Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Alberta Housing Corp. looking at raising mortgage ceiling The Alberta Housing Corporation is "look- ing favorably" on increasing the maximum selling price of homes for which it will grant mortgages, AHC Southern Alberta General Manager, Hank Starno said Tuesday. Mr. Starno said in a telephone interview from Edmonton the AHC will likely permit mortgages on homes worth up to The corporation will lend up to 95 per cent of the appraised value of a property. It grants mortgages of up to on existing proper- ty and up to on new construction. The maximum selling price was increased to from in November and if construction costs keep increasing AHC may have to boost the maximum to within a few months, Mr. Starno said. The Alberta Housing Corporation provides low interest mortgages to families earning less than a set amount, on houses selling for less than a fixed amount. The maximum amount a family may earn to qualify for an AHC mortgage increased to from in November. Mr. Stamp says, however, costs have increased so greatly in the housing market the low income families which the corpora- tion was designed to help cannot afford a single dwelling house. "It doesn't look like the cost of a single family home will be coming down or wage earners' cheques will be 'drastically he said. "So the only thing AHC will be able to do is promote innovative types of housing." Alternate housing, such as condominiums or mobile homes, will have to be promoted for those unable to meet large mortgages. "It will be a matter of people getting used to these new types of he added. The corporation grants mortgages to about families a year across Alberta. It spent about million during the last fiscal year and is estimating it will need million in the next fiscal year, beginning April 1. This is not a set figures, Mr. Starno said, if the corporation needs more funds it will go to the provincial cabinet and receive more. He added he was not aware how much of' the AHC funds were spent in Southern Alberta but said 50 per cent are spent in the region south of Red Deer. In fact, the AHC has plans to divide the province into two autonomous regions for its operations, he said. District The Lethbricltje Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 8, 1975 Pages 13-20 Games appeal planned Beds needed for spectators By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Winter Games" officials hope to approach the public this week to ask for help to ease an impending shortage of accommodation for some Games' spectators. Gayle Jensen, chairman of the Games' spectator ser- vices committee, said Tuesday the public will be asked to telephone special numbers if they wish to billet Games visitors. The special telephones and staff to take calls are being organized. Although Games' officials have not yet advertised for space they have received some calls offering accom- modation. A Herald survey in December showed most hotels and motels have been for Games J Games officials have not volunteer for Games About volunteers have offered their time to the Canada Winter Games to fill hundreds of jobs during the event, chairman of volunteers Cam Barnes said today. Aid. Barnes said he is "ex- tremely pleased" with the response from people throughout Southern Alberta. Games-officials were aim- ing at signing up volunteers but Aid. Barnes said earlier he would be pleas- ed if volunteered. With more than names already in the data bank at the University of Lethbridge, he said "the volunteer situation is well under control." The names in the computer hank will be available for ins- tant recall when the need arises for each volunteer. At a meeting next week the committee will sort out the names to find if any jobs will be short of volunteers. "We seem still to be in need of about 60 drivers but feel we have these within the he said. The committee is still accepting names from across the region while some volunteers are already being trained. "We have many sports chairmen that have their volunteers and are training them. such as the speedskating officials who are training their Aid. Barnes said. There should be no problem with covering the whole area of the Games because if there is a shortage in one town volunteers from another area will be transported to the town with a shortage. WORK NEAR HOME "But we hope if a person volunteers, say in Taber, he will work in he added. made a specific estimate on the number of expected spec- tators but statistics from Saskatoon, site of the late Winter Games, show the city was visited by an average of 1.5 parents per athlete. In Southern Alberta this would mean about parents of athletes coming to Southern Alberta. It is un- known how many other visitors to expect, Mr. Jensen said. The first and last days of the Games, Feb. 11, 12, 13, 21, 22 and 23, are expected to bring the most pressure for accom- modation. Weekends are also expected to bring a number of people to the Games, Mr. Jensen said. Many of the spectators com- ing to Southern Alberta will likely be attracted by the ski- ing events at Westcastle and residents of Pincher Creek have already been asked to ease accommodation pressure by billeting visitors, he said. During the Games a central housing centre will be es- tablished in the travel and convention centre where a daily list of available accom- modation will be kept. The list will be updated each day for city visitors, listing both commercial and private accommodation available. Charging for accommoda- tion will be left to the discre- tion of home owners billeting spectators, Mr. Jensen said. The chairman said he is a little worried about the ac- commodation plans buU added: "things seem to be coming along. "Once we have the phones and staff, things will start rollings." He added the Games' office has received only 15 letters re- questing accommodation for Games' spectators. Looks like snow fun RICK ERVIN photo At least someone's smiling about sliding along on the white stuff. Four-year- olds Sharmon Webber, left, of 1812 Lakepoint Rd., and Douglas Kampen of 1819 Lakepoint Rd. find guiding their sled down a slope near their homes no problem at all. The weatherman is promising more smiles for Sharmon and Douglas, but more headaches for motorists. Three to six inches of snow is expected by Thursday morning with 25 m.p.h. north winds causing