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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 7HI UTHBWDGE HERALD Friday, July 6, 1973 'Jobs avai ilable for teachers if they will leave the cities' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer There is neither a teacher shortage nor surplus in Al- berta, says the assistant su- perintendent of schools for the department of Indian af- fairs. Rudy Spenrath says school boards would be able to fill all teacher vacancies and teachers wouldn't have any problem obtaining employ- ment if teachers were willing to leave urban areas to ob- tain a job. The Alberta Teachers Association put an advertise- ment in its- paper in Sep- tember requesting unemploy- ed teachers to add their names to an ATA em- ployment list which in turn was sent out to prospective employers, he says. More than 90 per cent of the 57 teachers whose names appeared on the ATA list were not willing to leave Al- berta's major cities to work in a rural area and the teach- ers willing i- leave urban life behind did not meet the teacher standards establish- ed by the department of In- dian affairs, he said in an in- terview. In the specialized teaching fields there are shortages and surpluses of teachers, depending on what subject the employer wants taught. There are teacher short- ages in early childhood edu- cation, industrial arts and home economics and a sur- plus of social studies, math and science teachers, Mr. Spearath says. As a person who has to hire teachers, he says a surplus of teachers is preferred be- cause it allows the employer the opportunity to demand better qualified teachers. The discouragement of stu- dents from taking education in Alberta's universities by spreading a fear that grad- uates may not be able to ob- tain employment is opposed by Mr. Spenrath. If students are discouraged now there will be a shortage of graduates in four years, he claims. The statement that Indian reserve schools get last choice when employing teachers is unfounded, says Mr. Spenrath. The department of Indirn Affairs received 340 appli- cations from across Canada for 10 teaching positions at the local reserves. Seven po- sitions were filled immediate- ly and the department is still screening applications for the three remaining positions. Mr. Spenrath says rumors that most of the teachers on the reserve are from foreign countries are also unfounded. The department tries to make selections from Alber- ta's universities, then from Canadian universities and fi- nally, as a last resort, teach- ers who have obtained their education in a foreign coun- try are hired if they are Ca- nadian citizens, suggests Mr. Spenrath. Only six of the 88 ers in Southern Alberta's re- serve schools don't have a degree and they all are studying at a university to upgrade their teachers' cer- tificates to degrees. The six teachers with teaching certificates have been on staff for several years and two are natives. Sixteen of the 38 teachers on staff in the Southern Al- berta reserves have two or more degrees, he said. CONFRONTATION EXPECTED TODAY The city spreads 12th N. to the edge of the Gotft prepares to retund money to Alberta homeowners, renters The long process of return- ing money to taxpayers has began at city hall. The assessment department Is accepting homeowner grant applications for the property tax discount, which this year is a and can be much as for a home- owner under 65 years of'age. Homeowners over 65 years win receive the amount they paid into the provincial edu- cation fond, itemized on their tax notices, if their bask tax is more than If it's less, they will receive the basic refund. Homeowners over 65 years who receive the federal guar- anteed annual income supple- mint will get back if thpr property tax is less than and the amount they paid into the education fund if their tax is more than For the first time this year, cheques will be mailed direct- ly from Edmonton, rather than through tity hall, to homeowners who have paid their taxes in full. To be eligible for the dis- count, a horesowner must have lived in the house for which the grant is applied for 120 days in 1973. Taxes need not have been paid to qualify for the grant Renters are also eligible "for a discount this year of if they are over 65 years and a percentage of their income if less than 65 years of age. Application forms are avail- able at city hall and th? pro- vincial Treasury Branch. Renters assistance forms must be mailed directly to Edmonton. Homeowner grants applica- tions can be mailed to the city hall assessment depart- ment It takes approximately six weeks for tie government to process the application and send the cheques cut to home- homeowners. Few restricted movies No complaints at local drive-in Management of the Green- acres drive-in theatre is "playing by ear" recent amendments to the amuse- ment act regulations which could prohibit drive-in thea- tres from showing restricted adult movies. Dong Shackelford. a spokesman for the drive-in, said they have not shown many restricted movies and have not. received any com- plaints about those they have run. The provincial govern- ment's