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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Decisions by end of school year 72 requests for school transfer Public schools received 72 requests this month from parents to transfer their children to a school other than the one they attended last year. Under the new optional attendance boundary policy set in parents had until April 15 to choose the Lethbridge public school they wished their children to attend next fall. The number of transfer requests was higher then school principals polled before Easter thought it would be. about every received a request or request for transfer but two schools received many more requests for transfer than' the Gerry the public school's director of personnel told The Herald today. Requests for transfer were made to the principal of the school the parents wished to send their children to rather than the school in their geographical attendance boundary. Some of the requests may not be granted because of a lack of classroom space in the school the parents wish to transfer their children Dr. Probe said. before any decisions are made another look will be taken at the availability of classroom space in each of the he adds. Children who reside within the boundaries of the school their parents wish them to attend are given first choice to the available classroom space. Final confirmation of the requests for transfer will not be made until the end of the school year. f The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION May Pages 13-22 Raw material shortages plague manufacturers It's clean-up time throughout Lethbridge and these three members of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship are throwing their support behind the IVCF's The Grace Thomp- Pat 14 and Dave are three of the 50 high school and univer- sity students cleaning-up the city under hourly spon- sorship from residents. The which will Garbathoners help fund the IVCF camp in is still in need of sponsors. This campaign will be complemented by public schools and the city. Students in public school will be cleaning their grounds beginning May 6 and the city will be applying a bit of pressure and help to residents cleaning up yards. Extra garbage trucks will be sent out to pick up spring refuse to help citizens conform to a recently passed clean-up bylaw. SEALS TOP OBJECTIVE The Easter Seals campaign has topped its objective. A spokesman for the Kiwanis club's campaign said Tuesday more than was collected and more is expected to The overall donations throughout Alberta increased 25 per he said. Parent groups encouraged School board to fill pre-school gaps By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer In areas of the city where nobody is taking the initiative to establish pre-school programs even though the need is the public school board will undertake to establish and operate the trustees decided Tuesday. That was just one of 10 steps taken by the trustees to make early childhood education available to more youngsters in the city. Robert summarized the board's position on early childhood education by saying it won't become involved with early childhood education programs we have The trustees believe most kindergartens should be established and operated by parent groups whenever possible. If the need for kindergarten facilities is not being met in some areas of the the school board will first attempt to encourage parents to establish such programs but if that fails it will then work with other community agencies to set up the required programs. The trustees agreed that participation in early childhood programs should not be compulsory for youngsters but all children who are identified as being in need of such programs should have the opportunity to attend one. Trustee Reg Turner suggested there was a need for the benefits of early childhood education to be explained to parents who do not understand its value. If parents are not informed of the benefits of the the disadvantaged children will not be the ones enrolling in the he warned. In he the program could be detrimental to the children who need it but don't receive it because when they begin grade school they will even be further behind children who do take the program. Dr. Plaxton agreed parents of children who need the program must be informed of its advantages. of us in this community have a responsibility to inform these Dr. Plaxton suggested. The school board also decided to restrict its personnel services to programs it was responsible for. it was more generous with its vacant classroom space. Any space over and above school and school district- sponsored programs needs may be rented to early childhood education the trustees decided. Dr. Plaxton said space is a very important consideration in new areas of the city where there aren't public buildings in which to rent space The school board also gave its support to the formation of a society to perform the necessary functions of ordinating advising and needed to provide the whole city with early childhood services. The Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society will hold an important organizational public meeting tonight in the Allan Watson School auditorium. All interested groups and institutions are invited to attend the p.m. meeting. Trustees like discipline policy The public school board Tuesday accepted in principle a student discipline policy that bans its employees from i verbal and physical abuse of students. Most trustees applauded the policy that was drafted by public school administrators in