Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE U1HBR1DGE HERALD Thuradoy, 8, 1971 Students increasingly popular as southern beet farm workers By MAKLENE COOKSHAW Herald Stall Writer "The farmers around here are desperate for beet labor- ers." That's the word from Jim C s a b a y, secretary of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers' Association, who farms 14 miles east of Lethbridge. "There are about acres around here to do and there aren't enough workers to go around." The problem seems to be a lack of migrant workers this season from northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Jim Kanashiro, senior coun- sellor at the Canada Manpow- er Centre, attributes the de- crease to a greater number of jobs in those areas as well as to training programs which have prepared the workers for more skilled jobs. first phase (of the sugar beet season) will last until tho end of said Mr. Kana- shiro, "but there is a second and tiurd phase as well. Any- one who became adept at the job could conceivably have up to a month's employment or longer. "It takes three or four days to get used to the work. After that an acre per day is about av- erage. Some farmers pay by the hour and some contract by the acre. A lot of fanners, If the work- ers are in groups, "ill give them a ride to and from town. Most will supply hoes for their he said. "The hours vary. I guess the average would be from about 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but some farm- ers prefer to have them work in the morning and evening when it's cooler and give them the afternoon off." About half the workers sent from the student manpower of- fice have been girls. "A lot of them look at it as an outside he said. "It's often prefer- red to office work, and girls quite often prove to be nroro reliable and flexible than somo men." The Sugar Beet Growers' As- sociation has offered to send representatives to explain to groups of students ttie nature of the work, working conditions and "how to do the best job and make the most money." "Groups of about six work out the said Mr. Csabay. "It takes a couple of days to es- tablish a group but they're more dependable and the stu- dents get used to working with certain people. "There's a greater turnover with students than with mi- grant he said. ''It's hard work, real hard work, and the kids haven't been brought up iised to physical labor." The students who work for lutu unanimously agreed that it was "hard work." Blisters, ach- ing backs and the heat seemed to bo the worst problems. The mildest reaction was: "I wouldn't want to make it a pro- fession." "It's the same as in every- tliing concluded Mr. Csa- bay. "The people who need the money will work, and the ones who just want a couple of dol- lars for the dance tomorrow night will quit in a day or two." Distillery plans approved By RICHARD BURKE I Herald Stall Writer Plans for the new Sit million International Distillers Canada Ltd. distillery for the city were approved by the Municipal Planning Commission Wednes- day. The first equipment is expec- ted to be on the site, at 2925 9th Ave. N., sometime next week and it is understood the sod turning ceremony will be held near the end of the month. The development application was submitted to the MFC by Stone and Webster Canada Ltd. of Toronto for three separate buildings, including the general plant and distillery, a maturing warehouse and an office build- ing. Stone and Webster will build the plant. The general plant will be a 540 b y 140 foot, two storey structure and will contain 151, 200 square feet of floor area. Because of "heavy security a guard house and a six-foot high chain link fence with a barbed wire ex- PHOTOGRAPHERS PORTRAIT WEDDING COMMERCIAL SAME CONVENIENT LOCATION 710 3rd AVE. S. A. E. CROSS STUDIO 328-01 Tl PHONES 328-0222 tension will be part of the com- plex. The site for the plant is on 25 p.cres in the new industrial park. The company has an op- lion to buy 23 additional acres for future expansion. In full production, the plant tvill turn out two million gal- lons of high-proof liquor each year. It will be at least five years before first product from the plant will be on the market. St. John cited The Canadian Red Cross So- ciety has awarded a citation tn Friday to learn more about he proposal, outlined briefly by the Lethbridge Association 'or the Mentally Retarded. Dr. Stewart said community opinion of the idea is a vital concern to the college. "We could be bordering on something great, but a lot de- pends on what the community wilt he said. Such an institution could bring about an entirely new concept in training people to work with the mentally handi- capped, Dr. Stewart added. "With such a hospital here, people who think they might want to work iti this field would have a chance to see how they can handle themselves in a real situation before they take spe- cial training to work in this delicate field." Dr. Siewart said this would enable those who feel they would like to work with the mentally handicapped to find out for sure before they spend two or three years studying j only lo find out later they can't handle the emotional strain. He said having a hospital adjacent to the college would have a two fold advantage in that "it would enable our peo- ple to train to work with the icntally handicapped" in addi- 011 to providing the patients 1th more activity than they light get elsewhere. He said the patients may be ble to make use of college rec- programs, certain ob-training programs and also 0 odd jobs around the campus uch as mowing lawns and leaning. Establishment of a menial lospital on the LCC campus outd also lead to new courses n the health services and rec- eation field, Dr. Stewart said. Two members of the college icrard expressed reservations about having a mental hospital ocated on the campus. Joe Chomeny and Gladys Redfern agreed that such a might give the college 1 "bad image" in the eyes of .he general public. Other board members felt U.S. reclamation officer to speak at water meet people to Leth- Ihc individua Ellis Armstrong, commission- er of the U.S. Bureau of rec- clamation, heads the list of speakers at the annual conven- .ion of the Canadian Water Re. sources Association, to be held at the Lethbridge Holiday Inn July and K. Other speakers include Les- lie Edgeworth, assistant deputy minister of Environment Cana- da; Fred Durrant, director of the Saskatchewan-Nelson Basin study; W. J. Yurko, Alberta's environment minister; and Andy Russell, naturalist-lectur- er-writer. Association president is W. C. Tuffs of Regina. Dave Broad- toot of Redclilf is secretary. Alberta vice-president is Jake rhiessen of Lcthbridge. Most of the hundred-odd reg- istrants are expected to stay for an irrigation tour July 8. Bert Hargrave of Walsh, for- mer president, will be conven- tion chairman. Dr. Jack Hare of Winnipeg, immediate past pres- ident, is a panel chairman. Mr. Thiessen, manager of the St. Mary River Irrigation Dis- trict, is in charge of Lethbridge arrangements. Registra- tions should be directed to him. Dr. Armstrong, born and edu- cated in Utah, had various sen ior positions with the U.S. Bur- eau of Reclamation and other 'ederal and state agencies until 1961, when he undertook a world-wide private consulting nisiaess. He returned to tiie Reclama- tion Bureau in and the next year President Nixon appointed iim to head the bureau, which is the chief federal agency in Lhis field, tinder the Depart- ment of the interior. ELLIS ARMSTRONG that the college could be taking a strong leadership role in Urn .reatment of the mentally re- :arded and could be blaring a path for other post secondary institutions to follow. However, board m e.m b e rs were unanimous that more in- formation has to be known be- fore a filial decision is taken. It is understood that the As- sociation for the Mentally Re- tarded hopes to get the project off the ground this year and see it in operation within three years. As the proposal stands now, It would involve new building construction to be financed and and maintained by the associa- tion. Hospital plans still tentative Plans for a small menial hos- pital in Lethbridge are still "very I.en Wright, executive director of the Leth- bridge Menial Health Associa- tion said today. Mr. Wright said he will be meeting with officials of tho National Institute of Mental Re- tardation in Edmonton during (he weekend and hopes to have better idea of Lelhbridge's chances for such a project fol- lowing the sessions. The national body plans lo al- locate million over Ihe noxt five years lo finance mental health projects in each prov- ince. Mr. Wright said there are 20 associations in Alberta that could be vying for the project in this province and the Leth- bridge association "will just have lo do a better selling job." He said he would like to see the proposed hospital located on the Lethbridge Community College campus because it could benefit everyone invol- ved, "Nurses In training at college could work with the pa- tients and, in addition, the pa- tients may be able to make use of some of the facilities at tht college."