Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 16, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
JAPANESE GARDENS ARE BACKDROP FOR LATE AFTERNOON SHINNY WALTER KER8ER photos Now's the time to give Henderson a try The recent cold spell firmed things up on Henderson Lake and Tuesday city residents were out in force to try the ice. For those who have been wait- ing two months for an afternoon of outdoor skating, the next Chinook can't stay away too long. JEFF LUNDQUIST WITH FOUR-LEGGED PARTNER CHESTER GAL HAS SON BRADLEY, 4, IN TOW KATHRYN MacLEAN GIVES BARBIE RICE A LIFT Coalhurst sewage project costs soaring past million mark By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Water and sewage for the hamlet of Coalhurst, originally estimated to cost will cost the county more than million. Lethbridge County council Wednesday accepted the lowest of four tenders for the project, subject to approval by the Local Authorities Board and Coalhurst ratepayers. County council must now pass another bylaw for the county to borrow more money. County Manager Bob Grant told council in- itial water and sewage charges for a 50-foot lot in the hamlet will total annually. The county accepted a tender from Kenwood Engineering Construction Ltd., Lethbridge, of for construction of the water and collection system. Kenwood's tender does not include the cost, of which the county will pay to build a sewage lagoon and outfall line. Engineering and survey fees will push the project over the million mark. After the county collects winter works grants and cash payments by mobile home court operator Jack Look, the county will have to pay roughly for the water and sewer system. County Engineer Jim Neufeld told council costs went up because of the delay caused by the sewage lagoon controversy, unexpectedly high costs for material and the additional ex- pense of building in winter. The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, January 16, 1975 Pages 15-28 Teachers' dilemma: What to fix first By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge teachers have so many areas of concern about their working conditions they are not sure what changes should be made first and how quickly the changes should be made. Local public school teachers scored a major breakthrough during teacher contract negotiations last fall when the public school board agreed to the formation of a committee to negotiate teacher working conditions throughout the year. The committee has been meeting over the past two months and the teacher representatives on the com- mittee are at a point where they don't really know what changes should take place or the degree of change that is acceptable to the majority of teachers. Committee spokesman Jim Trebble asked teachers during a meeting Wednesday of local Alberta Teacher Association representatives to inform the committee what changes in working conditions they want introduced into public schools. For example, he said, what do teachers propose be done about the number of students each teacher must instruct? The student teacher ratio in Lethbridge public schools is already one of the lowest in the province even though some teachers are still teaching extra large numbers of students in each class, he pointed out. 10 AREAS The committee is looking at 10 areas of concern with work- ing conditions. Included are such, concerns as the amount of preparation time provided each teacher, the proposed new objective-based educa- tion scheme, the divided school year, student dis- cipline, use of substitute teachers and pay for extra curricular work. The two working condition No enforcement provision board only suggests Penalties asked under landlord-tenant act By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Alberta's Landlord and Tenant Act needs some teeth put in it, says the chairman of the city's Landlord and Tenant Board. The act should contain enforce- ment provisions, says Steve Wild, who has been chairman of the five- member citizen board since its in- ception in September, 1973. "There's no section of the act that allows a landlord or tenant to lay a charge if the act is he said in an interview. "If a landlord opens your apart- ment while you're working, and snoops through your possessions, there's nothing you can do about it under the act. "Your only alternative is to charge him with trespassing under the Criminal Code, and how far you would get is a difficult question." Instances of landlords entering suites while tenants are out, occur every week, Mr. Wild said. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act, the landlord in most circum- stances must give 24 hours written notice to enter a tenant's premises. Mr. Wild said penalties should be provided in the act where such violations of the act persist. Lethbridge landlords have problems too, Mr. Wild added. OVERCROWDED "One suite that was rented to a couple and was really only suitable for one couple, soon had five adults, two children and a German shepherd dog living in it. "There's nothing in the act that allows the landlord to do anything except give notice to vacate, which can take anywhere from 32 to 90 days." "I'm not suggesting that if the landlord or tenant contravenes the act he should automatically be charged and Mr. Wild said. "But when you get a situation where a landlord or tenant openly and knowingly contravens the act, then he should be brought before the law." Such matters, Mr. Wild, said will be discussed in Calgary Feb. 3 and 4 by landlord and tenant boards from across the province, and the Alberta Institute of Law Research and Reform which has begun a review of the act. Mr. Wild said the Lethbridge board wants to see something in the act that will ensure that disputes mediated by the board are resolved. At the same time, he said, the board doesn't want the power itsetf to impose penalties on either party' in a landlord tenant dispute for not carrying out the recommendation of the board. "All we can do now is listen, ad- judicate and suggest a settlement there's nothing in the act obliging either party to take the recommen- dation of the board. "We want to be able to say, for ex- ample, if you don't quit entering that apartment at 2 a.m. you can be fined but at the same time we don't want to be the penalty impos- ing