Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Replacement of Inadequate LMH operating facility urged By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Operating room facilities are inadequate at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and should be completely replaced, the Lethbridge Regional Health Study says. The study, obtained by The Herald, says the need for a complete revamping of existing facilities is apparent. This recommendation is one of many included in the study which has been kept from the public since its completion in August. That initial report was changed slightly after presentations by hospital staffs to study authors. The report deals with services and facilities at the LMH, Auxiliary and St. Michael's Hospitals. "The operating room suite (at LMH) is poorly designed and lacks adequate the study says. "The adjacent anesthetic rooms are wasted space as they are not fully utilized. The study, compiled by consultants Peat Marwick and Partners, criticizes the overall layout of the operating suite and points out there is no holding area for pre-operative patients. "The corridor opposite the elevators serves that purpose but it is a noisy area and... it is not possible to ensure adequate surveillance of the patients. "The traffic pattern for patients, personnel and materials results in major conflicts and is thus potentially hazardous from the point of view of cross infection and cross con- the study says. Also the study adds the central sterile room is inadequate in size and has a "hazardous cross traffic flow." The sterile room, where dressings and instruments are sterilized for operations, is not large enough to allow for housing and dis- patching of equipment used in treatment ot patients, the study adds. "This equipment is loosely controlled and often remains stored on the floors after use, un- checked and unavailable to others." The study also found the handling system of materials lacking in that "a lift and one freight elevator comprise the means of conveyance of all supplies (including sterile and equipment, food and garbage." It also criticized both LMH and St. Michael's intensive care units as being too small. For the LMH the study recommended construction of a (2 million addition to the hospital which would include operating rooms and support facilities. "The new suite should contain four operating rooms and necessary support areas and should be located on the second floor of the the study adds. "The CSR (central sterile room) should be located in the basement of the new wing, thus enabling an efficient vertical flow of sterile supplies to the OR suite." These recommendations are included in the section of the report dealing with needed changes in the three hospitals' facilities. Other sections discuss needed changes in existing programs and services. i The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1974 15 Cents 'Bootleg' trade in fertilizer now a trickle By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Enough fertilizer to nourish hundreds of thousands of acres annually in Alberta has streamed to the United States in a highly profitable "bootleg" fertilizer trade. The Alberta government has leaned hard on manufac- turers to cut the stream of nitrogen based fertilizer diverted from provincial markets to the "bootleg" market. Its campaign has been largely successful. But at least a trickle still runs south from centres such as Lethbridge. The traffic m the face of an expected fertilizer shor- tage here next Spring has split the local trucking in- dustry. One faction says it is immoral to indulge in the perfectly legal trade when Alberta farmers face shor- tages. "Any guy who does it deserves to get his throat a rural trucker's wife told The Herald. "You just don't deprive your own when there's a shortage." The other faction says either that the manufacturers are creating the shortage by holding back supplies, or that the trade at least puts the profits back in Canada. Farmers, truckers and fer- tilizer agents are all involved. 'Profits stay here9 "The manufacturers are robbing the resources of this country and taking them down there at one trucker says. "The other way the money is up here. If we're going to ship our resources to the States, the profits should be made here and that's not the case with the major manufac- turers. "I've always done it for the small guy who wants to keep it this city trucker says. "Someone makes big deal the manufacturers make Profits, however, have run much higher than for a standard 23-ton load. Farmers in the northwestern United States supposedly pay about per ton more for fertilizer than Alberta farmers. The mark up on a standard load would thus be That is only a beginning. Many of the American farmers, desperate for nitrogen, will pay as high as 350 per cent mark ups, or more a ton on the black market. For a standard load that is a neat increase of U.S. trucks not loaded The bulk of the traffic has been handled by American truckers. Their share of the trade has fallen off as manufacturers became alerted