Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE lETHBRIDGi HERALD Thursday. 28, 1973 Solution elusive Hotels deny 5th St. ills their doing By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The drunk problem in th? 5th Street S. Gait Garden area of the city should not be blamed on the hotels, members of the hotelmsn's association said Wednesday. Hotelmen are concerned about the alcohol problem and are aware it is their re- sponsibility to avoid the situ- ation as much as anyona else. But no one in this city has been able to arrive at a workable solution to the problem. The liquor-licensed restaur- ants, the Alberta Liquor Store and the business firms in the vicinity of 5th Street S. who sell products with al- cohol content (such as. rub- bing alcohol and must also realize their con- tribution to the drunk prob- lem, tlie botelmen suggested. Fifteen minutes after has bar opened Wednesday three men had to be asked to leave because they wera too drunk, one hotel manager said. "You can't tell me they got drunk in my bar or any- one else's bar in 15 minutes." The hotelmen feel the drunk problem on 5th Street S. is one common to most cities caused by a social-ec- onomic situation created by today's society and isn't lika- ly to be eliminated complete- ly- Even though it may be dif- ficult to eliminate the alco- holic problem in urban areas, the hotelmen suggest the 5th Street S. drunk problem could be controlled by a co- operative community effort. Other agencies involved The courts are easy on drunks, the police depart- ment doesn't have sufficient staff tD patrol the 5th Street S. area effectively. Canada Manpower has failed to pro- vide recreational activities for transient it has bused to tins city, Alberta liquor stores sometimes sell liquor to drunk persons and the Chamber of Commerce has failed to put forth a con- certed effort to eliminate the problem, the hotelmen claim. They suggest the problem Is compounded in the sum- mer months because Canada Manpower is trying to pro- vide fanners in the Le'h- bridge area with cheap la- bor by bringing in the tran- sient workers. Canada Manpower doesn't plan recreational activities for the transients and the city has made little effort to provide recreational facili- ties which leaves the work- ers -with nothing to cb but en- tertain themselves with liquor, the hotelmen said in a heated interview Wednes- day. "Do jou think (hey would ba allowed to golf at Hen- derson Lake? one member asked. The businessmen who com- plain about losing business because drunks are loitering and panhandling around their store fronts aren't alone in suffering financially, the hotelmen said. The hotelmen say they are also losing business because people are reluctant to go into the 5th Street S. area and claim they are constant- ly throwing out drunks to make their bars acceptable to other people. Most hcfelmsn have spent thousands of dollars to reno- vate their bars and thev have no intention of allowing drunk and disorderly per- sons to destroy their business for the sake of a few dol- lars that may be obtained by selling liquor to drunks, they claimed. The Dallas Hotel. Alexan- dra Hotel, Lethbridge Holel, Hotel Plainsman and the Garden Hotel, all in the vi- cinity of the 5th Street S. problem area, have spent from to eaca in renovations during the last fiva years, association mem- bers said. More drunks arrested City Police statistics dorse hotelmen's claim that hotel owners in this city are attempting to eliminate drunks and miners as cus- tomers in their bars. During the first five months of this year, 124 per- sons have been charged for causing a disturbance in city bars or failing to leave upon request, compared with 119 for the same period a year ago. During the same period of time, 34 minors were charged for being in a licens- ed premise this year com- pared to seven lest year. The city police have also at- tempted to curtail the drunk situation in the city by ar- resting more persons for li- quor offences in the first five months of this year than during the same period In 1972 the city police chief told The Herald in ao interview Wednesday. Chief Ralph Michelson said there have been extra pa- frols put on the 5th Street S. area during the past month and the department is aware drunks are causing a major problem in the area. Alcohol counselling is available to the drunks ar- rested by the police, but most often the drunks just use the counsellors as a method of getting time to pay then- fines, he claimed. The chief said many of Site drunks who were given time to pay don't show up with the money and as a re- sult the police department has to go through a great deal of expense to arrest them again. In respoiiss to some 5th St r e e t S. businessmen's charges that the city police are not enforcing vagrancy laws anymore. Chief Michel- son says there are no vagrancy- laws in the Crim- inal Code to enforce any- more. No vagrancy laws left The vagrancy laws were removed from the Criminal Cede ii. 1972 despite a 'plea by Canada's police chiefs to keep them. The