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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TRAVIIUNO TO EUROPE VIA CHARTRT in US ARRANGE YOUR OROUND TOURS AND RHINI CRUISIS For Further Information and 'Reservations. Contact: ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Villas* Watt Ind Phone S2M201 or 32M1M The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, March 20,1971 PAGES 17 TO 32 It's a GREAT DAY te SERVE EVERYONE'S FAVORITI (Special Prices on Bulk Orders) ERICKSEN'S 2021 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 328-8161 1705 M.M. Drlvo Ph. 328-7751 Changes forecast in field of health By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer It was indicated Friday at the Southern Alberta Regional Conference of the Alberta Hospital Association that vast changes are in store for hospitals, health and social development in this province. The reforms are coming fast. They are complex, will affect all citizens, all hospitals. Garry Lang, director of consulting services for the AHA, said he was impressed by the complexities of things happening in Edmonton in these fields. He said it was of the utmost importance that hospital trustees be aware of new bills proposed by the government so they have an idea of their forthcoming roles, extent of authority and jurisdiction levels. He urged trustees to attend the forthcoming trustees' meet- ing in Calgary to obtain some in-depth information on what is happening. Lethbridge lawyer Charles Virtue, president of the AHA, spoke on the proposed merger of the health and social development departments and establishment of the- Health Services Commission (HSC). Regionalization is the word for things to come. And those things are coming! fast. The province is aiming at co-ordinating various services and facilities on a regional basis. � Regional boards are to be established to act as the financial agent for all hospitals within a region. It will report directly to the Health Services Commission. Each hospital will still have a board of management reporting to the regional boards. Advisory councils will be established to assist the regional boards. South blood bank A committee of the Southern Alberta Regional Conference, Alberta Hospital Association, was established Friday to investigate the need and feasibility of establishing a blood bank in Lethbridge to serve southern Alberta. Blood for southern Alberta hospitals now comes from the Red Cross blood bank in Calgary. St. Michael's General Hospital has been supplying district hospitals with blood. Provision of the extra ordinary service has been without financial assistance, the meeting was told. If blood is not available in Lethbridge, the district hospitals have to obtain their requirements from Calgary. Another committee was appointed to prepare a brief to AHA expressing the region's concern regarding the inadequacy of provincial equipment grants. Another motion asking the AHA for recommendations on how hospitals can reduce fire hazards by persons who smoke, waF defeated. It was suggested that restrictions on smoking is a policy decision for each hospital and such restrictions vary considerably. In other business the regional conference honored Miss Nor-een Flanagan, administrator of the Medicine Hat General Hospital, for outstanding service to the region. Miss Flanagan, an employee of the hospital for 41 years, has been named Medicine Hat's Citizen of the Year. She received a standing ovation at Friday's meeting in St. Michael's General Hospital School of Nursing auditorium. The meeting of administrators and trustees was told that all hospital staff negotiations should be wrapped up within two months. Gerry Lang, director of consulting service for AHA, said a conciliation board should hand down its decision within a month for a new contract with nurses. Pharmacists are settled and service personnel represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees now are voting on an offer. Wages are the only point of dispute with eight or nine other employee groups, he said, but they should all be settled within two months. The wage increase offered CUPE service personnel ranges from 4.1 to S.l per cent a year for the majority or from nine to 11 per cent over the 27-month contract period. Regular increments during the period plus the increased wage offer would cost hospitals about 6.4 per cent more a year or 13.6 per cent over the contract life for the $300 to $400 category of personnel. COMPLETE AIR CONDITIONING FEDOR'S REFRIGERATION Ph. 327-5816 C & A Sheet Metal Ph. 328-5973 DR. D R. BROWN M.D. C.R.C.S. (C) PLASTIC SURGEON Wishes to announce the relocation of his office to 201 Professional Building 8th St. and 4th Ave. Phono 327-0033 S. PHONE 'N' EAT # Tantalizing Chinese Food # Lotus Sunshine Fried Chicken Delivered to your door steaming hot No Delivery Charge for Orders over $3.50 JUST CALL | Jfc T I I C Acr0M 327-0240 OR I |||||% From Th* 327-2297 