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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LETHBRIDOIHERALD-Tutfdty, March 12, 1974 Gov't may fight tax ploy Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The province is considering action to fight moneylenders who offer quick cash to persons desperate for money in return for signing over their income tax refund. The practice is apparently legal but Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling says people should know what their refund is and should not give it away. His department is considering an advertising campaign of its own to counteract advertised offers of quick cash. "People in the lower social strata get hurt because they don't know consumers affairs might be able to help he said Monday. The province may change regulations to require that a person be charged a set fee when he has someone else do his tax return. "The person should know first what their refund is going to be and then what charges will be he said. Mil LION ALLOTTED Provincial programs to boost farming EDMONTON The Alberta government moved Monday to fulfil its first major throne speech promise by introducing legislation to double to million the amount of money allotted under the Agricultural Development Act. More than 20 loan programs for individuals and farmer's are operated under the act to stimulate agricultural development. The amendments to the act increasing the amount of money available topped the 19 pieces of legislation introduced by the Progressive Conservative government on the third day of the spring session. Much of the legislation consisted of minor amendments to existing bills. Amendments to the beverage container act would Are oil companies stifling invention? Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Environment Minister Bill Yurko Monday promised to inform Drumheller Socred MLA Gordon Taylor if major oil companies have been suppressing a better carburetor. The former highways minister asked Mr. Yurko if the government had any information on oil companies suppressing carburetors which would drastically improve mileages. While the question fell under federal jurisdiction, said Mr. Yurko, he was just leaving for a meeting of the federal and provincial ministers of the environment. The question was on their agenda and he said he would report back on the discussions. Hospital planning group said not functioning PINCHER CREEK (HNS) The joint planning committee set up to evaluate the district's hospital needs is not functioning, Pincher Creek town council was told Monday. Hilton Pharis, reeve of the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, told the town council Special! WOODEN STEPLADDERS Solid Construction Reinforced Special 9 50 Call Paint 327-8707 DOWNTOWN the planning committee has only met twice, the last time on Nov. 1. The committee felt it was being programmed past the decision to build a new hospital or renovate St. Vincent's Hospital, he said. Mr. Pharis, a member of the joint planning committee, said it bad not even seen a set of architect's plans drawn up. The reeve urged support for a 2.500-signature petition saying renovation would be unacceptable to the community. "Let's get on with something he said. Mr. Pharis said he had consulted an architect and a consulting engineer on the matter, and could see no drastic difference in the prices of a new hospital and a renovated hospital. He said he would recommend the hospital advisory board firmly tell the Alberta Hospital Services Commission that rebuilding was not economically sound. FOX DENTURE CLINK Est 1922 PHONE 327-4MS E. 8. f. FOX. C.O.M. nXLETMMKEPEMTALIAI 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. ready to serve ROLLS PARTY BARRELS PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS SVEN ERICKSENS [FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP] allow the cabinet to order an increase in the handling charge paid by manufacturers to operators of bottle return depots and to order an increase in the frequency that manufacturers pick up empty containers. The handling charge now is one cent for each container. The legislation did not specify the amount of increase. A number of depot operators have complained that manufacturers don't collect empties fast enough, causing a backlog of bottles and cans at the depots. Amendments were introduced to the Assessment Appeal Board Act to increase the membership of the board to six from three and to allow it to sit in two sections. First reading was also given to an act that would establish an advisory council to the lands and forests minister that would co-ordinate forestry research and establish forestry research priorities. A trust fund would be set up to finance research programs oriented toward improving timber management. Amendments to the clean water and air acts were proposed that would allow prosecution under the acts to begin within two years of the time the alleged offence was committed. Existing legislation makes no mention of time limits for prosecution. Also given first reading was an amendment to the judica- ture act that would permit the appointment of a seventh judge to the appellate division of the Alberta Supreme Court. There now are six judges. A change in the Highway Traffic Act would give police the power to arrest a person driving a vehicle that doesn't have a serial number or other authorizing mark in the space provided by the manufacturer. This is aimed at apprehending car thieves who remove the serial number. ''City should remove thorn' Local resident Mona Thorburn, representing a group she called Citizens in Action demanded Monday that city council remove a thorn from the city's side. The thorn the birth control and information centre is teaching not sex- education. but sex- stimulation, Miss Thorburn claimed and is keeping the city's young people turned-on. However, when questioned by Aid. Steve Kotch. who said that as far as he was aware, council had received no complaints from parents about the centre. Miss Thorburn was unable to be more specific about whose sides the thorn was in. Council also received five letters of support for the birth control centre. The Community Services Advisory Committee has recommended that funding for the centre be terminated but the recommendation is expected to be appealed. It will be dealt with by council March 25 along with other preventive social service projects in the city. Glaring puddle Reflected lights are displayed in a pool of water provided by Monday's chinook, producing a scene reminiscent of the annual downtown Christmas light display, and lacking only Yuletide decor- ations in the store windows to complete the tableau. Herald photo- grapher Rick Ervin recorded the scene on 4th Avenue S. St. Paul