Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE UTHMIDGf HEXAID Mwfey, NbnMry U, 1971 V'ou Ask Me.. Jim Wilson JT'S interesting to see how deluded a bunch of aldermen can get from listening to their own propaganda. Operating under the continuing delusion that ev- eryone in the city earns as much money as they do, Lethbridge aldermen last Monday reaffirmed their determination to stamp out what are euphemistically known as "illegal suites." No one knows, certainly, how many illegal suites there are in the city, in areas zoned specifically against them. But if the Municipal Planning Commis- sion and city police fall into the same ludicrous and naive mentality there'll be literally hundreds of fam- ilies and single people out right on the street. And more than university and college students will be out there with them from September to May. Everyone tries to sell Lethbridge as "the city of and everyone who lives here can attest that Lethbridge has a lot of good things going for it. But no city, including Lethbridge, is perfect. In a perfect city, if everyone earned or was pro- vided with a decent income and didn't owe too many bills, and if there were enough low priced homes, and if landlords charged fair rents instead of attempt- ing to gouge enough money so they could retire at age 40 if all these "ifs" came to be, there would be no need for cheap suites. But there are few legal low priced places for low-income people to live in in Lethbridge, and until there are, city council is. being plain stupid in suggest- ing it wants to curtail illegal suites. One argument offered by city officials is that if too many cheap suites are allowed, the city will de- velop a slum appearance similar to the one it so they say before, during and just after the Sec- ond World War. They certainly do have a point, and the utter dumps some of Lethbridge's more disgusting land- lords attempt to foist off on the poor make the argu- ment sound sensible on the surface. But if you overcrowd the nicer places, they quite involuntarily become hovels themselves and that's what will result if the illegal suites are made un- available. And, Incidentally, many of the illegal suites are both nicer and cheaper than the legal ones. Ho- vels are found just as often in accidentally legal zones. If the MFC is so concerned about slums, it should take a closer look at recent proposals for low- income housing developments which lump all low-in- come people into one nicely planned-for potential slum a popular city council plot of the past. Take a Sunday drive, and stare at all of the poor people. University and college students also add to the presspe, and so long as Lethbridge has the two in- stitutions it will have students looking for places to live. They can't afford the high priced suites offered legally, but they need somewhere to live. This year about university and college stu- dents come from outside Lethbridge; in six or seven years the figure could be closer to ALL of whom will need places to live eight months of the year. Some (not all) of the regulations pertaining to what can make a suite legal in an area zoned for them are pretty silly too. One, for example, restricts basement suites to hav- ing windows whose area relates to their floor space. Fresh air is nice, but I suspect a good number of low- income families would rather suffer a bit with an .open door than pay high rents in places fortunate enough to have large windows to close up tight for four or five months of cold winter and four or five months of hot summer. And once you have a legal basement suite, or upstairs suite for that mat- ter, no one ever re-inspects it. Perhaps it's time for Lethhridge aldermen to take a good, long look at the reality of the city's housing situation, from the point of view of real people who don't need a thousand square feet for their living rooms. Perhaps too the city should decide if it wants to continue to economically expand, and to have a university and college these automatically put heavy pressures on standard housing schemes. And perhaps it's time for city council or the Al- berta department of social development or someone else (the Company of Young Canadians used to do it) to encourage organization of a tenants' association in Lethbridge, which could look after tenants' rights far more effectively than a few unrealistic 'bylaws which are given only lip service most of the time and which are often designed more to protect landlords. A tenants' association, given co-operation from city and provincial officials, could go a long way toward cleaning up the hovels which certainly do exist in Lethbridge (some of them quite legal, unfor- tunately) and reducing some of the ridiculously high rents some people are forced to pay. Instead of trying to be "fair" with a few legal landlords, who can look after themselves, aldermen should consider what is fair for as many as low-income city residents. TO SYMBOLIZE FOND MEMORY ment to honor your loved LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL AND TILE WORKS LTD. Satisfying Customen for Over 60 Years" 325 8th St. S., Lelhbridge Phono 327-3920 Dual doctor unique in Canada a soft-spoken, small I grees in both medicine and den-1 the University of Alberta ii ilure, passed through t'tstry but most are teai-h'-BS in Edmonton. Prior to setting u] In 1966 mill in stature, Lethbridge OB his way bade to Canada from a U.S. holiday. He liked the esthetics here. The city was "nkw and dean." There were mountains nearby, lakes and rivets. He investigat- ed further. The following year he set up practice in Lethbridge. Dr. Peter Wing Viu Chue is the only known doctor in Can- ada in private practice as a physician, surgeon and dentist. There are 10 to 15 other doc- tors in the country with de- universities. Dr. Chue recalled be had been interested in medicine ever since'he was in Grade 2 in his native China. That inter- est never left. In fact, as he grew older, it intensified. He toured Europe and arrived in Canada in 1953 to pursue the love of his life. That pursuit has resulted in 12 yean of university educa- tion in Canada t the Univer- sity of Ottawa, Queen's in King- ston, MeGill in Montreal and Barton seeking nomination Richard Barton, a Leth- bridge businessman, an- nounced today he will seek the Progressive Conser v a t i v e nomination for the Lethbridge East constituency. Mr. Barton, 35, has been ac- tive in the Alberta Conserva- tive organization for several years, holding a variety of of- fices including two years as local president. He was born and raised in southern Alberta, is married and has two children. The only other declared can- didate for Lethbridge nomina- tion in the election campaign expected late this spring is Dick Gruenwald, a city in- surance agent and education- ist Mr. GruenwaM, 53, will cam- paign for the Lethbridge West Social Credit nomination. RICHARD BARTON private practice in he worked for all levels of gov- ernment federal government. Alberta government and muni- cipal government (City of Cal- gary dental health officer) both full-time and during uni- versity recesses. He obtained his degree to dentistry to I960, married, worked for a couple of yean, then obtained hie degree as a physician and surgeon. "They work Very smoothly says Dr. Chue. "1 find it really nice ud if I had the choice of doing it over again, I would." He is a man who loves his work and his fellow man. There is nothing as satisfying as hav- ing the skill and ability to easo or eradicate another human being's suffering, he says. By operating the dual prac- tice Dr. Chue finds be is not standing all the time as a den- tist nor sitting as much as a medical doctor. He likes it that way. Occasionally patients w i 11 be a little confused when they first come the office, he says, but after awhile they accept the dual practice. For example, a person coming in for a medi- cal appointment, may catch a glimpse of the dental chair, then comment: "Oh, am I in the wrong But then, some confusion must be expected with any- thing that is unique. WH1 YOU BE MY Valentine's Day may be associated with puppy love, the younger set certainly has no monopoly on the day. The Golden Mile Drop-In Centre was the scene Saturday of a good old-fashioned Valentine's party. The male members of the group, as an expression of goodwill toward ladies, even volunteered to serve the lunch. Beheaded priest started it all Although most people in the western world have, at one time or another, engaged in the custom of exchanging Valen- tine cards, not too many know why or how the practice start- ed. While no one seems to be sure, some historians feel the first Valentine was sent by a condemned priest named Val- entius to the blind daughter of his jailor. He is said to have sent her a card on the eve of his death signed "From your Valentine." The date of the beheading of St. Valentine is given as Feb. 14, 270 A.D. St. Valentine was martyred for Ms valiant ser- Feedlot pollution said exaggerated WORLD-WIDE PUBLICITY Frank Smith, manager of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta, strains mightily as he carts about 300 posters to the post office Friday. The posters, this year advertising Lelhbridge and Fort Macleod particularly, are headed for Canadian government travel bureaus in Germany, Holland, England, France, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand plus auto clubs throughout the U.S. and to U.S. travel clubs. Valued at 50 cents each, another 700 posters are to go out in April to tour operators and information centres in Canada and the U.S. Other area attractions are to be promoted in the future if this year's project proves successful. Theme of the posters are "History lives" in Southern Alberta. Kitty Dunlop, convention co-ordinator for TCASA, enjoys boss' discomfort as ihe carries one tubs. Heart Sunday is tomorrow Tomorrow is Heart Sunday in Lethbridge. More than 500 volunteers are expected to be calling door-to- door in the residential area soliciting contributions to the heart fund. Included in their numbers are various youth groups from the city. The campaign in the business district began Feb. 1. Last year was realized in the drive for funds. Chairman for this year's Heart Sunday campaign is Mrs. Remo Baceda. Reports that the great quan- tity of cow manure deposited on farm feedlots across the country is a soil pollutant may be exaggerated for semi-arid conditions in southern Alberta, preliminary studies perform- ed by R. A. Milne, soil salinity and drainage scientist, Dr. T. G. Sommerfeldt, physical chem- ist, both of the Lethbridge Re- search Station and D. N. Grave- land, water resources, Alberta department of show that soils immediately adja- cent to feedlots are high in nu- trients and salts. The scientists have been con- ducting their research on six southern Alberta feedlots. Their aim is to determine just how much nutrient and salt move- ment there is from the feedlots to surrounding soils, groundwa- ter and streams. Results so far indicate move- ment is negligible. The studies show that those soils right beside the leedlots are high in nitrate nitrogen, available phosphorous, ammo- nium nitrogen, potassium and salts. Concentrations, especially of phosphorous, were generally highest near the ground sur- face and there was more move- ment in Die coarse textured soils than in'the fine textured soils. Nitrate nitrogen and am- monium nitrogen were lowest in the saturated soil zone near the water table. Checking movement to groundw a t e r s, the scientists found that close to the feedlots the concentrations of nutrients and salts in groundwater was high. Moving to a 400 foot distance a marked decrease was noted. Streams near feedlots showed no increase in nutrients and salts downstream; however, the scientists did find that catch basins near feedlots did contain high amounts of the salt and nutrient pollutants. It was noted by the scientists, NORBRIDGE TRADING CENTRE SECOND HAND STORE 106 5th Street S. NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS ONCE AGAIN that the past season was dry and runoff was minimal. "With a wet season, pollution from runoff could create a problem." MEETING CANCELLED Knights of Columbus an- nounced today their youth ac- tivities program usually held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Assumption School, 24th St. and 13th Ave. S., has been can- celled. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 tower Floor 517 4th Ave. S. Phono 327-1541 HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. S. 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St. Valentine's death coin- cided with two popular Roman festivals of the time the feat of the lupercalia (a fer- tility rite) and another feast in honor of the goddess Juno, in which boys would draw lots for the names of their girl part- ners. It has been said that the Christians, wanting to eradi- cate these pagan customs but knowing it would be impos- sible, gradually gave them a Christian touch by shifting the emphasis from the pagan gods to St. Valentine. Thus we have the custom of Valentine's Day. Keep up on current affairs the easy way Read the Pulitzer Prize winning Christian Science Monitor. Rarely more than 20 pages, this easy-to- read daily newspaper gives you a complete grasp of national and world affairs. Plus fashion, sports, busi- ness, and the arts. Read the newspaper that 91% of Congress reads. Please send me the Monitor at the special introductory rate for six months for only a saving of G Check or money order enclosed D Bill me FBI! THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Box 125. Astor Station Boston. Massachusetts City of Lethbridge PROCLAMATION WHEREAS (ha people of Canada, though drawn from many varied backgrounds of race, religious faith and national origin, are one in their devotion to their country; and WHEREAS this unity l> not imposed by farce and fear but springs from the mulual respect and tolerance of individual Canadians for their neighbours of different origin, and Is a principal source of our strength and influence in the world; and WHEREAS the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews has sponsored and the Prime Minister of Canada has pro- claimed the week of February 14-February 21, 1971 as BROTHERHOOD WEEK NOW _ I, A. C. ANDERSON, Mayor of lethbridgc, do hereby invite the attention of the people of Lethbridge to tho worthy purposes of this week and urge that they observe It by public recognition, where appropriate, but especially by personal and Individual practice during this week and every week throughout the year.