Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednaidoy, 20, 1973 No gov't action planned to assist with car recalls The provincial consumer affairs department plans no action to encourage automo- bile owners to get their cars fixed when manufacturers send out recall notices. The department has given no consideration to the mat- ter despite growing tenden- cies for car owners to ignore the notices and continue driv- ing cars with potentially dan- gerous defects. More than 2.600 Ford Pintos, for example, are still being driven with a defect which could cause them to catch fire, according to a re- port in the Toronto Star About Chrysler Crick- ets with steering links that could bend under stress caus- ing loss of control are still on Canadian roads. Statistics show that about 90 per cent of tirst owners respond to recall notices if they are sent out within two years of purchase. Only half of the cars three and four years old, however, are re- turned to be fixed when the manufacturer finds the fault. After live years, 25 per cent No bed cuts planned Nurse shortage not seen here Lethbridge hospitals do not have the shortage of trained nurses facing other hospitals in Alberta and B.C. H o s p i tals in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, for example, are being forced to close hundreds of beds to the public this summer be- cause of holidays and the lack of trained nurses to fill the holiday vacancies. At this point St. Michael's General Hospital is "not planning any cuts j et and have experienced no prob- lems so a spokesman told The Herald. At Lethbridge Municipal Hospital some beds may have to be cut back if some permanent staff members are not retained. The hospi- tal particularly needs train- ed psychiatric nurses. Trained orderlies are also very hard to obtain, a hos- pital spokesman said. The relief pool at the hos- pital is down, but it is ex- pected the hospital will get through the summer without great trouble. If LMH didn't have the Gait School of Nursing "we ivould be in great trouble now.'' The Herald was told. Safeway meatcutters9 jobs safe under new svstem A ncvr Safeway racat ware house and central meatcut- ting facility, tentatively scheduled to open in Calgary ia August, will not affect the jobs of Safeway meatcutters here, a company spokesman in Calgary said Friday. A meatcutter in one of the local stores said the meatcut- ters here had been assured no one would be laid off, but said they were wondering how the company was going to work it out. The meat, formerly deliv- ered in sides, will be deliver- ed to the stores boned and in final cuts, the meatcutter ex- plained. The meat will be tied and wrapped in the stores, he said. "Some of the junior men are wondering about their he said. "The others are thinking that senicrity will keep them on. Some asked the company if they. should go looking for other jobs, but we have been told the company is going to keep all the help they have." "It's a little premature to make a statement at this the bpoktiJMUari Cui- gary said. "But there will be no effect as far as meatcui- ters in the stores are con- cerned." Militia man to be feted A stag party honoring for- mer Sgt. E. B. Lunde in re- cognition of his service to the Lethbridge militia garrison, will be held Friday nigla in the mess in the Lathbridge armory at Kenyon Field. The function, arranged by the 20th Battery Officers-Ser- geants Mess, will mark the retirement of Sgt. Lunde who served the garrison for 18 years as caretaker and ste- ward. The affair is open to the public as well as former and present military personnel Capt. Ray Petit and Ross Strom are in charge of the event. of the faulty cars recalled are returned for the repair needed. Jim Engle, executive assis- tant to consumer affairs min- ister Bob Dowling, said he wasn't aware the problem is that serious. The consumer has 'to as- sume some responsibility for returning his car for repair, Mr. Engle said in an inter- view from Edmonton. The government would be obligated to intervene only if the problem reached the point where a majority of car owners were ignoring the no- tices, he said. "It wouldn't be hard to un- dertake a program with the car manufacturers to inform specific owners that their cars have Mr. Engle said. Under the present system, manufacturers have only the names of the first owner of a car to send a notice to. Sec- ond and third owners could be driving a car with a de- fect and not be informed by the manufacturer. Ontario's answer to the problem will be activated by next spring, The Star reports. A system computerizing all registration numbers will provide the name of the latest owner of a car at a touch and will also facilitate checking to see if recall no- tices are being observed. Records of licence number, vehicle identification and owner statistics are being put on computer tapes. Car makers seem pleased the Ontario goverr- ment's assistance. They say it will speed up the process of getting the defects repair- ed. It could also settle the legal question of who is at fault if a defective car on recall is in an accident because of the delect before it is fixed. "If the driver had knowl- edge the thing was at fault and the company could pre- sent a registered letter re- ceipt to show he knew but hadn't acted, the courts might have something to say- on who's responsible or li- a General Motors spo- kesman said in The Star Re- port. The report also points out that "owners of cars recalled should realize they have a right to free service in a re- call even if they're not the original owner and that there's no time limit on how soon a car must be brought in order to qualify for free service under the recall." The Alberta Safety Council has no immediate plans to encourage owners to observe the recalls. A spokesman for the coun- cil in Edmonton told The Herald programs are based on demands received from residents in the province and to date, there have been no inquiries about automo- bile recalls. Man injured in collision Rick Frvin James Wensveen, 17, 2807 11th Ave. S., is placed on a stretcher in readiness for his ambulance ride to St. Michael's General Hospital, where he is in satisfactory condition today. He was injured when his car, south- bound on 20th St. S., was in collision with a car driven by Terry Doerk- sen, 17, of 624 7th St. S. The Doerksen vehicle was westbound on 19th Ave. when the accident occurred and the force of the collision drove Wen- sveen's Volkswagen onto a front lawn on the southwest corner of the in- tersection. Damage in the accident is estimated at Restaurants could use handicapped Catering business attracts the blind By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Many blind people through- out Canada are looking at the catering business as a source for employment, says the president ui the local Ca- nadian National Institute lor for the Blind. Verda Ross says some blind people are now emploj- ed by hospitals to operate concessions, but