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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta New cheese factory aims for production Board president addresses official opening Bryan Smith speaks to assembly at front door of plant WALTER KERBER photos The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, June 7, 1974 Pages 17-32 Andras to attend Grit barbecue Sunday Robert Andras, federal minister of manpower and immigration, will attend a public barbecue in Lethbridge Sunday as part of the Liberal's election swing through the province. The barbecue is to be held at the Exhibition Grounds beginning at 4.30 p.m. Liberal candidate for the Lethbridge constituency, Sven Ericksen, says he and the minister will be inviting the public to discuss issues in the July 8 federal election. Mr. Andras, 53, who represented Thunder Bay, Ont.. in the last Parliament, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1965 He was appointed minister without portfolio with responsibility for housing in 1968, minister of state for urban'affairs in January, 1972, and to his present post in November. 1972. ECS grant hike welcomed locally Woman threatens city hall picket A woman bus driver who claims she is being discriminated against by the city transit system said Thursday she will picket city hall if her case is not resolved. Lorna Durand. a school bus operator with Lethbridge Transit since the end of April, said she- is being laid off today, to be re-hired when school begins again in the fall. But she claimed in a Herald interview that a man with less 'Hat NDP finds two contenders The Medicine Hat NDP have come up with not one, but two candidates. As a result, the party will hold a second nomination meeting Monday in Medicine Hat. The development was announced today following a visit to the riding by NDP Provincial Secretary Howard Leeson. Now seeking the nomination for which no contenders could be found at the first meeting a week ago. are Lauranne Hemmmgway a 25-year-old Brooks social worker, and Bill Hartley. 64. teacher at the Winnifred Colony Huttente School in the County of Forty Mile. Miss Hcmmingway is the daughter of the NDP candidate in Peace River. Anne Hcmmingway The nomination meeting is to be held in the Medicine Hat Public Library INew offer at Coleman COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) A new schedule of wages has been drafted in an attempt Jo end a strike involving nine members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees here seniority will be put on a regular city route instead of being laid off at the same time. "If they put the other guy- on. I'll picket city hall or the bus she said. Ms. Durand said she has five children to support, but transit officials "want me to go on welfare." John Frouws, city Transit superintendent, said Thursday- Ms. Durand has no complaint. Dave Danforth. the man Ms. Durand refers to. was also hired as a school bus operator and will be laid off today with other school bus drivers, Mr. Frouws said. Lethbridge Transit recognizes seniority. Mr. Frouws said, and will not place Mr. Danforth on a regular city route ahead of Ms. Durand'. He said Mr Danforth has had some training driving a diesel bus on a school route, while Ms. Durand has driven only a regular school bus. But she will get her turn learning how to handle the 52- seat transit bus. he said. Ms. Durand claimed Mr. Danforth received the bus- handling experience so he could be placed on a city route. Mr. Frouws doesn't think women can handle the big buses, she said, although Mr. Frouws has denied this. "I'd like to know." Ms Durand said, "why he put a man on the big buses and left a woman to drive a school bus. Mr. Frouws just doesn't want women on big buses, although he puls a green guy on." She also said two other female drivers were trained on the small city buses and were only assigned to the diesels after the transit union complained However. Mr. Frouws said 1he other woman drivers would have been assigned 1o the large buses without interference from the union. "They just got he said Transit union officials were unavailable for comment Thursday Ms Durand told The Herald she has contacted Jhe union about her complaint The per child increase in provincial grants for children in early childhood programs announced Thursday by the province will help local early childhood programs provide more special services to Lethbridge youngsters, the chairman of the Lethbridge ECS society said today. Yvonne Kerber said the additional funds will allow the society to go ahead and obtain the services of professionals (such as speech therapists) for children who need help they are unable to get at this time. The increase coupled with an increase announced earlier this year will provide qualifying regular early childhood programs with for each child they enroll a increase over the amount they received last year. Maurice Landry, one of the key organizers behind the establishment of an ECS society in Lethbridge, welcomed the department of education's decision Thursday to eliminate the previous maximum age of 5V2 years for children enrolling into ECS programs. Children over the age 5Vz may be better served by continuing