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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS? Book now and avoid disappointment For further details and reservations contact: ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE WEST END PHONE 328-3201 or 328-8104 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridjje, Alberta, Friday, October 1, 1971 PAGES 17 TO 28 ERICKSEN'S PASTRY SHOP 3rd Ave., MM. Drive S. Phone 328.8161 "The Pioneer and Leading Retail Shop in Lethbridge" FINEST QUALITY PASTRY AND BAKERY PRODUCTS South MP on wheat liy PAUL JACKSON Herald OUiiwa Bureau OTTAWA Lethbridge MP Deane R. Guncllock says farm ers are being confused by the government over the controver sial wheat payments issue. The Progressive five MP says he believes some farmers may be thinking tha: the Opposition is preventing them from obtaining the mil- lions of dollars owing them by blocking fhe passage of the Grain Stabilization Bill. "This just isn't true. What people don't realize is that there is, in fact, no connection between the new bill and the Te'mporary Wheat Reserves says Mr. Gundlock. "There are many points of the new act that we don't like, end we don't think will benefit some farmers. That's why number of amendments are needed. "But the fact remains that the farmers are now owed something like million un- der the Temporary Wheat Re- serves Act and it is money that they need said the Leth- bridge MP. Mr. Gundlock said the issue is becoming very confused in many people's minds. The most important thing, he says, is that the farmers get the money due to them as soon as possible. Optimists donate funds The Lethbridge Optimists' Club will donate to the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Eetarded's Sunrise Ranch project, at a special din- ner meeting Friday. The Optimists have donated to the project over the four years, and are com- mitted to supplying more funds in future years. The latest contribution will be used for construction of an addition to the ranch living quarters. FEELING The artisl's workshop at Bowman Arts Centre could be the beginning for a masterpiece. The Bowman Arts Centre at 811 5 Ave. S. is operated by the Allied Arts Council. The Bowman art gallery is open every afternoon for public viewing. Wilson Photo Men's hostel needed in Lethbridge for provincial jail former inmates By RUDY HAUGENEDER Staff Writer Almost prisoners pass through the doors of the Leth- bridge Correctional Institute every year. Less than 800 men are ac- Appeal total: The United Appeal reports total contributions to date of The Appeal's 1971 commitment is LETHBRIDGE PET SHOP 317 8th STREET SOUTH Come in and see our new shipment of PARROTS phone 328-4362 CAM for COUNCIL Re-Elect CAM BARNES for Alderman For a CONTINUING PROGRESSIVE PROSPEROUS CITY On Oct.. 13th VOTE-BARNES, J. Cam X INSERTED BY CAM BARNES tually involved because many are "repeaters" serving their second and third short term in a year. The maximum sentence a prisoner can serve at the Leth- bridge provincial jail is two years less a day. Longer sen- tences are served elsewhere in the province, in penitentaries. Most of the released inmates are not habitual criminals but victims of circumstance. When released from jail they have no money, no place to go and no job. Because many inmates were imprisoned for liquor oifcnses they return to drinking after they are released, because the time they have to re-adjust to society is too short. While in prison a man can earn three and a half cents per day about a dollar a month. The maximum an inmate can earn is about during a two ear sentence. Twenty five dollars may pro- vide a released prisoner with food and lodging for about three days before he is broke. During this lime a former in- mate is expected to locate a job, find accommodation and surviv until payday or contact an agency which will assist him financially. If a prisoner is released on a weekend the problem is com- pounded because welfare agen- cies and Canada Manpower are closed for two days. In addition, the released prisoner finds it difficult to lo- cate work because of his "ex- convict" status. Faced vrith those prospects i return home; it would give to- many men are inclined to I cal men time to find work and "pass paper" forge or pass re-establish contact with friends and relatives; and il would result in a considerable bad cheques. Prison officials estimate tha ART DIETRICH. DENTURE CLINIC Certified Mechanic M.trbpollmn Bldg. 328-409S DINE AND DANCE TONIGHT and SATURDAY NIGHT "The Diamond 4" TO P.M. NO COVER CHARGEI SUNDAY For your DINING ENJOYMENT We Present DINNER MUSIC MISS VALERIE HORVATH