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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-12,Lethbridge, Alberta Being Big Brother little work Second childhood introduced By MURDOCH MwLEOD Her«ld Staff Writer Being a Big Brother is very little work or no work at all, says Garry Kohn. “Tbere’s no time devoticm compared to what anyone wastes in a day," be says. Mr. Kohn, a Lethbridge catnera and stereo equipment dealer, has been active as a Big Brother for about four months, the Iraigest of the three backed by the year-otd Lethbridge and District Big Brothers* Associaticm. He says he’s enthusiastic about the program. In a way, activities shared with his Little Brother, 12>year>old Bill Munro, are a re-introduction to his own boyhood. ‘Tm not patting myself on the back for doing something good, but there is a lot of satisfaction in being a Big Brother,” he says, “though it's mostly a long-term thing.”    ' Elxperience in other centres has shown, he says, that many Little Brothers keep in touch with their former Big Brothers when they have left the program. Mr. Kohn considered in volvement in Boy Scouts or some other form of youth work, but says he does not want regular, patterned activity. Nor would the hours be works allow it. “I heard about Big Brothers and I heard there were a lot of fatherless kids needing help," he says, “Big Brothers estimates there are 460 boys around here without fathers. Probably 100 of them are in actual, dire need of a Big Brother." The time involved in being a Big Brother is not great, he stresses. He spends an hour once or twice a week with Bill, who can call him or see him when he’s needed. It took about two months to establish this rapport, says Mr. Kohn. “The quality of the time you spend with your Little Brother is more important than the quantity, though you have to see him every week,” he says. In any case, the available time slot is small. Bill has to attend school — he’s in Grade 7 ~ and has friends and other activities in which he is involved. “Taking a Little Brother out of a youthful environment is not what’s wanted," says Mr. Kohn. The pair’s shared activities include training Mr. Kohn’s two Irish setters, and plans for balsa wood airplane modelling. Both have a strong interest in modelling, and Bill dis* cusses it eagerly with his Big Brother, llie dogs, Hennessy and Fergus, are all over Bill when he calls at the Kohn home, and the esteem Is mutual. “He really loves those dogs,” says his Big Brother. Ferns, the younger dog, attends obedience school accompanied by two humans. Bill’s mother, Ruth Munro. is another Big Brothers enthusiast. “It’s a wonderful organization,” she says, “Just the idea that Bill can call someone outside the family really helps. He can talk out the frustrations that every child has," And Bill has a male image to look up to. Mrs. Munro says he now Joins in boys’ “my father” discussions with “my Big Brother.” We’ll give Bill the last word. “1 think It’s a good idea for boys who don’t have fathers,” he says, “Mothersdon't usually help build things or play football, but I’ve seen other men play football with their sons. Well, some mothers play, but they tire faster than men.”Big Brothers meeting set Guest speakers from the Big Brothers of North America will be featured at the annual meeting of the Lethbridge and District Big Brothers’ Association Feb. 6. The meeting, to be held at the Red Cross Building at 7th Ave. and 12th St. S., will also see the election of officers and planning for the coming year, and a review of the association’s first year.Shared activities Bill Monro helps Big Brother Garry Kohn train Hennessy and Fergus The Lethbadge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, January 12, 1974 Pages 17-32 Snow-covered walks and wires are double hazard Irresponsible residents treated with leniency A relatively little known clause in the city streets bylaw makes it possible for the city to clean snow and ice off sidewalks in front of busiitesses and residences and bill the owner or occupant for the work. And if the bill is net paid it. can simply 'be tacked onto the property taxes. 'The city can also do the same thing about snow and ice on roofs when that’s judged dangerous, while electrical cords across sidewalks for car plug-ins are also a no-no However, these winter hazards are customarily treated with considerable leniency and city officials can’t recall the last time a home-owner was billed for sidewalk snow removal or fined for trailing a cord across the pedestrian’s path. Barry Temple, city public works engineer, prefers to regar^ the problem as one of education It’s a matter of advising people what they can and cannot do, he says. Mr. Temple said that while the city has never taken sidewalk clearance in front of private property into Its own hands in the years he’s headed the works department, the department has from time to time told pmple their walks need looking after. “Most people react ver; r quickly to this sort of advice from us or the police department,” he said. “People are generally co-operative — there’s usually some good reason why they haven’t got around to clearing away the snow.” City Police Inspector Bill West says electrical cords to cars