Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
14-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Tuttday, March PC ignored A Iberta caucus The former president of the federal Progressive Conservative party would have been re-elected president of the party if he hadn't ignored Alberta Tories, claims a Lethbridge delegate who attended the recent party convention in Ottawa. By ignoring the Alberta party meeting Don Matthews caused some Alberta Tories to change their votes, Bob Babki claims. He knows "at least four people" from Alberta who changed their votes. He said in an interview. Mr. Matthews lost by seven votes to Michael Meighen, the winning candidate. If Mr. Matthews hadn't lost the four votes that went tb Mr. Meighen. he would have won by one vote. Alberta had the third largest delegation at the convention with 126 delegates. Mr. Babki, a Lethbridge lawyer, said the Alberta caucus had finished all its business and was waiting for Mr. Matthews to come and speak to them prior to the voting but he never showed up. Mr. Babki said he realizes Mr. Matthews had to meet with delegations from other provinces but he could have at least sent someone to speak for him or say why he couldn't come. Mr. Meighen did speak to the Alberta caucus. Mrs. Keith Dearmond of Lethbridge who also went to the convention did not agree with Mr. Babki. "A lot of Alberta people voted for him (Mr. Matthews) despite the fact he didn't talk to them." She said a lot of Mr. Meighen's votes came from young people. Mr. Babki said there is no difference between the Western and Eastern Tory parties. He was commenting on a statement by Jack Horner (PC Crowfoot) who said there was little room for a Western Tory in the party that emerged Irom the convention. "Sure the party has to do something in Quebec" but it doesn't mean the party caters to Quebec, he said. "There is no feeling of alienation from the party among Western Tories." He said many Western delegates voted for Mr. Meighen, a Montreal lawyer. "It's not the party policy to ignore the West." Canada will "always have some kind of regional differences we'll never get rid of that problem." Mr. Horner is quite outspoken and none of the other MP's feel the way he does, Mr. Babki claims. "I talked to several MP's." Mr. Horner was quite upset that ,the convention rather ignored John Diefenbaker. "I don't think the party intended to do that it was an oversight. He's the only living ex- prime minister they could have honored him." Richard Barton, another Tory delegate from Lethbridge who attended the conference, says there is room for Western'Tories in the party. However, the eastern province establishment in Montreal or Toronto have control of the party. Mrs DeArmond said: "Werealize we (the western provinces) are in a minority We don't like to accept it but we have to. She said the reason for the minority was there was more people in Eastern Canada. 10 city ratepayers prove numbers can be deceiving By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Numbers can be deceiving, 10 parents at the annual Lethbridge separate school system ratepayers meeting proved Monday. When only 10 parents from a school system with over students are concerned enough about their children's education to attend the annual ratepayers meeting, their school trustees can be expected to be disappointed and they obviously were. But the interest in the school system shown by those few in attendance must have eased the disappointment somewhat. Everything from religion instruction to the quality of education came under attack and praise during and after the presentation of four reports by the central office LCI student will attend Canada studies sessions A Lethbridge Collegiate Institute student has been chosen to attend an eight-day Canada studies conference for high school students in 100 Rounds of 22 Cal. Long rifle SHELLS With the Purchase of Any New .22 Cal. RIFLE Call Sporting Goods 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Halifax in May. Diane Rittenhouse will join 20 other Alberta high school students and students from all areas of Canada in discussions on contemporary issues at the conference scheduled to begin May 4. Public school trustees will be asked at their regular meeting tonight to provide financial assistance to Miss Rittenhouse 'to help defray expenses such as transportation and registration fees. In other school board business, trustees will be asked to approve a request by the Winston Churchill High School for the erection of an illuminated sign above the main entrance of the school. The sign, financed entirely by the school's student council, would be used to improve communication with the students and the community by providing daily information of events taking place in the school. Athletic competitions, dramatic productions, social events, registration dates, open houses, parent teacher meetings and community events taking place in the school could all be identified on the sign, the school's letter of request to the board suggests. Jim Anderson, acting principal, says the school received a favorable response toward the sign from its immediate neighbors. WCHS will also ask trustees today to provide financial support toward an educational tour to Expo 74 in Spokane in May. Massive structure On target for the Canada Winter Games, less than a year away, the sportsplex begins to take shape. Its massive size now dwarfs the men who are tarring the roof. The sportsplex will be the location of a number of Games final events. Schools qualify support for planned film library Principals and teachers in the separate school system would