Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
City benefit from new million rec plan By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Projects such as the Lethbridge Sportsplex and a proposed art gallery for the old public library will get a shot in the arm from Alberta's new million funding program for multi-use recreational facilities announced Friday. Expansion of Indian Battle Park, renovations to public centres and institution of arts and crafts programs are other possible uses for the funding, Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, said in an interviewe. While community groups are encouraged under the cost-sharing program to put forward proposals, their applications must be approv- ed by city council before receiving provincial govern- ment approval. Funding of more than a half-million dollars for the Canada Winter Games will not affect Lethbridge's per capita grant from the new fund, Mr. Schmid said. In ad- dition, communities can apply for funds to help retire debts on facilities already under way, such as the Sportsplex. "Not more than half of the total funds available under this program may be used for retirement of and "construction of new facilities, renovations and ad- ditions, however, will receive higher priority." Lethbridge is eligible for about million under the program this year. It is to go into effect April 1. Mr. Schmid said the per capita annual funding un- der the ten-year program is in addition to present annual per capita grants of The funds are being made available according to the following guidelines: and municipal multipurpose projects will receive more funding, to enable development of facilities individual com- munities cannot afford on their own. least one third of the funds will go to projects fund- ed jointly by municipalities and service clubs, ethno- cultural groups or other local incorporated groups and agen- cies. least one quarter are available for recreational cultural facilities, developed in conjunction with or separately from sports facilities. will be estimated on annual population statistics and all projects will be on a cost-sharing basis. the 10-year life of the program, per capita funding will total per capita, but Edmonton and Calgary will receive max- imum funding of per capita per year. Other com- munities may draw funds as available, but not more than once a year in the amount re- quired for construction during that year. multi-purpose facilities will receive the highest level of funding 50 per cent. Municipal multi- purpose facilities will receive 40 per cent! Regional single- purpose facilities 35 per cent and municipal single-purpose 30 per cent. approval rests with the provincial government. applications must in- clude proposed programs and a five-year projected operating budget, demonstrating "viable sources of funds for operational costs." The province will not provide operating costs. Five seized in Montreal fire deaths MONTREAL (CP) Five persons were arrested Friday in connection with the Jan. 21 deaths of 13 persons at a northeast-district night club, a police spokesman said. "I won't talk about the spokesman said. "The five have been caught. The case is closed. The killings have been resolved and you will learn all about it at the inquest." The spokesman was referr- ing to an inquest, headed by Cyrille Delage, Quebec fire commissioner, to begin Wednesday. Mr. Delage said he issued warrants for the arrest of the five Thursday. The police spokesman said four men and one woman, all described as middle-aged, were arrested in raids Friday afternoon and evening. The Letlibridcje Herald Countdown LXVIII-43 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1975 20 Cents KITTY DUNLOP, FRANK SMITH, ELAINE ALLEN, BRENDA BLACK PACK UP More tourist office resignations Conflict with president blamed By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The number of resignations of directors and staff of the Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association has now reached seven and speculation of possible further resignations continues to mount as discontent grows among the membership. The sudden departure of the entire staff of the associa- tion struck like a thunderbolt Thursday throughout the organization's membership and resulted in the resignations of three directors and causing other members to take a closer look at possible internal problems. A cloud of secrecy has quickly spread over the problem and "mum" was the word Thursday and Friday among those who.attended a special meeting of the association board of directors Wednesday when the staff resignations were an- nounced. Since then, directors John Neal, a founding member of the association; Bernice Costanzo, a former treasurer and Randy Pringle, a new member, have all quit as well. Despite the fact their resignations were given the even- ing of or the day after the special meeting, they all claim it was because of being "too busy" or in one case, "leaving the country this summer." The Herald has learned at least two of the resigning directors were deeply troubled and emotional about the situation that resulted in the departure of the association staff. All three directors did, however, admit disappointment at the staff resignation when questioned by The Herald about the seriousness of the loss of staff members who helped guide the association from a debt-ridden low-budget organization to the high-budgeted, aggressive organization that it was. Executive vice-president Frank Smith, convention organizer Brenda Black, co-ordinator Kitty Dunlop and senior counsellor Elaine Allen cleaned out their desks Fri- day afternoon at the association office. They were preparing to look for other employment and all were loathe to publicly air their discontent with the operation of the association dur- ing the. past three months. Mr. Smith has indicated he doesn't