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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - Wednesday, January 6, 1971- Income stabilization stressed Olson optimistic about 1971-72 By STEVE BAREHAM Herald Farm Writer TABER - The Canadian farmer can look forward to the years 1971 and 1972 with at least some degree of confidence and optimism, Bud Olson, federal minister of agriculture said here Tuesday. Speaking at a public meeting, Mr. Olson reviewed events of 1970 pertinent to the farm community and unveiled some of his plans for the new year. He is now on a 10-diay tour of southern Alberta, and wUl speak in 11 communities. He dispelled some of the dissent which has been smouldering throughout Canada's grain industry recently, with com* parative export reports for the past two years. Exports each year are for the period from Aug. 1 to Dec. 23. The 1970 total is followed by file 1969 figures in brackets in millions of bushels: wheat, 170.2 (90.3); oats, 7.6 (.4); barley 83.9 (13.2); rye, 2.7 (1.2); flax 7.5 (6.6); rapeseed 13.1 (6). Mr. Olson said he believes the recent estimates that Canadian grain sales in 1970 will exceed 700 million bushels are still reasonable, but added that no one can, in absolute confidence, predict future grain sales. For the new year, he feels the proposed stabilization program is the most pressing. He emphasized the program is not to be mistaken as an individual income stabilization plan, but is instead designed to ensure a constant and continuous cash flow into the western grain industry. Regulations under the stabilization program would compute the average fanners' income from grain sales for the past five, or in some cases, three years. If price levels or sales of Canadian grains fell off, the farmer would be assured an income equal to past-years averages. Mr. Olson said the federal government will pay at least half of the money into the fund, adding that all farmers in the long run should get back twice as much money as they put in. He said time is running out though, and if the legislation is to be operative this year, the bill will have to be hustled along. Mr. Olson said protein grading would be an important amendment to the Canada Grains Act in 1971. The act has been passed in the House of Commons, but has not yet been officially proclaimed. He said under old regulations which did not allow for protein grading, Canada lost some sales simply because it could not guarantee uniform protein levels. A note of cheer was also sounded for the sugar beet industry, with official estimates calling for consumption levels in 1971 to exceed past figures by two to three million tons. A consumption increase of this nature should greatly strengthen the world sugar market. Concerning national marketing Bill C176, Mr. Olson said there is still much misunderstanding surrounding this piece of legislation. He maintains it is imperative Canada have co-ordinated marketing boards or face increasingly chaotic situations. He said despite many opinions to the opposite, no federal marketing laws have been broken in the nation wide chicken war. "No province has actually blocked poultry shipments from other provinces, but some have said that the produce cannot be sold unless permits are obtained. Few accidents Last night's snow fall brought a rash of car accidents but none was serious. The only one of any consequence was a rear-end collision at 13th St. and 12th Ave. S. involving cars driven by Veena Pury of 217 5th Ave. S. and John Coenen of 1910 16th Ave. S. Veena Pury was slightly injured but did not require hospital treatment. Damage amounted to $700. Cadet news The No. 11 Squadron of air cadets will parade at the usual time tonight. There will be no band practice this week. "If the receiving province chooses not"to issue permits, there is no point in shipping produce, but no law has been broken." Other scheduled meetings on Mr. Olson's current tour include: tonight at 7:30 in the Vauxhall community hall; Jan. 7 - 2 p.m. in the Del Bonita community hall and 7:30 p.m. in the Raymond town ball; Jan. 8 - 12 noon at the Milk River Chamber of Commerce banquet in the Catholic church basement and 2 p.m. in the Milk River community hall; Jan. 11 - 12 noon in the Medicine Hat Junior College and 7:30 p.m. in the Medicine Hat Public Library; Jan. 12 - 2 p.m. in the Schuler curling rink and 7:30 p.m. in the Manyber-ries community club; Jan. 13 - 6:30 p.m. in the Camrose Lutheran Church. The Navy League Cadet Corps No. 50 will parade tonight aboard RCSC Chinook at 10th Ave. and 17th S't. S. at 6:45. ABILITY IMPAIRED The ability to concentrate on two activities simultaneously - such as steering and braking-is affected at very low blocd alcohol concentration. Teachers' contract meet set The fifth meeting between i The teachers were first ask-teachers and school trustees ing more than a 15 per cent concerning 1970-1971 contract negotiations will start Friday, and continue through the weekend. The Lethbridge and Medicine Hat public and separate school boards have joined forces this year in negotiations, as have the teachers from the two cities. Friday's meeting will be in Lethbridge; Saturday's in Medicine Hat. Teachers this year are negotiating for inclusion of working conditions and other aspects of their jobs to be included in their contracts, in addition to the traditional salary and fringe benefit clauses. Both the joint negotiations and working conditions demands grew from the new School Act, which requires that teachers be employed under stipulations of the Alberta Labor Act - which puts working conditions into the negotiations ring. The Chairs auditions on tonight Auditions will be held tonight at 8 o'clock at the Bowman Arts Centre for Ionesco's one-act drama, The Chairs. The tryouts have been called by Wes Stefan, professional actor and former drarija teacher in Edmonton high schools. Amateur players of all ages are invited to attend. Auditions may also