Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Kindergartens may meet only half of student demand By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer All kindergarten-aged youngsters in Lethbridge have a right to a preschool education paid for by the province but half of them won't receive it this fall if appropriate action isn't taken this spring. The province announced in January that it would fund preschool programs to all children in the 4Vz to 5Vt age group in all fcidergartens that meet govenpient regulations. However, a lack of facilities may deprive about 50 per cent of the estimated kindergarten-aged Lethbridge youngsters from receiving a preschool education. The bleak situation could suddenly become very promising in March if the community throws its support behind the development of an early childhood council to co- ordinate preschool services. The council is the brain- child of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services (ECS) planning committee which has representation from all the local kindergartens, the school boards, parent groups and social service agencies in the city. The committee, after meeting for about a year now, has completed its planning and will likely become defunct next month. Among its many recommendations is the suggestion that this city form an early childhood services council and create a parent- child development centre. The committee has applied for legal status for the council under the name Early Childhood Services Society of Lethbridge. But even if it becomes a legal organization the council will not function unless the people of Lethbridge give it their approval in a public meeting expected to be held before April. The first action taken by the council should be to co- ordinate the action needed to obtain more preschool facilities and kindergarten teachers for Lethbridge, the planning committee recommends. This may even include persuading local organizations who are now providing some type of service for preschool children (including city council and the school to pool their resources and fund the construction of facilities in the areas of the city where they're needed most. The area with the most need for kindergarten facilities is the northeastern portion of the city which also lacks many others community facilities. In fact, the whole north side of the city faces an extreme shortage of kindergarten facilities with only about 100 of the estimated 500 children in the 4Mt to age group now receiving a preschool education. Any churches or other community buildings with suitable space for a kindergarten will likely be sought by the council if it becomes a reality next month. The planning committee is very keen about receiving "as much reaction as possible" from the public before .and during the public meeting in March, the committee's publicity chairman said in-an. interview Friday. Norma Struble says the committee doesn't want to force its recommendations on the public. Instead, it's making suggestions to the District The LetKbtidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, February 26, 1974 Pages 17-32 The scene of one of the 23 bouts held Friday night Eyeball to eyeball, chin to chin, Gary Nanapay, left, and Thomas Marceau Referee Milt Bendahl signals Don Red Crow the winner over Brent Gambler A nd the winnah... They were stinging like bees and floating like butterflies, to quote a well-versed authority. It was the preliminaries of the Kainai Gloves amateur boxing card at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion Friday. totJax at 2 p.m at 8 p.nv ii-finals were to be held ind the finals will go tonight RJCKERVIN photos 'Farmers9 reputations bad9 South grain corn inferior to U.S. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer -TABER Grain .corn grown in Southern Alberta in 1973 didn't meet the quality standards of United States corn used in distilling industry and 1974 production will be discounted until the quality is improved. David Hyde, plant manager for Palliser Distilleries Ltd. in Lethbridge, told about 250 farmers and government agriculturists here Friday the price farmers get for their grain corn will reflect the quality of that corn. Mr. Hyde told the Alberta Corn Convention that corn delivered to his plant during the 1973 season had been evaluated on the same content as U.S. corn. "But Alberta corn doesn't come up to the same quality standards of U.S. corn available to he said. He said the; Alberta corn will be slightly discounted because corn from the 1973 crop was disappointing. Besides the poorer quality, Mr. Hyde said only bushels of grain corn was delivered to the Canadian Government Elevator in Lethbridge for use in his distillery. "This was a drop in the bucket to what we he said. In 1974 the plant will use about bushels of grain corn valued at million and Mr. Hyde would like to buy all the corn from Southern Alberta. But the kernels were small from local growers and there was too much cob left on the kernels. Mr. Hyde said he was willing, if producers could prove this year they can improve'the quality of their corn to compare with U.S. corn, to return the price to compare with the amount he pays for that U.S. corn. Alf Thiessen, manager of seeds for Pioneer Grain Company Ltd., the sole supplier of grain corn for Palliser Distilleries, said the 1973 corn production in Southern Alberta was generally lower in quality and yield than U.S. production. He said he couldn't predict the price Pioneer will be able to offer local growers for their corn crop but assured the farmers it would be the highest possible. He said the 1974 payment would again be based on the price of grain corn in the U.S. and there would again be a tracking allowance for all fanners who sign a delivery contract with the firm. The price to be offered by Pioneer will at least match the amount local growers would be able to get in the British Columbia poultry feeding industry. Joe Weerstra of Calgary, grains specialist for the Alberta Wheat Pool, said his company will not contract for the delivery of grain corn this year. He said the pool will not knowingly buy grain corn that is under a delivery contract with another firm. Mr. Thiessen said in 1973 some farmers holding a delivery contract with his company hauled some of their production to another company because that company offered six cents a bushel more. Mr. Weerstra said a contract is signed in good faith by both parties and added fanners should live up to their contracts. He said Canada was getting a bad name throughout the world because farmers were failing to live up to their contracts, creating a shortage in some commodities. As an example, Mr. Weerstra said a contract to supply a legume seed to a European buyer was lost to the U.S. because of the bad reputation Canadian fanners have. Power brief 'misinterpreted' The manager of Armsco Exploration Ltd. said today the brief his firm will present to Monday's public hearing on the future of the Lethbridge power generating plant has been misinterpreted. A G. Donaldson said his firm could provide coal to a city-owned power generating for about 18 per cent less than the special consultants report commissioned by city council quotes as the price of available coal. Gordon Darling, of Union Gas Ltd., which submitted the brief jointly with Armsco, .was reported Friday as saying the brief points out that coal is available and could be a cheaper source of power than purchasing from Calgary Power Ltd. But Mr. Donaldson, who admits the brief "might have