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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta We invite you to drop In and see BERNICE VOTH for all your European travel arrangements. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 20, 1973 PAGES 11 TO 20 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-74II FILING CABINETS NOT MUZZLED Hutterites can do, say as they please-King By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Hutterites In Alberta are not muzzled - they can do and say as they please, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce directors were told Monday. Dave King, Conservative member of the Alberta legislature for Edmonton-Highlands, made the statement in response to a question from director John Los wen. The question stemmed from a report that the provincial government suggested Hutterites refrain from public comment on the repeal of the Communal Properties Act to avoid confusing the issue. The act is to be repealed March 1 because it is a violation of human rights. Mr. King said the main problem in Alberta is land use and the problem is not peculiar to Hutterites. Outside Calgary, he said, there is a Hutterite colony with 110 persons living on 10 sections of land. The colony abuts 19 sections owned by a corporation on which only the manager and his family lives. The manager employs casual help when needed. Large scale land use is a developing problem here and a big problem in other jurisdictions, such as in parts of the U.S., Mr. King said. The provincial government is looking at what aid can be provided the individual who wants to continue faming or get started in farming. The government is considering the whole question of land use in the province, said Mr. King. A provincial zoning of land, similar to a city zoning bylaw, is being considered on the basis of land use. Different areas miay be set aside for large land holdings and other areas for the smaller family farms so .they are not seriously isolated t After the act is repealed the Hutterites will be able to buy what they want, Mr. King said, but they have been advised to go slowly because of their poor public relations and poor image. An advisory committee has been established as a liaison between the Hutterites and government. It has no powers but is designed to assist Hutterites in finding locations for new colonies. It can "suggest" that no new colony be established within 15 miles of an existing colony and that colonies generally be restricted to eight sections (5,-120 acres). Alberta's 7,200 Hutterites now occupy 580,000 acres of farmland in the province or 1.2 per cent of the total land. Mr._ King, 26, the foungest MLA in the house, proved to be a polished speaker as he reviewed for chamber directors highlights of last week's throne speech. The property tax reduction plan this year is an interim measure only, he said. The government believes in an ability-to-pay scheme and changes will be made later. It is unlikely there will ever be a sales tax in Alberta, he said. It is a regressive stcv in which those on * lower incomes get hit proportionately higher. The escalating capital and labor costs- of education is a major problem that will have to be dealt with. The cost of government is a ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC ; DENTAl MECHANIC Schwartz BMg. 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 INCOME' TAX INDIVIDUAL, FARM, and BUSINESS RETURNS F. M. DOUGLAS 917-27 Street 'A' N. Ph. 328-0330, 328-1705 concern and not very much has been done about it to date. He indicated, however, that something will be done. He urged established groups like the chamber to write and phone MLAs and cabinet ministers. Such communication from established groups aire respected and dealt with whereas those from some other groups or individuals may not carry as much weight. Six government departments will be moving into 10 different towns in the province this year in a decentralization move and to help smaller communities. Nothing is slated for Lethbridge, said Mr. King. Council increases Nutting's income TOM NUTTING An increase to $200 a month for unvouchered expenses for City Manager Tom Nutting, bringing his income from the city to $27,200 a year, was approved by city council Monday. The raise, from $26,000 a year including $100 a month expenses, is retroactive to Jan. 1, 1973. Aldermen Chick Chichester and Bill Kergan voted against the increase. "Council last year acted on a letter from the city manager which requested a salary of $26,000 until the end of 1973," Aid. Chichester said. Council at that time approved a resolution expressing the intention to continue the salary at that figure. Aid. Vayghan Hembroff said although he concurs with the strict interpretation of the resolution, there was no contract between council -and the city manager. "The city manager is now saying the salary agreed to in the resolution is not sufficient for the job he is doing," Aid. Hembroff said. Aid. Kergan voted, against the increase in unvouchered expenses - but was not opposed to a salary increase - because "an unvouchered expense is an � income tax dodge." Mayor Andy Anderson said expenses are not tax dodges because they have to be justified to the tax department. Mr. Nutting was seeking an increase to $300 a month for expenses, or an income of $28,400, Aid. Vera Ferguson said. A resolution to increase Mr. Nutting's basic salary to $27,000 was defeated in a committee-of-the-whole meeting. Opposition persists in Slave Lake affair Publisher for a day Herald publisher for a day Joyce Oishi watches day-long position as part of Boy Scout-Girl Guide week pressman Dave Wilson adjust the press as Herald editor- which ends Saturday. Other scouts and guides will be publisher Geo Mowers looks on. Mr. Mowers gave Joyce assuming honorary positions in the city this week- in- a lour of the plant Monday as she assumed her honorary