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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Senior care complex cost deficit mounting Thursday, February 20, 1975-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-19 BLAIRMORE (Staff) The Crowsnest Pass Hospital, Nursing Home and Senior Citizens Home is providing senior citizens with a high level of care but it hasn't been decided who should pay for it, Ernie Luini, hospital ad- ministrator, said Wednesday. Explaining an deficit facing the institution after its first .year of amalgamated operation, Mr.' Luini said ad- ditional costs were incurred because senior citizens are be- ,ing looked after very well un- der this new concept of amalgamated operation. v "For said Mr. Luini in a telephone interview, have some people in the senior citizens lodge who have medication they have to take. If they were left on their own they could be left in quite a mess. They might take the wrong medicine and in no time at all would end over in active treatment hospital. But we have a nurse who ensures they get the treatment they deserve." ED PITTMAN Warner man seeks nod to committee Another Southern Alberta farmer has joined in the race for election to the Canadian Wheat Board advisory com- mittee. Ed Pittman, a former Coun- ty of Warner councillor, is seeking the seat for Zone 9. Mr. Pittman has served as county school committee chairman for 10 years and served as county reeve for 10 years. On the platform of farmer representation on the ad- visory board for the Canadian grain selling agency, Mr. Pittman says he is anxious to become involved in its respon- sibility. Taber ponders bids TABER (HNS) The town public works committee will make a recommendation at 24 council meeting on eight tenders opened this week for a new two-year front-end loader. Tenders range from to after allowance has been made for trade-in of a 1968 Hough International Harvester Company machine. The committee will also study three tenders for a tractor-mounted mower. Council authorized con- sulting engineer Bent N. Madsen to purchase worth of pipe, valves and fit- tings for the water plant ex- tension. Council this week cleared some of the hurdles on water line easements from the new reservoir southwest of town. The Alberta Municipal Finance Corporation will be advised how much council wants to borrow this year. Council is known to want for the water system expansion and for street paving spurred by excavations for storm sewers and gas and telephone line installations. But there are no grants or provincial funding schemes to pay for these added costs, said Mr. Luini. "This is the only time we are mixing our senior citizens with a nursing home and a hospital. It's a new concept. Another-one will be tried at Calgary shortly. But now we are the only said Mr. Luini. "This is why this is be- ing studied so closely." The three institutions, amalgamated in name, are not under one budget. ".This is what we are studying, to try to bring it un- der one said Mr. Luini. The deficit was incurred, he .3aid, because "we are giving a standard of care in the senior citizens lodge that possibly should be given only in a nurs-' ing home at that level." The deficit is causing con- siderable concern to towns and areas in the Crowsnest Pass. As a result of this deficit the Alberta Hospitals Service 'Commission has sent Ben Johnson, director of standards and field services, to take a look at hospital financing. His study will continue for at least three months and possibly take as long as a year. The local foundation is a pilot project and the first of its kind ever attempted in this country. Reports indicate that patients and guests here are enjoying the best health care facility in this country. Mr. Luini says the Alberta Hospital Services Commis- sion has announced that it will accept the figures presented by the local, complex, on the basis of the present level 'of care, for continuing operation of the unit. But this has not resolved the deficit incurred in 1974 of "We're unique since 'we are the only area in Canada that has tried this integrated health said the administrator. Meanwhile, councils of Crowsnest Pass towns say that because this operation is a pilot project-for the whole country, the local areas should not be obligated to pay for the large deficit. 