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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta smoke detector can save lives By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A little gadget costing could save your and if you live in an apart- ment or it could also save the lives of your fellow tenants. The little gadget is a smoke detector a battery-operated alarm that sounds whenever smoke concentrations reach a certain level. Most people who die in fires don't die from the neat or the smoke gets them first. Lethbridge fire inspector Doug Kometz says smoke detectors could provide needed protection in both apartments and old houses broken up into suites. The national building code requires that new buildings conform to certain fire prevention but there is little legislation setting fire-prevention standards for existing buildings. Under a new national building automatic sprinkler systems and smoke detectors are required for some types of new construction. And the national fire now under may eventually contain regulations requiring fire prevention devices in existing buildings. If it says Mr. he will recommend to city council that it im- plement a smoke detector bylaw. Mayor Andy Anderson says that if such a bylaw was recommended to aldermen by an organization with ex- perience and expertise in fire preven- would give it a very careful and favorable While some attention is being given to smoke detectors as a method of sav- ing most of the discussion in the and among people concerned with fire centres on automatic sprinklers. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and the.Alberta Provincial Fire Chiefs Association have both called for provisions in the national building code requiring sprinklers in buildings over 60 feet high. Derek Calgary fire chief and vice-president of the provincial says group made its recommendation in favor of sprinklers because it feels it is the best way to control fires. Walk-ups and houses broken up into suites don't really need special fire prevention devices because firemen have no difficulty gaining he said. But in a firefighters are fac- ed with several problems their ladders won't reach above the 10th and it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the fire. It was a matter of priority in giving support to provisions in the building code requiring sprinklers in highrises. Chief Jackson explained. Highrise buildings house large numbers of and coupled with problems firemen have fighting the many lives could be lost without adequate sprinkler protection. Support for sprinkled highrises also comes from the professional magazine Canadian in a two- page .editorial criticizes politicians and architects for letting potentially dangerous conditions The editorial quotes Austin provincial fire as saying that his recommendations for sprinkler systems in all buildings over .four stories were defeated by a and vociferous lobby comprising highrise construction and development The LetMnidge Herald Gadget can detect cause of most fire deaths smoke City to Second Section December 1973 Pages 19 to 36 Winter creation Lights peer out from behind two weeping willows seasonally is frozen. And there is little hope for any sun tCKdisturb the creation draped with frost creating a festive effect. F-'rost is caused when the weatherman fozen moisture in the air comes in contact with anything else that Independent schools want recognition _ 'Education grants should follow child' By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer About 75 parents gave an enthusiastic reception Friday to a manifesto asking the provincial government to give the same legal recognition and financial support to independent schools as public and separate schools. The manifesto was presented at a public meeting at Immanuel Christian School by the Alberta Association of Independent Schools and Colleges. Ernest Mardon. professor of English at the University of Lethbridge and guest speaker at the told the parents society was oluralistic in most out not education. The govern- ment did not tell citizens what political parties or churches Local schools have no undercover drug agents There are no undercover police drug agents in city ju- nior and senior high according to the principals of the schools. .The principals contacted by The Herald Friday said the police have never approached them about establishing agents i.n the schools. It is possible that police could have some students on retainers to provide informa- tion on drug use in the schools without the knowledge of the but according to the principals interviewed it is highly unlikely the police in this city would use agents in schools as a method of controlling drugs. The city police have been co-operating with drug educa- tion programs in the schools as a method of controlling drugs rather than using under- cover one principal said. Fred director of public school said Man gets 3-month term for stealing tape deck A 28-year-old transient who hocked his roommate's tape player was sentenced in provincial Friday to three months in jail. Michael James no ixed admitted to tealing a tape player from he boarding house room in which he was staying. He then sold it to someone on the street for Shafer' has a previous record of and also told the court he was wanted on charges from Ontario' and British Columbia. He asked that the charges be waived to Lethbridge. Friday that the amount of drug activity among students in schools would not warrant the need for undercover agents. would be way out of line if we said there was no drug but it just isn't a problem he said in an interview. He also confirmed that there no organized attempt to track down drug users in the public Calgary public school trustees are not quite as cer- tain. They asked that an investigation be carried oul.to determine the extent to which undercover drug work was be- ing used in Calgary schools. The Calgary superintendent of schools and the board chairman will begin the investigation by contacting .the principals of the schools to find if they know of such ac- tivity. They are expected to pre- sent the results of their investigation to the school board in January. to but it gave tull support to only the public and separate school systems. espouse pluralism in all our institutions except the most important said Dr. Mardon. He said the majority of school funds now come from the school systems receiving based on their numbers of pupils. But parents had the right and duty to choose their children's education and the grant should follow the whether its parents sent it to a separate or independent school. Dr. Mardon said the princi- ple of the grant following the child was established when the School Foundation Program was initiated and school tax money was placed in a general fund. A simple legislative amendment would make the grant follow the child to the school of its parents' he said. More support for indepen- dent schools would also raise the standards of education in said Dr. Mardon. will assure real competition between public and private institutions and must result in a general im-. provement of the educational picture in the province all he said. Croups concerned with a heavier academic as well as those who wanted their particular religious points ol view in their would establish independent he said. Nor would pluralism cause a stampede away from the public schools. the public system is secure in its knowledge that it is providing the best then it has absolutely nothing to fear from the few schools which would arise in response to the rather specialized wants of the relatively small number of said Dr. Mardon. Pluralism would also restore parent involvement in