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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Saturday, October City council Industrialization 'selective' Some industries, not necessarily big industries, but those that are not as desirable as some have been discourag- ed from coming to Lethbridge, says city council incumbent Cam Barnes. "We've had no industrial selection policy as such, but it would be interesting for the public to know how many in- dustries were politely dis- couraged because of potential damage to the local en- says Mr. Barnes, an alderman since 1968. "It's something you don't like to talk about, but it happens to be a fact." The city development office can afford to be choosy now, says Mr. Barnes, who sup- ports controlled growth of the city. "Any viable city today has to have growth to keep the tax base viable, but we should have controlled he says. "We should keep our average annual growth between 2.7 and 3.2 per cent in that area, and the city will never get out of proportion to the point where it's over- mdustnalized." On urban expansion, Mr. Barnes, owner of a downtown shoestore, says when the de- mand is there, the city will move south and east. But, he says, it would be ex- pensive, in the tens of millions of dollars, because of the necessity of installing long trunk sewer lines to the area, City council CAM BARNES and is probably "quite a way down the road maybe six years." Efforts have to be made to try and solve immediate hous- ing problems through co- operation with the provincial and federal governments, Mr. Barnes says. "West Lethbridge develop- ment has two solid years he says The new council, says Mr. Barnes, who has served on this council's committees .on housing, the west side, down- town redevelopment, and the Sportsplex, will have to im- mediately start looking at a second senior citizens' high- rise. Communication lines with the provincial government have never been better, Mr. Barnes says. "The present council has ex- cellent relations with the senior governments. "With today's funding sources you have to know where to go to get the best results at the right time. I believe this council has the ,'uiowhow." Mr. Barnes disagrees with c-iticism that the present council hasn't been as successful in keeping the com- munication lines to its own community open. "The present council in the last four years has been most concerned with the whole community and not just cer- tain segments of our he says. Pedestrian crossings and North Lethbridge truck traffic are two problems that have to be resolved, he adds. "The way I see it, with ex- tra money from the highways department, we could look at immediate funding of 1st he says. "It has to be moved ahead at least one year to start construction in 1975." On the pedestrian crossings issue, he says: "We must come 'up with an answer. We can't just keep going on traffic reports." "We've had reports saying an overpass is not necessary, but certainly we have to have another look at it." Decisions 'need human element' There are some things Lethbndge has to be proud of, but the city also certainly has some deficits, says a council candidate whose campaign has produced talk of negativism by other can- didates "Some of them are trying to make out that Lethbridge is one big happy neighborhood. They're trying to prolong a myth that's just not there and obscuring looking at some real says Tony Tobin, executive director of the Centre for Personal and Com- munity Development. "It's just not basically honest to do ihat." "The only reason I'm runn- ing for council, is that I feel I can offer constructive criticism, because I want to make a contribution to the community. "Those who try and depict me in a negative way are those who are most threaten- ed by what I'm saying because it's based on Mr. Tobin says "People are saying enough of this buffoonery, enough of voting people in for being a nice guy. "That's small town politics. Another example of it is the voter registration system It would be fine if we were or people within a few blocks of town hall, but we're not a small town any more." "There are ac- complishments, but there are saying real issues and I'm let's focus on them." Of primary concern, says Mr Tobin, who's experience as director of the city's preventive social services department for three years and now director of a com- munity helping agency has been initiating social programs, is putting human values back into government decisions People should have a say in decisions that directly affect their lives, he says, and coun- cil can ensure that it happens in several ways "If senior citizens had input into the high-rise apartment building design, we would have seen a different kind of structure. They had a lot of ideas" When other similar issues develop, means could be found to ensure that the kinds of things architects and planners don't think of get to the deci- sion makers, Mr Tobin said. He suggests that council should encourage the creation of community committees or councils who could keep the elected officials informed of things affecting their areas. City council could also move its meetings around the city when different neighborhood issues are at stake to give peo- ple a better opportunity to attend, he said. People in North Lethbridge are concerned about a rumor the Lion's Pool might be CHANGEA LIFE OPEN YOUR HOME Imagine yourself with a physical or mental handi- cap. Or recovering from a period of emotional dis- turbance. People with these problems used to for institutions. But now, our special