Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Winter Games opening ceremony plan nearing final stage By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer After planning, replanning, rehearsing and more changing, the programs for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Winter Games are beginning to take shape. Although the starting time for the Feb. 11 opening of the 13 day event has yet to be pinned down, the program has been arranged, to the minute. Dick Mells, opening ceremonies boss, says his group has moved the starting time of the ceremony to 7 p.m. from 6 p.m. and may have to move it again to p.m. Other arrangements, such as the entrance of speakers, teams, bands and dancers, have been basically arranged to fill the three hour opening, after splitting seconds and keeping speeches to a maximum four minutes. The admission price of the opening will get .people a few hours of entertainment from Southern Alberta bands and dancers and more than a half hour of dignitaries speeches. Mr. Mells says the committee decided early not to bring in professional entertainment from elsewhere but did decide to import one feature for the opening from Hollywood. The Hollywood headliner is a special screen, 63 feet long by about 20 feet high, which will provide the backdrop for the event. Various scenes will be flashed on it during the ceremony. A series of programmed projectors behind the screen will flash six, two or lull screen pictures related to what is happening on the floor. "When the Newfoundland team comes in, pic- tures of Newfoundland will be flashed on the screen and when Prime Minister Trudeau speaks the Parliament Buildings may be Mr. Mells says. The special projectors will be programmed to change along with changes in the program. On closing night a recap of all the games will be shown on the screen and during the Games highlights of previous day's activities will be shown. Mr. Mells says the opening ceremonies will actually be in two parts, the entertainment and speeches. During the entertainment part spectators will hear and see performers including the Southern Alberta honors band and choir, the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute stage, band, Cardston Magrath marching band and Southern Alberta dance group. During the portion that follows, viewers will hear speeches from Charles Virtue, president of the Games; Mayor Andy Anderson; Marc Lalonde, federal health minister; Premier Peter Lougheed and the prime minister. Mr. Trudeau will declare the Games open with the lighting of the torch. A dance for those attending will follow the ceremony. People wishing to pay the admission for the closing ceremonies will see the curtain brought down on the event, plus the final hockey game and the pairs skating final. Jim Dunstan, closing ceremonies boss, says the official closure will take about 30 minutes and include appearances by Horst Schmid, provincial minister of culture, youth and recrea- tion and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Steinhauer. Mr. Steinhauer will extinguish the Games' torch to officially close the event. NEW CAMPGROUND PROJECT WILL USE PRESENT HIGHWAY 3 WEST SITE Council blesses camp; may see use this year City council finally gave its blessing Monday to Doug Nielsen's proposal to build a tourist campground in the river valley. Mr. Nielson, a former Win- nipegger who first approached the city about a campground development last July, told council he expects to have at least half of his campground ready for use this summer. Mr. Nielson must still get necessary development approvals from the city's municipal planning commis- sion and the provincial en- vironment department. But the major hurdle was removed Monday when coun- cil voted 7-2 to lease 10.5 acres of land to Mr. Nielson for his campground. TWO CHANGES There were two significant changes from the original proposal that went to council, in the agreement reached Monday. The city's financial contribution to the project is much lower and the city will not phase out its Henderson Lake campground operation. Under the agreement, the city will spend to in- stall a sewer line across the Highway 3 West bridge, but Mr. Nielson will be required to construct a pumping station and install all other services. The city commitment, as originally proposed was in the neighborhood of Mr. Nielson told council he was no longer worried about competing with the city run Henderson Lake campground because its rates for an over- night stay with service hook ups will be a night this summer. CAN COMPETE "I can't compete with but you raised it within a reasonable he said. Mr. Nielson said his rates would probably be to a night. The question of rates created some discussion, with Roger Rickwood, chairman of the local branch of the Com- mittee for an Independent Canada arguing that the city should regulate rates. But when Aid. Tony Tobin