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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Inflation hits local drug scene Upside down world Viewed from upside-down the world's quite a different place. Rick LeBaron, 12, of 2626 20th Ave. S., takes a topsy-turvey look around, while next-door neighbor Rick Heyland, 12, of 2622 20th Ave. S., looks down on it all. The city's topsy-turvey weather put an abrupt end overnight to scenes like this for the time being. Con- tinued cool weather is forecast. Power prominent issue Local Liberals quiz leadership hopefuls By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Public power was a prominent issue Tuesday night as the two candidates for the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party were questioned by a Lethbridge audience. Nick Taylor, 46, president of an independent Calgary oil exploration company, and John Borger, 39, an Edmonton biochemist, were also quizz- ed about the autonomy of municipalities and universities, compulsory agricultural marketing boards and a national oil corporation. And they fielded other ques- tions on the relationship of the provincial and federal Liberal parties and the role of the Liberal Party in the Alberta legislature. The enthusiastic gathering of Liberals from several southern provincial constituencies was called to meet the candidates. But at times it was in danger of being drowned out Spirited singing in the dining portion of Sven Ericksen's restaurant adjacent to the meeting room had the candidates shouting to be heard. Mr. Taylor said power plants should be coal-fired in future but that such an undertaking was too ambitious for Lethbridge alone. He said the province should pay to switch the entire southwest sector of the province to power provided from a single plant "I believe in public ownership of the distribution he said, "Government ownership of big trunk lines, consumer (through co-operatives) ownership of distribution and private ownership of the production facilities would be the ideal Mr. Taylor said private enterprise had a place in production of power because of the research being done into new forms of power such as atomic and solar energy. But Mr. Borger said that while the government should not let such companies as Calgary Power monopolize NICK TAYLOR power systems in the province, "I don't like the political manipulation within Crown corporations." He said the government had the power to legislate protection for the public, and would operate better in the role of watchdog. Both candidates said municipalities should have more control over their money. Mr. Taylor said they should be guaranteed a proportion of oil and gas revenues. Now, they were like a 36-year-old man still on an allowance, he said. As to their party's role in JOHN BORGER the provincial legislature if it can win a seat or seats in the next election, Mr. Taylor said Liberals should recapture some of the reform-minded zeal of the early Social Creditors. Mr. Borger said there was "real concern" in the province that Social Credit would not be able to mount a decent opposition to the government. A third candidate for the provincial executive, to be elected at the party's annual convention in Edmonton March 1, vice-presidential candidate Francis Wright, also addressed the meeting. 'Arab oil prices passing fad9 Present high pricing of crude 01! by Arab states is a "passing fad" that will end in a year or so, says a Calgary oilman just returned from the Middle East. Nick Taylor, whose company handles petroleum exploration chores in several countries, said Tuesday the pries of erode oil will drop to the range from a present level of about a barrel. In Lethbridge as a candidate for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party, Mr. Taylor said in an interview that the price is technically in the Arab countries but can be obtained at about Mr. Taylor, just back from a trip to Iran, said Arabs are worried that maintaining present high prices will push oil- consutning states to find alternative energy sources. He said an apparent unified front by some Arab states on oil prices "just doesn't exist" By DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer The use of cocaine is increasing in the Lethbridge area and an RCMP narcotics officer thinks inflation may be partly to blame. The officer, who says he has to remain anonymous since most of his work is undercover, said marijuana which was selling at to a lid last year is now going for and higher. A lid is a one-ounce package. Some drug users, he said, are turning from marijuana to cocaine because they can "get higher cheaper" on cocaine. Cocaine costs about a spoon on the street. A spoon is the amount of drug that will fill a spoon. But even at this price, the user gets more "highs" than from the same dollar amount of marijuana, the officer said. The inflated price of marijuana may also be leading to increased use of LSD and other psychoactive chemicals, he said. But saving a few dollars on getting high might not be worth the risk. Information supplied by the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission says the adverse effects of cocaine are mental deterioration and possible death through "respiratory depression or cardiovascular collapse." Cocaine, which goes by the slang names of snow, dust and coke, is a drug produced from the leaves of the coca bush. People often confuse this plant with the cacao plant, from which chocolate is derived, but the two plants are unrelated. Cocaine usually comes in a white, crystalline