their education in an ECS program rather than being enrolled into grade school before they are ready for it. said Mr. Landry. also director of curriculum for local separate schools. When making the announcement of increased grants Thursday. Education Minister Lou Hyndman claimed the government ECS program is not "just kindergartens." Mr. Landry agrees. "It involves a lot more than children just sitting around formally. It is not a place where parents take kids and drop them off. The government is insisting that parents become involved with their children's education." "I don't even like the term kindergarten." he added in an interview today. The ECS provincial grants were also increased to per child for children enrolled in special ECS programs for youngsters with learning difficulties. Grants for children in programs for the handicapped will be increased by about 13 per cent. Prior to the announcement, such programs were allotted from .between and per child each year, depending on the type of handicap. The deadline for ECS instructors to obtain standard teaching certificate requirements was extended to five years. The local ECS society will consider the feasibility of establishing additional early childhood programs in Lethbridge at a meeting June 17. North Lethbridge will be given first consideration for any new programs, the society has indicated. A Herald survey in February showed about 50 per cent of an estimated kindergarten-aged Lethbridge youngsters would receive a preschool education next fall unless more preschool facilities were established. Truck hits cattle on highway A 28-ton, semi-trailer ploughed into a small herd of cattle on No. 2 highway just outside Calgary early this morning killing 16 of the animals. "I was doing about 45 and all of a sudden they were just there all over the said driver William Tole of Lethbridge. "There was nothing I could do. It was either the cattle or the oncoming traffic." "It was like running over cement blocks. I didn't think it would ever end." The cattle were part of a larger herd owned by P. Burns Ranches Ltd. of Calgary. "I don't know how they got onto the highway." Bob Campbell, ranch foreman, said. "It appears there were about 30 of them on the road and somehow they broke out of a grazing field." "Something or someone had to spook them." Police at the scene said it was the worst animal tragedy they couldTecall. Two of the injured animals had to be destroyed. Damage to the truck's front end was extensive, but Mr. Tole only suffered a bruised knee. Convention brings 500 Elks to city Alberta's mobile speech and hearing clinics, the only ones to date in Canada, are among the most important developments in the Elks national deaf detection program, a Regina members of the Elks said Thursday. Bob Coullmg. in Lethbridge as a guest at the 47th Alberta Elks Association convention, said there are three deaf deleclion mobile clinics in Alberta All were originally started by the Elks He said the Elks are working on a fourth mobile clinic that should be completed by 1975 and will be based at a children's hospital in Calgarv The convention got underway Thursday- night at Jhe El "Rancho Hole! with welcoming speeches from former MP (PC LeJhbndgei Ken Hurlburt; Ijcthbridge Deputy Mayor Von Hembroff. RCMP Inspector John Bentham and Ed Shute. manager of the Alberta division of the CPR. A cheque for was presented to Bob Harrison, who represented the Sunrise Ranch in Coaldale. About 500 Elks from throughout Alberta are attending the convention. During this convention the Lelhbndge Elks will also be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Lethbridge lodge was the 37th Elks lodge formed in Canada and the first in Alberta. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer GLENWOOD Alberta Dairy Commissioner Fred Hutchings and Ken Huriburt, Lethbridge MP in the last House, Thursday officially opened the new United Irrigation District Cheese Factory here. Following introduction of a host of dignitaries, Bryan Smith, president of the board of directors, told about 200 people the new plant has been so well received new equipment has already had to be ordered to increase production. Under the operation in the old plant, pounds of raw milk was used daily. When the new plant was first opened for production in February, pounds were used. This has since increased monthly until pounds are now processed daily. Considering the cost of raw milk and wages for 10 permanent and three part- time employees, operational costs are nearly monthly. Mr. Smith said because the most modern equipment available was purchased, the plant can produce good qual- ity to meet the public needs and at the same time cut down on labor. Establishment of the new plant, which is designed to increase production four times with only minor changes in the plant design and addition of equipment, has increased employment, increased the productivity of the land and encouraged producers to raise better livestock, said Mr. Smith. With a bright future in the dairy industry, Mr. Smith predicted continued growth for the plant. The cheese ARCHIE LEAVITT factory is in a community of 200 people some 60 miles west of Lethbridge. Lethbridge