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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, January 18, 1975 Lethbridge operators voice concerns Strangulation of private day care centres feared By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Revised regulations and increased govern- ment involvement may result in the strangulation of private day care centres, says the owner of a Lethbridge child care facility. And the more governments expect day care centres to do for their charges, the greater family break down and parental abdication of responsibility will be, says Jean Staudinger, owner operator of Kradle Koop day nursery for the past 18 years. Mrs. Staudinger and her sister Nancy Wenzl, operator of Cuddle Bunny day care centre for the last three years, have voiced their concerns about proposed changes in day care regulations and standards in a letter to Mel Findlay, program planner of social development services. Mr. Findlay is respon- sible for an evaluation of provincial day care standards now being conducted by the depart- ment of health and social development. Mrs. Staudinger, who has had plans for a new two storey day care centre in North Lethbridge on the drawing board for some time now but won't proceed with the facility's construction until the issue of new regulations is settled, said in an interview day care in the province is working under "a good set of regulations." "Private owners meet she says. "I operate above the regulations, not below them." In their letter to Mr. Findlay, she and Mrs. Wenzl say "day care has somehow lost its direction." "In the beginning, the centre was to be a 'happy home away from home' with loving attendants concerned for the child's emotional, physical and spiritual growth." They feel upgrading of child care workers through early childhood education courses is' a costly and unnecessary step. "The present drive for early childhood specialists may eventually turn day care into formal learning institutions and the home atmosphere will be the letter continues. "The child will never remember a time when he was not expected or encourag- ed to be productive." The two private operators suggest an alter- native method to upgrade programming; giv- ing individual centres use of consultants from resource centres to work with non specialist staff. Mrs. Wenzl and Mrs. Staudinger are also "alarmed" by proposed changes in the children-staff ratios in centres. Existing re- quirements specify 10 children per each staff member for toddlers up to two years old, and 20: 1 for children two to seven. The provincial government has suggested lower ratios of and for younger and older groups respec- tively. The Alberta Association for Young Children has recommended that every child care group of eight youngsters under the age of two and one half years, be supervised by two workers. However, Mrs. Staudinger suggests a ratio of for all age groups. She says all children do not arrive at the centre at the same time, arid help from "non pressure" areas can be diverted to pressure areas when the need arises. She maintains that efficient use of floor space also affects the amount of staff a centre requires. The recommendation for staff increases was "born of theory and not experience over supervision is say the day care operators in their letter. "Our aim in day care is to support the parent and en- courage self development, self confidence and self value in the child." The more duties centres assume, the less responsibilities parents will have and the weaker the family unit will become, says Mrs. Staudinger. "If we indulge the child with over atten- tion, we rob him of self attainment. In a very short time he will be unable to function without adult attention, which will be dis- astrous to the parent and to the child's entry into formal learning. "From a pampered day care setting he will suddenly be expected to happily share one adult with 30 to 40 other children." Mrs. Staudinger is of the opinion that "a lit- tle healthy neglect" encourages children's growth and ability to help themselves as well as each other. She also thinks suggestions of 50 square feet of space for each child in the centre are "unreal and will be costly to the taxpayer." "Thirty five square feet per child may be acceptable and certainly she says of the recommended space allocation. The current requirement is 27.5 square feet per child for day care centres. Rather than direct subsidization of child 'care centres, Mrs. Staudinger would like to see subsidization of individual children, whose families cannot afford day care fees. Such a step, she says, would be less wasteful. Day care centres would not develop facilities unnecessarily and would operate more ef- ficiently since they would still be "in business for themselves." Mrs. Staudinger believes that subsidized centres often do not follow regulations as stringently as do private centres and that the latter operate more efficiently because they are not in a position to ask for increased government grants. In the letter to Mr. Findlay, Mrs. Staudinger requests that all private centres in Alberta be "heard in a final discussion group" before standards are set for legislation, "to best determine how the government and the centres can work together to upgrade standards with as little cost as possible to the taxpayer." Lynne Van Luven Otto oughtn't Otto Lang obviously ought not to opine so freely. Opening his mouth has taken him from swimming against the tide of progressive abortion law reform to a situation of even greater peril hobbling about in a steamy cauldron of hot water, under which fires are being vigorously stoked by three of tfie more redoubtable and outspoken women in Canada. Odious though some of his past pronouncements may have been, I (almost) feel sorry for the hapless bloke. As federal justice minister, his lot is not a happy one. First Bette Stephenson, hard nosed president of the Cana- dian Medical Association, thundered that Mr. Lang should be removed from office "for allowing his personal bias to interfere" with his department's stand on abortion. Then Judy LaMarsh, former Liberal minister of health and and Community calendar -The Herald The Gait School of Nursing Alumnae Association will hold the annual potluck supper at 6 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria of the Municipal Hospital. All members invited. Southminster square dance learners group will dance at 8 p.m. Monday in Southminster hall. Women are asked to br- ing a pie. The University Women's Club will hold a meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the Gas Com- pany Auditorium. Paul Lewis, professor of biology at the U of L, will present, the film, Epilogue, and discuss "The Environment and the In- dividual What Can I The Lethbridge Handicraft Guild will meet at 2 p.m. F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Aw. A and 13th ST. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 9 Cards for 1.00 or Each Three 7 Number Garnet Free Gamei and Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money Tuesday in the Bowman Arts Centre. A good attendance is requested. Mr. and Mrs. John Green, 929 7th A St. S., will host a calling reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in their home, in commemoration of their 65th wedding anniversary. No gifts, by request. The Ladies Auxiliary to St. Michael's Hospital will hold the annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the St. Michael's office building. Vases will be collected. The music and art depart- ment of the Mathesis Club will meet at p.m. Tuesday at the home of Fran Van Schaik, 2205 9th Ave. S. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the library. Anyone interested welcome to attend. The Ladies Auxiliary No. 58 of the AN AF is holding its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the clubrooms. Election of officers will take place. All members urged to Dr. Cpoke, the no nonsense chairperson of the federal Ad- visory Council on the Status of Women, has seldom seemed enraptured with the justice minister's proposals and agrees with Dr. Stephenson's call for the "ousting of Otto." Phewh. However, these protests cannot be dismissed as merely a feminist plot. An Edmonton man, Dr. D. C. Ritchie, president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, has also lent his basso voice to the chorus. Mr. Lang, says Mr. Ritchie, has changed the ground rules for therapeutic abortions and has attacked the medical profes- sion for adhering to guidelines set by his very own party five years ago. Juxtaposed to such cutting remarks, Mr. Lang's response looks somewhat pallid. He denies ali charges of course, and plaintively wonders aloud if people like Dr. Stephenson wanted a "souless, mindless machine" for justice minister (as oppos- ed to his soulful, mindful, but fallible person, we More surprising than the outcry is how long it has been in coming. When Otto Lang, a practicing Roman Catholic and father of seven, was first given responsibility for abortion, we surely expected he would have personal biases and moral conflicts about such an issue. And Pierre Elliot Trudeau, as Canada's first minister, should more than anyone else have anticipated the ensuing conundrum. Essentially, the whole abortion controversey is Mr. Trudeau's common sense should have indicated that somewhere down the road to more practical abortion laws, Mr. Lang would bog down, run amuck or loose his way. Naturally, Mr. Lang is entitled to his opinions. But he should not be allowed to stymie resolution of the abortion problem becuase of them. If he were able to assume a more ob- jective stand, no one would object to his ministership. Mr. Trudeau must have realized by now that charging Mr. Lang with abortion revision is as counter productive as ap- pointing a practicing Hindu supervisor of increased production at a beef processing plant. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Two chess enthusiasts, Doug and Cas Kasperski, have a game during a meeting this week where it was decided that chess classes will be held, beginning Monday from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sun- days from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lethbridge Public Check mate! Etherington, left, Library. Marilyn Anderson, one of the organizers, says 30 people expressed an interest at the meeting and anyone else interested in playing chess are wel- come at either of the sessions. Skill and age are ir- relevant, only a desire to play. CASH BINGO TOHIflff.SWUMH- O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN DID 1UKRS HALL attend. 1975 dues are payable. Edmonton (JOCtor charges: Lang changed abortion ground rules established by Liberals 5 years ago The Whirl A Ways will square and round dance at 8 p.m. Monday in the Moose Hall, 3rd Avenue N. All square dancers welcome. Women are asked to bring a box lunch. "Her father finally admitted he didn't hate me for taking her away He was actually furious because I didn't take her off his hands years earlier." mry inutti flu N JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Cards lor or 25t mil (Located Mem to No. 1 r-ic.hill) UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX EAGLES HALL Mini Jackpot Won Each Waak 1240 Jackpot In 54 Numbera and per wnfr. Cardt-lit aach or 5 Cards SI NO ONE UNDER 16 YEARS OF ACE ALLOWED TO PLAY EDMONTON (CP) Dr. D. C. Ritchie, president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, has accused Justice Minister Otto Lang of changing the ground rules for therapeutic abor- tions. Dr. Ritchie of Edmonton says the justice minister has changed patterns of practice established by his predecessor for approving legal abortions, and has attacked the medical profession for adhering to the guidelines set by his own government nearly five years ago. Dr. Ritchie was com- menting on similar ac- cusations made recently by Dr. Bette Stephenson, presi- dent of the Canadian Medical Association, (CMA) which led to demands this week by pro life doctors that Dr. 303 5th St. S. CONTACT LENSES EYE GLASSES CONTACT LENS SPECIAL OFFER EFFECTIVE JANUARY 14 to 24, 1975 IAVI 'J BRUCE PLAUSTEINER fhont M7.77I4 Stephenson resign. the minister often quoted the Ritchie. But now Dr. Stephenson had told a World Health Organization "obstetricians would like to Toronto audience Mr. Lang description of health, which see a clearer and more was allowing his personal bias included "complete physical, precise definition of what to interfere with his mental and social well being social and economic factors department s stand on abor- and not merely the absence allow therapeutic abortions tion and that the federal of disease of infirmity government has been refusing Using that as a basis, He added this is not the job the promised review of what obstetricians help set up of the medical profession but she said are its 'totally made- hospital therapeutic abortion a social problem which should quate abortion laws. boards across Canada, he be dealt with by parliament John turner, then justice said, adding the society is not with a national referendum, f Pro Portion or anti abor- Dr. Ritchie, unlike Dr August, 1970, to define what tion but "just struggling with Stephenson, did not call for was covered by the word this legislation." the resignation of Justice health in the criminal code He indicated the struggle Minister Lang, but he did op-pa s sage which allows has been complicated as the any move to have the therapeutic abortions in current justice minister takes CMA national president hospitals to maintain the life a more narrow interpretation ousted from her office, or health of the woman. and is demanding that life or The Alberta medical Reading from the reply health must be in serious un- association will review Dr forwarded by the minister's questionable jeopardy for a Stephenson's Toronto speech office, he said a broad defini- therapeutic abortion to be but AMA President Robert tion covering psychological legal. Hatfield of Calgary said he and social health, as well as Under the former justice doubts it will take any action the purely physical condition, minister, "situationa! against the national president was applied the law. depression" was sufficient to even if the provincial group He said the letter indicated allow an abortion, said Dr. disagrees with her US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. UPHOLSTERING J D I Prompt Reasonable! MODERN and ANTIQUE W FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES W Y1016- 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge PHONE 328-5257 Y ______ or 327-3037 after 5 p.m. UPHOLSTERING Fabric Centre BASIC STRETCH Sewing Course Stirling Monday, Jin. 20th 8 week course Instructor: Bonnie Sinclair Pre-registration a must. Instruction also on Men's Wear, vest jacket, pants. 5 week course Pre-registration a must. 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