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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE February Treatment plan unveiled for alcohol, drug users in South By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A three-point plan for total treatment of alcoholics and dependent drug users in Southern Alberta was unveiled here Wednesday by the chairman of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission. Richard Anthony said the plan consisted of establishment of a halfway house, detoxification centre and new offices and out- patient facilities for the regional branch of the commission. The first phase of the plan is to establish the halfway house. The regional office has begun plans for the facility but has so far been foiled in its attempts to rent a building. However, regional director Norm Cowie, told The Herald the commission has given the go ahead to buy a house instead of renting. When the commission first tried to rent a house for the facility, the landlord of a proposed building agreed to rent, then changed his mind when neighbors complained. The biggest problem the commission still faces is telling the community what a halfway house is, Mr. Anthony said. "We must do a big job in community education but we do not want to wait that long so we will have to find a suitable he said least one building it is looking at to house the facility. And, said Mr. Anthony, the commission could know where it will be within a week. The second part of the program will be a "detoxification centre" which will probably be operational before the end of 1975. The centre, as those in Edmonton and Calgary, would receive any intoxicated person "suffering from a drug addiction including alcohol." The facility would be able to keep 25 to 30 persons for stays of no longer than seven days while they are helped to sober up, Mr. Anthony said. Mr. Cowie added the commission has at They will not be required to stay in the centre. Some go home to their families, some could need the help of a halfway house and more severe cases would be recommended to an in-patient facility to be built in Claresholm. He added in some areas a detoxification centre has reduced the use of alcohol, reduced police incidents with drunks and reduced suicides in jails. In the centre, the intoxicated person can be observed and not left in a deep uepiession, as can happen in a jail cell. The centre will also have the precaution of a breathalyser to make sure those coming to the facility have symptoms of intoxication and not similar symptoms resulting from diabetes or brain damage, he added. If anything is physically wrong with the patient an ambulance would be called to take him to a hospital because the centre will be non-medical, he said. The third part of the commission's plan is new out-patient services to be built along with AADAC regional offices in the new provincial building which will be a part of the downtown redevelopment. These three services coupled with the in- patient facility at Claresholm, which should be finished by the end of May, will mean a full circle of treatment available for alcoholics in Southern Alberta, he added. Mr. Cowie said the circle would provide for any type of service needed for each individual case Teachers may seek salary renegotiation 'Separate school teachers in the city will decide in a special meeting next week whether they will ask their school board to reopen salary negotiations on their 1974 contract. Notice of the special meeting was given to the local Alberta Teachers Association council Wednesday in the form of a petition signed by 14 separate school teachers. Under the ATA bylaws, any 10 members can request a Yates audience was spellbound Chamber forms committee to study city power plant The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce board of directors decided Wednesday to form a power plant subcommittee after a director said some considerations were omitted from the consultants' report to city council PREPARE for SPRING FISHING BERKLEY 4201 FISHING REEL with tfi lint Mtaptof, comptoto with 6, 10 end 17 Ib. carrying and poctet tackte box. 23.70 Berkley foot, 2 pc. SPINNING ROD 11.50. outfit, If bought MptriMjr would cwrt 55 28" COMPLETE DOWNTOWN CM 327-5767 Bob Comstock, an engineer, told the board the power plant study was to find the best method of obtaining the city's future power needs. But it only covered the period from 1974 to 1988, he said, and the city was locked into its Thief unlucky There is a very disappointed thief in Lethbridge. After going to the trouble of breaking into Westinghouse Canada Ltd., 120A North Mayor Magrath Drive, he left with an empty cash box. The thief entered through a rear window, police reported. In another break-in a second thief was a little luckier. He came away with a chrome changer containing from K and A Industrial Caterers 1246 3rd Avenue North. The thief broke the lock on the rear door to gain entry. Police are investigating both break-ins. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Bldf 222 5th St S Phone 328-4095 present arrangement until 1981. "As far as I'm he said, "This study should go from 1981 for the next 30 years especially since one alternate plan is to build a new power plant." He said the consultants had estimated the capital cost of such a project over a 15-year amortization period rather than 30 years because of uncertainty over the city's future financing ability. After 15 years, he said, a power plant would be "pure gravy" but the study stopped and did not show that. Mr. Comstock also said all the plans considered in the study included buying the base from Calgary Power. None considered the possibility of the city generating the base load and buying only peak demand power from the privately- owned utility. He told The Herald after the meeting that he was not criticizing the power plant report. "I'm just saying I don't know enough about it to criticize it... I just attended the meeting and it seems to me there are certain things missing." Jogging into spring Someone jogged the weatherman's memory this week to bring sunny weather to Lethbridge. Bright, cool mornings should continue into the weekend after a low tonight near 20 degrees and a high Friday near 40. Enjoying the weather at the Civic Sports Centre track are, from front: Ed Henderson, Doug Dunlop and Dale Aasan. About 25 to 30 jogging enthusiasts take part in the noon hour physical fitness activities there. Publicity lack concerns evolution debate speaker Limited funds have restricted advertising