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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE IETHBRIDOI HIRAID - Friday, February U, 1971 Small centres within region said answer in urbanization THIS LABORER CAN WORK HERE, THIS DOCTOR IS IN - Keeping tab* 15th Troop to the methods of knowing the whereabouts of the hospital's on labor is the job of the Canada Manpower Centre manager-for-a-day doctors. The Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Venturers and Rangers of the David Thornhill, left, of the 1st Lethbridge Scout Troop, ably assisted city ore celebrating Founders' Week, in honor of Lord and Lady Baden-Thursday by Frank Besplug, CMC manager. Sister Clarissa, administrator Powell, of St. Michael's General Hospital initiates Willie Feher of the Lethbridge City officials plan policy on illegal suites City Manager Tom Nutting i spreading into new areas of the i ways of achieving a reasonable | Mr. Nutting said a meeting said Friday the city intends to city. standard of compliaance with had been held Thursday to dis- "tighten the screws" to prevent At the same time, he said, health and fire regulations in cuss policy following the recent illegal basement suites from I the administration is looking at I older suites. | passage of a resolution by city Producers want hogs packed locally The Southern Alberta Swine Producers' Association plans to investigate the feasibility of having a hog packing plant built in southern Alberta. At the first annual meeting of the association last night in Lethbridge, members voiced dissatisfaction with the present method where all hogs sold in Lethbridge are shipped to Vancouver for slaughter. Jack Hutchinson of Warner, president of the association, said he approached Swift Canadian Ltd. and Canada Packers Ltd. of Lethbridge and was told producers would have to guarantee there would be at least 2,500 hogs marketed every week to make the building of the packing house profitable. This figure is estimated to be very near average nog marketings in Lethbridge over the past five months. The association plans to introduce its idea at a meeting of the Alberta Hog Producers* Marketing Board in Edmonton tion of directors for the five terhoud, Taber; Jack Hutchin- March 11. southern Alberta districts, son, Warner; Adrian Huve- Other business conducted at They are as follows: Wallace naars, Hays; Walter Degen- the meeting included elec- Orr, Fort Macleod; Tony Wes- stein, Fort Macleod. Students need authority U.S. educationist says Students need a solid authority structure in their education in order to feel secure and wanted, and know that their teachers care about them, says Dr. John G. Church. Dr. Church, an officer of the California state department of education, was speaking Thursday in opposition to an address by Dr. Maurice Gibbons in a teach-in on authority versus freedom in education, at Big city or small service cost same Dennis Cole, a city commissioner from Red Deer, claims that the cost of providing municipal services is about equal in four major Alberta cities. He warned city planners at a seminar on urbanization in Medicine Hat against using theories about such costs as a factor in deciding what the optimum size of a city should be. Ideas about costs of municipal services varying according to city size do not seem to be borne out by statistics, he said. According to 1968 figures collected by Mr. Cole, the per capita cost of general government was about the same in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Debt charges and the cost of recreation and commvinity services were also about equal, on a per capita basis. Some costs (police, fire and public works) did increase as the city grew, he said, assuming the figures for only four cities could be taken as a trend. Other costs, however, were lower in the two smaller cities. Social services, for example, were about half what they were in Edmonton. All in all, the costs balanced out and the per capital totals were about the same. Mr. Cole's figures indicated the same situation applied to revenues. There were some differences here, with the highest property tax being in Calgary, followed by Lethbridge and Edmonton. These differences were compensated for by revenue gained through the sale of utilities, such as electric power and gas. Mr. Cole emphasized that his research provided only a "hazy preliminary guide," but that on the basis of what his figures showed it was not reasonable to use the costs of municipal services as a factor in deciding how large cities should be. He said that this was only one aspect of the urbanization question. Another was the quality of the services provided. Here, too, the situation did not vary appreciably from city to city. One exception, he said, was the quality of recreation services, which was better in the smaller centres. He noted that this was offset somewhat by the fact that the smaller cities could not provide some of the cultural events available in Edmonton or Calgary. Solicitor wanted at MPC meetings The Lethbridge Municipal Planning Commission will request city council to delegate the city solicitor to sit in on all MPC meetings as a legal adviser. The change was recommended by city manager Tom Nutting, in order that the commission be constantly informed of legal implications of its various agenda items and decisions. At present, the city solicitor is called into MPC meetings to offer advice whenever commissioners find they need assistance, but it was felt more benefit would be derived if he was at all meetings. the Southwestern Alberta Teachers' Association annual convention. He said only chaos can result from a free approach to education. Another reason for developing and sticking to a structured system is to facilitate accountability in education, Dr. Church said. Clear-cut objectives in the curriculum provide a