be held tonight for two other one-act ers, tentatively planned for the Allied Arts Council's festival of one-act plays if the festival is postponed from the end of January to a later date. salary increase, plus detailed clauses concerning hours of instruction, preparation time, extra - curricular supervisory work and other matters. Last year Lethbridge teachers received a 6,4 per cent salary increase. Since the Edmonton teach- ers recently settled for 8.3 per cent and 6.2 per cent increases on a two-year contract, with a small number of negotiated working conditions, local teachers will likely reduce their proposals. However, most of the Edmonton contract clauses have long been in use in Lethbridge schools, so others will likely be negotiated. Bank opens Friday on Blood reserve The Bank of Nova Scotia Friday will open Alberta's first bank to be established on an Indian reserve. The bank, a sub-branch of the Lethbridge main branch, will be located in the Kainai Industries Ltd. building at Standoff. It will offer banking services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday. Greg Blair, accountant at(the main branch, said teller wickets, counters and desks are installed in the office. "Although the banking hours are limited at this time, we will expand the time as business warrants," he said. Mr. Blair said most of the usual banking services will be offered. "Eventually every service offered at a regular bank will be available at the sub-branch." The sub-branch will open with two employees attached to the main branch in Lethbridge. Marcel Jutras, regional director for the department of Indian affairs in Edmonton said the idea of a bank on an Indian reserve, new to the region, is a real step forward. He said it will bring the Blood tribe that much closer to the Conflict sparked by questionnaire The Willow Creek School Division has become perhaps the first Alberta school system with some conflict created over the new Grade 1 to 12 social studies system. The new system encourages students to think for the m-selves and assess the massive numbers of conflicting values presented to them in their various activities. About a third of the student's social studies time is supposed to be spent on projects or studies of interest to the students themselves. The Willow Creek division comprises five south central towns: Claresholm, where the district offices are, Fort Mac-leod, Stavely, Nanton and Gran-um. Each town sends one or more trustees to the district's school board. Early in December Lee Robinson, a Grade 8 student at Stavely Junior High School designed a special questionnaire in co - operation with his social studies teacher, Jesse Murph-ree, as part of a project Lee was working on. The .questionnaire asked questions concerning lowering the voting age, school leaving age, legal age for drinking liquor, whether or not driving instruction should be offered in schools and other similar questions. It also asked students if they had, or would ever use marijuana and other drugs, and whether or not students thought marijuana should be legalized Because the district has a regulation requiring that all questionnaires be approved by the school board before they are circulated, the questionn aire was sent to the board. The board, after discussion in closed session informed Lee by letter that he would not be al lowed to circulate his questionnaire. The letter offered no explanation. Queried by The Herald, Ray Congdon, Willow Creek schools secretary - treasurer, said trustees feared that if the questionnaire were allowed, too many other students would get the same idea. "Things like that snowball," he said. "If you allow one student to do it they'll all want to, and it's not the sort of thing they should be spending their time doing in school. "Another objection trustees had was that there was no definite reason given for asking the questions, and they were too open  ended. We couldn't see what they were after," Mr. Congdon said. George Willis, the Stavely school trustee, said the board had no objection to any of the questions: "We're open-minded here." However, Mr. Congdon said the main reason for the regulation that trustees approve ques tionnaires was that a University of Calgary student had cir culated a questionnaire last year with a school principal's full permission, which asked questions "some people thought were in poor taste and a bit too contro v e r s i a 1 for our schools." And he said questionnaires are still being allowed in the district, although some are being refused when they come from outside sources. He said there has been no drastic increase in requests caused by any of the questionnaires permitted so far. And Lethbridge schools, with many more students, have no regulation requiring that trustees approve questionnaires. Dr. O. P. Larson, Lethbridge public schools superinten dent, said he did not believe such a regulation was needed here because the studies "really don't come up very often." He said there was little likelihood of a sudden increase in such questionnaires "bee a u s e they're a lot of work for the student to go to." When the new social studies program was implemented last fall, local social studies teiVh-ers had some concern about the possible problems, since the course encourages students to set their own values and question those of other people. So far, however, there have been no local problems and none are at present expected. lending institute, "allowing the Indian to build up a credit rating much easier. "The bank manager will get to know the Indian on a much more personal basis - one of the requirements for getting a loan." Pete Swartman, superintendent of development for the department of Indian affairs in Lethbridge said the bank will provide another service to the reserve people. Mr. Swartman said the banking facility was established in Standoff mainly because of the location of Kainai Industries Ltd. but will mean a lot to all the