Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
FfMoy, Jwweny M, 1HI UTHMIDOf HWAIB 13 Magrath petition Law system review sought fto stir people info' action By RUDY HAUGENEDER Staff Writer The Canadian law enforce- ment system should be review- ed and revised in the eyes of some southern Alberta resi- dents. They claim it has, in the past, not been scrutinized enough to ensure public safety. Tue public upi-uui itarUd fol- lowing the death of Reulon Har- ker. 70, of Magrath, the as- sault on his wife, and a further assault on the family of Dr. S. C. Brewerton, also ol Magrath, on Dec. 13. A petition demanding a hard look at the Canadian law en- forcement system is currently being circulated through the southern portion of the province by Magrath residents. The petition notes that Dym- tro Krawec, 50, who has been charged on individual counts of non capital muider and as- sault and is currently in cus- tody at Alberta Hospital in Pon- oka, had assaulted Dr. Brewer- ton nearly two years before. Petition chairman and organ- izer Jay A. Hamilton, a Ma- gratb school principal admits, that with the existing legal tools available, Krawec could have been committed for psychiatric examination prior to last De- cember. "All of us (the citizens of Ma- (Erath) are to he said. "We were all sitting around like Bitting ducks. "Our objective now is to get people stirred into" spreading the information. Mr. Hamilton pointed out that the citizens of MagraUi were not the only ones to react to the situation slowly. Evidently a Lethtiridge-based welfare official had visited Kra- wec a week before the Decem- ber, 1971 Incident. Mr. Hamilton said the wel- fare official claims to have knocked on Krawec'-: home door entered and watclred Krawec lock the door behind him. Then Krawec allegedly stood in front of the official and shook with rage. The welfare official told Mr. Hamilton, "I never had such an uneasy feeling in my life." It is unfortunate so few peo- ple had the knowledge of how to have an evidently mentally unbalanced person committed for court ordered psychiatric observation, Mr. Hamilton said. At a recent petition meeting In Magrath, Dr. Brewerton was asked whether there were more people in the community with symptoms of being mentally disturbed. It is reported that the doctor claimed there were "three or four" other residents. Asked whether these Indivi- duals would remain unaided in the community until some new dramatic incident occurred, Mr. Hamilton said: "I've been ask ing sjysslf that same question." The petition has resulted in province wide response, with people and groups in cities such as Red Deer and Calgary ask- ing for copies of the petition for circulation. In addition to the petition, which will be presented to At- torney General Marvin Leitch, Magrath Mayor E. P. Tanner, and his council have mailed an emotion charged letter to the minister. two years ago Krawec was found guilty of an unpro- voked attach on Dr. Brewerton, who had recommended a need- ed operation on Mrs. the letter said. The attack was so serious that Dr. Brewerton was left with a partial disability in his eye and ear, it continued. During the trial it was recommended that Krawec be held for observation and testing. "Instead, Mr. Krawec was turned loose by the judge and given a two year suspended sentence." The letter voiced concern about judges bending "over back wards for criminals' rights" at the expense of citi- zens who want "to live without fear." Provincial Judge A. H. El- ford, who in Raymond on Jan. handed Krawec the two- year suspended sentence, said :he "emotional and impulsive" letter contained several errors. He said it was the crown pros- ecutor, Murray A. Sihvon who, it the recommendation of Dr. irewertcn, asked that a sus- pended sentence be given and suggested possible psychologi- cal examination of Krawec. Judge Elford said Krawec vol- untarily submitted to the exam- inations in Lethbridge. At the time of the trial, no radical evidence was placed jefore the court by the prosecu- ion, which would have allowed the court to legally place Kra- aec under psychological exam- nations for a maximum of 30 days. Only when documented medi- cal evidence Is presented Is the court empowered to order the tests. Judge Elford also noted that Dr. Brewerton's injuries were reportedly healed prior to the trial date. Dr. Brewerton was asked, in court, about his own injuries and Krawec's mental state, nei- ther of which were claimed to be acute. RCMP, the probation officer') and Judge Elford's files and knowledge of the case show that Krawec's conduct since the tri- al has caused no additional con- cern for them. If the residents of the com munity of Magratii, with i pop- ulation of about bad no- ticed a continued dangerous trend in Krawec's behavior, why had they not taken action to have him committed, the judge asked. The law enforcement system, which the citizens of Magratb want evaluated, embraces leg- islative decisions by both pro- vincial and federal