Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, February 6, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Agricultural legal specialist AUDREY ROBB TACKLES FARMING CAREER Million dollar winner embarks on new career By THE CANADIAN PRESS How would it feel to become suddenly rich? That's the million-dollar question pondered anew these days as Canadians await with exciting expectations the fourth Olympic lottery draw. The Feb. 16 draw in Quebec City will feature two Si- million prizes, one prize each of and numerous lesser amounts. Immediate retirement world cruises yachts and cars? Or does life go on as be- fore? Judging by most of the nouveau-riche in the last three draws, lifestyles haven't changed greatly. was only one million top prize in each of the first two draws but two of them in the third. The first, held last April, was shared by nine Levis, Que., women who chipped in on a single ticket; the second, in July, by a Barrie, Ont., man who has had problems before and since. One of the top win- ners in the third draw, in No- vember, was a Hamilton woman who had separated from her husband five days earlier; and the other million was shared by 10 .residents of Quebec's Eastern Township. Eight of the nine Levis women have continued to work at a cigarette factory while the other has quit her job. All have been shunning the public eye and have authorized their union business agent to say they "wish to rest quietly and are not interested in public appearances for publicity." Max Matetich, 54, of Barrie, was undergoing psychiatric treatment in hospital when he won 51 million in the July draw. He has since been released from hospital, only to face a lawsuit by another man for half of his winnings because the other said he held a half-interest in the ticket. Audrey Robb, the 40-year- old Hamilton woman who won million in the November draw, has embarked on a small-scale farming career. Her husband, from whom she separated five days earlier, has not been sharing in the windfall. Their 12-year- old son has been living in Stoney Creek, near Hamilton, with their father while their X two daughters and a niece have been living with her. "I'm my own woman completely she said following her recent return from a holiday in Europe. Ms. Robb, who has bought a three-bedroom house on five acres in a rural area near Brantford, Ont., says she is "going to buy a tractor and do some farming." The Eastern Township win- ners have been taking a cautious look at their for- tunes. "I think one or two of the boys haven't even touched it said Salvatore Galazzo, 62, one of the 10 employed at a CDA Ltd. branch which straddles the Vermont border. "The big difference for me is that I will be taking early retirement in the spring and last week I resigned as union president after 20 Mr. Galazzo said. "My wife and I have been able to give a little help to my three children and six grandchildren." Brian Armstrong, 21, the youngest of the winners, was one of the first victims of re- cent recession had worked at the plant for less than a even before that he was planning to Brushing prevents gum disease TORONTO (CP) A Toronto dental official says that regular brushing of the teeth may not prevent cavities, but it does prevent gum disease. "We do not teach brushing to stop tooth says Marion Truuvert of the University of Toronto's department of preventive den- tistry. "We stress it to pre- vent gum disease." She was commenting on a study of British five- year-olds which shows those who brushed three times a day had as much tooth decay as those who did not brush regularly. bring your prescription to Rural families urged to study laws resume his education. "He has no car of his own, but he bought one for his said his father, Keith, whose six children range in ages one to 28. Mrs. Elwyn Sheppard, whose machinist husband was one of the winners, remarked: "We're still buying tickets but I don't want to win again all that excitement, it's too much. Let someone else win. I am happy there were 10 win- ners and not just one. It made 10 families happy. What could anyone do with For the family of Roy Brooks of Guelph, Ont., winner of in the April draw, life has gone on much the same as before. "We're continuing on as Mrs. Brooks said. "Everyone is happy and working." The Brooks and their four daughters, aged nine to 17, are "fixing up the house a bit" and have bought a new compact. Even their holidays last summer followed the pattern of other went up to Lake Joseph (Muskoka) as Mrs. Brooks said. Mr. Brooks, 48, an ac- counting supervisor with Canadian General Electric, has continued to work each day and Mrs. Brooks has remained active in commu- nity projects. Jim MacLean, 25, a week printer in Toronto, won the prize in the July draw. He took his wife and three-month-old son back to his native Nova Scotia where he planned to enrol in univer- sity. Eight Toronto men shared in the third draw and have shunned all publicity since then. In the Cpl. Jean-Yves Tremblay of the Quebec Provincial Police in Cap de la Madeleine, winner of that prize in the first draw, has split his win- nings with his five sisters-in- law. "The money (his cut was hasn't really changed he said. "It just means we don't have to watch our money as closely as we did before." Cpl. Tremblay is 31 and the father of two pre-school chil- dren. Jean-Guy Guay, a 40-year- old credit union manager in Pintendre, a Quebec City sub- urb, said his winnings from the first draw has made no