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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SK! VACATIONS Inquire re Ski Holidays available Banff Laurenlians Colorado ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Phone 328-320! The Let SECOND SECTIONLellibridgo, Thursday, December 16, 1971 PAGES 11 TO 22 NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. !01 PROFESSIONAL BLDG. 740 4th AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA SEE US FOR AIL YOUR OPTICAL NEEDS Citv demands strip-mine ban in Alberta watersheds ff IlyllUDY IIAUGJ3NEOEII SUff Wrilrr The City of Lclhlmdge says a total ban on strip mining should bo imposed in ull Alberta mountain watershed areas. In a brief delivered Wednes- day to the Alberta Environ- ,vilh tho dangers they cause lo i duccs new strip mining legisla- tion al the spring session of the nient Conservation Aulharity .1. Yurko. the environment. Tho brief was read to the hearing by city solicitor John Hammond. The hearing is one of four being conducted by the ECA on coal strip mining throughout the province, at the request of Alberta Environment Minister legislature. Mr. Hammond said of coal mining operations: "The only plan appears to be lo rip Ihe mountain face, to get the coal out as economically as possible, to let the waste be disposed of wherever it is cas- iesi and to hell with the na> hearing here, the city said Ihe The puposc of Ihe hearings is; tural water courses, t h e economic benefits deriving j lo give the minister an inriica- streams, the vegetation, the po- from strip operations! lion of public attitudes toward tcntial floods, the fish and ani- are far too few when compared strip mining before he inlro- ma] life and the beauty." trip operations Two Alberta mining compa- nies defended coal strip min- ing operations in the province at an Environment Conserva- tion Authority public hearing the project in its final form, is economically u n feasible, then t h e government department must rca' ze that this may re- sult in unemployment or cur- on coal strip mining in Loth- j lailmcnt of operations which bridge Wednesday. The mining company briefs to the ECA came amidsl a bombardment of w e 1 1-docu- inented and researched anli- strip-mining briefs presenter! urivate organizations. The first to defend Alberta coal strip mining operations wras E. D. Jamicson, chief en- gineer for Canadian-o w n c d Coleman Collieries Lid. He said there was a need for legislation on conservation of the environment to delcrminc may lie damaging to the prov- ince." Mr. .Jamieson said compen- sation for environmental dam- ages is "an extremely vague concepl." He questioned what a "unique feature of the environ- ment" was ard who decides how much this feature is worth. "Each case would have to be decided on its merits, and so specific regulalions Cannot be drawn up to cover all he said. lie strongly cpposcd eslab- responsibilities and to lay; lie strongly opposed estab- down guidelines fo; surface; lishmcnl of one set of regula- mining operations. j lions for all geographic areas Mr. Jamicson said, "some of Ihe points laid out in the pasUion .statement prepared by ECA require firm- er definition or redrafting." He agreed that comprehen- sive environmental planning is necessary and "that such plans should he presented by the op- erator to the appropriate gov- ernment bndy." Thf1 responsibility should be jointly born by the operator and the government for the plan which is agreed upon, he .said. "If the operator shows that CLIFF BLACK, Certified Denial Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAE Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE .127-2322 of the province, because min- ing conditions vary "tremen- dously" between the plains and the mountains. "To decide that all regula- tions will apply equally intro- duces all sorts of forsceable difficulties, especially in the realms of permission to carry out inspections and In the ap- plication of penalties for viola- tion of said Mr. Jamieson. Relations governing the rc- clamction of mining areas must take into account the ori- ginal surface characteristicSj he argued. He blasted the idea of min- ing companies pssling a "fi- nancial security bond" as a detercnt to ensure the good behavior of the companies. Any such legislation is "un- he said. Whether it be: HUNTING, BIRDWATCHING, VACATIONING or VIEWING COLOURFUt CHRISTMAS tIGHTS. ZE1SS IKON and BUSHNELL Can bring it closer with their high quality binoculars. ZEISS IKON 8 x 20, 8 x 30, 70 x 40 sizes as low as 39.00 BUSHNEIL SPORTVIEW 8 x 30, 7 x 35, sizes as low os........34.95 AISO BUSHNELL BANNER From 44.SO and BUSHNELL CUSTOM From 69.50 BUSHNELL 8 x 30 EXPO Fiberglas body. Reg. list 29.95. Now on sale 21.95 "WHERE SALES ARE BACKED BY SERVCE" McCREADY-BAlNES PHARMACY LTD. 614 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3555 A comprehens i v e .conserva- tion plan is the most impor- tant single factor in the suc- cessful integration of mining operations' and minimization of damage to the environment, he said. "A plan must be presented by the mining company and ap- proved by the government, which must accept its share of responsibility for it, before op- eralions said Mr, Jamicson. "Tte existing Environmental Control Commission should be laken as the model for new leg islation." The other defensive brief, presented by I-XL Industues Ltd., a Medicine Hat-based compi.ny that strip mines clay, stated that smaller companies "cannot afford