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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, February 4, 19.4 Local school systems in limbo over change to metric measure By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Metric weights and measures are still a few kilometres down the road for Lethbridge area schools. Officials of three systems the Lethbridge public schools, Lethbridge separate schools and the County of Lethbridge have told The Herald they are awaiting the report of a metric committee set up by the Alberta department of education. The metric system has been used for some years in high school science classes, said Dr. George Sevan, director of curriculum and instruction for the Lethbridge public schools. Metric weights and measures have not been formally taught in elementary school, he said. But the Canadian ministers of education had set introduction of the metric system as the basic system of weights and measures as an educational goal for this year, he added. The project had been turned over to the deputy ministers and curriculum branches, and in Alberta a committee had been set up to study the problems of conversion. Dr. Bevan said he expected the first step in the switch would be a series of workshops for elementary school teachers, followed by a look at textbook and equipment acquisition. Elementary mathematics texts alone would cost the public schools he said, with textbooks costing between and each and pupils to be supplied. Fewer pupils but more .expensive books would make the cost for junior high school mathematics between and he said, a' total of Maurice Landry, curriculum director for the Lethbridge separate schools, said he expects the curriculum guide being prepared by the education department's metric committee will be ready by the fall. Mr. Landry said schools have not started converting yet because the metric system is not yet in daily use in Canada, and there must be texts and equipment to teach with first. C. E. Burge, superintendent of schools for the County of Lethbridge, said the county has done nothing officially yet about coversion to metric standards. ''There are individual schools pursuing he said, "but we haven't done anything collectively as a school system." The decision to switch to the international metric system of weights and measures from the British system metrication was made by the federal government in 1970. The change, to take place over the rest of the decade, will bring Canada into line with most of the world. The change is not compulsory, but provincial governments and industry have been co-operating with Ottawa. Provincial highways departments will probably begin changing road signs including speed limits to metric units next year, finishing in 1979. Weather reports will also go metric next year. Car manufacturers will also be converting to metric standards. Some packaged products, particularly in supermarkets have sizes or contents marked in metric as well as British units. Toronto schools have begun teaching elementary school pupils the new system without reference to the old. Mr. Landry said he thinks this will probably be the method adopted here, although older pupils will have to be taught to convert. The metric system originated in France at the time of the Revolution. Since the 18th century, it has been adopted by most of the world except Canada and the United States. The metre was originally based on a fraction of the circumference of the earth. It is now based on a platinum- iridium bar kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France. Weights and volumes are related to lengths in the metric system. The standard kilogram was originally defined as the weight of cubic centimetres of water, each weighing one gram. The volume was calculated at four degrees Centigrade, just above freezing, because water is more dense at that temperature. The system's biggest advantage is its simplicity. Units change in size by 10 or its multiples. Thus one kilogram equals grams, one metre equals 100 centimetres and one kilometre equals metres. Retailers warned of plastic shortage JOANNE GROVER Herald Staff Writer Price increases and delivery problems are plaguing many retail outlets in Lethbridge, due to the world-wide oil shortage, but vinyl and plastic items appear to be the only major household product actually in short supply. Most Lethbridge retailers contacted by The Herald mentioned they have been warned of shortages in the near future but few are certain of what to expect.. Some suppliers have stopped using a price list, and prices are effective according to the shipment date, said Sid Collier, manager of Western Canada Hardware. "Not all products are available when they are he said, "some things are put on back order." But back orders have become almost synonymous with "not as in the case of Lethbridge House of Color, whose orders have been cut down on plastic