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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, December 12, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Warner councillors buy scraper WARNER (Staff) Heavy equipment insurance was up- graded 31 per cent Tuesday by Warner County councillors at their regular meeting. Council also ratified the purchase of a TS 14B scraper from Ferguson Supply. Secretary treasurer Ken Duncan was instructed to ob- tain truck insurance rates from Jubilee Insurance, the county association's firm. Council had no objection to the location of oil and gas wells 100 feet from the nearest boundary or road allowance, as outlined by the Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board. Formerly the dis- tance was 330 feet from any surface improvement. Council agreed to pay 50 per subscription to the Ray- mond Review, which prints council minutes. The secretary said the county buys about 800 copies for distribu- tion to rarepayers. Council decided not to join the Roads and Transportation Association of Canada. Its 1974 dues are Council learned the federal government has agreed to ex- empt roll over protection equipment, now mandatory on heavy equipment, from the federal sales tax. Council approved grants in aid of about 20 charitable organizations totalling although councillors agreed with Coun. W Jay Snow who said: "I sort of question the propriety of this we are taking ratepayers' money and taking the responsibility of helping these organizations when they should make the decision themselves." "This way you can say everyone in the Warner Coun- ty said Coun. Jim Blackmer. "Whether they like it or quipped Coun. Snow. Fifteen dollar Christmas cheques were approved for permanent county employees. "This doesn't include the school asked Coun. Victor Pittman. "Pretty hard to go do said the reeve. "Oh, no way'" said Coun. Murray Holt. Council decided to sell sand and concrete gravel to the Town of Milk River at 75 cents a yard from the county's Milk River pit, county crews to un- cover it. Coun. Pittman told his fellow councillors county employees should be prepared to work a little harder steer- ing their trucks and not expect power steering. "I think power steering on that kind of a vehicle is a he said, commenting on an employee's preference for a truck with power steering. "If they're a bit harder to drive, well, that's what they're hired for." Council learned a 1974 Chevrolet truck with a 350 engine and miles on the odometer, priced at had been rejected because it lack- ed power steering. Construction workers Construction workers scramble over the founda- tion of the new agriculture centre at the Lethbridge Agricultural Research Station. The million complex should be finished by Sept. 1976. The centre will house federal and provincial agriculture offices. Communication needed between farm, consumer EDMONTON (Staff) Constant communication between urban and rural sec- tors of Canada is needed for a full understanding of the problems of food production in this country, says Charles Munro, president of the Cana- dian Federation of Agriculture. Wild oat grant sought CARDSTON (Staff) The Cardston Municipal District's on-agam, off again seed cleaning plant may get an un- expected boost from the war on wild oats. The Cardston seed cleaning plant hoard has agreed to app- ly for about from the provincial government to purchase machinery for the proposed plant. The money would come in the form of a wild oats program grant. The MD is committed to for the plant at present. Council learned the board is going to ask for another It is difficult to sell shares, says Coun. Bob Arnold, because "everything west of here is ranchland." Big outfits take one share. The board will take a hard look at its share basis of finan- cing, as more money must be raised. Council noted the price of lumber is down a bit. A decision is still pending on whether to build a wooden structure or a steel plant. Addressing a press conference during the second day of the fifth annual meeting of Unifarm here, Mr. Munro said an understanding of agriculture by the urban sector is needed if food production is to be maximized through increased farm in- comes. If the public wants one or meals per day, it must gain a broader understanding of agriculture That under- standing must include the realization farmers must achieve a fair standard of liv- ing before they will continue to produce food. He said people first came to Canada because there was more opportunity to produce food here. This fact has been taken casually until now and this must change if Canada's farmers are going to continue in production. And this point is not limited to Canada. As president of the Inter- national Federation of Agricultural Producers, Mr. Munro attended the world food conference in Rome recently As the only inter- national organization of farmers, IFAP wasn't recognized by the conference. Only after special represen- tation to the conference was IFAP allowed to express its concern that farmers thioughout the world must be encouraged to produce food to the best of their ability. More local, district news on Page 25 PRE- DOWN FILLED JACKETS Made by famous Canadian Manufacturers. Regular to WHILE THEY LAST OFF REGULAR PRICES CLEARING A SELECTION OF WESTERN SHIRTS by LEVIS also Western Craft, Caravan and other makes. Assorted sizes and patterns. Reg. up to CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE WHILE THEY LAST Riley McCormick "LETHBRIDBE'S LAMEST WESTERN STORE" Centre Village Mall Phone 328-5644 MASTER CHAWE Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON DECOUX, RMktont (top., 562-2149 MACHINERY ARRIVING DAILY New Holland Bale Wagons New Holland Baler New Holland Grinder Mixers BALER DC TWINE 3 Special a bale MACLEOD FARM CENTRE Hutterite land rights threatened in report? I South In short I Stirling man attended meeting STIRLING (HNS) Ferries B. Zaugg, Alberta Wheat Pool delegate of subdivision 105 has returned from the annual convention in Calgary. Seven districts were represented taking in all of Alberta and part of British Columbia. Forty-six resolutions dealing with various phases of agriculture were presented at the convention. Country elevator consolidation was discussed The part played by interior terminals in grain handling was found to be a very expensive experiment in moving grain, he said A proposal of redistribution of boundaries of districts and sub-districts was submitted and approved. The present sub- districts of 104 and 105 will be consolidated The new boun- daries of subdivision 104 will be the northline of Stirling, east to Wrentham to McNab and south to the border. The west boun- dary will run from Whiskey Gap to Spring Coulee to Welling Pension plan man to visit B.C. A representative of the Lethbridge district office of