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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, January 15, 1971 MPs challenged to wage debate Claresholm Mayor Ernie Patterson is awaiting word from two southern Alberta MPs to his challenge of a public debate on proposed Parliamentary wage inci-eases. Mr. Patterson, an unsuccessful Social Credit candidate in the Lethbridge riding in 1968, has issued the challenge to Lethbridge MP Deane Gund-lock and Crowfoot MP Jack Burns' night Jan. 23 Scotsmen in Lethbridge and district will mark the 212th an-riversary of the birth of Rab bie Burns Jan. 23. The annual dinner, sponsored by the Pipe Band of the General Stewart branch, Royal Canadian Legion, will be held in the Legion Memorial hall. Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. The toast to the immortal memory, for the first time since the event here has been held, will be delivered by a woman. Mrs. Joan Waterfield, well-known in the television and drama fields, will do the-honors. Morris MacFarlane will handle the master of ceremonies role and the toast to the Queen will be made by William Ker-gan, Legion president. The toast to the 'Lassies' will be delivered by Professor E. G. Mardon and the reply by Mrs. Elizabeth Douglas. Pipe Major Allistair Gilchrist will lead the Haggis bearer and escort into the hall to be served to the gathering along with a Scots menu of various dishes. The dinner will be followed by a selection of Burns songs. Horner. Both are Progressive Conservatives. Mr. Patterson contended the increases, proposed by a three-man non-Parliamentary committee in December, are not warranted when unemployment among the public is so high. The committee suggested the current basic salary for MPs of $12,000 plus a tax-free annual allowance of $6,000, be replaced with a taxable salary of $25,000. Mr. Patterson said he would meet the two MPs any time or any where they wish. H e said he thought they "wouldn't dare refuse to debate." Mr. Patterson, vice-principal of Willow Creek Composite High School, is reportedly considering switching to the Liberal party for the next federal election. He would probably seek the party nomination in the Lethbridge riding. Man pleads guilty to bank robbery Ralph John Weber, a Lethbridge man, pleaded guilty in magistrate's court this morning to the Oct. 23 Warner bank robbery, and to three charges of false pretences. He elected trial by magistrate, in all cases, and was remanded in custody to Jan. 29 for sentencing. Weber was charged with stealing $3,500 from the Warner bank at gunpoint, and with issuing false cheques totalling $86 in Foremost, Nanton and Lethbridge prior to the Warner robbery. He was also charged and pleaded guilty to a parking meter violation in Lethbridge, and fined $10 and $3 costs. Policy on selecting principal is adopted by school board Criteria for selection of a new principal for the Leth-bridge Collegiate Institute have been approved by the Lethbridge public school board. The position will become vacant this June, when Walter Neville retires. LCI, with about 1,300 students, is the largest school in southern Alberta and one of the largest in Alberta, and selection of a principal for it has been the cause of some concern for the board. When Mr. Neville announced his retirement last year, the board immediately began seeking a replacement, who would have worked along with Mr. Neville this year to familiarize himself with the school and the city. The search was dropped for a number of reasons, including some difficulty in establishing an employment policy on such short notice. Following new policy, a special committee including representatives from the district's central office, city principals, LCI and the University of Lethbridge drafted the specific criteria for the job, which will pay upwards of $14,000 per year. Applicants must have a mas- ter's degree, education administration experience, teaching experience, various human relations skills and other qualifications. Notice of the vacancy has been posted throughout the Lethbridge area, as well as in education publications and schools in larger western Canadian centres. School principals plan city An annual meeting of about 50 principals of Alberta high schools will be held in Lethbridge for the first time March 24 to 26. The meeting, which involves principals of only larger composite and comprehensive schools, usually alternates annually between Calgary and Edmonton. President of the principals' group this year is Walter Neville, retiring principal of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, and secretary - treasurer is Stan Sawicki, principal of Catholic Central High School. In Mr. Sawicki's sabbatical leave absence, Fattier Wilson, acting principal at CCHS this year, Is acting as secretary-treasurer. The Lethbridge public school board agreed to cover about $250 in expenses for a banquet during the meeting. The sum will likely be shared with the separate school board. The tentative program for the meeting includes discussion of the divided school year, meeting the Planned Program Budgeting and Evaluation System pilot study, school accountability, curriculum and instruction" al matters, and at the end, tours of the Winston Churchill High School and LCI. Tlie board also discussed a special meeting in April to be held by the Alberta School Trustees' Association southwestern regional zone council, at which a panel will discuss current school curricula and student achievement The four - member panel will include Bill Brown, chairman of the Lethbridge public school board; Dr. J. S. T. Hrabi, director of curriculum for the department of education; a rural trustee and a parent. Carl Johnson, a Lethbridge public school trustee is chairman of the regional executive, and Gladys Red fern is the public board's regional representative. Mrs. Redfern will be responsible for formulation of a presentation from the board to the special meeting. Brooks researcher develops pepper SEA