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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION The LetKbtidge Herald December 1973 Local news Pages 13-22 School service centre to operate next year Truck tumble This cement operated by John Goebel of truck spun sideways on the icy hit the gravel at took a tumble about noon Wednesday the edge of the road and overturned. The truck carried on 13th Street N. near 18th Avenue. Police said Mr. about eight yards of concrete. About resulted. Goebel was slowing down to make a turn when the Mr. Goebel was slightly injured. Cattlemen doubt beef caused increase Living-cost claim rebuked By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Claims that the latest of living increase was caused by increased beef prices has been publicly challenged by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. Charles president of the association representing all Canadian told 400 delegates to the 4th annual meeting of Unifarm Wednesday he will demand documentation from Statistics Canada which proves that beef prices have added to the cost of living. Mr. Gracey said Statistics Canada figures show beef prices up 2.1 per contributing to a cost of living increase of .8 from November to October. He said in the same beef prices in Toronto dropped 2.7 cents per representing a decrease of two per cent. don't know meat prices in other he said. is the reason I will ask for Mr. Gracey then pointed to reports of beef price increases in Alberta amounting from eight to 11 cents per pound. At the same wholesale beef prices dropped per hundred weight. He said this is possible since the retail store markups in Alberta ranged from 28 to 40 per cent while Ontario stores limited markups to 15 to 24 per cent. He said if the price of beef has increased in other centres outside it isn'.t because of increased prices for live cattle at the farm gate. Mr. Mr. Gracey defended claiming the price of beef must advance if producers are to stay in business. He said all cattlemen are losing money now and con- sumers must pay a price for beef that will allow cattlemen to make money in his in- dustry. Mr. Gracey then said Cana- dian cattlemen are still fighting many tariff problems. The difficulties started in Canada Feb. 18 when the federal government removed the tariff on U.S. beef entering this country. Combined wilh the price freeze put on U.S. cattle by President the removal of the tariff resulted in a flood of American cattle on the Canadian market. The flood peaked for two weeks in October when 86 per cent of all fed cattle killed in Ontario were from the U.S. on a national 50 per cent of all cattle sent to slaughter houses were from the U.S. This is the reason the association then pushed for a surcharge on U.S. cattle entering Canada. It amounted to 4 and one half cents per pound for live animals and nine cents per pound for dress- ed up from cents and three cents respectively under the old tariff system. .Mr. Gracey then patted his commodity group on the back lor organizing the best market information gathering system in Canada. Canfax. which gathers hour- Rail car shortage foremost problem Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Rapidly dwindling supply of rail cars for the shipment of Canadian grains is the foremost problem facing the according to the president of the United Grain Growers. A. M. head of the producer co-operative which handles the second largest amount of Canadian told 400 delegates to the annual meeting of Unifarm here Wednesday the number of boxcars suitable for grain movement has decreased by 40.000 in the past 10 years. And the railways aren't replacing these cars since the earnings from grain transpor- tation aren't as high as those from the transportation of other he said. In peak periods. Canada uses 25.000 boxcars to haul grain. good grain you can expect boxcar shor- tages to occur more frequent- ly in 1974. worse still in 1975 and a possible disastrous situation looming ahead in he simply won't be enough cars to plug into haul- ing The Canadian government has already bought hopper cars that are in use by the Canadian National Railway and CP Rail. And the Canadian wheat board has asked for an additional 4.000 hopper cars. This represents the equiva- lent of 9.000 still less than half the number needed during peak grain movement periods in Canada. we don't start getting some solutions things will fall around our ears while we're still trying to find out what the problem he said. Vln the railroads are determining the whole well- being of the grain of grain Mr. Runciman. acknowledg- ed as one of the foremost ex- perts in the grain called for railroads to give a public account of this national disgrace and the reason for it. ly marketing information for about has helped to stall panic in the in- he said. Mr. Gracey then praised the new Canada meat grading system which he claimed is a model for other countries throughout the world. The new grading in- stituted just more than one year puts a premium on beef carcasses which have a higher lean meat to fat ratio. The said Mr. Gracey. enabled Canadian producers to grow a superior carcass for consumers. