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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Confusion at Raymond acknowledged Crawford says patients can leave anytime By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Coupled with a promise from his department that patients at the Raymond Home will soon be visited by a psychiatric assessment team, Alberta's health minister Wednesday said such assessments would be "regularized" in the province. Health and Social Development Minister Neil Crawford answered questions in the legislature Wednesday on the case of two 'women who spent 20 years at the home. The case was first revealed in The Herald March 2. Chief Deputy Health Minister Bruce Rawson said Wednesday in an interview that a team from Claresholm and Lethbridge would soon spend time diagnosing the 64 patients in the home. The team would also explain the patients' rights to them. He said there was "more confusion about this than we felt there was." The team was to discuss the patients' plans for the future with them as well. Mr. Crawford said earlier that the patients are free to leave the home any time they wish. The home was changed from a custodial mental institution to a geriatric home in 1972. "The travelling (assessment) services may not to this point have serviced Raymond, in particular, as well as they could Mr. Crawford conceded in the legislature. But he said it has been difficult to build up the number of travelling teams required since the government began decentralizing mental care. "With the populations formerly so high in the mental homes, there was a great bulge of work that had to be done at once with respect to them. "When the patient load is more normal then a more regularized type of thing would be possible than has been so he said. Populations of the biggest mental hospitals, Oliver and Ponoka, had been cut in half, the minister said. In reference to difficulties moving patients, he said, "Moving the people into the community, that is into the nursing home as opposed to a formal institution has definitely benefitted many, and the policy of the department is that where a case comes up which has caused a particular difficulty then the person would be readmitted provided the proper steps for that are gone through." Mr. Crawford, in reference to the Raymond Home, supported the volunteer efforts which helped the two women back into the community: "Although I have no detailed specifics in this particular case, I think I do have an appreciation of the type of circumstance involved in the case of these two ladies. "There was some time spent with them by a volunteer worker who, by supporting these individuals in a slightly different style of life than they had become accustomed to in the institution over so many years, was able to give them the support they needed outside of the institution in the community. "This is supported 100 per cent by all department policies and is the sort of thing that has been going on. We certainly hope to see more of people being able to make that Mr. Crawford told the legislature. The government promised legislation protecting the rights of "dependent adults" in the throne speech just delivered. Ironically, the re-assessment of patients may have been slowed while the government waited for the drafting of the legislation to protect them, Mr. Rawson suggested. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, March 14, 1974 Pages 17-32 Help Faithful retriever Streaking may be popular with students, but for Blaze the the odd spring dip is good enough. The Irish Setter owned by Kim Gunn of 1203 12th St. N., seems unconcerned by the less than balmy temperatures of the Oldman River as he sticks to retrieving business. his LCC increases land holdings by 44 acres The Lethbridge Community College has expanded its land holdings by 44 acres on the southeast side of the campus, the college's board chairman announced Wednesday. Bob Babki said the college has agreed to purchase the land from Fort Whoop-Up Guest Ranch Limited for The property purchased stretches out in an "L" form to the east and south and includes the area adjacent to the campus that was being used as a parking lot for student vehicles. The college has been negotiating for several months with land owners in the vicinity of the college in attempt to acquire land for future expansion. Mr. Babki said in an interview Wednesday the college would continue in its efforts to acquire more land. In October, he told The Herald the college was attempting to expand its land holdings by as much as 100 acres. Funds for the purchase will be taken from the college's capital reserve estimated to be about million. The 44 acres will be used for capital development, Mr. Babki said. He would not elaborate. However, it is possible a community and a student building being planned for the campus will be built on the newly-acquired land. In December the college announced that a crisis centre for the seriously mentally retarded will be built on its campus. The LCC student association is also in the process of drawing up plans and blueprints for a student complex building that is to include student residences. Also, if the college isn't able Jo reach an agreement with the city for joint use of the Sportsplex, it will likely construct a physical education this month a schedule for building on campus. college physical education and The LCC board of governors athletic programs in what plans to present to the city may be their last bid to use the Sportsplex. "The college requires a very busy use-schedule for the Sportsplex a schedule the city might have problems accommodating." Mr. Babki said. Youth fined on liquor charge A Lethbridge youth was found guilty and Fined in provincial court Wednesday for supplying liquor to minors. David Aubert. 17. 626 15th St. S.. pleaded not guilty to the charge. Police raided his residence Feb. 8. arrested about 30 minors and juveniles and confiscated two kegs of beer. In defending himself before Provincial Judge A. H. Klford. Aubeft argued that he was a minor himself and could not be charged for supplying liquor to minors. He was one of several who purchased the beer, he said. But Provincial Judge Elford said since Aubert was the instigator of the party and the beer was available at Aubert's house, he had to find the youth guilty. Any male older than 16 years, the provincial judge said, is liable to the laws of the Liquor Control Act. Richard Corenblum. 18. of Lethbridge told the court he had obtained the beer for Aubert. Corenblum earlier pleaded guilty in provincial court to a charge of supplying liquor to minors and was fined Charges of illegal possession of liquor against 10 other minors are pending in provincial court in connection with the Aubert case. Two city youths received fines in provincial court Wednesday for charges of theft and misleading police. Robert Emil DeJong. 