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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 14, 1974 Experimental school may help drunks cope The men came into the room grumbling. It was plain they weren't happy. The inside of a jail was nothing new to them, but this was the first time they'd been hit with a four-month sentence just for getting drunk. they were having to go to school. "It's the work of a bunch of fascists." said one. Others agreed. "Any you guys don't want to stay here can just follow me." offered the guard. The men decided they could spare the time to hear what Norm Cowie had to say. Norm is the director of the Lethbridge office of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission. The AADAC. in co-operation with Lethbridge Correctional Institute, is trying to make the drunk offender's four-month stay in jail worth his while. The new program is being carried on with the approval of the provincial attorney- general's and solicitor- general's approval. Pennant EXTERIOR PAINT Limited Quantity White Gals., only Bright Red Gals., only 499 g95 Call Hardware 327-5767 DOWNTOWN It's a first of its kind. Something similar has been carried on in Edmonton, but not inside a jail. The program had its beginnings in mid-July when Provincial Judge L.W. Hudson announced that under a new policy in his court all persons convicted of being drunk in a public place twice in 30 days would receive an automatic four-month jail term with no option of a fine. However, even if a person is sent to jail for four months under the new policy, he doesn't have to participate in [he AADAC program. To date, out of 16 people serving four-month sentences on drunk charges. 14 are attending the lectures, films and discussion groups that the program involves. "We're trying to interrupt the chronic drunk offender's routine." says Mr. Cowie. These offenders previously received short-term sentences which gave them opportunity to rethink their attitudes or pursue a different life-style. If the number of people getting drunk on 5th Street time and again can be reduced, then the program is a success, he said. It's a costly problem for the taxpayer paying for the regular court appearances and jail terms of these people. He feels that for the first time there is a "Better chance of getting through to these people that there is a different way of living." That's something that was impossible when they were in jail 30 days under the old system. "We finally got the guts to take risks and help some he says. Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At the Avenue South THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th Terms Cash Sale starts p.m. No Reserve Good Double Pedestal Office Desk, Craftsman Radial Arm Saw, 36" Beaver Lathe with Chisels, Apt. Size Dining Table, Good 48" Rollaway Bed, Pool Table, 4x8 Sheets of Plastic, Card Table and 4 Chairs, Sm. Propane Bottle, Bicycles. Many more items too numerous to mention. 1966 IHC Vz TON TRUCK PURSUANT TO THE ALBERTA SEIZURES ACT WE WILL SELL THE FOLLGWiriG: 1953 CMC TON TRUCK HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 1920 2nd AVE. S. LFTHBHIDGE TED NEWBY Lie. 010283-41 KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 012116-458 In the past no risk was taken, no help was given the drinker and usually he made no effort to help himself. "You have to be cruel to be Mr. Cowie says. One thing for sure, "we have a captive audience." Harold Quigley, the AADAC counsellor at the jail who has been instrumental in organizing the program, says he's been getting great co- operation from the staff at the jail with the new program. They've set up the program to last 60 days most prisoners finish a four-month jail term in three months with a month off for good behavior. The fellows involved spend an hour a day Monday through Friday attending a lecture or watching a film. This hour is followed by a one-hour discussion period and a couple of smoke breaks. Fifteen agencies are involved in the program and during the 30-lecture period scheduled, the men will encounter sociologists, psychologists, social workers, city policemen, RCMP officers, clergy, medical doctors, and representatives of Canada manpower, native organizations. AADAC, the John Howard Society and Alcoholics Anonymous. Discussion theme is usually alcohol and drugs. The number of people appearing before the provincial courts on drunk charges has been reduced, he said. Personal counselling is also available to inmates under the new program and is carried on in the afternoons and evenings. Eleven of the 14 people participating in the new program at the jail are natives. As a result the AADAC has hired a native counsellor to assist the man already working at the jail. Women being given the four-month sentences for drunkenness don't stay in Lethbridge. They are sent to Fort Saskatchewan where they can become involved in a program similar to that offered short-term offenders here. When the four-month sentence is nearly over, prisoners have the option to spend two weeks at the AADAC treatment centre in Claresholm. The Claresholm centre is an active treatment rehabilitation centre for Southern Albertans with alcohol and drug problems. The time at Claresholm allows a person to adjust to a community environment after coming from jail, Mr. Cowie savs. PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd S. Phone 327-4121 FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX. C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Class in drying out Harold Quigley, counsellor, speaks to prisoners serving terms for drinking infractions at a session with inmates. The school is designed to motivate problem drinkers to change their ways. City Scene Man injured in accident A 23-year-old Lethbridge man was treated in hospital and released after the car he was driving collided with a parked car on 6th Ave. S. Tuesday evening. City Police said Robert Bruce Gordon, 2715 B 23rd Ave. S., was southbound on 6th Ave. about p.m. when the Car he was driving collided with a parked car that was pushed ahead into a second parked car. The first parked car. belonging to Marguerite Haynes, was parked in front of 1222 6th Ave. S. Police said the Haynes vehicle was unoccupied and was pushed ahead into another parked car occupied by Mary Kristine Daines, of Mesa, Arizona. Police said the Daines woman was not injured, but Mr. Gordon was taken to St. Michael's Hospital and treated for lacerations to his right arm and face and later released. Damage in the accident was estimated at Police are investigating the mishap. Children's shows staged Children's theatre will be presented by the Lethbridge Youth Theatre Thursday and Friday at the Lethbridge Public Library. The show is free and includes two plays and a dance drama. One of the plays is The Seven Silly Wisemen, and the other is unnamed. The dance drama is titled Dance of Death. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the library's basement theatre. Strike talks halted A special meeting Prfbuilt Industries Ltd.'s employees has been called following a breakdown in negotiations Tuesday. The meeting, set for p.m. Thursday at the Labor Club, will involve members of Local 2998 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America employed by Prebuilt. Pat Mattei. chief negotiator for the brotherhood, said the breakdown came at Tuesday's meeting with management. Local 2998 has been on strike against Prebuilt since Aug. 1. Smoke house extinguished A Lethbridge locker plant's smoke house was estinguished Monday after a passer-by noticed smoke. Firemen were called and extinguished the fire at the source of the smoke, but found the interior room was Lethbridge Locker and Seafoods Ltd.'s smoke house. Several hams were dampened, but were undamaged. "Fortunately they didn't use said plant manager Bill Coutts. He said the firm has been operating the smoke room for 29 years. Tires taken from vehicle Two tires valued at were reported stolen from a parked car Monday, Lethbridge police said Tuesday. Police were called to A and M Distributors, 1812 2nd Ave. S., and found the Japanese-made station wagon jacked up and the two left tires gone. It had been parked in a fenced lot, they said. 'Ride tickets on sale Reserve tickets are now available for the RCMP musical ride and chuckwagon races to be held Aug. 23 and 24. They may be purchased at the Exhibition Pavilion between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be three performances of the musical ride. Distillers may share park City council ratification of an agreement between the city and Palliser Distillers to share in the costs of developing a park at 28th Street and 9th Avenue N. was delayed Monday at the re- quest of the company. It apparently still needs the blessing of Palliser's head of- fice. The proposed agreement calls for the city and Palliser to evenly split the cost of developing the park, which would be named Capt. John Palliser Park. Rec director resigns BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The Crowsnest Pass recreation board has accepted the resignation of recreation director Bonnie I effective Aug. 31. Penalty for drunkenness depends on judge By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer All of Lethbridge's provincial judges may not be following a new court policy of sentencing people convicted of two alcohol offences in 30 days to four months at the Lethbridge Correctional Institute, The Herald has learned. Under the new policy, the first time a person appears in Lethbridge provincial court for being drunk he receives a fine or one day in jail. Usually the person has already spent the night before in jail so he is released. However, the person's warned if he appears in Lethbridge court again within 30 days and is convicted of being drunk in a public place he will be given an automatic four-month jail sentence with no option of fine. Lethbridge city police chief Ralph Michelson told The Herald all judges are not giving four-month sentences to second offenders. He claimed Provincial Judge George Lynch-Staunton was giving second offenders fines with time to pay during one session of provincial court. Chief Michelson says there has to be a standard application of the policy if it's to work. Provincial Judge Lynch-Staunton said he preferred not to comment on Chief Michelson's statement. However, he said he looks at each case individually. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson, who announced the policy June 20, said it is perhaps provincial Judge Lynch-Staunton's intention to not follow the policy. Provincial Judge Hudson is the senior judge in Lethbridge and presides over Lethbridge court. When he is away, Provincial Judge Lynch-Staunton or provincial Judge A. H. Elford preside. This new policy is only in effect in Lethbridge provincial Court. A similar policy has been in effect in Edmonton for about seven years. "So long as I'm presiding over the court it (the new policy) will Provincial Judge Hudson says. Provincial Judge Elford says "if facilities have been established to treat people with drinking problems I'm going to make use of them. every individual has to be treated on his own merits at the he said. If one judge follows the policy and another does not, one person could get a fine with time to pay and another person could get four months for the same offence. The only difference between the two would be that they appeared before different judges. Provincial Judge Hudson says this might happen only on isolated days when another judge is filling in for him when he is away. He agreed there should be some uniformity of sentencing, but said there is no way to control it. "Nobody can tell a judge what sentence to even the attorney- general." The policy was implemented to treat the "chronic" abusers of alcohol." These are the ones who are constantly in and out of jail for alcohol offences. Provincial Judge Hudson says. These people are not doing anything for their problems and the four-month sentence is not punishment but treatment. This new policy was one worth trying because the other way was not working. "The only way