The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Enter civic politics, local NDP told school teacher Robert Tarleck By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge New Democratic Party supporters needed little encouragement Wednesday night to enter the fray of civic politics. Even before Howard Leeson, provincial party secretary, could urge the Metro NDP Association to get involved at the local level, members called for a referendum on the future of the city's power plant. The association said at its annual meeting that the referendum should be held to coincide with municipal elections next fall. The association also resolved to carry out its own educational campaign on the possible sale of the river valley plant to Calgary Power. But it said citizens should decide on the future of the plant, no matter what city council or the association recommended. Members passed a resolution on electric power for consideration by the provincial convention in March. The association said a New Democratic government should decentralize sources of power to "various strategically located communities throughout Alberta." It also recommended that a provincially owned and operated power system be instituted immediately and that a provincial power grid connected with B.C. and Saskatchewan be formed. Mr. Leeson later told members representing both Lethbridge East and West provincial constituencies that 1974 was the year to enter civic politics. "Changing the perspective of civic government is fate immediate he said. "Let's do everything we can to change the complexion of civic politics in Alberta. "Let's get in and talk about supporting candidates." He said that the party stood by for too long watching local cliques of businessmen run the cities. Opportunities in the next year for the party to make gains included a probable federal and provincial election in addition to civic elections. He said the civic scene was a natural springboard to the provincial one. With the Social Credit organizations "virtually defunct in the north and nearly that in the making NDP leader Grant Notley leader of the official opposition is a realistic goal, he said. He complimented the association on its organization and activities in "one of the most difficult areas up until now for the NDP." Robert Tarleck, 32, was elected president of the association, succeeding Tom McLeod. The new president is head of the language arts program at Wilson Junior High School in the city. In an interview, Mr. Tarleck said city council's handling of the power plant issue "is stacked against the common citizen's participation." He said the ground rules for making submissions on the matter to council were too strict and formalized. Mr. Tarleck said he would encourage more grass roots participation in making decisions, and prepare the local party organization for an upcoming provincial election. Other officers elected were: Warren Caragata, first vice-president; Trevor Cook, second vice-president; Ted Scheurkogel, secretary; Ted Buchanan, treasurer; Charlie Buijert, organizer; Mary Helen Vicars, information officer. Directors elected were: Helmut Hoffman, Ian Wishaw, Bessie Annand. Isabella Hamilton, Ron Hall, Doug Poile, Nap Milroy, Al Packard, Norm Le Claire and Sam Kounosu. Representatives elected to the provincial council were. Robert Tarleck for Lethbridge East and Warren Caragata for Lethbridge West. Delegates elected to attend the annual provincial convention in Edmonton March 8, 9 and 10 were: Ron Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Tom McLeod, John Mclnnis, Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Buchanan, Mr. and Mrs. Al Mont, Bessie Annand, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Poile, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Buijert, Tim Firth, Les Howard and Sam Kounosu. District The Letlibridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, January 31, 1974 Pages 13-24 1h. J 1 jf r Lake-rink cleaning 'Temptation too great9 MFC approves halfway house but neighbors scuttle it By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The doom of a proposed halfway house at 709 6th Ave. S. has been made clear although the Lethbridge Municipal Planning Commission gave its approval Wednesday for establishment of the facility. Henry Yee, owner of the house, said following the commission's decision, he would still not let the house to the Halfway Recovery Acres Society which had agreed to rent it. The society, which operates under the guidance of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission, had to get the planning commission's approval before moving into the house. However, between the time the society made its first application and Wednesday's hearing, Mr. Yee decided not to rent the house after all. He changed his mind when "six or seven" neighbors in the area complained to him about the proposal, he told The Herald. The planning commission had to proceed with the Wednesday meeting because the application for the house was not withdrawn by the society. Some residents of the area were at the meeting and voiced strong opposition against establishment of a house in that area. "It is a worthwhile project but it shouldn't be in a residential one resident told the commission. Another speaker, an owner of two apartment buildings in the area, said