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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Gallery backers will ask council for final okay Health officer credits cool spring The Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association will ask city council Tuesday to give it the go-ahead to establish an art gallery in the city's old library in the Gait Gardens. "We're going to ask them to accept the recommendation of the Community Services Advisory association spokesman Isabel Hamilton said Friday, She repeated charges that community services director Bob Bartlett is bypassing the committee in asking council to table the question for further study. The advisory committee recommended the old library building be turned over to the art gallery group at a meeting June 5. But Mr. Bartlett later asked council to defer a decision, on the basis that projects at the Bowman Arts Centre and the Sir Alexander Gait Museum may be iq competition with the art gallery association for the same federal and provincial funds Mr. Bartlett says this information came to light after the advisory committee made its recommendation. In a submission to go to council Tuesday he adds: "We feel it behoves us to provide the Community Services Advisory Committee and city council with one proposal NDP's Lewis claims banks rip off public By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer "Canada's banks and finance companies are hatching huge profits with your nest reads a New Democrat election poster. National NDP leader David Lewis chorused this message Friday morning to the cheers TENDERS DEL A YED The deadline for tenders to build the million agricultural research and in- formation centre in Lethbridge has been extended to July 12. Ed Andrews, duector of the Lethbridge Research Station, said the delay was needed to meet requests from various contractors for more time to study the building plans. Story erred The Herald's story.on the two-stage raise won by Southland Nursing Home employees contained an error in the figures quoted. The article, which appeared Friday, quoted figures in dollars per hour which should have been in hundreds of dollars per month. A ward aide with one year's experience was receiving as of June 1 with a raise to a month coming in February. Ward aides will now get a month as of last April 1 and a month as of March 31. 1975. In another typical category, housemaids with a year's experience, the old contract rates were a month as of June 1 and a month as of Feb 1. 19V5, The new rales will be a month as of last April 1. and a month as of March 31. 1975. of 200 of the party faithful attending a bacon-and-hot- cakes breakfast rally. At a time when small businessmen, consumers and Western Canadian farmers are suffering from the rising cost of living, Canada's chartered banks are benefitting handsomely from "collusive oligopoly a fancy phrase that says they (banks) get together to rip off the public." He said Canada's 10 chartered banks have reported 17 per cent profit in- creases annually for the last 10 years and that connections of bank directors with large corporations mean most loans go to big business at the ex- pense of farmers and small businessmen. "This blood-is-thicker-than- water tie shows itself dramatically when one looks to see where business loans the diminutive leader said. "Between 1963 and 1973 the proportion of general loans under declined from 19.3 per cent to 9.3 per cent, while huge loans of million or more have increased from 8.4 per cent to per he said. Mr. Lewis supported his argument by tracing positions in big business held by bank directors. The chairman of the Bank of Montreal, he said, is a director of Consolidated Bathurst Ltd., Sun Life Assurance Co.. International Nickel. Canadian Pacific and United Aircraft of Canada. "The NDP is the greatest friend Canadian small business has in this country. No other party will see that banks treat small businessmen properly." he said. He said farmers are having an equally difficult time getting capital "with their share of bank loans dropping from 8.9 per cent in 1963 to 6.8 per cent in 1973." Pointing to chequing ac- counts, he said "banks do not pay interest on 46 per cent of all deposits." which has wide community support in light of the latest information we have." Correspondence from Ottawa, he says, clearly implies that in relation to the old library art gallery and possible renovations at the Gait Museum, only one grant will be forthcoming. And he says all three groups might be after the same in provincial money. But Mrs. Hamilton disagrees with both of those conclusions. "There really are funds available to all of she says, adding she believes the community services director only wants to keep all such projects under direct city control through his department. "We're opposed to having an art gallery and a museum in one building under one she said Friday. "We see them as separate entities run by their own autonomous citizen she said. she adds, "the old library building with its park location is much better suited for the type of walk-in gallery we are looking for." The grants from Ottawa, Mrs. Hamilton says, are related only because they come from the same source which uses the label "museum" to cover museums, art galleries, planetariums and the like." This says Mrs. Hamilton, is the association's interpretation of a letter from, the National Museums of Canada which says: "We could not fund two major projects to create space for temporary or travelling exhibits in the same community; however, we could consider a contribution for such a facility, as well as a contribution designed to improve or upgrade the existing museum." Jack Elliott, curator of the Gait Museum says, meanwhile, that he has applied through