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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Renewal scheme to be opposed Presto, Change-o! BILL GROENEN photos At p.m. Saturday the Sportsplex ice surface was host to a hockey game. Sunday at p.m. a large crowd at the Sportsplex anxiously awaited the appear- ance of the Harlem Globetrotters and their hilarious antics. While the magic words may have appeared to be used to convert the Sportsplex from an ice facility to a gigantic gymnasium overnight, Sportsplex crews actually began laying the portable floor for the first time at p.m. Saturday. Livestock auction bond increased Opposition to' the city's downtown redevelopment phase two plans from four businesses in the redevelopment area will be heard by city council (onight. The redevelopment scheme covers some 11 city blocks primarily between 1st and 4th Avenues S. and 2nd and 5th Streets S. Council has given first reading to the bylaw that will implement the redevelopment scheme and has scheduled the public hearing on the bylaw for 8 p.m. Three of. the four businesses Bell's Welding Ltd., 317 4th St. S.; Soulhalta Produce Co. Ltd., 316 4th St., S., and Minute Muffler, 3rd Avenue and 4th Street S. are opposed to closure of adjacent lanes, as advocated in the redevelopment plan. All three say the street and lane closures1 would hinder or eliminate access to their premises, threatening their businesses. The fourth business to complain about the scheme Elrich Tire Co. Ltd., 4021st Ave. S. says the bylaw is discriminatory and not equitable in its application. As a non conforming use, Elrich Tire will be stymied in its growth and development and will be left with an undetermined future in terms of years, a submission for the company says. The phase two development scheme, first presented to council in March, 1974, by Oldman River Regional Plann- ing Commission planners, sets out zon- ing and development control guidelines for the rejuvenation of the downtown area north of the Lethbridge Centre development, plus the block between 5th and 6th Avenues and 4th and 5th Streets. Creation of a pedestrian mall along 4th Street S. between 3rd and 4th Avenues is one of the recommendations in the plan. The Lethbridije Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, January 13, 1975 Pages 13-24 City expects two more plans for campgrounds The city campground plot is beginning to thicken with a se- cond proposal for a river valley campground before city council and a third said to be in the offing. One of the two latest proposals comes from the Winnipeg operator a Jellystone Recreation Campground, George Fast. Mr. Fast and his' son, R. H. Fast, general manager of Vauxhall Foods Ltd. in Lethbridge, say in a letter to come before council tonight, they see "tremendous poten- tial" foi a year round Gas plant capacity may slow RED DEER (Staff) The Alberta Livestock Dealers Association has raised bonding limits for licencing qualifications and will provide a business in- surance bond of for all members for the protec- tion of cattle producers. Livestock dealers, licenced through the Alberta government, buy and sell cat- tle and hogs in a multi million dollar per year business. Bonds are required at a cost to each dealer and dealer company to ensure returns to the producer. Under the new system, all dealers will be required to post a bond of each, up from All dealer com- panies will have to hold a bond for up from Through the existing 400 dealers in Alberta, 417 agents also buy and sell cattle for dealer customers. These agents will now be required to hold a bond for An innovative move in agriculture in North America is the "umbrella bond" which will be purchased through the association at a lower rate to provide additional protection for producers. All dealers will be covered by the umbrella bond. The umbrella bond will also replace a livestock patrons assurance fund to pay for business losses. Fred McGowan, co- ordinator for the association, said acceptance of the new bonding policy by members at the group's first annual meeting here Saturday meets the requirements specified by Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer. Dr. Homer had issued an ul- timatum to the dealers in the province to come up with more protection for the primary producers "or he would do it for said Mr. McGowan. Before going into a closed meeting, the 50 livestock dealers at the meeting dis- cussed bonding. One dealer suggested this sector of the livestock in- dustry is the only case where a few people buy insurance for the masses. The bond, which is insurance for the producers, is paid for by the dealer. He said it is time a check- off fee of two or three cents a pound was charged to producers to buy their own protection. Bob Dogertom of Lethbridge, one of two direc- tors for Area 2, said the dealer in Alberta has traditionally conducted business on the basis of honesty and faith. Millions of dollars of business is done over the telephone by people who have never met, In order to keep the faith of producers in.the business, it would be best if the bonding structure was maintained, said Mr. Dogertom. Another proposal that bonds be set at minimum and maximum