Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, Nov.mb.r V4, 1970 THt UTHWIPGE HERAIO I. J, SHOP DOWNTOWN DURING THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESSMEN'S ASSN. Interesting bilingmdism study at Alberta air base NEW DOWNTOWN FOR WINNIPEG This is a model of a 14-btock complex to be built in downtown Winnipeg. The city will develop six blocks with convention centre, stores and other facilities. Private develop- ers will build apartments, with an estimated totol of other eight blocks. Construction is scheduled to start i suites, on the i December. But there still are problems forLloydminster drinkers Life now happier and less complicated LLOYDMfflSTER, S a s k. (CP) Life, has become less complicated and much hap- pier for this city's heavy drinkers. As recently as last year someone over-imbibig at the downtown Prince Charles Hotel selected his exit with extreme care. j The hotel's side door is in Alberta where a person could be charged as a common drunk, while the front door .opens onto Saskatchewan where drunks are sometimes arrested but not charged. It was all part of living in schizophrenic community a city of split by the 110th meridian, "which divides Sas- katchewan and Alberta. About 50 per cent of the residents of the city, 150 miles east of Edmonton, live on the Alberta side. BEND BOUNDARY? Alberta doesn't charge the" typical common drunlt any more, so getting loaded in Lloydminster.no longer presents any unusual prob- lem. However, other problems remain, which some residents feel are serious enough to warrant bending the boundary to place all of the city in one province or the other. The meridian runs down the main street and businesses on the west side abut the line. The headaches created by the boundary are innumerable. The Husky Oil Ltd. refinery, which turns heavy crude from a field straddling the prov- inces into light oil, is located on the Alberta side. The com- pany's smart, new office building is on the Saskatche- wan side. You can't send freight on the Canadian National Hail- ways to Lloydminster, SJask., although that's where the post, office is, because the CNR station is in Lloydminster, Alta. It's the opposite with Ca- nadian Pacific, which has its depot on the east side. The HCMP, who police the entire city, must double-check their bearings when making an arrest or when writing a ticket. They carry two sets ot ticket books and provincial statutes. Charges laid in Sas- katchewan are heard in court on the Saskatchewan side and Alberta-laid charges fa a west-side court. Saskatchewan allows 19- year-olds to drink, but Alber- tans must be 21. A 19-year-old Albertan can slide across the street for a nip without fear, provided he gets it out of his system before returning to the west side. And of course, what do you do with an under-age Albertan sprawled out drunk in a shop head in Alberta and his feet hi Saskatchewan? The Lloydminster school system follows Saskatchewan curriculum but teachers roust keep separate registers for WONDERING ABOUT A SUITABLE GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS! Let us Solve Your Problem! CHOOSE THE PERFECT GIFT FROM OUR CHOICE SELECTION OF-. ARRANGEMENTS if CHRISTMAS CENTREPIECES if FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Save Wire Costs By Ordering Flowers Today for Overseas! FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street South Phone 327-5747 A) b e r i a and Saskatchewan 1 students so provincial grants can be determined properly. JUST AN ACCIDENT It all happened by accident in .1803 when the Barr colo- nists, a group of British pi- oneers, decided to move to Canada. They pitched their tents across the and found they were living in two provinces when Alberta and Saskatchewan were created two years later. Tte city, with a sound econ- omy based on servicing the farm areas, crude oil and cat- tle sales, has learned to cope with many of the disadvan- tages of its uniqueness. Lawyer Joe McLean, active in the community for more than 50 years, said it has come a long way since the days when it operated as two separate towns. Each side had a fire department and neither would cross the street to help the other with a major fire. A special charter outlines how the city is to be governed and can be amended by or- ders-m-coiiBeil by both provin- cial governments. "It takes us longer to get debentures in this city be- catise we have to get comple- mentary orders from both FOKMIIMBLE This handbag looks like some sort of a weapon. New addition to fashion arsenal is made of aluminum mid icajli- cr, ami when loaded wit'' uomaiis gear, could deliver quite a clout. EDMONTON (CP) An in- teresting study in bilingualism is developing at the Canadian Armed Forces base here, where about MO airborne commandos were transferred this fall from Valcartier, Quo. Most of the commandos, members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, are French-speaking, and about 40 per cent do not know English. Maj. J. G. Dion, commander of the unit, said they are die only group of French-speaking soldiers in Western Canada. Hardly had toy settled in here, however, that they were airlifted to Montreal when the armed forces