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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta KY NOW and SAVS CALGAHY to GIASOOW to 45 .iconion, fort in till Marth 31, 1971 DAttY For travel arranaements information contacts BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE Cwtr. Viltao. _ 31M201 or JJM1M "BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE-AS NEAR AS TEiEPHQNt" The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta. Thursday, February 18, 1971 PAGES 9 TO 20 Government in business rapped by CAs' president By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Government regulation of the private sector is a fact of life the business community must accept said L. J. Smith, president of the Canadian In- stitute of Chartered Accoun- tants. Speaking to a joint meeting of the Lethbridge and District Chartered Accountants As- sociation and the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Smith said business resents government interference, espe- cially when this may lead to higher prices for products and lower profits and returns for shareholders. "Business holds strongly to the view that government should stay out of fields that can be run effectively by pri- vate he said. Mr. Smith sited pollution, pharmaceuti c a 1 s, packaging, and financial reporting as areas of government action considered largely unwarrant- ed or at least excessive by business. He said business was in many cases looking after much of the pollution problem when, in the 1950s, government stepped in because of public uneasiness. There has been a good deal of co-operation between busi- ness and government which can be attributed to: increas- ing environmental concern by industeV; pressure from an in- formed public; and intensified prosecution of offenders. "Public concern about pollu- tion hasn't peaked, it's still on the rise and the bandwagon ef- fect is he said. "A week or so ago, first read- ing was given to a federal Clean Air Act providing for fines of up to for viola- tions. There will be more gov- ernment moves also. "It is my hope that business, with its great capacity to cre- ate and innovate, will take much more initiative." The pharmaceutical industry is also being rapped by gov- ernment, said Mr. Smith. Some provinces have suggested the establishment of central drug purchasing agencies to help re- duce prescription costs. "The minister of consumer and corporate affairs, Ron Basford, has indicated three methods government might deal with the pharmaceutical in- he said. 'He included lowering the patent protection on drugs to five years from 17, establish- ment of a central drug pur- chasing agency, or establish- ment of a manufacturing and importing corporation." In the packaging industry, government is considering the Consumer Packaging and La- belling Act, giving government wide powers to regulate pack- aging, labelling and advertis- ing of consumer products. Mr. Smith said manufac- turers and retailers groups are already voicing objections to the bill because of its seizure provisions and because it gives government excessive power to regulate the size and shape of containers. "While those in the industry are responding, I find myself wondering about the adequacy of then- he said. Mr. Smith said the inade- quacy of financial reporting was due in a large part to the vir- tually unchanged Companies Act of 1934. 'Belated government action in the area of meaningful fi- nancial statement disclosure came hi the 1960s as a result of public pressure. "Once government started to push for added financial re- porting, its enthusiasm im- he said. He said them is a pattern for govern raent intervention in business. 'A problem arises, public concern is born, public concern increases, pressures are ap- plied to government, govern- ment tends to drag its feet, then government acts, but with ofen a heavy hs said. "By finally acting, govern- ment, in a manner solves part of the problem, but in doing so usually creates many problems. "The truth of the matter is that with the appearance of widespread public support, government enacts measures that it otherwise would not dare to propose." He said this leads to the rea soning that the increasing amount of government inter- vention, at least in part, is bed that the business commun- iy has made for itself. "The most disturbing aspect of government intervention is its propensity to overkill ant its inability to listen to reason once decided on a he said. What is needed, said Mr, Smith, is for business to anti- cipate the need for change anc do its best to beat government to the punch. "If it succeeds in self- discipline, it may reduce the possibility of government inter- vention, with its propensity for over-kill." No action taken by ORRPC on new financing proposal No official action was taken There would be a sliding scale varying from 0.02 mills for cities over to 0.2 mills for towns under Ac- by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission Wednes- day on a proposed "founda- tion plan" to finance planning commissions in Alberta. It was agreed that member municipalities could discuss the matter at their own coun- cil meetings and notify Mu- nicipal Affairs Minister Fred Colborne of their reactions and comments. The plan was announced last year by Mr. Colborne and it is expected that legislation to im- plement the program will be brought before the current sit- ting of the legislature. At the present time each of the seven regional planning commissions in the province works out its own budget and its own formula for determin- ing the costs to the member municipalities. As outlined by Mr. Colborne, the new plan would generate roughly the same amount of money, using a tax levy sys- tem similar to the foundation plan that finances education. The province would continue to contribute 60 per cent of the commissions' budgets. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BtDG. PHONE 327-2822 cording to figures worked out by the OORPC, Lethbridge would pay about (based on the 1970 equalied assess- ment) compared with the ac- tual it contributed to the 1971 budget. Although there are varia- tions according to the mu- nicipality involved, most con- Health report supported The Oldman River Regional Planning Commission Wednes- day went on record as support- ing the integration and .central- ization of health services. The commission approved a report by its housing and social development committee that endorsed the findings of the Blair Commission. Also includ- ed hi the report were com- ments on several other studies concerning health services. The committee said much work has been done in this area and that the best thing to do was to urge the implement- ation of the recommendations of the studies that had been done. tributions would be about the same under the proposed plan An exception is the non-mem >er municipalities, which ar now required to contribute a! hough they are not members These would drop significantly The total 1971 budget for the commission calculated using the Colborn Jan would come to The provincial contributio would drop by about The proposal will have no e: feet on the 1971 budget. This was formally approved at th meeting. Presented in prelim inary form before the Year, it has been explained detail to each member mu nicipality by the executive d rector, Erwin Adderley, an lias received the approval all individual members. 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And the large doesn't refer to the size of gals like me! So, I don't care if you do tell my master Terry Steep, of Lethbridge. And officer you're sure handsome! by Walter Kerber Revision of density standards asked MFC turns down 49-unit motel on drive By HERB JOHNSON Herald City Hall Reporter Another proposed motel on Mayor Magrath Drive has been turned down by the Municipal Planning Commission because the development exceeded den- sity standards set out in the city's zoning bylaw. The commission Wednesday refused an application from Starmore Developments Ltd. of Calgary for a two-storey, 49- unit motel at 1025 Mayor Mag- rath Drive, the site of the pre- sent Holiday Motel. At the same time, the com- mission passed a resolution recommending that city coun- cil revise the density standards. It was indicated at last week's meeting that the commission lintends to do this. At that time an application from Henry Homes Ltd., of Lethbridge had jeen turned down for the same reason. The Henry Homes applica- tion for a 10-storey motor hotel adjacent to Phil's Pancake Apartment okayed Safety council meets Thursday The annual meeting and elec- tion of officers for the Leth- bridge and District Safety Council Mill be held Thursday at p.m. in the Park Plaza Motor Hotel. The public' is welcome to at- tend. Committee retained for general plan A majority of members of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission Wednes- day voted to retain the com- mittee approach to preparation of the general plan for the re- gion. Erwin Adderley, executive director, said attendance at the committee meetings had fallen off. He asked the members if they wanted to keep the Com- mittees or scrap them in favor oC another method of doing things. He pointed out that a general plan for the region was to be worked out by 1971 and that the committees had been set up to provide a means of getting a broad range of opinion from the members on relevant sub- jects such a recreation, hous- ing and social development and resource development. Alderman C. W. Chichester, representing Lethbridge, sug- gested the committees might I be replaced by a "task force" approach. A particular task force could be set up, he said, to tackle a specific problem. Once the goal had been set, the group would be able to go to work on it, he said. Setting of goals was men- tioned by several other mem- bers, most of whom noted the need for the committees to have better guidelines and di- rccion in their investigations into their particular areas of concern. Mr. Adderley said the staff members attached to each House dates from last year. The same resolution to change the density standards was pre- pared at that time but the ne- cessary bylaw amendment was defeated. committee would be instructed to provide more direction, par- in terms of topics that could be delved into. Annual banquet April 30 The annual banquet of the Oldman River Regional Plan- ning Commission will be held April 30 this year. The date was set at Wednes- day's meeting. The commis- sion also endorsed the idea of an all day workshop again this year in conjunction with the banquet. Speakers are to be arranged to address the various work- shop groups. Topics are to re- late tc the areas under con- sideration by the commission in preparing a general plan for the region. The Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday ap- proved an application from Bickerton