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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueiday, Novunbir 21, 1973 Elevator Dy IUC 'SWI1IART llcrahl Stalf Writer CALGARY The Alberta Wheat Pool Is not ncgoUaling to buy or lease the lU-mil- ]ion bushel Cancdian Govern- ment Elevator in Lclhbridgc. Pool President G. L. HaiTold told a press conference hero Monday his organization put in a tender for the sale of the ele- vator after it was advertised for sale or lease by the Canada Grains Commission about a year ago. iVo agreement iras reached. He said the Pool never pur- sued the purchase because an extensive study shewed the deal would not be economical. He said for such a venture to be a viable operation, there would have (o be at least a certain minimum volume of grain handled at any given lime and the study indicated that volume was not available from the farms in the area. Adding to the picture was the fact that there were already a good number of country elevat- or points, including some Pool facilities, in the near vicinity which would lessen the volume which could go 10 (he govern- ment elevator. On other points, Mr. Harold said it is hoped the labor situa- tion at the West Coast will he settled before the new year. He said the grain handling companies have settled con- tracts with the terminal work- ers. The longshoremen are now operating under a back-to- work-order which expires Dec. 31 but negotiations are on-going fo get a settlement before the expiry date, he said. Mr. Harrold said more work would have to be done on a pipe- line for the movement of grain before such a facility would bo used in Western Caneda. He the Alberta Research Council had set up a model Elevator changes concern farmers CALGARY Country cle- vator rationalization is the main concern of farmers in Southern Alberta according to Harry Patching of Lethbridge, District 1 director for the Al- berta Wheat Pool. Rationalization Is described as doing away with dilapidated or out-dated elevators and re- placing them with larger facil- ities. Attending Ills first Pool an- nual meeting here Monday as director after serving as a vot- ing delegate for 12 years, Mr. Patching said in an interview that elevator rationalization is part of the rail line abandon- ment concept discussed for Western Canada. A special study of the grain handling and transportation system sponsored by the Can- ada Grains Council brought the elevator rationalization and rail line abandonment theory to the point of farmer protest. The study was designed to find a cheaper and more efficient way of bringing grain produce from farmers' combines into export position. The study, just recently com- pleted, shows a reduction to 260 from the present delivery points for Western Canadian fanners by 1990. The average haul would increase to 16 miles from seven miles. Mr. Patching, who farms near Stirling, said the rational- ization of country elevator points depends on what the rail lines will do. Federal govern- ment rules forbid any rail line abandonment applications until after 1975 and (his has delayed the Alberta Wheat Pool deci- sion lo some extent, said Mr. Patching. He stressed that he doesn't endorse the rail line abandon- ment theory and suggested if there is to be any, it would have a lot to do with the coun- try elevator rationalization pro- gram. If the rationalization does oc- cur. Mr. Patching said, he would seek to spread the in- creased cost to the farmer throughout the grain handling and tranportation system. The future of agriculture in Western Canada is bright ac- cording to Mr. Patching. He said with the growing world population, the amount of land will be somewhat limited. "Over the long haul people will have to contin- to buy food and Canada is in the best posi- tion to continue growing a great deal of the best food ia the he said. Course starts at Brocket An education program for up- grading residents on the Pei- gan Indian Reserve starts to- day at the Brocket Day School. The 16-week program, first of its kind offered to natives of the Peigan Band, is offered through the cooperation of the Lelibridge Community College, the department of Indian Af- fairs and Canada Manpower. The course is limited to 20 persons but about 50 men and women showed up for regis- tration Monday, said Dale Hey- land, associate director of the college's department of contin- uing education. Courses to he taught Include English, mathematics and prac- tical skills such as home man- agement and maintenance. The women will receive a training allowance while attending the classes, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. pipeline for grain but tests showed It not to be practical. Grain differs from coil In that it can't be put Into solution to aid in the movement within the pipeline. Mr. Harrold indicated the Pool would like to see about 30 million bushels of wheat planted next year. With the huge! increase in the price of wheat, there could be a radical shift to wheat