been says the intent of the submission is report that "We could provide coal to the city generating plant at a price of 35 to 40 cents per million British Thermal Units while the CH2M-HU1 'city consultants) estimate such coal would cost 56 cents. Irrigation 'vitaV to corn industry TABER is essential in Southern Alberta for a viable corn industry, says an irrigation with the Alberta rtment of agriculture, jlin Nilsson of Medicine Hat, specialist with the Alberta irrigation division, told about 250 farmers here at the Alberta Corn Convention, corn needs adequate water for proper and rapid growth that will determine to a great extent the success of the crop. At the peak growing period, corn will use one-third of an inch of water daily. He said corn is one of the most efficient water users, producing the highest amount of dry matter content after harvest for the amount of water used. The water demand for corn is high because of the high production per acre achieved. He said farmers must realize there is a different irrigation schedule to follow for grain corn and silage corn. Grain corn is grown for the actual grain kernel. It is used in the distilling and livestock Police get 20 per cent wage hike over 2 years Lethbridge city policemen have received salary increases of 20 per cent over two years The increases are in line with raises other city employees have received, says Harold Vosfeurgn, chairman of the Lethbridge Police Commission. A contract negotiated between the Canadian Union of Public employees and the city last month gave the city's inside workers a 20.96 per cent wage increase over two years. Salaries for constables now range from a month for a recruit on probation to a month for a constable first class, a rank usually attainable in three years. Beginning Jan. 1 1975, a probationary constable will make 1820 a month, and a constable first class will make a month. Other monthly salaries are patrol sergeant H and detective H, to be raised to in 1975; patrol sergeant I and detective I, to be raised to in 1975; station sergeant and detective sergeant, to be hi 1975; staff sergeant, to be in 1975; and station sergeant major, to be in 1975. Although Lethbridge salaries are about on par with police salaries in Edmonton and Calgary, contracts with police associations in the two larger cities are now in the negotiation process and will very likely be increased. Mr. Vosburgh said the contract was negotiated "within the frame of reference of the City of Lethbridge." The negotiation was amicable and both sides are satisfied, he said. The new contract stipulates that double time will be paid for overtime. Another clause states that vacant established positions should be posted and will be awarded on the basis of ability, efficiency, seniority, health and education. and poultry feeding industry. Silage corn is a type of hay that utilizes the entire corn plant from about six inches above the ground. Grain corn plants can come under water stress during the growing season, he said. It won't hurt the production of the kernels much. But with silage corn, water is more critical because fanners are trying to produce the most dry matter during the season. This means growing the most actual vegetation, including kernels, cobs, leaves and stalks. He said furrows with running water can be used for irrigation but pressurized systems are better. Victim walking on wrong side An American truck driver killed on Highway 3 near Bow Island Wednesday evening was walking on the wrong side of the road, a Medicine Hat coroner's jury ruled Friday. Gary Lee Harsin, 25, of Pendleton, Ore., died of massive head injuries when struck by a car driven by Dennis R. Neilson, 19, of BarnweU He had parked his track on the highway and was walking back to meet two other truck drivers when the accident occurred. The jury roiled that Mr. Neilson was not to blame for the accident. They recommended that the highway be widened immediately public on how it believes preschool education should be operated in Lethbridge and it is up to the public to accept or reject all or some of the recommendations of the committee. Mrs. Struble, also a parent representative on the planning committee, outlined some of the reasons other than the need for more facilities the committee recommended that an ECS council be established in Lethbridge. The committee believes individuals and groups in this city are ready to serve the obvious needs of youngsters, such as those with severe handicaps. But they are not so ready to serve children who don't have such obvious needs. Some of the children who don't have obvious needs may require special professional assistance at an early age to correct minor learning problems Pooling resources The parent councils of the various kindergartens may not be able to afford to hire the specialists needed to correct the learning problems of their children, but by pooling their resources under the co- ordination of city-wide council they may be able to fulfill more of their needs. It is important to note that every kindergarten in the city will continue to operate under its own parent group which in turn would elect a representative to sit on the city-wide council In addition to the representative from each parent group, professionals, four elected representatives from the public and representatives from other organizations serving the preschooler (city health unit and so on) would also sit OH the city-wide council. Through a parent-child development centre, the council would be able to inform the parent groups and other members of the public about the services available to their children. It would co-ordinate and improve the many services now available to preschoolers, thus preventing an overlapping of child-care services by'private and public agencies. Take over applications The kindergartens now in operation would only have to apply to the council for funding. The council would take over the frustrating task of applying to the government for the funding of all preschool programs. The government funding would then be turned over to the various parent councils of the kindergartens. The city- wide council would only be paid for the services it provides the preschool programs. Each program would pay a portion of the service. For its other financial needs, the ECS council would have to seek funding from community organizations, school boards and city council. Mrs. Struble says representatives from some organizations have already indicated that "financial resources would likely be forthcoming" if the council becomes a reality. The planning committee's philosophy is that parents are the child's most important teacher if for no other reason than that they're most often with the child. ('.tf-orHinaled The education of the preschooler must be a co- ordinated effort between the professional and the parent so that any special assistance given the child in the kindergarten will also continue in the home, the committee believes. That is why the committee wants parents to understand its reasons for i emumietiuing that an ECS council be formed in Lethbridge. "It isn't to establish a system to take over from parents. It is to establish a system to assist parents with a pretty trig Mrs. Struble explained on behalf of the committee. Even if the ECS council becomes a reality in Lethbridge, other individuals or groups who wished to operate outside the jurisdiction of the council would be able to do so and obtain provincial funds providing that they complied with government regulations.