Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Chamber has become mediator between business and consumer Michael the man who runs the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce- business information sometimes feels more like a marriage counsellor than anything else in the absence of a Better Business Bureau in service is where many consumers turn with their complaints. Mr. Sutherland says that in the vast majority of just getting the two parties to communicate can the problem. He .feels his role as a is the most im- portant part of the job. a matter of getting things iron- ed out that's what a business information service he says in an interview. we detect a bit of poor service or a poor quality just by bringing the two parlies together you can usually accomplish service-is at a crossroads. Some members question whether the chamber and Mr. Sutherland as its manager should even be involved in Tt Mr Sutherland estimates that only five per cent of the complaints concern chamber members. But he is quick to say that organization's constitution commits it to being concerned the welfare of the entire not just businesses that happen to belong. He also estimates that half of I he business in belong to the chamber. But those account for about 75 per cent of the people employed by business in the city and for at least that percentage of the transactions that take place between businessman and consumer. A meeting of the chamber's board Dec. 5 will consider recommendations from its business affairs.committee on the future of the service. We can either expand the service and make it all en- out of it but back an agency would handle Mr. Sutherland says. our it looks like the chamber should be involv- ed in some Citing the example of an Op- portunities For Youth con- sumer protection service in operation last he says more manpower could be. utilized. Consumer Investiga- tion ami Aid did a tot of footwork we couldn't do. It .pointed out the need for more efficient business-community relationships. I think it was valuable service and the students proved there was more that could be the average of two enquiries or complaints requiring the daily attention are a most en- couraging sign. 'Compared to number of the number of eomplainjs is very small. There are very lew of a serious nature that we are made aware of con- sidering the scope of Ihe business he says. who get into big ones go. right to a Very rarely do Complaints concern any blatant irregularity. s The majority concern mis- interpretations of contracts. District Local news Second Section November 26.1973 Pages 13-24 Looking toward the hamlet from the site of the proposed new residential subdivision. Hardieville residents warned Spruce up .or else I'1 By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer residents with junky jards will pe given one more chance to clean up their says the Lethbridge county councillor representing the hamlet. Coun. Steve Slemko says there are only a few residents who keep car liulks and debris in their to the.chagrin of other Hardievillians who have built new homes or have rebuilt old ones. .r The councillor hopes the offending residents will co-operate in a volun- tary clean-up campaign. But if they action will be taken against them under the coun- ty's development control which carries a possible fine of with fines for each additional day that the bylaw is not complied with. With the addition of sewer and water lines in the small community north of Hardieville is beginning to cast off its image as a shantytown. The county is preparing to sell 12 lots in a serviced subdivision on the west side of the hamlet. Residential construction in the division will proceed according to development control standards which county manager-Bob Madill says will be less stringent than 'controls in West Lethbridge. Glen county develop- ment charged with approv- ing building plans for the'new-sub- said the county- hopes to improve Hardieville's image by limiting the type of housing that can be built. Mr. Madill said the county is to assure there is a good class of housing hopefully that will make the other people smarten The which will be sold for aboul .will go on sale early in MadflF said. But most of he have been spoken for. Demand for property in the hamlet is he said. But it is not high enough to result in equal housing costs in Lethbridge and Hardieville. Ian owner of Hay and manager of the Lethbridge Real Estate said home prices are controlled by supp- ly and and demand in Har- dieville is not as high as it is in Lethbridge. But for working class Mr. Hamilton Hardieville prices are within their range. prices in the city are such that the ordinary Joe can't he said. Lot values in Hardieville are about 50 per cent lower than the but this applies to other small towns as well. One Hardieville Ted said the hamlet's bad im- age has hurt his chances of selling his house for what he feels it is worth. People are interested until they find out it's in Mr. Kaminski said. the house wasn't in Har- I could sell it for Mr. Hamilton says he can't detect any social stigma attached to the but two other real es- tate agents contacted by The Herald say. the junky image does affect property values. Although Harold a salesman. for Schwartz says are a lot of junky things that make good property look the main reason for the lower values is the lack of conveniences ootaSoe the is not that important when talking about property Although the county is taking some action in forcing residents to clean some Hardievillians don't feel the council is moving fast enough. like to see the county do says Lynnette Bow- man. they can enforce building standards the new they can enforce a bylaw to get rid of the Some of the property in the hamlet is like Marshall Auto she said. Coun. Slemko supports Mrs. Bowman and other residents who