Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Snow tire shortage 'critical9 at some Lethbridge stores By JIM LOZERON HeraM Staff Writer The early snowfall has left some local retailers short of snow tires and hard-pressed to meet the demands of customers. Some dealers report a tire shortage of popular sizes and one Simpson labelled the situation Dealers who stocked up tires early last summer say there are few problems except in supplying customers who want the more sive radial variety in short supply because of increased demand this year. Batons and Simpson Sears are feeling the pinch while most tire shops are ex- periencing less difficulty. Batons assistant manager Ted Clark said the firm has placed a special order for tint for customers from the main supply centre in Win- nipeg and it takes seven to 10 days to deliver them. He said existing supplies would have lasted until Christmas except for the early freeze up this year. Mr. Clark said the firm was short on some of the more popular sixes but that his stock level depends on tires on hand at the Winnipeg supply centre. He said he had no indication of existing supply there. Simpson Sears' manager John Loewen terms the stock level situation and blames current stock levels not only on the early snow- fall but on difficulties in getting enough tires before the inclement weather from its suppliers. Most tire shops are cooing with the increased although business Is brick. Brian general manager of North Lethbridge Mo says about 85 per cent of his stock was ordered during July and August and says with the exception of a couple of tire sizes the firm has been able to meet consumer demands. are getting the bulk of fall booking orders with the exception of a few tire said Mr. Roelofs. He says the firm is short in radial tires and four ply polyester tires in 13 and 15 inch sizes. Another tire Bob Solie manager of Firestone reports a shortage of radials which seems to be widespread not only in this city but across Canada. In Vancouver Monday a tire spokesman said the situation was serious for snow tires for im- ported compact cars because of these cars call for radial tires and there are just none He said there was a shortage of radials because all new radials are going for new car production. Kirk's Tire Sales which has put through 15 to 18 cars per hour during the past three- quarters of them for new tires expected 800 radials in a shipment Oct. but says salesman Gary Kirk didn't get The firm expects a shipment of 80 radials in the total allotment by its supplier for the entire says Mr. Kirk. The says Mr has been keep- ing in stock four ply nylon and radial tires. The weather has had an we were short of rubber he says. The firm has been having problems in getting shipments from its manufacturer since before the series of rotating rail says Mr. Kirk. Great West Tire President Al Janzen predicts the demand for winter tires will soon taper off because most people wiD have bought their winter tires. The has handled from four to six cars per hour since the cold spell began and is about five days behind normal stock levels. District Second Section Lethbridge Herald Local November 8 .Pages rink fee change considered Eerie night Students may get break Students aged 16 and 17 got a break from the com- munity services advisory committee Wednesday. If city council goes along with the committee's students in that age group still won't have to pay as much as adults to use the city's swimming pools and skating rinks. The question of student rates arose during a discus- sion of a draft set of rental rates and fees to be charged by the community services department at city-owned facilities including swimming skating sports stadiums and athletic the Civic Sports and the Yates Memorial Centre. Adult rates at swimming pools and skating rinks will remain at 60 cents if the new fee schedule is adopted by while children's rates would go up from 20 to 25 cents. At the same time the age rate for children would be raised from 12 and younger to 14 and younger. No special category for who currently pay the adult rate at pools and 30 cents at skating was set aside in the proposed fee structure. When asked why students didn't get a break when the new schedule was drawn Dick city culture and recreation superintendent told the committee there's just too many students around in this day of adult education. many 40 and 50 year-olds with student he said. But three of the five com- mittee members Ken Doug Berlando and Joe who was just appointed to the committee by council to fill a vacancy felt students Some boards irresponsible in transferring teachers CALGARY Some school boards are not using their right to transfer teachers from one school to another within their jurisdiction in responsible the newly- elected vice-president of the Alberta School trustees Association said Wednesday. College gets PEP funds The Lethbridge Community College has received word it will receive from the department of advanced education in Priority Employ- ment Project money for the operation of a number of programs offered to offset winter unemployment. The programs may start as early as late November or early December. Among the which need government are auto building day care small engine radio and television sheet dental assisting and welding. Art Bunny told the ASTA convention he supported pre- sent teacher transfer but all boards must. be responsible when they're dealing with teacher transfers if they hope to preserve the teacher transfer clause in the School Act. The Alberta Teachers Association charged some school boards this fall with us- ing the teacher transfer as a method of forcing teachers to resign. There have been several cases in Southern Alberta this year of teachers being transferred to Hutterite colonies against their will. The trustees unanimously supported the present legisla- tion that permits school boards to transfer a teacher from