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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta EASTER IN LAS VEGAS Depart Calgary April 19 -Return April 24 RETURN AIRFARE, ACCOMODATIONS (Union Plaza) Transfers, Tips and Gratuities Many extras Priced at only $198.00 return Per person based on double occup. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 8, 1973 PAGES 17 TO 28 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7417 CURRENT STORE HOURS: 9:00 to 5:30 Mon., Tues., Wed. and Frl. Thursday 9:00 to 9:00 Closed Saturdays Beet producers ask gov't help to get workers By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The lack of sufficient number of laborers will be the biggest problem facing Southern Alberta's 1,000 sugar beet producers in 1973. Two resolutions and several reports presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association Wednesday pointed to a further decrease in the availability of laborers to thin and hoe beet fields. Last year there were 43,700 acres grown in Southern Alberta and 60 per cent of the total acreage was worked by native laborers. Walter Strom of Bow Island, chairman of the labor committee for the association, said there could be a decrease of 20 per cent of the labor supply for 1973. The delegates to the convention passed unanimously a resolution calling for recruiting labor from other countries if needed to fulfill the labor requirement for 1973. One farmer said Ontario producers have had success with a program of flying Jamaicans and Mexicans and workers from other countries to the tobacco fields and then flying them home when the work is done. He asked why western Canadian farmers can't get the same break as eastern producers. A similar resolution submitted from the Taber-Barnwell-Cranford region was defeated by a close vote. It called for a petition to the federal government to institute an immigration policy to get interested people to come to Canada to work in agriculture. The resolution suggested the people entering Canada should commit themselves to three or more years of agricultural work and be primarily family units unless an individu- A mi STUDIO ON FIPTH AVENUE ARTISTIC  PICTURE FRAMING . ART OPEN DAILY 9:30-5:30 SATURDAY 10-5 I 710-5 AVE S LITHftftlOGE-ALTA For that Special Valentine Gift . . . Choose from our beautiful selection of STERLING SILVER CHARMS and CHARM BRACELETS On display now at JEWELLERY LTD. COLLEGE MALL al with a farm background is interested. Bernard Nieboer of Iron Springs said it would be discriminatory for the resolution to have a time limit included. Ed Shimbashi, seconder for the resolution, said a time limit was needed to ensure that the people entering the country would indeed remain in their jobs and not become a burden through unemployment. An amendment suggesting that farmers should also have to guarantee three years employment was not seconded and therefore defeated. Another farmer said if a three - year commitment was needed, people would never come to Canada to work in agriculture. He said if farmers want workers, they have to make it so the people want to work and this includes good housing and good wages. "I'm not saying we don't do our best but this is where we have to work." Another farmer disagreed that family units should be included in the resolution. He said this gives the inference that "we'll work the kids and the press would murder us." Mr. Strom indicated the provincial government is concerned about the pending labor shortage The government has announced a program which provides up to $300 per worker for half the cost of housing renovations. A work crew of four native laborers under the direction of Gil Evans of Raymond is now working on farms in Southern Alberta upgrading housing facilities for migrant workers. Also, the provincial government will provide guaranteed low-interest loans for farmers to buy beet drills, chemical incorporators and electronic thinners to help mechanize farms. Terms will be up to 10 years with interest at one per cent above the prime lending rate. In other areas of concern, the 130 producers and industry officials decided to press the government to delay the opening of the upland bird hunting season until Nov. 1. The delayed opening of the season would be a safety factor for the producers, accoring to Lalovee Jensen of Magrath, president of the association. He said the beet fields constitute good pheasant cover and it is dangerous when hunters and farmers are in the same field. Producers from the Vauxhall region requested a receiving station for beets in their region. They now have to haul their beets about 30 miles. The producers also requested a provincial government soil testing and feed analysis laboratory in Southern Alberta. City may lay charge against developer .. By RICHARD BURKE Herald (Staff Writer The^ city is considering bringing legal action against a local developer for failing to comply with conditions set down in the approval of his development. The matter came up Wednesday during discussion by the Municipal Planning Commission for an application to build a hardware store at 2020 Mayor Magrath Drive. The developer facing possible legal action, Dr. W. L. Mitson, owns the property on which Thunderbird Stores Ltd wants to build the 12,000 square-foot store. That property is adjacent to an existing grocery store and a clinic now under construction where the MPC feels conditions have not been met. Oli Erdos, city utilities director and MPC member, said the developer has made "a mockery of the MPC and the entire process. If 7-Elev-en which has a store on the property is not complying with conditions set down by the MPC, why doesn't the city close the doors?" William Helton, liaison officer for the planning commission, said the developer can be cited for