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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 26, 1975 Travel association's life may be at stake when members meet By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The future of the Southern Albert) Travel and Convention Association may be at stake tonight, only five, years after it was registered as an association. Members of the association meet to examine the internal problems of the organization and the resignations of the entire association staff Jan. 29. The meeting was called by 62 members who signed a written request for an emergency meeting to examine the actions of President Steve Kotch and city Vice President Rick Kratz, some members blame for causing the sudden exit of the executive vice president Frank Smith and staff and damaging the image of the association. When the association first surfaced in 1969, the fear of a damaged image was the least of its concerns. II sported a debt and operated on Businessmen in Southern Alberta saw the need for expanded tourism promotion in the mid-1960s and the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce es- tablished a tourism and convention committee to take a more active approach to seeking visitors. CHAMBER SPARK Tourism in the South was almost non ex- istent. Convention promotion was very limited and quite amateur prior to and after the Chamber became involved, according to some people involved with tourism at the time. However, the action by the chamber may have been the spark that created a new attitude toward tourism promotion in Southern Alberta. Interest in tourism began to develop, the chamber hired a director to administer its development and continued to manage tourist promotion until it felt it couldn't handle the job, especially the costs of operating the tourist booth and a few other promotion activities. A tourist bureau then was formed and one director later, Frank Smith entered the scene in the spring of 1968. Tourism in Alberta was taking on a new look in the late 1960s as the province was split into tourist zones, resulting in special government funds being provided to each zone. Lethbridge became a part of the Southwestern Alberta zone and it became more feasible for the city and rural communities to combine their ef- forts in the promotion of tourism. The tourist bureau became the Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association in 1969. It set out to promote educational, cultural, recreational and community activities that help attract tourists to the zone, promote and develop tourism and convention business, operate infor- mation booths, courses and promotional ac- tivities and encourage higher standards of training, business ethics, roads, tourist facilities. and transportation within the zone. PERSONAL LOANS The task wasn't easy. Some directors had to sign a personal loan to keep the association from sinking only about two years after it was founded. Mr. Smith and co-ordinator Kitty Dunlop, the only two staff members at the time, had to work six weeks one time and eight weeks another without a pay cheque. During the past three years the financially weak organization has blossomed into a big business operation. The association hoped to function on a budget this year, with 000 from the province, from the city and the rest from membership fees. The city has not made a decision on whether to fulfill its portion of the budget. The members pay annual memberships rang- ing from to depending directly on the type and size of the business operation. Small business firms that gain little direct benefit from tourism are charged from to a year while large hotels in the city pay it they have a lounge, plus a room. Rural hotels and motels pay a room. LARGE GRANT The granted by the province is the se- cond largest grant to a zone in Alberta. With the financial growth of the association came the expansion of tourism in southwestern Alberta from relative obscurity to one of the more attractive zones to tourists in the province. A provincial survey seven years ago showed that less than one half of one per cent of tourists entering Alberta, who were asked for their destination, said they were heading for southwestern Alberta. Last year, former presi- dent John Neal says, a similar survey found that about 12 per cent of Alberta visitors said they were heading to this zone. Only Banff and Ed- monton gained a higher percentage on the sur- vey. Everything looked promising for the Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association until shortly before the Jan. 29 resignations. Tonight, members are to gather to discuss the