the law can progress is to try the good and bad ideas." he said. The policy is not inflexible but the exceptions are going to be few and far between, he said. The person who takes his holidays and goes on a wing ding and appears before me twice within 30 days is a possible exception. Provincial Judge Hudson pointed out that most people appear in court on a drunk charge on the second or third time they have been picked up for being drunk. Under section 84 of the Liquor Control Act a person can be picked up for being drunk, kept overnight and released the next morning without being charged. After a person is picked up one or two times and released under section 84 he will probably be charged the next time he is picked up. Provincial Judge Hudson thinks it might be a good thing if one judge follows the new policy and the other doesn't. It might be hard on the public but it will reveal whether the new policy is better than the old. Provincial Judge Hudson says one of his four month sentences is being appealed in the Lethbridge district court. The man appealing the case is free on his own recognizance until the case appears in court. Judge Hudson says he's very interested in what the appeal court decides. The appeal court could do three things: uphold his ruling, overturn his ruling and grant a new trial but give its approval of the new policy or overturn his ruling and disapprove of the new policy. If it disapproved of the policy and overturned his ruling it would probably mean it would overturn any other similar appeals. This type of decision could very well mean the end of the plan. Whatever the district appeal court decides, it will give him some direction, he said. Council backs subdivision WARNER (Staff) Gerard Plettell of Lethbridge Tuesday was again backed by the Warner County council in his fight to obtain a subdivision for a rural residence about two miles west of Raymond. The Oldman River Regional Planning Commission opposes the plan for Mr. Plettell's rural residence on the grounds that it is within two miles of a town and that good farm land would be taken out of production. "I think you had better hammer back at Reeve J. H. Otto advised Coun. Don Christensen of Stirling, council's representative on the planning commission. Coun. Christensen will fight for the subdivision at a planning meeting scheduled for Sept. 5. "Any time the commission decision doesn't agree with the county decision it winds up at an open said Coun. Christensen. The proposed subdivision Concerns 9.5 acres in the northwest quarter of section 11. township 6, range 21. Nine subdivisions were approved last month. Three of them were turned down by the planners, said Coun. Christensen. Council disagreed with the planners on the other two rejections as well, noting that one concerned land on which nothing will grow and the other a simple matter of tidying up an estate, the Paul Schneider property about two miles northeast of Raymond. The planning commission rejected this subdivision, section 22, township 6, range 20, because it is within two miles of the town of Raymond and because it is less than 80 acres in size. Regarding the Plettell rural residence plan, Coun. Murray Holt of Raymond said at an earlier meeting: The piece "really is a problem (to farm) and should be subdivided and the planners object. You just show me the logic on that." Coun. Holt said earlier, "This has good access on both sides nothing wrong with a subdivision like this it might do somebody some good." Coun. Christensen. asking on what grounds he should rebutt ttie planners' argument. On another subdivision, was told by Coun. Jim Blackmer of Coutts that the fact it suffered from alkali and grew nothing was a good argument for a subdivision. This land is about two miles north of Raymond. It is owned by Louis Brandley. Coun. Holt said the entire field was planted with barley last spring and nothing grew on the proposed subdivision area. "It's as bare as this table said Coun. Holt. Said Reeve Otto: "You (the planners) cannot put a blanket policy. There has to be some flexibility to handle individual deals." He said the regulation prohibiting country residences within two miles of a city or town was written to give freeway highways room but "We don't have that type of freeway down here." Coun. Elda Mueller of Wrentham asked: "What if a city annexes everything within two miles? That leaves country residences on the boundary that were formerly outside the two-mile limit. What do you do Raymond culvert rejected WARNER (Staff) The bridges branch of the department of highways has rejected a request for realignment of a culvert south of Raymond near the Jim Coppieters property. The department told the Warner County council by letter Tuesday that the present 72-inch culvert is adequate and while alignment of the present culvert is poor, traffic is light. A new culvert would cost about for earth work and for the new pipe. Coun. Marvin H. Dahl said the alignment is indeed poor and it forces the school bus to make a longer run to pick up the Coppieters' children. Council decided to reapply for the bridge and accepted other recommendations as follows: The existing two-foot by eight-foot concrete base culvert north west of Milk River at the west, southwest of section 16, township 3, range 16, is inadequate. A new culvert will be installed 25 feet south of the existing structure. Northeast of Coutts in the west quarter of section 4, township 1, range 14, the existing 30-inch wood stave culvert is inadequate and will be replaced with an 84-inch pipe to be installed in the existing channel. It will require 12 foot of fill. A total of 112 feet in length, it will provide for a 24-foot roadway. Coun. Ed Pittman of Milk River recommended a request for a new culvert about one mile west of Coutts to replace one that has broken through. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Open Thursday Evening till 9 p.m. PHONE 328-0372 2718 12th South THIS WEEK-END Saturday Sunday August 17 and 18 VISIT The Flower Show Exhibition Grounds MARQUIS FLOWERSHOP Phone 327-1515 ;