Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
RICK ERVIN photo Spring fever It may be a little early for the first robin or for tulips yet, but Tuesday's sunshine managed to warm a few students at the Lethbridge Collegiate institute. Lori.Es- pelien, 18, a grade12 student, found her attention to the books diverted by thoughts of yet warmer times to come. And she may not have to wait long. The weatherman is predicting more sun and highs of 40 to 45 Thursday. Bulk twine purchase defeated Members of the Alberta Agricultural Service Board Tuesday voted against the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Coun- ties trying to buy baler twine in bulk to save money for producers. George Whitehead of Claresholm, president of the association of municipal dis- tricts and counties, told ser- vice board members at the group's annual meeting in Lethbridge only one broker dealing in baler twine had been contacted and the price saving between bulk buying and retail buying would be minimal. Service board members representing county and municipal district councils voted against the plan. Mr. Whitehead said outside the meeting that it was felt there would not be sufficient time to get needed stocks for this summer and fall if the sale was given the green light now. The executive of the association will start to plan a baler twine purchase for 1976, he said. Hustling Grits nominate three Liberal Leader Nick Taylor hustl- ed between Picture Butte and Lethbridge Tuesday night to welcome his party's first three Southern Alberta candidates into the March 26 election race. The three nominations brought the Liberal slate in the Alberta election to 17, with at least 13 more can- didates expected to appear by nomination day. All four major par- lies have now nominated in the three constituencies Lethbridge East, Macleod and Little Bow. In Lethbridge East, Liberals chose Shirley Wilson, a city housewife active in community work, by acclamation. She was nominated by Van Christou, new chancellor for the University of Lethbridge, and becomes one of 10 women candidates running for the Liberals in this election so far. "Women can't be effective by talking in coffee cliques. They must wdtc letters and make phone she told 65 people at the nomination meeting. She said she is concerned about a lack of facilities "for strengthening children in their most im- pressionable years." Mrs. Wilson said a lack of sports, discipline and standards for youngsters are all "tied in with our outdated school system." Agricultural questions concerned both candidates nominated at a juint meeting in Picture Butte. Bill Olafson, 45, manager of a feed company, was nominated by acclamation in Macleod. Ben Loman, 43, an Iron Springs irriga- tion farmer, was nominated by acclamation to contest the election in Little Bow. Mr. Olafson said Alberta needs more research into new crops, stability in prices paid farmers and more market knowledge to prevent overproduction. "Even if we are looking at a four per cent increase (in the Feb. 7 provincial budget) for agriculture, that isn't good Mr. Olafson said in an interview. Mr. Loman said too little has been done by the government to put irrigation systems in the shape they should be. Expenditures should be three or four times what they are now, he said! "Water is a resource we can't af- ford to he said. "It's an investment in Southern Alberta, in Albertans. More money for irriga- tion is not a handout." Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 26, 1975 Pages 13-22 Economic separatism resulting from Lougheed economics Taylor By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Premier Peter Lougheed is telling Albertans to become "economic separatists" and rip off their fellow Canadians in the process, Alberta Liberal Leader Nick Taylor charged Tuesday. On a campaign swing which saw .Southern Alberta's first three Liberal candidates Games win proves problem A Hawaiian holiday sounded like a good prize to win for two Winter Games lottery ticket buyers until they won. For Robert and Mary Natowcappp of Vauxhall, who won a Funseekers Hawaiian excursion in the fourth Winter Games lottery draw Feb. 11, the trip posed problems. "We'd love to go, but it's impossible My husband and I both work and we have four children at home who would need Mrs. Natowcappo said this morning from her Vauxhall home. The Natowcappo's have been try- ing to sell their winning ticket through the newspaper classified ads, and only one recently found a likely taker. Winning a Hawaiian vaca- tion in the middle of the spring school term poses similar problems for the most recent holiday winner. Bill Latta, 408 14th St. S., an English teacher at U of L. For the Lattas, who purchased their winning ticket, drawn Feb. 23, from a minor hockey player canvass- ing door-to-dbor, "the trip is still up in the air." "We told them we couldn't possibly get Mr. Latta said this morning. The Games gave the Lattas an advertising brochure which said the last excursion left April 6, but later assured them "something could be worked out." "It's nice to win it, but it's also a problem because we don't have the money to pay for expenses." "It's a blessing and a said the U of L teacher. nominated for the March 26 provincial election, the Liberal leader expressed scorn for the Conservative government's "fifty-year-old ideas" on industrialization. Mr. Taylor also revealed that his party will propose Alberta become a "credit un- ion" for other provinces, as a constructive way to invest its surplus revenues. Alberta oil went to per barrel from Mr. Taylor told audiences in Lethbridge and Picture Butte. "I call that a real ripoff. We have to say hold on, we're part of Canada. "When you rip off Saskatchewan or Manitoba or Nova Scotia you're ripping off yourself. What Mr. Lougheed is preaching is economic separatism. "Sure as the Dickens, political separatism will he told 30 people at a joint nomination for. Macleod and Little Bow constituencies in Picture Butte. "To say a past ripoff because of unfair freight rates is an excuse to charge other provinces three times what we pay for oil is hardly he told 65 people at a nomination for Lethbridge East constituency. "Your children and my children have as much right to the maple trees in Quebec, a fishing cove in Nova Scotia and a beach in British Colum- bia as Mr. Taylor said. "To stand there and take ad- vantage of our sister provinces is not my idea of Confederation." He also said the party will propose during the campaign that huge oil revenues be invested in other provinces, particularly the "have-not" provinces, at low interest rates. He questioned the morality of investing such surpluses in international banks which finance things like huge arms deals, for the sake of "a meas- ly one or two per cent." More of the surplus should go back into the pockets of in- dividual Albertans to invest, not into the government's hands to "buy up companies in your own province that are already going he said. In answer to questions at the Lethbridge nomination, he said he disagreed with the opi- nion that oil prices have been unduly depressed and are only now approaching a realistic level. "Like whisky, it has become of immense value to governments oil and gas are sold at an extremely high price not for the benefit of oil 'companies but for governments they have discovered it is worth nearly all the riches of Baghdad." Oil is "very, very lie said, costing as little as 25 cents a barrel in the Middle East. "It is the same as whisky the price it is sold at has no bearing on the price to produce and refine it. Mr. Taylor repeated his par- ty's platform that Alberta should concentrate its efforts on agriculture, which is based on renewable resources, is eminently viable in a hungry world, and does not bring in- dustrial pollution. He also said it is ridiculous to encourage a petrochemical industry based on disappearing oil and gas resources. Government, studies recent- ly made public by the New Democrats showed it will cost "a great deal" to create an expanded petrochemical in- dustry. "There is no way it could compete with the Middle East where there is lots of oil and gas and cheap labor. "It's just a myth Mr. Lougheed has foisted on us, that we're supposed to in- dustrialize. "There is no question he's embarked on a dream that is impossible, and if not im- possible, is 50 years behind the times." Volunteer party Saturday for who helped Games? All three thousand Southern Alberta Winter Games volunteers are being invited to an informal skating i party Saturday at Lethbridge Sportsplex. Games office manager' Dennis Valentine said volunteers and families are invited to bring skates to the speedskating oval Saturday afternoon at 3 to show their style on the 400 metre Games oval. Mr. Valentine said the Games society has laid in 700 pounds of buffalo and 170 pounds of hamburger for an informal evening meal in the Sportsplex, to be follow- ed at 7 by dancing. "We've always wanted to have some sort of windup affair It's the Games way of saying 'thank Mr. Valentine said. Outdoor classes may grow in scope The expansion of programs that use the outdoors to enhance the learning of students in all grades was accepted in principle by the Lethbridge public schools trustees Tuesday. The board decided not to give the outdoor education program the green light for expansion until it has com- pleted its 1975' budget dis- cussions. A 39-page report that recommends expansion of out- door education to all grades at a cost of about in 1975 alone was presented to the trustees as an outline of the direction outdoor learning should take in the public school system. The 17 teachers and non- educators who compiled the report suggest outdoor educa- tion should help students gain an appreciation and under- standing for nature, develop a sensory awareness of the en- vironment, apply the knowledge gained outdoors in Group wants fly control stopping warble fly damage to the livestock industry was the aim of four resolutions passed unanimously Tuesday at the annual Alberta Service Board Conference. Two resolutions called for Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner to provide the necessary legislation to allow all counties and municipal dis- trict to administer a complete warble control program. The program is in effect in all but a few districts. The other two resolutions passed at the conference call- ed for the warble fly to be declared an agricultural pest. One wanted control to be com- pulsory. other subjects and obtain skills and develop attitudes for the safe use of wilderness for recreational purposes. The report, five months in the making, suggests