powder. Once used as a local anesthetic, it is a stimulant, producing excitability, anxiety, increased pulse rate and higher blood pressure in the user. Hallucinations, nausea and headache may also result, and a cocaine user may become violent and dangerous. Cocaine is not in common medical use, the RCMP officer said. Most of it is imported from South America where many natives still chew coca leaves for stimulation and to ward off hunger pains. The penalty for the misuse of cocaine is usually slightly less severe than for heroin, be said. Norm Briscoe of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission says cocaine is "a drug of used by people among the professions, especially paramedical personnel. "This isn't to say that cocaine is used by a large percentage of these Mr. Briscoe said. "But of the drug users in this class, many use cocaine." Cocaine does not produce addiction, Mr. Briscoe said, but the constant user may develop a strong psychological dependency. SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 27, 1974 Pages 13-20 Student attitude most important New educational system here based on 10 top objectives By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer It will take at least three years to fully establish a new educational system approved in principle by the Lethbridge public school board Tuesday. The system, called objective based education, will enable teachers and administrators to obtain the 10 most important goals of the public school system formally adopted by the trustees Tuesday. action by the school is not an attempt to cling to the latest educational fad. Instead, it is a move to improve the education of public school students and provide a better system of reporting students' progress to parents, public school administrators told a special' press conference Tuesday. Trustees decided that the most important goals of the school were developing positive student attitudes toward themselves and others and toward learning. The school board listed the basic skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic and logical thinking as the next most important goals that need to be accomplished in public schools. The preparation of students for participation in recreation and leisure-time activities was listed in the third group of important goals. Much research The goals adopted by the trustees were the result of more than two years of extensive research and survey of public, teacher and student opinion, but their order of importance was established by the trustees. The goals chosen by the board are non specific but under the objective based education system the goals will become more specific as they are adapted to the classroom level. Thus, individual schools and teachers are able to develop a refined form of the goals and to choose the means by which the goals of the school system are achieved. Objective based education is a system of planning in which educators spell out their goals guidelines for attaining the goals and establish a method of determining their success or lack of success in meeting the goals. Teachers and administrators will be required to state in writing what they expect to accomplish during the school year. Their statement of objectives are to emphasize what students will learn, rather than how they win be taught "We need to move very carefully to avoid creating a mechanical monster which results in our ignoring the humanistic aspects of the director of public school personnel warned Tuesday. Consuming Gerry Probe said "teachers need to be highly involved and mservice education programs most be established." He said he agrees with critics who suggest that objective based education is extremely time consuming. "Objective setting and writing can be painful and time consuming tasks (and) they will remain painful until special competencies are developed in formulating he says. But Dr. Probe claims the new system is worth the effort if it improves the educational programs and enhances the learning of students in public schools. He also hinted that objective based education may eventually require the hiring of more substitute teachers to free classroom teachers to give the students more individualized attention. No more grades Robert Plaxton, superintendent, says the possible starting point for the establishment of the goals of the new system in the classroom would be to set minimum standards for reading, writing and arithmetic. The minimum standards could be established for the end of the third, sixth, ninth and 12th years of schooling, he suggested. Under the objective based education system, the school board would eventually be able to guarantee the general public that a large proportion of students would have "mastered certain essential skills and Dr. Plaxton said. He said under the new system there are no goals for each specific grade. In fact, schools wouldn't have to refer to grades at all. Dr. Probe, in an interview after the meeting, pointed out there are a few schools in the city that are "breaking away from the grade pattern." The schools refer to each year in school as Year 1, Year 2 and so forth, he explained. The objective based education system would allow each student to advance at his or her own pace in each subject area toward the accomplishment of the minimum standards established for a certain number of years of schooling. Dr. Probe claimed the new system would reduce the feeling of failure among students because the large majority of them would be able to accomplish the minimum standards and those