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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 on double occupancy. Return (reimportation by air, accom- modation and many exlrai. FOR BOOKINGS AND RESERVATIONS CONTACT ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 The LetUnrldge Herald SECOND SECTION Lelhbridge, 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 321-712! Now Arriving: THE NEW EUROPEAN FALL EYE FASHIONS for 1973 THAT'S NO BULL And ihol's for sure. Though city police spent 1wo hours Monday morning chasing on animal escaped from Canada Packers Ltd. on Highway 3 Easr, and some excitement resulled when a police con- stable and farm supply slore employee unsuccessfully allempted 1o shoof ihe animal wilh tranquilizer darts, the real danger of the initial call lo 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 (racks the frightened and lonesome steer was finally herded inlo a cattle pen at (he Canadian Dressed Meats stock yards near where Ms adventure had begun. Kerber photo Razzle-dazzle politics hits Indian campaign By JIUDV IIAUGENEDER Herald Slaff Writer CARDSTON Indian politics on the Blood reserve are tak- ing on a new twist. Gone are the days when strong family lies 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 cliief 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 tlie 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 lo 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 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 o[ the major I asks facing school trust- ees in Alberta is to make them- selves and their jobs better known lo the public education minister Lou Hyndman said Monday. Addressing the 00th annual convention of the Alberta School Truslccs Association in Edmonton Mr. Hyndman said people don't seen to be aware of the wide responsibilities and powers of I he school trustee. He said more than half of the letters and phone calls he re- ceives deal with mailers which fall under the jurisdiction of trustees. People don't seem to be aware of Ihc amount of auth- ority trustees have, he said. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Denial Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAt DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONF 327.2879 LEROY'S PLUMBING GASFITTING SERVICE WORK NEW INSTALLATIONS PHONE 328-840] Mr. Hyndman added that a natural backlash of his situa- tion is the fact that (here is gneral public apathy toward school hoard elections. "There arc many times when trustees must make decisions which are more crucial than those made by city council but coucil still gels all the interest and attention." The strength of the trustee will be vital in the years ahead, said Mr. Hyndman in urging delegates (o seek ways of in- creasing public recognition of Ihe job they do, lo raise public interest in school board elec- tions and encourage more peo- ple to seek election to school boards. A numljer of delegates were disappoinled that Ihc minister was unable to provide more de- tails on the new three-year fi- nancing scheme announced last week. Mr. Hyndman said (hat fur- ther details should be worked out in January witli final plans ready by budget lime likely in February. The minister also warned Iruslees that the annual budget increase from six to 7.5 per cent during the next three years might not always be there. Tliere 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 Die report where conclusions are drawn wliich 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 th'jn the com- mission makes the choice and proposes how we should bring this about, Mr. Gunderson said. "The commission seems lo have unilaterally chosen the fu- ture social order and would mould education lo achieve this order." The ASTA president also took strong exception lo the reports contention that the existing so- cial order is crumbling and we must develop alternatives to cope with the change. "I am personally persuaded that the decline in social values we see today are of a tempor- ary nature. The institutions judged lo be in such ill health today will be alive nnd thriving long after Ihe Worth report is he said. Mr. Gunderson said such things as the work ethic, pat- riotism, the influence of relig- Report ious insitutions, and marriage will experience a rebirth rather than decline in social import- ance. Albertans do not want lo see their educational system struc- tured to accelerate the demise o[ 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 Ihe sincerity of Dr Worth's statement that (here should be more public dialogue in the field of education. He said Dr. Worth spent three years com- piling (he report and the people of Alberta were expected to react to it in three months. Calling the 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 MacPhcrson. chair- man o[ the Lethbridge Public School Board said he felt Mr. Gundcrson has taken an overly conservative approach lo the Worth Report. "He expressed a more con- servative response than I would said Dr. MacPherson. "I sec the report mainly as a guideline lo meet the as- pirations of education in Albcr- School drop outs bored EDMONTON More slu- dcnls drop out of school TIS n result of boredom than from all oilier causes combined, says Pclcr Powell, president of the Canadian School Trustees As- sociation. Speaking to the opening scs- roaturinn Moroo radio, Dual 1211 aulomnlic clinnnnr and ilx OC spaakor sound fiyslom T ACTIVE TV SERVICE 1238.3rd Ave. South Phono 327-5070 (OPEN THURS. JL FRI. TILL 9 P.M.) sion of the Alberta School Trust- ees Association annual meeting in Edmonton Monday, Mr. Pow- ell said Irustees have been con- vincing themselves they have been doing a good job when in fact they have been falling down in loo many areas. "In recent years children have developed capabilities which we have never dreamed of" he said. Mr. Powell paid [or one thing the educational proprain can bo 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 operate !J our schools year round nnd for much longer hours than do at present nnd 1 believe Ihesc children can cope with these concepts nnd benefit from them. Mr. Powell said Inislccs arc dong children a disservice by not providing inoro 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 tnat 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 lo buy Si.7 million worth of property in the area and :s 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. wilt 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 hearing, an hour-long city council public turned down an application to rczone property at 20th St. and 18th Ave. N. and at 23rd St. and 14th Avc. 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, 1973. 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 group known ada. The program will run until Oct. 26, including six months of on-lhc-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 years of age. A maximum of 15 students provinces by a as Flowers Can- ill lie 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 Lelhbridge post office totalled 681.58 last month. This compared with for October 1971, postmaster Art Lewis said. Express your love and senli- mcnls to family and friends with a portrait created espe- cially for you CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT SPECIAL IxlO" Framed and Four Cuitam Portrait! Mounted Package Combination '16 jj TEL. v 311-0111 Mokt Your Appointment Now Optn Evinlnn and Holldayi by appointment until Chrlitmai A. E. CROSS STUDIO TIL JJMJM 710 3rd Ave. S. The developer, Walter Stew- art of Nil-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 with 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 Dldg. 222 Slh St. S. Phone 328-4095 province will buy another 6.7 acres for The city will pick up the remaining tab, likely through additional property tax- ation. The maHmum 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 aiid 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 wul 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 ihur-off if wattr boili dry, 2 quart capacity. Reg. 14.95 SPECIAL 12 Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN WHAT, ANOTHER JOB? I MANY PEOPLE lack health and energy lo do a good day's work. Often a vitamin de- ficicncy cauies the lilt- i lessneii. Chcelt wilh your doctor correct i vitamins can malco the difference. "WHERE SALES ARE BACKED BY SERVICE" McCREADY-BAINES M v ;