the Canada Pension Plan will visit four southeastern British Colum- bia communities from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19 to meet with pen- sioners in those areas. Field officer J. C. "Fern" Bouchard will answer questions on the pension plan, old age security and the guaranteed income supplement. He will be at Sparwood Town Hall, Dec. 16 from a.m. to a.m. and at Fernie City Hall the same day, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mr. Bouchard will travel to Cranbrook Dec. 17 where he will be at 101 Federal Building, from 9 a.m. to 4 30 p.m on Dec. 18 he will be at the Kimberley Union Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. then on to Creston at the Federal Agriculture Building Dec 19 from a.m. to 3 p.m. Utilities officer valuable WARNER (Staff) County of Warner utilities officer Wes Wolowidnyk "is really doing his job" said Coun. Don Christensen at the regular council meeting Tuesday. "He is really on the job." "I am glad to hear said Reeve J H. Otto. "Probably our senior administration was right insisting there is a need for this type of officer." Council received a directive from the department of utilities further clarifying the duties of the utilities officer and the conditions under which he should work. By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor WARNER Just how hard will the Warner County brief to the Alberta land use forum knock the Hutterites? At the regular council meeting Tuesday it appeared the brief may score Hutterite acquisition of land since the repeal of the communal properties act. Hutterite land holdings are said to have increased by HVz sections in the Warner county without prior consultations since the repeal of the com- munal properties act in the spring of 1973. Some councillors are in favor of replacing controls on Hutterite land buying. They have attended protest meetings at Carmangay, a hotbed of opposition to the brethren. The brief will be presented at Lethbridge Jan. 30. It comes from a county with about one entire division taken up by Hutterite holdings Coun. Don Christensen and other councillors have authored a tentative brief. It will be expanded by the agricultural development Graves pose WARNER (Staff) Coun. Jim Blackmer Tuesday told his fellow Warner County councillors the bodies of pioneers are lying in unmark- ed graves on the open prairie Coun Blackmer said there are three graves south of the railroad crossing at Coutts. "I don't think anybody knows who they he said. Coun W. Jay Snow said many, many oldtimers are buried in places long forgotten. Council decided local groups, clubs and cemetery associations should apply for grants available from the department of culture, youth and. recreation. The money should be used to mark the graves of historical significance Grants are available for "inactive cemeteries that are historical committee under the chair- manship of John Moreland. Coun. Christensen has prepared a map showing Hutterite holdings and he is expected to show it to the agricultural development committee today. Anti Hutterite views may be tempered if other views prevail here. Coun. Christensen Tuesday appeared somewhat perturb- ed that the council's input did not receive an airing at a re- cent Unifarm meeting here. He said he wanted it read so Unifarm members could come up with some ideas of their own. But it was bypassed, said Coun. Jim Blackmer, because it was still tentative. Reeve John Otto said Unifarm will send its own brief to the hearing. It likes to be independent, he said. Meanwhile, Coun W. Jay Snow says he is more worried about corporate farms than about the Hutterites. And Coun Elda Mueller says she is worried about both because they drive the price of land up beyond the average farmer's reach. At the same time, Reeve Otto says this is good, because the farmer is getting his knocks in almost every other department, one year or another. "If our prices of land hadn't gone up, we would be in a worse position." Said Mr Moreland: "Our intent is to sit down with the county brief, expand it in some areas, and present a un- ited brief. It will be presented in con- junction with other agricultural development committees from municipal districts and counties south of Claresholm and Brooks. Mr Moreland said, "I have spent more time talking about the Communal Property Act in the last three weeks with every group I have been talk- ing with but nobody has a solution." Said Coun. Snow: "I think I am just about as concerned about other large corporate farms as I am'about Hutterites." "I know that it is a said Reeve Otto, "but really no one has come up with the answer." The reeve said it is the intent, as far as he is concerned, to include something about communal property and foreign ownership in the brief. Mr. Moreland said grazing reserves, especially in the County of Forty Mile, might become an issue. "I don't know whether that is a burning issue in the Coun- ty of Warner or he said. "Should there be a limit put on it a 300 cow unit, a 600 cow unit? Or should there be a limit at all? These are things that should be discussed, at 'some level anyway." Reeve Otto said foreign ownership should be discussed but people should be careful how far they go. It might not be such a bad thing. "My own homestead was built on foreign capital." Coun. Mueller said she> wants to preserve the family farm but Coun. Victor Pittman said nobody had ever defined just what a family farm is. The first step, said the reeve is to make sure you can derive a living from the family farm. "These present days things may not be quite that bad. A number of years ago they weren't quite that good. Right now the livestock situation isn't quite that good." He said it is wrong to call U.S. money foreign capital. "It's a bad term to start with They have young folks on these farms making a living, paying taxes, and there is no way young folks could acquire that land otherwise. They are leasing it." Said Coun. Pittman: "Of all the things I have read, I have never yet seen a suitable definition as to what a family farm is. I believe it is probably impossible to define this to a majority of people. "I think if we as a council would recommend through the proper channels that we concentrate on defining the length of renewal of ownership, rather than the family farm, we might be on a road with an ending. "It is possible we should work towards some kind of said Coun. Pittman. "This could prevent speculation He said agricultural land purchases could have the proviso that the new owner keep it for six or eight years. "I hate to see the day when we lose our free enterprise said the reeve. YAMAHA ORGANS I New and Used I I COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 I We stock the following K-TEL items: I ALL IDEAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS