Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Ftbrucry 7, 1875 I Individual subsidies a possibility Advisory board debates day care Consumers' action groups combat lack of legislation By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer How much day care should the taxpayer be asked to support? That question is central to the day care issue being discussed by the community services advisory committee which met this week and will meet again Feb. 26 to draw up its recommendations on this year's preventive social ser- vices projects. One public day care program the North Lethbridge Day Care Centre is already being funded through PSS. The com- mittee'has applications before it to fund two more the YWCA Whole Child Care Centre and the U of L Co operative Day Care Centre. The committee also has on record the staunch opposition to public day care by one private day care operator, as well as con- siderable information on the need for public day care in Lethbridge. The committee was told that the province is considering changes to the entire day care picture, but they won't likely happen this year. It also received a suggestion that it should go ahead on its own and attempt to change the basis on which public day care centres here are funded. Bob Bartlett, city community services director, told the com- mittee the government will probably put out a position papei on day care within a month. It will then hold public forums to get reaction, so it will probably take eight months to a year before any legislation emerges, Mr. Bartlett said. Committee, member Jim Anderson said subsidized day care should be provided only to those who are said to be most in need of it single parents and mothers on social assistance. Day care for parents whose combined income is or is not the responsibility of the taxpayer, he said. Instead of paying, out a lump sum for a day care program, a certain sum should be allotted for each child that fits into the need category, he suggested. Another committee member, Barbara Lacey said the cost of day care may be getting to the point where few families can af- ford it without a subsidy. In Calgary day care costs from to per child per month and in Edmonton it's per child per month with talk of it go- ing up to Dr. Lacey said. The day care discussion was part of a general review of 11 applications for PSS funding and of the recommendations on them by the community services direc- torate. Requests totalled and Mr. Bartlett and his superinten- dent of social planning, Tom Hudson, suggested cuts that would bring that total down to Among recommended cuts were curtailment of expansion of pre school services, and of the Centre for Personal and Com- munity Development's Homemaker Service. Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Hudson also recommended against funding the YWCA day care proposal although they recommended funding the North Lethbridge Centre at ana the U of L Centre at They also1 recommended against funding the Southern Alberta Observation Nursery and the CPCD sponsored Project Concern. The advisory committee will make its own decisions on which projects to fund and how much they should get at its next meeting Feb. 26. Its decisions will then be pass- ed on to city council, which will have'the last word locally. And finally the provincial .government, which provides 80 per cent of PSS funding, can reduce budgets. Debate on abortion laws flares in Saskatchewan SASKATOON (CP) The debate on abortion laws will likely continue to be intense in Saskatchewan-as long as the two politicians currently at the centre of the dispute main- tain their positions, Attorney General Roy Romanow said this week. He was referring to himself and Federal Justice Minister Otto Lang. Mr. Romanow said in an are not being broken by members of the therapeutic abortion committees at Saskatoon hospitals will end the debate in the province. Part of the reason is that both Mr. Lang, responsible for writing abortion laws, and Mr. Romanow, responsible for administering them in the province, are from Saskatoon, he said. "As long as that situation rta LlldL MlUaUUIt interview it is unlikely a rel, persjsts, I think we are likely cent conclusion by legal staff of the attorney general's department that abortion laws WATCH FOR DIETER'S SKI SALE ad In Monday's CANADA WINTER GAMES TAB to see more discussion and more debate on said the minister. Mr. Romanow said the presence of Mr. Lang as a ma- jor force in Saskatchewan politics has contributed to making the debate between pro- and anti abortion forces more intense here than elsewhere. "In Saskatchewan, part of the increased debate about abortion surrounds the fact that the minister of justice himself comes from Saskatchewan and is such a prominent political figure in this province that it tends to be more heightened, more sharp here." Mr. Romanow became in- volved in the controversial subject after Mr. Lang said last year that provincial at- torneys general should make more of an effort to have abortion laws properly follow- ed in their provinces. DRAWS FOR BOOK PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP) Jane Faulkner, wife of Hugh Faulkner, secretary of state, is working on a book of caricatures for a political history of Canada. -The HfwUt- Family THE BETTER HALF By Barnes By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The Alberta government talks a lot about consumer protection, but does nothing about it, says the chairman of the Lethbrjdge Con- sumer Protection Committee. Consumers' action groups will be needed until the consumer affairs department gets more staff and effective authority for.its staff, says Van Buchanan. They won't run out of work, not until the consumer affairs department has some legislation with some teeth in she adds. The consumer protection committee was organized in September by the Alberta Federation of Labor, the provincial organiza- tion of the trade union movement. But it serves everyone, not just union people, says Ms. Buchanan. There are five committees around Alberta, with a central committee in Edmonton. The name, Consumer Protection Com- mittee, was chosen to avoid confusion with the provincial consumer affairs department, she says. Consumers aren't always right, but aiding them should be the prime job of the department. The department should have of- fices in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, she maintains. Southern Alberta consumers with complaints currently have to go through the Calgary office. "I'm not saying the government should be there to wipe the nose of the she says, "Consumers have got to learn to be smart The committee has had about a dozen com- plaints since it was formed, and Ms. Buchanan says she thought there would be more. The complaints must exist, since near- ly everyone can say, 'I bought this and it fell she says. People are more willing to complain about goods and services nowadays it's no longer unfashionable and they realize they shbuld complain if they have a legitimate complaint. Women do most of the shopping, and are becoming more discriminating. They will check labels for fabric quality and other criteria before buying, she says. Consumers have a right to expect quality for their money, says the chairman. As well as complaining, consumers should also protect themselves when buying something by asking about any warranty, and the product's reliability. They should know what they're getting into that deposits on lay.