Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tr'.day, May 18, Local educational television for prestige or education? This is the first in a series of four articles on use of edu- cational television apparatus in Lethbridge schools. In tliis article Herald education re- porter Hfirb Legg outlines a few conclusions his research cias led to. The other three articles, to be published Sat- urday, Tuesday and Wednes- day will deal specifically with the experiences of three local schools. By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer There is a general feeling among LeUibridge teachers that local school trustees have been trapped into purchas- ing e d u c a tional television equipment for prestige not education. No doubt there is some truth in that opinion. Rural boards are still reluctant to provide ETV equipment in their classrooms. The Lethbridge boards have spent more than on ETV locally, mainly at the urgings of spokesmen for the Southern Alberta Educational Television Association. Doug Card, a Lethbridge public trustee and executive member of SAETVA, has told board members they may find themselves 10 years be- hind the times if they do not support tibe ETV concept. Speaking at a recent zone meeting of trustees, he said television can be adapted to education only if Alberta trus- tees begin to utilize facilities available. What facilities are avail- able? After each school board has purchased the basic ETV kit (camera, monitor, teachers have access to the provincial ETV library. Materials accumulated by the education department can be loaned to schools with ETV equipment. But not much use of that plan is being made in Leth- bridge, according to one ad- ministrator. He says there is not enough time for teachers to keep up-to-date lists of ETV tapes available, not enough time to order relevant tapes, not enough time to schedule use of government tapes on class- room ETV units. The majority of Lethbridge schools spend more time film- ing classroom activities than utilizing pre-packaged tapes. Also, very few students ben- efit from ETV. Those in drama, arts, public speaking, gymnastic, choral and music courses receive some advan- tages from ETV playback. For other students, those in science, economics, math- ematics, reading and writing, there is little possibility they will ever improve academi- cally through ETV As one senior student said: "It's fun. But it hasn't im- proved mjy marks any." ''Fun'' seems to be the basic one-word description of ETV in city schools. Teachers responsible for the program feel frustrated in their attempts to develop ETV to its full potential. ETV can be helpful to stu- dents in all areas. Programs for ETV use, however, re- quire time to develop. They must be developed by a per- son totally familiar with the ETV scope. Apparently, there just aren't any of those people in high school or elementary classrooms. Mobility is another major problem with ETV. A bulky unit placed in the school can- not easily be transported to every classroom especial- ly if two or more flights of stairs must be navigated. It seems trustees have only gone part way in establishing ETV within the classroom. Better equipment, better training, more mobile units would all combine to develop ETV potential. And that costs money. Yet, without that extra spending, many teachers say they would rather have a movie projector with a sound track than existing ETV equipment. The decision is up to local trustees. If they are to spend tax dollars wisely, as they have attempted to do so far, it seems more money must be spent. ETV is a whole new ball game for trustees. It's a game with great opportunity for students. And it's a terribly expensive game if it is to be played iroperly. Under current ETV situa- tions in Lethbridge, it is high- questionable just how much benefit students are receiv- ing. ETV is considered to be just another expensive education- al toy. It doesn't have to be and it shouldn't be. Manpower office guarantees jobs for local students By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer Any student willing to v.-ork can be guaranteed a job through Canada Man- power's student employment centre, says its director Mi- chael Clemis. The guarantee comes only if you're flexible about what job you'll take and where j-ou'U go to get one. And a series of short-term jobs in- stead of one all summer long must be acceptable. Wednesday afternoon there were 300 job listings for stu- dents at the centre. The daily list has openings for farm and ranch hands, waiters, busboys, bartenders, sales clerks, naitresses, baby sitters, housedeaners. chambermaids, cocktail hos- tesses, gas jockeys and laun- dry helpers. One-quarter of the job of- fers usually filled by males are for agricultural workers. The centre has 40 vacancies in this field and the average pay is S400 per month besides room and board. Other jobs usually filled by men are casual jobs of less than five days' duration: painting, gardening, ware- house loading and shipping work. Other jobs available are in industry and retail-wholesale occupations. Mr. Clemis said a summer of steady casual employment often brings in better money than a steady job all sum- mer. Wednesday there were 140 jobs listed that are