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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, February 15, 1974 'Advanced education minister not doing a good job By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writei The department of advanced education, its minister and deputy minister are not doing a good job, claims a University of Lethbridge professor. James Penton told a seminar on Politics and Higher Education held at the U of L Thursday he has not met a professor at the three Alberta universities who thought the department of education, the minister or deputy minister were doing a good job. "They are so out of touch with us they might as well be in he said. He claimed the administration at the U of L is constantly being pressed by the department of advanced education. "We are so thoroughly demoralized we can't do what we are supposed to Dr. Penton said. It's affecting the students "The department of advanced education should be called the department of anti-advanced education because it does as much to hinder higher education as it does he said Dr. Penton told the approximately 30 people in the audience he preferred the former Social Credit government's way of dealing with advanced education and advocated the activation of the now defunct Universities Commission. He said '.he commission would be a better liaison between government and advanced education than the department of advanced education. When asked if these were his opinions or if he was speaking for other professors, he said disenchantment and insecurity with the department of advanced education were widesp.ead throughout the three universities. I'm not alone in saying Dr. Penton said. "We feel a great sense of insecurity." A student in the audience agreed with Dr. Penton. He claimed the paranoia Dr. Penton was speaking about was evident and that two U of L professors have left in the last two years because of it. He said if the students knew of the problems with the department of advanced education then there was indeed a problem When it was asked whether the feelings of Alberta professors have been communicated to the government or to the department, John Mclnras, a fourth-year political science student who was also speaking at the seminar, said it had but he didn't .think the premier and his cabinet were willing to listen. Dr. Edwin Webking who chaired the seminar and is president of the Alberta Faculty Association took a parting shot at the department when he announced Dr. Walter Worth, deputy minister of advanced education, would be guest speaker at another Politics of Higher Education seminar at the U of L next week. He said the faculty associations are aware that Dr. Worth now realizes he does not run the department of advanced education and is subject to the minister. "We're not entirely convinced the minister knows who he's responsible Dr. Webking said. Bob Babki, chairman of the Lethbridge Community College Board of Governors, told the seminar the power of the minister of advanced education becomes clear in the area of financial support of the college system. "I appreciate that the universities in particular are much aggrieved by the present financial attitude of the department of advanced he said. "I must, however, say to you now that I cannot accept the proposition that does not allow for an education institution to be somewhat responsible to the arm that supplies it with all of its funds or at least the heavy majority of its funds for operating and acquiring he said. On another issue Cleo Mowers, publisher of The Lethbridge Herald, who was also a speaker at the seminar, said people always focused on the money being spent at the U of L because there were signs of affluency at the university. He said it was shameful the large amount he was offered to speak at the seminar, for example. He was quite offended when he was offered the money to speak, he said. The. use of the sabbatical system at the U of L has yet to be explained and is another example of affluency at the university, he said. Many smatterings of half truths are being communicated to the public indicating money is being wasted at the university, he added. However, he said the Lethbridge populace tends to overlook the university's achievements and focus on its failures. When asked by a student why the rest of Canada knew of the U of L's achievements but the city where the university was located didn't, Mr. Mowers said: "We are not yet fit to become a university city." "We look on the university as an industry rather than an opportunity. We're too busy going to the bank." North residents seek day-care centre funds By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Several north side residents, particularly of the Rideau Court apartments, banded together last November to organize a public day-care facility. The results of their work a brief seeking preventive social service funding for a day care centre for 40 north side children initially will be presented to the community services advisory committee's next meeting Feb. 27. Dolleen Nault, of 207 Rideau Court, chairman of the six member North Lethbridge Child Development Centre Planning Committee, said in an interview there is a need for facilities to handle as many as 300 children. But 40 is about all we can handle to start with, she said. "After we've been operating for a year, we hope to be able to expand to take up the slack." Cost of the program, which would start in September, is estimated at of which nearly would be paid by the province and by the city, under preventive LOOK! HOOVER VACUUM BAGS For all Models Reg. per pkg. SPECIAL 2 1.49 dil Honmrw 327-5767 DOWNTOWN social services funding. A place to establish the centre has not yet been obtained, but Mrs. Nault says three or four locations have been offered. The program is aimed primarily at single parents who are either working, in an education retraining program, or on social assistance, with priority also given families with handicapped children. Cost to parents will be based on their ability to pay. "So many people here just haven't got the money for private day says Mrs. Nault. Private day-care facilities in the city charge to per child. The need for the program is documented in the committee's brief. It says a survey undertaken by Lethbridge Family Services nearly seven years ago concluded there was a definite need for adequate child care facilities in Lethbridge. A study by the city social planning department last summer showed the largest group of persons in terms of need were single parents with dependent children. "If alternatives are not provided to single parents with dependent children, they are trapped on the day care brief says. Rideau Court, which is on 9th Avenue N. between 21st and 23rd Streets, has the greatest concentration of preschool children in the city more than 100, it says. While one-quarter of these children are served half days by the Lethbridge Preschool Services project which is structured for children who will enter school the following year, it is clear there is a need for more accessible services for the majority of the ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC SchwarS Bid? Z22 5th St S Phone 328-4095 younger children, the brief says. The brief also says the northwest portion of the city is another area where