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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - Thursday, January 14, 1971 JVo special study for Quebec New constitution desirable A submission on the Canadian constitution by the University of Lethbridge political science facility proposed that a new constitution should commit the nation to fostering fulfilment "of individual aspirations and expressions." The paper was delivered Wednesday to the parliamen- tary committee on the constitution by political science lecturer Martin Hoyt, Lethbridge lawyer. Mr. Hoyt was backed by Audrey Doerr and Dave Elton, assistant professors in the department. the submission ' suggested the preamble to a new constitution should state that the "government has a positive ture, exploration, science" and other fielo's. The brief also called for the entrenchment of the Bill of Rights to ensure civil rights and for the incorporation of the Official Languages Act provisions into a new constitution. Bilingualism should be en- Closer government liaison sought by Mayor Anderson Closer liaison among all three levels of government was called for by Mayor Andy Anderson in his opening remarks to the public hearing. Mayor Anderson outlined briefly the responsibilities of the three governments and said a good case could be made for closer co-operation in solving social problems. He said there was no provision in the British North America Act that prevented the federal government from contributing to the municipalities by way of grants or special loans. Although some problems may be local in scope, he said, Canadians must think in national terms in order to solve them. The ultimate goal of total unity must be achieved, he said, even though this was a sensitive area that aroused strong emotions in some quarters. Southern Alberta was fortunate in that good relations existed among a variety of ethnic groups. He also noted the city's connection with French - speaking Canadians in Lethbridge's twin city of Saint-Laurent, Quebec. Mayor Anderson's opening remarks were among many made at the hearing outside of formal briefs and reactions to them. Dr. Eugene Falkenbm of the University of Lethbridge said he felt the constitution was de- Industry awaiting final city bylaw Local industries haven't had a chance to assess the impact the city's new sewage service charge bylaw will have on their operations, J. F. Gough, Swift Canadian Co. Ltd., general manager, said. Approved in principle Monday by city council, the bylaw is scheduled for further discussion and refinement at the Jan. 25 council meeting. Mr. Gough said once council has decided on the final form for the bylaw local industries will be able to show the effect of the new rates from their standpoint and incorporate the information into a brief to be presented to the provincial cabinet. The whole situation has been nebulous up until now, he said, but industries now have some idea of what the city's intentions are and can begin to plan accordingly. He said the bylaw, no matter what its final form, will undoubtedly mean higher rates and a "strong push" toward pre-treatment. He could make no comment on the possible effect of the new rates on the competitive position of local industries until after they had met as a group and discussed the situation, he said. He added that a meeting would be held and the results given to the joint industry-city committee that is preparing the brief to the cabinet. Eight Lethbridge industries, including Swifts, collaborated on a brief to the city this fall in which they said a sewage service charge set at too high a level would possibly mean some companies being forced to leave the city. The rate proposed in the bylaw approved in principle by council is 13 cents per 100 cubic feet of water consumed for heavy users, compared with the present charge of seven cents. In addition there would be a surcharge for users exceeding set levels for suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demanding material and grease. Mr. Gough said he knew of no industries that would escape the surcharge. A firm would be able to have 50 per cent of its surcharge contributions refunded if the money were used for pollution abatement equipment. duty to promote for the benefit couraged "although it is diffi-of its citizens, activities in cul- cult to embody such an objective, exnloration. science" and live within a constitutional framework." The constitution should give no special status to Quebec, the brief stated. The submission also proposed broadening of Parliament's powers to include, aside from its present jurisdiction in agriculture and immigration, control over education, welfare and environmental control. The most controversial portion of the brief came in the form of a question on what plans the government has for keeping the public "adequately and impartially informed." "And how is an informed public to be guaranteed that its views and desires will be transmitted to its Parliament and, more realistically, to the nucleus of power and the inner sanctum of the cabinet?" The brief suggested the 30-member Senate - House committee, 23 of whose members appeared in Lethbridge, was not an example of participatory democracy. The discussion following presentation of the brief included charges that public forums tend to attract articulate spokesmen rather than representatives of reticent, perhaps needier, groups. It was also charged that once representatives are elected, electors have no influence on day-to-day government decisions until the next election four years later. Mr. Elton said the real government muscle lies with provincial premiers and the prime minister, not with MPs. MPs should have the "opportunity to voice their opinions, not through party caucuses, but as representatives of individual constituencies." MP Colin Gibson (Hamilton-Wentworth-Lib.) replied the committee had heard from many minority groups during its