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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Fourth Section The lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, March 23, 1974 Pages 29-40 Indians protest foster care EDMONTON (CP) The president of the Voice of Alberta Native Women's Society said last week community receiving homes supervised by Indians should replace a foster-care policy that places native children in non-native homes. Bertha Clark said that although workshops conducted by her group, have improved understanding of foster care programs among natives, there are still too few native foster families to take care of the native children requiring foster homes. Ms. Clark told the group's annual confernece native homes fail because of cultural .and linguistic differences. Other delegates said family breakdowns usually mean children are moved among several different foster homes. She said there have been substantial improvements it. provincial foster care since last year's conference. Ms. Clark also said restriction prohibiting Metis families from caring for treaty Indian children should be dropped, as should prohibitions on common law couples acting as foster parents. Expert Hair Cuts the Gemini Beauty Salon 706 3rd S. Phone 327-2079 OpmThunday Night DRAW WINNERS at the Ed Bruchet Night F.DcOROOT Lethbridge "Texas" T. LEWKO Lethbridge "Texas" BERT SANDERSON Barons "Texas" ROBERT KOLESSAR Lethbridge -Magnum" ROSE ECKMAN Cranbrook. B.C. "Magnum" OEORQE KANDALL Lethbridge "Magnum" F. HORVATH Lethbridge "Magnum" We would like to thank all the peocfe who helped make the APPRECIATION NIGHT such a success Herald Family Welfare image changes] By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The public image-of a welfare office crowded waiting rooms, long queues and counters with grills where relief is doled out simply does not hold true for either provincial or city welfare offices in Lethbridge. And as of March 1, long forms are also passed a -short, client-completed information sheet has replaced them. The department of health and social development doesn't want to humiliate people with long line-ups, says Jim Common, a supervisor in the Lethbridge regional office. The department's clients are not there to be punished for being poor. Guntars Grintals, also a supervisor in the Lethbridge office, says staff time can be used more effectively on other programs than manning counters. The department's focus is on "rehabilitation in. an effort to help people overcome problems accompanying financial distress. Persons applying for social assistance are seen as soon as possible, say the supervisors. One social worker is on "intake duty" during office hours in case of emergency, and city police have a number where a duty worker can be reached in the event of an emergency case after hours. But the ideal is to have clients make an appointment to see a social worker at a convenient time. A home visit, rather than an office interview, is preferred, and social workers spend about 60 per cent of their time away from the office. Social assistance is paid by cheque mailed to the client, though it takes a minimum of three weeks for the first cheque to be processed through Edmonton. Even long-term recipients are on vouchers until then. No cash assistance is paid in Alberta. Mr. Grintals says rehabilitation means .making visits to see what services are needed besides financial assistance, to make sure clients receive' what they are entitled to, and "trying to ensure not just the squeaky wheel gets the grease." Mr. Common says about 40 per cent of the assistance cases in the Letbbridge region are single-parent families, often with female heads. Once basic financial problems are solved, there are often other problems to be dealt with. "Financial assistance with a lot of clients is like taking a dive off a diving board" once you leave the board you're just he says. The contemporary woman course being offered in co-operation with Lethbridge Community College is an example of work to solve other problems, he says. The course has had good results in improving women's confidence to deal with their problems. Contemporary woman may also be the source of a welfare rights group in Lethbridge. Mr. Common says the regional office wants more input from its clients and would favor the formation of such a group. Two women from the from the fall session and one from the current session sat on a recent rent rate revision committee, he said. .Rent allowances are set in each region, in contrast to other welfare rates which are set by the department's central office. Though he knows of no formal organization some women from the course are also organizing informally and asking social workers' help with common problems they have identified, said Mr. Common. Mr. Grintals says group work is helpful in identifying needs because some questions thought of by one person would not occur to another. He prefers the terms "self-help" or "human rights" groups to "welfare because they have a broader application than just welfare. He says he sees no conflict between groups and the system but says they're ways to learn to cope with the system. Some changes in social services must come from clients or the public rather than social workers, he adds. NURSING AWARD Ann Wamock Ann Warnock student nurse at Calgary Foothills hospital re- ceived a bursary from the Calgary chapter of the Women of the Moose. It was presented by Mrs. Victoria Murphy, chairman of the hospi- tal committee. Ann was selected to receive this award with a Grade Point Average of 3.747 out of 4. Ann is a quiet above average student who is highly motivated in all areas of knowledge and skills. She is from Iron Springs. Alberta and attended Picture Butte high school in Picture Butte. Ann was an excellent student during her high school years and made a name for herself in Track and Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren M. Wamock of Iron Springs. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "We've got to stop meeting like this, fella: I'm losing too much sleep." Scholarships awarded TORONTO (CP) The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire announced the names of 10 Canadian scholars granted first and second World War memorial post graduate scholarships for the 1974-75 academic year. The scholarships, valued at each for study overseas in a commonwealth university As Your Vacuum Cleaner Shop We stock the following Vacuum cleaner lines complete with parts, accessories and services. Compact Eureka Lewyt Sunbeam Vorwerk or each for study at a Canadian university, are awarded annually to enable Canadian scholars to continue graduate studies. Winners from Western Canada are: James Alsop, Winnipeg; Fred Irvine, West Vancouver; Thomas Richard Martin, Nanaimo, B.C.; Patricia Nicolson, Saskatoon; and Mrs. G. E. Park, Edmonton. Long wait MOSCOW (AP) Waiting in long store lines has been a way of life in the Soviet Union for years. The Communist party newspaper Pravda, however, maintained that customers couM be waited on up to 20 per cent faster than they are. The paper also recommended that stores install more modern equipment and set up self- service systems. Streaming takes over Well, we've had bur fling with streakers and now Recreation Centre in Hamilton. Instructress Lynn we have some streamers taking the limelight. Actually, Vanmill, centre, who also is head lifeguard at the these girls have been studying the art of streamer centre, led some 14 girls in practice. They are to appear swinging for about a month at Central Memorial in parades this summer. Cancer drug developed VANCOUVER (CP) A new, synthetic drug developed by a University of British Columbia research team may become a valuable weapon in the fight against cancer, members of the team say. Final tests are being conducted by the world's largest cancer agency, the National Institute of Cancer at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Ma James Kuteny of the UBC department of chemistry, who has been leading the research team of 25 scientists, said he thinks acceptance of the compound is very near. The drug duplicates the natural drug vincristine, obtained from the periwinkle "plant. Vincristine is considered to be one of the most effective drugs against some types of cancer but only small amounts can be obtained and scientists don't know precisely why it works, Mr. Kutney said. A synthesized compound would increase distribution because larger qualities could be made and a family of drugs based on the original might be useful against different kinds of cancer. The synthesized drug would also be cheaper, enable elimination of side effects and contribute to understanding of how the drug fights cancer, he said. Mr. Kutney said vincristine appears to restrict the formation of white blood corpuscles and can be used to treat leukemia, where white blood corpuscles proliferate. But other varieties of the drug might be useful in treatment of hard tumours such as cancer of the breast and colon. Dr. R, L. Noble, director of the university's cancer research centre, and Dr. Charles T. Beer, a UBE biologist, discovered the anti- cancer drugs vincristine and vincaleukoblastine in the periwinkle, in the late 1950's. Mr. Kutney said he and his researchers took the project on from there in the early 1960's. Researchers in the United States, Britain and elsewhere are working along the same lines, he said, "but I think it's fair to say we are as far ahead as anyone else in the world, and I would think farther ahead." 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