there is a high concentration of preschoolers. Mrs. Nault, who is a single- parent Jierself with three young children, says the program will be limited to north side residents because that's where the need is greatest and growing. According to the brief, there are only two programs serving North Lethbridge children, while there are 12 such services for preschoolers on the south side which has only a slightly higher preschool population. But, says Mrs. Nault, there's nothing preventing south side residents from setting up their own program. The North Lethbridge committee started in the Rideau Court, probably because it's such a high density area, she said. From there it expanded to include the whole north side and the brief emerged from a day-long workshop at Winston Churchill High School and several subsequent meetings. "Everything in the brief is -what people at the meetings said they Mrs. Nault said. The target groups, type of program, and program objectives were all determined by the group at the meetings. One of the chief aims of the day-care centre would be to involve the parents. "We are interested in parental involvement, not in parents abandoning their says the brief. As well as presenting a stimulating environment for children, another main objective of the program will be to relieve some of the pressures on mothers. Japanese print works The University of Lethbridge is displaying the print work of contem- porary Japanese artists until the end of this month. These prints and a wide variety of other equally intriguing prints, mostly in color, will be on dis- play for another week before being replaced by a second display of con- temporary Japanese prints. The art gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Drivers main volunteer need LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD. Cot rcMlteM0i WALK-IN FREEZERS COOLERS ICE MAKERS 111 11lh Street South Phone 32S-4333 After its initial months of operation, the Volunteer Action Centre, finds its biggest on-going need is for drivers, says co-ordinator Diana Briley. Persons who need rides, usually for medical reasons, are putting the most demands on the centre, says Ms. Briley. Now operating out of a sparsely-furnished office on the fourth floor of the Canada Trust Building on 7th Street and 3rd Avenue S., the centre has Local Initiative Project funding until the end of May. The centre has built up a file of some 55 volunteers, all of whom have been placed, and The New Look for 74 by "MISS SUSAN as shown in 2 strap play pen style with tear drop vamp. Colors: Sandaiwood and Black Calf. Reasonably priced at IS Many other new styles for teen and Campus crowd in new straps new wedgies new Ties featuring the new flat heel and wafer New Spring Styles "JOYCE" Coaster Available in Hone Cat. or Brown CrtrWe patent wcl toofc with natural Crepe sole 271S 12th S. Overture once again a very popular number In Hefl. Navy. Brown or White Crtnisie patent WHITE DUTY SHOES Kaufman while OompWes wWIe duty Savage wTtrte uniform TENDEfl FOOTSIES with that 'slipper1 feeling reasonably Priced at FMM fttllMIUFE We Cen Sire You SS SECUSSOOWI Open TJWT.V and Fit, VMM 9 CAMM'S Streets. 7M Jrd S fhum 317-3791 for most needs the operation is on an even keel. "You have to be careful you don't over-recruit in volunteer she explained, because people lose interest quickly if you can't find a place for them to fit in. The centre acts primarily as a recruiting and co-ordinating body for other agencies, institutions, groups and programs that need volunteers. It also does a follow-up, calling the agency and the volunteer to see how they are doing. A quick look through the centre's weekly statistical report shows that one week in January, for example, it had 13 requests for service from the public, seven from agencies and recruited and placed nine volunteers, plus organized snow shovelling chores for a pack of Venture scouts. Agency requests for volunteers that week came from the city community services department, the Southland Nursing Home, Kinsmen TB Seals, YWCA, SL Michaels Play Ladies, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Another week 17 new volunteers were recruited and 20 volunteers were placed. A new program the centre is working on is a speakers' resource file a catalogue of local persons who arc willing to speak on subjects on which they are knowledgeable. Groups and individuals can then phone the volunteer centre with requests for speakers, and, given 10 days notice, the centre could hopefully come up with one on the required topic. Ms. Briley said volunteers are working in schools, nursing homes and the auxiliary hospital, with the public school board's preschool program and. with senior citizens on a regular basis. One area in which the centre got a lot of calls was house maintenance for elderly and handicapped homeowners. "We just weren't set up to do said Ms. Briley. "Fortunately Project Concern has started again and will take care of it." Project Concern operated for most of 1973, with workers provided for household chores, snow-shovelling and other outdoor jobs and to provide other help for people who asked for their services. The Chinook Senior Citizens and Pensioners Organization in a recent letter to city council called it a real benefit to both the elderly and handicapped. AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND GASFITTING" Special lor citfcww New Phont 320-2106 cuff wen MACK DENTAL LAI kawarLeMl FURNACES (IN STOCK) SUET HTM. WMK W4 4MILS. 187-1111 Rtfms Gas Pate the New 1974 VOLKSWAGEN With Security Blanket mile or 24 month warranty per month Now on Display In Our Showroom RAEWOOD MOTORS LTD. VOLKSWAGEN PORSCHE AUDI Am am S. PHARMACY FACTS FROM O. C. STUBBS Even with all its initial publicity the new measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine still seems to be relatively unknown to many of the families here in our area. So. just to be on the safe side, be a bearer of "giad tidings" will you please make a point of asking your family friends and aquahit- ances if they've heard of this wonderful break- through on the measles. mumps or rubella virus problem? You'll be doing them a real public ser- vice. AH families with small and not-so-small children should take advan- tage of this immuniza- tion. Please do ask them to contact their family doctor regarding this new "miracle" which has been made possible through con- tinued scientific research. Open daily am to p.m. Sundays and Holidays 12 noon to p.m. _____ Drug case held over A 20-year-old Medicine Hat man charged with possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking was remanded in provincial court Thursday to Feb. 22 for election and plea. Robert McPherson was arrested Wednesday night by RCMP. He was released after posting bail. A Lethbridge man pleaded not guilty in provincial court Thursday to a charge of stealing a car. Clarence Kind, 56, 218A 14th St. N., was remanded to Feb. 20 when a trial date will be set. Bail was set at cash or property. He is accused of stealing a car in North Lethbridge early Thursday morning. Kind pleaded guilty to charges of driving without a licence and driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than .08 per cent. Sentence on these charges was reserved until Feb. 20. 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