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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD May 1974 Housing warranties New protection for home buyers could cover 1975 says city builder By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer A national house warranty plan that will protect owners against major structural detects in homes they buy could be in operation by January. says the president ot the Lethbridge Housing Association The Housing and Urban development Association of Canada and the federal government are ironing out differences of a HUDAC proposal for a national warranty Keith Bickerton says. As soon as the government ratifys the the details of the plan will be announced. are hopeful the government will accept the HUDAC plan in the very near Mr. Bickerton says. It the plan is approved it will be put into operation as soon after government ratification as possible. It could cover first housing units ot he says. Although Mr Bickerton was reluctant to reveal details of the plan because they have not yet been he says it will cost a homeowner a added on to the price of a new home. This fee will insure the home against major structural defects. Many homes already have warranties provided by builders but they cover a home for only a one-year period. Under the proposed an arbitration board will referee disputes between owners and builders. If an owner has a complaint against a builder he will have recourse to this board. In the past the only recourse was legal action. The arbitration board will handle disputes only relating to major defects. To make sure owners don't run to the arbitration board for every little thing they may be required to put down a deposit with each complaint. This deposit would be refunded if the board rules in the owner's favor. The deposit would be used to cover the cost of an inspection of- the complaint. Mr. Bickerton says the deposit would be to encourage the owner to first go to the builder with his complaint and to work closely with him If the HUDAC proposal is the national warranty plan would be administered by a corporation set up by HUDAC. There would bo a national headquarters with regional offices in each province. There would also be an arbitration board in each province which would employ its own inspectors. HUDAC already has a warranty scheme used by many builders. this plan does not cover builder bankruptcy. House warranties are difficult to administer because it's hard to determine who's to blame if there's a dispute the the owner or the supplier of materials used If the proposed plan is professional people will handle Mr. Bickerton says. According to the HUDAC all builders will be able to join the corporation upon payment of a fee but it will not be compulsory. Although the amount of the fee has not yet been 13 builders from the Lethbridge association have already paid each in support of the HUDAC proposal. The LHA is a member of HUDAC. Before a builder becomes a member of the corporation he will serve a probationary period to make sure he meets the standards and building practices of the corporation. The HUDAC proposal states if the arbitration board rules against a builder in a dispute during the probationary period and he refuses to honor this the corporation will cover any cost incurred by an owner. The corporation will also stand behind an owner if a builder goes bankrupt during the probationary period. One of the main criticisms of a HUDAC-run corporation is delinquent the very ones owners need protection will not be members. In reply to Mr. Bickerton claims as people become more aware of the they will probably demand a builder belong to the proposed corporation before they would allow him to build their home. Most people demand a warranty on a car or a television set before they buy them. If they buy them without warranties they know they are taking a chance. This would be the long- range goal of a house warranty Mr. Bickerton says. it will be up to the consumer to decide if he wants a builder certified by the the HUDAC proposal says. HUUAC teels eventually lending institutions will demand builders they are financing become members the corpora likely wouldn't come about until the plan is in effect and is proven to be a good workable Mr. Bickerton says. He thinks HUUAC should run the corporation that would administer the warranty plan and not the government as has been suggested as an alternative to a HUDAC-run corporation. HUDAC knows and can handle the problems and supervise builders better than the he said. can see builders do a good job just as well as the government he says. Most ot the 21 builders in the LHA are in favor of a national warranty Mr. Bickerton says. The association has made some contributions to the warranty he says. Rash of break-ins keeps police busy A 20-year-old Lethbridge man was to appear in provincial court today charged with breaking into two city businesses Kenneth Willy 322 3rd St S was charged with a break-in at Glascon Industrial Ltd.. 327 3rd St during which a portable electric three .22-calibre a radio and a slide viewer were stolen. Saddle club A new executive has been named for 1974 by the Whoop- Up Saddle Club James Calder ot Coaldale was named president. Buck Lethbridge. vice- Ruth Jorgenson. Sunny secretary- and Elaine King- Brown. Lethbridge. recording secretary Weekly gymkanas will be held at the club gounds on 20th Avenue S. ONEIDA MAY SALE DELUXE STAINLESS 5 PIECE PLACE SETTING Reg. 8.75. SPECIAL PATTERNS Mediterranean Nordic Crown Chene Lasting Rose -J Capistrono Chateau Offer ends May 30 Other Patterns at Similar Savings Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Police also allege Unwin stole a tool chest during another break-in Saturday night at Grover's Sales 334 4th St. S Another break-in Saturday night at Doug's Sports. 