LVI Uml CPR DePof Open Weekdays 7 a.m.  2 a.m. - Sundays 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Golden Era of J. D Campbell, when hospitals were able to talk directly with government, has all but disappeared, Mr. Virtue said. Some of the reforms are "a deliberate effort by government to establish buffers, to eliminate ready access of hospitals to the government," he said. Hospitals will have to relate to the Health Services Commission which will be the voice of government in hospital affairs. The deputy minister will no longer be the man to talk to. The AHA is to submit three names to the government, one of which will be selected to sit on the HSC. Costs of laboratory services are getting much consideration by government, Mr. Virtue said, as are other costs associated with hosnitals, services and social development. The government is looking at the feasibility of establishing central laboratory services in regional areas. Central laundries are also being considered. Considerable emphasis is being placed on industrial engineering, involving detailed analyses and work studies to determine "where we're going" and to effect savings. Medical-moral ethics are being discussed by government and hospital people in the area of abortions and sterilization and changing social standards. Mr. Lang said it is conceivable that in the near future one board may operate all general and auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes in a region. The decision would be a permissive one, he said, instituted by the various hospital boards. A pilot project is the new hospital at High Level, whose board will also act as the pub lie health board. The public health unit will be established in the hospital. The number of voluntary hospitals in the province is dwindling, he indicated. On April 1 nine voluntary hospitals (eight Roman Catholic and one United Church) will become regional hospitals. Others are near the board of management stage, whereby they will be allowed to requisition taxpayers for funds. Administrators' and trustees were told the government is moving toward "a totally new concept altogether" in the provision of health care services. In financing the HSC will give hospital boards a lump sum, less than their budgets, to be used as they see fit. The balance will have to be raised, largely through taxation, within the various regions. It is not inconceivable that taxpayers will be required to make annual payments on borrowings for capital works projects. At Lethbridge Municipal Hospital alone, for example, this amounts to $231,000 a year. MUSEUM CARAVAN - Lethbridge school children take advantage of an opportunity to take a close look at some of the Earth's rare and extinct species. The display is part of the Alberta Caravan Exhibits. Sponsored by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, the University of Calgary, Riveredge Foundation and the Banff School of Fine Arts, the five-trailer exhibit comprises educational and cultural displays. The trailers will remain on the Central School grounds today and Sunday. They are open from 1-5 p.m. The next stop is Senator Buchanan School. Hours Monday are 1-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wilson Junior High, Gilbert Paterson and Lakeview schools are also on the tour, which concludes April 1. Olson, Lang talk here Federal farm role: 'marketing' By STEVE BAREHAM Herald Agricultural Writer Government's role in agriculture today should be to provide basic producers with accurate information about market trends so they can decide themselves which direction to take, says Otto Lang, [minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board. Chamber dinner Tuesday see us for fewf, expert PHOTO Anglo Distributors Stereo t Photographic Centra 419 Sth Street South Phone 328-6922 Claude Ryan, publisher of the Montreal French language newspaper Le Devoir, will be the highlight speaker at the 82nd annual dinner of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, to be held Tuesday, 6 p.m. in the El Rancho Motor Hotel. Wilf Bowns, manager of the Lethbridge chamber, said to date only about 200 tickets have been sold for tine dinner. The chamber hopes to have about 600 persons in attendance at the dinner. Tickets for the dinner are available at the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce office or by phoning 327-1586. The dinner is open to the public. In addition to the Lethbridge members and wives, representation is expected from nearly all the southern Alberta chambers, including three from Mon tana. Speaking at a public meeting in Lethbridge Friday, Mr. Lang and Bud Olson, federal minister of agriculture, outlined the past and future directions that government wishes to follow in respect to agriculture. Mr. Lang .said government programs such as Operation lift, revamping the quota system, and the recently announced forage plan, are a conclusion to an attempt by government to put Canada's