by- products by almost one-third. Manager Boy Schultz also said there has been a further price increase of 25 to 35 per cent on new orders, coupled with the 10 per cent increase last fall. Cliff Helm of Karpet Ranch Enterprises said it is taking up to three times longer to have a carpet delivered. As well, there has been a 20 to 30 per cent increase in price. He suggested American products are costing more and talcing longer to be delivered than Canadian products. Paints are expected to be in short supply by spring when the darker-colored, exterior oil-based type becomes more in demand. Horst Mueller, manager of Freddie's Paint, said his supplier planned to cut out the specialty or promotional lines, thereby keeping the raw materials for regular stock. Although he doesn't expect more than a 20 per cent cut on most orders, he said another store in the chain had its order cut back by half. Man-made fabrics for home sewing seem to be fairly plentiful, although as Lydia Toth, manager of Variety Fabrics says, "We certainly don't get everything we order." Prices-have jumped in this line too, and a representative for the Sewing Basket said polyesters from England and Germany have, in some cases, increased to the point where last year's selling price is now almost this year's cost. One major exception to the general rule is women's cosmetics. of Avon and Beauty Counsellor products said there have been no abnormal price increases, and no shortages probably because both companies have a large stock. Joyce Stannard, Beauty Counsellor distributor, said she has had several shipping delays, which she suggested was caused by the shortage of gas in eastern Canada. Police have brief search undie way CLELIA STEMMED GLASSWARE Cut Design Goblets, clarets, cham- pagne, sherry or liqueur Your Choice Regular CALL CHINA 327-5797 DOWNTOWN A bath towel, bath mat, and .several articles of woman's underwear were stolen during a break-in at a private home over the week- end. The goods, valued at about were taken Sunday from the home of Robert Blumel, 140316th St. N. There were signs of forced entry into the house. A police investigation is continuing. Seals drive ends short The Kinsmen TB seals campaign in Lethbridge has ended short of its goal. Figures released today by AKROYD'S PLUMBING. HEATING AND GASFITTING l rates lor Mirier New i 328-2106 CUFF HACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB KKM.IOTM.HM. THE 2508- 2ri AYI.N LETHBRIDGE AUCTION BLOCK License No. 077155 REGULAR TUESDAY EVENING SALE Mnwy 5ft. 1974 Highlighting this weeks sate plus our usual good selection of furniture, appliances end household effects we offer the following: Kawasaki 85oc trail bike Dark wood complete bedroom suite MetaisfKwercetrinet complete wtth taps and shower head 80' of 600 volt power cable for mobile home Beautiful gold colored contemporary style 2 pc. chesterfield suite. Panther Artie Cat 399cc. snowmobile 200 2 X 4 fir studs 92W long. PLUS MANY MORE ITEMS MMe for MT To consign and arrange pick-up Telephone AucUumer. Jehu Bereiey lie. No. 017440 Anne Jeffreys, campaign secretary, showed the tuberculosis association collecting Although the association collected more money than last year it fell short of its goal. Mrs. Jeffreys said about of the Christmas seal envelopes were returned. Students go to Conrad classes Six students from Warner went to Conrad, Mont. Sunday where they will attend classes at a Conrad high school for one week. When they return next week they will be accompanied by six students from Conrad who will spend a week at Warner school. When they will attend classes at a Conrad high school for one week When they return next week they will be accompanied by six students from Conrad who will spend a week at Warner School. The exchange is sponsored by the Lions Clubs in Warner and Conrad and involves Grade 11 students. The Lkms Club in Coutts had coffee, orange juice and sandwiches ready for the American and Canadian students who were to stop in Coutts, however, the Lions in Coutts were a week early. The Canadian and American students are to stop at Coutts next week on their way back to Warner. Snow fortress The sudden weather change Sunday sent many youngsters throughout.the city scrambling for the snow drifts which they immediately rolled Into their own versions of the traditional snowman or into a neighbor- hood fortress and soft ammunition. Right in the fling of things, Gordon Atwood, 11, 1903 6th Ave. S., and Stephen Melling, 8, and his brothers Alen, 11, and Michael, 13, all of 506 20th St. S., are about to bring their wrath and four snowballs down on the hefty neighborhood opponent who tossed a hugh snowball through what they thought was an in- destructible fort. Downtown project raises questions Poole to meet unions Poole Construction will meet union leaders this week to head off any labor strife at the giant downtown redevelopment project. At