following vagrancy laws wers removed from section 164 of the Criminal Code in 1972: everyone commits va- grancy who, not having any apparent means of support, is found wandering abroad or trespassing and does not when required, justify his presence in the place he is found. everyone commits va- grancy who bags from door to door in a public place. everyone commits va- grancy who, being a com- mon prostitute, is found in a public place and does not when required, give a good account of herself. Sharp shooter zeroes in blind players aim for source of the beep Beeping stakes help blind play horseshoes It's like throwing a rock at a barking dog in the dark! Len Elder, president of the Telephone Pioneers of Loth- bridge used this comparison to describe how blind people were able to play horseshoes by using their ears rather than their eyes In the form of a special donation Wednesday the Sun- shine Club of Lethbridge an organization lii the city open to all people who are registered as blind re- ceived a "beeping horseshoe game" from the Telephone Pioneers of the city The game, which was de- by the Pioneers club, works on the principle of blind people throwing herse- shoes at a stake "which beeps.'' Len Elder, president of the Pioneers club, said the stake is easy and cheap to con- struct. He explained that it was made up of two parts The bottom part is a three- foot diameter piece cf wcod painted white and red. On this base a three-quarter inch pipe about 18 inches high is situated. Mr. Elder said this pipe is used for the pin Halfway up the pin an elec- tronic gear is mounted. It is run by one battery of about nine volts and can be re- charged as the tone sound gets weaker. The device is shut on and off by a little toggle switch on the back of the pipe. Mr. Elder said the device only cost the club about to make and the materials it was made of were easy to find. He said they obtained the pipe from the scrap heap, the paint from home and the electronic gear from a radio shopping centre. He said the stake device works on the same principle as the audio balls blind chil- dren use to get their sense of direction. The horseshoes used by the players are just lightweight rubber "Blind people usually should play the game with a sighted person there so as to have someone to keep score for he said. However, he said if there 1s no one around the blind peo- ple can always go up to the stake and see how well they've done by touch. The president pointed out that this was the first horse- shoe game build for blind people in Alberta. He said the Lethbridge Pioneers ob- tained the idea for the game from a Pioneers group in the United States people can tell the presence and the placement of the stake bv the beeping noise ol the electronic gear it gives them their sense of direction. Once people are blind their hearing ability usuallv increases Mr. Elder said. "It really gives blind peo- ple a chance. It gives them something to do in the sum- mer and in the winter they can always take it inside and still he said The club has agreed to do- nate more horseshos sets of this nature to the CNIB if they find the sets are success- ful and useful. The Lethbridge Sunshine group has about 60 members which meet regularly on a monthly basis. The Pioneers Club is made up of people who have been in the telephone communica- tions field for 21 years. The Lethbridge association has 60 members and the Pioneers of Alberta has 700 members Youth, counselling programs endorsed An innovative Lethbridge Family Service program and a new youth program were endorsed by the Community Services Advisory Committee Wednesday. But the committee refused to support a University of Lethbridge Child Care Cen- tre request for a grant of 857, and asked that the Fam- ily Service budget, which is slightly increased over its original budget approved by the city, be resubmitted in clearer terms. The committee, consisting of five volunteers, makes r e c ommendations on com- munity service projects to council. The Family Service pro- gram presented Wednesday represents a radical new ap- proach to meeting the men- tal health needs of the com- munity, according to city preventive s-oeial services di- rector Tony Tcbin. It's main emphasis will ba on training volunteers in the community to work with pro- fessionals in reaching and helping people who have so- cial problems. It also advo- cates community counselling centres. The approach is based on the premise that carefully se- lected and briefly but rele- vantly trained lay people can be more potent helpers than most professionals. A new director, Dr Chris- topher Ross, currently at the University of Calgary, has been appointed by the Fam- ily Services board to head the new program. He has worked with the board in several sessions since last November helping it to deiine its new objec- tives. Mr Tobin told the ad- visory committee. Jack McCracken. board chairman, told the commit- tee- "We're confident the new program will have a tre- mendous impact on the com- munity." The youth program, now called Community Outreach