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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Local cattlemen tariff rise as right move Slippery going Slipping and sliding is the act most cars followed Friday. motorists got nowhere fast when trying to leave controlled inter- Trie winter weather took motorists by surprise and they didn't have time to get their snow tires on. Traffic moved slowly and most By RIC SWIHART HeraM Staff Writer Temporary taritt increases on imported live cattle and dressed beef effective Friday will stop Americans from dumping low priced animals on the Canadian ac- cording to industry officials. Finance Minister John Turner Friday announced an increase in the tariff on U.S. cattle and dressed meat enter- ing Canada 14 days after the The LetKbtidge Herald news Second Section November 1973 Jury advises cell check system change CARDSTON A coroner's jury here Knday recommended the establishment of a new system of registering cell block guards' using a punch clock with the clock key located at one end of the block. The recommendation came after the jury ruled that a 20-year-old man from the Blood Indian found hanging in the RCMP cell block here Sept. died of suicidal strangulation. During the jury members by questioning cellblock that the guards had nothing to remind them to make their cell checks every 15 minutes. The jury was told Aylmer Calling Last had been arrested at 10 p.m. at the request of his John Small and charged with intoxication. The arrest was one of 30 on Calling Lasts record at for intoxication. A Lethbridge City Police cells guard testified Calling Last had also been jailed at Lethbridge twice in June for intoxication and had attempted suicide in the cells June 28 just happened to grab the guard said. At Cardston Sept. Calling Last was placed in the cell at 10 35 RCMP Const. D. G. Collis said. At p.m.. guard Elmer Marsden told the constable the prisoner in the end cell had hung himself. Const. Collis testified. immediately ran into the cell block. I saw part of a shirt tied over the door. Mr. Calling Last was lying on the floor. put my ear to his chest. I looked at his eyes. There was no indication he was breathing. There was no The constable said he applied artificial respiration and external heart starting within 10 seconds- after he was advised of the situation. About 90 seconds a doctor arrived and the two spent six more minutes administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart the constable said. There was no indication Calling Last intended to com- mit he said. He was jovial. He was laughing about writing his signature. RCMP Const. P. C. MacDpnald said blood samples analyzed at the Edmonton crime laboratory showed a level of 270 milligrams per cent of more than three times the established level of in Call- ing Lasts blood. Trustees seek better Hutterite education County ratepayers plan meet to prepare brief The County of Lethbridge Ratepayers formed Sept. 5 to fight what it considers unfair tax assessments on small land- will meet at p.m. Wednesday at the Cana- dian Western Natural Gas building. The meeting-has been called to get the input of the membership for preparation of a brief to the provincial scheduled for presentation when the provin- cial government toured Southern Alberta .in September. The brief was not presented because the association was' notified there would be nc time to hear it. Association president Steve Denecky said Friday it was decided to put more study in preparing the brief. Mr. Denecky said the association AHC office Openingdate for the Alberta Housing Corporation office in Lethbridge has been tentative- ly set for mid-December. The which will be in 'the Paramount Theatre will primarily han- dle the provincial cor- poration's direct mortgage lending program while providing information on other AHC programs. is making arrangements tc get information on a study ol municipal taxation made in Saskatchewan and informa- tion on tax problems in On- tario. would like not only tc point out inequities in tax- but we want to make recommendations as to how these inequities would be cor- said Mr. Denecky. He said procedures to be taken by ratepayers appealing tax levies to the Alberta Assessment Appeal Board would be explained. Appeals are made to the provincial board after land owners have appealed their assessments to the county. About 700 such appeals have been made. He says the appeals should be heard by the provincial board during the latter part of November or early December. Small land owners claim discrimination under the current system. They are tax- ed at 31 per cent of market with buildings taxes at 45 per cent if their land is classed as a small holding. Under the provincial Municipal Taxation Act a holding less than 20 acres can be classed as a farm only if the principal income of the owner comes from the land. A number of appeals have been made to the provincial board. Colony schools undesirable Hutterites should be re- quired to provide educational experiences to their children equal to those provided in public and separate a resolution to be presented next week to the annual convention of Alberta school trustees states. School boards in Alberta will be presenting resolutions to the convention Tuesday and Wednesday in Calgary to be accepted or re- jected as a policy stand of the Alberta School Trustees' Association. The one one-room school for grades one to nine is not a desirable learning situation and the provincial government is responsible for improving background in- formation to the resolution says. It is the school board's responsibility to provide the best possible educational op- portunities and it is not fulfill- ing that obligation because Hutterite children do not have the opportunity to more ad- vanced education which is a human the resolution states. Trustees will also be asked City hall space should be doubled City hall needs to be nearly doubled in size to accom- modate administrative staff to a report going to city council Monday says. The report prepared by architects Robins Mitchell and Watson is based on a sur- vey of department directors and the city manager concern- ing present and estimated space requirements It concludes that approx- imately square feet of additional floor area is much of it for an enlarged council chambers and to accommodate the com- munity services department administrative staff now cloistered in a small building at 2nd Street and 5th Avenue S. City hall now has about 000 square feet on three floors. Council