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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-16,Lethbridge, Alberta 2 members of local militia could be eligible for UN force be elictble to I'l l.a00-maii ed Nations The commanding «rffleer (rf the Utobri^ militia te howful two membw of bii 2«h IiMiepeiiilBiitFleld Batt^ will te serve as resenriiU in Canals contingittt with the    * Emergency Fore* in the MWiUe tot. However, Don Graham «W, members of the local militia will be Involved are “pret^ slim." Maf Graham was commenting on an m-nouncement Sunday by 0^««» James Richardsoo, who confirmed earlier reports that between lOO and IM reservist» would join Canada’s peace*ltceplng force. About itt per cent of the peac«;k^ing unit will be »elected from among W.OOO Canadian reserves.    , Maj. Graham says one or two vac^lM may be available for radio (yeraton with ^ reservist force but the chances are slim because the local militia Is an artillet; umt while the peace-ke^ng force would be a locistics unit. The demand will probably be for sepflw battalions which are trained pilmarily in transport and communications, but swne personnel here have radio training, he said. Maj Graham agrees with the concept of overseas experience for the reserves becau« it helps to develop leadership ability in the locally it would help men selected because it would give them training on equipment they cannot receive here because of lack of facilities. The Lethbridge militia already has thrM men participaUi« as reserves overseas - in Germany as part of the fly-over pfjgra"^ The defence dejtartment has already pta^ increased stress on the importance of the militia by granting the reserve force higher pay, said Mr. Richardson. The pay scale for members of the militia increased Jan. 1. Pay for a private recruit who has bad no militia experience was doubled to $13 per day, and for a trained private increased from tlO.90 per day to f IS. A corporal is now making |17 instead of $11.70 a day, sergeants $20 instead of 115, warrant officers ^ rather than |17 and master warrant officers Instead of 119 a day. Effe _ifective last November iiayment to the militia was made monthly instead of quarterly. And the defence department in an effort to keep people in the renerve for three years and encourage them to be trained, now offers a bonus cJ $300 to anyone who qualifies as a sergeant or a captain after a three-year period. The 20th Independent Field Battery has 3a members. The number has been stable for the past few years, says Maj. Graham. To qualify as a member, a person must be 17 years old. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday. January 16, 1974 Pages 13-22 fTarm reflections ^Refresher courses imperative* Adult education refresher courses must become a routine course of action for people of all job levels In business, industry and government. That is the message the director of continuous education at the Lethbridge Community College will take to employers and top manage- U of L seeks communities^ concerns of to The University Lethbridge senate wants know — during the next two months — of any concerns the Southern Alberta community has about the univer^ty and the direction it should take in future development. Individuals or commvmi^ organizations submitting their concerns to the senate will be invited to attend the March 16 senate meeting to elaborate on their briefs. The 55-member senate, during the meeUng, will discuss recommendations and problems cited in the briefs received Chancellor James Oshiro says the senate will study all briefs in depth. The senate may make recommendations, from the briefs received, to the U of L board of governors or the department of advanced education, Dr. Oshiro points out. All briefs must be submitted to the university Senate office by Feb. 28. ' ment personnel in Lethbridge this fall. Dale Heyland is firm in his belief that the employed must be provided with upgrading programs which help to increase their efficiency on the job. The upgrading programs not only prepare the workers for tbe next level of employment, but also help them experience the satisfaction of selfimprovement as they devel<^ communicative and decisionmaking skills. Through the college adult education programs, Mr. Heyland says, the workers upgrade their skills to keep in line with changes in technology, develop an understanding of their jobs and the people they work with or improve their skills in meeting and serving the public. The upgrading of worker skills and the promotion of continuous learning will help employers reduce employee complaints about their jobs and produce workers who are “qualified to move up the ladder,” he also points out. Some employers, Mr. Heyland says, have expres^ concern with adult education and are reluctant to allow their employees to participate in upgrading programs because they fear they will make their employees too attractive to other employers. Their fear is not warranted because it doesn’t apply any more, he says. Most of the workers involved. in upgrading programs at LCC expressed enthusiasm about getting back to their jobs to