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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta J.4 THE LETHBRiDGE HERALD Thursday, May 24, 1973 At Gilbert Paterson ETV is restricted to non-academic subjects By HERB LEGG lie" I Id Staff ttritvr Junior students at Gilbert Patera School believe tele- vision does have a place in the classroom, even though its useu.lr.ess is restricted to non-academic subjects. Most students, from Grades 7 and 9, say they have been helped by educational tele- vision ar.d would like to see the program expanded. All agree ETV is fun. a good learning experience. "It's better than books and says 15-year-old Bob Henderson. Bob believes his work in language arts has been improved by ETV, simply by providing a medium through which he can actually watch himself speak. "You get used to talking to people. After I all the mistakes I v.vis making (in public speaking) I able to correct a lot cf manner- isms.'1 be says Thirteen-year-old Heatrer Thompson agrees ETV al- lows a student to Icok back at his mistakes, but she'd like to see the program expanded. During the past school terms, ETV has been used at Paterson mainly for public speaking, drama and social study classes. ''It's just that we could use more of them (ETy units V says Heather. Having only one ETV kit at Paterson is a pioblem. The kit includes a television mom- tor, tape recorder and cam- era. To move the monitor from ore area to another requires almost Herculean effort. Pat- erson has no elevator, no ramps. The monitor must be taken apart, carried down stairs, reassembled, used and than taken apart again for its re- turn to Paterson's ETV head- quarters on the second stor- ey. Nancy Carnnie. 15, says ETV is particularly valuable in drama and language arts. "It's fun, especially in drama cr language arts. ''It gives you experience if you ever have to go on TV or she says. Students who will never face a television camera af- ter graduation get as much benefit from ETV as those destined for the silver screen. Gloria Kelly and Myrna Latwick. both 14, say tele- vision use at Paterson has irrproved their conlider.ee, bettered their speaking hab- its (in public and private) and has eliminated reluc- tance to promote new ideas or concepts related to their "I think it's really neat. It's scmcihint; ever y school should have. think we nead more equipment. Color fi'm would make it more says Myrna Trey ETV could be expanded lo videotape physi- cal education classes. "Every class takes physi- cal education ard that's a Cced example of how you play the they say Several students have used ETV part cf tl-eir social fctudie? program, taping and televising contemporary news events in the city, the prov- ince, the world. Each "news team'' pre- pares items tor telecast, us- ing articles featured in The Herald. T h e i r ETV participation eives saider.rs not wily a better rnr'cstanding cf even s in societv, but of pioper oom- mun.'cation as well. Thir'.cen-y ear-old Paddy Richaiclsca has used ETV in language and serial studies. "I thir.k it's really gccd You can see your faults ard wrat vou have to she Peterson teacher Erme Dawson agrees. they (students t are go- ing to be seen on TV. they're going to be sharp. Our news teams motivate re- search. "If we can do something to moke current events mo.e fun, more interesting, we've accomplished a Mr. Dawson says. Teacher Jack Hunter ETV as an aid to self con- fidence is only secondary to good learning habits. "Seeing themselves on TV. in any course, teaches them responsibility, initiative and leadership. "The kids lock at them- selves. I've saved thousands cf words of explanation, nctes and brow-beating with Mr. Hunter says. Bclh Mr. Hunter and Mr. Dawson believe all students have a tendency r.ot to be- lieve a teacher v.'hsn cor- rected on speech patterns, mannerisms or attitudes de- trimental to gccd learning. After watching themselves on television, studaits can see they haven't been picked on by the teacher; that sug- gestions for improvement are justified. And students make the im- provements. After all. might get away with clean- ing in class, but who wants to look bad on television? (Last In a series) On camera villain John Hay, maiden in distress Sharlene Brooks, camera man Stephen Gogo Long-distance operators at work new ACT exchange will Kave little effect on long distance By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Alberta Government Tele- phones Wednesday exhibited the electronic and computer wizardry in its new Leth- bridge exchange to go into service next v.eek. Mayor Andy Anderson, city aldermen and local AGT of- ficials toured the new build- ing housing the exchange and got a glimpse at the sophisti- cated equipment that with the building represents a S3 mil- lion investment. The mayor also turned a switch which AGT officials said loaded final line transla- tion a bit of technical jar- gon that means subscriber in- formation was fed into the system to allow the lines to be tested before the elec- tronic exchange goes into ser- vice. The new exchange, which will have lines initially on the 329 prefix, will basical- ly do the same job as f.s more cumbersome predeces- sors but will do it faster and a good deal more efficiently. Among ether things it will make touch tone phones available in the city o.i the 329 prefix, but because the computers on which the ex- change is run are program- med for seven digits it means people with the 329 prefix will have