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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta I Consultant erred, says brief 9 to address power meeting When the deadline came Thursday afternoon, nine individuals and organizations had filed notice with the city clerk that they would be presenting briefs to a public meeting Monday night on the power plant The Save Our Power Plant Committee, the Chamber of Commerce and the International Union oi Operating Engineers will all make representations at the meeting, called by city council to give residents a final chance to voice their opinions on the proposed sale of the municipal power plant to Calgary Power The Save Our Power Plant group, represented by Roger Rickwood, a University oi Lethbndge assistant professor, will suggest to council that it make a or million expansion to the present plant and continue supplying city needs itself Mr Rickwood told The Herald the brief recommends a 25 megawatt expansion using a heat converter which uses waste heat from generator operation to drive another turbine. He also said the consultant firm of CH2M- liill made a mistake computing consumer costs in 1988 under both continued municipal generation and purchase from Calgary Power The report, which recommended sale of the plant, showed consumers would be paying 30 in 1988 (the end of the period under study) tor power from Calgary Power, and if the city stayed in the power generation business. Mr. Rickwood said the higher figure for Lethbridge Power was arrived at computing power charges using cubic feet of gas. The consultants should have used British Thermal Units, which would result in a figure of 10 lor power generated in an expanded city plant, he said A brief from Chester Beaty, also a U of L professor, raises questions he claims were inadequately dealt with by the city council committee studying the power plant issue He asks why Calgary Power is only willing to pay for the city plant when the station was valued by the city in 1971 at about million The city should also consider what the value is of the plant to Calgary Power as a competitor, he states in the brief He also wants members of the council committee to explain if they discussed the matter with officials in Medicine Hat. which ,s continuing to generate its power, or with the Energy Resources Conservation Board or the Public Utilities Board Dr Beaty says CH2M-Hill should have studied a longer period than 15 years, considering that until 1981. the city is committed under a 1969 contract to buy power from Calgary Power Other individuals presenting briefs are Sam Kounosu Percy Morris, Andy Tomie. Jim Burness. and Bob Comstock The LetHbtidge Herald Meeting constituents at city's centre village shopping mall after day of mainstreetmg at Pincher Creek Mainstreeting at 26 calls an hour SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, June Pages 17-32 I By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK The people of Pincher Creek are sure about Bessie Annand but they're not so sure about her politics The New Democratic candidate for Lethbridge constituency m the July 8 federal election campaigned here Thursday. She could have been a schoolgirl returning for a visit to her hometown "It's unfair for you to run joked a constituent. "You're related to half the town." -Bessie and I are old friends, you know, said Selina Hewitt when Mrs. Annand knocked on her door. "But I don't like your party." she added "You've got a lot of people here I'm afraid." Other constituents echoed the comment After a short visit and kiss on the cheek, constituent and candidate parted. It was typical of Mrs. Annand's campaigning style so far Somehow an estimated 26 leisurely calls are fitted into each hour of the campaign day "Back doors are always nicer than front doors." says Mrs. Annand as she admires a backyard garden and family of cats "This is the mam part of my campaigning, the most important part. People are more likely to vote for you if they meet you personally." It's not really work, she says later to tiring companions, "It just takes probably get more of an advantage out of this summer election because I have to do more walking around than any other candidate." she says still later during the up and down hill tour of the one poll scheduled for the day. She explains during lunch why she campaigns this way: "It's easy to forget the quiet people Politicians tend to ignore them The "quiet" people don't think they can change anything, she says. If they try, they are afraid they will get in trouble with authority. "You can't tell poor people from their clothes any more." she says "Clothes wear well for a long time But they have little furniture in their homesV" Only 25 per cent of the people in the constituency can even afford to own a home, she says. "Instead of giving tax rebates to large corporations, give them to poorer wage earners Stop the rising cost of living and reduce mortgage rates." Six per cent mortgages and rollbacks on higher rates of interest and on excessive food and clothing costs are two of her party s major planks in this election. But the concerned elementary school vice principal reverts into personality plus high school senior when she goes visiting. Meeting the folks There's really no escaping Bessie Annand, NDP candidate, when she's mainstreeting in Pincher Creek. And judging from much of the reaction to her Thursday, few Pincher residents would want to avoid meeting the candidate. She knocked on doors, visited stores, talked to motor- ists and generally visited with everyone in sight. Here she's talking to Ken Evenson and then to Gloria Higgenbotham. She holds hands in girlish companionship with old school mates and friends. "This is exactly what I always wanted to do, to come she exclaims. She has been visiting so much in this campaign that bruised knuckles necessitated the creation of a portable door knocker out of a lipstick container. Of campaign calling cards, "I've given out personally." That is a "conservative estimate, she adds with her always near-at- hand beaming smile At 47 Mrs. Annand looks much closer to JO She says a nearly grown family and greater financial independence helped lead to her candidacy. Two of her children are working in the campaign. "Any free time I've ever had has been donated to the betterment of the community. This seemed the next logical step to serve the people. The NDP philosophy, appeals to me very much. The concern for people really strikes a responsive chord with me." Without seeming arrogant, Mrs. Annand says- "I really think I'm the strongest candidate they've ever run." She says her self confidence stems from a ranch upbringing near Pincher Creek "I was an excellent she adds. "I always need a challenge. I'm what you call a self starter Thursday. Mrs Annand started at 9 a.m. She finished 12 hours later after intensive door -to -door campaigning here, a visit to a senior citizens' lodge, "mainstreeting" in the downtown and more campaigning in Lethbridge at a carnival set up in the Centre Village Mall. That pace has been kept up all this week and will probably continue until election day Conditions concern teachers Tough bargaining predicted for fall By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Working conditions are the biggest problem facing teachers this year because they directly" affect the education of students the president-elect of the Alberta Teachers Association said in an interview in Lethbridge Thursday Professional relations with administrators, the need for more consultation with teachers and the student- teacher ratio are a few of the working