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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Lodge rate decision postponed A decision on whether or not to raise rents for residents of three senior citizens lodges in the city was postpon- ed Thursday by the Green Acres Foun- dation. It was discussed but it was tabled for further discussion in connection with the foundation's 1975 budget and year end financial report, said Don Le Baron, Green Acres administrator. The provincial government announc- ed Wednesday the ceiling on rents charged in lodges will be increased effective May 1. The maximum rent allowed for a single room increases to from and the rate allowed for each person in a double room will increase to from The rate covers board as well as lodging. Mr. Le Baron said the foundation may discuss the matter at a special meeting at the end of the month which was called to review the site for a new lodge, or it may wait until the regular February meeting. The foundation, which operates the Green Acres, Golden Acres and Blue Sky lodges will have to decide whether it would be better to raise rents or shoulder taxpayers with the lodges' operating deficits, Mr. Le Baron said. Deficits recorded by lodges throughout the province in 1974 were, record highs, even though a rent increase was allowed last year follow- ing a four year freeze, he said. The three lodges in the city had a combined deficit of about last year and municipal taxpayers had to make up the amount through re- quisition. The local foundation has requisition- ed assistance from taxpayers for only the last two years, however, Mr. Le Baron said. The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, January 17, 1975 Pages 15-28 Wilson reconstruction to be underway shortly Games tickets selling briskly Ticket sales for the Canada Winter Games events are Pat Berti, the Games Society's box of- fice supervisor said Thursday. Gymnastics finals and synchronized swimming are among the most popular events, she said. Exact figures are not available as some tickets must be held back for tickets have been sold for the closing ceremony in the past three days. "We have really been going like crazy said Mrs. Berti. Orders have come from as far away as New Brunswick and Ontario, as well as from Saskatchewan and Calgary. Canada's rivers 'should be sold' Alberta should sell water to the United States to provide a permanent source of revenue from a renewable resource, an authority on water resources said Thursday. The province should invest its revenue from non renewable resources such as oil in renewable resources such as water diversion projects. Exporting water to the U.S. would offset the revenue losses as oil supplies are depleted, said Lethbridge Community College President C. D. Stewart. He was addressing a Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs meeting. The Oldman River is almost Session to open Thursday Alberta's Progressive Conservative government Thursday enters its fourth legislative session since com- ing to power in 1971. Lieutenant Governor Ralph Steinhauer will read his first speech from the throne which will outline the government's legislative program. The government of Premier Peter Lougheed expects to in- troduce 40 to 50 pieces of legislation during the session, which opens in Edmonton at 3 p.m. Thursday. completely appropriated, and water should have to come from northern river systems, he said. There is much water farther north which could be diverted south. About 313 million acre feet are available each year, he said. There are 53 million acre feet in the Nelson River, 20 million in the Churchill River, 185 million in the Mackenzie River and 55 million in the Yukon River. An acre foot is the amount of water which covers one acre to a depth of one foot gallons. If the Oldman River was piped past Lethbridge at 10 cubic feet a second, a pipe 22 feet in diameter would suf- fice. For the Mackenzie River at Fort Simpson, a pipe 250 feet in diameter would be necessary, he said. Some people might object that we may need the water ourselves, said Dr. Stewart. But even if the Prairies have 10 million people by 2000, their needs could be met from the Saskatchewan and Assiniboine systems. The land and frost free days to use northern waters are in the southern areas, he said. "Sometime we have to do something for he said. The South Saskatchewan River Project, of which he is the former chairman, took decades. A northern diversion would be from 20 to 50 times larger, he said. The south wing of Wilson Junior High School, destroyed by fire Dec. 9, is to be rebuilt this winter. The Lethbridge Public School Board received per- mission from the department of education this week to instruct its insurance adjuster to engage a construction company to begin repairs to the building. The insurance company has obtained the services of Glen Little Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge on a cost-plus basis to make repairs to the areas of the school damaged or destroyed by fire. The construction firm has indicated it expects to have' the building closed in and roof on by the end of February. The examination and testing of all concrete beams and other supports that were exposed to fire or water damage is to be completed by Materials Testing Laboratories Ltd., also of Lethbridge. The insurance company and school board supported a con- struction start at the earliest date possible for fear of in- creased costs and construc- tion delays in March. Labor contracts in the con- struction industry expire in March and it is possible work stoppages may occur, public school Secretary Treasurer Mack Crumley says. The Wilson students return- ed to classes Jan. 3 when the school opened for the first time since early December. Non-classroom areas in the school are being utilized to replace the instruction areas destroyed by fire. Fluoride may wait for summer It will likely be at least ear- ly summer before the city's water supply is fluoridated, a spokesman said yesterday. An expenditure of for the necessary equipment was included in the 1975 capital budget passed by city council last month. But it will be next month before the specific borrowing bylaw that will give the engineering 'department the authority to order the equip- ment will come before coun- cil. A spokesman in the engineering department said delivery of the equipment will probably take two or three months. Installation of the fluorida- tion equipment will be closely watched by the environment department and will also take some time, he added. "We're looking well into the he said. The equipment essentially measures out a specific amount of fluorine (one part per million parts water) to add to the water supply ac- cording to the flow. Mountain moisture just below normal Southern Alberta's moisture reserves in the form of snow pack in the foothills and mountains southwest of Lethbridge is almost back to normal as a result of heavy snowfall during the last 10 days in December. Glen Steed, regional hydrologist with the depart- ment of the environment in Lethbridge, said this morning tests of the snow pack prior to Dec.' 18 indicated actual water equivalent of two inches throughout the Lee Creek watershed, with head lands near Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. But heavy snowfalls since Dec. 20 have brought the water equivalent up to four in- ches, just slightly below nor- mal for this time of the year. "It's not as good as we would said Mr. Steed. "But in most cases, we get better than half of the annual snowpack after Feb. 1 so it should improve." Lee Creek watershed, located in a central area to catch most of the winter storms, is a good indicator of what moisture conditions in rivers, streams and lakes will be for most of Southern Alber- ta, he said. GRADE 6 STUDENT KIM STEVENSON USES MATH COMPUTER Tutor computer sharpens students' mathematics skills The students of St. Basil's School have a new friend. Tutor quickly established a friendship with many of the school's 208 students on the first day of school this semester when it showed the students new ways of learning mathematics. After all, mathematics has been a dull, try- ing subject for many students for years and anyone or anything able to make the learning of mathematics fun is bound to acquire friends quickly in a school. Tutor is a computer that uses a nifty new way of teaching the four basic mathematic operations. Students learn to subtract, add, divide, and multiply in whole numbers, decimals arid fractions. By Jim Grant Herald Staff Writer The teacher simply determines the area of skill development the student needs practice in and prescribes the same on a note to the math lab assistant who programs the com- puter to provide questions in the area of the student's mathematic weakness. If the student is weak in the addition of fractions, the computer is programmed to present the student with several questions in that area. The only fault the students may find-with their friend Tutor Computer is the stubborn attitude it maintains toward incorrect answers. It will not proceed to another ques- tion until a correct answer is obtained. The student pushes the keys on the machine to print out the answer to the ques- tion posed by the computer. The student then can push another key to receive the correct answer to the question. EAGER ATTITUDE At the end of a three minute time limn, the computer prints the student's percentage of correct answers. Even though the computer has only been in operation for two weeks, the school is pleased with the improved attitude it has developed among students toward mathematics. One student scurried up the stairs from the math lab last week in an effort to present his teacher with a 100 per cent score he finally received from the computer after several attempts to accomplish a basic mathematic operation. The emotional outburst "look, nine out of nine" was welcomed by the teacher who was having difficulty keeping the student enthusiastic about studying mathematics prior to the arrival of Tutor Computer. Principal Wally Ruff expects the computer to play a vital role in the instruction of students who are weak in certain mathematic skills. In addition to the "enthusiasm and eager beaver attitude" it has created for the learn- ing of mathematics in the school, Mr. Ruff says the machine provides individualized in- struction for students who need it. Students have already "progressed at various rates from moderate speed to rapid mental calculation" through the assistance of the computer. "One of the great features of this technology is the fact that it is just as prac- tical for a fourth grader as it is for a sixth grader to develop his skill and says the principal, whose school includes Grades 4 to 6. The computer can be programmed to generate questions as quickly as a student is able to supply correct answers and produce random samples of questions according to the degree of difficulty required. THINK IT OUT Mr. Ruff applauds the machine for its method of teaching students to "think on their feet." Too often, he adds, people reach for a pen- cil and paper when faced with a mathematic question rather than just think out the answer. The computer complements many of the other teaching aids the school has developed and purchased for its math lab. The lab, funded as an experimental project under the provincial government's educational opportunities fund, is operated by math lab assistant Annette Amyotte who receives her instructions from the teachers. She usually receives three or four students at one time and instructions to use one of the teaching aids to assist them with the develop- ment of certain mathematic skills. While several computers are being used in schools throughout Western Canada, Tutor Computer is the only one of its type between Winnipeg and Vancouver, according to Mr. Ruff. WON'T GRADUATE Due to its immediate success, Tutor Com- puter is doomed to a life of failure in the elementary grades. It is highly unlikely that St. Basil's School will let Tutor Computer ad- vance beyond Grade 6, the highest grade in the school. Such is not likely to be distressing to the electronic genius as its new friends ooze with enthusiasm for its ability to tutor. School grants boosted A number of increases in grants to school boards for 1975 announced Thursday by the department of education will prevent cutbacks in special programs and services in Lethbridge schools. Most special education grants were increased by 15 per cent with the exception of special education teaching position grants, which were increased by to depending on the category. The grants are retroactive to Jan. 1. When making the announce- ment of the grant increases, Education Minister Lou Hyndman said the additional funds will assist school boards in increasing the quality of services and coping with inflation. Local school officials welcomed the grants and agreed they would help cope with inflation but felt they were not sufficient to improve the quality of special educa- tion services or programs. Separate School Superinten- dent Ralph Himsl said today the increased grants will help separate schools maintain their educational opportunity fund programs in their current form. If additional funds had not been received, the schools would have had to cutback the program offerings because of rising cots, he added. The grants "certainly won't allow for expansion." ENCOURAGEMENT The 15 per cent increase in educational opportunities fund grants represents about a 300 increase in funds for local separate schools. EOF grants were introduced to encourage schools to introduce special learning projects in the elementary grades. The only other increase affecting local separate schools is a boost in the amount of money the province contributes toward the salary of the special education teacher for the mentally retarded. Public School Superinten- dent Bob Plaxton, when in- formed of the increases today, said it "doesn't sound like there will be enough of an increase to expand the programs." A large portion of the grant increases will certainly be "used to cope with he continued. The increases, he said, are particularly important for Lethbridge public school systems because it has so many special education programs. Fred Cartwright, director of student personnel services, said today the increased grants for special education teaching positions will cut the Dorothy Gooder School budget "deficit in half." FOR RETARDED The grants for special education teaching positions in the area of the trainable mentally retarded were increased from to representing an ad- ditional for the school. The public school board will also receive an additional 000 for the six special educa- tion teachers that work with the educable mentally retard- ed in public schools. The public school system and the community early childhood service operations in the city also received a financial boost when it was announced Thursday grants were raised to per regular student, for dis- advantaged children and from to for the various categories of handicapped children. Grants for instruction of the retarded by private or association schools have been raised by 15 per cent. The same applies to grants for vocational education. A bridge full of train as two locomotives, 82 cars and a caboose take the high level route across the Oldman ;