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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-10,Lethbridge, Alberta College to plea for more money than gov^t granted By JIM OftANT HenM SMff Writer The Lethbridge Community ColteM will nuke t plM to the promce tm« month for more money, the duimun of its board of governori said Wednesday. “We're not satlified with the seven pa cent” the department of advanced education granted the collm for the l«74-75 Bchool year. Bob Babki said following the LCC board meeting. In fact, “we’re alarmed by It.” The seven per cent increase granted by the d^rtment is baaed on present enrolments and 1» more than the college received this past year. Mr. Babki says he knows that the department of advanced education's bu^et was increased by 12 per cent and it has withheld five per cent to cover the additional grants it will have to make to post-secondary institutions which experience enrolment increases next year. The college is going to let the province know “we want our share now whether the enrolment increases (next fall) or not,” be insisted. He expressed concern that the rising costs LCC will have to face next year may be much greater than the seven per cent grant announced by the government. Hie college is already bound to a seven per cent increase next year In salaries plus an additional percentage increase to cover employee benefita included in a two-year contract which is binding for another ; “We're obliged 0 meet that contract,” Mr. Babki poinU out. A delation from the coUm hopes to meet with the department or advanced education within the next two weeks. The possible shortage of funds spurred enough concern among the LCC board of governors Wednesday that they became slighUy jittery when any financial matters were placed b«ore th«n. After ooDsiderable debate the governors decided to reserve decision on whether to increase tuition fees at the college until after the meeting with the department of advanced education. tll4 l t’ltst'li Ji'i'S If the d^rtment holds firm on the seven per cent budget Increase, the college may be forced to increase the fees. Mr. Babki reminded the governors that Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, has suggested IXX should increase Its feu soth^’re on par with fees charged ai other Alberta colleges. Jim MacNell, director of student services, says the other colleges in the province are charging about IMO a semester for tuition and other entrance fees for full-time students. hCC diarges full-time students about IKS a semester for most programs College administrators expressed coDcem during the meeting that an increase in tuition fees could lose the college more money than it would gain. Mr. MacNeil said there is a. limit to the number of students in Southern Alberta the coU«e can hope to attract. If it raises its tuition fees, the students may enrol in institutions which are charging lower fees. Students can attend most courses in the Northern and Southern Alberta institutes of technology for about an 180 tuition fee. He suggested some students in Southern Aberta would prefer to take their education in a larger urban centre and it would become financially feasible for them to do so if fees were increased substantially at LCC. Dr. C. D. Stewart claimed the college would have to lose only a few studenU because of increased fees to nullify the additional funds obtained by the increase. Hie governors also spent about hours «1 another financial matter during a closed meeting prior to the open session of the board meeting — while reporters waited outside the door for a total of about two hours. Three college employees requested sabbatical leave to continue their education and the govemors became involved in an exchange over the issue. SithhttfH ii/v “We were quite concerned about the cost to the board because of the financial restrlctKMis" placed on the college by the province, Mr. Babki reported following the mee^ The college continues to pay a large portion of the person's salary during the sabbatical. All three persons who applied were granted sabbaticals. Jim MacNeil, director of student services, and William Harricnn, psychology Instructor, were granted one-year sabbaticals. A six-month sabbatical was granted to Glenn Gillin, an Enghsh instructor DistrictThe LetKbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tdursday, January 10, 1974 Pages 15-28 Games group sets lottery at $50^000 By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Hie countdown for the 1975 Canada Winter Games quickened Wednesday as directors approved f50,00Q in prizes for a lottery and finalized sites for a raft of events. llie directors of the winter games society also beard that negotiations to close schools throughout the South for the national event should be complete within six weeks, and ' that eagerly • awaited federal funds were on the way. And they decided to make a bid for thne to gear up for a “dry run” of the games with tite Southern Alberta Recreation Association. Hie association is putting on the Southern Alberta Winter Games in the next fieW'^jnonths. The director« areM^ing tt^^fventstair be held off unUi'early April or spread out over several we^s so the Canada games organizers can take a full part. 13 sites approved for Games These are the sites finalized Wednesday for tiie Canada Winter Games. Finals will be in Lethbridge. Judo, table tennis and badmint(Hi locations have not been finalized. Skiing: Westcastle Recreation Resort, Snow Valley, Fe^ nie IS back-up^. Curling: Coaldale, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge. Hockey: Kainai, Taber, Plncher Creek, (probable) Lethbridge sportsplex. Gymnastics: University of