response to requests for a clearer definition of the type of discipline actions the board was restricting when it abolished corporal punishment in December. Trustee Al Mont said he could only support the policy if the school system takes its concern with discipline one step further by developing a humanizing approach in dealing with can support this if we go on to explain how a teacher is going to deal more effectively with he told the meeting. The trustees agreed to withhold debate on the policy until it is again presented to them for final approval. The proposed discipline policy will now be presented to the advisory groups within the school system for their input before it again appears before the school board. Local mental health control urged By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Third of a series Five years after a proposal to form regional mental health planning councils and two years after the government helped disband them the provincial cabinet is again facing requests for their establishment. W. R. N. chairman of a new government mental health advisory said in an interview in Calgary his council is calling for the formation of regional councils which were initially outlined in a report he did for the Social Credit government in 1969. The 1969 report called for more local control of psychiatric programs and mental hospitals with the community councils formed to oversee regional planning. But if history is to be a this second recommendation for regional councils is on shakey ground. The 1969 recommendations resulted in the formation of councils under the Socred government but the councils failed to promote much change across the says Keith former chairman of the Calgary council. And this he was a result of bureaucrats efforts to keep all services in the hands of the The regional councils did extensive investigation of the needs in their areas and compiled reports and far-reaching recommendations for change in the delivery of rnental health services. But after the Conservative government was elected the regional councils were pushed aside. Reports and requests were presented to the government according to the chairmen of the Lethbridge and Calgary never heard of Scott the Lethbridge claims the government never paid any attention to the work of his council. made recommendations that were never or accepted by the government. Council members felt the government had already made its decisions for Lethbridge so there was no reason should stick Dr. now psychiatric department head at the Lethbridge Municipal says the council worked on its reports for more than IVz years then It disbanded two years ago after a meeting with Health Minister Neil Crawford in which the minister said the government was planning to expand the Guidance Clinic in Lethbridge and appoint a full-time director. But until this when a director began work the guidance clinic Alberta Mental Health had been operated by a person in Medicine Hat. until the election things were moving along. We had quite a dialogue with Henderson minister of and he was Dr. Angus says. The Calgary council ran into rough waters following the election and soon after dissolved. The Calgary group was also set up by a Social Credit cabinet order and continued briefly by the Conservatives. At one time the council had 200 to 300 people investigating various areas of mental health in the Calgary Dr. Pearce says. The council compiled extensive some of which would have taken many mental health services from government control and placed them under the co-ordination of community facilities. The government did not seem to approach these recommendations Dr. Pearce says. The group dissolved after a meeting with Mr. Crawford in which the council it would pack up its tents quietly if the government put together a single council to plan all health services in he adds. One of the major views of the Blair Report was all health services should be co-ordinated under an umbrella instead of single delivery systems for areas such as mental physical hospitals and alcoholism. the time there was another council investigating hospital services so it was decided it would make sense to abandon the regional council in favor cf a total health planning But there was never a council formed to plan total health services and the hospitals' council is still handling all health planning without a mental health Dr. Pearce says. now we are back to where we started when regional councils were first he says. Dr. Blair the councils the provincial group he now heads is recommending will have more support than those which atrophied in 1972. regional councils' minutes will be going to the provincial council to make recommendations to minister so this time they will have someone pushing for them at the governmental Dr. Blair says. By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer Shortages of raw materials and finished goods plague most manufacturers in North America and are not isolated or individual a Calgary-based purchasing agent Tuesday told the Lethbridge branch of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association. Walt senior buyer for Pacific Petroleums was one of four members of the Purchasing Managers' Association leading a panel discussion at the CMA's annual branch meeting. Jack purchasing manager for ATCO Research and Development's special products said was in short supply. Steel mills were selling on a allocation basis and distributors and manufacturers who had not previously dealt with a particular couldn't get steel from it. The shortage of steel