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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Province asked for million to cover local hospital care By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer More than million is being requested from the provincial government to cover hospital care in Lethbridge during 1974. Budget proposals from the Lethbridge Municipal, St. Michael's and Auxiliary Hospitals have seen submitted to the Alberta Hospital Services Com- mission and are awaiting review. All budgets show increases of IS per cent or more over 1973. Sister Mary Clarissa, administrator of St. Michael's Hospital, says hospital budgets have been increasing about 10 to 12 per cent each year for the last five years because of ever-increasing salaries. St. Michael's has budgeted for a 16 per cent overall increase in operating costs for 1974 by ing the commission to approve their budget. "About 70 per cent of that figure is salaries for she says. Despite increases in operating expenses the hospital will not try and cut back in any areas. "This year estimates on days, patients, services and activities are the same as 1973." At the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital, new ser- vices and an increased concentration on rehabilita- tion programs has caused the budget request to increase 26 per cent from 1973. Andy AndVeachuck, administrator of the aux- iliary and LMH, says the auxiliary has requested to cover increases in staff and new ser- vices. "We have reached our potential in out-patients and are now concentrating on physiotherapy and the rehabilitation department and hopefully start a day-care be explains. The budget for the Municipal hospital has increased 15 per cent also because of increases in staff salaries, Mr. Andreachuck says. The LMH has submitted a budget for The AHSC reviews aU hospital budgets in the province and approves or cuts them. When approv- ed the commission pays the hospital the difference between the total budget and revenue the hospital will draw from sources such as out-of-provlnce patients. Hospital revenue, however, amounts to less than six per cent of the estimated operating costs, Mr. Andreachuck explains. Final financial figures for 1973 are still being compiled by the two but both are ex- pecting similar results to break even for the year or end with slight surpluses. Despite a 14 per cent increase in wages and scar- ing food costs the LMH began December with a net operating surplus of The Auxiliary began with a deficit. "I do not see these figures changing appreciably through the last month although out-patient revenue usually drops a Mr. Andreachuck says. District The Lettitnridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, January 8, 1974 Local news Pages 13 to 24 crisp candescence An Indian Winter, perhaps? A harvest moon in January? With the help of a little photographic magic, it appears one rose above the Lethbridge research station Monday night in the fine old tradition. Unfortunately, the truth according to the weather office, is that the freeze wilt hang on for at least two more days in the Lethbridge region. Pincher Creek did experience a miniature Chinook this morning which raised temperatures 17 degrees to 10 above in two hours. But the predicted low for the South tonight is 20 degrees below zero and the high for Wednesday zero to five degrees above. It was 15 degrees below this morning in Lethbridge but with practically no wind. Will suggest event's cancellation 620 REQUEST AID Parade marshal stands firm FOR FARM LABOR Whoop-Up Days Parade marshal Cleve Hill will stand firm in his recommendation to the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Board that the an- nual parade be cancelled. "I will still make the same recommendation as before, though now there's more chance I'll get shot down in he told The Herald Monday, "I don't think I'll get anywhere" tonight Mr. Hill made the state- ment after a public meeting attended by the exhibition board held to discuss the fate form plant for 'Hat A million printing plant that will eventually employ about 100 persons will be constructed in'Medicine Hat, it was announced Monday The plant will be built by R L Cram Ltd. of Ottawa and will be situated on a four-acre site in the Medicine Hat Brier Industrial Park. Construction will begin this spring and the plant for the production of custom business forms will be in operation by R. L. Grain president F. J. Fleury said. R. L Grain has three plants in the East, at Ottawa, Toronto and Hull, Que. Man pleads not guilty A 24-year-old Lethbridge man was remanded in custody to Jan. 23 for trial after lu pleaded not guilty to a charge of auto theft. Brian Couturier, 1M2 Urd St. N., was arrested Saturday and charged in provincial court with stealing a car rented Dec. 24 from Host Rente-Car, ttl 1M St. N. of the parade. About 50 people attended, and most supported the parade. The meeting was held at Sven Ericksen's Fami- ly Restaurant. The -parade marshal will report to the exhibition board tonight. A decision on the parade's fate will probably be made then because work must begin by Jan. 15 if there is to be a parade. Mr. Hill said if he fails in his attempt to halt the parade he will definitely ask for help from those who indicated their interest at the Monday meeting. Support for the parade was "certainly more than we've had he said. Fred Pntchard, president of the exhibition board, told the meeting that parades, in connection with circuses and fairs were originally to attract people to the fairgrounds. Travelling per- formers would parade through the streets of a town and a crowd would follow to the fair site. Modern exhibition parades should also give merchants a chance to express their thanks for the past year's patronage and provide controlled adver- tising, he said. In fact, said Mr Hill, the Whoop-Up Days Parade does not attract people to the fairgrounds, since the day of the parade is always the day of the poorest fair attendance. It does not advertise businesses effectively, since people come to look at the parade and not to shop. The fair week is a bad business week for Lethbridge merchants, he said. Few Lethbridge merchants enter floats, "without the dis- trict participation we would have no he added. "The parade is not fulfilling its said Mr. Hill, and many fairs get along without parades or with parades provided by citizens' committees rather than by their exhibition boards. He suggested the spent on bands would be ft A Miter MM ie BTWHW enter- tainment at the fairgrounds, downtown and at the shopping centres throughout the fair instead of for two hours all at once. Frank Hubka, a councillor from the County of Vulcan, suggested the exhibition be shortened rather than cancel the parade. "If you take the parade away it will be the ruination of the Lethbridge said Mr. Hubka, "In the country we all contribute I think some people should