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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbtidge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, December 14, 1974 Pages 13-20 Shoppers go for gifts that last Wednesday snow Yule reminder By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer It's a very bad year to be in the winter clothing business in Lethbridge. Even relatively enthusiastic Christmas shopping has failed to lessen the woes of the people who sell winter garments. The sales scene is so bad that two major department stores have cut prices once and may again. Balmy weather over most of Western Canada is bringing on the early unpremeditated "January sales." Not only the state of the weather, but the state of the economy are affecting shoppers this year. However, a growing crush of store customers Thursday and Fri- day nights was witness to buoyant overall sales. Simpsons Sears and Eatons, which have both cut some winter garment prices, are doing a boom- ing trade in diamond rings and ex- pensive gold watches. Other sales outlets report their customers too are interested in higher quality merchandise this year. "The unease about a recession is not valid in the says Garry Kohn, manager of Anglo Stereo and Photo. "But people here are afraid of what's happening he adds. "When they spend a dollar they want to be sure they are getting top quality. 1 think they're looking for an investment." Woplworth manager Lome Shead, who followed other stores in chopping snowmobile suit prices, also says people are look- ing for better quality gifts. "The lower grade items are getting up to the level of the better ones anyway. People are wising up A CRUSH OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS GROWING IN STORES to the fact they can spend an extra dollar and get much better quality. More people appear to be buying gifts intended for the whole family, say retailers dish- washers are mentioned by most as hot sales items, micro-wave ovens are increasing in popularity, color televisions remain favorite gifts and furniture pieces such as reclining chairs are selling well. Toys this year are terrific, ac- cording to Dale Corbett, manager of Acme Merchandise Distributors. "It's just un- he says. Other outlets say toys are selling at about the same rate as last Christmas. At Acme, Mr. Corbett says sales are up slightly over last season, that cameras and appliances such as blenders are selling particularly well. "Shoppers just aren't buying some of the silly Christmas things they usually says Cass Meyer, manager of the Centre Village Shopping Mall. "The economy has people a little bit concerned, made them more sensible in what they're buying. They might buy a pot afiu pan instead of a ceramic ornament.'1 "The business that the weather hurt in the first few days of December, we're now picking says College Mall Manager Vern Swagar. "I don't think the general public really felt Christmas is right around the corner, until the snow Wednesday night. "The merchants arc going to get the same sales volume, but just at the last he says. Parking meters were changed, bylaw wasn't By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Parking meter tickets hand- ed out in the city since Aug. 19 may be invalid. And so might the new park- ing rates which went into effect that day doubling the cost of parking at a meter in Lethbridge. The reason? Although city council passed a resolution at a budget meeting last April to change the meter rates, the bylaw properly authorizing the new rates was never presented to council. That oversight popped up Friday when the required bylaw to amend the city's traffic bylaw to provide for the new rates appeared in city council's agenda for Monday night's meeting. "Apparently somebody said City Manager Allister Findlay. He speculated that the reason it happened was that new meter heads had to be ordered and delivery dates were uncertain. So a date for the bylaw to come into force couldn't be specified at the time the resolution was passed because the city didn't know when the new meter heads would arrive, he said. The meter heads eventually arrived and were duly install- ed and motorists began dutifully paying five cents per half hour instead of the old rate of five cents per hour. But the bylaw appears to have been lost in the shuffle for the last four months, leav- ing the old bylaw and the old rates on the books. He said he isn't certain what the legal ramifications of the missing bylaw are at this point. But a local lawyer con- tacted by The Herald said in his opinion any persons ticketed in the past four months is entitled to their money back. "When you get a ticket you are being charged with a breach of the he said. "How can you be in breach of a bylaw if there is no "I am of the view that the city has been without authori- ty for the present system of rates." CITY TAXI OPERATORS WANT FARE INCREASE Representatives of four city taxi cab companies will appear before city council Monday to ask for a fare increase to counter rising costs. The rates requested in a letter to council from Northside Taxi, Radio Cabs, Star Taxi and United Cabs include a boost to 90 cents for the first of a mile, up from 70 cents for the first of a mile. The taxi owners also want 10 cents for each additional of a mile, compared with the 10 cents for each mile now in effect. They are also asking for an increase to 60 cents from 50 cents for each mile out of town and flat rates of to Har- dieville, to Coalhurst, to Coaldale, and a minimum charge to the airport. The last taxi rate increase was granted by council in April, 1973, raising the cost of a taxi ride to 70 cents for the first mile from 60 cents for the first mile. The 10-cent charge for each additional mile was unchang- ed at that time. The cab owners cite increases in the cost of insurance, fuel and oil, and car maintenance in seeking the fare boost. Since the letter was written two of the cab owners say they have been forced out of business, principely by the high cost of insurance. Tot fatally injured on way to