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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta EXPLORE CANADA Coll vt regarding many available including EatUrn and Canada. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Ctntrt Villag- Mall Phow 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, June 4, 1973 PAGES 13 TO 24 IETHBRIDQE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower 7th Shopping Mall Phono (403) 321-7411 CHAIRS ADOPTION If current trends persist, it will be almost impossible to adopt a child in Alberta in a few years time. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer If the number of children available for adoption contin- ues to decline at its present rate, it will benearly imops- sible to adopt a child hi Al- berta by 1976. There were children made available for adoption in 270 fewer than in 1971 and 690 less than in 1968, ac- cording to department of health and social development statistics. This month the department has 350 applications for adop- tion compared to 20 children waiting placement. The children waiting place- ment are mostly mixed or handicapped children. There are no babies in Alberta wait- ing placement. The department is dealing with less unwed mothers than in past years and it appears a higher percentage of unwed mothers are keeping their chil- dren, says the department's re- gional director in Lethbridge. More receptive C. E. Bracken says single girJs are more willing to raise their children because society's attitude has changed in the past few years and men are more receptive to marrying a single girl with a family. With less children available for adoption the waiting per- iod for approved parents has been extended considerably. Mr. Bracken says the wait- ing period depends on how res- strictive the parents are on the type of child they wish to adopt. Some people wait for years, but if they're not res- trictive they can adopt a child in six to eight months after being approved by the depart- ment. Age, hair color, ethnic back- ground, race, physical health, mental illness in the child's family, sex and the behavior background of the child's par- ents are some of the restric- tions prospective parents put on the type of child they wish to adopt Not as selective People are beginning to ac- cept a child as a person and are not as selective in their choice of children as they once were, Mr. Bracken claimed. There are practically no un- FACTS OF LIFE FLOATS EASIER, AFATPERSOrfORLEAN? A fAT PLOWS CMie Beowse is And here's another foct you should know for yuor Summer Cottage fun or your Summer holiday entertain- ment we have a large supply of Popular Games, Activity Books and Colouring Books at SOUTHERN STATIONERS LTD. 316 7th Street South Phone 328-2301 wanted Infants in Alberta, be said. "They may not be want- ed by their parents but there certainly are many other peo- ple around who want and need them." In some provinces it costs adopting parents from ot in court fees to adopt a child through a children's aid socie- ty and from to to privately adopt through a law- yer. Adoption is handled differ- ently in Alberta than in other provinces in that there are no private adoption agencies in this province. By Alberta law, all children put up for adoption must be presented to the court by the director of child welfare of the department of social de- velopment. Two types There are two types of adop- tion in Alberta ward and non-ward. Ward children are those sur- rendered for adoption and made permanent wards of the crown. Non-ward children are those placed for private adoption with the mother's family, re- latives or friends. The department cfriesn't charge for its services to the mother or to the adopting par- ents and as a result Albertans can adopt a child at no cost to themselves for counselling and legal services. In the case of non-ward adop- tions the adopting parents may have to pay solicitors fees if the adoption is contested by another party. Can contest A contested adoption could result, for example, if an un- wed mother wished to transfer the custody of her child to a friend even though the child's grandmother wished to adopt the child. The child's grand- mother than could contest the adoption case in court. The department of social de- velopment doesn't take any responsibility for the success or failure of adoptions of non- ward children. It just prepares the adoption papers and pre- sents them to court for non- ward adoptions. In ward adoptions the depart- ment checks out the back- ground of the parents, super- vises the placement during the trial period of adoption, com- pletes and presents legal docu- ments to family court and screens the adopting parents. Total province Adopting parents of ward children have the total prov- ince to choose from, but the department does try to place the child in a district other than the one it was born in. The reduction in the number of adoptable children in Al- berta hasn't changed the cri- teria "all that said Mr. Bracken. The child still has to be wanted, needed and loved, he added. Age of parents, community environment, relationship in home, reasons for wanting to adopt, adequate housing, par- ents in good health and par- ents financial ability to care for the child are some of the guidelines used in screening ap- plications for adoption. 