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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE IETHBRIDG1 HERALD Wednesday, November 23, 1972----------------------- Accident rate drops, but not insurance By JIM .U-1VDIE Herald Staff Writer Substantially fewer injuries md less property damage from motor vehicle accidents in the city this year will not likely mean a similar reduction in in- surance vales, The Herald has been told. To the end of October, the city had motor vehicle ac- cidents compared with for the same period last year, an increase of seven accidents. However, tlie B74 major acci- dents (causing damage of more than was doivn 57 from the previous year. The 919 mi- nor accidents (causing damage less than were up by 75. The 408 hit and run accidents this year were down 11 from the same period last year. Property damage this year is down to or a decrease of nine per cent from last year. I Injuries from motor vehicle j accidents are down 20 per cent this year. There were 370 per- sons injured to the end of Octo- ber compared with 465 for the same period last year. There was one death this I year compared with five the previous year. Despite the fewer deaths, nine per cent reduction in prop- erty damage and 20 per cent reduction in injuries, local mo- tor vehicle insurance spokes- men fesl insurance rates will not likely drop. Increased costs Insurance companies and in- surance agents are faced with increasing staffs and increased operational costs, one spokes- man said. The reduction in property damage in Leth- thc Homer statement surprises Olson Provincial accusations of federal delays in establishment of a farm machinery testing station for Lethbridge "sur- prised" acting federal agricul- ture minister Bud Olson. In a telephone interview Tuesday. Mr. Olson said he is surprised Dr. Homer w ou 1 d blame anyone. Mr. Olson said the western provinces asked the federal gov- ernment to work on the propos- als for the establishment of the testing station during the July meeting of the federal and pro- vincial agriculture ministers held in Halifax. He said papers were finished and sent back to the provinces. Monday, said Mr. Olson, pro- vincial agriculture ministers or their representatives met in Ot- tawa to discuss the issue and "decided they had to have more time to work on the matter." Deputy Agriculture Minister Dr. Glen Purnell represented Alberta. Mr. Olson said Dr. Horner made the accusation before he had time to find out the results of Dr. Purnell's trip, to Ottawa. PRE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS SLEEVELESS BUTTON SWEATERS Reg. 9.95 V-NECK PULLOVER SWEATERS 5.95 Sizes 30-44 MEN'S and BOYS' LATEST FASHION PYJAMAS and DRESSING GOWN SETS SiiesS-M-L and Tall Flannel and Cotton For the Big Manl SUITS and SPORT JACKETS Sizes to 52 Tall and regular SHOP WHERE THE SELECTION IS GREAT, AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT BUYRITE MEN'S WEAR 318 5lh ST. S. PHONE 327-4210 (OPEN THUKS. AND FBI. TILL 9 P.M.) bridge Is onlv a drop In bucket, he said. The only way insurance rates in Lelhbridge could drop or hole the line, is if there was a signif- icant drop in claims throughout the whole insurance zone. Alberta is divided into three zones. Zone 1 covers Calgary aiid Edmonion. Zone 2 covers an area north of Grande Prai rie and Peace River. Zone 3, in which Lethbridge falls, covers the rest of the province. Zone 3 now has the lowest premium rate in the province. A certain type of public li- ability coverage, for example carries a premium of ?71 if Zone 1, ?63 in Zone 2 and in Zone 3. A certain collision coverage carries a premium of ?55 in Zone 1, in Zone 2 and in Zone 3. Comprehen s i v e coverage however, is a bit different Same coverage in Zone 1 costs 527, in Zone 2 it costs and in Zone 3 it runs The re a s o n comprehensive premiums are higher In Zone 3 than in Calgairy or Edmonton is because o! the higher rate of incidents there are more comprehensive claims per auto- mobile in Zone 3 tjan Zone 1 mainly because of the gravelled roads, said one insurance spokesman. In Zone 2, where most of the roads are gravelled and wind- shield replacements are nol readily available, cost of claims is extremely high, thus the high premium rate compared with the rest of the province. "With increased costs facing the