support the establishment of a film library in Lethbridge if it contained a large number of up-to-date films, trustees will be informed Wednesday. At their last meeting, trustees instructed their administration to canvass teachers for their reaction to a provincial government offer to provide Southern Alberta worth of educational films. CUFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB KMCALKXTALKM. PIIONC 9S7-M3S Trustees will debate attendance boundaries Attention LADY OF THE HOME SWEETGOODS PIES BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY WEDDING CAKES HIGHEST QUALITY-REASON ABLY rmtD wtar CaNorVbH for your Daily Nwds SVEN ERICKSEN'S PASTRY SHOP 32S-t161, Cor. 3rd A Miyof tHtyrtth Drive Public school trustees are expected to decide tonight whether they will eliminate public school attendance boundaries in Lethbridge. Elimination of the boundaries would provide MIKE HANZEL Far 7th Street South parents with the freedom to choose the school their children are to attend. Parents residing within a set boundary now must sent their children to the school designated for that boundary. The freedom of choice would be restricted to the availability of classroom space in the school chosen by the parent. All students residing within a particular attendance area would be given first chance to be accommodated in the school of that area. Determining Factor In this age or specialization, people and densand. advice from those to whom they go for services of However, at our funeraS home the professional viewpoint is not am arbitrary thing We oonsJdei itte or service to be a willingness to respect the wishes and desires ol those we are to serve. Therefore, wtiile we give our families pro- fessional guidance from the initial interview to the final graveside farewell and even afterwards. we can be of awwtanoe in any way we Snrrty befieve that their wishes are the paramount and Vrterrotntng factor in The funeral a< 1lei its SALMON 327 lOth SMI" SOU71. PHONE 327-M02 Established 1927 FUNERAL HOME LTD. The principals and teachers surveyed agreed that a large local film library would increase the use of film in the schools and that the film service from Edmonton is not satisfactory. The teachers indicated that several months advance notice of film needs, now required by the Edmonton office, discourages film usage. The department of education has offered to decentralize its film library in Edmonton to create more efficient and effective distribution of films to schools in the province. School superintendents in Southern Alberta have welcomed the department's decision to decentralize its library, but they were not prepared to accept the films until the deparment also indicated that it would operate and maintain the created library. Further negotiations between the superintendents and the department are expected to take place in the near future. RCMP seek break-in clues Lethbridge RCMP are investigating a break-in at a rural residence that took place sometime Monday. The home of Tin-, Bell, about four miles southeast of the city, was entered and an amplifier and number of record albums were taken. The loss totalled about police said. administrators of the school system. The superintendent's report dealt with the philosophy of the school system, studies now under way, problems in the junior high school grades and projected enrolments for separate schools next fall. Supt. Ralph Himsl informed the meeting that the junior high school aged students are a "matter of concern" to the school system and some alterations in the techniques ol working with them is desirable. The "boys and girls of that age are rebellious" and they want independence but are not able to handle it when it is granted to them. At least they aren't prepared to handle independence the "way we think they he said. Mr. Himsl said the school system will attempt to remedy the situation within the next year. He also told the parents not to expect an increase in the number of students attending separate schools during the next few years. "We expect a static or slight decline in school he said. He projects a decline of 95 students in the separate schools next fall from the 2.270 total student enrolment recorded last September. The student population in Lethbridge separate schools increased from students in 1964 to more than students in 1970 and then levelled off during the last three years, he explained." The projected enrolment combined with the provincial government's regulations that prevent new school construction if student enrolments are static "seems to indicate we will be in the busing business for some he informed a parent who questioned the possibility of a separate school being, constructed in West Lethbridge. The parents questioned several expenditure items in the detailed 1973 financial statement of the separate schools, but they were mostly concerned about a advanced-study employee expense. The expenditure was made to provide a separate school teacher with a leave of absence with pay. The parents wanted to know what guarantee the taxpayers had that the teacher they financially supported for advance study, would return to the school system and pass on any knowledge gained to the students. One person pointed out that the school system has given sabbatical leave to teachers who never returned to the school system or returned for a short period of time. The taxpayer should be guaranteed that the teacher will return to teach in the separate school system for two years or be refunded a portion of the cost of the sabbatical leave, he told the trustees. John Boras, board chairman, informed the ques- tioner