Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Letltbrukje Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 18, 1975 Pages 15-28 Quebec: Training to beat the world Winter Games warmup session "The spirit is good." That's how Quebec chef-de-mission Gaetan Ste-Marie describes the coin- petitive zeal and infectious camaraderie of 202 Winter Games athletes proudly wearing the white fleurs-de-lis and smartly-tailored blue uniforms of La Belle Province. The spirit is good, says because Quebec athletes no longer want "to beat the English." It's been eight years since the Que- bec government embarked on an ex- pensive campaign to train World calibre athletes. Now, with the 1976 Olympics in Montreal fast approaching, Quebec athletes no longer want to "beat the says Ste-Marie. "They want to beat the world." "We would like every Canadian team going to the Olympics to have at least one third of its athletes and of- ficials from admits the 36- year-old baseball scout, freelance writer and consultant to Quebec's High Commission on Youth, Leisure and Sport. "In some cases, like water polo and handball, where 70 per cent of the national team are from Quebec, it's already been done." GYMNASTICS Casual Games watchers first notic- ed Quebec athletes during gymnastic competition, as they won more gold medals in that event than the entire Quebec contingent collected in 1967 at the first Winter Games in Quebec City. Monday night, basketball fans at the Sportsplex marvelled at the spirit of the Quebec men's basketball team as it crushed British Columbia and witnessed the understatement in Ste-Marie's terse description. The spirit is, indeed, good. In almost every sport, Quebec athletes have won the admiration of both spectators and fellow athletes with keen competitive spirit and overwhelming esprit de corps. And they have won some medals, too. The spirit and success of the blue contingent underscores the politics of sport, and shows how each province and territory differs in financial sup- port to sport facilities and coaching. The momentum of success and spirit, says Ste-Marie, began in 1967 with the Union Nationale administra- tion of Daniel Johnson, which funded JEAN CHOQUETTE: FOUR GOLD, ONE SILVER, ONE BRONZE the first Winter Games. The late '60s campaign to improve athletic perfor- mance has since mushroomed into a full-scale athletic war with sights set on the Olympics. Mission '76 is the official name for the big push to thrust Quebec into international competition with the world's finest athletes. His hands punctuating fluent English, Ste-Marie cites a few examples: By Russ Oughtred Herald Staff Writer The men's basketball team that won Monday night's finals is an all- star team which trained against American basketball teams. "One exhibition game was played against the Boston All-Stars, which had six former players from the Boston Celtics. Our team didn't win, of course, but it scored more than 100 points." Quebec's fencing team travelled to Paris to train before the Games. Two ping pong players travelled to China for six weeks in the summer of 1973. The two lost before crowds of "but it's the only way to get experience in international com- petition." Quebec's rowing team has trained in Vichy, France, and its boxers have fought in Montreal exhibition matches against .Russian nationals. "They got killed by the admits a grinning Ste-Marie, "but they got experience." The Winter Games, he adds, are "a hell of a good gauge" of results from Quebec's massive support of amateur sport. QUESTIONS "When we came to Lethbridge, we thought, 'If we finish lower than third, we'll have some questions to ask. And the first people to ask the questions of is ourselves.' So far, the Quebec chef-de-mission hasn't asked himself many soul searching questions. He's pleased with the performance of Quebec athletes: "The spirit is good." ON WAY TO BADMINTON GOLD, GAETAN JEAN BATS BIRD WITH ROGER CAUCHON BACK UP Macleod eyeing from MFC By DARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD Town council decided Monday night to advise the Alberta Municipal Finance Corporation that it could seek borrowing this year of as much as Deadline for a rough estimate of borrowing expectancy is Feb. 28. Water and sewer upgrading will take about million. Town Administrator Roy White told council, expected borrowing can be categorized roughly as follows: Purchase of land for new water in- take, construction of municipal building for the RCMP, three blocks of curb, gutter and sidewalks, hard surfacing of four blocks of road, street and lane, waterworks system, sewage system, and purchase of am- bulance and two trucks, "It is strictly an estimate for .the Alberta Municipal Finance Cor- said Mr. White. "I have got to get it away." "A new backhoe is worth about said Coun. Ralph Webb, suggesting the estimate be hiked. Coun. Ian Bennett wondered if another eight blocks of sidewalk work could be included "if we go into that new subdivision." It could be covered when the lots are priced, said Mr. White. Said Coun. Jim Coutts: "I don't think is going to buy that land we are talking about." At the same time, Mr. White inform- ed council the consulting engineering firm of Underwood, McLellan and Associates has been told the town has "got to get moving on this sewer it has got to go right away." The engineering consultants will give the town two prices on the new sewer system, one with a new sewage dis- posal plant and one without. The pollution control branch has ordered that sewage disposal be up- graded by December. Expected borrowing would cover the plant and a trunk line sewer up to 24th Street, said. Mr. White. Council suggested that the figure for paving be hiked to and another be included for airport work. "If we don't need it we can give it said Coun. Bennett. "All we are giving them is an es- timate on what we may have to emphasized the town ad- ministrator. Fund dispute has cost Pincher school deficit growing larger every day By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The provincial government decision to withhold operating funds from Pincher Creek schools has cost the school board about' in interest and the deficit is increasing each day The department of educa- tion has withheld the final grant payment from the Pincher Creek School Division since mid-December because of a change in foundation grant regulations. In November, the cabinet passed an order-in-council amending the school founda- tion grant regulations to ex- clude the per student grant for all high school students over 23 years and for all students attending evening classes. 