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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SO - THE UTHMIDOE HERAID - Tutidoy, March 16, 1971 Mental health group still pushing for total psychiatric care centre By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer The Southern Region, Canadian Mental Health Association will continue to support the .efforts of the Lethbridge and Region Mental Health Planning Council until a total psychiatric treatment centre is built at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. That statement was made by CMHA board member Casey Wiskerke to 70 persons attending the annual meeting of the region Wednesday. He and board member Terry Bland reported on the social Concilation officer suspends releases By JIM WILSON Herald Education Writer Alberta conciliation officer John R. Hutton told The Herald Monday he would make no announcements concern i n g southern Alberta teachers' disputes "for the next few days." About 2,000 teachers are involved, including 1,300 from the 18-school-district Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, and 750 from the Lethbridge  Medicine Hat regional bargaining group. Mr. Hutton, a department of labor officer working from Calgary, said he hoped to make his recommendations to the SASAA boards and teachers soon, and on the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat dispute a week or so later. "We're finalizing our thoughts on the thing right now," he said. This year's uncommonly-difficult collective agreement situation stems from introduction last August of the new Alberta School Act, which places contract negotiations under the Alberta Labor Act. The Labor Act says rate of pay, hours of work, and other rights of the two parties are part of a collective agreement. Teachers say this means all working conditions must be negotiated; trustees say only certain rights may be negotiated or the school board's lose their authority. In the past, most of the points now in dispute were defined in the much more restrictive original School Act, drafted about 1905. The new act was intended to give local boards and schools much more flexibility and freedom of action. Teachers fear the resulting local autonomy could threaten their effectiveness. They have said that even though most school districts now have traditional policies concern i n g working conditions, the new School Act would allow them to unilaterally repeal or revise them. The two major points of contention between boards and teachers throughout Alberta are hours of work and the right of consultation in policy changes involving either the teachers' working conditions or their professional teaching activities. They are asking, and in several cities have gained, a defined work week of 30 hours of combined instruction and general service time. To this, the teachers say, they must add up to ?5 hours per week of out-of-school preparation and marking time, done both at school and at home. They are also asking for the right to see new or revised school district policies before trustees put them into effect. The teachers say they want only the opportunity to make recommenda t i o n s concerning the new systems. Trustees are generally offer- Check Capitoll Before You Buy! CARPET and UNO (Complete Installations!) free Estimates! No Obligation! PHONE 327-8578 Capitol Furniture "The Carpet House of the South" ing a defined 35 - hour work week for teachers, but refuse to discuss the consultation proposal because they say it would undermine their positions as elected public representatives. The Labor Act also permits regional bargaining, which was not possible under terms of the old School Act. Eight regional bargaining groups were established by school boards comprising 61 school districts, and it is in these areas negotiations have become most complicated. Of the eight, involving about 30 per cent of Alberta's 22,190 teachers, three are still being bargainined and five have gone to conciliation. Twenty - two of the locally-bargaining districts have settled, and include about 30 per cent of the teachers. Another ll local districts representing 31 per cent of the teachers are in various stages of conciliation, and 52 others, representing less than nine per cent, are not bargaining now. Southern teachers and Alberta Teachers' Association bargaining agents are concerned about the outcome of the Calgary public school dispute, which has become the most serious in the province. Calgary public school teachers recently voted in favor of application for a government-supervised strike vote. Only one of the more than 2,000 teachers involved voted negatively. The strike vote could come at almost anytime, and so could the strike. If Calgary teachers do leave their jobs, the pressure would be on both the SASAA and Lethbridge-Medicine Hat teachers to do the same. ATA officials insist they do not want to strike, but as Frank Ackerman, one of the ATA bargaining agents said, "were caught in a situation of being forced to defend our profession al integrity as teachers, and simply can't reduce our demands any farmer." And trustees are saying, in effect, "we won't give you what you're demanding because it would reduce our authority over the education system too much." OUR OSCAR action activities for the region. Social action "is everything we do to get the community, province or nation interested and active in the establishment, improvement or expansion of mental health services," Mr. Wiskerke said. "The legislative activities we engage in, the special studies and surveys we do, the promotion of facilities we undertake is social action in Us purest form." Mr. Wiskerke, a member of the planning council which makes recommendations to the provincial cabinet, has been heading a committee doing