Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Suffield closure shaping up as major issue in 'Hat riding by ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The phasing out of the Suffield Defence Research Station is shaping up as a major election issue in early campaigning in the Medicine Hat riding. While full-scale electioneering hasn't really begun yet, the two major contenders, Progressive Conservative incumbent Bert Hargrave and the man he beat in 1972, the then- agriculture minister Bud Olson have been trading shots on the issue. Conservative defence critic George Hees added fuel to the fire when he stopped in the riding long enough last weekend to announce a PC government would keep the research station open. It employs some 184 scientists and technicians 20 miles northwest of Medicine Hat. The federal government announced in February it would phase-out the Suffield station over several years and move the work done there to a new million base in Winnipeg, to be completed in 1977. Mr. Hees, MP for Northumberland, Ont., charged that Defence Minister James Richardson's only possible motive for replacing the Suffield station with a new facility in Winnipeg is "to improve his chances in the very difficult election he faces in his Winnipeg South riding." Mr. 'Olson, who lost to Mr. Hargrave by some votes in 1972, has been busy trying to get out from under Conservative claims that he knew about the coming phase-out while he was still agriculture minister in the Trudeau majority cabinet. He has said he believes that if enough pressure is brought to bear, the phase-out decision can be changed and the operation at Suffield continued in essentially its present form. Replying to statements by Mr. Hargrave that he "must have known" about the phase-out, Mr. Olson says the matter was never discussed in cabinet when he was a minister and he had no idea such a decision had been made if it ever had prior to the government announcement in February. Agricultural concerns and inflation will also be camapign issues in the riding. Mr. Hargrave, who was president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association when he contested the last election, is the Conservative agriculture critic on livestock matters. Both he and Lethbridge Tory MP Ken Hurlburt have suggested a westerner should be agricultural minister because the overriding issues of agriculture are in the West. Mr. Olson says he can't argue with that contention but suggested the best way to assure this would be to elect more Liberals from Western Canada. The former agriculture minister claims the fortunes of Canadian agriculture started upward before the last election. He says they've continued upward partly because of the Liberal administration and partly because of the improved market situation throughout the world. Mr. Olson is also using the DREE program in his campaign. At his nomination meeting he said the rapid expansion in the Medicine Hat area today began with the money poured into the region under the DREE program while he was minister of agriculture. Mr. Hargrave has predicted inflation will be the major "gut issue" of the campaign and said he supports the temporary wage and price controls, although somewhat reluctantly. He said at his nomination meeting that while it is human nature to resist compulsion and controls, especially in Western Canada, strong measures are needed to deal with Canada's high inflation rate. At this point the Social Credit candidate Ed Ens, a Calgary-based financial consultant and the NDP candidate who was to be named today would appear to have an uphill battle ahead of them. Mr. Ens, who will be taking an apartment in Medicine Hat and moving his family there as soon as his children get out of school in Calgary, said he was offered four or five Southern Alberta ridings to run in but selected the Medicine Hat riding because he feels it will be the key riding in Alberta. The 48-year-old candidate ran under the Socred banner in Palliser in the last election where he polled votes to Conservative Stan Schumacher's The NDP suffered an embarrassing setback when they couldn't come up with a candidate at their nomination meeting, but they now'say they have found a local person to run. In 1972 Mr. Hargrave topped the polls with votes to for Liberal Olson, for NDP Lewis Toole, and for Socred Willard Paxman. Mr. Olson won the 1968 election by 208 votes and served the riding as a Social Credit member from 1957 to 1958 and 1962 to 1968 when he joined the Liberals. Premier's help to be sought in policing problem District The Lethbridge Herald Local news FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Mayor Charlie Edgar hopes to pursuade Premier Peter Lougheed, when he visits Granum June 19, to set up a meeting at Edmonton with, ministers who could ease in Fort Macleod's policing costs. Mayor Edgar told town1 council Wednesday night that Premier Lougheed will at Granum when the Progressive Conservative Party nominates Dr. T. J: Walker of Fort Macleod to contest the next provincial election. The nomination meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Granum Community Hall. Mayor Edgar is disturbed over costs of guards' wages and the general cost of maintaining law and order here. The bill for April was "We just want to arrange with the premier when we can go into Edmonton and sit down and talk with some of his cabinet ministers in charge of Sheepmen eye grass at Suffield Fifteen sheepmen from the Brooks area have banded together in an attempt to secure a grazing pasture on .the military training area near Suffield. The Brooks Sheepmen's Co- operative Ltd. was initiated this week under the provincial co-operatives branch of the department of agriculture. It will try to get control of 36 sections of land to graze their animals. Co-operative chairman Tom Simpson .of Tilley, said Wednesday sheepmen have to haul their animals more than 300 miles north to the Rimbey area for pastureland. Mr. Simpson said cattlemen have been permitted to graze their animals on the military training land for years and "it's time sheepmen had the same privilege." The co-operative is preparing a brief to be presented to federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan. Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner and Lalavee Jensen of Magrath. president of the Canadian Sheep and Wool Commission. Mr. Simpson said the co- operative will also try to establish Brooks as a lamb and sheep shipping point. He said the construction of the lamb processing plant at Innisfail makes this vital to the success of the sheep industry in the Brooks area. The co-operative will also attempt to assist organizers of an annual sheep sale in the Brooks area to improve sale conditions. Mr. Simpson said there should be no diffuclties in getting sheep on the military reserve. Because he has raised 800 ewes and 30 to 50 cattle in the same pasture, without any difficulties, he is satisfied the two animals can be raised together. "They get along he said. "Because sheep are selective eaters, they leave lots of grass for the cattle." Mr. Simpson said although the co-operative is designed mainly for farmers within the Eastern Irrigation District, other sheepmen in the province would be welcome to join. this said Mayor Edgar. Council has decided it will shoulder the responsibility of holding and disposing of seized firearms. RCMP Sgt. W. P. Becker told council police have recently seized four firearms here, three in the one incident and another Wednesday afternoon. The weapons were seized after they were discharged within town limits. The rifles will be turned over to the town. The town bylaw covering seizures of firearms says police "may confiscate" the weapons. Coun. Ron Tilbe said "hundreds of kids go across the river and shoot." "There is too much of this said Mayor Charlie Edgar. "Somebody is going to get badly hurt." Sgt. Becker said in out-of- town offences if a person is charged with being in possession of an offensive weapon the RCMP holds the firearm for a 30-day period, "then we -forward it to the attorney-general by registered mail.'' He said it is a matter of educating the public. "I don't think they are deliberately going out there it is just a matter of knowing." Council decided to publish it? firearms control bylaw in the local weekly newspaper to reaffirm its policy for weapons in town. Town council will decide when to return rifles to the youthful gopher hunters. Rabid bat found near Fort Macleod A rabid bat has been found in Fort Macleod. The bat. found hanging on the side of an occupied house in Fort Macleod in bright sunlight, was diagnosed positive at the federal Animal Diseases Research Institute. Bill Dorward, rabies specialist at the institute, said today any person who finds a bat acting peculiar, unwilling to fly or staying in the bright sun, should contact health officials. Any person who notices a cat playing with a bat should take precautionary measures, he warned. The bat can be caught with long tongs without worry. "Just make sure you don't get he said. Donors give 365 pints With only one evening left for Lethbridge residents to donate blood to the Red Cross blood donor clinic, a good turnout is needed to reach the objective of 950 pints. Some 365 pints of blood were donated Wednesday, bringing the total number of pints up to 710. SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, June 6, 1974 Pages 15-28 Raincoat an unexpect- ed shower Wednesday, Maurina Robertson of Fernie, hides under the jacket of friend Doug Smith. But even the pro- tection of her friend's "raincoat" doesn't erase the frown of a little girl caught in the rain. PHIL ILLINGWORTH photo Bridge Villa trailer park wins approval of expansion An expansion of the Bridge Villa Estates trailer park in North Lethbridge was approved by the Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday. But an application from Krahn Homes Ltd. to build 12 fourplexes in the same area was tabled for one week. Bridge Villa was given the go-ahead to add 18 lots to the some 120 already developed at its 2300 13th St. N. location. Krahn Homes is seeking to build its fourplexes along the east side of 13tl> Street N. from 23rd Avenue to the city limits at 26th Avenue N. The planning commission also tabled an application for a home occupatior license to establish a kindergarten for 13 children at 2014 20th St. N. The site has to be advertised for two weeks to give neighbors the opportunity to comment on the application before the commission. Nancy Schnoor who is applying for the license told the commission there is a great need for child care facilities in the new areas of the north side. Another home occupation request was turned down by the commission. John Vrsfcovy applied for the license to teach transcendental meditation at his home at 971 10th St S. ,000 program to help patients rejoin community By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Details of a Lethbridge program to help rehabilitate former mental patients have been hammered out by the local Canadian Mental Health Association and representatives of the provincial branch of mental health services. LeRoy McKenzie, president of the local CMHA, said the program and a budget have been worked out and sent to the provincial department of health. CMHA officials met (Tuesday with Charles Hellon, (director of Alberta mental health services, to discuss the program and government support of the project. Dr. Hellon was in Lethbridge Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the needs and plans for mental health services in this area with local officials. The rehabilitation project will be poartially supported financially by the government. Hearing on plan June 13 A public hearing on the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission's preliminary regional plan has been scheduled for June 13. The commission is asking that submissions for the hearing, which is to be held in the Kate Andrews Building at Lethbridge Community College at 7 p.m., be turned into the commission office today. The preliminary regional plan, which has been several years in