'The Pincher Creek school board has refused to comply with a request by the depart- ment to produce another stu- dent count, eliminating the students who no longer qual- ify because of the amendment. The board, on the advice of Alberta School Trustee Association lawyers, have refused to submit another count until all school jurisdic- tions have been issued the same request. SOME FORT PENSIONERS EXCLUDED FROM CENTRE Per student grants It also objects to the department's intention to withhold the per student grants for students who don't qualify under the foundation grant retroactive to July. The department informed the Pincher Creek school of- ficials Monday that it has issued a similar request for a new enrolment count to all school boards in the province. The two governing bodies are still in disagreement over the retroactive claims of the department. Education Minister Lou Hyndman told The Herald Feb. 4 the retroactive claim depends on the type of funding arrangement that can be worked out between the department and board. Since the retroactive claims of the department have im- plications for all school juris- dictions, the'Alberta School Trustees Association has also become directly involved in the issue and no agreement is insight. Meanwhile, education in the Pincher Creek school juris- diction continues to suffer heavy interest losses. FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Mayor Charlie Edgar told town councillors Monday night that if there are more complaints from senior citi- zens of exclusion from the new senior citizens drop-in centre here, council will have to act. Said Mayor Edgar, "an old age pensioner, an Indian, was.. told he was not wanted, in there." It is "not he said. New Horizon Program grants were set up for the centre to operate as a senior citizens centre. But the way it is being operated now, "You can't go in without having a ticket from the Fort Macleod Old Age Pensioners Association." He said any citizen drawing the old age pension should be allowed into the centre, "regardless of race, creed or anything else." Coun. Ian Bennett suggested grant money be sought to hire a centre manager. The pen- sioners club would have to seek a time for its meetings, like anyone else. "It hasn't really been decid- ed who administers that said Coun. John Viens. Syncrude oil firms 'inflated costs9 Notley contends Losing per month The provincial government has withheld based on the Sept. 30 enrolment, un- der the foundation grant and another under other special funding categories. As a result, the board has lost about in interest it would have received to mid- February, if the foundation grant had been forwarded in mid-December. It will continue to lose about a month until the grant is forwarded. In addition, the department had to borrow in Janu- ary to pay its teachers' salaries and other school ex- penses. Its previous years sur- plus covered the expenses from mid-December to January 25. It will have to borrow another Feb. 25 if the foundation grant is not settled prior to that date. The operating money is ob- tained through a bank at just under 10 per cent interest. That leaves the Pincher Creek board with over a interest bill for the period Jan. 25 to Feb. 25 and facing about a 500 interest bill for the follow- ing month. "Luckily we were in good financial shape or we would be borrowing much more than we said one Pincher Creek school official. upon reviewing the board's current financial status. New intersection plan may allow factory move FOrtT MACLEOD (Staff Town council Monday night approved a provincial highways department sugges- tion that could pave the way for the relocation here of Premier Homes Ltd. of Lethbridge. But Bill Hickman of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission is still against the 18th Street site here, said Town Ad- ministrator Roy White. The planner says the area is more suitable for a residential development. The highways department has suggested an intersection design that would place Highway 3 access for mobile home transportation 2H feet from the railway tracks and more than 500 feet from the highway median. Earlier the planner said moving mobile homes from the proposed sales yard west on Highway 3 would pose a serious safety problem because it was then planned as less than 50 feet from the railroad crossing. However, the highways department has not opposed the Premier Homes proposal. The firm wants to buy land near Highway 3 on both sides of Itth Street here. The town administrator told council the application will be heard Thursday night at planning, commission meeting. By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Alberta NDP Leader Grant Notley, in fighting trim, open- ed his party's "Syncrude elec- tion" offensive Monday at a series of press conferences. Mr. Notley brought with him his own assessments of the huge Syncrude oil sands project, based on the government's independent evaluations. -Alberta decided to invest in the project after a weekend study of its con- sultants' reports on the economic viability of Syncrude and its climbing costs. "There is considerable evidence the consortium has upped the construction costs in order to suck governments in and in the process, get the public to underwrite a major portion of the Mr. Notley told a press conference in the city. MAN-HOURS He cited Syncrude's own figures of one year ago which estimated 12 million man- hours will be required for construction. Yet the government's independent report in January said Syncrude now estimated 22 million man-hours .83 per cent higher than the original estimate, Mr. Notley charged. He also questioned labor costs in one report which he said worked out to per hour and annual salaries of "Even allowing for overhead, that's just complete nonsense." He said that the government allowed Syncrude's potential competitor, Shell Oil, to study the consultants' reports in their entirety. The public of Alberta which might put in up to billion "has a clear-cut right to that information because we're footing the Nil." Mr. Notley said he suspects the government is keeping the bulk of the four reports secret, not because of an agreement with the consor- tium, "but because the government doesn't want peo- ple who know what's going on in the oil sands to get hold of them." "It's a bad deal for Alberta, a very bad deal they are attempting to sweep the Syncrude deal under the rug." Mr. Notley said his party will be presenting "an ex- citing set of alternatives" to Conservative policies as the campaign progresses. Plat- form planks will include denti- care proposals, initiatives in education and agriculture.' But Syncrude, "the greatest boondoggle perpetrated by this Tory will be on centre stage. The only way the "boondoggle" will not become a public issue is if the Opposition "chickens which Mr. Notley said it has no intention of doing. "This is our version of the great pipeline debate of 1956 sometime between the Waltons and W-5 on television Sunday night the government's committed more than a billion dollars of our money. "This is the irony of it, the contradiction. The Alberta government says we need foreign investment capital and then we lend the multi- national companies million to build the plant." 41 CANDIDATES The New Democrats' "tac- tical objective" is to replace the Social Credit Party as the official opposition, "to begin the dialogue between the right-wing Tory party and the left-of-centre he said. The-party has nominated 42 candidates to date, with another 21 nominations set to gq. It leads the Socreds in can- didates fielded.