govern- ments. It is made up of the Canadian -Bill of Rights, the Criminal Code and various oth- er acts. Any changes would have to be made by the gov- ernment In power. The petition, currently posted in at least two Lethbridge busi- nesses, states: was not handed out when Dr. Brewerton was at- tacked two years ago; are others in our area who need psychiatric help who have been turned loose on the public; are released in the custody of relatives who bike no further responsibility and hospital authorities should assume more responsibility; "-Murder is treated too light- ly; Is treated too lightly; provisions should be made for security of mental patients; of rape in our cities has increased at an alarming rate." The petition concludes by Im- ploring the federal and provin- cial attorneys general to "take steps necessary to ensure our peace and safety." The Herald has learned that a letter has been sent from Al- berta Hospital In Ponoka which states that Krawec is mentally unfit to stand trial at this time. A hearing on this matter will be held in Lethbridge magis- trate's court today. TCASA absentee directors to be asked for resignations By GHEG McINTYRE Staff Writer The Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta has decided to ask lor the res- ignations next month of direc- tors who have missed three meetings in a row. The suggestion by president John Neal was part of an over all plan to revamp the association's effectiveness in bringing tourists to this area. Mr. Neal declined to mention particular names, but said di- rectors from the City of Leth- bridge are among the worst for avoiding dudes. Mr. Neal said one city direc- tor last year missed eight of 12 meetings. Peter Hale said the associa- tion has got to foster better re- lations with the provincial gov- ernment as well. He said he asked two local MLA's to attend association meetings and was met with the attitude, "what is there in the meetings to interest Mr. Hale said, "I was sure taken, aback. We're the third largest money making indus- try in Alberta, and I think it's time they were told the facts of life." Steve Kotch suggested a ma- jor TCASA reorganization, com- plete with a change of name to the southern Alberta associa- tion for "visitor services." He said the association should have directors' meetings every three months rather than monthly, and should appoint manager Frank Smith as presi- dent. As full time, paid president, Mr. Smith would have more "status" in dealings with the travel industry, said director Kotch, and should be given more freedom. "His hands are too damn tied the way things are operating spid Mr. Kotch. "And if you want to get down FIRESTONE TIRE AND RUBBER CO. OF CANADA LIMITED SALES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM We are expanding rapidly and need management person- nel lo meet our new requirements In Lethbridge and Calgary. IMMEDIATE OPENINGS 1. Manager of Passenger Tire Salet 3. Commercial Sales-Selling T.B.A. Items to business and dealers 3. Service Tire and Service Sales 4. Office and Credit Manager-Responsible for credit aiten- sion and controls ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS 1. University, College or High School Graduates 2. Applicant with I-J year prior ulee experience preferred 3. Must present good appearance, have good speaking voice and be aggressive ADVANTAGES OFFERED 1. Salary plus attractive bonus program 2. Opportunity for rapid advancement 3. Liberal retirement 4. Outstanding Insurance program covering employee (nd dependants Please call R. le arrange a portend! Interview or WHkmdi 327-1541 to legalities, every motion we passed today is illegal because we don't have a he said. Only 10 of the association's 33 members attended the Fort Macleod meeting Wednesday. A quorum required at least 14 di- rectors to be present. Mr. Koteh agreed to take his ideas lo the association's pro- grams committee for study and report to a future meeting of the directors. Bernice Costanzo said the value of tourism to southern Al- berta must also be pressed on the public through an advertis- ing campaign in the news me- dia during Tourist Appreciation Week, Feb. 6 to 12. Centennial oi RCMP meet Jan. 26 A meeting to create commit- tees for the 1973-74 RCMP Cen- tennial celebrations in southern Alberta lias been called for noon Jan. 28 at the board room of Side' Lethbridge Brewery. Letters are going out from the office of Lethbridge Mayor Andy Anderson inviting groups and community officials from southern Alberta to attend. Jack LaJde, one of the organ- izers, said, "We're hoping ev- eryone in Lethbridae arid south- ern Alberta will get Involved. "The RCMF's reason for be- ing formed Is located hen, and I hope we will all get involved in taking a little bit of pride in our history." Doug Evam, director of the Alberta Government Travd Bu- reau has written to communi- ties In the province asking for detilU of their centennial year pkua. 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