Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
V Stanfield caught in middle of plastics plant tug of war By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON don't care if it rains or long as we got our plastic sittin' on the dashboard of our Comment This snappy little college days tune is one way to sum up the complicated petrochemical feud being waged between Alberta and Ottawa. _ The hollow plastic figurine in the drinking song meted out a specific kind of spiritual refreshment.' Bui in the present the principals are more interested in the plastic figures than their contents. Ottawa wants to make Alberta wants to make everybody wants to make them. Because making plastics means jobs. Plastics come from petrochemicals which come from oil and gas. The oil and gas are in Alberta which has decided that's where the jobs should stay too. Even Ottawa seemed to agree. But a federal election has entered the picture to complicate matters. from the province's point of the good news last Ottawa agreed not to divert ethylene from a Port Saskatchewan Dow Chemical plant to be shipped to American markets in a Dome Petroleum pipeline at least for a while. The decision gives Alberta a breathing space to gear up its own plants to turn the ethylene into other products and jobs. The province feared that Ottawa would divert the product from the non-competitive eastern United States to competitive Sarnia petrochemical plants. Ottawa has agreed that would endanger an expanding petrochemical industry in Alberta. It remains to be seen how long Ottawa will guarantee Alberta first crack at the market. But Don federal and intergovernmental affairs looks pleased by the move to this point. The bad news was Ottawa digging its heels in on construction of another giant petrochemical plant in Sarnia. It seemed to hand out the market guarantee with one hand and whip it away with the other. won't divert your ethylene to compete with you but we're going to force you to supply a walloping plant to compete with Said Energy Minister Donald Ottawa will force the province to provide the oil to feed the plant to compete with Alberta. Confronted by this two- faced the Lougheed government is understandably frustrated. Behind the two faces is the'July 8 federal election. Mr. Trudeau can't lose a lot of votes in the West. He doesn't have that many. But he could certainly lose them in Sarnia and Central which will benefit from the Petrosar plant headed by a Crown Polysar. he is not about to deny his eastern voters more jobs and affluence. Ergo the plant stays in Sarnia. Caught in the middle is Robert Stanfield. He has votes to lose out west and back east. Support Alberta and lose support the East and lose Alberta. David Lewis has managed to criticize both Ottawa and Edmonton for their handling of the affair which is an interesting approach to vote-getting. Before the election's Joe Public may well wish for a snort from a hollow figurine if only it weren't plastic. Local news The Lethbtidge Herald District SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 13-24 tenants use board The Lethbridge landlord and tenant advisory board appears to be the only such board in the province getting the full co-operation of both sides in landlord-tenant says the city board. In a report covering its first eight months of the advisory board says only five of 104 formal complaints went to a grievance hearing. The others were successfully mediated by individual board members. feel we are being accepted as a viable organization by both landlords and tenants and appear to be the only board in the province receiving the full co-operation of both sides in these the board says. The report adds that a majority of the calls to the board are ably handled by board secretary Kay of Information and are of an educational matter. Of a total of contacts in the .eight-month 231 concerned the giving of 125 were about security 97 concerned rent 69 rent 28 rent 85 damages and 74 on the board reports. More tenants than landlords contacted the board with 573 calls from renters seeking advice compared with 348 calls from renters. The landlord and tenant board was set up last summer bagan operations in September. While it can mediate landlord-tenant its decisions are not binding on either party. The major role of the board is educational. Members of the board are Steve Betty H. A. Edith Haszard and Joe Mould. Cardston A mouthful BILL GROENEN photo John Pension of Grand assistant trainer with the elephant act in the Hubert Castle Shrine looks like his pal Zetta swallowed his hnnrl watcn mstead of the traditional peanut. Actually UUIIU he was cneckjng zetta's mouth and demonstrating that the animals make god pets. Just don't let her sleep on your lap. The circus plays today and Tues- day in front of the Exhibition Grandstand at and 8 p.m. for Expo CARDSTON The Cardston High School Band left Saturday for Spokane and Expo '74. The 68-member under the direction of Ralph Kennard and assisted by Lervae Cahoon will perform in the International Amphitheatre on Cardston Tuesday. They will be greeted by the mayor of Spokane. Councillors Burns Larson and Stan Johnson will represent the town and will also play in the Alberta Amphitheatre at the fair. Rotarians give The Lethbridge Rotary Club has donated to Salvation Bridge to Home project for a centre for prisoners released from the Lethbridge Correctional Institute. The project is designed to help men who are trying to return to society. The presentation was made at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn. The money was raised by the Rotary Club at a barbeque May 7 attended by nwmle. Taber mare has champion look A Taber horse has the best potential for champion status of the 220 entries at the weekend Chinook Arabian horse the show's judge said Sunday after the competition ended. Judge Karl of said the show had 'a fine display of horses and but Exquisite owned by George Allen of Taber is a horse to watch in the future. Lady is one of the best prospects for future Mr. Yenser said. The horse was named the show's champion purebred mare. Other winners at the competition champion purebred gelding owned by J. Red Lori second. Champion half-Arabian gelding Ra Darrel Tinkers George Taber. Champion half-Arabian mare Silver Carol Fan's Lady Linda Hanna. Champion purebred mare Exquisite George Silver R. D. Claresholm. Jaycees honor city man A Lethbridge man won an award at the Jaycee northwest regional convention last weekend for the best contribution in the first year of membership. Barry president-elect of the Lethbridge will also represent Lethbridge at the national convention in B.C. Ron of the Jaycees' public relations said today a Calgary Bill was given a senatorship award for his long-term contribution to the Jaycees. Warren of South was elected national vice- president and regional head of the Jaycees in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Brian Eddy and Richard Niddrie