Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
High cost of land poses problems OTTAWA (CP) The high ;ost of land for housing is draw- jig increasing government at- tention. It is likely to get a thorough airing at a January federal-pro- i-intial conference and may ap- pear In federal-provincial-mu- nicipal talks in Toronto next week. The federal government has moved to ease land assembly provisions by reducing the cost of land and is talking about dealing with the major stum- bling-block to land assembly- servicing. The cost of land generally is agreed to be one of the two main factors in soaring housing prices. The other element is mortgages. There have been provisions for municipal land assembly in the National Housing Act since 1M9. But few municipalities have taken advantage of it. MONEY PROBLEM Peter Bums, secretary of the housing committee of the Cana- dian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities, said in a recent interview: "If you only have so much money you put it where you have to put and fire services and schools." He said the cost of buying land combined with servicing it has stopped, many municipal-] ilies from using NHA land as- sembly provisions. Saskatoon has long been her- alded as a model of what can be done through public land as- sembly, acquiring much land during the depression of the 1D30S through tax default and buying more during the 1950s. The goal was to use the publi- cly-owned land as a planning tool. The city was able to use its ownership of land to ensure that private developers followed mu- nicipal plans. The land gave the municipality bargaining power when developers sought to buy property from the city. The city bought acres under NHA provisions with the federal government providing 75 per cent of the funds, the province 20 per cent and Saska- toon five per cent. HOLD COST DOWN One observer said the aver- age price of a serviced residen- tial lot in Saskatoon in 1970 was between and while in Vancouver it was about 5V 000 and in Edmonton Mr. Burns said the advantage of public land assembly is that Irish children want toy guns the municipality or province can buy land years in advance of development at a reasonable price. Private etevelopers cannot af- ford to buy large tracts of lane and wait for years lo develop it They buy property only when it is obvious a development is im- minent and the price soars. The Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. provides funds for some services to land devel- opments. But such things as trunk sewers and water mains not directly at Hie location of the development, do not qualify for aid. This means that municipal- ities must bear the. financial re- sponsibility for supplying these services. But Urban Affairs Minister BELFAST (neuter) De spite warnings from the British Army, many Belfast shops are stocking up on realistic toy weapons for the Christmas buy- ing rush. Guerrilla gunmen are getting younger and younger, many ol them in thei- early teens. With Hie coming of winter and ear- ,iiT darkness, children playing Five beautiful ways to unjumbie your jewels this Christmas 1 jewel box. Fine wood, 3 section. Tarnishprcof green felt lining. Brass pull. 9.98 fruitwood finish box. Compartment drawer, self-rising tray. Velvet lined. 37.98 3 jewel case. Self rising tray, compartment, drawer. Brass hardware. 24.98 4 d-Fine Jewel Case. Has ring and cuff link slots. Beautifully finished wood. o-Duchess Jewel Box. 3 com- partment lop, sectioned drawer. Vclvcl lining. 14.98 Nol DI illuilralod Jewdltry Dipt. our torvlci begin protects you ovary Inch of the way STORE HOURS: Opon Daily 9 a.m. to p.m. Thunrlny and Friday 9 a.m. 10 9 p.m. Centre Vlllago. Telor.liona 328-9231. and "Cops and Rob- and these do the young- in the streets with' toy weapons could easily be taken for gun- men by nervous soldiers. One mother in the town stronghold of the illegal Irish Republican Army says that her young sons and a daughter all want guns to play tiieir game of "Soldiers and and another game called "Secret named after the grisly assassinations in the Northern Ireland capital. Martin is seven years old and he also comes from Andersons- town. "I want a great big gun for Christmas so I can shoot all the he says. WANTS A BAYONET In the Protestant Sandy Row area, 10-year-old Jimmy says he wants a Colt .45. "And I want a combat jacket like my brother and a bayonet and a football." Some parents argue that chil- dren have long acted out their aggression in blood-thirsty games like "Cowboys and In- dians" sters no harm. But Dr. Morris Fraser of the child guidance clinic at Bel- 'ast's Royal Victoria Hospital disagrees. The difference Is that in- stead of killing imaginary In- dians, young children now ?rp. throwing stones and shooting toy guns at real sol- he says. "Fantasy has merged with reality and the cultural bogeyman is there in the flesh to be attacked." The more reputable shops In Belfast are refusing to stock toy weapons. One buyer for a large department store, Jackie Reid, said: "I won't stock them on principle but I know plenty of shops willing to make a quick penny by cashing in on the de- mand." YOUNG AFFECTED More evidence of tbe effect of Northern Ireland's violence on young children came to light when a teacher at Holy Trinity Boys' Primary School in the Catholic