internal problems and the conduct of their first officer. Mr. Kotch says the bylaws provide such a meeting may be called by the president and shall be on the written request of at least three direc- tors or eight members of the association. Mr. Kotch's interpretation is that he may call the meeting, but in order to do so he must get the signatures of three directors or eight members. Mr. Kotch says he won't be attending tonight's meeting. "They can pass all the resolutions they want, but it's illegal and highly he said. "1 can veto their meeting and that's what I've done." He says the next official meeting of the association is April 2. City Scene Sparwood couple injured A Sparwood motorist tried to pass a mobile crane Monday afternoon on Highway 3 about 6.7 miles east of Brocket and end- ed up sliding sideways into a showplow. The motorist, Norma Mundy and her husband Ed, suffered minor cuts and bruises and are reported in satisfactory condi- tion in St. Vincent Hospital at Pincher Creek. Another passenger in the car, Kermet Reierson, also of Sparwood, Tuesday was transferred from Pincher Creek to Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and is in fair condition with frac- tured ribs and a fractured left arm. The crane was not involved in the accident. Police said the snowplow driver was not injured. No charges were laid. Kleclronic music featured Music for electronic media will be featured Thursday at University of Lethbridge music department's noon hour recital. Alan Matisz will perform on an electronic synthesizer. The recital is at p.m. in Room E690 of the Academic Residence Building. Opera drawing 110 from city About 110 seats on the bus for the Southern Alberta Opera Association production of Gounod's Faust in Calgary April 19 have been sold, but another 10 seats are available. According to the trip organizer, Jane Alexander, 2814 22nd Ave. A S., opera tickets are available for to per seat. Bus tickets are per round trip. The opera is being performed by a cadre of professional opera singers. Police recover automobile A car was reported stolen to city police Tuesday night was recovered shortly afterwards. A man is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge court today in connection with the incident. Model 8020 HOOVER DELUXE CAN OPENER Automatic shut off, re- movable magnet and cutter wheel for easy cleaning. Reg. 18.95 SPECIAL 14 88 Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN ABOUT 100 PEOPLE ATTENDED TAX FORUM Karen Gail Moss of Ray- mond told police she left her car running in front of 1101 Great Lakes Road about 11 a.m. When she returned, the car was gone. Terry'Lee North Peigan, 16, of Cardston was arrested shortly afterwards and charg- ed with car theft. The car was recovered in the 300 block of 5th Street South. Slow student aid likely FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESI. 19Z2 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTHUB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. The public school board agreed Tuesday it should provide special instruction for students, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to learn at the level of their intellectual potential. A final decision on the programs proposed is to be made following the 1975 budget discussions. The first step approved in principle by the board includes the hiring of 12 teachers to work with poor achievers in small groups or VBS at SHOPPING PHONE 328-0637 GROUND BEEF OF BEEF Canada Grade A. Cut freezer. Lean Ib. boxes (or and sharp 7 A0 SPARE RIBS Heavy and meaty. Country cut. BMP LIVER Only OOC average 4V GRADE A CHICKENS Fresh, never frozen A CHEESE A Bargain 4 Young At Just ib-wv VANTA'S MEATS VANTA'S ECONOMY MEATS 904 7lh AVE. S. PHONE 329-4545 and VANTA'S RANCHLAND MEATS Most delicatesses in lull supply. Join your In tow priced Meat Buying. Quality guaranteed. Plain value. No coupons to clip. No gimmicks. No give aways. Juit.good old fashioned prices. Widely acknowledged by many of you as your Freezer Beef Experts. Take advantage this weak at VANTA'S two locations. BEEF SAUSAGE CQt Freih daily. Lean .............Ib.V 9 GROUND BEEF Fresh hourly, lean GAINER'S BACON 419 Piece only Ib. FARMER CHEESE 149 Schneiders............. BULK WIENERS Vans ........................lb.1 CHUCK STEAK Grade A, B1 or D1 At VANTA'S your PRICKS ARK DOW T BONE STEAKS 4 55 Canada Grade A, Ib SIRLOIN STEAKS 4 55 Canada Grade A, I BEEF STEW QQC Lean, boneleu ROAST QQC Crow rib ....................IH-99 PORK ROASTS 29 BoMon Suite Ib. I CHUCK ROASTS .............Ib.V f At VANTA'S your PRICIS ARI DOWN Hurry! Hurryl Now lor immmxiiaU dtllvcry Vania't 16 CU. FT. G8W