meetings. (The committee has visited six provinces and the Yukon). MP Lincoln Alexander (Hamilton-West - P.C.) said MPs cannot be in constant contact with their home ridings. "It is utterly ridiculous that priving some children of educational opportunities because of inequities in the quality of schooling available to them. A reason for this, he said, was that the federal government was prevented by the constitution from contributing to all levels of education. EVALUATION LACK He also noted a lack of evaluation to assess the effectiveness of educational programs and asked that more attention be paid to finding out how well the educational system functions. There were also informal comments from the floor from students from Catho;!c Central High School and Winston Churchill High School. Both schools worked on briefs to be presented to the committee, but neither was ready in time to be read. The Catholic Central brief was handed to the committee near the end of the meeting. While education was a main topic of discussion, the concept of participatory democracy was also looked at from several angles. One person suggested that the mere investigation of problems with no subsequent action could not be called participatory democracy. He said this was a technique that could be, and was, used by govern* ments simply to delay taking action to solve social ills. Another person said that if the concept is to work in actual practice the individual citizen must accent the respon cial and political issues. sibility of being informed on so- Parliament should be bound bv day-to-day public opinions." Provincial 'oversights' School addition plans grow The coming-to-be-expected de- new developments gave the lays have crept into negotia tions between the Lethbridge game." separate school board and department of education concerning an addition to the St. Mary's School, but approval is expected soon. Similar delays were experienced throughout 1969 by the public school board when it was planning additions to several of its schools. Plans for the $350,000-plus St. Mary's addition were to have been finalized at Wednesday evening's separate school board meeting. However, trustees were informed that Joe Blocksidge, coordinator of the department of education's School Buildings Board, had met with district officials Tuesday to dicuss "oversights" the SBB had made concerning the project. Bob K i m m i 11, separate schools superintendent, said the Apartment okayed A 30 - suite apartment building application, earlier refused by the Municipal Planning Commission, was approved Wednesday after changes had been made in the design. The commission, which has become increasingly concerned with questions of esthetics in recent months, tabled the application when it first came up in November so that the des i g n could be studied. Refusal in December was on the basis of lack of variation between the proposed building and the apartment already built in the Scenic Heights subdivision. The commission stated at the time there should be more innovation in design, in keeping Your NEW Authorized Dealer JEEP" TRUCKS AND STATION WAGONS UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-1418 with the development goals for the subdivision. The apartment, as originally submitted, was identical with the existing one. Changes in the plan submit* ted Wednesday included a deeper m a n s a r d roof, rearrangement of the balconies and changes in the exterior finish. The apartment is to be of frame construction - a violation of the city's zoning bylaw if changes approved by council Monday are carried through. The bylaw change, which would require non - combustible materials be used, must go through a public hearing, which will take about six weeks. An application from the Lethbridge Telep hone Answering Service Ltd. for an addition to their building was refused. Located in a residential area, the firm operates as a home occupation. City Manager Tom Nutting said the firm, which employs eight operators, was a commercial establishment and its location was unfair from a tax standpoint. Others wanting to establish a similar business would be asked to locate in a commercial zone, he said. The answering service is to be informed no licence will be ers' Association issued for it as a home occu board a "whole new ball Mr. Blocksidge suggested reorganization of the administrative offices, which would be spread out into a long line due to complexities of connecting the addition to the existing school. He also suggested other changes, which in general terms will likely increase the addition's approved space by two more classrooms, a stage and several renovation jobs. The addition will now have five classrooms, two science rooms, a large ancillary room, a new gymnasium, an infirmary and a new staff room, and the existing gymnasium will be converted to a library. Architect Sam Lurie will draw up new plans, which must again be submitted to the SBB for approval. The government will likely offer financing for 21,083 square feet of new floor space, at $15.76 per square foot ($332,268) plus a $6 per square foot grant for renovations of about 2,900 square feet of offices and gymnasium space ($17,500) for a total grant of almost $350,000. It is likely other renovations will be necessary, which the school district will pay for out of local funds. The addition will include an eight - room equivalent open area instruction centre comprising the five classrooms, two science rooms and ancillary room. It will measure 74 by 90 feet - 6,660 square feet. There may also be a smaller, two-room equivalent open area elsewhere in the school. Mi-. Kimmitt suggested that St. Mar y's two opportunity classes could make use of part of the larger open area, giving them the two-fold advantage of staying in thsir concentrated-teaching groups, while at the same time having the social factor of the larger room, with 150 more students. In accordance with the joint use of