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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuetday, November 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 -The Herald Family Woman lawyer secures position with labor board MONTREAL (CP) Helene LeBel, a Montreal lawyer and the first woman to serve as a vice-chairman of the Canada Labor Relations Board, sees the job as a challenge and an opportunity to do something worthwhile with her legal background. Miss LeBel has sacrificed a budding law practice and her position as associate professor of law at the Univer- sity of Montreal to take on her new job. "For the time being, this is more she said. "I've had a few years of teaching and practising and although there is still a lot to achieve in those areas, they have become familiar to me. My work with the Canada Labor Relations Board is en- tirely new and that is a challenge in itself." She travels across Canada hearing cases with other board members. Since she was appointed to the post Aug. 1, she has dealt with cases in Montreal, Toronto and Ot- tawa Miss LeBsl and Joseph Will- PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Played Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upttairt) EVERY THURS.-8 p.m. ard, the board's other vice- chairman, preside over hear- ings of cases dealing with un- fair labor practices, union certification, union dis- crimination and other areas listed in the labor code. Despite the rash of strikes in Canada, she does not feel labor relations are going through a particularly rough time. "Of course, now we are fac- ing the kind of economic situ- ation where the problems are more acute, but if you study the history of unions in North America there have been some pretty turbulent years." A member of the Quebec Bar since 1967, she has had a good grounding in her field. Miss Lebel said she does not feel her sex is a restriction. "I have never been serious- ly hampered in my career because I was a woman. Peo- ple may be more attentive in checking whether you can do the job than with a man. But what matters is that people are not so deeply prejudiced they won't give you a chance to prove your worth." More Family page 12 THE LETHBRIDQE ORDER OF THE ROYAL PURPLE CHRISTMAS TEA and BAZAAR Wednesday, November 20 in the Elks Hall from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is Welcome HELP US TO HELP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. Sears portrait photography become an art." Excellent quality... Outstanding price _- subject plus 50c handling per portrait An 8x10 Cobur Portrait of your child. 2 days only uMter. 19Hi and nMdqr, Now. 20th 930 am. to 530 p-m. 930 to pjn. KTITJS PTITVK .avail rJUMTnaMf limit 1wn pft lirml TO Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. k> p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m Centre Village Mail. Telephone 328-9231 'Residents make good use of small claims act9 By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Small claims court is one means for consumers to recover losses under {500 without under- taking lawyer's advice or fees. Edward Kisel, who is both City of Lethbridge sheriff and provincial clerk of the small claims court, says Lethbridge residents make good use of Alberta's small claims act which covers debts up to and including and damages or breach of contract up to and including "People here are definitely well aware of the value of using small claims says Mr. Kisel. "The number of cases filed hit a peak in 1970 with 911 claims handled that year. Since then, it's levelled off somewhat. "It would he adds, "that word travels. More people are taking small claims court seriously and paying up before the situation actually gets to the official stage." When small claims court ser- vice was implemented in the city of Lethbridge in 1964, an initial 246 complaints were filed. After the 1970 high mark, the tide of claims gradually ebbed, with 542 cases handled in 1973. Still, when it comes to dis- gruntled plaintiffs seeking regress of or less through Mr. Kisel's office, business is brisk. On an 'average' day small claims court is held Wednesday's as many as 30 cases might be handled. "Several of those will be settl- ed out of court and never actually be heard by the says Mr. Kisel. "Small claims court serves as a device to convince people who owe money that their creditors are serious about recovering their money." Small claims court in Lethbridge is under the jurisdic- tion of provincial Judge F. T. Byrne. Rural areas are served by circuit provincial small claims court judges. Claims may be fil- ed with the clerk of the court, for a cost of at which time a date of hearing is assigned the plain- tiff. If the magistrate's decision favors the plaintiff, court costs are payable by the defendant. Once the plaintiff has filed his claim, he must serve or have the Sheriff's Office serve the defen- dant with a summons stating nature of the debt or offense and the date of hearing. Summons must be served at least 10 days before the court date The small claims court is a settling, not a collecting agency. In other words, the judge only determines the amount owing, collection of the debt is not the court's responsibility. If the deci- sion is in his favor, the plaintiff must then register the judgement certificate with the Clerk of the Court, for which a fee is levied If the debtor still fails to pay, the plaintiff has the recourse of seizure of an article equal in value to the amount ow- ing or effecting the garnishee process. "You can't just decide you'll go the debtor's house and take something to recoup your warns Mr. Kisel. "That's out and out theft. You must effect seizure through the Sheriff's Office In garnisheeing debtor's wages, Mr. Kisel recommends that a solicitor be consulted, although the plaintiff may proceed himself if he follows provincial regulation to the letter. "By the time people come to us, the problem has already erupted." says Mr Kisel. "Trou- ble could be easily avoided if peo- ple would get business transac- tions down on paper. Buying a car, even if it costs only via a word of mouth agreement between friends doesn't give either party any protection And if you've agreed on a pay- ment of for eight months when you sell the car, and the purchaser owes the last three months' payments, it doesn't take long for a friend to be regarded as a debtor Although no contract sales are the cases judged most often by small claims court, disputes between landlords and tenants are also commonly settled "If a tenant is not satisfied with the amount of his security deposit returned by the landlord, or feels he has been needlessly penalized, he may sue in small claims says Mr Kisel "Of course, the landlord has the same recourse. I think people are now well educated to their rights under the landlord and te- nant act." Vehicle accidents resulting in less than damage are also often settled in small claims court It's to the defendant's advan- tage in a small claims case to own up and pay up before the matter reaches court That way he avoids having to pay court costs usually between S6 and m addition to his debt. Community calendar The Lethbridge Chapter of the Sweet Adelines meets every Wednesday from 8 to p.m. in the church basement, 420 12th St. S. Women interested in singing four part harmony and good fellowship are welcome to attend. The regular meeting of thp 60-Plus Club of First United Church will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the lower hall. All men and women interested are welcome. Hostesses will be Mrs. M Nicol and D. Logan. The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens will meet at p.m. Wednesday in the civic centre. This is the an- nual meeting and election of officers will take place. Tran- sportation will be as usual for THE BETTER HALF those who require it. Lunch and entertainment will follow the business meeting. All members and friends welcome. There will be a Christian Science testimony meeting at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Ladies of the Chinook Pen- sioners and Senior Citizens Organization are reminded there will be a demonstration of the art foam dolls at 2 p.m. Friday at the civic centre in the all purpose room. All ladies interested welcome. The LCC Faculty Wives Association will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Roberta Smith, 1310 24th Ave. S., Coaldale. Following the business meeting, decorations will be made for the Christmas Dance. The regular monthly train- ing for the Guiders of Chinook Area will take place at p.m. Wednesday in the Sout Guide Hall. Marie Plomp will be reporting on her trip to the Music Week at Doe Lake Camp, Ont. 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