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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE June CRTC to be urged to consider Lethbridge-based CBC-TVstation By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The CBC has long neglected Southern Alberta even though this area has been paying its share of the cost of operating that network for years, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission is to be informed in Calgary Tuesday. The CRTC. the national regulating body for television and radio, is holding the hearing to obtain Albertan views on the application by the CBC for an English language television station for that city. The Lethbridge chapter of the Committee for an Imdependent Canada will make representations at the meeting, giving support to the CBC application and reminding the CRTC that the CBC has promised to establish a rebroadcaster in Lethbridge within about a year after the proposed Calgary station begins operation. The committee will also suggest the rebroadcaster of the proposed Calgary station be upgraded at a later date into a Lethbridge based CBC television station. CP Rail leaders shuffled Lethbridge and area has a new CP Rail assistant superintendent following a three-way shuffle of assistant superintendents in southern Alberta. Martin Lypka. formerly posted in the Medicine Hat area has been moved to Lethbridge. while Jack White has been transferred from Lethbridge to Calgary. Ernie Fulton was transferred to the Medicine Hat area from "his Calgary post. Ed Shute of Calgary. CP rail manager for Alberta, said the -huffle was made for educational value. "We try to move our superintendents and assistant iijperintendents every three vears or so." This broadens IJeir knowledge of the lines Mr. Shute said. The new superintendent for :'ie Alberta South division of TP Rail is Glen Swanson. Mr. replaced Bob Shepp. ..ho has been appointed .uperintendent of the -ansportation department in Winnipeg. The brief points out that even though Southern Albertans began paying the cost of the CBC. along with all other taxpayers in Canada, when it was first established in 1932, they weren't even granted a CBC owned radio station until one was established in Calgary in 1964. People in the Lethbridge district are still in an even greater dilemma than residents in the Calgary area when attempting to receive CBC programming in their homes, the chairman of the Lethbridge chapter said in an interview. CBC radio reception is not that good during the day and in the evening it is almost impossible to listen to because of the static interference. CBC television in Lethbridge only consists of the programs CBC affiliate CJOC decides to air of what another CBC 'affiliate CFAC decides to program, spokesman Roger Rick wood explained. Canadian content and an Alberta viewpoint are the two major reasons cited in the brief for the establishment of a CBC owned television station in Calgary. "Only the CBC possesses the financial strength to supply Canadian viewers with a program schedule that is predominantly Canadian. Such a program schedule is essential if we are to strengthen our national identity in the face of the overwhelming Americanization of our airwaves and cable television the brief states. The committee makes it clear it does not want to keep Canadians from viewing foreign programming but it believes Canadians should always have the option to turn to Canadian programming at any time of the day. "We feel that the amount of Canadian programs that they (CBC affiliates) now offer in prime time evening hours is insufficient to our national the committee states in the brief. Affiliates "have a tendency to fill their schedules with as much foreign programming as possible" because it is profitable to do so. The addition of a CBC owned Calgary station and a rebroadcaster in Lethbridge would increase Canadian content in two ways, the brief claims. The CBC station would provide a steady stream of national and regional programming and the liberated CBC affiliates. CFAC and CJOC would be able to produce more local programming of their own. The committee also believes the creation of CBC owned TV stations in Southern Alberta and the linking of them together with the Edmonton CBC station would "strengthen our Alberta identity and then portray it to other Canadians. "Albertans need to know what other Albertans are doing and thinking" and private stations do not possess the revenues to provide such a regional service at this time, the brief contends. Mr. Rickwood is concerned that most of the news about Alberta on the CBC network originates from its Edmonton television station. The Edmonton viewpoint is not always representative of the feelings of the whole province, especially not that of Southern Alberta, he points out. He also believes it would also be good to have an element of the media in Southern Alberta that is not dependent on local financial support. "It is common for media to take on a protective role for the community" it is situated in. Lethbridge needs a news service that doesn't have to fear that it may have some of its