Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
A news analysis Socreds manage only one good offensive at fall sitting By AL SCARTH Herald Leftalatare Bweai The Social Credit the throes pf reorganization made an interesting spectacle at the fall sitting of the Alberta legislature. Bob party house was correct when he said the opposition managed to put through amendments to a few pieces of government legislation. But with the exception of one good salvo during the question period on the lack of action by'the consumer affairs the opposition had few issues on which to mount a prolonged offensive. Even the spectre of blackmarket babies being shipped to their oblivion in Ontario when Alberta parents were waiting in line for six or seven anxious months fizzled. As one official in the of social development put they couldn't even make one that said the same even if an odd baby strayed as far it might shorten a minimum two-year waiting period that can stretch to four to adopt a baby in that province. The opposition was careful to avoid any use of such a term as that aura surrounded the issue. Neil minister of health and social defused the charges with figures on adoptions for several years past. Mr. Clark's demand in the press for the firing of the chief provincial cor- oner suddenly left a bad taste when the attorney-general said the matter of Eh-. Max Cantor's retirement had been un- der discussion for some months. The long-time civil servant was1 helping in the search for his he and it was a shame to tarnish his career at that point. While Mr. Clark and his executive Ed were pressing MLA's to take on research assistants and generally getting an opposition team Dr. DIB Bouvier fell athwart their path. After the crippling low to indepen- dent status of their forceful energy James the sight of Dr. the returning to the fold was not particular- ly appetizing. And always in the background lurked the man-of-no- Werner Schmidt. Mr. who possesses at least a number of gave the recycled Bouvier one of the woodenest welcomes recent- ly meted out to a political convert. Mr. Schmidt is now reported to have found work as managing director of the Social Credit League where he can spend time organizing out of the way of leadership rival Bob Clark. The impending appointment is denied by Francis president of the league. But if the move would give the league a position on which to pin Mr. Schmidt's salary. It would also probably result in employees being let go to cover his including Eric the present director. Mr. in would he taking on an enormous work load with ad- ministrative duties added to his organizational one. It would ease the tremendously un- comfortable position Mr. Schmidt finds himself in without a seat in the legislature or a spot in the party struc- ture. During the be was a forlorn figure in the gallery. With all this going a newcomer to the legislature would be pardoned for asking what was it like before reorganization. Even the usually unprintable but in- domitable Albert Ludwig from Calgary Mountain View was meeting his match in the former farm implement dealer from Rocky Mountain House whose sal- ty tongue now graces the solicitor- general's post. Helen Hunley's latest in a series of members from Mountain View -1 inadvertently listened to him the other day in- dicated Mr. Clark still keeps Mr. Ludwig within easy coat-tail jerking distance to force a return to his seat when his more outrageous provocations of the govern- ment leave him in danger of losiBg.it. Southern Alberta MLA's have had some interesting contributions to make to the caucus and debate. Jack Anderson from Lethbridge East employed one of those highly recommended research assistants and asked some questions this sitting. Dick Gruenwald from Lethbridge West was as independent as only the interests of my constituents at He refers to the premier as one of the most dynamic in Canada. Charlie Drain from Pincher Creek- Crowsnest appeared to have a large pipeline into the department of environ- ment that surprised Bill minister in charge. Mr. Drain asked about studies on the Oldmaii levels virtually before they appeared before the minister. From Medicine Hat-Redcliff came Bill Wyse with an impassioned but nearly inarticulate speech against the Disaster Services Act even his opposi- tion colleagues had cautioned against. The government members rudely violated a parliamentary tradition that each man has a right to his say by un- mercifully heckling Mr. Wyse. Neil Crawford even rost to say that the House should be thankful for Mr. Wyse's speech because it demonstrated what a disaster really was. Mr. Clark said he was generally pleased with the opposition's perfor- mance. But one member who went home unhappy was Ray Speaker from Little Bow. Despite repeated he never did discover if the government will close the pheasant hurtling season because of a critical shortage of The LetKbrtdge