Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The LctHbtidgc Herald Second Section lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 25, 1975 Pages 13-24 ABOUT ALL ATHLETES LEFT TO MARK THEIR VISIT WAS GRAFFITTI Schools unscathed by Games invasion By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Concerns that the schools used to house the Canada Winter Games athletes would be damaged and marred quickly vanished Monday following an inspection of the buildings. Very little damage occurred in three schools and another reported no damage. The total estimated damage in all four Games Village schools is under Some school administrators and staff members had expected a con- siderable amount of vandalism and accidental damage during the athletes two week stay. "I am surprised and delighted that there was very little damage and the place was left relatively Collegiate Institute Prin- cipal Cornelius Guenter said Mon- day. He estimates damage to the school under with a few win- dows broken and a thermostat and a few ceiling tiles damaged. Dr. Guenter said he had a lot of concern about damage to the school building based on similar happenings in other places. He credits the lack of damage to the hospitality shown the athletes and precautions taken by the school. Most breakable items were removed prior to the invasion by about athletes. The school also attempted to make the students feel at home by leaving welcome messages on the blackboards and setting up the beds for them. "I feel personally that the com- munity was so hospitable to them when they came in that they felt very much at home and as a result would have been very reluctant to do anything that would damage the Dr. Guenter said. Catholic Central High School Prin- cipal Stan Sawicki called the condi- tion his school was left in "fan- tastic" as he reported damage as being minimal. St. Mary's School principal James Joevenazzo estimated damage in his school at under "After all I heard that might happen, I. was pleased with the way the athletes conducted themselves. They left the school in near perfect he said. Hamilton Junior High School reported no damage. Vice Principal Fred Umeris said he was surprised by the shape the school was left in because when a large number of people use a building it is bound to get abused. GAMES STILL TOTALLING SUCCESS AT BOX OFFICE Winter Games officials should know in another week how many tickets they sold to Games events in another week. Box office supervisor Pat Bertu said ticket sales probably exceeded the target set by the Games. While ticket sales at the out-of-town venues have not been totalled, sellout hockey crowds in Pincher Creek, Taber and Standoff gave Games officials a pleasant surprise. On the other side of the ledger, basketball games at U of L, failed to draw expected crowds. "The basketball crowds were good, but this is basketball country, and I thought it would be better than what it said Mrs. Berti. The Games society printed tickets, with printing costs donated to the Games by Gulf Oil of Canada. Waggish resolution pulled Claiming she submitted it only to make a point, Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson Monday withdrew her resolution to limit council resolutions to one per alderman per meeting. And she succeeded in getting her point across while Mayor Andy Anderson mulled a request by Aid. Bob Tarleck to hava the resolution called out of order as contravening a section of the Municipal Government Act. "It was done facetiously to make a said Deputy Mayor Ferguson. "The intent is we should have resolutions on policy. There have been some excellent policy resolutions the kind we should debate. "Others have been just housekeeping, and I'm as guilty as others." Part of the deputy mayor's resolution appeared to have been aimed at Aldermen Tarleck and Tony Tobin who have kept coun- cil meetings well supplied with resolutions. It read this will ensure that certain aldermen will have a supply of resolutions to last the three year term." But the withdrawal of the resolution was accepted in the spirit in which it was offered. "I had a two page speech Aid. Tobin told the deputy mayor. City ponders saving needs for rainy day By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer How much of the taxpayers' money should be saved for a rainy day? Roughly put, that was the question that occupied a good deal of city council's attention Monday as aldermen discuss- ed City Manager Allister Findlay's recommendations for allocating in the city's surplus account. Mr. Findlay argued that the city needs a good chunk of that as working capital because of the number Travel group's woes 'blown out of proportion' Describing accounts of internal difficulties at the Travel and Convention Association as "blown fatastically out of and "character Steve Kotch told city council Monday he's trying to improve the organization's credibility. "About the best I can say about newspaper reports is that they are character assassinations of myself and some the president of the travel bureau said. "You are not unfamiliar with character assassinations from the travel and convention he added. Provincial government people, city council members and city staff have been past victims of these attacks, he said. "I convinced the board there would be no more sounding off, without going through the executive, so there would be no more sounding he told council. "I wanted to give the association credibility, a name we could be proud said Mr. Kotch, owner of Northern Bus Lines and a former alderman. He said a number of people didn't want to become associated with the travel bureau in the past because of the reputation it had. "We chose to clean that mess he said. "Even though we've been assassinated, we've chosen not to sling mud back. I feel we can't carry on like a bunch of kids." Asks for Mr. Kotch, who was elected, president of the Travel arid Convention Association of Southern Alberta last fall, appeared before council along with four other association members, to make the travel bureau's annual pitch for city funding. Council voted unanimously to refer the request to it's budget committee, a committee of all aldermen that will start considering this year's city budget in April. Mr. Kotch gave his version of the travel bureau's internal problems that surfaced when all four staff members resigned in January, after some aldermen raised questions about the reported conflicts. "We had some problems with paid staff these problems are taken care he said. The association has temporary staff carrying on the bureau's work and has 12 applications already for permanent positions, said Mr. Kotch. These and any more applications received will be presented to a general meeting April 2, he added. He claimed this is the only meeting sanctioned by himself and the "executive and said as far as he is concerned a meeting called for Wednesday in a petition signed by 62 association members will not take place. Emergency meeting "Their interpretation (of the association's bylaws) is in- correct. The meeting is to be called by the president they can only ask for a he said. But the association members who signed the petition say the meeting must be held. They base their assertion on article 5 section 3 of the bylaws. It says: "Special or emergency general meetings