one school to another at any time during the year. The teacher must be given seven days notice in writing and an opportunity to be heard before the board. If the teacher does not wish to comply with the transfer he or she can resign providing SO days notice is given to the board. up to the age of when they legally become should pay less. The committee recommended the age 16 and 17 student rate be 40 cents. The committee went along with the other rates in the proposed schedule and recommended that it be adopted by council Community services direc- tor Bob Bartlett told the com- mittee the fees were revised to give approximately a 50 per cent return from revenues on the cost of. operating the facilities. Last the return was only about 30 to 35 cents on the dollar he and was one of the reasons council asked for the review of rates Mr. Mells said Ed- Victoria and even Spokane were sur- veyed for comparison pur- poses. The new rates he said would put the city about in line with Calgary's although cheaper in some but still far cheaper than those charged in Vancouver. He said most community groups that use the facilities in the city had been made aware of the proposed revisions and had generally accepted them without com- plaint commenting that they expected to pay a little more. The revised list is quite ex- tensive and the revision is upwards in most cases to meet increased operating costs. Some To rent the entire Civic Centre would cost non- commercial groups in- stead of per wblle banquets would cost per day instead of a minimum at 25 cents per plate. League games at the civic centre athletic field would cost Instead of with local track meets also going up from to Club would be free Instead of but the field would have to be booked. Winter and summer family season passes at swimming pools would cost instead of the present rates of in the summer and in the winter. Red brewery sign shining on steam in cold weather has people thinking the west part of the city is on fire. just blow the steam away and everything's all joked a fireman. Lethbridge chamber seeks 1975 provincial meeting The Alberta Chamber of Commerce will be invited to hold its 1975 provincial meeting in Lethbridge. Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted Wednesday to issue the invitation. Chamber manager Mike Sutherland told the meeting that sponsorship of the con- vention would cost about He said the yearly ses- sion produces a policy state- ment for submission to government. Mr. Sutherland also said if the meeting were held in the it would be the first time. Chamber directors also resolved that as the leading centre of Southern should be the site of any regional office of the Alberta Department of In- dustry and Commerce. The directors voted to have the business affairs com- mittee examine the operation of the Business Information Service. The service is operated by the chamber along the lines of a better business bureau and a large number of the complaints it receives are not complaints by members or about member said Mr. Sutherland. He said there were two sides to the question the service could be confined to chamber-related complaints as it is run by a private or it could ser- vice all complaints since the chamber gets a city grant. Students' files should be kept confidential By JTM GRANT Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Some school districts in Alberta are keep- ing student records on file for years and are releasing the in- formation in them to prospec- tive an educational psychologist told the Alberta Trustees Associa- tion Wednesday. Dr. John from the University of said people should not have to worry about records of their school days coming back to haunt them many years after they have left school. Speaking during a mini clinic on student confiden- Dr. Patterson claimed some young people not get jobs if it is known that they have been suspended from It is not appropriate to release either negative or positive information about a student years later because people he said. Dr. Patterson suggested in- formation in student records should be confidential to everyone but the student's parents. He expressed disappoint- ment in schools that don't per- mit parents to see the records of information about their children. have a right to know what we are saying about their children is only one way to help children and that is to be Dr. Patterson told trustees teacher bias and other infor- mation not designed for the betterment of the student is being stored in school records of students. Teachers and ad- ministrators in the school systems must make sure statements are ac- and that they have not included useless information of no benefit to the student. information would be best not Dr. Patterson suggested. He also urged educators to using education in reports on students. Some educators have been using education jargon to pre- vent parents from really un- derstanding what was being written into the he claimed. giving good tests and getting good information and we're hiding Information about students in school files should be written in. a language the parents can understand. In some cases school dis- trict professionals are writing reports about children that are not even understandable to he pointed out. Dr Patterson claimed Lou minister of has indicated the government intends to leave the confidentiality of. student information to the respon- sibility of the school boards. School trustees should take advantage of this opportunity to establish guidelines for keeping school records that are useful and helpful to the he said. Dr. Patterson urged trustees not to wait for a test case that would force them to change their policy on student records The following 'Dr. Patterson's adopted as policy that in- formation in pupil records shall be treated as confiden- tial to the his parents.. and the school district staff and shall be used to promote the educational