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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbtulge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, February Changing with the times Pages 13-20 North sports leadership is corner groceries' thine Ito 8et boost 55 By GEORGE STEPHENSON Goulet, the cost of trans- Mr. Goulet savs. By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Corner groceries have changed a lot in past years and some grocers who failed to change with the times have gone out of says a University of Lethbridge geography professor, George Zieber says he's just getting started on a study of corner stores, and his findings are still tentative. But a mapping of small grocery store locations in Lethbridge in 1952, 1962 and 1972 shows the distribution is changing. In 1952, stores were concentrated near the' downtown area, with a few strung out on major roads such as 13th Street N. and 9th Avenue S. ON MAIN STREETS Now the stores are mostly strung out on major roads because of increased mobility. There are more cars on the roads now than at the end of the Second World War. After the war was the time when cars became available to the average family and the building of suburbs began. Lethbridge's develop- ment pattern is typical in that, the city became less dense after the war, he says. In the central area, some stores failed when they did not move to new locations when the people did. There wasn't enough business left for the stores remaining, says Dr. I Zieber. Other stores failed because they would not stay open long hours to catch the night trade, he says. It's hard to define a corner store operation. Dr. Zieber says one definition involves only stores of less than square feet. Most cor- ner stores are family operations and have flexible opening hours, he says. They are essentially convenience stores, he says. CHAIN PROBLEM? Have chain convenience stores hurt the family corner grocer? "It doesn't bother says Harry Wong, owner manager of the Sunshine Grocery on 12th Avenue S., east of Mayor Magrath Dr. Mr. Wong says he makes money on every item in the store except milk. If he didn't, he couldn't pay the rent, power or other bills. Hong Wong, of the Bonnydale Grocery, says the chain stores and supermarkets may get some business from small grocers, but they can't sell much cheaper. A lot of small stores have closed, he says. Rising prices are bad for business, he says. When wholesale prices go up, he must either raise prices or take a cut in profits and if he raises prices he may lose customers. Paper bags, to name one item, have doubled in cost since last year, he says. Wages also affect operations, since owners have to pay well or lose staff. A person can work for high wages without the hours or responsibility of a store owner, says Mr. Wong. Ben Hall of Benny's HENRY CHAN RINGS UFA SALE IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD STORE Grocery on 20th Street S. says he is located far from the nearest chain store and the chains haven't hurt his profits. He has had to keep his store open a bit later than in earlier years, until p.m. in winter and 10 p.m. in summer. Les Wildman, owner of the J L Confec- tionary in the College Mall, says the only difference between his store and super- markets, is the super- markets' specials. On chain convenience stores, "They're not competition, it's a he said. He worked for Safeway for 13 years and carries the same lines, he says. REGULARS Dr. Zieber says regular customers are the mainstay of a small store. Sunday is the best business day for them, and the best hours are those after 8 p.m., his surveys indicate. About one third of the customers spend less than a week in corner stores, one third spend between 55 and and one third more than He says, as an urban geographer, neigh- borhood stores make a district more attractive and desirable as a place to live. Peo- ple do not plan, and can- not plan for the unex- pected. At a corner store they can get what they forgot at the super- market, or what they need when friends drop in without warning. "You could get along without them, in a sort of Spartan type of says the professor, "but we do not live in a Spartan society." The rise in standards of living has given peo- ple more money to spend on non essentials and convenience items. The rise of super- markets and packaging .developments has forc- ed corner grocers to change to meet these demands, ,he says. Travel association controversy growing By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The controversy sur- rounding the resignation of the entire Southern Alberta Travel and Convention association staff continues to build as some members now fear the existence of the organization is in jeopardy. They fear the internal prob- lems that caused staff re- signations have weakened the association to a point where "ambitious organizations and individuals" in the city are attempting to assume associa- tion responsibilities. Their concern is based on what they say were attempts by the city, through its economic development department, to take over the convention responsibilities of the association during the past three years. Causing further concern was a motion passed by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce earlier this month that supports the merger of the association and chamber. Some of the more than 300 association members feel the interest shown by the city and the chamber in the promotion of tourism stems from a greedy desire to obtain some or all the the associa- tion is to receive from the province this year. Tourism and convention promotion was under the jurisdiction of the chamber a few years ago, but "they dropped it because they felt the job was too big for it to handle, "one director told The Herald. "Now they are. interested again because the association has a fairly healthy budget to operate he added. A director of