conditions Patricia English was referring to In the city to attend an ATA banquet "honoring five Lethbridge County teachers who retire this year. Ms English said she expects teachers will make the move this year to do something about their working conditions when they open negotiations this fall with their school boards Combine the working conditions issue with the financial concerns of teachers who signed two-year low- percentage increase contracts two years ago and the result is bound to be some tough collective bargaining this fall, she said She also expressed fear that at least one teacher strike will occur in the province in the first part of 1975 unless school boards become more willing to listen and act on teacher concerns Ms English, a teacher- librarian in a junior high school in Calgary, said teachers have never fought for time The teaching profession has "always accepted the extra, things" school boards and administrators pile on them Solicitor-General tours jail, holds talks A program for alternate service to jail sentences must be designed before legislation can be introduced. Alberta solicitor-general Helen Hunley said Thursday in Lethbridge. "We have to have an alternative." she told The Herald after an inspection of the Lethbridge Correctional Institution "I would like to see if it's possible to have community service instead to allow them to work off their fines Alternatives to jail would have to be meaningful service to the community, she said, not just make-work. Miss Hunley said she was impressed with the staff at the jail. They were innovative within the current program, and dedicated to their work, she said New programs would have to be planned so as not to be defeated at the outset People who had committed crimes of violence couldn't be let out without some rehabilitation, she said Current paroles are subject to approval of federal parole service, and a provincial parole board is required, says Miss Hunley The federal government had agreed to the necessary amendment, but the July 8 election intervened, she said. The solicitor-general also met with probation officers and the police commission, and toured the city cells with Police Chief Ralph Michelson They agreed there was no easy solution to the problem of "liquor-related offences. Chief Michelson said tne Checkstop program had done some good, but the bus service to the Indian reserves hadn't worked The people who used it were not the ones who presented a problem, he said He also said local natives were not as much of a problem as transient farm workers, who more often became violent when drunk 'City's problem is province's fault and that's good' dislocation, he said By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Premier Peter Lougheed said Thursday the provincial government will have to develop a province-wide policy before it can consider a request from city council for a loan to service land for an industrial park Bu1 the premier said he reacted positively to the request, made during a 90-mmutc luncheon meeting between Mayor Andy Anderson, some aldermen. Mr! Lougbeed and two of his ministers "We're glad tfie city has the problem (meeting demands for more industrial land) because it is a clear indication Oiat Hie government has been successful in decentralizing the premier said in an interview He said he couldn't say when the policy setting a loan plan for municipalities developing and servicing industrial land would be established but said he understood the urgency of council's request The meeting was closed to the press, but Mayor Anderson said the city wanted a provincial loan outside the framework of 1hc Municipal Finance Corporation which would be selMiauidatmg over a five-year period He said the city needs about million to develop the 530 acres of city-owned land north of Lethbndge industrial park. The loan would be paid off as land is serviced and sold, the mavor said Premier shares the concern of council that the present supply of industrial land is gone and that more is needed. Mayor Anderson said. commending the government for its industrial decentralization policy. Mayor Anderson said council also received the assurance it wanted that future city water needs would be met Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer, who was with the premier at the noon meeting, lold the city that with future plans for storage on the Oldman River, both municipal and irrigation needs in the region could be met Mr Horncr told The Herald there isn't an immediate problem meeting water needs and should supplies in the Oldman River be insufficient for Lethbndge. the city could draw from the St. Marv River Studies evaluating possible storage sites on the Oldman should be complete 1his fall Mr Horncr said The government is considering a dam either a1 the three forks oi the river, west of Pincher Creek, or at Livingstone Gap. north of Coleman The Gap dam could store more water and wouldn't force any population dislocation, he said Mayor Anderson said Hie city also asked the government to remove most of the costs of education from property taxes million Premier Lougheed told The Herald he would be asking the municipal finance lask low 1o look at the suggestion The commiltee will be reporting to cabinet in about 18 months But "I wonder if we are doing the students a favor if we accept extra duties that reduce teacher contact hours with the students, she added The teaching profession, she says is going to have to begin to show people what they 'can't do" for the education of the individual student because they're teaching too many students in each classroom and are loaded with extra non- teaching duties Teachers may have to invite people into the classroom to show them the adverse affect working conditions are having on the educational programs The province and the school boards must begin to talk about "true pupil teacher ratios" rather than the inflated figures they are now using. Ms English offered as another suggestion on how- parents could be better informed of teacher working conditions Official figures may show- that a school system is operating with one teacher for every 23 students but its scho'ols could still have classes of over 30 students in Grade 1 and as many as 36 per classroom in junior high School and department of education officials add non- classroom personnel and classroom teacher totals together and divide the result into the total school student population to reach their student-teacher ratio The province and the school boards must begin to talk about "true pupil teacher ratios" rather than the inflated figures they are now- using. Ms English offered as another suggestion on how- parents could be better informed of teacher working conditions Official figures may show- that a school system is operating with one teacher for everv 23 students but its schools could still have classes of over 30 students in Grade 1 and as many as 36 per classroom in junior hich School and department of education officials add non- classroom personnel and classrom teacher totals together and divide the result into the total school student population to reach their student-teacher ratio she explained Some school boards are counting all the adults m their school m order to produce a lewer-sludenl-teacher ralio on their official records she added Ms English, who on July 2 will become the fourth w oman president in the historv of the ATA. said teacher competency is another major issue facing the association this eear The willing 1o take the control of teacher competence if 1he and the department of education are willing 1o Ie1 them do it. she said ;