insurance companies and said a spokesman, "it is plain to see that a decrease in claims in Lethbridge is not enough to warrant a drop in premiums throughout the whole zone." Story wrong A story carried earlier in The Herald said that accidents in the city had increased 43 per cent this year to the end of September. The story, based on Alberta Safety Council figures, was inaccurate. A city police spokesman said steps are being taken to cor- rect the Alberta Safety Council figures. The reason the Lethbridge fi- gures appeared so high, showing a 164 pei- increase in acci- dents in September and a 143 per cent increase in August, is because the safety council was comparing major accidents in 1971 with total accidents in 1972. It is expected the safety coun- cil figures will be corrected for November's tally. October was not a good month in Lethbridge, city police rec- ords show. There were 263 accidents (11B majors, 98 minors, 47 hit and run) compared with 236 acci- dents (112 majors, 86 minors, 33 hit and run) in October, 1971. There were 66 injuries last month compared with 62 in- juries and two deaths the pre- vious year. Property damage of last month was up from in October, 1971. Symphony's 12th year set The high spot in the Leth- bridge Symphony Associa- tion's I2th season will be a concert presentation of Chris- topher Gluck's opera, Or- pheus of (he Underworld, Jan. 28 and 29. The season opens at the Yatcs Memorial Centre Dec. 4 featuring a concert on the works of Wagner, Haydn, Handel and Beethoven. Two other concerts follow on Mar. 26 and May 7, The of Or- pheus of the Underworld will stage the 70-member sym- phony chorus, costumed and choreographed by a three- member team, Joan Water- field, Lily Lartev and Muriel Jolliffee. Members of the Jolliffe'j Academy of Dancing will per- form the two ballet sequences in the presentation. The leads will be taken by sopranos Colleen Kauffman and Linda Johnson and tenor Michael Kauffman. Another first for the associa- tion is the oratorio (semi- dramatic musical composi- Handel's St. John's Pas- sion by the cliorus and or- chestra May 7. The 52-member orchestra has local musicians available to play every instrument this year and will no longer be required to import musicians from Calgary. The orchestra's conductor Is Lucien Needham, professor of music at the University of Lethbridge. He was bora and studied music in England, ar- riving in Canada to conduct the 165-voice Winnipeg Phil- harmonic choir. Walter Goertzen, conductor of the symphony chorus, was bora in Lethbridge and re- ceived his musical training in Kelowna, Winnipeg and Waterloo Lutheran University in Ontario. He is now employed as of- fice manager for a local man- ufacturing firm. Both he and Professor Needham have been with the association for three years. The symphony orchestra perform its first out-of- town concert of the season Ma.-. 18 in Pincher Creek. That concert was originally scheduled for Nov. 26. School evaluation meet draws energetic response About a dozen topics of con- cern about education In Leth- bridge': public schools were raised at Tuesday night's meet- ng called by the educationa" ;oals project committee. The meeting at Wilson Junior High School was attended by about 40 persons, more than twice the turnout at the first meeting last week. Two more X-rays spot 4 coses, VD cases total 113-report Four active cases of tuber- culosis were detected in the city last year through x-ray examinations, the city health unit said in its annual report for 1971 just released. Confirmed venereal diseases totalled 113. No death resulted from the 925 communicable diseases re- during the year, includ- ing 549 cases of rubella, 212 cases of chicken pox and 84 cases of mumps. Health inspectors made inspections and investigated into 127 complaints. There were no prosecutions. There were 660 births and 337 deaths. Diseases of the heart and circulatory system remain- ed the major cause of death, taking away 142 lives, followed by neoplasms (tumors) with 66 deaths and diseases of the res- piratory system with 43 deaths. The city's population con- tinued to grow. Quoting depart mcnt cf municipal affairs fig- ures, the report said population, totalling in 1967, creased by two per cent in IOCS, 2.6 per cent in 1969, 2.8 per cent in 1970 and 3.3 per cent