for dealers and companies was turned back by the dealers. They felt the umbrella bond would give better protection for the producers and save money for the dealers. The capacity of a 13-year- old natural gas processing plant near Coleman would be reduced under an application before the Energy Resources Conservation Board, a vice- president of the processor's parent company said at the weekend. J. E. Johnson, vice- president of Westcoast Tran- smission Ltd., said West- coast's subsidiary, the Saratoga Processing Co. Ltd., wants to reduce the licensed capacity of its Savanna Creek plant to about 60 million cubic feet a day from about 80 million. It would also provide better sulphur recovery, he said in a telephone interview from Vancouver. This would reduce pollution. The application is fairly routine, said Mr. Johnson. In a notice dated Wednesday, the ERCB said the application would reduce the raw gas inlet rate to 52 million cubic feet a day from 75 million cubic feet a day. The maximum ..sulphur inlet rate would be reduced to 399 long tons a day from 406 long tons a day, and the minimum recovery efficiency increased to 96 per cent from 93 per cent. Permitted sulphur dioxide emissions would be reduced to 32 long tons a day from 60 long tons a day. Actual emissions would increase from the current five long tons a day up to a maximum of 32. Emissions would be through an existing 300-foot stack. Any objections must be filed with the ERCB and Saratoga Processing by Feb. 3. Feeder import restriction rejected By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer RED DEER A proposal to stop importation of feeder cattle from the United States has been rejected by livestock dealers. John Vander Heyden of Picture Butte, president of the Oldman River Feeders Co-op, entered the proposal Saturday to stop feeder cattle movement to Canada from the U.S. at the first annual meeting of the Alberta Livestock Dealers Association. Discussed during a closed session of the annual meeting, the proposal was deemed "out of the jurisdiction of livestock dealers." Association members told The Herald such a proposal was better dealt with by the Western Stock Growers Associa- tion or the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association. Mr. Vander Heyden said the meeting continued purchase of U.S. feeder cattle by Canadian feedlot operators and livestock dealers is "tying the hands of Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan." Mr. Vander Heyden contends purchase of U.S. stock at a lower price due to market conditions is driving the price down for Canadian feeder cattle. He said primary cattle producers are being hurt by the lower feeder cattle prices when they could be receiving more if buyers would bid only on Canadian animals. "If .the Canadian cattlemen won't help themselves, how can they ex- pect the federal government to help he said. Another matter deemed out of the jurisdiction of the association was a proposal to request reimposition of the horn tax in Alberta. The horn tax is an extra fee levied against animals with horns. Horned animals create extra work for peo- ple along the market trail from birth to slaughter. They also cause problems in feedlots. One dealer suggested livestock buyers could regulate the situation themselves without red tape and ex- tra administration problems en- countered by a government-run program. He said if buyers simply bid down animals with horns, producers would soon start removing horns to save money. Horns are usually removed at branding time. The dealer said it might take two years for cattle producers to catch on but they feel mpney is the best way to regulate them. recreational campground similar to Calgary's Happy Valley, on the east bank of the Oldman River. The letter says the site between the High Level CP Rail bridge and the Highway 3 West bridge and between the river and the road running to Indian Battle Park has the potential for "a fairly sophisticated facility which would involve swimming pools, possibly a miniature golf course and other related recreational facilities which would blend into the natural environment of the property." The area is designated in the city's river valley develop- ment scheme bylaw, which has had first reading and is due for a public hearing Jan. 27, as a wildlife game preserve area. Serious consideration should be given, the Jellystone proposal says, to this site as an alternative to the provin- cial campground site on the west bank of the Oldman, just north of Highway 3. The Fasts add, however, that a study is also being made of the provincial campground area to see if it would be a viable area for a Jellystone campground. Council will also hear Mon- day from Doug Nielson, of River Valley Campgrounds Ltd., who has been negotiating with the city since last July to develop a campground on the provincial site. The city appears to be backtracking on his proposal, admitting in a submission to council that Mr. Nielson's application has been "Mishandled and rushed through from the beginning without proper concern for the detailed analysis that is required from all angles." "Mr. Nielson has justifiable concern for his position in that our administrative