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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LETHBRIDGE November 20, 1974 Price controls asked on farm land PINCHER CREEK A controll- ed price for agricultural land and control of land speculators is needed to ensure maximum areas will be maintained for food production, the Alberta Land Use Forum was told Tuesday. John Thomson of Pincher Creek said in a brief to the forum here Tuesday controls are needed to remove agricultural land from the competitive purchasing power of speculators, urban encroachment, small acreage subdivision, rights of way and recreational uses. He pointed to the global situation of increasing populations and food shortages supporting the need to make use of all available farmland He said the controls are also need- ed to stop the decrease in the number of family farm operations in the province. He said other measures could be taken to help ensure continued agricultural expansion, including availability of long term mortgage money so viable farms can be purchased, a system of land banks to keep agricultural land for farming and a revised taxation plan which would bring financial hardships on persons using land for other than farming. Mr. Thomson, who headed a four man committee, said land use plann- ing at the local level is needed for optimum use of the land. He said the committee envisioned a group of people to act as the first control sector for land use planning. The group suggested includes representatives irom municipal government, Unifarm, the urban sector, a local businessman and a regional planning official. The committee has even provided for possible disputes in land use planning, suggesting a system of appeal to regional and provincial levels with a final appeal before an ombudsman. The advantages to such a plan include increased food production, food production versus other uses for land, maintenance of land fertili- ty and natural watersheds, control of speculators and enhancement of family farms, all working together to build a stable economy and desirable quality of life for all. One rancher in the crowd said price controls on land are dangerous but the idea of tax controls to monitor land use appealed to him. Continuing on the theme of agricultural land use, Andy Russell, Waterton naturalist, said centraliza- tion of industry, control of urban sprawl and environmental education for all is needed. He said small acreage sub- divisions and urban sprawl is driving the price of land up making it dif- ficult for the family farm to com- pete. It is getting difficult, if not im- possible, for young people to get into farming with present high land prices. This expansion of urban life is creating havoc among wildlife and fish populations, competing with people who destroy natural habitat, he said. Mr. Russell said people fail to realize land holds more potential for recreational use by the public if held as agricultural land than if in the hands of small acreage holders. Mr. Russell said a solution to this problem would be to separate agricultural values from social values in any land use policy where subdivision is concerned Through an education process, people must be made aware that food doesn't originate in the store and water doesn't originate in the tap. "The natural origination of both must be guarded he said. Janet Main of Pincher Creek con- firmed Mr. Russell's stand, claim- ing Alberta's agricultural future will stay bright if agricultural land is preserved. In her brief, Mrs. Main said agricultural land must be reclassified to meet its true value and to be able to compete with other uses for it. She suggested green strips be es- tablished around urban centres to stop urban sprawl and that govern- ment buy the development rights of land as they do for minerals and that those rights be held for future generations. Pointing to 93 per cent of Alberta's population which is urban oriented, Mrs. Main said farmers and ranchers are an "endangered" species Yet it is this small sector of the population which must feed the nations, she said Butcher strike unlikely Music teachers honor three Three Lethbridge persons who have made a significant contribution to the level of interest in music in the community were honored Tuesday at a Lethbridge Regis- tered Music Teachers recital, held in Saint Augustine's Parish Hall to mark Canada Music Week. Presentations were made to Mrs. Margaret Wozak, a piano teacher in Lethbridge for 40 years, left; A.K. Rutland, organist and music instructor at the University of Lethbridge, and Anne Campbell, for 25 years director of the Anne Campbell singers. The presentations were made by Mrs. W.A. Nelson. The possibility of strike ac- tion by supermarket butchers in Calgary and Edmonton will not affect Lethbridge, and could be averted in the two large cities, a union official said Tuesday. Mediation between Safeway and Loblaw's stores and Local 373 of the Amalgamated Meat- cutters' Union is making progress, business agent Hans Mueller said m a telephone interview from Calgary. A strike is not certain even though 97 per cent of the membership voted in favor of one, he said. Housing tax cut welcomed in city Lethbridge Housing Association president Keith Bickerton said today he is "encouraged that the federal government is looking at housing" in its budget an- nounced Monday by Finance Minister John Turner Speaking for local builders. Mr Bickerton welcomed the budget s reduction to five per THE FIRST Edition of this Christmas Spoon Now available at Hoyt's Gift Boxed Deep Silver Plated 98 4 Start your collection nowl Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN cent from 11 and 12 per cent respectively for building