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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta High cost of land poses problems OTTAWA (CP) The high of land for housing is draw- Ing increasing government at- tention. It is likely to get a thorough airing at a January federal-pro- vincial 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- blirig-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 1949. But few municipalities have taken advantage of it. MONEY PROBLEM Peter Burns, 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- ities from using NBA 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 1930s 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 000 and in Edmonton Mr. Burns said the advantage of public land assembly is that Irish children want toy guns BELFAST (Reuter) 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 of them in thei- early teens. With the coming of winter and ear- lier darkness, children playing e besutifu! ways to unjumble your jewels this Christmas 1 jewel box. Fine wood, 3 section. Tarnishproof green felr 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 Jewel Case. Has ring and cuff link slots. Beautifully finished wood. K.99 Jewel Box. 3 com- partment top, sectioned drawer. Velvet lining. 14.98 No) 01 illuilratod Jewellery Dept. our slort-lo-door service begins protects you every Inch ot the way STORE HOURS: Opun Doily 9 a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 n.m. to 9 p.m. Centre Village. Telephone 328-9231. in the streets with' toy weapons could easily be taken for gun- men by nervous soldiers. One mother in the Ande'.-sons- town stronghold of the illegal Irish Republican Army says that her young sons and a daughter all want guns to play their 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. the municipality or province can buy land years in advance of development at a reasonable price. Private developers cannot af- ford to buy large tracts of lane and wait for years to develop it They buy property only when it is obvious a development is inv 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 the 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 Ron Basford promised in Sep- tember that the federal govern- ment would take steps to dea" 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 ser- vicing land may be more rea- sonable. Amendments to 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- 'I want a great big gun for changed in new legislation in the next session. Also under discussion is whether public laud should be 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 aggress ion in blood-thirsty games like "Cowboys and In- dians" and "Cops and Rob- and these do the young- sters no harm. But Dr. Morris Fraser of the child guidance clinic at Bel- fast's Royal Victoria Hospital disagrees. "The difference is that in- stead of killing imaginary In- dians, young children now srp. 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 the 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 after they have interned my wrote David. "Love is darkness like this morning when se saw a man's coffin and his wrote Lulus. "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 hate and death that comes to us." sold or leased for housing. Toronto lawyer Michael Den- nis, whose report to the CMIIC was made public by New Demo- cratic Leader David Lewis this summer, strongly favored leas- ing. He argued that leasing leaves control of land prices in the hands of ihe municipality. 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 bul it may gain more favorable attention as various governments attempt to deal with the rapidly rising cost of housing. Bowl 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 stolen the bowl of rice. BLOWS STEAM Geysers are hot water springs that erupt by blowing off steam. Custody battle 14, 1972 THE UTHMIDOI WUIO 2S over MIAMI (AP) "Baby nore belongs to God and we i tend to take good care of net for vowed the adopt! 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 high court refused to hear an appeal from Lenore's natur mother, Olga Scarpetta. "We intend to provide b (Lenore) with all the neces lies, most importantly, love said De Martino, who gave up Brooklyn law practice to flee Miami with his family in Apri 1971, after New York court, ruled they had to return Leno to her natural mother. The Supreme Court ended tt two-state custody fight when refused to hear an appeal Miss Scarpetla, who had askec lhat a Florida ruling grantin custody of the child to the 1 Martinos be overturned. Miss Scarpetta went to York from her native Colomb to give birth to the baby May 19, 1970. She turned child over to a public adoptk agency four days later, b changed her mind after month and asked that Lenort be returned. Claims church erred CALGARY (CP) Th church has done a disservice denouncing sex as more sinfu than other social problems, says Canon Bryan Green of the An- glican Church. The evangelist, who started month-long mission in Calgary and district, said this negativ attitude turns all thinking peo- ple away from Ihe church. Intelligent young people i not listen to speeches 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 not anti-pornography." Canon Green, 71, said war aw wverty are important issuei jut people are not worrift about abusing man and woman relationships. He told his Calgary audience that birth control has done great deal of good. "You plan your budget, you plan your holiday, wh shouldn't you plan your fan ly." Protestant wins RC election LONDON. Ont. (CP) A Protestant has won a seat on the Middlesex County sepa- rate school board by acclama- tion. Hay Nottagc, London pur- chasing agent for 17 years, is believed the first non-Koman Catholic to win election to a separate school board in On- tario. Mr. Nollage. 63. was nomi- nated for one of two Ward 6 seals in London. Tho other nominee in Ward (i is B. P. Cramer, a former chairman of the London sepa- rate school board. Mr. Nottagc, an Anglican, said he would have withdrawn his candidacy if two qualified Roman Catholics hud been nominated in the ward. GAVE NO REASONS The only requirements for candidacy for a separate school board arc that the can- didate be 111 or older jmd n Canadian citizen, Mr. Noltngo gave no reason for his interest in the sepa- rate school board other than the lack of candidates nnrt his desire to serve Hie commu- nity. lie has always been a pub- lic school supporter. FOWLED UP BY MOM A child breaks into teari after being loft alone with the family chickens for a few minutes hir. moilicr as they ficc fighting along Highway 13 north of Saigon. How to Change a SQUARE into a SALESMAN PUT AN AD IN IT AND TURN IT LOOSE IN The Utlibridfje Herald Phone 328-4411 and speak to a Lethbridge Herald Display Advertising Representative ;