Program, also represents some new directions for what has occasionally in the past been a somewhat troubled project. It will continue to operate d r o p-in recreation centred programs in schools and oth- er community facilities but also wants a permanent co- ordinating centre where staff and volunteers can get together, said its new direc- tor Frank Clampitt. A C o m m u nity Outreach Program Society (C.O.P S. i has been incorporated to op- erate the program with the objectives of providing meaningful relationships for young people, fostering youth initiated programs, providing the resources ne- cessary for the continuation of needed youth programs, identifying and resolving problems in the community for young people and involv- ing young people in making decisions. It's aim is to in- volve at least 350 young peo- ple in the program. The advisory board was enthusiastic in its support of the project and unanimously endorsed its June 1- Dec. 1 budget request. (All preventive social ser- vice programs are financed 80 per cent by the province and 20 per cent by the The committee was less en- thusiastic in its support of the U of L child care centre, in the belief that while sub- siddzed day care centre facili- ties are needed in Lethbridge this one was to narrow in-its focus serving only people at the university. The child care centre oper- ate last year first as a vol- untary co-operative effort be- gun by parents at the uni- versity with moral support from university officials and then under a four-month Lo- cal Initiatives Program grant. Spokes man John Mclnnes told the advisory committee that if there was a need to set priorities for use of the centre students would have first use. Persons in the com- munity who use the univer- sity on a part-time basis tak- ing one or two courses would come second. The centre is in renovated facilities leased from the uni- versity by the student society and can bold 40 children at one time. Under the program pre- sented to the advisory com- mittee two full-time and one part-time staff were to be hired. Fees charged were a regis- tration fee of for students, for faculty and staff, and S5 for part-time students, fac- ulty and staff. Monthly rates were for full-time stu- dents. for faculty and staff and for part-time stu- dents, faculty and staff. Mr. Mclnnes told the com- mittee the centre had ap- proached the community ser- vices department for funds because none were available from the university. Local Liberals urgea to rebuild Liberals in Southern Alber- ta must build a structure that people will want to be- long to. This was the challenge is- sued to members of the Lib- eral party by Sven Ericksen. president pi the Lethbridge Federal Liberal Association, at a general meeting of the association Wednesday night. "We have a poor structure in Mr. Ericksen said. ''We have been dominat- ed in the past by people look- ing for power and patron- age." "Do you think we can gel very far if we keep on the way we have in the past'' he said Mr. Ericksen said he is tired of "so many darn speeches from plush and little action from the speakers. In emphasizing the importance of grass-roots pol- itics, he iirgad the Liberal to adopt a positive attitude and choose a candidate care- fully. Alberta Liberals should also be willing to defend the ac- tion of the federal govern- ment, Mr. Ericksen said. On c-.'her business, the as- sociaton approved an amend- ment to its constitution which would allow for 12 or more directors. The agenda for the Western Liberal Conference in Van- couver July 13-15 will include workshops dealing with sub- jects centering around the theme "What kind of a West do we want" Dslegafctes to the conference are Mr. Er- icksen and Allan Graham. Al- ternates are John Boras and Dave Blakely. Delegates to the national convention in Ottawa in Sep- tember will be chosen by the association executive from among those wining to attend the event Mr. Ericksen reported that Eugene Whalen. federal Min- ister of Agriculture, will be the featured speaker at a fund-raising dinner in Octo- ber. Park overflow campsite permanently shut down An overflow campground in Hie Blakiston Valley of Wa- terton Lakes National Park has been permanently closed. Isaving the park with 400 camping units. The development of two private campgrounds outside the park have allowed park to let the overflow facility return to its natural state, a spokesman said. Waterton Homestead Campground, near the park gate on the Pmcher Creek Highway, offers 82 sites. 40 of which are fully serviced. The campground will ac- commodate" 400 more units in an adjacent overflow area The Blood Indian Tribe has opened 50 unserviced camp- ing units on the north shore of the Belly River, adjacent to the Chief Mountain High- wav. Summertime Summertime, the livin' is e-osy, the afternoon is hot and having your cooling off in own backyard swimming pool is a dream. These two young people ori> The irrigation BILL GROENEN photo a way very familiar to anyone ever live-d on a farm, ditch is about one mile southeast of the city.