Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
BASKETBALL BACKBOARDS ARRIVE AT SPORTSPLEX, JUST IN TIME FOR SUNDAY GLOBETROTTER GAME The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, January 9, 1975 Pages 13-24 Some Catholics' taxes misdirected Board to ask for taxes X s r. STEVE LUKACS, LEFT, AND JOE MARKUS PAINT LINE ON OVAL Sportsplex role to expand Off-ice facilities just about complete Within two weeks the Sportsplex will begin fulfilling its multi purpose role as its non ice facilities become available for use, manager Ray Lambert predicts. Lines are being painted on the tennis courts and speedskating oval and the handball, racket and squash courts are to be in operation next week. The portable floor for the ice surface will be installed for the first time Saturday for the Sunday basketball perfor- mance of the Harlem Globe Trotters at 7 p.m. and a six day automobile show next week. The speedskating oval is to be in use for the first time this weekend as Lethbridge plays host to the Alberta outdoor speedskating championships Cafeteria request finally acknowledged After months of exchanging phone calls and letters with department of education of- ficials in an attempt to obtain a cafeteria for Catholic Central High School, the separate school board finally received a written response to its request from the minister of education. In a letter dated Jan. 6, Lou Hyndman indicated he is reviewing "the school lunch situation across the province and am looking at the present regulations. "I'll be in touch with you again before he added. However, separate school trustees questioned how long "before long" really would be. They agreed to send Mr. Hyndman a reminder of their request in 60 days. The minister's letter was written in response to a meeting the board had with him last November in Ed- monton during which trustees 'outlined the reasons why CCH should be given special con- sideration. Joint board meeting proposed The separate school board agreed Wednesday to ask the public school board to meet with it to discuss problems that are common in both school systems. It was suggested that the "think tank" session be held in a location such as Waterton or Westcastle. A meeting date was not discussed. A similar meeting was last held in the late '60s, the trustees were told. from which the provincial representatives for Canada Winter Games will be chosen. Then Jan. 18 and 19, the speedskating oval will be the site for the Northwest Inter- national outdoor speedskating championships with skaters from the Prairie Provinces and Montana in competition. Beginning next week, the speedskating oval is to be available for community use during daylight hours only as oval lighting has not been in- stalled. The oval can be rented by minor hockey and skating organizations for an hour, all non minor sports organizations at a cost of an hour and by individuals during public skating sessions at a rate of 60 cents an hour for adults, 40 cents for students and 25 cents for children. Skating parties can be held at the oval for an hour. The tennis courts can be rented for an hour per person for each court and the handball, racket and squash courts can be rented at. a rate of 75 cents per person for a 45 minute session. Group rates are also available. Mr. Lambert is urging in- dividuals and groups to begin booking the non ice facilities now to obtain a suitable date when the courts and oval are operational. Mr. Lambert expects the courts will be operating con- tinuously and the Lethbridge Tennis Club has expressed in- terest in renting the south end of the Sportsplex now that the floor is being I marked for its favorite sport. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Separate School Board will launch an advertising campaign this month to encourage Catholic Tourism offered Travel Alberta has recommended a grant for the Lethbridge tourist zone this year, the same amount recommended for the Edmonton zone. The grants reflect an evaluation of the projects planned by each zone. The grants are still subject to approval by the provincial cabinet, he said. Last year, the Lethbridge zone, which covers most of Southwestern Alberta as far north as Calgary, received from the province, said Frank Smith, executive director of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta. This year, it asked for the same amount it is seeking from the city. Three schools ask grants Only three Lethbridge schools have applied for special funds under the provincial government's pro- ject co operation to date with only one day left to apply. Assumption Elementary School has applied for finan: cial assistance to construct a creative playground, Catholic Central High School hopes to obtain funds to develop a com- munity schaol drama centre and Fleetwood Bawden School submitted an applica- tion for a creative playground. The city community ser- vices department has been provided with by the provincial government to be made available to local schools who wish to introduce programs designed to en- courage co operative efforts between municipalities and local school boards. The successful applications are also to be designed to meet the need for recreation and community facilities in the city. All projects submitted must be approved first by the com- munity services department and then city council. The deadline for applications is Jan. 10. school supporters to make sure their property taxes are being directed to the separate schools. The trustees made the deci- sion Wednesday following a presentation by Trustee Robert Kolesar of an adver- tisement from a Calgary new- spaper, inserted by the Calgary Separate School Board to encourage its sup- porters to check the designa- tion of the education portion of their taxes. In Alberta, property owners are required to complete a form indicating the school system they support. It has been found in the province that Catholic school supporters who fail to com- plete the form when purchas- ing their property have had their taxes directed to the public school system. The trustees took im- mediate action to launch the advertising campaign in the news media when informed by Secretary Treasurer Neil Reilander that property owners would have to take such action within the next month if they were to alter the direction of their 1975 educa- tion taxes. Mr. Kolesar urged the board to take a more "direct approach" to the education tax problem through media advertisements. Previously, announcements were made at this time of year in the church and contact was made with parents who had children enrolling in the separate school system for the first time. Trustee Paul Matisz ex- pressed concern that some taxpayers may not bother to check the designation of their education taxes because they don't realize that they are still paying an education tax assessment despite a move by the province last year to eliminate provincial educa- tion tax from property taxes. Local property owners still pay the portion of their educa- tion tax assessment that is directly designated toward the coffers of the separate and public school boards. The board agreed Wednes- day to spend up to on the advertising campaign. 