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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethlnridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION The Lethbndge Herald, Saturday, June Pages 9-20 Brush with power politics shocker for students Citizen may be pressure groups an important influence on the outcome of minor urban issues but are not a major factor in city council decisions on important city matters That was one of the conclusions 17 Coaldale Grade 12 students derived from a month-long study of the controversial power plant issue now facing city council The study was part of an experimental social studies curriculum project that has been established at 38 centres across Canada by the Canada Studies Foundation in an effort to develop a curriculum that provides students with an appreciation of their country An appreciation of the political operation of a civic government in Canada is exactly what the Kate Andrews High School students gained from the study "They're still in a state of shock from their first exposure to urban politics Little did they know, they say. that city council "has a couple of members that are running the show and the rest of the aldermen are just yes men Neither did they expect aldermen to be so difficult to contact and beat around the bush when asked a simple question They say they weren't aware pressure groups and individual citizens faced so many obstacles when attempting to make their concerns known to city council. Admitting their conclusions are based on only one issue and their criticism of city council is only based on minutes of meetings and its members handling of one major issue, three spokesmen for the students said they have "gathered doubts about whether the people of Lethbndge have the right people on city council'' to govern city affairs A disillusioned John Funk said he was surprised to learn that a democratic government isn't always run by the people Mike Hwozdecki said he always thought city aldermen were doing a good job that is until he took a closer look at the situation Brian King felt "it was great" to learn that change is not obtained without a great deal of work but rather disappointing to discover that "politics is a mess The students did not complete their study disillusioned about becoming involved with issues they are concerned about nor are they "down on" the democratic process of government They just realize now that it is very difficult for citizens to state their minds and have their elected representatives listen to them Specific conclusions related to the power plant issue in the student's summary of their study are groups, in this case had little or no chance since council had already made a decision on the issue before holding any public meetings (including the upcoming June 17 referendum would be useless since council is not compelled to follow the voters wishes and are therefore 'Little did they know that city council has a couple of members running the show and the rest of the alder- men are fust yes men.f Finding out how others feel Don Petkar, left, and Keith Duncan talk to Mike Sutherland, manager of the Lethbndge Chamber of Commerce merely there purposes." for "cosmetic effectiveness ot pressure groups depends upon several factors The number of people in the group, the qualifications of the people in the group and the group's political alliance are a few of Checking news reports Louise Beatman and Margaret Mantler the factors listed, qualifications of pressure group members are a major factor in determining a group influence university groups appeared to be the most influential while a senior citizens group had the least influence public in general feels council is qualified to make the final decision because only a small minority of interested citizens bother to analyse the councillors qualifications, the groups presenting briefs to city council on the issue, most felt council was not adequately prepared to make a decision The Coaldale students chose the power plant issue as their project because they believed they would be able to approach the issue with an unbiased viewpoint since they are not residents of this city and their parents are not directly or indirectly affected by city council's decision on the matter While the students had their image of city politics and Lethbndge aldermen tarnished by the study, the spokesmen for the students indicated the experience they gained was extremely beneficial to them They praised the concept of studying a particular issue to learn the operation and structure of civic government and felt it helped them remember what they learned for a greater period of time than if they had been instructed out of textbook However, the students warned against changing the total social studies curriculum into group and individual studies because there are certain areas of social studies that can be better taught in the classroom They suggested a balance of the two methods of learning would be more appropriate The study also helped those who participated in it to gain more confidence in dealing with people and helped them improve their ability to communicate with others, the spokesmen for the students claim In addition to city aldermen, the students, talked to businessmen, university professors, citizens, a reporter and members of Calgary Power Gid Vuch, social studies instructor, says the study gave all students an idea of how government operates and the problems people encounter when attempting to influence their elected representatives' views on major issues "I think they learned quite a bit Including, not to trust everything that is said to he says The Kate Andrews High School