Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Kotch won't quit, members may seek judge's ruling By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association President Steve Kotch claiming to be "confident and sure of himself" declin- ed Thursday to recognize a request by the membership for his resignation. The refusal leaves the organization in operation while some of the membership decides whether the legality of certain meetings and the president's actions should be decided by a judge under the Arbitration Act A general emergency meeting of the association membership agreed Wednesday, after three hours of probing the internal problems of the organization, the only direc- tion it could take Was to ask for the president's resignation. Mr. Kotch did not attend the meeting because he believed it to be an illegal meeting since he, as president, had not called it. During the meeting, the association staff members who had resigned Jan. 29 in protest of the treatment they were receiving from Mr. Kolch, explained their side of the story and the membership agreed that the meeting in which they tendered their resignations was illegal because a quorum was not established. Technically, it was then suggested, the staff was still working for the association. Mr. Kotch insists that the Jan. 29 meeting was legal, a quorum was established and the resignations were legally accepted. INTERPRETATION The situation now boils down to an interpretation o[ the association bylaws that refer to the calling of special meetings. The bylaws of the society do not regulate the steps that must be taken when a dispute arises out of the affairs of the society. Nor do they outline the course of action to be taken for the removal of the president or any other executive officer from office. The only course of action for the membership is to go to arbitration so a judge can interpret whether the meeting was legal and the officer contravened the bylaws of the .society, Alberta Registrar of Companies Jas Warr said in a telephone interview from Ed- monton Thursday. The registrar described the removal of a society president as es- pecially when the president refuses a request for resignation. Mr. Warr said the registrar does not enter into disputes arising out of the affairs of the society. Internal problems in societies are not un- common in the province, he added. "Societies have more trouble than all the companies put together." SOME JUST FOLD Some societies just end up folding because of internal problems caused by executive members that the membership are unable to control, he continued. When it was suggested to Mr. Kotch that some members had expressed disappoint- ment that he did not attend the Wednesday meeting called by the membership and give his side of the story, he said members would have ample opportunity to hear his views April 2. The president says he has called a general meeting of the membership April 2. Mr. Kotch said he and the members who support him know that they are right. He suggested the. controversy has been drummed up by "a few noisy dissidents." Twenty-eight members attended the special meeting Wednesday and 62 members and directors signed a request calling for thai special meeting. The association president told The Herald there is always a "faction that doesn't really understand what is going on." BUSINESS AS USUAL He said the "splinter group is attempting to destroy the reputation of the association and its members." He said his group would have a lawyer at the April 2 meeting. "While they're talking, we're he pointed out in an interview. Meanwhile, Mr. Kotch claims the associa- tion will continue with its regular duties and the part-time staff, hired following the resignations of the former staff, will ad- minister the association activities. District The Lethbridcjc Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, February 28, 1975 Pages 17-32 New library draws visits from Robbery hearing opens The preliminary hearing of a 24-year-oid Fort Maclebd man charged in the armed robbery of a Barons bank Dec. 13 was adjourned in provincial court Thursday until March 24. Donald George Black is charged with armed robbery following the hold-up of the Royal Bank in Barons. Nine witnesses were called and three exhibits entered at the preliminary hearing. A ban on the publication of evidence given at the hearing was ordered by Provincial Judge A. H. Elford. Two other men have been charged with armed robbery in connection with the hold-up. Steven Michael Ragan, 24, Barons appeared in court to-, day and reserved his election and plea on the charge until today. Patrick William Linggard, 24, Barons has been remanded in custody until March 13 for a preliminary hearing. Mr. Ragan is free on his own recognizance. Bail for Mr. Linggard has been set at in cash but has not been posted. Marc Andrew Sallenbach, 19, 301 6th Ave. A S., was remanded until April 4 for election and plea on a charge of being in possession of mari- juana on Feb. 20 for the pur- pose of trafficking. Two out of every