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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, March 21, 1974 Public and Catholic schools will get preferential treatment By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Public and Catholic separate schools will continue to bep given preferential treatment over private schools when the provincial government distributes public funds to education. That is the position taken by the minister of education despite receiving pressure from independent private school supporters in the province to provide equal support for all children regardless of the type of school they attend. An education manifesto requesting equal support for all schools was presented to the minister early this year by the association of independent schools and colleges in Alberta. "I am not prepared to recommend to the cabinet that we in effect go to a voucher Lou Hyndman said in an interview here. The voucher system would provide each parent in Alberta with a voucher worth a specific amount of money for the education of their child. The voucher would be redeemable at the school of the parent's choice, he said. Mr. Hyndman fears the voucher system would be detrimental to the standard of education now offered by public and separate schools. Where the voucher system has been used in the United States it has lowered the quality of public school systems, he said. The voucher system is bound to lower the quality of public and separate schools because the additional funds provided to students attending independent schools would directly reduce the funding available to thorn, he explains. Mr. Hyndman believes the "most important element of education is the maintenance and preservation of a quality universal free public system of education just basic of developing the potential of students irrespective of the background they came from or of the resources of their parents." That is why he can't see having the same per student grant for independent schools. However, Mr. Hyndman did say he is prepared "to look at" the requests of some independent school supporters for more financial relief for the independent schools in the province. The schools are now receiving a grant per student from the department of education. They are also given a six per cent increase each year. Mr. Hyndman indicated he was prepared to consider increasing both those figures. The education manifesto, written by Ernest Mar don, a professor at the University of Lethbridge, was endorsed overwhelmingly by Edmonton public meetings late last year and received unanimous support Jan. 23 at the annual convention of the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Red Deer. The manifesto also urged the provincial government to effect the necessary legislation to provide legal status to independent schools comparable "to that enjoyed by public and separate schools." There are about youngsters attending independent schools in the province, which amounts to about one per cent of the Alberta school student population. On another issue, Mr. Hyndman said the concerns expressed by the Alberta Trustees Association about the proposed revised Planning Act are not founded. The ASTA had charged in February the provincial government "had completely ignored" its recommendations designed to assist school boards in planning future schools sites and to reduce education costs to the taxpayer. Mr. Hyndman said the draft act revision was presented with the intention of receiving feedback from the public. No definite action will be taken until later this spring, he added. "It is to remain open to suggestion." Until then, vast portions of the draft act revision are likely to be rewritten. The AST A recommendations for changes to the act call for "sharing authority with municipal boards in determination of reserve land in new subdivisions" and "transfers of land for school sites be made directly to school boards." LOU HYNDMAN Telephone makes tax advice easier There are no Revenue Canada (department of taxation) offices in Lethbridge because year round phone service to the tax office in Calgary is more efficient, claims the public relations officer for that office. The toll free Zenith phone service enables Revenue Canada to handle more queries at less expense and Vimy Night invitations clarified Veterans of Vimy Ridge, their First World War mates, and vets of the Boer War are invited to the annual Vimy Night at the Royal Canadian Legion Memorial Hall. The banquet will be held April 9 at p.m. The Herald earlier erroneously reported that Second World War veterans were also invited. Legion spokesman say the physical limits on the size of the function prohibit Second World War vets from being invited. ELECTRIC HOT TRAY Keeps food hot off the stove, lets you serve with style. Steel surface with acrylic resin finish, golden aluminum trim. Size A must for the entertaining housewife. Colors: avocado, harvest gold, or walnut. PRICED AT 795 Call Hoisiwares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN with greater expertise, Tom Chancy told a board of directc j meeting of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at the Marquis Hotel. If someone phones the office in Calgary with a problem and the person he's talking to can't answer the question the expertise of the whole Calgary office is available to solve the problem. If the people in the Calgary office can't solve the problem they have a hot line to Revenue Canada and they will phone Ottawa for "the greatest possible advice available." Mr. Chancy said this telephone system is superior to the sub-offices they used to open up in centres like Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer at tax time every year. Anybody who has a tax problem can dial zero and ask for Zenith 04000 between a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and a.m. to p.m. Wednesday to Friday. Advanced ruling by Revenue Canada on taxes are available at a minimum charge of Mr. Chaney said. These rulings are for extremely complex and difficult cases. Legal and other expensive advice is needed and is why the rulings are so expensive. The results of these rulings are made public with the permission of the person involved and his identity kept secret. This is to make other people aware of any loopholes in the tax act. In answer to a question Mr. Chaney said widows who receive premiums from their deceased husbands' registered retirement saving plans should invest the money in a retirement savings plan of their own in order to escape taxes on the money. Many times a husband will invest in a retirem ,ut savings plan and not tell his wife. CLIFF BLACK, RUCK DENTAL LAB KMCM.IOTM.ILN mom 327-ma LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD. Commercial nefttgeretlon SpecMtate WALK-IN FREEZERS MAKERS 111 11th Street South Phone 32S-4333 DINE DANCE Friday Saturday This Week Featuring 'The Frankly Brothers" Westwinds Dining Room to p.m NO COVER CHARGE Phone 328-7756 for Reservations Sunday FAMILY DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FAMILY DINING 