useful means for showing the public how their money is being spent and on what it is being spent; they also permit evaluation of how well the student is functioning. California's current education system has been termed "reactionary, oppressive and utterly inflexible" by several Canadian educationists, and teachers at the convention commented that Dr. Church's concern with developing a curriculum aimed at public acceptance rather than the best type of education for students reflected his state's difficulties. Dr. Church said that if an education system lacks structure and authority the teacher is unable to show the student how to function under the structure and authority values of the social system he lives in outside the school. He suggested the school's functions include fostering in students an obedience to and compliance with the existing lifestyle of society, in order to avoid confrontation and chaos. Schools are schools because they are structural, contioiled buildings; teachers are teach- ers because they followed an educational structure to receive their teaching degrees; and the education system must maintain a structure if it is to show its students how to work for the maintenance of the society which supports them. And teachers, having been formed by the educational structure, have the knowledge and experience to guide their students into the most efficient lint j of study in the education system. If students are left to their own devices, Dr. Church suggested, they will take the easiest road and will fail both themselves and society. council to "strictly enforce' city bylaws relating to illegal suites. The primary objective at this time, he said, was the increas ing number of suites that were being built in areas zoned for single-family units. He said these had "spread like wild fire" in the past few years and the situation had reached the point were there were no longer any areas of the city not affected. The development officer was to be instructed to enforce the zoning bylaw on all new and recently-built suites, he said. It would be impossible, he said, to apply the letter of the law regarding older suites but the city intended to try to work with the fire department and the local health unit to improve conditions to ensure adequate safeguards for life and property. Many of these suites were quite unsafe, he said, and there would have to be improvement in meeting health and building code regulations. Cars collide A two car collision at 6 Ave and Mayor Magrath Drive Thursday evening, resulted in $1,700 damage to the two vehicles. Drivers of the cars were Duncan Charles Thompson, Spring Coulee and Harold Roy Clow Lethbridge. There were no injuries. By HERB JOHNSON Herald Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT - Erwin Adderley, executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, Wednesday advocated a system of mailer centres within a region as a solution to the growing problems of urbanization. Abandoning the prepared text of his speech to the ann u a 1 meeting of the Medicine Hat Regional Planning Commission Mr. Adderley Instead replied to arguments presented earlier in the day - long seminar on urbanization. He said delegates had been told bv earlier speakers that "the big city is bad" and this was the fault of private enterprise, and govern m e n t,. who made the major decisions' regarding urban growth. His answer was that it was people who made the decii-sions. Given a choice, he said, people will move to the city as long as that is where they can find the "quality of life" they desire. Private industry and government can do very little to affect the process of decentralization, he said, as long as there are inequities in the amenities offered by urban and rural living. People want to be able to live where they can take advantage of such things as theatres, symphony orchestras and drama groups, he said. If these are available only in larger centres people will gravitate to those centres. If there is a desire to avoid the problems associated with large cities, he said, this could be accomplished by a system of smaller cities (20,000 to 60,-000 population) within a recog nized region. Each of these could specialize in the provision of a specific service, such as hospitals, shopping centres, recreation facilities and other amenities. The travel time from one centre to another would be no longer than that encountered in large cities, he said. He warned that this concept would require some changes. A great deal of interdepen-dency would be needed and there would have to be some means established whereby there could be an equitable distribution of costs and revenues. He added that any "petty jealousies" that might currently exist between communities would have to be submerged in the common cause. He predicted a great potential for this kind of concept in Southern Alberta because the attitude of co - operation already exists. This feeling of interdependence could be amplified and built on to produce a region in which everyone had access to all the amenities of a large city, with- out the big-city problems. Mr. Adderley said this approach to urbanization was pre* ferable to creating large urban centres surrounded by small "satellite cities." Stratus captivates with song and self By DEAN BLAIR A sell-out crowd at the Yates Memorial Centre gave Canadian soprano Teresa Stratas a well-earned standing ovation at the close of her Overture Con-c e r t performance Thursday night. A singer of considerable experience. Miss Stratus established an almost immediate rapport with the audience and her lively personality and obvious flair for dramatic presentation captivated the audience throughout the evening. Opening the program with two Mozart arias from the Marriage of Figaro Miss Stratas evidenced some tightness vocally, but no lack of interpretive