projector rentals. TELEPHONE BUItDING IS A tIBRARY OF WIRES Phones (Involved' Business City Manager To Investigate Charges By Northern Bus By I1U11IJ JOHNSON Herald City Hall Reporter The matter of alleged com- petition between the city-own- ed Lethbridge Transit System and Northern Bus Lines for charter business will be in- vestigated by City Manager Tom Nutting. City council Monday asked the city manager to submit his comments and a report on the charter trips and the funds re- ceived from them since 1968 following a request by I v e s and Offet, the law firm acting for Northern, that there be a review of what it termed "un- warranted and unfair" com- petition. Lawyer C. P. Offet. in his presentation to council on be- half of the bus line, said his client was "prepared lo meet any normal form of competi- tion, but as taxpayers we don't feel we should have to sub- sidize the competition." The whole question, he said, was a matter of policy. "At what point is it justifiable t o have a city-owned system ex- New Industry Set For City panel lo compete with private The decision, being a matter of policy, should be made by council, he said. Mr. Offel gave examples of recent charter trips by the transit system to such places as Park Lake, Hutterite col- onies, SI. Mary's and the river- bottom. He also suggested there were likely others that he did not know about. Mayor Andy Anderson said that since the trips to Park Lake were part of the parks and recreation department's summer program it was ap- propriate to use city buses and that if Mr. Offet was going to complain he should be more specific. In a letter to council, Mr. Offet, said that the charters and many city ser- vice shuttle charters bad re- sulted in a serious loss of busi- ness to his client. In a report to city council June 15 on the operation of the transit system Utilities Di- rector Oli Erdos notes the "very large increase in rev- enue from school bus and char- ter services." The report says an expansion of charter ser- vices to more fully utilize the facilities is indicated. A graph included in the re- port shows that revenue from school bus, charters and othsr services made up 11.3 per cent of total revenue in 1960. In 1969 this had Increased to 34 per cent, or Fare revenues of (88.7 per cenl) in 1960 only tolalled 125 (66 per cent) in 1969. The increased school bus, charters and miscellaneous services have in recenl years contributed to keeping the transit deficit down in spite of a sharp increase in expenses, due largely to pay- roll. Ihe reporl indicates. Alderman Steve Kotch, presi- dent of Northern Bus Lines, re- frained from entering into the discussion and did not vote on the motion lo have the matter investigated. By .TUDI WALKER Staff Writer The Alberta Government Telephone building on the corn- er of 8th St. and 4th Ave. S. houses a maze of wires. Into the basement of the building are channelled a pair of wires for each of the phones in the city of Leth- bridge. The wires originate at a can on the telephone poles (or in a pedestal in the newer areas where wiring is under- ground) behind the home of the telephone user. Large water- tight cables, each holding up lo pairs, of wires, bring the wires into the ACT building basement. The wires extend to the top floor of the building where they are separated into individual pairs of wires and attached to jumper wires. The jumpers con- nect them to the wires in the equipment used for sending calls. The equipment is set up in a same route as a, telephone call, then connect to a linefinder. There are 18 linefinder switches for every 20G phones in the city. "When a person picks up the receiver" said Mr. Nesting, "the linefinder moves along until it finds a free switch. The caller then has a dial tone. If all 18 switches are being used there will be no dial tone and an emergency light will go on to indicate to the men working that a line is need- ed. This doesn't happen very often we 117 to tell people not to leave their phones off the hook." The call, and the wires, are then connected to the first se- lector. In Lethbridge, the ex- change is always 327 or 328, so the first selector actually finds the first three numbers. In a larger telephone area where there are several exchanges, three selectors, first, second, and third would be necessary. huge room which resembles an I Action Program To Be Planned old fashioned library with wires taking the place of books. The huge shelves extend from the ceiling to the floor. Cables i T> across the ceiling transfer the wires from one unit of equip- ment to another. Lethbridge Chamber of Com- The lines are put into a pro- merce president-elect Morley lector which, according to Ray Tanner has called an orienta- tion meeting for the execulivc, council and inlcrestcd people The wires, which take the BLACK, R.D.T., C.D.M. [JBLACK DENTAL IAB MEDICAL DENTAl BIDS. Open Saturdays Evenings by Appointment PHONE 377-2822 Nesting, central office foreman, "acts like a fuse in a house to p protect the many thousands of I in the Park Plaza Bridge "Room dollars worth of equipment. Wednesday at noon. The purpose of the meeting is to plan the