Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Local people 'not taking initiative in mental health9 By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Accusations that the government wants to keep mental health care in its own pockets are disturbing to the province head of mental health services. Dr. Charles Hellon says he has enough trouble getting local proposals for mental health centres without being accused of interfernng with local initiatives. the battle for mental health is lost at the hospital board level because there are other demands on the money for much more expensive and exotic he says in an interview Of projects proposed in mental health care by local boards in Medicine Hat and Grande most are going ahead. he one of the prime critics of bureaucratic control heads a department which has never applied to expand its own programs. Dr. Hellon said bureaucrats haven't had a chance to interfere with Dr. Keith head of psychiatry at Calgary Foothills Hospital. The hospital has never applied for expansion funding. Dr. Pearce was one of the major critics of over-centralized control of mental health care quoted in a recent Herald series. Dr Hellon says the province is also waiting for a clear-cut proposal for a day hospital for psychiatric patients in Lethbridge. is apparent that within the general hospital system mental health must vie with other specialties for financing and in some instances it has lost. government to force these developments on hospitals would represent an unforgivable interference with the boards' authority. fights have been less with government than within the hospitals He also reacts strongly to criticisms that the province has done away with local mental health advisory councils. The councils had no legal or statutory he said. you have such a no one is going to New councils should be established within six he says. Reacting to criticisms by a Lethbridge psychiatrist that a local council could have prevented problems at the Raymond criticized for not putting emphasis on rehabilitation and not informing patients of their he says. must be admitted that the conditions at Raymond Home are nothing to be proud of and active measures are being taken to remedy this should be that the much publicized discharge of the two women recently was a co-operative action which involved the regional office of social mental health services and the Canadian Mental Health Association. other government private psychiatrists have offered their expertise and have contributed valuable service on a sessional basis. those in Lethbridge had other Health Minister Neil Crawford is blunter in his criticism of local this case there is at least as much criticism due the local medical-psychiatric community as is due the government. professional man who is in the area and knows the circumstances is free to take action they must have known about sessional arrangements He claims anyone who says the government is willing to have people in institutions they shouldn't is vastly mistaken. Government's progress report Herald Legislature Bureau These are some of the steps taken in mental health care in Alberta as outlined by Dr. Charles Hellon. head of the provincial mental health services Mental Health Act in 1972 hailed as the most progressive in Canada with its recognition of community and multidisciplinary contribu- tions to services have responded rapidly with a large deployment of staff into community two large mental hospitals have continued to reduce their patients and length of while coping with high admission rates. They are now less than half what they were a few years ago when the previous government initiated the positive services have been increased to rural areas with permanent workers stationed in smaller rights of patients have been protected by the new psychiatrists have been attracted to the province than ever before and every encouragement has been given travelling clinics arranged by the Alberta Psychiatric liaison among government departments has been achieved. services are being expanded. of psychiatric nurses is being put in a more academic environment oriented towards the community as opposed to institutions and general and psychiatric nursing educations are being combined. Dr Hellon says the problems of implementing the Blair report on mental health issued in 1969 are enormous. think most of the recommendations haven't been implemented yet but the whole report was so sweeping and so enormous that you simply cannot get those changes as fast as He says the government was criticized for moving too fast when drafting its Mental Health proclaimed in 1973 after passage in the fall of 1972. Other acts took three and tour years to he said. people writing it were continually hollering 'we need more time.' He says some recommendations would cost tremendous amounts to implement He refers to a recommendation to get psychiatrists into schools It would cost million to hire the necessary he estimated In any event they are not around in sufficient numbers even to fill hospital losters. Tax rule onus put on farmer Alberta will have to prove they arc eligible for exemption from paying the 28- rnill .School Foundation Program the deputy minister ot municipal affairs .viid today All farmland in the province will be assessed the School Foundation Program Bill Isbister but farmers meeting certain qualifications will be able to -ipply to the municipality for exemption. At the beginning of the spring legislative the government announced only commercial property and corporate farms