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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta PLANNING A TRIP? For All Travel Arrangements, Accommodations and Passports CONTACT ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village - Phone 328-3201 or 328-8184 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, March 11, 1971 PAGES 13 TO 26 It's a GREAT DAY to SERVE EVERYONE'S FAVORITE (Special Prices on Bulk Orders) ERICKSEN'S 2021 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 328-8161 1705 M.M. Drive Ph. 328-7751 The waiting period is over Mental health members ready for fight, action TRIPLE TANGLE - An estimated $2,400 damage but no Injuries resulted when three vehicles were in collision at the intersection of 3rd Ave. and 5th St. S. 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. The three drivers involved were: Wil- liam Zaychuk, 1120 28th St. A. S.; Desmond E. Hamilton, Apt. 24, 505 8th Ave. N. and Thomas Boychuk, 1109 19th St. N. $470,000 expansion St. Mary's School addition okayed By JIM WILSON Herald Education Writer Tenders should soon be called by the Lethbridge separate school district for construction of a $470,000 addition to the St. Mary's School. The separate school board Wednesday gave the go-ahead for making final preparations1 for the project, which the district hopes will alleviate its elementary school overcrowding situation for the next few. years. Actual construction costs have been estimated by architect Sam Lurie of Lurie Neu-feld at $420,000.- Architects' fees will add $25,000 and furniture and equipment will cost another $25,000. About $358,000 of the sum will come from the department of education, and the remaining $112,000 will be made up on a 20-year debenture issue from the local supplementary requisition at about $11,000 per year. When the project was intial-ly discussed last fall the total estimated cost was about $325,-000 for a 17,000 square - foot addition. Later, however, the department's School Buildings Board found a definitional error on its part and recommended increase of the new facilities. The final plans call for a 21,500 square - foot addition. The new space will include five regular classrooms, one elementary school science room, one junior high school science room, (the school includes Grade 7), one ancillary room, a gymnasium and equipment storage room, a stage, showers, dressing rooms, some offices, and washrooms. Parts of the existing school will be renovated to provide library, classroom, infirmary a; l d staff work space. Administration offices will also be moved and expanded. MIKE HANZEL EXTRA WEAR FOR EVERY PAIR 317 7th STREET SOUTH A two-room open area and a six-room equivalent open area instruction centre will result from the renovations and new facilities. Mr. Lurie said one point still r~mains in question as to who will finance it. Because of subsoil problems it has been found necessary to sink 30-foot deep pilings to support the addition, and so far the department of education has refused to offer funds for it. Assumption School discussed es The Lethbridge separate school district will inform the department of education of the need for various upgrading renovations to its' Assumption School, in answer to a request from the department. The separate school board Wednesday was told by schools superintendent Bob Kimmitt, that for the fast several years government policy was that only school additions and new schools required due to enrolment increases would be given government financial support. This meant that schools such as Assumption, lacking some modem facilities and needing cminor renovations for other reasons but suffering from no enrolment problems, could not be altered except at local expense. The board also authorized Maurice Landry, director of elementary education, to visit Medicine Hat as part of an external evaluation team analysing Medicine Hat separate schools. Trustees also discussed the scheduled 1972 evaluation of their own elementary schools by the department of education, and expressed concern that in addition to the department's evaluation, there should be a further system-wide evaluation of separate schools by a team comprising educators from outside of Alberta, and non-educators from Alberta. All Alberta school systems are evaluated every three or four years, in comprehensive but private reports. The board approved financial McCready-Etaines Pharmacy Ltd. ,^-. for . . . ; FAMILY HEALTH AND COMFORT ALWAYS! Depend en us for your family's Health needs - from vitamins and cold remedies to first aid and sickroom supplies. We always have your health in mind . . . see us soon, and often. NEED A PRESCRIPTION FILLED? Call 327-3555 FREE PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. 614 3rd Ave. S., lethbridge CALL �27-3555 FOR FREE HOME DELIVERY support for three delegates to a special conference on school finance accountability at the University of Calgary March 26 and 27. Featured speakers will be Education Minister Robert Clark; Dr. Leon Lessinger, professor of education and professor of urban life at Georgia State University; and Dr. N. P. Hrynyk, associate executive secretary of the Alberta Teachers' Association. The board will send one trustee, one administrator and seek one teacher interested in attending. Separate school trustees also acceded to a request from the Assumption Home and School Association to attend a home and school meeting March 22. Board Chairman John Boras said trustees would be willing to attend any home and school meetings they were invited to. Moir committee here tonight The quiry Moir committee of in-into non-Canadian influence in Alberta post-secondary education will be holding a public hearing at 7:30 this evening at the Marquis Hotel banquet room. Any individual or organization interested