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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, October 2, 1974 Landlord-tenant advisory board 'needs activist profile9 By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer Last of a series Landlords who raise rents because of the great demand for accommodation are "gouging" tenants, says one of the original movers behind the Lethbridge Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board. Tony Tobin, who in his position as director of the city's preventive social service department two years ago initiated the study that led to the establishment of the board, says quality of the rental unit should be the only factor in deciding rent. "Those who raise rents based on demand that's just gouging Mr. Tobin told The Herald in an interview. Meanwhile, the chairman of the local landlord and tendnt advisory board, Steve Wild, says he doesn't know a single landlord in the city who is getting a fair return on his investment. "I know one person getting about six per cent return, but he aims for eight per cent and can't get Mr. Wild says. In separate interviews, Mr. Wild and Mr. Tobin, now the director of the Centre for Per- sonal and Community Development in Lethbridge, disagreed on the public profile the landlord-tenant board has kept in its nearly 18 months of operation. Mr. Tobin suggests the board should be more aggressive and suggested it could develop a central registry that renters and landlords could use to compare their suites to those of other rents and landlords in the city. Rents could also be compared. "A tenant could compare what he has been offered for a certain price to what others have been Mr. Tobin says. "And it could check out certain accommoda- tion and rate it, in a manner almost like motels and restaurants are given two or three stars depending on what they offer." Mr. Tobin feels the local board "is better than nothing" but could change its "low key It does few investigations, he says. Mr. Wild says the local board "has no power, no teeth, all we do is advise" and help landlord and tenants solve differences. But says the local board is the most active of the four landlord-tenant boards set up in Alber- ta. The others are in Edmonton, Calgary, and Medicine Hat. "We go on television and radio, hold public forums, visit landlords" and circulate an infor- mation kit for landlords. The board has also cir- culated between 350 and 400 copies of the Alberta Landlord and Tenant Act, the provincial legisla- tion governing the landlord-tenant relationship in this province. The board members are landlords and tenants who are not paid and who operated on a budget of about in their first year, Mr. Wild says. The board has a secretary, Kay Jensen, who is also the director of Information Lethbridge. Mr Wild says the board has suggested several revisions in the landlord-tenant act to the Alberta government, but has received no answers. "We can pick holes in this act. It is really just a he says. "There is no cabinet minister responsible (to the legislature) for this act. We don't even know which department it comes Mr. Wild says. (A spokesman in the office of the minister of consumer affairs told The Herald Attorney- General Merv Leitch is responsible for the act now, but the government will soon transfer ad- ministration of the act to Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling.) Mr. Wild says the act is the only provincial legislation that has no penalty provisins. The act sets out guidelines that landlords and tenants should follow. But if the guidelines are not obeyed, there is "nothing anyone can he says Mr. Wild adds that even if the government acted on the revisions suggested by the Lethbridge board, the low vacancy rental crunch in the city would not be affected. School campaign strikes snag Negative reactions from some parts of the educational community were reported Tuesday at the United Way board of directors meeting Roger Meintzer, handling the education branch of the campaign, told the board he hoped the University of Lethbridge staff would contribute to more than last year But in the city schools, the contacts are the two superintendents, who dis- tribute the material but do not push the fund. He said he doesn't know what to expect from schools Approaching the Alberta Teachers Association was suggested too late to affect this year's campaign The United Way's approach got a negative reaction from the ,-ounty school super' sndent, said Dr. Meint He said he intends to go ahead with a county school teachers list as a contact list. Ralph Tennant said he had been told by some public school teachers that separating "education" in the campaign figures published daily was like pointing a finger at a particular group. The public, he was told, thinks of education as being the schools but not the colleges or univer- sities. A letter from a group of teachers also decried the prac- tice They also complained about the publishing of the campaign figure at the start of the campaign. Campaign Chairman Leona Hopkins reported the collec- Just Arrived! Royal Albert BONE CHINA "Flower of the Month" CUPS and SAUCERS The perfect Birthday Gift! 175 AT EACH CALL CHINA 327-5767 DOWNTOWN tion of about People appear to be giving more this year, she said United Way donor plan 'deceitful' It's harder than it first appears to direct a United Way contribution to an agency you like, or away from one you dislike. And the way the system works came in for criticism at Tuesday's United Way board of directors meeting. "There is a kind of deceit- fulness to the whole Roger Meintzer told the board. The issue was raised when president Elaine Bartel asked if agencies wanted to send special thank-you letters to donors who made directed contributions to them "Some people are designating gifts to particular agencies, but as we know, it just goes into the she said Dr Meintzer maintained that with modern business methods and equipment, such as computers, it would not be hard to honor the contributors' wishes. But some other board members disagreed, saying the purpose of the campaign is to collect once for all the charities. Ralph Tennant said it should be made clear that the fund drive is bound by its promises to agencies, and that the pur- pose of allowing people to say none of their money or all of it should go to particular agen- cies is to find out if the agen- cies are very popular or un- popular FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C-O.