The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Lethbridge, Hawaii? It was a balmy SO degrees in Lethbridge Thursday at least according to this thermometer. But it wasn't according to Mary Kosma of 514 3rd Ave. S., who stands bundled up below the bogus thermometer. And it wasn't quite 80 degrees according to the weather office which reported a high of 47. A cooling trend is expected today with lows of 10 to 15 and highs of 25 lasting for the next few days. Too bad 'Egg producers are through worrying whether or not consumers like prices' By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer Producers have reached the point where they feel if consumers don't like the price of products, its just too bad Producers are not going to work seven days a week, 10 hours a day for a portion of the money the consumer makes This message was conveyed to the Southern Alberta Poultry Council meeting Thursday night at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant by Phil Eldridge, chairman of the Alberta Egg and Fowl Marketing Board (AEFMB) One of the best ways producers have of standing firm and collectively demanding what they want is million in storage There are 3tt million chickens in storage in Alberta a representative of Lillydale Poultry Sales told the Southern Alberta Poultry Council Wednesday. This is three times the normal amount, he said. He hoped present producers quo- tas will not change until June. Because of the energy crisis there is an extreme storage of phosphorus, a feeds spokesman said. through active organizations like the AEFMB and the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency. Mr Eldridge said. "They are an effective way of expressing a producer's point of he said "We have an organization behind us to support what we are saying He said producer organizations also can defend producers with solid data when they are criticized. Referring to recent allegations of the federal government's Prices Review Board that egg prices were too high and that the rate of returns to egg producers was too high he said- "What is a reasonable rate of return is our business." Just as a plumber and an electrician can determine what is a reasonable rate of return for their work so should the egg producer be able to. "We must know what it costs us to produce a dozen eggs, he told the meeting. In an interview after the meeting, Mr. Eldridge told the Herald egg prices weren't too high and that producers were living off the depreciation of their equipment. Right now it costs a producer 64 IS cents to produce a dozen eggs. He also has to pay the AEFMB three cents per dozen eggs. He receives 6S.6 cents for every dozen which results in a 1.55 cents per dozen loss. However, the cost of production figure, tabulated by the AEFMB, includes depreciation of equipment and other costs that don't affect a producer's day to day operation. This results in a slight profit now, Mr. Eldridge said but this loss will be felt in the future When computing its data saying the price of eggs was too high, the Prices Review Board" compared 1973 egg prices to 1972 egg prices when egg producers across Canada were losing millions of dollars, Mr. Eldridge said. Rising feed and production costs this year also justify egg prices, he added Of the three cents AEFMB receives from producers, it keeps one cent and two cents goes to CEMA, Mr. Eldridge said in answer to a question from the audience. The two cents that goes to the AEFMB is being used to build reserve revenue and for administration and promotion costs, Mr. Eldridge said. The one cent that goes to CEMA is used for administration costs and to pay a debt incurred when CEMA had to pay for surplus eggs on the Canadian Market. In answer to another ques- tion Mr. Eldridge said Alberta needs more eggs, therefore quotas for producers will go up in about one month. The Southern Alberta Poultry Council represents all segments of the poultry industry in Southern Alberta Traffic accidents million business Traffic accidents are a million dollar business in Lethbridge. Total property damage resulting from traffic accidents in the city in 1973 is estimated at says Imp. Bill West of the city police traffic division. This is the first year the damage estimate has topped million, he said. The total number of traffic accidents last year, however, is decreased 100 from the year before There were traffic accidents in the city in 1972, and in 1973, the inspector said. The number of injuries resulting from traffic accidents increased from 456 in 1972 to 557 in On a city map in Insp. West's office, colored pins indicate the location and type of accident. Red pins, representing non-Injury accidents, are the most numerous. Other pins scattered about the map are blue ones, representing driver or passenger injuries, orange for pedestrian injuries, green for motorcycle accidents involving bicycles. No black pins, representing traffic fatalities, were stuck on the map in 1973 with the city going into its 19th month without a traffic death. The pins are a good indication of the traffic flow in the city, Insp. West says. They are strung fairly heavily along 3rd Avenue S., 13th Street and Mayor Magrath Drive. And the pins are fairly heavily concentrated in the downtown area. The wurst intersection for accidents is the intersection that has the most traffic 3rd Avenue and 13th Street S. In 1973 the intersection saw 22 non-injury accidents, seven injuries, four motorcycle accidents and one bicycle accident. One intersection 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N. was the subject of complaints from citizens who claimed it was the scene of several major accidents. As a result, the city has promised to install a traffic light there. There are only three phis at the intersection on the inspector's map one pedestrian injury, one accident involving a bicycle and a non-injury vehicle accident. The major cause of accidents in the city is drivers, said Insp. West. They cause the majority of the accidents through their inattention, carelessness and discourtesy. The next most frequent cause of accidents is icy streets. Pins mark the spot Insp. Bill West with traffic accident map. The Lettibtidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, January 25, 1974 Pages 15-28 Teachers follow rule or leave Trustee 'Strappers dislike children9 By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The use of corporal punishment by teachers in schools is an admission of their inability to control the behavior of children, a public school trustee claimed Thursday. Dr. Doug McPherson, speaking to the noon luncheon of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, said