the city for grants to upgrade the environment (humidity, lighting and so) and security of the existing museum facility, and to upgrade one area as a "National Exhibition Centre." This is the same program creation of a National Exhibition Centre that the art gallery association referred to in its submission to the community services committee. The art gallery group hasn't yet been able to make an application under the program, however, because it doesn't yet have a gallery with which to make the application. "If it takes as long to get through the National Museums and the Canada Council as it's taking with the city, we may not have an art gallery for another two says Mrs. Hamilton. An attempt will be made in a meeting over lunch Tuesday involving the art gallery association, the Allied Arts Council, the Gait Museuir. Mr. Bartlett and Mayor Andy Anderson to iron the whole situation out. Playground, roof face council A request for a north-side playground, emergency repairs to the Bowman Arts Centre roof, and a report from the ad hoc committee on the youth golf course are among agenda items facing city council Tuesday. A delegation of parents from the Stafford Drive. Ventura and Bridge Villa Estates area in the city's northwest corner will ask council at its regular meeting at 8 p m, for either an additional playground or a more central playground than the one previously approved for the Ventura area. The parents say it is not central enough for the majority of the area's children. According to a submission from City Manager AHister Findiay, roof repairs costing are needed at the Bowman Arts Centre or considerable damage will be done to the building. Mr. Findiay is asking council to approve expenditure of that amount from the contingencies fund, which, he adds, now stands at The ad hoc committee on the youth golf course is expected to report on the outcome of negotiations with Reg Turner, president of the Lethbridge and District Youth Recreation Association, concerning relocation of the course. The association leased about 130 acres northeast of the CJOC television station two years ago from the city to establish a youth golf course. It was never completed, however, and the city now wants to add the land to its industrial park expansion. Also before council is a recommendation from community services director Bob Bartlett that council accept a land exchange proposal with the Lethbridge Country Club in the river valley. The club proposes to exchange about nine acres of river front land for about eight acres of city land adjoining the northwest corner of the Country Club property. The club says it needs the land for an expansion program to include two tees, two greens and a small portion of one fairway. Council will also hear Tuesday from Art Batty, president of Holiday Village Ltd who is seeking to recover costs from the city for sewer repairs at 4th Avenue S. between 23rd Street and Mayor Magrath Drive. No tick-carried disease cases in area By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The problem of diseases spread by wood ticks in Southern Alberta did not materialize this year, the health officer for the Chief Mountain and Chinook health units said Friday. Kurt Adler said he has not had one case of a tick related disease reported. In other years there has been three or four. The prime months for tick bites are April and May with fewer in June and July. The Chief Mountain health unit covers a large area surrounding Cardston, including Waterton, and the Chinook covers area around Fort Macleod. "It was a good year for human beings. But this could be because there were fewer campers this spring because of the Dr. Adler said. There were not even as many cases of tick bites this year. And with only about one to two per cent of ticks carrying any disease this has also decreased the disease incidence. Ticks can carry "hundreds of diseases" including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and relapsing fever. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which the health unit inoculates forest rangers against, is not common east of the Rockies, but there is a higher incidence of tick paralysis in this area, he said. Disease is transmitted to humans when the tick attaches itself to the body. It seeks a hairy spot on the body and feeds on the person's blood. The ticks need blood once during their life- cycle and this, usually in spring, is when they attach themselves on mammals. "Before they feed they are not much bigger than a pin head but they gorge themselves with blood and swell to the size of a grape." If the tick is carrying tick paralysis the onset of symptoms is "fairly rapid" with slight pain and paresthesia of the lower extremeties about 12 to 36 hours before the onset of paralysis. Paralysis sets in the lower portion of the body first and the upper regions next and severity of the paralysis "seems" to be directly related to the site of the tick. A tick attached to the head or neck increases the severity of paralysis because of the close proximity to the central nervous system, he said. Dr. Adler said the best method of diagnosing tick paralysis is to suspect it, find the tick and remove it. If this is done before respiratory paralysis sets in recovery is "dramatic." .V I SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, June 29, 1974 Pages 17-32 Two of thousands of young Canadians relying of their thumb to carry them across the country U.S. reception unfriendly Hitchers advised to keep north of 49th By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer It started out as such a great vacation, thumbing across Canada and then south that's when the problem began. Now you're in jail for hitch- hiking. You're stuck in some strange little town in a strange