the association warns that any split between rural and city efforts would seriously hinder the progress of tourism and convention promotion in Southern Alber- ta. All members and directors of the association who spoke with The Herald expressed a desire to get at the root of the association internal problems. They believe the association is financially on firm ground now and has established valuable contacts in the tourism business. The association went from a 000 debt to a budget that operates in the black over a seven-year period. The loss of Mr. Smith and co-ordinator Kitty Dunlop dealt a severe blow to the association because they had obtained years of experience and training in tourism while with the association, a veteran member of the association says. He is also concerned about the loss of past-president John Neal, who resigned following the Smith resignation. Dr. Neal served as a valuable voice for the associa- tion in its efforts. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Sport promotion in the far north will get a boost next year when a special sport leadership program goes into full effect, says the head of the Northwest Territories Winter Games contingent. Ray Goulet, N.W.T. chef de mission, says sport participa- tion in the north has been making healthy strides since 1970 but the next year should see even greater advances. The program, to be spread throughout settlements in the N.W.T. is designed to get sport experts into com- munities to train local people in sports organization and technique. "This program has just started with badminton and skiing and has worked for the he says. "Now we will emphasize training for coaches and managers. FULL SCALE "We are going to go full scale on all sports now." This effort, coupled with the possible formation of a "Sport North" group, will definitely increase all sport participa- tion in the N.W.T., he says. "People feel now that the government is always involv- ed in sport and we would like it in the hands of the people through something like a Sport North he adds. Helen Fitch, chef de mis- sion with the Yukon, says that territory has a sports federa- tion which has greatly helped sport participation in the Yukon. The Yukon Sports Federa- tion did all the planning and organizing of sport trials and sending of teams to the Games here. "They (the federation) organized everything and sub- mitted a budget to the (territorial) she said. One of the main problems facing sports organizers in both territories is the tran- sient population. COACH HEADS SOUTH Mr. Goulet says before a coach would be trained, he would pack his bags and head south. "But now we hope to be more selective of the people we are going to send to ad- vanced coaching he says. Under the old program in the N.W.T., potential coaches were transported to training seminars from the lowest level to the highest. Under the new system, lower level train- ing will be given to about 10 prospective leaders, then a few will be selected to attend advanced clinics! "When selecting those for the advanced clinics we will have to make sure they will stay in the north and not be transferred in a he' says. Another problem, which is an affliction no other Games competitors have, is the dis- tance between communities in the north. Ms. Fitch says some com- munities in the Yukon are two to three hundred miles apart and some never get the chance for competition with other areas. In the N.W.T., says Mr. Goulet, the cost of trans- portation rules out some com- petition between com- munities. "It costs just to go from Frobisher Bay to Yellowknife to play a he says. the territorial government is supplying more funds to sport so trans- portation can be obtained." The territorial government is also building new sports facilities in outlying areas such as Inuvik, Pine Point and Frobisher Bay, giving local people a chance at becoming involved in sport, he says. Both territorial bosses say a major boost in sport has been the Arctic Games which includes all communities north of the sixtieth parallel. The Arctic Games, which include contemporary events as well as traditional native sport, has increased par- ticipation overall but especial- ly participation of natives, Mr. Goulet says. When the Arctic Games started in 1970, about'470 athletes participated in the trials from the N.W.T. In 1974, more than turned out for the trials, he says. And native participation is ever-increasing with the N.W.T. contingent at the Winter Games 40 per cent comprised of native athletes. About 60 per cent of the Arctic Games participants are native, he says. Although the Yukon and N.W.T. teams will not fare too well in Canada Games com- petition, it doesn't worry the territorial officials. "We are not in this to specifically win but to give our athletes a chance to com- pete and exchange he says. The Yukon team is entered in 12 of the 16 sports, while the N.W.T. has nine teams entered in the 16 events. Regional culture Games exchange asked by N.W.T. There should be more emphasis on "cultural ex- change" as well as sports competition in the Winter Games, says the head of the Northwest Territories con- tingent. Ray Goulet, chef de mission for the N.W.T. represen- tatives, says cultural exhibits and activities could play an important part in the Games with the large number of peo- ple attending from various parts of Canada. philosophy of the Canada Winter Games is to get the kids out to compete and exchange parts of our culture with other he says. "This could be a great education for the athletes." One of the more visible cultural activities the N.W.T. contingent brought to Lethbridge was a demonstra- tion of Arctic sports. The territorial and federal government financed the 15 man group to attend the Games and perform sports that have been popular in the north since the early Eskimos. "These Games are a part of our he explains. "Maybe at the Winter Games