continual research and evaluation of the problems of alcoholism in the region. CMHA volunteers and staff participate on a planning council task force to determine the services and facilities available to discharged patients and plan co-ordinatkm of the services. The region has representation of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce committee which is actively working on the Le Dain commission report on the non-medical use of drugs. It was actively involved in advice and counselling towards the establishment of the youth hostel Odyssey House in Lethbridge and followed through its operation as members on the advisory council until it closed Dec. 15. Continuation of services for transient youth now are being planned for this year. "At the annual February Banff conference of the association the unanimous stand was adopted that it was the intent to pursue the achievement of the aims and objectives of the Alberta Mental Health study (Blair report) which we endorse and believe the citizens of this province endorse," Mr. Bland said. Education a preventive role Education and information is a preventive service as well as a means of promoting and identifying mental health, Mrs, Carol Smith and Mrs. June Tagg said in elaborating on activities on those lines. It is a service for families of the mentally disabled, to assist them in recognizing the needs of the patient and the required kind of assistance they can give for the rehabilitation of the patient. Education and information, they said, "is essential to keep our community aware of all services available for mental illness and mental health. Last year there were 26 film bookings at schools, 12 film bookings for groups and clubs and 18 public speaking engagements. While no annual count was maintained on literature distribution, in July 102 publications containing drug information, 71 booklets on what to do when things go wrong and 35 other pieces of material on mental illness were distributed. A small committee has been activated to give the staff member added support in this year's educational area. Last year the Jaycees were the main group giving active support. Southern region developing "There we were, quietly discussing the Clay-Frazier Fight and then I asked what all this women's liberation fripe is about . . ." the SPOTLIGHT'S on |CAPITOL'S EXCITING.. SPECIAL FURNITURE SHOW and SALE COMMENCING THURSDAY, March 18-9 a.m. Sharp! Check Our Ad in Wednesday's Herald Rev. Katherine Hurlburt and Mrs. Lorene McCready explained the regional setup of CMHA. It is a national organization with each province being divided into geographic regions headed by a provincial office. Alberta is divided into five geographic regions with offices in Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. The southern region extends from the B.C. border to the Saskatchewan border south to the U.S. border and north to beyond Clares-Regional development is performed when a community either asks for assistance or indicates interest toward the CMHA to assist them in recognizing the kinds of services and programs their town requires in the mental health field. Last year a concentrated effort was made In Picture Butte to provide educational programs and interest the citizens in becoming aware of their needs in giving support to the mentally disabled of the area. Two meetings were held in Brooks. One was educational and instructional to help establish a committee there while the other was to assist in obtaining foster homes for patients returning from the Alberta Hospital Ponoka. Two educational meetings and a meeting to instruct volunteers on the establishment of a crafts programs were neld at Medicine Hat. A committee is operating there and a part-time CMHA staff worker is to be employed this year. Education program requests increased from Taber and an initial visit was made there. A worry clinic, designed to aid mothers in understanding some of the problems children experience in growing up and to better understand the rationale be> hind children's actions, is scheduled for this month. Programs for patients 326 5th STREET SOUTH, lETHBRIDGc PHONE 327-8578 The community services, lifeline and referral activities of the region were outlined bv Mrs. Hazel Ross and1 Mrs. Lillian Millar. Objective of the community services is to develop recreational programs for mentally handicapped persons in hospital. If requested by the patients assistance is given when they leave hospital in finding foster homes and developing social and life-line programs. In all programs a volunteer is directly involved with the patient. The life - line program is a one-to-one relationship after the patient leaves hospital. One volunteer becomes a friend of one patient and helps the patient become integrated into the community again. There are 40 active valun-teers, in and out of the hospital. There is a patient referral volunteer who receives refr.--rals from psychiatrists, hospitals and the patients them-sevels. A program is then designed to meet the patient's needs. Programs for hospital patients include bowling, yoga, crafts, golfing, swimming, picnics and others. Mr. and Mrs. Millar head a group of 10 to 15 young people between the ages of 13 and 17 who have been going to the Alberta Hospital Raymond twice a month for more than a year. One of the group's programs is a birthday pa*ty with a cake honoring aU those who have had a birthday during the past month. There are refreshments, sing-songs, games and dances. In all activities the patient is directly involved. The group also have craft nights where simple crafts are made for the patients to keep. Public donations have allowed the group to give each patient a birthday present and Christmas gift. An eight - day camping venture in the Crowsnest Pass is planned