materials and construction equipment. But. he warned, "'as long as the interest rates remain high, housing starts are going to remain low.'" Pointing to the sagging prices of lumber and plywood, he said simply lowering the price of new houses by or isn't go- ing to stimulate industry ac- tivity Mr Bickerton said reduc- tion of federal sales tax "won't greatly affect people in Lethbridge" because building costs are still affected by the high cost of land and high interest rates on mortgages. He described the tax cuts in the federal budget as "curbs on inflation" that are "geared to the end price of the unit." He said the budget's provi- sion to allow new construction costs for apartments as tax deductions from other income could stimulate local apart- ment construction ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 328-4095 HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At the Avenue South THURSDAY, NOV. Terms Cash Salt starts p.m. No Rewrv? Nice curved bar. smail China cabinet, good cnb and Viking port TV, port dishwasher wardrobe. box seeing and mattress wood table and 3 chairs, wr table lamps. Hoover uongnt vacuum. G E. 'f age skis C'_ofcoqrds. 2 01! TV's 30" elec- c range can good tires and l Sing- er '-eadle machines counier lop gas heaier, good 9x12 rug. dress form, bird cage and stand olaypen chrome 'able, wood tables TV stand, tarn motors small wheel barrow, office chair. Vpewnter canmster set. skates, paint, skis and floor pol'shers n Accordance with the Provltloni of Alberta Selrurn Ad will fallowing. '20 ga. fuel tanks pump and hose electr c ii hydraulic hoses arci Calves, 10 !b propane 'orch cord barbeque square jjrfi grease gun 1968 Mrteor 4 door 2-Wlae! Utility Tniltr SALE CONDUCTED BY HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 3JB-4705 13202-xJAVE S LETHBRIDGE TED NEWEY KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 010283-dl tic. City Scene Former chief's rites Thursday Funeral services will be held Thursday for former fire chief William H Short, who died Monday. The service will be at 3 p m. at Southminster United Church, with Rev Kenneth Morris officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Mountain View Cemetery. Chief Short served 52 years with the Lethbridge Fire Department, and was chief from 1944 to 1962 Tape deck, tapes stolen About in stereo equipment was reported stolen from a Lethbridge car Tuesday. Lethbridge city police say someone entered a car belonging to Ron Kalicum. 1508 24th St. S., during the night Tuesday and took a stereo tape deck and 15 tapes. Scientist to speak on poultry Lethbridge Research Station scientist Earl Gardiner will discuss his year-long study at a poultry research institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Southern Alberta Poultry Council at Ericksen's Family Restaurant Thursday at 7.30 p.m. Dr. Gardiner spent the time at the institute, which has 60 scientists and more than 300 employees working full-time on research on nutrition, physiology, management and behavior of broilers, hens, turkey, ducks and quail Liquor arrests increasing More people were arrested for liquor offences in Lethbridge in October than in September, according to the Lethbridge city police's Oc- tober report, which observed 147 liquor arrests last month. There were 392 charges un- der the Alberta Liquor Control Act in October compared with 245 in September, However, to the end of Oc- tober there have been 3.123 li- quor offences in 1974. down 197 for a similar period last year. Nineteen more people were arrested in October for intox- ication than in September Assaults were up six in Oc- tober to 20 and breaking and entering offences were down WALTER KERBER photo Dining out Indian Battle Park is one of the city's more exclu- and those working crows and seagulls who can afford sive dmmg spots, now that chilly winds have driven formal dress, but the absence of man has reduced the off human picnickers. Patronage is limited to magpies, number of crumbs available to the fly-in trade. Some campaigners less than kind By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer With five candidates in the running, there was bound to be "some infighting behind the scenes of the Conservative nomination tonight in Lethbridge West. Candidates have been jockeying for supporters and some of the comments about their opposition have been less than kind. A sample phone call by one campaign worker to a prospective supporter this week went as follows: "Mr.------is our man. We know he isn't a good talker but we don't need a good talker in Edmonton, we need a thinker. "Of course-----has shown he is an habitual loser." "And just has no backbone Candidates have taken out 700 party memberships to sell to supporters, says Dwight Jensen, association president. The contest opens at 8 p.m. in the El Rancho Motor Hotel. Education Minister Lou Hyndman will be speaking instead of Premier Peter Lougheed. The premier was scheduled to speak but concerns over the federal budget brought down Monday SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING seven to 28. However, for the year break and enters are up 94 to 307. Theft of automobile offences in October were down eight to 13 but for the year are up 28 to 144. Theft un- der offences were down 14 in October from September to 161 Four times as many people were ticketed for driving while disqualified in October than in September. Eight peo- ple were ticketed in October. There were 862 traffic tickets issued in October. 104 more than September Drivers tagged for speeding numbered more than in September. There were 235 traffic ac- cidents in October compared with 233 m September and 52 people were injured in the ac- ndents compared to 56