40-year spread The department requests a difference of age of not more than 40 years between child and parent. More stress is put on how people manage their money rather than on how much they make, when the depart- ment appraises the family's fi- nancial situation. Parents without child r e n would have the priority over parents with a family of three or four children, Mr. Bracken said. He says the adoption of mixed children isn't a problem if both parents totally accept the child. "If the child is loved in the home, community discrimina- tion usually isn't a problem. Single parents The department gets some requests for single parent adoptions and approves some of them if the request is made for a child that might not oth- erwise be placed. For exam- ple, a single nurse may want to adopt a handicapped child. The department sports a res- pectable success rate in plac- ing children for adoption in Al- berta homes. In 1971, only 39 of the children placed for adoption failed to work out during the first year of placement. In 1972, 30 out of adoption place- ments weren't successful. Workers get strike backing Construction workers who said last week they would strike three local contractors today were on the job this morning but were consider' ing walking off their jobs after moon. for the local of the Construction and Gen- eral Workers Union told The Herald the provincial Build- ing Trades Council has given its support for the proposed strike by 28 men. Picketing by the 28 local union members again the three construction firms would force the shut-down of any projects now under way. Contractors now are just sitting and waiting to see what happens. The disagreement Is over wages. A conciliation award increasing wages 85 cents an hour over the next two years, was accepted by the contractors but rejected by their employees. Union employees with oth- er certified contractors ac- cepted the award. Em- ployees dissatisfied with the conciliation award are those employed by Gillett Con- struction, Kenwood Engin- eering and Wesbridge Con- struction. Gillett Construction is cur- rently building an addition to the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Association. Kenwood Engineering has three projects under way a addition to Leth- bridge Breweries, a new Safeway store valusd at 000, a Lilydale Poultry Sales, valued at Wesbridge Construc- tion has no projects in the city but union members at the addition to the Raymond Junior and Senior High School have taken a strike vote and could be in- cluded in the walk-out. The agreement with CGWU covers a 15-mile rad- ius from the Lethbridge Post Office, said Mel Murakami, manager of Westbridge Con- struction, who claimed Sat- urday the Raymond project is not covered in the old con- tract. Airlines await decision on Grande Prairie route At least two Alberta air- lines are awaiting word from, the Canadian Transport Com- mission on applications to operate a permanent passen- ger service to Grande Prai- rie. Time Ainvays Ltd. of Leth- bridge and Intel-national Jet Service of Calgary have al- ready been denied CTC per- mission to operate a service on a temporary basis. Fred Woodall, vice pres- ident and general manager of International Jet Service, told The Hervid his company has made formal application for the Grande Prairie route to the CTC. Richard Barton, president of Time Airways, said his firm is also awaiting word from the CTC on their appli- cation for the permanent Grande Prairie service. An earlier report incorrect- ly stated the route had been granted on a temporary basis to International Jet Service. Lethbridge woman charged with arson after house fire AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND GASFITTING 24-HOUR SERVICE WORK New Installations Phone 328-2106 Special rales for Sr. Citizens A 36-year-old Lethbridge woman charged with arson appeared in provincial court today and was remanded to Wednesday for plea. Violet Vance, of 508 5th Ave. S., was released on bail. She was charged after a fire broke out Saturday in the home rented by her common law husband, Raymond Mar- shall, 45. The fire started about p.m., and one hour later, fire- men believed they had extin- guished it and returned to the fire hall. The fire brok out again and was finally brought under control at about 11 p.m. No injuries were reported in the blaze. Damage was estimated at over Raymond Marshall has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, follow- ing a complaint made by Vio- let Vance after she was de- tained in police cells Satur- day night. No date has been set for Marshall's court appearance. An arson charge carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. Keeping things down to a lion's roar, circus worker Raul Cervantes helps prepare the 1973 Lethbridge Shrine Circus for its opening today. The Hubert Castle Interna- tional Circus of Texas arrived in the city on. the weekend and will present four shows, at p.m. and 8 p.m. today and Tuesday. Twenty new acts are featured in the show at the exhibition grounds. Admission is for chil- dren and for adults with