said the professor. Encroachment by experts and 'parental abdication of responsibility had eroded parent involvement with he said. When Alberta was formed in said Dr. it was overwhelmingly rural and many communities were pop- ulated by settlers with the same ethnic background and religious ideas. Protestants and Roman Catholics both had the right to establish local school whose members saw things the same way as the parents. The parents therefore had a say in the way schools were run. The minister of education's duties in those days were to train teachers and establish adequate academic standards. Since local taxes are no longer the source of school local control has been mostly lost except in allocating he said. School boards decide broad but the schools are ac- tually run by who cannot be voted out of office. The independent schools want only the recognition of educational diversity that the department of culture already gives to cultural diversity. Mardon. assume operation of landfill site The city will take over and revamp operation of the trouble-plagued .city landfill after Dec. 31. City engineering director Randy Holfeld says in a report to go to council Aneca Construction Ltd. has been notified its contract for the landfill operation will be terminated because of breach of contract and operating deficiencies noted by city ad- ministrative staff and the Alberta Health Inspection Ser- vices. The report says numerous spot checks and lengthy obser- vations on two days this fall showed many of the inade- quacies at the landfill stemm- ed from poor the result of poor supervision and lack of concern. It said the landfill operator spent a fair percentage of his time salvaging scrap in viola- tion of the city's contract with the company. Among other problems the inspections revealed were in- sufficient covering of garbage and the reservoiring of liquid making it impossible to compact garbage in that area. The inspection report said if such practices continued there would be no possible ul- timate use of the landfill site due to settling and shifting of land. Many complaints have been received since the landfill was opened three years ago from residents who live near the primarily concerning the amount of paper wastes that blow onto their property from the site Mr. Holfeld recommends the landfill be operated six days a 12 hours a day. A scale has been installed and all garbage will be weighed and classified to provide data for evaluation of future refuse disposal systems. The engineering department estimates the landfill site will cost about a year to operate on 1973 labor rates and bases these costs on a remaining three-year life of the landfill site. The department also es- timates about tons of garbage are buried at the landfill site every year. To cover the operating costs a base charge of a ton is recommended. But no charge would be levied against clean fill material such as concrete sand and gravel. Local residents would be able to dump their first 200 pounds of refuse free and would be charged 10 cents for every 60 pounds after that. Commercial haulers would be charged 35 cents for the first 200 pounds and 10 cents per 60 pounds over 200 pounds. Non-resident users would be charged 70 cents for the first 200 pounds and 10 cents for every 30 pounds over. A volume charge equivalent to about a ton is billed un- der the present waste byiaw. Drivers ignore seatbelt safety Lethbridge on the do not use their if an informal sur- vey taken last week is any in- dication. Of 40 cars checked in an hour during a Check Stop roadblock on 3rd only two had occupants wearing seatbelts. belts aren't any good if they aren't said Bob public information officer for the Alberta Safety Council. The safely council is the chief proponent in the province of Safe Driving Week which begins today. The coun- in co-operation with police departments and other hopes to make Alberta drivers conscious of safe driving habits throughout the year Mr. Novikoff said 40 per cent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents could be prevented if lap belts were used. With lap and shoulder belts being used. 53 per cent of traffic deaths could be he said. Most of the drivers checked last week were from the on their way home from down- town. many people say seatbelts are only necessary when travelling at high Mr. Novikoff said. half of all traffic deaths occur within 25 miles of the victims' Another consensus seems to be that seat belts are not suitable for Mr. Novikoff said under 40 pounds should be strapped in an approved infant he said. children over 40 pounds should use seat It is the responsibility of the driver to encourage his passengers to use seat he said. Passengers in rear seats should be belted in to keep from being catapulted into they front seat. odds of surviving a crash are five times better if a person stays in a car than if he is thrown Mr. Novikoff said. The use of seat belts to reduce death and injury in traffic accidents is only part of what is being promoted dur- ing Safe Driving Week. The safety council is trying to make the public aware of the dangers of drinking and driving and the hazards of winter driving. But less than second-hand car Doctors' services costly By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Many people visiting the doctor give little thought to the cost of the physician's ser- yet behind the presenta- tion of a health care insurance card is a government com- puter spewing out about million in health cost payments annually. Payments from the Alberta Health Care Insurance Com- mission follow billings by doc- tors for medical services ranging from a blood test for to an appendix removal for more than The cost of various items is listed for the physician in both the profession's schedule of fees and the AHCIC schedule of benefits. The schedule of fees is a guide for physicians to see the average cost of a certain says former president of Alberta Medical Dr. Oshiro. schedule is merely a Kiiidc and there is nothing to say a rtorlor must charge that amount the physi- cian cannot bill the AHCIC for more than the set he said. If a physician finds it necessary to bill more than the amount set out in the schedule he must inform the patient Dr. Oshiro added. The patient pays the overbilled amount. Overtoiling is not common in Southern Alberta but is in Edmonton and he said. The range of services on the schedule stretches from for minor re-check to for the replacement of two or more heart valves. Dr Oshiro said he thinks the valve operation the highest fee in the schedule is too low. you couldn't buy a good second hand car but a surgeon is expected to give you a second lease on he explained. The payment schedule for Alberta physicians was increased I his year in various areas following negotiations between the AMA and provin- cial cabinet The firsi ever lor the assnriafmn hrnnnhi about increased costs in a small percentage of items on the schedule. Changes included the cost of a first visit to the doctor re- quiring complete history and increasing to between and from between and A minor re-check visit increased to from and a major re- evaluatiop to from schedule was changed selectively to effect physicians in the lower in- come Dr. Oshiro said Dr. Oshiro pointed out through the use of the AHCIC computer the total impact of raising fees on various items by can now be determined. In determining a overhead costs for various segments of the medical profession must be taken into consideration. A general prac- l it loner's overhead costs are about 40 percent of his gross income. With radiologists and specialists who need extra overhead can be as much as 80 per cent ol the gross income. I lr f ;