will be asked Mon- day to accept the report in principle to allow city manager Allister Findlay and architect George Robins to es- timate costs of the expansion project and include it in the 1974 capital budget. If the project is city hall would be expanded outwards rather than up- a spokesman for coun- cil's space requirements com- mittee said. The present erected in could not sup- port additional floors. Another major item on council's regular meeting agenda is a recommendation that the sportsplex be manag- ed by the city community ser- vices department together with a special council com- mittee for the initial two year period of its operation. The hiring of an arena manager with overall control of concessions and operations is also recommended. The sportsplex development1 committee has estimated it will cost about an- nually to operate the while placing what it calls a es- timate of on revenues thus offsetting the operating costs. The committee admits in a memo to council however that nothing but a year's operating experience will enable it to es- timate costs more accurately. Other matters for council attention Monday include a re- quest for from economic development officer Dennis O'Connell for a trade promotion trip to Japan in a report on the current and future financial status of West recommendations on tenders received Friday on the 6th Avenue S. bridge structure. to take a stand on family-life education. The ministers of education and advanced education should be requested to initiate appropriate programs of teacher education for family life education in Alberta un- the resolution says. A Northern school in a report to the claims smaller school divisions in the province don't have the resources or the lunds to adequately develop lamily-life education programs. The division's report also suggested teacher education programs in Alberta's univer- sities are not adequately preparing teachers for family life education. Another resolution will ask the association to encourage its member boards to in the equal op- portunities for study about both scientific theories on the origin of life and The ASTSA will be asked to endorse a resolution to urge the government to establish an early deadline date for complete conversion to the metric system in Alberta. The Cardston School in presenting the said the metric system is being used in non- English speaking countries with which Canada trades and the continual translation of metric measurements to English measurements is cumbersome and time- consuming. The metric system has already been adopted in Canada by mechanical trades and manufacturing industries and is rapidly being accepted by pharmacies. A resolution by Calgary School district No. 19 asks the ASTA to request an amend- ment to provincial legislation to permit citizens a choice of attending either public or separate schools based only on designation of municipal tax- es The coloring of school used for purposes other than the transportation of school children will also be brought to the attention of trustees at the convention. The resolution calls for the association to urge the government not to issue vehi- cle licenses to owners of former school buses until they remove the identification lettering and change the color of the buses Trustees will be asked to take a stand on at least 47 resolutions during the three- da v convention. Bridge construction bids over million Four bids have been receiv- ed for the construction of the 6th Avenue S. bridge structure and all are well over the million estimate. Bids were asked on both a steel structure and a precast concrete structure but only one company bid on the con- Colder weather forecast It will get colder today the forecast for Sunday for still colder weather i The low last night was 10 degrees and the high forecast for today is 15. Sunday the mercury will plunge to five degrees and the high forecast is 10. There will be light snow flurries with easterly winds today and Sunday. Friday the low was the high 22 and one-half an inch of snow fell on the city. Temperatures Friday were well below normal. The average low is 24 and the average high is 36. The record low for Nov 2 is 18 below set in 1935 and the record high is 71 set in 1908. crete structure and it was the highest bid received. Low bidder was Cana Construction Ltd. of Calgary at Poole Construc- tion Ltd. of Calgary bid while Com- monwealth Construction Ltd. also of Calgary placed a bid of on the steel struc- ture and a bid of on the precast concrete struc- ture. A spokesman for the city engineering department said the bids may have been over the estimate as much as they were because of the continu- ing rise in the price of steel. But he pointed out that the contract for the bridge approach roads was let at below estimates. A recommendation on the bids will go to council Mon- day. Canadian Cattlemen's Association pleaded with the federal government for action to save the beef industry in Canada. The former tariff was set at 1'z cents per pound on live cattle and three cents on dressed meat entering Canada. The new temporary effective until Nov. 30 when it will be set the limits at 4 cents per pound liveweight and nine cents per pound dressed. Dick president of the Alberta Cattle Feeders said in an inter- view Friday now the Canadian packing plants will have to use more Canadian cattle He was visibly upset at the continuing practice of Canadian packing plants bringing in U.S. cattle cheaper than Canadian cattlemen could supply similar animals. Don Remington of the largest independent cattle feeder in Southern said the increased tariff is a move in the right direction. thoughts go back to the lime a few months ago when Canadian cattlemen had a chance to sell cattle for higher prices in the he said. Canadian government put a complete embargo on Canadian beef at that time but they waited a long time to protect the Canadian Mr Remington said the new tariffs will present a steady- ing influence on the Canadian cattle bringing the live price of cattle up to a point where the cattle can pay their own way. All feeders in Western Canada have been losing money on cattle sent to slaughter ever since Presi- dent Richard Nixon lifted a price ceiling in the U.S. that caused an automatic price decrease in the U.S The price of cattle in the U S. fell to even lower levels than in resulting in the U.S producers selling their cattle to Canadian packers. The packers could buy the U.S. pay the import tariff and all the freight and still bring them to