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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Raymond Home patients will get 'needed9 eye tests next week Eye examinations for people at the Raymond Home will begin next week, a Lethbridge optometrist said Wednesday. Clifford Palmer, who does eye examinations at a similar facility in Claresholm, said he accepted a request by the administrator of Claresholm, Stu Christie, to carry out the examinations for people at Raymond. Mr. Christie is also responsible for the administration of Raymond. As well as the patients in Claresholm, Dr. Palmer did eye examinations on two women who were released from Raymond and found their eyes "really bad." Lack of eye tests was one criticism of the home earned in a Herald article March 2. Dr. Palmer said everyone in Raymond who needs the service will be covered, as has been done at Claresholm. "We will get down and cover so many a day and get done as quickly as possible. This is a service they should have he said. Dr. Palmer has an office in Claresholm and portable equipment that can be moved to Raymond. Raymond Home is a former mental hospital that has 65 female residents with an average age of 65, most of whom were there when the facility was a mental hospital. GOVERNMENT WELCOMES LETHBRIDGE DOCTORS' OFFER Herald Legislature Bureau -EDMONTON The government is willing to listen to a group of Lethbridge psychiatrists about re-assessment of patients at the Raymond Home but in the meantime will send in its own teams. "But any additional by Lethbridge doctors are certainly welcome and will be used. He said he was "open" on the question of whether assessments of patients should be done entirely at the home. Three city psychiatrists have said they would be better carried out in new surroundings as patients have become too institutionalized at the home. Mr. Crawford said he has not yet replied to a letter from the doctors offering their help. But assessments of patients would take more than the visits of the next two weeks. Included in the teams will be a psychiatrist, nurse, social worker and probably a psychologist, he said. The aim of the re- assessments is to get as many patients as possible into a congenial surrounding. For some, the home will still prove to be the best place, Mr. Crawford said. For others, the community would be best. Two women who were residents of the home and are- now living in Lethbridge have said others could be doing the same and that the home was not doing anything to really help the 65 female patients become rehabilitated. District The Lethbridge Herald Local SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, March 22, 1974 Pages 15-28 Legislation modified A Mercedes Bugs? If you can't afford the very best, how about a Mercedes Bugs? This hybrid, representing the very best fn keeping up with the Jones was spotted by Herald photographer Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Rick Ervin outside the Colonial policy debated U of L audience grills Portuguese consul Portuguese consul J. C. Valadas stresses a point By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Accusations and counter accusations between students and a Portuguese Counsul set the tone of a talk Thursday at the University of Lethbridge. J. C. Valadas from the Portuguese consulate in Vancouver defended Portuguese government policies in southwest Africa by saying people in North America have received "minsinformation" regarding his government's policies. Dr. Valadas, as part of Portuguese government, was accused of exploiting blacks hi the Portuguese holdings of Mozambique and Angola. "As far as exploitation of the blacks, there is a misconception. There is no such thing in our policy. "And communism is one of the sources of he said. The Chinese communists are building airfields in Tanzania and sending terrorists across the border to Angola to "kill people and barn cities." The black freedom fighters in Portugal's African colonies have nothing to do with the Foster promises public view HeraM Legislature Bmrn EDMONTON Jim Foster, Alberta minister of advanced education, says university power structures will not be altered without a thorough and public review first. He toW the legislature the government would spend about the next year-and-a-half reviewing the powers of general faculty councils, university senates and boards of governors. It was hoped institutions would respond to a government request for submissions by this summer Public meetings would be held in the fall on the question. In response to a question from Dick Gruenwald (SC Lethbridge Mr. Foster emphasized that no decisions have been made to take away power from faculty councils and give it to boards of governors. black population in those areas. "Liberation movements are based abroad by foreigners and have no relation to the people there there is no indication the people of Angola wish to become he said. It was pointed out to Dr. Valadas, by political science professor N. B. Winchester, that Portugal never consulted the people of Agola when they took it over as a colony. And now through election has been ruled out because of the restrictions placed on black voters. Mr. Winchester also asked if Dr. Valada's claim of equal rights between blacks and whites is true, then why are only two per cent of Angolan university students black when 96 per cent of the population is Mack. And why. if the Portuguese have been primarily concerned with raising the standard of living of the black population, does Angola and Mozambique rank 130th and 12Sth hi UNESCO statistics which show the literacy rates of 130 countries? Dr. Valadas countered by saying the statistics pointed to were "untrue" and refused to answer anymore questions from Mr. Winchester. In answer to a question regarding Portugal's spending 48 per cent of its budget on keeping troops in Angola Dr. Valadas said it is necessary. Because of the methods of warfare used by the Chinese trained terrorists, a large army is needed to combat them, he said. The troops are not there to promote "forced labor" in coffee plantations and the United Nations, 10 years ago. did a study of the area and gave it "a clean bill of Dr. Valadas said. Mr. Winchester called this "untrue" and said the report gave nothing of the kind. The opposite is actually true. Mr. Winchester is supported in his claim by resolution 2918 which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The resolution condemned the use of troops in southwest African colonies and "affirms that the national liberation movements of