his residents "are worried" about the halfway house and may move out if it is established and, he said, "I will not get many en- quiries to rent if that house is there." Norm Briscoe, a counsellor with the AADAC office, told the planning commission former alcoholics and drug users need a place where they can adjust to living in the community again after coming from various institutions. Mr. Briscoe pointed out he worked for 7te years as senior counsellor in an Edmonton halfway house and about half the persons who went through that house have stayed "dry." "A 50 per cent success rate is good if we can even help one person it is worth he added. The halfway house would even be a benefit to the community in that it would be the last step in an effort to rehabilitate the alcoholic or drug user. It would get them back to being taxpayers. However, some people attending the meeting were not so optimistic. Various people expressed fears the residents of the house could go back to drinking or using drugs while in the facility. "I am worried about the drug part my children go by there everyday. And it is easy enough to get drugs without this one woman said. Another resident said the parking around the house was not adequate for the people on the block let alone for another group of people in the halfway house, and their visitors. Ceramics licence settled Apartments, plant approved Municipal Planning Commission approval was given Wednesday for two four-suite apartment buildings on 23rd Street N. and for a concrete plant in the north-side industrial park. The apartment buildings will be erected at 2001 and 2005 23rd St. N., by Starlight Construction, while the concrete plant will be built by Tru-mix Concrete Ltd. at 3104 6th Ave. N. Henry Krahn, a spokesman for Tru- mix, told the planning commission the plant will make concrete mixes for local builders and commercial dealers. In other decisions, the planning commission tabled a request from Fraser Baalim, of Baalim Wholesale Ltd. to build a two-storey office building at 10013rd Ave. S., and refused McLean Investments Ltd. permission to build a four-suite apartment building at 648 12th St. S. because parking re- quirements weren't met. The commission also okayed a youth assessment residence to be built by the Alberta public works department at 402 6th Ave. N. And one other decision taken by the commission Wednesday will save three women who give ceramic classes each. That's the annual fee they had to pay for a home occupation licence to teach ceramics in their homes. The three Mary Dyck, Inger Maegaarti and D. Hunter first complained about the fee at city council's town hall meeting Jan. 2, saying what they were doing was really a hobby and no profit was nude. Council eventually made an ambiguous ruling to the effect that it was up to the individual involved to whether or not the occupation he was engaged in was a hobby or a home occupation. But the three ceramic instructors were already on the city's books re- quiring home occupation licences, so they appealed to the planning commission Wednesday. Mrs. Hunter outlined the fees she charged students for materials and supplies for the commission, totalling her income and expenses for the 14- week sessions. "I put in 30 hours a week and made she said. "As a hobby it's fabulous, but as a business it's lousy." The commission agreed and ruled that ceramics instruction would be considered a hobby where no specific tuition fee is charged and the products are not sold. It also decided each case would be judged on its own merits, and all ceramics groups will be required to get approval from the commission before they would be exempted from the licence fee. City teachers knock apathetic colleagues By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Local teacher apathy toward Alberta Teacher Association meetings other than at times when salary negotiations are being discussed came under fire _ at the general meeting of the local ATA Wednesday. The soul-searching debate began when Gerry Heck, president, urged the association to do everything it could to make the public aware that teachers must seek a high percentage increase in salaries just to stay on par with the cost of living when contract negotiations begin next fall. The public should know "we'll be looking for 15 per cent plus and things are going to be tough" during the negotiations, he suggested. Greg Hales, a Fleetwood Bawden School teacher, then suggested that teachers should show that they are professional educators who are concerned about more than just their salaries. If the association can't get more teachers to its annual general meeting than the number that showed up Wednesday, it "should maybe he proclaimed. There were only about 30 of a possible 500 members at the meeting. That brought Louis Burke, communications officer, to his feet. "We actually are concerned about more than he sarcastically responded. He also felt Mr. Hales outburst was a slight against the professionalism of teachers. It is wrong to label teachers as non-professionals because they didn't attend the meeting, he pointed out. He said many teachers have other commitments and are not always able to attend all meetings. Mr. Burke also suggested it was very natural for teachers to make sure they attended meetings where salary negotiations were being