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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta UMO MIATIVES AND HUENDJ WOM TO VISIT. for travel and information conlacli BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE MM1M "Mini TRAVEL SERVICE-AS NEAR AS YOUR TELEPHONE" The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 2, 1971 PAGES 9 TO 13 I. It a DA SHVE EVERYONE'S FAVODITt (Special Prices on Built Ordm) ERICKSEN'S 7021 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 32t-I141 1705 M.M. Drive Ph. 328-7751 Wheat board under fire at cattlemen's meeting 'rice boost seen n car insurance There will be a general in- rease in car insurance pre- miums in Alberta for the next ear, the Insurance Agents' Association of Alberta reports. Many of the insuring compa- NEW TV SYSTEM Mrs. Keith Lowings, president of the women's auxiliary to the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, discusses with patient Gerry Davis the finer points of a cablevision TV system instituted at LMH. Effective Feb. 8 only this TV system will be permitted In the hospital. Patients will not be allowed to bring in their own sets. The new TV rental system will eliminate many of the hazards, inconveniences and problems previously created by the use of private and other rental TVs while giving the patient a greater selection of channels to watch. IVo private sets after Feb. 8 Hospital adopts new policy on TV .___ _i__ AM _ Je-v Cafe Tcill nermitfec By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer After Feb. 8 private televi- sion sets will not be permitted in the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, the hospital board has decided. The board has established a policy that only rental TV sets provided by Sterisystems Ltd. be permitted to the hospital. A number of problems have been generated for patients and staff by allowing patients to take their own portable TV sets into the hospital. The Sterisystems TV rental program is designed to eliminate the problems and provide more complete, satisfying entertain- ment. Sterisystems' TV sets have five inch screens and are mounted on patented telescop- ing which attach to the hospital bed. There are no loose wires hanging about for patients and staff to trip over. Sets cannot be knocked off tables they are fastened to the arms. Tables are left free to be used for the purposes for which they were designed. The sets can easily be pushed out of the way and they can be raised lowered, tilted in any direction, moved closer or far- ther as the patient desires. The only way they can be heard is through the use of an earplug. Another feature is that they are attached to cablevision, giving the patient two city channels, two Great Falls channels, radio and weather channels. Rates are the same as have been charged by previous rent- ers: a day, a week or a month. Before, only two local TV channels were pro- vided. The earplugs, which cost become the property of the patient and are not reused. There will be an unlimited supply of sets available. Initi- ally only black and white sets will be available but color may be available in the future. Cost of installing the cable- vision and provision of sets and telescoping arms was en- tirely at the expense of Steri- systems Limited of Ontario. The firm maintains all equip- ment so it is safe and operat- ing properly. The women's auxiliary to the hospital handles the applica- tions for the TV sets. Applica- tions have to be made between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday to Satur- day in order to. obtain a set that day. Sets will be permittee only if there is no objectio from the patient's physician. The board felt the new sys tern will reduce the hazard t patients and staff which can re- sult from faulty wiring an from falling TV sets. Extensio cords which had to be used o private sets have been eltau nated. The nuisance facto caused by the sound of TVs eliminated only the patien who is "plugged in" to his se can hear what's going on. Sta are relieved of the trouble moving sets about whiie they d then- work. The hospital board reaffirm ed its current policy prohib ing private radio sets in t! hospital at any time. The ho pital provides under pillow radios without charge. By STEVE BAREHAM Herald Farm Writer BANFF The Canadian heat board came under eavy fire here Monday as the estern Stock Growers' Asso- elation opened it annual three-1 told delegates that some poll- j on the export market at too low i. rtioc (JiA u'hiMlt hfiarH nrp a day convention. A total of 400 cattlemen are in attendance. Association president Dr. Gordon Burtoh of Claresholm cies of the wheat hoard are a price, absurd and create uncertainty i for prairie farmers. NDP meet in Edmonton on weekend Eleven persons from the two Lethbridge provincial ridings are expected to attend the Al- jerta New Democratic Party's annual meeting ir. Edmonton Ms weekend. The meeting, running Friday night to Sunday afternoon at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel will feature a testimonial din- ner Saturday night to retiring national leader T. C. Douglas. Policy discussions Saturday vril'. centre on energy and pol lution. Main speaker will be David Cass Beggs, chairman of the Manitoba Hydro Com mission. The local NDP association would not release the na of its delegates. He insists there will be a Chinook Wednesday Our weatherman-the eternal optimist Andy Russell to autograph latest book By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer The weatherman says he was taught to be an eternal opti- mist, so he's going to try again: "It WILL Chinook tomorrow, it just has he insisted plaintively. Before he explained himself, he launched into his bad news: January was a record-break- ing month for lousy weather. It was colder, snowier, duller and generally more weird than any January has been since records were started in Leth- bridge 70 years ago. The weatherman did not mention the fact that records have also been kept on weird Februaries. The mean maximum tem- COMPLETE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5454 perature was 21.6 above, com- pared to a normal of 27.3; the mean low temperature was 1.3 below zero compared to a nor- mal 7.2 above; the mean aver- age temperature was 10.2 above, compared to the normal of 17.3 above. Winds were about the same, but there were only 42.9 hours of bright sunshine, compared to the previous record low number of 63 hours. And a new record snow fall of 25.5 inches was dumped on Lethbridge, compared to a pre- vious record of 25.3 inches. The weatherman also ex- plained away his schizophrenia. January 15 saw the greatest change of temperature 65 degrees ever recorded in a 24-hour period. At midnight it was 25 below, and by 9 p.m. it was up to 40 above. And the next afternoon it was back down to four above. Now the weatherman's good news: A large high'pressure ridge of air is building up over the Pacific Ocean west of the United States, which will give southern Alberta a westerly flow of warm air. The Chinook should reach Lethbridge Wednesday, and will be caused by a more-sta- tionary weather system than have the mini-Chinooks of the past few weeks, which have been due to hard-to-predict an- tics of small low-pressure re- gions. Wednesday should be mild and windy, with a high tem- perature of 40 to '45 above and while the weatherman couldn't say how long it would last, he said the high-pressure system is "fairly extensive, so it sho-Udn't go slithering past us in 12 hours or less." Thursday could also have Chinook temperatures, as long as the Pacific high pressure syste-n has a chance to build up. BUSINESSMEN'S LUNCHEONS Served Doily from 11 a.m. Westwinds Dining Room "Half-Way House" Lounge WE INVITE AND WELCOME MONTHLY CHARGE ACCOUNTS Lefhbridge's Favorite Place to Eat! FAMILY RESTAURANT 1715 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE, SOUTH PHONE 328-7756 H and S meet The regular meeting of the George McKillop Home and School will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. A business meeting will be followed by featured speaker, George Watson, who will dis- cuss education as it used to be. R. AKROYD UD PLUMBING HEATING and GASFITTING 2634 21st Ave. S. For New Installations AHirations Phone 328-2106 FREE ESTIMATES Monday's Chinook really did lit the city, but it was a fleet- ing thing. As the weatherman said, 'the conditions were beauti- as the temperature shot up from 26 above at 3 p.m. to 38 above by p.m., rose in the next few minutes to 43 above and them plummeted jack to 23 above by It lasted not quite 30 minutes al- together. The overnight low Monday was seven above. Today brought some unplea- sant news, too, although the Lethbridge weatherman says he refuses to be associated with someone else's bad news. The Groundhog in Punxsu tawney, Pennsylvania, saw his shadow tliis morning. The famed rodent inched his wa., from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob, saw the sun, saw him self cast a shadow anc scooted back inside. That means six more weeks of winter. This year, however, some doubt was cast on the 57-year old ceremony. Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) was up- staged by a dainty female, who also popped from the family hole. Some observers suggested Phil's hasty return under- ground was due to the unex- pected development, but Sam Light, president of the Punxsu- tawney Groundhog Club dis- agreed. "I'd like you to Mr. Light proclaimed, "that no lady has been involved in the ceremony for nigh under 90 years and we aren't about to change it now." The groundhog rested his case and (lie sun disappear- ed. Andy Hussell, called a "con temporary frontiersman" the jacket of his latest book Trails of a Wilderness Wande er, will be in Lethbridge tc autograph copies of the boo Saturday at 2 p.m., at tl House of Books, 319 8th St. Mr. Bussell has been infori ed by his publisher, Alfred i Knopf, that the book has hee out in New York, and second edition has almost bee completed. The House of Books has 1 copies of Trails of a Wilderne Wanderer available for t autographing session, as w as a supply of Mr. Hussell earlier book, Grizzly Countrj which Mr. Russell will al sign. Mr. Russell lives hi Tw Butte, 16 miles south of Pine er Creek. nies are undecided as to what sir 1971 program will be but IB "ever increasing costs of ury and damage claims in berta" makes a general in- ease in premiums necessary. The insurance industry, con- rned over the deteriorating iving record of the public, is vising meant to reward the cident-free driver. Many companies are consid- ing giving a special bonus to careful and considerate ve-year accident-free driver, me have already instituted uch a program. Some will be offering a forgiveness clause" which will low a driver to have his first 200 accident without an in- jease in rates the following ear as has been the procedure n the past. Many companies will be pay- ig the total collision damage