people of the reserve. City solicitor opposing hike in gas price City Solicitor John Hammond is in Calgary today representing Lethbridge at a Public Utilities Board hearing into a natural gas rate increase requested by Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd. The first session adjourned in September after hearing evidence from CWNG. The second session will hear opposition to the rate boost. The main point in Leth-bridge's brief is that the increase would be inflationary at a time when the city and district cannot afford any further cost spiral. The requested increase would be about 13 per cent for Lethbridge users. Alderman Rex Little, scheduled to accompany Mr. Hammond, was unable to do so because of illness, as was his replacement, Aid. C. W. Chichester. MAKINO SURE THE FIRE'S OUT - A fireman peers down a hole at the Bowman Arts Centre after responding to a call at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday. The fire started in the men's washroom at the centre. Workers ha d been thawing out pipes in the building a week ago and fire officials suspect a cigarette was left under the floor which started lint smoulding. There was little or no damage to the building. Fire officials said it is just a matter of cleaning up and maybe a little painting. The fire was put out immediately. Grave concern is expressed by provincial nursing group The Alberta Association of Registered Nurses is "gravely concerned" regarding the poor preparation and qualifications of nursing directors in Alberta, particularly in rural areas. The association expressed its fears to the Alberta cabinet today in the AARN annual report to the government. "We believe that the preparation of the nurse for the position of director of nursing is of utmost importance to the smooth operation of the institution and the quality of care provided by the institution," the brief says. "There is a dearth of nurses prepared for leadership positions in nursing service in Alberta. . . . Positions of nursing administrat i v e responsibility are still being filled with persons having no further preparation than their basic nursing program." The brief adds that the problem is not lack of concern by hospital administrations: "they too frequently have no alternative but to appoint a lesser-prepared nurse, who also recognizes the inadequacy of her position." It says there are simply too few trained nursing directors for the number of directorships in the province. A sutdy of 102 rural Alberta hospitals showed only six with nursing directors holding bachelor's degrees in nursing. Seventy-three of the rural directors had only the basic nursing diploma. Similar, although less-serious statistics can be drawn for city hospitals. The AARN recommended to the government that registered nurses who have demonstrated leadership ability be encouraged to seek further training to prepare them for directorships, and that substantial bursaries and sabbatical leaves be made available to them. It also recommended "crash programs" in the form of seminars and workshops, offering nursing directors the opportunity to upgrade their training. These programs could be offered at provincial colleges and universities - particularly at such places as the Lethbridge Community College, which al- ready has a nursing education program. Further, the brief says, "Colleges in Alberta are now offering a number of courses in business administration and management techniques which could be beneficial to directors of nursing." Existing college personnel could serve as a faculty nucleus for programs aimed at nursing directors, although some changes would be needed if the crash training were to be most effective. And from now on, the brief suggests, student nurses should be urged to consider directorship training and post-graduate nursing education to prepare them for positions as directors of nursing. Fire loss half million The 1 o s s due to a fire which destroyed the Home and Pit-field Foods Ltd. warehouse on 3rd Ave. and 4th St. S. in Lethbridge Jan. 3 has been estimated at one half a million dollars. This figure includes the building, stock and business interruptions. The origin of the fire has still not been determined but is suspected to have started in the coffee room. Cigarette prices same to smoker Most Lethbridge tobacco shops claim to be absorbing the new price increase announced in mid-December by many tobacco companies. The average price per package of cigarettes remains at 65 cents, and no price increase is expected by most shop owners. The price increase has raised the wholesale cost of a carton of cigarettes by eight cents. Local retailers report they are paying 10 cents more per carton. INSURANCE  LIABILITY  BONDS  AUTO  FIRE R0SSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 low�r Floor 517 4thAvt.f. Phon* 327-1541 CAMM'S GIGANTIC I JANUARY STARTS THURS., JAN. 7th 9 A.M. OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. LADIES' FAMOUS JOYCE SHOES A GOOD SELECTION I Regular 19.00-22.00 JANUARY SALE ............ LADIES' AND TEENERS' HANDBAGS Regular to 15.00 JANUARY SALE ............. LADIES' AIR STEP SHOES OPEN THURS. AND FRI. TILL 9 P.M. Reg. to 21.00 JANUARY SALE NATIONALLY ADVERTISED CLOUD SOFT SHOES Regular 21.95 JANUARY SALE........... ON SALE Famous Slater and Golden Pheasant DRESS SHOES PUMPS and SUNOS _ A A Regularly 25.00 to 30.00 MW HH Were on Sale at 14.99 W NOW-FINAL CLEAR OUT .. ENTIRE STOCK OF BOYS' SHOES by Hew���on and Savaa* Sizti 1 le 5 Regular 10.95 JANUARY SALE........... 3* * * LADIES' STYLISH USA DEBS SLINGS and PUMPS Regularly to 22.00 JANUARY SALE .......... ONE TABLE OF CHILDREN'S SHOES MUsei', Girl*' and boys' ON SALE AT............ ONE TABLE OF DRESSY ILLUSION HEELS and CHUNKY HEELS JANUARY SALE ONE TABLE OF  LOAFERS  OOMPHIES  WALKING WOOLLEYS  WILD WOOLLEYS Regular to 15.00 JANUARY SALE ........... CHILDREN'S SNOW BOOTS 100% Berg lined ON SALE AT ... CAMM'S SHOES 403 5th STREET SOUTH ;