Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Native centre take-over said family affair A woman expelled last week from the board of the Lethbridge Friendship Centre said Tuesday a group of people close to the centre's president and vice-president are taking the facility over. Margaret Cotton, who was forced off the board because she had been intoxicated in the centre, said Arthur Bird, the person elected to fill her position is related by marriage to Mike Keewatin, the centre's vice-president. Miss Cotton said she would have resigned from the board had she not been forced off because she disagrees with the way centre business is being handled. She pointed out the meeting Trustees which selected Gordon Keewatin as the new executive director was chaired by Donna Keewatin, the centre's paid treasurer and brother-in-law of the new executive director. Miss Cotton also clarified the reasons for her explusion from the board. She said that on Feb. 5 she had been drinking before she went into the centre, not while she was there as originally reported. Miss Cotton also denied she used abusive language to the executive director, as claimed in a report he made to the board last week. Cocaine use increasing City crime, accidents decrease in 1973 By DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge experienced a decrease in crime and traffic accidents in 1973, notes Chief Ralph D. Michelson in the city police annual report. In describing 1973 as one of the force's better years, the chief said that an attempted murder was the only serious crime that occurred in the city last year. This is an improvement over three attempted murders, one murder and three traffic fatalities in 1972. Although the number of traffic accidents in 1973 was down 100 from 1972, more property damage and injuries resulted in 1973 than in the previous year. Property damage exceeded for the first time in 1973. The police chief has linked the prevention of traffic fatalities to the force's practice of suspending drinking drivers for 24 hours. City police suspended 412 drivers in 1973. The chief reported city police are technically well equipped, but that the force is short of manpower. If Lethbridge were to follow the national standard of 1.5 police officers per population, the city should have 66 policemen. The force's strength has been 56 men since 1968. Chief Michelson recommended to the police commission that seven more men added to the force. This would meet needs for the next five years, he said. The police department's expenses for 1973 totalled Revenues totalled The net cost was which means law enforcement cost each citizen of Lethbridge last year. Insp. Glenn Michelson of the investigation branch says criminal offences decreased from in 1972 to in 1973. Of the 140 vehicles stolen during 1973, all have been recovered except for three cars and two motorcycles. Insp. Michelson says Lethbridge's link to the computer operated Canadian Police Information Centre has probably contributed to the decrease in the city's crime rate. The CPIC is an effective crime fighting weapon, he said. The wholesale experimentation and use of drugs declined in 1973, the report says. "The importation, manufacturing and trafficking in drugs has become centered with small groups.. who appear to have taken over the control and pricing of illegal drugs in the Lethbridge the report says. Although a number of drug traffickers have been prosecuted, it appears the vacuum created by the imprisonment of one person is immediately filled by another member of the group without any apparent effect on the overall distribution, according to the report. The report states that the use of cocaine is increasing, and that many users of softer drugs will probably graduate to cocaine and methamphetamines, which are increasing in quantity and price. The resident heroin addict population of the city decreased from 24 to five in 1973, the report says. These five are involved in the methadone substitution program. The report also says that during the period when the city had a higher population of heroin addicts, a number of these individuals were involved in various crimes. District The LetKbridge HeraldLocal support satellite By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The lack of enthusiasm for educational television in the public schools was blamed on a shortage of equipment by a public school trustee Tuesday. Doug Card claimed the shortage resulted because schools failed to allocate "money on their budgets for television equipment." He was responding to a study undertaken last month by public school personnel that suggested teachers have been "less than enthusiastic" about using television for educational purposes. Mr. Card made his comments at the board's regular meeting. All 15 schools received a videotape recorder, a camera, a monitor and video tapes in 1971 when the school board decided to provide its schools with the basic equipment. Since then, according to Mr. Card, very little equipment has been purchased by the schools. More equipment would make educational television more accessible to the teachers which may result in a greater utilization of the medium, he suggests.. Only 127 out of a possible 371 teachers bothered to reply to a survey that asked them to express their attitudes about educational television, and of those who did respond only about 50 per cent said they used the television equipment at least once last year. The study found that bulky equipment, poor servicing and inadequate programming were the causes of teacher dissatisfaction with educational television. Mr. Card claimed it is not the equipment that is bulky but the platform it rides on and suggested that if schools had purchased more the transporting of all the equipment from floor to floor would not be a problem. He also supported the study's recommendation that schools purchase color equipment because