CADET WINS 'REPRIEVE' - lethbridge Sea Cadet Robert Driscoll, 17, petty officer with the RCSCC Chinook Corps, has won a "reprieve" from the prairie's icy, wintry blasts. He sails soon aboard the HMCS Margaree for a seven-week tour of duty in the Caribbean. He leaves sub- zero climes for 80-above temperatures in the Gulf Stream. The son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E- Dritcoll, 307 Rideau Court, he is the only Albertan cadet to win the trip. He leaves the city Saturday. Proposal first in Canada LCC setting up extension on reserve By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The school of continuing education at the Lethbridge Community College, in conjunction with the Blood Tribal Council, is developing a proposal to establish Canada's first college ex- tension service on an Indian reserve. The developing proposal, expected to be completed by the pnd of January, is a direct result, of a request by the Blood Tribal Council to get some type of education program at the St. Paul Reserve School. ASHPHALT J PAVING ^ i i Action for wing tabled Psychiatric beds in demand T0LLESTRUP SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702 - 327-3610 -1 The Lethbridge and Region Mental Health Planning Council Wednesday tabled for one month any further action on obtaining a psychiatric wing for the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. "There is no need for us to beat our heads against the wall," said Blaine Thacker. "When the shake-up (possible amalgamation of the departments of health and welfare under one head) is finished, it will be time for us to tell them of the desperate need for the facility." Dr. S'cott Angus, president of the council, said the waiting list for the existing psychiatric beds at LMH last week numbered 31 patients. A 21-bcd psychiatric unit at LMH is expected to be finished by this fall. C. W. Chichester, council member, said the council will have to look at what action is necessary to get a complete psychiatric wing. Mr. Thacker, chairman of the drug abuse task force com- JOIN NAVY LEAGUE CADETS Openings for SO boys - NLCC No. 50 NEW ENTRIES DIVISION parading on Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ship - 17th St. and 10th Ave. S. ages 11 yrs. to 14 yrs. CITIZENSHIP THROUGH NAVY TRAINING Opening for young men 13 yrs. and over who are interested in Youth Work needed urgently for instructors. mittee, reported on the im-i portance of getting valid literature on drugs and making it readily available to young and old. This will help make sure the true picture of the drug scene is getting to the public. Mr. Thacker said a survey showed reams of information is available in the city. "Much of this information is not being used by the kids and we found there is as much difficulty with adults who also need a concrete explanation of the drug scene in order to explain it to their children," he said. It was the feeling of the committee there was a lack of communication between parents and their children, particularly in the area of drugs, he said. Casey Wiskerke, chairman of the sub-committee on alcoholism, told council his group has been organized with 12 members. "The objective of this committee is to design a complete holism problem as we now know it," he said. "We will look closely at admitting procedures, detoxification facilities, training for counsellors, rehabilitation programs, follow - up programs, minimum cost projections, and comparison studies of existing facilities with those in other areas." Mr. Wiskerke brought to the attention of council other groups in the city which are seeking similar aims to those of the sub-committee on alcoholism. "This would indicate a duplication of services," he said. "I would like to meet with Ray Speaker, minister of social development, to determine the position of our committee in relation to the other groups trying to do the same work." He said the idea of the committee is to make reasonable recommendations to the council, which in turn will be able to pass them on to the provin- program to deal with the alec-1 cial government. Pupil-teacher Lethbridge public schools are about average in their student-to-teacher ratio when compared to other Alberta school districts, according to a fact sheet given to the public school board. The students - per - classroom average for the city's public schools is 27 per classroom; for Red Deer schools it is 26.2 per classroom; and for Dale Heyland, director of the school of continuing education, said the proposal is aimed at providing upgrading, general interest and preparatory courses for the people of the Blood-Pei-gan district and the surround- ] ing communities. "The upgrading courses will give the people more academic qualifications; the general interest courses will allow the people to apply added education in the home; and the preparation courses will give the people the background necessary to enable them to enter an institution of high learning," he said. "All the course material and program structure will come from schools within LCC and the staff will be hired by the college in consultation with the Blood Tribal Council." He said the proposal Would actually make the extension service at St. Paul act as a feeder school for the LCC and ether institutions. The proposal calls for a director, an aciministrator of residence, and four instructor-coordinators to live at the St. Paul school. The instructor - co-ordinators will be responsible for four main areas: business education; industrial arts and home economics; technical - vocational training and agriculture; and physical education and recreation. Questionnaires are being sent to the family heads of the Blood Pcigan district to gel suggestions for desired courses. If additional courses are required, additional staff can be sought from outside sources or from existing educational institutions in south Alberta, including LCC. A new pepper variety named Castle, developed at the Alberta Horticultural Station at