some drifting. dogs given eight days of association ducked city pooches are being given a break by the city because their owners may be confused about the current state of the city dog bylaw. Any dog more than six months old should already have a 1975 licence dangling from his collar, but ask city for services department has decided it won't; the licence provision until Jan. 17. Travel and Convention for tourism arid convention request is more than Lethbridge city police action is being taken, the department says, of Southern promotion. the the association looking for a man who rode of the fact that some citizens apparently felt will ask the city for a Expected to be made to city received from the city last taxi from Lethbridge to council consideration of the dog bylaw grant later this month council's Jan. 27 meeting, the year. ture Butte and back the licence that amount, but didn't pay the present bylaw prescribes a licence fee and to promotion of tourism Police say the man hired a Royal taxi for a ride to fine for a dog picked up without a licence. But amendments to the byiaw, likely to go i and to set up a conven-1 eacner contract tion tareau ture Butte about a council Monday, would, if passed, exempt travel association, Tuesday and told the driver from the licence fay its president, would pay him when he picked him up at a amending bylaw will also contain controvert sial provision requiring dogs to be on a leash at all cliirrrricli former alderman Steve aClllClllClll SlU.gglS.il Kotch, presented its case at when off their owner's premises: t informal meeting this week The driver picked the licences can be obtained from the city n_L -j attended by most members of up at the appointed time in the basement of city separate school The teachers then obtained counci] nenioerb 01 they returned to officials said some 560 dog licences "f A similar amount, When they passed a house in the 200 block of 7th issued so far this year. The department normally licenses about dogs during the course of a year, contract for at least a agent Charles Hynman, an is being requested from the montn- Alberta Teachers Association provincial government with South the man told the previous contract to negotiate on their the balance of a H.. ___ ___ behalf. Dr. Hynman and the hnriapf annmvoH the money to pay the fare. board and the teachers ex- lrubyees reviewed tne dis- association board of TT pired Dec 31 after cusslons of tne two previous last month to come from The man went to the back of. HoUSlHg group naitlCS CXCCUtlVCS negotiations between the two talk m'eetines and mebership fees, a nearby house and when he groups in November and declded not to meet aSain un- The budget is split evenly didn't return the driver The Lethbridge Housing Association has announced new ex- December farled to a U1 January' between convention became suspicious and walk- ecutives with the naming of committees and six chairmen. collective airrppmpntfnrKm However, separate schools tourism promotion programs ed around the back of the Chairman of the construction committee is Ted Czarny, secretary treasurer Neil association executive house to investigate, membership chairman is Fred Jorgenseri, Ben Reimer will Talks between the teachers Reilander said today the president Frank Smith There was no trace of the chair the entertainment committee and chairman of show home and trustees broke down Nov. contract talks are not likely to The association asked man, who had apparently gone 1975 committee is Harold Tanner, Liaison committee head is 18 when teachers rejected a resume before February as from the city last year to the back of the house and Myles Bourke and chairing the public relations committee will board offer and the board Dr- Hynman has not contacted but' was cut back on disappeared down the back be Garry Staffer. refused to reconsider its n's office to set a date for the convention promotion lane. A total of 21 people were elected to the six committees. position. next meeting. MAGAZINE ON NEWS-STANDS Canada's first national short story magazine is available at some Lethbridge newsstands. The magazine, published in Lethbridge, was distributed to more than 500 subscribers across Canada during the first week of January, according to editor Louis Burke. The first of four issues to be published this year contains 10 short stories written by Canadians and features on Canadian writing and writers. Short stories published by the magazine are limited to a maximum words and a Canadian theme. v Many U students find math a stumbling-block The wide range in the ability of university students in first-year mathematics courses means some have ex- perience with calculus, and others cannot multiply four-digit numbers. The University of Lethbridge this year in- troduced Mathematics 800 to fill the gap in the range, says L. G. Hoyt. chairman of the U of L mathematics department. The usual first-year course is Mathematics 1000, which assumes the student has Mathematics 30, and preferably Mathematics 31. he says. English and math- ematics are the two subjects everyone studies from Grade 1 to 12. But students can now opt out of mathematics in high school.' Some later discover they need mathematics to take sciences at university, he says. Asked if the elimination of departmental ex- aminations had affected the'quality of the students, Prof. Hoyt said: "It's a possibility, but I have no hard evidence to prove that this is the case." Some people have tried to trace the problem to the introduction of the new mathematics, he says. This coincided with the boom in elective courses in high school, and students may not have had the best information to make decisions about electives. In any case, high school is a "pretty naive age" to make such major decisions, he adds. Meanwhile, in Ottawa. Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are both planning to in- troduce new basic mathematics courses because of the decline in first-year students' abilities. The universities' mathematics chairmen both said part of the decline may result from the elimination of departmental ex- aminations in Ontario. Remi Vaiilancourt. head of the U of 0 mathematics department, said some aspects of courses taught at the high school level are useless. With this in mind, the U of 0 will start courses for high school mathematics teachers as well as basic courses for students.