Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Lethbridge Grits nominate party veteran A local restaurateur and president of the Lethbridge Federal Liberal Association was elected by acclamation Wednesday to be the Liberal candidate in the Lethbridge riding for the July 8 federal election campaign. Sven born in Denmark in told more than 200 people at the nomination convention he is not in this campaign but He said Alberta needs a Liberal in Ottawa to open the lines of communication between the federal party and the province. no members in we had no line of communication with the government and we had an industry wanting to come to Lethbridge that was turned down. I phoned the minister and told him the plant was needed and it was approved after it had been turned he said. Mr Ericksen centred much of his acceptance speech on the need for a strong government that can deal with the problem of illegal strikes. These strikes mean that 25 per cent of the people of Canada are dictating to 75 per he said. 25 per cent involves the multi-national companies and large international he said. The .government must help open the lines of communication between labor and management to avoid strikes such as the recent postal and airport firefighters walkouts. He said he supports legal strikes and the rights of labor but illegal strikes in essential services must be prevented. Mr. Ericksen said the opposition members in Alberta can do very little. And if there is anything wrong with the Liberal party I will correct it or help to correct Guest speaker at the Senator Earl said .the 18 opposition members from Alberta done nothing but carp and criticize every policy to bring this election on has been taking the concerns of this riding to Ottawa on his own money and getting more done than the member 'in this he said Sen Liberal campaign chairman for added the Conservatives have not presented any solution for inflation prime minister and Liberal candidates won't come to you with gimmickry and slogans because it is a complex problem and it won't be solved by wage and price controls. don't say we can solve it but we can live with it and help those who need he said. The that was voted down in the Commons before the election would have increased aid to those people hurt the worst by he said. they and New unceremoniously chopped the budget they would have voted against the Ten Commandments if they were in the he said. Sen Hastings added Robert Stanfield could never be a strong leader in Canada because of dissension within his own party. Conservatives are breaking apart. How can a man lead his country when he can't even head his own party it's breaking apart in the Mantimes he said. Mr. Stanfield was in Wednesday to reject the by Moncton of Mayor Leonard who has been critical of Stanfield's policy on he noted The Lethbridge SECOND SECTION May 1974 PAGES 15-28 million to water another acres Irrigation expansion proposed Preparing colorful welcome Signs of summer are appearing all around the South these days except perhaps in the weather office. The white and yellow lines on the roads have been vacationers have appeared dragging trailers behind them and at the Sicks' Lethbridge Brewery employees Louis Devcic and Leonard Kirsch plant flowers to spell out to snowmobile park for coulee wins support A Lethbridge Motorcycle Club proposal to develop a motorcycle and snowmobile park on coulee land just north of city limits received support Wednesday from the Community Services Advisory Committee The committee passed a resolution urging city council to move now to acquire the land as recommended in Auto missing A car valued at was reported stolen from United Motor Body 219 3rd Ave. S city police say. The car had a damaged front and rear end and was locked It belonged to William Raymond of 2506 22nd Ave S March in the comprehensive report of the River Valley Development Committee. The motorcycle which already leases some land in the says it will run the park for the city if the city buys the necessary land It proposes to then lease the land from the city for a providing total supervision of the park in return. The advisory committee tabled other specific recommendations of the river valley committee to its next meeting June 5. A development bylaw based on a plan for the entire length of the city's river valley recreation area is being prepared by the but the river valley an ad hoc committee reporting to the community services recommended certain steps be taken in the meantime to ensure the plan will work These primarily involve acquisition of privately controlled land in the river valley to give a continuity to park and recreation development. Among specific projects involved are a hiking trail to the U of utilizing the 6th Avenue S and development of a campground Feelers are also being put out to the region and the province for support for possible development of the river valley inside city limits and beyond as a regional park More would likely be known on this aspect by the the committee was told Wednesday. FIREMEN'S WAGE TALKS GOING TO ARBITRATION Arbitration board hearings on Lethbridge fire fighters' wage demands will be held June 12 and 13 at city hall The wage talks went to compulsory arbitration after the city and the firemen failed to agree on a new contract for some 82 firefighters up to but not including the rank of deputy chief. The firemen want a one-year contract at a month for a first-class fireman who now gets a month. Chairman of the three-man arbitration whose decision will be binding on both is Ken former provincial deputy minister of labor. The city representative is former city engineering director Ted Lawrence. The firefighters representative is Barry an Edmonton lawyer Hunley plans to visit Lethbridge jail June 13 Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Six cabinet ministers now plan to visit the South June 12 and 13. The mini-cabinet tour was expanded Wednesday by Solicitor-General Helen Hunley's announcement she wouM visit the Lethbridge Correctional Institution June 13. She announced a visit as part of a province-wide tour earlier but indicated no date Premier Peter Deputy Premier Hugh Horner and Health Minister Neil Crewford will tour the Raymond home and meet with Lethbridge city council-June 13 Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Consumers Affairs Minister Bob Dowlmg and Dr Horner will meet Carmangay residents concerned about Hutterite land purchases June 12 Power petition going to council Monday A petition with some 150 signatures asking for another public hearing on the city power plant issue will be presented to city council Monday by the Save Our Power Plant Committee. Committee chairman Roger Rickwood said Wednesday the committee wants council to put off any decision on sale of the plant until after a public hearing which should be held no earlier than June 17 will no the difficulty to make up a brief in the short time provided between the tabling of the report of the Power Study Committee on May 21 and its consideration by council on June Mr. Rickwood says in letter to council. citizens of Lethbridge were only officially advised of the report on May 28 through its publication in The Lethbridge Herald and have not been able to consider its complex content until Mr Rickwood adds that the Save Our Power Plant Committee will present a brief to the public hearing should council call which will analyse the engineering and administrative issues involved. Council will in the meantime be presented with another brief on the issue from Shigeru a U of L physics professor who presented one of the briefs opposing sale of the plant to the February hearing at the Yates Centre. Mr. Kounosu claims parts of the report by council's power study committee are inaccurate and the report merely rehashed old ignores a recently announced provincial policy to hold increases in gas prices in the province well below the estimates used in the CH2M Hill report which would invalidate that and considerably devalues the city's own 1970 assessment of the value of the river valley plant land and building. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Approval of a million project to bring another acres of land under irrigation production is being sought from Southern Alberta farmers. Members of the Alberta irrigation division from Lethbridge are interviewing farmers south of Highway 3 from Chin to five miles east of Bow where a new main canal has been proposed The new called the high will run about five miles south of the present main paralleling Highway 61 east to near Foremost before heading north to a point east of Bow Island. Ron irrigation specialist in said impetus for the new canal will be based directly on the reaction of the farmers Mr Francis said if it is the new canal will likely be built on a cost- sharing basis by both government and the farmers. The present main which controls the flow of water from the Waterton and St Mary Dams and Ridge Reservoir south of serves the St Mary River Irrigation District and the Taber Irrigation District. It also flows into and out of Chin Reservoir on its way to Medicine Hat The new high line canal would begin about mid-point in Chin south of Barnwell and run on a southeasterly route. Irrigation officials say such an undertaking would not only add acres of land to the irrigation it would allow the Taber Irrigation District to expand Ken manager of the Taber said Wednesday the amount of land under irrigation in his district has peaked because of a lack of water carrying capacity of the present main canal. He said farmers hold permanent water rights to acres of land with another acres irrigated through terminable agreements A terminable agreement allows a farmer to irrigate additional land if there is enough water available Permanent water right holders have first access to available water. Mr Anderson said the Taber Irrigation District this spring limited irrigation land to the same amount as was serviced in 1973. Requests for another acres of land to be irrigated had to be turned down because of the limitation of the main canal. Mr. Anderson said the moratorium on irrigated land expansion will hold until the board of directors for the Taber district can review the situation. About the only factor which will change the situation will be the availability of more water for use at peak irrigation periods. He said more water can be made available to farmers by enlarging the present canal or by constructing a new one The new canal would not only allow officials to expand the total irrigable land in the it would allow a more efficient movement of water from the headworks south of Lethbridge to the Medicine Hat district. Candidate Ericksen only talk of winning El Rancho wins expansion bid 2nd time around An expansion of the El Rancho Motor Hotel was allowed Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Council in a reversal ol a decision it made on the application last week The proposal to add a two- level parking structure and 44 motel units to the El Rancho at 526 Mayor Magrath Drive had been turned down previously on the basis that insufficient parking was provided. But Wednesday the commission changed its mind following a closed-door presentation by Norm architect for the project. Before his another Mayor Magrath Drive hotel Art Batty of the Holiday asked the commission to consider the El Rancho proposal on the same basis as the Holiday Village project was considered 2Vz years earlier North side day care site eyed A proposal to build a day care facility for 80 children was made to the Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday by Jean operator of the Kradle Koop Mrs. Staudinger told the commission she wants to put up a one-storey building at 418 16th St across from the Lion's Park swimming pool. The application was tabled by the commission for the required two weeks for advertising of the to allow any opponents to the development to appear before the commission. Mrs who earlier this along with the city's other private day care operator Bernice Costanzo told city council subsidized day care would drive private operators out of said her new facility would need 80 children to pay for itself There would be four groups of 20 children each ranging in age from six weeks to six functioning separately from each Mrs. Staudinger said The centre would require a staff of about seven when fully she added The facilities be much better than we've ever been able to offer she said. Along with the public day care facility for 40 children of low-income snd welfare to be opened this fall by the North Lethbridge Child Development it would be the first day care facilities on the north side Mr. who first asked the commission to hear him behind closed dooors but was turned said the city required the Holiday Village to provide at its own a on Mayor Magrath Drive for access to Holiday Village before the project was allowed to proceed would assume the same condition would apply to the El Rancho and the same de- acceleration land would be he told the commission the requirement is not included we will make a request to have our lane removed to allow us considerable more Batty said More parking will be he for a three-storey addition atop the Holiday Inn He did not say when that project would go however Mr. Batty said he had no objection to the El Rancho project because more hotel rooms are needed in the city he unless the same requirements and thus the same development costs one hotel can have an advantage through lower rates .than another hotel. The by the Holiday village is an extra lane on Mayor Magrath Drive to allow drivers entering the complex to slow down outside the three traffic and to allow drivers leaving from the same point to speed up before entering the traffic lanes The commission makes its decisions on development applications in the closed-door part of the meetings In other decisions it approved construction of warehouse at 426 10th St N and gave permission to Alta Aluminum to establish a shop to assemble and sell aluminum windows and doors at the rear of 1222 3rd Ave S Woman killed in hit-and-run RCMP are questioning two persons today in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Brocket woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle about one mile west of Fort Macleod today. The vehicle failed to remain at the scene of the accident Felicia Big Weasel died in Fort Macleod Municipal Hospital about am. She was found at the side of the road by a passing motorist. RCMP said they have located an automobile believed involved in the accident. There has been no decision regarding an inquest.