Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
No decision House debates academic jobs for Canadians ByALSCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta legislature Thursday debated whether to "encourage" provincial universities and colleges to hire Canadians first but reached no decision. In his private member's resolution, Bill Diachuk (PC Edmonton Beverly) said preference should be given Canadians over non Canadians in hiring academic staff. The resolution also said non -Canadian students should be assured access to programs of study that Canadian students occupy a very high percentage of the spaces available in each program." Mr. Diachuk told the legislature that there were too many foreign teachers, students and textbooks in Canadian universities. "We look at the amount of money that is budgetted throughout our country and it is definitely in the millions of dollars to create jobs for "our Canadian young people, and then we close our eyes when job opportunities are lost to Mr. Diachuk said. '-And even before they have sufficient residence or even before they have citizenship, people take the jobs that we attempt to get for our young Canadian people." 4We have lots' But leading off the debate, Albert Ludwig (SC Calgary Mountain said he would hate to see what the province would be like today if it had had closed door policies in the past. "I am even beginning to think of recent days that maybe when we see how we are bulging with money and even though we are complaining about the cost of food we have lots. "Maybe we could even afford to show a little bit of a humanitarian and civilized attitude and maybe start sharing some of our things voluntarily with people who are starving, who are dying from want." Mr. Ludwig said Canada had been much enriched by foreign influences and that Albertans were enjoying the benefits of other cultures, arts, food and ways of life. George Ho Lem (SC Calgary McCall) said any resolution mentioning preferences and favoritism was contrary to the Alberta Bill of Rights. "It is insulting to our Canadian teachers and professors suggesting that they must be given preference to compete for a certain job or he said. Brain drain overcome While emphasis should be placed on making textbooks with more Canadian content, Mr. Ho Lem said he didn't care where a teacher came from. Canada was overcoming the "brain drain" by making its educational institutions competitive and those institutions must be able to look at the qualifications of an applicant, not his nationality, to become more competitive. But New Democratic Leader Grant Notley (NDP Spirit River Fairview) said there, was -cause for concern because non Canadians in universities did not represent a broad spectrum from all over the world. "In the area of social sciences I think we have a Mr. Notley said. Very large percentages of academic staff in Alberta universities came from the United States, he said. While a teacher's nationality made little difference in the fiedd of the physical sciences, there was cause for concern that more than 60 per cent of the academic staff in arts was non Canadian. There were high proportions of Americans in arts, commerce and education faculties. "No one in this province wants to close the doors or say get out to students from other he said in supporting the resolution, "but there must be sufficient Canadian input." Create faculties Dick Gruenwald (SC Lethbridge West) said excellence must be the prime consideration. He opposed the resolution because labels such as those of nationality meant nothing in judging a man's quality. He said he would not object to a non Canadian being asked to take up Canadian citizenship if he were to remain in the country. He said he doubted a problem existed at all and that the government should be spending money on creating needed faculties, rather than worrying about who would attend them. It was ordinary common sense, said Gordon Taylor (SC Drumheller) that Albertans who paid for their educational institutions should have first chance at using them. He proposed an amendment to the motion that Canadians should be given preference "provided they have equal or better and that "no qualified Canadian student" be denied entrance to a university. Debate was adjourned without a vote on the motion or amendment and the matter moved to the bottom of the order paper, possibly to come up again from debate before the session ends. Social pressures push up alcoholism rate Major factors in rising alcoholism rates are social pressures and public acceptance of drunken behaviour, the regional director of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission said Thursday. Norm Cowie told a session of the Southern Alberta Council On Public Affairs that society accepts .the "irresponsible and drunken behaviour" of friends. People let a drunken friend drive home from a party or overlook the actions of someone else "because he is a good guy." "Too often this is because we are afraid to get involved in an issue loaded with such emotionalism. "We are extremely sensitive to discussion about the use of alcoholic' beverages, especially our own. Drinking, drunkeness, even abstaining are often the objects of humor or joking. This may well conceal substantial uneasiness about the he said. The public must instead accept the challenge to change attitudes toward drug use and alcohol is the most damaging of drugs, he said. Mr. Cowie said some people in the area of alcoholism treatment feel they "are running an ambulance service from the bottom of a cliff." "I wonder about a society in a province whose profit from the sale of alcoholic beverages is over (60 million a year, yet apportions of about million in return for the assistance of those who have gone over that he said. In society alcohol holds a place of deep- rooted importance. "We have made alcohol the arbiter of fashion we have made it one of the chief marks of distinction, sophistication of friendship and hospitality. When most of us invite friends for the evening usually we say drop in for a drink, anything else is incidental. "We have made it a lubricant tor business, chemical comforter for dealing with tensions, anxieties, loneliness and frustrations of life and all the while we refuse to face the fact that alcohol is an anesthetic, a mind altering chemical which can deprive one of his reason and turn him into an irresponsible he added. we must adopt honest attitudes about the use of alcohol and its place of importance in pur society and this will never happen if we all sit still, remain apathetic and he said. District TheUtlibridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, March 15, 1974 Pages 17-32 Unifarm pushes bridge over Oldman Preparations progress Recreation subdivision developer plans fight A truck dumps concrete for a sewer manhole West Lethbridge and the university with the rest of while in the background construction of the 6th the city, will be completed in December. Avenue bridge continues. The bridge, which will link Intervention deadline today PWA plans could be killed Lelhbridge County may have turned thumbs down on the Ranchland Recreation project, but for its developer, its still a viable project. Commenting on the decision of the county to reject an application to have a section of land east of Lethbridge zoned for country residences. J. A. Jarvie said he still plans to fight for approval of the subdivision scheme. "I've never known the words "to give up'." he said Thursday. Mr. Jarvie is proposing a 116-parcel subdivision on land he now owns, with the focus of the development on horses. The county turned down the zoning application because the land is considered prime farmland. Some councillors have suggested Mr. Jarvie develop the subdivision on more marginal land. But the developer said Thursday that as long as he has "an ounce of breath in my body" the project is still alive. He said an announcement would be made later on what procedure he will follow now that the county council has refused to allow the scheme. Mr. Jarvie first proposed the subdivision in September and county council rejected the plan at that time as well. Fairly strong represen- tation' against Pacific Western Airline's application to fly a Lethbridge-Calgary route could kill the application, the airline's president said Thursday. Don Watson, in a telephone interview front Vancouver, said the Air Transport Committee in Ottawa may reject the company's application out of hand without a hearing if the interventions filed on the application strongly opposed it But if there is a balance with some favoring it the application could go to a public hearing, he said. Deadline for interventions on the application, which Time Air president Stubb Ross has said would seriously threaten his business if approved, was today. A decision isn't expected for several months. Mr. Watson said Thursday PWA would like to serve Lethbridge because the company sees it as a "real comer" in Western Canada. "We've seen similar sized cities really he said, and referred to Kelowna, where he said the airline now carries 200.000 people a year. Lethbridge. which has traffic of 48.000 to 50.000 a year, could double within a year, he predicted. At least three interventions have been filed on the PWA application, including those from the city, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and the province. Trade and Industry Minister Fred Peacock said earlier this week the province will intervene to ensure "fair play" for Time Air. The city's intervention does not oppose the PWA application but is not favorable to it either, while Ihe Chamber of Commerce intervention says Time Air is meeting all the city's air transport needs. Transport ministers brush over airway discussions Herald Legislature Btrean EDMONTON Western provincial transport ministers scarcely touched on air transportation matters in their meeting Wednesday with federal Transport Minister Jean Marchand. Fred Peacock, Alberta minister of industry and commerce, said Thursday he was disappointed provincial grievances atxrat control of the airways were hardly discussed. Mr Peacock said earlier this week