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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FABULOUS LAS VEGAS Nov. 19 to 23 and Dec. 17 to 21 Only from Calgary per person band on double occupancy. Return transportation by air, accom- modation and many extras. FOR BOOKINGS AND RESERVATIONS CONTACT ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 The LetHkidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, November 7, 1972 PAGES 15 TO 30 NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL BLDG. 740 4th AVE. S. PHONE 328-712! Now Arriving: THE NEW EUROPEAN FALL EYE FASHIONS for 1973 THAT'S NO BULL And that's for sure. Though city police spent two hours Monday morning chasing an animal escaped from Canada Packers Ltd. on Highway 3 East, and some excitement resulted when a police con- stable and farm supply store employee unsuccessfully attempted to shoot the animal with tranquilizer darts, 1he real danger of the initial call to city police never resulted. "Someone said there was a mad bull on the loose, but all we handled was a frightened said one police constable. After about a two-mile run along the railroad tracks the frightened and lonesome steer was finally herded into a cattle pen ar the Canadian Dressed Meats stock yards near where its adventure had begun. Kerber photo Razzle-dazzle politics hits Indian campaign By HUDV HAUGENEDER Herald Slaff Writer CARDSTON Indian politics on the Blood reserve are tak- ing on a new twist. Gone are the days when strong family ties were all that was needed to get voted into the band council. The razzle-dazzle of contem- porary Canadian politics com- plete with posters, stickers, campaign headquarters, public forums and pre-written speech- es will invade the reserve in the next week or so in preparation for the Nov. 21 elections. The post of chief and twelve council chairs will be up for grabs. To set the mood of the new era of Indian politics is a yet unnamed civic action group which plans to support "quali- fied" contenders who "realistic- ally will work for social and economic change." The group, which plans to Blood hospital dominates issues CARDSTON The possible closure of the Blood Indian Hos- pital on the Blood reserve has become the hottest southern Al- berta Indian political issue in years. The success or failure of many candidates for the Blood council election on Nov. 21 could rest on the position taken regarding it. An independent committee of six prominent Blood band resi- dents was recently formed to in- vestigate the possible closure. They will meet soon with Otto Rath, prairie regional medical services director for Indian af- fairs to find out what has been negotiated to date. Then the group will vy for an open band meeting to discuss the issue and press for an end to negotiations. Mr. Rath told The Herald that three-way negotiations to eventually close the hospital in favor of expanding the Cardston Hospital, have been under way for about a vear. The three groups involved are Indian af- fairs, the Municipality of Card- ston and the Blood band. He said the final decision rests with the Blood band. The six members of the Blood investigation committee are: Ben Brewer, Beatrice Good- striker, Margaret Davis, George First Rider and Dan Weasle Moccassin. The group was formed at a meeting at the Moses Lake Hall on Nov. 1st. change the old style of Indian politics "once and forever" will hold an organization meeting, in Standoff or Cardston in the next few days. Composed primarily of young voting adults and knowledge- able band members, the group's prime concern is to get "com- petent" Indian leaders. "We're going to make a poli- tical said one member who wishes to remain unidentified until after the or- ganizational meeting. Although not associating with accepted political parties, the group plans to support candi- dates financially. The money will come from donations. It plans to hold rallies where group-supported candidates will air the issues. The rallies will be held on different parts of the reserve regularly until elec- tion date. The prime complaint of the body is that too many incom- petent candidates, unqualified for any post requiring instant decision qualities, have been elected in the past. ISSUES Some of the issues that the group's candidates must advo- cate are: Keeping the Blood Indian Hospital open and telling what has transpired. A group spokes- man told The Herald the exist- ing council was near to signing an agreement with the federal government and Cardston Muni- cipality that would close the hospital in order to expand the Cardston hospital; A new lower council sal- ary (currently set at every two weeks) should be estab- lished and councillors paid only if they attend council meet- ings. Attendance is not current- ly required; Open public council meet- ings should be held whenever a major decision affecting the whole band is to be made. Or- ganizers claim that band resi- dents do not now know what transpires at council meetings; Yearly statements of coun- cil activities should be audited and results be issued to band members annually; Promote efforts to get the Indian Act changed so that 18- year-olds will be eligible to vote. Indians must now be 21 to vote in band elections. Aspire to change the nomi- nation requirements to have candidates deposit a nomination fee which they will forfeit un- less they receive a certain per- centage of the winning vote. "In the the spokesman said, "some council members did not show up at council meetings when federal big shots were in town because they weren't able to understand Eng- lish sufficiently to relate with what was said." The spokesman added: "At other times about half the time there weren't enough council members present to form a quorum and go on with council business. And they weren't docked money (the bi-monthly) for not attending." Fluoridation request tabled by council The provincial health minister's request that Lethbridge reconsider its water fluoridation policy was simply filed by city council Monday. In a letter to council, the minister pointed to a recent provincial decision effective next April to stop providing free fluoride pills to residents who do not have a fluoridated water supply. The oral fluoride supplements were originally in- tended for persons wanting the benefits while the change was made putting fluoride into their city's water supply. Cities have had sufficient time to make the change, the minister suggests. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said the city shouldn't take any positive action now to fluoridate the water. The people should have the right to vote on it, he added. "If someone wants to bring another petition to cuoncil, I would consider Aid. Hembroff said. City delegate disagrees Gunderson hammers Worth Report By RON CALDWELL Herald Slaff Writer EDMONTON The Worth Report came under a verbal battering from Harald Gunder- son, president of School Trustees the Alberta Association Monday during the associalino's annual convention. Mr. Gunderson told trustees that many of the opinions and conclusions contained in the report are no more infallible than anyone eises. 'Trustees' power greater than people realize EDMONTON One of the major tasks facing school trust- ees in Alberta is to make them- selves and their jobs better known to the public education minister Lou Ilyndman said Monday. Addressing the GGth annual convention of the Alberta School Trustees Association in Edmonton Mr. Ilyndman said people don't seen to be aware of the wide responsibilities and powers of the school trustee. He said more than half of the letters and phone calls he re- ceives deal with matters which fall under the jurisdiction of trustees. People don't seem to be aware of the amount of auth- ority trustees have, he said. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Denial Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2859 LEROY'S PLUMBING GASFiniNG SERVICE WORK NEW INSTALLATIONS PHONE 328-8403 Mr. Hyndman added that a natural backlash of his situa- tion is the fact that there is gneral public apathy toward school board elections. "There are many times when trustees must make decisions which are more crucial than those made by city council but coucil still gets all the interest and attention." The strength of the trustee will be vital in the years ahead, said Mr. Hyndman in urging delegates to seek ways of in- creasing public recognition of the job they do, to raise public interest in school board elec- tions and encourage more peo- ple to seek election to school boards. A numlier of delegates were disappointed that the minister was unable to provide more de- tails on the new three-year fi- nancing scheme announced last week. Mr. Hyndman said that fur- ther details should be worked out in January with final plans ready by budget (ime likely in February. The minister also warned trustees that the annual budget increase from six to 7.5 per cent during the next three years might not always be there. There are many instances where the Worth Report will just not stand up under the acid test of questioning, said Mr. Gunderson. "There are too many places in the report where conclusions are drawn winch cannot be sup- ported by fact or documenta- tion." One major contradiction in the report is the statement that education must be designed to help Albertans make a choice of futures and then the com- mission makes the choice and proposes how we should bring this about, Mr. Gunderson said. "The commission seems to have unilaterally chosen the fu- ture social order and would mould education to achieve this order." The ASTA president also took strong exception to the reports contention that the existing so- cial order is crumbling and we must develop alternatives to cope will] the change. "I am personally persuaded that the decline in social values we see today are of a tempor- ary nature. The institutions judged to be in such ill health today will be alive and thriving long after the Worth report is he said. Mr. Gunderson said such things as the work clhic, pat- riotism, the influence of relig- ious insirutions, and marriage will experience a rebirth rather than decline in social import- ance. Albertans do not want to see their educational system struc- tured to accelerate the demise of respected institutions and values nor would they want to assist in the fulfillment of many of the Worth prophecies, he said. Mr.Gunderson also question- ed the sincerity of Dr Worth's statement that there should be more public dialogue in Uie field of education. He said Dr. Worth spent three years com- piling the report and the people of Alberta were expected to react to it in three months. Calling Hie Worth Report illogical and unscholarly, Mr. Gunderson called on Albertans to closely consider and question some of the basic premises of the report. Dr. Doug MacPherson, chair- man of the Lethbridge Public School Board said he felt Mr. Gunderson has taken an overly conservative approach to the Worth Report. "He expressed a more con- servative response than I would said Dr. MacPherson. "I sec the report mainly as a guideline to meet the as- pirations of education in Alber- School drop outs bored EDMONTON More stu- dents 'drop out of school as a result of boredom than from all other causes combined, says Peter Powell, president of the Canadian School Trustees As- sociation. Speaking to Llic opening scs- Footurincj sloroo radio, Dual 1211 automatic changer and six QC speaker sound system ACTIVE TV SERVICE 1238-3rd Ave. South Phono 327-5020 (OPEN THUDS. 1 FBI. TILL 9 P.M.) sion of the Alberta School Trust- ees Association annual meeting in Edmonton Monday, Mr. Pow- ell said trustees have been con- vincing themselves they have been doing a good job when in ;fact they have been falling down in too many areas. "In recent years children have developed capabilities which we have never dreamed of" he said. Mr. Powell said for one thing the educational program can be started at a much younger age than at present. 