coming year's pro- gram of action. Mr. Tanner has asked for all lo come to the meeting with ideas for courses of action, areas of concern the cr'.mber can act upon and in general, what Ihe chamber should be I doing for the coming year. BUSINESSMEN'S LUNCHEONS Served Daily from 11 a.m. Westwinds Dining Room "Half-Way House" Lounge WE INVITE AND WELCOME MONTHLY CHARGE ACCOUNTS Letlibridge's Favorite Place to Eat! FAMILY RESTAURANT 1715 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE, SOUTH PHONE 328-7756 In a press release made pub- lic at Monday's meeting of city council, Jean Marchand, minis- ler of regional economic ex- pansion, announced an incen- tive grant of more than 000 to Aqua Tech Ltd. of Cal- gary for the construction of an activated carbon plant ,in Leth- bridge. Estimated capital cost of the New Bylaw To Clarify Top Job A new bylaw to clarify the duties and obligations of the city manager is to be pre- pared for presentalion to coun- cil by the end of September. A clearer definition of the job was requested by Tom Nut- ting, the new city manager, at Monday's meeting of council. Mr. Nutting told council the present bylaw is contradictory and lacks sufficient definition to enable council and the city manager to work together har- moniously. The problem, lie said, was largely a result of the bylaw including sections of the old City of Lethbridge charter, which dales back to 1949 and which lias1 become outdated. Mr. Nutting will prepare a detailed presentation for the next meeting of council. A committee, made up of all members of council, will meet to prepare the new bylaw. Plioiie Privacy Is Guaranteed Lethbridge phone users need not worry about a lack of pri- vacy in their telephone conver- sations according to L. B. Eld- er, section plant manager of Ihe Alberta Government Tele- phones. Mr. Elder said lhat although it is possible for a member of the AGT staff to overhear a few words of someone's phone conversation, he has no idea who is speaking. As well, all workers make an oath to re- rat nothing they may have leat'd. "And they're all loo busy to stop and listen lo some- j one's conversation." j He said wire tapping on tire j lart of the phone company is ion-existent. The public is also protected open to the public. j by Ihe company from prank- The traffic department opera-1 sters. A special security section The selector connects the wires with the desired digit. After the fourth and fifth se- lectors join the wires to the fourth and fifth numbers dialed1, the line is sent to a connector for the last two numbers. The call is then connected to the line of the person being called. And the operation has taken only seconds. To the person placing the call, it seems like a very simple op- eration; lo Ihe men at AGT it is an operation which takes six years apprenticeship to fully understand. Not all of the approximately 107.000 calls placed daily go through this operation. Long distance calls go through an- other library of equipment. AGT does more than transmit telephone calls. It provides the main amplifier for the music which is piped into stores and offices, is used in remote radio broadcasts, provides the facili- ties for CBC radio broadcasts, and for television programming on one major network, pro- vides educational TV to schools, mobile telephone service, tele- type TWX and data service, and supplies the wiring for fire and burgler alarms. "Any type of communication someone wants." said L. E. Elder, section plant manager "we will supply for him." Also housed in the building are a number of huge batteries and charging devices for keep- ing the operation running, a machine for ringing dial tones. j and an emergency power AC standby. There are parts of the build- ing which, for the protection of i the customer's privacy, are not plant, which will employ 16 people, is The grant is based on 10 per cent of the ap- proved capital cost, plus for each job created. Alderman C. W. Chichesler j added that the firm has pur- chased a site in the city's in- dustrial park in North Leth- bridge and plans for the build- ing are near completion. A start on construction could be made next month, he said. Activated carbon, he said, has many uses, one of which is connected with fighting pollu- tion. The actual process of pro- duction is a well-guarded se- sion last cret; it is planned to have se- curity guards present during the 'installation of the equip- ment. City Opposes Gas Rate Hike A notice of application by Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd. for a 13 per cent rate increase was referred by city council Monday to the city manager and the utilities direc- tor for investigation and pre- paration of a brief opposing the increase. Canadian Western notified the city last week it intends to apply to the public utilities board for a public hearing on the requested increase. If granted, the boost would come into effect in February, 1971. Oli Erdos, city utilities direc- tor, told council the power gen- erating plant would be affected by any increase as the city has no contract with Canadian Western regarding rales. Lethbridge paid last year for gas for