Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDGE HEAALD -s L S V' Ready to go CP Rail diesel engines. 15 sit in the Leth-. bridge rail yards near the roundhouse waiting for o recall to duty. There 250 rail cars in the including 17 loaded with grain ready for shipmenf to Vancouver. CP spokes- man Earl Olson said this morning that the company is gearing up to get going as soon as as soon as word comes from Ottawa. The first trains will be moving within hours of a return to work call by either government or the union. Full-scale op- erations will take mat- ter of before equip- ment and personnel can work into the normal rou- said Mr. Olson. Walter Kerber ohot9 EASY MONEY But a recession would mean big trouble for many ivhose credit cards help them fall deeply into debt By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Lethforidge borrowers are as good or better than anyone at repaying their debts. But city credit experts add that many consumers are living on and beyond the fringe of their ability to re- pay- Edward Kisel is one of the men who deals with those in trouble with their creditors. He administers the Orderly Payment of Debt Act for the Lethbridge Judicial District. Only 74 people asked for help under the act in the last year. of the im- proving people are starting to pay back he explains. have had a lot more applications in previous But Mr. Kisel and city credit granters Credit Is too easy to get. People are getting deeper and deeper in debt when they see some- thing they money seems to be no object. A re- cession would land number- less credit users and abusers in trouble. They get it ''People will not take 'no' for an says Bank of Nova Scotia loans man- ager Garry Lewis. want something and they go get living says Mr. still within their means although I won- der if they have any money in the The banks and loan com- panies are competing fierce- ly to sell the consumer money. Where once they demanded near-absol- ute security to the total amount of a now they pass out the money on no firmer grounds than ex- pected future income. trend is to lending young professionals more money on the basis of their earning says Mr. Lewis. At Industrial Acceptance manager Har- vey King adds. pressures come from every way because people are buy- ing so much and there is a tendency to be looser than you should although you fight it. 'Amazes me' amazes me what peo- ple have here the travel trailer and boat people do very well. The quality of We is high. People are relative- ly heavily in debt and thsy can afford This a prosperous area and relatively he comparing it with Van- Montreal and Cal- gary. But inflation hasn't hit the consumer with its full im- pact he warns. The proliferation of charge accounts and credit cards is not only a temptation to the eager consumer to overex- tend himself. people have so many sources of you don't know them says Mr. King. The credit granter is and mistakenly allows the consumer to destroy budget already overburdened by time payments. Mushrooms don't realize that 30 days from the they have to so they may ask to overdraw from their account and it just says Lew- is. people are par- ticularly unable to reconcile their budgets with their The experience of Mr. Kis- el in administering the or- derly payment legislation from the Lethbridge court- house bears this out. major portion of cases are 25 to he and pos- sibly starting a new way of life. companies advertise on come to your house and give you a loan and sud- denly you're in trouble. Peo- ple come in here because they are in a bind they don't want to lose their they want to Under the a debtor can satisfy creditors by ing a specified amount to the court each month. The court then distributes the payment to the creditors. The advantages are lower- ed spread-out pay- ments and avoidance of gar- nishees or assignments of to creditors. Garn- ishees or assignments are automatic grounds for dis- missal of employees in many firms. Mr. Kisel even credits the legislation with saving sev- eral families broken by debt. Financial stability brought a stable relationship. But it is no easy as since consis- tent failure to pay the court throws the debtor back into the arms of his creditors. And the reduced payments mean many years may be spent under a court order. 