'And 1 mean education not play school or a publicly financ- ed baby silting service. "I believe we can our schools year round and for much longer hours than we do at present and I believe Ilicso children can cope with these concepts and benefit from them. Mr. Powell said trustees arc dong children a disservice by not providing more challenge and more opportunity to learn. Rental board bylaw ordered By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Another step was taken Mon- day toward establishing a land- lord-tenant advisory committee in the city. City council instructed the city solicitor to prepare a by- law to set up a committee which would "inform landlords and tenants of their respec- tive rights and to mediate dis- putes which rise with consistent frequency between landlord and tenant." The community services ad- visory committee recommend- ed the landlord-tenant board be formed after a study was done to determine the nature of local problems. The study showed Lethbridge is the only major city in the province without such a com- mittee and pointed to the fact that between 50 and 60 per cent of the local residents live in rented accommodations. A recommended list of regu- lations will be used by the city solicitor as a guideline for drawing up the bylaw. A standard damage deposit. Rents here should com- pare favorably with rents charged in other cities. Buildings set up for rental should be insured to cover dam- ages to tenants property caused through a fault of the building. Rents charged according to the condition of the suite by housing standards. The committee would also give the landlord a place to go for advice in case a tenant does not pay his rent or exten- sively damages the apartment. The committee will consist of five members from the com- munity. Purchase bylaw passed Downtown plan progresses A bylaw authorizing the city to borrow million from the Bank of Montreal to buy land in the downtown redevelopment area was approved by city council Monday. City Manager Tom Nutting also gave notice that a similar bylaw, to borrow about another million for the same pur- pose, will be brought before council next April. In a letter to council, explain- ing the city's land plans for the development, Mr. Nutting said the city is committed to buy million worth of property in the area and is negotiating to buy another worth of land. The bylaw passed Mon- day night and the one proposed for next April will finance these plans. The loan is for three years but much of it will be paid off next year, when Woodward Stores Ltd. will pay the city for 10.5 acres and the Home owners win fight over zoning proposal New home owners on the north side proved Monday you can fight city hall and win sometimes. After an hour-long public hearing, city council turned down an application to rczone property at 20th St. and 18th Ave. N. and at 23rd St. and 14th Ave. N. to R-2 multiple family from R-l single family housing. Four residents who own prop- erty near the land proposed for rezoning protested the applica- tion. The reasons varied, from the likelihood of decreasing property values as a result of the rezoning to the fear that apartment buildings, with their associated heavy traffic, could be built on the rezoned land. Olds college to start floriculture course A commercial floriculture program will start at the Olds Regional College Jan. 3, 1373. The program is aimed at the commercial cultivation and growing (mainly under glass) and marketing of flower crops. It is being given in response to results of a survey of the four western provinces by a firoup known as Flowers Can- ada. The program will run until Oct. 26, including six months of on-thc-job training. There will also be business courses relat- ed to production and shop man- agement. Applicants should have a high school diploma or be at least 18 yeare of age. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted for the course. Deadline for receipt of applica- tions is Nov. 15. They should be sent to the registrar's office at Olds. Graduates will receive a cer- tificate and be qualified for po- sitions in commercial green- houses as growers and manag- ers. They will also be able to fill designers and management positions in retail flower shops. Post office sales increase Sale of postage stamps, post- age meter settings and cash re- ceipts for mail posted at the Lethbridge post office totalled compared last with month. This for October 1971, postmaster Art Lewis said. Express your love and sent! ments to family and friends R with a portrait created espe- cially for you j! CHRISTMAS jj PORTRAIT SPECIAL j 8x10" Framed and Four Custom Portraits Mounted g Pockao. 5 Combination 16 Moke Your Appointment Now Optn Evinlngs and Holidays by appointment until Christmas A. E. CROSS STUDIO 3rd The developer, Walter Stew- art of Nu-Mode Homes Ltd., assured the residents only semi-detached houses would be built on the land. There was mild negative reaction to that proposal as well. The protesting property own- ers all told council they had bought their houses with -the belief that the surrounding land would remain zoned only for single-family residences. In voting against the rezon- ing, Aid. Vera Ferguson said, "We have to keep the faith our citizens who buy houses in R-l zones. We can't turn around and rezone land to allow 14 families to go where seven were designated." Aldermen Steve Kotch and Cam Barnes stood up for the 14 families which also want to live in the area. The vote was 4 to 4. A tie is considered a lost resolution. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5lh St. S. Phone 328.4095 province will buy another 8.7 acres for The city will pick up the remaining tab, likely through additional property tax- ation. The maximum would be 2.6 mills a year for three years, Mr. Nutting said. Woodwards will make a 000 down payment Dec. 15 with the balance to be paid when the city has clear title to the land arid the present own- ers have moved. The payment from the prov- ince is expected in full in April. The Integrated development of commercial and government buildings will begin in 1974 west of 5th St. S. between 4th Ave. and 6th Ave. Tentative completion date for the first commercial stage, including Woodwards department store, is spring 1976. No timetable has been set for construction of the government offices. SAMSON DOMINION DECORATOR TEA KETTLES Boil water In seconds, au- tomatic shut-off if water boils dry, 2 quart capacity. Reg. 14.95 SPECIAL. 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