Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Losing 25 years takes a lot of catching up By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer On a crisp September morning in Grace Johnston and Isabel Miller walked to freedom after spending 25 years in provincial mental homes. still think about coming out that I couldn't believe it it will be a day we will always says Mrs. Miller. And after a quarter of a century of incarceration at mental homes in the towns of 60 miles north of Red and 20 miles southeast of the women vow they will never go back. Their story of the 15 years they were at Raymond were carried in The Lethbriuge Herald earlier this year. The two women say they feel the publicity has done what they had hoped to bring attention and help to those people in the Raymond Home who were not lucky enough to be released. But as government rehabilitation and assessment teams are visiting the Grace and Isabel are beginning to live the 25-years they have missed. Mrs. says regaining a place in the community has not been too difficult because of the great amount of help given the two by volunteers of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The two who met and became close friends at live together in an apartment in Lethbridge. there are some things that have been difficult to get used she says. bothered me and still was getting used to the lights on streets and when to Mrs. says the greatest problem has been getting used to the various appliances that have been put on the market since 1948. Electric apartment door and soaring prices are not the gas door knockers and 50-cent-a- pound beef that they were used to a quarter of a century ago. was hard getting into cooking again we would burn things but Grace Johnson training as a hair stylist it's okay now. The telephone was easy to learn but the buzzer for the door their was something Mrs. Johnston says. Mrs. Miller says the elevator in their apartment building was dizzying at first but she has gotten to enjoy the trip. During the years they were in Ponoka and Raymond they were not totally cut off from the outside world. was television and radio and we read the paper when we could get hold of one. We read everything about hospitals and mental health to see if we would be getting out and how things were Mrs. Miller says. The two women constantly hoped for release but never really expected to be released. Mrs. Johnston thought we would never get out but we never gave up hoping. We never expected a transfer because the home seems to like to keep good The two are active in various social events Isabel Miller 'so much to experience' including a Bible study group and CMHA programs. go to the library and take out a lot of watch a little television when there is a good movie and go downtown on shopping Mrs. Miller says. The two have learned the schedule and direction of city buses and have friends who help them travel about the city. Their education on the bus system came through trial and error. first time we went out we were heading downtown and ended up at Centre Village And another time I missed a stop and had to go around Mrs. Miller says. The two women laugh when they mention some of the problems they have encountered and have only kind words for the world they have re-entered. The women do not carry bitter feelings for the mental homes or systems that some people could say has robbed them of 25 years of living. Mrs. Miller says they haven't missed out on anything by being in the homes and they think back to the and the patients they knew within the homes. Their observations about life as compared with do not'linger on material changes but stretch to the ideas and attitudes of people. The two women left society because of two so- called breakdowns. They left a society that was unaware of the medical breakthroughs in mental health. But they say they feel they are accepted now. went for a walk one day after I got out and someone was staring at me. I didn't know what to do I walked away and they stopped. This feeling doesn't bother me anymore everyone has been says Mrs. Miller. Even when friends discovered the and mentioned in the initial Herald article were Grace and there was no change in their they say. I first got out I thought I didn't want anymore to know where we were from but no one has said Mrs. Miller says. The acceptance by the community has reinforced their desire to stay out of the home. could never go back' now. Everything is too Mrs. Miller says. Trustees debate assistant appointments Administrative assistants to school principals should not be appointed for a three-year term because a principal should have the opportunity to withdraw the appointment after each year if the person isn't doing the the public school board was informed Tuesday. Trustee Reg Turner warned the board members that if they restrict the school principal to making an appointment of three the administrative assistant would be able to hold the position for the full three years even though the principal believes the person is longer the man for the Trustee Doug McPherson supports the concept of long-term appointments .because he believes they attract the best people available to the job. The three-year appointment provides a person with the security they need to settle down and put an effort into the he suggested. Even school board members are appointed for a three-year Dr. McPherson pointed out. The one-year