student's study will now be analysed by the local supervisors of the experimental curiiculum development project (known as Project Canada West in Western The final presentation of the study and other pilot research work in other Western Canada schools will be submitted to other Project Canada West participants for final evaluation and then edited for final presentation The result of the experimental work is to be in the form of a teachers' handbook that can be used to assist in the instruction of a particular unit of the Grade 10 social studies curriculum Researching the question Bill Graig, left, Brian King and Robert Wilson Story by Jim Grant Herald Staff Writer Bill Croenen photos Schmidt invited to run Several may seek nomination Social Credit Party Leader Werner Schmidt said today he has accepted an invitation to seek the nomination for the Taber-Warner constituency in Uie next provincial election TV invitation was made to Mr Schmidt Friday night at a meeting of the riding associaton executive in River The incumbent Social Credit MLA Doug Miller, who has held the seat since 1967. has announced he will not seek another term Mr Schmidt said he has "nostalgic and social ties" to the area, having been born in the district Bui he said he will not live in the constituency because of the demands of party leadership Xo leaders, unless lliev are from Edmonton, live in the 1he> represent, he saia The invitation was made by the full seven-person executive although Hovey Reesr secretary -treasurer, said loda> be expects several other people will contest the nomination, to be held June 25 in the Taber Civic Centre Mr Schmidt said he hopes he will gam the nomination, but added there are no guarantees m politics He wa-s defeated in two previous- bids for provincial office, losing twice in the Calgary Foothills constituency He told The Herald he was not seeking nomination in Taber Warner because it is considered a Socred stronghold, but because he identifies with the area And. he said, there isn't such a thing as a safe seat for any politician Banister folly left I boy feeling a bit down f A bit of fun turned sour Friday night for a 14-year-old Lethbndge boy now in satisfactory condition in St Michael's Hospital with a broken wrist. Kenneth Jamieson. 1157 Scenic Dr was sliding down a banister at Eaton's department store. 4th Avenue and 6th Street, when he slipped and fell all the way to :x the basement Doug Beeman, 963 8th St. S., who was with Jamie- son at the time, said today his fnend was on a banister between the mam and second floor when the accident occurred Jamieson fell down the stair well all the way to the bottom. Beeman reported. Hearing handicapped project rated success Hogs losing proposition, but 'killing's no answer9 Producers in Southern Alberta are losing about on every hog they sell on the open market but local industry leaders can't condone extermination of the animals. Jack Hutchmson, southern director to the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board, said hog producers are in a tight cost-price squeeze now but simply killing the hogs is not the answer Maurice Letourneau of Westlock shot and killed about 120 of his hogs recentlj because he can only get about half of what it costs to raise thorn under present marketing arrangements Mr Hutchmson said if Mr Letoumeau had sold the hogs for any price, he would have got something from them But killing and burying the animals means a 100 per cent loss George Jarokoski, past president of the Southern Alberta Hog Producers Association, said the average sale for local hog producers is about 20 animals per week This means a loss of about S340 a week during the present market conditions It takes about 60 rents in feed and labor lor each pound of gam on a hoe But the present mart.ct price is only 34 cents per pound The lockout of bv major meal packing firms in Albert.) is addmp lo Ihe woes of hog producers, said Mr Jarokoski Because producers can I sell their animals even al the relativeK depressed prices, thev must be kept on the farm Farmers must continue to feed the and this means adding weigh! before can be marketed Under' the grading system used in Alberta a hog can 1 be more than a certain weight without being penalired Mr Jarokoski said for every hog which gets heavier than the permitted weight, producers will lose another per animal Even with these added nsks. slaughtering the hogs on the farm is not the thing to do. he said. Judgement reserved in Buzunis case The appellate division of the Alberta Supreme Court reserved judgment in Calgary Friday on an appeal by George 8u7unis who was disqualified as mayor of Fort Macleod. a Supreme Court justice in February Mr Justice W K -Moore disqualified Mr Buninis for buving district is responsible for special education services within a 70-mile radius of Lethbndge Mr Cartwright says social service agencies should also be co-operating with the board to give the children with hearing losses the best possible education Both men agreed there must be students in rural areas who are falling behind educationally because of a hearing loss that has not >et been detected Faculty promotions The University of Lethbndge board of governors recently approved the promotion to associate professor of 13 farulu members Promoted from status of assistant to associate professor were C O Bender and Douglas Dolman both in chemislrv. Menno sociology. M G Hesse modern languages F J Jan- kunis. geographv, P D Lewis and Kazuo Nakamura. both in biological sciences F J Papp and Frank Schafler both in mathematical sciences. G W Russell and 1 Q A Wishaw both in psychology L E Weaver in art awl C A Thomson in education ;