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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta ______ RICK ERVIN photo SPEEDSKATING FANS PENNY MANSON AND SON MICHAEL Games being hampered by overload of winter By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Snow" and sub-zero temperatures joined forces Wednesday to make opening day of Canada Winter Games competition much too wintery. As CBC commentators deserted 10-below weather at the speedskating oval and camera crews struggled with bulky equipment, alpine and crosscountry skiers watched with disappointment as a heavy snowfall forced cancellation of all opening- day ski competition. CBC co-ordinator Ernie Afaganis said after speedskating action Wednes- day that commentators and their equipment froze up shortly after competition began. Sportscasters then moved to the warmth of the nearby Sportsplex to call skating action from monitors, he said. Cameramen perched on scaffolds above the ice oval wrestled with freezing pann- ing gear and frosted lenses. While CBC Winnipeg mobile crews at the Sportsplex have encountered equally cold weather filming Canadian Football League games, Mr. Afaganis said, "it rarely gets this cold for a long period of time." REFUND Some 500 spectators, who braved the bitter cold to watch opening ceremonies at the oval, were rewarded with free admission to the opening speedskating event and Prime Minister Trudeau's ice capades. A Games official said the opening ceremonies were moved up an hour so the prime minister could christen the new 400-metre oval at a.m. But the Games ticket of- fice, which thought opening Westcastle snow unstable All Winter Games alpine ski competition was again cancelled today because of un- stable snow conditions which avalanched the Westcastle road a few hundred yards from the ski resort. Venue manager Dan McKim said this morning that snow control crews expect to have the south slope'of Castle Mountain ready for alpine ski events Friday. He said "the severe amount of snow and drastic temperature changes" created unstable snow con- ditions. Temperatures at Westcastle, 28 miles west of Pincher Creek, have varied from 10 below Wednesday to 28 above early this morning. About 35 inches of snow have fallen on the ski hill in the last 48 hours. The Beaver Mines West- castle road, blocked by today's slide, was re opened to traffic. this morning by department of highways crews. No one was injured in the slide, Mr. McKim said. ceremonies started at a.m., didn't have a cashier at the oval to sell tickets. Because most spectators walked in without buying tickets, the Games downtown ticket office will give a refund to anyone who purchased a ticket to the speedskating opening. An Action Central spokesman told The Herald about 100 refunds have already been granted. Meanwhile, skiers and CBC crews at Westcastle floundered through 35 inches of snow. For CBC Toronto and Edmonton crews who must move their equipment up and down the south slope of Castle Mountain, deep snow proved impassable. COLD The cold weather also aggravated a "seasonal problem" at the resort. West- castle's water supply, fed by springs on Castle Mountain, ran dry, Mr. McKim said. An alternate water supply, which takes water from a nearby creek, was hooked up late Wednesday, restoring order to the lodge's kitchen and restrooms. Van for handicapped proves unavailable to city Plans to set up a mini bus service for the city's handicapped during the Winter Games appear to have fallen through. City council Monday authorized lease of a van equipped with a wheelchair lift from Para Industries Ltd. of Calgary. But City Manager Allister Findlay discovered Tuesday Para Industries did not want to lease the vehicle, although it was ready to sell it to the city at The van turned out to be second hand and required installation of a fibreglass roof to raise the ceiling height before it would be suitable. The city manager said he fruitlessly checked out two other sources in Calgary for possible lease of a handi bus. "As fas as I'm concerned that's where it stands we can't move on it because the resolution specifies a Mr. Findlay said. The van was to have been used during the Winter Games and possibly for a further three month trial period. Disabled on the Move, which re- quested the trial, asked the city in a brief last October for a four van fleet to provide transportation for the city's disabled population. That request is to be examined in a study of the city's entire transpor- tation picture by the transportation committee set up by council Mon- day. The study is expected to take some time to complete. Second Section The Lethbridgc Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 13, 1975 Pages 15-28 More students may walk to school Provincial bus aid reduced By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The provincial government intends to "phase out" sup- port for transportation of students who live less than 1.5 miles from school, the superintendent of Lethbridge separate schools said