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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Spring finds few civic politicians greasing election bandwagon By ANOY OGLE Herald Staff Writer and a local politician's thoughts turn to just about anything but a fall election. Judging from the attitude of city council the Oct 16 civic the first in three isn't exactly looming large yet. Six of the eight were noncommittal when asked if they would run for re-election in the fall. Only two were ready to stick out their necks and bravely proclaim their Bill Kergan bet I'm running again and you can quote and Steve Kotch an unqualified Sitting on the fence and giving all appearances ol staying there for the summer are Mayor Andy Deputy Mayor Vaughan and Aldermen Cam Vera Tom Ferguson and Ed Bastedo Like aspiring character actors all auditioning for the same they inevitably remark during any discussion of another three-year started a number of things that I'd like to be around to sec but. Prominent topics in that category include the downtown redevelopment and thev Canada Winter Games Sportsplex. Not usually but no doubt a very tempti ig prospect is the chance to stand in the national limelight during the 11-day Winter Games extravaganza. This council after the one that helped bring the Games here Vera one of council's hardest Winter Games to be one alderman who didn't mention the around to see achievements factor. don't make up their minds in April about what they're going to do in she said. have to brood about it over the summer can't say said Cam Barnes see me in two months not made up my mind yet no said Tom the alderman who garnered the most votes in 1971. too far difficult to answer right said Ed Bastedo. haven't I'll have to wait until closer to the said Vaughan Hembroff The mayor's officially undecided at this point weighing the things he'd like to see done against 28 years devoted to local politics in one capacity or another Regardless of the private decisions of this there will be at least one new face in filling the vacancy left by Chick Chichester's resignation last year. It appears to be too early to speculate on other new faces at this but the truck record shows incumbents have a better than even shot at a second term. In 1971 there were six incumbents including Mayor Anderson running for re-election All six made it handily although two Tom Ferguson and Bill had the highest and third highest vote totals In when four council seats were up for two incumbents ran and were re-elected In when five seats were the lone incumbent seeking re-election topped the polls Council was expanded from seven to nine seats that year Act to keep lid on price of natural gas Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The province announced its Gas Rebate Act estimating that it would hold prices to Alberta consumers to a five per cent increase since 1972. With prices for gas escalating steeply outside the Roy minister of telephones and said the rebate will that Albertans continue to enjoy the lowest price for natural gas in He said introduction of the act had significance'1 for all Albertans He said it represented one of the most important policy decisions ever made in the province exact dollar amount of Czar 6slam to Adair' Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The opposition continued its assault Friday on a bill to create a powerful commissioner to oversee expansion in northeastern Alberta Roy Wilson Calgary labelled the bill a at the government's own minister of northern Al Adair don't think any minister should be slapoed as the opposition member said a dirty shame Mr Wilson charged that creating a Czar of the would destroy local initiatives and the incentive for people to help themselves The commissioner who would supervise the provision of government support services to the oil sands area as its population expands would report to the cabinet But he would not be elected. The -cabinet would also be given the power to overturn 12 existing if it deemed it necessary. Harry Strom said the bill represented an erosion of the legislature's power Leighton Buckwell said hard and fast guidelines for the commissioner's operations must be established He said the cabinet would have to tell him exactly what he could and could not do Debate continues on the bill next week rebate to each individual consumer will not be Mr Farran but the rebate is expected to cost about million during the first year. It is retroactive to Jan 1 provincial level of support effective Jan will be 16 7 cents per which reflects normal increases expected at well- head under conditions prevailing before November. Mr Farran said. represents an increase to Alberta consumers of approximately five per cent The price will be allowed 10 climb according to costs of inflation in the Canadian economy and the market value But Albertans will be cushioned compared with those outside the province The rebate will be reviewed annually and the present scheme is slated to cover the next three years. Payments will be made to franchised utility companies and to Gas the broker handling gas purchases for rural gas co-operatives. Fines of up to will be imposed on companies found to have not passed on the rebate in full Consumers using more than a billion cubic feet per year are not included But they can make special application to the minister of industry and commerce. municipal utility must apply to become subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Board if it wishes natural gas rebates for the benefit of its Mr. Farran said Local governments will still be able to impose a utility tax have been made to determine the economic competitiveness of gas-fired plants with coal- fired plants at various prices of natural gas At the same it is recognized that the commitment of some municipal utilities to certain gas-fired plants is irreversible except at great he said Leaky roof Leaks reported at the new public library following last weekend's storm and more recent showers are apparently the result of improperly sealed joints in skylight windows in the roof Bob of Watson and the firm that designed the said the joints were being recaulked City may buy 206 acres for industrial expansion Seen a car with slivers City police are looking for a vehicle with slivers. A motorist apparently hit this pole Thursday night or Friday morning and left without telling which adds to the driver's woes a charge of failing to report an accident. The pole is inside the traffic circle at 9th Street and 5th Ave. N. Crushers fear less rapeseed acres By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer With general farm optimism over record high wheat local rapeseed crushers are worried about reduced oilseed acreage and the availability of rapeseed come fall Bob vice- president in charge of raw materials for Canbra Foods Ltd formerly Western Canadian Seed Processors Ltd told The Herald Friday a projected drop in rapeseed production throughout Canada is the main concern of the Beet seeding nearly half done About two weeks of intensive field work remains for Southern Alberta farmers to complete sugar beet planting operations. Gerald agricultural superintendent For Canadian Sugar Factories said rhursday about acres had been planted prior to the rainfall which poured from two to five inches of moisture on south farmland last weekend He said about acres of sugar beets lave been contracted for down from about acres contracted in the spring of 1973. Mr Snow said he is hopeful the