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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetHkidge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, February Local news Pages 13-24 SECOND SECTION Band council considers federal work program The Blood Indian band council is considering applying for funds for a trades-training project under Canada Manpower's Local Employment Assistance Program Neither the band's economic development office nor the job creation branch of Canada Manpower would give details of the project, which will go to council next week. It is one of two pending applications in Southern Alberta. Derek Mazur, interim LEAP co-ordinator for the Prairie region, said in a telephone interview from Winnipeg that LEAP'S purpose is to employ people who would not normally be employed "because there are barriers to their employment." Barriers could include lack of job skills or social communication skills, isolation in rural areas, criminal records, a long welfare record or prolonged absence from the labor force. LEAP should provide training and rehabilitation for these people, says Mr Mazur The program differs from the Local Initiatives department won't let anyone crack its empire' Creative dance class at Agnes Davidson School is "fun" physical instruction 'Increase phys. ed. time and make sure it's fun' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The time allocation for physical education in Lethbridge elementary schools is not sufficient to produce a high level of fitness and physical skills, the public schools' education and health coordinator claims. Elementary public schools now allocate between 60 and 90 minutes a week for physical education instruction substantially less than the hour per school day Ed Henderson advocates. "One of the frustrating things of physical education instruction is the lack of time available because you know it leads to a lack of Mr. Henderson says. "When you talk about quality, you haveio talk about more time being spent at acqwing skills." L And he claims there is "not much hope in the school situation to reach a good standard of quality until more time is available" for physical training. The amount of time allocated to physical instruction in Lethbridge schools is on par with' most schools in Canada, but is substantially less than in schools located in other democratic nations of the world, Mr. Henderson points out. Over emphasis He doesn't blame the school system nor the individual schools for restricting physical education to two or three short periods each week The over-emphasis upon academic education reflects the public's attitudes toward the education of their children and the importance of physical activity. Most people devote very little, if any, time to physical activity in Canada and have not considered physical fitness to be a priority for themselves or their children. The result has been a total emphasis on intellectual pursuits with physical education not considered to be an integral part of the school In addition to the one hour per day of physical instruction, Mr. Henderson believes one-half a school day per week should be allocated for athletic programs. That would permit instructors to concentrate on one activity such as basketball or gymnastics for a Mock period of about three hours every week. Alert and keen production increases when workers are physically fit and alert, Mr. Henderson says. He also supports his theory that academic standards would not decrease if more of the school day was devoted to physical fitness by referring to physical education experiments in France and Japan. The experiments were aimed at obtaining a better balance between elementary students' physical and intellectual activities. The experimental classes devoted their mornings to academic work and their afternoons to daily physical education and the fine arts. Good results EveiTthough the students' academic education 'was reduced to about four hours per day, the results of the experiment showed that the health, fitness, enthusiasm and discipline of students in the experimental class surpassed those of the traditional control classes. The academic results of the experimental classes also surpassed those of the control classes that were chosen at the beginning of the experiment for the purpose of comparison. Mr. Henderson believes the future of physical activity and the Fitness, of the Canadian people rests with how physical education is taught in the schools today "If you gain a positive attitude toward fitness and your experiences with exercise are pleasant ones then you're likely to continue to be physically active after your formal school years are completed." People who have enjoyed the feeling of physical exertion during their younger days will have no difficulty finding "things to do to keep obtaining those good feelings" when they leave school and enter the work force, Mr. Henderson suggested when it was pointed out that very few employers in Alberta actively encourage physical fitness. Even with the limited time available lathem, school physical education instructors can have a lasting affect on a youngster's attitude toward physical fitness, he says They must develop "a good varied program that allows' all students to gain a feeling of success with physical activity. Fitness must not be looked upon as work or just be participated in to obtain a pass must be fun, Mr. Henderson insists. "You may turn them off physical fitness forever if you force them but if kids like it, they'll do it forever." Tuesday: teacher training deficient By spending more time in physical activities and less time on intellectual learning, the students wouldn't fall behind academically, Mr. Henderson claims. I think academic standards would remain the same or improve." He feels students would be more alert and much keener about learning if they were able to split their academic day with two or three periods of physical training. "There are a lot of companies in the world today providing physical fitness facilities for employees" because they have found that Physical education students at Senator Buchanan School BILL GAOENEN photos Whoop-Up Country takeover is today An organizational meeting to set up a board of directors for the operation of Kinsmen Whoop-Up Country will be held today. Roger Reich, a member of the Whoop-Up Country Historical Society provisional board of directors, says Whoop-Up Country has become too big project for the Kinsmen club to handle. Also, "Kinsmen aren't supposed to run continuing programs." Mr. Reich says. According to a Kinsmen bylaw they get a program going and torn it over to the community. Whoop-Up Country