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PENNERS PLUMBING 1209-2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 ECONOMY MEATS NO. 1 >04 7th Ave. South Phone 329-4545 -AND VANTA'S RANCHLAND MEATS NO. 2 Vestminster Shopping Plaza Phone ftfttl of Pork Heavy only, Ib 1 also at jrour mot dynamic Httto most mwkMs in town. 2 tc you. Bstnsnibsf? You win find >cooomlcslry tonowtn; style stillfc 1. Picnic Hams ib. 1 Bacon Ends ib. Spare Ribs Ib. Soup Chickens ib. Chuck Roasts ib. Ground Beef Lean Ib. Shoulder Round Steak Ib. 1 Cross Rib Roast Ib. Beef Sausage 3Ib. for Stewing Fowl ib. Roasts or Ground Beef Only Ib. it nothing to about (toss prion Bui look lor more. of Pork Heavy, only Ib. Urn Cheese ft 1.59 16. toTwHoriow ft 59( 11 LerfcnCheese 4 1.59 17. ft 99( 13. Coria Cheese ft 1.59 IS- BabiBeel Urn 99c 14. Drj Salami ft 1.99 19 Beef Hearts ft S9t 15. lirer Sausage 1.29 20. PortUver ft. Roasts or Ground Beef Only ib. fmlh cup of ooffos is itftuffiy svslUMs Oerft tosJMto to ft 2 STORES TO SERVE _ i College board changes mind on senior plan Eight injured This three-car collision on Highway 3A west sent eight people to hospital Tuesday. Donald Cropley, 18, of 602 28th St. S. is in satisfactory condition at St. Michael's hospital. The other seven peo- ple were treated and released. Lethbridge city police say Robert Joseph Dwyer, 55, of 1103 5th Ave. S. was travelling north on Highway 3A about noon when he stop- ped to pick up a hitch-hiker and was in- volved in a rear-end collision with a car driven by Irene Robertson, 28, of 1809 Lake Point Road. Her car was in turn in- volved in a rear-end collision with Ralph Tymensen, 17, of 1322 Mayor Magrath Drive. Small classes continue at Lethbridge college RICK ERV1N photos Lethbridge Community College students taking courses with below minimum enrolments will not be forced to change courses, the LCC governors decided in a meeting Tuesday. College policy calls for the elimination of courses that do not meet minimum enrolments two consecutive years or the temporary cancellation of courses that don't meet minimum enrolments in any given semester The governors decided against elimintaing the courses at this point in the fall semester because some students have beef studying the courses for about a month. If the courses were eliminated, the students forc- ed to transfer to another course would have a difficult time "catching up" with other students, board member Hal Gallup warned those attending the meeting. The governors expressed concern that D. R. Maisey, director of the LCC school of business, didn't eliminate the courses ?n registration day when it was apparent the number of students interested in the course was less than the minimum enrolment es- tablished for all courses. Somelimes flowers are the way your hear! can speak. MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP t 7lh St. S. PSont 327-1515 Discussion at the meeting indicated that more than one director has failed to adhere to the minimum enrolment policy during the past three years. President C. D. Stewart claimed the policy has not been effective because a similar problem of insuf- ficient enrolment is placed before the board each year. He suggested the board make sure its course enrol- ment restrictions are followed on registration day. The governors decided to discuss the policy further with college directors during a November retreat. The governors expressed an interest Tuesday in pursuing a request by a local private school for the college to provide its students with in- dustrial arts instruction. Immanuel Christian School asked LCC to provide in- dustrial arts instruction for its junior high students at the college. Since the request opened up new channels of college educational service to the community, Dr Stewart, suggested that it be discussed with the department of ad- vanced education. The gover- nors agreed. An experimental program that extends college library services to community agen- cies received the approval of the board of governors. Under the program, the college will lend audio-visual equipment from its library to health agencies in the city during the next year so the agencies can determine how much use they can make of the service. The experimental period is also to provide the college with an indication of the ex- tent of the agencies" need for such a service and an oppor- tunity to determine the cost of such a lending service If the experimental program proves successful, the college board will be ask- ed to make the LCC library a resource centre for health, social, recreational and other public services within the community. Organization? osing the ser- vice would be levied an annual fee City Scene CIC chairman to speak here Bob Page, national chairman of the Committee for an Independent Canada will be in Lethbridge Thursday for a public meeting of the local CIC chapter The meeting, in Room One of the Civic Centre at 8 p.m. is billed as The Great Canadian Energy Rip-Off. Two Cases Dr. Page, 34, who succeeded Edmonton publisher Mel Hur- tig at the helm of the nationalist