students who couldn't meet the standards would be provided with a special individualized program. The minimum standards would be established by teachers "sitting down and coming down to some agreement" on the level of skills that 90 per cent of the students would be able to achieve, he explained in an interview. The 90 per cent figure is only an estimate at this time, he added. The public school administrators also claimed Tuesday that the new system would improve the professionalism of teachers. All people, Dr. Probe suggested, want to know what is expected of them and teachers are no different Objective based education allows teachers the opportunity to evaluate their teaching methods by providing them with objectives to strive for, he said. Too mechanical? Grade 12 teachers, he said, now know that they are expected to help most students get through the final examinations. Dr. Probe said some critics of the new system claim it leads to a "mechanical and dehumanized approach to education that ignores learning experiences that are not measurable. However, he said he believes objective based education does not have to be mechanical. And "we will see" that it isn't, he added. The school board directed Dr. Plaxton to begin consultation with teachers and principals to find the best method of implementing the objective-based education system. LIBRARY OPENING SET BACK The opening date for the new Lethbridge Public Library has suffered another setback, this time to March 25. City librarian George Dew told The Herald the new building is "virtually complete" and furniture and equipment are being installed. But, he said, some custom- made furniture will not be installed until close to the opening date because of wrong deliveries. The library opening had earlier been projected for Feb. 4, then mid-February and then March 4. Mr. Dew said the official opening is still set for April 5. The librarian, who retires May 1, said the search for a new librarian has reached a short list and candidates are being interviewed. TT m m Trustees approve 1 Ltltl Sets extra 3 renovation bylaw Public school trustees Tuesday approved a money bylaw for renovation and expansion to the Gilbert Paterson School. The other approximately needed to complete the construction project is to be provided by the provincial government and the City of Lethbridge. The city has entered a joint-use agreement with the school board for community use of the new library, gymnasium and other facilities upon completion of S construction. The proposed renovations and expansion plans must still receive final approval from the province's school buildings board in Edmonton. added to capital grant i Lethbridge Community College learned Tuesday it will receive a learning resource materials grant in addition to its annual capital expenditures grant The province allots an annual capital grant to the college amounting to about 10 per cent of its annual Dairy producers to press for another price hike Alberta's fluid milk producers will be pressing for substantial price increases at a public milk hearing scheduled to begin March 6 in Red Deer. Dairymen feel the only way they can get some relief from rapidly rising costs is through an increase in the price of milk and other dairy products. At a convention earlier this month, dairymen called for price all segments of the dairy industry to provide a satisfactory return to producers and processors so they can maintain a healthy and growing industry in Alberta. However, some help has Seminar to focus on patients Understanding problem patients will be the focus of a two day workshop March 25 and 26 presented by the sooth district association of registered nurses and the University of Lethbridge. The workshop sessions, from 9 a.m. to p.m. in Room B-740 of the university's Academic Residence Building, will deal with managing patients' problem behavior. The workshop will include sessions by Eileen Love, bead psychiatric nurse and Dorothy Pnngle, clinical co-ordinator, both from Calgary's Holy Cross Hospital been or is coming to toe dairy industry. Eugene Whelan, federal minister of agriculture, has indicated his department is prepared to increase industrial milk subsidies and support prices by per hundredweight Hugh Horner, provincial minister of agriculture has announced his government will contribute 75 cents per hundred pounds of dry feed used to produce 100 pounds of milk. This production incentive payment means fluid milk E'oducers will receive about .11 per hundredweight more for their milk. industrial milk and cream producers will receive approximately 31 cents more per pound of butterfat operating budget The grant is used for alterations, renovations and replacement of furnishings and equipment Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, Tuesday announced capital grants to community colleges totalling million. Of that amount million will be spent on expansions to Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton. Another million will be spent completing a new college building and site development at Grande Prairie. The remainder has been apportioned as follows: Grant MacEwan Grande Prairie Regional College Lethbridge Community College Medicine Hat College Mount Royal College. Calgary Red Deer College Correction A Herald report Tuesday said Letiibndge city council agreed to offer Lethbridge Iron Works Co a 90-day option to purchase five acres in the northside industrial park at a loss of about In fact, the offer was at a cost of about The Herald regrets the typographical error ;