'Not stalling' Mr. Kisel says his clients are not trying to stall credi- tors. A couple with four chil- dren may estimate they can live on total of a month. They sign the rest of their earnings over to the court. surprised our- selves how little some peo- ple can live he says. Most common cause for consumers' The auto- mobile. says Mr. people in debt may still insist they need that nearly new car. Charge bartenders too provincial judge says By DAVID B. BLY Herald StaK Writer Bartenders and other per- sons who sell liquor should be responsible for the actions of those who become intoxi- cated on their a provincial court judge said in Lethbridge Tuesday. Provincial Judge Kenneth J. Plomp of sitting in the temporary absence of Provincial Judge L. W. Hud- expressed this opinion after fining a man and costs for failing to leave pre- mises when asked to do so. would like to see the people in charge of these bars appear before ms as he told the man. take your money until you are drunk or then they kick you In an interview following the court the judge said he felt bartenders and other people who serve liquor be able to police their own beer Provincial Judge Plomp said that bartenders who serve liquor to people until they are so intoxicated they create a disturbance when asked to leave are at fault. usually cut him off when he is so intoxicated he doesn't think he's he said. too late. They should refuse to serve the customer as soon as he is showing signs of perhaps ask- ing him. to leave for an hour or Police are frequently called to handle complaints of dis- orderly people in and they would rather not go into the bars at the judge said. While an intoxicated per- son can be charged under Section creating a distur- bance in a licensed or Section failing to bartenders can also be charg- ed with serving intoxicated according to Section 85 of the Liquor Control Act. Provincial Judge Plomp said he knew bartenders could not be responsible for all the such as people coming into the bar already intoxicated. from the number of charges I these people are serving liquor to custom- ers until they are thsn they call the police to take them he said. The judge agreed with the concept of liability of barten- ders in civil cases as well. and said he would like to see tin's included in Alberta's liquor control act. Ontario holds sellers of liquor liable for in- juries or suicides of their cus- tomers while and the Alberta Committee on Beverage Alcohol Legislation has recommended to Attor- ney General Merv Leitch that Alberta adopt similar measures. Calgary colleges encroaching Advertising cost LCC this month Fees between and Mixed bag of evening courses at U of L Course subjects ranging from sports to beginning printniaking will be offered in the University of Leth- bridge's public service pro- gram of evening courses this fall. The physical education courses include the volunteer the sports offi- cials recreation leadership and physical fit- ness training methods. The volunteer sports coach course is designed to fulfil the needs of the volunteer coach who lacks professional training. It is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday eve- nings beginning Sept. 4. The sports officials work- shop will analyse the respon- sports official and will in- clude sessions on volleyball and football. The workshop is scheduled for three consecu- tive days beginning Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The recreation leadership course includes the basic the- ories and techniques of lead- ership and will be held Sat- urday mornings beginning Sept. 15. The physical fitness train- Ing methods course will take a look at the rote of physical activity in OUT society on 10 Wednesdays beginning Sept. 19. The art courses to be offer- ed this fall include beginning ceramics and beginning print- Beginning ceramics will cover the fundamentals of wheel use of clay in hand building and infor- mation on glazes. It will be taught on 12 Mondays com- mencing Sept. 10. Beginning printmaking will explore the techniques re- quired in the creation of sev- eral types of prints on twelve Wednesdays starting Sept. 12. Other courses to be offered in the U of L public service program include financial management for small busi- great movie comedy belongingness and mental women in discovering the workshop in field methods. Financial management for small business will deal with common financial problems of small business Mondays beginning Oct. 15. Eight evenings of films fea- turing the best ures of the great comedy teams are scheduled for Tuesday eve- nings starting Sept. 18. Another eight Monday eve- nings will be used to discuss the individual. They're sched- uled from Oct. 1 to Nov. 26. The women in film course will focus on images of wo- man in North American mov- ies on Wednesday evenings starting Oct. 3. A survey of current knowl- edge of space and the uni- ing the stfirs course to be held on seven Tuesdays be- ginning Sept. 25. Participation in politics is a course concerned with the evolution of technology and the day to day mechanics of political campaigning. It bs held on six Wednesdays starting Oct. 24. Tiie workshop in field methods is designed to aid teachers in developing skills in conducting field trips and field studies. It is to be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Sept. 15. The course fees range from to but most fees are in the range of to 10. Stu- dents and senior citizens will By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Community College has spent this morjth on commercial adver- tising and its administra- tors