Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
'Store-front campus9might put Kootenay college in six centres CRANBROOK The wheels, of the bureaucratic machine, turn top slowly to allow the concept of an in- terprovincial college to gain much support in the East Kootenay. There is a feeling of urgency in the region with school board officials and elected representatives expressing frustration over the lack of provincial decision making about post secondary educa- tion in the East Kootenay. They have been through delay after delay in their quest of college education for their communities and aren't likely to further delay the es- tablishment of a community college while two provincial governments work out an arrangement for an interprovincial college. The British Columbia department of education an- nounced in December a college will be built in the East Kootenay if taxpayers in that region are prepared to support it. Lethbridge Community College President C. D. Stewart lias since suggested that consideration should be given to making LCC an interprovincial college so it could serve the Crowsnest Pass and East Kootenay com- munities. A community college in the East Kootenay may be "plagued by smallness" because of the small popula- tion it has to draw its students from, the LCC president warns. The region has sat patiently by as two fl.C. governments made various promises during the past decade about post secondary education in the East Kootenay and then stall- ed action by forming task. By Jim Grant, Herald Statl Writer Second of fwo parts forces and special com- mittees to further study the need. Thus, the residents are not about to jeopardize the latest promise by the Barrett government by studying the possibilities of an interprovin- ciai college arrangement with Alberta. In fact, some school boards are concerned that the B.C. government may renege on its latest announcement if they even agree to partially finance the extension courses now offered in the East Kootenay by Selkirk College in Castlegar. In B.C., the school boards are also responsible for college education and are re- quired to finance the opera- tion of a college on a 60-40 provincial board cost shar- ing arrangement. To obtain a college in their region, school boards must pass a resolution indicating their support for it and become involved in the opera- tion and organization of it. In a meeting here this week between East Kootenay school officials and elected representatives and officials from Selkirk College, the community representatives were told the establishment of a college in the East Kootenay is "purely a political local matter." Selkirk College Council Chairman Frank Beinder told the meeting "the only channel to the development of a District Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, 22, 1975 Pages 13-24 Freight rate hike could end feeding By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The death of the cattle feeding industry in Western Canada has been predicted within five years. Unless the federally sub- sidized Crowsnest Pass freight rate is abolished and the rates for moving cattle and grain to Eastern Canada are brought into accord, western feeders will be forced out of business, says Chris Mills, secretary of the Cana- dian Cattlemen's Association. Speaking to a zone meeting of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association in Lethbridge Tuesday, Mr. Mills said the freight rate on cattle jumped 15 per cent Jan. 1 and is scheduled to increase another 15 per cent March 1. This represented the largest freight rate increase ever, granted the railways, he said. Mr. Mills said under the Crowsnest rates, the cost for shipping grain is a set figure which is subsidized to help the grain producer. But the rates for shipping processed beef and livestock to Eastern Canada, the largest domestic market for both forms of cattle, can con- tinue to go up, he said. Right now, it is more reasonable for a person to buy the feeder cattle in Western Canada, ship them to eastern feedlots and then ship western barley at subsidized rates and Cup fund floods goal The Lethbridge Herald's Cup of Milk Fund surpassed its 500 objective by The 1974 campaign for the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada raised The total amount rais- ed was sent today to Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, USC director, in Ot- tawa. The money will be used to buy powdered milk for starving children in Bangladesh. The USC and .this newspaper are ex- tremely grateful to the generous people of Southern 'Alberta, Southeastern B.C., and more distant points for bringing this campaign to a successful con- clusion. fatten the cattle for slaughter in the East. It proves much cheaper than shipping the fattened animals or the processed carcass at the inflated freight rates, he said. To bring some equality to the freight rates for cattle or dressed beef and grain, the cattle feeders passed a resolu- tion calling for a freight sub- sidy on dressed beef and live cattle moving East. The subsidy would allow feeders in the West to com- pete equally with feeders in the East, the feeders claim. "Unless- this problem is solved, the feeding industry in "It may take five years, but 'it will die." Mr. Mills said most of the problem lies right in Alberta where Agriculture Minister Hugh .Horner has told the federal government it can't remove the Crowsnest rates. He said Dr. Horner insists in protecting the grain in- dustry in a province where livestock accounts for more than half the agricultural economy. DIFFERENTIAL He said Saskatchewan and .Manitoba, basically grain- producing provinces, aren't going to seek removal of the subsidized grain freight rates. The cattlemen's association is critical of what they say is another blow at the livestock industry. Mr. Mills said his group, the lobbying arm of the livestock industry, has protested the size of the 30 per cent freight rate increase granted by the Canadian Tran- sport Commission. The association also feels the differential of 30 per cent for dressed beef and live cat- Games beds OK, push coming The Canada Winter Games have received enough accom- modation offers to fill demands so far, but the big push hasn't started, a games official said Tuesday. Gayle Jensen, chairman of the spectator services com- mittee, said the expected onslaught of requests is yet to come. About 150 have been received so far, he said. Games medical staff meets Thursday The final briefing for the medical volunteers involved with the Canada Winter Games will be held Thursday at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital nurses' auditorium. Df; Anthony Pomahac, medical V: organizer, said today it is imperative that many S of the some 500 volunteers attend. S The 7 p.m. meeting will include a taping session given by Alec ffi Reskey, Calgary 8 Stampeders' trainer. Medical personnel in- volved in the Games will include doctors, physiotherapists and paramedical staff. Some schools wanted to br- ing in massive numbers of students. Their requests were referred to local school systems, he added. The Games' open home bureau should open today, said Mr. Jensen. It can be reached through the Canada Winter Games Society Office. A Herald survey of local hostelries showed requests be- ing turned away by the hotels. "We are booked solid in the Heidelberg Inn and the Chinook said Margaret Radomsky, assis- tant to the manager at the About three quarters of the rooms will be occupied by the chefs de missions from the various provinces, said Mrs. Radomsky. John Phillips, manager of the Alec Arms, said his hotel is full for the Games. "We can't take any more." An employee of the Marquis Hotel said "quite a few" re- quests for reservations have been turned down, even from regular customers and com- mercial travellers. The CBC has taken 86 of the hotel's 91 rooms. The 139 room Holiday Inn is booked solid with VIPs, and most of the El Rancho Motor Hotel will be filled by visiting press. Mr. Jensen said people con- tacting the open home bureau by telephone will be given the name of a Lethbridge householder to write to. The householder will be informed to expect a letter, and his name will go back on the ac- commodation list if the letter hasn't arrived in a week. cent freight rate increase for other commodities listed is unfair to the livestock in- dustry. Mr. Mills said the. Meat Packers Council of Canada has asked support from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association seeking to have a lower freight rate for dressed beef carcasses than for live animals moving from the West to the East. PROCESSING Mr. Mills said the Alberta government has agreed with this request because it would 'help to protect the processing industry in the province. But should the packing in- dustry manage to get lower freight rates for dressed beef than for live animals, it would give packers a monopoly situation with all cattle produced in the West, he said. Radios arrive Communications planning for the Winter Games took another step toward com- pletion Tuesday with the arrival of hand radios for use during the event. Jim Murray, AGT business communications official, shows Ron Smith, warehouse supervisor at Palliser Distilleries, how to exchange batteries on one radio. AGT is organ- College in rail cars proposed for Kootenay CRANBROOK (Staff) A revolutionary new approach to education that would see a community college take to the rails is being proposed to communities in the East Kootenay region. Paul Sims, co-ordinator of the Selkirk College East college is political. If the public of these school districts want a college then they have got to go to the districts. "If the school districts don't get together, then you have no other warned Mr. Beinder, who was a member of the government task force on the community college in British Columbia. Following the meeting, he told The Herald that interprovincial colleges and co operation among existing B.C. colleges to establish college education in low pop- ulation areas are "ideal" ob- jectives. However, regional politics and competition between, communities make such ob- jectives highly improbable, he said. "It is hard enough to try to get concensus in one region of a let alone between two regions or two provinces. A difference of opinion between East Kootenay com- munities over the establish- ment of a college in their area was evident at the meeting. SELKIRK COLLEGE The Cranbrook school board was totally in favor of a new college being established in the East Kootenay region, while Fernie school officials preferred to become a remote campus of Selkirk College if the proposed new college is to be situated at one location Cranbrook. To Fernie officials, the ex- pansion of the services offered in their area by Selkirk College would be more immediate and less costly in the long run. They suggest Fernie needs some type of college facility because of the demand for technical education by the in- dustry in the area. The Fernie officials were also interested in the interprovincial college over- tures made by Dr. Stewart in Lethbridge. Supervisor of continuing education in Fernie Ray Hughes believes it would be wise for the Alberta B.C. governments to make an arrangement for the Crowsnest Pass communities on both sides of the border to be served by the same college. .INDUSTRY Communities on both sides of the border have a similar social and industrial en- vironment, he pointed out. However, the boundary may be too great an obstacle to overcome in order for the Fernie area to obtain the im- mediate expansion of college education it is looking for, Dr. Hughes added. Two Selkirk College of- ficials who have worked ex- tensively in the East Kootenay area, say the general feeling in the centres of Cranbrook, Creston, Fer- nie, Golden, Invermere and Kimberley favors establish- ment of a community college. Paul Sims, co ordinator of Selkirk College East Kootenay extension program, says all the communities want a college but some of them don't want, one, large building to be the college. TRAVELLING. Many communities, he ex- plains, prefer to have college programs in their community to eliminate the problems of izlng most of the communications and will have 144 units operating during the Kootenay extension program, says the college proposed for the travelling long distances to Games. Degrees for researchers Two well-known agricultural researchers will 'receive honorary degrees from the University of Lethbridge this year, the un- iversity has announced. Neil Holmes, head of the crop entomology section at the Lethbridge research station, and Karl Rasmussen, former associate director general of Canada department of agriculture research, will be honored at convocation in May. Dr. Holmes, 54, was born in Prince Albert, Sask., and raised in Lethbridge. He earn- ed bachelor's and Master of Science degrees at the University of Alberta and his doctorate at Oregon State University. He joined the research station after ser- vice in the Second World War. He served on the Lethbridge Public School Board and the Lethbridge .Community College board of governors, and was chairman of the U of L board of gover- nors from 1967 to 1974. Dr. Rasmussen was born in Sheffield, 111., and raised in Alberta at Wayne. He worked at the Lethbridge Experimen- tal Farm from 1930 to 1949. While working for the CDA, he directed researclj programs in genetics, forage use and dairy cattle breeding. He retired in 1971 and lives in Ottawa. East Kootenay need not be a large complex situated in one place. It could be partially operated out of a train equipped to provide a variety of programs. The train would travel between the centres of Kimberley, Invermere, Creston, Fernie, Golden and Cranbrook. Courses that do not require costly equipment and material could then be offered in rented space, an old store or hospital, he suggests. Mr. Sims says too many people immediately begin thinking about a gigantic building when the establishment of a new college is mentioned. College means access to knowledge within the cdmmunity. People can attend classes after work or catch a class or two during their work schedule, he insists. Each community must have a facility, and it need not be an "elaborate that only adequately services one of the communities in the region, Mr. Sims believes. Many areas in the East Kootenay have rail service and an area of track within the community where a college-in-rail cars could be spotted. This would allow the college to offer such a course as welding, requiring expensive equipment and materials, and then move on to another community, he explains. B.C. inconsistencies hindering college development CRANBROOK (Staff) One of the reasons East Kootenay school boards have been reluctant to make a joint effort to ob- tain a community college has been the in- consistent statements of the B.C. govern- ment on college financing. Selkirk College Principal Bruce Frazier told the school boards at a meeting this week they Were misled by the NDP government campaign promise of 100 per cent provincial government financing of colleges. What "you were led to expect" by the government task force and committees is not happening, he insisted. As it now stands, the province will fund the capital cost of establishing the college but will only pay 60 per cent of the operating cost. Inconsistent action of the provincial government in the funding of Selkirk College programs, currently being offered in the East has the com- munities even more concerned about the cost of establishing and operating a new college. For 18 months, the province funded the total cost of the extension program. In December, Victoria suddenly gave notice that it would only fund 60 per cent of the cost from April 1 to the end of the spring semester and during the next school year. That left the school boards in the East Kootenay faced with an unexpected ex- pense after many of them had already prepared their 1975 budgets. They now hav-! to make the decision whether to assist Selkirk College finan- cially for operating the program serving more than 260 students throughout the' region. If they decide1 not to support the program, Selkirk College informed them that it would meet its obligations to the East Kootenay students at the college's expense until the end of the semester. Such action would result in the death of the program next fall. So the boards must now decide whether they will budget for a deficit and support the Selkirk program for the latter portion of this semester and until they have their own college or bring college education in the East Kopteny to a sudden halt. Their refusal, one East Kootenay representative suggested, would "ruin the reputation of college education in the Kootenay." Such unexpected moves by the depart- ment of education have added to the many problems the school boards in the East Kootenay region must overcome if the ex- pansion of college education is to be a reality. The advisory committee to be named by the department before the end of the month may provide the impetus needed to overcome some of the problems. The committee, to include representa- tion from throughout the region, is to be given the authority to make a decision on the location, funding-arrangement and type of programming. and from classes. The administration of the "store front campuses" could be situated in one location, he continues. Mr. Beinder, who worked in the East Kootenay soliciting public opinion while with the government task force, says "the local climate" is generally in favor of an East Kootenay college. The real benefit of a com- munity college can best be ob- tained, he says, by providing the education within the com- munity. It then stands to reason, he adds, that a community college must be one of many campuses and not just one campus to serve in a large area such as the East Kootenay. He questions whether the East Kootenay would be wise to establish a second college in the Kootenay region (Selkirk College is in West Kootenay) when it may have the same "low budget pains" of Selkirk. THREE MILLS Mr. Beinder believes it is feasible to operate several East Kootenay campuses from Selkirk College with each school district controll- ing the budget and programm- ing of the campus in its area. He warned the school dis- tricts that a separate college in the East Kootenay would likely represent an increase of three mills on the school tax rate.