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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbndge, Alberta, Saturday, August 31, 1974 Pages 19-36 Tight money hurts housing The tight mortgage situa- tion will not seriously affect the city's West Lethbridge project unless it continues into next spring city hall of- ficials say City council Monday drafted a resolution to go to senior governments expressing con- cern about the lack of mortgage money and its effect on housing in municipalities like Lethbridge Originally suggested by Aid Vera Ferguson at a land sales committee meeting the resolution was prompted by a number of applications for op- tion extensions on lots sold on the west side However only about a dozen such extensions have been granted so far out of about 160 lots now sold with income to the city from West Lethbridge lots reported to be some In addition the city recently Struck mine BILL GROENEN photos Sulphur dioxide (top) escapes through the moun- Commco Doug Turnbull, left, and Les Nagy, (right tain top above the Sullivan mine near Kimberley, e- do picket duty at the upper entrance to the merging from cracks and fissures Two members of mine A door has been added to the shelter, and pro- Local 651, United Steelworkers of America, (left) check pane bottles have appeared, in preparation for the their assignments for the two-month-old strike against coming of cold weather STRIKE -aw-jr I received a 000 loan through Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Alberta Housing Corporation for further development of West Lethbridge 'We're watching it closely but at the moment the mortgage thing is not im- peding development of the project said one ad mmistrator The thinking is that once parliament reconvenes something will probably be done and monev will be freed up in six months to a year He also said that even now the individual building a small or average-sized house up to about the 000 range is not having too problems getting a mortgage It s the contractors building on speculation and the people putting up the bigger expensive house that can t get monev he said Potts is smash at Fort Macleod By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Jerry Potts loves his drink and Jerry loves his women And people here love Jerry The legenday Metis scout rode into this town Fndav night to receive an enthusiastic welcome from 50 people attending the musical revue Potts Accompanied by Queen Vic- toria Sitting Bull Crowfoot and Colonel Macleod a four- piece folk rock group and a cast of zanies Jerry relived the death of his father and Jerry s subsequent revenge the Cree massacre the great NWMP trek of 1874 and adven tures with whiskey traders Richard Harrow the 22- vear old Calgarv songwriter who wrote the words and music portraved the irrepressible scout Steve Boston s buffoonery as Dum- Dum Colonel Macleod provided a comic foil to fellow members of the revue as thev merrily poked fun at each other Written and choreographed around 14 songs written by Harrow the revue is an in- nocent and irreverant historical satire that will keep the whole familv laughing Funded by a 650 Oppor- tunities for Youth grant the Potts' troupe arrived today in Lethbndge for shows todav and Sunday at 8 p m in Yates Memorial Centre Bastedo running, hopes re-election Aid Ed Bastedo will seek another term on city council Mr Bastedo, who operates a downtown upholstery firm left for Australia this week to visit his ailing father-in-law for a month but made arrangements to have his nomination papers filed on nomination day Sept 18 He's the fifth council incum- bent to confirm re-election in- tentions, leaving only Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff Aid Tom Ferguson and Mayor Andy Anderson still on the fence Aldermen Vera Ferguson Cam Barnes and Steve Kotch will be going after their third terms on council while Aid Bill Kergan and Aid Bastedo will seek council seats for the second tune Four newcomers have so far announced their can- didacies for the Oct 16 civic election Kimberley feels pinch of strike's privations By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer KIMBERLEY BC (Staff) Two months after Commco emplovees walked off the job this East Kootenay town of 8 000 is beginning to feel the pinch The strike began July 1 four pay cheques ago for the men who work in the Sullivan Mine and concentrator and the Kimberley fertilizer plant Other workers at the Trail Smelter and the HB Mine at Salmo are also on strike Ian McLay vice-president of Local 651 of the United Steelworkers of America says the workers are prepared for a long strike The planned distribution of food hampers is going well he told The Herald The workers get a week cash, and their medical and dental expense are covered by District 6 head- quarters in Toronto There s no one going hungry said Mr McLay But Commco Ltd is the dominant economic force in Kimberley and the loss of strikers' pay cheques could hurt the local economy Jim Ogilvie says any town will be affected by a stuke if its almost solely dependent on one industry Most businessmen are reluctant to adopt shorter hours or lay off staff, but thev may be forced to, he said One business has already shut down he said The City of Kimberley will not be greatly affected until next year when taxes become due But there will be little con- struction and the town economy will be down, said Mayor Ogilvie The industrial park set up to attract other industries was rot successful, he said Even a DREE (federal Department of Regional Economic Expansion) program only attracted one factory, he said Kimberley has gone to great efforts to attract tourists, tak- ing advantage of its scenery and billing itself as the Bavarian City of the Rockies The downtown area was transformed, with an attractive or Bavarian-style