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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta the Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, December 1974 Pages 17-3? Bessie Annand acclaimed NDP East choice By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Bessie Annand, vice- principal of George McKillop Elementary School, was nominated by Lethbridge East New Democrats Thursday to contest the next provincial election. Mrs. Annand, 47, took the nomination by acclamation. Mrs. Annand, 47, took the nomination by acclamation. The meeting was attended by about 50 people. She said she looks upon a defeat in the federal race last July against Tory MP Ken Hurlburt as an investment, "your investment in me." "I figured it was really my duty to go into this election, to take that momentum forward, to build up the party in this BESSIE ANNAND Whoop-Up renovation going ahead The students at Lethbridge Community College received unofficial approval to com- plete renovations to the old Fort Whoop-Up building on campus from department of advanced education officials Thursday Official approval from Ad- vanced Education Minister Jim Foster is expected by the middle of next week. Construction on the building has been held up during the past month by the department of advanced education's reluc- tance to allow the college board of governors to spend of its surplus funds to complete the renovations. she told the meeting. Mrs. Annand said the Tories' "presidential government" has rolled roughshod over Alberta. Increases in minimum wages announced by the Tories are nothing more than legislated poverty, she said, and a recent increase in welfare payments is not even high enough to pay increased milk bills. High interest rates mean that more than 25 per cent of the people in Lethbridge "who need new homes can't afford to buy ahe said. The vice-principal also plugged for a denticare program as a "logical follow- up" to medicare and a boon to families with three or four children. Utilities should be publicly owned and automobile insurance handled by the government, she said. Asked about a huge fer- tilizer plant proposed for Raymond, she said she would oppose it until convinced it would not damage the en- vironment and siphon off precious resources. Nor was she convinced it would have a lasting beneficial economic impact on the area. She will contest the next election against incumbent Socred John Anderson and Conservative Dick Johnston. A Liberal candidate has not yet been nominated. Mrs. Annand's nomination brought to 19 the number of candidates chosen by the par- ty to contest the next provin- cial election. Grant Notley, NDP provin- cial leader told the meeting his nomination in Spirit River Fairview was the largest un- contested nomination in the province, with 600 persons attending. The meeting raised for party coffers, he said. By way of contrast; he said, only 375 turned out to Premier Peter Lougheed's nomination in Calgary West and 150 to Socred Leader Werner Schmidt's nomination in Taber-Warner. Mr. Notley scored the "incredible stupidity" of the Conservative government in contemplating an additional million a year to en- courage exploration and to "bail out" the oil companies when their profits were over billion. At the same time the government ignored a plea for million in grants for cow- calf operators, he said. Second senior high rise niay break city skyline Going down Clinging like ants to a pole atop a fourth-floor pillar on the Alberta Government Telephones build- ing, workmen guide another bucket of cement to its final resting place. The two-storey addition will house new long distance equipment when completed next May. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer An application for a second senior citizens' high rise in Lethbridge will be made to the government by the Lethbridge Green Acres Foundation, the foundation administrator said Thursday. Don LeBaron said in an interview the foundation decided to take the action because of the ever-increasing need for senior citizens' homes. The foundation board hopes to meet soon with Alberta' Housing Corporation to dis- cuss the need for a high rise and decide on other details, he said. DOWNTOWN Details such as the type of structure or site have not been discussed but Mr. LeBaron said he would like a downtown location. The foundation was a major force behind the construction of the senior citizens' high rise now under construction. The foundation made a strong plea to the city to apply for the first high rise. At that time a foundation was unable to sponsor such an application. A change in legislation now allows the foundation to apply to the government, Mr. LeBaron said. The organization is also ex- pecting a decision "in the near future" by the government on two previous applications for senior citizens' lodges in Coaldale and Lethbridge, he added. "Our understanding is that the cabinet has reviewed the requests and has made a he said. "An an- nouncement is expected soon." A site has been found in Coaldale for the proposed lodge and foundation officials will meet city planners to find a site in Lethbridge. CUSTODIAL CARE If approved, those lodges however, would not reduce the need for a new high rise because the two facilities are designed for different people. The lodges provide custodial care, whereas the high rise provides self- contained apartments for older people still wishing to live on their own, Mr. LeBaron explained. The administrator pointed out Jacilities should be built before a definite need is dis- covered. "We can have very realistic anticipations of the he said. "I am concerned about getting it done before the need exists. "It takes so long to approve and build we have to look to the future." Mr. LeBaron added this applies to nursing homes for Lethbridge and area too. NURSING HOMES The foundation board has thrown its support behind local applications for more nursing homes. "We have experienced problems where a number of our people need nursing home beds and couldn't get them he said. "We can't provide that level of care here." University to request nominees for chancellor The University of Lethbridge is to begin asking Southern Albertans, through advertisements, to sub- mit names of candidates for the post of university chancellor. The selection process for the new chancellor is to be completed in time for the successful candidate to replace Chancellor James Oshiro, of Coaldale, who resigned effective March 1. Three internal organizations of the university are to select at