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer An educational service centre will operate in Lethbridge for a one-year period beginning sometime in 1974 as a pilot project under the funding of the provincial the superinten- dent of separate schools told trustees Wednesday. Ralph Himsl says the centre would include a film video taping and dubbing production of audio tapes and technical services such as printing and production of transparencies. The Regional Co-oerative Educational Service Centre is to be for the immediate use of the Lethbridge public and county school dis- tricts and would eventually serve the southern part of Alberta. Three or four major departments of the govern- ment will likely occupy the same building as the centre and be contributors to it. The location of the centre has not been but Mr. Himsl expects that it will begin operation at the regional offices of the depart- ment of education in the Lethbridge Community College. It would likely be moved to the new provincial building in the redevelopment area of the city when that building is Mr. Himsl suggested. The department of educa- tion has approved the funding of for the first year of the pilot but still must go through the formal procedure of obtaining the approvalof the priorities com- mittee of the cabinet. The committee's approval is expected before the end of the year. The project is the brainchild of the tri-district library com- mittee that consists of representatives of the three local school districts and has been jointly operating a film library. The provincial government accepted the local com- mittee's concept of an educational service centre and has now indicated that it intends to provide a director to take charge of the proposed centre. The department of educa- tion will also be the main contributor to the centre. The separate school MFC tables decision on highrise apartment Chamber seeks delay of rail abandonment Considering the growing energy crisis and the subse- quent possibility of a renewed important role for the railway systems. CP Rail should sus- pend for at least five years its decision to abandon about miles of railways in Southern Alberta. That is the point of view the Alberta Chamber of Commerce will present to two executives of CP Rail when they visit Lethbridge Friday. CP Rail officials indicated earlier this year they intended to apply in 1975 to the Cana- dian Transport Commission to abandon what they call non- profitable railways in the Prairies. If CP Rail abandons the 4.- 200 miles of railways it classified as there will be only 80 grain elevator terminals left with rail service on the the chairman of the rail aban- donment committee of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday. CP Rail officials Bob Mar- tinelli. director of marketing and Don co- ordinator of planning tran- will be in atten- dance at the 2 p.m. Friday meeting in Ericksen's Family Restaurant. A representative of the Alberta government is also to attend the meeting. An application by Krahn Homes Ltd. to build a 72-suite high-rise apartment building at 3510 20th Ave. S. was tabled by the Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday. The proposal is to be sent to the development review com- mittee for study concerning what effect it will have on residential development of land to the east of the planned project. Henry president of Krahn said he hopes to start construction on the which at 13 stories would be the tallest apart- ment building in the by next April. Mr. Krahn said the building would be two-thirds one- bedroom apartments and one- third and would contain a ground floor recrea- tion room and sauna. He also said he is planning a future high-rise apartment building on a downtown loca- tion he.has just purchased. Until Mr. Krahn the city centre hasn't really been the heart of the but the downtown redevelopment project and the development Unifarm head is re-elected EDMONTON Dobson Lea. .who succeeded Paul Babey as president of Unifarm in the group's second year of was elected to his fourth term as leader of Alberta's farm group. Mr. Lea of Jarvie was returned to Ihe position by acclamation. of the west side will make it the heart again. In other decisions the planning com- approved 20-unit ver- sion of the public housing project slated for 18th Avenue N. and okayed an ad- dition to the Lakeview Bakery at 2630 South Parkside Drive. City awaits delivery of 3 buses The city is still awaiting delivery of three 52-passenger General Motors diesel buses ordered last spring. Transit superintendent John Frouws said today he and utilities director Oli Erdos were unable to get a delivery commitment from GM when they were in Eastern Canada recently. They're apparently having trouble obtaining some Mr. Frouws said. don't know when we'll get the They were originally scheduled to leave the Lon- don. Ont. factory for Lethbridge in mid-November. Two of the new diesels will replace aging buses in the city transit while the third will be a much-needed ad- dition. Mr. Frouws also said today major route changes in North Lethbridge will be im- plemented next year after completion of road construc- tion in new areas of the north side. trustees Wednesday agreed to participate in the establish- ment of the centre and provide the service of its school district personnel to work on advisory committees. The Lethbridge public school trustees Tuesday also agreed to co-operate in the es- tablishment of the centre. Neither school board made any financial commitment toward the centre's operation. The school district per- sonnel are to provide the government with an indication of the types of services they would like to see the centre provide for local schools. Mr. Himsl sees the centre as providing lot of to separate schools especially if audio and visual teaching aides are provided at the re- quest of teachers. Indian officials quit over welfare charges By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer STANDOFF Claims and counter-claims of misusing welfare funds en the Blood Reserve have led to the resignations of .two senior of- ficials in the band's social ser- vices department. Olive White branch administrator for the last four resigned Monday after the band council transferred her out of the department without giving her another posting. She was charged with favoritism in the distribution of welfare funds. Mrs. White Quills said the transfer was polite way of firing Leona social services said she resigned primarily for per- sonal but added the dispute between Mrs. White Quills and the band council made it impossible for her to reconsider. In her letter of Mrs. White Quills says that charges against her were never investigated by the band council and that effort was made to get at the The council wanted to believe the she told The Herald. Ms. Desjardins claimed the band council is playing politics with