Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
i 'Americans staying at home will reduce restaurant revenue9 The restaurant industry will definitely be affected by gasoline shortages in .North America, says the national president of the Canadian Restaurant Association Mike Drakich, in Lethbridge Thursday to meet with the district branch of the association, said there will be less revenue coming into Canadian restaurants this summer because fewer Americans will come to Canada due to shortages. However, more Canadians will stay in Canada because of the fuel shortages in the U.S., he said. This summer more Canadians will probably travel east and west rather than south. Decline in revenue to the restaurant industry will result in fewer students being employed this summer, Mr. Drakich said. Resort restaurants will be more affected by loss of tourists than city restaurants. Mr. Drakich said the association is interested in establishing specialized food service programs in colleges across the country. Rather than have a program at every college where one or two instructors teach all aspects of food service, Mr. Drakich would like to see a few specialized schools that have several instructors each teaching their specialties. Al Hober, manager of the El Rancho Hotel and local representative of the association, told The Herald at an association luncheon Thursday that it was almost impossible to hire graduates of the Lethbridge Community College food services program. Camp cooks are in such demand that big companies make early offers for the graduates, Mr. Hober said. They offer very high wages over short periods ot time which attract many students. Most of the people Mr. Hober hires are unskilled and have to be trained. There is always the risk they will quit after a short time maybe going to another restaurant. Mr Hober said the El Rancho has to absorb the cost of training its employees. About one out of four employees works out, he said. Darnell S. Kent, manager of the association, says the association is trying to work out some kind of deal with Canada Manpower so it will absorb some of the cost of training potential restaurant employees on the job The association is also trying to arrange some kind of on-the-job program training program. Mr. Drakich said few immigrants are coming to Canada and going into the food industry because the prospects in their own countries are just as inviting. This is one reason it's hard to get chefs, he said. Regarding nutrition, Mr. Drakich said the association is in the process of making a nutrition book which it will distribute to its members. It will cover all nutritional aspects of serving food, he said. The restaurant industry is becoming more nutrition conscious and Mr. Drakich predicted the number of calories will soon be printed under the items on a restaurant's menu. Many people take the less nutritious items from a menu, Mr. Drakich said. They watch what they eat at home but when they go out to eat they have all the things they don't eat at home. Mr. Drakich, who owns a supper club in Windsor, Ont., said he has a special meal for weight watchers at his restaurant but it accounts for only three per cent of his sales. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, February 15, 1974 Pages 15-28 Message to consumers Goat s-eye view Who wants to hang around on the ground with a couple of lowly cows when one can be on top of the world, relatively speaking, with ample stocks of food and a goafs-eye view of Sunnyside, four miles north of the Lethbridge Research Station. 'CHEAPER THAN CALGARY POWER9 Hearing brief suggests coal-run city power plant Pub crawl tonight A Lethbridge Community College pub crawl competition is scheduled for tonight, not for Thursday night as previously reported. City to name arena manager An announcement concerning toe hiring of a manager for the Canada Winter Games sportsplex is expected to be made at city council's next meeting Feb. 25. The successful applicant, selected by the sportsplex committee from more man 80 applications, is said to be a Vancouver man, but confirmation of the appointment has not yet been received. The sportsplex manager win handle all programming of the sportsplex and the speed skating oval, plus sportsplex promotion, concessions and operation. A brief from two Calgary based companies to Monday's power plant hearings says there is sufficient coal on their holdings north and west of the city to operate a coal- fired generating plant Gordon Darling, of Union Gas Ltd., said Thursday the brief presented by his company and Armco Exploration Ltd. points out that the coal is available and could be a cheaper source of power than purchasing from Calgary Power Ltd. "We quote a price that we believe would be a reduction in cost from using Calcary Mr. Darting said. "Of course there would certainly be a lot of other costs such as capital expenditures, but we thought we would advise the city, he said. Another source suggested, however, that the cost of extracting Lethbridfe area coal would be much higher than that of the