Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD July 10 1973 Airport too small Services at the Leth- bridge airport, south of the city, are not suffici- ent fo'r a developing comnvjnity, a study be- fore city council says. To make the facilities more capable of accommodat- ing both air travellers and businessmen "requir- ing air freight services, consultants have recom- mended doubling the runway length to handle large jet aircraft o n d expanding the terminal to 10 times its current Summer enrolment up Summer swimming lessons registration until Aug. 7 Enrolment for the first two summer sessions at the Uni- versity of Lc Abridge shows an increase over last year and the, increase is expected to carry over to the third ses- sion, university registrar Jack Osnali says. Figures released recently show 327 students enrolled in summer session ooe, an in- crease of 75. The second ses- sion, which lasts until July 25; has increased by 25 with 515 students enrolled. In explaining the increase, Mr. Oviatt says students are taking advantage of "a pro- gram made more flexible by the three-part division in the course offerings." This is the third year the U of L has offered its summer session divided into three in- dependent parts the third of which begins July 26 and runs to August 17. Registrations for the Sum- mer Swimming Instruct i o n Programs -will be accepted at four city locations until Aug. 7. city recreation program coordinator Tom Hudson has announced. Registration for pro-begin- ner and beginner classes for children will be accepted dur- ing office hours at the Leth- bridge Family YMCA, be said. Other enrolments will be taken during public swim- ming hours at the Lions pool. 411 36th St. N., the FriU Sick Pool, 5th Avenue Hth St. S and the Henderson Pooa on ParkswJe Drive. Oppose open-bottle concept Doctors, police agree liquor, cars By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Police and medical author- ities Monday voiced their op- position to allowing open al- cohol in automobiles as rec- ommended by a provincial government committee last week. "Such a move would in- crease the possibility of acci- dents through the misuse of said Alberta Medi- cal Association president, Dr. James Oshiro, of Coal- dale. "We are opposed to any wid- ening of the risk of its he said. The association cently labelled intoxicated motorists a "major health problem." Lethbridge police chief Ralph Michelson said police RALPH MICHELSON Police nab one drunk per hour Although the annual sum- mer liquor problem in Leth- bridge appears to be subsid- ing again, after reaching its peak on the June 23 weekend when 113 persons were arrest- ed under the Alberta Liquor Act, city potics are still av- eraging one liquor arrest per hour on weekends. Statistics released by city police Monday showed 48 per- sons arrested for liquor of- fences during the 48-hour weekend period beginning at 4 p.m. Friday July 6. The arrests made last weekend were the fewest for a 48-hour weekend period since the June 1 weekend when 43 persons were arrest- ed under the Alberta Liquor Act. During the June 8 weekend 58 persons were arrested for liquor offences. S3 during the June 15 weekend and the June 30 weekend resulted in 103 arrests. don't have problems enough with drunk drivers under pres- ent legislation and were ac- cused of not doing their job properly. "This is one way of making it -even more difficult. Liquor left open in a car is going to be an invitation to drink it. There is no need for open alcohol in a vehicle." It would be unfair, added Inspector Bill West, head of the traffic division, "to put 'all the onus on the poHce and none on the person in the car." But from Calgary, commit- tee chairman Eon Ghitter (PC-Calgary Buffalo) said the present "unsatisfactory legislation" creates many in- justices. An individual now has two alternatives to avoid carrying open liquor, the Calgary MLA said in a telephone interview. "Throw it away or drink it and most people drink it." A person has the same right to possess alcohol in his car as he does in his home. He should not be charged for transporting alcohol, but for being intoxicated while in control of a vehicle, the report suggested. The recommendations hi general were praised by a spokesman for the Alberta Al- coholism and Drug Abuse Commission "as they should really help Albertans to real- ize there is concern at the government level about the growing rate of alcoholism in Alberta." However, Norman Briscoe, Lethbridge region moderator of the commission's impaired drivers' course, was dismay- ed at the open bottle recom- mendation. "I certainly wouldn't like that. It's putting the alcohol only three feet from then- mouths." The removal from the books of illegal possession as an of- fence is now in the hands of Attorney