outdoor education should not become a separate subject but a method of learning within several sub- jects! The committee preparing the report suggested one of the main emphasis of any ex- pansion of outdoor learning must be toward the prepara- tion of teachers for the instruction of outdoor education. It recommended inservice programs for teachers, including demonstration field trips, and the formation of a handbook to provide teachers with information on sites and resource personnel in the community that are available to the schools. "Nothing new of any conse- quence will happen in outdoor education in Lethbridge un- less it is preceded by a change in teacher the report concludes. The type of outdoor educa- tion taught w.ill vary with grade and the nature of the subject. Outdoor trips may be only about 15 minutes duration and conducted within the school yard or they may be week- long studies of the environ- ment in Waterton Lakes National Park or Cypress Hills. Report finds need for chaplain at Catholic Central High The need for a "man of the faith" to set an ex- ample of the new attitude the Catholic church has accepted toward the problems of young peo- ple is evident in Catholic Central High School. A report explaining the need and recommending that the school become the parish of a priest, with the objective of further developing an atmosphere of Christian com- munity within CCH, is to be heard by the separate school board today. If the trustees support the appointment of a chaplain to CCH, they will be asked to approach the church with a request for a priest to be assigned full-time to the school. It is viewed another step the separate schools can take to make them quite different from the public schools in the city. The priest would be expected to treat the school as his parish and establish himself as "a symbol of the concern which the institutional church has for boys and girls who are struggling to grow Superintendent Ralph Himsl suggests. The priest would not be required to teach religious or educational classes. His role would be one of a spiritual and religious counsellor who has the time to deal with young people on an in- dividual basis. He would reach out to the students and set an example of Christian behavior through his own actions, Mr. Himsl says. At one time, the superintendent recalls, the church divorced itself from the problems of young people and critical questions they aired about their religion. Now, he adds, the church is saying the religious communication "doesn't have to be all one way." The church is willing "to make concessions to youth." A few years ago young people were saying "God is but today they are searching for a religious experience and living examples of Christianity at work, Mr. Himsl says. The school needs someone who can "relate to the students in the time of deep questioning about religion and other matters that they face in their daily life. The priest will be a living example of a person who follows a firm set of values. He can expect students "to bump up" to his values to see if they are solid and based on reasonable grounds, he continues. RELIGIOUS CRISIS "Lots of adults are stumbling through the same sort of questions. Religion in general has been in a crisis. People are seeking meaning of life." However, today there is a greater interest on the part of students in the answers which religion can provide, even though there are some students who still find Christianity irrelevant, the superintendent explains. He doesn't expect the chaplain to gain im- mediate success in his new parish. The experience of two priests who established a parish in two Calgary separate schools was studied by a delegation from the local separate school system. The Calgary priests found that it was best to keep a low profile during the first year in the school until they were able to establish close priestly contact with a number of students and staff members. Some staff members viewed them as watchdogs of the school board or the church un- til they gained a better understanding of the priests' objectives. WATCHDOG Rev. J. M. Jordan, chaplain at Bishop Grandin High School in Calgary, states in a report on his experience: "I concluded that it was incorrect to address the task of chaplain with the assump- tion that because the school is legally designated a Catholic institution, a Catholic milieu is obligated to exist, and can be made to exist by reminding the school population of this obligation. "On the contrary, the religious commitment of many of the staff members and students is weak or non-existent. "In view of this fact, it'seems clear that the chaplain's ongoing task is to heighten religious awareness and this he cannot do by using the language of obligation, a language which is only effective when obligations are genuinely he continues. CONTACT Rev. William Trienekens, chaplain of Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary says: "In the beginning, I have made much effort to meet the students at any place and any time in school. "The most preferable contact is the one that the student seeks himself with the he says in a report on his chaplaincy. Mr. Himsl said he hopes the appointment will be made before the next school year if the school board approves the chaplaincy and the church is able to find a suitable person.