543 12th St. N.. and Terry Pool. 2005 1st Ave. N.. both 17. reported to city police last month that DeJong's car had been stolen. The car had actually been involved in an accident.. The youths pleaded guilty to the public mischief charge Feb. 27. and also pleaded guilty to six charges of theft. They were each fined for public mischief and received a six-month suspended sentence for the theft charges. They admitted stealing various items from parked cars in the city during the winter. DeJong was also fined for leaving the scene of an accident and for making an unsafe left turn. Coaldale needs money for new town services By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer COALDALE The Town of Coaldale is in dire need of funds, an Edmonton MLA was told Wednesday at a special meeting of town council. Councillors told Dave King (PC Edm. Highlands) Coaldale's population is growing at a rate of 10 per cent per year, but doesn't have the money to provide services for the new residents. The reason was although there were more people moving to the town requiring housing there is no industry coming to Coaldale to provide the needed tax revenue to pay for the additional housing. They said most of the town's hew residents work rin Lethbridge. Councillors expressed concern that because of the increased growth of the town they would not be able to keep the 1974 budget increase under 7V2 per cent and thereby wouldn't qualify for the municipal incentive grant. To get this provincial grant municipalities cannot increase their yearly budgets by more than per cent. Coaldale asks that the government allow it to exceed the per cent limit and still receive the incentive grant or stay under the per cent and receive some other kind of financial help from the province. Mr. King, in town at the invitation of the local Progressive Conservative Association, told the council he thought they could make a case with the department of municipal affairs. He would .study the case and advise the council by letter how to present its case in the best way possible to give them the best chance of receiving financial help. He said there were "sleeper communities" around Edmonton who had presented similar cases to the department of municipal affairs and received help. He defined sleeper communities afterwards as communities where the residents only "slept" in the town and worked somewhere else. In another issue Mayor A. F. Blakic expressed concern at the attorney-general department's recent decision to cut the number of provincial court hearings from two one day-long sittings to one one-half day sitting per month in Coaldale. Mayor Blakie said this reduction would result in less police protection for the town. If the town police had to take a prisoner to' court in Lethbridge. this would require the only two policemen on duty thus leaving the town unprotected for the time they were gone. Mr. Blakie said he was also concerned the reduction would mean eventual phasing out of court sessions in the town. Mr. King said the economics justify a judge coming to Coaldale rather, than everyone going to the judge in Lethbridge. He said he would speak to the attorney-general on the matter. It was probably a senior civil servant and not the attorney-general who made the initial decision to reduce the court sittings, he said. Test for elderly Vf'-'j- J may be changed COALDALE The needs test senior citizens must fill out when applying for the provincial guaranteed income supplement may soon be replaced by an income test, says an Edmonton Conservative MLA. Dave King (Edm.-Highlands) told a meeting here Wednesday the new income test would require senior citizens to say only how much they required to live on. He was responding to a questionner who said many elderly people are reluctant to disclose assets such as bank accounts now required for the needs tests. They fear if they disclose such assets the government will reduce the amount of money they are already receiving. Mr. King, at 27 the youngest member of the Alberta legislature, discussed several issues of direct interest to senior citizens with the crowd of about 40 persons, most of whom appeared to be at least 65 years old. The meeting was sponsored by the Taber-Warner Progressive Conservative constituency association. Mr. King told one irrate man he would investigate his complaint about being "harassed" everytime he went to a doctor or pharmacist. The man claimed he was being charged for services and medicines that are free to veterans. Separate trustees set meeting with teachers Lethbridge separate school trustees voted Wednesday to meet March 27 with a negotiating committee to discuss a possible increase in teachers' 1974 salaries. "I think we will have to meet with them they are asking for a meeting and we can't very well refuse them." said trustee Steve Vaselenak. Trustee Paul Matisz suggested meeting with the teachers in a closed session at 7 p.m.. but the board voted to hold the session in the regular meeting at p.m. If the Alberta Teachers" Association's committee wants the meeting closed to Die public, it can contact the superintendent and have it moved up to 7 p.m. LCC chosen for farm machine testing site C.O. STEWART By JIM GRANT HeraM Staff Writer An agriculture machine testing centre may be established at the Lethbridge Community College this summer, the college president projected Wednesday. C. D. Stewart told a meeting of the LCC board of governors the college was one of three locations in the Prairie provinces chosen by the Agriculture Machine Institute for the development of a farm machinery testing centre. The Agriculture Machine Institute was jointly formed by the departments of agriculture in Manitoba. Saskatchewan and Alberta for the purpose of developing and testing farm machinery. A centre is to be established in each of the provinces. Dr. Stewart said later the department of agriculture in Alberta is prepared to spend about on the testing centre Jo be located at LCC. However, the estimated cost of Ihe centre must be approved in the legislature this spring if it is to begin operation by this summer. The Agriculture Machine Institute would operate within the facilities now available at the college and provide its own personnel to develop and test the farm machinery. It is expected the institute would be renting such facilities as the agriculture machine shop when not being used by students. Or. Stewart said the institute would likely be using the facilities of the agriculture school during the six months of the year it is not operating. The institute will likely do most of its research work and testing of machinery during the summer months so its needs for facilities shouldn't conflict with the agriculture program at the college, he informed the governors. In fact, he anticipated the centre and its personnel would compliment the agriculture program. Students in agriculture mechanics would be provided with the opportunity of learning about the Satest farm machinery developed, seeing machines in the process of