there could be a program with something from the culture of each region. "Couldn't there have been a pow wow or something from the culture here during the he asked. A person in Norman Wells now is studying past Indian Games and hopes to re- juvenate these to bring an increased awareness of the north. "People talk of tickets be- ing sold out here but if there were other things to attend it wouldn't he adds. "We could have good enter- tainment as well as education." Helen Fitch, chef de mis- sion of the Yukon, agrees there could be some cultural activities as well as sport but questions whether various regions have individual cultures. Accused man skips trial second time A man charged with raping a Lethbridge woman failed to appear for his preliminary hearing in provincial court Friday and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The man, Roy Melvin LaFrance, 23, is also wanted by Calgary city police on an indecent assault charge. He was first charged with indecent assault in Calgary and freed on his own recognizance until his trial. He was subsequently charged with rape in Lethbridge. On Nov. 27 Mr. LaFrance was granted bail and it was set at After Mr. LaFrance was out on bail he failed to appear in Alberta Supreme Court in Calgary for arraignment on the indecent assault charge. Another warrant was issued for his arrest but he's yet to be found. Mr. LaFrance was granted bail in Lethbridge because Judge C. G. Yanosik was told at his bail application hearing a preliminary hearing for Mr. LaFrance couldn't be held for 2Vi months because no court reporters were available until then, The Herald learned. Faced with keeping Mr. LaFrance in custody for months or granting him bail, Judge Yanosik granted bail. Political parties in varying stages of election readiness By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Friday's snap election call leaves some parties more prepared than others locally, although spokesmen for the Social Credit, NDP and Liberals here said they were ex- pecting an early summons to the polls. Only the Progressive Conservatives have candidates nominated in both city ridings at this point, with Dick Johnston contesting Lethbridge East and John Gogo in Lethbridge West. Social Credit incumbent in Lethbridge East, John Anderson had set his nomination meeting for March 3, while Lethbridge West incumbent Socred, Dick Gruenwald, was nominated almost exactly a year ago. The New Democrats nominated school teacher Bessie Annand in Lethbridge East in December and party organizer Van Buchanan says the party hopes to get a com- mitment on a candidate in the west riding within a week. Liberal spokesman Gary Osberg said his party will nominate candidates in both city ridings and in Macleod within the next two weeks. Mr. Osberg, Southern Alberta vice presi- dent of the provincial Liberal party, said two people may contest the Liberal nomination in Lethbridge East. He would not disclose any names, but said the candidates in the three ridings would like- ly announce their intentions within the week. Local PC's received only last minute notification of the election call but admitted "it wasn't something that wasn't an- ticipated." Both Conservative candidates were in Ed- monton Friday for the election an- nouncement. "We knew the election was coming, it was just a question of when, so we're said Gladys Palmer, campaign manager for Mr. Johnston. Elizabeth De Artnond, campaign manager for Mr. Gpgo said his organization was also ready to go. "There's always lots of loose ends to tie up once it is she said. "But Mr. Gogo hasn't waited for the call... he's an organiz- ed person." The West PC's headquarters has already been picked out an office at 713 4th Ave. S., she said. Social Credit organizer Gerry Waldern said Mr. Anderson's Lethbridge East nomination would likely be moved up by the election call." Mr. Waldern said he was expecting a March election and would not have been sur- prised had Premier Lougheed announced it while in Lethbridge, "the heart of Socred territory" for the Winter Games. "We've been looking ahead with the at- titude the election could be called at any time, but there's lots of work to be done yet as there always Mr. Waldern said. He said the Socreds expect a strong Conser- vative auault on their stronghold, in the South, but feels the PC's may be a little over- confident. "They've been telling people at their nomination meetings to come and pick the next MLA, but they forget that the people of the province make the final he said. NDP spokesman Buchanan, who is Mrs. Annand's campaign manager, said she was not surprised by the March election call. "We've been organized since before Christ- mas and we're really quite she said. The party will be just as ready in Lethbridge West once it gets a commitment from among "several good Mrs. Buchanan added. She said the NDP is better organized than in 1971 and hopes to pick up some of an an- ticipated drop in the Socred vote. The first of three door-to-door canvasses will be nude soon, she said. Lethbridge Liberals have nowhere to go but up. In 1071 there was only one Liberal can- didate south of Calgary, in Medicine Hat. But things are looking better with Nick Taylor as leader, said Mr. Osberg. He said Mr. Taylor passed the word on three weeks ago that the election would be called for around March 24, and added that Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne's precipitous opening of the 6th Avenue bridge last week was another signal of an early elec- tion. "As far as we're concerned I think we'll be fairly well Mr. Osberg said of the up- coming campaign. In the election Socred Anderson topped the polls in Lethbridge East with votes, followed by PC Richard Barton with and NDP Doug Poile with 805. In Lethbridge West it was Socred Gruenwald with votes to for Conservative Dick Gray and 670 for Klaas Buijert of the NDP. (Related itoriei, Page 1) ;