Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
18-THE LETHBRIDGE about erosion of property rights Bv WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Property rights are being eroded in the name'of greater public good, the chairman of Taber Feeders Ltd. told a public- hearing Thursday on the preliminary regional plan. The plan, which will be given third reading by the Oldman River Regional Planning "Commission July 11, should allow municipalities in the region to adapt planning regulations to suit local conditions. Frank Rabusic said. If present planning trends continue, he said, the time will come when property owners will have only the right to'work on their land "and this is a trend we condemn." He said he does not object to controlled development in urban areas but claimed the preliminary regional plan which establishes land use and development regulations in southwestern Alberta, is another example of urban authorities planning for rural areas. Rural planning should be controlled by a board made up of rural people, he said. The plan puts too much emphasis on taking prime land out of agricultural production, he said. The amount of produce lost on small residential holdings is small when compared to losses resulting from the continued erosion of farmers' rights and the lack of a farm policy "that will concede that cheap food for Canadians is not a birthright." He also objected to proposals in the plan restricting location of feedlots. If the plan is approved by the provincial planning board after final reading by the commission, feedlois will not be allowed to locate within three miles of a city, near towns and villages or highways and secondary roads, or along river valleys unless the operator obtains a compliance certificate from the provincial government. Mr. Rabusic suggested to the commission that regulations regarding the location of oil wells in relation to property lines be included in the plan. Having a well in the middle of a parcel interferes with farming operations, he said. One speaker told the hearing, attended by about 60 people, including commission members and staff, that well placement is determined by provincial regulations. But. he said, a start toward having the regulations amended could be made bv such a recommendation in the regional plan. The commission will consider all submissions at an executive meeting next week and will make a final decision on what suggestions to incorporate when it meets July 11. A brief from the Taber Barnwell Sugar Beet Growers Association asked the commission to postpone third reading of the plan for at least a year. The provincial government is considering changes to the Planning Act which could change the functions and responsibilities of planning commissions, the brief states. Mike Truyaert, a board member ot the local who presented the submission, told the hearing the plan could have an adverse affect on agriculture in the The plan emphasizes the recreational value of river valleys and shorelines and suggests recreation easements be obtained to provide public access to But Mr. Truyaert said, many of the rivers provide water for livestock and -to deny their use for this purpose would seriously affect the livestock industry." Opening more areas for recreation will also result in more people using adjacent private farmland with resultant damage to crops and the loss of livestock, he said. He conceded after questioning from Lawrence Smith, ORRPC executive director, that there are many land-use conflicts in rural areas that planning could eliminate. But he said planning should be left in the hands of local councils where people have direct control. -It's dangerous to put higher levels of government in Mr Truyaert said. A brief from ranchers in the Pincher Creek area recommended that more public participation in planning should be encouraged by increased use of public hearings into a wide range of concerns. Hearings on a regional level should be held on such topics as land-use, optimum population of the region, recreation, and resource extraction. Hearings at the local or municipal level could be held into such areas as subdivision, regulation of off-road vehicles, road construction and location of major industries which could be polluting, Doug McClelland, a spokesman lor the group said. He also recommended the plan include restrictions on subdivision along streams and that subdivision under 160 acres be prohibited on grazing and ranch land. He said increased demand for irrigation water means ranchers in the foothills will have their lands flooded. Valuable irrigation water should not be used to grow grain and forage crops, he said. Development of lakes in the foothills area for intensive recreation "would be he said. "In our view, we don't need more and more intensive recreation. Rather we need to encourage non motorized recreation and the restoration ot disturbed landscape to a natural he said, reading from the brief. A suggestion from the Crowsnest Pass Citizens Tourist Association that a unified municipal government be established in the 'Pass, replacing the present five local governments drew a hostile reaction from one municipal alderman