feel justified hi doing so. The advertising seems to have been interrupting local radio and television pro- grams more frequently than national soap commercials during the past two weeks as the college made its last sales pitch prior to its fall programming. It is necessary for some post secondary institutes such as the college to pro- mote its prog ramming through the media because its prospective students are as likely to be in the work force or the home as in sec- ondary says the col- lege president. Dr. C. D. Stewart says the college is able to reach some secondary students through high school visitation pro- grams thst explain the types of programs it has to but the media appears to be the best method of reaching prospective students who are no longer in a school system. The media advertising also reaches some students who recently completed their sec- ondary education and have not made up their minds about any particular he says. They may see or hear the advertisement and dscide to inquire further about the pro- gram and the career it may lead he explains. Gordon LCC infor- mation claims the collage would be shirking its responsibilities if it didn't let people know what it offered. The college is designed to meet the needs of the com- munity through its programs and to perform this function it must make the community aware of its he sug- gests. Dr. Stewart says the col- lege also needs to advertise because of its open door pol- icy of allowing as many stu- dents to register in any given course as there are students wishing to register. He says other post secon- dary educational cent res such as the Northern and Southern Institutes of Tech- nology in Edmonton and Cal- gary don't need to advertise most of their courses because they establish maximum fig- ures are usually reached without shy type of pro- motion. The college has changed its nf nrnmntmo it.t nrn- grams during the past five years and as a re- sult its commercials now offer information about in- dividual programs rather than the college as a whole. Mi'. Colledge says it was found that institutional ad- vertising was not as effective as promoting the various ca- reer programs. For the college is now promoting its law en- forcement program instead of its school of liberal educa- tion and its agriculture me- chanics t instead of its school of agriculture. Dr. Stewart says the col- lege is having to constantly change internally to meet the changing needs of the com- munity and as a result ad- vertising has become a vital tool in its efforts to inform prospective students of the changes. he cautions post- secondary institutes not to misuse this method of reach- ing prospective students. Advertising should be re- stricted to the immediate district unless the courses of- fered are not available in any post secondary educational institute of another district in which it wishes to adver- he insists. He claims LCC has not ad- vertised any of its programs in another district which has a post secondary edu- cational institute offering the same but admits that some other institutes have not followed the same guidelines. Mr. Colledge pointed to Mount Royal College and SAIT in Calgary as two of the institutes that have and are still advertising courses in the Lethbridge district even though LCC offers the game programs. Menu prices jump over summer Rising food costs this sum- mer have pushed menu prices up by a'oout 10 to 20 per Lethbridge restau- rant operators report. An Increase in the mini- mum wage Oct. 1 to from an hour for em- ployees 18 and over may en- tail1 another they report. But most of the 12 operators surveyed said the effect of this second increase in the minimum wage in 10 months would be minor. By far the most important factor is the rising price of food. Many restaurant em- ployees now earn near or more than the r.ew minimum levels announced by the Al- berta cabinet last op- erators claim. The Chinese meal that cost earlier this summer now costs One that cost 01.75 in another restaurant is now as of last Thurs- day. The hamburger that cost. C4 cents at one chain last week costs fiO cents today. nork ehoo that cost t2 a nionlh ago is now and the T-bone that was has climbed to in the same establishment. The meal has risen in but not to 'One luxury restaurant recently installed a 10 per cent surcharge on steaks. A 10.5 per cent increase in meal prices across Canada in the year ending in July was cited Tuesday by Rene M. president of the Canadian Restaurant As- Alberta branch. In a telephone interview from Mr. Vander- velde said that increases in the minimum wage would add three to four per cent to the cost of a meal by next April. He said most salaries increase when the minimum is raised. Restaurant operators could keep prices down by using their imagination and avoid- ing the most expensive he said. Mr. Vander- velde predicted beef would come down In price this fall but would climb attain later.