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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Now OFY's 'gone respectable9 activist McKinnon wants out By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Scott MacKinnon says he's fed up with pushing pencils and shovelling paper for the federal civil service. The stocky, 29-year-old activist from Glace Bay, N.S., cheerfully says he's handing in his pencil and resigning as Lethbridge co-ordinator of Local Initiatives Program and Opportunities for Youth. No sadder, but wiser for his three years with LIP and OFY, Scott ruefully describes himself as one of the countless early-70s idealists who let the seemingly progressive OFY grant program "buy them off That was three years ago, when Scott was working for the provincial depart- ment of culture, youth and recreation OFY, he recalls, offered socially- conscious young radicals an avenue for their desire to "get involved" without becoming a pencil pusher for the "system." "OFY was originally designed to defuse discontented young people. Jt was a slick move at the time because it got young people involved and bought off the radicals. "They picked all the people that were active. Sure, people asked the government, 'Why are you picking those people? They're nuts, they're not social- ly acceptable.' "But it (OFY) got people into the system. It gave them money and power and allowed field staff to wheel and deal." Those were the good old days, before bureaucracy caught up to OFY and LIP. The latter has already been shuffled into the department of manpower and im- migration and OFY appears to be next in line. The government says it is "decentralizing to get closer to the he complains. "But what they're doing is closing down my office here. They're decentralizing in Lethbridge in order to centralize in Edmonton." "There's no way someone in Ed- monton can tell me what's going on in Lethbridge." The great shuffle, he explains, incor- porates LIP with manpower's "job creation" branch. Before the shuffle, "six to eight people handled a million program from Alberta and the Northwest Territories. "Now there are 16 project officers and everybody has his own cubicle in an of- fice the size of a football field In ad- dition, there are 28 support people. "They're creating jobs all right, right there in the job creation branch." LIP no longer reaches the people it used to. he adds. By turning programs like OFY and LIP into regular bureaucratic programs, Ottawa is effec- tively ignoring alternate life-styles and alternate work-styles, he savs. Scott says he is irked to see LIP aban- doned now that it meets a social need missed by manpower. When LIP and OFY were in their in- fancy "we could travel anywhere we wanted and we had the kind of mobility we needed to try and make things happen. "Just try to go to Winnipeg or Ottawa now Just try to get a plane ticket, he laments. The government has removed much of the initiative it gave its field staff, relegating them to paper-shovelling, pencil-wielding bureaucrats, he says "The people who engineered OFY are dead They should have a funeral for OFY now and bury it in a casket." The soon-to-resign civil servant doesn t mind burning his bureaucratic- bridge behind him, now that he's decided to leave government circles. By Christmas Scott will be the owner- manager of an 11-cabin campsite on five acres of land near Sylvan Lake, 11 miles west of Red Deer. He plans to rename his 40-campsite recreational area the Flying Scotsman Among his business schemes is a plan to offer winter convention service with a recreational theme to conventioners tired of the usual alcoholic, big-city, hotel conventions Among his tentative customers are, naturally, government officials SCOTT McKINNON District The LctKbridgc Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, November 21, 1974 Pages 19-36 McDougall re-elected Peigan chief BROCKET More than half of the eligible voters liv- ing on the Peigan Reserve journeyed to the polls here Wednesday to return five in- cumbents to council and re- elect Chief Maurice McDougall. Chief McDougall. head of the Peigan band since 1964, received 89 votes, out of 318 cast. Runner-up Hugh Crow Eagle received 66. Returned to council are: Nelson Small Legs Sr., Charles B Greer, Paul Smith, Julius English and Charles G. Provost. Also elected to council are: Wilfred McDougall, Jack Buf- falo, Leo Pard. Clark Yellow Horn, Wilfred Yellow Wings, Margaret Yellow Horn and Roderick North Peigan. Chief McDougall's bid for re-election was opposed by five challengers, while the band's 12 council seats were contested by 33 candidates, including 10 incumbents. Meanwhile, residents of the Blood Reserve are going to the polls today to pick a chief and council from a bewilder- ing array of 68 candidates. Opposing Jim Shot Both Sides, chief of the Blood band for all but two years since 1956. are challengers Fred Gladstone, Joe Chief Body Sr., Pat Eagle Child. Alphonje Many Grey Horses Sr Mike Devine Sr.. Jim Red Crow and Les Healy Opposing 11 councillors seeking to regain their seats on council are no less than 48 hopefuls, including five women Singing tree The Anne Campbell Singers and Teen Clefs will present their 6th annual Singing Tree Dec 8 at Yates Memorial Centre Guest artist will be flutist Patricia O'Connell. Perfor- mances will be at 2 30 and 7 p m. RICK ERVIN photo BEAMING JOHN GOGO IS CONGRATULATED BY EARLY LOSER JOHN FORTUNE Gogo wins West Tory banner By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer It was third time lucky for John Gogo Wednesday night as he defeated four other can- didates to carry the Progressive Conservative banner for Lethbridge West into the next provincial elec- tion. An investment broker in the city. Mr Gogo lost the Lethbridge federal PC nomination in 1972 and made an unsuccessful bid this fall for an aldermanic seat Mr. Gogo. 42. also became the second defeated alder- manic candidate in the city to win a nomination for a senior level of government. Dick Johnston, turned down by- civic voters in the Oct 16 election, earlier won the PC nomination for Lethbridge East It was a lacklustre West Lethbridge nomination com- pared with others held in the South by the Conservatives recently. Only 173 voting delegates showed up Nearly 300 voted in Lethbridge East. Observers said the turnout Diabetic centre proposed S A proposal has been made to the H Lethbndge Municipal Hospital budget S committee requesting establishment of a S: diabetic instruction centre in the hospital Fay Garrett. president of the Alberta jj Diabetic Association, said here Wednes- V: day development of the centre would be a :j: great benefit to diabetics in Lethbridge. The centre would provide instruction for diabetics on diet, injections, individual counselling and testing "If a hospital does this, it saves money because usually a diabetic patient would take up a bed for I wo weeks for the same she said Ms Garrett was in Lethbndge Wednes- da> with other officials from the associa- lion to help establish an association S chapter in the city The establishment of the local chapter is 1be third attempt but greater success is forecast this lime because of the turnout at the meeting and proposed instruction 3; centre Both the Canadian and Alberta associations are urging support of the new chapter, which elected Geraint Plettel president One of the first concerns of the new group will be informing diabetics of the .'_.-_ new 100-unit insulin concentrations which S will be replacing other concentrations on the market Jean Nelson, executive secretary of the S Calgary branch, told The Herald a S problem is arising because supplies of 40 and 80 unit insulin are being phased out in favor of 100 unit concentrations Ms Garrett explained that if a diabetic has not kept in touch with his physician. V the diabetic may not be aware of the :j change 5 If the diabetic finds he can only get the 100 unit insulin he may try and inject it with his 40 or 80 unit syringe. This could result in a senous overdose, she said People should not attempt to calculate a conversion on the two different units, she said She added diabetics should contact their physicians before attempting a change of i insulin The 80 unit concentrations are ex- pectrd to be off pharmacy shelves by the end of December could well reflect Conser- vatives" doubts about un- seating Socred Dick Gruenwald In the Macleod and Pincher Creek Crowsnest constituen- cies, the PC's attracted more than 500 delegates to nominations In Cardston they attracted 1.400. largest tur- nout in the province until Monday when 1.795 voted in the Wetaskiwm Leduc Conservative nomination. Mr Gogo defeated Gordon Colledge. 31. information of- ficer at the Lethbndge Com- munity College, by 87 votes to 76 votes on the third ballot. Mr Colledge was defeated despite a request by John Car- nine, third place finisher, that his 31 supporters cast their ballots in Mr. Colledge's favor when Mr Carnine dropped out of the running Mr Carnine. 4S. is manager of a cattle feeding company Fourth place finisher was John Fortune. 45. a regional supervisor for an oil com- pany Stan Maciura. 45. a bookstore operator, finished las! and was dropped from the ballot with ?cro votes Mr Gogo told the meeting that the onh way for Alberta 1o remain -viable within Confederation was for the public 1o gel behind Premier Peler Loughecd in his resource dispute with Ottawa He said Alberta was con- slant ly penalized for shipping ils oil to the United States Mr Collcdgc said Lethbndge faces a cnicial time in its history, and it needs a voice on the govern- ment side of the house to help improve the quahtv of life here The federal budget brought down Monday demonstrated the need for a strong Alberta, he said Education Minister Lou Hyndman told the meeting that the federal budget had dealt a "sledge hammer blow to the spirit of Confederation "Our children and grandchildren are the ones who have a stake in this issue." he said in an address. "We don't intend to roll over and give up our respon- sibility for future generations the Premier intends to see it through in that framework." Mr Hyndman said. He labelled the federal budget, which removed royalties paid by oil com- panies as tax deductible ex- penses, "punitive and unfair Budget message go slowly Much city spending already committed By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A "go-slow" capital budget pointing out that the city is already committed to spending nearly million next year will be submitted to city council next month Commitments in 1975 to finish paying for-the Canada Winter Games Sportsplex and the 6th Avenue S bridge alone total million. City- Manager Allister Fmdlay said in an interview With other essential borrowings for services such as water supply and roads and a payment on the land recently acquired for expan- sion of the industrial park, it's up to million in no time, Mr. Fmdlay said. The provincial government has lifted the ceiling on the amount of money municipalities may borrow annually for such projects as road-building, swimming pools, ice arenas, bridges and the like. "The city has free rein if council desires it. but I ques- tion the