Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
SECOND SECTION District The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, August 21, 1974 Local news Pages 13-22 Cominco rejects bid for inquiry KIMBERLEY Cominco has rejected a proposal for an industrial inquiry commission into the dispute between the company and the United Steel workers. Cominco says it would threaten the "system of collective bargaining." The company has also call- ed on the department of labor to continue to use the media- tion service as the means to ending the strike at Kimberley, Trail and Salmo. The dispute is now in its seventh week. Says Cominco labor relations manager John Giovanetto: "The steelworkers' union has requested an industrial in- quiry commission and the minister of labor has asked our serious consideration of this We do not think that it is a reasonable alternative." In a letter to the minister, the steelworkers' joint bargaining council said it would welcome a commission to examine the issues in the dispute providing the recommendations of the com- mission were not binding. Cominco was asked if it would accept a commission. Mr. Giovanetto says, "The union has demanded a package far above anything in the province, has called a strike and now seeks govern- ment intervention. "We. on the other hand, have made the best package offer in the province in an ef- fort to prevent the strike. "We have respectfully urg- ed the minister that the possibility of obtaining a solu- tion be actively pursued by the capable people in the mediation service. "Further, we do not believe intervention by a commission would be appropriate when our employees have not even had the right of a democratic vote on our said Mr. Giovanetto. The Steelworkers claim their members told the bargaining council not to come back for a vote on a "nickel and dime" offer from the company. As a result, the Steelworkers say, a vote was not taken on Cominco's wage package because it came un- der the "nickel, dime" category. Caldwell cattle do well at PNE Rod Mackenzie of Caldwell, about five miles north of Mountain View, won the reserve champion and senior bull awards with two different Shorthorn bulls at the Pacific National Exhibition Beef Show Tuesday. Shorthorns were this year's feature beef breed at the PNE. BILL GROENEN photo Supertubers aren't small potatoes Two airborne supertubers claim their trampo- year-old Jerry Murphy, 1514 Birch Place, their tube beats a trampoline any day. For 12-year- trampotube is something to jump and shout about, old Mike Tolley, left, 1502 Birch Place, and nine- Public school enrolment dips The number of students attending city public schools is slightly down from first day enrolment figures in 1973, while separate school popula- tion remains on par with last year, according to statistics released today by the two school systems. The dip in public school stu- dent population was caused by decreasing numbers of students enrolling in the elementary grades. There are only elementary students this year compared with in August, 1973. Grade 1 enrolment dipped from 573 to 531 students. Both school systems an- ticipate the usual late arrivals to boost their student enrol- ment by about 100 students before the end of September. The late arrivals are ex- pected to boost the separate school first day elementary grade enrolment of this year to a number on par with its Sept. 30 enrolment last year and public school elementary enrolment to within 300 students of last year totals. Total separate school enrol- ment this year is down only 21 students from last year's first day total of A similar public school student popula- tion figure is not available because its high schools have not completed their head count. Separate school junior high grade enrolment is within six students of last year's Sept. 30 enrolment of 637 students and is expected to surpass that figure when the late arrivals register. Public school junior high school population has increas- ed from students in August, 1973, to on the first day this year. Separate school high school totals are on par with first day totals last year (474 but slightly down from the Sept. 30 1973 high school stu- dent population of 504. 30 Mexican workers expected to help harvest crops in South Labor worries for about 15 southern Alberta vegetable and potato growers lessened Tuesday with confirmation 30 Mexican workers will arrive in Calgary Sunday. Reuben Huber. secretary manager of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Commission, told The Herald Tuesday the workers are to arrive in the South in time for harvest operations. Most will start work for their new employers Monday. Applications for workers were sent to the Mexican government July 2 following months of unsuccessful advertising across Canada for workers for farm labor. A supervisor supplied by the Mexican government will accompany the workers. The workers have been brought to Canada under contract for per hour plus accommodation. An agreement signed by employer and employee allows the workers to work for only one farmer unless all parties agree to a change. The workers can stay in Alberta for up to eight months under a work per- mit. No families of the workers have been brought to Alberta. If the workers are satisfactory for local farmers, the farmer must pay the return air fare. If unsatisfactory, they will be returned at the expense of the Mexican government. Mr. Huber said the Alberta labor import program is similar to one established by Ontario two years ago which now provides about 5.000 workers from the Caribbean. Liberals, NDP prepare to prey By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Both the Alberta New Democratic and Liberal parties are winding up their election machines in separate attempts to take over the role of the official opposition from a financially-strapped Social Credit Party. Since April, the New Democratic provincial association has doubled its staff with the addition of four full-time organizers. A fifth part-time organizer is in the works for Southern Alberta. The concerted effort at ousting the Socreds from the Opposition benches comes a year in advance of the anticipated election date. Hiring the organizers will cost the party between and says Howard Leeson, provincial secretary. Party leader Grant Notley today is in the midst of an organizing swing through the South. See story on Page 1. Meanwhile, the provincial Liberal association is gearing for an election with creation of a full-time staff of three an organizer, executive assistant for leader Nick Taylor who will be in charge of publicity and an office manager. While the NDP plans on running a full slate on 75 candidates, the Liberals want to field more than 50. The party managed to run only 20 in the last election in 1971 while the NDP ran 70, lacking candidates in only five ridings. "I don't take seriously their claims they will form the official Bob Clark, Socred house leader, says of the challenges from the third and fourth place parties. "It's the kind of comment you'd expect from the Liberals with no seats. We have heard it from the NDP for years and they've only managed one seat in the house. Both have a great distance to come." The NDP and Liberals were outstripped by the Socreds in percentage of the popular vote and elected candidates in 1971 but the Socreds are now suffering from a threadbare campaign fund. Fund raising is "certainly not as easy when you're not the government." says Bill Johnson, chairman of the party's election strategy committee. "Financing is tougher to say the least." He estimates the full-time party staff will probably double after an election is called. It now numbers four; plus a part-time assistant to party leader Werner Schmidt, and part-time consultant former executive director Orvis Kennedy. But Mr. Johnson says organizing at the constituency level is "looking very good." Mr. Schmidt is doing much of that work. One of the strains on the Socred budget is Mr. Schmidt's salary. Mr. Schmidt does not have a seat in the legislature, entitling him to draw the annual sum paid the leader of the opposition, in addition to an MLA's sessional indemnity and expenses amounting to another The party has therefore established a Werner G. Schmidt Foundation to which funds are contributed by Social Credit League members. "It varies quite a bit every says Mr. Johnson, but provides a suitable salary none the less. One of the few bright spots in the party's financial picture is its recent acquisition of a new headquarters and office building. Allarco Developments Ltd. arrived on the scene not long ago to buy the Socred lease on a choice downtown office location. The lease still had 28 yearr to run so the purchase involved "quite a considerable sum of money." according to Mr. Johnson. With the money, the party bought its own building closer to the legislature and had a "bit of surplus" left over. Meanwhile, both the NDP and Liberals are predicting a Socred downfall and resultant vacuum on the opposition side of the house which they hope will drag them in. But Liberal Leader Nick Taylor's statement "We feel quite confident of becoming the official opposition is hard to swallow. He says the party will run number two in the popular vote and the NDP might gain a seat or lose the one they have now. "We're getting amazing support from disappointed Conservatives. I think there's a feeling in Alberta that you get your best government when you have two parties squaring he says. Based on the 1971 election results, the second party will not be the Liberals. They won no seats. They beat the Socreds in no seats and the NDP in only one seat. That one seat was St. Albert where provincial leader Bob Russell went down to his third defeat at the hands of a novice Conservative Candidate. The party garnered 1.012 per cent of the popular vote, a meagre 6.475 votes. The NDP has a much better change as far as figures go to increase its representation. The party managed to tot up 11.415 per cent of the popular vote, votes in all. The figures still leave the Socreds unquestionably in second place behind the government. The party took 41.095 per cent of the popular vote only about five per cent behind the winning Conservatives at 46.406 per cent Standings in the house now are 49 Conservatives, 24 Socreds, one New Democrat and one Independent. Manufactured marble not permitted on West Lethbridge homes By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A local contractor, whose artificial marble product has been judged unsuitable for use on west side houses, has taken a swing at West Lethbridge building restrictions. "It's said Tino Chemolli, president of Chemstone Veneering Ltd., a firm he has operated in the city for 16 years. Mr. Chemolli said Tuesday when two of his clients asked for building permits for west side homes they were told they could not get the permits unless they agreed not to use the Chemstone material on the outside of their houses. They were told it is not a natural building material and therefore cannot be used, he said. "People building houses today have enough trouble without facing these guys who dictate the material and color of a said Mr. Chemolli. "If I lose a job or two, it won't hurt, but it's not fair. It's my business to protect my business." Mr. Chemolli said his "chemstone" is a composite material made from marble and quartzite with a chemical used to make it more compact and less water absorbant. "It's better and cheaper than the real he claimed. He also said it can be made in any color, but most of his customers prefer white. Mr. Chemolli said he went to city hall to complain and later wrote a letter outlining his objections July 30. So far has received no reply. City hall officials confirmed that while "chemstone" is not singled out as a banned material on the west side, it isn't on the list of "acceptable" materials. They said Mr. Chemolli's complaint is under review, but it may be necessary for city council to amend the west side development control resolution to bring a change in the list of permissable materials. The intent of the west side regulations is to allow appeals, and this is what he's done, said Tosh Kanashiro city development control officer. "Some artificial stone is pretty poor I'm not saying his is but other such materials used in other parts of the country are pink and green and blue and don't look natural at said Jim Stendebach, city planning officer, with the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. The basic purpose of the regulation is to keep out the worst offenders purples and that sort, said Mr. Stendebach. "That's the reason artificial stones aren't allowed per se." West Lethbridge development control resolutions, passed by city council, are intended to give overall neighborhood concept to West Lethbridge development. But Mr. Chemolli, who is also a house designer, feels city hall shouldn't be able to legislate people's tastes. "They should control quality, but not he said, adding that Chemstone was tested and approved for use across Canada by Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Mr. Chemolli said he is also upset by other aspects of the city's development of West Lethbridge. "They spent of taxpayers' money for a Calgary architect's plans for model homes in West Lethbridge that were unsuitable, too expensive to build and no one wanted, when we have plenty of good architects right here in the he said. City council terminated Its contract with the Calgary architect late in 1973 and the plans purchased from him for a cluster of seven model homes to set the tone of West Lethbridge development were never used. Artificial marble veneer not on list regulation to keep out purples and that sort.