would be assessed the 28 with residential property and family farms exempt At the same the homeowners1 grant was discontinued. after examining the the found there would be some problems applying the program to he said. The government decided late as last to apply the tax to all farms in the province and is making necessarv changes in the now before the house. Mr. Isbister said. The tax will be assessed on the'tax hut may not have to be paid. Under the new farmers can apply to the appropriate municipality to Flower blitz More than was collected Wednesday during the Flowers of Hope fund raising blitz for the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally the executive director of the association said today Malcolm Jeffreys said canvassers collected but four canvassing districts have still to turn in their donations. The campaign runs until Saturday. Road ban lifted The road ban in the Municipal District of Tabor is lifted effective an MD have the School Foundation levy dropped from their and farmers who qualified last year under the old property tax reduction plan shoul no trouble qualifying this under the new he said. Municipalises should receive official notice of the changes uexl week and can then set their mill Mr. Tshister said in a telephone interview from Edmonton. Tt a farm is owned by an Alberta or co- operative or family corporation resident in the province if a farm is owned by a but. shares of that company are owned by parents and the farm will qualify for an Mr. Isbister said. Under the new changes announced by Mr. Isbister. farmers living in an urban municipality will Be unable to claim the full School Foundation tax exemption on both urban and farm property. Biker in mystery mishap Exactly what happened to a 19-year-old Lethbndge man who had to have 11 stitches in his head after being thrown from his 10-speed bike is still a mystery. Gary T. 72919th St. in satisfactory condition in St. Michael's Hospital says he remembers nothing more than being thrown from his bike. He was riding down 13th Street when the accident occurred The next thing he he woke up in hospital. Mr. Gleb was brought the hospital by three men in their late according to city police. The men left him in the emergency ward and left without giving their names. Mr. Gleb's parents would like to get in touch with these men or anyone who saw the accident. They would also like to find out what happened to their son's bike. Tt disappeared after the accident The Lethbridcje Herald SECOND SECTION May 1974 PAGES 19-36 Alberta RCMP ponder association SPARK ARRESTOR SPARK ARRESTOR MADE OF MESH WITH NOT LESS 1HAN OB MORE IHiN HOLES 1 METHOD TO A 45 GAL W TO AN APf-RO.'EP STAND OF r'E uOC.-.T-D 1b barrel becomes incinerator it's not quite that easy Here's definition of Tncinf erator With the open buining ban moratorium due to end Sunday. the city's fire prevention bureau has produced regulations defining permissible incinerators. After a proper incinerator may be the only device in which residents can legally burn refuse outdoors. Burning barrels seem to be out unless fairly extensive modifications are made to them. Just what will be legal for outdoor burning will depend on whether aldermen accept the fire prevention bureau's regulations when city council meets Tuesday. The residential incinerator definition is based on standards sef out by the National Fire Protection Association. It does not cover industrial which must have department of the environment approval. Here's what an approved incinerator firebox shall not have a capacity of more than 12 cubic feet burning barrels are about seven cubic designed so that structural parts will not corrode or otherwise six-inch chimney extending 12 feet above ground level is must be 15 feet from a with no direct exposure to or spark arrester or screen of no less than or greater than Va-inch diameter holes should be installed on the chimney to prevent flying ash. in disrepair are not to be Chief fire for the Doug also says regulations of the Clean Air Act under the Alberta Pollution Control Board must be met. As any dense smoke would contravene these a gas burner must be installed if anything other than dry refuse is to be he says. _L7_ t D 0 Ur your tianCL You'll need something at else by Monday Ottawa's policy of prevention helped frontier keep its cool The history of law and order in the United States and Canada is as different as black and a conference on the history of the Northwest Mounted Police was told here Wednesday. John of told the conference at the University of Lethbridge where the American frontier was marked with widespread and the Canadian frontier was almost always quiet. the surface this seems somewhat since the areas in question were not only similar but part of one vast geographic region divided merely by an artificial Mr. Jennings told the conference the average Canadian seems at a loss to account for the drabness of his the lack of gunfighters and Indian wars. difference has been explained by many perhaps with an element of as resulting from the superiority of the Canadian he said. Mr. Jennings claimed it wasn't a difference of but a difference of government policy. policy for the West was dictated by a generation of mid-Victorian British who valued the political system had he said. The men who brought Canada into confederation were also responsible for initiating policy for the settlement of the Mr. Jennings both cases there was a conscious reaction to American precedent was firmly held by most Canadians that the American Civil War had