the welfare program and warned that other resignations from at least five senior social workers in the department may follow if Mrs. White Quills is not re-instated. The band council's action has seriously jeopardized the level of welfare services on the she said. The councillors should stop meddl- ing and pull the welfare program of the quag- mire of personal Mrs. White Quills said she was because she abid- Separate board briefs Board seeks PEP aide assistance Separate school principals want to take advantage of the province's priority employ- ment program to gain the assistance of more teacher- aides in their separate school trustees were told Wednesday. Ralph superinten- said the principals ex- pressed the desire to hire un- employed people other than teachers to work as teacher- aides. The principals em- barrassment and discomfort at bringing teachers in at reduced Mr. Himsl said. PEP is designed to give temporary employment to the unemployed during the winter months and the department of education last month suggested that Alberta school boards could take advantage of the program to hire un- employed teachers as teacher aides. PEP temporary employees would be paid a maximum of a month and would only be employed from January through March. Separate school trustees were not nearly as critical of PEP Wednesday as they were in a November meeting when they knocked the concept of the program. They decided Wednesday to permit separate schools to take advantage of PEP in what ever way they wanted to. Trustee Steve Vaselenak said it was none of the school board's business if teachers wanted to take advantage of PEP. Trustee Fabbi was reluctant to support PEP because he was not sure of the type of reaction and pressures a temporary PEP employed teacher may face from other members of the teaching profession for accepting a salary less than the Alberta Teachers Association salary rate. John claimed what happens when you get caught up in the union Mr. Himsl suggested the' whole debate on PEP may be academic because the PEP funds may all be alloted by the time the separate schools app- ly tor PEP funds. Applications to obtain PEP temporary employees must be processed through the depart- ment of education before the end of the year. The Assumption Elemen- tary School was given permis- sion to extend its school day by 15 minutes in a meeting of separate school trustees Wednesday. The additional time ac- cumulated over a period of a week is to be used by teachers lor curriculum planning. Trustee Steve Vaselenak preferred to keep the same school day and have the teachers do their curriculum planning on their own time after school hours. Store robbed by gunman A young man wielding a pistol got away with about from the Seven-Eleven Food Store. 491 Mayor Magrath shortly before midnight Wednesday. Darrel 18. the only the store at the told police he had been robbed by a white male who was about five feet nine inches tall and weighed about 135 pounds. He appeared to be about 23 years old and had medium length black hair. Bengessner said. The clerk said the man pointed the pistol at him and made hi open the till and a floor safe. The thief took the money and left through a back door. Police are still investigating. stolen from school A break-in at the Galbraith School. 8th Ave. A. and 18th Si. N.. netted about in cash for unknown burglars Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Police said entry was gain- ed through a basement win- dow. The money was taken from the main offices which the thief or thieves unlocked. The incident is still under investigation. ed by rules governing eligibili- ty for welfare in refusing re- quests from several coun- cillors to give their friends and relatives social assistance. band councillors have countered by saying the welfare administrator ignored eligibility requirements in giving her friends and relatives welfare. The welfare program is ad- ministered by the on behalf of the Indian affairs department. In a Herald Pete Swartman. supervisor of the Blood-Peigan district of the said he could see no technical reason why Mrs. White Quills should have been fired. He said she was a compe- tent administrator and ran the welfare department in accor- dance with Indian affairs policy and regulations. While Indian affairs is not directly responsible for the social assistance program. Mr. Swartman federal officials do an occasional audit to make sure welfare funds are not being misused. Audits have always shown that welfare is handled equitably on the Mr. Swartman said. department has been happy with the way welfare is being But he said the council's decision to transfer Mrs. White Quills from the social services branch is at least in because of the way she has acted towards the councillors. She's not a he said. If the action is justified to the band then it has to be justified to Indian Mr. Swartman commented. He said he is sure there is political interference on the but added that this happens in most small com- munities. Exceptions are made to every rule in the interests of both family and and administrators are justified in standing up to these he said. He doubts that welfare ser- vices will be but to forestall any interruption of the department is asking staff in the department to withdraw their threats of resignation. Lougheed to attend food fair Premier Peter Lougheed will make a quick visit to Lethbridge Friday to open the ninth annual Food Fair at Lethbridge Community College. Mr. Lougheed will arrive in the city about 1 p.m. and will be con- ducted into the college and the gymnasium through a side door. He will view the displays and meet the meat technology and com- mercial cooking students before the of- ficial opening at 2 p.m. A piper. Ian Patter- followed by studenls carrying boars' heads with sparklers will lead the opening procession into the darkened gymnasium. After opening remarks by board of governors chairman Bob Babki. a second-year student Ada Sawchuk will give Mr Lougheed a specially-decorated fruit cake. ;