advertising revenue cut because of an investigative news story, he says. The Lethbridge chapter of the Committee for an Independent Canada is not attempting to kill American programs that people like to watch nor is it anti American. Mr. Rickwood says the committee smiply wants good quality Canadian programming to be available at ail times of the viewing day. "We need programs that reflect local, provincial and national outlooks because people's minds are molded to a certain degree by the television they watch and if the programs are Canadian they will "be molded to be Canadians." The committee's interest in CBC expansion to this area is another example of its diversity, according to Mr. Rickwood. "We're not totally involved in Canadian economics and foreign ownership in Canada. Canadian culture is also a high prioritv with us." RONSON 7-SPEED SOLID STATE PUSH BUTTON BLENDER Crushes trayloads of ice without attachments. Exclusive wide- base design with largest blades for fastest blending. Takes whole fruits and vegetables without pre-slicing. 48 oz. carafe designed for table serving. Reg. 64.95 SPECIAL 54 88 Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Two to attend air conference Of the more than 500 people expected to be in Calgary next month for the third International Aviation Conference, only two may attend from Lethbridge. Stubb Ross, president of Time Air and vice-president Richard Barton will attend the conference, representing the airline and the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. Executives from all major North American airlines will be in Calgary July 2 and 3rd FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 3274565 E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHBRI06E DENTAL UB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. WARM WEATHER AHEAD TIME TO GET IN SHAPE Before we know it the lazy days of sum- mer will be here and jackets will be traded] in for bathins suits and shorts. Many of us I arc taking a more critical look in the mirror! and finding those extra pounds we picked up I last Christmas are still there. There's still I enough time for a sensible diet, the type that! rid of inches as well as pounds and helps! you keep them off. Be sure to get your doctor's advice before I dieting. He can give you the best plan to fol- low so you won't sacrifice your health for your) looks. And if we can supply you with anything! you might need we'll be more than pleased. CEORGE ROD SAY... Politics is hard to predict. When Mao- ran j for office, they said he didn't have a Chinaman's chance' DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY for the largest meeting of air industry officials ever held in Canada. Mr. Ross will take part in a panel discussion on regional versus third level air carrier policy, which could involve competition between Time Air and Pacific Western Airlines. Other topics of discussion include the ministry of transport's user pay policy, corporate aviation, northern flying, problems and opportunities associated with the movement of air cargo and security in aviation. Speakers at the conference include Dr. Christopher Kraft, director of NASA: Edgar Benson, chairman of the Canadian Transport Commission: O. G. Stoner. deputy minister of transport The conference is sponsored by the City of Calgary and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce through their transportation and development authority. Highway work continues Earth movers crawl like gigantic bugs in a slow ballet on a 13.5-mile stretch of Highway 3 under construction between Seven Persons and Bow Island. The project is expected to be completed in a year. Bottles to have more value when returned A number of city corner- store operators were glad to hear they would be getting additional revenue from bottle returns Thursday, with some saying it was long overdue. Green's Pop Shop on 13th St. North. is the only neighborhood store in Lethbridge with a full-time bottle return operation. A spokesman at the store hadn't officially been told about the increase but said, "it's nice to hear." The provincial cabinet has announced an increase in the handling charges that soft drink manufacturers have to pay bottle depot operators- Operators of bottle return depots will new receive one and a half cents on each soft drink container returned, instead of one cent. This extra price is in addition to the normal deposit paid by the consumer when he buys soft drinks and which is refunded when he returns the empty container to the bottle depot. Local soft drink manufacturers couldn't say whether or not this increase will raise the price of pop for the consumer. The depot operators will also get two cents as the handling charge on any liquor and wine bottle returned rather than the previous one cent per bottle payment. The liquor bottle handling charge is paid by the Alberta Liquor Control Board. Green's Pop Shop is the only depot in Lethbridge for liquor and wine bottles. Beer bottles, not affected by the increase in handling charges, can be returned to the Sicks' Brewery bottle depot, the Alberta Brewers Agent on 13th St. North, and Green's Pop Shop. Watch theft A gold watch was reported stolen Saturday night during a break-in at the J. S. White residence. 