caused shortages of castings and production equipment and other he said. A worldwide shortage of aluminum ingot cut supplies of anything made with aluminum parts. The shortage of copper was bad and getting as plumbers' fittings changed back to copper because of the plastic shortage. rubber and chemicals were often short because of the shortage of oil and energy The lumber shortage complicated construction and he and shortages of shipping space and labor also existed. Bill purchasing manager of Canadian Superior Oil explained what caused some shortages. If one manufacturer was faced with a he concentrated on producing the product giving the highest rate of return. If this was not what one of his customers thai created a said Mr. Litzgus. He said the energy shortage had been caused by several factors. Cheap energy from oil and gas had for years given no encouragement to alternate energy developments. Environmental regulations hindered some uses of fuels such as high- sulphur coal. And in some such as oil and natural gas used for making shortages might have to be lived with. The steel shortage would last at least five he said. That was the minimum time in which a new steel mill could enter production. And many smaller foundries producing castings and fittings had closed because they could not afford the equipment needed to meet pollution regulations. Mr. Litzgus said he had heard more than 200 small foundries in the Michigan and Illinois areas had closed in 1973. I LABOR I I Alberta shortage could hit The shortage of labor in Alberta could reach to 3 the Alberta chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association said Tuesday in Lethbridge. Jim of told the Lethbridge g branch's annual meeting labor was being soaked up. g Development of the tar sands and petrochemical g. industries would absorb more and the shortage would last several months if not two or three vears. in Edmonton there is a continuing circle of people hiring each others' he said. The South had not suffered as badly he said. But vi a Medicine Hat factory manager with 60 employees 5 had told him 25-per-cent had been hired in the last 90 xj and the turnover rate was increasing daily. .g Mr. Partridge told the branch the association's S public affairs program had been its most importatnt g activity in the past year. Lethbridge had done the best S g job in the province. gi g Public relations was important because many people xj g. did not realize the importance of manufacturing in society or the most basic economic 3 The public affairs program was to telling vi gi the free enterprise story as it he said. Roy manager of the CMA Alberta said liaison with the provincial government had improved over the last two years. The government now realized more than 85-per-cent of CMA members were small and that its presentations were well-researched and not the 3 considered positions some unions will give he S said. Mr. Compston later told The Herald the CMA's 8 jij research was better than that of other groups jij presenting economic briefs to the government. Often g other research did not fit the he said. S g Branch officers were elected at the and g will serve two-year terms. Earl Dawson was elected 8 g Ed Filan vice-chairman and Bill Domeier 3 .g honorary secretary. Indians by trappings of court' Len purchasing manager for the City of said there were both short and long-term shortages. The long-term' shortages would have to be lived but the others could be solved. He suggested all planning be done more and planning for next winter be undertaken immediately. Inventory systems should be checked for effective and orders should be followed up immediately. Suppliers should be offered any help they need in overcoming transport problems and other obstacles to meeting a delivery date FORT MACLEOD Indians participating in family court proceedings are often intimidated by the judge wearing robes and sitting on a dias and by the proximity to the criminal a Blackfoot social services worker said Tuesday. This leads parents to believe they have been charged with a criminal Clifford Many Heads told a Commission inquiring into the administration of justice in the province. He also said the Blackfoot social services department which handles only child welfare cases feels it can not help the children without counselling the parents. But there are no adult counselling services on the reserve. The adults are referred to Calgary. They have to take the bus from their homes early in the morning and return at in the evening. The same applies to those needing legal aid or mental health he said. Mr. Many Heads suggested that in addition to providing counselling services on the Blackfoot reserve south of Calgary once a translation into Blackfoot be provided at all times in the family court at and that a native court counsellor be on hand. the social services department is put in the untenable position of appearing for the Crown and at the same time being the only party who is able to do the translation in court and who is able to advise the parents of their rights. parents look to the social services department because they are Indians and therefore the only epeople in the courtroom who can help His brief suggested that the court atmosphere should be more so paretns would be encouraged to speak about their children. Judges could also benefit from a course in Indain culture and he said. He also recommended that the provincial department of health and social development study Indian traditions of marriage and child rearing so more effective court decisions can be made. ;