mall Many businesses and homes have new faces Bavarian- style fronts laid over the original construction and the appropriate atmosphere is maintained in many tourist-oriented businesses Chris Garnham, manager of the Kimberley Bavarian Society, said the shorter hours and the fact that some shops close Mondays will affect Labor Day tourism Business will begin to suffer after Labor Day, he predicts But a comparison with normalcy is impossible because this is the first year of full-scale tourist promotion Kimberley's relative newness has helped it in a generally bad year for British Columbia tourism he said But the tourist dollar will dry up shortly, he said Merchants who did help by keeping working wives of Commco employees on after business dropped can't afford it any more, said Mr Garnham Harvey Drdul president of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce says business is slowing down, but the town's Bavananization has kept the strike from hurting some businesses "Luckily, we did this thing when we did, he said Mr Drdul business manager of Today Publications which publishes the Kimberley Daily Bulletin, says the two sides have been 'playing the game taking out advertising to set out their positions People have been taking a calm view, he says The new- spaper ran both sides once, and then switched to neutrally covering specific strike events, he said Tourism will help in the winter, he said A full season of winter sports is scheduled, starting with snowmobilmg and skiing The biggest tourism problem is highways, he said Florence Blame, manager of the Eaton s catalogue sales office in Kimberley, said business has been feeling the pinch in the last week Titus Ritsch, a jeweller who operates a store in the platzl, said the strike is affecting everyone's business In his case, the pinch will come in late fall because summer is a slack time for local jewelry sales, he said But business will pick up again next spring if the workers get at reasonable settlement said Mr Ritsch Mayor Ogilvie said the city did contact the B C mines and labor ministers outlining the detrimental effect of the strike and asking for action The labor minister called the two sides together in Victoria but nothing came of the meeting because management and labor were adamant Les Lilley, president of Local 1672 of the Association of Commercial and Technical Employees said the strike was back to square one ACTE and the Steelworkers asked the labor minister to appoint an Industrial Inquiry Commission but Commco wanted mediation he said Mr McLay said mediation has alieady failed The union officials say an industrial inquiry commission ap- pointed by the minister would hear both sides of the issues and report back to him It could also make non-binding recommen- dations Mr Lilley predicts a tougher time for local businesses as the tourist season ends But merchants have helped the strikers and their families, deferring billing and sighnmg ACTE's peti- tion asking for an IIC. he said And a picnic attended by between and 2 000 people was put on with the aid of donations by Kimberley and Cranbrook merchants, he said Morale appears high among the union members "Naturally, you'd have to say some people are hurting said Mr Lilley. "But Commco's hurting, too Mr McLay says the two unions joint food distribution in- cludes vegetables, flour, milk, eggs and meat The weekly hamper average between and in value for a family with one or two children, he said The actual values range from that for a single man to that for a married man with nine children, he said Four hours a week union duty usually picketing, makes the workers eligible for a hamper The duty record is the qual- ifying ledger for the food office, but only "the odd one" has been cut off for skipping too many pickets, he said Not everyone is taking a hamper, said Mr McLay About 150 are known to have found tempoi ary jobs in smaller mines or on construction sites, and a few people are just turning them down With people on the Steelworkers rolls, 764 baskets were issued one week Doug Turnbull, a Steelworkers member, said the food hampers were good, and no one is really suffering But he added only he and his wife were left at home and his house and car were paid for Les Nagy, also of Steel, said some younger workers with more payments had gone to find other work for the duration He says he is seeking work, but wants a temporary job Aside from the strike issues. Commco is a good place to work, he said Mr Turnbull said recreation was no problem during the strike Fishing is a popular sport in the area, he says and he golfs 18 to 27 holes a day on the nine-hole course Bob McDonald, a journeyman steel fabricator said no one is gaining now from the strike Neithei he company nor the un ions were getting anywhere There was some feeling something should be done to end the situation, said Mr McDonald John Langston. district manager for B C Hydro, said any customer behind in payments because of the strike could come to the office and arrange partial payment The Crown corporation would be happy to take a token "in good faith" payment and delay full payment until the strike ends It normally takes about 90 days before a warning is sent out on an overdue account, and the union would be notified if this happened to any of their members To that extent, the power utility is deviating from its nor- mal policy, said Mr Langston Jim MeGimpsey, district manager for the British Columbia Telephone Co said in a telephone interview from Cranbrook the phone company had agreed to carry the monthly rent if long-distance bills were paid Accounts would be re-examined after two or three months, he added The to monthly rental was not a hardship, but subscribers could control their long-distance bills he said "We are not at the point of mass said Mr MeGimpsey ;