Wednesday. Superintendent Ralph Him'sl told a meeting of the Assumption project shrinks Spiralling costs and a low estimate forced the separate school board to take another look at the proposed construc- tion for Assumption School Wednesday. The addition 'and renovations approved for Assumption by the board in October, at a cost of about have since jumped 300 per cent. The trustees now feel the proposed construction plans should be altered to simply provide for the renovation of two playrooms into classrooms. The plans approved in Oc- tober called for the addition of a square foot storage area to the gymnasium and the renovation of the areas in the school into classrooms, of- fices and storage rooms. It will cost an estimated to renovate the two playrooms. Architect George Watson is to bring a revised plan to the board based on current need and funding capability. Building alterations to meet fire regulations and improve- ment of the lighting facilities in Catholic Central high school must wait until the board establishes a 1975 budget. Fire officials have informed the school certain renovations must be made to the school building to meet the new Alberta fire regulations es- tablished in 1972. The estimated cost of the project is separate school board that department of education of- ficials informed him the phas- ing out program means no in- crease in school trans- portation grants in 1975. It will also mean "no pay- ment for transportation of students for distances less than 1.5 miles in added. The department now finan- cially supports the busing of students who live at least three-quarters of a mile from school. Mr. Himsl warned that the proposed change in provincial support has serious financial implications for Lethbridge separate schools. About 450 students who at- tend separate schools and are now being bused live less than 1.5 miles from school. The school system buses about 260 students. A drop in bus service, the superintendent suggested, would have an effect on the attendance of students in separate schools. Children who would have to walk by a public school to at- tend a separate school at a much greater distance from their home may be removed from the separate school and placed in the public school by their parents, he predicted. The separate trustees agreed Wednesday to contact the department of education to request further clarifica- tion of the intent of the "phase out" and express opposition to the proposal. Fear was also expressed by trustees that some children who are being bused across Mayor Magrath Drive would have to walk across it if government support for trans- portation was reduced. The Mayor Magrath crosswalks have' created trustees' concern for the safe- ty of the children who have to use them. They have been lobbying with city hall for more than two years in an attempt to gain an overpass or' some other safer method of cross- ing for the'students., The school board also asked for a detailed study of the local implications for the transport of students should government support be reduced. GAMES HIGHLIGHTS AIRED SATURDAY Highlights of the Games opening ceremonies Tuesday will be included in a two-hour Games program Saturday on CBC television. The national program, the first of five two- hour Games shows, will be a mix of taped highlights and live coverage, says CBC co- ordinator Ernie Afaganis. Local viewers will see the first Games show from 1 to 3'p.nr on CJOC-TV Network coverage of the opening ceremonies, he adds was provided to all OBC stations in Alberta and relayed to the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Film clips of the official opening were also rebroadcast on the 11 p.m. national news', says Mr. Afaganis. During the Games, Alberta CBC stations will broadcast 45 minutes of Games results nightly. Program times locally are to p.m. and p.m. to a.m. Taped highlights from these programs are being sent from Edmonton to CBC Toronto for national syndication, he adds. Total CBC coverage for the Winter Games equals airtime devoted by CBC to coverage of the most recent Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. Saturday's two-hour program on the Games will be followed by prime-time taped and live broadcasts Feb. 16, 19, 21 and 22. Drugs blamed in death A coroner's jury in- vestigating the death of a man who died in Lethbridge city police cells Nov. 22 ruled Wednesday the man was a chronic alcoholic who died of a multiple drug dose. The jury said the man, Leslie Brandford Coles, 43, from Prince Edward Island, died in the No. 2 cell at the police station sometime between and p.m. on Nov. 22. The jury made recommen- dations following the inquest at the Lethbridge district courthouse. Provincial Judge K. J. Plomp of Edmonton presided. The inquest was told Mr. Coles went to the Roy Clinic on Nov. 2 where a doctor, Douglas Roy, gave him a prescription for 15 292's. The pills were given as pain killers for a rib injury. On Nov. 21 he went to a psy- chiatrist, James Thompson, complaining of a drinking problem! He