Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wcdnttday, July 11, 1973 Facilities designed without handicapped in mind RICK ERVIN photo Insurmountable steps Several public buildings in Lethbridge, includ- ing City Hall and the Post Office, display obstacles to the physically handicapped, particularly those confined to wheelchairs. Curbs also present a chal- lenge fo the disabled. By HERB LEGO Herald Staff Writer Denial by design. That's bow one Leth- bridge resident refers to the lack of facilities for dis- abled adults and youngsters as they struggle to use the same facilities never given a second thought by most people. The post office, city hall, sidewalks, telephone booths, parking meters are all a challenge to someone fined to a wheelchair. There are regular appeals for financial .aid, special workshops, better social understanding. Forgotten or overlooked is the need for physical improvements throughout Lethbridge and other Canadian cities. Demand for changes in building standards has just this month been brought be- fore Toronto city council. Toronto aldermen have been asked to -provide at least one entrance at public buildings with a ramp and wider parking spaces be provided for cars of handi- capped persons. Council members nave also been asked to seek changes in building stand- ards, to suit the needs of the disabled, from the On- tario government. At Lethbridge, City Mana- ger Tom Nutting told The Herald there has been very little demand for easier ac- cess locally. In fact, Mr. Nutting says, he can't remember ever seeing a request for build- ing changes placed before his department Mr. Nutting said archi- tects of the proposed senior citizens' housing project, near the old Central School site, have been requested to consider wheelchair access in their designs. The city manager admits getting around city hall or the community services building is almost impos- sible for the disabled: there are no ramps, no elevators in either of the. structures. Most city park areas, with the exception of the Hen- derson Lake pool, are at ground level, Mr. Nutting says. Bob Madill, County of Lethbridge manager, is him- self confined to a wheel- chair. He says he has little problem getting around his office or county shops be- cause all are on ground level. There is difficulty, though, in access to the post office, the Marquis Hotel, Sven Erickson's Family Restaurant, and downtown branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Im- perial Bank of Commerce. These aren't the only buildings which pose a prob- lem to the disabled, but they are the most frequent- ly mentioned by handicap- ped persons still active in downtown business or so- cial affairs. Educational institutions in Lethbridge provide some consideration for the dis- abled: both the University of Letbbridge and the Leth- bridge Community College have special ramps and ele- vator service for students It wheelchairs. At LCC, at least six co- trances to the Kate Andrews Building are easily acces- sible -for the handicapped. The entire college academic area is within two or three inches of ground level. Inside, two ramps are pro- vided atong stah-ways to the technical vocational wing and there" is elevator ser- vice to the second storey business area. The LCC administration wing provides registration, bookstore, student finance and continuing education all on the main floor. Top flight executive of- fices are not accessible by elevator or ramp, but, says LCC information officer Gordon Colledge: "If we a handicapped student who needs the services of anybody on the second floor, we go to the student." The' U of L also provides ramps and elevator service to its academic residence building. The campus also offers a covered walkway (no stairs) to its physical education complex and art gallery. Spokesmen for the city's public and separate school systems say no runways are provided in any schools for disabled persons although the Letbbridge Collegiate Institute does have elevator service. In most cases, a handi- capped school student is as- sisted by a group of fellow classmates, the principal to boost wheel- chairs up stairs, over curbs and through doorways. Cross-breds dominate judging at 4-H show K was a happy moment for TCffie Balog of Milk River Tuesday evening as his calf was chosen grand champion at the annual 4-H Show and Sate at the Exhibition Pa- OS truck weight of the ta Hereford Simmental cross ,was 1.245 pounds. The reserve grand cham- pion award was given to Ron Motycah of Raymond for his pound Limousin-Here- ford calf. This year's show saw the largest participation ever as 410 calves from 15 clubs competed. First place showmanship award went to Hotty Doenz ef Warner, and second place vent to Ed Sbemik of Barons. The Magrath 4-H Beef Club won the Best Group of Four award, with the Barons dub taking sec- ond in that category. The show and sale repre- sent the culmination of near- ly a year of work for the 4-ffers, as raising a calf for the show involves well-plan- ned feeding, training and meticulous record-keeping. Winners in the show in past years were often Hereford calves, says Mito Barfnss. regional 4-H specialist, but the larger cross-breds have been the recent trophy win- ners. The 4-H calves were auc- tioned today at the Exhibi- tion Pavilion. With the 4-H snow com- pleted, exhibition employees are working to prepare for Whoop-Up Days which will kick off Monday morning with the parade. Short day for appaloosa, palomino owners Tuesday It was a short day at the Lethbridge Exhibition Light Horse Show Tuesday as judging of Arabian, pal> mino, pinto sod thorough- feed classes was completed by pm High point palomino was El Sarman. owned by Vivian Goodrich of Lethbridge. The high point appaloosa was McLeod M. Spots, owned by Roy O'SaSKvan, Fort Mac- leod. Today is a full day with several classes being judged, including trail horse, back western pleasure and harness. Thursdays' show will in- rhx3e jumping, equitation, pole bending and halter classes. -The light horse show is being heM at the outside show ring at the exhibition grounds, and is open to the public at no charge. Druggists group prepares for continuing education Settle down, chump Wilbe Balog of Milk River gels little co-operation from his grand chompion coif. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A continuing education program, designed to kesp pharmacists aware of ad- vances in their field, will be in full operation by June 1, 1975, the registrar for the Al- berta Pharmaceutical As- sociation said Tuesday-. Donald Cameron of Ed- monton said in a telephone interview the plan will be compulsory for all pharma- cists in the province. Plans for the program are still unfolding, but Mr. Cam- eron gave some indication as to what direction they uere taking. It will be a broad program using various educational devices including lectures, slides and tapes. He added there probably be credit given for various cor- respondence courses offered to pharmacists one being from the University of St. Louis. Ail pharmacists will be ex- pected to require some reg- istration, exposure, attend- ance and participation in up- (taiing programs, be explain- ed PharmacisJs near sities have already been able to take some courses on a voluntary basis. APA statis- tics slww that over a threo year period 812 pharmacists attended various up dating programs. Other provinces are also investigating the idea of compulsory continuing edu- cation in the pharmaceutical field. Mr. Cameron said Quebec lias, on a voluntary basis, 80 per cent of its pharmacists taking continuing education courses. There ars degrees of pres- sure put on by their associa- tion to take the course, and it sbculd not be long before they make it mandatory, he sdded. Under the new program, a pharmacist will likely be re- quired to spend a sA mcnbsr of boors on the programs of- fered. They wfll only ba re- quired to write exams if the program they choose de- mands it. "The exams will not be like those in university they will be of an open-book Mr. Cameron explain- ed. They are as much desijai- rd to train people where lo find information as they are to get them to memorize in- Jw cddcd Mr. Cameron indicated a problem couM arise with pharmacists who are too far away from any metropolitan centre to attend a lecture- type course. Mr. Cameron said persons may well have to be accommodated by slides and tapes or other similar meth- ods. Branding issue settled Section 22 of the Livestock Brand Inspection Act, im- plemented July 1, has been discontinued until further notice. The section of the act, which would have trans- ferred the responsibility for making horse and cattle brands readable to pro- ducers. feedkA upeialors and auction market opera- tors from provincial inspec- tors, was withdrawn by Agriculture Minister Dr, Hugh Homer Tuesday. Ralph Void of Ponoka, president of the Alberta Auction Markets Associa- tion, told The Herald this rooming that the change was in response to the pies- sure exerted by members ef the livestock industry at a special meeting in Red Deer Friday.