that product com- mitted to the Alberta market was going south. "The companies won't even load a U.S. truck up there any says Shelby trucker Dick Irvin. .The manufacturers, with the encouragement of the provincial government, have threatened to cut allotments to dealers who sell fertilizer outside their franchise area. "They don't want to talk about it for fear of losing their says Mr. Irvin. Alf Goettel, head of the soils branch for the provincial department of agriculture, says the traffic is not "bootlegging" or in any way illegal. "It's a matter of concern but at the present time we don't think controls are the answer because materials go both ways. "We sort of frown on it and would like to do something without putting controls on." He says the department's main efforts are to alert manufacturers that fertilizer allocated for Western Cana- dian customers is going awry. "We're concerned about next he says, in urg- ing farmers to buy fertilizer early. "We've been attempting in various ways to monitor what's going across via the federal customs people." The estimates are crude but show roughly tons com- mitted to the Canadian market in 1973-74 crossing the border, instead. That's about four per cent of the total amount used in the four western provinces. Alberta accounts for more than half that amount. Using the figure of tons being shipped out of the province, another rough calculation shows that the "bootlegged" fertilizer would be sufficient to nourish acres of dryland crops or 000 acres of irrigated crop in Southern Alberta. See additional story on fer- tilizer bootlegging on Page 19. 7 thought only God could make a tree.' 36 Pages Classified........28-32 Comics...........26 Family..........22-24 Markets...........27 Sports...........14-16 Theatres............7 Travel..............6 Weather............3 Youth..............8 LOW TONIGHT 10; HIGH FRI. 40; MAINLY CLOUDY. PIRATE ATTACK MANILA (AP) Pirates tried to hold up a motor launch off the southern Philippines and 23 pirates and passengers were killed in a Shootout. The repeat said 18 pirates intercepted the launch in Dumanquilas Bay and peppered it with bullets for about an hour, killing 14 of the passengers and wounding six. But when the pirates started boarding the boat, one of the passengers, Sgt. Roberto Andale of the Philippine constabulary, opened fire with his automatic rifle and killed nine of them. Alberta to bolster sagging oil industry CALGARY (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed announced today that the provincial government will increase the price of Alberta's domestic oil afte- this winter. The premier told a news conference Alberta will use its powers under the constitu- tion "to increase the price of its depleting resources closer to fair market value Oil sands plants fate uncertain Mr. Lougheed also an- nounced a six point plan to encourage the sagging oil industry in Alberta and stop the exodus of oil company capital and per- sonnel. A main feature will be a program to return to the oil industry from the provincial treasury all money the OTTAWA (CP) The coun- province receives under a try has about 30 days to make federal budget provision a decision on continued which prevents oil companies development of oil extraction from the Athabasca oil sands, Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald said Wednesday. First step towards that deci- sion will come Friday in Al- berta when federal, provincial and company representatives meet to assess the project threatened by the pullout of one backer and reconsidera- tion by others. Mr. Macdonald said Wednesday after meeting Syncrude of Canada Ltd. of- ficials that he is pessimistic about prospects for extracting Arabs buy million in B.C. Hydro bonds VICTORIA (CP) -Premier Dave Barrett confirmed Wednesday the sale of million worth of British Columbia Hydro bonds to an oil rich Arab country. He said B.C. is the second Canadian province to borrow from the Middle East nations but would not divulge what other province had used Arab financing. The' premier said the borrowed money would be used on Peace River and Columbia River hydro electric development. He would not name the Arab country involved. Bird brain A bird on the head is worth two in the bush to Lynn Turner, 16, of 2409 11th Ave. A S., who found Sara the sparrow and another feathered infant abandoned in June. The second bird died, but Sara survived after being fed with a medicine drop- per and tweezers. from deducting their provin- cial royalty payments in com- puting federal income tax. "This refund of Alberta cor- porate tax on royalties will return approximately million to the petroleum in- dustry in the 1975 taxation Mr. Lougheed said. The other incentives to the oil industry are: A plan under which com- panies paying royalties a form of tax on production to Alberta will receive a credit of up to a maximum of million a year based on the corporation taxes the com- panies pay to Ottawa on Alberta royalties. A reduction in the effec- tive royalty rate for most oil to 36 per cent from 40 per