told the doctor he was depressed but didn't have suicidal tendencies. Dr. Thompson gave him medication to help him stop drinking, according to a letter from Dr. Thompson's at the inquest read. Dr. Thompson gave Mr. Coles prescriptions for some tranquilizers, sleep- ing pills and vitamins totall- ing about 215 pills. Mr. Coles attended a Lethbridge Alcoho.lics Anonymous meeting about p.m. the same day he saw Dr. Thompson. Harold Quigley, an alcoholic counsellor, told the inquest Mr. Coles was staggering and appeared to be intoxicated. He fell off his chair and missed a door by about two feet. Mr. Quigley told the inquest he thought Mr. Coles was un- der the influence of drugs as he could smell no liquor on his breath. City police were called and arrested Mr. Coles tor' intox- ication. A man who helped put Mr. Coles into the van told the arresting officer he had seen Mr: Coles taking pills during the AA meeting. The man warned the officer Mr. Coles should be watched as there was a chance his con- dition was due to drugs as no liquor could be smelled on his breath, the inquest was told. The officer in turn warned the jailer, who put Mr. Coles in the No. 2 cell so he could be watched. Mr. Coles went to sleep about 2 a.m. and when another jailer went to wake him about 7 a.m. he got no response and could'find no pulse. A pathologist, A. R. Bain- borough, testified Mr. Coles died from an overdose of drugs. Max Cantor, from Edmon- ton, testifying as a poison ex- pert, said Mr. Coles had been Tories to follow Socreds Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta's .Progressive Conservative government is "fortunate in- deed" to follow the Social Credit administration enjoyed by the province for so many years, Lethbridge East MLA John Anderson said Wednesday. Mr. Anderson, in his reply to the budget address, said an million oil and gas revenue surplus this year "did not happen overnight." "The foundation was laid by the Social Credit government for the wealth this govern- ment Mr. Anderson (SC Lelhhridge East) told the legislature. "Alberta forged ahead un- der Social Credit." The previous administration, toppled after 35 years by the Conservatives in 1971, spent hundreds of millions of dollars on highways, hospitals, un- iversities and senior citizens' homes. "This government was for- tunate indeed to follow Social Credit administration, par- ticularly when you consider its financial position com- pared to other provinces at the time (when the PC's took He said more money is re- quired for irrigation to pre- vent valuable land being lost to alkali. Exclusive Games mementos Some 800 Winter .Games participants will have their names engraved on medals such as the one shown, for their athletic prowess during the next 13 days. The medal, designed by George Gemer of Lethbridge, is shown here in its actual size. Names will be engraved in the space on the reverse side, right. Although made from an inexpensive alloy, the gold, silver and bronze medals' true value lies In the fact that they cannot be replaced and will only be'used for these Games. prescribed about 230 pills from Dr. Roy and Dr. Thompson in a 24-hour period. Traces of drugs from about 200 pills were found in Mr. Coles tissues. Mr. Coles' is the third death in Lethbridge City Police cells since 1953. Lougheed's bilingual lack noted Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Southern Alberta MLA Charlie Drain was so upset that Premier Peter Lougheed did not speak any French at the opening ceremonies for the Canada Winter Games that he questioned the premier about it in the legislature Wednes- day in French. "I just felt that as premier of the Province of Alberta, there should have been some words from him in Mr. Drain (SC Pincher Creek Crowsnest) explained outside the house. Using phonetic speljings, the MLA who left school'after the third grade, asked why Mr. Lougheed did not utilize "the other official language of Canada." Other officials at the Tues- day ceremonies stumbled along as best they could in French for parts of their welcoming addresses. Mr. Lougheed did not un- derstand the question and ask- ed Education Minister Lou Hyndman to reply. In French, Mr. Hyndman said there are two official languages in Canada. Outside the legislature, Mr. Hyndman said there is no "practical need" for French translations in the legislature to this point, and that Ukrai- nian and German might be more appropriate languages if such facilities are ever es- tablished. The government house leader said that the more languages a person speaks, the better. He did not know if there is a legal requirement in Alberta that debate can be heard in either of the official languages. Supreme Court hearings in the province can be addressed in either. Mr. Drain was to raise the question again today, in French, and promised that if re-elected he will make a 15- minute speech in French to the next legislature. One person who will be sure to un- derstand the address is the bilingual speaker of the house, Gerry Amerongen. ;