for about 30 patients this year. Some Alberta Hospital Clares holm patients visited Lethbridge last year and were attended by volunteers. Thirty-five attended the Christmas pantomime at the Yates Memorial Centre and 55 were escorted on a shopping spree and lunch at a local shopping mall. Bus line applies for express run A public hearing is to be held April 27 in Edmonton into an application by Northern Bus Lines of Lethbridge for permission to operate daily express service to Calgary and Edmonton Steve Kotch, Northern president, said the company could have the service operating within 30 days of a decision by the highway traffic board. He said the four return trips a day (all to Calgary, with one bus going on to Edmonton) by the deluxe buses might be running sometime in June, assuming the application is approved. No decision on west side No decision was made at a special closed session of city council Monday called to discuss west side development. Mayor Andy Anderson said another closed meeting would be held next Monday and a decision made public during the regular council meeting. The bids for provision of services to the new west side subdivision have been opened and some action on awarding the contract must be taken by March 25. Bids were received on alternate projects, one for full services as originally planned and the other for only partial services.' LONG HOLIDAY SEASON - City employees store the last of about 230 Christmas decorations that adorn downtown Lethbridge streets during the festive season. The festive season was somewhat prolonged this year, or so it seemed, as the city officials decided to leave the decorations up until the new city stores complex building was completed. At long last, the decorations will have a reprieve from southern Alberta's weather, and can enjoy the summer and fall months under cover. One hurt in collision Two vehicles, driven by Barry T. Ewing, 815 13th St. S. and Florenzo Vuch, 715 7th St. S., collided at 5th Ave. S. in the 1500 block about 1:45 p.m. Monday. Elizabeth Skura, a passenger in the Vuch vehicle, received head injuries and was taken to Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. She was detained for observation. There was $900 damage in the accident. 'Full reports to electors9 PCs would be 'accountable' A Progressive Conservative government would make itself more accountable to Albertans in non-election years, says Peter Lougheed, provincial Conservative party leader. In a Herald interview, Mr. Lougheed said one plan he has would be to break for a day during the Legislature so that MLAs could return to, their constituencies to make full reports to their electors on what had. taken place so far. They would also he charged with doing the same at the end of the "I would also like to see the provincial Ombudsman's office strengthened," Mr. Lougheed said. "He could be made more accessible to people outside of Edmonton by travelling like a circuit court judge travelled, sitting in various cities several days each month." He said he would also change the Provincial Auditor's office into an auditor-general's office similar to the federal system, in which the auditor - general scrutinizes all spending and makes, regular reports to the taxpayers. Mr. Lougheed said tfcte provincial election will come in June because former Premier Ernest Manning's Social Credit mandate expires in J u n e; under the traditional pattern of four-year rather than five-year, governments. .1 He said a major election issue will be provincial systems of taxation. The Conservatives, he said, would prefer a more generous tax break for local governments so they could "run their own show." A Conservative igovernment would pay the entire cost of education, leaving all local private property taxes to the municipal and county governments. He said local plebiscites for additional spending money would be justified for non-essential services such as Edmonton's recent Omniplex plebiscite, or one Lethbridge could have for a new arena. But essential services such as health care and education cannot be left to local plebiscite because if they are poorly presented to the voters through bad communications, they can do the people dun-age," Mr. Lougheed said. He said essential services should be decided upon by the taxpayers' elected representatives, "otherwise it's an abdication of responsibility." Mr. Lougheed said Us party would not bury existing Social Credit commission studies and reports, such as the Blah- Commission report on Mental Health or the 1972 Worth' Commission report on educational planning. "Our only complaint about them is that they should have been done many years earlier," he said. "Our most likely action would be to hasten their implementation.'' Regarding foreign ownership and control in Alberta, Mr. Lougheed said "it would be dangerous" to scare away foreign investment capital, because Alberta needs It. "What we must do, however, is to work out ways for Albertans to continue to get a larger share of local ownership, so that in a few years the problem solves itself naturally." He said he did not think the activities of the Committee for an Independent Canada were the most effective way to encourage Canadian ownership and Canadian economic prosperity, "but they have called attention to the existing situation." flnBBHHBHLsi More city news on page 19 TRADE-INS ACCEPTED ON EVERY WATCH AT MACKENZIE'S. Just bring in any watch and... regardless of its condition, we will allow you 20% to 50% off any watch in our fine collection. IT'S TO YOUR CREDIT -A MACKENZIE'S CHARGE ACCOUNT! - AFFILIATED WITH MAPPIN'S LIMITED - MACKENZIE'S DIAMOND MERCHANT K JEWELLERS REGINA  MOOSE JAW  CALGARY  LETHBRIDGE IN LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th Ave. S. - Telephone 328-4214 ;