has been funded by the Kinsmen until now, Mr. Reich says. When it is taken over by the society it will be for provincial and federal grants that the Kinsmen weren't eligible for. The public meeting will be held at the Civie Sports Centre in Room One at 8 p.m. All people interested in becoming involved in the historical museum operation are asked to attend. Memberships wHl be on sale at this meeting at a cost of Representatives of interested Southern Alberta, as well as individuals, are welcome. Whoop-Up Country is located in Indian Battle Park and consists of the Whoop-Up Fort and a mining train operation. Inside the fort are several artifacts of the Wooop-Up era, the time when the Northwest Mounted Police ai lived. WATERTON (Staff) Gordon Casey, president of the Waterton Chamber of Commerce, charged today the federal parks department has built an empire "and they will not permit anyone to crack it." Speaking in reference to residents of the Jasper townsite electing a special committee to represent them in discussions with the federal and provincial governments, Mr. Casey said no such committee exists in Waterton. "We are aware of what's going on in Jasper and it's not a case of letting them carry the ball for us but it's such a hopeless task down here in Waterton where we are so few in said Mr. Casey. "Boy, they have got us right under their thumb." The Jasper townsite residents will elect a special committee for talks with Edmonton and Ottawa that may result in greater self- government for the Alberta community. The Town of Jasper, like Waterton, is now administered by the national parks branch of the department of Indian affairs and northern development. Mr. Casey said the Waterton Chamber of Commerce has been working with the federal government with a view to getting an elected, responsible citizen's council for Waterton. "Really, there hasn't been much he said. In Jasper, Mike Porter says a seven-man committee, headed by himself, was recently appointed by the federal government to organize the election of committee members no later than April 30. The group will have a free hand to speak for residents and may push for self- government rather than an advisory role like that filled by a similar committee in Banff, be said. The committee would represent the residents of Jas- per in municipal affairs until snperceded by an elected council acting under federal jurisdiction. "It will make the view of residents known and if it wishes, enter into negotiations with the federal government as is now being done in said Mr. Porter. Mr. Casey says the Waterton chamber has "preferred not to get too much publicity out of tins thing." He says the key to the problem is having a locally- elected citizens' council "that is recognized officially by the parks department. "The people who do business in the park, they have got to have a voice says Mr. Casey. He says Banff and Jasper have strength in numbers that is not felt at Waterton He says the parks superintendent will tell businessmen here, "That is a good but the local dtitens can pursue it for six months or a year and don't get. Mr. Casey says local government hi the park must also be funded by Ottawa because there is no tax money raised locally "The problem is this: All our park management is coming from Ottawa by people who have never, never. never set foot in the park before. "Where people are living, where people have chosen to live, business people, there has to be an elected body to speak on the behalf of the people living mere. They have got a real interest in the park. "We are not disputing other people in Canada have a vested interest in parks, they do but civil servants are going to wreck the park they are doing a damn lousy job. "It is always construed, the businessman, he wants to make more money, he wants to drain the lake for more businesses, he wants to put a ski lift on the side of a mountain This is what the public thinks and this, is not always true. "For those reasons we have shied away from the publicity said Mr. Casey. "Our member of Parliament, Joe Clark, has been carrying the ball for he said. Program, because LIP projects can be used to provide services to people, but LEAP cannot. It is a do-it- yourself program with no "do- for" projects "We don't provide social workers with money to provide services we'll fund the 'disadvantaged' to do it themselves and he says. Provincial officials cannot sponsor projects, although they can participate in project development. Sponsors can be individuals, voluntary agencies, community or citizen groups or non-profit organizations And projects must be developed in conjunction with a Canada Manpower job creation officer Applicants for LEAP funds must show "either the participants will gain employment in the future or the project will be self- supporting in says Mr Mazur. Projects must also contribute to the community in which they are situated Maximum support is a year, but cheaper projects are given priority Support can continue for three years. Projects must also be labor- intensive Special costs for expert assistance or counselling cannot exceed an addition of 20 per cent to the basic budget, and overhead cannot exceed 25 per cent of gross wages and benefits. Conciliator Liberal Party leader hopefuls to meet here The two candidates for the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party will be in Lethbridge Feb. 26 to meet with Southern Alberta Liberals. John Borger and Nick Taylor will give supporters in the area a chance to get ac- quainted with them before the party's annual convention in Edmonton March 1 at which one of them will be elected leader of the party. The meeting will be at Syen Ericksen's Family Restaurant at 8 p.m. of PINCHER CREEK (Staff) The Town of Pincher Creek and the Canadian Union of Public Employees have agreed to appoint a conciliator in their wage dispute over wages for 15 outside workers The government-appointed conciliator, the town and CUPE, will meet at Pincher Creek Wednesday to try to settle the dispute. CUPE is seeking wage increases ranging from 23 to 30 per cent. Honor teacher A teacher who spent most of her 40 years of teaching at the St. Basil's School in Lethbridge will be honored tonight. Alberta Garke, who retired last June, will be presented with a silver tray, a booklet and a scroll in acknowledgment of her long service to the teaching profession and St Basil's School. Carnival queen Newly-crowned Chinook Winter Carnival Queen Wendy Ryan receives her sash from last year's queen, Rosalind Wojtowicz, at we cabaret in the 4-H Building Saturday. The outdoor recreation student was picked as the best of seven girts competing for the honor. ;