welfare of the Prior to adopting the a Banff trustee told the convention certain types of recorded information on students must be kept con- fidential from the parents. all parents are the best of she said. Faculty seeks fairer policy on moonlighting LCC council head elected A 33-year-old Cardston man was elected Wednesday as president of Lethbridge Com- munity College students' council. Hal first year business defeated first year radio arts student Dale Johnson by a margin of 80 votes 251 to 171 votes polled by Mr. Johnson. Mr. Gallup resigned as vice- president last week to run for the presidency made vacant When second year business student Rob resigned. Radios arts student Vern Koop was selected from among three candidates at a student council meeting Mon- day afternoon to succeed Mr. Gallup as vice-president. The faculty of the Lethbridge Community College thinks the college board's moonlighting policy is an infringement of a basic freedom. And Ken the LCC law enforcement instructor who represents the faculty at college board of governors said Wednesday night he will present a fairer policy for the board's consideration at its December meeting. The college board's policy requires that facul- ty members ask board per- mission to hold part-time positions away from the chairman Bob Babki explained He said the great majority of faculty members who ask such permission receive it almost automatically. It's mam usefulness comes in hav- ing something to fall back on should a faculty member's interfere with the job he does for the college. Mr. Riley doesn't agree and he-told the board so. He feels the board can set the hours of work for faculty members at the college but has no right to tell a member what he can do outside those hours away from campus. a bad policy that's all there is to Mr. Riley said. And not only is it but it isn't being he claimed. are probably a lot of pepple who haven't sought the board's permission to moonlight. He couldn't give a specific number of violators but said he knew of a personally Mr Riley even questioned the validity of the policy since it is not written into the contract the board has with its faculty Mr. Babki countered that the policy doesn't have to be written into the contract to be binding. is part of board policy that they should be aware of when they are hired. suggest there are so many means many are not living up to the policy they were hired He suggested that perhaps the faculty association had a responsibility to provide the board with a list of known violators. When Mr. Riley claimed that people who hold full-time jobs off campus are allowed by their employers onto the campus to creating a double standard un- fair to faculty who want the right to off cam- Mr. Babki said the off- campus employers --riu their employees could by whatever policy they want. are spending govern- ment money he said has got to be a way that if a person's duties are not being performed properly because of work off campus then the board can force him to make a between the college position or the he said. Study shows community profile Most of Lethbridge's deci- sion makers live in a relative- ly small area on the south east of 13th many of them along South Parkside a community profile study has shown. In says the of 69 people who sit on 10 decision- making bodies in the city only five reside on the north side. The groups include city both school the boards of the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Community the com- munity services advisory exhibition library hospital board and police commission. This bit of information is one minor-but-interesting aspect of the called Lethbridge Profiles which attempted 'to define the geographic areas of the city with the most social needs and relate this and other demographic information to the distribution of resources. It for that the largest concentration of preschool age children is in the new residential areas in the northeast area of the yet most prescboor programs are located on the south side and there are none in the northeast area. The study was presented to the community ad- visory board Wednesday by preventive social services director Tony Tobin. It was compiled this summer by four students un- der a STEP Tem- porary Employment grant from the provincial using statistics gleaned from a number of sources including Statistics the provin- cial bureau of statistics and a number of local government institutions. The study is presented in slide form with slides showing dots on the city map in- dicating statistical oc- currences of sodaj problems ranging from police interven- tion in family disputes to dis- tribution Of social assistance. Fairly quickly a pattern emerges with the greatest concentrations of dots on nearly all maps showing up in an L-shaped area bordering downtown in apartment areas in southeast Lakeview and Scenic Heights and on the north side generally. An analysis of 66 reported cases of adult probation in the for showed the highest concentration of these cases seemed to be in the area bounded by 5th and 9th Avenues S. and 1st and 13th Streets S. Other social factors com- mon to this area the study are high rate of older residential homes a high rate of divorce and broken The study says Mr. that while the physical environment in Lethbridge with its trees and has been attended there to be increased awareness of the needs beyond that. It specifically points out the need for such things as child care centres and recreation programs in certain areas of the particularly the apartment he says. An analysis by the study of family law cases involving legal showed the greatest number of cases were in the Ashgrove formerly known as the Spanish Villa in southeast with Scenic and Rideau Court on the north side not far behind. Family law cases include child custody and alimony. Some such as juvenile showed no particular concentration in any one area of the city however.