least two of the names submitted and present them to the senate, the body which is to make the final selection. The chancellor is to be appointed for a four year term. Vegetable marketing board replacing commission The Alberta Fresh Vegetable Commission will cease operations early in 1975 when office and facilities for the new Alberta Fresh Vegetable Marketing Board are operable. Reuben Huber of Rosemary, secretary of the commission, told The Herald this morning in a telephone interview from the vegetable men's annual meeting in Peace River a resolution was passed Thursday to allow the commission to carry on until the marketing board can begin operation. He said one of the first jobs for the marketing board will be to see the pricing com- mittee establish producer prices for vegetables to be grown in 1975. Games ticket certificates t give holder first choice Advance ticket certificates for the 1975 Canada Winter Games are on sale and cer- tificate holders will have first choice of tickets when they go on sale in January, says Allan Simpson, public relations ad- ministrator for the games. The certificates, costing being offered to the public until Dec. 31 and mark the first phase of ticket sales for the Canada Winter Games. Mr. Simpson said the cer- tificates are made up of a series of coupons that the holder can exchange for tickets to any event of his choice during a period of Jan. 2 to Jan. 11. "Only those who have purchased the gift certificates will be entitled to tickets in this period. They will be ex- changed on a first come, first served he said. From Jan. 13 to Feb. 22, all remaining event tickets will go on sale to the public. The certificate coupons can still be exchanged but the first choice privileges will no longer apply, he added. The certificates may be purchased by mail, with a check or money order and the buyer will receive the cer- tificates, a ticket order form and a schedule of events. The gift certificates may be purchased at the Winter Games office, 1804 3rd Ave. S., or by mail from P.O. Box 1975, Lethbridge. A limited number of certificates are available. Admission to the opening ceremonies is and tickets for all other events will range from 50 cents to Mr. Huber said he hopes government agencies helping to establish the marketing board will move fast to bring the marketing agency into operation to help bolster a sagging industry. Both the number of growers and the number of acres of fresh vegetables continues to decline with less than 50 com- mercial growers left in Alber- ta. Less than 30 per cent of Alberta's fresh vegetable re- quirements are grown in the province and this deserves some consumer alarm he said. "If nothing changes soon, Alberta consumers will be buying all their fresh vegetables from the United States in three or four he said. Price stability in the fresh vegetable market is the key to turning around the dropping interest and that will be one of the big jobs of the marketing board, he said Trie marketing board has the right to set the price producers will receive for their product, a power the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Commission didn't have. In other business at the an- nual meeting, commission members will ask the provin- cial government to back a payment of 50 for each paid to labor by farmers in Alberta as a contribution to the Alberta Workmen's Compensation Board Strip miners 'will ravage East Slopes like crew of pirates9 ____ COAL EXPLORATORY WORK LEAVES WOUND ON 'PASS MOUNTAINSIDE By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Third of a Series RED DEER Talking to the president of the Alberta Fish and Game Association about coal companies is a stormy af- fair. "The story of what these bloody pirates did in Ken- tucky and West Virginia is charges association president Bob Scammell. That's only a sample of his often salty opinions.' "I seriously regard the whole question of strip mining in the Eastern Slopes as so monstrous and unthinkable that I really get he says. 'SAME BUNCH' "They're the same bad old bunch that ripped the (expletive deleted) out of Kentucky and Virginia." Mr. Scammell seethes in his central Alberta fourth floor lawyer's office. One of the "pirate" companies has its offices just down- stairs in Room 206. "Nice guys and all that, I talk to says Mr. Scammell. "But pirates." "God help us if they are ever given the right to develop any of this stuff." Incensed by the government's action in granting exploration per- mits during a moratorium on development in the slopes, he wrote to MLAs on both sides of the house this fall. "ift is with regret that I find myself obliged to con- tact you so early in the new session of the Mr. Scammell told the legislators. "I find that I have no alternative owing to the fact that it is quite ap- parent now that the most serious threat to the en- vironment of all Albertans in my memory has arisen in the last few he wrote. Mr. Scammell concedes that the government is not technically committed to approving coal mines because it approves ex- ploration programs. "But as much as I regard the developers as pirates, I have to ask if it is morally right to allow them to spend money and then not allow them to go in. "There is a grave danger it can be viewed as a moral commitment." Granting permits to ex- plore at all is one of the "horrendous screw ups that can occur between departments somebody bloody well goofed, that's all... you can't blame the companies for trying." SEMANTICS The difference between development and explora- tion cited by the govern- ment is "pure he charges. "Somehow or other the semantic argument got into the civil service later and somebody started granting the goddamn things it became an ex- cuse later on when questions were asked in the house." Paul Lewis, past chairman of a public ad- visory committee to the Environment Conservation Authority, supports Mr Scammell's contentions. "A clear question has been raised as to whether a recent statement of policy was made after the fact to justify the actions that were the Universi- ty of Lethbridge biologist says. "Lands and forests was clearly taking liberties with its interpretations (of the moratorium) that it shouldn't have." DEFINITION He points to the province's Planning Act to back up that statement. The act clearly defines development as carrying out an excavation or chang- ing the use of a piece of land. "Clearly exploration would relate to he says. "You are carrying out operations on and un- der the land, and roads change the use and intensi- ty of use of the land." Vfffff ;