Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LITMMIDOE HHAID Wtrfntsdny, July It, 1973 Farm labor recreation on 5th St. 'Organized recreation ivon't solve problem9 By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Farm labor placement offi- cials deny responsibility for what workers do with their spare time even if it means a few workers are drunk and loafing around the 5th Street S.-Galt Gardens area of the city. Canada Manpower can not be held accountable for men brought to Southern Alberta because its job is merely to recruit men for an industry, rfairns Frank Besplug, man- ager of Canada Manpower in the city. "We just provide workers for industry and we don't get involved with them or anyone else after placement." he says. Al Botbamley, manager of the family farm development division of the province's ag- riculture manpower office in Lethbridge, also says "We're just a placement office." Walter Strom, chairman of the Labor committee of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association, says no employ- er is responsible for his em- ployee in off hours so why should the farmers accept more responsibility than em- employers. Some 5th Street business men charge that, too many transient workers were brought to Southern for too few jobs. That result- ed in a surplus of men in the city, with nothing to do some claim. But all three farm labor placement officials re- ject the charge. 400 employed immediately Mr. Besplug says Canada Manpower brought in just over 400 workers and each one was employed immedi- ately. "We operate in good faith and work closely with provin- cial manpower to never de- liver more men than asked for." He says provincial man- power informs his depart- ment every day on how many workers are needed by the formers and on a day's no- tice worker placement can be stopped. It is the first year in five or six years in which a suf- ficient supply of workers was available to fffl the needs of the farming industry, he re- calls. Mr. Bothamley says the freelance workers who take it upon themselves to travel to Southern Alberta and take a chance on -getting a job were placed in jobs within 24 hours of registering with the provincial manpower centre. An estimated to freelancers came to the area tins year to seek employ- ment. Mr. Strom says this year's percentage of freelancers in the farm labour force was than the 50 per cent between freelancers and manpower workers in other years. Too tired for recreation Mr. Besplug suggests more workers may have come on their own initiative this year because they heard about the last year's worker shortage. "We didn't bring in enough workers in 1972 because there weren't enough he said. Mr. Strom doesn't feel or- ganized recreation for the transient worker during his leisure hours is a plausible solution to the Lethbridge al- cohol problem. He insists the majority of transient labor comes to Southern Alberta farms to earn money and since they're paid by the acre the harder they work tiie greater the fi- nancial return. Because of this work attitude, by the end of the day they're tired and are not prepared to partici- pate in recreation activities, he says. He admits there are a few transient workers "sailing along for the ride" and are looking for a holiday rather than large payrolls to take home. "They could have been working in the fields if they wanted he said. Mr. Botbamley says farm labor organizers and some of the surrounding towns began a- recreation program .about two years ago, but most workers weren't anxious to exercise after a day's bard work so the program even- tually disappeared. Non-Indians less reliable The officials also pointed out that recreation.is .difficult to organize effectively be- cause the transients are in Southern Alberta for a very short period of time. Most transient workers are in the area for less than a month. E has been common proce- dure for people in Lethbridge to blame the city's drunk problem on the transient worker, but Mr. Strom claims the transient worker makes up a very small percentage of the drunk problem. He abo says the transient non-Indians are less reliable and cause more problems for the employers than transient Indians. Some fanners openly ex- press a preference for Indian workers rather than non-In- dians, be states. When asked why the farm labor movement hires work- ers from out of the province rather than students, Mr. Strom explains: "We have had many unfortunate inci- dents with students." Hie fanners have "bent over backwards trying to employ but the youth of today is not used to bard work, be says. Many drive new cars Mr. Strom also objected to transient workers being re- ferred to as "cheap labor." The industry pays a substan- tial wage and the workers are provided with a free bouse and utilities, be claims. It isn't uncommon for a beet tm la to earn MO a day, be adds. Mr. Bothamtey disclaims accusations which suggest transient workers get drunk and bang around 9th Street S. near the Gait Gardens be- cause they've spent their earnings and dotft have transportation to their home