- away items are not always refundable if the customer changes his mind. People should shop around when buying anything and save later grief by taking time at the start, she says. Reading consumer magazines is a good practice, says Ms. Buchanan, either by sub- scribing or reading them at the public library. Persons with complaints should make them immediately, because they lose validity as time passes, she says. When the committee gets a complaint, it gets as many details as possible from the con- sumer. A committee member visits the store with the customer to talk to the manager, if the consumer has already tried to solve the problem on his own. "I think it's up to the consumer to do what he says Ms. Buchanan. With tough problems, it's sometimes necessary to go through the central'com- mittee in Edmonton. Businessmen are reasonable when faced with complaints, because they want to keep their customers happy. 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Enjoy tt nowl UH your AH Putpox Account. At Sbnpaom-SMre you flnmt gutrantM. Mttftctfon or memy Carbohydrates contribute to high incidence of gallstones TORONTO (CP) A diet high in carbohydrates, es- pecially sugar, but low in bulk may be contributing to the high incidence of gallstones, a New York specialist said this week. Dr. Norman B. Javitt, who spoke to doctors at the University of Toronto and several teaching hospitals, said in an interview about 15 million persons in North America 1.5' million of those in Canada suffer from gall bladder disease. "Gall bladder surgery is the single most common major said Dr. Javitt, professor of medicine and head of gastroenterology at the New York Hospital Cornell Medical Centre. Dr. Javitt said he has seen lean young men with many gallstones, and when he tried to determine why, he found their diets were "primarily carbohydrate." "It makes one suspicious that if you take in most of your calories in the form of sugar, it's possible that your bile is more supersaturated and that you have more of a tendency to make stones. But that's speculation." Dr. Javitt's appearance here was sponsored by the Canadian Hepatic Foundation, formed to foster research and education in liver disease. FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Dear Ann Landers: As the Director of the North Carolina Drug Authority, I would like to comment on your advice to "Addict's! Daughter." The girl's father! was a physician. May I suggest what I believe to be a better answer to her question, "How can I help First: I would have pointed out to the girl that her father cannot LEGALLY prescribe drugs for non existing patients and divert them to his own use. Second: An addict is an ad- dict regardless of his profession, education or social background. Addicts manipulate people for their own benefit and take greater advantage of -their relatives and friends than of strangers. Third: Addicts justify in, their own minds their use of drugs. Almost without excep- tion, they resist counsel and advice of any kind. I have seen very few drug dependent people seek rehabilitation on their own. Fourth: I would have advis- ed that daughter to report her father's drug problem to the State Board of Medical Ex- aminers. This is a regulatory agency that has the authority to require a physician to sub- mit to treatment and rehabilitation or have his license suspended or revoked. Your column is widely read. In the interests of all physicians and other medical practitioners who may be drug dependent, I solicit your support in asking their colleagues to bring the problem to the attention of the appropriate licensing boards when they have knowledge that the problem exists! Past experience shows that a medical professional Who is addicted to drugs and submits to treatment has a 90 per cent cure rate. F. E. Epps, Raleigh, North Carolina Dear Mr. Epps: Thanks for your viewpoint, which is an in- formed and authoritative one and well worth considering. Personally, I doubt it will work in all cases. Moreover, that 90 per cent cure rate, if accurate, is extraordinary. Dear Ann Landers: Our daughter, who is a sophomore, in college, has decided to quit after this term and go to work to put her fiance through law school. We are very fond of the young man. Lisa has been go- ing with him for three years, but my husband and I are un- happy about her decision because we believe she is not being fair to herself.-Lisa is an unusually bright young woman and was awarded a four-year scholarship. She in- sists she wants to get married in May and the only way this can be accomplished is if she goes to work and supports the two of them. My husband has pointed out (to me, not her) that several couples who did it that way are now divorced. It seems the professional man often "outgrows" the wife who made it possible. Later he becomes attracted to a more sophisticated, better educated woman and dumps the wife, who by that time is ten years older and has no college education to fall back on. What is your opinion? Mom And Dad Dear M. and D.: The deci- sion should be Lisa's, but she would be foolish not to con- sider all the possibilities. Stay out of it and hope for the best Community calendar Southminster Circle Square Dance club will hold its regular dance Saturday at p.m. in Southminster Hall. All dancers welcome. Navy League Cadet Corps Lethbridge will parade Satur- day at a.m. at the 'ship', 10th Avenue and Street South. In preparation for the Winter Games, all officers and cadets must parade. Boys who have reached their llth year but not their 13th are welcome to join the corps. If interested, visit the ship, or phone 327-5547, Saturday mor- nings. The Lethbridge Women's Institute will hold the regular monthly meeting at p.m. Monday in the Gas Company Auditorium. Tea hostesses will be Mrs. G. Farries and Mrs. L. Burton. Disabled on the Move is sponsoring a architec- tural workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Lethbridge Public Library. For further information, call Mary. Berkeroff at 328-1036. The -Minus One Club will hold a Valentine's Dance from 9 p.m: to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Polish Hall. Music will be supplied by the' Muellers Orchestra. "TRY AND STOP US" Coming to 1090CHEC STORE HOURS: Open Dally a.m. to p.m. Thursday.and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 Kltckn Rwnpif nM) lie CABINET DEALER AND INSTALLER K. R. K. CtfWfRACTORS CwttM Pkm M3-3S15, Fir Unto NEW FOR SPRING 75 Exciting New Styles By 'USA DEBS" "Earfhllngs" by MAXINE "Beautiful shoes for beautiful people" The latest for the teen and college set. 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