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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, February 27, 1973 Council briefs , . . Landlord-tenant advisory board bylaw passed A bylaw establishing a landlord-tenant advisory board was passed by city council Monday. The six-member board will .mediate disputes between landlords and tenants and will investigate complaints which might be contrary to provincial legislation on rental accommodation. Nominations will be made March 8 by a council committee and the members will be appointed by council March 12. The board will be given a one-year trial period. Community services director Bob Bartlett stressed the board will be for the benefit of both landlords and tenants. "About 40 per cent of the complaints we receive are from landlords," he said. * �  The honor roll memorial, commemorating those who served in the world wars, will remain in city hall. Council was informed by the Students prepare pasters School students in the Leth-bridge area are working on posters for this year's competition sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society. All entries must be turned in to the offices of the Leth-bridge Unit at 409 Canada Trust Building before March 1. There are four classes of competition with prizes for each class. The results of the local competition will be announced on March 10. Prize-wmning posters will be forwarded to Calgary for judging at the provincial level. administration two weeks ago that the memorial was to be removed from its location on the second floor of city hall to the Royal Canadian Legion building. . The legion executive wrote a letter to council saying the memorial should stay in a place where it can be seen by anyone who wants to see it - in city hall. Council agreed. Finance director Allister Findlay will represent the city at the annual shareholder's meeting of the Alberta Municipal Financing Corporation on April 2. Mr. Findlay has been instructed by council to press for an increase in the borrowing capacity of cities to a minimum of $65 per capita from the present $50. The city' borrows from tine AMFC to finance capital projects such as the library and" water and sewer main installations.  * * A public hearing will be held in one month on a bylaw to close the north end of the lane between &th Ave. and 6th Ave. A S. west of 13th St. The matter came before council again Monday after a year of lane closings, lane openings, protests aw! counter-protests from residents in the area. The last time council dealt with the subject, the lane was opened. Chief Judge L. S. Tw-cctte over-ruled council's decision, however, legally closing the lane again at the south end. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff suggested the appropriate solution is a compromise - bring back a bylaw to have the north end of the lane closed. In the interim, tbe administration will temporarily barricade the south end of tbe lame. Aid, Vaughan Hembroff � . . suggests compromise on lane hassle. Corn producers make poor choiee LEGAL AID It lias plenty of critics . . and supporters Potential grain corn producers have been warned not to be lured into g)-owing hybrids which haven't been recommended for Southern Alberta. Farmers are starting to make a poor selection of hybrids again this year, says Dr. Stan Freyman, com specialist at the Lethbridge Research Station and secretary of the Alberta Cora Committee. "Supersalesmen are promoting the wrong seed for the wrong places and farmers will be the ones to be hurt by the wrong advice," he says. "I can almost see another ORDER YOUR HOME REQUIREMENTS FROM ADVANCE LUMBER CO. 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One agriculture official told a group of farmers that proper selection of hybrids is most important. He said a variety such as Warwick SL 209 will reach maturity with good yields in the entire grain corn region of SoiOern Alberta. Dr. Freyman says any farmer i/anding to grow grain corn in l'?73 should make application for the provincial government incentive of 40 cents a bushel as soon as possible. He says this will enable the governmv.t to allocate omni^i funds for the incentive program, designed to assist Southern Alberta farmers become established in the corn growing industry. Dr. Freyman says when the application is made, the district agriculturist will provide information and recommendations about the crop, including seed selection. "Perhaps this will help keep many farmers out of trouble with poor hybrid selection," he says. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Some lawyers don't seem to care very much about preparing a defence if they are paid by legal aid, the executive-secretary of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties Association said Tuesday. "We have found in some cases that lawyers don't give as good a derfence to a legal aid client as they would to a regular clinet," Ted Parnell said in a telephone interview from Edmonton. He said that in many cases, people have to be able to afford justice. "There are some people who can't afford a lawyer and who can't aualify for legal aid," Mr. Parnell said. Dave Finlay, chairman of Student Legal Services at the University of Alberta, agreed with Mr. Parnell's criticism, but added that the majority of lawyers do a competent job on legal aid cases. Another problem with the legal aid scheme, he said, is that individuals do not have a choice of lawyers. Alternative Mr. Finlay said an alternative to legal aid would be neighborhood law offices, staffed by lawyers on government payroll who would be available to persons requiring legal assistance. "This would cut down on some of the red-tape. Right now, legal aid is a middleman between a lawyer and his client," he said. Neighborhood law offices in Vancouver and Toronto "seem to be working quite well," Mr. P'inlay said. Lethbridge lawyers and court officials however, are almost unanimous in their approval of the legal aid system. "I have not one bit of doubt that a legal aid defence is z.i good asaregular defence,'' BJaine Thacker, a local lawyer said. "I'd be upset if I thought otherwise," Mr. Thacker said. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson, who said that he could see no difference between a legal aid defence and a paid defence, appreciates the legal aid system because it takes a load off the court. "I don't know of any judge who wouldn't want to see a man defended by a lawyer," he said. It takes some of the responsibility for a fair trial off the judge. The charge and election do not have to be explained, and there is someone present to object to the Crown evidence and petitions, he said. Provincial Judge Hudson said he could see one difference between legal aid and the regular system. If the "fiwyer is being paid at prevailing rates, and the client insists on a plea of not guilty, against the advice of Ms lawyer, the lawyer can refuse the case. Under legal aid, a lawyer may enter a plea of not guilty, solely on the insistence of the accused. Wide coverage Jim Freel, a Lethbridge probation officer, said that since recent changes to the legal aid scheme which now provide coverage on all violations of federal statutes, including the Criminal Code, and a wide variety of civil matters, including divorce, lie could think of no area needing improvement, "'i am certain there must be some,".he said, "but I'm not aware of what they are. All areas are now fairly well covered by legal aid." "I don't thank many people ai-e aware that legal aid is available though," Mr. Freel said. He said he sees people in court who plead guilty to a charge just to get the matter over with. Tom Spanos, a Lethbridge lawyer, said lawyers take legal aid cases on rotation, and be- cause the abilities of lawyers differ, "you might get a poor lawyer on an important case." Lawyers who get legal add work are paid by the provincial government at a reduced tariff, depending on how much work is required to pi-epare a case. Under a recently - signed agreement between the provincial and federal governments, Ottawa will pay to the Alberta treasury 50 cents per capita, or 90 per cent of the actual money spent by the province for criminal legal aid, which ever is the lesser. The Alberta government last year spent about $900,000 on legal aid, with about $600,000 going to criminal legal aid services. Edward Kisel, clerk of the court, and administrator of legal aid in Lethbridge, said legal aid costs must, in some circumstances, be repayed by a client. Note signed In all divorce or civil matters, a p e r s o n receiving legal aid must sign a promissory note for the amount of coverage, and if the government decides that a client is able to repay the debt at any time, the note comes due. Mr. Kisel said applications for legal aid are processed by the clerk's office, in the Law Courts Building. Legal aid cases are assigned to lawyers on a roster system, and no lawyer can refuse a case - unless a conflict of interest is involved, Mr. Kisel said. Before legal aid legislation was passed, the legal profession had what they called a "needy litigants committee" of the Bar association, Roman Scholdra, president of the Lethbridge Bar Association said. "We've been doing legal aid since the profession began," Mr. Scholdra said, "but some people didn't have the guts to go and beg." Naturalist to address public affairs council Heart blitz donations up Monday's door-to-door blitz earned the Canadian Heart Foundation $13,900 - almost $1,600 more than last year.. Mrs. S u z i e Hironaka, publicity chairman for the local fund drive, said today about 550 canvassers fanned out through Lethbridge Monday night collecting for the annual blitz. The business campaign, which started at the beginning February, will continue to the end of the month. Last y e a r a total of $17,975 was collected during February. Money collected goes into the national foundation fund from where it is distributed to various research centres in the province, Mrs. Hironaka says. Author and naturalist Andy Russell will explain the huge coal strip mining development he claims is slated for the Kalian as Ids region at the regular meeting of the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs. Slated for Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant Thursday, the meeting will allow Mr. Russell to give his information to the council. Following Mr. Russell's release of the proposed coal development, Charlie Drain, Social Credit MLA responsible for area of the development, branded the story as "newspaper sensationalism and hog-wash." He stated that the story by Mr. Russell was "completely unfounded. Mr. Russell said at the time of the release that the development includes an open pit mine on the divide between Savannah Creek and the northwest Haimes services Wednesday Funeral services for James (Jimmy) Haimes of Lethbridge will be held in the Traditional Chapel Wednesday at 4 p.m. with cremation following. Mr. Haimes, 89, started work for the City of Lethbridge in 1910 and retired in 1950 as city engineer. He worked one additional year as an advisory consultant branch of the Oldman River, a town on the northwest branch, a railroad and a high-speed industrial highway. He said it is ultimately intended as a means toward developing heavy industry for coal and timber, with the accent on coal. ,700 damage in 3-car crash A three-car accident last night in front of the Civic Ice Centre has caused an estimated $2,700 damage, and one minor injury to a passenger in one of the cars. Hazel S. Francis, of 2109 19th Ave. S., was sent to St. Michael's General Hospital for observation, then released. She was a passenger in a car driven by Elaine Marie Flett, 25, of 209 1309 Lakemount Blvd. The other driver involved was George Andrew Roth, 65, of 1810 13th Ave. S. The accident occurred when one of the cars, southbound on 9th St., turned left onto 6th Ave. S., skidding badly. The vehicle continued to skid, crossing the centre line, and striking another vehicle. The first car then struck a parked half-ton truck belonging to Owen Ellison Richards, of 1122 14th St. N. The first vehicle then bounced onto the sidewalk, coming to rest against a building We have it! 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