the research that is necessary to assess the long range effects of some as- pects of strip mining." It said, "The operator's priv- ileges must not be revoked without sufficient warning to allow him to work out a solu- tion to the environmental prob- lem or lo develop a new source of supply. The Medicine Hat company also opposed any recommenda- tion that required a company to be responsible for reclama- tion of a nearby mine that was abandoned properly under then-set governmental regula- tions in the past. The development of explora- tion and access roads was de- fended. Tie brief stated: "Regula- tions should provide for the use of road allowances as much as possible as routes to resources. "This would eliminate the ii e e d of finding temporary routes, during exploration and earh development, to prove the worth of it con- cluded. The city is opposed to any activity which may environ- mentally affect the watershed of the Oldman Mary liiver sy.sttm, which provides Lcth- bridge with waicr, he said. It also provides al! irrigation wa- ter for soulhern Alberta. With the continued growth and water demands of southern Alberta, the cilv envisions a water shortage in Ihe future. could interfere with Ihe water thai is good, eleau and can be used at rea- sonable cost, the city or the area cannot grow or Dr. Trost said. "There can be The city's focus on strip min-1 snpp.y. ing dangers lo watersheds was1 wall'r applauded by heaing chairman Dr. W. R. Trost of Edmonton. Fh'ip mining operations in Ihe mountains, where the streams feeding southern Al bcrla'.s watersheds are located, BUS DRIVER HIJACKED It waz a routine ni city bus route No. 1 Wednesday night. Then shortly after 8 o'clock, driver Gordon Miller pulled up to tbe Civic Sports Centre stop for a passenger. When Mr. Miller open- ed the door F. G. (Sandy) Sandercock, president of the Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization, shoved a .22 calibre rifio at him and ordered him off the bus. Passengers seated on the bus were amazed. Mr. Mill- er was escorted into the Civic Sports Centre where the organization presented him with a silver tray "for his alertners." A few weeks ago, one of the organization's members, Mrs. Agnes Dewar, suffered a heart attack on the bus. Mr. Miller drove her directly to Lethbridge Munici- pal Hospital. His action helped save her life, the attending doctor said. LIQUOR DELIVERY SERVICE 328-6177 VENDOR HOURS ONLY Post office ready for rush as mail pours in as Postal employees in Leth- bridge arc bracing themselves for an expected surge of in- coming mail. Postmaster A. D. Lewis said he expects Dec. 20 will be Ihe big day for incoming Christ- mas cards and packages. Jfci Kentucky Fried Chicken LOOKING FOR AQUARIUM SUPPLIES? AQUARIUS TROPICAL FISH AND SUPPLIES We have all your tropical fish and supply needs. We carry top quality products of HARTZ MOUNTAIN, and many more! lorne in and shop for Christmas. ff> Large varieties of tropical and exotic fish 65 aquariums stocked wilh fish lo serve you ft For all your information needs phone 328-3121 524A 6th ST. S. LETHBRIDGE i "We have been holding our own with outgoing mail and have managed to handle ev- erything without it backing up on he said. The office has handled about 500.000 letters since Dec. 1 as well as several thousand par- cels. Two hundred parcels went through the office on Monday. The regular staff of 115 has I been augmented by 140 part- time employees to handle the Christmas mail. Mr. Lewis said the overall situation is about the same as it was last year at the same time. ORDERS of special savings for smnll or large parties! We recommend your killing advantage of EXTRA SAVINGS by ulso orcforinrj Iho In bulk: 3 SALADS O PARKERHOUSE ROLLS From our PASTRY DEPARTMENT O DELICIOUS riUNCH CRUSTY BREAD AND ROLLS O MINCH TARTS CHRISTMAS COOKIES ti i OF' QUALITY DAftK AND LIGHT FRUiT CAKES AVE. F'HONE 328-8161 1701 M.M. D3IVE PHONS 328-7751 gallery !o gi If so of your e you our very best service desired will show our own home, with no com- We have opened our with our fine quality paintings in the convcnic: rnitmcnt on your Our display collection inductee Land and sea scapes, flower, fruit, boolt and dish still life Mountains, winter, wild life, boajs and hunting scenes Characters, figures, nudes, clowns, wild horses and history paintings Abstract, semi-abstract and modern paimings All the above mentioned are available in various colors and techniques. Como in and let us help you make yourself happy. WE THINK AN OIL PAINTING 15 A VERY PERSONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT. DON'T YOU? OPEN 9 A.M. TO 9 P.M. MONDAY THRU SATURDAY who estimated that tourism will, in four years, be the "lar- gest earner of dollars in the province." Tourism is "highly labor in- compared with strip mining operations where rela- tively few men are employed and compared with the capital required to bcrin operllons. Mr. Hammond .said prefer- ence must be1 given to develop- ing tourism, "which provides the greatest, return to our prov- ince, not only in twns of money, but in a way of life which provides not for to- day, but also as a legacy for those who will share the renw- ahle reonrce.s of tomorrow." Once ore is extracted from is loam if Uiere is a resource to replace it, hence it is a one-time-only shot, he said. Tourism does create jobs iust for now. but iorever, Mr. Hammond added. He also projected a lack determination and financing by no planning for tomorrow. "The future