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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Local news The LetKbridge Herald District SECOND SECTION 6Gov't should view LCC as 3 colleges' Lethbridge. Alberta. Saturday, March 30. 1974 Pages 13-22 A By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge Community College should be considered three small colleges rather than one large college when its class sizes are compared with those of other institutions, its president said Friday LCC is providing the educational services of a small technical school, agriculture school and community college and as a result has the same difficulty putting together larger class sixes, C. D. Stewart claimed at a press conference Friday the cost per student of the institution down, the department of advanced education encourages larger class sizes in the college but has also recognized that smaller institutions have difficulty working with larger class sizes LCC wants to receive the same recognition. It has difficulty maintaining large class sizes in the fixed- sized labs of the schools of technology and trades and agriculture The college has also experienced a sharp decline in its academic upgrading program, which formally held the largest classes in the college. Dr Stewart says the need tor the program in the community has been met by the college and there isn't the demand there once was for upgrading the students recently out of high school. The recognition of the college as three small Small industries will be offered incentive grants Continued economic expansion in the city will be supported by changes to the federal government's regional incentives program, the city's economic development director said Friday. One of the changes announced recently by the government will make small industries with a capital investment greater than eligible for incentive grants. Dennis O'Connell told The Herald that economic expansion in Lethbridge has created a demand for small supporting industries which under previous economic expansion regulations could not qualify for grants. Under previous regulations, Southern Alberta was considered a slow growth region and industries wishing to expand or locate here were eligible for federal grants. The area will lose that staus after June 30, but incentives for selected developments will be considered under separate agreements with the provincial government. Province takes over 2 irrigation projects Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Bow project and St. Mary River irrigation headworks were officially handed over to the province Fnday as part of a million rehabilitation program. The switchover from federal to provincial control will be effective Monday. Alberta Environment Minister Bill Yurko told the legislature today that up to million will be spent on the renovation of major and secondary irrigation works. It also makes provision for a 2 cash grant to the province for taking over the administration, operation and rehabilitation of the works The grant includes million for renovation of .structures on the Bow River project and St. Mary works. The transfer is part of a program started a year ago calling for a federal commitment of million toward an irrigation rehabilitation program for Southern Alberta, Mr. Yurko and Don Jamieson, minister of regional and economic expansion for Canada, said in the joint announcement. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Adminstration is responsible for the reconstruction of the Bassano Dam, the Carseland Weir, the Brooks Aqueduct and the Bow River headworks in the western irrigation district. The work will be carried out over four years with construction now complete on the Carseland Weir. Licence plate deadline If vou haven't got your 1974 licence plates or stickers relax! The highways and transport department has extended the deadline from March 31 to April 30. colleges was one of eight recommendations in a brief presented to the department of advanced education Monday by the LCC board of governors The brief recommended that no changes be made in nursing funding or training in colleges for 1974-75 that would alter the number of students per instructor The college suggests that if the department does make changes that will increase the costs- of operating the program then it should also provide additional funds for the program. The college questions employing only nursig instructors with university degrees and on a permanent basis and suggests that the number of students per staff memoer in college nursing programs should be considerably higher than the ratio of one to 10 that is desirable in hospital based nursing programs The brief claims that about 40 per cent of the college nursing program is taught by staff other than nurses so basing the student-staff ratio just on the number of nurses on staff is inaccurate The college brief also asks the department to provide the same financial support for the LCC students council residence project as was provided to Red Deer College. Our students have long been deprived of adequate accommodations, both in terms of quality and the brief says. The college says the establishment of a residence for 400 students at the University of Lethbridge has not eased the accommodation situation for college students in Lethbndge. The college brief also asked the department of advanced education to provide grants for its further education program to allow its tuition fees to be competitive with those charged for non-credit courses at the university It also asked the department to survey the recipients of the U of L ?500 bursary scholarships to determine whether any of them had aspirations to attend the college before the bursary program was introduced last fall LCC also wants to know if the government intends to continue the bursary program The college also announced its major cuts in programming that were made to balance its operating budget for 1974-75. The summer environmental science program at West Castle and the drama program were eliminated The college indicated it will also bring down the cost per student in business administration to the level of the cost per student in liberal education The cost per LCC student in technology and trades is in agriculture and in nursing The cost is based on two semesters of study at the college g From comics to coconuts Members of the audience enjoy an un- planned curtsy by one of the coconuts in the Lethbridge Figure Skating's Club presentation of Treasure Island at the Henderson Park Ice Centre Friday. In the bottom picture Mitch Millar of Lethbridge cuts a sharp corner as he plays Jim Hawkins, the hero of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. Right, Jill Jacobson, 1267 5th Ave. S., and Inga Smulders, 1411 13th St. S., relax with cookies and comic books between numbers. The second performance starts at 8 o'clock tonight. I RICK ERVIN photos Testimonials attest to Strom's integrity in politics By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau Few men. much less political men, can leave in their wake the ripples of respect former premier Harry Strom has generated during 19 years in the Alberta legislature. He is practically a saint to his constituents, but they all call him Harry. His political colleagues swear no one ever bought Harry Strom. The thought wouldn't have occurred to them to try The poor state of some of the roads in his Cypress constituency cast of Lethbridge bear mute but rough testimony to his lack of favortism. His political opponent and successor says he was always straightforward with the Opposition As a landlord and employer, he is lops, say former employees and present tenant UNCOMMON SERENITY And as a marketable political package he was a horror, says the executive assistant who tried to package him. What does Harry Strom, 99, have to sav about all "I laid out the ground rules very early in my political career The rules were that the "democratic legislative process makes the not Ihe fundamental religious convictions of Harry Strom. Those convictions nevertheless apparently provided a serenity not found in most politicians He held his first elected office at age 28 as he figures it. although the story has grown some believe he became a Forty-Mile municipal counsellor at 21 His respect for the deliberations of the older men on that council and on numerous bodies alter that reinforced a belief in majority rule and a conciliatory approach The belief was first fostered in a family of nine children where continued conflict would have been unthinkable for one reason they had to sleep three to a bed in the family home near Burdelt He loved reading about politics but was "scared silly" of some and the urban surroundings o! where he went to school He if.w delighted to return to help a' Burden after grade 10 "The crazy part of it was. I interested in school and I r those accelerated students too There followed a variety of elected offices, until he became an MLA in 1955 and agriculture minister in 1962. LOVED POLITICS He loved politics and he loved people and somewhere along the line, he gained that serenity which made his fall from power not tragic at all. At least it doesn't appear tragic to the Ham- Strom who recounts with glee a story abou! how. even when he was in power, he was mistaken for his predecessor. Ernest Manning. He was in charge of the premiership from 3968 until when the Progressive Conservatives under Peter Jxwpheed sent his Social Credit Party into Opposition He had only intended to serve as an interim leader but had not exported it lo r-nd in defeat by the Consf rvalji After Ir-c defeat, he stepped down as icadcr and now is serving his last year as an MLA The TnaT) who defeated him and took r