Brooks, is gaining gradual acceptance from fresh vegetable growers in the Medicine Hat area. The pepper plant, first brought to Europe from the jungles of Peru by Christopher Columbus, is in increasing demand in larger Alberta centres where former residents of southern and central Europe have recently settled. But native Canadians in increasing numbers are also utilizing the pepper plant for spice, paprika, In salads and for hot Spanish dishes. Pepper is also being used to add a little' additional flavor to the bumble hamburger. This latest Canadian variety was developed by a Hungarian immigrant, Steve Molnar, vegetable researcher at the Brooks station. Mr. Molnar achieved earli-ness in Castle and thereby solved the major problem of breeding a sub - tropical pepper suitable for Alberta conditions. At Brooks, Castle required only 80 days to ripen. In contrast to some varieties Castle is also a good yielder. In tests it bas produced six to eight tons per acre making it a profitable crop for Alberta growers. Unlike Mexicans, Canadians from Spain all over Europe in 1753 and was grown in what is now the eastern United States. Historians are unc e r t a i n when the pepper plant was first introduced to Canada, but Mr. Molnar said it undoubtedly was first grown in southern Ontario. The Chinese gardeners of Medicine Hat have been growing peppers in open fields since 1913. Although never fated to be a major crop in Alberta, Castle pepper variety will give the incomes of some vegetable growers a healthy boost. There does not exist any safe limit of drinking in traffic as alcohol has an impairing effect even at low blood - alcohol levels. "One of the functions of the Blood Band advisory board will be to suggest programs to be rdded to the extension service to meet the needs of the people of the area," said Hugh Retd, adult education counsellor for the department of Indian affairs in Lethbridge, Once the proposal Is finish- _____ ________j ________ ed, it must be approved by the do" rot"generally like "the" hot Blood Tribal Council and tfee taste of peppers. So Mr. Molnar I.CC board of governors and the has bred Castle to be a cool-federal department of Indian tasting variety, affairs. At present, the Brooks horti- If approval is received, the culturist is busy using his extension service will be in op- knowledge of genetics to over-eration by September. cornea problem of public ac- Howard Beebee, a Blood In- ceptance. Canadians are used dian education committee mem- to buying green peppers, but ber, said there is very little Castle is yellow in color. If Ca-explor a t i o n of the different nadians cannot be persuaded to fields of education opon to the buy yellow peppers, Mr. Molnar people of the reserves. intends in the future to breed a "Many times a person goes green pepper which has all of in for something only to find it is not for him," he said, "And the Indian especially finds it difficult to get into something cJse. "This type of service will make the transitional period ensier and allow the students, both young and old, to really Castle's derirable characteristics. "We want a green pepper that tastes like Castle," he said. The pepper plant is closely related to the tomato and the egg plant. It was widely cultivated in Central and South Am erica during prehistoric times when the Inca Civilization held find out"what They"want to"do sway- Columbus carried pepper with their lives." seeds to Spain in 1493, it spread Mr. Heyland said the reception to courses already offered at the schools on the reserves (upgrading mathematics, English and science, bsokkeeping, sewing, cooking, personnel relations, public speaking and written communications) has been encouraging. "This indicates the educational program on the reserves will have to be expanded." Mount Royal Junior College in Calgary has started discussions to begin a similar program on the Blackfoot Reserve. 300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX OPTICAL PRISCRIPTION CO. lot-7th it a litMaHiuuf rhu,,jj; im-i ratio average Calgary public schools, almost 29.2 per room. The students - to - professional staff ratio, which includes teachers, professional support staff and other specialists in the district is 20.8 students to one staff member for the Lethbridge public district, and 22.4 to one for separate schools; the same ratio for Red Deer is 20 to one and for Calgary public schools it is almost 20.5 to one. The students - to - teachers ratios, which involve only a head count of teachers and not their actual teaching time as compared to their working time in the school is 24.4 to one for Lethbridge public, 25 to one for Lethbridge separate, 23.9 to one for Red Deer public and 27.1 to one for Calgary public. UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE CONCERT SERIES (1970/71 SEASON) lethbridge and District YOUNG ARTISTS' CONCERT Jeffery Caiman (piano) Marion Esau (piano) Edwin Gnandt (piano) Navee Herbst (piano) Margaret Horvath (accordion) Joanne Pritchard (piano Terry Woltey (meizo loprano) Guest Artists: The Foster Trio Yates Memorial Contra WED., JANUARY 20 - 8:30 P.M. Admission: Adults $2.00 - Students 50c Tickets: leister's Music limited University General Office (or at the door) NOTICE ORDER OF DEMOLAY RAFFLE DRAW POSTPONED TILL FEBRUARY 20th Not January 15th as printed en tickets "We sat entranced"* London Sunday Timtt Tialka and his company an marvelous." Marcel Uaremi LIKE A CHAPLIN MOVIE-ONLY LIUEI Sherman Pitluck presents The Internationally acclaimed THEATRE ON THE BALUSTRADE FROM PRAGUE  Starring ladislav RALKA Thurs., Jan. 21st 8:30 p.m. YATES CENTRE Tickets at LEISTER'S Sponsored by Allied Arts Council 19 S 9 B B B il B Because of the Well Deserved STAFF PARTY to bt held on Sunday, January 17th WE WILL BE CLOSING OUR DINING K00M AND COFFEE SHOP at 8:00 p.m. WE WISH TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR VALUED PATRONAGE DURING 1970. 9 0 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 IWPARK PUZAI 63 ;