a violation of the provincial Planning Act and "padlocked." The conditions with which the developer did not comply are the provision of an on-site sewer drainage system and adequate parking stalls. City engineer Randy Holfeld told the commission because the drainage system had not been provided, a residence behind the property was flooded last year by water running off the 7-Eleven parking lot. The application for development of a hardware store was tabled pending the outcome of the city's action in the matter. MATTER OF ECONOMICS City studies mixing chemicals with sand What ivill it be? sand, gravel, salt, or a mixture Say it with ... FLOWERS from . . . FR AC HE'S Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th)  HEARTS and FLOWERS SPECIAL BOUQUET 8.00and 10.00  F.T.D. LOVE BUNDLES 12.50 and 15.00 Cal! 327-5747 FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322-6th Street South Lethbridge College won't submit bid for Stamps training camp By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer City council next fall could be faced with a proposal that city crews be allowed to mix chemicals with the sand and gravel mixture now spread on the streets during the winter. Public works engineer Barry Temple told The Herald he intends to dig up as many facts as he can about the use of chemicals to include in a detailed proposal to put before council. The use of chemicals is a mat->, ter of economics, Mr. Temple said. Since a sanding program was established last year on a regular route basis, figures show Lethbridge uses the heaviest , application of any centre of comparable size and climate in iy; Canada. In 1972, 8,000 tons of sanding material, were spread on icy city streets. The average in previous years was 5,500 tons. With the addition of a small amount of chemical, ("about 15 per cent chemical and 85 per cent abrasive) the amount of sand used could be cut in half, Mr. Temple said. Also by using chemicals, clear driving lanes would take the place of icy ones, he said. The chemical serves to coagulate the snow, making it powder-like, � so that when a car drives over Sit the snow is blown off the street. | The large quantities of sand g| and gravel are necessary, now because as soon as one car drives over the road after the material has been snread, the gravel is thrown off the road | by the car's tires. | With the chemical added, the | gravel would sink into packed f snow and stay making a more | abrasive driving surface, Mr. ! Temple said. The idea of using chemicals has been totally rejected by council in the past because of the corrosive effects on car  bodies. The chemical which has previously been considered is salt and the aldermen and most citizens flinch at the mention of the word, Mr. Temple said. There are, however, chemicals available which, if used in moderation, have no corrosive effect, he said. To give the proposal a chance YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATES KNOW THE THREE SISTERS MOTEL IS THE BEST ACCOMODATION IN THE CROWSNEST! DO YOU? 3 listers ftlotrl  COLOR TV  FREE LOCAL TEL CALLS  D.D. PHONES  ICE & NEWSPAPER  FERNIE'S NEWEST RESTAURANT ADJACENT RESERVE FERNIE 423-4438 By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer The twice Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders aren't wanted on the Lethbridge Community College campus unless the college can make a profit from the club's summer training camp. The LCC board of governors was invited Wednesday to submit a bid to the Stampeders for their June 17 to July 3 camp but decided, instead, not to bother. Stampeder general manager Rogers Lehew requested facilities at the Lethbridge college because his team has been forced to evacuate regular summer quarters at Mount Royal College in Calgary. The former downtown Mount Royal campus has been relocated to southwest Calgary. Only one other institution, the University of Calgary, has also been asked to bid on the summer session, Pat W e b b, assistant to LCC president Dr. C. D. Stewart, said facilities can be made available here - but should only be offered if the college can turn a profit from the camp. AUCTION WAREHOUSE 2508 - 2nd Ave. North COME VIEW AND PURCHASE NEW AND USED GOODS Open 8:30 to 5 p.m. Daily FREE PICKUP For Consigned Goods Phone 327-1222 NEXT SALE TUESDAY, FEB. 13th Mi". Webb estimated costs to the college of $35,000 to $37,000 to properly accommodate the team. "I don't think we should do it unless we can make some money. And I mean cost plus. That's the only way you should look at it," he said. "He was supported by governor Don Livingston, who said the college should not become involved with "prima donna atMetes." "I really think we're getting into an area where we don't have any expertise. I wonder if we're not getting into an awful lot of work and a thankless job. I wouldn't touch it," Mr. Livingston said. Governor Miggs Gunn said she would welcome a summer training camp to the Lethbridge campus, despite the work involved. "I think it's an absolutely tremendous idea. If you want to promote Lethbridge Community College, boy, this is the way to do it," Mrs. Gunn said. Mr. Webb said he doubts the sincerity of Mr. Lehew in seeking a bid from Lethbridge: "I suspect this is just a paper exercise to make a comparison with the bid they have at the University of Calgary. An invitation .was extended to the mayor (Andy Anderson) to determine his interest. No reply had been received by Friday. BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom .___ Installation* Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. Open Thurs., Fri. till 9 p.m. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 "I phoned this afternoon and they're definitely not interested. The city's position is this, and it's always been pretty consistent - they will not subsidize a commercial operation," he said. He said the city which hosts the Stampeder camp this summer could find the event a permanent project. "They'd look forward to coming back next summer," he said of the club. The board agreed not to submit a bid to Mr. Lehew. Mr. Livingston cautioned the press at Wednesday's meeting to report the board decision as being a matter of inadequate college facilities and preparation. "At this point, we're just not set up," he told the media. Earlier in the meeting, Mr. Webb had said a Stampeder camp shows "a number of advantages" to the college: "We have the space for easy storage of their equipment. The front lecture theatre is ideal for chalk talks and film. Our video equipment would be extremely useful to them. "The lounges would be available for the restricted hours such a training camp imposes on the athletes. Should they need the gymnasium, it would be available," Mr. Webb said. College facilities .would normally be vacant during the June 17 to July 3 Stampeder camp. Scholarships available Two $135 scholarships for students of agriculture at Lethbridge Community College will be offered this year by the Alberta Wheat Pool. Pool secretary B. A. Friesen, in a letter to the LCC board of governors Wednesday, said the two awards will be given on the basis of academic standing and financial need. "While we are to limiting these bursaries to students attending any particular course of study, the student obtaining the bursary should be enrolled hi an area allied to agriculture. "We would ask that the bursaries be named the Henry Wise Wood Memorial Bursaries," Mr. Friesen said. SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LABI MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. lower Level PHONE 327-2822 COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 507 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7883 of being accepted, Mr. Temple said he would "never advocate a universal application of chemical throughout the city" but would restrict it to major arterial streets and hills. Before the proposal is made, Mi1. Temple said he must study such things as the effects of chemicals on the asphalt, on boulevard grass and on house paint (since blowing snow could move from a street up against a house). The results of that study, in fact, will likely determine if the proposal ever gets as far as council. Chamber wants less fpea9 gravel By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce directors decided Wednesday to ask the city engineer if sand instead of "pea" gravel could be used on city streets in winter.  The original motion, which came from the highway and transportation task force, also recommended that a moderate amount of salt be used on main arteries and Highway 3 and 3A. The motion was amended, deleting any reference to the use of salt. Directors said the corrosive factors of salt and resultant damage to motor vehicles and lawns did not warrant its use. John Boras added that "I'm not prepared to admit that we in the banana belt have a lot of snow," suggesting that in Eastern Canada where there is a lot of snow, salt may be warranted. It was also suggested that hi Southern Ontario, where temperatures may be milder, salt could be more effective than in the cold temperatures accorded Lethbridge. Ralph Spicer of the task force suggested that Lethbridge has sufficient car washes and that if vehicles are Start near on new store for Safeway Canada Safeway officials in Calgary now are checking detailed plans for Lethbridge's largest Safeway store and tenders are expected to be called in two weeks, The Herald has learned. G. A. McQuitty, division property manager, said the new store in downtown Lethbridge is slated to be under construction early in April with completion slated for October. The store will be located on a block of land bounded by 7th and 8th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave. It will sit on the north end of the property facing 3rd Ave. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 properly clean the corrosive effects of salt on slippery streets could be fought. The Lethbridge chamber also decided to support district chambers in their protests against possible rail line abandonments and to seek compensation where rail lines are abandoned to improve highways. John Loewen announced there are 10 vacancies for the marketing seminar to be held Friday at the Lethbridge Community College. Sponsored by the ohamber in co-operation with the LCC, the seminar is designed to aid the small businessman and staff in marketing products and services. Dr. William Preshing, University of Alberta director of institutional research and planning and author of Cases for Managerial Decisions, will be guest lecturer. The seminar, to be held in the Science Building lecture theatre, starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and is scheduled to wind up about 4 p.m. The $20 registration fee covers lunch. Further details may be obtained from the LCC or chamber office. Jim Dunstan of the visitation committee, gave directors a pep talk on the importance of visiting district chambers of commerce to further the concept of "Lethbridge and area." The services of the local chamber office have been offered to district chambers in need of assistance, he said. Ideal Valentine's Day Gift! EARLY AMERICAN PRESCUT 7-PIECE TABLE SERVICE SET Consists of:  1 each Salt and Pepper  V* lb. Butter Dish (Covered)  1 Creamer  1 Covered Sugar Regular 5.98 Special, only 4 .79 Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Celebrate Your Special Occasions at Ericksen's! This Friday and Saturday Evening 'FRANKLY BROTHERS' Phone 328-7756 for Reservations III 8 to 12 p.m. - No Cover Charge M TMC OLD TRADITION OP WESTERN HOSPWAUTY ^amltij lestaWiattt ;