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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION District Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, June 13, 1974 Pages 17-32 Carmangay folks see Hutterites as growing threat By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CARMANGARY Residents of this area 40 miles northwest of Lethbridge make no bones about it they believe Ilutterites are threatening their existence and should be stopped. The radically different way of life practiced by the communal sect has thrown it into direct conflict with the small farmers who attended a meeting here Wednesday to voice their grievances. "If our society is not good enough, perhaps they had better move said farmer Bill Hoi'farth, chairman of the Little Bow Community Protective Group. The group proposed that a commission to rule on Hutterite land purchases replace an advisory committee on communal property. "We are not here to condemn the individual Hutterite." Mr. Hoffarth said. "He, is probably as good a neighbor as any man could wish for." But as colonies, Hutterites "do not contribute anything to this country or society." The majority of people in the region must fight to continue their way of life. "If not there will be serious trouble and violence in the near he said. Mrs. Barbara Gullickson, a housewife in nearby Barons, said no more Hutterite colonies should be established in Alberta until other provinces have as large a population of Hutterites. Art JonesJ .nepresenting the Vulcan. 'Chamber of Commerce, "said the provincial cabinet appears indifferent to who buys or sells land in the province. "If the government feels that the family farm concept must be retained here, surely strong efforts must be made to prevent the takeover of the agricultural land by large corporate Mr. Jones, chairman of the chamber's land use committee, said. "The Hutterites and other corporate groups are not limited by the lifetime Steve Dixon 'No family farm can compete' factor and therefore create unreasonable competition in the field of land purchasing." Farmer Wes McGreer said retiring farmers are forced to sell to corporations because a friend or neighbor is unable to borrow enough money at reasonable rates. He said loans from the province's agricultural development corporation should be increased to a maximum with a term to age 65 and subsidized interest rates as low as two-per-cent for young farmers from 18 to 30. "To keep the small farmer competitive and to preserve the family farm as a viable economic unit, the Hutterites must go into individual farming and integrate more fully into the society and farm community around them." farmer Jonas Hurnanen said. "Continuing uncontrolled land acquisition on a large scale by Hutterites at a time of growing scarcity of good land and food can create a potentially explosive situation leading to civil disorders between the food-consuming cities and the food-producing Hutterite colonies." Hutterite spokesman Jacob Waldner told 120 people at the meeting that Hutterites were deeply grateful to God and Canada for providing them a haven from religious persecution. "We in turn have been careful to conduct ourselves in a manner which shows our appreciation." He said one colony on 11 sections of below-average land supported 24 families comprising 127 people. Last year it spent more than in the region. "Surelv some fringe benefits must have flowed out of this to the general public." he said. But Steve Dixon. president of the Southern Alberta Development and Protective Association, said that "no family farm in Alberta can compete with this type of conglomerate." He said the government is creating a climate of insecurity for the family farmer, making Alberta a haven for the Hutterite brethren and other large landowners- Expressing local concerns for the Carmangay area. Mrs. Eileen Hernanen said Hutterites depend on medical and other services provided by the community. "The Hutterite Brethren cannot supply any of the personnel for these services because they refuse education or training in any other field than home farm practice. Massage parlor rubs Lethbridge wrong way The city's first wouid-be massage parlor has run into a solid wall of conservatism at city hall, says a Calgary man who wants to open one hero Keith Parkinson, proprietor of the Velvet Touch in Calgary, said in a telephone interview today he got the "run-around" when he applied for a business licence at city hall. He was LeJhbridge is "too conservative an area for an operation like yours." Mr. Parkinson, who says the Velvet Touch he would open here at 1285 3rd Avc. S. is "like a regular health spa really except you don't have to pay or to join." called the city's answer a "stick in the mud attitude." He's going to city council Monday to appeal for a licence. Mr. Parkinson said he realizes some people may expect more than a massage when they come to a massage parlor "because of what happens in big cities like Montreal." "But." he says, "that's a completely negative attitude." City officials are a little reluctant to talk about Mr. Parkinson's application but admit there is concern about his type of operation. The feeling is that it's not desirable here because the city is too smaJl. said development officer Tosh Kanashiro. "Yet they expect us to supply all the services. In my opinion they are using us. but will not give any community any services or personnel to man the services, in she said. Deputy premier Hugh Horner, one of three cabinet ministers present to hear residents' grievances, told the meeting the vast majority of land changing hands in the province was bought by individual Albertans. Of the remainder, most was purchased by other Canadians. The largest turnover last year took place in a county without Hutterite