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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Thureday, March Libraries need more money9 leadership from provincial gov't By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer More funding and leadership from the provincial government were called for at a public hearing on the role of Alberta libraries held Wednesday at the new Lethbndge public library. The University of Lethbridge library representatives in their brief said at a time when the costs of staff and materials are increasing rapidly "the funds available are diminishing." Don Wick, chief librarian at the U of L who presented the brief, told the panel presiding .over the hearing the library's (purchasing power has decreased by 37 per cent since 1971. If present trends continue in three years the cost of buying journals, which have increased 20 per cent, will absorb the money allocated ioi books and there will be no books. In six years the whole budget will be for staff and in 10 years the library will be inoperable. These problems should have been solved 50 years ago, Mr Wick said. "The provincial government is not willing to take the leadership in the development of he said. The Medicine Hat Public Library in its presentation said: "There can be little doubt that there are serious deficiencies in library services in Alberta... nor can there be much doubt that the major reason for these deficiencies has been the low level of provincial funding, particularly to public libraries. The School Library Council for Southern Alberta called for grants from the government for the hiring of professional full-time teacher- librarians. It also called for funds to hire clerical staff for libraries so professionals do not have to do clerical work. In another request the council asked the government for per student grant to upgrade the libraries. "Although many schools have developed libraries over the past few years, most of them do not meet the minimum standards set down by Canadian School Libraries in so far as materials are the brief said. Ross Hotson, chairman of the Learning Resources Centre at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton who was on the panel, told The Herald there was very little co- operation among libraries because of lack of funding and because the funding for different libraries came from different government departments. University and college libraries are controlled by the department of advanced education, school libraries are controlled by the department of education and public libraries come under the department of culture, youth and recreation. If there were something to knit the different departments together srrvices could be exchanged with no charge. He told the hearing there were "isolated islands of co- operation" among libraries but this was not "because of the system but in spite of it." Wednesday's hearing and three others being conducted throughout the province are part of a study by the provincial government. The government hired L. W. Downey Research Associates of Edmonton to do the study. There have been about 80 briefs submitted so far and the study is expected to be completed by June 30. The panel that presided over the Lethbridge hearing was comprised of Alberta librarians and one from Ontario. Another issue that came up at the hearing was that of regional libraries, a concept where smaller rural libraries pool their resources to offer better services to their users. Stan Beacock, senior consultant to the study and director of the Midwestern Regional Library System in Kitchener, Ont., said some rural libraries that refused to join the regional system in Kitchener did so because they didn't want to lose any control over their libraries. Barbara Bezeau of the Stirling library agreed with Mr. Beacock. She told The Herald the Stirling library doesn't have the money for a proper building or to provide minimum service but many people in the community would not want to lose control of the library and would probably be against the regional concept. Sought Native centre too late with request for grant The Community Services Advisory Committee Wednesday refused to consider a request from the Native Friendship Society of Southern Alberta because it was submitted too late. The refusal came on a recommendations by community services director Bob Bartlett. The recommendation said the committee's procedure of reviewing all grants in the fall, and not accepting late submissions, had been well- advertised and followed for 1974. The Native Friendship Society's application was received March 15. The application was for to pay a "social to assist migrant ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 Natives to adjust to city life. The counsellor would, according to the submission, help Natives find housing in the city, help them plan budgets, and work on project planning with officials of the Native Friendship Centre on community resources and how the centre could use them. The committee also voted to advertise an April 30 deadline for submissions on future use of the old library building in Gait Gardens. Mr. Bartlett said the community services directorate had prepared an application blank for submissions. Applicants will be notified of a date for a public hearing. The committee also dealt with a request from the Centre for Personal and Community Development for an additional It was decided to inform the centre that its budget could absorb the amount, in the committee's opinion, but further representation on the matter would be welcomed. See Hoyts' for the largest selection of FISHING TACKLE in South Alberta 1974 Angling permits needed by April 1, 1974 Call Sporting Goods 327-5767 DOWNTOWN 606-6083rdAve.S. I his Easter, send a touch of springtime. The FTD The quaint rattan basket filled with lovely spring flowers or fresh green plants. The basket comes with matching rattan handle and chain. So it can either be set on a table or hung in a window. Either way... what nicer way to say Happy Easter? Call or visit us today. We can send your gift almost anywhere. FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322-6th Streets. 327-2666. 