country. There's a rule of the thumb go west, go east or north. But whatever you do. don't go south. That's sound advice and it comes from reliable sources other hitch-hikers. The same word comes from American immigration of- ficials at the Coutts- Sweetgrass border crossing. Creeii Davis, officer in charge of U.S. immigration at Sweetgrass, gives several reasons why hitch-hikers shouldn't go south, but the main one is hitch-hiking is il- legal in most states. The other reasons would give the young Canadian some indication of what kind of "vacation" he might have (ravelling by thumb in the United States "We're not here to en- courage hitch-hiking in the Slates We have a very negative attitude to persons hitch-hiking." Mr Davis said. He said people crossing the border into the U S must have their own transportation or some form of public tran- sportation. Mr Davis claimed U S im- migration officials this year have already turned away several Canadians on foot "We don't admit hitch- hikers generally because they don't always have sufficient funds But even if they did have enough money to support themselves, we wouldn't ad- mit them "Many of them are the hippy-type and may be involv- ed with drugs and could create "Mr. Davis said. He said generally American citizens are not bothered for hitch-hiking but a Canadian could be picked up by local authorities. One 19-year-old youth from British Columbia said he and two friends went south two summers ago and all three agreed not to make that "mistake" again. He said that while in the U.S.. despite Canadian flags on their packs and their Cana- dian identification papers, the three were constantly accused of being draft dodgers and were subjected to threats and attacks. "We just got out of one small town because of the threats and we got roughed up in he said. Eventually the three were arrested for hitch-hiking in California and spent four days in jail before they were each fined and set free. The three were again arrested at the Sweetgrass border crossing by American officials. "They said they had to check out our Canadian iden- tification because we might be draft dodgers. When that checked out they searched for drugs and concealed weapons." the youth said. After 4'4 hours in a cell at Sweetgrass. the three were released. Mike Diduck, the officer in charge of the Canadian Im- migration Centre in Lethbridge, said there was no discrimination against youth at the Canadian border. "It doesn't he said. Young people must satisfy the same criteria as older people. He said immigration of- ficers must be satisfied that any person is of good health and character, with sufficient funds to maintain himself in Canada, enough to "effect a Mr. Diduck said. A hitch-hiker has to have enough money in case he has to buy transportation home in the event of an injury that might prevent him from thumbing home. Neither the Canadian nor American officials could in- dicate how much money a young person would need in his possession to be financial- ly self-sufficient. Both said the amount depends on how far the youth is travelling, how long he will be staying in that country and how he will be living. A Canadian immigration of- ficer at the Coutts border crossing said if a person com- ing into Canada is hitch-hiking there is no issue made, as long as the person has sufficient funds. "No one is refused entry just because he is a hitch- hiker." the officer said. The legality of hitch-hiking in Canada is questionable and. though RCMP don't en- courage it. laws regarding hitch-hiking are not strictly enforced. A Lethbridge RCMP officer said their policy is to check on hitch-hikers periodically "It's just a routine check for runaways and possible travelling criminals." he said. No blame in asphyxiation No blame was attached in the death of a Standoff woman who died June 4 in the hotel room of a Lethbridge man, a local coroner's jury ruled in Lethbndge Fnday Lena BuHshields. 27. died from asphyxiation which resulted from gastric content blocking the wind- pipe and acute alcohol poisoning, pathologist J Ernest Gnass told the jury. Dr. Gnass said the autopsy he per- formed showed Ms. BuHshields with a blood alcohol content of 290 miligrams (29} It is not uncommon for the same type of death to occur with a blood alcohol content of only 190 miligrams. he pointed out According to testimony given at the inquest. Ms BuHshields left the Plainsman Hotel bar with Neil Saunders. caretaker at the hotel, and went up to his room in the same hotel after twice being refused ser- vice and once being asked to leave and ushered out of the bar Mr. Saunders claimed Ms. BuHshields approached him and asked if she could go up to his room and lie down because she wasn't feeling well. However, another witness who was drinking with Mr. Saunders in the bar and later went up to his room, testified that Mr Saunders invited Ms Rullsheilds to his room and offered her a bottle of beer which she refused Mr Saunders told the inquest he was sitting beside Ms Bullsheilds on a couch when she slumped oncon- sckras against his shoulder. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at St. Michael's Hospital Testimony given by city police and St Michael's Hospital per- sonnel at the inquiry showed Ms. Builshields had been placed in police cells June 3 and June 4 for be- ing intoxicated in a public place and was treated at the hospital June 4 after showing signs of abdomen pains in the police cells Ms. BuHshields was released from hospital the morning of June 4. less than two hours after being ad- mitted According to testimony, she appeared in good enough condition to leave the hospital Evidence showed she had been ad- mitted to the hospital five times on previous occasions for sickness caused bv excessive use of alcohol ;