Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 11 to 18 Those attending fair would change Whoop-Up citing high bad language Most Lethbridge district residents queried in an opi- nion sampling concerning last week's Whoop-Up Days said that the celebration needed and some suggested a complete overhaul. Much of the criticism centred on the beer which was closed early in an effort to quell fighting and abusive language on the part of some patrons. But also drawing substantial fire were the with many complaining that it is cheaper to attend such other events as the Calgary Stampede and the Expo 74 World's Fair at Spokane. Also drawing unfavorable comment were gambling and the general which some said was more of commercialism and carnival attractions than one of a community fair with local exhibits. Most of those questioned liked such exhibits as the RCMP exhibit and the hobby but complained that there were too few exhibits of that quality. Darlene Taber secretary the exhibition was fairly good although I spent most of my time at displays in the pavilion. Wanda typesetter I enjoyed myself more at this year's because I didn't spend as much money as other years. The handicrafts and other displays in the exhibition pavilion were better than other years but the fair has not changed a great deal. Detracting from the were the high midway prices. Asmin 1040 12th St. B. S. I haven't been to a fair in five years because my kids get just as big a kick out of flushing down the toilet as they do attending Whoop-Up Days. Joan 939 9th St. a teaching aide at Winston Churchill High School who works in the beer garden during Whoop-Up Days This year's was ob- foul-mouthed and unable to hold their beer. This year's beer garden patrons were troublesome and abused waiters and waitresses with frequent four- letter oaths. Bert 916 9th St. S. I enjoyed the casino and beer except for losing money at the blackjack tables. Gerdy a typist at the provincial 941 10th St. It was better than last year's fair. The exhibits were but the casino could have been bigger. Judy 611 Scenic Heights The ex- hibition and parade were better than last year. The different management of the midway improved the facilities at the grounds. Dale an Edmonton printer The exhibition was smaller than others he but was just as boring The exhibits were not bad for a small fair. Kelly car 711 llth St. S. Starting with the it was bloody horrible and I want my money back from the midway. There wasn't anything new or exciting. You've got to pay to get into the midway and to see some cowboys. There were no good barkers and the girlie show was cut out. The RCMP display shut down too early. All in all it was a rip-off. Too many honky little businessmen are trying to make a buck instead of giving decent entertainment. I think they should get rid of the present fair organizers and hire a new string. Charles F. commercial writer 208 1615 Scenic Heights Both my wife and myself were very disappointed this year. The quality of the midway is dropping and the people manning the booths in the midway were snarling and grubby. The language left much to be desired and their attitudes were ugly. There seemed to be a general air of apathy. The ex- hibits like the armed arts in the the kiddie's shows and the beer gardens were good but the rest left me cold. Angelo Mauro. government 1205 9th Ave. N. The fair was pretty better than before. The concession booths were in bad places at times. The parade wasn't bad but lam not a parade lover anyway. The biggest improvement over last year's fair was that they put the midway on pavement instead of in the mud. Pat billing 822 21st St. A fair should be a fair but this one wasn't. At people are supposed to be given prizes for their handicrafts but too much emphasis was placed on gambling. Children are losing out on craft exhibits. Fairs should be a family thing. We are losing a lot of money out of the Lethbridge area with the gambling games. Heather 2115 6th Ave. A N. We enjoyed the rodeo and the midway was really good. I thought the rides were newer. Prices were not ex- travagant. Ruby Edmonton The prices were higher than those at Klondike Days in Edmonton. I was disap- pointed that I had to 'pay the same gate price for children as adults. Helen 2814 6 Ave. South The parking facilities were terrible. There was no room and for that you pay 50 cents. Trudy Ave. South The fair was the worst it has been in a long time. The cost to get in was too high. There should have been student prices. Vera 1537 20th Ave. South The exhibits at the fair were very good. I enjoyed the hobbies and crafts exhibit but the RCMP display was outstanding. Jennie 31614th St. South the parade was the best the city has ever had. The exhibits were especially the RCMP display. Gordon school 2320 12th Avenue S. I'm quite happy with Whoop-Up Days although prices are a little