Herald Local news Second Section November 5 Pages 13-24 The first touch There's more to the first touch of a Prairie winter than the rush to get the car's snow tires hauling out the and running from building to building. The barren country- side has turned suddenly to dazzling white. Herald photographer Bill Groenen captured a few gentle scenes of the new season often over- looked in the winter-is-here rush. Public affairs meet set RCMP arrest deserter for assaulting police The Southern Alberta Coun- cil on Public Affairs will begin its 1973-74 season Thursday at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant at noon. A discussion on the Canada Winter to be held here in will be led by Games Charles Virtue. Chairman for Thursday's luncheon will be Blaine Thacker. Through its weekly luncheon the coun- cil sponsors open forums leaders in govern- ment and the professions. The council is operated by a volunteer board of directors with no affiliation with any other body or in- stitution. There is no membership fee. All luncheons are open to the public with no reservations or tickets necessary. Persons with suggestions for speakers for the luncheons are asked to contact Jim Anderson at 328-4723 or A deserter from the United States Army captured near Fort Macleod Friday after- noon has been returned to Fer- nie to face charges of assaulting police officers and resisting arrest. Donald James from Washington was being taken to Calgary by friends when he was apprehended by RCMP at a roadblock on Highway 3 just who had been work- ing in was the subject of an intensive manhunt in the East Kootenay area of British Columbia earlier in the week. He was sought In connection with two charges of assaulting officers at Nelson and one charge of resisting arrest at Fernie. Fort Macleod and Lethbridge RCMP were involved in the Ex-con fights to continue prisoners' college project By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Hy Sheinin has a special teaching job trying to develop his students' sense of humor. It is one of the most valuable assets they can ac- quire. But it is somewhat dif- ficult to nurture in the con- fines of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institution Once it is much more valuable than harboring a says Mr. direc- tor of continuing education at Grant MacEwait College here. He should after being involved in a stock fraud which once sent him to jail for one year a year sentence. The 58-year-old former Calgary bond salesman is fighting to con- tinue a pilot inmate education program due to expire at year's end There has been plenty of friction between the institution and attorney- general's department since the program started 10 months ago. Dairy pool undecided about move Central Alberta Dairy Pool has still not reached a deci- sion whether to rebuild the Coaldale cheese factory it purchased from Mennonite farmers about a year ago. Doug Marshall of Red general manager for the manufacturers of Alfa brand said in a telephone interview today no decision has been made adding the decision to delay is or less because of the time of the When asked whether reports of severe milk shortages in Southern Alberta had any bearing on the delayed deci- sion to Mr. Marshall said the milk processing firm is now conducting serveys on the production capabilities of the area. He said depending on the survey a report on the milk supplies available for the manufacture of cheese .could be available in two or three months. Search on for missing hunter A Calgary man missing since Saturday is the subject of a search in the Snake Peak area 25 miles north of Coleman. RCMP said Clarence was hunting big game with several friends when he became separated from them. A search party followed his tracks to the top of the Livingston Range Sun- day where his trail was ob- scured by drifting snow. Mr. Schmidt is reported to be an experienced hunter and is adequately threw some real ringers in on he says reflectively from behind a cigar. there was a we got But that is all in the past now. are starting with a new on a good footing. Whatever happened in the we chalk up to ex- The frictions are not sur- prising considering that the college constantly takes the prisoners' beefs to officials. addition to educating the you have to have a properly trained staff at the correctional not custodially he says. are underpaid and 'overworked. They see a going -out to college from jail and they're supposed to be looking after him and they haven't gotr past Grade 10. There is a real tension a need for educational oppor- tunities for the About 45 to 50 inmates aged from 17 years to 35 years will have taken courses at the college by the end of December. For three days a they attend classes at a college bussed in from the institution several miles outside Edmonton. For two instructors hold classes at the institution. Academic progress cannot be judged on such