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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ THf. j, December 14, 1974 Housing agency comes under fire EDMONTON (CP) The directors of Canative Housing Corporation have moved toward a formal decision to li- quidate the company citing a continual fight with the federal Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation and its thirst for power. Georges Brosseau, one of six shareholders and a lawyer for Canative, told a news conference yesterday "We've had enough of all this crap with CMHC." "All we do is fight, fight, fight for funds." Canative owns 158 homes in Edmonton and Calgary, all rented to native families, and its real estate now is es- timated to be worth between million and million. It also has operated a repair and repair training programs in- volving tenants and making a homemaker's program available to encourage good home management habits in the heads of households, many of them single with large families. Attention Alberta Employers! New Regulations Governing The Employment of Young Persons 15 Years And Under The Age of 18 Years. Young persons employed between 9 p.m. and 12 midnight in business establishments such as service stations, grocery stores, food outlets, restaurants, motels and hotels MUST BE under the supervision of one or more adults. BUT, CANNOT BE EMPLOYED IN THESE BUSINESSES BETWEEN 12 MIDNIGHT AND 6 P.M. Young persons CAN BE EMPLOYED between 12 midnight and 6 a.m. in establishments such as hospitals, manufacturing plants, refineries, pulp mills and nursing homes. BUT, MUST BE SUPERVISED BY ONE OR MORE ADULTS AND HAVE THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIAN FOR EMPLOYMENT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL 328-4471 MANPOWER LABOUR LABOUR STANDARDS BRANCH Modern irrigation No benefit to pheasant population By DENNIS McDONALD Alberta Fish and Wildlife 20th of 45 Old-style irrigation was ideal for Southern Alberta's pheasants. But from an agricultural viewpoint, it left a lot to be desired. Earth lined canals allowed water to seep out into adja- cent cropland, destroying its capacity to support agricultural crops. Large acreages of fields irrigated by field flooding methods became too water logged or saline for good crop production. Irrigation ditches meandered across farmlands following land contours rather than property boundaries, thereby isolating many field corners from adjacent land holdings. Canal right of ways were too steep to farm and they oc- cupied substantial acreages of potential cropland. Dense bush and trees grow- ing on the inside slopes of canals impeded water flow along them. Tree roots sometimes weakened the canal embankments causing increased seepage. In ad- dition, the brush and trees used a portion of the water in the canals for their growth, thereby diminishing the amount available for agricultural use. The magnitude of these problems grew considerably over the years. By 1970, it was estimated that over acres or more than 10 per cent of the irrigated land in southern Alberta was damaged for crop production due to ponding, seepage and water logging as a result of poor irrigation. Only 50 per cent of the water diverted from Alberta's rivers for irrigation ever reached farm crops. The remainder was lost through evaporation, seepage and other factors. Coupled with these factors was a decreasing supply of farm labor, increasing demands for water use and food production and economic demands for greater farm output from a diminishing acreage of farmland. Modern irrigation is remarkably altering the face of the land in an attempt to overcome these problems. Pheasant habitat is rapidly declining as a result. Trees, weeds and brush along canal right of ways are being killed by chemicals. Miles of canals are being lined with concrete or plastic sheets. Hundreds of miles of field ditches are being bulldozed in and levelled to accommodate sprinkler irrigation equipment. New ditches are being constructed to align with property boun- daries, thereby eliminating the small acreages formerly isolated from crop production. Tile drains are being installed to reduce seepage areas. Wetland areas are being drained. Canals are being dredged and treated with aquatic herbicides to improve water flow. Ditch banks and canal right of ways are be- ing grazed or burned. Farm shelterbelts are being remov- ed and most idle land is being pressed into crop production. There is a sharp contrast between the landscape currently being shaped by modern irrigation technology and that reminiscent of old- style irrigation. Those interested can best witness this contract by viewing the modern St. Mary River Irriga- tion District east of Lethbridge and the old style Western Irrigation District around Strathmore, Alberta. At best, modern irrigation districts wh! support only a fraction of the pheasant numbers formerly present un- der old style irrigation technology. Perhaps this is one of the prices we must be prepared to pay for progress. NEXT WEEK: Dryland Farming and Pheasants Hospital report won't be made public MANNVILLE (CP) The report of a committee investigating the circum- stances that resulted in two resident doctors resigning their prvileges at the Municipal Hospital will not be made public, Bob Hall of Calgary says. Mr. Hall, chairman of the Alberta Hospital Visitors Committee, said four members of the committee had spent two days this week meeting with the five man hospital board and a confiden- tial report would be made as soon as possible to Health Minister Neil Crawford. The visitors committee was established in 1972 to review and inspect the operations of Alberta hospitals, operating independently of other government agencies. It has nine members, but not all are required to review conditions at any one hospital. Dr. Joseph Fernando and Dr. Donald James resigned their privileges Dec. 4, forc- ing the 15-bed hospital to reduce its number of patients to two from eight. On the same day they sent letters to the hospital board asking to be reinstated. The hospital board said before granting the privileges again, the doctor's applications which still have not been completed by them would have to be approved by the hospital board, the other two out of town doctors that have privileges and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. One provincial hospital of- ficial said the move was intended to show the two doc- tors that "the hospital board runs the hospital, not the medical staff." Unconfirmed sources in this community of 650 persons 100 miles east of Edmonton, said a petition asking the two doc- tors to remain in the town had received between and 500 signatures. The resignations and threatening telephone calls to two hospital officials last month, came after a group of town residents presented a report to Mr. Crawford com- plaining about the hospital ad- ministration. "THE SUNDAY HOUR" Presented by MARTIN BROS. FUNERAL HOMES LTD. 2nd Generation Funeral Directors and Administrative Counsellors for Pre-arrangements. (Authorized by the Alberta Government Security Commissions) Sunday, December 15th, 12 Noon to p.m. CJOC TV Channel 7 "THE SINGING TREE" ANNE CAMPBELL SINGERS THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 703-13th Street North Plus THE TEEN CLEFS THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL 812-3rd Avenue South Serving Southern Alberta for Over Haifa Century! Members of A.F.D.S. (Associated Funeral Directors Service) A World-Wide Connection 1 9 7 5 SEASONAL PRODUCTS Calendar stands and refills Calendar pads Daily journals Week at a glance Diaries and date book AVAILABLE NOW AT CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD. 319-7th St. S. Phone 327-4591 ;