towns. Calgary exceeds city in liquor offence arrests Lethbridge is now second to Calgary in total arrests wider the Alberta Liquor Act during Jinx, but still leads Alberta in the number of drunks arrested. Official figures released by Calgary police today for June show 635 arrests for li- quor offences which in- chxfed 522 arrests for intoxi- cation in a public place. Lethbridge police arrested 527 persons during June for being drunk in a public place. Unofficial figures released Monday by The Herald were considerably less than (he official tabulations received for total liquor arrests in Calgary. Furnishing funds okayed for library City council came up with for furnishings and equipment for the new library Tuesday but not be- fore a misunderstanding prompted a hoM-tbe-line on costs debate. The mistndersta n d i n g arose over differing interpre- tations of the wording of a resolution passed a year ago which authorized spending for the library build- ing but did not give a clear indication of how the fur- nishings, then estimated at would be .paid for. Library board chairman Bill Russell told council he understood the resolution to Fall start seen tor indoor pool Torture or pleasure Midway rides can be both a pleasure and an ordeal. The Round Up machine here gives a whirl to'April Nordin, 14, of 1019 9th Ave. N. and Sharon Romage, 15, of 226 14th St. N. Council briefs A Nov. 1 start on tfaj pro- posed new north-side indoor swimming pool could be made if the project can be approved under a whiter works program, council was told Tuesday. Finance director Allister Findlay 'said some under the Fetbral Winter' Capital Projects Fund may be available for the pool as it cannot be used for reloca- tion of downtown utilities to make way for the Woodward Stores project as was origi- nally planned. The rerouting of water and sewer lines hi the area has to start Aug. 15 and fund- ing from the federal pro- gram is available only if the project starts Nov. 1. Council Tuesday approved allocation of from the taxation revenue surplus which stood at as of July 6 for that work which must be completed by Dec. 31. Preliminary plans are to build the pool just east of Winston Churchill School in an area that may also include a park and tennis courts and a shop- ping centra. The. pool financing ques- tior was tabled by council Tuesday for more informa- tion from city administra- tors. Aid. Vera Ferguson also wanted inquiries .made to see if the pool could be de- veloped in conjunction with the public school board if it is to go next to Winston Churchill School. Several swimming groups petitioned council at its July 3 meeting for an early start on the north-side pool. mean the money would bft provided in future capital budgets. He added that the estimate had escalated con- siderably and was no longer realistic. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes said he recalled that at the meeting at which the library resolution was passed it was agreed that the city had only million to spend. "We've got to protect the what we're here he .said. Aid. Vera Ferguson's inter- pretation 'of the resolution was that the was all the city had available for the project in its 1972 capital funds but that the library board was to come back to council this year after it bad done what it could to raise money for the furnishings elsewhere. "Council is united in the fact that it wants an excel- lent library furnished in an appropriate "she said. "It's not in the public in- terest that we start bicker- ing about this when there is no doubt the library will have to be furnished." Council airport study contains secret report A study which recom- mended upgrading of Leth- bridge's Kenyon Field Air- port apparently contains a confidential'report within a report. This was revealed at city Little-used youth hostel under city eye The Lethbridge youth host- el will have to be carefully, evaluated to see whether or not it will be a needed pro- gram next year, city council was told Tuesday. Community services direc- tor Bob Bartlett said use of the hostel has deteriorated to six people per night and several other facilities are available for what is turning out to be a minimal use. Mr. Bartlett made the re- marks as council considered a request from the Thunder Bay, Ont., city council for support for a resolution they passed in June asking the federal government for sup- port to establish continuing facilities to provide for tran- sient youth. Council voted unanimous- ly not to support the Thun- der Bay resolution. A bylaw eliminating feed- lots from within city limits is to drafted for consider- ation by city council. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff who originally proposed the move against the urban live- stock operations said be was not suggesting this be adopt- ed as a policy of the city but that a limiting bylaw be drafted so that council could look at it and decide if it wants to proceed. "It's a problem we'll have to contend with more and juore as the city grows out of its he said. The authority to require feed'-ots to move is implied in a saction of the Municipal Government Act, according to city solicitor John Ham- mond. The city will send a letter opposing milk price in- creases to a public hearing on the latest increase appli- cations at Bed Deer Aug. 20. The application by four Al- berta Dairies for a increase in wholesale and retail milk piices throughout the prov- ince will be heard by tire Public Utilities Board. City-owned lots in the St. Paul's subdivision will be sold at a front foot this year and a front foot in 1974. Council agreed to the prices Tuesday which con- sist of a front foot fo'r servicing in 1973 and in 1974 and land costs of a front foot. A recommendation by the city's development officer that high density residential developments be required to provide 1.25 parking spaces per unit was sent back for further study by council Tuesday. Present requirements are only one space per unit, but it is felt that since apart- ment units are often occu- pied by more than one car owner, more spaces should be required. council Tuesday when Aid. Vera Ferguson wanted to know why some members'of city council still .hadn't re- ceived copies of the LaBorde Simat Ltd. report even though it bad been released to the press a week ago. Aid. Steve Kotoh, chair- man of city council's com- mittee on air service facul- ties replied that nothing had been made public that should affect council's deci- sion on the matter and that the committee wanted an- other meeting on the report and then it would be made available to council as a whole. "There Is a report within a report which must remain confidential for the time he said. Aid. Ferguson was not mollified by this explanation and was particularly upset that although a member of the committee she did not receive notification of the meeting at which the report was presented. ,Ald. Kotch said notices of the meeting were sent to all committee; members. Sports Canada exhibit tests physical fitness By JOANNA MORGAN' Herald Staff Writer Remember last year bow your feet ached after the tramp round the grounds of the midway and exhibition? Consider Sports Canada before you tackle the fair this year. The physical fitness test- ing exhibit sponsored by the federal department of health and welfare will give you a free estimate of your readi- ness and strength. The consequences of what you discover there could last longer than stuffed teddy bears and kewpie dolls. day this week, young people between the ages of 7 and 17 can try out five tests of personal physical fitness and compare how they do against a national average. At the same site between noon and sunset, demonstra- tions of different sports skills are being held. Bounded by a red and white canvas "fence" the exhibit is located on the left of the main entrance drive to the exhibition. No one goes away a loser from this attraction. Going through this program try- ing sit-ups. a flexed arm hang, a standing long jump, the shuttle 'run. and a 50-yard dash gets you at the very least a participation pin and a manual to plan your own fitness training schedule at home. Each entrant competes against the clock, against standards established for sex and age. High achievers get either a bronze, silver, or gold em- broidered crest free from Sports Canada. "It's very difficult to get a said Michael Fes- teryga. a 20-year-old Hamil- ton. Ont., student who works with Sports Canada. "But most people could walk in here and earn a crest." The project sends its test results into the federal de- partment of health where national standards of physi- cal fitness are being com- piled. It's not all for the dull cause of statistics though. Sometlting for vtwryone super athletes ond the noMo-iuper con test skills Sports Canada runs its ex- hibit partly as a showcase for local sports clubs. Gymnastic, boxing, judo and archery enthusiasts will perform on the site daily. Track and field club mem- bers and volleyball players will also make appearances. Fencers demonstrate their skills July 18 and Jury 21 at the exhibit. Figure skaters are scheduled to perform on the exhibit's artificial ice July 20. The exhibit even has a baseball pitching machine inside a 70-foot-long mesh cage for those who wish to ascertain their batting abil- ity. The Sports Canada exhibit is the result of a centennial project by tfce health and welfare department which sol up a Canada Fitness Awards program throughout the nc'.ion's schools. In 1971 the same depart- ment set up a fitness test- ing site at the Calgary Stam- pede. This year two Sports Can- ada groups arc criss-cross- ing the country, usually set- ting up in fairgrounds, coin- ciding with exhibitions. Tre group now in Leth- bridge has plans to attend the Medicine Hat exhibition next week. Since late -tare. it's worked in Weyburn and Saskatoon. Another group is on fts way to Burnaby. B.C. for tee Canada Summer Games. after service in Prince Ed- ward Island. Three regular members run Ibe exhibit ail summer. Thirty students have been Wred "through Student Centre at Canada Manpower by the exhibit to work as lime-teeners and statisticians for week.