Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Province leaves ride safety up to midway operators By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer Strange. An army of regulators and inspectors descended on the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds this week to en- sure health standards are fires electricity given its due laws obeyed and drinkers behave themselves. But those mechanical monsters that whir and whip passengers at blurring flirting with gravity and fighting centrifugal force all in search of are free of regulation and inspection. The cotter-pin technology that allows Bernard Thomas to dismantle millions of dollars of gadgets and gear in Saskatoon one day and set it up again in Lethbridge the next is free of provin- cial and local controls. A provincial labor depart- ment spokesman told The Herald legislation in this field could result from recommen- dations now being studied by the labor department. The consumer affairs department has urged provin- cial a spokesman says Mr president of Thomas the midway now operating at the Whoop- Up Days celebration maintains that it's in his interest as a business man to all we to keep his rides safe. He claims mishaps are few and those that occur are ex- aggerated by the media. Both the labor department official and Mr. Thomas men- tion the Canadian Standards Association midway safety code a list of general recommendations as to how midways should operate. The code is the backbone of what may soon be provincial says Wilf Lawson of the Alberta labor depart- ment in Edmonton Mr. Thomas said in an inter- view he already follows the code Readers can judge that for themselves by comparing a few of the guidelines below with what they observe at the grounds this week. A few of the guidelines not suitable for all ages should be amusement device which is exposed to wind or storms shall not be operated under adverse weather con- ditions except to release or discharge and all devices must be guyed or anchored to withstand wind up to 70 m p.h shall be installed over bare light bulbs where the public would come in con- tact with midway shall not be used or operated until all areas in which persons may be endangered have been barricaded or otherwise guarded against public children are permitted to ride on amusement adequate restraints suitable for their protection must be provided to prevent children slipping under or through safety shall be an ade- quate number of attendants to supervise loading and un- equipment for evacuation of passengers shall be kept available at all times for immediate use The only provincial legisla- Policeman discovers house fire A Lethbridge police patrol man saved seven people from what could have been a serious situation as he waken- ed them and warned them their house was on fire. Const. Loren Wittig said to- day he was patrolling on the 1200 block about 4am when he noted smoke around a street light in front of 1214 5th Ave. S. He then observed a large amount of smoke issuing from the second-storey window of the frame apartment house. The constable entered the building and awakened the seven residents and told them to leave the house. The which was on was empty. Its Richard was sleeping in another room. The fire department was called and firemen quickly ex- tinguished the blaze which was believed to have been caused by a burning cigarette igniting a mattress. It's a topsy-turvy world Midway rides give life new perspective WALTER KERBER photos tion that now seems to touch on midway rides is the Elevator and Fixed Conveyances although the branch cf the provincial labor department charged with enforcing that makes no inspections Says Ken senior inspector in the branch's Calgary office which handles the South up in the air now I know legislation is pending in area. As of there is no No one knows if inspection would have prevented the re- cent midway mishap at the Calgary Stampede in which 10 riders of the Royal American Shows midway roller-coaster were injured when one car suddenly stopped and was rammed from behind by two others. A Royal American spokesman reportedly could not explain why the emergency brake on the roller-coaster car suddenly engaged. the ride was rolling again an hour it was reported. The Thomas like other major American midways that make the rounds in Canada every spends huge sums to attract thrill-seekers. The star of the Thomas midway this year is the which cost when it was purchased. This is only the third time the ride has been erected and already its value is nearer to Mr. Thomas says. He calls the employees who each week assemble and dis- mantle the Yo-Yo and the other 25 midway rides perts in their own right. It lakes a to master the process. He says the midway's own inspectors and insurance guard against mishaps but are bound to be injured by oc- casional mechanical breakdowns. The weekly uprooting and reassembly actually acts as safety he claims. Parts can be inspected for wear and defects routinely every week. Given the obvious stresses on the rides during it is considerable testimony to the quality of the mechanical technology of these rides that more serious breakdowns don't occur An observer of the assembly ritual is taken by the organiza- tion necessary to efficiently erect the ride and by the dependence on steel cotter- pins ranging in size from a fraction of an inch to more than an inch in diameter. it up. Now twist. Twist damn it. the ride foreman bellers at his swampers whose obvious inexperience makes it necessary for the foreman to spell out every step. Then One steel pole slips into the cotter-pin is banged in and another cotter- pin is put in to fasten the first. The case for provincial legislation on midway stan- dards is says George an official of the Alberta department of con- sumer affairs in Calgary. there is concern for the quality of the equipment. Second is the question of possible psychological damage to young children who aren't prepared and can't han- dle the speed and stress which some rides impose. seen parents holding kids three and four years old in their laps on rides on which adults were having trouble holding he says. The chance that youngsters will panic and all sorts of strange increasing the risk that they may even fall out of the ride. Mr. Blochert has advocated legislation but thinks seasonal operation of midways tends to delay action. they dis- appear on Labor Day and they are gone again for another year. Most people don't think about it much until they arrive in town the next year. worries me as a and as a The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 13-20 City to apply to PUB to purchase all power The city will make a formal application as requested to the Public Utilities Board to buy all power from Calgary Power Ltd. and in the process sell the power plant to the company. A draft agreement between the city and Calgary Power covering sale of the plant and purchase of all city electrical needs should be ready in two Oli utilities told aldermen Tuesday night. A copy of the bylaw accepting the contract should be sent to the board after first Mr. Er- dos as part of the of- ficial application for board approval. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said the application from the city should ask the board to process it quickly He said before council meeting Tuesday even though the board has taken jursidic- tion over the contract the city will sign with the he hopes the sale can be com- pleted by early August. The board will be approving only the contract covering power supply from Calgary he although that would incidentally approve the sale of the plant. The 1969 contract between the city and Calgary Power setting purchase of baseload power from the company was also approved by the board Feedlot bylaw withdrawn It didn't take city council very long Tuesday night to dis- pose of a bylaw restricting feedlot operation in Lethbridge. The which would allow council to force a feedlot out of city after receiving was tabled last fall pending an- nouncement of provincial government regulations controlling feedlots. A report before council Tuesday from City Solicitor John Hammond said the bylaw would only apply to one feedlot. bylaw is confiscatory in without compensa- tion and thus basically goes against the general principles of democratic Mr. Hammond said. There is no health Mr. Ham- mond adding that as the city expands and feedlot property becomes valuable for other- purposes problem will eventually take care of Aid. Steve who mov- ed the bylaw be said he appreciates the problem of people living near feedlots. But Mayor Andy Anderson said he was promised by En- vironment Minister Bill Yurko the feedlot problem being looked Fellowships awarded Three former Lethbridge persons were among 791 students in Canada to be awarded fellowships valued at between and by the Canada Council today. D. A. Joanne Hedenstrom and T. A. Moore were awarded the doctoral fellowships to continue their studies toward a Ph. D. in 1974-75. Successful candidates were chosen from a field of qualified students in the humanities and social sciences. Bear hunt one youth goes home The hunt for the vicious black bear that attacked two youths Sunday at Beauvais Lake Provincial 14 miles west of Pincher continued Tuesday without success. 17-year-old Lee of Red was released from Pincher Creek Hospital Tuesday after receiving treatment Monday for wounds to the legs inflicted by the bear's claws and teeth. His 16-year-old Cam of Spruce received another six stitches Tuesday in addi- tion to the more than 170 stitches he received Monday to close deep wounds to the back and legs. He remains in hospital in good condition. The evening of terror began late Sunday for the youths when they met the bear and her two cubs on a nature trail near Beauvais Lake. For 20 frightening the youths were terrorized by the bear as she yanked them from the trees and mauled them on the ground Unable to spot the bear and her cubs after almost two days of park officials moved a barrel bear trap further up into the treed hills Tuesday in an attempt to capture her. Pak officials said Monday the bear will be destroyed when captured or shot if spotted during the hunt Her cubs would be placed in a zoo or game farm. I Guide to Whoop-Up I I special attractions I Convention promoter named A Lethbridge woman has been named convention promotion manager of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alber- emerging from a field of 31 applicants from as far away as New Brunswick and California. Brenda a graduate of the University of Western On- tario in French and has worked in Brussels and has been involved in tourism in Waterton. John president of the association's board of direc- said Miss Black will be responsible for helping local groups to bid for their regional and national conven- encouraging business professional groups to hold seminars and prospecting to drum up business. The search for a manager followed a convention promotion grant from the city. i I 8 p.m. the magic clown in Pavilion. p.m. in the Independent Midway. 4 p.m. Hobby Kim's Punch and Judy Show. 4 p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Pavilion. 6 p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Independent Midway. p.m. the magic clown in Pavilion. 7 p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion. 7 p.m. Hobby string art. p.m. Wendy's Puppets on grassed area. p.m. Whoop-Up Pavilion. p.m. Can Can dancers in Pavilion 8 p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion. 8 p.m. in Independent Midway p.m. Whoop-Up Pavilion. p.m. Wendy's Independent Midway. 9 p.m. Can Can dancers in Pavilion. p.m. the magic clown in Pavilion THURSDAY 12 Puppets in Pavilion. 12 Village potters' day. the magic clown in Independent Midway. ft 2 Puppets in Independent Midway. g the magic clown in Pavilion. 'ft in the Independent Midway S 4 Puppets in Pavilion. 'H 6 Puppets in Independent Midway H the magic clown in Pavilion. 7 Whoop-Up Pavilion. Puppets on grassed area. Whoop-Up Pavilion. Can dancers in Pavilion. -ft 8 potters' day. g 8 Whoop-Up Pavilion. 8 in Independent Midway. Whoop-Up Pavilion. lii Independent Midway. 9 Can dancers in Pavilion. the magic clown in Pavilion. Star of this year's show You could have a for your back yard for Craftsmen show you how at Whoop-Up Hobby Village By JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer If good news travels rapidly by word of the exhibitors at Hobby Village must have a lot of ringing in their ears these days. The handicraft displays in the Whoop- Up Days pavilion have topped the turnout last and the inquisitive bystanders and just plain interested per- sons are testimony to the fact. The village is in the rear of the pavilion and dominates most of the available floor space. A craftsman attends each of the attractively arranged displays and offers information regarding his particular hob- by. Demonstrations are provided in a varie- ty of crafts whirri range from handanger embroidery to wood stamp pottery and weaving. A live collectiuii cf tropical and common fish is a centre of with instruc- tions on care of the how to keep fish healthy and what fish to purchase when first beginning this hobby. The unique is represented by a display of string eccentric and conser- vative wood sculpting and exquisite cake decorating. The art of tying knots in decorative patterns macrame and the related arts of angling and string plaques add something for every taste and are shown in complimentary color hues and shapes throughout the village. which simulates antique finishes on pictures lacquered to wood adds a dimension of as do examples of intricate hooked rug work and numerous pieces of simple and ad- vanced weaving. Educational-type blocks and toys for the children are also part of hobby village. The toys are all carved from wood. Along the same line are models of old farm buggies and covered wagons Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the afternoon and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. in various with many exhibitors inviting spec- tators to try their hand at creativity. For those fair goers who prefer quick crafts to anything more time a display of such art is on hand. Hobby Village demands equal time from both young and old attending this year's exhibition. It's worth your time and take time to see it.