Angola, Guinea and Cape Verde and Mozambique are the authentic representatives of the true aspirations of the peoples of those territores Along with saying the Portuguese have had the support of the UN, Dr. Valadas said the recent attempted rebellion in Portugal does not represent "any great segment of the population." It was reported the attempted revolt by young infantry officers resulted from a movement in the armed forces for a political settlement to end the war against native rebels in Portuguese 'African territories The war with these "foreign terrorists" has been waged since February 1981. Gov't-teacher parlay averts contract crisis By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A crisis situation that may have led to province- wide teacher strikes during the next school year was averted this week when representatives of the Alberta Teachers Association met with the minister of education. The ATA felt a crisis situation would have developed curing teacher contract negotiations fills fall if Lou Hyndman's proposed deletions to The School Act affecting teacher welfare became legislation this spring. The deletions to the act were being proposed because the minister was under the impression that both the ATA and the Alberta School Trustees Association were in agreement with the changes. When Mr. Hyndman was informed that the ATA was not in support of the deletions to the act, he agreed to modify the propsed legislation, an ATA spokesman says. The proposed deletions to The School Act would have placed regulations controlling sick lea- s, how and when teachers are to be paid and the number of days they must teach yearly as negotiable items in teacher-trustee contracts. The ATA feared some school boards would take advantage of the changes by "attempting to negotiate downward" some of the working condition benefits teachers are now receiving, says the association's co- ordinator of operations and member services. Don Corse, in a telephone interview from Edmonton Thursday, said the ATA "didn't see any point in negotiating" certain working conditions that teachers have been satisfied with. He felt most school boards wouldn't attempt to reduce benefits teachers are now receiving, but the option to do so would be available to those school boards who wanted to use it as a bargaining issue during negotiations. Bill Brooks, Southwestern Alberta district ATA representative, said Thursday it is difficult for teachers to convince school boards that some working conditions not covered by The School Act are negotiable items. That is why be believes any deletions from the act that affect teacher working conditions would have created "all kinds of problems" during teacher-trustee negotiations. Mr. Corse desribed working conditions as "a red herring" to negotiate. Murray Jampolsky, ATA president said following the meeting with Lou Hyndman that he "was gratified with the sensitivity of the minister to the concerns of teach- ers. "They were most understanding and co- operative." he said of the government officials. 'Stop pressure for new Picture Butte Pressure on the provincial highways department to build a new highway linking Lethbridge and Picture Butte should stop, an Oldman River Regional Planning Commission official told Lethbridge Coynty ,ccouncil Thursday. Code Clements, and ORRPC planner, said council should stop pressuring for the new highway until a commission study of Lethbridge and the surrounding district is completed next year. The highway could bring "quite rapid growth" to Picture Butte, Mr. Clements said. While most councillors agreed with Mr. Clements, they postponed a decision until after a meeting later this month between county, city and highways department officials. Mr. Clements, who handles planning for Picture Butte, -said: thjfe town will build a sewage lagoon near the alignment of the proposed road. The lagoon, designed under strong pressure from the environment department, will be constructed just south of Picture Butte, the only direction the town can grow. The study will examine growth patterns in the sub- region and suggest planning guidelines to co-ordinate development in the sub- region Yurko wants time to consider Oldman Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Environ- ment Minister Bill Yurko won't be rushed in his considerations of water problems in the Oldman River Basin. He told Charlie Drain (SC Pincher Creek Crowsnest) in the legislature Thursday that the problems were being "constantly reviewed" by the province in co-operation with the federal government. In answer to Mr. Drain's question about the feasibility of a dam north of Pincher Creek to trap water from the Oldman, Crowsnest and Castle Rivers, he said the government was looking at long term solutions to water supply problems. Monday, the Town of Fort Macleod demanded someone build a dam soon and earlier, a Unifarm meeting at Taber called for more water storage. County can't satisfy requests of subdivisions Two small communities bordering the city received some attention from Lethbridge County council Thursday, but probably not enough to satisfy residents of the subdivisions. Through no fault of its own, the county is unable to meet the demands of citizens in Fairview and Rollag subdivisions for municipal services that only the city can provide. In the tiny Rollag subdivision, just south of Lethbridge, residents are demanding running water. In Fairview. just east of the city limits, citizens want sanitary sewers. A letter from City Manager Allister Findlay to the comity recommends against running city water mains to RoUag, so county council decided Thursday to look into the possibility of building a dugout which could provide the subdivision with a source of water during the summer. In the case of Fairview. the city was willing to allow the subdivision to connect sewer lines to a main trunk to be built connecting the research station and jail, but the cost about a year over 25 years for each homeowner was prohibitive. The county will send a letter to the project engineers planning the extension to the research station asking that provision for the Fairview tie- in be made in the event a positive decision is made sometime in the future In his letter, Mr. Findlay says he would recommend against extension of city services to Rollag because the subdivision may be "detrimental to eventual city development." In other business, council: -gave approval in principle to a proposal by the Picture Butte and district agricultural society to build a new multi- purpose community centre in the town ;