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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Monday, March 18, FLEXIBILITY WOULD BE LOST9 Oldman River planners knock regional gov't proposal By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A proposal to add a layer of regional government to public administration in Alberta is being greeted with disfavor by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. regional "lanning is inuch more effective in dealing with rural- urban problems than an another level of government could be, the executive director of the commission said in an interview. The proposal, under which regional governments would be formed around cities including Edmonton and Calgary, is now being studied by the provincial-municipal finance advisory committee. The report being examined by the task force of Conservative MLAs suggests "elected representatives would be responsible for regional services and local governments would carry out programs on the local level Regional government, the report says, would be most effective to cope with disparities and would preserve local government while enabling the provincial government to carry out many of its new programs, including decentraliza- tion of industry. But Lawrence Smith, head of the commission, says not even regional government could solve the problems. What is needed is a "framework of policy" established by the province, leaving local administrations and planning commissions to fill out the details. Land-use guidelines and a change in the taxation system eliminating municipal reliance on property taxes is a better alternative than regional government, Mr. Smith says. Ted Nicholson, an ORRPC associate planner, says land use policy has to be much broader than just zoning. It has to set out social and economic policy as well. And he says that every step in the planning process is "tripped up by the God damn property tax." The present provincial method of equalizing assessment doesn't resolve the problem, Mr. Nicholson says. Taxation equalization has to take into account that a community might have to make very large expenditures just to bring the level of municipal services up to standard. The problem in reliance on property taxation, Mr. Smith says, is shown in relations between Lethbridge and Lethbridge County. County councillors complain they are forced to make regulations which aid the orderly development of the city regulations that mean decreased assessment in the county. The era of self-contained communities is over, Mr. Nicholson says, adding the region now covered by the commission has similar cultural traditions, problems and trading patterns. The flexibility .the commission has would be lost if. the area was split into a metropolitan region and the area outside it..' In addition, Mr. Smith says two 'planning commissions, each with smaller staff, would not have the staff 'resources the Oldman River commission does. The commission is now setting terms of reference for a study of the Lethbridge sub-region which could begin this summer. The study will look at many of the problems a regional government would examine and will develop a sub-regional plan. The commission was instrumental in setting up a committee of representatives of municipalities in the Lethbridge sub-region. The committee, says Mr. Smith, can meet to consider specific issues, but is avoiding a rigid structure. The commission does not only regional planning, but acts as consultants to municipalities in the region for local planning. Because of this, Mr. Smith says, the commission can encourage municipalities to plan development to fit concepts contained in the sub- regional plan. oLomnn RIUER REGIOII 'Geography should be distinct school subject9 Geography should be taught as a separate subject in Alberta schools, a Medicine Hat high school teacher Saturday told the Canadian Association of Geographers western division meeting. David Flower, a teacher at McCoy High School, said Geography 20, the current geography course, is taken mostly by non-matriculation students instead of social studies. Interdisciplinary "social studies" replaced geography, history and civics in Alberta 35 years ago, he said. While he was not opposed to the interdisciplinary approach, Chrome Plated Revolving Hors d'Oeuvre SERVER With 5 selection glass insert. Made in England. Regular 19.95 14 SPECIAL U OHM DOWNTOWN Mr. Flower said he could not see physicists or chemists putting up with their subjects' being lumped together as general science. The new social studies option modules being worked out included two geography units, but three of most other social sciences, he said. He urged that geographers act to preserve their subject in the schools. Japan consul to speak here The consul-general of Japan will discuss the social and economic aspects of Japan's foreign policy at the University of Lethbridge March 28. As a horrible example, he said a Grade 12 students had confidently placed Libya on a map where Chile is. Mr. Flower said the social sciences in the schools of Alberta were just at the stage mathematics and science were in American schools when the Russians launched Sputnik. That led the Americans to realize they were behind in science education and put all their effort into it- Topics of other papers at the conference included development of