the power plant. REPORT SOUGHT A report on the effectiveness of the city's ajiti-noise bylaw was requested by Aid. Jim An- derson. City Manager Tom Nulling agreed with Aid. An- derson's suggestion that the bylaw may not be doing its job and that a decibel-level clause might help. lors are the voices behind Hie zeroes. They are the girls who look up information and trans- fer person to person long dis- tance calls. Als'o included in the 250 mem- ber slaff are the office workers, test centre staff and the out- side crew. works with the person being bothered by nuisance calls by attaching a device to his line. This enables the security divi- sion to find the number of Ihe person making the calls. "Eighty per cent of the time we can successfully track down the said Mr. Elder. Dr. R. P. Kuipers Is pleased to announce the Associaiion of Dr. B. C. Cotter to his practice of CHIROPRACTIC Hours of Practice Have Been Extended to 6 Dayi A a.m. to p.m. COMPLETE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5454 Suites Stand Upheld City council Monday went along with a decision by the Municipal Planning Commis- sion last week that there should be no relaxation of the regulations governing b a se ment suites in the city. Recommendations to that ef- feet by Tosh Kanashiro, city building inspector, and Enrol I Adderley, executive director of 'the Oldman River Regional Plan ning Commission, were filed and council voted to in- form Dwight Jensen, housing officer for the University of Lethbridge. that it was not in the best interest of the city that the regulations' be relaxed. Changes in the regulations had been requested by Mr. Jensen in order to provide more suites for university slu- dents. Aid. Balla Acting Mayor Alderman Joe Balla was ap- pointed by city council Monday as acting mayor during the ab- sence of Mayor Andy Ander- son and Deputy "Mayor Rex Little. The mayor will head a dele- gation of 13 aldermen, busi- nessmen and wives lo Iwinning ceremonies in St. Laurent, Quebec, Saturday. The date marks the 250th anniversary of Lethbridge's twin city. Mayor Anderson will take holidays after the St. Laurent celebrations, returning to Leth- bridge early in September. Land Assembly In Final Step City council Monday night took the final step in its land assembly program in the down- town area when it voted to en- ler into an agreement with the public school board to purchase the Central School site for Half of Hie purchase price will be paid now and the re- mainder at the end of the year when Central is phased out and the students begin attending the enlarged Susie Bavvden- Fleetv.'Ood complex. Total cost of the land pack- age is At its last meeting council approved spending for five resi- dences bordering Central School. The complete package in- cludes all the property between 8th and 9th St. S. and northerly from 6th Ave. S. to the lane New City Hall lu Offing? City council last night first tabled the awarding of the con- tract for an addition to the city hall engineering depart- ment and then went into closed session to discuss future space requirements at city hall and its possible relocation. No details were released fol- lowing the closed meeting. The low bid for the addition to the engineering department was submitted by Glen Little Construction Ltd. of Lcth- aridge. At it was about below the estimated cost. I behind Ihe Bowman Arts Cen- tre and the Pemmican Club. It has been indicated council may close 5th Ave. S. between 8th" and 9th St. to make the land into one large parcel suit- able for a major development. Council Briefs Alderman Steve Kotch re- quested that the city manager look into the possible purchase of the Capitol Theatre building, which he said might possibly be renovated and used for live presentations such as drama and ballet. Aid. Vera Ferguson asked that the city manager report on the city's policy regarding the spraying of trees, saying she felt it might be a possible cause of pollution. Aid. Ferguson also present- ed a notice of motion that all meetings of all city boards and commissions be open to the public. QUALITY DRY CLEANING AT NO EXTRA COST BENJAMIN'S CLEANERS-TAILORS 317 10th Street Soulh PHONE 327-5771 R. AKROYD PLUMBING-HEATING and GASFITTING 263-1 21st Ave. S. For New Installations and Alterations Phone 328-2106 FREE ESTIMATES RESIDENTIAL COOLING SYSTEMS CHARLTON HILL LTD. 1262 2nd AVE. S. PHONE 328-3388 MAKE US YOUR ONE-STOP FOR SUMMER HEALTH NEEDS FIRST AID KITS VITAMINS Insect Repellents Sun Tan Lotions, etc. Sunglasses Deodorants, etc. Let us Fill Your Prescriptions Before Going Away on Holidays! McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. 614 3RD AVE. S., LETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-3S55 ALSO OPERATING WATERTON PHARMACY LOCATED IN WATSRTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK ATTENT FARM STOCKMEN! FIR DIMENSION PRIME UTILITY GRADE RANDOM LENGTHS Ideal for Stockpens, Corrals and almost any other farm buildings. Can be ripped lo your specifications. ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. "YOUR PIONEER IUMBER Dealer Since 1925" Cor. 2nd Ave. and 13th St. S., IcIhbridaE ;