ability. The second group, five Schumann lieder, displayed amply Miss Stratas' ability to create the subtle and intimate nuances of these art songs'. The group as a whole was beautifully sung. Der Nussbaum was somewhat lacking in continuity, but the following Ein Lied was a perfect delight. Five Brahms lieder completed the first half of'the program. The second song, Da Unten Im Tale was perhaps a bit over-interpreted, but one could find little else to marr a fine musical performance. Miss Stratas' real strength in lieder singing lies in her flair for the dramatic and in her ability to portray the lively and the light-hearted. Likewise the strong points in her vocal technique are her full tone at a substantial dynamic and her ability and articulation in quick passages. After intermission Miss Stratas returned with a change of costume, a change of pace, and almost a change of voice. Any vocal difficulties evidenced in the first half were gone and the singing was no less than superb. Songs by Turina, Obradors and Montsalvatge gave the first group a strong exotic Spanish flavor. They were beautifully performed with the Montsalvatge Lullaby Negrito especially exquisitely. Two well-sung Greek folk songs were next and the final section was devoted to three arias from La Perichole by Offenbach. Here again Miss Stratas' operatic-dramatic ability made a delightful musical experience of these less-than-great arias. Lest we forget - Mark Mc-Cray's substantial and more than competent accompaniments provided the final tasteful touch to an evening to be remembered. Towns need local investment One reason for the decline of small towns in Southern Alberta may be the reluctance of their inhabitants to invest in local enterprises, according to Dr. D. G. Bettison, the co-or-dinator of urban studies at the University of Lethbridge. In an address to a seminar on urbanization in Medic i n e Hat, Dr. Bettison said he "suspected" that the dilapidated appearance of many small towns, plus inadequate services and an "atmosphere of uncertainty and collapse" discour aged people from investing money in them. Investment by wealthy local people, including farmers, tends to be in Canada Savings Bonds, he said. He added that such investments are safe from the invest- or's point of view, but they very often benefit other parts of the country as the money winds up in federal aid programs to the Maritimes or some other area. "Our local investors ... are not contributing to local enterprises in a way they might do if confidence was established in a publicly recognized, government-supported regional centre." The result, he said, was that the smaller centres were caught in a "vicious circle of degradation." He said inhabitants of many of the small towns were going to be disappointed in their hopes that their towns would someday grow and prosper. He pointed to a "near suici- dal tendency" among small towns to compete for industry and public investment, with the result that the stimulus to move ahead is dissipated in the struggle with other centres. There is a strong case to be made in Southern Alberta, he said, for "the deliberate stimulation of regional centres, for identifying publicly, which those centres are, and for governments and the individual citizen together to have the confidence to invest in them." $65,000 permit A $65,000 building permit was issued this week to Fiorino Homes Ltd. for a six - suite apartment at 2711 Scenic Drive. Housing-employment survey set for Indians off reserve The Alberta department of the secretary of state has initiated an action-research project for south Alberta to analyse the present employment and housing conditions for off-reserve Indians. Sylvia McDougall, from the Peigan Reserve, has been hired as a field research assistant by Bob Wray, secretary of state. Her job is to work with the Lethbridge Friendship Centre assisting in the procuring of off-reserve employment and housing, part of the work of the centre. She will conduct a survey in Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Cardston, and Medicine Hat to analyse the conditions for Indians living off the reserve. This survey includes Indians from all parts of North America living and working in south Alberta. Miss McDougall will examine the conditions and make suggestions on the areas deemed necessary for further study. "Part of the job is to analyse the data gathered and forward a report to Mr. Wray," she said. "In the final report I will submit March 15, I will try to inform the secretary of state of the number of Indians employed in south Alberta, the number unemployed, the type of training acquired by both employed and unemployed, what kind of work they would be doing if employed and the type of work they are looking for." She said she will have to contact Canada Manpower Centres, welfare agencies.and the department of Indian affairs to get the bulk of the information as well as checking with police agencies and AID (Advice, Information and Direction Centre). She said much of the work will be interviews with the families involved. Pen pal plea City Hall has received a letter from Dennis D. Schutzler, 17, 2nd Ave., Kieserville, Lich-tenburg. Transvaal, South Africa, who describes himself as "a young single English-speaking South African with general interests," saying he "would like to have a pen pal in Lethbridge. a young single girl aged 16 to 30." More city news on page 15 ,0Kl�M�jl51. Quill VetWU *% i9CK to *s UMsn �:�Ivmn �� goi-HiO K U� Uut� K*6 GtMM V S�Ki��C,l&�S0 H<� MulSlv Qutta tluuca ll Inquiry c ailed on fire Join the world and see the Club. Canadian Club. A fire commissioner's inquiry has been set for March 2, at 10 am. in the provincial court house at Ijethbridge, relative to the Jan. 4 fire which gutted the Paola Restaurant, lath St. N. 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