1223 10th Ave. S. No-one was home during the break-in. A police investiga- tion is continuing. Liberal immigration flayed In the last 10 years Canada's foreign policy has shifted 180 degrees to the left. 28 people, most of them elderly, were told Sunday at a meeting of the Canadian Intelligence Service. GEORGE 601 6Th Ave. S. Call 328-6133 RODNEY A01 Mh SI. S. fret Ortiverjr 327-3364 Now is the lime to consider AIR CONDITIONING from your 'Air Condftioning Centre ol the South CHARLTON HILL LTD. 1262 2nd Ave. South Phone 328-3388 Ron Goslick. national director of the Canadian League of Rights, told the meeting Canada has severed relations with Nationalist China and has become the friend and ally of Red China and the Soviet Union. "But you won't hear politicians in this election talk about that." he said. He aiso (old the meeting Canada is in the midst of an undeclared war in Rhodesia, "We are giving material aid to guerrilla forces in that part of the world, but politicians won't menlion 1ha1 Mr. Gostick said. He said Canadians are told the white people in Rhodesia are rascisls. "but they gave thai country better living, health and education." Mr Goslick said there are Scots. Irish. Welsh and Knglish people in Rhodesia and when Canada supports guerrilla activity, "we are fighting against our own kin." "They are the same people we fought along side in both wars." he said. Mr Goslick reminded the meeting Canada is also giving aid to Ihc Castro regime in Cuba, but said politicians will stay away from that issue as well. "Canadians shouldn I have their taxes given to communists." he said. Mr. Goslick also attacked Canada's immigration policy, saying it is too open and stating he beiieves in "discrimination in concernment." "1 don't want lo see our country flooded with a IflO.OOO'.OOO blacks. West Indians and Chinese. The social problems they bring with them are staggering. "I don't want lo see our society be washed out. The immigration policy should be tightened up. We should have some formula for immigration to fit the basic make up of this country." said Mr. Goslick. Vem Young. Social Credit candidate for Lethbridge an Ihe July 8 federal election, attended the meeting. He questioned Mr. Gostick on the "discrimination in concernment" because he had talked only about colored races. Mr. Gostick replied. "You are a foolish young man for coming here with a chip on your shoulder. You should be talking with the people and shaking their hands." French urged for South CBC outlet The understanding between English and French people in Southern Alberta could be improved if a certain amount of French language programming was required in the terms of the licence of the proposed CBC television station for Calgary. The Lethbridge French Club makes the claim in a letter to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission in an effort to inform that governing body of its concers before the CRTC holds a hearing in Calgary Tuesday on an application by the CBC for a television outlet in that city. The club supports the application by the CBC but it was "disturbed to hear" that the proposed station intendes Minority needs supported The department of political science at the University of Lethbridge supports the CBC application for a television station in Calgary because of the contribution it will make to adult education. The department will make its stand on the CBC application known when the Canadian Radio and Television Commission holds a hearing in Calgary Tuesday to solicit views of Southern Albertans on the application. "Minority audience programs have substantial educational value but as their commercial value is minimal it is difficult to get private stations affiliated with the CBC to carry a full schedule of them." the department's brief states. A CBC owned television station in Calgary and rebroadcaster of that station in Lethbridge would provide this community with the minority audience programs that "would help us in our regular teaching programs, the brief suggests. The brief also commends the CBC "for the significant contribution it has done over the years to the cause of adult education." to carry its programming entirely in English, its letter to the CRTC says. Beause of the "growing awareness of Albertans of aspects of French culture, the letter says, "it would be beneficial for all Albertans of every background to be exposed to such programs." The French club claims there is a small but substantial French speaking population in Southern Alberta which has for many years been deprived of French programming. of people through communication is important for a greater understanding of the persons involved and would ultimately foster friendship and a better understanding of ourselves as well." the club suggests. The club asks the CRTC to modify the CBC application in such a way as to include "a certain amount" of French language educational or entertaining programming. Walk over border raises COUTTS