body. "We feel the imposition of penalties is the business of the judiciary, not the business of a group of citizens. "We hope the new act, when it is presented, will be easier to operate under, and fair to both Mr. Wild added. He said each landlord-tenant board in the province has indicated it is against any suggestion of a rent control board at this time. "You can see the problem Van- couver has landlords are flatly refusing to rent premises." (British Columbia rent control legislation limits rent increases to 10.6 per cent this NO FAVOR SHOWN The Lethbridge board, Mr. Wild believes, has built up.a reputation of being neither a tenant's board nor a landlord's board, a situation he feels is essential to its operation. "A lot of people had the impres- sion when we started that we were a tenant board, but now they feel we favor neither tenants nor landlords." Mr. Wild, who feels a large part of the board's job is education, added: "There are good landlords and good tenants, and bad landlords and bad tenants." Information Lethbridge, whose director Kay Jensen is also secretary of the landlord tenant board, received landlord te- nant inquiries in the board's 16 months of operation from Sept. 1, 1973 to Dec. 31, 1974. Of these, were from tenants, and 687 from landlords. Calls about giving notice topped the list with 433, followed by "general infor- mation" 344, security deposit 259, rent arrears 159, rent in- crease 149, and damages 127. Mediation by individual board members has resolved most landlord-tenant disputes in Lethbridge amicably, says Mr. Wild. "We've had only three or four oc- casions where we suggested to one party or the other to take the matter to the courts." RENT DISPUTES The board is credited by Frank Byrne, small claims'court judge, with noticeably reducing the number of rent dispute cases before his court. "I haven't kept statistics on it, but I have the impression over the last six months the number of cases coming before my court has been reduced he said. "Security deposits are the ones that usually cause a great deal of trouble and "are often involved in rent cases. "This is where I feel the board is probably helping out." issues that have created the most controversy during the past year among Lethbridge public school teachers are stu- dent discipline and the objective-based education scheme. Mr. Trebble said Wednes- day a student discipline com- mittee has been working on the discipline question and the working conditions com- mittee is expected to begin its review in the near future. The ATA council was told a revised edition of the con- troversial objective based education, a new educational planning scheme, will be presented to the Feb. 5 general meeting of public school teachers. The scheme, introduced last February by the public school board, was brought to a stand- still last fall when teachers objected to its implementa- tion before they were inform- ed what it was all about. NEW APPROACH School board ad- ministrators identified the scheme as a method of setting minimum standards of stu- dent skills that may involve a reconstruction of the present grade system. A new approach to the in- troduction of the scheme is to be presented to teachers in the February meeting. Lodge addition pending The Green Acres Foun- dation is awaiting government approval of a second portion of senior citizens' lodge in Coaldale so the group can proceed with plans to build that lodge and one in Lethbridge. Don Le Baron, founda- tion administrator, said the Coaldale project awaiting approval is a building of self-contained suites where the elderly can live on their own. A regular senior citizens' lodge has already been approved for the town as well as another lodge for Lethbridge. The self con- tained suites will be at- tached to the Coaldale facility. Once the fate of that at- tachment has been decid- ed the provincial cabinet will appoint an architect and tenders will be called for the lodges, he said. Cow Camp 9s won reprieve Federal Immigration Minister Robert Andras has given Cow Camp wilderness school another two weeks to seek approvals from provin- cial authorities. Cow Camp teacher Jeff Smith, who earlier faced deportation Friday because he does not have landed im- migrant status, told The Herald today he has been granted a two week exten- sion. Mr. Smith said in a telephone interview from Cow Camp, 55 miles northeast of Brooks, the stay in deporta- tion proceedings "gives a chance for reaction from Lethbridge to have an im- pact" on the province. Meanwhile, Health and Social Development Minister Neil Crawford was not available for comment today. The minister has been criticized by Mr. Smith and Bow Valley MLA Fred Mandevillc for his refusals to approve the wilderness school. Mr. Mandeville said today from Brooks that health minister "has refused to bend on this." "He hasn't given them (Cow Camp) a fair chance in he charged, "because I've talked to other cabinet ministers." The Socred MLA said he will use the two week depor- tation extension to press Cow Camp's case with Premier Peter Lougheed, who returns from holidays Jan. 21. Cow Camp, Mr. Mandeville added, "does not need a per- mit. It doesn't need "If a cabinet minister for the province would only say it's all fight for them to stay federal .immigration authorities will drop deporta- tion proceedings, he said. Mr. Mandeville said Cow Camp is a worthwhile school, because it provides a constructive alternative to detention. "I'd like to see the province make a pilot project out of it. I think it's tremendous." Heifer manages short escape The chase started when a 900-pound heifer bolted while being loaded at the Lethbridge stockyards at about 7 a.m. to- day and headed for a residen- tial distreict in North Lethbridge. It ended with a doped and tired heifer being dragged back into a pen at the stockyards almot three hours later. After breaking out of the stockyards, busting a few fences on its way to North Lethbridge, charging a city policeman missing him and denting his car, the two-year- old heifer finally stopped to rest in a park at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue North. After three tries with a tranquilizer gun by a stockyard marksmen one dart finally found Us mark. The heifer was then driven back to the stockyards.