DEEPFREEZE 389.00 19 CU. FT. DEEPFREEZE 419.00 23 CU. FT. DEEPFREEZE 469.00 as individuals. The next step calls for the implementation of a joint community school operated treatment program for emotionally disturbed children. The third proposal calls for a special single classroom non-graded school to be es- tablished for problem junior high school students. The main emphasis of such a school woufd be to change the hostile and negative at- titudes some students have toward schools. The first two steps, propos- ed for the elementary level, are designed to reach the students before they develop a hostility toward school because they aren't achieving to their potential. It is hoped the two proposed elementary programs would eventually eliminate the need for special help in the junior high school grades. While much of the cost of the new programs would be covered by special depart- ment of education grants, they still represent a substan- tial cost to the school board. The board is expected to decide the fate of the programs when it meets Saturday to discuss the 1975 budget. Plant still possible A report to the provincial cabinet by the Energy Resources Conservation Board on Alberta Ammonia's ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Sdwirtz 222511 SI S Phont 321-4095 proposed Raymond plant is still in the works. ERCB solicitor N. A. Macleod said Tuesday the board is still working on its report on the proposed million anhydrous ammonia plant. The plant would export 95 per cent of production, which could reach tons daily, by a 115 mile pipeline to the United States border at Wild Horse. BERGMAN'S NEW LOCATION 9th AVENUE NORTH CONTRACT CARPET KNMAN'S FLOOR COVEMNBS tft. CAHPET CLEANIM SPECIAL WAREHOUSE PRICES Just get on 9th Avcnua North and go Eattl OMN TMUMOAYS TIL BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERING Saving plan loopholes may close to taxpayers 3004 9th Avenue N Phone 328 0372 By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The law regarding registered savings plans will probably be revised to prevent abuses, a tax forum at Ericksen's Restaurant was told Tuesday. Chartered accountant David Carpenter said the Nov. 18 federal budget referred to a registered savings plan bill. A question submitted to the panel had asked if a taxpayer could open a registered retire- ment savings plan (RRSP) in his wife's name March 1, have her withdraw the money later and count it as her income for 1975. Rick Melvin, another chartered accountant, said this loophole will soon be blocked, if it isn't already. In answer to another question, Mr. Carpenter said a person could transfer home ownership to his or her spouse and begin contributing to a registered home ownership savings plan But a person using an RHOSP can- not own any residential property in the year it is used. If ownership were trans- ferred now, the first deposit could not be until 1976. When the money was withdrawn, it would be taxable unless applied to an owner occupied house, an annuity, RRSP or other approved use, he said. He had earlier outlined the workings of the home 'ownership savings plan to the audience. The plan is a new feature in the federal budget, and will not take effect until the legislation is passed, he said. A maximum of a year, to a life maximum of could be deposited with a trust company or other approved institution, within 60 days from the end of the year, or during it. Depositors would have to be 18 years or older, live in Canada, and not own any residential property at any time during the year. Deposits would not have to be in consecutive years. The withdrawal would have to be in a lump sum, for one of the approved purposes. A married couple could each have an RHOSP, for a total of or a year. The forum was sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Lethbridge and District Chartered Accountants Association and the Lethbridge Herald. It featured a panel of five chartered accountants, who spoke about personal taxes and filling out a T-l return. Written questions from the audience were answered. Those on the panel in addi- tion to Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Melvin were: Lyle Harrison, David Richards and William Lord of Lethbridge and Ronald Colleaux of Taber. About 100 persons attended. Among the questions sub- mitted and answers given were: Q: If an accountant makes an error on a profit and loss statement that results in a tax penalty, is he liable? A: Negotiate with him, or see your lawyer. Q: Is there a minimum RHOSP contribution? A: No. Q: 1f a person lives several months with a wife in the year, then pays her alimony under an agreement, can