proposed an annual review of the rates by council, his amendment received only one supporting vote from Aid. Bob Tarleck. Mr. Rickwood told council the CIC decided to make a submission because of the fear that KOA or any other American financed campground operation could move into the city. NOT US. MONEY "We'don't need American technology in the campground he said, adding that KOA rates in 1973-74 were almost double that of other campgrounds operating in Alberta. Mr. Rickwood also said the city should keep its own campground operating and that at least half of the space in any campground should be made available to tenters. Mr. Nielson, who had earlier said he had considered but then decided against seek ing a KOA franchise, told council "not one drop" of his financing is American. He also said there were several "inaccuracies" in Mr Rickwood's presentation. "Only seven per cent of the industry is he said. "We will cater to tenters, but when he suggests you have to have half of your sites for seven per cent of the trade that's NO TO JELLYSTONE Council also decided Mon- day to reject another campground application, by Jellystone Recreation Campgrounds. The backers of that proposal suggested an area on the east side of the Oldman River, in what is now a nature preserve would be a good site for a "Happy Valley" type campground recreation development. k Pooch away from home now he needs a leash Lethbridge pooches were officially leashed Monday City council gave third and final reading to amendments to the dog bylaw, one of which requires dogs to be on a leash when off their owner's premises. Apparently deciding the matter had been talked over long enough, council did not debate the amendments further before passing them on a 5-4 vote. Opposed were Mayor Andy Anderson, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, Aid. Tony Tobin and Aid. Bill Cousins: In favor were Aid. Bob Tarleck, who originally proposed the changes, Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, Aid. Don Le Baron, Aid. Bill Kergan and Aid. Cam Barnes. Other changes includes one that exempts canine owning senior citizens from the licence fee, although they must still pick up a dog tag from city hall. City man suing over icy streets A Lethbridge man is suing the city for failing to clear ice from city streets. Keith Belsher, 21, No. 9 St. Anne's Place, was involved in a motor vehicle accident Jan. 2 on Stafford Drive, his late model car was damaged beyond repair after it collided with a parked car. Mr. Belsher received minor in- juries in the accident. Man escapes serious injury One minor injury and damage resulted from an acci- dent Wednesday on Highway 3 just east of the stockyards. Gary Graham Morrison, Box 883 Lethbridge, has been charged with making an unsafe left turn following the accident. Police allege John Kleiner of Taber was westbound on. Highway 3 when he was in collision with Mr. Morrison who was also westbound. The accident occurred about 9 a.m. Before Mr. Morrison could get control of his car, following the collision it sheared off a light standard. he was later charged with driving at an unreasonable speed considering road con- ditions. Mr. Belsher pleaded not guilty to the charge and at his trial last week, was ac- quitted. In his suit against the city, Mr. Belsher is alleging the condition of the road was "a .solid glare of ice with deep ruts and packed snow." The statement of claim was filed Monday at the court house. The statement says the motor vehicle accident and resulting damage was caused by the city's negligence. Mr. Belsher will seek special damages of and general damages of John Hammond, municipal solicitor, said he has received a notice of motion on the claim. He declined further comment. School supporter By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON In a confronta- tion outside the legislature Monday, Deputy Premier Hugh Homer told MLA Fred Mandeville he "is being conned" by the operator of a fron- tier style school for problem teenagers. Mr. Mandeville (SC Bow Valley) has gone to bat for Jeff Smith, operator of the school located on a ranch 45 miles northeast of Brooks. "Aw, come on Fred, you're being Dr. Horner told the MLA in the presence of a reporter. "Why can't they go to Montana, answer me the deputy premier said. Of nine students at the school, only two are Canadians, he said, who were enrolled only after the suggestion was made that the school, called Cow Camp, move to Montana. Mr. Mandeville insisted in the conversation that the school is not asking for any government funding and would be worthwhile "if it could rehabilitate only one youth." But Dr. Horner said a "boys' camp" operation is doing a far better job, for Canadians, than Cow Camp, and that St. John's Anglican School near Edmonton is "dozens of times better" as far as an overall, rugged and challenging education is concerned. Centres are being