315 7th St.. resulted in the theft of about from a cash box. The business was entered through a sky-light. Meanwhile city police are continuing their investigation into nine break-ins Thursday night during which extensive damage was done with an axe. The Pentacostal 520. 7th St S Imperial Optical 505 7th St Watkinson. Hanhart and Duda Accounting 511 5th St. Chiropractic Associate 509-511 7th St S and three offices in the Houghton 515 7th St were all broken into Police also believe the same person broke into Robins. Watson and Associates and Thrall both at 529 6th St. S Tools stolen from Imperial Optical were used to open a safe at the Chiropractic but nothing was stolen Damage there is estimated at In the Houghton offices of the youth and recreation department were broken into after a door was battered in with an axe. While inside the a desk drawer was chopped but nothing was taken. The Pentecostal Church suffered about axe damage after it was entered through a basement window. At Thrall a safe was attacked with an but it was not opened. About was stolen from a cash box. FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESI 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. THE AUCTION 2508-2nd Ave. N Lethbridge BLOCK License 077855 Regular Tuesday Evening May 1974 p.m. We have received numerous favorable comments regarding our quantity and variety of items of and again this week we would like to Lovely mahogany console electric organ Six ladder back chairs with reed seats Floral sculptured back chesterfield suite with 2 a beautiful piece of furniture. Admiral deluxe fridge. 1969 Suzuki 200 x 5 motor bike 1960 Ford Galaxy Our ntxt ANTIQUE AND BYGONE SALE will held June 1974. Saturday at 11 a.m. we are accepting consignments for this sale now. Telephone 327-1222 to arrange pick-up service. More Action by John Lie. No. 067449 RICK ERVIN photo Take your pick It could be a Mafioso on his way to a or it could be a collapsible bicycle Darcy of 1235 6th Ave. could be on his way to a music lesson. A review Canada's best do their thing By PAT ORCHARD The Anne Campbell Singers celebrated their 10th anniversary Spring Sing at the Yates Memorial Centre Saturday and Sunday afternoons. These girls have already established a reputation as the best all-female ensemble in and judging from Saturday's I shan't demur. The program began .with two of Brahms' followed by Bartok's and a Canadian folksong. I have had occasion to criticize the Anne Campbell singers in the past as being a limited vehicle of expression. the ability with which the girls captured the changing moods and emotions of these attractive songs proved sufficient to take the edge off rny critical faculty. The performances were both in execution and in feeling A trio comprised of Margaret Rae Johnston and Carol Virtue interspersed the program with a humorous account of Northcote's old The girls projected a warm and lovable pesonality which added to the immediacy of their interpretiations. The Teen Clefs went on to perform East's merrily we three Hungarian folk McMillan's Ookpik. and Kodaly's These numbers had a few dubious moments but their as well as the dexterity of their diction were worthy of praise. This was followed by three soloists who are currently preparing for solo competitions in Britain. Rae Johnston gave a competent performance of Quilter's when soft voices Margaret Marus conveyed the dramatic nuances of the folk song broken in faultless a and Miss Virtue gave a rather uneven rendering of ist der Although she deployed her rich and beautiful tone with an admirable attach and both she and the choruses in general are badly in need of coaching in German pronunciation. The false quantities in their especially in the pronunciation of the unaccented-e marred what were otherwise enjoyable performances. The first half of the program concluded with a fashion show featuring Teen Clef models and slides. Henny Hildebrand and Marvel Harrison did an excellent job as commentators. Mrs. Campbell was wise to alternate the program this way in order that a surfeit of singing be avoided. Katie Johnson began the second half of the program with numbers by Mendelssohn High school grad antics cost businesses money Now is the time to consider AIR CONDITIONING from your 'Air Conditioning Centre of the South' CHARLTON HILL LTD. 1262 2nd Ave. South