here the other party is at ault and is insured. This leans a person will not have pay Ms deductible out of his pocket while the claim is fing settled between insur- ance companies. The Insurance Agents' As- sociation says the only way car insurance premiums will level ff is through driver education, re practice of defensive ng habits by every motorist in lie province, and through the manufacture of vehicles which vill be able to stand up better in low-speed accidents. Ed Hembroff, a director of the Insurance Agents' Associa- ion of Alberta and president of the Lethbridge association, said Tuesday agents have had little indication of exactly when the rates would go up and no indication of by how much. Local agents are investigat- ing the possibility of establish- jig up to four defensive driving courses this year in an attempt to reduce accidents and hold rates down. Rates hi Lethbridge are among the best in the province and are better than in Saskat- chewan, for comparable cover- age, where insurance is in- cluded in a package deal with the purchase of licence plates. Dr. Burton said the wheat board guards its sales and prices with the result that no one "knows what the final pay- ment will be." He told the 75th annual meet- ing that since the wheat board price is unknown, barley pro- ducers have to guess whether it is to their advantage to de- liver to the elevator or sell to the local cattle feeders. he said, "are handi- capped by this needless uncer- tainty." Dr. Burton suggested the wheat board over-reacted last year and sold too much barley Suite bylaw enforcement is sought If the city's development of ficer has his way immediat action will be taken to termi nate the illegal use of base- ment suites built after June 2-4 1968. Development officer Tos Kanashiro is to inform th city's Municipal Planning Com mission Wednesday that th building department "has bee experiencing a considerate amount of problems in enforc ing various city bylaws relatin to the development of has ment suites." Only limited success has re suited from a number of pr cedures taken to enforce th bylaw, Mr. KanasJiiro is to re port. Violations are occurring both newly constructed res. dences and in older ones whl are either developing or r developing their basements. In view of the inereasin number of illegal suites bein constructed in Lethbridge, Mi Kanashiro is to ask the MP to recommend to city coun "that all city of Lethbridge b laws be strictly enforced, a that immediate action be tak to terminate the illegal use of a premises constructed after tl passing of the zoning bylaw June 24, 1968." Wheat board restrictions on inter-provincial movement feed grain could also stand me improvement, he said. "The Quebec Poultry Market- g Board decided if interpro- icial movement of feed grain to be restricted, it would not too unreasonable to restrict e movement of poultry which s grain he added. Other provinces have fol- wed he said. "Perhaps le time has come to dismantle me of these absurdities and se the price system again." Dr. Burton also rapped hunt- g laws, describing the eon- ept of "free game" as an anachronistic hang-over from le days of grass." The free grass is long gone, e told delegates, but the hunt- rs are still free to hunt here they please. "Perhaps it _, time we took a stand on this he said. Governments didn't escape unscathed in Dr. Burton's re- marks on the opening day of the convention. They were rep- imanded for making subsidies vailable to producers just get- ing started in the beff cattle usiness. "Governments which use tax ollars to subsidize entry into tie cattle business he aid, "out of their minds." Swift's officials liere Saturday The president of Swift Cana- dian Co. Ltd., H. C. Chaffee, and W. A. Mill, the firm's executive vice president will oe in Lethbridge Saturday. The two officials of the Swift company will visit the site of the new Swift's meat packing plant being built in Lethbridge. They will be mak- ing the trip west from head- quarters in Toronto to attend the annual meeting of the Meat Packers Council of Canada, The meeting will be held in Calgary. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDO. PHONI 327-3822 Break-in Lethbridge city police are continuing their investigation of a weekend break-in at the Leonard Tire Mart, 1902 Sec- ond Ave. S. Entry was gained by removing a panel from the rear door window and opening the lock. Items reported stolen were: two magnesium 14-inch wheels, four fibreglass belted winter tires size E70-14 and the contents of the coke ma- chine change box. DEPARTMENT ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS' "STEREO FAIR" Coming February 4th and 5th Watch and wait for SHELDONS 12-HOUR PROMOTION SALE 1 DAY ONLY! FEBRUARY llth! For Family Health and Comfort Always Depend on us for all your family's health needs from vitamins and cold remedies to first aid and sickroom supplies, we al- ways have your health in mind see us soon and oflen! Need a PRESCRIPTION FILLED? Call 327-3555 for Free Delivery! McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. 614 3rd Ave. S., lethbridge CALL 327-3555 FOR FREE HOME DELIVERY Whatever Your Building Requirements May Be CUPBOARDS, EXTRA ROOM, REMODELLING We will be pleased io quote you on the COMPLETE JOB Including Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, etc. CUP- BOARDS FREE ESTIMATES ADVANCE Lumber Co. Ltd. "YOUR PIONEER LUMBER DEAtER SINCE 1925" Cor. 2nd Ave. and 13th St. S., lethbridge Ph. 328-3301 ;