eluding a day as mayor, fire chief and police chief. Games proposals encouraged By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Alberta's minister without portfolio responsible for tourism says his door is open to proposals to upgrade West Castle Ski Resort, 90 miles southwest of Lethbridge. With selection of Southern Alberta for the 1975 Canada Winter Games, Bob Dowling said in an interview that the time is ripe to talk about improvements to facilities in the entire area. "I'm particularly delighted for West Castle," he said. "That area has a tough road to hoe to convince the people of Lethbridge to consider it their ski area." Mr. Dowling said Edmonton-ians consider Jasper their ski area, Calgarians consider Banff their area and Lethbridge residents should support West Castle. Ski Area manager Dan Mc-Kim told The Herald recently that he has been trying to get the department of highways to take over responsibility to upgrade and improve the road into West Castle from Pincher Creek. The 12 miles into the ski hill costs the resort $20,000 a year to maintain, said Mr. McKim. Asked if he'd press the highways department to take over the road, Mr. Dowling said "I'd go to bat for any road that develops tourism in the province." The road into West Castle is currently under the jurisdiction of the department of lands and forests and is not kept in adequate condition for recrea- South teachers' convention starts Thursday at LCI Students in Southern Alberta prepare for the annual February four-day weekend while their teachers attend the 73rd convention of the South Western Alberta Teacher's Association in Lethbridge. More than 1,300 teachers are expected for the convention, which begins Thursday at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, headquarters for the meeting. Three special programs Thursday and 12 specialist workshops Friday morning will be held at the LCI and other schools nearby. WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDON'S PROMOTION SALE 1 DAY ONLY - THURS. FEB. 22 516-3rd. Ave. S. -Next to Bank of Montreal The convention will be preceded by a discussion Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the utilization of task forces in education. Dr. Robert Bryce of the University of Alberta's department of educational administration, will conduct the discussion at a dinner meeting in Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. Dr. Earle Hawkesworth, deputy minister of education, will address the delegates Thursday. Other guest speakers are Dr. Samuel Proctor, of New York, and Dr. S. A. Earl, faculty of education, University of Lethbridge. The convention schedule also lists Hugh Teskey, president, Retired Teachers' Association; Charlie Conjaors, Alberta Teachers' Association; Jim Bate, manager of the Unemployment Insurance Commission's Lethbridge office; Jaines White, former representative of McGraw-Hill publishers; Dr. Leon Jakobovits, University of Hawaii, and Dr. John Hunt, University of Montana. tional use, said Mr. McKim. When icy there are regular traffic tie-ups on steep sections of the route, he said. Mr. McKim said he has also been trying to get department of lands and forests and department of municipal affairs approvals for other work at the resort. Mr. Dowling said if West Castle representatives got to gether with people representing Lethbridge and other parts of the Winter Games area, the provincial government would extend a. welcome hearing to their concerns. He suggested that a presentation be made on behalf of the entire area, rather than for just a part of it. Indian treaties collected at LCC A native Canadian, Laura Wasacase, has developed one of the most complete sets of reference materials on the North American Indian for use by students of Lethbridge Community College. Miss Wasacase, with LCC librarian Barbara Marshalsay, has obtained a complete set of Crown treaties from 1850 to 1923 signed between native Canadians and the British monarch of the day, from Queen Victoria to King George V. Also accumulated by Miss Wasacase, with students of LCC's social counselling program, are a variety of native handicrafts now on display in the Kate Andrews Building on campus. "All of this information will make native students realize how ridiculous these treaties are. "Our program badly needed information and I took it upon myself to gather it. I knew of the information services available through the Indian Affairs Branch and sought to use it to our advantage," Miss Wasacase says. A four-year employee of the IAB in computer technology, Miss Wasacase said she was "appalled by the lack of adequate information on Indian peoples and their history" when she arrived at LCC. Because all information gathered is available to LCC students and the Southern Alberta community, she said relations and understanding between native and non-native people may improve. In addition to the federal government's Indian Policy of 1969, treaties available at LCC include: The Robinson Treaty between Queen Victoria and the Chippe-1850; Treaties 1 and 2, between Queen Victoria and the Chippe way and Cree tribes, 1871; Treaty 3, between Queen Victoria and the Saulteaux tribe of OjLbeway Indians- 1873; Treaty 4, between Queen Victoria and the Cree and Saulteaux tribes, 1874. Treaty 5, between Queen Victoria and the Saulteaux and Swampy Cree tribes, 1875; Treaty 6, between Queen Victoria and the Plain and Wood Cree Indians, 1876. Treaty 7, between Queen Victoria and the Blackfeet Indians, 1877; the James Bay Treaty No. 9 under King Edward Vn; Treaty 10 and Reports of Commissioners, 1906; Treaty 11, between King George V and the Slave, Dogrib, Loucheux and Hare tribes, 1921; and the King George V Traaty of 1923 with the Chippewa. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - The Slave Lake controversy dominated the legislature Monday as opposition MLAs called for the resignation of cabinet ministers, a judicial enquiry, legislation to prevent a recurrence of the human rights violation and a full statement from the premier on the matter. Premier Peter Lougheed apologized for the incident in which the RCMP was used to gather information about residents and he said it should never happen again. However, the government declared it does not intend to take any further action. Attorney - General Merv Leitch and the minister without portfolio responsible for Northern development, Allen Adair, have already publicly apologized. BACKGROUND Mr. Adair said he simply intended to gather "background information" to assist in assessing government programs in the Slave Lake area. Opposition MLAs branded the use of the RCMP a clear civil rights violation which makes the Alberta Bill of Rights, which became effective Jan. 1, a "worthless piece of paper." Gordon Taylor, the veteran Social Credit MLA, called for the assembly to go on record to regret and deplore the action. Opposition house leader Jim Henderson charged that there was no other explanation except that the police had been used for "political purposes." The incident has damaged the reputation of the RCMP, he charged. NEW TWIST The Conservatives knew the storm was in the offing, but Mr. Taylor put a new twist into the debate by saying the government had sent a man to a mental institution last December because he had been bothering the Workmen's Compensation Board. Mr. Taylor, a 33-year veteran of the legislature and former highways minister, made the statement while moving an amendment to the motion accepting the speech from the throne. The amendment said MLAs "regret and deplore the violations of the spirit and intent of the Alberta bill of rights." He said Frank Joseph Edward Davy of Edmonton was picked up by police and a doctor at the Compensation Board offices Dec. 19 and sent to the mental institution at Oliver, just north of Edmonton. Mr. Davy, he said, had injured his back and had made several requests to have his case fairly dealt with, but couldn't get satisfaction. He was later released from Oliver and was sitting in the public gallery when Mr. Taylor made his speech. "Is this Canada or is it Moscow?" asked Mr. Taylor. He demanded an immediate judicial inquiry into the Davy case. Health Minister Neil Crawford later told the house the Social Credit members could take the case before the Alberta ombudsman. The three men investigated- in the Slave Lake matter - Bruce Thomas, publisher of the weekly Slave Lake Oiler, Al Burger of Faust and Floyd Griesback of Wabasca - had criticized government policies and last year organized a petition charging two town councillors with conflict of interest in property dealings. GETTY SLAMMED Dennis Barton (SC - Lesser Slave Lake), a resident of the town of 2,800, charged Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs, has acted with "arrogance f/.d a juvenile approach" in handling issues in the controversy which has "torn the town apart." Mr. Getty should resign if he can't settle some of the problems involving various levels of government, said Mr. Barton. Grant Notley (NDP - Spirit River - Fairview) charged that rumors about a police investigation "swept the town" damaging advertising revenue to Mr. Thomas's newspaper. Mr. Notley demanded all correspondence involving the police be tabled to s.ee whether the government breached its contract by using the police to investigate residents who were not charged or suspected "on reasonable grounds" to have committed a crime. SHOULD RESIGN Mr. Notley said if the premier does not give a full statement clearing the air, Mr. Leitch and Mr. Adair should be asked to resign and an enquiry launched to bring details of the matter to light. Attorney-General Leitch told the legislature that the RCMP had been used only to investigate the three Slave Lake men, but that all government departments gather information about people as a matter of regular business. He said this information was kept confidential. Mr. Notley replied that it was not confidential in the Slave Lake affair because Mr. Thomas found out about the investigation from another resident of the town. To calls from the opposition (CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic IBLACK DENTAL LABI MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. lower level PHONE 327-2822 of "resign" Mr. Adair said "there was no investigation . . . it was simply requesting some background information relating to programs in the area." Mr. Adair said he wanted information about Mr. Thomas so he could determine "whether I could take the articles that he had written seriously." Mr. Taylor replied that if Mr. Adair's intentions had been so innocent, then why had he apologized. Mr. Adair said the explanation given by the attorney general explained that. 3 finalists for manager's assistant City council will meet the three candidates for the assistant city manager's position Thursday and will decide next Monday who will get the job. The candidates are from Claresholm, Calgary and Lethbridge. Fireman promoted A Lethbridge fireman has been promoted to lieutenant in charge of C platoon at the No. 3 Fire Station. Ron Wakelen, 39, of 1138 12th' A St. S., received his assignment Thursday after serving as a firefighter, first class for 14 years. Lieut. Wakelen joined the fire department in 1956. Super Special! MUGS  Heat proof  Decorated  Assorted colors Reg. 45c each .00 SPECIAL 3,1  IRONSTONE MUGS Assorted colors. ftCkli I Special, each PwJB Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN SALE EXECUTIVE HI-BACK POSTURE SWIVEL CHAIR Hooded swivel ball casters. A four function posture filter, adjusting both the seat and back provides excellent comfort. Black, gold, avocado, cinnamon, blue. Regular 123.70 ......... SALE 33"^ CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD. 319 7th STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-4591 ;