that the school board does not include the protection asked for in its contract with the teachers. Personally, he is opposed to sabbatical leave of any kind, Mr. Boras said. Trustee Paul Matisz pointed out that the taxpayers of Alberta still benefit if the teacher moves to another school district. A teacher granted sabbatical leave from another school district may come to Lethbridge separate schools too and then "we would be the ones to benefit." he continued. "The children of Alberta are not denied the benefit" of the teacher's advanced study. Mr. Matisz says. Trustee Ron Fabbi. also chairman of the finance committee, suggested that an immediate change to the ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC 328-4C9 sabbatical leave policy isn't necessary. "I can't see a sabbatical leave b.eing granted in the next two or three years" because the school system can't afford it, he explained. Some parents at the meeting also expressed concern about the type of religious instruction their children were receiving in the separate schools. One parent said her children found religion instruction "a bore" and another parent suggested that the schools might be putting too much emphasis on Christian values and not enough on fundamental Catholic beliefs. Rev. W. H. Kelly informed the parents that because older students are often in a state of rebellion, the schools must be careful not to push religious doctrine on students. "We're living in a different world today in which some people are not prepared to accept" religious doctrine, he said in support of religion instruction that allows students to experience "traces of God" without it being forced on them. Even though religion instruction is compulsory in all grades, students in the higher grades will skip classes if they don't approve of the instruction. Father Kelly says one of the best methods of allowing students to experience religious values is to take the students on a half-day, day or overnight religious retreat. The students claim they get more out of the retreat than the religious classes, he says. Mr. Boras pointed out that it was difficult for the school board to satisfy all parents because it has "to accommodate the whole spectrum" from those who are Catholic in name only to those who are very firm believers in the Catholic faith. I T COFFEE SHOP 1406-2nd S. NOW RE-OPENED tfd frinfs It trap ii stn. Local man faces charge in weapon copy case A 29-year-old Lethbridge man was charged in provincial court Monday with possession of an imitation of a weapon for purposes dangerous to the public. Richard Lorentz was arrested following a disturbance at a city bar Saturday night. He was remanded to April 1 for election and plea. City police have seized a copy of a .45 calibre army pistol in connection with the incident. A Lethbridge youth charged with carrying a weapon for purposes dangerous to the public was found not guilty in provincial court Monday. Gerald Francis Findlay, 18, Fire caused woman's death Smoking in bed was probably the cause of a fire. Saturday morning that resulted in the death of a Lethbridge woman Sunday, a fire department spokesman said. Margo Shields, 45, 17Q5 2nd Ave. B. N., died in hospital Sunday as a result of injuries received in the fire in her basement suite. The fire departmnet official said a thorough investigation has not yet been made, but all indications point to a cigarette as the cause of the fire. An inquest will not be called into Mrs. Shields' death. United Way meeting set The annual meeting of the Lethbridge United Way will be held Wednesday at p.m. in the Red Cross Building. Elections will be held for a board of directors. A vote will also be taken on a motion to have a representative of each member agency on the board. was arrested Jan. 2 while carrying a .22 rifle, a quantity of ammunition and two knives. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford said Findlay's explanation that he was transporting the weapons from one place to another was sufficient to raise "reasonable doubt" that the youth had intentions of harming anyone. Findlay's statement was backed by the testimony of Ron Rupp, who was with him the day he was arrested. Findlay now faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon to which he has pleaded not guilty. Trial was set for April 17. A Lethbridge woman was fined a total of dollars in provincial court Monday on charges of creating a disturbance in licenced premises and assaulting a police officer. Dorothy Wong, 635 13th St. N., was arrested Saturday night after a fight broke out in a local bar. The court was told Mrs. Wong slapped the officer who was arresting her sister, Helene Eleanor Knoch, 24, of Hardieville. Mrs. Wong pleaded guilty to both charges. Mrs. Knoch pleaded guilty to a charge of creating a disturbance and was fined A third sister, Margaret Houghton, 34, 802 24th St. N., pleaded not guilty to a charge of creating a disturbance in licenced premises. Her trial was set for April 25. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 E. 8. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHMDGE DENTAL HI 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BUM. BERGMAN'S RMrCovirings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN OpmThmdqr 9 pun. am ian s. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS AIR CONDITIONING Carrier Ateoi RtfrifintiM PIKNW 327-5116 NOTICE Annual Public Meeting LETHBRIDGE UNITED WAY Wed, March p.m. Red Cross Building 1120 7th Avtmw South Any contributor to the United Way has voting j privileges and is cordially invited to attend. propottd Constitution amtndnwnte win to brought up.