for an open debate creation versus evolution tonight in Lethbridge. Alberta Committee for True Education spokesman Neil Unruh says today's meeting is intended for the benefit of students, teachers and university professors. However, the 8 p.m. debate in Lethbridge Civic Centre gymnasium No. 2 is open to the public, Mr. Unruh said. Job Kuijt, U of L biology professor and scheduled speaker for the evolutionist side, said Wednesday he is concerned about the lack of publicity given to the meeting. Dr. Kuijt said debates of this nature should be open and as well publicized as possible to gain a representative cross- section of the community. LETHBRIDSE REFRIGERATION LTD. Cw eial WALK-IN FREEZERS COOLERS ICE MAKERS 111 11th StrMl South aat-4333 MFC approves fourplexes DINE DANCE Friday Saturday This Week Featuring "The Oddfellows" Westwinds Dining Room 3 COVER CHARGE Phone 328-7756 for Reservations Sunday FAMILY DAY a UNO Y BRUNCH 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FAMILY DINING 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (SPECIAL CHILDREN'S MENU) THE OLD TPAO1TIOKI OF WESTStW awilu Requests by Harcourt Development Corporation Ltd. to build two four-suite apartments at 3503 and 3507 20th Ave. S. were approved Tuesday by the Municipal Planning Commission. A request by Wards Services Ltd., 1712 2nd Ave. S., to build an addition to its RERGMUrS OpWt TlMFB. rfl. Phorw 3264372 2716 120) S. existing building that would be used as a wartehouse was turned down because of insufficient parking. R. D. Wilde who represented the company, told the MFC prior to its decision that 90 per cent of the parking required by law would be available when the addition was constructed. A Park Meadows subdivision application was approved by the MFC. The subdivision consists of 140 lots and borders 26th Avenue and 28th Street Mr. Unruh, a Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor in Hythe, Northern Alberta, says the CFTE is working on a limited budget. "Alberta education minister Lou Hyndman has suggested our committee broaden its request for changes in school scientific textbooks by working directly through schools and school Mr. Unruh said. "We thought a debate like this was a good way to Mr. Unruh said. Similar events have been scheduled this week in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Posters and letters announcing the debate have been forwarded to all high schools, the U of L and churches in the Lethbridge area, Mr. Unruh said. The CFTE aims to make available to students all scientific evidence and research relating to the origins of life and the universe. Committee literature claims the organization has no political or religious denominational affiliation, adding it is a group of concerned parents and teachers working for true education in Alberta. Duane T. Gish, associate director for the Institute of Creation Research, San Diego, Calif., will present the creationist viewpoint at this evening's debate. Mr. Unruh said Dr. Gish holds a doctorate in biochemistry. By PAT ORCHARD Katharina Wolpe, a pianist from Toronto, and daughter of the distinguished composer Stefan Wolpe, gave a highly accomplished performance to a crowd of 350 people at the Yates Memorial Centre Wednesday evening. This was the fifth of the University of Lethbridge Concert Series. The program began with Schubert's Impromptu in F minor. The Impromptus are so often presented as mere Schubertian charmers. However, one could not but help enjoy Miss Wolpe's relish of sharp dynamic contrasts, dotted rhythms and ingratiating tones. Her tempos may have been a bit fast, the engaging freshness and fluency with which she presented them have obviously earned her a place within the charmed circle of Schubertian interpreters. The next number was Sonata No. 32, op. Ill by Beethoven. This was the last sonata Beethoven ever wrote for the piano, and it admirably sums up his twenty-six years in so doing. Here the artist's playing was as conscientious as it was musical. One could not wish for a more lucid, and indeed literate account of the final Arietta. We looked forward to the Debussy and Chopin, which were to follow the j-i: intermission, but Miss Wolpe then announced that she was unable to continue, because of a painful hand injury. While the audience was naturally disappointed, it was impossible not to appreciate the heroic effort which had gone into the performance. Hopefully Miss Wolpe will return to us soon, as her effect on the Yates audience was truly spellbinding. special meeting by signing a petition. The teachers received a 6.7 per cent increase in their salaries this year under a two- year contract they signed in December, 1972. The same contract provided them with a 6.3 per cent increase in 1973. Most teachers in the province who signed one-year agreements effective Jan. 1, 1974 received about a nine per cent increase. The 14 teachers want the contract reopened to bring their wage increase in line with the escalating cost of living. In October, a general meeting of teachers from both the separate and public schools couldn't agree on whether they should ask the two school boards to reopen negotiations for the 1974 salary contract. As a result, no vote was taken and the matter was dropped. The public school teachers were part of the same bargaining unit that agreed to the 6.3 and 6.7 salary increases for 1973 and 1974 respectively. Meanwhile, the economic policy committee of the local ATA is already planning for the 1975 contract negotiations, which will begin this fall. The committee asked the ATA school representatives Wednesday to solicit suggestions from teachers in their schools for changes in the present contract. Teachers begin convention Schools in Southwestern Alberta closed today as teachers headed toward the two-day Alberta Teachers Association annual convention in Lethbridge. The 1800 teachers involved will have the opportunity to attend in-service training workshops, speaking sessions and a panel discussion on politics and education. A panelist on the CBC television weekly series "This is the Law" will highlight convention sessions Friday. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMMERS by 2214-4M8.S. i Planning a SPRING WEDDING? Let the experts at Frache's assist you with all your Floral needs. WEEKEND SPECIALS! MIXED FLORAL BOUQUETS ptrbiRch CASH end CARRY FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322-6th Streets. Phone FOX DENTURE CUNIC Est1922 PHONE 327-4MS E. 8. P. FOX. 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