cent. Rates on newly dis- covered oil would be lowered to 27 per cent from 28 per cent. A reduction in the supplementary royalty rate for most natural gas to 50 per cent from 65 per cent for the portion of the price above 72 cents per thousand cubic feet. The government es- timated that the reduction would bring about million in additional cash flow to natural gas producers in 1976. The existing exploratory drilling incentive system will be expanded to increase credits to oil companies by seven to 10 per cent. A reduction in the supplementary royalty rate on existing crude oil production as prices increase above a barrel. The changes are effective Jan. 1. The Alberta statement did not specify what price Alberta will raise its oil to after the winter. However, Mr. Lougheed said the current price of a barrel amounts to only about 60 per cent of the market value. crude oil supplies from the sands, where the Syncrude consortium is planning an ex- traction plant. Syncrude encountered prob- lems last week when Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd (Ar- can) announced it was pulling out of a four-company consor- tium. Arcan held a 30-per-cent interest Syncrude officials have told Mr Macdonald they need to know within 30 days if a new partner can be found to replace Arcan Ottawa and Alberta have in- dicated interest in the ven- ture. Pincher to get new hospital After two years of negotiations and public confrontation with the provin- cial government a new hospital has been approved for Pincher Creek. Dr. Lome Collins, cluef of staff at Pincher's St. Vincent's Hospital, said he received confirmation Wednesday the Alberta Hospital Services Commis- sion is ready to begin planning a new facility. The letter, from AHSC Chairman Jack Bradley, noted the older part of the ex- isting hospital has been label- ed, a heritage site by the government, therefore cannot be torn down The old portion, a house built in 1908, was condemned about a year ago. Government plans a year ago called for the tearing down of the house and adding a new wing, instead of building a completely new facility. Dr. Collins and Pincher Creek Mayor Juan Teran went to town residents for support in their bid for a new hospital. Petitions and public meetings followed, pointing out problems with renovating the newer part of the hospital, built in 1948, and building a wing. Parents like family life program Parents of Grade 8 students taking the family life educa- tion program introduced to the separate schools last fall want the program extended to other grades, a report to the separate board said Wednesday. During a meeting of the 1 Grade 8 parents, all 44 parents who evaluated the program "were happy with the content" and "satisfied that the superintendent and school did an adequate job of keeping parents the board was told. The parents' evaluation results showed 42 of the 44 parents believed the family life education program .is "a worthwhile project." say no to Cup of Milk appeal and heard About town Irrigation director Jay Purnell telling his district managers and directors that "every man should be able to control his own water" Dennis Connolly saying from his hospital bed his doctor has rationed him two daily bottles of beer. Yes, there will be a Cup of Milk concert again this year, thanks to organizer Bob Blair. It's the Buck Krispie Concert set for Friday, Dec. 20, at the Yates Memorial Centre. Tickets are on sale at Leister's. It is the privilege of the strong to help the weak. The weak children of Bangladesh look to the strong, and the community served by the Lethbridge Herald is full of strong people. So we are moving steadily forward to our goal of cups of milk for the starving children of Bangladesh. It will take to match last year's actual givings of (Our target last year was We now have This was our decision about two weeks ago when the overwhelming demands on the Unitarian Service Committee were communicated to the Lethbridge Herald. We couldn't say no to the re- quest that we involve our readers. We couldn't deny them the chance to work together through the Cup of Milk Fund to help the hunger victims. The money will go for milk to nourish starving Bengali babies and children who have seen nothing at all of life ex- cept starvation. We live in a great country, not because of some special merit, but mostly because of an accident of birth. They are suffering, not because they are undeserving, but because of the awful chance of misfortune. It isn't fair. Nothing is fair. But in realizing this, we act to make some sense out of a world that is unspeakably un- fair. It is your positive action that makes this world. There is a sum total of goodness. You can increase it, if you will act. The response is thrilling Children and young people are helping. School groups, Indian groups, church groups, poor people and people not so poor, Hutterite colonies, hard nos- ed businessmen, labor unions, merchants, housewives all are in the list. Let's get that milk on the way to Bangladesh. Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald.