Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, January 23, 1975 Pages 15-28 Cardston dairy products not to everyone's taste CARDSTON Residents, restaurant managers and food store operators here are up in arms following unanimous passage of a town bylaw which could stop local ser- vice by a Lethbridge dairy. Cardston town council agreed earlier this month to impose a tax of on any dairy bringing products into the town. The bylaw is designed to give equal opportunity for the Cardston Co-operative Ltd. creamery which says it has been operating at 20 per cent capacity because it can't compete for sales in Lethbridge while other dairies can sell product in Cardston. Three Cardston merchants requested a hearing with town council Tuesday night after almost 600 town residents signed a petition claiming they wanted continued service by Palm Dairies Ltd. of Lethbridge. Palm is the only Lethbridge dairy serv- ing Cardston. Lloyd Gregson, owner of Foodland store, said following the hearing with town council the bylaw will be reconsidered Tuesday at next council meeting. 'However, town Secretary Keith Bevans said council did not meet with the merchants to reconsider the bylaw, simply to hear what they had to say. Mr. Gregson predicted if the people of Cardston and district are forced to buy only Cardston milk, "75 per cent of the town and district people would be on their (councillors') doorstep to get them to reconsider." NO CHOICE He said the fact that the public would have no choice seems to be part of the problem. Cardston creamery doesn't supply six dairy items being brought into the town by Palm Dairies, Mr. Gregson added. A Herald survey of housewives, store customers, store personnel and cafe operators Wednesday indicated they feel the Cardston creamery cannot compete with the Lethbridge dairy in quality of product or choice of product. Afton Remington told The Herald the bylaw would be good for the residents of Cardston if the local creamery had a good product. Mrs. Remington said she likes to buy two quarts of milk every Monday. If she buys Cardston milk, she can't keep the milk more than three days before it goes sour and she has to throw it out. Lethbridge milk will keep for more than the week, she said. LARGER VARIETY A quick glance at Foodland's dairy counter showed a majority of the products were processed CREAM BROUGHT IN CANS TO CREAMERY COMPETING BRANDS AT IGA FOODLAND HAS PRICE LIST by Palm Dairies. The items produced by the Lethbridge dairy not available from the Cardston creamery are: buttermilk, skim milk, two per cent milk in the quart containers, sour cream, yogurt and three kinds of cottage cheese. The Cardston creamery products on sale are butter, sold at one cent per pound over cost; homogenized milk in the half gallon and quart con- tainers, two per cent milk in half gallon containers, whipping cream, creamo and chocolate milk. All these products except butter are also provided by Palm. Both the dairy and creamery provide ice cream. At the Cardston IGA, the stock situation was about the same except the store also carries its. own brand name butter packaged by Silverwood Dairies Ltd DIFFERENTIAL Barry Morcom, assistant manager at IGA, said he sells twice as much Palm two per cent and half again as much homogenized milk as Cardston product, despite a price differential. Palm two per cent milk costs 95 cents for a half gallon compared with 93 cents for Cardston product, while Palm homogenized milk in half gallon con- tainers costs compared with 97 cents for Cardston product. Mr. Morcom said if his customers are forced to buy Cardston milk, they will go to Lethbridge to buy dairy products. "I know it." Ken Hall, owner of K and T Confectionery agrees. He says he sells more Cardston product than Palm product because he gets service every weekday but Wednesday from the local creamery. Palm ships to Cardston Monday's and Thursdays. Pat teavitt a customer in j-sioref Wednesday said she buys Cardston creamery product to support the local business. She had just picked up a half gallon of milk and a container of ice cream. Marty DeGrofft, another IGA customer, was just paying .for groceries, including a half gallon of Palm milk. Mrs. DeGrofft, a new- comer to Cardston two weeks ago from Oregon, said many people in her neighborhood warned her to stay away from Cardston milk because "it goes sour." By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Mary Nelson, manager of Lamar's Ships Inn, a soft ice cream dispenser and cafe, said all the ice cream mix would have to be bought in Lethbridge if Palm is forced out of Cardston, because the local cretmery only makes the mix during summer months. 'When we use Cardston milk or ice cream mix you can tell a difference and BILL GROENEN photos. our customers don't like said Mrs. Nelson. "We get all dairy products from Lethbridge." She said when the Cardston creamery meets the quality standards of the Lethbridge dairy, the Ships Inn will buy locally. Faiton Wong, owner of the Dine Away Restaurant, said the only Palm product he uses is coffee creamers. All other milk is bought from the local creamery even though the service provided by the creamery is sometimes poor. SERVICE "Ever since Johnny Stepan quit delivering for the creamery there have been different said Mr. Wong. "I get fed up with the poor service." One day he said the creamery didn't deliver his milk supplies before noon as he requested. When he bought the needed supplies of Palm milk from a local store, "the Rotary Club gave me hell." Rotary meets regularly in the Dine Away. Home buyers 'miffed, when apartment goes up Concern was expressed Wednesday that some home buyers discover too late they've purchased a house across the lane from an apart- ment building site. Aid. Bob Tarleck told a meeting of the municipal planning commission there is some bitterness about that among residents of an area in northeast Lethbridge where a number of apartment buildings arc clustered. Real estate agents haven't always acted responsibly, he said. Aid. Tarleck, a commission member, made his comments as the commission considered an application by Starlight Construction Ltd. to build seven fourplex apartment buildings on the east side of 23rd Street N., north of Meadowlark Boulevard. It was pointed out that the site was designated for multi- family dwellings in the city's neighborhood plan, giving people the opportunity to become aware that the possibility of apartment building construction exists there. Motorcycle course eyed A course in the proper handling of a motorcycle may be offered at the Lethbridge Community College this summer, the separate school board was informed Wednesday. In response to a query by the trustees about the feasibility of such a program, LCC Continuing Education Director Dale Heyland in- dicated that the college will- develop a program that could be offered this spring. But, said commission member Vaughan Hernbroff, people don't check and don't understand the technicalities of it all. A number of apartment buildings have already been built in the 23rd Street N. area. The commission of three aldermen and three city department directors, approv- ed the Starlight application with one dissenting vote from Aid. Tarleck. In other business, the com- mission approved an applica- tion by the Lethbridge Alliance Church, 1204 3rd Avenue S., to build an addition that will double the size of the existing facilities. Some concern was express- ed about the lack of off-street parking but church members argued successfully that since their church was in a com- mercial area there is no problem finding nearby park- ing space on Sundays or in the evenings. The commission also gave Transmission Supplies Southern Alberta Ltd. permis- sion to operate a wholesale outlet at 3004 9th Ave. N., and granted a six-month tem- porary use permit to Bridge Central Towing to store cars at 655 30th St. N. An application by Bridge Villa Estates to construct an addition with 138 stalls at the north end of the mobile home court at 2220 13th St. N., was tabled pending subdivision approval. Bridge Villa developer Ray Chambers submitted plans that would create sites for townhouse and duplex development along the 13th Street N. edge of the expan- sion site. Also tabled was an applica- tion by The Cottage to es- tablish a handicrafts store at 411 2nd Ave. S. Separate trustees allow wider family life program The family life education program introduced at the Grade 8 level in separate schools last fall will be ex- panded to Grades 7 and 9 in the 1975-76 school year. The separate school board made the decision Wednesday with the provision that the expansion of the program include the same scrutiny and parent, involve- ment the current program received prior to its im- plementation. The expansion follows the success the program has attained in Grade 8. After considerable debate on the pro and cons of providing such education to Grade 7 students, the trustees, with the exception of John Boras and Robert Kolesar, agreed there was a need for s.ex education at that grade level. The two trustees in opposition to the motion felt family life education should only be expanded to Grade 9 at this time. Public invited to hear Canbra collects in rapeseed suits Canbra Foods Ltd. of Lethbridge was awarded 104 in an Alberta Supreme Court consent judgment Wednesday after a farmer on contract failed to deliver bushels of rapeseed to the company in June, 1973. In an out of court settlement that was to go to trial on Tuesday, Canbra settled for with another farmer who failed to deliver bushels of rapeseed in March, 1973. In Wednesday's decision in the civil suit, Canbra's lawyer, Charles Virtue, told Mr. Justice M. B. O'Byrne Willard Huether, a Drumheller district farmer, failed to deliver a quantity of rapeseed to Canbra as agreed upon by contract. When the price of rapeseed went up the defendent did not deliver. However, Mr. Virtue said: "The defendent has agreed to pay the full claim." He told the court this amounted to the difference between the agreed price and the price of rapeseed on the delivery date. Mr. Huether was allowed to deduct 13 cents a bushel from his claim, which Canbra fail- ed to allot him for storing the seed. This amounted to Mr. Virtue said. Canbra was also alloted costs in the consent judg- ment which amounted to A consent judgement occurs in a civil suit when the defendent and plaintiff agree on a settlement of the action and the court verifies the claim and awards the damages. In the out of court settle- ment Gilbert E. Wenstrom, a farmer from Langdon, paid to Canbra for bushels of rape he failed to deliver on March The contract was signed Jan. 26, 1972. Langdon is just east of Calgary. The contract called for Mr. Wenstrom to deliver the rape on March 18 at a price of On that date rape sold for a bushel, Mr. Virtue said. social service requests Eleven applications for preventive social service funding will be heard next Wednesday in a meeting the Community services advisory committee has decided to throw open to the public. At the suggestion of com- mittee member Jim Ander- son, the advisory body, which is charged with making recommendations to city council on the PSS projects, decided it will listen to citizens who wish to comment on the applications, as well as the applicants themselves. Mr. Anderson suggested the public hearing style meeting to try and avoid some of the pitfalls experienced last year in dealing with two of the more controversial applications public day care and the birth control and information centre. "Anytime we invite anyone to state their case, we should invite the general public to make their comments said Mr. Anderson. "Our job is to take the burden off council to whatever degree we can. We're not doing our job if we go to council and say this is what the community thinks, and then council is faced with representatives from the community saying no it's not." BIRTH CONTROL Last year the advisory com- mittee recommended against funding the birth control centre. Council later decided to allow the project to con- tinue. As well as the BCIC, four day care applications have been submitted by the North Lethbridge Day Care Centre, started last year with PSS funding, the YWCA, the YMCA, and the U of L Co operative Day Care. Other agencies seeking funding that have been previously funded include Meals on Wheels, the Golden Mile Senior Citizens Centre, Lethbridge Pre-school Ser- vices, Centre for Personal and Community Development, Homemaker Service and In- formation Lethbridge. An application for another new project an obser- vational nursery has also been submitted. The hearing will start at p.m. with a half hour break at 6 p.m. The advisory committee will meet Feb. 5 to consider its recommendations on the projects. In .other business Wednesday, the committee recommended council approve several Project Co operation applications. DRAMA CENTRE The city is eligible for about under the community school incentive assistance part of the department pf culture youth and recreation program, and for un- der the community service organizations assistance part. Recommended for approval under the first part of the program were an appb'cation by Catholic Central High School for a grant to start a community drama centre, applications by Fleetwood Bawden and St. Paul's schools for grants of to build creative playgrounds, and an applica- tion for from George McKillop School to go towards a potter's wheel and kiln for its community school program. The committee recommended an application from St. Paul's school for a creative "program be not approved this year. Community services direc- tor Bob Bartlett suggested only two of the playgrounds should be recommended, and committee member Fritz Heinrich said one should be on the north side and one on the south side. Two projects from com- munity organizations were also recommended for approval. The Gyro Club applied to help build four floodlit tennis courts, near the Stan Siwik Pool in North Lethbridge. RECREATION VAN If the project gets city coun- cil okay, the Gyro Club will put up the city and the remaining will come from the culture, youth and recreation grant. The second project provi- sion of a multi use parks and recreation van was sub- mitted by the Labor Club. It will cost an estimated with the Labor Club's donation matched by the provincial grant. The van could be used for just about anything including transporting museum and library exhibits, playground and pre school equipment, and films, and as a portable bandshell, said Mr. Bartlett. The advisory committee also adopted a resolution from Mr. Anderson for submission to city council, that the com- munity services department be required to submit an an- nual evaluation and report of every program and initiative of the department, including PSS projects. ANNUAL REVIEW The report should consider the goals, resources, processes and outcomes of every program and every program should be considered on the basis of a needs assessment, the resolution added. Mr. Anderson said he made the recommendation because of the proliferation of programs and the lack of a systematic annual review of them. Labor 'not to blame for inflation' Government and business can no longer say labor is responsible for inflation, the first vice-president of the Alberta Federation of Labor said Wednesday in Lethbridge. Working people are reading the finance pages, and can see that large corporation profits are to blame, Jim Murrie told the annual meeting of the Lethbridge and District Labor Council. The nation has made great strides in health care and in technology, yet can't control inflation, he said. The government is being ripped off by the oil industry, he said. The industry is telling the government it can't develop the oil sands without financing, yet the money will have to come out of wage earners' pockets. The oil sands must be developed by a Crown cor- poration, he said. There is no shortage of energy, only development, and private in- dustry will not develop it without a large price tag. Only one government would stand for the working people of Alberta, and it is not the Conservatives currently in power, he said. "You cannot separate that ballot box from that lunch he said. Mr. Murrie said consumer affairs committees sponsored around the province by the AFL are active. He urged delegates to report ripoffs to the Lethbridge committee.