were moved into Quebec following imposi- tion of the War Measures Act. Their families remained in Edmonton. A French school was estab- lished at the base for 68 chil- dren in Grades 1 to 6. Junior _ind senior high school stu- dents attend French schools in the city. All airborne soldiers are volunteers from other regi- ments and Maj. Dion's men come mainly from the Royal 22nd Regiment, commonly called the Vandoos. When the move West was announced, only 20 men decided to stay in Quebec and return to the Royal 22nd: "We didn't pressure any- said Maj. Dion. "They had a choice." Maj. Dion said those who do not speak English found time heavy on their hands after working hours when they first arrived here. However, clubs have since been formed, in- cluding a free-fall parachute club which accepts civilian members. said city clerk C, T. McGonigle. STATUS CONFUSED Also, public buildings must meet the design and legal re- quirements of both provincial governments. Mr. McLean, who favors placing the entire city in one province, said industries are not interested in the commun- ity because their legal status is confused. A company operating now in both parts of the city, or even hiring employees from both sections, must adhere to the laws of both provinces. This can become complicated, with, workmen's compensation and other laws relating to labor. The city's most lingering headache is Saskatchewan's five-per-cent sales tax. Al- berto has none. Saskatche- wan-side merchants say that if they are forced to collect the tax from customers, they cannot compete with their counterparts on the Alberta side. sent tax men into the city to snet tax men Into the city to enforce tax collections. Mr. McGonigle says they pulled out because the cost of collec- tion exceeded the receipts. GIVE TOKEN PAYMENT Tlra situation has remained unclear since. The merchants don't force customers to pay tax but most submit a token tax payment for larger goods purchased by Saskatchewan residents living in the rural areas. Mr. McGonigle said there is no law exempting Uoydminster from the tax. Most other taxes have been made equal one way or an- other. The Saskatchewan gov- ernment, for instance, pays Uoydminsler. Sask., service station operators a slightly higher fee for remitting gaso- line tax so they are able to compete with Alberta tors. Mayor Cavanagh, man- ager of the Husky oil refinery, one of the city's economic mainstays, admits that the city has difficulties. Duplica- tion of effort in dealing with two provincial governments can impair efficiency of city administration, he said. "My iond hope is that there is a better way. but no one has come up with a workable solution." Baby No. 32 reported doing well BRTNDIST, Italy (AP) Maria Addolorata Casalini, 41, gave birth to her 32nd child yjesterday. Doctors re- ported mother and baby, a girl weighing 0.6 pounds, in good condition. Fifteen of the 32 children survive. The father, Pietro, 41, is a farm laborer. Mrs. Casalin, who has had twins, triplets and two sets of quadruplets, said: "I have this gift of having children rather easily. What can I do, after "We also have found the French television network a big help. We are getting a tel- evision set for the barracks. Communication with other not been a problem because members of the regiment has all the officers are bilingual "to a certain extent." "The other officers seem to be making an effort to speak to us in French. Every- one has bent backwards to help us. "Where we have found it the hardest is with the women. Some can't say 'boo' in English and it's difficult for them." Some of the wives have en- rolled in English courses at Edmonton schools. Col. Robert G. Therriault, commander of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, described it as a strike force capable of fighting anywhere in the world. And its members were typical of the new breed of soldier who Is better educated and better adjusted than his counterpart of 15 or 20 years ago. "He requires less time to train, is much more self-de- termined and not the follower that he used to be. He places more importance on his own Also, the soldier today is marrying younger and is making a good effort to im- prove his own lot and that of his family, said the colonel. "He is a hell a lot more ambitious. I think he wank to be a part of the community. He doesn't want to be a second-class citizen." Maj. Dion says there have been no incidents of fighting between the French and Eng- lish-speaking soldiers, and he is confident for the future when the commandos return to Edmonton. "It will work. There Is no reason why it wont. PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIALS 0-99 695 SUPER KEM TONE LATEX Gal. LINK INTERIOR LATEX CHINOOK INTERIOR LATEX Gal. Gal. KEM GLO SEMI GLOSS KEM GLO VELVET.... Gal. 1272 MAC TAC yd. SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT and WALLPAPER 321 6th STRHT SOUTH PHONI 327-8321, 327-0211 Careless smoking is responsi- ble tor about 35 per cent of the household fires ill Canada, Always on Ideal Christmas Gift Idea WE HAVE ONE OF THE IAROIST STOCKS OF SWEA- TERS IN SOUTHERN AlBIRTA. 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