parked on city streets should not interfere with pedestrian traffic. But the provision is not enforced unless a complaint is received or a cord i^ seen that will obviously be a hazard to pedestrians. A court summons can be issued, but the usual procedure is simply to ask the offender to move the cord, says Insp. West. “I can't recall one that’s gone to court in the last 20 years,” he said. Cords across sidewalks are illega! "We realize it can be tough in winter.” Mr. Temple says the main snow problem his department encounters is snow cleared from private parking lots piled illegally on public thoroughfares. The city attacks this problem in a positive way, he says, by sending letters before the snow flies to people who have parking lots advising them they must pile the snow on their own property or have it removed to an authorized snow dump January sales bring refund problem By JOANNE GROVER Herald Staff Writer The January sale period is here again and stores are reducing prices on almost everything in the building. During a period of intensive advertising and buying, customers very often purchase items which are either not needed, too expensive, improper or otherwise an incorrect buy. Thten, back to the store, “to get their money back." Price board is meet topic The federal government’s , controversial Food Prices < Review Board will be the topic Thursday of the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs noon luncheon at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. Featured speaker will be G. L. Burton, a Claresholm rancher who. now serves on the board. Dr. Burton, a specialist in agricultural economics, will discuss the goals and objectives of the board and take a locHc at some of the solutions to the food prices situation. He has been associated with federal department of agriculture, Uie University of Saskatchewan’s agricultural college and MacDonald College at McGill University. Since 1951 he has been raising beef cattle west of Claresholm. As the slogans say, the customer is always right, and satisfaction is guaranteed, or your money is refunded. So how do the Lethbridge stores stack up in the competition to provide better serviee? Although there is no law that compels a merchant to exchange goods or give refunds to a customer, Lethbridge stores appear willing to perform this service as an investment in customer good'Will. According to a small survey, everything from appliances to shoes and clothing can be cheerfully refunded. Few of the stores differentiate between items bought on impulse and items that are genuinely unsuitable, and the only restriction seems to be that of time. One store manager suggested that should lady A return a coat two months after it was bought, the clerk may suggest future refunds be made more promptly. However, after the attempt at customer education. Lady A will likely get the refund. I Several of the managers or assistant ¡managers questioned mentioned the rule, originating with the board of health, forbidding exchange of undergarments, swim suits and wigs, unless there is a definite fault in the garment. Most of the larger chain .stores have a general policy regarding refunds, built up over many years of experience. The smaller, local stores generally play each situation by ear. As one shoe store manager explained, “Each individ^l situation is Dock union seeks nationalization of grain at coast considered before a refund is made. If the customer has a legitimate complaint we will definitely listen to it, and respond accordingly.” One word of warning is necessary. The refund policy of most stores contacted extends only to general merchandise, sale items often will not be exchanged or refunded. It is best to check with the store before buying The law states that contracts are binding on buyers and sellers As the Consumer Credit booklet suggests, “Shop with care, get precisely what you want, and then you won’t be one of those disappointed customers who ‘can't take it back'. Look for Uie sign that says all sales final, and realize the merchant means it. ’ By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer REGINA - The International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen’s Union wants all grain at export position in Vancouver nationaiiKed so it won’t be affected labor strikes. Don Garcia, Canadian ana president of the powerful union that is an integral part of the ship-loading exercise at Vancouver, told ’The Herald in an interview here Friday the union has a«eed grain smuld be removeo from the negotiation list. A union resolution passed Aug. 22, 1972, at the last union contract negotiation, called for an appropriate body to be established to handle the loading of grain in a continuous fashion on the west coast ports, negating the affect of strikes on grain shipments. Mr. Garcia attended the fourth annual meeting of the Palliser Wheat Grower’s Association here Friday to meet with association representatives to seek support for the resolution. At a special gathering Friday night, Palhser members reacted extremely favorably to the resolution and were to prepare a resolution of cooperation this morning to present to the 600 delegates at the meeting. The entire proposition of removing grain