discussed because they have families to feed and money is an important issue with them. Bill Cousins, past-president of the local ATA, felt it was "pathetic" that so few teachers attended most general meetings. But he did point out that teacher apathy is a similar problem for most larger urban ATA locals. While Mr. Cousins did agree that it may be wise for the association to assess its method of encouraging teachers to attend general meetings, he also felt the association was receiving excellent support and attendance from the ATA elected representatives from each city school. About 40 to 50 representatives attend the monthly council meeting, he said. Ken Smith, principal of Hamilton Junior High School, called the lack of teacher involvement in the ATA "most worrysome." He indicated he didn't know the answer to the apathy problem, but suggested "maybe it lies in ourselves." There certainly is "more apathy these days" than there was in past yean, Mr. Smith said. The ATA members then discussed ways and means of enticing teachers to attend the meetings. Evening meetings, meetings with food and refreshment, organized activities following the meetings and more advance notice of when the meetings are to take place were some of the suggestions put forth Wednesday. No decisions were made. In other business, Gene Eisler, chairman of the economic committee, said the committee would begin preparing for the 1975 contract negotiations Feb. 6. The amalgamation of the publicity committee and public relations officer is now one step froqi becoming reality following a decision Wednesday by the ATA members to place the officer on the committee. The decision must still be supported by the majority of ATA members in a May meeting. Mr. Burke, communications officer, claimed an "incomplete communication job is being done" now because he and the publicity committee are operating as two separate identities. "I have been working alone for the last three years, and should maybe start crying he said before suggestions that his work load as a communication officer was the cause of the poor communication situation now evident in the ATA. "We need more local internal communications" among ATA members and "we need better communication with the public and we owe it to Mr. Burke stressed. The new communication proposal would allow committee members to be more active in internal and external communications and it would take some of the work load off the communications officer. If the proposal is approved, the communications committee will consist of five elected representatives and an appointed communications officer. History pageant likely this year By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer The Association for Historic Production's The Sight, the Sound and the Fury will be held July 8 to Aug. 16 if provincial government financing for a dress rehearsal refused one year ago comes through this year. The money re- quested by the association from the RCMP Century Celebrations Committee will help finance the dramatization of four years of Southern Alberta history in Indian Battle Park. The dramatization is a re- creation of the years from 1870 to 1874. It will bring to life scenes that range from the last great Indian battle between the Crees and the Blackfoot to the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police at Fort Whoop-Up in 1874, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the force's arrival in the West. Officials are optimistic provincial government money will come through. The association last year also failed to acquire applied for under the Student Temporary Employment Program and a loan from the city. The city last August gave the association to remain solvent. Favor indicated Frank Smith, a director of the association, says the provincial committee, set up to plan and co-ordinate centennial celebrations, has indicated it will look favorably on the application. And ministers and senior government officials have expressed the same comment, claims Mr. Smith. The century committee is working with a fund of million, the bulk of which is going to projects being conducted in 1974 and '75. Some of the estimated 200 applications for funding, including one by Hamilton Ju- nior High School in Lethbridge, have already been approved. Included in the request for are. funds to hire 45 summer students who will be paid for taking part in the production, says Mr. Smith. Unless the government grants only part of the re- quest, additional government funds will not be needed, he says. If the application is approved the association will ask the city for a grant of Word on the association's application for government funds is expected during next month. Application was made before the Dec. 15 deadline. Cancellation of the dress rehearsal last year does not indicate a lack of public interest in the project, says Marilyn Anderson, vice- president of the association. Rehearsals for the production will be held June 10 to July 5. The association has budgeted f 10.000 in income in gate receipts but Mrs. Anderson says as little as possible will be charged because the program is to be a public service. Cost of the project has been set at up from the sum projected for the dress rehearsal. The increase is due to extending the length of the performance to almost six weeks, says Mr. Smith.