Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, February 21, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - 5 New director will be sort of ombudsman Investigation branch established by the Public Service Commission By RAYMOND B. ABOUD j OTTAWA (CP) - A. R. K. Anderson has been appointed Director General of the Public Service Commission's newly established investigation branch, it was announced today. He will act as a sort of ombudsman to most of Canada's 225,000. public servants. Mr. Anderson, 55, has Iven director general of the staffing branch since March 1, 1967. - As head of the investigation branch' he will be charged with investigating and processing complaints of alleged discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, national origin, color or religion in application of the Public Service Employee's Act. A commission spokesman sadd the idea of a public service ombudsman had been brewing ' since last April. Up to now, the Fair Employment Practices Act, under the jurisdiction of the labor department, looked after complaints on behalf of the commission. "But legally they had no right to pursue and bring to a satisfactory conclusial, any complaints," the spokesman said. As complaints became more numerous and more complex, Meeting sought with Lougheed BED DEER (CP) - City council, at a special session Monday night, called for a meeting with Premier Peter Lougheed and the Alberta cabinet in an effort to obtain "a fair deal" for central Alberta from the provincial and federal governments. Central Alberta Is being consistently short-changed by the senior government, c o u n cil members sadd in agreeing on a list of specific issues it will present to the 'cabinet. One of the immediate objectives is to persuade the provincial government to induce the federal government to include central Alberta in the department of regional economic expansion (DREE) program, Under which Ottawa makes available industrial development incentive grants. Council also unanimously agreed to ask the Red Deer "Regional Planning Commission to convene a meeting of senior officials of neighboring towns end counties "to gain support in the formation of a regional council to deal with' matters of interest to the development of the central Alberta region." A conference of central Alberta community representatives was held Tuesday under the sponsorship of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce to cn-sider subjects of common interest. Council decided to discuss seven specific issues with the cabinet. They include: 1. Inclusion of the central Alberta area in the DREE program, which the provincial government will be discussing later this month' with federal authorities. 2. Increased flow of water in the Red Deer river. 3. Provincial payment of city taxes on the Alberta school Jjospital and Deerhome institu tion, which now are tax exempt. 4. Decentralization of provincial government offices and departments. 5. Financial assistance for redevelopment of dowtown areas in Red Deer and district towns. 6. Completion of the David Thompson Highway and its extension through the Howse Pass. '/. Extension of post-secondary education facilities. "Let's make some noise," urged Aid. Jack Donald. "Being nice and quiet has not been getting us anywhere with the governments." Aid. Anna Parkinson said it's time the provincial government did something for Red Deer . . . "It's time Red Deer received some consideration . . . I'm fed up with the way this city is not being given attention" Mr. Donald sadd the Red Deer region has never been in eluded in federal government programs making outright grants available for the development or expansion of industries, while millions of dollars of such grants have been given to encourage industries in Leth-bridge, Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie. "We should go to Edmonton ami argue for things ether cities are getting," Aid. Ronald Dale said. there was no choice for the commission but to establish an investigation branch where complaints from public service employees could be heard officially. HANDLED ELSEWHERE Complaints from the 1,000 commission personnel will not be handled by the new investigation branch, he said. But a complaint by commission em- ployees could be processed through an appointee from another department, or through the appeals branch. The appeals branch' is an autonomous arm of the commission dealing mainly with complaints relating to promotions, demotions, filings or grievances of a more personal nature. Its decisions cannot be changed or overruled. Eventually even new applicants for employment with the public service will be able to lodge complaints and press for investigation when tJiey feel they have been treated unfairly. The new branch will not encroach on areas covered under the Official Languages Act, although the spokesman acknowledged there could be problems determining whether a case involved racial or language discrimination. But he said the racial issue "is a more subtle discrimination. It goes for Indians, for Eskimos, for women." There are presently about a dozen cases, relating primarily to religion and male versus female opportunities, under investigation. EXPRESSED PLEASURE The Public Service Alliance expressed pleasure with the new branch. Claude Edwards, President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada said "the idea is a positive step and there's no hesitation in our support for it." But he said he would reserve judgment on the effectiveness of having the investigation branch function within the com- ei'Iy within the commission, it mission. might be necessary to place it "If it doesn't function prop- somewhere else." Successor named OTTAWA (CP) - Dr. Gerrj B. Hill of Ottawa has besm appointed director of the health and welfare branch of Statistics Canada, it was announced today. He succeeds Fraser Harris who has retired. GOOD FOOD COSTS LESS rmant FIRST WITH THE SPECIALS THAT REALLY COUNT! PORK SAUSAGE Maple Leaf Skinless ............ 1 lb. pkg. BONELESS BEEF STEW Canada Grade A lb. BLEACH POWER PLUS 128 fl. ox. bottle PAUUNS 8 oi. net wt. pkgs. CHOCOLATE PUFFS 3,1 glad bags ^BJS!.... 1J9 100. pkfl. 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