operated in conjunction with the pfovince's two major mental hospitals when it comes to problems with troubled teenagers, he added. Mr. Smith ''is a very good public' relations man" but his operation isn't needed here, Dr. Horner told the MLA. The government cannot give him a special status above Canadians, he said. The exchange augured poorly for Mr. Mandeville's bid this week to prevent the deportation of the school's personnel. Health minister Neil Crawford has said it is up to Ot- tawa to act before Alberta gets in- volved, and now Mr. Mandeville has received the angry response of a se- cond senior cabinet member to the school. The MLA is hoping to meet Premier Peter Lougheed today or Wednesday to discuss the school's situation. He says Ottawa needs some approval from the province of the school before granting the operators landed immigrant status. The department of immigration has granted several extensions to the operators in the last 18 months, the Friday date being the end of the latest. The Herald incorrectly reported last week Jeff Smith, teacher at Cow Camp, had been granted a six month reprieve from deportation by federal immigration authorities. However, immigration officials said Monday they are holding to the Jan. 31 deadline. Mr. Mandeville said Monday that the school is prepared to hire a "certified" instructor and institute standard department of education correspondence courses to gain provincial approval. Mr. Smith and his supporters have been trying for more than a year to get the province to give its approval to the school, he said in a telephone interview today from Cow Camp. "I think unless we hear in the next couple of days, that is he said. "I think Mr. Mandeville is supposed to see Premier Peter Lougheed either today or tomorrow. I am sure something is going to come out of Edmonton this week. An awful lot of people have been writing letters to the government. It's bound to help." He says he has always wanted to involve Canadians in the school. But Mr. Crawford has taken the stand it is an American institution on Cana- diah soil seeking Canadian assistance. "It is says Mr. Smith. "We are doing nothing that is wrong. It's some kind of con- stitutional problem between Alberta and the federal government." The LetHbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, January 28, 1975 Second Section Pages 13-24 Salt measures die in council action By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City streets will remain free of salt, but the anti-salt vote won by the barest of margins at city council Monday. Council dealt with two salt resolutions one from Aid. Bob Tarleck and one from Aid. Bill Kergan. Both went down to defeat 5- 4 because Aid. Kergan voted against Aid. Tarleck's resolu- tion calling for the use of salt and Aid. Tarleck voted against Aid. Kergan's resolu- tion asking for the use of salt. It left even the old salts among council watchers more than a little confused but to be fair, there was a horse arena requested By conservative estimates there are horseowners in the city, a somewhat surpris- ed city council learned Mon- day. The figure came from the Southern Alberta Equestrian Council which appeared before council to ask the city to develop a 20-acre equestrian centre in southeast Lethbridge. Arguing that the city should provide such a facility in much the same manner it provides ice arenas and other recreational amenities, Bill DesBarres, president of the equestrian council, said it would basically be a place for people to go and ride. The site recommended by the council, which represents eight horse groups in the city and area, is between 16th and 20th Avenues S. near 43rd Street. Mr. DesBarres described it as an ideal location because it is near a large horse popula- tion and is close to the Exhibi- tion Grounds where many horse shows are held. Horse paths could be developed to the Exhibition and to the river valley from the site, he said. The land in question is already 75 per cent owned by the city, he added. .Asked by Aid. Vaughan Hembroff if he was aware of the value of the land, Mr. DesBarres said, he realized it is- expensive but added there could be alternative areas for an equestrian centre. The facilities described by Mr. DesBarres included a large main building, essential- ly a shell, which he said would cost a maximum and other outdoor facilities he es- timated might cost Mr. DesBarres said the city should donate the land, but other governments including the county, and the provincial and federal governments could share in the cost of the centre. Asked if there were such centres in other cities, Mr. DesBarres said Calgary has an excellent equestrian centre in Glenmore Park. Council voted unanimously on a motion by Aid. Bill Cousins to refer the request to the community services ad- visory committee for a report to include alternative site suggestions. difference in degree between