schools agreement between the city parks and recreation department and separate and public school boards, a copy of the addition's plans will be sent to parks and recreation director Bill Brown. The addition's gymnasium will be slightly under the regulation adult size, and if the city decides that for community use purposes it wants a full-size gym, the city would be asked for the necessary $12,000. Budget of separate schools delayed by work overload The 1970 financial statement, audit and 1971 budget for the Lethbridge separate school district will be a bit late this year due to a work overload in the district's administration offices. Bert Reilander, separate school district secretary - treasurer, told the separate school board Wednesday the figures would be made available as soon as possible. In other business, the board appointed its chairman, John Boras, to represent it at the nursery school education to Grade 12 task force meeting of the Worth Commission on Educational Planning Feb. 27 in Calgary. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Alberta School Trustees' Association and Alberta Teach- Trustee Dick Gruenwald will - ---uww� �� �....l^-�-'vi* uvunaiu will potion after 1971 and it must represent the board at the adult relocate in a commercial zone, and continuing education task force meeting in Edmonton March 4. The meeting, also for the Worth Commission, is sponsored by the Alberta Association for Continuing Education. Trustee Eric Schill will rcD-resent the board at an ASTA trustee orientation seminar in Red Deer March 4 to 6; and a trustee and Mr. Reilander will represent the board at an ASTA administration seminar in Edmonton March 24 to 26. The board will appoint a separate school district parent to a panel for the special ASTA southwestern Alberta regional zone education meeting in April. Public school board chairman Bill Brown is also a panelist for the special meeting. The board also donated $50 to the 1971 Lethbridge and District Science Fair, doubling its donation of last year "to show our appreciation for their excellent efforts," said trustee Paul Matisz. MIME THEATRE IN IETHBRIDGE - The famed Theatre on the Balustrade of Prague, starring mimist Ladislav Fialka, will appear Jan. 21 at 8:30 p.m. in the Yates Mem-orial Centre as part of its more than 75-city tour of the U.S. and Canada. Sponsored by the Allied Arts Council, the 11-member Czech troupe of ballet dancers, acrobats and mimes has been a smash hit in New York, London and Edinburgh with its production of Button, Burton. Fialka has been likened to Charlie Chaplin for his mime expertise. Tickets for the Lethbridge show are available at Leister's Music Store. Site study ordered for tourist facility Plans for tourist accommodations in the city's river valley, which have been up in the air pending the completion of a survey of recreation in the riv-erbottom, were given a push toward a decision Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Commission. City Manager Tom Nutting asked that the commission request a site analysis be done by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, working in conjunction with the parks and recreation department and the city engineer. A report is to be made to the MPC by Jan. 27 on the feasibility of going ahead with the projects. Two projects that would accommodate mobile homes, trailers and campers have been proposed, one to the commission and one to city council. Both are to be studied to see if they are consistent with the recreation survey done by the parks and recreation department consultant last summer. A final draft of the survey, expected some months ago, has not yet been presented to city council, although a rough copy is in the hands of the city manager. Mr. Nutting said the city needed more tourist accommo- Critical need still exists for senior citizens' home The need for a third senior citizens' home in Lethbridge continues to be "a crisis," says Don LeBaron, administrator of Green Acres Foundation. The foundation, which operates the southside Green Acres and northside Golden Acres lodges, has a waiting list of nearly 100 persons, about 10 per cent of them from the district. Mr. LeBaron said a number of local senior citizens have been placed in district homes, but many Lethbridge people refuse to live in the district, "away from their friends, their homes and churches." The foundation board's most recent brief to the provincial department of social development, sent Nov. 2, noted that the majority of those on the Annual meet tonight at Green Acres The annual meeting of the Green Acres Foundation Board will be held tonight at 7:30 in the Green Acres Lodge. The meeting will feature election of officers to the seven-member board. The Green Acres Foundation is the only group of those operating Alberta's 70 senior citizens' homes which does not ask for special requisitions from taxpayers. It is expected an announcement will be made at the meeting that the foundation will be able to operate the two Lethbridge senior citizens' homes without recourse to requisition for at least the next year. waiting list are widows or widowers living on the old-age pension. These single persons, according to tiie Economic Council of Canada, "are subsisting on an income somewhat less than the poverty level," the brief stated. Also, many waiting for admission are not physically capable of caring for themselves on their own. However, they could "get along well" if admitted into a senior citizens'' lodge, the brief said. The present Lethbridge lodges each have 14 single and 18 double accommodations but the total 100 places are continually filled. Turnover is low. "There's no question about it. The situation is critical," Mr. LeBaron said. The one bright spot in the situation is that the minister and deputy - minister of social development have given a verbal commitment that Lethbridge has second priority on any new homes, Mr. LeBaron indicated. He