to dial (or touch) all seven digits when placing calls. Numbers with 327 and 328 prefixes go through the old exchange. Residents with those numbers are not re- quired to dial all digits. AGT officials say the 323 piefix and touch tone pnones will be available to anyone in all areas cf the ci.y who is willing to have his phone number changed A central processing unit with duplicate contiols con- stantly rcla> ing compu.er information to the switching equipment is the heart of the nevv exchange The capacity of the new system to handle simultan- eous outgoing calls is prac- tically unlimited compared to the order exchanges. A telephones spokesman said the only way the new ex- charge ccii'd became lam- med would be if everyone in the city Ltted his phone re- ceiver at the same time Even then the computers eventually sort al! the calls cut. The AGT official recalled a sudden fierce blizzard which hit the city in 1957 just school started, prompting mothers all over the city to reach for their phones to call school5 "The mam fuse in cur ex- change just melted "-'ay, he said. Switching equipmen' in the new exchange is aJso tied up on an individual call only while the call is be.ng com- pleted. Once the connection is made the switches are freed to handle another call, while in the older exchanges the switches are engaged during the entire length of the call. The old exchange works on a system in which r. en 200 By JIM GRANT Herald Staff The earlier threat of a huge deficit in the 1973 budget of the Leth bridge Municipal Hospital is expected to be eased by an increased grant and a decrease in projected hospital operational costs. It was reported Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Lethbridge Municipal and Auxiliary Hospital and Nurs- ing Home District Board that the Alberta Hospital Services Commission will increase the hospital's basic payment al- lotment by The commission increase combined with the decrease in Hospital board accepts land from citv for SI A proposal by the City of Lethbridge to sell a parcel of land to the Municipal Hospit- al for SI was un.vumously ac- cepted by the Lethnridge Mu- nicipal and Auxiliary Hospital end Nursing Home District Board at its monthly meet- ing Wednesday. The hospital has installed a sprinkler sy.' em on the city-owned land which sits adjacent to the southwest comer of the hospital prop- erty. Andy Andreachuk, hospital administrator, says the land deal won't be uniil ths city movCi its sun- station located on the prop- erty. Ho expects this to hap- pen in The board has no immedi- ate plans for the property. projected hospital operational costs eliminates the 1973 budget deficit the board feared it had to face when the commission's allotment and the hospital's projected bud- get differed in April. As a result, the Loavd vot- ed in favor of Keeping all .surgery facilities open during July and August. Previously, the beard was considering closing Surgery 2 for two months to save on hospital operational costs. The balancing of the bud- get also prevents a mgh in- crease in the number of peo- ple on the waiting list for surfory at LMII The Municipal Ilrsnnal, ;.s of Mav lo, had 421 persons on a Vi-a'tm1; list wirich was ex- pevUd lo double bv the end of August had Surgery 2 tiu.-ed The preference of physician and surgery date and the of lias created the waiting list back Jog administrator .Uiaj An- dreachuk said. Only 44 persons en the wait- ing list are classiiied urgent. Last April. Mr. Andrer.chuk said LMII could also fsce a financial crisis if nego- tiations for 1973 were to ex- ceed the eight per cant hus- piial budget project'on The commission had pre- viously allotted funds to cover a seven per cent in- crease in wages for As a result of fjde during the dilute Iv- tween registered nurses pnd the Edmonton Royal Alexan- dra flospita! by J E. Bradley, chairman of the Al- berta Hospital Service Com- mission, the responsibility to an increase in Ihe rro- Ueted wage foils hick on the commifslon, Mr. Andreaclnik suggested Mr. Bradley said May ri that hospitals cr.ul to the commission for more funds. subscribers are in a Ime-fmd- cr group. Only 18 people in the frrct'p can place a call at one time, thus the I9ih caller ivo.i'L be able to get a fres lire. But this doesn't happen often, accoidmg to AGT ofliria's, partly because the exchanges arcn I full now. 17.000 subscribers are on the 327 and C23 exchanges have a capacity of 000 lines. The rev, exelwnge makes such things as tracing nui- calls much c-asier. Or.ee a complaint has been Made and the nuisance caller caals the number again, his own number is bci.-g printed by a rampuih- soon as he hcd Other services which may be avaiiaole in the near fu- uire that can be adapted to the electronic taciliiies will include speed calling, where customers will have to dial only one cr two digits for fre- quently called numbers; con- ference calling, where a third pauy can be added to a cail in progress: end rail fcrward- irr. v.hcre c''.1. bo forwarded automatically to arr'.her number The elect! onic exchange, the lirst in Southern Alberta can be expanded as required. The r.cvv equipment takes only or.e-ha'.f to one-quarter of the space of the old devices. A rusty '22 calibre revolver was found Wednesday nipht in a fr.riae'-'.s field, cr.o mile iT.iih of Kipp. Tie handgun, bearing markings was dis- covered bv Jim Nicol as lie v.as working a field near a tide road. reausar A coroner's jury recom- mended Wednesday