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (SPECIAL CHILDREN'S MENU) IN TWF. OLt) TPfctJITIOM Of WESTEWM HOSPITALITY tomau Crash victim BILL GROENEN photo Ambulance attendants lift accident victim Lynne Edwards, 1717-11th Ave. S., onto a stretcher, after a two-car intersection collision Wednesday night at 7th Ave. and 19th St. S. Mrs. Edwards was a passenger in the half-ton truck, driven by Robert G. Edwards, 1717- 11th Ave. S. The Edwards vehicle was in collision with a vehicle east bound on 7th Ave., driven by Mark Ben- jamin Charles, 1275-1 Oth Ave. N. Two passengers in the Charles vehicle, Thomas and Anthony Seberg, both of 2513-12th Ave. N., were also injured in the accident. The three injured persons were taken to Lethbridge Municipal Hospital where they were released this morning. Damage in the collision is estimated at Taber ratepayers knock 'unseen' plan TABER (Staff) Some ratepayers in Taber Municipal District comprise the last remaining holdout against planning. They shot down the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission's development control bylaw last year, while other member counties and MDs nodded approval for the measure. And at the annual meeting of the Taber MD electors here Wednesday they took aim at something they haven't even seen yet Alberta's new planning act. To make a long story short, some ratepayers here don't mind controls, as long as the MD council does the controlling. ART STUDIO ON PICTU The amended development control bylaw just died, Reeve Clarence M. Jespersen told a questioner at the meeting. Secretary treasurer Douglas Francis said council had entertained a motion for a second reading but it was defeated and the bylaw was dead. He added that the 125-foot setback rule has been "on our books for 25 years." However, Reeve Jespersen said, "If you do builu anything up to a corner, if it is wood, I would sure appreciate if you would stay 125 feet from the centre of the road." He said many ratepayers don't know about the rule, it is difficult to enforce, and some people are erecting buildings and haystacks too close to road intersections, causing driving hazards. Dugouts and trees are covered in the MD's setback bylaw. Coun Ben Friesen of Vauxhall, council's representative on the planning commission, said he has a copy of the proposed planning An Exhibition of OIL and WATER COLOUR PAINTINGS JESSIE R. URSENBACH Until March 23rd 710-SAVE S HEIWO DEEKEN Mmofer BERGMAN'S MM Open Thursday p.m. to 9 p.m. 2711 AM. 8. act. He said it is two inches thick. But his main point, in answer to a question, was that the provincial government could, under this upcoming legislation, force a development control bylaw on an MD or county within six months of its failing to adopt such a measure on its own. "They are asking for public involvement in it said Coun. Friesen. "If there are sections you would like changed. It will get first reading this spring in the legislature." Copies of the proposed legislation seem to be difficult to get. Said one ratepayer: "Ii Jiey want the public's reaction to it. you have got to see what they are proposing or you can't react." Coun. Friesen said ideas may be submitted by letter or brief to the MD council and the council forward these to the municipal planning board. He spoke in favor of planning, noting. "We have had too much good agricultural land subdivided, especially in the central part of the province. And the point we are coming to is how are we going to feed the peoples of this world. Too much land has been taken out of agriculture and put under concrete." Hitting back, one ratepayer said, "It amounts to almost total agricultural control, which I do object to very much. When they say you can't run more than one cow on one acre who dreamed that up? Obviously it wasn't a farmer. If this is the type of thing that goes on in the planning commission, I think we are in real trouble." Coun. Friesen said perhaps farmers who would profit by subdividing, but who would not be allowed to do so, should be compensated. But he couldn't change the subject. Another ratepayer popped up and asked. "What is the budget of the Oldman River Regional Planning Coun. Friesen said he didn't know precisely but it was from to a year, in that neighborhood. He also noted a public hearing is upcoming in Lethbridge on the preliminary regional plan. Said a ratepayer: "We have got an overwhelming urban vote in that commission, which, if we are not careful, will run rough shod over us." FOX DENTURE CUNIC __ JBH. 1922 PHONE U7-4MS E. f. FOX, C4> JL 2M MRNCAL DENTAL BUM. Taber MD hopes to oil 49 miles TABER (Staff) Reeve Clarence M. Jespersen told about 25 people at the Taber Municipal District's annual ratepayers' meeting here Wednesday the MD hopes to oil 49 miles of road again this year seven miles in each division. "We are hoping to go again with the same amount of mileage this year if we can do said the reeve. "Machinery is costly, the help situation it lough. We have had to give a substantial increase in salary this year." He said oil is put on the main market roads, heaviest travelled roads and some into hamlets where there is a dust problem. He said oiling is hard to hold in irrigated areas and some oiling was relaid twice for to A ratepayer asked for a comparison on straight gravelling and oiling "is there any advantage to Secretary treasurer Douglas Francis said oiling, laying down a new coat of gravel, costs about a mile.. Straight gravelling costs from to a mile and has to be redone every three years. "We are hoping the oil roads are going to last longer than said Reeve Jespersen. "The last time we tried paving it was a mile. That is just too costly for us as an MD unless we can get a substantial grant from Edmonton." A ratepayer said oil should be used only on "good solid roads, otherwise you get wavy roads." Reeve Jespersen said drainage is the biggest problem "We just can't make that road hold in irrigation areas." "Is there any advantage to building the roadbed say six to eight inches above the surrounding asked a ratepayer. The reeve said the dirt is hard to find as "most of our irrigated country is quite level." "I've got lots of said the farmer. He directed the ratepayers to reported expenditures totalling for machinery, much of it road- building machinery. "You can see the cost of some of the new equipment we have had to buy to do the oiling on these said the reeve. Listed are: Hyster compactor. IHC 2050A truck, caterpillar 950 loader, asphalt patcchmobile and vibrastat, Terex TS- 14B scrapers, two at each; Terex 82-30B tractor, and minor items. The total public works expenditure last year was Comments sought Southwestern rural teachers are being asked to provide suggestions of possible changes to their contract with their school boards. The Southwestern Alberta Teachers Association regional economic planning committee has started preparations for the 1975 contract negotiations and is now soliciting teacher comments regarding negotiation strategy and possible contract changes. 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