Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, May 10, 1973 City police chief dismisses overpass idea for 5th Ave. S. AMA safety supervisor recommends installing flashing amber lights By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A pedestrian overpass at Mayor Magrath Dr. and 5th Ave. S. would do little to alle- viate the potential hazard on that corner, the Lethbridge police chief said Wednesday. seen pedestrian over- passes which are not used while people cross the street" as they would if there were no overpass, Chief Ralph Mi- cheison said. If an above street level crossing was built, the area would have to b3 fenced "to funnel people into the over- he said. The force has stationed a policeman at the corner for about 10 years and children still go a block down to cross unattended, he said. Ralph Spicer, safety super- ior for the Alberta Motor Association, suggested that flashing amber lights should be installed over the inter- section which would reduce the speed limit to 20 m.p.h. "Something needs to be done about the problem but while an overpass would ap- pear to solve the problem. I'm not sure it Mr. Spicor said. He also proposed that the walk signal on the lights at 5th Ave. S. should be extend- ed to give pedestrians ample time to get across the street. The flashing amber lights, which Mr. Spicer said are used in most Calgary school zones, would give motorists some warning of pedestrian crossing. And the lights are operated by a time clock which acti- vates them only during school zone hours, so that in ether periods normal tratfic flow would prevail. He seJd whatever !s done, intersections at 4th through 6th Ave. should b3 surveyed to determine the density of pedestrian move- ment. The lights may have to en- compass both 4th Ave. and 6th Ave., Mr. Spicer said. At a board meeting Tues- day night separate school trustees unanimously con- demned the city for not pro- safer crossing at 5th Ave. Board chairman John Boras said, "if somebody got se- verely injured as a result of this, there'd be a mad scram- ble (for But it's too late then." The last reported falalUy at thai intersection was on Sept. 14. 1985, when a fhe- year-old girl was killed as she was crossing the street about p.m. Marching home from school across intersection at Mayor Magrath Dr. and 5th Ave. S. Native friendship group appeals for new image By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer An appeal was made Wed- nesday to the Municipal Planning Commission to help the Native Friendship Society establish a new im- age and find a suitable home jr. Lethbridge fcr the first time. A delegation from the so- ciety led by board member E. J. Clark appeared b afore t h e commission Wednesday to seek permission to estab- lish a centre in a large frame house at 820 6th S. Mr. Clark told the commis- sion the society wants to use the house for a year or tv.o until funds can be obtained from the secretary of srate department to acquire land to build a permanent centre. He said the society has had a rough history in Leth- bridge but is on the verge of getting on an even keel and if it can prove itself in the nest couple of years will bs a likely candidate for funding for its own building. In a written submission to the MFC, Mr. Clark said the Lethbridge society has never had suitable quarters and efforts to Icate a suitable home recently have not been successful and certain prej- udices hava surfaced. "Our first consideration when seek ing improvement of the society's image is to be able to establish in a suit- able accommodation, he said. Mr. Clarke told the com- mission members the house in question is a large one and would be suitable. He said the centre would normally be open from about 9 a.m. to 7 or 9 p.m. except for occa- sional functions such as na- tive Indian dances and bingo. He added that no one would sleep overnight on the prem- ises and liquor is not con- doned. Programs at the centre would include language in- struction and recreation fa- cilities. In brief, said Mr. Clark, it would be a plaes for Indians and a percentage of other segments of society to meet on common grounds to the benefit of society as a whole. "When requesting your co- operation for approval for the society to locate at 820 Clh Ave. S., I am conscious of the image that the public has received of the society's operations in the past, Mr. Clark continued. "However, the funding for 'the efficient operation of the society is available, and I satisfied that with proper organization and guidance that it can function in the manner intended, provide a much needed sea-vice to the Native population, and ac- complish a great deal toward assimilation and acceptance of the Indian population into other segments of our so- ciety." Mr. Clarke explained that until now the Lethbridge so- ciety has been funded through the provincial Native Friendship organization, but now has been approved for direct funding from the sec- retary of state in Ottawa. The MFC tabled the so- ciety's request for two weeks for posting and advertising since the application is by the commission's definitions to establish a private club in what is largely a residential area. The two-storey house the society wants to use is across the street from a city-owned house that the society is still