McCagherty, an Edmonton-based official of the major contractor for the Lethbridge Centre, said Friday there are "a lot of unknowns" surrounding construction of the centre. At least one city union leader is upset that Poole may be employing non-union .personnel on the project. He said Poole has so far refused to consider a pre-job meeting to hammer out union- management problems. But Mr. McCagherty said it was not usual for the company to call such a meeting on commercial projects of this Weed infestation reduces cereal crop yields 15% Alberta farmers lost 1.9 million acres of cereal cropland to weeds last year because of reduced yields. Surveys and research have shown that an average weed infestation on the prairies reduces cereal yields by 15 per cent. Cereal crops include wheat, barley, oats and rye. In 1972, Aiberta farmers seeded 12.6 million acres to cereals.'If this land had been weed-free, it could have produced an additional 42 million bushels of wheat or 57 million bushels of barley. Bill Lobay, head of the provincial weed control and field services branch of the Alberta department of agriculture, says in view of the increasing world demand for food, farmers should reduce the enormous waste of natural resources. Through proper use of recommended control measures, weeds can be greatly reduced and even eliminated, he says. type although it encouraged them on "industrial" pro- jects. "Our primary requisite is to employ local he said. "There is no sense hiring sub-contractors from outside when there are competent ones available locally." He said some of the sub- contractors might not run union shops but construction was at such an early stage, he was not yet fully-informed on the local situation. That was one reason for his trip to Lethbridge this week to meet union business agents. Meanwhile, operating engineers1 and ironworkers' representatives in Calgary said in telephone interviews that they foresaw absolutely no problems on the project. Public affairs oil discussion Alberta's oil and how it may best serve the interests of Albertans will be discussed at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs Feb. 7. Jim Ergil, a research officer in the industrial and engineering division of the Research Council of Alberta, will be the featured speaker. The talk will begin at noon in Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 321 4095 Labor protests regulation relaxation No exceptions to minimum wage and hour regulations should be allowed, the Alberta Federation of Labor (AFL) has told the Board of Industrial Relations. In a submission to the board last week, the federation took exception to 13 specific board orders granting relaxation of regulations to various industries. All workers should be covered by the eight-hour day, 44-hour week set out in the Alberta Labor Act of 1973, said the federation. The AFL said the best thing to do with the beard orders would be "bundle them all together, file them in the provincial and "bring all employees in the provinces under the same standards regarding minimum wages and hours of work." The federation said it had made a submission on the same subject in June 1972, and expressed amazement that the board was asking for further submissions. "It would appear that the board did not read our said the AFL submission. "If the submission that we put forth in June, 1972 was not it added, "We are then prepared to reiterate our position today." The AFL said a board order regarding hours of work and, minimum wages for road work for rural municipalities and counties allowed 12 hours a day up to 242 hours per month on straight time. Only four days off in every 28 were required, it said. The federation condemned the board and the government for allowing the order and re- quested its immediate cancellation. A 10-hour day and a 191-hour month were allowed for work in camps, with days of rest accumulated over a four- month period, said the AFL. FUEL SAVINGI You vM IMI comfaUbb "UlttUnf at fiajnt. POWER CHABLTONAHILL LTD. Out of for late Mrs. Campbell (nee Katie Mihalik) MiMik's Miyfiir Foods will bo dosod all day Tuesday, 5th ESL19Z2 PHONE 327-4MS E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. 1M MEDICAL DENTAL FURNACES (IN STOCK) t. YOUR PHARMACY AND YOU! Is your pharmacy more than just another store that you shop in? We believe it should be for when you select someone to assist you in matters pretalnlng to your or your family's good health, it involves a special trust The professional pharmacy services we offer are designed with the ultimate aim of earning your trust and confidence. When you enter our store or phone in we sincerely want you to feel that you are talking to people who care about you. Stop in soon and tot us show you what we beHeve pharmacy service should be. Acupuncture in nothing new; my boss has been needling me for years. DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY MdDNEV ;