ex- amine their consciences and dig down a little deeper." Blake Bartel, president of the Downtown Merchants' Association, supported the parade but agreed that businessmen should put some effort into it. The effort might fail, he said, but Monday is a bad business day in any case. A. W. Shackleford, presi- dent of the College Mall Association, said shopping centres could not benefit from having .bands. Fair week was always bad for business, he said, but effort should be made to attract people to the fairgrounds, not the shopping centres. More than 620 applications for labor assistance in the renovation and construction of livestock facilities have been approved for the Lethbridge district. Wayne Winchell, agricul- tiral engineer in Lethbridge for the Alberta department of agriculture, said the program is a grant to a maximum of per applicant using federal funds administered through a provincial program. The money, which can be used to pay for labor costs to construct or renovate cattle and sheep sheds to poultry and dairy barns, hay and feed handling and storage facilities or handling and working cor- rals and chutes, is paid when the approvee projects have been finished and inspected. To apply, farmers are asked to take a plan of their projects to their district agriculturist for approval. The regional agricultural office then must approve projects before the work can be done under the winter works program. Tariff will stay Surtax on U.S. cattle coming off By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer a The temporary emergency surtax on American cattle enter- ing Canada for slaughter will be completely removed by Feb. S. B. Williams, federal deputy minister of agriculture, told The Herald in a telephone interview from Ottawa Monday the surtax will be removed in three stages, starting Jan. 14. At that time, the surtax on live cattle will be decreased one cent per pound and on dressed beef, two cents per pound. On Jan. 28, a similar decrease will be made with the final one cent on live cattle and two cents on dressed beef taken off Feb. 11. The surtax was put on by the federal government in November at the insistence of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. The government and the association agreed at the time the measure would be temporary. It was designed to combat the extremely low prices U.S. cattlemen were getting for their animals following the price controls instituted by U.S. President Richard Nixon last summer. With the surtax adding to the price of U.S. cattle entering Canada, producers were protected against the low-priced American cattle. At one point before the surtax was put on, half of all the cattle slaughtered in Canada were imported from the U.S. Chris Mills, secretary for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, said Monday the American cattle market has strengthened considerably. He said the U.S. cattlemen are "out from under the high numbers of heavy, overfat cattle" which plagued the North American beef industry during the last months of 1973. With the price of beef increasing in the U.S., Canadian packers can't realize a benefit by buying American animals. This means the Canadian cattle are put in a more favorable competitive position with the U.S. came, making the surtax un- necessary. The Canadian government will maintain a standing tariff on ITS. cattle entering this country of IVi cents per pound on live cattle and three cents per pound on dressed beef This is iden- tical to a tariff in the U.S. for Canadian cattle going south. Mr. Mills said his association has asked the federal govern- ment to institute a quota system for U.S. beef entering Canada which would copy a system now in use in the U.S. Whenever Canadian cattle enter the U.S., there is the tariff of cents per pound liveweight and three cents per. pound dressed. If more than Canada cattle enter the U.S. in any quarterly three-month period, the tariff becomes 2te cents. Mr. Mills said he would like to see a similar quota for Cana- dian producer protection which would increase the tariff once U.S. cattle imports reached a certain level. Power report session proceeds without press City council left the press in the dark Mon- day night about the future of the city's valley power plant. Although the press was invited to attend the closed meeting for background information on a consultant's report commissioned by the city more than seven months ago, alderman voted 4-3 to exclude reporters. Aldermen then heard and discussed the still-secret CH2M Hill report, estimated to have cost city taxpayers up to Aid. Vera Ferguson led the move against allowing reporters to attend the meeting, say- ing such agreements had been made in the past with the press and council's trust had been violated. "What's to stop them from interviewing the consultants and including what was said in the meeting." she said. She was assured that the consultants as employees of council would respect council's desire to keep the report secret until Mon- day's next regular council meeting, Jan. 14. AM. Ferguson then criticised an editorial in The Herald as a "bunch of B.S." It unfairly accused aktermeirof being overly-secretive, she claimed. The editorial empnaaited that the facts concerning the fate of the plant must be telly discussed AM. Cam Barnes' suggestion that the press be allowed to tit in on a portion of the meeting, after some confusion, was turned down by the aldermen. Representatives of the media were invited to come to the meeting by Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff on speculation other aldermen would not object. The matter is a controversial and involved issue and council depended on the media to fully inform the public, he said. Monday night's meeting was the only chance the press would have to hear aldermen question the consultants in person, he said. Deputy Mayor Hembroff chaired the meeting Monday because Mayor Andy Anderson has declared himself ineligible to discuss or vote on the issue. Mayor Anderson, is a director of Canadian Western Natural Gas Ltd., which has corporate ties to Calgary Power, the company which has made an offer to buy the city plant. Calgary Power now supplies a large portion of the city's electricity. Mayor Anderson said earlier Monday the public will have ample time to discuss the power plant issue before council makes a decision on it. "If the public demands it, we may call a public meeting on the he said. The BellevM, Walk., consulting firm's report will form the basis of council's deci- sion to expand or sell the aging plant Hem Vergunon no The question was should reporters be allowed to attend the session with the power consultants and therefore be better informed and in a position to better explain the report when it is made public next week, or should they wait and get a first glimpse of the report when the public does. The vote was 4 to 3 against the reporters staying. 4 ;