appointment doesn't mean the administrative assistant would hold the position for only one according to Mr. Turner. appointment would last as long as the principal had confidence in the he explained. Trustee Carl Johnson also believes a one-year appointment good work will be There is too much security in the work force he added. He maintains year at a time smartens us all The debate concluded with Mr. Turner's successful motion to refer the length of an administrative assistant's term to the superintendent for more study and consultation with school principals. The trustees did agree to change another portion of the same policy that dealt with the organizational structure of the public schools. The change provides for increased flexibility in the administrative organization of the schools by allowing them the option to combine the allowances normally paid assistant principals and department heads and to assign them to administrative assistants or curriculum based on the amount of responsibility each assumes. Basically the policy change is designed to allow schools to spread administrative responsibilities among more people. The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 13-20 Highway will skirt Coleman By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The provincial department of highways has rejected a plea from the town of Coleman that Highway 3 be used as an urban renewal tool in the downtown. Clarence minister of -highways and has told the town the highway will probably be built through north Coleman. Construction of any highway will not proceed for several years in any as the department of the environment is considering how to eventually move the Coleman Collieries tipple from the town. Construction of new highway through the 'Pass has been scheduled to leave the Coleman section until last to give the environment department more time. In a letter to Charlie Drain Pincher Creek- Mr. Copithorne says the proposed route should skirt developable land. Its development should not hold up other developments in the town. Mr. Drain said the probable route would displace the fewest people. that standpoint it is He said the prime consideration had to be moving an increased traffic load through the 'Pass. Of the urban renewal scheme proposed by the Mr. Copithorne have carefully considered the proposal which would involve extensive removal of downtown buildings and developments as suggested by but have concluded th.at such a routine would not adequately serve tie function A mmonia firm eyes production of heavy water By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor RAYMOND If this town wins a million fertilizer plant it also may win a heavy water The Herald learned today. The heavy water plant could be realized in the final stage of the development of the scheduled to be completed in 1978. Initial stages of the plant are slated for completion in 1976 and 1977 by Alberta Ammonia Ltd. of Calgary. Company President Duncan Sim said today and the heavy used in the production of atomic could easily be produced because the fertilizer plant would already have a stream of hydrogen for its ammonia operation. The heavy water would be sold to a Candu atomic energy plant. Mr. Sim said several of these plants are now being built throughout the world. Heavy water plants already in operation in Nova Scotia are making the heavy water by a harder route than would be the case in the Alberta Ammonia he said. Heavy water is used as a coolant and a moderator in the production of atomic energy. The addition of urea and nitrate plants are being considered the Warner County council learned Tuesday. Raymond was chosen because it is close to a very pure water the Ridge Reservoir. By the time the water reaches this sediment has filtered out in various other water impoundments upstream. the Warner County council revealed the Town of Raymond is planning to annex a section of land just east of town and south of Highway 52 if that site is approved by the government for the complex. The plant would be connected to the Ridge Reservoir by a four-mile pipe. The pipeline into the United for exportation of the ammonia for further would possibly cross the border at Aden. Jt was forecast about people could be employed in construction of the complex. The company must negotiate with the Oldman River Regional Planning the St. Mary River Irrigation win approvals from the Alberta government at Edmonton for environment and water permits and still needs natural gas approvals from the Energy Resources Conservation Board. A Warner councillor said Tuesday if the rail line from Raymond to the main line running north from Coutts is the company will build its own railway. The Warner and Forty-Mile counties would be able to levy taxes on the pipeline through those areas. Teacher to contest NDP nomination here A Lethbridge mother of four will seek the Lethbridge Metro New Democratic Party Association nomination for the July 8 federal election. Bessie vice- principal of George McKillop Elementary School for one year and a teacher in Southern Alberta for 12 will stand for nomination at the association's convention in the Rainbow Hall May 22. Vice-president of the metro association in 1973 and a director this Mrs. Annand refused the nomination for the 1972 federal election. She told The Herald today she decided to run for the position this year in order to take a strong voice from Southern