subdivision lots will be sold by draw Some 12 city-owned lots in the St. Paul subdivision will be sold by a draw and offered to the successful applicants on a first-drawn first-choice basis. City council approved the method of selling the lots Monday. The method is being resorted to because of the large number of applications to buy the lots. They will be advertised for two weeks and further applications accompanied by deposits will be accepted for one week after that. Unsuccessful bidders will get their back. I g City council briefs Decision delayed on request for lower electrical rates Study sought on school year An evaluation of the divided school year should be undertaken to determine whether it should be retained, a recommendation to the public school board says. The Lethbridge schools five- year experimentation with the divided school year concludes with this school year. Robert Plaxton, superintendent, in his recommendation to the trustees suggests that the evaluation of the success and usefulness of the divided school year should be performed by personnel not employed by the separate and public school districts to ensure as much objectivity as possible. When the two Lethbridge school districts requested a three-year extension of the original two-year experimentation with the divided school year, they convinced the department of education that an extension of the experiment would allow sufficient time to evaluate it. Dr. Plaxton recommends that the trustees hire Dan Horvatin, a University of Calgary doctoral student, to conduct the evaluation. The U of C offers a doctoral program in educational administration in which it allows its students to conduct practical studies instead of a mere formal thesis. It is estimated the evaluation would cost the public school board about The evaluation of the divided school year would, in addition to assisting the board in the decision whether to continue with it, provide an information base from which the boards could examine alternative school years. Dr. Plaxton suggests the evaluation be completed by the end of 1974. The trustees meet at p.m. tonight in the central public school building. Fort Macleod council appoints new mayor FORT MACLEOD (HNS) Town council voted unanimously Monday to put Coun. Charlie Edgar in the mayor's seat, vacated in mid- February when George Buzunis was disqualified. Mayor Edgar, elected to council in the 1971 municipal election, will direct council until the next general election in October. The move was taken after council received a letter from the provincial government affirming Mr. Buzunis' disqualification for an alleged impropriety concerning his purchase of a town residential lot. Mr. Buzunis has appealed the ruling. Mr. Edgar's appointment leaves two vacancies on the seven-seat council. A U of L request for a lower electrical rate, which university physical plant co- ordinator R. F. Comstock estimates would save the university about a month was tabled for the second time by city council Monday. Council asked utilities director OH Erdos for a report on how many other institutions in the city could ask tor a similar rate reduction if the U of L request was approved. The university is seeking to be classified as an industrial user at a lower rate than its present commercial classification, on the basis of the amount of power it consumes. City council declared the week of April 21 to 27 Chamber of Commerce week in the city Monday and agreed to meet twice with the chamber in April. The first meeting will be April 8 to discuss civic affairs and traffic matters, and the second meeting will be a luncheon during Chamber Week. The city will have to spend about more than the allocated for its gravel requirements for this year. Although four firms were invited to bid for the city gravel contract only one firm actually submitted a bid. which was considered too high. A negotiated price with this firm. M. P. Crushing Ltd.. was later arrived at. a report to council council Monday said. Council Monday passed a bylaw prohibiting telephone devices which automatically dial a pre-set number being set to dial the fire department ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bid5 222 5th Si S Phone 328-4095 emergency number. The devices can be hooked up to smoke, heat or other detectors and can programmed to dial emergency number. be an parking meter fee considered for disabled Two readings were given by city council Monday to a bylaw that would allow handicapped residents to park at meters for a year. Third reading of the bylaw was delayed for two weeks Council fails to get reports City council didn't get two reports Monday one on the status of power plant discussions, and one on the city's trade mission to Japan. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. chairman of council's power study committee said some concrete information on the power plant situation would be available for council's next meeting. March 25. Aid. Cam Barnes, who was to tell his fellow aldermen how he spent his time in Japan, didn't show up for council's meeting, but he had a good excuse- He's in St. Michael's Hospital recovering from an intestinal illness which sent him to hospital Friday. when opposed by Aid. Tom Ferguson who felt the fee was too high. City engineering director Randy Holfeld explained that the fee is based on a meter rate of five cents per hour for an eight hour day, 50 weeks of the year He said about 10 to 15 handicapped persons who work full-time in the downtown area could be expected to apply for the special parking permit. It's intended to allow them to park on the street close to where they work without having to be bothered plugging the meters all the time, he said CUFF HACK BLACK DENTAL LAB MBNCM.DBITM.ILN. LmnrUwl PHONE BERGMAN'S By DON BERGMAN OfwnTtMrwter Evening pjn. PHONE 128l So. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WOW POWER 814 4M8.S. 87-M1I Bread price must rise There has to be an increase in the price of bread fairly soon, says the manager of McGavin Toastmaster Ltd., Lethbridge. Fen Tunbridge says however he has not heard of increases planned for this week even though the price of bread in Regina has gone up two cents a loaf. G. R. Law. general manager of Weston Bakeries Ltd.. a major Alberta Bakery, also says there is going to have to be an increase. He didn't know how much it would be or when it would be. UofL has prize forms 3d Ait. 1 Mil 32M161 Wt-7756 Applications for prizes in creative writing, art, music, natural science, social science, and the humanities are available at the University of Lelhbridge student awards office. THE JWTSTUWOONFfTHUVDW 710-Mi South presents AN EXHIBITION OF OIL AMD WATER-COLOUR PAINTINGS by Jissie R. Ursinbich Mink 9ft to Mirth 23rt .4 ;