usually filled by women, and most of these are the son classified as service occupations: wait- tressing, chambermaiding, and babysitting. The centre has placed 200 job vacancies this year in the first two weeks of its opera- tion. Some students are registered with it. seems to be a stereotyped job that the stu- dent thinks he or she should get. The students are de- manding employers, loca- tions, and want career-orien- tated jobs, Mr. Clemis said. Jobs listed with the centre must meet government stan- dards about working condi- tions and wages. An employ- er is told by the centre when his listing is taken that he cannot discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or sex. Some students try to get jobs on their own or through the newspaper want ads, but Mr. Clemis said the centre can definitely help The centre, he said, can help a student seek his own job creatively, if the listings are unsuitable. Free litera- ture is available at the cen- tre on the etiquette of inter- views and how to write ap- plication letters and resumes. Mr. Clemis said the Leth- bridge centre last year placed students in 1.943 jobs in vacancies. Total stu- dent registration was 3.562. 8 seek position Eight candidates, selected from a field of 80 applicants have bsen interviewed for the position of assistant city manager. The interviews were con- ducted a: city hall, four to- day and four Thursday. City Manager Tom Nut- ting said he expects to have an assistant selected by tha June 4 council meeting. It is understood that al- though a number of qualified Americans applied for the po- sition, a Canadian will likely be hired as the new immisra- tion regulations are such that an American could be hired cnly if the department of manpower and immigration is satisfied no Canadian could be found to fill tha bill. Despite dispute, council seals deal for Hubbard land City man sent to Ponoka A 27-year-old Lethbrlage man was committed in pro- vincial court Thursday to 30 days in the Alberta Hospital at Ponoka for observation. Duanne Bailey, 1519 5th A N., was charged May 20 with assault causing bod- ily harm to 51-year-old Hed- ley Gullage, 2124 5th Ave. A N. Police report all the skin was scraped off the side of Mr. Gullage's face and both ears during a beating he re- feu ed on the sidewalk of 14th Street and 3rd Ave. N. The court inquiry into the medical condition of Mr. Bai- ley was told by psychiatrist Dr. James Thompson he found Mr. Bailey to be suf- fering from mental illness and in need of specialized treatment. Prior to Mr. Thompson's testimony defense council Doug Evans asked Provin- cial Judge A. H. Elford to exclude the press from the inquiry. Mr. Evans claimed evi- dence given at the inquiry possibly may prejudice the trial of the accused. Summer stroll The hot Alberta sun of the past few days had its effect on the hsm line as Lethbridgs gals became more willing to display their legs. No doubt Shirley Bcird, 544 12 St. S., has swung the eyeballs of girl watchers in her direction in this photo, but daughter Sherry, 5, can rest assured her day will come. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The future of West Leth- bridge once again hung in the balance for a few minutes Thursday in a vote originally thought to be simply a for- mality. The special meeting of council had been called to pass a bylaw authorizing a purchase agreement for 860 acres of west side land a SI.2 million deal council agreed to April 30 by a 4-3 vote. Mayor Andy Anderson told council since tha purchase resolution had already been approved he expected the law allowing the contracts to be signed to be passed un- animously. But A1 d. Vaughan Hem- broff, and Aid. Vera Fergu- son who have been against the purchase all along didn't agree and they were joined by Aid. Ed Bastedo leading to a discussion that was vir- tually a replay of the meet- ing of more than two weeks ago. Not to buy the land, ar- gued the proponents of the purchase, chiefly the mayor. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes and Aid. Steve Kotch, would mean a'redesign of the first subdivision. With nearly 50 lots already sold, and some underground servicing already in, this would cost a bundle, said Aid. Kotch. Without the lar.d, or at least a part of the 800-acre parcel owned by Arteric Hub- bard and a part of the 60- acre parcel owned by Harri- sam Hubbard, the lake and park, a major component of the West Lethbridge scheme, would have to be moved. But for Aldermen Hemb- roff and Vera Ferguson, who have been opposed to the purchase all along, the price was simply too irach to pay when the city already has 396 acres for housing on the west side. And that's where the issue ended Thursday, with Aid. Tom Ferguson, saying he LMH is the exception Big institutions too must battle iood costs By RICHAKD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Rising food costs have caus- ed some Southern Alberta in- stitutions financial discom- fort while at least one other has experienced little diffi- culty at all. particularly food costs, have risen continually at a pace far outstripping the revenue we have been receiv- says Don Le Baron, ad- ministrator for the three local senior citizens' homes. Mr. Le Baron extended an analysis of food