he claim both the married ex- emption and the alimony? A: No, but he can choose one of the claims. Q: If you sell your farm and buy another farm with the money, do you have to report a capital gain? A: Yes, an exchange is a disposal even if no money changes hands. A capital gain is the proceeds of the sale minus the adjusted cost if the proceeds involve a 10 year mortgage, they can be reported over 10 years. Panelist Lyle Harrison said the original cost, the value on Valuation Day, Dec. 31, 1971, and the proceeds of sale are important in calculating capital gains. Persons who bought proper- ty after Valuation Day, only have to consider a capital gain on the increase in value since then. Only 50 per cent of the gain is taxable. Property bought for in 1973 and sold for in 1974 would yield taxable income, to be added to the rest of the tax- payer's income and taxed with it. Q: If a child earns enough to pay taxes, do family allowance payments go on the child's'-income or the parent's? A: Anyone who claims the child as a dependent reports the family allowance as in- come. If no one claims the child, the person receiving the Forty Mile officials going to convention FOREMOST Conventions came up at the recent Forty Mile county council meeting. Reeve Dan Vanden Berg and councillors Lyle Nattrass and Frank Romeike said they plan to attend the spring convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. It is scheduled to be held at Ed- monton April 2 and 3. "How about you asked the reeve. "I don't need a holiday then, said Coun. who opposes conventions as being an expensive frill in local government. 'This is not a holiday, this is a said the reeve. cheque, usually the mother, reports the income. Q: How is farm averaging affected by general averaging? A: Farm averaging is done at the end of a five year period. General averaging is done by the department anytime before the farm average is elected. But general averaging can- not intrude into the farm averaging block. Q: Can you pay your children for chores such as cutting the grass and deduct their wages? A: No, nor can a sole proprietor of a business pay his wife for working in the business. Q: Why can't a farmer pay his wife for driving a combine when he can't get a man to do it, and deduct her wages? A: That's the law. But he can pay his children if the wage is reasonable a 16 year old might get but not a 10 year old and the child actually has to get the money. Q: Farm land worth an acre in 1971 is worth an acre now because of inflation. How does the tax department decide the gain on a sale? A: The district tax office in Calgary has the results on a survey of land prices lor 1971 and 1972. If you have sold, or are thinking of selling, your land and send them the description, they can provide an original price for your area. Then you are in a negotiation stage. Q: If you have a cheque for your grain, can you defer the income by not cashing it? A: No. If you have the che- que, you have the income. To defer it to the next year, the cheque must be dated the next year. Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLD6. Laval PHONE 327-2822 SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At Tin WAREHOUSE 1920 2nd Avmui South THURSDAY, FEB. 26th Tmn Cuh Sill itirti M.- ON OFFER THIS WEEK A beautiful old dining (able; lovely old side board with mirror; King size bed; dresser; kitchen iable. 4 chairs and china cabinet; 39" box spring and new mattress; lovely old coffee table with glass tray.. Nice, small, blond china cabinet; good complete 54" bed; 5 automatic stock waterers; construction healer: 5 liquid seed treaters; 2 new 600 x 19 front tractor tiros; 54" box spring and mattress; chesterfield and chair; steel gates; building paper; 4 hoppers; air compressor; air tank; 2 new motors and pumps; trailer ICG box; bolt sander; ironing board; electric portable sewing machine; books; sump pump: Viking vacuum; camp lanterns; table lamps; western gun; jack- all jack; 2 Pioneer 1200 chain saws; corner and end Sables; rope; good baby buggy; tape deck; impact tool: gas and electric ranges: plus many more items too numerous to mention. Pursuant to Alberta Seizure Act will sell the following: Philco 25" color TV; Clairtone 25" color TV; DuMont 3-way combination (color Fleetwood 3-way combination; Frigidaire 30" electric range; G.E. built-in electric range; 2-rolls rubber underlay (each approx. 50 HONDA 250 MOTORCYCLE SUZUKI 50 MOTORCYCLE 1Q62 COMET STATION WAGON HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. 328-4705 TEDNEWBY Auctioneer.: KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 010813-41___________________Lie, ;