strip-mined coal Calgary Power uses hi its Wabamun and Sundance plants west of Edmonton. Another brief was received by the city clerk in Thursday morning's mail, bringing to 11 the number of briefs to be presented at the public hearing Monday at the Yates Memorial Centre.. Although the brief, from Doug Poile, of 1705 Ashgrove Rd., was received after the Wednesday deadline, it was accepted because it was mailed before the deadline. Whelan to visit Lethbridge Federal agriculture minister Eugene Wbelan will be in Lethbridge March 12 for several functions, including a Liberal party fund-raising dinner. Sven Ericksen, president of the Lethbridge Liberal Association, said this morning Mr. Whelan will arrive in Lethbridge at 8 a.m. from Winnipeg for a full day of meeting people, speaking and touring. He will participate on a radio talk show, visit the Lethbridge Research Station, speak at a noon luncheon and attend a dinner in the evening. Food prices picture pessimistic By JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer Mrs. Consumer is not going to be pleased with the predicted trend in food prices for the year 1974. But she's still ahead in comparison to housewives in Europe, says Dr. Gordon Burton, member of the federal government's controversial Food Prices Review Board. Dr. Burton explained in an interview following a meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs Thursday, that Canadians are spending an ayerage-of 17 per cent of their income on food. "Compared to an average expenditure of 30 to 40 per cent by Europeans, that's not bad. Lower income groups tend to spend slightly more than the 17 per cent, and similarly, higher income groups spend less." He says food prices have shown the largest increase in the cost of living, and the outlook for the next year is "pessimistic." Produce prices to rise The tentative settlement of the truckers' strike in the United States will mean slightly higher prices for fresh produce in Canada, say two Lethbridge produce wholesalers. Since virtually all fresh produce comes from the U.S. this time of year, increased freight rates will mean increased prices in the grocery store for citrus fruits, lettuce, celery, peppers and other produce. "Freight rates are definitely going one wholesaler said. "And the cost will be passed on to the consumer." All fresh produce is trucked into Canada, a wholesaler said, because rail transport is not fast enough for perishable items. But the increased freight rates will not result in a drastic increase in retail prices. The wholesaler said even if the rates went up a toad, it wouldn't be too noticeable a spread out over a pound load. The freight situation has improved this week, one of the wholesalers said. Last week his firm was contemplating the prospect of a weekend without celery and lettuce because they didn't think they could get trucks through. But the crisis has passed and produce is moving in regularly now, be said. The U.S. government has promised striking independent truckers all the fuel they need, as well as allowing them to increase freight rates. Truck traffic in the States is gradually starting to move again, although some truckers are still refusing to move their rigs. Accident victim is identified A man killed while walking on Highway 3 near Bow bland Wednesday evening has been identified as Gary Lee 24, of Pendleton, Ore. Mr. Harsin was killed when struck by a vehicle driven by Dennis R. Nielson, 19, of BarnweQ. An inquest has been ordered. "I think, across the board, prices during the first half of this year will he says. "These will not be uniform, in that there seems to be no subsequent increase in the price of meat. But items such as chocolates, soft drinks and bread will be affected. "Bread prices will be up two or 2Vi cents per 24-ounce loaf. My guess is that fresh fruits and vegetables will be up too, until supplies start to come in to Dr. Burton says. Included in the list of rising costs were sugar and milk powder, both of which are not controlled by subsidies. Although the immediate future may look a little bleak for the homemaker, "given a good crop in '75, food prices will hopefully level off." At the present time, he says, shortages in packaging supplies are causing concern among packaging companies.. Higher costs on their part are in turn driving the costs of convenience foods higher, much to the chagrin of the consumer. Meat, already much talked about, is not expected to increase 'in price, but should remain stable as supplies are adequate to meet the demands of the buyer and store shelves can be kept in stock. "Protein foods have jump- ed 33 per says Dr. Burton, "and the export demand of eggs in particular has shown a marked increase." In 1972, Canadian egg producers shipped dozen to the United States, but last year the exports totalled dozen. The export market of lower grade eggs has effected a price increase in high grade eggs for the home market. Regardless of complaints, Dr. Burton says Canada enjoys a plentiful market and is a well-fed nation, "considering the outcome of the