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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 2, 1973 Pages 11-20 Municipalities press for assessment changes 74 applications for legal status Seventy-four people living in the Lethbridge area il- legally have applied for legal immigrant status under Canada s Immigration adjustment status program an immigration officer said Monday Mike Diduck, officer in charge of the Canada Immigra- tion Centre in Lethbridge, said 54 of the applications have been approved The applicants are now undergoing regular immigration procedures such as medical ex animations No flood of American war resisters has developed in Lethbridge Mr Diduck said that he has processed only one, who is now a landed immigrant The adjustment program was instituted for the benefit of people caught inside Canada by a change in the im migration laws which from 1967 to 1972 allowed immigra- tion applications to be made from inside the country The normal point system has been relaxed for the program Prospective immigrants can apply to the Lethbridge Immigration Centre 405 Federal Building, or to Canada Manpower Centres in Medicine Hat and Blairmore Illegal residents who do not apply by midnight Oct 15 can be deported without appeal -w Police padres named bv chief By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Many small land owners in rural areas are not carrying their fair share of the municipal tax load, the assisstant manager of the County of Lethbndge said Monday Speaking during a discussion on assessment of small rural holdings at the annual meeting of the Foothills Little Bow Municipal Association Bob Grant said owrers of small parcels of land are in many paying low taxes because their assessments are low Under provincial regulations a land owner on a small parcel tan be classed as a farmer if an income of about 500 is produced from agricultural operations When land is assessed as a farm all buildings are exempt from taxation Mr Grant said small holdings are often used by the owner for residential purposes but if classed as a farm an expensive house escapes taxation He is the same he said who in my opinion cries the loudest for oiled roads and other services but by the assessment is not paying for it Resolution passed Lolita and young churn 'Listen son, I ve got 18 years on you so listen to what I say, ya hear Twelve-year-old Peter McNally, 2833 Parkside Drive isn t too sure he's going to heed as he takes Lolita, his grandmother's 30-year-old parrot on a jaunt around father brought Lolita as some years ago Henderson Lake Peter's a gift from Costa Rica BILL GROENEN photo Member of United Way YWCA residence lacks sta By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer The YWCA residence is un derstaffed for the service it is trying to provide says the ex- ecutive director" of the association Jeanna Batj says more staff is needed if the residence is to be staffed on a 24-hour basis seven dajs a week And Miss Baty believes the only way to provide our uni- que housing service is through permanent full-time employees Additional staff is needed during weekends and later at night, she says The residence now has staff on duty for an average of 17 hours daily But most of the staff comprised of 10 persons including support staff work on a part-time basis The YWCA receives less than one third of its operating revenue from the United Way The association under an agreement with the city, LCC ag course nearly doubles its enrolment A greater financial return for the farm product and the technological advancement of the farming industry could be the reasons for a substantial enrolment increase in the vocational agriculture program at the Lethbridge Community College the program s director said Mon- day At the close of registration day for the two-year vocational agriculture program Monday almost twice as many students had enrolled this year compared to the same date a year ago LCC registered 33 first-year and 15 second year students Monday compared with 17 first year and 10 second-year students in October of 1972 Dr David Clark said good prospects have made farming more attractive and many young people are taking ad- vantage of the situation An increase in the size of farms and the general ad- vancement of agriculture as a business now required more expertise in operating and financing and as a result farmers and prospective farmers are realising it is almost mandatory that they upgrade then skills he said Dr Clark said the progiam's time table has been designed to accommodate the farm community For example a farmer or ianchor can begin his course after chores in the morning and return home in time for evening chores Also the program begins after harvest in October and concludes prior to seeding in April The two-year vocational agriculture program includes studj in crop pests field and forage crops, animal nutrition botany, weeds, animal breeding, farm ac- counting, farmstead mechanics welding and other agriculture related subjects Graduates from the program return to the farm or ranches better prepared for operating and managing a tamily unit or they enter an agriculture-related business, a college spokesman claims The LCC school of agriculture will hold registra- tion for its agriculture mechanics program October 15th The program includes instruction in farm machinery operation and adjustment, power unit service, diesel- mjection theory, power tran- smissions and welding Kingdom Hall to cost building permit has been issued bv city hall for a Jehovah s Witness kingdom lull ,it 2822 2nd Avc S The hall will cost ,md have a floor area ot 3 100 square feet operates 10 programs which use city schools and city own- ed facilities The city allots the YWCA a sum of money for the operation of the programs and the revenue from the programs is returned to the city Miss Baty says the associa- tion is counting on a larger contribution this year than it got from the 1972 United Way campaign Of collected by United Way last year the YWCA received 000 This year the YWCA has requested more than the it requested one year ago Miss Baty says the residence has sufficient space to cope with the demand for accommodation represented increasingly by girls and women looking for accom- modation on a day-to-day basis The residence has accom- modation for 33 persons and operates at 50 to 70 per cent of capacity during average months But the figure fluctuates daily, she says Persons look- ing for accommodation are looking foi it on a day to