of the association may be called by the president and shall be called on the written request of at least three members of the board of directors or a written request bearing the signatures of any eight members of the association." Mr. Kotch told council: "The time to have the next meeting is after the applications are in." While council asked questions about the association's inter- nal problems, some aldermen used the occasion to voice concerns they've expressed in other years about the travel bureau's programs. "This may be a real good time to reassess our said Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, noting that the Chamber of Commerce or the city itself could also possibly do the job of promoting tourism and conventions. Only a few actually benefit from it directly, she said ad- ding: "I've never had it proven to me that these great cam- paigns do that much." of major projects it is under- taking this year. Before allocating the sur- plus, council should find out where it is going to be needed most, he said. Of the balance, will be needed for the city's share of the Neighborhood Improve- ment Program in the West- minster area, he said. While approval of the program, designed to upgrade aging urban residential areas, hasn't yet been given by the Alberta Housing Corporation, it looks hopeful thaUhe North Lethbridge neighborhood could be in line for million over three years, Mr. Findlay said. He also recommended that of the surplus funds should go back to the taxpayer in what's known as "relief of taxation." That sum sparked an argu- ment from Aid. Vaughan Hembroff who advocated giv- ing back to the taxpayer as much as possible since the money comes primarily from the taxpayer's pocket. "We are not in the business to raise big bank said Aid. Hembroff. ''it's not the city's business to have a million surplus. "Our obligation is to balance the budget he said, noting that in his seven years on council there have been seven surpluses. FINANCIAL SENSE But Mr. Findlay argued it makes good financial sense for the city to have extra money to work with. The city was able to pass up a sizeable CMHC loan for West Lethbridge at 10 and per cent because of this, he said, noting that interest rates have since dropped. "The last time we borrowed from the bank for operating puposes was in he added. The city manager argued, if most of the surplus goes to holding the tax rate down, and the next year there is no sur- plus, then taxes take a sudden jump. That reasoning didn't im- press Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson who said: "It seems to me if there is an overage it should go back to the citizens. "If it gets to the point of deficits, then we should cut back on programs. If we made money on income lets give it back to the people who generated she said, referring to the in interest the city earned on its own investments in 1974. Council took no action on the surplus question Monday, voting to refer it to its budget committee debate in April. Two aldermen submitted resolutions on the surplus, however, which will be dis- cussed at the budget com- mittee meetings. ALLOCATION Aid. Tony Tobin asked coun- cil to approve the Neighborhood Improvement allocation and the sum for relief of taxation. Aid. Bill Cousins asked for to be set aside to build a community artificial ice arena. Like it or not, will to win must be part of Canada Games By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer The 1975 Canada Winter Games torch has been snuffed and the Games flag, sym- bol of provincial athletic supremacy, has gone to Quebec. The torch will be re-kindled four years from now in Manitoba and the Games banner will be once again up for grabs. But political decisions made in the meantime by provincial governments will determine not only the quality of competi- tion in the 1979 Winter Games, but also the next Games winner. The highly-disciplined and well-coached team from Quebec came to Lethbridge and Southern Alberta to win. Despite criticism of their avowed desire to win, Quebec athletes showed the country what happens when government promotes amateur sport. Anyone critical of Quebec's will to win must also be critical of the competitive nature of all sports. Certainly sport- smanship and camaraderie are part of amateur sport, but the essential, and perhaps regrettable, objective of competi-, tion is .winning. And win Quebec did. Comment In some sports, notably basketball and hockey, Quebec teams chaulked up im- pressive scores over weaker opponents. Following Quebec's 184-26 win over the Northwest Territories in opening-day Games action, an angry Yukon chef-de- mission complained that Quebec "wants to humiliate and embarrass every team it meets, no matter how weak or unevenly matched the other team happens to be." "No team should be humiliated at these Games because of the deliberate actions of a stronger club. Those are bully tactics and they have no place in these. Helen Fitch told reporters. In opening-day hockey competition, a strong Quebec squad rolled up a first period 9-0 score over a hapless Prince Edward Island team on its way to a 14-0 victory. The Quebec coach, Gaston Des- jardins was upset by needless rough play by P.E.I, once a Quebec win became inevitable. Certainly no one likes to lose, but the ac- tions of the P.E.I, hockey club and the Yukon chef's complaint show little willingness to accept defeat with grace. Surely no one can fault Quebec for win- ning. If other teams felt humiliated or em- barrassed, it's not Quebec's fault. Because of firmly-entrenched anti- anglophone feelings in Quebec and equally strong anti-francophone sentiments elsewhere, Quebec athletes were forced to compete in a politically-charged climate. It was not unusual to hear anti-French insults hurled at Quebec hockey players by Southern Albertans who invariably cheered for Quebec's opponent. Certainly hone of the Quebec athletes were responsible for creating the long- standing French-English rivalry between Ontario and Quebec. And while they had to compete under a cloud of racial intolerance that led ig- norant sports reporters to describe Quebec competitors as Frenchmen, Quebec athletes faced the touchy dilemma of beating fellow athletes without appear- ing to want to "beat the English." The Quebec chef told athletes when they arrived in Lethbridge that any anti- anglophone actions or statements by Quebec team members would bring im- mediate dismissal from the Quebec con- tingent. For Quebec, defeat and victory were equally difficult to accept with magnanimity. 1 For the Quebec government, which has promoted amateur sport with massive financial support since the first Winter Games in Quebec City in 1967, the Games provide a tangible result for funds supplied by the High Commission of Youth, Leisure and Sport to grassroots sports organizations. The Games victory marked a successful step in Quebec's desire to include Quebec athletes in national teams carrying Canada's colors in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. For other provinces, who cannot ignore the remarkable improvement in Quebec's performance since the 1967 Games, the lesson is clear. Whether Alberta and other provinces follow Quebec's admirable ex- ample of sportsmanship, competitive spirit and success will become evident'in the 1979 Winter Games.