teachers who "apply this type of punishment don't understand children and certainly don't like children." And he had some firm advice for public school teachers who believe their right to discipline as they see fit was taken away by the school board's decision in December to abolish all forms of corporal punishment in its schools. "If there are1 any teachers who don't like this they can submit their resignations and go to a system that permits the usage of punitive punishment." But the abolishment of corporal punishment "hasn't gendered a great deal of concern in the school he quickly pointed out. "It is a bunch of malarky pure and Dr. McPherson says of the arguments a few people have used in support of corporal punishment while debating the issue with him during the past few weeks. Gov9t consumer office Lethbridge The provincial department of consumer affairs will establish an office in Lethbridge as soon as possible, Bob Dowling, minister in charge, said Thursday. "The decision has been taken to utilize the regional offices of the department of Mr. Dowling said in a telephone interview from Edmonton. "As soon as the proper recruitment can be completed, a consumer affairs officer would open an office about six weeks after being Mr. Dowling said. The government has established one branch of the department in Calgary so far. DR. DOUG MCPHERSON 6No rational basis' Jail Warden "I still see no rational basis for condoning this type of he insists. He said the public school board had "given a lot of concern during the last year" to the topic of corporal punishment and looked at "a number of things" before finally deciding to abolish it from public schools. It would have been contrary to the philosophy of the school district to reach any other conclusion, he points out. It wouldn't be consistent, Dr. McPherson says, for the school board to condone an inhumane form of punishment when it is attempting to create a more humane atmosphere in its schools. "Children must learn to live and work with others and develop1 the ability to interact with people for the common goal and good of us he'suggests. Dr. McPherson said it is up to the school system to show children that people can solve their differences and live together in harmony without the threat of having to face punitive action if they don't. He also expressed concern that there were persons in the public school system that were utilizing "punitive punishment." Obviously, he says, teachers who used the strap "had not been trained in the area of empathy for children." Hates the term As a pediatrician, Dr. McPherson says he "hates the term corporal punishment." It disturbs him to learn that about children died on this continent last year because someone administered corporal punishment to them. And he warned that child battery is on the increase. Although he isn't in favor ot corporal punishment being administered in the home, Dr. McPherson did admit that certain forms of corporal punishment "if administered in love and affection in the home" are acceptable. But because it wouldn't be administered with the same consideration for the child in the school, corporal punishment can't be tolerated in a school situation, he explains In response to a question about what a parent should do about teachers who constantly use sarcasm and similar forms of punishment other than corporal punishment to ridicule children they can't tolerate, he suggested the parent should immediately approach the principal of the school Ask permission The parent should also ask the principal for permission to sit in on the teacher's classes to see how he or she handles the children The teacher must be informed that "that type of behavior is not going to be tolerated in our school he said. To the amusement of those attending the luncheon, a man who claimed to have taught school for more than 20 years and to be "most opposed to corporal punishment said he knew of the ideal substitution for it in schools a pair of 10 ounce boxing gloves He said he used to box three rounds a week with the children who used to misbehave in his classroom. It is a form of discipline that makes children "respect" the teacher while not hurting them "very much." guards9 pay too low There is some discontent among guards at the Lethbridge Correctional Institution because of low pay, says the local representative of the Alberta Civil Service Association. Ward Ingoldsby, chairman of Branch 12 of the CSA and a member of the association's provincial executive, was commenting on recent remarks by Solicitor General Helen Hunley that low pay is the major reason for staff shortages in provincial jails. "We're telling them 'we told you so' right Mr. Ingoldsby says, agreeing with CSA president Bill Broad's suggestion that the government reopen their pay agreement with the association. Under the Civil Service Act, Mr Ingoldsby says, provincial employees do not have the same bargaining rights as do other workers under the Labor Act The Lethbridge jail is short of guards, Mr Ingoldsby claims. And the pay isn't high enough to induce the right type of people to apply for the jobs. The staff is "almost says Leslie J. Fisher, warden at the jail. He added that the Lethbridge Institution is better off than most provincial jails. But he said he fully sympathized with the idea of higher pay for the guards. "If the pay was increased, the response from recruits would be he said. "It's certainly a difficult job, in many respects, and carries a lot of responsibility." A guard, or correctional officer, in official jargon, starts out at a month. Top pay is and it takes eight years for a guard to make that much. Clerical workers are the ones who are really hurting, Mr. Ingoldsby says. Their pay is considerably lower than that of the guards, he said. Heater thief admits guilt A Foremost youth who pleaded guilty in provincial court Thursday to a charge of attempted theft was remanded for three months for sentencing Provincial Judge A. H. Elford told Lynn Bates, 18, that the efforts he made to straighten out his life would determine, to a large extent, how he would be dealt with when sentenced Bates admitted stealing a car warmer from a Lethbridge department store Nov 15 and taking the item to the store's complaint desk in an attempt to get a refund. Bates' la-jvyer said the youth had found a job and was planning to take a welding course at the college Lost keys This selection of used keys -Is to be found not in a hardware store, but in the Lethbridge Post Office. Found In the post office or on the street outside, the Keys are kept on display by postal workers for about a year before being discarded.