VIOLINIST Acompaniod by EDDIE GNANDT PIANIST 6 to 8 p.m. PHONE 328-7756 FOR RESERVATIONS nearly 80 per cent of the pris oners released will find them selves back in jail sooner or later. In the past in Lethbridge, va rious community-minded citi zens have discussed the fea sibility of establishing a men's hostel in the city. A hostel would be a place where a former inmate could stay for a maximum of a week to 10 days to allow him to con- tact employers or agencies to help him get re-established. The hostel would be staffed by personnel familiar with the problems of former prisoners. However one of the major stumbling blocks of the pro- ject was financing, and anoth- er the location of such a hostel. The buildings looked at by the hostel proponents were found to be in need of costly renova- tions. In addition they were faced with the prospect of a hostile reaction from nearby business- es and residents who objected to having "criminals" near them. The old Lincoln Hotel, at 3rd Avenue and 4th Street, a 26- room, fully-equipped hotel don- ated to the city recently, was suggested as an ideal site but was turned down because of renovation costs. Tlie hostel supporters feel a hostel's establishment, even if only partially successful in keeping men out of or delaying their return to prison, would pay for itself. it costs between and a day to accommodate an in- mate, not including an esti- mated to for other legal costs. It costs the taxpayer about per day to support an in- mate at the Lethbridge jail. The advantages of establish- ing a hostel in the city are: to allow men from out of the dis- trict to find part-time work or contact an agency for funds to saving to provincial taxpayers Youth centre opens What do you do with an aban- doned school? make it into a drop-in centre for the youth of Lethbridge. Youth ages 13 to 17 will be able to have their own drop-in centre starting Oct. 1 at the old Central School on 9th St. and 5th Ave. S. Young people will be able to enjoy a coffee house, recrea- tion room, lounge and an all- purpose room at their leisure. Directors of the centre wil] be Virginia Reid, of the Leth- bridge Family Y, and Scott MacKinnon, of the Alberta de- partment of youth. Laborers set o pay raise Lethbridge construction labor- ers bound by an agreement be- tween the Construction and General Workers' Union, Local !111 and the Alberta General Contractors Association will rc- a 10-cent-pcr-hour pay today. They will be earning wr hour. The next pay increase is outlined in the terms of the greement will occur April 1. 972 when the hourly rate umps nnolJier 30 cents per inur. In rural schools Teachers strike? Tomorrow tells By RON CALDWEU, Staff Writer It should be known tomorrow whether teachers in rural dis- tricts of southern Alberta favor taking a strike vote m their current contract dispute with the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association. Approximately teachers from every school district south of Vulcan and Brooks, except Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, are voting on whether they want their union executive to apply for a formal strike vote. The balloting will be com- pleted tonight when teachers from Brooks, County of New- ell, Tabur, Bow Island, County of Forty Mile and Cuunty of Medicine Hat cast their votes The ballots will be counted in Lethbridge and results are ex- pected to be made known early Saturday. Frank Ackerman, Alberta Teachers Association represen- tative, said if the teachers fa- vor taking a strike vote, he will contact the Alberta board of industrial relations to ask for a supervised strike vote. School boards to meet Oct. 6 The Lethbridge public and separate school boards wil meet in a special session Oct to discuss how they will pre- Accounting firms today merge A city accounting firm which lad its beginning in Lethbridge 25 years ago, today merged its accounting practice with that of a large national company. Williams. Tanner, Bell, Gerla and Co. will now be known as Tiorne, Gunn, Helliwell and Christenson. The latter firm las 45 offices across ncluding offices in Calgary, "dmonton and Cranbrook with a staff of It has affiliates throughout the J.S. and in most foreign coun- ries. Thome, Gunn has a long his- ory in the Canadian financial vorld and traces its start back o 1880. Lancelot Smith, senior part- er of the firm, was featured peaker at a Lethbridge Cham- er of Commerce banquet held arlier this year. In John Williams open- ed an accounting office in Leth- ridge. In 1951 the firm became known as Williams and Tanner 'hen Morley Tanner became a artner. The partnership grew with ie admission of Alan Bell, Ian