resulted from a lack of congressional power and that America's disastrous history of Indian relations had been caused by a lack of conlrol of the white he stated. Like the Northwest Mounted Ihe American army wns in the Wesl before settlement Mr. Jennings the American view of Indian relations was quite American army usually had to .deal with situations which were already out of perpetrated not by but by unehaperoned he said. who as secretary of the Interior from. 1R77 to 1881 did much to clean up the corruption of the- bureau of Indian admitted that congress was almost powerless to prevent the racial friction and broken treaty promises which mostly resulted from while squatters on Indian Mr. Jennings said. Meeting in 2 weeks will gauge feelings By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Alberta members of the RCMP will meet within the next two weeks to discuss a staff association to bargain on wages and other matters. Meetings will be held with members in each subdivision in the province to find out what feelings are toward an now being discussed across the a national representative of the Alberta RCMP officers said this week S Sgt -Maj. Frank Trehearne said in an interview from Edmonton the schedule for the to be held prior to a nalional meeting in Sugar prices hit new high Sugar pnce.s in Lethbridge stores increased again following a boost in pi ice in the world market British Columbia Sugar Refining Co of Vancouver incrtMsod prices per 100 p o u n d M last T h u r sda reaching a record-high peak oi 97 per 100 pounds on the basis ot Vancouver delivery This latest price boost followed an increase of 50 per 100 pounds May 2 The new price with per 100 pounds Dec when Ihe T n t e i n a o na1 Sugar Agreement collapsed This agreement was designed to hold down the price of sugar on the world market Dwight manager of Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd a subsidiary of B.C said Wednesday increased sugar price on the world market affected directly the wholesale and retail sugar prices in Western Canada Canadian Sugar Factories annually refines sugar from about acres of sugar beets grown in Southern Alberta. It supplies this refined product to all of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan Mr. Purdy said the local sugar prices are based on what a retail outlet has to pay- to bring in cane sugar. The local factory simply prices its product slightly below the price charged for cane reflecting the world price and at the same time assuring a market for its product. Mr Purdy said it costs from to per 100 pounds to bring the cane sugar from Toronto. Montreal and Vancouver into the market area used by his firm That means the wholesale sugar price set by Canadian Sugar Factories would be slightly lower than depending on the price of cane sugar But on the bright the public should realize where the extra money spent on sugar said Mr. Purdy. Under the pricing formula used by Canadian Sugar farmers receive 63 cents of every wholesale dollar of sugar sold. Mr. Purdy feels Alberta and Saskatchewan consumers are lucky the farmers in Southern Alberta have such a strong pricing since producers are content to grow beets and give consumers cheaper sugar than cane sugar Ottawa May has not yet been set The force has many of the problems faced by other he and members are now trying to improve those conditions. An RCMP corporal stationed in Lethbridge said the idea of a police association has been well by members in the Lethbridge subdivision But he said most members would not approve of an organisation which has the right to strike S Sgt -Maj Trehearne said most people aren't aware how dedicated members of the force are. been no talk of strike at he said. But one former HCMP officer who resigned last after five in the force. said it an association is it would have to be able to strike The right to strike is the only bargaining power the association would he said W a ii c1 s and working conditions in the loire are not and morale is low. with many young officers resigning because ot the man said Wages in the RCMP are lower than salaries in municipal police many ot which are represented by police associations. A constable- starting with Hie Lethbndge force makes a while his countor-part in the KCMP makes After five an hUIMP constable us paid while a constable after three years with the Lethbridge police makes In many municipal police including have overtime while in the an annual overtime allowance of is paid to even- member of the force. Every three the former officer members have worked 24 hours a day and who never work both gel a cheque for no justification for that at he said. While stationed in a small detachement in Southern the man said he worked a double shift seven days a for eight with only a handful of days off When he finally couldn't fake it any he he complained through channels and was called on the carpet by his superiors for complaining. H said members of the RCMP are on call 24 hours a day Even during they have to report to the detachment nearest them in case they have to be called back to work. Without an no one will listen to complaints about conditions in the force and people will continue to he said. Gardens open The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens will open Friday for the 1974 summer the Japanese Gardens Society has announced The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to .5 p.m. Admission will be 75 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. Children under 12 accompanied by adult are admitted free.