Alberta to Ottawa. Her platform will include rdfcucing the rate of inflation that has pensioners' savings and reduced the value of the dollar needed to buy food and clothing. Human fair employment practices and the development of Canada's resources for Canadians will be key issues in her fight for election. The Lethbridge Progressive Conservative Constitutency association will name its candidate at 8 p.m. May 31 in the El Rancho Motor Hotel. Lethbridge Tory MP Ken Hurlburt will contest the nomination. necessary from this major interprovincial highway at the same time it would create a very major barrier to cross town movements when finished to its ultimate standard. the extreme dislocation of subdivisions and utilities would be very costly and disruptive. a highway alignment for the express purpose of forcing a major redevelopment of the town is not considered viable as the restrictions to adjacent redevelopment could be so severe that quite extensive land tracts could be rendered the minister concluded. not a good place for a not down the main Mr. Copithorne said in an interview Tuesday. the businesses get more traffic than they will want to remove the He said certainly present residents don't want a highway to force them from their homes in the area. their houses aren't the best in the but they are their Businesses should not fear being bypassed by the he said. give them excellent access and history has proven this won't affect the town. Being one of our main there is going to be a lot of Mr. Copithorne said the proposed northern route would make a better alignment of the highway possible and make a wider route easier to construct. Boy Scouts 'eager' CARDSTON The Cardston Municipal District Monday decided to jog the memories of officials in the department of lands and forests on the MD's request for a recreation area west of Boundary Creek. The MD wants to establish a wilderness camp for Boy Scouts on a one-quarter section of land in the area southwest of Beazer. MD councillors Monday suggested secretary-treasurer Roy Legge remind the department the Boy Scouts are eager to begin camping in the area. TWIRLING EXTRAVAGANZA HERE THIS WEEKEND Southern Alberta and Alberta baton championships will be held here Friday and Saturday. The Southern Alberta and city championships and group events will be held at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Friday beginning at p.m. A general open to any the provincial a specialties competition and a United States open event will be held at the Exhibition Pavilion Saturday beginning at a.m. There will be an evening show Saturday at the Yates Memorial Centre beginning at 8. The show will include guest presentation of awards and a parade. The seven judges for the competitions are all from the United States. Power planning council meets in icily Thursday The Electric Utility Planning a co- ordinating and planning body of the power producers and consumers in the province will hold its 15th regular meeting here Thursday. Oli city utility will chair the which marks the first time the council has held a meeting outside Edmonton or Calgary. Members of the which was formed in 1972 primarily to meet the need for integrated long range planning of future electrical power supply in the are Alberta Power Calgary Power and the municipal utilities of Medicine Hat and Red Deer and the provincial co-operative activities branch. Mr. Erdos said Tuesday the meeting here will simply be one of the council's regular business which are usually held every two months. The chief role of the according to its is in the not the building and operating of future plants. The council formalizes an energy planning relationship that has existed between the province's utilities for many years. Its formation was a recognition of the high cost and long lead times required for construction of the large generating plants of the future. Since its the council has studied five potential sites for construction of the next major generating facility in concluding that the Dodds- Round Hill area 40 miles southeast of Edmonton would be the most economic to develop. Power from the which would cost million to will be needed by the EUPC says. The plant would involve three coal-fired the first 375 megawatt unit to go into service in the second 375 megawatt unit in 1981 and a 500 megawatt the province's in 1982. An application to build the plant will be submitted to the Energy Resources Conservation Board this the council says. It also reports that the next major coal fired plant after the Dodds-Round Hill project may be built near 100 miles northeast of corning into service in 1983. According to one the Brooks area was one of the sites studied by the EUPC. but it is considered of lower priority for development after Dodds-Round Hill and Sheerness because of higher development costs. As long as development costs are lower in the it's judged likely Southern which lacks any major power producing will continue to be served by long transmission lines. Painting over the slogan It used to say Grad on this fence at the Henderson Lake Swimming pool. Now it's two-tone light green where this student has painted over the Grad 74 slogan. The slogan appeared on several city businesses this the result of boisterous students advertising their good fortune at being ready graduates from LCI. Police have charged five students with wilful damage in connection with the painting spree.