in 1971 to reach Health services to children included dental care to school entrance medical ex- aminations to 643, nurses' ex- aminations to 061, and routine vision tests to HELP WANTED ELKS CLUB of LETHBRIDGE HAS OPENINGS FOR 2 BARTENDERS Experience preferred but nol essential. Applications will bo received up la Nov. 25th, 1972 Phone Manager 327-7219 for interview meeting chairman was meetings in the series will be held Nov. 27 at Fleetwood- Eawden School and Dec. 7 at Senator Buchanan School. The meetings are called by the educational goals project committee of the Lethbridge Public School District to obtain comments from parents, educa- tors, students and the public at large on the general topic .ol what should the schools be do- ing. The Dr. G. H. Sevan, director of curriculum of the school dis- trict. Seven other committee members attended the meeting. Eight small group discus- sions were organized, with each one assigned a special topic of concern. The topics included in- dividualized instruction, final examinations, open area teach- ing, student rights, grading, what skills should be acquired in schools, community schools and kindergarten education. Mr. Bevan said he was pleased with the turnout and "the energetic response." lie invited "anyone interested in the subject" to attend future meetings or write to the school district board. The public meetings are phase two of the school dis- trict's four-part evaluation pro- gram. Phase one, which was completed earlier, was the analysis of questionnaires. Phase three will be the sub- mission of briefs from all inter- ested parties, and phase four will bo another series of public meetings. 'Only doing ray job' Dog killer fined PICTURE BUTTE The town administrator here has been convicted and fined for wilful and unlawful destruction of animals. Earl Mcllroy was told Tues day by Provincial Judge A. II Elford that he was guilty of the offense even though his ac- tions had been prompted by or- ders from the town's Deputy Mayor Duane Oliver. Mr. Mcllroy told the court he had killed several stray dogs in August after being ordered to do so by Deputy Mayor Oliver who was acting on behalf of the mayor who was vacationing at the time. In testimony regarding the killing of one of the dogs lie said, "In my opinion the dog was dangerous it was bark- ing, growlinij and frothing at the mouth as I tried to approach it." "I thought the dog was dan- Mr. Mcllroy said. lie said he felt lie was Jusl doing his job and "I didn'l check with anyone to see how it should have been done. "I was following orders from (lie deputy mayor I felt they overruled any other rules that might be in he tes titled. Provincial Judge Elford told Mr. Mcllroy it was unfortunate he thought the deputy mayor's orders would protect him. The incident arose when Mrs. Betty Lou Mazutinec com- plained to town officials about dog fight that broke out in her yard Aug. 17. "I went downtown right alter the fight to see if something could Ire done about those dogs. STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 I was afraid my children might be hurt She said, "If I had had a gun handy at the time I would have shot the dogs." A town resident, Hen-y Ger- stenbuhler, owner of one of the dogs ordered shot, told the court how he searched for his dog for two days before he spotted several rotting dog carcassu at the dump west of the town. One of the carcasses was his dog, which he said had always acted as a watch-dog for his truck while he was away from it. Trial of a second town em- ployee charged in connection with the same incident haj beta set for Dec. 5. PUBLIC MEETING for All Nationalities and All Races This meeting will be taken ai an indication oF the Com- munity'i response to the needs of the Native People In the City oF Lethbridge. Thursday, November 23, p.m. 320 llth Street S., (GOLDEN MILE CITIZENS CENTRE) Alia. VAN ISLE SEAFOODS Will hove a trutkload of FRESH ICFD SALMON (Never Been Frozen) and Cooked Crab and other Seafoods parked at COLLEGE MALL SHOPPING CENTRE SOUTH OF HY'S THURSDAY and FRIDAY NOV. 23rd and 24th From 10 a.m. to Dusk Featuring lobster tail, shrimp, talman, fresh and smoked crab and various ica foods. Special ordtri will taken, Wi apajoglie far not being available last week vertised. were absent due to circumstances control. ;