their plants cheaper than local producers could supply them. Mr. Gray said it was about this time the federal govern- ment stepped in to protect the Canadian cattlemen. He said Federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan has been com- pletely unsympathetic to the concerns of the western cattlemen. Mr. Gray said the increased tariff will mean that the local packing plants will have to pay more for the U.S. cattle if they are going to use them. It will mean that the same packers who have been buying U S cattle will find Canadian animals a more competitive buy. Packing plant represen- tatives said the increased tariff would mean an increase in the market price for cattle lor sure. This will make the producers they said Don market analyst lor the Canadian Cattlemen's said in a telephone interview that the association would like to have had the increased tariff in effect a week earlier. He said the new tariff will mean the producers will soon stop losing money on all the cattle shipped to slaughter. And this will mean that there will be more people stay in the cattle industry and that means there will be beef on the tables ot Canadians next year. Mr Robins said the increas- ed tariff wouldn't mean an im- mediate change in the price of meat to the consumer. He also said the price of meat shouldn't rise dramatically since the store prices hadn't dropped to the same relative position that the price of live cattle had reached. Medicine Hat MP Bert Hargrave said the increased tariff shouldn't mean an increase in prices to the con- sumer. He has called for some other form of government ac- tion to ensure that recent decreases in wholesale beef prices are implemented at the retail level. Energy talk halt only alternative Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt said Friday the provincial government had no choice but to break off energy talks with Ottawa. would think the premier would have no said Mr. think this was a shattering this announcement of Energy Minister Macdonald's last night in the The federal energy minister Thursday told the Commons that the cabinet will ask Parliament's authority to raise the crude oil export tax to a barrel from 40 cents a barrel. Mr. Hurlburt said talks between federal officials'and a delegation of Alberta cabinet ministers appeared to be going well when everything the Quebec election had something to do with he suggested. arrogance has been more ap- parent Aid. Kergan seeks traffic signals at intersection Aid Bill Kergan wants ac- tion on a northside intersec- tion where he says several serious accidents have oc- particularly to pedestrians. Aid. Kergan has placed a resolution before council's Monday night meeting asking for immediate installation of traffic lights at the 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N. intersection. He calls it the busiest intersection in North Lethbridge in his resolution. The intersection is current- ly controlled by stop signs fac- ing westbound traffic on 2nd Avenue and eastbound traffic corning out of the Centre Village Mall shopping centre parking lot. City leads citizen advocacy for retarded By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer FDMONTON Lethbridge is in the forefront of a pioneer- ing effort to bring full citizenship to the mentally retarded in Alberta. The program is called citizen advocacy and the Alberta Association for the Mentally with the help of a provincial has hired a co-ordinator for the province. the exception of there is nothing but established interest in the province so Gloria Man- the new coordinator sayi. There are ilx programs established in Canada to date. She it a former airlines stewardess and holds a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Washington. She comes to the post after co-ordinating volunteers under 'an Ed- monton program' providing representation for women'in jail. Just returned from an inten- sive week-long course in citizen advocacy at York University in the 23- year-old co-ordinator says citizen advocates are the only answer for the future in meeting the human needs of physically and socially handicapped people. odds are just too high against an individual who is handicapped making she said during an interview in her nook at the Edmonton offices of the provincial association. A citizen advocate is someone who insures the han- dicapped person gets every chance to realize his rights as a citizen. The help proffered by the to his or her ranges from to adopted to everyday ad- vice to representation before government agencies and the law. most predominant at- titude towards the retarded or people with other handicaps is that they're not human. Peo- ple don't believe they have the same kind of rights as everyone Miss Man- sfield says. k Their rights to to have an education and a job are exactly she some charitable contribution we hand out and feel good She takes pains to point out that while the agencies deal- ing with the handicapped are not doing it is because of a problem in their struc- not because of the people running them. The agencies must cater to the worst cases and even then their workers 'can't handle the sheer weight of their case loads. Large cities and large agencies can actually forget a handicapped person exists. Citizen advocacy is based on a one-to-one relationship and the advocate is free of any ties to established agencies. is a mature individual who can knock on some Miss Mansfield says. He can be a teenage boy who goes shopping with his protege to bring him up to date on styles. He may simply show him how to use buses or taxis. Miss Mansfield says she is at the response in Alberta to the program. ple really see the need for In her support role for local associations organizing ad- vocacy she will be in Lethbridge later this month to talk with officials of the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded. The city association is presenting its proposals for integrating handicapped per- sons into the community to a special provincial committee Nov. 25 in Edmonton. The need for advocates is closely tied to the association's proposals for more foster homes to get the retarded out of institutions. Malcolm executive estimates there are at least 170 retarded Southern Albertans now in institutions who could be returned to the community under the propos- ed program. The association is also organizing a pilot citizen's ad- vocacy program primarily intended to get 14 retarded adults from Sunrise Ranch in CoaMale out Into the com- munity on an Individual basis. ;