group, will speak on the penis on the Mackenzie Valley pipeline development. Roger Rickwood, chairman of the Lethbridge chapter, will speak on The Ammonia Plant Invasion, dealing with the Alberta Ammonia application to build a large ammonia complex at Ray- mond and "the 20 to 30 other ferilizer plant applications said to be before the Lougheed government." A native of Toronto, Dr. Page is an associate professor of history at Trent University in Peterborough Ont. He's written two books, Canada and Imperialism, and Canada Since Confederation: Essays and Interpretations, with Bruce W. Hodgins. Opera tickets still available Tickets for the Southern Alberta Opera Association's production of the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly, at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary Nov 30 at 8 p.m., are still available. Jane Alexander, 2814 22a Ave S., said Monday tickets for the opera and a bus ride from Lethbridge can be arranged by telephone Legal course offered at Taber The complex legal structure and legal matters facing the average person will be explained in six sessions in a University of Lethbridge public service course in Taber beginning Oct. 16. Lethbridge lawyer Martin Hoyt will describe court structure, criminal and civil law and discuss property, divorce and inheritance law. Interested persons, regardless of academic background, may enrol in the course to be held Wednesdays at 8 p.m from Oct. 16 to Nov. 20 in the W. R Myers High School in Taber. Megavitamin lecture set Carl J. Reich, specialist in internal medicine from Calgary, will present a lecture on megavitamin therapy at the University of Lelhbridge Thursday The free public lecture is part of the weekly biology seminar program and will be held in room C-674 of the Academic Residence Building at p m Norlhside nursery opens quietly By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer What a difference a month makes. In its September meeting, the Lethbridge Community College board of governors refused a request for more funds from the LCC school of continuing education. The school wants to expand its course offerings to senior citizens. The board refused the re- quest on the grounds that the continuing education officials should have included the ex- penditure in their statement of financial need for the 1974- 75 budget. Tuesday, the governors un- animously approved the same request. The change of heart resulted from a commitment of financial support from the department of advanced education and realization by the LCC school of continuing education that it is likely to have a budgetary surplus of at least this year The department "promised us a per course hour Dale Heyland, direc- tor of continuing education, informed the board in a report. The report also stated that the budget surplus resulted partially from "an excep- tionally good" registration this fall in the continuing education program. President C D. Stewart called the expanded senior citizens program "a desirable program" and suggested the board should support it. Board member John Walker expressed surprise about the sudden change of attitude about spending the additional funds on the program. He was vocal during the September meeting in ex- pressing opposition to the board's decision to refuse the request for an expanded senior citizens programs. Dr. Walker was surprised at the sudden availability of funds when his plea for board members to support spending "more money on the old people" was rejected last North Lethbridge's first subsidized day care centre opened its doors Tuesday morning as scheduled Roma Christopher, director of North Lethbridge Day Care Centre, said no unexpected problems arose during the centre's first hours of opera- tion yesterday. "We're starting with eight children and expect another seven or eight to register as the week progresses." she said Miss Christopher said none jf the residents at Bridge Villa Estates, who objected to the centre's location in the mobile home park's communi- ty recreation centre, had made any move to hinder Uie day care centre's operations The majority of the equip- ment ordered has been receiv- ,ed and two child care (assistants. Brenda Gettmen and Jane Hall, have been hired. Dmrtt) NtehMrtc CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB Lomrtcwfl PHOWE 377-2822 month because they wished to stay within long-range budgetary commitments. The new courses proposed for introduction to the con- tinuing education program offerings to senior citizens include ceramics, conver- sational French, creative decorations, tour of the world by slides and resin craft Bus service said okay to college The city transportation system is providing adequate bus service to the Lethbridge Community College for the number of students who utilize the bus, according to an official. In a report to the college board of governors Tuesday, Dean Stetson, director of stu- dent services, indicated that the three buses that arrive at the college each weekday morning and the four that return the students home in the evening adequately handle the needs of the 180 students who use the service. A questionnaire circulated to about 500 students showed that only about 20 per cent of the student population uses the bus while about 70 per cent use cars and 10 per cent walk or ride bicycles. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Srtmrtz IUi.222 511 Phone 328-4095 SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES MB INSTALUmONS ByDONBEMMAN Opsn Thursdsr Evening tfll 9 p.m. PHONE 321-0372 2716 12th South SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At (hi AVMM Sulk THURSDAY, OCT. 3rd Tmn stats Imnn RCA console color TV. taWe saw with HP motor, wood crib with new mattress 54" box sprmg and mattress, good wood typewriter