from the area. Councils in the 'Pass have been studying unification for two years, the alderman said, yet the tourist association, without even consulting municipalities in the Crowsnest "comes here and asks for unification. Requests from the tourist association for a provincial park in the area, and the expansion of the Kananaskis Highway south to West Castle as a scenic road were answered by Mr. Smith. The ORRPC executive director said the commission will be doing a detailed study of the foothills region and ot regional recreation needs and the two proposals will be considered when the studies are done. Emanuel Cohen, representing the Waterton Chamber of Commerce, said land that was once in the national park is now being mis-used. He claimed the federal government has traded away large areas of the park and these lands should be used for recreation, as was originally intended. He also said the chamber is opposed to fringe development outside park boundaries. Firearm offences bring jail term A 17-year-old Lethbridge youth who discharged a firearm following an incident May 30 was sentenced in provincial court Thursday to four months in jail and two years probation. Robert Kroeker. 1504 4th Ave. N.. pleaded guilty May 30 to charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of an unregistered firearm and pointing a firearm. He was remanded June 6 until Thursday for sentencing so he could be examined by a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist's report stated Kroeker was sane at the time of the incident but he was in need of psychiatric help. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson agreed with Crown Prosecutor Jim Langston that is was lucky no one had been killed. Provincial Judge Hudson said he told Kroeker when he pleaded guilty he was lucky he wasn't facing a murder charge. Kroeker "discharged a firearm in the city May 30 following an argument over a girl. Kroeker had earlier said he fired the gun to get his friend's attention. No one was injured in the incident. "I hope the citizens of Lethbridge don't have to get another person's attention by having bullets whizzing over their heads." Provincial Judge Hudson said. I have a horror of this type of thing. This court will make every effort to discourage a person from going shooting in the midst of an argument." In sentencing Kroeker Provincial Judge Hudson recommended Kroeker receive psychiatric help. Kroeker was given the four- month jail sentence and two years probation for possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace and three month concurrent sentences on the other two charges. WALTER KERBER photo Labor blames business for inflation By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Price gouging by large corporations, rather than wage increases, was named this week as the cause of the current inflation by an Alberta Federation of Labor official. Jim Murrie of Calgary, first vice president of the AFL, told a sparse panel discussion audience at the Labor Club wage increases are immediately taken away from working people by higher prices, taxes, higher rents and interest rates, and inflated profits. He called 1973 "the year the working people were fuddle duddled Trudeau-style." After citing Statistics Canada figures on food price increases he described what he called price gouging in the food industry. Kaz Electric BUN WARMER Keeps buns and rolls warm until served. Heat retaining cover dome Metal container with Bonded Vinyl finish 1495 Call Houswins 327-5767 Wieners were 26 per cent fat. four per cent salt and spices. 13 per cent protein and 57 per cent water. At the present price of. wieners, the consumer pays 45 cents a pound for water, or S3.60 a gallon. In the construction industry, labor costs rose 8.8 per cent between April. 1973. and April 1974. he said. But steel rose 35.5 per cent, plumbing and heating equipment 15.2 per cent, concrete 14.4 per cent and lumber 5.5 per cent. The total cost rose 13.2 per cent, said Mr. Murrie. In residential construction, labor costs increased 8.6 per cent and materials 11.1 per cent, with the overall increase 10.2 per cent, he said. Food corporation profits rose 31 per cent in 1972 and 35 per cent in 1973. he said. Profits over the last five years rose an average of 79 per cent, he said. In agri business. Swifts" profits went from Slo.127.000 in 1968 to in 1972. an increase of 144 per cent. Canada Safeway Ltd.'s profits rose 77 per cent in the same period. Burns Foods Ltd. increased its profits 139 per cent between 1969 and 1973. he said. But the average wage CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL IJB PHONE increase for workers in the food and beverage industry between March. 1972. and March. 