land transport facilities in the Mackenzie Valley, freight costs and industrial development in the Prairie provinces, settlement patterns of Ukrainian pioneers in the West and land use in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies. About 150 University of Lethbridge art g students are expected to ;S participate April 7 in an all-media art show and sale. The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Physical Education- Fine Arts Building. Pottery, prints, oil paintings, water colors and sculpture will be for sale. Vimy night About 20 Vimy veterans will be honored next month at the annual Vimy Night in the Royal Canadian Legion Memorial Hall. Veterans of the Boer War and World War II are also invited to attend the banquet, beginning at p.m. April 9. City businessman killed in motorcycle collision A 49-year-old Lethbridge businessman was killed Saturday night when the motorcycle he was operating was in a head-on collision with a car on Highway 4 two miles FOX DENTURE CUNIC PHONE t S. f. POX, C.D.M. THE AUCTION Llthbridp BLOCK UCMM REGULAR TUESDAY EVENING SALE. MARCH On offer this week we are pleased to auction a very large assortment of household furniture and related items from a large mobile home manu- facturer. Also highlighting the following: Lovely five piece chrome suite Zenith 200 gas dryer Excellent utility trailer Beautiful 4 swiveted chair floral dinette suite Blonde wood vanity type bedroom suite lor ttT east of the city. Hugh A. Olson, 310 24th St. S., was killed instantly in the accident that demolished the motorcycle and caused minor damages to the car. The driver of "the vehicle, William J. Freeman, 25, and his wife Mariette, 22, both of Milk River, were treated for minor injuries and released from hospital Saturday. Another Lethbridge man, Arden Myers, 20, Suite 26 Scenic Heights Apartments, was reported in serious condition in a Calgary hospital; following a house fire in that city Saturday. Roma Leveque, 21, of Calgary, died in hospital about 31 hours after suffering serious burns to SO per cent of her body in the same bouse fire, which Calgary police said occurred during a party. Police said 15 of the estimated 30 people in the house were injured when several men attempted to carry a flaming oil heater out the back door and it exploded. Ten of the 15 people injured MIKE NANZEL 371-TltiStrMt South JOHN BERCZAT, AncBMMtl. Lte. OS7449 FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK in the explosion were detained in hospital for treament of injuries not considered serious. A Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m. Friday to inidnight Sunday showed "three other'deaths in Alberta and two in Saskatchewan. In Alberta, Allan William Ainsley, 24, of Calgary was killed Saturday when his car wefll oui of control and struck a concrete pillar in the city. John Handziuk, 32. of Calgary died Saturday of head injuries when he fell 38 feet from the third storey of a building under construction in the city's southwest area. Calgary poilice said the cause of the fall Thursday is 'imknown and no decision on an 'inquest has been made. Winds were gusting up to 50 miles an hour atop the building project at-the time of the accident. The other Alberta death occurred at Gift Lake. 190 miles Northwest of Edmonton, Gordon Gladue. of Gift Lake, died early Sunday in a fire in his log cabin. In Saskatchewan, Allan Edward Jacob, of Tisdale. Sask., died Sunday when the car in which he was a passenger overturned near Mel fort, Sask., 60 miles Southeast of Prince Albert Edward F. Digby. of Swift Current. Sask.. was killed Sunday when run over by a CPR freight train in his home town. 150 miles east of Regina. No fatalities were reported in Manitoba. QpQVI TWWi- WL CfMiMpi 271t 1Mi Briefs ask for specialized, practical courses at U of L A recommendation that the University of Lethbridge offer more specialized and practical courses was included in many of the briefs presented Saturday to the U of L senate. One such recommendation was included in a brief on the need for more specialized majors in the sciences. Its author, Colin Darcel, a local veterinarian, suggested the U of L establish an applied science summer school to allow students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor degree in applied sciences. He said students wishing to obtain this specialized degree would take the usual bachelor of arts courses during the first two years but in the third and fourth years would take specialized courses. And by attending two specialized summer schools the student would be able to acquire all the specialized courses needed to obtain a bachelor degree in the sciences. Dr. Darcel suggested outside specialists in applied sciences be brought in to instruct in the summer school. He suggested the liberal arts role adopted by the U of L needs reconsideration. The U of L is providing students with a broad education but it should also be producing graduates who are partially trained for employment, he told the senators. "I hate to see students opt to go elsewhere because they need courses not offered here." Bill Beckel, president, informed Dr. Darcel that his brief is within the kinds of things the university is looking at all the time. But he said the university must determine "the kind of audience available" for such programs and how stable the audience