said the department has placed two lodges in its 1971-72 budget estimates, hopefully one for Lethbridge and the first-priority home for Sedgwick near Camrose. The present Sedgwick home has been condemned as a fire hazard. Because of the greater demand from single senior citizens, the board has asked for a Lethbridge home comprising 46 single and only three double accommodations. Mr. LeBaron estimated a new home would cost about $400,000 He said the government would be surveying the budget estimates within the next six weeks. Until a firm commitment is made by the social de- No let-up in cold Southern Alberta may be sunk in a deep freeze but the telephone wires to the Lethbridge weather office have been kept pretty warm. Officials today said due to the cold snap which has gripped the province since the New Year, they have received as many calls in about half the month as are usually placed in a whole month. The weather office averages about 2,000 telephone weather inquiries per month. Meanwhile the cold spell hints only remotely at any moderation, as the frigid arctic highs remains over most of the province. The warmer Pacific low, as the only hope of salvation from the cold, still cannot make any real gains in the meteorological battle. Temperatures today are expected to be fairly in line with Borrowings The Lethbridge public school board Tuesday authorized its central office administrators to borrow $1 million, in order to cover accounts while awaiting receipt of provincial government grants for the 1971 fiscal year. The district's budget this year will be about $6 million, about 88 per cent of which comes from the province. those of the past week, with a daytime high expected to peak somewhere near 15 degrees below zero, falling once more to around 30 below overnight. Winds will be light. The outlook for Friday is slightly improved, but still could hardly be called a heat wave, with daytime temperatures forecast in the 10 degrees below zero range. Wednesday's high and low temperatures were 21 below and 37 below respectively. LATE FLASH: The weatherman reported late today a Chinook is expected to hit the city late Friday or Saturday raising temperatures to 35 above. Area doctor is re-elected Dr. J. H. Oshiro of Coaldnle has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Alberta Medical Association as the representative for the Lethbridge district. The association's representatives on the Canadian Medical Association board are Dr. D. F. Lewis of Medicine Hat and Dr. W. J. Riddle of Edmonton. c'ation and if projects were to be completed for next summer it was time to start planning and make decisions one way or tlie othor on them. Garden surplus slu nips velopment department, the question of site will be left open. Since Golden Acres Lodge was opened in 1964, the board has sent seven briefs to the department asking for a new lodge. In addition, supportive briefs have been submitted by the foundation's four participating councils: City of Lethbridge. County of Lethbridge, Town of Coaldale and Village of Noble-ford. 'Apply now for room in lodge9 Don LeBaron, administrator of the Green Acres Foundation, has suggested to senior citizens wanting accommodation in Golden or Green Acres lodges, or in a proposed third city lodge, that they make application immediately to the foundation. Mr. LeBaron said many senior citizens have been discouraged from applying by the continual lack of space available in the present two lodges. Although the new lodge, if given the go-ahead by the government, would not be ready for a couple of years, a full listing of applications would give the foundation an idea of the need. Also, the greater the number of names, the more impact the foundation's request for a new home would have on the department of social development, Mr. LeBaron said. While the LetJibridge and District Japanese Garden Society ended 1970 in good financial shape, it did not do as well as 1969, the annual meeting was told Wednesday night. Revenue of $22,790 was $6,000 less than in 1969. Expenditures of $17,600 were $2,900 less than in 1969, resulting in $5,230 more revenue than expenditure compared with $8,900 in the previous year. Gate receipts of $21,600 were down from $24,300 in 1969. Souvenir sales of $2,900 showed a drop of more than $800 from the preceding year. While advertising costs of $138 were down from $4,800 for 1969, capital expenditures of $2,000 (including the purchase of a new cash register) were up $1,800. In addition to the expenditures of the Japanese Garden Society the city of Lethbridge spent more than $16,000 on the garden including $1,500 for a new gravel base for the main pond and rip-rapping for shoreline damaged by muskrats and $14,700 for maintenance of the garden. Nine persons elected to the board of directors of the society were: for three year terms - Mrs. L. T. Allen, A. W. Shackleford and G. A. Kemp; two year terms - Mrs. R. G. H. Hall, Mrs. H. Balcov-ske and Dr. L. Hepler; one year terms - W. E. Huckvale, John McColl and Dr. R. Hiron-aka. Staysko heads CP Pensioners Andy Staysko of Lethbridge was recently elected president of the CPR Pensioners social club. He succeeds Gordon McKim, also of Lethbridge. A. D. Watson, Lethbridge area division supervisor, was e'ected honorary vice - president. Other officers elected were: J. N. Frayme, honorary president; D. H. Hart of Fort Mac-lecd, second vice-president; F rank Gcodhall, vice-president; Steve MacDonald, treasurer; V. G. Jacobsen, secretary and D. H. MacRae, group leader. SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS LINED WATER HEATERS S120 AND UP Phone 328-2176 "What! Me Build a Comper?" WHY NOT? New'* the tlmt to begin building a camper, trailer, or converting a but for next summer. It's easy when done carefully and when and if a problem arises the staff at PrebCt) Recreation Vehicle* It ready to supply professional advise. 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