Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDGf HERALD Wednesday, May 2. 1973- TRUSTEES FAVOR FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer The majority cf Lethbridge trustees favor a pro- posal from their provincial body to introduce a ''bal- anced" family life education course in Alberta Grades 1 through 12. A special resolution, draft- ed and approved by the Al- berta School Trustees' Asso- ciation during a weekend ex- ecutive meeting here, is in- tended to replace emphasis on sex education with a pro- p-am covering all health problems. Oa the Lethbridge separate beard, three cf four trustees they will support the ASTA resolution when it is presented for genera! approv- al at the annual meeting this fall in Calgary. The fourth trustee. Paul Matisz. said the resolution has not received enough study for unquestioning ap- proval although be would support a family life pro- gram which is "reasonab'e ar.d prudent." Separate board chairman John Boras said he will aip- port the resolution ''whole- heartedly." Mr. Boras, who is also an executive member cf the ASTA, said family life educa- tion cannot bo devoted entire- ly to sex. It is that emphasis which the ASTA resolution hopes to avoid. 30 TOPICS Proposed by ASTA pres- ident Ilarald the resolution calls for complete study of up to 30 health tcp- ics: slacking, drug abuse, al- cohol education, venereal dis- ease, accident prevention, tu- berculosis, cancer, nutrition. sex and family life educa- tion Mr. Gunderson says the resolution avoids "crash pro- grams and piece-meal efforts focused on one or a few top- ics that happen to be enjoy- ing popularity at a particular time "The cnly effective way in the school can fulfill its responsibility for meeting the health needs of youth is through a comprehensive program of health educa- Mr. Gunderson says. Local separate trustees Frar.k Pcta says although he favors the ASTA position, he has doubts about how effec- tive such a program could be. ''It's sort of a motherhood resolution. Nobody could be opposed to it. ''The basic idea is good, but I'd be more favorable if it was more Mr. Peta .says Separate trustee John Vaselenak would also sup- port the ASTA resolution as it now stands. not opposed to a bal- anced program. We have a sort of family program from Grade up that tells them (students) about life in gen- eral. "I do oppose a pharmaceu- tical lobby en sex education for commeircial gain, or strictly on contraception and birth Mr. Vaselenak said. Lack of specifics in the ASTA resolution concern pub- lic trustees Dorothy Beckel ar.d Bill Brown. Both trustees said they could net support the ASTA resolution as it now stands, without further clarification cud study. Heie's how the ASTA pro- posal reads: "That schools be flexible enough to meet the current nseds of our timiss. That schools make every effort to teach all important aspects of health with the proper em- phasis and to discourage an over emphasis on popular problems at the expense of a total balanced health educa- tion program for children and youth." Mrs. Beckel said the res- olution does sound like a valuable step "on the sur- face." LOCAL INPUT But she said there must be birth control kits here' The president of the Leth- bridge Ic-asl of the Alberta Teachers' Association says there are no sex education kits in use at schools here. Bill Couins made the comment following reports here Saturday ihat at leas, one pharmaceutical firm lias sent the kits to teachers i.( Calgary schools. Kifs containing information on birJi central, complete v..li a variety of contracep- tion devices, are now bung prepared by the Ortho Phsr- maceutical Company of Don Mills. Ont.. it has been charg- ed The drug firm's project was unveiled here Saturday, and again at Calgary Monday, by Alberta School Trustees' As- social ion president Harald GunderE'jn. Air. Cousins said sex edu- cation is too controversial a subject for him to comment on, although ha said he is in general agreement with the policy set by ASTA. That policy calls for intro- duction of a balanced health program hi Grades l through 12. including education on nu- trition, narcotics, alcohol, ssx education, venerail disease and any other general health topic. Mr. Cousins said he also agrees with statements from Mr. Gunderson thai, emphases should not be placed strictly en contraception and birth control or that sex educa- tion programs be sponsored for commercial gain by any organisation. The local ATA president said the provincial teachers' group has r.o specific policy of sax education in Alberta schools. Detailed informa'ion on the Ontario pharmaceutical pro- gram, with its sex education kit, is expected to be presen ed to members of the legis- lature this week by Mr. Gun- derscn. provision for "local input" into any family life pro- gram. She said proper curri- culum must first be establish- ed before such a plan is pre- sented to the classroom. Mrs. Beckel estimates at least a year's further study is required on the issue. Mr. Brown said blanket policies, such as that of the ASTA, are questionable. "Our schooling should com- pliment the family and the rest of society. "This means keeping our education system up to date with societal changes within the realms of acceptability, relevance and he said. Mr. Brown said he will take a "careful look'' at what the ASTA has offered before making any decision on its validity. Four of the city's seven public trustees say they would support the ASTA pol- icy although some have reservations about