a short Mr. Sheinin and the most important thing the college has done is to es- tablish its credibility with the inmates. They are concerned enough with the success of the project that they solved the case of a stolen wallet among he says. But inmates have a distinct inability to handle their spare time. There have been in- cidents involving drugs and li- quor. A model student went missing recently. don't know what He likes the sound of the new solicitor-general's in- augural speech in the legislature this fall concern- ing rehabilitation and says it augurs well for continuing the program. worst thing you can he put a man into the and when he's kiss him In her Helen Hunley said it was the area of correc- tions that interested her most and probably held the greatest tensions and dis- appointments. As to her lack of legal she told her fellow Mr. I believe it would be more helpful if I were an but then 1 might not be here at all Not until we think of our prisons in educational shall we come within sight of a successful system one that restores to society the largest number of honest Speaking of his own Mr. Sheinin says it was a rough enough road even with the influence and money he possessed. chance does the poor have who has no money After a year in a British Columbia penitentiary and the Drumheller Correctional In- he returned to univer- sity to add a bachelor of education degree to a bachelor of science obtained previously. He graduated with his went to teach in Red Deer and then to Grant McEwan to teach business finance before becoming director of continuing educa- tion this year. Prisons are a of he says. problems encountered thece and treated as a disease are actually a reflection of our societal They will erupt again unless education can change the environment that caused them Prospects here limited says Lethbridge warden The prospects for extending a pilot project for inmate education at Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institute to the Lethbridge institute are says Warden Les Kisher vast majority of our population are serving very short says Mr. I really can't see large numbers going to the college or At the moment there is one inmate taking courses at the community college of an inmate population of about 120. About 35 inmates of Fort Saskatchewan with approx- imately three times the population go outside for educa- tion purposes and about 19 inmates from Spy Hill in Calgary attepd outside classes. Dale director of continuing education at the Lethbridge says the college is willing to expand its operations in the field if the institution is interested It now runs a life-styles course for women who have been welfare recipients and is planning one for men who have been unemployed and youths thrown out ot school. Man breaks drowns in lake south of Calgary Two Albertans were among at least five people killed ac- cidentally on the Prairies dur- ing the weekend. Eugene drown- ed Saturday at Red Deer 15 miles south of when he fell through the ice on the lake. Else of died Friday after she was struck by a car in northwest Calgary. Manitoba had three fatalities one in one as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning and one in an air- plane crash. The body of Thomas Adam of was recovered from the wreckage of a single-engine aircraft Sunday. The plane had crash- ed in a wooded area about 30 miles northwest of Winnipeg. J. D. of Win- died early Sunday when fire swept his apartment in the southwest section of that city. Douglas Wayne of died Saturday from carbon monoxide poison- ing while working on a motor vehicle hi an enclosed garage at his about 50 miles east of Winnipeg. No accidental fatalities were reported in Saskatchewan. Camera found missing after pharmacy break-in City police are investigating a break-in at McCready- Baines 614 3rd Ave. and the theft of a camera. The front plate glass win- dow was smashed late Satur- day night or early Sunday morning and a Pentax Spot- matic II on a tripod was taken from the display area. The window as valued at Two guns were stolen from a parked vehicle Saturday afternoon as the owner was shopping in a nearby store. Wally told police a 7 mm a 12- gauge shotgun and a spotting scope were taken from a rack in his pickup. Total value of the items is Police are investigating a hole in the wall at 2903 12th Ave. N. Connie Green resident at that reported she thought someone had entered her home and shot a hole in the bedroom wall with her shotgun. She told police she keeps a loaded gun for her own protection. The 'gun could have fallen from the wall and police but they are investigating the possibility of a break-in. Former city man dies CALGARY Detec- tive Donald George Mount of the Calgary City Police died Sunday afternoon after an il- lness. He was 38 and a 17-year veteran with the force. He was born in Lethbridge and a graduate of Lethbridge Collegiate Institute.