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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetMnridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, June 11, 1974 Pages 'OMBUDSMAN SHOULD BE MORE ACCESSIBLE' 'IT'S EASIER TO TALK ABOUT A BEEF THOSE CRUSHED BY THE PROCESS NEED HELP' Ivany surprised by number who want to bend his ear By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge and area residents have a few bones to pick with not only the provincial government, but federal and city governments, the new provincial Ombudsman discovered Monday. Randall Ivany. who succeeded Alberta's first Ombudsman George McClellan on May 1. said in an interview he was surprised at the number of people waiting in the Lethbridge Court House to see him. "Even though we had appointments all afternoon they were willing to sit and wait to be heard." said Mr. Ivany, a 41-year-old Anglican churchman who was appointed unanimously to the ombudsman post by the provincial legislature this spring. He said he listened to complaints against the Alberta Housing Corporation. Alberta Health Care, and the attorney general's department, as well as against city hall and federal government departments, which are not under his jurisdiction. The trip to the city Monday and to Medicine Hat today is an attempt to make the Ombudsman's office more accessible to citizens outside of Edmonton and Calgary. "It's a trial balloon, "Mr. Ivany said of the trips he visited Clive. Banff. Lacombe and Red Deer prior to coming here. The Ombudsman, who works for the legislature, not the administration in power, deals with complaints against the provincial government, it's agencies and departments. He has a staff of 16, including a legal counsel, eight investigators and office staff, at the Edmonton office and the recently- opened Calgary Mr. Ivanv says it's sometimes easier for people who have a beef against government to come in and talk to someone about it than to write it down and mail it m That's one reason for his travels. "The very fact people flock in here, chiefly to see whether they have a legitimate complaint or not, shows he said And. he said, problems can be dealt with a little more realistically having met the people behind them. "While the investigators do go out and do this. I feel it's part of my job too." Mr. Ivany, who was dean and rector of All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton and an Anglican priest for 14 years prior to taking the a year Ombudsman post, said the Ombudsman has been a real help to a lot of people since it was instituted in 1967. The office has dealt with an average of 750 to 800 complaints a year since its inception. he said. Alberta was the first province to adopt the Scandinavian institution and there are now Ombudsmen in five other provinces. "It's an institution that has a great deal of public good built into it Mr. Ivany says. had our share of successes, recommended changes to acts, pointed out deficiencies "But we don't always win. even where we think we should." The Ombudsman. Mr. Ivany feels, is a person to whom anyone in Alberta can come to for advice and help when it comes to dealing with provincial government departments The main power of the Ombudsman lies in making abuses of the public by government known in his annual report. Mr. Ivany says any decision to widen the powers of the office, such as broadening its jurisdiction into municipal, count} and school board matters as is being discussed, has to be a decision for the legislature to make A major part of the Ombudsman s job. Mr hany believes, is simply listening to people. "You are dealing with people who have been hurt and crushed and it's your job to restore some sort of wholeness to them He also feels that no government department deliberately sets out to hurt people, but the increasing complexity and bigness of government results in people getting hurt by the process "Decisions are sometimes relegated to lower levels where they are made by the book and when decisions are made by the book people can get hurt." he says. "It's the process people get hurt in. and it's the process we have to do something about Separate trustees face decisions on 'family Separate school trustees will be asked Wednesday to grant permission for eight teachers to leave the 'Hat NDP chooses Loren Hemmingway. a 25- year-old Brooks social worker, was nominated by the NDP Monday to contest the Medicine Hat riding in the July 8 election. Miss Hemmingway. who is the daughter of Peace River NDP candidate Anne Hemmingway. won-the nomination over Bill Harley. 64. of Medicine Hat. A native of Rycroft, near Grande Prairie. Miss Hemmingway has a B.A. degree from the University of Alberta She has worked for the Alberta department of health and social development based in Brooks for Ihe past two vears classroom for one week in September to attend a family life education workshop The request is included in a report to the school board by Ralph Himsl. superintendent of schools, that recommends family life education be introduced into Grade 8 in October. Most of the planning and implementation of the family life education has taken place after school hours "and this has worked out well" but planning has now reached the stage where it requires more concentration and a more sustained effort. The week-long workshop would provide teachers with the time to select materials, further develop the family life program and extend their training in family life education. In the report. Mr. Himsl says parents generally support the implementation of the family life program in the separate schools if it is operated in close contact with parents and teachers are (rained to conduct the course Meeting will move if attendance demands The June 17th meeting of the power plant issue will be held at city hall, but moved to the Yates Centre if necessary. Mayor Andy Anderson said Monday. The niayor said the meeting will be started in city council chambers, but if it becomes obvious that not everyone attending the meeting will be able to get in. it will be moved next door to the Yates. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and last for two hours prior to city council's regular Monday night meeting. Farmers may be charged Dead animals pose hazard Rooftop skulker takes house's weather vane Mobile home park P1NCHER CREEK Pauline Jamsko's proposal to develop a mobile home park here cleared two hurdles Monday night in council chambers when il received the approval of the Pmcher Creek municipal planning commission and town council About 50 people attended a public hearing prior to Ihc regular council meeting Lawyer Garth representing the North Hill Ratepayers' Association, told the hearing "anything approved prior to this hearing was contrary- to the planning ad The proposal had been approved earlier by the lown council and the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission Mr Turcollc would not present the association's brief until afler John Janisko presented a delaileri description of Ihe project He said il met and surpassed all provincial regulations for mobile home courts The commission voted two lo one in favor of accepting Ihe proposal Council ratified the decision with one abstention 11 will see a 40-home court launched tins summer on the northeast hill in town The ratepayers" association may appeal the A mysterious skulker with an apparent bent for meteorology stole a weather vane from a city home Monday morning. Steve Denecky. 