using as an office on a day- to-day basis. Conference on weekend for LDS Family solidarity will be the conference theme this weekend as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-day Saints gather in the city for a Lethbridge Stake conference.' Elder Robert Simpson, an assistant to the Council of Twelve of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, will bring a message on strengthening family rela- tionships. Parents and any single "head of the house" are invit- ed to attend a 7 p.m. meet- ing this evening in the Stake Centre, 28th Street and Scenic Drive. Mr. Simpson will also speak at 10 a.m. Sunday. Visitors are welcome to par- ticipate, Stake President Bryce Stringham says. Picture in ted new Britain ambasss Sir Peter Havman British High Commissioner to Canada By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer The British high commission- er to Canada, in a resounding Oxford aceort Wednesday, painted a buoyant and bullish picture of "new Britain" and her relations with her eight European common mar k e t neighbors and the world. Speaking to about 60 pel-sons at the Southern Alberta Coun- cil on Public Affairs, Sir Peter Hayman said Britain is at the most exciting time in her long history under Prime Minister Ted Heath, who he said is Bri- tain's most forceful head of government since Winston Churchill. The vigorous and thought- provoking senior diplomat re- jected impressions that England Firemen's camp work appreciated The Lethbridge local of the International Association of Fire Fighters was praised Wednesday night for the work members have done in build- ing and maintaining the boy scout camp southwest of Pin- cher Creek. Last summar, local firemen donated their time to con- struct a purqp bouse, a dock, and window shutters at Camp Impeesa, 26 males southwest of I'incher Creek, on Beaver Mines lake. Andy Holmes, a member of the camp boy scout com- mittee thanked the men for the work they bad done since 1963, but particularily for as- sistance offered last summer. Mr. Holmes, and Bob Jenk- ins, executive director of the boy scouts in Southern Alber- ta, presented a scroll of rec- ogniticn to the association. is a bumbling, labor strife- ridden, backward nation. There were fewer working days lost through strikes in Eng- land last year than in either the United States or Canada, hs said and a full 90 per cent of British firms "never strike at all" Sir Peter defended the Bri- tish automobile and airplane against competitors, say i n g British craftmanship and tech- nology is second to none in the world. It's the first time since the Second World War that British labor and management have engaged in meaningful dia- logue, he said. British Prime Minister Heath is a strong believer in the European Economic Commun- ity, he said, a relation that will be of great benefit to Canada and other Commonwealth coun- tries Who will be able to use Britain as a "spring board" into the European market. Canadian firms can find mar- kets in Europe through agents in London, where there is no language barrier and the bank- ing, insurance and financial headquarters of the Western world are located, said the number one representative of the British government in Can- ada. Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau was the first head of government to send congratula- tions on Britain's announced entry into the European trading block, he said. Britain is being propelled into iiDion with neighbors in Western Europe by the "new generation who are all in favor of British going in." The larger market will mean vastly improved opportunities for sales of British goods, hs said, but will also mean "tre- mendous" competition for Bri- tish industry. Firms that continue to be run ''the way their grandfathers ran them" will be ''up against the said the diplomat. 5 miles of city streets to be paved or repaved A program co-sting for street and lane paving, sidewalks and work on curbs and gutters is being under- taken by the city engineering department this summer. The program will see about a mile and a half of lanes paved, and more than five miles cf city streets paved or repaved. Much of the paving work in new suburbs in outlying areas, but will also include patch work and asphalt over- lay in older areas of the city. Three blocks of 7th St. S between 1st and 4th Aves. and Mayer Magrath Dr. between 1st and 5th Aves. S. are to be repaved. for example. City engineering director Randy Holfeld said weather has a direct effect of deter- ioration of road surfaces. Last winter was bad for water seepage, he said, while this winter's high number of ireeze-thaw cycles contribut- ed to pavement break-up. Patching crews are already at work, but operation of the city's asphalt spreader has been delayed because of a hold-up in delivery of parts for the equipment. Foster-LCC meeting C7 not expected till July Advanced Education Minis- ter Jim Foster is not ex- pected to meet with Leth- bridge Community College governors until at least Juiy. LCC board chairman Bob Babki says Mr. Fester, who has agreed to meet colbge governors at an as yet un- spscificd date, may be in Lethbridge next month. He sad Mr. Foster may hold informal talks with some officials zl LCC and the University of Lethbridge during June. A meeting with all LCC governors is not possible dur- ing June because two board m.ambcJs will have com- pleted their terms of office. Mr. Babki said the minister cculd meat the full LCC beard sometime in July, but v.ill probably schedule talks io.