wish to wash any "dirty linen" while directors decided Wednesday'to remain silent about problems. Their spokesman and president Steve Kotch has refused to discuss the reasons for the resignations. Most of those silent claim they are doing so because they don't want to cause further harm to the association. Likewise, Mr. Smith says, "the bridge has been burned" and he would prefer not to let his "frustrations with local politics" interfere with the future success of tourism in Southern Alberta. The Herald has learned, through discussions with direc- tors and members of the association, that the crux of the problem causing the resignations'was a communication breakdown between the executive vice-president and Mr. Kotch. While Mr. Smith's outspokenness created sparks during his almost-seven-year term of office, he was respected by most of the members and was considered to be doing "a good job." Mr. Smith was content, and prior to this year, had not given thought to resigning. In an interview, Mr. Smith said he stayed here three years longer than he intended when making the move from Calgary in 1968. His extended length of stay was the direct result of the challenge and enjoyment his job offered and the close friends his family found in Southern Alberta. Herald sources in the association say the situation that resulted in the resignation of the staff apparently began when Mr. Kotch assumed the association presidency in Oc- tober. The now-former executive vice-president couldn't see eye to eye on certain tourism policies with Mr. Kotch and was reluctant to act on any new venture without the authori- ty of the directors. Prior to the Kotch presidency, one director says, Mr. Smith was on his own to develop tourism promotion for Southern Alberta within the guidelines established by the directors. It became evident at the Wednesday meeting that there were problems, between Mr. Kotch and Mr. Smith to the sur- prise of some of the directors. Mr. Kotch spent about 10 minutes outlining his concerns about Mr. Smith, who was not invited to the meeting. Mr. Kotch claimed, for example, that Mr. Smith had not co-operated with him in preparing a brief for presentation to city council Jan. 27, those reporting on the meeting to The Herald say. Mr. Kotch and Mr. Smith have both declined comment on that charge, but two association members were prepared to assess the situation as they see it. Again, they say, it appears to be a case of Mr. Kotch' attempting to force the staff to direct tourism in Southern Alberta the way he believes it should function and Mr. Smith refusing to do so without the directive coming from the total directorship. However, according to some of those close to the scene, the major reason for Mr. Smith becoming totally dis- enchanted with the circumstances under which he was work- ing was a verbal directive he received from Mr. Kotch to spend association funds for purposes it had' not been designated for. Mr. Kotch, the sources said, told Mr. Smith to spend a portion of the association budget to make the tourist associa- tion office the accommodation centre for the 1975 Canada Winter Games. The money was to be taken from the association budget which is mainly derived from provincial and city grants on the basis of a commitment from the association to under- take certain promotional activities in Southern Alberta. Association sources say no attempt was apparently made by any member of the executive to approach the city to ask permission to redirect the funds despite Mr. Smith's demands that such action be taken before he would fulfill the directive. Mr. Smith, one director says, felt the directive contravened the Societies Act and he would be breaking the law if he became part of any action that redirected public funds. Mr. Kotch vehemently denies any such directive. City solicitor John Hammond said in an interview Fri- day that such action is not illegal but questioned its ethics. As a result of Mr. Smith's refusal, no money has been spent to adapt the tourist centre into an accommodation headquarters up to now. In addition, The Herald was told, Mr. Smith also felt the tourist centre should not be put in a position where it recommends specific hotels or motels to visitors. Concern was also expressed Friday by association members about the methods Mr. Kotch used in his attempt to bring his case about Mr. Smith before the directors. One association member said: "I was quite upset the meeting was called without the knowledge of the staff nor Were they even asked to attend. In other words there was no chance for anyone to defend themselves." Other association members were busy checking the bylaws Friday to determine if the sudden calling of the meeting and niAnber of directors attending complied with the association constitution. According to Mr. Kotch there were 17 or 18 directors in attendance at the meeting, one or two more than the 16 that are required to attend an emergency meeting. Mr. Kotch also says he complied with other bylaws that call for three days notice and that the written request of at least three members of the board of directors or written re- quest bearing the signatures of any eight members of the association be obtained before the president calls such a meeting. Eritrea rebels assault capital ADDIS ABABA (AP) House-to-house fighting broke out today between govern- ment troops and well-armed Eritrean separatists in Asmara, reliable reports from the northern provincial capital said. The toll of dead and wound- ed was believed heavy, but hospitals reported no casualty figures. Shooting began about 7 a.m. in the centre of town and spread throughout the city of near the Red Sea coast in northern Ethiopia. Mortars, rockets and ma- chine-guns opened up along palm-shaded main streets pa- trolled by tanks and armored cars. There were intense guerrilla assaults Friday night on three government military installations around the.city. The airport in Ethiopia's second city was closed and a 7 p.m.