new ruling, r-ijch gives municipalities the right to prohibit the showing of re- stricted movies at drive-ins in their jurisdiction, resulted from petitions by citizens and cmirch groups, primarily in Edmonton The ruling states that when a municipality finds that a drive-in theatre has a screen visible from a highway or residential area it can ask the provincial cabinet to classify it as a "designated drive-in theatre'' one not allowed to run restricted movies Mr Shackelford admits that Greenacres is very close to a highway but repeats that hie has had no complaints. The Greenacres drive in falls under the jurisdiction of the County of LrtJibridge. A spokesman for the County, Govft, cattlemen differ over brand inspections By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A major clash between the province's livestock feeders and auction market opera- tors and the Alberta Depart- ment of Agriculture was to come to a head in a special meeting in Eed Deer today. Without official warning, the department decided to en- force section 22 of the Live- Students plan to formulate energy policy By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer A group of university stu- dents are planning to formu- late a policy on Canadian energy this summer, one they claim will be more significant than the government's own green paper on the subject. And the government is pay- ing them to do it. The depart- ment of the secretary of state gave 15 students in sev- en Canadian cities to conduct public forums on en- ergy resources and draft a paper to suggest their proper administration. Francois Bregha. a 21-year- old University of Toronto stu- dent is co-ordinator of Par- ticipation in Energy Policy a national Opportun- ities For Youth project. In a Herald interview this week Mr. Bregha criticized Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald's 800-page analysis of energy issues, released to the House of Commons June 28. "The green paper last week was not a policy but conser- vative policy options. It's no energy policy at all." he said. "Our first step in drafting our energy policy will be a critique of Macdonald's green paper which will come out at the end of next week. That will be about 5 to 10 pages and upon that we will build our own energy Mr. Bregha said. First handbook popular On a five-day tour of West- ern Canada to meet the mem- bers of his national project, Mr. Bregha defended the sys- tem that allows the civil ser- vants to give government money to pay students to do a working paper on an issue of vital national importance while the legislative branch, the government, hedges. "They could do it them- selves if they really wanted to... but they havenV He does not fear that the project's work will be ig- nored. The first handbook on the need for an energy policy out of Toronto PEP office June 18 has proved popular. More than copies from booklets printed by the pro- ject have been distributed free to city residents there. Information Canada in Toron- to is carrying copies due to the interest. Regional handbooks are ex- pected in late August from PEP offices in Vancouver, Edmonton. Winnipeg, Hali- fax, Montreal and Ottawa. These should analyse local conditions. Mr. Bregha, an economics B.A. graduate who begins a master's degree program in environmental science this fall, rejected the notion that his OFY project was ineffi- cient. North energy studied Bob Grant, said he believes there is no action being con- templated by county officials on the new ruling. RCMP S. Sgt.. R. H Pin- nock, said they have not re- rsaved any complaints re- garding movies at the drive- in and City Police CWef Ralph Micnelson adds that his de- partment has not received a complaint on any movie for over a year. 222! "The way I see it if we didn't do it. nobody would do it and then we would all lose. Okay, it's the government's job, but they're not doing it." Brian Bykowsky and Katny Wright, at 11227 73rd Ave. in Edmonton, are the two Al- berta members of the nation- al project. Tbey are compfl- ing a report on the Macken- zie Valley pipelines and the Alberta oil sands. Each of the seven offices of PEP has the freedom to con- duct its work in its own way. The Manitoba office has plan- ned touring forums. The Al- berta office is still compiling research but planned Hs first public forum for July 5. Working -with PEP in Ed- monton is Dr. John Hart of Grant MacEwan College. He recently formed the "Cana- dians for Responsible North- ern Development" committee which seeks a moratorium on energy development in the area. Eric Kerens economist and former federal liberal cabin- rf minister, is working with the Montreal PEP group and. economist Mel Watkins with Toronto branch. Ian McDougall, the Dal- housie law professor called by Maclean's magazine "one of the few Canadian ex- perts on the National Energy is working with Hali- fax PEP. Prof. McDougall did his PhD thesis on the National Energy Board, the govern- ment body that rates oa en- ergy export applications. Mr. Bregha criticized the National Energy Board's re- liance on the statistics pro- vided by the CPA. the Cana- dian Petroleum