the resolu- tion. (Public trustee Gail Johnson was not available for MOST IMPORTANT Public board chairman Dr Doug McPhsrson said he sup- parts the ASTA plan, "gen- although family life education policy must be set at the local level Public trustee Doug Card said he'll back the ASTA res- olution only if it is based on family life education in its en- tirety. "I can see teaching sex in school. We all know about sex by the time we're 10. "I'd say I'm in favor of (the ASTA resolution) if it is based on family life educa- tion in its entirety and the role of the individual in so- Mr. Card said. Public trustee Reg Turner said he will support the ASTA program as proposed. He said a comorehensive health pro- gram in Grades 1 through 12 "may be the most impor- tant thing we do." A. R. Mont, of the public board, said he will support the ASTA plan if only be- cause it removes emphasis from sexaality alone. "To disseminate any sort of birth control information and just discuss the physical as- pects (of sexuality) is zb- solutely and completely in- adequate. "Adults who just inform about birth ccctrol. and haw to do it, are cop-ping cut cf theii Mr. Mont said. Of the 10 city trustees con- tacted, seven say they will support the ASTA policy, two ere opposed and cue is un- decided. Supervised break-in RICK ERVIN phstc Caught in the act! City police Constable Ken Benson end commissionaire Frank Bennett are not really breaking into a car illegally. They ere breaking in the request cf Mrs. Gene Eowden of Cardston who locked herself out. 'Malt barley industry needs market changes By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Canada's malt barley in- dustry could be in trouble Police busy checking for 7972 plates City police gave nine tickets Tuesday to motorists who had not equipped their vehicles with 1973 licence plates. They also ordered another 11 vehicles to be towed off the street for the same rea- son, traffic Insp. Bill West said this morning. The ticket carries a fine of S10. and Insp. West estimated that it will cost about to retrieve a vehicle towed away. The towing is done by pri- vate towing companies and the offending cars and trucks are taken to private com- pounds. Cars without new plates which are being driven are ticketted. while parked cars- are towed away. New plates have to be pro- duced before a vehicle can be released from the towing compounds. Insp. West said. Crash victim in hospital A 33-year-old Lethbridge woman is in fair condition to- day in Lethbridge Municipal Hospital after the car she was ('riving collided with a parked truck Tuesday in the 2000 block i6th Ave. S. Jo-Ann Critchfield, of 2214 18th Ave. S., was westbound on 16th Ave. and collided with the rear of a parked truck, driving it into a light standard causing extensive damage. favorable references Leniency asked for drug trafficker By WAPJIEN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A 19-year-old Lethbridge youth who had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of traffick- ing in heroin should receive a lenient sentence, perhaps even a suspended Fentence, his de- fence lawyer told n provincial court judge in Lethbridge. Randall Charles Bruchct, of Ml llth St. S., had never dealth in narcotics before the ndght of May 20, 1972, when he sold S2o worth of the drug to an un- dercover police agent in Ed- monton, lawyer Roy Hcnning said Tuesday. To back his pica for a light icucr.ce, he called Harold V'os- burgh plant manager of Em- press Foods in the city to testi- fy. Bruchet has been working as a production worker at the plant since early February. FIXE EMPLOYEE Mr. Vosburgh, who is aiso the rh 2inn an cf the Lethbridge Po- I ce Comm.ssion. said Bruchet was a employee" v.ho is punctual, co-operative, and has "good attitudes." He told Pro- vincial Judqe L. W. Hudson that he would b2 willing to keep Bruchct in his present em- ployment. The defence also called Bru- chet's uncle, Edgar Bruchet who said his nephew had "got off tho beaten track, but was a fire bov Special prosecutor Charles Virtue told the court that on May 26, Const. Robert Wasyly- shen, an undercover agent with the Edmonton city police, walk- ed into the tavern cf a down- town Edmonton hotel and was called over to a table b.v Bru- t-Let, then known as Randy Wil- liams Bruchet asked Const. Wasyly- shen what he was selling and the undercover policeman re- plied, "nothing. I'm buying.'1 Bruchet then offered him some MDA, but the constable asked him if he had any "junk" and Bruchet said he could get some. About five minutes later Bruchet delivered the heroin, Mr. Virtue said, wrapped in foil and enclosed in a paper bag, court was told. Mr Hennmg took exception to some of Mr. Virtue's infor- mation saying that the ager.t had approached Bruchet sever- al times before and had been rctused. Bruchet had said he wasn't in the business, Mr. Ken- ning said Mr Ilenning also claimed that on the night in question, it was really Const. Wasylyshen who approached Bruchet. Mr. Virtue asked the court to impose sentences similar to these handed down in Calgary and Edmonton. This is the first heroin trafficking case heard by Lethbridge courts. Provincial Judge Hudson postponed his decision on sen- tence until June 15, saying he would see how Bruchet behaves in the interim. unless changes in the mar- keting system are made soon, says the head cf the Alberta Grain Commission. John Channon told The Her- ald in a telephone interview that the five-cent-per-bushel premium paid to producers for malting barley