preparation and nearly a year in discussion in the region, makes major recommendations in such areas as rural land use. regional economics, recreation and transportation. It was adopted in principal with amendments, following a series of committee meetings studying different aspects of the plan, by the commission on May 2. The commission, made up of nearly all the municipalities in the region, intends lo confirm the plan at its next meeting July 11. Council urged to buy river bottom land City council will be asked to buy privately-owned land on the west side of the Oldman River as part of a comprehensive plan for recreation development in the river valley The Community Services Advisory Co'mmittee Wednesday recommended to council that it acquire private land along the river between the Highway 3 West crossing and the university. The lands will be used for a picnic area, campground and a hiking trail changed the terms of reference for the river valley committee which reports to it, giving the river valley group the power to monitor all "proposed changes in topography, use and development" in the area. The committee also The terms of reference were expanded because of fears the skyline as viewed from the valley may be changed and erosion caused by developments on adjacent land. The advisory committee was told the city is already moving to buy land for the campground, but Bob Bartlett. acting city manager. said other lands should be acquired now because city reserve funds are declining m value. The committee would be suggesting priorities of purchase to council. Mr Bartlett said Dr. Hellon said in an interview here the project will help former mental patients, including some in the Raymond Home, rejoin the community. Dr. McKenzie said the program would provide "life skills" education for the people and follow up support when they begin living on their own in the community. The basic plan is to bring two patients at a time into an apartment in the community. A supervisor will live with them and help them adjust. "The residents would be taught living skills until they have learned to live on their own. A supervisor may be needed only a few he said. Coupled with the "resocialization. program" will be a four-month life skills program designed by a CMHA staff member. This program would consist of a series of courses presented in an apartment rented by the CMHA. "We have decided to have the course in an apartment because it gets away from the institutional Dr. McKenzie said. The life skills courses will be open to a wide range of people including those recommended by Canada Manpower, the department of health or CMHA. Details of this program have not been ironed out as the director of the program is participating in a life skills teaching course in Calgary. Dr. McKenzie said the government has indicated, through a letter from Health Minister Neil Crawford, that it is willing to provide "a moderate amount of funds for the project." Mr. Crawford said in his letter that as a result of evaluations of people in the Raymond Home it has been determined some of the patients can be resettled in the community. Dr. McKenzie said the CMHA has. however, turned aside a government recommendation that these patients and others that will benefit from the program be pu! into foster homes. "What we want is a supervisor living with the patients in their own apartment the people wouldn't be uprooted he said Dr McKenzie estimates that about 35-40 patients could be helped in a year to rejoin the community. Initially people coming into 1he community would be from the Raymond Home but later the program would be used for .people recommended by groups including mental health services or the psychiatric ward at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Dr Hellon said women patients at Raymond, who can be rehabilitated, may begin moving into the community within two months Local unit urged for treatment About 99-per-cent of all mental health services needed in the Lethbridge region should be located in this area and long range government plans are aimed at this objective, the head of the province's mental health services said Wednesday. Charles Hellon, said in interview, a region such as Lethbridge should be "self contained" with all services available here. "A region like Lethbridge should not have to send its committed patients to Ponoka. Everyone should be treated right in the communicty." he said. Giving his pers6nal view Dr. Hellon said there is a need for a facility to handle committed patients in the city. "Certainly I can see a need for a unit that can handle committed patients. A unit that has pretty intensive care. "IS'ot a lock-up but a well- staffed, well-run unit such as is in Calgary's General Hospital which is serving the needs of committed patients." he said. Dr. Hellon said a separate building is not what is needed, rather an expansion of the psychiatric ward at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. "This would probably have to wait until the health study here is done because it has to be integrated with general health developments." Dr. Hellon added, the health study, which is investigating all future health needs for the Lethbridge area, will produce needed figures and objectives for planning a facility of this size. After meeting with Scott Angus. psychiatric department head at the LMH. Dr HeSlon said the space at the LMH for psychiatry is not adequate but the hospital must present its requirements to the government Dr Hellon said the hospital, by working in co-operation with menial health services, can cover a large area of mental health services And the two organizations, as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association projects, could be co- ordinated by a local planning council lo he established in this area before 1975 The council would probably have a representative from each group represented to provide a total mental health service package for the area The minister of health will probably be appointing members of the council in September. Dr. Hellon said.