Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Local news The lethbridge Herald District Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, January 2, 1975 Pages 15-28 SNOWBALL EXPRESS THUNDERED-THROUGH CITY AT A.M. RICK BAILEY REMOVED KINKS Cow Camp school plea to be sent By D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor BROOKS MLA Fred Mandeville is to appeal, to Premier Peter Lougheed this month in an attempt to avoid deportation of American-born teacher Jeff Smith, The Herald has learned. Mr. Smith, who operates Cow Camp wilderness school on Vee Bar Vee Ranch near here, faces deportation Jan. 17 as he does not have landed immigrant status. The school, designed to assist young people with problems, has been given until mid-January to close and leave the country. "I hope to at least get an ex- Mandeville said Tuesday. The federal immigration department will not act against the decision of Health and Social Development Minister Neil Crawford. He feels that the essential character of the school opera- tion and his government's relationship to it is that of "a foreign aid program by which Canadians are aiding Americans in permitting the operation of a program and facility for the use of United States citizens on Canadian soil." Involved are two adult teachers and a proposed enrolment of around 25. Mr. Smith said most of the propos- ed students would be American youths but there would be a number of Canadians admitted as time progressed. Mr. Smith has been advised by Canada Immigration that all he needs is a letter from the Alberta government acknowledging the presence of the school in Alberta. Then permission would be granted for the American teachers and their students to remain in this country. Mr. Crawford, whose department had the respon- sibility for making the deci- sion on Cow Camp, has been adamant against giving it of- ficial recognition, despite the fact that local people do not oppose the school. Representations favoring the school have been made to the minister by the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Brooks and Kinsmen Club of Sportsplex ice renters few The Sportsplex has ice, but very few potential renters have appeared. Sportsplex Manager Ray Lambert said Monday he is sur- prised more people and organizations have not inquired about renting the facilities, especially during the Christmas holiday period. Several hours of daytime and a few hours of evening use are available. The problem was particularly acute during the Christmas holidays when most evenings were open for community use. It could be that organizations and groups are not prepared to pay the an hour rental fee or are committed to a rigid schedule that does not allow them the flexibility to take advat- nage of open dates in the Sporlsplex schedule. However Mr. Lambert believes the major reason for more people not taking advantage of the ice facilities is that they are not aware the facility does have ice available for rent. The major obstacle Sportsplex management must face when encouraging the community to utilize its ice facilities is the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Brooks, in addition to the sup- port of the MLA for Bow Valley. "I am very disappointed in the way this has been Mr. Mandeville told The Herald in an interview Monday. "There has been no opposition to the Cow Camp school operation whatsoever from local people. We should try to keep it here. I don't un- derstand what is causing the controversy over its presence on Canadian soil; all it needs is permission from our own Alberta government and the immigration people will accept it. All people knowledgeable of this kind of school operation have shown their approval for it." In a letter to federal Im- migration Minister Robert Andras on Dec. 11, Mr. Craw- ford wrote, "Since their arrival in Canada, Academic Incorporated (the Cow Camp) has attempted to involve the Alberta department of health and social development in a public controversy with respect to obtaining provin- cial approval as a licensed facility under the Welfare Homes Act, notwithstanding the fact that they had not received clearance for the ad- mission of their students into Canada." The health and social development minister put the onus on Ottawa to make the decision, suggesting "it is your simple duty to decide whether or not those United States citizens seeking educational assistance in Canada comply with the re- quirements of the federal law." Mr. Smith told The Herald he and his associates had no intention to stir up controversy over their presence in Canada. "We felt the need to broaden our first wilderness school operation from Maine to another location; and when a friend (Blair Gay of the Vee Bar Vee Ranch, a Yale classmate) offered us the use of property and buildings on his ranch in western Canada, we felt it was the answer." 1 New Year celebrants I jazzed and jogged By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge rang in 1975 Wednesday by jazz- ing until dawn and with a New Year's morn- as we" as the more traditional revelry. About 80 people took in a unique jazz concert and breakfast at the Town Chef restaurant downtown that began at 2 a.m. and continued until about 6 a.m. Billed as "Ham and Eggs and All That Jazz" it featured a local group, the Jazz Scene, led by Herb Hicks and including musicians Billy Joe McCarroll, Dale Ketcheson, and Ken Roman as well as three guest artists Tommy Capiello and Charlie Orena from California, and Vern Dorge, a Lethbridge musician studying in Eastern Canada. As New Year's entertainment, it was a first in the city, and it was unusual in another way it was dry. "There was just music and said Town Chef owner Ed Oullette. A little later in the day, 22 hardy residents greeted the new year with a two mile run The Snowball Express sponsored by the YMCA. The joggers, 17 men and five women, left the Y at a.m. and ran down llth Street S. to Scenic Drive then back up 10th Street to the Y, where they were rewarded with a steam bath and breakfast. The run didn't produce any New Year's resolutions to quit drinking, but it did elicit some mileage pledges for 1975, said YM athletic director Pat O'Brien. "One fellow said he would run miles this year, and another pledged Mr. O'Brien said. "We're posting it on the board to remind them." The Snowball Express was such a success it will become an annual New Year's Day event, Mr. O'Brien said. City police reported a relatively quiet New Year's Eve, but said they were busy New Year's Day, charging several motorists with impaired driving. GORDON HOPKINS, LEFT, AND DAVE HUGHES CHUGGED ALONG Change short? Problem is common one By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Can you spare a dime for a cup of coffee? The dime coffee is a gradually-dimming memory, and the dime itself is a fairly scarce item these days. There are signs in some city businesses asking customers to provide exact change, if possible. Some won't make change as a service. Even some banks are strapped for coins. "We find that we just can't get says Ken McLean, manager of the main city branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Dimes are in shortest supply, he says. The Commerce has the accounts of some coin-operated machine businesses and so has enough quarters to trade with other banks. Banks can get some coins, but not enough, and most merchants can get by, says Mr. McLean. Lothar Josephs, assistant manager for administration at the downtown Toronto- Dominion Bank, says the shor- tage is "pretty well nation- wide." His bank is rationed by its Calgary office, and has to ra- tion the businesses it deals with. Businesses can only get 30 per cent to 40 per cent of their normal'coin supply, he says. The supplies of dimes and quarters are the worst, and nickels and pennies are in good supply, he says. Half- dollars and silver dollars are rarely used in any case. One cause of the shortage, may be hoarding of older dimes, quarters, since the face value of the coin is less than the value of the metal, he says. The production from the new mint, in Winnipeg may ease the situation this year, he says. On the other side of the coin, Gale Farrell, branch accoun- tant at the downtown Bank of Nova Scotia branch, says the shortage has already eased up. "We seem to be able to .get coins from our main Calgary says Mr. Farrell.. The branch no longer has to ration coins to businesses, he says. Art Howg, manager of the Sofspra Coin-Op Car Wash, says he gets plenty of quarters from his machines. He fur- nishes them to other businesses that are affected by the shortage. Bill Hooper, manager of the King Koin Launderette, says he doesn't run short himself, but supplies coins to banks when they're short.