land acreage into producing commodities there is a demand for. He said farmers have suffered in past years when surpluses did not enable land to be used to its full potential, but that in future government hopes to be able to provide data to avoid these "unfortunate circumstances." Mr. Lang says the federal government has budgeted for $10 million a year as a market investigation fund, which will be used to find new uses for products and the cultivation of new markets. He defended the governments position on the new forage pro- overBEARing gram, saying that grain consumption for the livestock industry is currently the fastest growing portion of the total grain market, with human consumption being the slowest. The additional acres which are expected to be planted to forage, (only about five per cent of the total grain acreage) and the increased barley acreage will be needed to feed a rapidly growing meat trade, he said. Asked why the wheat board's initial payment on barley is so low when the market seems so promising, Mr. Lang said, the unpredictability of the market dictates this, and if the market price holds up, final payments to producers will be substantial. He denied accusations that the wheat board has done more harm to Canadian agriculture than it has helped, saying that the board has performed very effectively in many instances over the past years, but that no government or body can predict world markets entirely accurately. Mr. Olson said Canadian agriculture is facing a relative- ly new challenge - that of marketing material that it produces. He said this dilemma is gaining momentum all over the world, and that while a few years ago emphasis was on production technology, it is now on marketing. He said Canadian agriculture appears to be in a strong balance now, compared to what it has been in recent years with almost the entire economy dependent on wheat. SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phono 328-2176 Science fair opens The 9th annual Lethbridge Regional Science fair kicked off at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion today, with 88 exhibits entered. The entries, constructed by Grade 8 to 12 students from throughout southern Alberta, are nearly double the number entered last year. About one half the entries come from students attending school in Lethbridge. Displays may deal with any facet of three main categories, including biology, physical sciences and earth and space. The winners of the fair will be announced tonight at about 5:30 p.m. The displays are open to the public until 9:30 tonight, and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The four top winners of the local fair will also compete in the Canada Science Fair to be held in Edmonton this May. Two hurt A single-car accident three miles south of Lethbridge on Highway 5 late Friday night resulted in $4,000 damage to the car driven by Andy Gordichuk of Lethbridge. Mr. Gordichuk and a passenger, Earl White of Lethbridge, were treated in hospital for cuts and bruises and released. AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES lillH-ilUll-gy CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic black dental lab Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDO. PHONE 327-2822 COMPLETE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5454 m Tin Owned and Operated by BRENNEN DISTRIBUTORS Enhance the looks and Increase the efficiency of your office with new office furniture from CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD. 306 13th ST. N. PHONE 327-4591 Free Customer Parking At The Rear Of Our Store. NOTICE Jones Refrigeration WILL BE CLOSED until april 15th LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LIMITED STAN WORBOYS, President  OFFICE DESKS  OFFICE SEATING  FILING CABINETS  STEEL SAFES  TYPEWRITERS  ADDING MACHINES  VERIFAX & BANDA  PHOTOCOPIERS  TIME CLOCKS  STENOCORD DICTATING MACHINES  STENORETTE DICTATING| MACHINES PINE OFFICE FURNITURE WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS 12-HOUR promotion SALE J day THURSDAY day only! march 25th "Ft Ml SuppI, All Your OHic, NtM' . . . FS. All Bui t Blendi Statury! FINEST IN OFFICE FURNISHINGS P.O. Bex �M JU . ftti StrMt S, LtMikrMi* 328-7411 THE OPTIMIST CLUB OF LETHBRIDGE is pleased to announce THE 1971 HIKE FOR TYKES april 9th, 1971 GOOD FRIDAY walk from LETHBRIDGE TO PICTURE BUTTE VIA COALDALE Sponsor forms available at all Junior and Senior High Schools, Banks and stores displaying the Hike for Tykes signs PROCEEDS 50% to Southern Alberta Association for Retarded Children, Sunrise Ranch Project. 50% to youth work (e.g. Equipment for Girl Guide camp and Lethbridge Lacrosse Association). There Is A Limit.. On the number of weddings that we can take each day! We've already reached the limit on a few Saturdays already - So PLEASE make your appointment now and be sure with- *\Jevr\j land's A. E CROSS 'Plcioffrapty JZtl Lethbridge 327-2673 - Taber 223-2402 3444 ;