entire acres contracted will be planted this year In about contracted acres weren't planted due mainly to poor weather conditions. Mr Snow said the rainfall should things up pretty and remove concern about moisture for germination of the sugar beets It will also ease worries about irrigating the land for about three more weeks. industry now A federal government information service has placed farmers intentions to seed rapeseed at 2.6 million down from 3 2 million acres in 1973 Mr. Simmons fears such a drop in production will mean a serious blow to Canada's export sales commitments It could mean a loss of customers that might not come back to Canada A drop in production will also put added pressure on domestic crushers of said Mr. Simmons It will mean the companies will Have to bid stronger for the limited supplies if contracts with farmers can't be signed Canbra started contracting rapeseed acreage March 1 And the company is finding the contract signing process more difficult than usual. Mr. Simmons attributes the high wheat prices of 1973 and expected high returns for the crop in 1974 But contract problems will be minimal if Canadian farmers don't grow sufficient rapeseed to meet both export and domestic he said Without a the company can still go out and bid for available stocks of rapeseed But if the stocks aren't they can't be bought. The company decided some time ago to establish gathering centres in north and central Alberta to increase service to farmers in the area. The idea was to entice increased rapeseed production in the area to meet an increased crushing capacity at the Lethbridge plant The gathering centres are to be located in Killam and City council will be asked Monday to approve a land sales committee recommendation to buy 206 acres just north of the city limits from Lethbridge Theatres Ltd. Purchase price of the land hasn't been disclosed but is expected to be revealed at the council meeting The move marks completion of the initial step by the city in efforts to acquire more land for industrial park expansion which could result in annexation of section north of 9th Avenue N and east of Street N The city already owns the north half of the section Although it was considering trading a quarter-section to the federal government in exchange for 93 acres at the east end of the industrial park inside city council passed a resolution about a month ago to back out of that agreement Negotiations are also under way with Lethbridge and District Youth Recreation Association concerning relocation of the youth golf course from the area The city had leased some 130 acres to the association for the course some two years but it was never completed. Aid Cam who serves on council's land sales said Friday the moves by the city will give it an eight- to 10-year supply of industrial land He said he believes annexation proceedings will be started shortlv The Lethbttdge Herald SECOND SECTION May 1974 PAGES 9to 18 Stewart at convocation LCC 6must ease program frame' The Lethbridge Community College must begin to offer its educational opportunities to students 12 months a year or young people will pass it by in their search for education to meet their the college president warned today C D Stewart told the annual convocation the college must begin to stagger student entry points for various career programs and adopt a quarter system. must be a change of attitude among all of us who are capable of implementing the he suggested he think of degrees or diplomas in terms of years. is so magical about that time frame9 Why does a career program automatically fit into two semesters or four' he asked Dr Stewart said students should be able to complete a course of siudy in their own determined time and whether it be two weeks of concentrated study at eight hours a day or one hour a night for many nights Students should also be able to take specific courses without taking an entire program and still receive credit for the he added. is not too unrealistic to suggest that individuals who cannot attend day-time could over a number of complete all requirements for a diploma much like undergraduate degrees from a university Dr attending his seventh community college said the college must prepare to meet the demands of continuous education required by everyone in society to keep pace with a rapidly changing business and technological world Counsellors in the high schools are often given the full responsibility and resources they require to ensure that young people are well guided through their senior years to ensure proper preparation for college or he charged Too he 'marketing and advertising of a program lures a student who may see only the glamor and void of dedication. This coupled with a lack of adequate has been responsible for some students ending up in a career program for which they are not suited A text of his remarks was released prior to the Grads urged 'stay with farm' Graduates who have a farm background should not abandon the a Lethbridge MLA told the annual convocation of the Lethbridge Community College today Dick Gruenwald Lethbridge said graduates with farming backgrounds should encourage others to go back to farming areas with them. If more farm commodities are not provided and the diversity of agriculture available today is not taken advantage urban consumers will have to pay more and more for their food products and even face a shortage of some he warned He expressed hope that some of the graduates would take advantage of the funds the provincial department of agriculture has set aside to help .people get started in farming Mr Gruenwald advised the graduates it is a frustrating and unrealistic experience to attempt to succeed by doing everything for everyone get carried away with the idea that you are expected to be performers of miracles that you will change the world overnight It is much he to do few things well and establish credibility by being sincere and straightforward Mr Gruenwald urged the graduates to become productive in society rather than devoted to analysis ol whether it is better to live off unemployment insurance or A text of his remarks was released prior to the Grandma claims youngster A Southern Alberta woman has been given care of a three year old Indian boy found in a Calgary hotel coffee shop April an officer of the health and social development department said Friday C L assistant administrator of the department's south Calgary regional said the boy's grandmother the who had been placed in a native foster home while efforts were made to find his family. The woman from a Southern Alberta first approached the department of Indian affairs in Lethbridge claiming to be the boy's grandmother She gave a perfect description of the boy The boy was able to speak some English and apparently understood the Blackfoot but was unable to give workers his name. Officials said because the child had been his status must be decided at a hearing in family court May 9. if his home proves to be a healthy environment the case may be withdrawn and the child might be .released to the relatives under a supervision order Meals chief to protest budget cut At least one preventive social services project is miffed at the budget cut forced on it by city council Officials of the Lethbridge Society for Meals on Wheels will be at city council Monday to ask for reconsideration of a reduction in their 1974 budget Not president of the says in a letter to the decision will have a detrimental effect on the services provided by Meals on ;