Lethbridge. Boxing; Claresholm, Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. Speedskating Sportsplex. Synchronized swimming; North Lethbridge Pool. Wrestling Cardston, Sportsplex. Fencing: Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Figure Skating: Taber, Sportsplex. Weightlifting: Bow Island, Lethbridge Yates Centre. Votleyball Biairmore, U of L Basketball: Cardston, Raymond, Picture Butte, U of L, Sportsplex The society guaranteed prizes totalling $50,000 for the lottery it hopes can successfully compete with at least nine others in the province in 1978. Directors were told that the biggest problem was organizing a sales team, not finding people who would buy the 12 tickets. The Gamei socie^ expects gross revenues of 1400,000 from the lottery, with |190,000 of that being returned to Games coffers. The remainder would go for $100,000 in comndssions, f100,000 in running costs and ISO,000 in prizes.    ~ In approving immediate funding of up te |25,.000, dlrec* tors also approved hiring a marketing manager, office '«ndanaccomtaiitas administrator for the ventut:e. The new personnel will join a staff rapidly being rounded out    ' Formally introduced Wednesday were a services co-ordinator and public relations chief. Archie Logan, 48, a retired major in the Canadian Forces, brings hia experience as services officer for all perswuiel at Camp Borden, Ont., and as a logistics officer with NATO to the co-ordinator’s post. Ray Mortpn is on loan from Molson's Brewery as the society’s full-time public relations director. The directors approved sites for 13 sports in centres around the region and were told that only three sports remain to be finally located. Bob Bartlett, facilities committee chairman, also told the society his committee is meeting with Raymond, Milk River and Magrath civic officials to iron out arrangements in those centres. There has been concern on the part of some rural representatives of the society about events being relocated. Walkway takes shape Workmen on the Woodwfard's Lethbridge Centre project have been putting up a whatzit at the 4th Avenue and 4th Street S. end of the site. Actually it's the tubular framewiork for what will become a covered pedestrian walkway around the construction site. Excavation work is also under Viay but has been hampered by the current cold wave. Parade marshal is encoufaged More volunteers will help in the organization of the Whoop-Up Days parade this year than helped last year, the parade’s marshall predicts. Cleve Hill told a Chamber of Commerce board of director’s meeting, Tuesday that two people helped him with the organization of the parade last year. This year he’s expecting as many as 30 volunteers because of interest shown at a public meeting, Monday. The meeting was held to gauge public feeling on whether the parade should be continued. Most people at the meeting -were in favor of continuing the parade, Mr, Hill said, and they indicated they would help organize it. Tuesday, the Lethbridge Exhibition Association Board, decided a parade will be held this year and Mr. Hill was ap> pointed as marshal for the 30th year. A six-man parade committee will be formed by the end of the week, Mr. Hill said. It will consist of six citizens who are not on the exhibition board In the past weeks Mr. Hill has recommended Uie parade be discontinued because he felt the general public wasn’t interested in it and the money could be better spent in other Recognized as treatable illness City hall adopls alcoholism^ drug abuse program By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A "large step forward” has been taken by the city and the Alberta Alcraolism and Drug Abuse Commission office in Lethbridge because the city has adopted an alcoholism and drag abuse policy for its the commission and include alcoholism and drug abuse manager” to help them ways. One of the main reasons the board decided to continue with the parade, Mr. Hill says, is because of the interest shown at the public meeting Monday attended by about 50 persms. Mr, Hill now expects 30 persons will help with the parade, the same number that helped 30 years ago at the first parade. At that time cowboy celebrity Gene Autrey was the guest Jack JtoUingson, industrial co-ordinator for AADAC, said Wednesday the city now recognizes alcoholism and other drug abuse as a treatable illness and alcoholic employees will be covered under regular sickness benefits. The new policy affects about 600 city employees including those in the police and fire department. The city is the first employer to develop a policy regarding alcoholism and drug abuse through the Lethbridge office. It is a major accomplishment because the city is a major employer In Lethbridge and is the first civic government in Alberta to accept this type of policy, Mr. RoUingson said. The written policy stetes employees suffering from alcoholism and otiier drui abuse are expected to treatment as they would for any other Illness which impairs the performance of their work. “If the employee fails to accept and respond to treatment, and as a result their work performance deteriorates, the City of Lethbridge will terminate their employm^t,” it reads The big factor in the acceptance of the policy is that valuable manpower will be saved because the employees can ^k treatment and not wori^ about being fired, Mr RoUingson adds. “If a company has a written pohcy, then a person wants help with a problem — help is available There is less stigma atteched to an employee coming forward and the policy is strictiy dependent on job performance,” he said Both the city and its employees have responsibilities outlined m the policy The city must assist employees in securing