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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta MRS. BERNICE VOTH has just returned from Hawaii. Drop in and enquire about your HAWAIIAN VACATION NOW! ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MAIL PHONE 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, May 15, 1973 PAGES 13 TO 26 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7411 FILING CABINETS 5 to 10 per year Guards cut down hanging inmates By JIM GRANT Herald Writer An estimated five to 10 prisoners have to be cut down from a hanging position each year as city police thwart suicide attempts in their de- tention centre cells. Police Chief Ralph Michel- son says at least twice that number threaten to attempt suicide in the cells each year. Suicide attempts in city cells can't be classified as "common but they're certain- ly not he said Mon- day. Police said the 17-year-old youth who died in police cells Sunday did not indicate any suicidal tendencies and did not appear to be ill when he was placed in the cells. An hour after he was ar- rested for impaired driving, John Scott Davis, 1809 2nd Ave. N., strangled himself with his sweater in a city cell, police said Monday. An inquest into Mr. Davis' death will be conducted by Dr. Max Cantor, chief pro- vincial ccronsr, Wednesday 2 p.m. in the provincial court Treaty 7 replica in collese li( By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Old detaield legal docu- ments can be loaded with hu- mor or sorrow depending on whether a person's life has been directly affected by them. One such document is the replica of Treaty 7 in the In- dian history section of the Lethbridge Community Col- lege's library. This hand-written treaty, signed in 1877 at the black- foot crossing of the Bow River by representatives of the Queen and Indian chiefs from what is now Alberta, is the topic of much debate and concern today among govern- ment officials and the Indian people. In March, after a 15-year legal battle, the Federal gov- ernment finally recognized the portion of Treaty 7 deal- ing with ammunition funds and paid five Alberta bands a total of Some cf the rights and ma- terial goods granted the In- dians in Treaty 7 may appear slightly hilarious in this mod- ern age of automation and inflation, but at the time of the treaty signing they played a vital role in bringing the two sides together. For example, each chief and band councillor received 10 axes, five handsaws, five augers, one grindstone and the necessary files and whet- stones in exchange for the Crown's use of band mem- bers. A bull was also to be given each chief for the use of his band but in both cases the treaty did not stipulate what AIR CONDITION NOW with the ROUND ONE by Carrier ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES, SHEET METAL and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 2214 43 St. S. Ph. 327-5816 ihe crown would use the bands for Each chief and band coun- cillor was to receive a suit- able suit of clothing once for every three years of office. Following the signing each chief received a medal and flag in honor of the occasion and was to receive a Win- chester rifle the following year. In addition to the minute material goods mentioned, the Indians are also to be given cash payments, re- served land, education on the reserves and hunting rights. Hunting rights were to be allowed throughout the land surrendered by the Indians subject to government regu- lations and excepting any land required for settlement, mining, trading, or other pur- posss. As their part of the bar- gain Blackfeet, Blood, Pei- gan, Sarcee and Stoney In- dians "released, surrendered and yielded all their rights, titles and privileges whatso- ever to their lands" with the exception being the land granted to them for reserves. The college library has in book form all the treaties made by Canadian Indians plus individual reprints of some of the treaties. The library also stocks pamphlets, arts and craft in- formation, newspaper clip- pings, contemporary surveys and books on the North Am- erican Indian history and cul- ture. The current effort to in- crease the college library's Indian section began at the end of 1972 because of the in- creasing interest of students in the history and culture of the native people. "Some of the native stu- dents are anxious to find out what was actually written in the treaties and many stu- dents came in to read the book titled Bury my heart at Wounded Knee because of the present Indian-U.S. govern- ment conflict there, says Barb Marshalsay, public ser- vice librarian at the college. Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DINTAl LAI MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 house building, 4 Ave. and llth St. S. Before the weekend inci- dent, the last suicide in a city police cell was in 1953 and police say there have been several attempts since but all failed. Drunks are always put in the lower bunk of a cell to prevent a fall and Chief Mi- chelson says it is normal procedure for the warden, a commissionaire, to remove the prisoner's shoe laces, belt, suspenders and any oth- er item that may be used in a suicide attempt. If a prisoner is very ill a physician is called and if the person happens to be men- tally disturbed or high on drugs the physician then can request specialized care. The prisoner is always ask- ed if he would like the ser- vices of his own doctor and if a preference isn't indicated the police then call one of the hospitals for a physician on duty, Chief Michelson said. If any prisoner loses con- sciousness he is immediately taken to hospital. Mr. Davis was put in the lower bunk of a back cell out of view of the warden be- cause he did not appear to need constant watching. When Commission aire Chester Cackelt made his rounds at a.m. Sun- day Mr. Davis and 15 other prisoners, with the excep- tion of one who asked for a light for a cigarette, appear- ed -to be asleep. During the warden's next round at a.m., he says he found Mr. Davis hanging himself. He immediately released the prisoner from the sweat- er entanglement and called for assistance. Mouth to mouth resuscitation was ap- plied unsuccessfully while a call went out for an ambu- lance. Mr. Davis was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mi- chael's Hospital. According to the police, Mr. Davis' cell mate slept through the incident. Chief Michelson says sui- cide is always a threat in any detention situation. Being behind bars is not a normal situation for people to be in. He said most police depart- ments would like to get rid of detention facilities but at the moment they are required by the police act. The Lethbridge city police cells are as good cr better than most because they are relatively new, he said. The cells were constructed in 1962 along with the pres- ent police station. Captain Ron Butcher, head of the Salvation Army suicide division in Lethbridge, says just being arrested could be a frightening experience for a person. He says movies and televi- sion have created a fear of arrest in the minds cf people because they portray the po- liceman as an interrogator rather than a friend. An intoxicated person may be barely-conscious when he is locked up and when he be- comes more alert fear could overcome him and cause the person to do strange things, Capt. Butcher said. Does your motorcycle meet government regu- lations? All cycles are required to have a headlight and tail light if ridden on forest SPECIAL WHILE STOCKS LAST 1972 KAWASAKI 750's. Reg. 500's. Reg. LETHBRIDGE KAWASAKI 13th ST. and HARDIEVILLE RD. PHONE 327-6117 THE BEST SERVICE IN THE SOUTH Come out ahead on a Kawasaki Full Six Months Warranty Coverage KAWASAKI Reg. Z-1900CC CHARGEX ONLY Bank Financing Available (O.A.P.C.) With No Trade In Restocking fish Dennis Griffith of the provincial fish and wildlife branch empties the last of rainbow trout into Henderson, Lake as a restocking program. The yearling fish, ranging from four to eight inches in length, were raised at Raven Station at Caroline, Alberta. Gold Spring park, south of Milk River and the Taber Fish and Game Association pond will also be stocked in the Lethbridge district. Water supplies in the Pincher Creek, Cardston, Claresholm, Foremost and Medicine Hat districts are also scheduled to be stocked. BILL GROENEN photo Taray discount forms delay tax notice mailing c? J A provincial government holdup in getting homeowner tax discount forms out to municipalities means Leth- bridge homeowners likely won't get their 1973 tax no- tices before the end of May. City finance director Allis- ter Findlay said today the city is all set to send out the tax notices and could have them all on their way in a matter of a few days, but has to wait on the provincial forms. All municipalities are in the same boat, he said. Homeowners will still have to get their tax bills in how- ever by the end of June as usual. The delay has apparently been in getting the homeown- er discount forms prepared under the terms of the new property tax reduction plan LHS grad honored by V of A A graduate of the old Leth- bridge High School will re- ceive the first honorary doc- tor of letters degree ever awarded by the University of Alberta at convocation exer- cises May 30. Dr. F. E. L. Priestly, a former university professor, is receiving the award for outstanding contributions in the humanities. He will also deliver the convocation ad- dress. Dr. Priestly has a master of arts degree from the Uni- versity of Alberta and a doc- torate of philosophy from the University of Toronto- He was an assistant pro- fessor at the University of British Columbia and a staff member at University Col- lege in Toronto. Dr. Priestly was born in Banbury, England in 1905 and retired in Toronto last year. From 1962 to 1964 he was president of the Humanities Association of Canada. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal So- ciety of Literature. in which homeowners will get a maximum tax rebate of depending on the assessed value of their property. NEW CORPORATION DIRECTOR AHC should be INSURED PUR STOM6E NEW YORK FURS< 604A 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3276 By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON The re- cently appointed, 36 year- old, executive director of the Alberta Housing Corporation has studied building methods in England, France, Spain, Japan, the United States and Canada and figures he knows as much as anybody about the "systems approach" to construction. Jim Landsky. who left the Polymer Corporation in To- lonto to join the provincial crcwn corporation here March 19, was building fore- man for Habitat sys- tems approach to housing which attracted so much at- tention at Montreal's Expo '67. He also designed the mod- ule or block component struc- ture for a contract cf 21 schools in Montreal's Cath- olic separate school system. But it was the large social side of Mr. Landsky that brought him. to "expansion ary" Western Canada. "This province really ap- peals to he said in an interview in his spacious new office on the second floor of the AHC's modern premises on Kingsway near Edmonton's Industrial Airport. "A lot of people are moving out here from the East be- cause it's a batter place to bring up kids." Edmonton is "very cosmo- politan" with a rich mix of ethnic groups "much like says Mr. Land- sky. The Sydney, Nova Seotia- torn engineer was pleasantly surprised to find French- language schools here in which to enrol his children. "I'm not pro French real- ly. I'm just pro my kids bilingulism is the coming thing. You can't get a top management job in Montreal anymore without knowing both French and English." Mr. Landsky wants to turn the AHC into more than just a money source. "We should become the ex- perts on housing in the prov- ince a service to ths pub- lic, to municipalities and to the building industry." To achieve his prime long- term goal of lowering cost of housing Mr. Landsky says government must work more closely with the build- ing industry which he termed "the most backward in the world." JIM LANDSKY There are no large, mod- ern, researched com- panies like General Motors or Westinghouse in the build- ing business, he declared. "The construction industry is far too fragmented. No- body is dcing the research t'hat is required to improve building methods." The Alberta Housing Cor- poration, on one hand, must lower land costs through means such as land banking and on the other hand, roust bring down build ing costs through improved tech- nology, he said. One solution could be to of- fer private developers a "guaranteed market" for houses over a period of time so the firm or firms could belter plan on a larger scale, said the executive di- rector. Established in May, 19S7 to co-ordinate National Housing Act facilities with municipal, provincial and federal hous- ing programs, the AHC is in- tended to assist low and mid- dle income families, senior citizens and students fi.Td recBonably-priced accommo- dation. The corporation reports to the Alberta 1 e g i s 1 a ture through the minister of municipal affairs, Dave Rusj sell, who is also chairman of the AHC's board of directors. Mr. Landsky said he has no political affiliation. He praised the emphasis the Lougheed government has placed on fee AHC raising its budget to mil- lion from million last year and the qualifications of the AHC board which is made up of people with dif- ferent backgrounds from var- ious parts of the province. Land banking where the corporation owns land and doles it out to a municipality or a develcpar as needed is an expanding function. The AHC has purchased more than acres in the West Lethbridge side for million, for instance, and will make lots available to the city as required. This large land holding prevents inflation by specula- tors, ensures the opportunity for proper planning and de- velopment and frees city funds for other purposes. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. 5. Phone 328-4095 KOYT'S SPORTING DEPT. RSHIMG ROD SPECIALS! 6'6" Spinning Rod Model 0161? Reg. 8.95 Special 9 7 Foot Spinning Rod Model D1649 Reg. 16.95 Special Trolling and Casting Rods AH 20% offl CALL SPORTING 327-5767 DOWNTOWN BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Installations Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 bucket (Ericfyen) 'Perfect for all occasions" FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP 2021 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 328-8161 1701 M.M. DRIVE PHONE 328-775 ;