the two resolutions. AMOUNT CONTROLLED Aid. Tarleck's resolution, which was debated first, call- ed for the use of strictly controlled amounts of salt on main streets for the rest of the winter, with a review by coun- cil before next autumn. Aid. Kergan's resolution would have left authority for the use of salt up to the city manager in consultation with the city engineering director and the city police-chief. Aid. Tarleck's resolution, said Aid. Kergan, should be defeated because it has no support from the citizens and the reason is they know salt damages their automobiles and their homes when it's tracked in. With that, Aid. Kergan voted against the Tarleck resolution, joined by Mayor Andy Anderson, Aid. Bill Cousins, Aid. Don Le Baron and Aid. Cam Barnes. In favor were Aid. Tarleck, Aid. Tony Tobin, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff and Depu- ty Mayor Vera Ferguson CHANGED DIRECTION But then, at least in the eyes Green strip proposal tabled No immediate action will be taken on a proposal by city planners to reduce a green strip separating residential from industrial areas on 28th Street. N. from a 300-foot width to 100 feet. City council decided Mon- day to table the question until some effective screening is provided in the area and a policy is adopted on requiring industries to post a bond for landscaping of their premises. The vote on Aid. Bob Tarleck's tabling resolution was 5-4 with Mayor Andy Anderson, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, Aid. Cam Barnes and Aid. Bill Kergan opposed 'WASTELAND' The area in question, along 28th Street between 5th and 9th Avenues N. was described .as "little more than an un- of many of hls fellow sightly section of urban aldermen, Aid. Kergan in a report to reversed field and seemed to colmcil by Oldman River be advocating Hie use of salt Regional planning Commis. in his own resolution. sion Director Lawrence "I m definitely against the Smith use of salt as a steady diet, but Mr. 'smith said the 300-foot there comes a time when it wjde strip was originally to can be wisely he said have been part of a north-side referring to the recent green strip extending to the coulees, similar to the green If we say no salt, we tie strip on the south side, our city manager's hands But the green strip .was him th6, SeehUS never implemented and little an has been done with the area, an emergency, he said. But his logic escaped most of the rest, of council including Mayor Anderson, who tried to rule Aid. Kergan's resolution out of order. Council objected to that, voting 5-3 to hear it out. HALF-A-LOAF "I shall never understand the position of Aid. Kergan, but being a great half-a-loaf man I'll support it on the basis that it's getting said Aid. Hembroff. School bus may cover city route Bus riders in Lethbridge should not get too worried if a school bus pulls up at their ac- customed stop during the Winter Games. Oli Erdos, the city's utilities director, says 'some school buses will be replacing regular transit vehicles dur- ing the Games. The city will be running free bus service for the public throughout the Games and will be adding three more routes to existing runs. The three extra routes will be covered by six buses that will only stop at different sports sites within Lethbridge and the athletes' village, Mr. Erdos says. Buses will run until mid- night each night of the Games. The city expects to lose about in fares during the event and nude an ad- ditional contribution for the Jix extra buses, he A team, composed of the mayor, city manager, city directors and ORRPC planners, met several times starting last August, to dis- cuss the green strip and decid- ed more effective screening could be provided in a 100-foot width and the remaining 200 feet could be put to other uses, Mr. Smith said. These included either a city transit garage or subdividing into 12 one-acre parcels for small well-designed one- storey workshops, he said. Several aldermen question- ed the proposal. "There's no evidence to any well designed buildings in that said Aid. Tobin. "You'd need a mountain to effectively screen some of that." Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said the proposal seemed to be saying the whole concept of the green strip should be done away with leaving a decorative or screening green strip rather than a green strip that could be used. Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson said the use the other 200 feet is put to is of direct importance to people living in the area. "I can't see a transit garage being very she said. HEARING Mr. Smith said all the peo- ple in the vicinity would have to be notified of any proposals to change the area, and a public hearing held. The provincial planning board has the final say cm it, and any funds realized from sale of land designated as community reserve would have to be used to buy. parkland elsewhere, he added.