1973. was only 7.8 per cent, he said. The petroleum industry boasted of its large exploration budgets, he said, but the oil and chemical workers figures showed them as 1.5 per cent of the profits. And the same union's figures showed 1973 profit increases ranging from 23 per cent for Conoco and 28 per cent for Shell to 59 per cent for Exxon and 60 per cent for Gulf, he said. Mr. Murrie urged political action by workers and consumers to cure the economic ills of inflation and unemployment, including establishment of a "shelf defence committee" to reveal unreasonable price increases. He also urged that all workers be paid union wages, legislation to protect job rights won by unions in the past, a 32-hour work week without loss in take-home pay. a minimum wage of S3.50 an aour and a minimum old age pension of a month. Gene Mitchell, the executive secretary of the federation, told the audience wage and price controls have not worked in any other country. Only international corporations had gained from the controls in .the United States and Britain, and wage earners and persons on low incomes had suffered most, he said American controls had even affected Canada last year when cattle were not marketed because of the price controls. Canada supplied the American market at a high rate, which the Canadian consumer also had to pay. He said he couldn't blame industry for inflation, but did blame" Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield. Wage and price controls were known to be Conservative policy, and the Liberals had had a contingency plan for controls. In a profit oriented system, industry had to increase its prices if it feared controls, said Mr. Mitchell. Labor's wages were already controlled, since increases had to be justified in collective bargaining, he said. But he suggested industry should have to justify price increases to a board. Some price increases are justified, said Mr. Mitchell, but a price review board should be able to order rollbacks of any unjustified current prices. Though politicians and industry would like to blame trade unions for inflation, the workers are just trying to recover their purchasing power. Lake site It doesn't look like much of a lake now, but it should in another month. Landscaping details are nearing completion on the West Lethbridge lake and it will likely be filled in July, community services director Bob Bartlett said today. Still to be finished are the laying of gravel around the edges of the lake, and two islands with footbridges between them and the shore. In this photo, with east side buildings just peeking over the west side development, the islands are marked by the poles and rocks in the centre of the picture. City hall also reports some 35 of the 82 lots on sale in the stage three and four area of the new subdivision have been sold. --_ X-IIJMO for menially retarded 7 Patients promised voting assistance The government has promised to put all qualifying patients" at the Raymond Home on the voters' list and help them if they wish to. Health Minister Neil Crawford said here Thursday the right of the patients' to vote "is a real concern." He was reacting to information that the women in the home had been left off the initial list of voters. Mr. Crawford said he has handed the situation to the head of Alberta Mental Health Services. Charles Hellon and Mr. Hellon said he has notified Dick Mead, head of Alberta Homes and Institutions to remedy the situation. Stu Christie, administrator of Claresholra Centre and Raymond Home, said it is up to the staff at the home to make certain the patients are enumerated. It was a staff member who told The Herald the patients had not yet been included on the list. Director of the home. Alice Birt was unavailable for comment. Mr. Crawford's promise came after a tour of the home by him and Premier Peter Lougheed. The government officials and mental health workers discussed various needs at Raymond during the tour Mr. Lougheed was told following the tour that a major problem at the facility was the patients lose touch with relatives and that relatives seldom help the patient. ________ Teachers honor re fifing O The teacher retirement ceremony is "a giant hoax" because teachers never really retire, a banquet honoring five retiring Lethbridge county teachers was told Thursday. Patricia English, president- elect of the Alberta Teachers Association, said retirement for teachers simply means they will now have time to do some of the things related to teaching that they always wanted to do but never found time to do. Teachers who retire are given three kinds of time all teachers who still active in the profession "would like to have." she told the gathering at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. They have the time to remember their memorable teaching moments of past years, do things (read, travel and other activities they like to do) and ponder the future, including the direction education is taking, she explained. Ms. English told the retiring teachers their profession still needs the constructive criticism they are capable of offering and that they now have the time to provide. Retiring from the teaching profession were Helen Grisak of the St. Catherine's School in Picture Butte. Ada Turner of Coaldale's Kate Andrews High School. Minnie Matthews who taught at the John Davidson Elementary School in Coaldale. Mary Harvey (principal! of the county Hutterite school, and Murray Robison (vice-principal) of R. I. Baker School in Coaldale. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MED.CAL DENTAL BLDG. 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