school Mayor asked Every morning Mrs. Anna Heusdens walked her four- year-old daughter across the street to kindergarten. Friday Leanna wanted to cross by herself. She was fatally injured when hit by an oncoming truck. It happened at 9 a.m. Leanna Heusdens <1ied two hours later in St. Michael's Hospital after suffering serious head injuries. Mrs. Heusdens, 1718 15th Ave. N., told city police each morning she would walk four year old Leanna across 15th Avenue to Winston Churchill School to attend kindergarten. On this occasion the little girl wanted to cross alone. The mother checked for traf- fic and could not see any vehicles coming. Leanna started across at a slow walk. She was struck by a west bound half ton pickup truck, driven by Frank Vandeligt, 43, of 221415 Ave. S. The left front corner of the truck struck the little girl throwing her to the side of the street. HOW VALID? to report A resolution going to city council Monday calls on the mayor to report to council at least once a month on major developments taking place in the city. Council members sometimes learn of impending developments through the newspaper, said Aid. Bob Tarleck who is presenting the resolution. He cited the recent dis- closure of the possible development of the Lethbridge Centre hotel by a Winnipeg developer as an ex- ample of projects all council members should be made aware of at an early stage. "I had some idea of it, but I just accidentally learned of he said. "I'm sure some members of council didn't know about it." Effective decision making depends in a large part on council being made aware at an early stage in negotiations of major developments, he says in his resolution. The mayor's reports could be made in camera if necessary, he adds. "I don't accept the premise that these things are so secretive that council can't be Aid. Tarleck said. "We need a broader base of decision making. "As it is, a development may already be an established fact by the time it gets to council, and that's not the way city government is supposed to work." Mr. Vandeligt told police he did not see the girl until after the impact. The girl was taken to St. Michael's Hospital with a fractured skull and jaw. She died at a.m. An only child, she is surviv- ed by her parents Peter and Anna Heusdens. Funeral arrangements are being made by Martin Bros. Funeral Chapel. Coroner Dr. John Morgan has not decided whether to call an inquest. The accident is still under investigation. The girl's death was the city's second traffic fatality in the last two months. Prior to these accidents Lethbridge had gone over two years without a traffic fatality. By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, you have a 50 per cent chance of hitting your head, says an Ottawa engineering professor. If your head is moving at 20 m.p.h. when it hits something solid, you're dead if you're not wearing a good helmet. You can get a good helmet in Lethbridge. In an article in the October issue of Canadian Consumer, J. A. Newman of the University of Ot- tawa mechanical engineering department, said any part of a body that strikes an object at speed will be hurt. Dr. Newman is director of the U of 0 motorcycle crash investigation unit, which investigated 132 Ottawa motorcycle crashes, on the scene, in a four-month period. Over this period he observed the value of a good helmet. What is a good helmet? All provines except Manitoba and Prince Edward Island require helmets approved by the Canadian Standards Association, or of an equivalent standard. A good helmet, according to Dr. Newman, has one of the following stickers: CSA Standard D230, ANSI- Z90.1, indicating approval by the American National Standards In- stitute; SCHA, indicating approval by the Safety Helmet Council of America, Snell Foundation; or BSI 2001, indicating approval by the British Standards Institute. ignore any other 'approval' stickers he says. The BSI tests are basically the same as the CSA's, and the SHCA uses the ANSI standard, so its sticker means the same thing, he says. Helmets are fairly effective in reducing head injuries, says the study, and the most effective are either both CSA D230 and ANSI- ZOO. 1 approved or Snell approved. The best bet would be a helmet with all three approvals. Fibreglass and polycarbonate models both appear adequate, he says. There is no standard for face protectors. A full report on all aspects of motorcycle crashes is to be released later. Brian Pierson, who runs Lethbridge Kawasaki with his father, says the shop sells only fibreglass helmets. All of the three lines carried Arai, HA and Die carry ANSI and Snell approval. He does plan to start carrying CSA-approved helmets of polypropylene plastic, which are a bit cheaper than fibreglass. But they're not as good as fibreglass helmets, he says. All face protectors flexible plates, bubbles or goggles are plastic. They'll crack but won't shatter, says Mr. Pierson. Another Lethbridge motorcycle dealer, who did not want his name used, said fibreglass offers the best protection. "If I were going to stake my life on it, I would want fibreglass." Some polycarbonate helmets carry tags saying they are eight times as strong as fibreglass. But they absorb an impact by shattering, he says. The first impact is absorbed completely, but if a motorcyclist bounces he has a lot less protection the second and third time he hits his head, says the dealer. A fibreglass helmet resists the im- pact, but passes some of it on to the wearer. The first impact can give the rider a good jolt, he said. Dean McFadden, manager of Lethbridge Honda Centre, says Snell is the best approval for helmets.-The best helmets are "full-coverage" models, with jawpieces and faceplates, he says. Some of the best helmets cost or more, and CSA- approved helmets priced around are the least expensive, he says. One Snell-approved helmet The Herald saw goes for Helmets have improved greatly in the last five years, Mr. McFadden says, and the old cap-style with leather flaps at the sides would not pass CSA tests now. Smart bikers keep their heads in a good helmet ;