4Not all seniors need, want handout' No one has more money than senior citizens, Separate School Trustee Paul Matisz charged Wednesday. He made the statement in response to a notice of motion by Trustee Steve Vaselenak that the separate school board support reduced rates for senior citizens and students who atte'nd events during the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Senior citizens don't need the "free bus passes, and free tuition to courses" they now get from the city and at the University of Lethbridge, Mr. Matisz said. "Young peo- ple need them more." Later he qualified his statements by saying "some of them might need it, but most of the senior citizens don't." Following the meeting Mr. Matisz explained he has talked to senior citizens who object to all people their age being given handouts when only a few may need them. The main intent of the Vaselenak motion, to be introduced at a meeting later this month, is to have the board encourage the Winter Games officials to reduce the rates charged students who wish to attend the Games. Students up to Grade 12 will be admitted to morning and afternoon events for 50 cents providing the event is not a final, a Games official said. There is no discount for senior citizens. Community service agency budget review Jan. 15 The Community Services Advisory Committee will meet Jan. 15 to begin its budget review of city preven- tive social service projects and requests for city grants. Seven projects are funded by preventive social ser- vices, which is financed 80 per cent provincially and 20 per cent locally. Last year, 13 organizations asked for civic grants ranging from to The advisory committee, which makes recommen- dations to city council on the grants and the social ser- vice projects usually begins its work much earlier, but the October civic election and other delays held up ap- pointment of the five member committee until coun- cil's last meeting Dec. 30. Students over 65 given fee break Senior citizens will get a break on their tuition fees as a result of a motion passed Wednesday by the Lethbridge Community College board of governors. The governors accepted a motion by Hal Gallup, student representative on the board, to allow free tuition this semester to students over 65. The cost is to be covered by continuing education funds, if possible. College President C. D. Stewart said abolishing senior citizens' tuition for one semester will allow time for further planning on the basis of facts. He told faculty representative Bob Harrison he doesn't feel the advanced education department answered the board's question as to whether the cost could be met from the surplus. Board Chairman Bob Babki said he does, not think the college could take the cost, es- timated at to a semester, from the surplus. The pensioners will be on their own for the cost of books, and Mr. Gallup said a waiver of student fees would be up to the students' council. The request to abolish senior citizens' fees was made by the Retired Teachers' Association of Lethbridge. LCC already provides free courses for senior citizens in the senior citizens' homes. Hastings here Saturday Senator Earl Hastings will attend a Liberal study and dis- cussion group in Lethbridge on Saturday. "The different sectors of federal and provincial Liberals have for some time met on Saturdays for the purpose of planning a constructive base." says Sven Ericksen, president of the Lethbridge and District Liberals. All interested persons have been invited to the noon meeting at Sven Ericksen's Restaurant. Parent, teacher session set Separate school teachers and a ran- dom selection of parents are to meet Jan. 22 to reach an understanding on the behavior and attitudes that should be expected of students. In making the announcement of the one day parent teacher session at a meeting of the separate school board Wednesday, Superintendent Ralph Himsl said there is a fair amount of un- certainty inschools on how parents feel about the way children are being handl- ed in the schools. He hopes the session will bring some agreement between the teachers and parents on what is expected of students in the school. A random selection of 250 parents from all areas of the city has been in- vited to attend the session and school administrators hope that at least 100 of those invited will attend. In the letter of invita'tion to parents, Mr. Himsl asks parents to meet at St. Mary's School Jan. 22 to "help our boys and girls grow to a mature Catholicism in a world that shouts do your own thing. "We cannot do this ourselves. We need help of parents and so I invite you to join us." Mr. Himsl warned the trustees the whole purpose of the "School Com- munity Day" will be "weakened, if we don't turn out a goodly number'of parents." Two written notices have already been sent to the parents and a telephone call reminding the selected parents of the meeting will be made prior to the meeting.. Separate school teachers will also meet the evening of Jan. 21 to discuss the objectives of the Jan. 22 meeting and "get some understanding of life in school as students see Mr. Hirnsl states in a letter of invitation to teachers. The teachers should then be prepared to discuss the problems that the home and school confront in "passing on their traditional values in a technological society seeking to alter these values" when they meet with parents Jan. 22. Trutees are also invited to attend both meetings.