it adds impact to experiments and drama and is more acceptable to students who are accustomed to watching color television in the home. Jake Loewen, audio-visual media co-ordinator, says four schools have indicated they are prepared to budget for color equipment. During discussion on another agenda item concerning the use of television in schools, Bob Plaxton, superintendent, suggested the establishment of a television-reception ground station near Lethbridge would provide local schools with a distribution system for teJevisian prograrcs The prjOce, trough.the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation, has suggested that Lethbridge educational institutions participate in the use of an educational channel of an American satellite to be launched in March. The trustees gave their support t" establishment of the satellite receiving station on the condition thai the federal and provincial governments fund it The school system would have to fund the cost of cable outlets in its schools. Dr. Plaxton guessed it may cost between f 150 and per school to link op with the main cable trunk. SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 13, 1974 Pages 13-22 The grand tour head librarian George Dew shows Deputy Minister Les Usher new building Time to read Canadian books Books are the key to Canada's identity and as Canadians seek a national identity they should read Canadian literature, the deputy minister of culture, youth and recreation said Tuesday. Les Usher made his remarks when he presented 120 books from the New Canadian Library series to the Lethbridge Public Library on behalf of McClelland and Stewart Ltd., the publishing house. "In this age when we seek our identity as nations as well as said the deputy minster, "it is time we tasted the literary fare of our many distinguished and emerging writers alike." He said the Toronto-based firm's country-wide giveaway was not a publicity gesture. It was "a recognition on the part of this publisher that authors must have readers" and a belief that Canadians will support Canadian literature if they read it. Literary contests sponsored by the culture, youth and recreation department were creating widespread interest, he said. Last year's new novel competition had received 98 entries and three were immediately accepted for publication. This year, competitions were being held for general-interest non-fiction and regional history as' well as for unpublished novelists, he said. Ten general interest and 14 regional history entries had been received, he said. Meanwhile, the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce has protested alleged favoritism shown Southern Alberta over the north in the of the Canadian books. In a letter to Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, the chamber asks that one of the five sets of books distributed in Alberta be sent to the library in Grande Prairie. The sets, besides the one presented by Mr. Usher Tuesday in Lethbridge, will go to Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Medicine Hat. The northern chamber suggested perhaps one of the southern cities be omitted and the books be sent to Grande Prairie. Mr. Usher presented a set of books to Medicine Hat after he left Lethbridge Tuesday. Few concerned over vanishing strap The strap has quietly vanished from the public school scene and most people could care less. At least that is the obvious conclusion to reach following the Lethbridge public school board meeting Tuesday. There were no delegations, letters or petitions voicing strong opposition to the trustees decision last December to abolish corporal punishment in the public schools even though advance warning was given that it would be included on the school board agenda for discussion. The Lethbridge Council of Home and School Associations presented its policy on corporal punishment but it didn't ask that the board policy be rescinded. The council's policy supports "regulation strapping" as a last resort The trustees also received a letter in support of their decision to abolish corporal punishment The school board did respond to a request from groups within the school system to define what it means by corporal punishment and the procedures that are to be followed if the policy is violated. Robert Piaxton, school superintendent, says be has no intention of listing all the things that could be classified as corporal punishment when he prepares the definition of it 'Consumers must shift9 Vegetable board vote in 2 months By RIC SWIH ART Herald Staff Writer Alberta's vegetable producers can expect within two months to vote on a marketing board structure to sell their goods. Alberta deputy minister of agriculture Glen Purnell told 25 fanners and government agriculturists Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Growers Association a plebiscite could be completed in two months. Under the present structure, producers sell their goods through the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Commission which more of a guideline to sales. The marketing board would allow producers, within limits, to set a price for their goods and a production quota to assure adequate but not over production of supply. During discussion on resolutions earlier Tuesday, the growers voted unanimously to seek, with all possible speed, the establishment of a marketing board for their goods. Dr. Purnell said a marketing board would give vegetable producers an effective marketing system, something needed to provide a continuity of supply, a stability of prices and the establishment of a reputation in Alberta for produce of high quality. He said this was needed to help assure a viable farm operation because of substantially increasing marketing and production costs for vegetables. And a growing global demand for the goods adds to the price pressures. He predicted consumers will have to spend 22 or 23 per cent or more