Turf Lodge area asked a class of seven-year-olds for their views on love. "Love is not throwing stones at the British Army after Ihev have interned my wrote David. "Love is darkness like this morning when EC saw a man's coffin and his wife wrote Linus. "I knew it was not love when I saw a man being shot through the head and falling like a shat- tered brick on the said Hugh. And finally, from Michael: "Love is what is missing in Bel- fast. It is hale and death that comes to us." Ron Basford promised in Sep- tember that the federal govern- ment would take steps to deal with municipal sewage disposal problems by late 1973 or early 1974. COST COULD FALL If more money for sewage is made available through CMHC, the cost of municipalities of Eer- vicinp land may be more rea- sonable. Amendments to tie National Housing Act, introduced in the last session of Parliament, ex- panded- opportunities for land assembly by requiring repay- ment of loans within 25 years rather than 15. These provisions likely will reappear substantially un- changed in new legislation in the next session. Also under discussion is whether public land should be sold or leased for housing. Toronto lawyer Michael Den- nis, whose report lo the CMHC was made public by New Demo- cratic Leader David Lewis this summer, strongly favored leas- ing. Custody battle NMmktr 14, 1972 THI UTHMIDOI HMAID over MIAMI (AP) "Baby norc belongs to God and we 1 tend to take good cue of her for vowed the adoptivi mother of the tod dler after winning a widely-pu licized custody fight which wen all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jean De Martino and her hu band, Nicholas, held a new conference here after th nigh court refused lo hear appeal from Lenore's natur mother, Olga Scarpetta. "We intend to provide her (Lenore) with all the necess ties, most importantly, love said De Martino, who gave up Brooklyn .law practice to flee Miami with his family in Apr! 1971, after New York court. ruled they had to return Lenore to her natural mother. The Supreme Court ended the two-slate custody fight when refused to hear an appeal b Miss Scarpetta, who had asked that a Florida ruling grantin custody of the child to the D Martinos be overturned. Miss Scarpetta went to Ne York from her native Colomb to give birth to the baby on May 19, 1970. She turned UM child over to a public adoptk agency four days later, bu changed her mind after month and asked that Lenort be returned. He argued that leasing leaves prices in the municipality. control of land hands of the Those renting the property may build and later sell the build- ings but not the land. This has not been the general practice in Canada but it may gain more favorable attention as various governments attempt to deal with the rapidly rising cost of housing. Boivl of rice stolen during ceremonies OTTAWA (CP) A group of students placed a bowl of rice in front of the national war memorial dur- ing weekend Remembrance Day ceremonies as a sym- bolic reminder of the war against disease and pov- erty. Minutes later, they re- ported that someone had slolen the bowl of rice. BLOWS STEAM Geysers are hot water springs that erupt by blowing off steam. Claims church erred CALGARY (CP) The church has done a disservice in denouncing sex as more sinfu than other social problems, sayB Canon Bryan Green of the An- glican Church. The evangelist, who started i month-long mission in Calgary and district, said this negativi attitude turns all thinking peo- ple away from the church. Intelligent young people do not listen to speeches agalnj pornography, he said, when they see the Vietnam war, pollution and racial discrimination u more important wastes of na ture. "I'm for positive love and noi anti-pornography." Canon Green, 71, said war and poverty are important issues but people are not worried about abusing man and womin relationships. He told his Calgary audience that birth control has done t great deal of good. "You plan your budget, you plan your holiday, why shouldn't you plan your Protestant wins RC election LONDON. Ont. (CP) A Proleslant has won a seat on Ihe Middlesex County scpa- r.'ilc school board by acclama- tion Hay Nottagc, London pur- chasing agent for 17 years is believed the first non-Hoinan Catholic lo win election lo a separate school board in On- tario. Mr. Noflagc, 63. was nomi- nated for one of two Ward 6 senls in London. The other nominee in Ward 6 is B. P. Cramer, n former chairman of llic London sepa- rate school board. Mr. Nottagc, nn Anglican, said ho would have withdrawn his candidacy if Iwo qualified Roman Catholics hart been nominated in I he w.ij-d. GAVE NO REASONS The only requirements for cnndidiicy for a separate school board arc thai the cnn- didalp be 111 or older nnd n Canadian citizen, Mr. Noltnpo finvc no reason for his interest in liic sepa- rate school Ixinrd other thnn Ihe Inck of candidates his doslro to servo Uic commu- nity. lie has always been a pub- lic school supporter. How to Change a SQUARE into a SALESMAN PUT AN AD IN IT AND TURN IT LOOSE IN The Lethbridge Herald Phone 328-4411 and speak to a Lethbridge Herald Display Advertising Representative FOWLED UP BY MOM A child breaks Inlo lean after being left olonc with the family chickens for a few minulns Mr, inollicr cis llic-y Cct> lighting along Highway 13 north of Saigon.