personnel have led him to believe that he could move quickly when ob- viously this is not the the submission says. Among problems cited in the submission are en- vironmental concerns and too low esimates of the costs of providing services to the area, which could affect lease arrangements. In the meantime, Dennis O'Connell, city busi-ness development director, reports he will have another applica- lion for a campground development on the provincial site before council's next meeting. "The sudden appearance of two more campground proposals appears to give aldermen some bargaining room to get the best deal for the city. The administration is recommending that the whole matter be referred to the community services advisory committee to determine the type of development desired and the type of investment the city should make. Alberta heart group needs drive workers The Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Heart Founda- tion needs canvassers and team captains for the Feb. 3 house to house fund drive for 1975. The provincial objective this year is People interested in helping can telephone the local branch of the Alberta Heart Foundation or Mrs. John Hargraves, chairman of the residential campaign. The foundation will hold an open house Jan. 22 at the St. Michael's nurses residence. 1412 9th Ave. S., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Films will be shown and information pamphlets will be available. Hastings defends legislative raise Politely rapping local Liberal party members' knuckles, Senator Earl Hastings Saturday defended the federal government's proposed pay raises for MPs and senators. The Calgary senator and Alberta spokesman for the federal government told 30 party' faithfuls that "it's a strange situation when clerks of the Senate are mak- ing more money than I am." Sen. Hastings gently chided the local federal Liberal association for its Jan. 4 resolution asking Prime Minister Trudeau to restrict this year's wages hike for senators and MPs to 15 per cent and grant subsequent an- nual increases equal to in- dustry averages. Sen. Hastings, who earns a salary of said, "I don't think there is a junior executive in industry making less than a year." He said public opinion in- dicated the Trudeau ad- ministration was involved in a "great grab for public money." "I have to say to you I think it was a reasonable and justifiable increase in the light of the fact there hasn't been one since 1971. and there won't be another until 1978. Thanking local Liberals for expressing their opinion on the proposed pay increases. Sen. Hastings warned them their 15 per cent ceiling is "an indication of the esteem in which you hold your elected representatives." "If you think they are so in- discreet .or-incompetent in this matter they must be equally indiscreet in other matters." "There is an unseen cost to every man in public life It's a very costly job, expense- wise, which is unseen to he added. "I don't think any man would work the hours the men in the House of Commons do" for an MP's salary, he said. Lethbridge Liberal Associa- tion President Sven' Ericksen described his association's proposed 15 per cent salary ceiling as a way for the Trudeau government to "hold the line, at least for one year" and set a good example for Canadians. Five South men seated on dealers' board RED DEER (Staff) Five Southern Alberta men con- tinue to hold executive positions with the fledging Alberta Livestock Dealers Association. The association, with 200 members, has completed six months of operation. Three South men hold direc- tor positions for areas 1 and 2 of the association. David Schorr of Elkwater represents area 1. Bob Dogterom of Lethbridge and Charles Watson of Raymond represent area 2. Alternatives of the board of directors include Carl Allred granted fellowships r The Canada Council has awarded fellowships to two Univer- sity of Lethbridge professors. S. C. Patten of the philosophy department received a research fellowship to assist in his preparation of a monography of philosophers Immanuel Kant and David Hume. of Raymond, James Read of Redcliff and Wayne Gamier of Marwayne. All but one of the directors selected from a series of organizational meetings were returned for 1975. Fred McGowan of Edmon- ton, a provincial government paid worker who is co or- dinator of the group through to November, 1975, said the idea of a dealers' organization was started two years ago. A series of meetings throughout Alberta indicated 80 per cent of dealers in favor. Mr. McGowan said the government assistance was needed because dealers didn't have the'time or money to get the organization off the ground. By the end of 1975, the organization expects to be self supporting. The association has been a case of producers do it or the The other fellowship was awarded to David Elton, a government would have done member of the university's political science department. Dr. it for them, said Mr Elton- will receive a leave fellowship to help finance study McGowan of the Swiss federal system next year. Dr. Elton will also All other sectors of the receive an additional to help fund his research while in livestock industry are organized. Switzerland. ;