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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-30,Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrUge Hevald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 30. 1974 Cocktails, small potatoes, or just politics Fernie screams for some attention By D’ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FERNIE - Who's kidding who? Does Femie love Victoria or Edmonton? And if they’re serious about splitting from B-C-- will Alberta respond to Uie wooing or is it going to be “return to sender" for the biggest valentine of the year? Do you think Femie will join Alberta, The Herald asked Femie Mayor Vem Uphill Tuesday. VERN UPHILL IRENE LETCHER “No, defiidtely not! ” said Mayor Uphill. But the Femie and District Board of Trade says you’re not kidding — you want to be Albertans. “Ha, ha,” laughed the mayor. “In the first place, I don’t agree with them. They hold their cocktails before they hold their meetings. I definitely don’t go, even to a minor h<ickey meeting, with one glass of beer. Tlie board of trade, well I have been after them for a Jraig time. I suggest they had one drink too many.” Meanwhile, at Fernie Drugs, Jack White, newly-elected president of the Fernie and District Board of Trade, is telling his customers, “Don’t forget where Fernie, Alberta, is!” WeHl buy that’ I’ll BILLY PHILLIPS ADRIAN KENNEDY Board of tratfe pr««fd«nt Jack Whtte And the customers are answering, buy that'” They took a poll on the open line radio program here yesterday. There were 15 for, 15 against and one on the fence on the question of Femie joining Alberta. At the same time, newspaper readers here are chuckling that Femie has hit the front pages of both Calgary and Vancouver newspapers. Mines Minister Leo T. Nimsick, who represents Femie in the B.C. legislature, says he laughed and laughed when he heard the Femie Board of Trade was serious alxHit taking Femie and the snowy white mountains from Wardner east to the Alberta border right off the B.C. map. Don’t mention “map." That’s where all the trouble started, with a map apparently sent out to Expo ’74 in Spokane. The B.C. department of travel and tourism sent out maps and Fernie isn’t on them. The map-makers left out a whole corner of southeastern B.C. However . . “They will know where Fernie, Alberta, IS pretty damn soon,” says Femie board of trade chieftain Jack White. He’s not backing off, not one step. “'Iliey made the mlsuke of making me chairman,” he says, referring to the recent board of trade meeting attended by 23 of 80 members. “They started beefing I said, ‘make a motion.’ Telford Dicks said ‘I will make a motion, secede from B.C.’ “So I said before you make this motion, think it over very carefully because we are going to take it all the way." Mr White directs the brunt of his criticism to Mines Minister Nimsick "Mr Nimsick has completely ignored this area since he was elected to the B C legislature He was in for four sessions under the Social Credit government and couldn’t do anything and he is still doing nothing for his own area ” Mr Nimsick calls the uproar over the Expo map "small potatoes.” “I hope he chokes on it," says Mr White. “On the potatoes.” Says Femie resident Hugh Buchan: “He IS batting 100 per cent because four times nothing is stil nothing ” Adrian Kennedy, owner of the Femie Free Press and a past-president of the old Fernie Chamber of Commerce, says. “Tliis business about the map was brought up several years ago and we threatened secession then over that and other issues Another map ‘A year ago or less, as a director of the board of trade 1 came across a brochure put out by the department of travel Industry and I wrote to Mr. Nimsick and I pointed it out to him and he wrote back and said t had got hold of an out-of-date brochure. ‘This turned out to be completely false," says Mr. Kennedy. “The same map is still m use. He was told about that on several occasions." “We have always felt we have been low man on the totem pole as far as this province is concerned,” says Mr. Kenney. The mayor of CranbrotA 60 miles to the west, apparently told Mr. V^iite he supports Femie 100 per cent “that this part of the country is Uie forgotten part of B.C." “I think Victoria is going to have to take notice of what’s going on fn this area and damn soon,” says Mr White. Mayor Uphill, terming the whole uproar “just politics,” says only one map-maker made an error. “It was just the one map,” says the mayor. “It would have been a lot nicer to have the entrance to Alberta on it because the traffic for Expo is going to conai through from Alberta. But on the map, the road just ended at Cranbrook. “They have a lot of civil servants that drni’t know their geography,” says the mayor. Why can’t you join Alberta? "Well for the simple reason that the British North America Act , . . well it would take ... it wouldn’t be worth it for what... for all the legal things you would have to go through. "If the people wanted it... I would say yes ... but I would Say we have a lot of Saskatchewan people in here and that.. . there might be a few of them ... I know definitely 80 or 90 per ccnt of the people, well, no way.” “The people are happy to be here in B.C. because we have hunting on Sunday and things like that and we have a big influx of Alberta fishermen. I always used to say when the Americans got up on the moon there would be two Alberta fishermen ahead of them ” Casting an eye out the window of the Femie city hall, Mayor Uphill looked askance at the board of trade “ “On the board of trade, 99.5 per cent of them are either Liberals, Conservatives or Social Credit." “I like to call an ace an ace,” says the mayor. Says Regional District of East Kootenay director Lloyd Phillips of Femie: “I think it’s ridiculous to start with ” "It’s a joke" Mr. Phillips, editor of the Femie Free Press, says “One of them talked with me yesterday and admitted he sees no hopes of ever achieving it ” Skepticism twitching from his every expression, editor Phillips says, “The first thing we have to realize, any time you have to change a provincial boundary there is a lot more people involved than just a 20-member chamber of commerce 1 think there are a lot more people involved than just B.C. and Alberta. I think the rest of B.C. should have a say to see if they want to part with this part of the province “liie rest of Canada would want to have a say “I think it is an exercise in emotionalism, really SHIRLEY MOSS LLOYD PHILLIPS MONTY MORRAN YES, NO, MAYBE SO FERNIE (Staff) - The big shots are divided on the question of whether Ferme should leave B C and join Alberta. But what do the little shot« think about it'^ Shirley Moss, 13-year-old Grade 6 student at Ferme’s Ridgemont High School says, “I