regional dairy specialist Tony Aspeslet agreed to the bright future for the industry. He said with increased milk prices farmers are getting better returns Mr Hutchings predicted continued increased production for the plant. He said the plant made pounds of cheese in 1973 and if present production rates are continued, more than one million pounds could be made this year. Mr Hutchings said it was a pleasure to see the future built into the plant, adding another shift of production could be operated with only minor changes in the plant. Archie Leavitt, recently appointed plant manager, presented a long service award to Ned Davidson, head cheese maker for the BRYAN SMITH NED DAVIDSON Glenwood factory for the past 33 years Mr. Davidson will remain with the factory as assistant manager Efficient cheese vat With it, one man can turn out two tons of cheese Candidate has plenty of time for campaign By ANDY OGLE Herald Starf Writer Robert Wrigley of Peers, who was nominated the NDP candidate in Rocky Mountain Wednesday, says he'll be able to campaign full-time thanks to the "generosity" of his last employer, a local saw mill. Coleman may face another vote COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Coleman ratepayers may be faced with another vote on the borrowing bylaw to build a town office and library complex here. Wednesday they achieved a tie vote. J98 for and 198 against the borrowing bylaw. Mayor John Holyk Thursday contacted the department of municipal affairs and learned the measure has been defeated. If council wants to go ahead with the project it will have to hold another money bylaw vote. Council will discuss it at its regular meeting Tuesday. "They just fired me." Mr. Wrigley. 39. said Thursday in a telephone interview from his home in Peers some 100 miles west of Edmonton. "They told me I was a union agitator." Mr. Wrigley farms in the Peers area, but says that like most farmers in the area, he takes on other jobs. He worked at the saw mill for the last couple of months and before that worked on oil rigs. The NDP candidate says he can represent the riding better than the other candidates because "I've really lived here all my hfe. None of the other candidates are really from the area." "I've got my finger on the pulse of the average guy." he says, but adds that he's also a former minister with eight years of college and two degrees And. he says, he's a graduate of industrial management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-. "I studied finance, economics and labor relations and that's where government's at." he said Mr says he hasn't yet mapped out his full campaign schedule but will be in Jhe Crowsnesl Pass area of the huge riding at some point during the campaign. In the 1972 election, the NDP candidate Al Cheney- polled 3.113 votes to Conservative winner Joe Clark's 12.985. Liberal Allen Sulatycky's 7.973 and Socred Brian Ganske's 1.080. The Liberals have nominated Arthur Yates. 55. a University of Alberta political science student who once ran as a Liberal candidate in post- war England against Sir Winston Churchill. Mr. Clark, of Edson. has been campaigning steadily The Social Credit Party hasn't yet nominated a candidate for the nding. but Ralph Cameron. Alberta president of the party, said from Calgary Thursday he expected an "excellent" candidate from Red Deer to be named shortly Nominations in the Rocky- Mountain. Peace River and Athabasca ridings have to be filed. Monday, a week earlier than the other ridings The reluming office for the Rocky Mountain nd'ng. which extend? all the way from the Canada-U S. border to northern Alberta up the western edge of the province. is in Jasper Local Tories hopeful of Stanfield visit Progressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield may visit Lethbndge July 2 or 3 as part of the Conservatives" election campaign. "We're very hopeful he'll be coming into George McVely. campaign co- ordinator for Southern Alberta, said today. Mr. McVely said he has nol informed the local Conservative organization because the visit is not a certainty Mr Stanfield will visit Calgary- July 2 or 3 and make the hop to Lelhbndge from there if a visit is confirmed Ken Hurlburl the incumbent Conservative MP for the Lelhbndge constituency The Conservative leader originally had slated a rally in Edmonton June 27 as the only- visit he would make to Alberta Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes sent a telegram to Mr Slanfield Wednesday asking for a campaign appearance so the Conservatives could explain their national policies, especially on oil industry- issues Prime Minister Trudeau criticised Mr Stanficld Wednesday for apparently believing Jhe ciJy Jo be solidly Conservative although his energy policy may be as open Jo attack as the Liberals" plan The prime minisJer was reminded Jhal some lora) residents view Liberal oil polic> with distasJe when he was greeted by a crowd of booing oil indusln workers Wednesday- Mr McVely said be did noJ know whoJhcr Ihe ronscrvaJivo leader would hold a rally, give a speech or choose some other method of greeJinp He s mos1 dUTimis Jo come." he said "H'sjusJa question of how mam hours we can squeeze out ol him ;