General Merv Leitch. "The law governing .the con- dition of the driver remains the Mr. Leitch said today. "H you are doing something that attracts the at- tention of the police you are liable to a possible impaired driving charge. "I am reasonably sure that removing illegal posses- sion isn't going to lead to people drinking in cars to any appreciable extent over what they now do." Allowing only sealed con- tainers of alcohol in cars is considered a deterrent to con- sumption by the medical as- sociation. "We would be opposed to any measure that would in- crease consumption of alcohol in an said ex- ecutive director Dr. Robert Clark of Edmonton. But, he said, the associa- tion and government shared the same concerns about al- cohol intake and the location mix JAMES OSHIRO of its consumption. If the spe- cial committee's recommenda- tions such as establishment of smaller neighborhood pubs and retail beer outlets ted to reduced intake and encour- aged keeping drinking at home, it would serve a use- ful purpose. The association's Commit- tee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will be studying the recommendations closely. "One must be very careful that the pendulum doesn't swing too said its chair- man, Dr. Hugh Arnold of Lethbridge. "The committee would react with some con- cern to making alcohol more generally available and to lower age groups." Some of the most outspoken criticism of the Ghitter com- mittee's recommsnda tions comes from one of Alberta's leading medical authorities on the treatment of alcoholism. Dr. J. A. L. Gilbert, fessor of medicine at the Uni- versity of Alberta in Edmon- ton and head of the Royal Alexandra Hospital's medical education program, told The Herald in a telephone inter- view he felt it is a "disas- trous" idea to make liquor more available than it already is. He said the open liquor in automobiles possibility is also "disastrous'' and would "cause a tremendous increase in the amount of alcohol con- sumed in cars." Mr. Gfakter's committee has recommended that minors in the company of their parents be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, the committee's proposal to lower the alcohol content of beer received sup- port from Peter Elliott, chair- man of the province's liquor control board. It proposed the content be reduced to four from five per cent "I personally lean in that direction and support the idea but I'd like to hear from the breweries and other people before committing myself." Gotft still considering city-to-Standoff road The Blood band administra- tors proposal last week to the provincial government for the construction of a paved high- way from Standoff to Leth- bridge is still under con- sideration, a government of- ficial told The Herald Mon- day. In a telephone interview, W. D. Stnitfo, special .projects officer with the department of highways, said the govern- ment has not finalized an agreement with the Blood band and any comment for at least two weeks on wheth- er the government will con- struct the highway would be premature The band requested the construction of the high- way to allow its people to live on the reserve and work or attend college and uni- versity in Lethbridge. The read would also encourage the development of irrigation farming in the northern part of the reserve by making the remote area more accessible, band administrators claim. About two years ago the provincial government agreed to upgrade the old Lease Road fiat runs from Standoff to the highway south of Letbbridge, if the Blood band was willing to sign over the right-of-way for the 400 acres needed to construct the reserve portion of the road. Pete Swartaian, district su- perintendent for the depart- ment of Indian affairs, told The Herald Monday the band was not willing to sign over the land required for the road because of its value to the reserve's agriculture indus- try. GeraMine Holland, admin- istrator of the band's econom- ic and industrial department, says the band's proposal to the government last week of- fered the provincial govern- ment the right-of-way for the highway through the reserve in exchange for the govern- ment's construction and maintenance of a highway to run directly from Standoff to West Lethbridge. Mr. Swartman says the construction of the highway would also necessitate the building of a bridge across the Oldman River which would cost the govauiueul about million. The present lease road, which UK government offend to upgrade, would have likely required the construction of a new bridge to replace the old wooden span across the Old- man River A feasibility study of the road completed by the Old- man River Regional Planning Commission indicated the pro- posed highway would, in addi- tion to Standoff, be bensfidaT to the communities west of the reserve.