compared with fairs in some larger centres. A combination admission grandstand ticket could be an idea to try here. Mrs. Ellen 1007 llth Street S. the midway was fine compared to last but Whoop-Up days isn't worth admission. There are not enough exhibits to fill a whole afternoon. Items such as the hobby display should be expanded for future years. Colin 512 14th Street S. I'm satisfied with Whoop-Up Days and the program should be left as it is. Admission prices are fair. Lil 2711 McKillop Place I didn't think the parade was as good as last year because there weren't that many floats. The midway was cleaner on the pavement but too crowded. The RCMP exhibit was quite good. If you four and had to take them all on you'd sure be broke in a hurry. Judy switchboard 1413 16th St. N. the midway on the whole was better and but it seemed all bunched up. The rides were good but ex- pensive The RCMP exhibit was really well done. Mrs M. J. 1610a 15th Ave. N. We found the children's ride section very good and the parade was excellent. Beer garden sprouted complaints Was closed early to avoid fights Mrs. Lilian 1933 21st Ave. I appreciated the exhibition's thoughfulness in allow- ing handicapped people who had difficulty walking to park close to the pavilion. Arvids 1126 20th St. People had to expect that prices would go up at the as they are increasing everywhere else. Greg 2839 Lakeview who said he is 16 years old I spent most of my time in the Casino. I just loved the gambling games. in winnings the last day allowed him to show a profit of after IVz hours of gambling each day. Jim a probation officer with the Adult Probation of 2902 12th Ave. S. the position- ing of the rides was better this year as all the rides in the children's section were together. He thought the price was too high. Linda 74017th St. N. I thought it was pretty good. Marie 1022 10th St. S the midway rides were not long enough for the money spent on each ticket. The most expensive rides at Disneyland are only 85 they last up to one half hour and are an adventure. She said the rodeo was good but the exhibition association could have forgot about the Hell Drivers Anne 1906 Lakehill Cr. 1 liked the especially the rides and the but you couldn't find your way around. Bill a Lethbridge Police inspector who has attended the fair for the last 15 years the fair was better this year because if you went twice in one day you only had to pay once to get in He is a member of the board of directors of the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Association and did not comment on im- provements for the fair next year. Agnes 505 8th Ave. 1 stayed away from the fair because there's nothing for older people Indians thwart play performance By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD A musical troupe performing on an opportunities for youth grant cancelled their premiere showing here Tuesday night following threats of a demonstration made to OFY officials by the Edmonton chapter of the American Indian Movement. The 25-member funded by a Opportuni- ty for Youth was scheduled to perform a musical commedy on the life of famous Peigan interpreter and scout Jerry Potts for the first time in Alberta. Calgary songwriter Richard who scored and plays the lead told The Herald his troupe called off their first Alberta performance after OFY officials in Edmonton received demonstration threats from the Indian movement. He said OFY was first notified by the Edmonton AIM chapter about a week ago. Richard Harrow Their is that descendents of the renowned scout were not consulted by the OFY group or allowed a preview of Officials for AIM were reported in Fort Macleod but were not available for comment. A spokesman for the Potts family said descendants of Jerry Potts had not been con- tacted by the OFY troupe or by AIM. Henry band manager for the Peigan Reserve at said late Tuesday night that he didn't know where anyone got information that descendants of Jerry Potts were upset about the musical. He said the only people to contact him so far are new- spaper reporters asking whether he had been in touch with AIM leaders. Two great granddaughters and six great grandsons of Jerry Potts now live on the northern Peigan Reserve and two great grandsons live on the southern part of the reserve he said. like to see what the play's all he adding that the CEC once showed a film portraying Jerry Potts as a drunkard passed out in a teepee during the signing of Treaty Seven. OFY troupe spokesman Harrow said tonight's perfor- mance will probably be cancelled unless the players meet with AIM leaders and members of the Potts family to give a preview. He said the musical is not offers no social com- ment and does not malign Jerry Potts. only people it spoofs are the Mounties But net even them very he said. Workers find job rules tough By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Some