- tin's fall, instead. LCC prc-idert Dr. C. D Stewart the college is pleaded with the opportunity to include Mr. Foster in one cf its monthly board meet- ings. "This is the first time an education minister has plan- ned to attend a board meet- -ng "It will an oppor- tunity fcr Mr. Foster to be- cer.ie closely associated with the admnistraiion of college Dr. Stewart said. Next fall's first graders YOUTH PROJECT WILL ORIENT NEW PUPILS By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer The first day of school next September should not be the usual trauma for some Leth- bridge first graders because of an OFY pre-school orienta- tion project that begins Mon- day. The six-student OFY task force will work with 150 new pupils at 'it. Patrick's, St Mary's, St. Paul's, and As- sumption, four elementary schools in the city separate school system. The project will consist of two parts. It will deal first with orientation. Each child will become acquainted with his new school and its sur- roundings. Bus and walking routes to school, for example, will be explained. The child will also learn about things that take place at school, like recess and lunch-time breaks. The second section of the project will be a survey that assesses each child's readi- ness for school by direct ob- servation and parent inter- views. The survey will then be used as a reference to as- certain a child's progress to show whether remedial work is needed to ready him for school. Maria Padula and Kathy Sawicki, first year educa- tion students at the University of Lethbridge, will begin the project next week. In June they will be joined by four highschool students Paul Featherstone, Barbara Himsl, Gloria Pigat. and Tina Pad- ula. The project has the co-op- eration of the separate school board, which has supplied it with lists of prospective pup- ils at the four clemantary schools. The OFY group will be allowed to use classrooms in the schools for their orien- tation sessions. Pialph Himsl, superintend- ent of the separate schools, said the students have the board's support in pait be- cause of two resource people involved in the project. They are Reginald Mackley and Dr. Bob Koep, both teachers at Catholic Central high school. Mr. Mackley is a guidance counsellor and Dr. Koep is a spscialist in early childhood education. Both men were contacted in February by the OFY peo- ple for advice and the spon- sorship necessary to ensure the funding grant from the federal government. Mr. Wacfcley and Dr. Koep will be available to the project over the summer on a con- sulting basis. Mr. Himsl said, ''We are confident in the responsible supervision that the project has. Working with those peo- ple, things should go well." Now in the process of com- piling the assessment survey, Maria Padula has visited the local pre-school program at Gal b r a i t h Elementary Scliool, taught by Miss Pali Wigels worth. The Pre school Services Project at Galbraith school is an experimental one, start- ed last year and funded pri- marily by the provincial gov- ernment and supplemented from city coffers. The Galbraith class was established last in re- sponse to a need for more pre-school education lacili- ties. Commercial kindergar- tens were too few in number to deal with the many chil- dren whose parents wanted them to have some pre- schoolreg. Orten the cost of these private services proved prohibitive. At no cost to the parents concerned, the OFY project will reach 150 children, and will supplement the orienta- tion program already in pro- gress at the separate schools. In groups of twelve, (he new pupils will have hour-long orientation sessions over a period of three or four days during the summer months! The advantage of the OFY according fo Miss Padula, is the greater de- gree of individual attention that each child will receive in the small group. The OFY project can concentrate on factors beyond the sphere of the hard-pressed classroom teachers the way to school, breakfast times, recess games. Dr. Bob Gall of school ser- vices in the public schcol sys- tem in Lethbridge, termed the project idea "delightful." "Making children indepen- dent is he said. Dr. Gall pointed out that there was a growing interest in early childhood education in the city schools. Both Dr. Gall and Dr. Keep have been at work with other educators in Lethbridge for several months on a study of pre- school facilities in the city The findings of this study, combined suggestions ior lariher development in this field, are to be submitted in a bnef to the Alberta gov- ernment en May 14th. Dr Gall and Dr. Koep will join His faculty of education at the University cf Leth- bridge this fall, teaching courses in early childh o o d education. The OFY project fits Jnio Dr. Kosp's contention that pre-school services to chil- den should originate from the private sector of the city and not only from the school. Beside the useful service that this project will provide, Miss Padula is looking for- ward to this job as one ?Je will enjoy. "I wanted the experience of working with young chil- she said.