national nutrition survey." On the world scale, Canada is also rated as having the second lowest percentage of food expenditure in relation to income. The Food Prices Review Board, which has been in existence since last spring, will reach its mandate Dec. 31 of this year, with all findings to be submitted to government Special council session to discuss Henderson Lake stadium proposal City council was to meet in a special session at 4 .p.m. today to decide on a proposal to entirely develop a new Henderson Lake stadium this year instead of over two years. It was originally thought only enough money would be available this year to complete part of the project to replace the stands which burned down last summer. But it now appears surplus funds from a federal winter capital works grant of to service the St. Paul's subdivision will be available. City Manager Allister Findlay asked council that of the estimated surplus be allocated to the Stan Siwik Family Pool project, and that permission be granted to apply for a winter capital works loan of to complete the stadium project. Council earlier approved borrowings of for the project. Together with an insurance settlement of this would cover completion of the main stadium only, according to community services director Bob Bartlett. Another was needed for purchase of portable bleachers for football and construction of interior service areas for washrooms, concessions, first aid and maintenance rooms. City ideal conservatory site By CHRIS STEWART Herald Staff Writer Extra-curricular studies carried out by serious music-students, should receive much more recognition by educational authorities, according to University of Lethbridge music professor Lucien Needham. "It is high time the public accepted the fact that artistically inclined people are among the most worthwhile within our he says. "After all, it takes both a special kind of ability and above average intelligence to become a serious musician. Many school age children are obliged to pursue musical studies after school hours and at their own expense." Prof. Needham, who is also conductor of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, wonders why parents have not protested this situation long ago. "In most civilized societies students are given school credits for music and are not re- quired to carry them as an extra study load. In Southern Alberta no appropriate reduction in study load is possible for music students under the present says Prof. Needham. "This is unfair. The serious student of the various fine arts subjects should receive full academic recognition." Prof. Needham feels the Alberta vemment should establish a conservatory For music students, a large number of whom are deprived of regular advanced study. He feels Lethbridge is the logical site, since as Calgary and Edmonton both have professional orchestras and are well supplied with music teachers. While there is a move afoot to include a music school within the Banff School of Fine Arts, be feels it would be ineffectual because of Banff's small population. And it would exclude 80 per cent of the province's population. go fm "Lethbridge, a developing centre, but not yet a metropolis, is a perfect conservatory site, and goodness only knows the whole of Southern Alberta desperately needs such a facility. The continuous exodus of Lethbridge music students (other than those of piano and voice) will continue until such a conservatory is he said. "It shouldn't be necessary for brass, wind, string and percussion students to move or commute to other centres for musical instruction." "What is be says, "is a facility with a qualified staff of, initially, some 14 persons, to offer one to one instruction beginning at the age seven level. It is possible that offered appropriate funding the U of L would respond favorably to housing and operating such a conservatory for Southern .Alberta. In this event, provided the instructors engaged met U of L standards, their services would simultaneously be available within the U of L's music department." He points out the U of L's music department's instructors have offered conservatory instruction for several years but most applications have to be refused because of the many prior claims on the instructor's free time. "The department is actually bursting at the seams, because of a shortage of be said, "but adequate government funding for a conservatory would result in not only enormous benefit to the music department but to the whole of Southern Alberta. "Meanwhile, the members of the music department are sagging under an excessive work load (voluntary because of their commitment to the university and their "The arts are as important to the development of the average child as the three Prof. Needham believes. Westside skyline The sun sets over West Lelhbrkfge accenting last year's branches on pruned trees rimming the new subdivision. The skyline has changed consid- erably since last August when construction started on the first house in the area. Three more houses are now in various stages of construction.