1045 17th St S.. told police his five-year-old son heard someone on the roof but Mr Denecky didn't take the youngster seriously. Mr. Denecky saw the folly in his decision when he later went outside and noticed the weather vane was no longer on his roof Thieves were busy at other locations too. police say A hand saw valued at was taken Monday from a construction shed at 18th Street and 18th Avenue N The shed belongs to Boychuck Construction. 315 I0th St S Thieves broke in a locked van owned by Mel Deg. 322 201h SI N and stole worth of stereo tapes 4 arrested Four Saskatchewan men suspected of armed robbery were arrested by RCMP in Ix-thbndge Monday There are Saskatchewan warrants out for four men in wnneclion with a robbery al knife point Sunday in Sask Some weekend thefts were reported to city police. Monday. A flower thief made off with. about 35 geranium plants and two rose bushes from Gait Gardens. The plants are valued at about Thieves entered a construction shack at Dave Elton Park and made off with a cutting torch, tank and hoses valued at The shack was owned by Kenwood Engineering, 234 12Jh St BN. Farmers who are disposing of dead animals in streams and ditches are causing a potential disease danger to healthy stock, the senior health inspector with the Barons Eureka Health Unit said Monday. Ken Blom. said about eight cases of improperly disposed of animals have been investigated by the unit during the past two weeks. "Several instances have occurred of dead animals being found in the rivers, on fanners" land, dumped in land fill areas, roadside ditches and creeks throughout the health unit area." he said. Mr. Blom told The Herald the proper disposal of animals, through the rendering plant services or burying, protects the farmer against the spread of disease from a carcass to healthy animals. As the animals decompose they attract flies and flies can transmit disease. Also the carcasses can pollute water and cause a strong odor One of the cases discovered by the health unit involved the disposal of two dead dogs in a farmer's drinking water source. The person accused of disposing of the dogs denied putting them in the water and nothing could be proven. Mr. Blom said. However, police are contemplating laying charges against two farmers for improperly disposing of animals and the health unit will be requesting the County of Lethbridge to tighten regulations regarding the use of modified land fills. "Although modified land fills are provided throughout the area, they are not designed to be used for the disposal of dead animals. "Action towards up-dating local bylaws governing land fill use to protect against this type of disposal in the land fills will be proposed to the County of Lethbridge and also to the Municipal District of Taber in the near future." he said. Currently the county bylaw only says animals cannot be disposed of in sites marked for wet garbage. The health unit will be asking the county to indicate that animals cannot be disposed of in any land fill and impose a penalty on anyone caught disposing of animals in these areas. One of the problems faced by the health unit is finding the person who improperly disposes of the dead animals, Mr. Blom said. "There is usually not sufficient evidence and it is one person's word against another." The health unit is pressing for tighter regulations because there are other means available for the disposal of animals "There is no rationale that they should be disposed of in a modified landfill when there are other means available." Mr. Blom cited a case where about 20 hogs were discovered in a land fill. "If the person had them on the truck they could have taken them to the rendering plant in Lethbridge." he said "People should be aware of the service provided through the Lethbridge Rendering Plant which provides a free service in dead animal pick up to all areas within the Lethbridge. Fort Macleod. Medicine Hat and Brooks area." he said. .And another alternative is burying the animal and covering it with lime and at least two feet of compact dirt, "taking care to guard against stream, water or soil pollution." He added these procedures do not infringe on pollution or litter regulations. Walkathon returns trickle in Collections from the Optimist's May 20 walkathon "are coming in slowly" and the organization has collected about half of what it hopes to receive, the president of the Optimists said Tuesday Elvin Zook said about SI.830 has been received of an anticipaled 54.000 Proceeds go to the organization's youth projecls Aid. Kergan disputes 6yes man' label Statements by a group of Grade 32 students that' two aldermen are running city council and the other members are "yes men" were disputed Monday by Aid. Bill Kergan "1 really don't know how they arrived at that said Aid Kergan of remarks quoted in an article printed Saturday in The Herald on a study project of the city power plant issue by 17 Coaldale students The students at Kate Andrews High School studied the power plant question as part of an experimental social studies curriculum project and talked to aldermen, opposition groups and other people interested in the question Their conclusions about council performance were based on a reading of council minutes and members" performances on the one issue "Speaking for said Aid Kergan. "1 think council is not run by two members "There's no question in mind that 1he two aldermen they spoke of are doing a good job." he added "But I don't always agree with them and when I don't 1 say so He sasd that as a 'rookie' alderman he respected Ihe experience, wisdom and knowledge of civic affairs of the aldermen wno have served more than one term on council. "But 1 am not a yes man If the students went through the minutes they would have seen that I have put through a number of resolutions of my own." said Aid Kergan He said, however, that while he disagreed with the students conclusions about council, he felt Iheir project was an excellent one and that projects of that sort should be done more often "They have every right to I'm nol afraid of criticism." he said, adding however, that the students had not approached him on the issue 11 was only natural, he said, that the members of council's power study committee should be more involved than other council members on the issue, because they worked on it for more than a >ear Bui he added 'I attended even one of 1he committee meetings as an observer and I had ever> opportunity lo question them and 3 did In my opinion they did Iheir homework Council members of the rnmrnitlee aie Deputy Hembroff Aid Vera Aid Sieve Koirh ;