of their income for food, up from about 18 per cent in He said all Alberta consumers like a good qual- ity, quantity and variety of food, adding this will become more difficult for people on fixed incomes to achieve. For this reason. Dr. Purnell said the Alberta department of agriculture feels a special program of income assistance is needed for this group of people. He didn't elaborate. Additional reports on Page 29. NO NATIVE FAMILY UNAFFECTED Indian alcoholism priority item By MURDOCH MucLEOD HeraU Staff Writer An Alberta native group has asked federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde to make alcoholism among Indians and Metis a priority item when he meets with provincial health ministers in Ottawa today and Thursday. Eric Shirt, co-ordinator of the Poundmaker's Lodge rehabilitation centre in Edmonton, said in a telephone interview from Edmonton Tuesday that alcoholism is the leading health problem Indians. There is not even a close second, r Mr. Shirt said the Provincial Nau.. Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Alberta haa sent Mr. Lalonde a telegran. that alcoholism and alcohol abuse and Metis be given priority at the corner Alcoholism had been slow to re ?ive cf recognition as a health problem for natives, said the committee. Yet 36 per cent of the native population was directly affected by it, and no Indian family was completely unaffected by it, he said. On the Saddle Lake Reserve northeast of Edmonton, alcohol was directly involved in 51 per cent of deaths prsr a three-year period, and the average sy. -r rears. On the Alexis Reserve west of Edmonton 96 per csnt of deaths over a five-year period were alcohol-related, said the committee and the statistics came from the local police constable, he claimed. The group said "violent deaths and injuries, iiiness, malnutrition, child apprehensions and arreste are inordinately linked with alcohol among onr people." It said both levels of government should immediately launch an "all-out, cwnprehsssive effort to enhance on-foing native programs to stimulate new action, research and programs by native Existing federal, provincial and local alcoholism programs should also be co-ordinated, it said. The telegram closed with the observation that the committee had tn Oct 18 a list of proposals to ct na'jcaai icaitti welfare, which were still under consideration. Mr. Shirt said the Native Action Committee represented Pomdmaker's Lodge, the Bonneville Indian and Metis Rehabilitation Centre, Blood Tribal Counselling Services, Native Counsellifig Services of Alberta, the Hobbema Detoxification Centre, Alexis Tribal Counselling Services, Hobbema Tribal Counselling Services and the SaikPa Lake Centre Act restricts county police By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor WARNER If there are any Mafiosr to be nabbed in Warner County 5, the RCMP will have to nab them. Under the terms of Alberta's new police act, the county is limited to a bylaw enforcement officer and little else, the council has determined. W. G. Jones of Warner is the bylaw enforcement officer but the RCMP enforces the Criminal Code and catches the big-time crooks. Helen Hunley, Alberta solicitor-general, let the county council know by letter (the same letter went to all counties and MDs in the province) Tuesday what the new police act, which came into force July means to the people who administer the big rural municipalities. She says the new police act was the result of a very thorough study into all areas of policing responsibility in Alberta. Administration of the police act was transferred Feb. 11, 1973, to the solicitor general except for sections 12 and 22. Section 22 specifies that the attorney general for Alberta is responsible for the administration of justice and the enforcement of those laws which the government of Alberta is required to enforce. The government of Alberta has entered into an agreement with the government of Canada for the services of the RCMP to provide enforcement for those laws which are the responsibility of the province. Letter on file The Alberta solicitor- general's letter to the county covered everything in great detail. It caused Reeve John Otto to ask: "Boiled down, what does this And secretary treasurer Ken Duncan answered, "I think we are back to a bylaw enforcement officer." "I suppose we should keep that letter on file." said the reeve. Buried away in the letter the county will file is the following: "The RCMP is responsible for the enforcement of the Criminal Code of Canada and the statutes of Alberta in all areas of the province including counties and MDs with the exception of urban municipalities having a population in excess of people. "The RCMP do not enforce the bylaws of a rural or urban municipality regardless of its size." "Section 18 of the act requires every urban municipality having a population in excess of persons be responsible for providing and maintaining an adequate and efficient police force. But the county would be interested mainly in Section 42. It was designed to clarify policing responsibilities of counties and MDs. Subsection 5 says the solicitor general may appoint comity or municipal district constables to be special constables with peace officer authority to enforce a provincial statute. Policy review planned Six counties and one MD a falJ time erasable. Bzt ihsy ZSK'I enforce the 'Criminal Code. This is up to the RCMP. These full time constables can: Enforce the Highway Traffic Act and the Public Service Vehicles Act on all roads located within the county except on a primary highway or on a road designated as a secondary road tinder the Public Highways Development Act They enforce the Off Highway Vehicle Act and the Liquor Control Act except on a primary highway or on a road designated as a secondary road under the Public Highways Development Act And they stay off the reservation and out of the cities.