from contract negotiations was broached by the union following the 19^ strike by longshoremen when the federal government legislated them back to work, Mr. Garcia said it was the first time the union had been legislated back to work, something feared by unions because government intervention “erodes collective bargaining.” He said the union recognized that grain was the commodity which brought the wrath of government down on the strikers. “If grain was controlled by a neutral body, it would get rid of political pressures created by the grain during strikes,” he said. Mr. Garcia said the only obstacle he sees is opposition from the 75-member B.C Maritimer Employers Association which owns all the grain-handling equipment at the coast. He said when the unions handled the gram during the 1969 strike, it to<A government pressure to force the employers association to allow Its equipment to be used to move the grain onto the ships. And to add more power to the union position is a hoped-for amalgamation between the longshoremen’s union and the Grain Handlers Union Local 333, representing 700 terminal elevator workers at Vancouver. Mr. Garcia said the exclusion of grain would help the union’s negotiaUng position with the employers association and at the same time help all of Canada and the rest of the world because grain would always move into export markets. Foilowing approval of a cooperative resolution by Palliser members, Mr. Garcia said a plan wiimld have ib be brought to the appropriate government bodies. He said this could also cause some problems because governments tend to shy away from nationalization. A successful resolution freeing grain from possible strike action would also put more pressure on rail companies to revamp their facilities because grain would always be needed at the coast, he said. Tom Howland of Regina, a director of Palliser, told about 50 members at this special meeting, this was the first tiipe^a representative of the longshoremen’s iinion had been Included in a grains meeting. He said members at the recently-completed Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture meeting talked a lot about the longshoremen and union representatives weren’t at the meeting to defend themselves. Grain elevator here ‘antique’ REGINA — The 1.25-million bushel capacity inland grain terminal in Lethbridge is an antique that would cost more to operate than to rebuild, says an elevator engineering expert from Montreal. Patrick Foody of Patrick Foody and Co. said the Lethbridge government elevator controlled by the Canadian Grain Commission uses grain-handling technology of the 1920s and if he were offered Ihe facility, he would refuse. The elevator, long termed a white elephant because it hasn't made money through a lack of use, is still, for sale or lease but there are no takers. The only serious offer in three years to buy or lease was from the Alberta Wheat Pool. Mr. Foody attended the fourth annual meeting of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association to explain to about 200 Weyburn-area members the pros and cons of building an inland terminal in Southern Saskatchewan. The farmers, headed by Art Mainil of Weybum, want to build a storage facility so they can take advantage of high protein wheat premiums. They feel if they could gather all their high-protein gram before shipment to export position, they could make more money. Mr. Foody said the farmers could make a large storage facility a success but not in the size range of the Lethbridge elevator. He said a compact, highspeed facility which has a high handling capacity to low-storage relationship would serve the farmers best. Such a facility would allow the farmers to clean their high-protein grain for sale, facilitate unit trains and help assure spot export sales for immediate delivery that are now being missed by Canada. He said the farmers would also be able to sell the screenings of weed seeds and broken kernels in the grain cleaning process, a revenue now enjoyed by the major elevator companies. Mr. Foody presented a plan where 22 large inland terminals, 50 miles apart, could be used for Western Canadian grain but said it wouldn’t be feasible. He said some consolidation of the present elevator system was needed but not to the extent of just 22 elevators Business courses offered by university this spring Two courses intended to assist students in their professional development as business managers or executives are being offered at the University of Lethbridge t)i the spring semester. The courses, in the management development certificate program ■ for credit or noncredit, are being offered to meet the need for training by persons working in the area of general management. The courses offered are personal administration beginning Wednesday and public finance' Revenue starting Monday. Personnel administration, to be taught by R. R. Rickwood, will be held from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. in room C 583 of the university’s Academic Residence Building. Instructor for the public finance course will be H. M Axford. It will be held in room E 620 beginning at the same time and running for three hours. Deadline for registration in either course is Jan. 25. ;