day basis more than in the past, says Miss Baty The YWCA has set up a task force to examine the service offered by the residence and the future of the residence Miss Baty says she hopes the study is completed by Christ- mas The study is not con- sidering the possibility of clos- ing the residence, she says Fees for full room and board increased this year to and from and during 1971 and 1972 'It is hoped fees will not have to be raised again in the near future, although we are keeping an eye on the rising cost of living, she says Miss Baty says the associa- tion is seeking to provide a service to the community not supplied by other associations and groups And one of the services which is unique is the residence, strictly for women and girls The association supports groups working to use their resources in combatting social problems, says Miss Baty The YWCA provided the addresses of persons using their non-residence services to the community services department which this summer worked on the second phase of a preventive social services survey Purpose of the survey is to examine the extent of social problems in specific areas of the city and to consider how current resources are applied in dealing with social problems The YWCA relies on the physical and human resources of the community to a greater extent than other agencies which have a larger staff and greater facilities says Miss Baty The association uses the counselling services of the Native Counselling Centre the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and the Lethbndge Family Service in referring girls and women to them for counselling The appointment of two police padres has been an- nounced by Lethbndge City Police Chief Ralph Michelson The honorary position has been bestowed on Captain Ron Butcher, Salvation Army and Rev Frank McCarty, Roman Catholic priest The appointments were made official last week at an Alberta Chaplains' Associa- tion meeting in Lethbndge Chief Michelson presented identification cards to Captain Butcher and Father McCarty during a banquet session In making the an- nouncement, Chief Michelson expressed his department is most enthusiastic about prison and court work already conducted by the two clergymen Captain Butcher and Father McCarthy are chaplains at Lethbridge Correctional Institute and regularly attend court sessions in the city The new authorization per- mits the padres to come and go at any hour assisting detained persons housed in city police detention cells If circumstances warrant, the padres may also be asked to assist police in resolving in cidents uncovered by patrols, Chief Michelson said This is the first time padres have been appointed in Lethbridge Chief Michelson said A history on prison chaplaincy work was presented to the banquet meeting by F C Oswin, superintendent of correctional institutions in Alberta Mr Grant was speaking to a resolution proposed by the County of Lethbndge urging the provincial government to provide for a more fair and equitable manner of assess- ment on small holdings The resolution which was passed bv delegates representing the 10 municipal districts and counties in the Foothills-Little Bow Association will be forwarded to the annual convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Coun- ties in Edmonton next month During the debate one delegate claimed that present methods of assessment can also work against the small property owner If classed as a small holding land is assessed at 31 per cent of market calue and buildings (improvements) are assessed at 45 per cent When few services are provided b> the municipality, a property owner in this category is excessively taxed the delegate felt Ralph Brown president of the provincial rural municipalities association told the meeting that the problem of assessments on small holdings has been with the association for about 10 years But he said the farmer- dominated bod> has refused to examine the problem for fear that any change ma} lead to the loss of tax empt status for farm buildings Could all change Stop lawn snow mould Snow mold on your lawn can be prevented by applying a mercurial fungicide to the lawn this month and by removing snow from the lawn next spring if there is a heavy snowfall, the department of agriculture says Plant pathologist Jack Horncks says for an area of 1 000 square feet the rates of application are Caloclor 73 per cent powder five ounces five ounces of Terraclor nine ounces of Tersan SP and 10 ounces of Vitaflo Snow mold can be iden lifted savs Dr Horncks as a mass of whitish-grey cobweb- like material seen on the turf as the snow melts Three of the fungi kill the turf during late winter and early spring while the fourth can kill it in the fall This could change this year Mr Brown said, as farmers realize they can obtain tax relief by taxing those people whose assessments under the present structure are low The regional association also gave its approval to a resolution presented by the County of Warner which would, for the purposes of tax- ation, class large feedlots, as commercial property There are several large feedlots in the province, the motion says, which are operating on a commercial basis vet are exempt from taxation because they are classed as farms A delegate from the County of Newell, in the Brooks dis- trict told the meeting here is one feedlot in Newell County which handles cattle per year and yet last year paid about in municipal taxes Upon the resignation of Don McNiven, municipal represen tatives at the convention elected Chris Chnstofferson, Municipal District of Foothills as president for the 1973 74 year Also elected for one-year terms were Ed Torsher Coun- ty of Forty Mile as vice president and Mr Grant as secretary treasurer 2 injured in collision Two persons suffered minor injuries and damage resulted from a rear-end colh sion at 13th Street and 10th Avenue S Saturday afternoon Glenn Earle Robbms 26 Iron Springs was waiting to make a left turn onto 10th Avenue S when his vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven bv Julius Steve Parascak 49 1119 17th St S Robbms and his wif Susan suffered minor bumps and bruises but were not hospitalized This way around the fire F.reman Don Carpenter steers students away from a simulated drills at city schools to see how well-prepared students are to evacu- fire during a fire drill at Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary School With ate buildings Fire Prevention Week coming next week, firemen are conducting WALTER KERBER photo ;