-to-7 a.m. curfew was in effect. The guerrillas, who already control most of the Eritrean countryside, were reported in- side Asmara in large numbers. Reliable sources said the rebels felt they were strong enough to fight government forces on virtually equal terms. As far as was known, units of the Ethiopian 2nd Army Division were ambushed Fri- day north of Asmara when they went to investigate a reported concentration of rebels. Troops believed to belong to the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) caught them in a cross- fire. The Marxist and Moslem in- surgents have been battling for 12 years to free the Red Sea coastal province from Ethiopia, and observers said the assaults may be the start of a long-expected showdown with new military rulers. The Provisional Military Administrative Council that overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie last September and set Ethiopia on a socialist course had declared Wednes- day it was preparing for an all-out fight with the guerrillas. Ethiopian forces formed a joint emergency military command Friday. Eritrean moderates appar- ently failed in an attempt to get peace talks started. Syncrude talks said encouraging OTTAWA (CP) Talks to determine the future of the troubled Syncrude oil sands project in Alberta are to con- tinue in Winnipeg Monday, Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald said Friday. After a three-hour meeting here with top executives of the Oil Ltd., Gulf Canada Ltd. and Canada-Cities Service Macdonald said the Winnipeg meeting would also include Alberta government and Shell Canada Ltd. representatives. The announcement from Mr. Macdonald came only six hours before the midnight deadline set by the Syncrude consortium to cancel the pro- ject unless they obtained ad- ditional financing of billion. "While no final conclusions were reached at the meeting, participants were sufficiently encouraged by progress to agree to a further Mr. Macdonald said in a one- paragraphs statement follow- ing the talks. The consortium's chief spokesman, Jack Armstrong of Imperial Oil Ltd., refused to add anything to the state- ment read by Mr. Macdonald. He read the statement made a few minutes earlier by the minister and when questioned on the talks would say only "do you want me to read the statement Debt 'burying9 Alberta farmers Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Leighton Buckwell (SC Macleod) Friday accused the Progressive Conservative government of burying Alberta farmers in debt. Mr. Buckwell made one of the hardest hitting speeches heard since the legislature opened a week ago. He was speaking in support of a non confidence motion put forward by the opposition which, not. surprisingly, was Sean and heard About town Ann Todd showing up for work at the Sportsplex wear- ing one black shoe and one brown shoe. .Evelyn Wyatt confused and still wondering who actually did win the bridge prizes. Trudeau warns Canada '75 will be tough year MONTREAL Minister Trudeau warned Fri- day night that 1979 is going to be a tough year as Canadians face rising inflation and social unrest. "Though we know Canada is growing faster than every in- dustrialized country, we're still way below capacity. This means we won't continue to become as rich as quickly as before. "This will create tensions in our society, and already we are seeing these tensions at Mr. Trudeau told Liberal party supporters at a fund-raising dinner. The tensions created by in- flation and the changing social order are causing insecurity as people become worried about law and order, looking to government for solutions, he said. "But there are no easy solu- he added and "nobody trusts anybody anymore in government. The atmosphere of Watergate has polluted the atmosphere of all democratic governments." Mr'. Trudeau said the weak- ness of federal opposition par- ties and their lack of leadership is also a problem since it has created a vacuum on the political scene in Ot- tawa. He said the Liberal party has the next four years to shape Canada's future but emphasized that it will take a change in values to get the country through this difficult period. easily defeated in the Tory dominated house. "We in Alberta go blindly around ignoring inflation, pouring out the money and putting people in debt up to their eyeballs." "Unless we honestly face what's happening with all the money we've got we'll go down the drain." He lambasted the govern- ment for bragging about farmers' incomes topping the billion dollar mark for the first time. Not only were farmers' incomes not due to the government, but the government had burdened them with million in loans and debts in the first nine months of last year. He said he was afraid that the agriculture minister in "his compassion, his had given out more than the people can afford. He said he would like to know how many livestock producers now wished they weren't saddled with the million handed out to buy livestock, now that prices are plemmeting and they can't pay it back. Closing debate on the non confidence motion, former treasurer Ted Hinman (SC said the legislature should "take some politics out, forget some dollars and put in some sense." The non confidence motion, in the form of an amendment to the speech from the throne debate, ac- cused the government of abus- ing special warrants, not controlling the growing bureaucracy, not re organiz- ing municipal financing, and failing to restore investor con- fidence. 7 coll it the Brooklyn Bridge and it's yours for Inside 64 Pages Classified........30-34 g Comics............26 8 S Family..........22-24 Markets 8 Religion.........10-12 8 Sports............14-18 Theatres............7 8 TV ..-...............6g Weather............3 Low tonight -ID i high Sunday 0 g light Mowflurrlef, cold.