without vision and planning cannot exist as we have known it." Mr. Hammond said changes to the watershed are due to the removal of natural plant growth as a result of strip min- ing. "This tbo plant growth has been nature's melliod of stop- ping erosion, of allowing the rein and snow waters to grad- ually ascend the .slcpi's, to store rent conditions which exist in all parts of North America, Mr. Hammond said any new legislation for reclaiming sur- face-mined areas will probably be inadequate. He based his argument on past governmental perform- ances and the number of im- unknown environmental factors surrouding strip mining opera- tions. At any rate, he said, "If strip coal mines are to bo consider- ed in tire Rocky Mountain Foothill watershed, may it be suggested that before further work be allowed or even con- sidered, that the province con- duct immediate research on the potential problems. water so the fiows of streams I "Let1 learn if reclamation is "Without this natural plant leaching of deleterious (injur- growth, we envision a rush onions) materials into our water and melting waters courses, of the problems of ero- flooding the normal stream sion and if the state of nature channels, carrying with it the loosened materials, eroding the banks and choking the existing streams with debris, mud and muck.'1 As a result, larger dams would have to be built to con- trol water flows, he said. "and. who would bear the additional cost? It shall be the people of the province not the mining The deposits into the water during run-off from strip min- ing operations were also blasted. Mr. Hammond said the cur- rent Coal Mines Act does not afford adequate protection be- cause it has too many loopholes which permit mining com- panies to do what they want. Pointing as examples to cur- can be returned to a form that is compatible with future re- creational and tourist poten- tials." mining companies to complete The city also expressed se-1 ;-.ny reclamiiiion operations. rious concern about the los of] Tu-0 of llie m.ljol. Canadian recreational space for both the coal one-rations have reported areas residents and tourists. extensive net financial losses Tourism is the province's j-intt months to fastest-growing industry and one of the best money-makers, Mr. Hammond said. Already the current tourist facilities and parks are over crowded, he said. The Crcwsnest area could j have eased the load on current facilities and parks are over- erations have "blighted the of this yiar, it was noted. "No longer are the coal mines labor-intensified. The work is now done by huge ma- designed to reduce tho Force to a minimum. "The pbs are lo be found south of the border in making '.lie machines not he Mr. Hammond quoted Tour-i added. "Certainly there are no ism Minister Robert Dowling 'wncfits to Alberta in a 10 cent 1 for the strip- you ton royalty mined coal. This column is published every Thursday to provide publicity for youth group meetings and outuiss. All notices should be ad- dressed to Are You The Herald, Lclhbridge, Alia., no lalcr than Tuesday preceding the Thursday the event is lo be announced. TUESDAY and T II U It 13- DAY, Dec 1C, 21: p.m. to p.m. boys 10 to 14 years old, p.m. to p.m. men In to 31 years, box- ing at Ihe Ldhbridgc Boxing Club. Civic Centre. THURSDAY, lice IB, at. p.m. members of the Lethbridge Army Cadets will parade at the- 20th Bty. Build- ing at Kcnyon Field under the command of LI. D. D Bodell. Transportation pro- vided. Boys K'. to lit years welcome to join. Kor infor- mation phone Lt. Uodcll, 327- 0609 WEDNESDAY. Dec 15, al 7 p.m.. No. 11 Squadron R.C. (Air) Cadels parade vvill be held at the 20ili Field Baltorv Building at Kenyon Field. Transportation will be pro- vided by military transport. For information phone Lt. Bullied at 327-1 llfi days or 328-W59, evenings. THURSDAY, Dec. 1C, at p.m, Navy League Ca- dct.s Corps No. 50 will be pa- rading at the Ship located at 10th Ave and 17th St S Any boys 11 to 13 years of age are welcome to join FRIDAY, Dec. 17: at (1 p.m at Senator Gladstone Hall on the Blood Reserve, boxing bouts SATURDAY, Dec. 18: at 8 p.m. for everyone 14 years and over, coffee house at Central School drop-in cen- tre. WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22: at p.m. in St. Paul's School, a Christmas Carol play, Stars Over Christmas, to be presented in the school auditorium Everyone wel- come. PHONE 328-9291 I Fresh Cut Flowers Corsages and up if Special Christmas Mixed Bouquets to Various selection of potted plants it Christmas table centres Sec us of Holiday Village WE HAVE MOVED ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC 222- -5th St. S. SCHWARTZ BLDG. 328-4095 COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 507 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7833 Moke CHRISTMAS SHOPPING a Pleasure Send CUSTOM imijCIC ftC CIME ART ORIGINAL FRAMING llWUrfl. vi mfc Mm OIL PAINTINGS 409 Slh Street South Phone 328-1314 FRACHE FLOWERS tiro as traditional 01 your Christmas Treel FRESH CUT FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Priced from S6 to S25 FI.OWERING PLANTS Chrysanthemum, Poinsctticis, Azaleas, from 7.50 May we suggest a lasting gift of PERMANENT FLOWERS With Christmas Motif, arrangements from S5 FRACHE'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Consist of Spiay ond Whilo Pine. Special, only 9.50 FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6lh STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-5747 ;