five men, women and children in Lethbridge are using the city's public library, according to the library annual report. It puts library membership in 1974 at and notes a seven per cent increase in circulation of books to from in 1973. Attendance counts, not possible before the new building opened at the end of April, show visits to the library in seven months, and persons attending programs in the September December period. Film usage increased in 19.74 to films borrowed and shown to audiences totall- ing during the year. Phonograph record circula- tion increased by nearly 350 per cent in 1974 to records. Library board chairman W. S. Russell said the welcome reception of'the new library is evident from the statistics. "Certainly the new library itself accounts for much of the numbers in the statistics, but bur compliments must be ex- tended to the staff. "This library has become a creative educational force in this city. The planning and development work of George Dew (former head librarian) is evident Mr. Russell said. "The handsome design by architect George Watson has proven very functional indeed. The team of librarians headed by Duncan Rand have taken the library, planned and developed by predecessors, and made it work." Chief librarian Rand presented the library annual report to a regular meeting of the board this week. Trustee, ATA talks to resume Contract talks between teachers and the Lethbridge Separate School Board are ex- pected to resume March 5. Negotiations between the Lethbridge local of the Alberta Teachers Association and the board broke off in January. The teachers' contract expired Dec. 31. ATA spokesman Murray Coleman said today "the separate school board has refused to give its teachers the equivalent contract to that of public school teachers, a contract that has been similar for the last 19 years." Mr. Coleman said teachers will meet the board March 5 to discuss wage parity with public school teachers, sab- batical leave, a provision for teachers to receive two paid days off annually for personal reasons and an averaging clause guaranteeing wages similar to those of teachers In Alberta's seven largest school districts. Plastic milk bags pronioted A new milk container which will save Edmonton residents about 10 cents per gallon com- pared with the traditional home delivery carton has been announced. Palm Dairies Ltd. and Northern Alberta Dairy Pool announced Thursday an increase in the price of home delivered milk in cartons of two cents per quart and four cents per half gallon next week when milk in plastic bags will be introduced. Milk in plastic bags will re- main at the Public Utilities Board minimum level. Spokesmen for the two dairies in Lethbridge claim there will be no shift in milk prices locally since the new plastic bags will not be introduced here in the near future. A spokesman for Palm Dairies in Edmonton said the increases in home delivered milk in cartons "will hopeful- ly discourage people from getting just one quart of milk" at a time. Delivery of milk in single quarts is not economical. Pound picks up 66 pooches The city dog pound is pick- ing up an average of 60 to 100 errant canines every month, according to a pound spokesman. The pound reported Thurs- day 66 pooches took the ride in the back of the canine paddy wagon to the city animal shelter on 26th Avenue N. this month. He said it was too soon to tell whether recently-passed amendments to the Dog Bylaw, requiring residents to keep their dogs on a leash when outside their own yard, would affect the number of dogs at large picked up. But, he said, the new rules make it much easier for dogcatchers to determine whether a dog is "at large" or not. The old wording of the bylaw said dogs had to be on a leash or under other im- mediate, continuous and effective control of some com- petent person. The city community ser- vices department issued a news release this week reminding dog owners of the stricter leash provision and of increased fines on second and third offences for dogs runn- ing at large. The fine now is J10 for first offence, on second offence and on a third offence. If the dog doesn't have a licence, it costs the owner another fine plus the licence fee. City officials reported Thursday slightly more than licences have been issued so far this year. In January, the news release said, the pound receiv- ed many complaints from citizens that dogs were runn- ing at large and 60 dogs were impounded. Crisis workshop next week A crisis intervention workshop for nurses and medical personnel in com- munity and public health settings will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Gait School of Nursing. The workshop, sponsored by the University of Lethbridge, will be presented by the authors of a crisis interven- tion text. Donna Aguilera is a nursing professor at Califor- nia State University in Los Angeles, and works at the Benjamin Rush Centres in that city. Janice Messick is a clinical program evaluator at Brcntwood Veterans Hospital in Los Angeles. UofL million IT WAS A EVENING