and Neudorf for a 12 suite apartment at 1113 27th St. A. N. Numbering system approved A house numbering system using a street name and eight digits, a first for Alberta, was approved for the city's west side by the Municipal Plan- ning Commission Wednesday. Presented to the MFC by Er- win Adderley, executive direc- tor of the Oldman Kiver Re- gional Planning Commission, the system is an answer to the problem of finding addresses and curved ____________ its simplest terms, the plan imposes a grid system (using metric units) over the curved streets. The house numbers increase as one goes east or north. The street names help track down the particular address, although they are not actually needed. The names, all in the vicin- ity of the University of Leth- bridge, will all have a univer- sity association. The commission was favor- ably impressed and indicated the system may eventually be extended to the entire city. among crescents streets. Reduced to The area is zoned for multi- family units and the only ques- tion brought up at the meeting was whether the apartment might contribute to congestion in the neighborhood. Tabled was an application from Western Truck Body Manufacturing Ltd. for a plant at 3011 6th Ave. A. N. The commission wanted to see de- tailed plans beforj making a decision. Also tabled was an applica- tion from North Lethbridge Mo Tires Ltd. to move a garage onto the site at 2830 5th Ave. N. Again, the com- mission wanted detailed plans. Given approval was an ap- plication from the Furniture Barn firm, to do wholesale fur- niture warehousing in a former mobile home manufacturing plant at 1801 3rd Ave. S. The company may also do repair and custom built furniture work, but retail selling must be limited to items built or re- paired on the premises. There was concern that the operation might develop into a retail outlet and the firm was to be told this would require rezoning. and EMO pamphlets The Alberta Emergency Measures Organization dis- tributed a total of pam- phlets in 1970 as part its pub- lic information program. The EMO library also loan- ed 222 films during the year. Advertising was carried in the Alberta Government Tele- phones and Edmonton Tele- phone System directories. Hardieville school price At its regular monthly meet- ing held yesterday, Lethbridge county council agreed in prin- ciple to accept a purchase ten- der of for the old Hard- ieville school, located one mile north of Lethbridge. The purchase tender levied by Robert Blair of Picture Eulte, would be paid at per year and would involve ownership of the old school building and the four acres of land on wh'ch the school sits. A legal agreement will have to be drafted before the sale is complete. IOOF meeting The regular meeting of the Lethbridge Lodge No. 2, IOOF, will be held in the Oddfellows Building, Friday at 8 p.m. Vis iting members welcome. penthouse Contractors Smith Bros. Wilson have taken out an 000 permit for a four-suite penthouse on an apartment block being built east of the College Shopping Mall. Planned as an eight-storey high-rise, the apartment is ex- pected to be completed this summer. The re-activation of the same resolution follows closely the waiving density stan- dards for the high-rise hotel approved recently to Shoppers' World. Density standards to the ratio of the floor area to the size of the site. The pre- sent ratio is 0.50; the suggest- ed revision is to 1.0, allowing twice the former floor space. Parking requirements were also a problem in the Starmore application. Following its past policy, the commission indi- cated it would require the Riverbottom plans await council's word Action on approval or rejec- tion of applications for tourist faculties in the city's river- bottom area is still awaiting a decision by city council. The Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday tabled an application from Abe Bick- man for a mobile home park in the triangle of land west ol the intersection of Highways 3 and 3A pending a move by council. Although the survey com- missioned last summer by the parks and recreation depart- ment has not been made pub- lic, copies of it are to the hands of the various boards and commissions concerned and it is expected it may come before city council Monday. The sur v e y recommends uses for land parcels to the valley, and decisions on three sirrilar applications have been held up until the report could be studied. >ylaw regulations to be met in his matter, although they, like density standards, can be waived. If the proposed change in the zoning bylaw comes before city council Monday, it could be a matter of three to six weeks jefore the amendment on den- sity standards could be made, provided council approved. A delegation from Starmore told the MFC they would like early approval so that a start could 'ae made on construction. They indicated they were hoping for occupancy of some units by July. The motel would include a cocktail lounge, dining lounge and coffee shop. Extensive green areas would also be pro- vided, unless these fall prey to the need for parking space. WEEKEND SPECIAL! FOR ALL PLANT LOVERSI CALLA LILY PLANTS IN BLOOM Special Only 1.49 3 (CASH AND CARRY) FLOWER SHOP 322 6th St. S. Phone 327-5747 IT'S HERE NOW! THE NEW 1971 YAMAHA The husky winner in perfor- mance and beauty. A 350 cc machine thai develops 36 h.p. and Jransmits it through a 5 speed gearbox. 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