colonies. "The question of rumor and word of mouth can be he said. "Surely this is the kind of thing that heats up emotions and doesn't do any good." "We can resolve some of the difficulties but we must sit down and discuss the matter and treat each other as human beings." He said after the meeting the province would consider residents' concerns about concentration of colonies in one area. Cabinet ministers were there to listen Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling, left; Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell and Deputy Premier Hugh Horner Jacob Waldner 'Surely some fringe benefits have flowed out' Bill Hofforth He warned of trouble fines handed down 1 in grad painting spree Five Lethbridge Collegiate Institute-students who went on a spray painting spree following their graduation dance May 10 have pleaded guilty to charges of mischief and wilful damage- Greg Allan Lewis. 1902 Lakemounl Rd.. and Barton Greg Mallinson. 1809 Lakepoint Rd.. both 17. appeared in provincial court. June 6 and were fined on single charges of mischief. Lewis was fined each for two other miscnief charges and five wilful damage charges. Mallinson was also fined each on three other charges of mischief and one charge of wilful damage- Brian Ernest Malacko. 524 Dieppe Blvd.. Glenn Arthur Bright. 1111 11th St. S.. both 17, and Michael Sutton McNally. 18. of 2833 North Parkside Drive, were fined each on single charges of wilful damage. MFC wants Lakeview land freeze lifted Interchange eyed for hazardous junction Plans are underway for construction ol a traffic interchange at 1he intersection of Highways 2 and 3. just west of Fort Macleod. as Highways officials attempt to reduce the accident rate there. Neil McKay, a traffic planner for the provincial department of highways, said Ihe intersection is old and doesn't accommodate the traffic very well anymore The intersection handles north iraffic from Calgary on Highway 2, east from Lotbbridgo and Fort Macleod on Highway 3 and west from the Crowsnest Pass on Highway 3. Another road, the Blue Trail from Ihe Willow Creek municipality, joins Highway 3 at the intersection. Adding to the difficulty arc approaches to a nearby weigh scale and tourist information centre. "Although many of the accidents there have been minor, the intersection has the potential to becoming more hazardous." Mr. McKay said. Joe Glowach. highways department district engineer for Lothbridge. blamed the hazard on careless drivers, because the crossing is "adequately signed and posted." "There is a 40 m.p.h. speed limit at the intersection, with stop signs and a flashing red light." Mr. Glowach said. Hul Mr. McKay said because of Ihe weigh scale and tourist information centre "cars are crossing every which way and travelling all over the place." He said when the interchange is built the weigh scale and inlormation booth will have to be moved. Mr McKay railed the intersection an accident prone location and if signs and lights don't help, the interchange will correct the situation A spokesman lor the construction branch of the highways department said to date only functional diagrams have been made on the Surveys, cost estimates and tenders will come at a later dale, the spokesman said. City council will be asked to approve a preliminary neighborhood plan for 209 acres of undeveloped land in southeast Lethbridge. The Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday recommended to council that a freeze on the sale and subdivision of city-owned land in southeast Lakeview be lifte'd and that a general land- use plan for the area be approved. Most of the undeveloped land in the area, bounded by 43rd Street in the east and South I'arkside Drive and Highway 4 in the north and south, has been subdivided into five-acre parcels. City- owned land could now be subdivided into lots if council approval is given Council froze development of its property in the district .and effectively froze development on privately- owned land by refusing to service it during planning of West Ijelhbridge. The commission, however. did not recommend that the on servicing be removed. A now day-care centre on 1he north side was also approved Wednesday by the commission. Jean Staudinger. who will operate Xarnia Day Care Centre at 418 16th St. N.. said Wednesday a building estimated to cost aboul will be built on the site. The centre will offer care for 80 children. She said she hopes Jhe centre will open this fall. The commission refused an application by Krahn Homes Ltd to build 32 fourplexes on the east side of 13th Street North- between 23rd and 2Mb Avenues Commission members Irlt 12 iourplex units in a row would be unattractive- and that the proposal was ir conflict with the original plan for the area which called for small apartment buildings (inly four of the Krahn units received MPC approval A proposal from Aiircc Fazio to construct a duplex at 28? h St. S. was refused because the lot i< loo small. The commission also passed ,-s resolution approving a siting plan lor homes in ibc three remaining West development sl-apcs The plan, which determines where on 1hr homes ran be bull! now nrods council approval. Stanfield visit unlikely 11 doesn't look as if national Conservative leader Bob Stanfield ran squeeze in a visit to Ix-thbridge before the July 8 federal election. Conservative organizers in 'Calgary had hoped he would visit .July 2 or 3 during a visit to Calgary. They had even suggested he visit Lcthbridge instead of as he had been ITI Calgary twice recently. Now. ihe Calgary visit has been pushed up to -lune 19. A campaign organizer said Wednesday scheduling would not allow a trip to One -June 27. Mr. Stanf leld will attend on Edmonton rally with all IS Alberta PC candidates present. "It is doubtful he will make other than Edmonton