production. The Pool is also hoping that feed grains, barley and rtpeseed acreages will increase to fill an expanding market. Even with larger firms and fewer fanners, Mr. Harrold pointed to an increased Wheat Pool membership. The figure of members has remained static for the past 10 yean bin recent additions have pushed the total up, be said. With the takeover the Fed- eral Grain Limited, Alberta Wheat Pool gained 34 million bushels of capacity. Mr. Har- rold eald about BO per cent of the former federal business was retained by UK Pool. "Of the new members, some were former Federa" he said. "As more of these persons reach the membership reouiremento, we expect more to join Ihe Pool." Tuxis meet deadline extended Application deadline for the 53rd session of the Tuxis ant Older Boys' Parliament in Red Deer has been postponed for one week, to Friday, a spokes- man said Monday. The session Itself Is still sche duled for Dec. 36-31, said Brian Pritchard of public- ity director. Mr. Pritchard said only 20 boys applied by the deadline last Friday. "We are hoping for an attendance of about 80 from the province the number w< had at our session last he said. "So we have derided to extend the deadline." This year Jim Foster, minis- ter of advanced education, will act as the lieutenant gover- nor to open and close the ses- sion. The session will be under the leadership of "premier" Davic Blakely and "deputy premier" Pat Corisiwe of Lethbridge and "opposition leaders" Ross and Neil White of Calgary. For the first tune, youths not affiliated with church organiza- tions will be allowed to attend the session. Make between 15 and 20 years of age can obtain application forme from church organizations. Topics to be discussed Include model parliament, strike and lockouts, anarchy, community development, native hopes, hunting and legislation on crown corporations and small farms. Cost of attending the session, including transportation, meals and lodging, is 135 per person. HARD TARGET FOR A FUGITIVE newly recruited constable Don Shackleford demonstrates prone position Save on Discontinued Colors of Interior and Exterior ALMATEX PAINTS FLAT-LATEX SEMI GLOSS-HIGH GLOSS QUARTS Reg. 3.90 SPECIAL .50 GALLONS Reg. 12.60 SPECIAL PAINT BRUSHES AND ROLLERS 25% OFF REGULAR PRICE ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. "Your Pioneer Lumber Pooler Since 1925" Cor. 2nd Ave. and 13th St. S. Lethbridge Phone 328-3301 Continuous police training encouraged here By LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Police Depart- ment gives its members more opportunity to receive continu- ing police training than any otlwr force in Alberta, says Chief Ralph Michelson. "Members of our force are encouraged -to take part in all of the extra training they he said in an Interview, "We are lucky that the size of our force allows us to hold training seminars that every- one can attend. In larger cities many members are often not able to attend training sessions because there Is not enough he said. Training, in the Lethbridge City Police Department, is a continuous part of the job. "As a matter of routine, we take advantage of special RCMP training courses in Ed- monton and wherever else they might be held by sending some of our members to attend. "New members of the fores are encouraged to undertake self study programs and to make use of our police library in the said Chief Mi- chelson. Members of the police depart- ment are constantly working to keep up with changing laws and police procedure. "Everyone in the force is ex- pected to keep liimself aware of any changes in the law or im- provements in police proce- dures on his said Chief Michelson. The department helps keep the men aware of what changes are taking place by holding fre- quent seminars conducted by persons knowledgeable on the subject, he said. Seminars have been con- ducted for the benefit of our force by members of the RCMP, the Attorney General's office, the FBI and other police agen- cies from Canada and the U.S. "Seminar training sessions as we have conducted them in Lslhbridge, have seemed very successful in providing the force with current information as it is needed and have been a very good way of refreshing materi- al that may have been forgot- said Chief Michelson. The Chief believes the semi- nar idea is ideal because, "the experts conducting It usually come to the city free of charge which saves the city money ant still gives the force the train- ing we want it to he said. "I recently received a letter from the Provincial Attorney General's office which Indicate his interest in the seminar trad- ing scheme and said the prov- ince may adopt the plan in the near he said. Seminars sponsored by the City Police this year included training in hand-to-hand com- bat and defensive manoeuvre firearms training, arrest proce- dpre, crowd control and riot control, auto theft, fraud, drug investigations and family rela- ticns. Commenting on complaints by some city residents that "the Lethbridge