327-5747 COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 201 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7M3 SATURDAY, March 30 a.m. to p.m. TIM Auction Block w ploaaeo to hoet a "GIGANTIC SPRING RED SALE' Buy direct off the warehouse floor at savings of 50% and more. All units are brand name and first line quality, all sizes and styles, priced to go. Top trading price on your used unit, Pick- up and delivery service available. For more information contact THE AUCTION BLOCK 2508-2B.AW.N. PHONE 327-1222___ PMvlPJpn MIMvlPVPJ Irrigated land too valuable for country-residence use Concerned Jake Thiessen wants subdivision controlled By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Provincial planning legislation should be strengthened to prohibit subdivision of irrigated land, the manager of one of the largest irrigation districts in Canada says. Jake Thiessen, manager of the St. Mary River Irrigation District, says irrigated land in Southern Alberta is too valuable to be taken out of production for use as county- residence sites. With only four per cent of the land area in the province, irrigated farmland in the south produces about 20 per cent of all agricultural production. "In order to keep it as farmland, there has to be government Mr. Thiessen says. There are so many applications being made to subdivide irrigated land that the government agencies involved are all spending a great deal of time processing them, he says. To save time and make sure there are no loopholes, the government should pass laws making it impossible to More public meetings asked The separate school system should hold special public meetings to discuss specific educational topics with parents, a trustee suggested Wednesday. Although he was disappointed that only 10 parents showed up for the ratepayers meeting this week, Paul Matisz felt the parents attending the meeting made it clear that people are interested in certain "subject matter." The parents attending the ratepayers meeting became FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-CM5 E. ft. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHIMNE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL MENTAL BLOC. involved in lengthy discussions about religion in the schools, busing, school buildings and the quality of education. No decision was made about the suggestion presented by Mr. Matisz, but trustees did discuss exploring new methods of communicating to the public what is happening in the separate schools. One suggestion supported using the cable television channel in Lethbridge to broadcast in-the-classroom learning situations. Maurice Landry, elementary education director, informed the trustees that the local cable television outlet has expressed a willingness to provide separate schools with broadcast time. But the school board would have to support the cost of taping the school presentations, he pointed out. There is one other problem, he added. The system's television equipment is not compatible with the cable company's equipment. The trustees were interested in investigating the situation further but no specific action was taken. Bob Johnson, separate schools purchasing agent, was appointed by trustees Wednesday as their liaison officer with the 1975 Winter Games committee. subdivide irrigated land into small county-residential parcels, Mr. Thiessen suggests. "When this land is taken out of production, we're losing a very important resource, not only for people in this region, but for the country as well." And while the argument is frequently made by developers that there is still a great deal of uncultivated land in .Canada, little of it can match the potential of land in Southern Alberta already under irrigation, he says. SMRID and other irrigation districts in the area use gravity-flow to supply water a method which is relatively cheap. To bring other areas under irrigation because land already served with water is taken by people wanting country homes will be very expensive, Mr. Thiessen says. Just to bring gravity-feed irrigation to unserviced land costs from to an acre. When irrigated land is subdivided, the province allows the district to set a commutation rate payable by the party subdividing the land. But the rate is only per acre and 'is not intended to provide the district with enough revenue to replace land taken out of irrigation, Mr. Thiessen says. Subdivision also creates pressure on the district to provide water for domestic purposes, something that in many cases, the district is unable to do. Water can be supplied to a common reservoir, leaving country-residence owners to construct their own distribution and pressure systems. But many small landowners want irrigation water for gardens in the same way farmers get water to irrigate their crops. The district is physically unable to do this, Mr. 3rd ANNUAL Lethbridge Community College INDOOR RODEO by Sal.. March 30th, 7 p.m. LnHMMEBuWmONPAHUW Canadian Intercollegiate Approved ADMISSION Pre-Scftool.................5OC FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS AIR CONDITIONING Carrier AlCM Rffrigtntioi 2214-43rd StS. Phone 327-5816 NEINO OEEKEN ChooM the motors with a future... RELIANCE DUTY MASTER A-C MOTORS through 290 HP in re-rated NEMA143T- 445T frame eh Mid in MBB yWS i OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD, 236-36th Stielhbrhlae e -1571 or the OLIVER DEALER you. SAFETY GLASS STORE FRONTS RESIDENTIAL REPLACEMENTS A ADVANCE filitt A Cl vvnnpw vi nwwnvwwM 231-129i SIT North Phone 327-1581 Thiessen says, because the volume of water from a canal is enough to flood a small parcel in just a short period of time But for Mr. Thiessen, and the board of directors of SMRIO, the real issue is that prime irrigated farm land, which is economically irreplaceable, is being used for country homes which could locate on more marginal, unirrigated land. The board will be making presentations to the provincial government on the proposed new planning act, asking that irrigated land be treated under the act as a special planning area requiring tough regulations. The district already has a commitment from the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, which has jurisdiction over subdivision, that SMRID will be asked to comment on any application for subdivision on irrigated land. And while many claim it is their God-given right to do whatever they want with land they own, Mr. Thiessen says the public interest has to take priority over property rights of individuals. Student's article published The April issue of the Alberta Teachers Association News will carry an article by a University of Lethbridge education student. The story, by Frances Chapman, who will graduate Nursing home applied for A formal application for a 50-bed nursing home in Taber has been sent to the Alberta Hospital Services Commission by the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Nursing Home district board. from the U of L this spring, describes the process of "cross-age where a student competent in a subject helps fellow students with difficulty in that area She says the article is based on a research paper she prepared on the subject, and on her experience with the method while student- teaching at Fleetwood Bawden school last fall. Ccrttfta CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL UN. Lower PHONE sar-ana BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SUES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Evening IW p.m. PHONE 32S-0372 2718 12th An. S. 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