in presenting a point of view on the issues under consideration will be given an opportunity to address the committee. Spectators are also welcome at the meeting. The committee was appointed recently by Education Minister Robert Clark, and is being directed by Arnold F. Moir, Q.C., an Edmonton lawyer. Olson, Lang coming here March 19 H. A. Olson, federal minister of agriculture and Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board, are to speak at a public meeting in Lethbridge March 19, 2 p.m. at the Yates Memorial Centre. The men are expected to outline current changes regarding grain policy, quotas and related topics. The department normally supports construction only according to a formula - which doesn't allow for such rareties as pilings. Special cases can be made, however, and can be given extra, non-formula support. "If the need for 30 - foot pilings doesn't indicate abnormal conditions," Mr. Lurie said, "I don't know what does.' In general, the department supports approved; areas of construction ' at' >415.76 per square foot for junior high school buildings. Budget surplus temporary Total 1970 Lethbridge separate school district expenditures were $1,657,218, resulting in a temporary surplus of $10, 528, according to the district's audited financial statement. The expenditures figure does not include retroactive nay increases from Sept. 1, 1970 for teachers, which when settlement is reached could unofficially amount to about $25,000; nor does it include several smaller items which have as yet not been billed. The school district's revenue for 1970 included $1,356,310 from the Alberta government's Foundation Grants program - 81.4 per cent of all income. Local taxpayers provided $192,552 - some 12 per cent, and the remainder came from special grants and reimbursements, and department of Indian affairs tuition payments for Indian students in the city's separate schools. The total revenue was $1,667,-747. Expenditures were primarily for instructional salaries, at $1,087,279 - 65.6 per c e n t Plant operation and maintenance cost $210,524 (12.2 per cent); debt charges for various school district debentures cost $132,740 (eight per cent); in structional aids cost $77,601; capital and loan fund transfer cost $71,038 ("more than doulbed from the 1969 figure, due to an expensive boiler system re placement at St. Basil's School and $8,000 for purchase of educational television equipment), Administration cost $57,328; and student transportation (busing) cost $24,692. Bert Reilander, separate schools secretary - treasurer, told the separate school board Wednesday that presentation of the 1971 budget would not he made until April due to a heavy central office workload. However, judging from projected student enrolments, staff size and other factors, as well as the department of education's maximum six per cent inflatinary increase, the total budget will increase by 12 to 14 per cent, to about $1.9 million - of which about $225,000 will come from local supplementary requisition. By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Action! Fight! Those two words about sum up the mood of members of the Southern Alberta Region of the Canadian Mental Health Association- * Mrs. A. Ross of Calgary, president of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Alberta, told the southern region annual meeting Wednesday night that "this is the year of the fight. For two years now we've been waiting on (provincial) action on the Blair report (on the mental health system and needs)." It has been indicated the fight is going to be with the provincial government to get cracking on implementing the recommendations of the Blair report. Action by the CMHA in collaboration with the rest of Alberta's concerned citizenry is required. It was indicated at the meeting in the nurses' residence of S'c. Michael's General Hospital that the association was lulled with the commissioning of Dr. W. R. N. Blair. Action taken by the province on the report, variously termed "nil" to "very little," and prodding by the CMHA and others is causing a renewal of interest and determination that immediate action be taken by the government. Theme of the annual meeting was "action for comprehensive mental health care services" Sister Mary Clarissa, president of the southern region CMHA, said the association has not been dormant while awaiting provincial action. Some SO volunteers have been involved in the. region in social service work. The volunteers carried out 200 separate programs last year in the region, assisting inpatients rather than outpatients. Plans this year include a vigorous pubic education program on mental illness, the needs of the region, and the lack of government action. Prevention of mental illness rather than restoration is a primary consideration, she indicated. Dr. Scott Angus, chairman of the Lethbridge and Region Mental Health Planning Council, thought prevention would be great but slopped somewhat of a wet mop on the idea by the comment that it is difficult to prevent mental illness whose cause is so obscure. "What is mental illness? What is mental health?" Dr. Angus outlined the role of the 10-member LRMHPC as: to define priorities for mental health care in the region; coordinate and develop existing programs and services; and to advise government on programs and services. On in-patient services, the council has endorsed plans of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and is advising the government to proceed with development of Phase 3 at the hospital which would provide a new wing o� perhaps two floors Directors elected Ten persons were elected to the 20-member board of directors of the Southern Region of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Alberta at the association's annual meeting Wednesday night. They are: Menno Boldt, Miss Deanne Dealing, Jim Gough, William Gorewich, Mrs. L. K. H an e y, Reginald Newkirk, Dennis O'Connell, Miss Jane Paterson, Grant Woolley, Dr. Angus Maclnnes and a member of the Elks lodge. They join: Sister Mary Clarissa, president; Mrs. W. A. S. Smith, vice - president; Sister Nora Sullivan, secretary; Francis Russell, treasurer; Mrs. H. M. Davids, Mrs. T. H. McCready, Mrs. Hazel Ross, Casey Wiskerske and Terry Bland. for a completely integrated psychiatric facility to serve southern Alberta. The council feels out-patient services must also be developed. They are more important, he said, not only from the point of view of rising costs of hospitalization but also because it is best for patients to remain in the community. The council has committees looking into problems of alco- holism and drug abuse, what programs would best serve the Alberta Hospital at Claresholm and the Alberta Hospital at Raymond, what alternative uses could be made of these hospitals, and what services and facilities should be provided handicapped children. One of the 70 persons attending the meeting questioned whether there was a conflict or duplication between the drug and alcohol committee and the province's new drug and alcohol commission-He was informed by a panel member: "I don't think anyone knows what the commission is doing." It was indicated the commisision would probably be happy with any recommendations and help it could receive from the LRMHPC. Apartment block total continues to increase By HERB JOHNSON Herald Staff Writer The number of apartment buildings in Lethbridge continues to grow. The Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday approved a 23-suite apartment 1415 20th St. N. A delegation from Hika Engineering Ltd. asked the commission to consider waiving the density requirements so that an extra two feet could be added to either end of the building. The commission stood firm on the density standards, but suggested that the developer might purchase a strip of the adjoining lot thereby increasing the site size enough to allow the addition without exceeding the standards. The commission also turned down two' duplex applications. Both were in the area of St. Paul's subdivison in North Lethbridge. A citizens' delegation opposed one of the applications on the grounds the area already had sufficient mutli-fam-ily residences. The commission agreed and both duplexes were refused on those grounds. Housing approval sought The city's building department has received 47 applications from Schwartz Agencies Ltd. to erect factory fabricated housing units in three areas in Lethbridge. One site is in south-east Lakeview and the other two are on the north side. All such units must be approved by the Municipal Planning Commission and the applications are to be dealt with next Wednesday. The houses comprise the first major shipment into the city from the Kainai Industries Ltd. plant at Standoff. OUR OSCAR "I got another ticket for over parking. I wonder if Pollution Control-Southern Alberta would like to recycle it." (�E& COMPLETE AIR CONDITIONING FEDOR'S REFRIGERATION Ph. 327-5816 C & A Sheet Metal Ph. 328-5973 The area is a new subdivision and the number of lots set aside for multi-family units has been set in adva-:e. The commission felt there should be no deviation from established policy. Approved was a subdivision application for a children's holding unit on Stafford Drive, near Sifton House. Although the application conforms to legal requirements, the parks and recreation department pointed out use of the two-acre parcel could cause parking problem as the area is used by visitors to Dave Elton Park. Home occupation business okayed Another chapter in the continuing discussion of home occupation businesses was' written Wednesday at the Municipal Planning Commission.meeting... - The MPC approved one such business (an office for a janitorial service) but tabled another until the applicant could appear to present his case. A problem in the second application, which was for a phone service in connection with a photography business, was whether the business would be in direct competition with established businesses in the city's commercial section. Erwin Adderley, executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, said the zoning bylaw provided for home occupations in cases where there was no compet-tion. Alderman C. W. Chichester pointed out that other cities use an "inflated" licence fee or higher property assessment for home occupation businesses to eliminate any unfair advantage they might have over downtown businesses. Another consideration was the effect on the surrounding neighborhood. City Solicitor John Hammond suggested a type of chart incorporating a point system that could be used CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB Lower level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE 327-2822 by the commission to evaluate applications. Points would he awarded or taken away for such things as the number of employees, noise factor, smell factor, traffic problems and the number of potential customers. He suggested the commission's considerations should be limited to the effect the business would have on the area and the influence it could have on the neighbor's right to enjoy the use of their property. He said a preliminary form of the chart could be ready for next week's meeting. WE STILL HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF BEGONIAS AND GLOXINIAS TUBERS IN SPRING BEAUTY plant now! FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street S. Ph. 327-2666 or 327-5747 Dine and Dance FRIDAY NIGHT! Marvellous Food . . . Soft Lights .  . In the Luxurious WESTWINDS DINING ROOM Featuring , . . Marv Qually's SUNSET 4 8:00 to 12:00 p.m. NO COVER CHARGE Phone 328-7756 for Reservations ;