Phone 328-3388 Sandblasting will b'e required to repair damage done to several city apparently by some Lethbridge Collegiate Institute students who got a little carried away with graduation-day pranks. Spray paint was used to scrawl Grads and some names and initials on the Home and Pitfield warehouse 300 block 3rd Ave. Henderson Park Ice Henderson Park Swimming Sof-Spra Car 188 North Mayor Magrath and Ritt Way Heating and 136 North Mayor Magrath Dr. Police estimate sandblasting will be needed to remove the paint from the Home and Pitfield and the Henderson Park arena. Damage to the warehouse is estimated at and Hageman One of the joys of having Miss- Johnson of the original members of the Teen is that it enables us to follow the rise and development of her musicianship. Despite an unfortunate lack of stage Miss Johnson has a real stylistic range. She was genuinely at ease in songs of the utmost such as the Purcell yet managed to refresh even so hoary an old favorite as Mendelssohn's wings of in the right hands a song of real distinction. Her rendering of Hageman's the was the highlight of the afternoon. The artist was a real tribute to the Anne Campbell Singers. The afternoon concluded with the Teen Clefs' beautiful execution of songs by an Italian folk Edelweiss and Susie Foster's flute accompaniment made a vital contribution to the latter number. The program was well with frequent changes of thus achieving variety without incongruity. The soloists throughout were excellent and the girls' ability to sing each number from memory was most commendable. The standard of this performance augurs well for their forth- coming visit to where they will undoubtedly gain their native city further laurels. Stirling cyclist injured A 22-year-old Stirling man is in satisfactory condition today in Calgary General Hospital after he was injured Saturday in a motorcycle accident in the river valley in Lethbridge. Roger Wood lost control of his motorcycle while riding in the valley and slid down a steep embankment. He was transferred from St. Michael's Hospital to the Calgary facility. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz BWg. 222 5th St. S Phone 328-4095 AKROYD'S HEATING AND OASFITTINO Special ritM tar Mnlor eltlitnt Now Pherw 331-2106 City Scene St. Albert band in city About 40 members of the Father Jan Junior High School band in St. Albert were in Lethbridge Friday for a workshop with about 35 members of the Catholic Central Junior High School band. There were three workshop sessions during the day at which the musicians received did some sectional band work and played some pre-arranged numbers. In the evening there was a concert attended by about 150 people at Catholic Central. Catholic Central plans a return trip to St Albert which is just north of Edmonton. Teachers workshop Tuesday A workshop in sample studies units in social studies is to operate in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Alberta Teachers Association social studies regional council Tuesday. The workshop. for Southwestern Alberta is to be conducted by Gary De Leeuw from the University ot Calgary The meeting scheduled for p m. in the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute will include the annual election of officers for the council. Fireworks training offered Training courses for fireworks display supervisors will be held May 28 in Calgary and May 29 in Edmonton The which will be held in fire department facilities in the two are designed to qualify persons for a certificate allowing them to hold fireworks displays. Further information is available from the Lethbridge Fire Department. Gainrite purchased The Southern Alberta Co-op has purchased Gainrite Feeds 235 6th St. N.. and will take over its operation says the co-op's president. Correction It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's Herald that ditches along 4th Ave. and 12th St. South were the work of an ACT crew. The ditches were made by Cablevision crew putting in new cable TV lines. Certified Dentil Mtthinlc CLIFF BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL SLOG. Lower PHONE 327-2122 Fur Coat Storage Time The Lethbridge Furriers PHONE 327-2209 HI WE LOVE We couldn't let Mother's day go by with- out adding our salute to Mothers. We see mothers everyday in our pharmacy. We see them when they are worried and bringing in prescriptions for a sick child. We see them hiding their worries and trying to comfort and reassure their little ones. We see new Mothers shopping for needed items for that tiny baby they so proudly carry. And we see thoughtful Mothers deciding on many important drug items. Because we are so closely involved with serving these Mothers we can appreciate the many roles they must play. At this time we would like to say a special thank you to the Mothers who have chosen us to help them. GEORGE and ROD SAY... The correct time is the only thing you can be sure of with second hand information. DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY GEORGE 601 6th AVI. Oil 328-6133 RODNEY 401 5th St. S. __ Delivery Call 327-3364 ;