of South and Murray Leslie of Lethbridge were elected directors. Purebred trail horse Rolo Zabid Allan Judy Mont. Purebred mounted native costume mares and geldings Wildwood Sharon Brad Calgary. Half-Arabian trail horse Paja's Jack Ma' Darrel Cranbrook. Purebred Mounted native stake Brad Ibn Manuel Mont. Purebred English btake Silver R.D. Gordon Calgary. Half-Arabian western stake Paja's Jack Nesma Wayne Calgary. Half-Arabian English stake Saints Rae Khameo Susan Barnes. Purebred western stake Manuel Sharris Tom Calgary. Junior achievement award Tina Kalispell. Highpoint purebred Ibn Manuel Bauska. Highpoint partbred Saints Rae Debbie Saxton. Chinook highpoint purebred Lori Parsons. Chinook Highpoint partbred Siv Candace Red Cliff. Program prize two- year-old half-Arabian tinkers won by Orvil 1S14 10th Ave. N. Elks to hear city MLA Lethbridge East MLA John Anderson will speak June 6 at the 47th Alberta Elks Association convention. Mayor Andy Anderson is also scheduled to speak June 6 at the associations' opening ceremonies. About 500 members throughout Alberta are expected to attend the convention at the El Rancho Hotel June 7 and 8. Few take in handicapped Approved home program falters By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Alberta Mental Health Services in Lethbridge feels stymied in its attempt to acquire for the mentally retarded and handicapped because of poor public reaction. The mental health services branch of the department of health and welfare have been trying to arrange for homes as a step in integrating the handicapped into the community. Stuart supervisor of the approved homes said at the weekend there has been little response to advertisements for approved homes. is a definite need the homes because the government wants to move people from institutions into the he said. An approved home is a residence where the occupants agree to accept a retarded or handicapped person as part of the helping the person to learn to live in society. The of such a home would be required to provide supervision for the handicapped person and in co-operation with a community to teach the basic skills. A person whose home has been approved would be paid fo- the board of the guest and given extra money for the extra care and help the handicapped person would Mr. Norton explained. Homes will be screened Michael a community says all homes will be screened and applicants interviewed. The staff at the services for the handicapped division of mental health services will provide the landlady with explanations of the person's and a 24-hour emergency call service. Mr. Norton said anyone who requires intensive hospital care will not be involved in the program. People with psychological problems will be handled by mental health services rather than services for the handicapped. participating in the program will not be given a person they cannot he says. Mr. Norton stresses the handicapped person approved for the program would be prepared to live in settings including farms and small towns. would be happy to live on a farm and could be very useful. Not that they have to work for the people but we would like to see them do something he says. Charlotte another community says helping to provide guests with a meaningful and useful life is an important aim of the program. Mr. Norton says some of the handicapped would be working at the Lethbridge rehabilitation workshop or could be employed at the Sunrise Ranch formerly operated by the association for the mentally retarded. But because the ages of the people requiring the service the older persons might not be away from the home during the day. It is still a useful activity would be he says. The branch is working in co- operation with the Lethbridge Com-serv which is operating Sunrise and both groups are trying to find the needed homes. About 20 homes are needed immediately and about 100 are needed in the Mr. Norton says. Director of the local mental health Garry says people do not seem ready to open their homes for this type of service. They don't understand the project. Mr. Norton says people must realize the handicapped are not dangerous. just don't learn as fast. Instruction in this may have to be given to the landladies. ''The handicapped can adjust and will be accepted by the community and he said. Mr. Norton added the people involved in the project would be mainly the retarded who can learn. Need to learn independence He said people willing to bring a person into their home should set aside preconceived ideas about the handicapped because they are all different from one another. There are the socially and emotionally handicapped as well as those with physical handicaps and all have different needs and feelings. is a deaf-mute who would do well in an approved home. We would like to see these people become as independent as possible and function on their own with some he said. The ultimate objective for some of the guests would be to learn to live in the community and then find accommodation1 and live on their own. Mr. Norton says some people could initially live on their own in an apartment if someone in the apartment was willing to provide some supervision. Mr. Cormican adds one of the problems that will be encountered in placing the handicapped in the will be properly matching the guest with the right household. landlady may specify she wants a certain type of person and the handicapped person may specify the type of home wanted and we have to suit both he says. Mr. Norton says the problem of matching requests is one of the reasons the program needs to involve a large number of available homes. Mr. Rykee says similar projects in Edmonton and Saskatchewan have been successful and there is no reason the 1-Vi year-old program- cannot succeed in the Lethbridge area. Ericksen seeks Grit nomination Local restaurant owner and former city alderman Sven Ericksen will seek the Lethbridge Liberal Party candidacy in a nomination meeting here Wednesday Mr who was born in Denmark in said today he was asked to stand for the nomination at a meeting Sunday at the El Rancho Motor Hotel. Provincial Liberal campaign chairman Senator Earl Hastings will speak at the nomination meeting which starts at 8 p.m at the El Rancho. So Ericksen is the only local Liberal to announce his intention to contest the nomination MAJ.-GEN McLACHLEN Officer wins promotion Maj.-Gen. Hugh of will leave his post as commander of the air transport command to become chief of air operations at the national defence headquarters in Ottawa. The promotion was the result of a shuffle in command after it was announced that the vice-chief of the defence Lt.-Gen. A. Chester of Ottawa will retire Aug. 21. Rear-Admiral Robert of 'will succeed Gen. Hull and will be promoted to the rank of vice- admiral. Admiral who has been deputy chief of staff since last will be succeeded by Maj.-Gen. William of Grand Nfld. Maj.-Gen. McLachlan will succeed Gen. Carr as chief of air operations.