it is hoped the blind will soon be em- ployed in concessions throughout Canada's cities. Lethbridge Municipal Hos- pital and" St. Michael's Hos- pital employs blind men in concessions The CNIB hopes the con- cession will be only the start- ing point for further employ- ment of the blind in the food catering business. "There isn't any reason why the blind person couldn't. be hired to serve lunches and meals in some restaurants." suggests Mrs. Rose. Rene M. V a n d e rveldc. president cf the Canadian Restaurant Association of Al- berta, said Tuesday his asso- ciation is currently exploring the possibility of encourag- Whcre from here? HARRY NEUFELD photo The best thing to do m this circumstance would seem to be to go some other way. Construction at the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Club resulted in this slight- ly confusing disruption e-f the orderly flow of traffic en 5th Ave. S. Actually it's oil quite running into the dirt pile of low 200 points and do not pass ing restaurants to hire the handicapped worker. In a telephone interview from Calgary, he told The Herald the initiative to hire the handicapped must come from the individual restau- rant owners rather than the association. The association can merely point out the feasibility of doing so, he added. The employment of the blind or other handicapped persons has definite limita- tions depending on the type of handicap, he suggested. Blind persons may be able 1o cook their own meals, but Mr. Vandervelde doesn't see them as cooks or waiters in a restaurant situation. Several people in a confin- ed area with sharp knives and hot fats create an ex- tremely hazardous working condition for a person with- out sight, he explained. Also, a blind person couldn't move as fast as a waiter or waitress to cope with a busy restaurant situa- tion, he ad'ded. He suggests the b 1 i nd could operate auto mated equipment in larger restau- rants or effectively fill cashier or checker positions, Mr. Vandervelde claims a few handicapped workers are eirroioyed in restaurants in the Calgary area and are showing more ambition and interest in their jobs than many normal workers, he said. Restaurants must investi- gate new methods of attract- ing employees and hiring handicapped personnel may be a partial solution, he sug- gested. The problem of obtaining f.Sdllsd or unskilled labor to work in restaurants is creat- ing nightmares for many food outlet owners in Canada Even the resort area res- taurants in Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise can't obtain suf- ficient Mr. Vander- velda said. While some blind persons arc exploring the possibil- Uj of employment in the food inc'ii'try. others are busy ap- plving their skills in many other iields of endeavor. Persons who suffer blind- ness after learning a trade arc often able to gain em- ployment in that field follow- ing a short pencd of adapta- tion to their new handicap The local CNIB, through its affilation with the Calgary CNIB, privides Lethbridge blind persons with training and counselling services. Touch typing, reading and writing braille and counsell- ing are some of the services offered the blind in Calgary. Mobile training is also of- fered at Calgary to teach the blind to effectively use a white cane, and additional training is provided for per- sons requesting a seeing-ej'e dog. Mrs. Ross says there are no seeing-eye dogs in Leth- bridge because most blind persons in the city have someone to assist them when in unfamiliar territory. The dogs are usually offer- ed to younger people are able to exercise and use them daily as a guide during employment travel. This au- tomatically eliminates about 60 per cent of the Lethbridge blind who are over 60 years of age. She claims the CNIB been effective in providing services to the Lethbridge blind because of the assist- ance received from the Unit- ed Way. The local CNIB was given by the United Way last year and is asking for in 1973 to enable it to cover the cost of serving the blind in Lethbridge without assist- ance from the United Way campaigns in other Alberta areas. It costs the CNIB about a year to service each blind person in this city, or to service the GO Lethbridge blind persons. In addition to the services piovided for the Lethbridge blind in Calgary, a CNIB field worker travels from that city regularly to visit the blind here. Local CNIB volunteers pro- vide bowling and monthly so- cial functions for the city's blind. The next social outing will be the annual CNIB picnic to be held this Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. Augustine's Angli- can Church Parish Hall. Lethbridge meat packers process 110 horse meat In contrast with Calgary, Lethbridge has no horse meat processing plants. Local meat processors, handling beaf. pork, lamb and fowl, say they are not allowed by law to kill and process horse meat in the same areas as the other meat. Some local meat plants have received enquiries from Europe regarding sup- plying of horse meat but be- cause cf the new regulations and the small number of horses available, it has not bean considered a worth- whil venture here. There is a horse meat plant now operating in Calgaryy which processes horses for French concerns and another in Edmonton which sends horse meat to Europe for hu- man consumption. Some cut? sell for as much as a pound. Criminal record read out Court rejects man's emotional pleas The emotional pleas of a 36- year-old Lethbridge man for a light sentence on a charge of breaking and entering a private home ssemed to fall on deaf ears Tuesday in pro- vincial court. William Gobel, 328 12th S1. C N., had just sentenced by Provincial Judge L. W Hudson to six months in jail when he asked if he could say something in his defense. Gobel told the court his wife had left him two weeks ago and he was, in addition 1o working, looking after his four small children. His voice breaking, he aid that Monday night "every- thing just got to and he went out for a drink and later broke into the home of Barry Robinson at 625 7th St. S. "I will give this court my honor word that I'll never do it he said. Provincial Judge Hudson then asked Vaughan Hartigan, crown prosecutor in the case. if the sentence should bs re- uewed. Mr. Hartigan pointed to Go- hel's extensive criminal rec- ord, dating back 1960, and the sentence stood. Then, asked by Gobsl would happen to his children while he was in jail, Provin- cial Judge Hudson said there are social agencies to look after them. He had pleaded guilty to the charge, laid this morning af- ter Mr. Robinson phoned t'ie po'ice and told them he was awakened by someone open- ing his bedroom door. According to the police re- part, Mr. Robinson chased the man down the hallway and nut into the porch where the intruder jumped through a closed window and ran away. Police then notified the hos- pitals and Gobel was arrested a short time later when he came to Lethbridge Munici- pal Hospital for treatment of cuts.