Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, February 13, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERAlD - 23 V.W.T. council experiences first birth pains of party politics YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) - The bitterness and discord that mar ked the end of the 48th session o� the territorial council appears to be the first birth pains of party politics in the Northwest Territories. , That's one of the few points on which members of the various faction within the council are agreed following Monday's abrupt prorogation of council by commissioner Stuart Hodgson. Sources close to the com / .s-sion speculated that the division of the council-which had been Teachers for wage CALGARY (CP) - Calgary public school teachers have settled for a 13-psr-cent salary increase over two years. The teachers voted about 60 per cent in favor of the agreement which gives them a 6.5-per-cent salary increase each year plus 4.8-per-cent more in Barrhill Social Club elects slate BARRHILL (HNS) - The Barrtill Social Club held its first meeting of the year at the home of Mrs. Jennie Barvir with seven members and two visitors present. Newly-elected officers: president; Mrs. Elaine Odegard; and treasurer, Mrs. Maureen Charles worth. Mrs. Elaine Odegard won the bouse raffle. Yearly books are to be made up at the February meeting to be held at the home of Mrs. Maureen Charlesworth. settle boost fringe benefits in 1973 and 3.5 per cent in 1974. Under the new agreement, beginning teachers with four years university training will receive $8,700 annually in 1973 compared with $8,175 under the old contract. The same teacher would receive $9,275 if he started in 1974. Teachers with six years university training and 11 years experience would receive $16,000 annually this year or $17,950 in 1974. Their annual salary under the 1972 contract was $15,125. The new contract will cost the public school board about $50 million this year, up $4.8 million over the 1972 salary budget. Expenditures for salaries next year will total $54.5 million. Struck on head by falling tree GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) -Arnold Dupont, 35, of Goodfare, Alta., died after he was struck on the head by a falling tree limb during a logging operation about 70 miles south of here. trying to present a united front in its dealings with Ottawa-has set back the movement to win responsible government for the North by as much as three years. "The council will never be the same again," said newspaper publisher Tom Butters, elected member for Western Arctic. "There's no turning back now." At the heart of the rift is a standing committee system that has effectiviely managed to pit two council factions against one another. On one side is the finance committee, under the chairmanship of David Ssarle, a lawyer who is elected member for yel-lowinife. On the other side is the legislation committee whose chairman is Mr. Butters. FORM INTO CAMPS The chairman of the two committees have clashed at previous sessions. During the last two weeks of this session, however, the council was clearly polarizing into camps backing one of the two committees. There was a showdown Friday when council unanimity collapsed into bitter debate and bloc voting on a bill to raise members' pay to $8,400 from $7,500 and set ceilings for incidental travelling expenses. A faction led by Lyle Trimble, elected member for Lower Mackenzie and dean of the council, killed the legislation by a surprise 7-to-5 vote. Mr. Trimble and Mr. Butters are leaders of what their opponents call "the Delta axis," referring to their home towns on te Mackenzie Delta. It was the only piece of legislation throwri out during the three-week session but the decision was seen as a blow to Air Marshal] Hugh Campbell, the appointed member of council who pushed the bill through arduous committee meetings. The ah* marshall is one of the council's strategists in its fight with Ottawa for power similar to that of a province and for responsible government. The territorial council is a representative body with authority only to advise the commissioner, who has the rank of deputy minister in the Department of Northern Development and reports directly to the minister, Jean .Chretien, and the federal cabinet. ' Although Mr. Hodgson, who spent nine years as a councillor before being appointed commissioner, has been sympathetic to the council's striving for responsible government, sources say he is clearly on a collision course with at least one faction within the council. At issue was a successful attempt by the Butters-Trimble faction to carry the council session into a fourth week. Mental health coordinator appointed EDMONTON (CP) - The appointment of Bernie Vander-meer as Calgary regional coordinator for provincial mental health services was announced here by the department of health and social development. Mr. Vandermeer, 34, formerly was director of social services for the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. The two members, backed by Lena Pedersen, a Greenland Eskimo from Central Arctic, Willie Adams, an Eskimo from Keewatin, and James Rabesca, a Dogrib Indian from Great Slave North, said they wished to discuss information items that would otherwise die on the order paper, the list of proceedings. Mr. Searle sought to kill that move with a motion late Friday for prorogation but his plans were upset when Louis-Edmonton Hamelin, an appointed member from Quebec City, asked the commissioner to recognize the clock, forcing an adjournment under the rules of council. The commissioner called for another sitting on Monday but three of the appointed members and four elected members went home during the weekend and did not return. The council was prorogued quickly Monday after the commissioner asked each member present in turn if they were willing to act as chairman of the committee of the whole, needed to discuss the information items. Everyone refused and Mr. Hodgson had no choice but to adjourn the session. Mr. Trimble, a former RCMP officer who now operates a northern hotel, said the political scenario for the council has become "one committee against the other." He charged that the finance committee has been favoring its own constituencies over those of the other members. INTELLIGENT KILLERS - Because killer whales are Intelligent, beautiful, and friendly, more end more aquariumt ore acquiring them. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, there's o colorful photofeature in killer whales by Jon McDermott. Don't miss it. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE Tire and Auto Centre Full 4 ply nylon So low priced You can start from B78-13 Blackwall Installed Crusader - our lowest priced full 4-ply nylon new tire Here's what Crusader gives: Full 4-ply nylon for strength and safety Good quality, skid-resistant tread for sure traction and excellent mileage. 20 month wearout guarantee Price Ea. 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