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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Teachers accuse trustees of clouding strike issues By IIEIUS LECG Ilcrulcl Stall Writer Southern Alberta rural teach- ers Friday denied claims thai Gome country educators arc re- ceiving a higher wage limn their counterparts at Leth- bridgo and accused t li e Southern Alberta School Author- ities Association of trying lo cloud issues in the week-long teachers' strike. Teachers and trustees have agreed to return to the bar- gaining table at 10 a.m. Tues- day in an attempt to reach agreement on a 1973 contract. Failure lo reach agreement earlier Ihis month resulted in strike action Monday by teachers in 18 rural school dis- tricls. HOUSING SUUSIDIES In tlieir demands for "equal pay for equal teachers have been charged with ignor- ing rural housing subsidies pro- vided at some 300 leacherages by SASAA. "Trustees must feel pretty desperate to dig up a side issue such as housing in an attempt lo get public support. Appar- cntly they admit we are correct in stating issues." "This strike was caused by lower salaries and a lack of fringe benefits. If the trustees want to dig up side issues, we could go on teacher negotiator Bill Casanova said. Lethbridge and Medicine Hat teachers do not receive housing subsidies. SASAA chairman Ray Clark said the rural benefits, if applied on a cash basis, would provide some rural teachers with a higher annual income than city teachers. Geoff Tagg, a Foremost teacher and a University of Lelhbridgc senator, said Friday he receives housing but still takes a loss of on salary because of higher rural food costs, utility costs and travel expenses. Mr. Tagg said his family rents ,a two-bedroom home for per month which results in a saving lo his budget an- nually. MORE EXPENSIVE "On the other hand, food in the rural areas costs 10 lo 15 pev cent more than in the city. Our average grocery bill is about per month more than in the city. "Gas, water and electricity are more expensive in rural areas for a combined difference of 5200 per year. Direct disad- vantages amount to a loss ot "We are easily a year out on city teachers even with subsidized Mr. Tagg said. He said automobile costs of driving to and from Leth- bridge, for shopping or profes- sional activities, total per year. Mr. Casanova, in a prepared statement, said he cannot un- derstand the tactics of rural trustees: "We can't understand why they want this strike to con. tinue. Instead of trying to throw up a smoke screen, they should sit down and take eara of the issues in the he said. Teachers are seeking wags increases of 7.5 to 10 per cent for 1973 plus' trustee contribu- tions lo the Alberta Health Plan and Blue Cross. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. 82 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 72 PAGES Storm creates Gov't wants British havoc army out of Suffield More money for the arts By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) The government plans tliis spring and summer fo make a general reassessment ot Its multi-miUion-dollar r.id to Canadian cultural affairs, probably leading to more money for rising, innovative young artists and artisans of all kinds. To Hugh Faulkner, federal secretary of state, help- ing the arts is the key to building, a distinctive Cana- dian identity. It won't matter much how resources and industry are protected from United Staes takeovers if cultural affairs succumb to New York and Hollywood influence, lie says. Mr. Faulkner, whose office makes him, in effect, the minister of cultural affairs, says his immediate goal is to ensure wider distribution of Canadian films and books. They now are not getting into the theatres and bookstalls ot most communities outside the big metropolitan sreas. Entertainment, the arts and cuilural affairs now are, in the opinion of some of Mr. Faulkner's advisers, among the fastest growing new enterprises in the country. A recent Statistics Canada survey of leisure-time activities found that more people pay to go to the theatre, opsra, ballet, and concerts ranging from sym- phonies to hard rock, than pay admission prices for sports events. The federal budget for aid to entertainment and Ihe arts in Ine fiscal year starting April 1 will rise million from million in 1972, an increase of 14 per cent. This is just about in line with the overall growth of government spending. JUST A START But Mi. Faulkner said in an interview this week ho regards this as no more than an investment. "I know there is concern among many Canadians about foreign ownership. The Bible asks 'What is a man profiled if ha shall gain the whole world and lose is own may move in a constructive way on the economic side, but if in ths process we end up d'oing nothing on the cultural side, I don't think we will have moved very far." Moving a barn It's c big barn. And il's heavier Ihon ihis truck fig- ured. So heavy in fact, that the. front' end of the truck can't loucK ground. But never fear, there are other of moving a barn. The barn, located on Leth- bridge Correctional Insti- tute properly, is expected to be moved Monday to Saville Farms, owned by Fred Weatherup, about a mile away. The 42-by-103 liorse "barn weighing about 40 tons will be used for livestock on Saville Farms. 'It's someone with a new scheme for moving oil, Mr Barrett.' Classified 44-23 Comics........30 Comment ___