all profits going to support crippled children's hospitals. Leo Practices a roar HARRY NEUFELD photo Granum man, Macleod woman killed A 61 year old Granum man who died Friday after- noon in a two car collision at the junction of Highways 2 and 519 was among at least 21 persons who died accident- ly in Alberta and Saskatch- ewan this weekend. Donald Douglas was the lone occupant of a car which was crossing Highway 2 at Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LABg MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. lowtr PHONE 327-2822 CANADA'S FINEST COLD FUR STORAGE Call 327-4348 for Rapid Pick-up CANADIAN FURRIERS Paramount Theatre Building DR. R. S. FABBI OPTOMETRIST 314 8th Street South APPOINTMENTS PHONE 327-3331 Retired CPR workers acting in CBC film Ten retired CP Rail em- ployeees from Southern Al- berta have roles in an hour- long documentary on the buTding of the Canadian Pa- cific Rail road being filmed near Brooks this week. The film, based on Pierre Job openings for students Student Manpower has Job openings for baby sitters, housekeepers, domestic farm helpers, restaurant and cock- tail waitresses, roofers, ex- perienced sales clerks, truck drivers, taxi drivers, general laborers, farm and ranch laborers, furniture movers, a meat cutter, a mobile home cervicer and a bus driver. Interested students can contact Student Manpower today or Tuesday at 327-2111 or visit the office, at 424 7th St. S., from a.m. until p.m. Burton's book The National Dream, is one in a 10-part series scheduled for telecast on the Canadian Broadcast- ing Corporation network this fall. Filming will be done on an unused spur line between Castles and Scandia about 10 miles west of Brooks. Included in the props for the film will be the steam engine locomotive from Her- Several Indians have been tage Park in Calgary, hired from the Gleichen re- serve. the Granum turn off when it was struck broadside by a northbound vehicle driven by 29 year old Malcolm P. Harvey, of Calgary. Mr. Harvey was not injur- ed in the collision. Fort Ma- cleod coroner Dr. T. J. Walk- er has not decided if an in- quest will be called. A survey compiled by Ca- nadian Press shows five traf- fic and one accidental home deaths in Alberta, four traf- fic deaths in Saskatchewan, and 10 traffic fatalities and one death by drowning in Manitoba. A 61 year old Fort Ma- cleod woman, Mabel Cook, died early this morning after she fell down the stairs in her home. She was taken to Macleod Municipal Hospital and pronounced dead on ar- rival. Coroner Dr. T. J. Walker is undecided as to an inquest. The bodies of Raymond Frederic Dick, 22, and Mar- tin Sandomir, 19, both of Hin- ton, were found Saturday in the wreckage of a car 35 miles south of Jasper. RCMP have recovered the body of Garry Luttgens, 20, of Edmonton, who drowned May 13 in Lac Ste. Anne. The body was found Friday by a fisherman. Luttgens drowned when his boat capsized. A woman com- panion was rescued. Sylvia Krysko, 46, of Ar- drossan, died Friday after a single car accident near Edmonton. And RCMP are withholding the name of a motorcyclist killed Sunday when his machine was in- volved in a collision with a truck on a highway south of Calgary. Ivan Wesley, 33, died Fri- day when his car crashed into a guard rail on Highway l, 60 miles west of Calgary. In Saskatchewan, Donna Wicker, 24, of Melfort, was killed Sunday in a two car collision near He a la Crosse. And a youth, whose name was not released, died in a two car collision Sunday near Shellbrook, 50 miles west of Prince Albert. BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Ph. 328.0372 27 ?o 12 Ave. S. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldfl. Phone 3274565 AIR CONDITION NOW with tkt ROUND ONE Carrier ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES, SHEET METAL and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 3214 43 St. S. Ph. THE AUCTION BLOCK 2508 2nd Ave. N. REGULAR TUESDAY SALE Tomorrow p.m. WATCH FOR THE COMPLETE LISTINGS OF ITEMS IN TUESDAY'S HERALD ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th SI. S. Phone 328-4095 Super Special! Ideal Shower Gift CORNINGWARE COVERED SAUCEPANS Colors: avocado, butterscotch 32-oz. size Reg. 7.95 5.99 56-oi. size Reg. 9.95 80-oz. size "V Qg Reg. 11.95 f Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN AN IMPORTANT INVITATION FROM US, TO YOU We cordially invite you to make our phar- macy your own personal source for medicines and health-aids. We premise to never disap- point you as your visits to us will be welcom- ed and you will be serviced courteously, atten- tively, promptly and honestly. You are also invited to ask our professional opinion of any of the advertised non-preierip- lion remedies or health-aids. Your health is more of a consideration than extra profits. We will tell you when it wiser to consult a physician. GEORGE AND ROD SAY HOW MANY PRESCRIPTIONS IN YOUR HOME? If you are an average family, recent sludies have shown that the number of prescription containers in your home will range from five to eight. DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY GEORGE Hai0 Medical Bldg. 601 6th S. Call 328-6133 RODNEY 401 5th St. S. Dtlivtcy Call 327-3364 ;