are anxious to clean up the image as fast as possible. It is a and there have been a number of com- plaints from he says. He says he will bring the matter up at the next county council in but adds that to this hasn't done a hell of a And enforcement of existing bylaws may not be the only stumbl- ing block in a solution to the Har- dieville problem. Betn Coun. Slemko and Mr. Snelgrove admit that the develop- ment control bylaw may not be to force people to clean up jiink. wasn't designed for Mr. Snelgrove said. will probably need a maintenance Coun.. Slemko but said for the time he will just ask the council to enforce the bylaw it has. Residents of Hardieville who keep their homes and property looking ship-shape are losing patience with sloppy neighbors. worries ers By RIG SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Work on a new producer- owned sheep and lamb processing plant in Innisfail has Canada's major meat packing firms afraid that they may lose a share of the red meat according to a top sheep industry official. Lalavee Jensen of president of the Alberta Sheep and Wool said for the first time adequate amounts of Alberta-grown lamb are available in the province at this time of the year. He said there are only two Alberta packing Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. in Ed- monton and Canada Packers Ltd. in which kill sheep and lamb. Mr. Jensen said at both plants. lamb are. killed wi'tHB hog This means when sheep and lamb are the plants have to stop processing hogs. For years Alberta sheep and. lamb have been hard to get in the province because the packers wouldn't take the trouble to provide the car- casses for the retail he said. Producers were con- Japanese buy into feed firm A Japanese company has bought 20 per cent of the largest cattle feeding business in Canada. Mitsubishi Canada wholly owned by Mitsubishi Japan has bought 20 per cent of Lakeside Farm In- dustries of Brooks. No purchase price' was an- nounced.' Included in the 20 -per cent purchase of Lakeside Farm a holding company for private are Lakeside Canada's' largest feedtot with a capacity of Lakeside Lakeside Lakeside Packers and Lakeside Cattle. Jim president of Lakeside Farm said this morning the new partnership incorporates sales and technical exchange agreements mutually beneficial. He said the purchase should enhance the growth of Lakeside. Shoii Ichikawa. President of Mitsubishi Canada said in a prepared release the .purchase is in keeping with his company's program to en- courage secondary industry and to buy more processed goods from Canada. Hockey helmet has approval A second Canadian Stan- dards Association approved hockey helmet model is being soM in Lethbridflc. An initial Herald survey of 10 sporting goods departments and stores could oMy torn up one of the approved models-' which is all that will be available for sale after Jan. 1. The SpaMinf tt-Wl model joins the Cooper SKJOO as the two approved models current- ly fof Other models approved by the CSA are the CCM Pro- Standard and the Spalding model tt-a02 man stantly told Albertans don't like lamb. Now with the start of construction on the new sheep and lamb processing plant in the processed sheep and lamb appears to be more readily available. Mr. Jensen said the increas- ed appearance of processed fresh Alberta lamb is also a reflection of a- market research project sponsored by the commission in Calgary and Edmonton last year. The commission agreed to supply so much lamb to cer- tain stores. Officials arranged with a small custom slaughtering plant to kill a certain number of lambs per week during the promotion. Mr. Jensen said after a short the stores asked that the amount of lamb be they asked for 'doubling in---the amount of lanib available for stheir customers but the size limitations of the custom slaughter house prevented it. With this proof of Albertans .acceptance of fresh Alberta lamb and -the soon-to-be- completed producer process- ing Mr. Jensen feels the major packing firms don't want the lamb market to be gobbled up by producers. The packers are now offer- ing lamb products to markets that the producer processing plant will be he said. Lethbridge meat markets contacted by The Herald Fri- day confirmed Mr. Jensen's position. Three markets claimed it was difficult to get fresh Alberta one said it was easy and another said it was too expensive. An Alberta Meat Market Ltd. official said he gets Alberta lamb about once a if he-can get it. The store had some lamb cuts in s'tock. Value Village meat market had some frozen Alberta lamb left over from a previous special. The butcher said it isn't easy to get from processors and the only satisfactory way for him to get Alberta lamb is. to buy it from farmers and then pay to have it processed at a custom slaughter house. N He said farmers don't want to bother with just 10 or 12 lambs at one time. They prefer to sell 100. He said shipments of Alberta lamb out of Edmonton too Vanta's Economy Meats was expecting some lamb within the next week but it was all specie order by customers. An official of the store said he would only put a few chops in the meat counter for public sale because lamb doesn't ..move well. he it is hard to get. Andy Brown of Brown's Meat Market said he has no trouble getting lamb. Many fanners and most of Hutterite colonies will sell him lamb. Currie's Foods Ltd. said if they do carry lamb it is frozen lamb imported from New Zealand. An official of the store said the New Zealand product was about 20 cents per pound cheaper. Bill secretary of the Southern Alberta Sheep Breeders said more people are asking for Alberta preferring it more than New Zealand lamb and Australian mutton. He claimed Alberta lamb is much better than New Zealand lamb because it is properly chilled before being frozen. He said that in New the processors shove the lamb