practise what they learned in the programs. Mr. Heyland has found that many employees develop a loyalty toward their employers for providing them with the opportunity to continue their education. Many employers and t^ management personnel in Lethbridge have asked the college to provide continuous education programs for their workers but there still “probably are businessmen” in the city who need to be informed about the advantage of such programs. Ilie college must assume a greater role in updating skills and promoting continued learning and it can only do so by making employers aware of the programs the school of continuing education can provide to them, Mr. Heyland X . programs this fall .. needs of specific groups of workers and then attempt to encourage their employers to participate in the programs. So far "all we have had time to do is answer employer responses” for a particular type of program offered by the LCC. The college has designed a few programs to fulfill the le college will prepare — to fUl the specific needs of some businesses Understanding personality and behavior of people, maintaining discipline and safety awareness are some of the leadership skills taught in the program. Supervisory personnel are also instructed on what to look for in employees and how to create a harmonious situation for them to work in. A course for operating heavy trucks, a computer math course for technicians, a fundamentals - of - nursing program for local hospitd personnel, public relations courses for ¿rls in a medical clinic and a course in refrigeration were some of the programs the college operated at the request of the community. In addition, the needs Not everyone was altogether happy with the Chinook that blew into Lethbridge Tuesday. These skaters &t Henderson Lake however were satisfied to sit back and enjoy the scenic reflections on their partly melted rink. Despite a strong possibility tempreatures will drop today, Chinook conditions will follow 24 hours later keeping skaters on the dock and motorists navigating icy streets. City Packers not happy with council assurance City P lUsfied many businesses were fulfill ed by the regular college program, Mr. Heyland adds. Employees participating in refresher and continuing education courses at LCC are usually given time off work in lieu of the time spent in the training program and reimbursed the cost of tuition. Ltd. is not satisfied with an ^surance given by city council that no other rendering plant will be allowed to locate in the city. A spokesman for the meatpacking and rendering operation said today Uie company wanted the city to give its assurance that 20 other rendering plants would ever of be allowed to locate within make decisions binding on future councils, it could have passed a bylaw containing the assurance, the spokesman said. Scientists set to hear Velikovsky By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Scientists and educators are finally giving Immanual Velikovsky the opportunity to be heard and it hasn’t come any too soon as far as the University of Lethbridge is concerned. Public reaction in Lethbridge toward granting a U of L honorary degree to the American scientist and author is already being expressed and convocation is still about five months £iWciy The announcements by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and McMaster University in Hamilton that they both will host a symposium to ^examine the recent history of the solar system in light of Dr. Velikovsky’s work, was welcomed by U of L supporters of tiie Velikovsky tiieory. It makes it easier for the university to stand up to local criticism if it isn't alone in recogniaing the Velikovsky theory, says Dr. John Hamilton, chairman of the U of L psychology '^^^'ame^Lethbridge residents have criticized thé U of L for recognizing a man who has been rejected and ignored during tiie last two decades by the scientific community. Claims theory supported Dr Velikovsky’s suggestion that close encounters between the earth and the planets Venus and Mars caused a series of catastrophies on this planet differed substantially from the accepted views of the s^r system. But his recent claim that the results of space research support his tfceory has renewed interest in his views, even though astronomers still disregard bis arguments.    . The American Association for the Advancement of toence (AAAS), an internationally-recognized organization estabhshrf in 1874 to further the work of science, has invited Dr. Velikovsky to speak at its annual symposium to be held in San Francisco m late February,    , . This is one of the few times a scientific organizatim tos allowed Dr. Velikovsky to present his planetarian collision theory to tiie scientific worid.    . ^ , He has also been invited to an international gathering of scholars in June at McMaster University to participate in an examination of Uie recent history of tiie solar system to determine if it bears out his claim that tiie eartii suffered major catastrophies during historical times. Dr Hamilton says he doesn’t believe the McMaster University symposium will discourage Uie interest of scholars in Dr. Velikovsky’s attendance at the U of L convocation. Social sciences stressed city boundaries and that other plants establishing in the area follow the same standards set for City Packers. "They gave us a weak assurance” good only until a new council takes office next year. Although city council cannot With financial assistance from the provincial environment department, City Packers is planning to move from its present location on 43rd St., east of the exhibition grounds, to a new site north of Lethbridge. Once the rendering plant is re-located — phase one of the move — any new rendering plant estabhshing within the City would have “a marked advantage over us,” the company official said. The McMaster symposium will emphasize the physical sciences while the U of L sessions will stress tiie social sciences, he explains.    , Dr. Vehkovsky’s primary roots were in tbe social sciences before his controversial views on the solar sysiem were made; public in 1952 in the book Worlds in Collision.    ; It was his study in the social sciences. Dr. Hamilton says, that led Dr. Velikovsky to his discovery of the planetary collision. Dr. Velikovsky believes the almost toUl destruction of life that took place on earUi during tiie planetary collision caus^ such a terrifying experience for mankind that it shocked the human mind out of all conscious recollection of Uie disaster. He calls U collective amnesia and is now in the process of writing a book tiiat will furUier explain his psychological Uieo^. The U of L will stress the humanities of the Velikovsky theory by inviting international scholars whose discipline is in the social sciences to LeUibridge next spring. ^Too slow^ But court liaison officer minimizes delays 3 planes rerouted here The Chinook which brought relief to chilled Southern Albertans Tuesday also snarled air traffic, resulting in at least three planes being diverted from Calgary to Lethbridge, The warm air encountering the cold air at Calgarr’s air* port resulted in a thkk *0« W^h reduced visibility to near zero early Tuesday evening. Two twin-engine prgpeller-driven planes and a Lear jet had to land at Lethbridge to refuel and wait for conditions to improve at Calgary.    _ ^ ^ A sp^esman for Southwest Aviation of Utiibridge said his company refueled a DC*3 owned by Mobil Oil Co., a two-engine Dornier owned by CatUHlian Fina Oil Co., and a Lear jet owned by Ranger Oil An airport employee said the planes had to wait about two hours. Runways at Lethbridge were clear, he said. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Suff Writer Beneath Uie surface of Uie judicial /stem in Alberu, people like Dwg liarria are working to make sure the courts run as efficienUy as possible. The provincial court system has been strongly criticized because of unnecessary delays in bringing a case to trial. In a recent interview, former Crown Prosecutor Bill Gorewlch said the delays often result from a combination of too few judges and too much inefficiency in processing a case through court. But he added Uiat city police Const, Harris, the provincial court liaison officer, deserves a great deal of cr^it for minimizing delays in Lethbridge : d Ukc to see the trials to off a little fa'itfr, ’ Const Harris sayd, estimating ,s now about a one-month lag fr'tí lime ft plea is made to the f’aue. th.'re kci triî Renovations are now being made to the police station to house another court room, and when complete, two provincial judges will hear the Lethbridge docket, which last year amounted to about 10,000 cases. Most of those 10,000 cases are handled by city police, and Const. Harris takes it upon himself to read as many of the case-files as possible. In this way, he learns the background of the accused and the circumstances surrounding the case. This procedure, he says, helps him expedite a case through court, but it also makes sure that a prisoner, or accused is handled fairly by Uie court. He works closely with court workers from various social agencies and when he feels an accused doesn't understand a charge against him, he will advise the person to contact a lawyer. And because he is aware of the background of a person charged with an offence, he can pass that information to the judge, thus making sure the sentence fits the situation. “I think It’s far better for them if the court is aware of their situation,” he savs Although Const. Harris feels the judicial system is in little need of change, there are some areas where he believes some improvement could be made. Last summer, four University of Alberta law students ran a free legal referral service under a federal government Opportunities For Youth grant, but when the money ran out, the Four students returned ttf Edmonton, Const Harris says that type of service should be run on a full-time, year-round basis. He would also like to see a change in the law to allow a judge to sentence a« person to a mental institution, instead of a jail. Often a person who need* psychiatric help can’t get intense enough therapy in jail, he says, yet the judge has no other alternative Const. Doug Harrts reviews court cases ;