that the province wanted control of air routes within the province. He said provincial carriers such as Time Air must be protected from unfair competition from regional carriers. Link between city, Picture Butte area By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer TABER A meeting with provincial government authorities and Lethbridge county councillors-is set for the end of the month to decide the fate of a proposed bridge linking the Lethbridge district with Picture Butte. CITY FIRMS FINED Six Lethbridge businesses were fined each in provincial court Thursday for failing to obtain 1974 business licences. Charges against about 20 more businesses are pending, says Wally Leishman, city licence inspector. the businesses fined were H R Block Inc., Campbell and Haliburton Ltd., Akroyd's Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Dawn's Dancing Studio, Dieter's Ski and Sports and Aldo's Welding. A .representative of a seventh company, Chinook Construction, was directed to enter a not guilty plea by Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson. A trial was set for March 28. Mr, Leishman said all businesses had received notices in December that they would be required to renew their licences. Summonses were issued after second notices were sent in January. The city is not required to issue notices that licences have expired. The licence bylaw places the onus, of obtaining a valid licence on the business. Folk festival Sunday Dances from around the world will be featured at the 1974 International Folk Festival at the University of Lethbridge Sunday. Award winning dance folklore groups from Edmonton, the nationally- known senior Ukrainian groups from Calgary and 20 ethnic groups from Southern Alberta will participate in the festival. Also taking part in the activities are the Muriel Jol- liffe Dance Academy, Lethbridge Collegiate institute modern language classes, the LCI band. Mrs. B. Forrester's Irish Dancing School and Susan Smith's Scottish Dancing School from Edmonton. There will also be displays of artifacts, handiwork and costumes from the different countries in the U of L art gallery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several ethnic dishes will be featured at an international luncheon in the U of L cafeteria from a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival, which will also feature international music and songs, gets under way at 2 p.m. in the U of L gymnasium located in the physical education-fine arts building. There will be about 200 participants in the festival and about 2.000 persons are expected to attend. It is sponsored by the U of L. the Folk Arts Council and different ethnic groups from Southern Alberta. Lethbridge county Coun. John Murray said a survey .by government crews has been promised to find the best location for the bridge. A resolution was passed by the Region One of Unifarm annual meeting here Thursday supporting the bridge: Sugar Beet grower Walter F. Boras of Iron Springs said the bridge was vital to the continued operation of the Picture Butte sugar factory. He said the rail company isn't likely to continue hauling .beets to the processing plant in Picture Butte from loading stations much longer and the bridge to connect the Lethbridge and Coaldale sugar beet growing regions with the factory was- essential. Mr. Murray said the county has tentatively agreed to provide the access roads if the province will build the bridge. Upstream storage for river water was also called for by the 60 members of Unifarm. Unless dams are built on the Oldman River to store the flood of water which runs off the mountains during spring, r agriculture, towns, cities and recreation will suffer, members feel. Ben Lomen of Iron Springs said the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District takes its water supplies from the Oldman River just west of Fort Macleod. If too much is taken, Fort Macleod residents start to scream. Then Lethbridge starts to complain. "And Taber doesn't get any water during the summer unless Lethbridge flushes some he said. A Taber-area farmer agreed, claiming the river near Taber was a disgrace during the summer months. He called for renewed federal and provincial government discussion to build a proposed dam in The Gap area west of Pincher Creek which would store water from three sources. "We're 20 years late in asking but for future generations, we should see if we can't get he said. Additional reports Page 18. Burglar jailed for year A man who broke into at least six Lethbridge businesses last week was sentenced in provincial court Thursday to one year in jail. Jerry Dale Pongranz. 19.-of Foremost, also known as Gerry Thompson, pleaded guilty to the charges. He told Provincial Judge George Lynch-Staunlon he had a drinking problem which had contributed to his actions. The provincial judge recommended part or all of Pongranz" sentence be served at Belmont Rehabilitation Centre in Edmonton. Pongranz admitted to breaking into Graver's Gas and Oil. Hopp's Garage. Groat West Tire, United Rambler and Glascon Industries.