City Police De- partment is the most American force in Canada" Chief Michel- son said, "We do get special training from the FBI, but only because it is the best available in many areas of police work." "American legal policy doesn't concern us, but Naming some of their advanced police investigation techniques and evidence gathering methods can only help us. THE LONG AND THE SHORT Police training and equipment improvement go hand in hand. Shown above, the police special .38 calibre cartridge The shorter cartridge shown on the left is the regular .38 calibre piitol cartridge formerly carried by police. "The older cartridge only had enough power to make a criminal said one police officer. Chief lauds college's police training program The Lethbridge Community Mlege police training course s an excellent source of well- trained potential police offi- cers, says City Police Chief Ralph Michelson. "We have one graduate of the LCC course un the force, and mother constable has finished one of the two years offered at the he said. The minimum educational re- quirement for an applicant for the Cily Police is grade 12, but persons with more educational background are preferred. "II a graduate of the LCC course meets all of the other requirements of the police force and there is an opening, I would want him to said the chief. Administrators group will face major test The Alberta Association of TolVcge Administrators could irovc It? worth during the next 'ear. Dr. C. D. Stewart, presi- dent of the Lethbridge Com- munity College, says the asso- ciation will face its most im- nrtant role whcai the provin- cial government phases out the lljcrtfl Colleges Commission. Dr. Stewart, tho ncwly-clccl- od president of the AACA, said with the commission disappear- the channels of communi- cation to the minister of ad- vanced education won't be as available as in the past. "College administrations nnd boards of governors will look to the association as the logical Ixxly to communicate with the he said. Dr. Stewart, a founding mem- ber of the AACA, said govern- ance nf AlbcrUi colleges will be n major issue once the com- mission Is absorbed by the (Ic- pnrl-nont of advanced edu- "A crime is a crime In Can- ada, the United States, England, or anywhere else it occurs. In- vestigations carried out are bas- ically the same and the evi- dence gathered Is the same as "I've heard come of this cri- ticism, but I think it is basically because the FBI training ses- sions we have seem to get more news coverage than pro- grams which originate else- said the Chief. The Chief said it was the pol- icy of the department to seek the best training possible from all available sources. "We get some training from the FBI because we are so close to the border, but we get the majority of our training from Canadian sources, such as the he said. GOOD SHOOTING S. Sflt. Bill Brummitt demonstrates stance for close quarter shooting. Ervin photos. Group recruitment would allow for police training school Group recruitment would pro- vide much belter training for new members of the City Pol- ce Department, says Chief Ralph Michelson. "If we could recruit five or six possible constables at one time we could provide a six- week training course, but force size limitations prevent said Chief Michelson. Current police department size limitations allow only for of men who have eft the force, not an increase in size by recruitment. "If only one or possibly lico men are recruited at a time, as the spaces become available, t is impossible to provide a ipeclal training course for so ew said the Chief. When only one or two con- stables are taken into the force they are provided training on an on-the-job basis. Under a new program being considered by the chief new members might likely be sent to Calgary for inclusion in one of their city police training pro- grams. The existing police training program calls for the new re- cruit who has succcssfuHy pass- ed the required physical and mental examinations and a spe- cial board of review lo start training by learning how to safely handle firearms. "There is no set time limit for the training, which contin- ues until the man has met all of the required safety stand- said S. Sgt. Bill Brum- milt. "The basic objective of the firearms instruction is to teach the recruit never to untiolster his gun unless his life, the life ci a fellow police officer or a member of the public is in dan- said S. Sgt. Brummitt. New police officers also re- ceive training in the use of .308 calibre rifles and sawed-off shotguns. The recruit learns the duties expected of a police constable by accompanying senior beat constables and sergeants on their various assignments. "A new recruit is never al- lowed to function alone until the force is certain he is ready. His readiness is determined by reports from the man he has worked said Chief Mich- elson. ANNOUNCING A COMPLETE NEW Ostomy and Colostomy Centre PACKARD MEDICAL SUPPLY 1285 3rd. Ave. S. CENTRE LTD. Phone 328-0731 ;