that reg- ular rounds should be made in the city police eel's to check on ths conditions cf prisoners. The recommendation came in the jury's ruling following an inquest into tha death of 17-year-cld John Scott Davis w h o the 31117 concluded hanged himself in the cells early May 13 Warden Cnester Cackett, who was on auty when Mr. Davis hanged himself, said it is his practice to enter the cell unit only when called by a prisoner. And that happens frequently, he said. Only three of the 10 cells can be seen from the war- den's desk. The vouth gave city pohce no indication he would stran- gle himself after being ar- rested for impaired driving, the inquest was told. Sgt Bill Zayc-huk, the ar- resting officer, said under that while he v.as concerned about the behavior of Mi-. Davis, form- erly cf 1809 2nd Ave. N he left no special instructions with Ihe cell block warden Ficm the time of his ar- rest about a.m. May 13, Mr. Davis was abusive and belligerent but that type cf behavior is fairly common, Sgt. Zaychuk said. After giving Mr Davis a breathalyzer test recording a blood alcohol level of about .17, Sgt. Zaychuk was going to release the youth on a pledge to appear in court. But. the sergeant testif.ed, it became apparent to him that Davis, if released, would not keep out of trouble and would continue to drive. "He kept looking at my holster and when I told him to take a seat he said he would when he was ready." On asking him again to sit down, Mr. Davis moved as if to strike him, Sgt. Zaychuk said. Ar.d earlier, during the nde from where he was stopped to the police station, Mr. Davis repeatedly said to the police ofciccr: "YouVi pay for this." the inquest was toid. Wai den Cackett. who dis- covered the brxiy of the youth suspended from a shirt fas- tened to a top bunk at about 2.30 or am., testified that he had seen Mr. Davis alive about five minutes be- fore he found the body. Evidence showed that al- though Davis was sharing the cell with another prisoner and that in the adjacent cell an- ctl'cr two prisoners were being detained, no one called the warden about the suicide. Mr. DavLs's cell-mate, Wil- liam Michael David, of Brock- et, said he remembers noth- ing about the evening, witu Warden Cackett ado'ins thai dm.3st all cf the that night were drunk and out. Sgt. Gordon Stevens, the duly sergeant that night, was called to the cells by Warden Cackett and said that when IK arrived he could find no pulse on Mr. Davis. TTc youth was pronounced on arrival at St. Mich- ad's General Hospital. A Lcthbridge pathologist, Dr Ray Bainborough, esti- nu-'.ed that it would take frcm thice to five minutes for death to occur from asphyxi- ation, which he said was the cause of death. DOCTORS TO LEAD 'Unit drun There must be a major co- ordinated effort to ccntrol the health hazard cieatecl by the intoxicated ar.d drugged driv- er, the president of the Al- berta Medical Association says. Dr. J H. Oshiro of Coal- dale said Wednesday the as- sociation intends to spur the co-ordination of community effort by contacting and working with safety ser- vice organizations interested in reducing accidents caused by drivers drinking or using drugs. The association will contact the provincial gov- ernment to encourage legisla- tion for stricter enforcement of the laws simed at Ihe in- toxicated and drugged driver. Enforcement is one aspect, but tha government must become more in the educationai and pivtefltive methods of controlling the problem, he told The Herald. Thi.-, initial attempt by the AM lo encourage a co-or- effort to combat the problem ''is not a one-shot do: Dr. Oshiro said. Dr. Oshiro said he hopes al! mteicsted groups will be ab'e to combine their efforts fo develop a means by which most deaths and injuries can be prevented. "We are very concerned wish the iact that something in Ihe oider of 50 to 60 per cent -f the deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents are related to the ingestion of al- rchoi and in some cases, other he said "Acciderts caused by thp iii.ixicaied driver don't need to he claimed. The plans to take its plan cue step further by in- troducing a resolution at the annual Canadian Medical As- mee'ing in Vancou- ver in earlv June asking far s milar action to be taken at the national level Senior citizens housing expanded to 110 units The senior citizs.is nse to be built on the Cen- tral School si.e has tern ex- panded to 110 units from 75 to accommodate residents dis- placed by downtown redevel- opment. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes, who is on city council's hous- ing committee said the high- rise will be nine to 12 stories high, depending on the lengJi of the building. He said the archi ccts, Rob- irs, Mitchell and Watson of the city are modelling t h e building after the Kiwanis Se- nior Citizens high in Ed- monton. Aid. Barnes also .said senior citizen residents of the homes aking 5.lh Avenus S. other residences in the (i o ft n t o w n redevelopment which are to be cleared oti, by the end of this sum- mer, will be given accommo- in apartments in thi ci'y until the high-rise is corn- pis ted, probably in 1974. Their rent, will be subsi- dized according to public hijusing rates in which rent nasjd on ability to pay. The decision to expand the high rise was made following the Alberta Housing Corpora- tion survey earlier this spring which found between 40 and on older persons in the re- development area would need .some Kind of housing assis- tance. ;