difference in his way of life. "Nothing has changed at said the father of four. "My clients, friends and fami- ly all regard me the same as before." By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Varied aspects of the law affecting farm families were given a "once over lightly" Wednesday afternoon at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. Sponsored by the department of agriculture's extension office, the presentation was attended by about 60 husbands and wives. Guest Speaker Cal Brandley, a specialist in agricultural law, urged farm families to educate themselves in laws pertaining directly to their way of life, par- ticularly the granting of gas and mineral rights to their lands and ways of holding and transferring property. Speaking first on the 1972 Sur- face Rights Act covering proper- ty and mineral rights, Mr. Brandley said owning the land did not always mean one could forbid developers, such as oil or gas companies, drilling access to his property. "If you own the surface rights, but not the mineral rights, you can't keep them off your proper- he said. "Only if you own mineral rights, can you say no to them." However, because it is in Alberta's best interest to develop the resources, the Surface Rights Board can still grant the com- pany access to the land to drill. But this approval does not settle the amount the oil or gas com- pany will pay to you. Mr. Brandley said a land of- ficer for the oil or gas company is first sent to negotiate settlements allowing exploration on the owner's land. He warned the audience that although most agents are fair, farmers and ranchers should beware of undue pressure or trickery. "Don't let them tell you it's a standard government form you're signing when you grant them drilling he ad- monished. "There is no standard form, and they are not issued by the government: they vary with each company. He said if a farmer cannot come to an agreement with a land agent for the private developer, then the matter goes before the Surface Rights Board which considers factors such as amount of land to be used for the drilling site, value of land, adverse affect on adjacent land, and long term damage to property, when making a lump settlement or yearly rental deci- sion stating how much the com- pany must pay the farmer or rancher. "If you have any worries or questions, just contact the board, or your local representative on Mr. Brandley said. "The board may even make an oil com- pany pay for lawyer's fees or appraisal costs involved in your case." "And if you're not happy with the board, you can appeal their decision to a district court he added. "But once you've signed with the oil com- pany, that's it it's a binding contract." However, he added, farmers who have "made a bad deal" may draw comfort from the fact that any lease signed since 1972 is up for review in five years, at which time, a new decision may rectify matters. But, leases sign- ed prior to 1972, are not eligible for review, the solicitor added. "If you think this is unfair and it seems to be wrong that those who signed contracts before '72 are penalized talk to your ML A about he advised. "The government reviewed all its own contracts made prior to 1972. Why can't citizens do Once the private drilling firm hired by the oil company has finished work, they must "clean up the mess they've ad- vised Mr. Brandley, or the owner can report the matter to the En- vironment Conservation Authority. Shifting to discussion about the transfer of property, Mr. Brandley said Albertans were fortunate to have no gift or estate tax. He said property could be held within the province in three ways sole ownership, joint ownership and tenancy in com- mon. He recommended the second, joint ownership, as the best way to register property such as the family farm. Under this arrangement, the husband and wife own the land together and full title reverts to one upon the death of the other. He reminded women that the Dower Act gives them the right of ownership in the home quarter, which the husband can- not sell without their approval. If the property is sold without their knowledge, they can sue for one half of the market value. The agricultural law specialist acknowledged that while provin- cial law is fairly protective of women's rights in the areas of marriage and death, (through the Family Relief Act and the Inter- state Succession Act) it requires numerous changes in property settlements in the case of divorce. Capital gains tax legislation, a federal issue, had been amended, he said, to allow citizens to sell, give or bequeath property or goods directly to a spouse or child, without application of a gains tax, unless the latter then re sold such acquisitions. Mr. Brandley urged husbands and wives to draw up wills carefully and to make sound legal arrangements to assure smooth transition of the family farm from father to son. "You've got to have a better business arrangement than 'be a good boy son, and you will get the farm when I die' especially when the son's age 51 and still re' quired to be a good he said. Deputy mayor invited to IWY seminar Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson has been in- vited to take part in a seminar on women in politics in Ottawa March 10 12. The seminar will br- ing together 30 women from across the country who have been actively involved in politics at several levels. It is a part of International Woman's Year events. 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