WALTER KEHBEH photo Tory foray into Schmidt country By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer TABEH Premier Peter Lougheed made his first cam- paign foray south Thursday, lugging million for irriga- tion with him. Jaunting into the province's most right wing riding, Card- ston, the premier said his government has only interven- ed in the private sector when business was "unable or un- willing to be involved." His government has created a "climate of opportunity" for small business, he told Cardston voters at a paper plate luncheon. "I am probably the only government leader in Canada and North America who has got an economy that is not only not in recession but -is. moving ahead right he said. Both in Cardston, 45 miles southwest of Lethbridge, and in Taber, 30 miles east of the city, Mr. Lougheed trumpeted Alberta's low unemployment figures lowest in Canada, he said, For those who chose not to work, his government will Unity Month wins Tory backing CARDSTON The Province of Alberta will officially sup- port a Family Unity Month, Premier Peter Lougheed announc- ed here Thursday. "We will be officially announcing a positive response in about 10 days after the next cabinet the premier told more than 150 people at a luncheon gathering. The government considers the idea an excellent one he said. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints has been promoting the suggestion and several provinces are expected to choose April to mark the month. The church has encouraged family home evenings among Its own congregation. provide "incentives" to promote self reliance. "We still believe in the work he told more than 190 people at the luncheon. The premier told 500 at a rally in the community centre here that he called the elec- tion seeking a mandate "to face nine other provinces and the prime minister" over the energy negotiation table in April. Crests of all nine sister provinces, left hanging after the Canada Winter Games, glowered from the centre's walls as he spoke. His audience nearly missed Mr. Lougheed's first major plum of the campaign which turned the event into a million evening. The dollar figure for irriga- tion help was nearly hidden in the delivery of Mr. Lougheed's speech and had lit- tle visible effect. "I'm proud of Peter said Taber Warner Tory candidate Bob Bogle told the audience. Six other Souther Alberta PC can- didates were on hand for the rally. Mr. Lougheed's first big campaign promise came in the riding where Social Credit Leader Wemer Schmidt is launching his own campaign for the premiership. Mr. Schmidt's chances in the March 26 election may be reflected In the number of people following both cam- paigns. Only 75 turned out to a Socred nomination meeting in Cardston Wednesday night where Mr. Schmidt was guest speaker. Thursday noon saw more than 150 turn out to listen to Mr. Lougheed's Cardston luncheon speech. budget for operations The outlines of an operating budget of close to million were approv- ed Wednesday by the University of Lethbridge board of governors. The global figures approved will be the basis for a line-item budget to come before the March or April board meeting, said university president Bill Beckel. Figures are subject to change in the process of preparing the line budgets lor the whole university, said Dr. Beckel. At this stage the 1975-76 operating budget shows million in expenditures, including for special programs. This compares with million budgeted for 1974-75, and million spent. Revenues are estimated at million, giving a deficit for the year of But an operating surplus at the end of 1974-75 of raises the 1975-76 deficit to a projected year-end surplus of The estimates, as yet broken down only to major operating units, show million going to the arts and science faculty, to the education faculty, to the summer session and 000 to other instructional programs. MAJOR ITEMS Other major items are for learning resources, for plant maintenance and for administration. Major revenues should be from fees, million from the regular government grant and 000 from a special govern- ment grant. Other revenues are in interest, transferred from trust and in other income. The revenues estimates are up from million in 1974-75. Dr. Beckel said the operating budget begins with preliminary estimates given to the advanced education department each May. The 1975-76 estimates went to Ed- monton in May, 1974, and the 1976-77 estimates will soon be prepared. The province tells (he un- iversity what it can have in the fall. This provincial figure is one of many that go into the budget presented to the legislature early each year, he said. DEANS' COUNCIL The global figure goes first to the deans' council. Details are examined by the universi- ty planning committee. Both the planning committee and the president's office make recommendations to the general faculties council, which makes a recommenda- tion to the governors, he said. Approval of the report authorizes production of a line-item budget from the figures for each operating un- it.