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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE June Van Luven Yours, mine and ours? Yours and mine? What's yours is mine and what's mine is my own? Which one of these or which other complicated combinations will be the final result when the Alberta Institute of Law Research and Reform makes its final recommendations on matrimonial property within the next few months? Some of the proposed solutions to the marital property jungle were discussed at a Women's Place sponsored seminar at the library this week. "It looks so simple and straightforward at the says Claire Young, one of two female lawyers working for the seven member institute, which makes its headquarters in Edmonton. "But the longer you look at the alternatives, the more confused it seems and the more pitfalls you see." She admitted that no completely satisfactory solution seemed immediately evident. The forty or so people at the seminar mostly women displayed a keen interest in such issues as "if a pauper marries a wealthy person and that marriage splits, is a community property settlement and "if Mary Doe buys a roomfull of furniture on her husband's charge cards, but pays the account off from the couple's joint account, who technically owns the One thing immediately apparent at the seminar was the lack of information about, or understanding of, the law as it pertains to marriage rights and responsibilities. The average man and woman are probably equally as ignorant when it comes to matrimonial property rights and other related subjects such as credit buying, bequests and wills. As one fellow pointed out, it might seem "rather macabre" to talk about marriage contracts and property settlements at the onset of wedded bliss, but ooh, the problems later on, when love no longer looking for the nearest exit. It seems only a matter of common sense that somewhere along the line perhaps as a section of a high school family life education course young people should be given a chance to learn about dower rights, matrimonial property and joint purchases in a straight forward manner, uncolored by the sometime florid conjugal rage accompanying a good many marriage breakdowns. Surely there's room amid the rice, confetti and high romatic unrealism for a little practical preventative legal information, which lets each partner know the score before the game's over. But before anything else we need a thorough re appraisal of existing marital property laws. And the institute wants to hear from the public on exactly that subject. Copies of the institute's working paper, which contains valuable background data and proposed reforms, can be obtained by writing the institute, care to'The University of Alberta, Edmonton. You have until Oct. 31 to make your suggestions. After that a final report on matrimonial property will be compiled than submitted first to the institute's eight MAN board, then the legislature Ms Young said the institute would also be glad to receive names of suitable women lawyers or lay women with a grasp of the subject to serve as resource members of the institute's board of directors. Fall course in sex roles SASKATOON (CP) The University of Saskatchewan's Sandra L. Hunt Daughter of Dr Mrs John Hunt, convocated from the University of Alberta with a degree in law. She has been accepted as an articling student with the law firm in Calgary of Macleod Dixan Previously educated in the Lethbridge school system and a graduate from the University of Western Ontario, London, with a degree in Honours B A. in 1971. department of educatonal foundations will offer a new course entitled Women and Education next fall. Department head Prof. Irene Poelzer said the course will provide a "critical understanding" of sex roles in education and promote greater realization of female potential. SPECIAL OCCASION GIFTS from THE NOOK Westminster Plaza Phone 329-0700 HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services NMd CMMil. FiraHwi. Tip. HnnNM Effects Call 32C-2MO For Pickup Sartrfca OR LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. BINGO-RAINBOW HALL- 1401 5th Ave. N. TUESDAY, JULY 2 8 P.M. BINGO IN 57 NUMBERS hy A.U.W.C. SALON Mrs. Grace SomerviHe, Instructor, announces a change in the operating schedule of the for the summer months of July and August, hours of a.m. to o.m. as normal, with days restricted to Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. Also, air conditioning has been installed for members comfort. Rales will be adjusted Jo monthly 1or adults and monthly tor students up to sixteen years of age, for July and August. MRS GRACE SOMERVILUE PHONE NUMBERS Res. 328-4395 BBS. 327-2151 Herald Family Preschool education now popular concept 1 Filling the gap When supper is a couple hours away, and a tempting candied apple is within reach a growling tummy usually wins out over logic. Mary Anne Wolstoncroft of 726 22nd St. N., let hunger pangs have their way and sunk her teeth into this delicious treat. Future of nursing schools to be decided at meeting By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The concept of early childhood education is spreading like a prairie fire from community to community in Southern Alberta. There are 25 early childhood programs approved and ready for operation this fall and another 16 are in the process of obtaining approval to begin operations this September in the rural South. A year ago, there was but one kindergarten in rural Southern Alberta. The sudden surge of interest in preschool education among rural parents was caused by the department of education's decision in 1973 to partially finance early childhood programs in Alberta. Previously, such programs were too expensive for parents to support on their own in sparcely populated areas and as a result kindergarten education was usually restricted to urban centres. Provincial grants for children in early childhood programs were established at a child for community operators and a child for school board programs in September, 1973, and then increased earlier this year to a child for all regular programs. The eligible age for youngsters enrolling in a preschool program ranges from 4Vz years to grade school entrance age. This fall, rural parents will be travelling several miles each weekday to transport their children to and from an early childhood program. In some cases, it will be the teachers doing the travelling to provide a preschool education in the homes of rural youngsters who are residing in sparcely populated areas. The growing interest among rural parents in entering their children in a preschool program is not an attempt to use it as a government sponsored baby sitting service, a departmeni of education early childhood consultant based in Lethbridge said in an interview. And Gwen Leavitt should know, for it is rural parents who are keeping her on the road five and sometimes six days a week assisting with the formation of the organizational and educational structure of new preschool programs. Mothers aren't interested in just sending their children to a preschool program. They feel it ia important they be with their children during preschool education classes. They will be spending several hours a month in the administration and fund raising activities of the preschool p she points out. Fathers are even participating in the early childhood programs when their work schedule permits. Some have made equipment for the children, gone on field trips, attended "dad only nights" and participated in the organization of the programs. It is for social reasons, Ms. Leavitt suggests, rural parents are so anxious to enrol their children in early childhood education. "Integration and' socialization are particularly important in areas where children are isolated." Many of the programs that will be in operation this fall in Southern Alberta rural communities will offer slightly different learning experiences. "Parents decide the shape the program is to take so the content of each program depends on the background of the parents Ms. Leavitt says. A few parents want book type learning, in other words Grade 1 moved down a year, but most parents prefer to enrol their children in programs offering readiness for life education. There used to be a time when urban parents were anxious to take their preschoolers on a visit to a farm to experience rural life and rural parents felt it was important for their children to visit the city to see fire engines, city hall and other facets of urban life. Such is not the case anymore, according to Ms Leavitt. Rural parents believe their children should be provided with an awareness of their own community first and foremost, she explains. They feel it is important for children from a grain farm to visit a dairy farm and vise versa so are encouraging field trips to different types of farms. To Ms. Leavitt "one child is as important as 15 children." That is why she is so willing to spend most of her time helping rural parents organize early childhood programs. "I have a thing about rural children. This is where my priorities she admits. Meetings between six Alberta hospital-based nursing schools and the department of advanced education will be held before the provincial government makes a decision on whether to close any of the schools. Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster said in a telephone interview this week that committees are being established to meet with each of the schools, including the Gait School of Nursing at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. The meetings will help to design future roles, plans and the phasing out, if necessary, of hospital-based nursing schools. There has been considerable confusion in Lethbridge over a speech given by Mr. Foster about two months ago in which he said the schools would be gradually phased out. The LMH board decided Wednesday to send a letter to the minister asking for clarification of his statement. The board is specifically asking if the Gait school will be closed and, if so, when. Repeated attempts by the board to get the information have been fruitless. Mr. Foster told The Herald he has no specific information regarding the Gait school but it would be involved in the meetings. Although the government has no immediate plans to close any hospital based training schools, the emphasis of health personnel training is on college based educations. All health training was recently shifted from the department of health to the advanced education department. Much of the training of personnel will be done in the hospital setting. The students would use the colleges as their base, the minister said. Club corner notes Woman liberated at age 11 takes over father's firm OTTAWA (CP) Jean Pi- gott. president of Morrison Lamothe Foods Ltd., says she became a liberated woman when she turned 11 and learned to pay the family's bills. She became president in 1967. when her father retired, but the 49-year-old executive says her training began much earlier, when her father, Cecil Morrison, realized she would one day take over the busi- ness. "Father's an old Scot." she said. "We still wear the kilt on special family occasions. And it's possible for a woman to become chieftain of the clan. He had no sons and I was the oldest of three girls, so..." Besides being president, with about 550 employees and sales of million last year, Mrs. Pigott last March .be- came the first woman direc- tor of the Ontario Hydro Cor- poration "My interests don't con- flict." she said. "I haie to be called a businesswoman. I'm a woman in business, sure, but that could never be my whole world." After her marriage in 1955 to Ihur Pigott. she left the firm for 12 years to raise John. 17. David. 14 and Mary Jane. 11 "I loved being she said. "I had rales, though. I tned a new recipe every day. partly to keep up with the food industry, and I read three or four newspapers a day to keep mentally alert and up to date." Mrs. Pigott is not actively involved in the women's liber- ation movement, but she does not dismiss it iighify. "I'm damn excited about it and women holo several key positions in my firm. "A century from now. people will look back on what women have accomplished in the last 10 or 15 years and see this as one of the most revolu- tionary periods in history." Mrs. Pigott was educated at Ottawa Ladies' College and Albert College in Belleville. Since the Harvard school of business didn't accept women WeeWhimsv will bs the wgr-ai 1or twr uwit Sena y then, she went abroad from 1948 to 1950 to study business practices in Germany, Swit- zerland and England. The original one-horse bak- ery which her father started in 1914. in partnership with Richard Lamothe. has ex- panded to two plants, four cafeterias and catering serv- ice in Ottawa and Hull. The frozen foods division is in Metropolitan Toronto, where Mrs. Pigott maintains an apartment. When she is away, she pays a sister-in-law to manage her Ottawa house- hold. Until illness restricted his activities last year, her hus- band worked as executive vice-president. "No hassles." she said with a grin. "I was boss until quil- ting time. Then I became vice- president." She has been chairman of Ottawa's regional hospital planning council for three years and sits on the district health council. A forthright, articulate and persuasive speaker, she has never run for political office, but does not rale out the pos- sibility She is concerned about priorities in health care, especially for the aged; about inflation and food wastage. She also expresses concern about what she considers in- adequate planning and deter- mination to safeguard Can- ada's independence. The next meeting of Disabled on the Move will be held on Tuesday at p.m. in the patients' lounge of the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital. Parking permits will be discussed. Everyone welcome. For further information contact Frank Merkl, 328-4029 or Gerald Trechka, 329-0911. The Kiwanis Club of Greenacres will hold a round table meeting Wednesday at p.m. at the ANAF Club. Friendship Lodge No. 729 will hold a regular meeting Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the IOOF Hall. Usual lunch. The Women of the Moose, No. 328 will meet at the Moose Hall. Tuesday at 8 p.m. Preceding the meeting the co- workers will meet with their husbands at the House of Wong at for supper. Big Brothers will meet with their little brothers for their first annual picnic to be held Wednesday at p.m. at Henderson Lake Park. Those attending are asked to bring a box lunch and beverage for one person. F.O.L BMGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6thAva.Aand13thStN. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. S Cards for 1.OO or 2SC Each Thraa 7 NiimbM- Gamaa JACKPOT DOOR PRIZE Gold carde pay double money BINGO Mon., July 1 Jackpot in 53 Hos. S1 Gold Pay Doubla Door 13th Stand 6th "A" N. No chiMran undar 1C altowad. 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