Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, November 7, 1970 THE LEIHBRIDGE HERALD 33 Looking ahead in a high-rise One of the directions taken in senior citizen housing under a program first formulated by the provincial govern- ment over ten years ago and now guided by the Alberta Housing Corpo- ration offers new far-reaching benefits to hundreds of our senior citizens. The swing is to a choice in accommodation for the more active, older men and women who look ahead to apartment living in the mainstream of high- density areas of a city with rents within range of their pension pay- ments. A planned high-rise project is well under way in Edmonton. This year, another 16 storey apartment block, the first of its kind in Calgary, opened its doors to 300 residents. Designed for low-income families with rents as low as S34 a month, the majority of the tenants will be senior citizens. Similar developments spear- headed by the Corporation are slated for other major centres. At mid-year, initiating procedures for the building of Senior Citizens accom- modation were spun off by the govern- ment under control of the Corpora- lion, and provision was made for the giving of grants to church groups, service clubs and other non-profit organizations or foundations to assist them in putting up lodges and other self-contained residential units in their local areas. Sixty-nine lodges, managed by independent foundations and in outsorting areas, have already been erected throughout the province. A million gallons of water a day Increased industrialization of once- rural areas is creating new and future demands for pollution-free water. A promising and practical solution in the form of a 35-mile pipeline carrying treated water from Edmonton to five municipalities northeast of the city was arranged this year. The line was built through co-operative efforts of the local governments and services provid- ed by the provincial Department of Public Works. The joint water supply system, operat- ed by the Northeast Water Board, will provide enough water for domestic and industrial users in the areas for the next 25 years. While the design capac- ity of the line will meet all potential demands up to 1995, the system has a planned life span in excess of 40 years. One point will receive one million gallons per day. Built in three stages, under contract to private firms by tender, the actual planning and con- struction was co-ordinated by the Department of Public Works. Project financing was also arranged through the department in the form of a loan providing 20 per cent of construction costs. The remainder was financed by the municipalities concerned through the Alberta Municipal Financing Cor- poration. A similar line to Leduc was completed a tew years ago. Mew grass-roots team formed Fanning out into five newly-defined areas throughout the province are members of a 5-man team formed to carry out a new regional concept of industrial development created by the Department of Industy and Tourism. The operational boundaries for each of these new Regional Development areas were developed using as a base; census divisions, population patterns, transportation patterns and general economic units. As a resident of the region, the officers will assist smaller centres which do not have a full-time industrial co-ordinator or commis- sioner. The move marks the beginning of an active grass-roots plan for the future. It has been established .to assist as many secondary manufacturers and firms as possible in marketing their products, developing export potential, or diversifying into a broader product range. The representatives will work with federal and other available programs which the area may not be using to the best advantage. The Regional Industri- al Development Officers will be locat- ed in Medicine Hat, Calgary, Lacombe, St. Paul and Peace River. H t -3E> Today's railroad for tomorrow's toads It's a major, down-to-earth railroading achievement in today's space age. Fully-loaded, diesel-powered unitized trains snaking through rugged moun- tain terrain. One-hundred-car trains weighing over tons, that can unload on the move. Despite a near 2000-foot climb, the modern Alberta Resources Railway is meeting its serv- ice expectations and hauling capabil- ities. From the beginning, government planners specified a one per-cent grade factor would be necessary for the A.R.R. to meet today's shipping re- quirements and tomorrow's needs. Now, the possibility of doubling, or even tripling, Alberta's multi-million dollar coal output from the immense coal reserves of the Smoky River valley near Grande Cache at the northern terminus of the line is a foreseeable reality. The movement of grain to the Pacific coast from the rich Peace River country by this shorter, more economical rail !ink will con- tinue, with increases being scheduled. Railway spokesmen are now looking for possible pulp mill and iron devel- opments up the line with meat packing and further plant build-ups in the use of by-products from the oil and gas industry. Cutting new ground for agri- sales A new movement to increase wide- spread use of modern marketing tech- niques is taking shape, based in and staffed by the Department of Agricul- ture. In line with trends towards marketing and merchandising, is the recent government appointment of an Alberta Marketing Commissioner. Pro- vincial agriculture experts define one of the commissioner's primary job functions as being able to move quick- ly and freely through international trade circles to find new markets for Alberta's agri-products. Included in the expanded 3-pronged program to develop export, domestic, and institutional markets, is the sys- tematic monitoring of total depart- ment programs and the co-ordinatino of all marketing efforts. Underlining the over-all activities of the department to build agri-business within and outside the province will be support services. Their role will in- the loaning of available staff to work with producer organizations, processors, farm organizations, boards, commissions, and liaison with federal and provincial departments and agencies. An initiating project this summer involved the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board and a jointly- sponsored travelling barbecue booth to promote pork. Made to measure municipal progress Detailing a controlled work and time frame for the orderly and economic development of built-up areas and backspreads of land of entire munici- palities is the kind of study work continually being prepared by the researchers at the Provincial Planning Branch of the Department of Munici- pal Affairs, the executive arm of The Provincial Planning Board. This work includes such things as the existing and potential economic base, trends in population density shifts, present and projected traffic patterns, essential services required, and above all, human values. Land use studies and the charting of regional and sub-regional plans are done for departments of the provincial government .requiring land-use guide- lines as well as established regional commissions, cities, and other plan- ning agencies. In sparsely settled areas of Alberta, without a localized plan- ning body, the Board recommends the establishment of new towns or other forms of compact resource develop- ment which the Branch interprets in the preparation of over-all plans for such developments. The ultimate over-riding factor in all planning by the Board and the Branch is to ensure that future municipal progress is made-to-measure within terms and conditions that bring about a well- balanced and wholesome mix in the interrelationship of residential, com- mercial and industrial and other urban areas providing for a better urban environment T DIRECTIONS fur furUarintommnt. spply either directly to the Department cemimut of the Alberts GwtnmiM Publicity ttmu. 'tSte CinttnnM IMIns, Edmonton, Albtm.