in one end of the packing plant and right out the other end and on to store shelves. don't chill the carcass long enough and this gives the carcass a sheep he said. Lamb carcasses must be treated like wild game and be properly aged before being eaten. I'eoplc are a little careless about what thej are obligated to .He says consumers an and will sigi something or order somelhini that leaves them absolutely IH recourse. An item have obtained will order instead front Chicago and that suppliei could care less about theii complaints. consumer can't rur over and badger the guj While some businessmer will hang.on to a disputed with unbelievable lie the majority managers are concernec about their public relations If they don't know abou they can't. anything about them. want to be told. owner of a maj even know he's right but wil knock 20 per cent off anywaj because he doesn't want bac Mr. Sutherland says there is bound lo be a faulty produci show up here and there. He describes the case of a slereo set that a local firrf c-ould not get around tc repairing. The was anxious to please but kepi missing the owner at home ir its attempts lo get the set up lo Calgary for repairs. The chamber was able step in and get the and company am the stereo fixed. He finds it a bid odd. con sidering the name businesi information service that doesn't get complaints frorr businessmen about con sumers. They make errors loo. He recalls the motorist whc for ceasons unknown ignorec repealed warnings lo have ar inexpensive alteration made lo his transmission after il broke down. He was dragging a heavy irailer in the moun- lains and is still complaining bitterly aboul at least two burnt-out power Irains. Recreation versus ecology Committee mulls river valley plan By ANDY OGLE- Herald Staff Writer One night a month since spr- ing a small group of citizens have been burning the mid- night oil in city hall's council chambers poring over maps of the city's river valley. Talk of bridle tobogganing areas and archery ranges mingles with phrases of the time concern- ing ecology and the necessity of preserving fragile coulee land. s The group is the river valley development company and its task is the transformation of the city's river valley into a comprehensive urban recrea- tion system. started with the desire to get some sort of controlled development and preservation of the river says the committee chairman Dr. G. A. a 'research hor- ticulturist with the Lethbridge Research Station. As Dr. Kemp sees the prime purpose of a river valley park system should be to provide a recreation area for city residents who don't necessarily have the means or the time to get out of the city often. To dp the river valley .committee the park network should cater to a number of recreation but not to everyone's outdoor play-time whim. In it must be possible to ensure that one person's cross-country skiis will not tangle with another's snow- mobile. Keeping conflicting ac- tivities apart is being achiev- ed by compartmentalizing the river valley into 22 areas covering- some acres and assigning particular uses to each. Activities and facilities will sometimes overlap from one area to another. Trails runn- ing north and for in- stance will naturally cross through several of the designated areas. Control of MRV's ed recreation is one of the big headaches the com- mittee is wrestling with. The committee would like to assign MRVs one large area and keep them off bridle and hiking trails and out of other parts of the park as much as possible. One member of the com- mittee said at a recent meeting that motorcycles and other overland vehicles have been responsible for a good deal of damage in six-mile coulee in the past year. While it is a recently- formed the river valley committee has fallen heir to much that has gone before it. Two of its members Dr. Kemp and Mrs. R. G. H. Hall on recreation commission which .was disbanded in 1971 when the community services ad- yis'bry committee was formed. Dr. T. G. who was chairman of the parks com- mission was alsp chairman ol the river valley committee foi its initial but left the city this fall for a year's sabbatical in England. The parks commission had a consultant's study of the rivei valley prepared in 1970 the Neil Andrew report. Its recommendations have formed the basis of land use planning by the committee while input in the form of sub- missions from 16 different groups and individuals at a public hearing on the river valley in 1969 is also being taken into account. Other committee members are Buck an instructor in environmental science at the Lethbridge Community College and W. H. L. who works for Cameo Agricultural Investments Ltd. Two new members have just been added to the com- mittee retired city police chief J. H. arid D. P. of Southland Ford Equipment Sales. City Parks superintendent Bill Brown and OJdman River Regional Planning Commis- sion planner Simon Ho sit on the committee in an advisory capacity while Mrs. D. G. W. Sutherland represents the community services advisory department on it. The group is an ad hoc com- mittee of the community ser- vices committee and reports to it. Tie community services committee in return reports to council which will make the final decisions on the develop- ment plan the river valley committee is expected to come up with sometime next year. A total of has been earmarked in the city's 1975 and 1976 capital works projec- tions for. river valley park development and creation of a park on the Marshall Auto Wreckers property. Spring session deadline set New students applying for admission in to the University of Lethbridge must do so before Dec. the un- iversity has announced. Prospective students are urged by the U of L Registrar's office to submit their applications now. Registration day for the spring semester is Jan. 10 and classes start Jan. 10.