't Main street art show Bill Campbell, 70, Hillspring, painted this four- by-eight-foot landscape for his son, 'Blaine Campbell, who liked it so much he put it on permanent dis- play in his main street front yard. The artist has three other landscapes on his own fence. painter completed a painting in three days, he said. Tim N. Coreman fine Seven year old Tim Neil Coreman of Stave- ly is doing well after his heart operation this week at the Mayo Clinic. Tim will remain in hospital from six to eight weeks, The Herald learned in a telephone interview Wednesday with Evelyn Parkin, sociak worker at the hospital at Rochester, Minn. Tim's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Coreman of Stavely, at Rochester during the operation, were not available for comment. The operation cor- rected a congenital heart defect which had his blood to bypass his lungs because he has no pulmonary artery. Citizens of Stavely and district raised more than in a "Have a Heart For Tim" cam- paign to help defray ex- penses for the operation. .rtiMI SljiSwii South in short Taber racing meet plans laid 5 TABER (HNS) Taber Exhibition Association officials j will meet officials of the Alberta Racing Commission at Calgary Friday to discuss arrangements for the annual race meet here. It will be held July 29 and 30. Commission chairman I. W. Parsons will meet with TEA President Gordon S. Saunders and other local officials associated with the two day. race card. I Agriculture seminar Friday i BROOKS (Special) The first of two law seminars spon- sored by Alberta Agriculture will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Alberta Government Service Centre here. The second seminar will be held in the Tilley Hall Monday. Changes in family law affecting property rights, matrimonial law and estate planning will be discussed. A Leafcutter Bee Day will begin at 9 a.m. March 12 in the Tel Star Motor Inn here with Dr. Gordon A. Hobbs, an en- tomologist at the Lethbridge Research Station speaking about hive making. Dr. Ken W. Richards, also of the research station will speak about shelter designs. Dr. Hobbs will speak on incubation prior to the noon break. Records, bookkeeping class set COUTTS (HNS) The Hillsview Women's Institute is spon- soring a records and bookkeeping course to be held Monday to Friday in the Grain Community Hall. It is open to anyone in the community. Interested persons may phone Mrs. Robert Hulit at Coutts for further information. Fashion show to be in March NANTON (Special) Members of the Alpha Etas fraterni- ty Here will hold their annual fashion show, to be entitled Sorine Fling 75, in March, the date to be announced. 'Pass music festival March 17 BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The annual Crowsnest Pass music festival will be held March 17 to 19. It is sponsored by the Blairmore Lions Club and will be held in the Isabelle Sellon School here. Extra competitions may possibly be held March 20 Those holding trophies have been asked to return them as soon as possible so these can be awarded to the new winners. Trophies may be returned to Vern Decoux or Dennis Pitkin both of Blairmore. 'Pass lights promoted at Coleman COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Town council this week decided to seek the support of 'local organizations to urge the department of highways to in- stall lights along Highway 3 here. Council agreed it is now hazardous for students who walk along the highway to and from the Crowsnest Con- solidated High School. Council will also request the department to install a bicy- cle lane. District Highways Engineer Joe Glowach of Lethbridge will be asked to have school zone and pedestrian walk signs erected on Highway 3 in the vicinity of the Horace Allen School. Council express- ed concern for the safety of school children in this area. Council will seek financial .assistance from municipal af- fairs and health and social .development departments to alleviate the deficit shown in its first year of operation by the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital and Nursing Home District 40. Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell informed coun- cil by letter that the Alberta Municipal Finance Corpora- tion has been given additional funds to ensure local .governments have a large borrowing pool to meet long term financing requirements. Local governments will receive assistance to ease the burden of interest rates in ex- cess of eight per cent on loans and debentures issued after Jan. 1, 1974. Council accepted a Preven- tive Social Service ,budget presented by director Allan Wilke. B.C. may build refinery on lower mainland site Chinook cafeteria ,o H h Th8 Chinook wind snow from the pasture- land home of this pony, giving him a taste of grass without making him paw through the frosty covering for a change. The warm wind also stripped roads free of ice and snow in places makina travel less of an adventure 9 British Columbia population boom seen VANCOUVER (CP) If growth trends in British Co- lumbia continue the way they have in the last few year, the province's population will nearly double by At a growth rate of 2.3 per cent a a figure deter- mined by a recent study by the B.C. Research Council, the population would increase to 3.88 million in 1996 from 2.18 million in 1971, the year of the province's