Association, Ottawa's oil lobby. "They're in the strange po- sition of ruling on export ap- plications and reiving on in- dustry's estimates that the applications will not hint Ca- nadian demand. This is some- thing which certainly should change." "The basic aim of the pro- ject is to get the people the public at large inter- ested in said Mr. Bregha. Media exposure, he said has made more people aware of the problem since February when be submitted his pro- ject application. stock Brand Inspection Act effective July 1 and was im- mediately faced with a bar- rage of opposition from cat- tlemen, especially those in the marketing end of the busi- ness. At the hub of the dispute is the new section which re- quires a contributor of live- stock or his agent to clip the hair from the branded area on cattle and horses being sold with brands which ap- pear different than the own- er's registered brand. New brands The animal must be clip- ped also if the brand is judg- ed to have been applied more than 30 days before a brand inspection. The brand inspection offic- ers for the department of ag- riculture, legally termed peace officers, have authority to detain any cattle or hors- es not carrying the owner's registered brand or a fresh brand of the owner within SO days of inspection. The ani- mals can be held until the owner or the market operat- or clips the branded area to make the brand visible to the inspector. Previously, the brand in- spectors were responsible for clipping brands which couldn't be clearly red. H. M. lank, supervisor of regulatory services for the department, told Xte Herald in a telephone interview Thursday that he can't under- stand all the opposition to the new regulation. Regulation needed He said registered brands will be exempt from the pow- ers of the new section and it will only apply to persons sell- ing cattle not carrying their own registered brands. Specifically feedlot operat- ors who don't rebrand all animate with their own brand when received and livestock dealers who buy cattle in 002 auction market and sell in an- other will be affected most, he said. Mr. Link said the regula- tion was deemed necessary in order to keep operation of the regulatory services section uo with the heavy movement of cattle in the province. Since the department start- ed using commpaters to keep track of anima's in the prov- ince, the importance of keep- ing accurate records has in- creased be said. Added costs Joe PerJich, past president rf the Alberta Auction Mar- ket Operator Association, said such a regulation would slow up the entire marketing chain and add to the handling costs. Mr. Perlich said the brand inspectors have had a fair amount of trouble in the clip- ping process in the past and now the job has been shifted to the market operators and the persons selling the cattle. He suggested that there could be an extra fee per animal.if the producers have their animals clipped by the market operators. Tony Perlich, co-owner of Perlich Bros. Auction Mar- ket, said such a move could cause a hardship on the beef marketing industry. Opinion not asked He said what is needed is for both sides, the marketing sector and government, to sit down and decide on a'system of inspection which is satis- factory to all. "The government, didn't even ask the opinion of the industry before it instituted this new he said. If the market operator or feedlot operator won't clip the animals, they will be de- tained. Any movement of the animals orior to clipping and oSicial inspection wfll make the operator or feeder liable to a charge of obstruction of the enforcement of the law under the Criminal Code, said Mr. Link. Affects producers "If we can't enforce mis section, we'll have to take a good hard took at compulsory he said. "This would affect all pro- ducers, and the producer isn't fault." Mr- Link said be doesn't think government is asking too much. "It is for the pro- terHon of the producer." He said the system had been in use in Grands Prairie for about one year and auc- "tiDteers like it there. Many markets are co-ooer- atin? 100 per cent, he said. adding that "the mojority of the markets are not agin us." Girl hurt in accident A six-year-old Lethbridge girl is in satisfactory condi- tion today hi St. Hcspi'al following a motor' vehicle-bicycle accident at 2902 12th Ave. S. Thursday evening. Barbara Jean Rigo of, 2E37 13th Ave. S-, received- cults and a fractured left teg. virile riding a bicycle tiug was in collision with a hicte driven by Wayne 525 Stafford Dr. N. Charges were not laid and; damage is estimated at MO. 7 City construction moves past million mark Construction in the city last month continued st a pace more than double that of last year. City hall issued 87 build- ing permits in June worth compared with for the same month in 3972. That brought total consJroc- Jicra for the first six months this year to For ihe same period last year, the total was House construction led the way with 34 permits worth taken ort., aa average of per home. In Jane, 1972, the average ctst of each house started wss The largest sinjpe permit was issues to the city far con- struction of a new fireball. ;