treatment through the facilities of within the scope of the city’ regular “sickness benefits ram,’’ yees must recognize their' obligation to seek assistance when their use of alcohol and other drugs has an adverse effect on their ability to satisfactorily perform their jobs. Also, the employee must submit to initial assessment or diagnosis and maintain a prescribed course of treatment The commission office now is training 57 employees “up to and including the city recognize an employee that s has a problem before it out of hand gets “The only way it will work is If we have top management right down to in-line supervisors doing their part,’^ he added Mr. Rolluigson pointed out the tune token In training the 57 employees is the only cost the ci^ will face as a result of adopting of the poUcy. Some companies formulating similar policies have stated the money saved is much more than that spent, he said. MAN GETS 1250 FINE FOR ROBBERY HOAX An 18-year-old man who falsely told police he’d been robbed at gunpoint of ^12 while working a night shift at a 7-Eleven store received an 18-month suspended sentence and a |2S0 fine Wednesday. Darrel Beingessner, 22 Westside Trailer Court, admitted in court last month that be had stolen the money himself and then phoned the police with the robbery story to cover his tracks. In provincial court Wednesday, Beingessner was given the suspended sentence on the theft charge, and tiie fine on a count of public mischief. Land swap High-rise apartments may be built downtown A high-rise apartment building proposed for the Lakeview area may be built downtown if agreement on a proposed land swap between the city and the builder can be reached Henry Krahn, of Krahn Homes Ltd., which applied for a building permit in November to erect a 72-suite, 13-storey high-rise at 3510 20th Ave. S, said Wednesday he has been offered a choice of three parcels, one on the north side and two near the City man thanks Big lirolher oj 30 years ago Jrthn ... grateful John Gogo’s Big Brother was a big man and seemed a litue overpowering to Jcrtui who was 11 at the time. He was 6’ 4” and weighed in at about 240 pounds. “1 got the Impression if he did not persuade me to do things he had other mean* at his disposal,” the ciaar toting dty businessman recalled Wemtesday, Mr. G«co. one time Little Brother, was guest speaker at a meeting of the Lethbridfe and District Big Brothen Association attended by about 75 persons. A total of M men came toward after the meeting to volunteer their services as Big Brothen and three Uttle Btothert were signed up. > The meeting wa* planned In an effort to fill a gap in Big Brothers that has tan- dicapped the association in its attempt to get more relationships between fatherless boys and male adults started. Membership in the association has climbed to about 100, including Big Brothers. The group feels there are about 460 faUmrless boys in Southern Alberto who could benefit from the program which matches mule volunteers after extensive scrtening witii Littie Brotiiers^ provide hel^and guidance. Youngsters seven to 17 can participate. Mr. Gogo remembered his involvement witii his Big Brother and what had brought him under nis influence in the first place, ' “They were short of everything except trouble {daring war time) and I teemed to find my way into this.” “Except for the Big Brother I may not be here I may have been perhaps In prison.” Mr. Gogo spent two years under the guidance of his Big Brother while his i father was away at war "I’m sure I owe what I have to the fact I became involved with Big Brothers,” he said “I remember the nature of the relationship was such that I was proud to be with that man ” Mr Gogo said it was particularly important today to have the presence of a male influence where there is one lacking in the “I think young people have to run just to carry on whereparenu left off,” he said of the expknion of knowledge tiiat has token place since he was raised. The family unit is the smallest unit in society but it is the most important, he said tf you toke a father away it is a tremendous difficulty for a young fellow added to the problems a youngster may be having in keeping up with sclml Persons interested m volunteering their services as Big Brothers can contact the Volunteer Action Centre Or p^ldent Dave Shirley at 328-7591 Both men and women can become members of the association Membership entitles them ' ‘ '    ' gives them the ^ held the first Wednesday < e associauon memoerMiip to voting privileges and e right to attend meetings Wednesday of each month. Woodward    Stores development, in exchange for his 12 acre site Mr Krahn said he told the city he would be willing to consider either of the downtown sites, but is not interested in building the high-rise on the north side location The builder-developer also said he has purchased the McLean Transfer property at 640 6th St S with the intention of putting up another apartment building in two years “It's a good apartment site, I feel I could get 200 units there,” he said The area is currently zoned for multi-family residential buildings Mr Krahn also said the 72-suite building could be expanded to 100-suites, if he is permitted to include more units on a downtown site The original application for the apartment building at 20th Avenue was referred to the development review committee when It first came to the municipal planning commission A neighborhood plan is being prepared for the area in which the building was proposed and there is ap-parentiy some concern about pmlation density in the area. 'There is said to be some question whether sanitary sewer facilities would be able to handle such a large project Uiere \iv    O'" ;