last census. In one generation, B.C. would increase its numbers by 78 per cent, adding almost as many people as live in Al- berta now. However, these figures con- stitute a projection rather than a prediction, said de- mographer Glen Forrester who did much of the work on the report. "The purpose of generating a forecast is to show where we are heading, based on the best knowledge we now have. "But one reason for finding out where we are heading is that we might want to change the end result. If that's the case, the forecast doesn't have a chance of being right." TRENDSUNCHANGED The figures are based on the assumption that immigration rates would be liable, birth rates would continue to decline at the same rate and death rates would remain the same as they have since 1981. According to the forecast, Vancouver would still be the largest city in B.C. in 1996 but, its population would have risen relatively slowly, in- creasing to from Victoria's regional district, which includes the provincial capital, would also experience a relatively small increase, growing to from However, it would still be the province's second- largest urban area. The community of Delta, south of Vancouver, would be the fastest-growing area, more than trebling its popu- lation to from Only one Falls, isolated on the central B.C. have a de- clining population according to the forecast. Its population would drop to from FEWER UNDER It By 1996, the percentage of people under 19 in B.C. would drop to 29 from 37 per cent of the total, while people in their 20s would drop slightly to 14 per cent from 16. One or the reasons for the drop in these categories is the declining birth rate. The.birth rate in Vancouver fell from 3.55 per cent in 1961 to 2.2 per cent 10 years later. "And the rate It still (ill. said Mr. Forrester. But immigration and migra- tion from the other parts of Canada keep B.C. growing, the forecast says. "Canada as' a whole has a very low rate of Mr. Forrester said. "But'B.C. has the highest in Canada. People like to come to live here. Senior citizens, those over 65, would increase to 12 from nine per cent of the popu- lation. Older middle-aged people, 50 to 64, would hold their own at about 13 to 14 per cent. The largest group would be the younger middle-aged, JO to 49, who would rise to 33 from 24 per cent of the total. NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CP) The Columbian says the provincial govern- ment is all but committed to building its own oil refinery on an acre site at' Hazelmere in the lower mainland community of Surrey. The newspaper says the refinery will cost about million and will have an initial capacity of barrels a day, with expansion to barrels daily within 15 years. It says the refinery will be modelled on a four year old, barrel per day refinery at Gothenberg, Sweden, owned by British Petroleum Corp. The refinery will be almost pollution free. The newspaper quotes a source as saying the govern- ment could announce its refinery intentions in the throne speech to be delivered Tuesday. The refinery itself would take up about one third of the acre Hazelmere site. It would be totally air-cool- ed but would use up to one million gallon! of water .a day for separation of hydrocar- bons in processed steam, the source stated. Water would be drawn from and discharged into the Nicomekl River, which runs north of the Hazelmere site, but because it must be de mineralized an attempt would be made to recycle as much water as possible. "The material we do dis- charge into the Nicomekl) will be harmless to human and marine the source was quoted as saying. "Our refinery would meet the most stringent set of stan- dards (level A) set out in the B.C. pollution control objec- tives (of 1974) by the pollution control board and probably surpass the source said. NOT HARMFUL "There will be no harmful 'air 'emissions or effluents, either to humans, animals, trees, vegetation or soil. "No sulphur will be burned. It will have an enclosed ground level flare. There will be no smell and any noise will be heard only within the refinery perimeter." If the government gave the go ahead today, construction could begin within three months and the refinery could be in operation within four years, the newspaper says. Transmitting the refined oil could involve either construc- tion of a pipeline from Hazelmere to the existing trans mountain pipeline ter- minal at Westridge along Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, or relocation of the Burlington Northern Railway tracks from the White Rock Beach area to connect via Hazelmere with the B.C. Hydro railway tracks at Cloverdale. The government may attempt to attract small independent oil companies to join a refinery consortium, or it may decide to build its own plant, the source indicated. Crowsnest Pass Bureau I I Inv ;