reasoning of doing that." Mr. Findlay said. The problem, he explained, is that the more the city borrows for capital projects the more it costs the taxpayer every year to meet the annual debt charges These debt charges amounted to 9 88 mills out of 34.69 mills, or about one- quarter of the city budget in 1974 Borrowings this year will be reflected in a three-mill hike in debt charges next year. The million worth of borrowing at the eight per cent interest rate set by the province last month for municipalities would mean annual debt charges of 000 or nearly another three mills. Mr. Findlay said What all this means is there will be few projects for aldermen to play around with next year EXPANSION The 2 million expansion of city hall, for instance, will be included in capital budget discussions since council ask- ed that it be included PCs in Highwood choose Nanton man George Wolstenholme. former mayor of Nanton. was chosen by Highwood con- stituency Conservatives Wednesday to contest the next provincial election Mr Wolstenholme. 57. defeated Ed Poffenroth. reeve of the Municipal District of Foothills, on the second ballot Don Tannas of High River, a teacher, ran third Deputy Premier Hugh Homer addressed the meeting attended by 355 voting delegates Mr Wolstenholme will face Social Credit incumbent Yd Benoit and New Democratic candidate Munel McCreary in the next election WOLSTENHOLME But it's not likely to stand much more of a chance of getting approved this time than it did in council dis- cussions before the election Aldermen got a hint at coun- cil's last meeting Monday of the restrained atmosphere in which they'll discuss capital spending when Aid. Bill Kergan asked for a study into the need of another ice facility on the north side. "There's no doubt that it's needed." Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said "But can we afford it? "It's a question of plugging it into our list of priorities." The cost of borrowing is one reason City Manager Findlay recommended a go slow policy in West Lethbridge by turning down a Central Mortgage and Housing Cor- poration offer to loan the city at 10% per cent PAY BACK "At over 20 years it becomes staggering what you have to pay back." he said Ironically, one reason the city's annual debt charges are going up. is because the city did little borrowing in the ear- ly Mr Findlay said The loans are usually paid off over 20 years so if there had been major borrowings in 1954. for example, the city- would finish paying for the loan this year, helping to reduce its annual debt payments Library hearing Nov. 29 The Downey Report on public library services in the province will be discussed at a public hearing Nov. 29 at the Lethbridge Public Library A spokesman at the library said attending the public hear- ing will be representatives of the Downey Commission and their advisory committee as well as representatives from the library services branch of the provincial government department of culture, youth and recreation, who sponsored the study The Downey Commission has filed its report with the provincial government and is looking for reaction from the public and library officials across the province, the spokesman said People wishing to make sub- missions ma> do sr> nv appear- ing at the library dunnp the hearing hours Also attending the hearing will be members of library boards from public libraries and communit> college and school libraries in Southwestern Alberta The hearing will be held in the theatre gallery of the Lethhridce public hbrar> from 12 %pm tnflpm Nov 29 Windfall spending talk set A provincial cabinet minister may come to Lethbridge to explain the plans for spending the Alberta oil windfall, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce board of directors was told Wednesday Both Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Don Getty have ex- pressed interest, Bob Corn- stock reported for the provin- cial affairs committee The committee would like to arrange a date in mid January, he said. The proposed new Alberta Planning Act could affect the status of irrigation land. Mr Comstock said He suggested the general manager of the St. Mary River Irrigation District be asked to speak to the board on the effect of the act. The committee also recommended that the Foremost Chamber of Commerce be supported in its request to have Highway 61 extended from Many-berries to the Saskatchewan border. Another recommendation accepted by the boanJ was to restate the Chamber's concern for improvements to Highway 3. and to ask the department what further im- provements are planned for 1975 Mike Sutherland, the Chamber general manager, suggested a manpower seminar sponsored by the Chamber, the City of Lethbridge and the province be held Jan 10 The date would allow time to set up the seminar, and would avoid conflicting with the Winter Games or Ag he said "It probably could be one of the most important project? 1hc Chamber could undertake this >ear he said Torn Rover reported the federal commerce clinics be held Dec 4 and 5 at the Park Plaza Motor Hole] The government representatives will ciir half hour talks and will be available later for int-crnr'As with interested bu'-iTTC'-.srnen hr The Industrial Development Bank will hr represented, as well as 1he departments of commerce regional economic expansion consumer affairs. and "-enices. and In- dian affair-- and northern clopmcnl The board voted to ask Chamber members to contribute to the New Year's service again this >ear Thr srmre initialed last provides iree rides on transit Year KAC TV met tine 1hr ollegf to Dec 3 from Dec 4 ;