summer student workers are learning the Alberta labor regulations the hard way. Sally was fired on the spot without severance pay after providing her employer with two weeks notice of her intentions to take a short holiday with her parents prior to heading back to classes in September. Bob accepted a job at the minimum wage and upon receiving his first cheque was surpised to discover he was only paid an 15 cents an hour less than the an hour be has heard being advertised as Alber- ta's minimum wage. When Richard began his summer he was work- ing eight hours a five days per week. when his employer needed additional help on Satur- Richard couldn't believe he had to work another four hours a week on a regular day off and not be paid overtime. The students' work experiences this summer may have left them with a bitter attitude toward their employers. their employers were following the Alberta labor law to the according to the board of industrial relations area superintendent at Lethbridge. Wilford Jenson said in an interview there is no re- quirement in Alberta's Industrial Relations Ad- ministration Act for notice of termination of employment. says an employer has to give employees severance upon dismissing them from work. Unless severance pay and notice of termination of employment is written into a neither the worker nor employer has to give he added. So in Sally's she could have worked until the day she was prepared to leave on holidays and then quit without notice. By extending the company the courtesy of two weeks she left herself open to the discretion of the company whether she would be allowed to work beyond the notice of termination. The only recourse a worker who has been fired without severance pay has under present Alberta law is through the courts under the Master and Servants Act. The worker may be awarded severance pay by the magistrate if it is found he or she was dismissed without justification. Since Bob is only 17 his employer did not have to pay him the an hour wage that has been es- tablished by the province as the minimum wage lor Alberta workers 18 years of age and older. Workers between 15 and 18 years of age need only be paid an Mr. Jenson points out. Workers un- der 15 years of age are not eligible to work under Alberta law. Students under 18 years of age may be surprised to learn that the minimum wage for their age group is reduced in non-summer months to an hour. During the summer students must be paid for at least three hours of work each day they are scheduled to be on the job while the hours are reduced to two for the rest of the year. The maximum work week in the province is 44 hours and the maximum limit on hours of work per day before overtime must be paid is eight. Mr. Jenson says an employer is only required to give an employee 24 consecutive hours of rest within a seven day work period. So it was legitimate for Richard's employer to work him a sixth day and another four hours a week without paying him overtime. While workers who fall into the predicament Bob and Richard experienced this summer have no recourse but to search for new workers like Sally who are suddenly fired may soon be given the protec- tion of the Industrial Relations Administration Act. Bob chairman of the board of industrial said in a telephone interview from Ed- monton that changes are pending in the Act. Mr. Jenson said he would only welcome severance pay regulations if are clear cut without any ifs and He fears any regulations that would place board of industrial relations personnel in the position of having to decide whether an employee should have been given severance pay. Such action only make us glorified judges without the power to he explains. Mania bear spotted near site where two youths were mauled The so-far futile search for the bear that mauled two youths July 14 received a glitter of hope Tuesday when the mother bear and her two cubs were spotted about six to eight miles southeast of Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. As the search for the bear entered its 10th day wildlife officers were busy moving their barrel-type bear traps to the area of the sighting. Frank Lethbridge office supervisor of the Alberta lands and forest said the bear is now believed to be a very dark brown color and not black as reported by the two youths who were mauled late in the evening July 14. Based on sightings prior to the the only bear with two cubs in the area was dark brown and the cubs were reported as being distinctly brown. Mr. Sommerville maintains it is the intention of wildlife officers to capture the mother bear alive if possible and then place her and her two cubs in a zoo or game farm. Earlier in the a wildlife officer involved in the search suggested the bear would have to be destroyed when captured because it would no longer have a fear of man after tasting human blood.