is. Two briefs outlined the educational services the U of L could be offering the nursing profession in Southern Alberta. A brief presented by the south district executive of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses recommended that the U of L plan and co-ordinate continuing education programs in nursing. The association suggested a liaison committee be established between the U of L and the nursing profession to develop a program of "on- going education for nurses." The program should not only provide nurses with the opportunity to do further study in specific areas of nursing practice but also allow nurses to obtain management skills and the training they need to become educators in the nursing field, the brief states. The association recom- mended that the U of L reach an agreement with the faculties of medicine at the universities of Alberta and Calgary that would allow personnel from the two northern universities to provide the professional instruction at the U of L on an occasional basis. A brief by Donna Lynn Smith, director of nursing at the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital, urged the U of L to formalize arrangements with Western Canadian and nearby American universities so arts and science courses available at the U of L can be accepted for credit in nursing programs at the other universities. Nurses already holding one degree should also be able to receive credit for it at the U of L if they are interested in acquiring a second undergraduate degree at the institute, the brief suggests. Dr. Beckel, in replying to the briefs, said the education concerns of nurses expressed by the two briefs fit right in with some of the new transfer and co-operative programs that are being developed among universities today. "We're in a new era of co- operation among he said. It's a slow process but "developments are taking place." 'Teachers should give up from The University of Lethbridge could save money by recruiting volunteer teachers rather than paying teachers to work with student- teachers in the classroom, a brief presented to the university senate Saturday states. Financial reward leaves the impression that "hosting students is more trouble than its worth" instead of an atmosphere in which both the teacher and the student- teacher benefit from the experience of working together to teach students, the brief adds. In return for their professional assistance to student-teachers in their classroom, teachers receive a payment of from the U of L. The U of L spends between and a year to provide its students with practical teaching experience. David Lynagh, a Wilson Ju- nior High School teacher, when presenting his brief suggested "I would deem it an honor and a joy to shape my classes, subjects and experience with any prospective member of my profession." He recommended that the U of L experiment with his suggestion by allowing students the option of continuing with the present practice or opting to work with teachers who have freely volunteered their services. "I would hope there are many teachers in Southern Alberta of a similar mind to myself on this he continued. Mr. Lynagh said he is convinced "we could all learn much from this sharing without the carrot being dangled before our dulled minds." Russell Leskiw, dean of education, informed the senate that the universities in the province have felt for some time that there may be a better way of rewarding teachers. But, he added, the Alberta Teachers Association, the department of education and the universities have not been able to reach agreement on a better method of handling the in-classroom practical experience of student teachers. Dr. Leskiw suggested one of the first steps to changing the reward system is to convince the ATA of any proposed changes. "It is a controversial issue because it involves he added. A few senators expressed an interest in pursuing the matter further. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC ScfiViaf6 Bldg S Phjane 328-4095 Senator K. V. Robin suggested the "least we could do as a senate" is to present the brief to the local ATA for reaction. Mr. Lynagh also stated in his brief that "many of the university's operations might be scrutinized in a similar manner." FUEL SAVING! You Witt Dpi at POWER HUMIDIFIER CHARLTON ft HILL LTD. 1262-2nd Ave.S. Phone 32S-33SB ORNAMENTAL IRON PRODUCTS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS M 34S-JW73 (taking ant feniMr welding shop hi ItoMng onmimrtrt Unto and uprtta. CUFF HACK. BUCK DENTAL LAB PHONE stj-tm AKROYD'S DO YOU HAVE HBP? Have you had your blood pressure checked recently? Is it normal about reading? Is it low? High? Or do you know? It is estimated that over 23 million North Americans suffer from high blood pressure (HBP) and that half are not aware they have it they do not see a doctor for periodic physical exams. Since HBP develops without warning it is con- sidered "the silent killer" and over 250.000 people will die this year because of it But, once diagnosed HBP can be controlled by diet or medication or both. HBP control can reduce the number and severity of premature heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. GEORGE and ROD say... If water pollution gets any worse, walking on it will be a cinch. DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY GEORGE CM RODNEY FflwOtfhwrr ;