Uiink It’s okay I think we could do it Just change the names.” Irene Letcher, drug store cleric, says “I think it’s a good idea I guess it will take a lot of work I don’t know how they would go about it bgt I think it’s a idea. 1 like the idea of no five-cent sales tax.” Don Rahal, Fernie merchant, says Victoria "has been ignoring us for so long, now that we have decided to move, maybe we’ll get a little attention ” School teacher Monty Mon'sn of the Isabella Dicken Elementary School calls the whole episode “just a publicity stunt ’’ He says “I can’t see where the advantages would be that much better Just out of interest. Grade 5 in our school' did a poll today and Alberta didn't stand a chance The kids got all upset But I don’t like the B C govemiMnt ignoring as ” Pages 19-36 ^$20 million boom ahead on north side’ By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A residential building boom in northeast Lethbridge will add about f20 million worth of new constructicm in the next two or three years., the manager of Engineered Homes said Tuesday. Keith Bickerton said bis company will develop an 89 -acre extension to its Park Meadows subdivision, with construction beginning in May. Final approval of the development has not yet been given by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, but Mr Bickerton said he doesn’t expect any difficulty securing the commission’s consent. Engineered Homes is also co ' operating in a joint development project with Krahn Homes in an area east of 13th St. and north of 18th Ave. N. ORRPC approval has already been secured for th& joint subdivision, in which Krahn Homes will be the prime developer. When construction in the two subdivision is complete, nearly all of the land in the northeast quarter of city limits will be developed The projects, Mr. Bickerton said, will add about 500 homes to the city’s housing supply. Henry Krahn, of Krahn Homes, said in an interview construction on the first phase of his 310 - lot development will begin in litorch, with 150 single * family homes and about 400 apartment sites to be built on a 41-acre parcel. In the second phase, Krahn Homes will build 160 or 170 homes on 39 acres. Total construction costs, including land, in both phases is estimated in excess of $10 million Engineered Homes will be building on about 50 lots in the Krahn subdivision and both companies sharing the cost of extending a sewer trunk line from I8th St. to 28th St. The trank line, when completed, will have enough capacity to service all land in northeast Lethbridge, Mr Bickerton said. In both subdivisions, about 10 per cent of the land will be set aside for park or school sites. The city is now negotiating with the companies to have them pick up the costs of developing the park properties. But Mr Krahn said the builders oppose the concept because, in their opinion, parks are used by people from all areas of the city and costs should therefore be paid from general city revenues. One city official said Tuesday the developers already pay all the costs of extending utilities and building roads, and under provincial regulations, they must turn over 10 per cent of the land to the city. The spokesman said the city is hopeful of reaching a mutually - acceptable agreement with the builders, but city council will be asked at its next meeting to set a policy on the matter. Adopting parents given assurance By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge parents in the process of adopting children are being assured that the children cannot easily be removed from their new homes. “Theoretically, it could happen,” says Bob Howell, a provincial department of health and social development official “But it could happen where a very serious situation such as a complete breakdown of the (adopting) family has come up.” A few prospective adopting parents in the city have expressed fears to the department that their adopted children could be taken away •Their concern came m reaction to a Herald story Jan 19 which described the heartbreak foster parents can experience when their wards are returned to the natural parent or parents But, according to provincial officials, parents who are adopting children need not fear that a child will be suddenly pulled from their family “Alberta has one of the safest adoption systems anywhere,” says Cam Bracken, regional supervisor for the department of health and social development “There are so many stories from Eastern Canada or the United States of people losing a^pted children It is not the case here ” Being a foster parent should not be confused with being an adoptive parent, he says Mr Howell, foster parent -supervisor here, says a stringent screening process for prospective adopting parents assures that parents will not be separated from their new charge He concedes that during a six ' month probationary period, the department could remove a child from Its new family But he has never done 90 during 10 years in the field. Still, Mr Bracken sympathizes with parents who are «doptiiig even when custody of the child is completely cleared. As an adopting parent himself, he says, "Even though you know ev«iything is fine, you still Tiav« that uneasy feeliiiK that something will go wrong.” Both Mr Bracken and Mr. Howell say that foster parents, on the other hand, must chance constant partings with their wards “They have generally accepted it as part of their work,” says Mr Howell “They may experience partings once or twice a year.” But they never get used to it “Foster parents recognize all the pangs and dangers there are, but a lot of people are anxious to help,” says Mr. Bracken. At the moment, with about 60 foster homes available in the city, the department needs another dozen to fill the need Eight homes are needed for teenagers and four for youngsters 10 years old or less Parents interested in adopting face a seven to eight - month wait before a child is available A list of 350 to 400 applications for newborn babies in Edmonton compares to about 50 babies surrendered to the government each month Recreation supt. down under The city’s superintendent of culture and recreation is in New Zealand to observe the Commonwealth games and recent developments in recreation programs Dick Mells* tnp “down under ’ is being funded by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association m conjunction with CP Air Mr. Mells was one of several recipients in Canada of the scholarships for study of developments in recreation abroad He will be gone six weeks and is taking his vacation at the same time In addition to reporting back to the association on recently-instituted govemment programs in New Zealand, Mr Mells will bring back any hints he can for Canada Winter Games argani2«rs ivHhuii '/L*ccr ;