isn't enough incentive in the face of prevailing high prices for other grains and other uses for barley. "Many farmers are able to get more money for the.r gcod quality malting barley Irom feed mill operators than they can from the malting in- he said. Barley is soM in Canada and to international markets on a price established by the Canadian Board. All good quality barley grown for the malting industry returns the same price to tha produc- er as barley which isn't of sufficient quality to meet the malting standards. "The producers growing quality malting barley aren't getting a true market value for their he said. Canada Malting Co. in Cal- gary, which is now complet- ing a plant expansion pro- gram, will need eight bushels of malting barley from the 1573 crop, preferably Irom Alberta growers. The malted barley from the plant is used to serve Al- berta, British Columbia and parts cf Saskatchewan. All the barley used in' the Calgary plant is purchased in Alberta if at all passible, says Ear'e Coutts, Canada Malting purchasing manager. Ar.y excess bought in Albsrta is shipped to five Eastern Can- ada plants. He said if malting barley has to be brought to the Cal- gary plant from the east, pro- hibitive freight rates could cause extreme burdens for the plant. He said it could even force the plant to close. With the dwindling supplies of malting barley in Alberta, Mr. Coutts has suggested to plant personnel in Calgary that they don't go ahead with another planned expansion during 1976. He stressed the decreasing interest in malting barley by pointing to 20.000 acres which were contracted on irrigated land in Southern Alberta dur- ing 1971. In the 1972 crop year, only acres were con- tracted and this year, only acres have bean con- tracted. The fly in the ointment is the price farmers receive for their crop. No. 3 grade malt- ing barley Monday was pric- ed at per hushcl at Thunder Bay. The farmer must pay 18 to 20 cents a bushel for shipment and han- dling, leaving him 85 to 90 cents a bushel for the crop. In addition, the malting rompany pays a five cent premium "directly to the fanners This means the net income from a bushel of malting barley is 90 to 95 cents. Feed barley now is bring- ing from SI to per bush- el from livestock feeders. And since producers are growing grain to make money, they are soiling it to the feed in- dustry lor more money. the wheat board sells malting barley to the malt- ing company, they charge up to 78 cents a bushel more for the grain than the farmer re- ceives. This money isn't be- ing returned to the malting barley producers. Mr. Channon said there is ro incentive for the producers to plant quality seed on good farmland ar.d go to the extra work of taking it off when they could make more money growing ordinary feed barley. He what is needed is a price pooling system where returns for malting barlej will go into one pot. From this fund, the producers growing the malting barley would be paid a much higher per bush- el figure. Merle Summers of Calgary, Canada producer i epresentative on the Brew- ins Malting Barley Re- ,-snrch Institute, told Tr.e Herald there has been no final payment to barley pro- ducers during the past few- years. 7 his means there was no mor.ey left from the salas cf barley at the end cf the crop year. The money rscaivod from the crop was made hi one initial payment with malting barley producers re- ceiving cnly a five-cent pre- mium Eesr-use of many low priced sales, money had to ba taken out ci the treapury to meet even the initial pay- ment. Mr. Summers said when feed barley reaches a pre- dicted per bushel price this summer, the farmers sell- ing barley to the feed indus- try will be able to make about 30 cents a bushel more than their counterparts sell- ing it to the malting indus- try. Mr Summers has 7.000 bushels of top quality barley seed which he will feed to his cattle this year. He said there have been no requests for the good quality seed and "by this time of the year, all the seed should have been already purchased." Bruce Cohoe, manager of Canada Malting in Calgary, said the weather is also a detrimental factor facing the malting industry. He said what had been ex- pected to be an excellent crop last year was spoiled when rain, snow and freezing conditions destroyed the qual- ity of bsvley crops in Central Alberta. CHARLES VIRTUE GAMES CHIEF CHOSEN A LelJ'bridge ard a Raymond alfsrman will the cf the chief executive position in t h e 1973 Can.-.da er GanKs sDL-ic j Char'es Vir ue. Virtue and Co hra been named president of the socie- ty and b3 ths o.Ticial re- cr the society c; directors. Dean Raymond AJ- dtrmEi) and chairman cf the comm' lee which submi.teJ hem Albnla's bid for Ihs 1073 Van v.ill ba chairman cf the hr. rd a; I for ga.'eral and operations oi the beard. A general manager for the Crmes wi'I b: named next week. Three nsTies were i.iit'cd to ,he ir'e.-im board Tuesday for a final recom- Two cr l.-e L'-vea I.ve in SoJthem T-s third 'ive; e'-3v, here but pre- viously has lived in the area, The general manager will be cm cf a maximum of 10 paid claff members. The Kit toward the games viill b3 volunteer. Le'hbridgc Aid. Vera Fer- guson will ba v.ce-chairnun of the boaid. A chairman and president have been ramed because "wa rea'Iy cssi'l ssk cere maji to take two yerrs c'f his jc'j ard giro 1.ue amDuni of Aid. Ferguson said Tuesday. Mr. Cooper, who has been involved wiLh die project for the last eight months, said, "Even now, we can't compre- hend the magnitude of the Games."