Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Frldiy, Ftbrutry 28, 1975 Construction contract draws trucker's fire By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer A Raymond gravel trucker has written Premier Peter Lougheed protesting hiring policies for owner- drivers on a highways department project between Spring Coulee and Magrath. Martin Lund said the project seems to be in direct contrast with most well-organized government jobs." But highways department of- ficials said guidelines referred to by Mr. Lund are no longer in effect due to a shortage of trucks. Mr. Lund says he has worked as a gravel trucker for 15 years, and on many government projects, and is "fully aware how the majority of these projects are operated." While every government engineer is free to hire whomever he wishes, most projects follow certain guidelines, he said. These include a limit of one truck per owner-driver, unless trucks are scarce, rotating trucks so all local trucks earn about the same amount of money, and giv- ing job priority to qualified truckers living nearby. He also asks if the policies have been changed to "only gestures of courtesy and fair play." Bob Wilson, a highways construc- tion engineer in charge of the gravel-stockpiling project, says the department used to have a rule regarding the hiring of local trucks. "We don't operate in that manner he said, in a telephone interview from Cardston. There was "an abundance of trucks" two or three years ago, but trucks became scarce and the ruling was changed. "As far as management is concerned, I feel we know what we're doing around said Mr. Wilson. He said he had not received a copy of the letter. Mr. Lund said eight trucks are working on the gravel stockpiling project, six of them owned by two men from Vulcan and Calgary. This causes most of the income from the project to enter two households, and excludes truckers living closer to it, he said. "I live 20 miles away and feel I am entitled to share the project and the profits from says Mr. Lund: He asks why two men are allowed to put so many trucks on the project, and why they are not laid off to give local owner-drivers a chance. He also asks why Southern Alberta truckers are often called far north on projects, and are sent home from "the first local project in five years that comes to the South." Bill Samis, executive assistant to Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne, said the gravel-hauling project is "constrained." He said, in a telephone interview from Edmonton, that there are not as many openings as earlier. Also, the gravel crushing plant is working on the site. Trucks haul from the crusher direct to the pile instead of from the pit to the crusher and then from the crusher to the pile. The job capacity is limited by the crusher, which is operated 24 hours a day, he said. Only six trucks are needed, with some of them used as stand-by vehicles. Owner-drivers with one truck wouldn't be much use, and it would not be fair to hire a man and tell him he was the stand-by driver. Local drivers are being used on a rotation basis, said Mr. Samis. He said Mr. Lund is. on the project's list, but his name has not yet come to the lop. Truck owners moving on to a job need some continuity, making this project attractive for owners of several trucks, he added. The highways department has had a tough construction season, with a shortage of truckers, and hasn't been able to use the rotation system Rotation has been started on this project recently, but rotation doesn't work well on 24-hour pro- jects, he said. The project has to work all day because it is on the St.. Mary river- bottom. A temporary river crossing is being used, and the gravel must be hauled before the spring break-up said Mr.'Samis. Bernard Kathol, a highways construction operations engineer, said the department has had com- ments from other truckers as well as Mr. Lund. "But I'm satisfied myself that our people down there are being pretty he said in a telephone interview from Edmon- ton. Enumerator task Peter Chrupka, 1705 Lakeshore Road, gives elec- tion information to enumerators Bev Robertson, 1502 Cedar Place, left, and Alice Foder, 1613 Lakeshore Road in Lethbridge East Constituency. 'surprises' West side constituency officer City Scene Elks leader to visit city The change in Lethbridge West Constituency since 1971 is surprising, the returning of- ficer in charge of gathering in- formation for the March 26 provincial election said today. Ernest Mardon, who has tabulated seven of the 32 polls in the constituency, claims there has been a real shift in population densities. Statistics show people have been "drifting away" from Chinatown and the downtown core, said Mr. Mardon. He credits the urban renewal program and the construction of the Woodward's complex for some of the movement. Movement of students has shown a dramatic increase, he Local Elks will play host to Russell Jackman, grand exalted ruler of the B.P.O. Elks of Canada, at a meeting Monday. Mr. Jackman, a Calgary resident, is to visit the Lodge 37 regular Monday meeting at 8 p.m. in the Elk's Club. He will be informing the members of the activities of the Elks Purple Cross Fund, used in a program to promote early identification and treatment of children who have hearing problems. Labor turnout heavy More students than ex- pected turned out Thursday for the labor school organized by the Lethbridge and District Labor Council. ARTBIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phom328-40B5 BARIBOCRAFT 7-PIECE SALAD SET 7" bowl and 4 individual bowlt, fork and spoon server, Reg. SPECIAL 95 thow rtllllvaly minor Other sets and bowls available at limilar tavingt. Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN "We never expected anything like said coun- cil president Larry Mead. Some 78 persons representing 25 unions registered at the Labor Club. Registration was to begin at 7 p.m., but students began arriving shortly after 6 p.m. There was a run on places in the collective bargaining course, said Mr. Mead. Unions represented includ- ed the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the International Woodworkers of America, glass and ceramic workers, electrical factory workers, brewery workers, fire fighters and postal workers. Delegates came from Pic- ture Butte, Raymond and Coaldale as well as from Lethbridge! INSURANCE HOME FARM Money SEE US 9OONI 3rd. An. t. PIMM 327-2713 said. There are more students now living in North Lethbridge, away from the downtown area and other south side locations, especial- ly the Alan Watson district. Old age pensioners, which have made up 30 per cent of the population enumerated to date, also have different life styles, said Mr. Mardon. There are more pensioners living alone in one house this time compared to a majority of two per house in 1971. With a provincial unemploy- ment rate of about 2.8 per cent, the people enumerated in Lethbridge West are holding to the average. Mr. Mardon said the statistics indicate the profes- sion or -trade of the residents but don't indicate whether the profession or trade is now be- ing practiced. The information gathered Urania Workshop SCt March 8 from West Lethbridge was a A drama workshop, sponsored by the culture, youth and recreation department, will be held March 8 at Catholic Central High School. The one day workshop will include classes in theatre design and directing, audio and visual technique in theatre, speech, dance and movement and improvisation in acting. 'Cheapest' tax session draws few It was billed as "the, cheapest tax advice in but not many people lock ad- vantage of ah income tax ses- sion presented by the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs. About 40 people attended the luncheon Thursday noon at Ericksen's Restaurant. Rick Boyack, public relations of- ficer for the federal taxation office, spoke briefly on the in- come tax department, its ser- vices and some guidelines for filing 1974 returns. The public relations officer painted a rather rosy picture of income tax legislation and return filing processes. The legislation, he said, is generally designed to ease the tax burden on the individual. Legislation on income tax is very complex and is yearly being revamped. "Every year the form is getting Mr Boyaek said, "It's getting easier and easier to follow the blue." He said there are about 11 million people in Canada filing tax returns and the new legislation is designed to iron out inequities and make the system more fair, and "that's a mammoth job." Mr. Boyack said the govern- ment is constantly coming out with publications to help peo- ple understand income tax. There is also a toll free Zenith telephone number operating year round that people can call for information and ad- vice. He said, depending on the caller's question, the reply shouldn't always be taken as gospel, "our people on the line are there to provide an opinion." He said though there were thousands of inquiries made through the Zenith phone number last year in Calgary alone, about 83 per cent of Canadian taxpayers worked out their own income tax returns last year. surprise to Mr. Mardon. "I thought West Lethbridge was an area of upper middle class people. "But the returns show there is a real cross section of peo- ple living in the district." The University of 35 people at the U of L are American citizens who will not be able to vote in the provincial election. Calgary orchestra to visit The Canadian Mental Health Association is sponsoring a concert by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m March 7 at the Yates Centre. The orchestra will perform a varied program including Strauss waltzes. Tickets are J3 for adults, J2 for students. There are no reserved seats. Tickets may be obtained from the CMHA office, Leister's Music or at the door. Proceeds from the concert go to CMKA projects. Convention reports to be heard SPnnSs Convention reports will be the main items of business as the elected Council of Home and School Associations meets Wednesday at Hamilton Junior High School Henry Slomp of Iron Springs has been elected for a three year term in office for the Green Acres Holstein Club, joining five returning ex- ecutive members. Gerrit Van Zeggelaar of Iron Springs was returned. Remaining executive members include Albert Kooy of Nobleford and Danny Wilson qf Lethbridge, for one year terms, and Peter Schuld of Iron Springs, secretary, and John Vonkeman of Iron Springs, president, for two year terms. A vice president will be selected at the executive's first meeting in the near future. man convicted Almost eight months after the charge was laid, James William Lemer knows where he stands. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson Thursday found Mr. Archaeology courses planned Three archaeology field courses will be offered in Southern Alberta this summer by the University of Calgary continuing education division. Courses in archaeological field techniques, advanced archaeological field techniques and special archaeological problems will run from July 2 to Aug. 13. The first two deal with modern field excavation and laboratory methods and the third is an advanced independent study. Four trustees to hit convention At least four public school trustees will attend the four day Canadian School Trustees Association annual convention in Moncton this June. Trustee Reg Turner declined to attend and trustees Gary Bowie and Doug Card were absent from the meeting this week at which the trustees discussed attendance at the convention. Electrical committee Representatives of a cross- three-day gathering ends to- CtrtHMd Dtnlal Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOB. Lovnr Ltvtl PHONE 327-2122 RELIANCE ELECTRIC MOTORS Line up City police are experimenting with a new jacket to replace the coats and tunics officers now wear. The one worn by Const. R. J. Weir in the foreground has three layers of lining on the inside. All layers can be removed, making the jacket a year-round garment. The jacket may replace current winter gear shown by Const. L. J. Bruneau, background. not suspend the man's drivers licence. 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