costs to eight homes south of Calgary. Be- tween 1968 and 1972, those costs rose 26 per cent to 900. The type of food and number of people fed remain- ed constant, he says. Locally, the Green Acres, Golden Acres and Blue Sky Lodges combined will spend this year to feed 152 tenants and 26 staff members. Since this is the first year Blue Sky Lodge has been in operation, there are no com- parative figures from pre- vious years. The cost is significant, however, because it is the main reason the Green Acres Foundation is requisitioning from the participating municipalities for the first time. The city's share of that re- quisition is The other contributors will be Coaldale. Mobleford and the County of Lethbridge. Mr. Le Baron says the local foundation is the only one in the province to hold off this long in requisitioning local authorities for financial assis- tance. For the last 10 years, ho says, Medicine Hat resi- dents, for example, have paid 20 to 25 cents each toward foundation costs. The Green Acres Founda- tion began operation in 1959 As with other institutions. the foundation tries to mini- mize the effects of price in- creases by buying food in large quantities and, when- ever possible, direct from the manufacturer or processor. Sister Roth, chief dietician at St. Michael's Hospital, is a diligent shopper. But the ef- fects of higher food prices this year are nevertheless being felt by the ad- ministration. During the first three months of 1972, the hospital provided meal days, says Michael Forestall, hos- pital business manager. For the same period this year, only meal days were served. However, the total food cost has risen to The hospital school of nurs- ing is being phased out and. by June, there will be 30 less meals to serve. Yet, the budget for the year shows a 9 per cent increase for food Mrs. Forestell says meat prices are the main cause of the increase in general food costs. hospital costs have been incraasing at a 3 to 4 per cent rate which we can live he says. Despite the increases in the food bill, "we aren't experi- encing any hardships." The menu hasn't been changed at the hospital, nor has it been changed at the Edith Cavell Nursing Home The only difference at Edith Cavell is, "we're paying more than before, says Elizabeth Paskuski, homo ad- ministrator. The food budget "jusl keeps going Mrs. Pas- kuski says, "but there's noth- ing we can do about it." The home operators try to economize in other areas. "You have to give a little more of yourself. Instead of niring someone to do a job, we do it she sajs. Andy Andreachuk, admini- strator for the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, says there has been little increase in total cost for food at the LMH. Figures show costs now close to what they were two years ago In 1971, the msal- day cost .-.as and, last year, it was down slightly to For tha first quarter of this year, when the increase in food prices was particular- ly noticeable to consumers, the meal day cost was The budget this year is more than in 1972 but the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hos- pital patients are included in the budget for the first time, partially accounting for the increase. Mr. Andreachuk says cost have been kept relatively stable because the hospital buys co-operatively with other hospitals across the country in bulk from a national firm. "cheesed off" at the piecemeal way council had been given information on West Lethbridge develop- ment dealings but never- theless voting for the bylaw. sending it home 4-3. City Manager Tom Nutting had earlier spelled out the terms of a new arrangement with the Alberta Housing Corporation for land banking the west side. Under the agreement, the city gives title to all the land it owns in West Lethbridge except for the first two stages where lots are now be- ing sold, and the newly-ac- quired 860 acres, to the AHC. In exchange the corpora- tion gives the city to be used how ever the city sees fit, ard holds the land until the city requires it, at which time the city buys it back at per cent inter- est. Mr. Nutting said of the money would go to meet the initially required pay- ments on the Hubbards' land, leaving 3559.000 for lake and open space development. Youth hostel opens; may accommodate 36 The Lethbridge vouth hostel located in the YWCA st 6.h Ave. 8th St. opens today, but unless it recdves donations of bunkbsds and lir.er.s it will be unable to accommodate 38 travellers nightly, its chosen objective. Residents in the city can view the hostel Saturday, at an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The staff director, Daniel MtCaw. and his advisory committee will be on hand to answer enquiries. The hostel received a fed- eral grant of for operat- ing expenses. City hall pays the hostel's lent through the YWCA. The YWCA leases its south sec- tion to the hostel. Training rescue Coming down the hard way, a volunteer casualty lowered gently and securely to the ground from the roof of the city services building in an Emergency Measures Organization training session. Sixteen men from the (Cou- lee Kruisers Klub and Citizens Band Radio Club completed the basic rescue course conducted over four evenings by an Alberta EMO instructor from Edmonton.