landladies in the approved home program are providing a friendly home atmos- .phere to people with these problems. Our landladies1 secret weapons are concern and common sense. Because we value our landladies highly, we pay them a special fee m addition to the guests" room and board. In addition, professional assistance is on call, ready to help. 24 houis a day. Our landladies are doing a remarkable and because of it. we're looking for more At least 20 new approved homes are needed right now for Southern Alberta people, who have no other place to who otherwise will never achieve their true potential. If you're inter- ested or would like to discuss this, phone Mr Stuart Norton or Miss Elaine Petty. Approved Hovie Program. Mental Health Services. Leth- bridge 328-9281 Or drop in and talK to us at 1201-3rd Avenue South. Lethbridge Alberta Health and Social Development TONY TOBIN closed, he says. "Council has not consulted with them on it." Mr. Tobin also calls for the preservation and rejuvenation of older residential neighborhoods near downtown and in North Lethbridge, im- mediate action to make safe all crossings on dangerous traffic arteries used by school children, and "an end to the abuse of our environment by massive dumpings of effluent by industry." He is critical of some of the present aldermen, who, he says, have exhibited at times a "disrespectful and arrogant" attitude towards people, saying "we need peo- ple on council who can relate effectively to the community. Separate school board School finance flayed VAUGHAN HEMBROFF City council STEVE VASELENAK 'Let's cool spending9 It's time for the city to pull in its reins on spending, says Vaughan Hembroff, lawyer and city council incumbent. "Before we make any large expenditures of a capital or operating nature, we're going to have to really see if we can afford he says. "And that's where policy issues have to be thrashed out in advance so we know what our priorities are." "I say we've spent says Mr. Hembroff. "We're certainly well served for a community of this size. "Spending more large sums is not warranted until we're satisfied as to the economy of the province and the country. "Just saying we can afford a new city hall is not good enough. The question is do we want to afford it, and are there other things we want to do such as social housing schemes." Council's also got to look at longer term policy for growth and development in reference to industrial growth, says Mr. Hembroff. "As prices and the cost of running government go up, there's only one major place to get money and that's taxes. .If costs keep going up, taxes have to go up unless we ex- pand the tax base. "Unchecked growth is very bad it comes back to policy and we have to decide what we want the city to be. "I don't want a city of 000 or but a pleasantly sized small city that can pay its own way. "That means small regular growth, but we don't have to have polluting industry. "It can be industry like Dresser Clark, which make good citizens, are a non- polluting type of industry, and cost the city very little while a lot of jobs." He admits there are two ex- amples of crisis thinking that concern him development of the industrial park and the secondary sewage treatment problems. "It's always bothered me that we put people in the in- dustrial park on an ad hoc basis, but one reason is we have never sat down and said what we want in the way of in- dustry and looked at the land and said what industry will go here and what there. "To some extent it is of our own making because we have pursued an aggressive policy of industrial development. "I'm not sure we can con- tinue that aggressive approach maybe we should cool it" THE CITY OF CALGARY SOCIAL WORKER III Social Services Department The successful applicant will administer the current Social Assistance program in a designated area of the City of Calgary and will perform a supervisory and teaching function to Caseworkers in a Social Assis- tance Unit. SALARY: to annually. (Salary review effective January 1, 1975.) QUALIFICATIONS: An M.S W, Degree or one year of graduate social work training, plus extensive experience in social work. Several years vaned experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity at the M.S.W. Jevel is desirable. COMPETITION NO. 74-332 COMPETITION CLOSES: Friday, October 11, 1974. Qualified applicants are invited to submit applica- tion forms and resumes in confidence to. WIP-0100 Mrs.V.L.Naylor. Employment Officer Manpower Department Box 2100 Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5 The other kind of crisis thinking relating to secondary sewage treatment was also not entirely of the city's own making, Mr. Hembroff said. "We moved when someone said we had to, right back to the time when the province told us we would have a limited amount of time to es- tablish a secondary treatment plant. "Now at least we have an ad-hoc committee to look at it." Mr. Hembroff says he believes setting up working council committees on each city department would solve these kinds of things before they really become problems. He made such a suggestion hi council this spring, but no action was taken on it. At the same time, says Mr. Hembroff, council must always be prepared to devote time to the issues that affect people most where they live, like the garbage bylaw, land- fill operation, bikes and school crossings. Council must give people their say and listen to them without demeaning them or the issues, he says. The provincial government must discover some method of "finding enough money" to allow regular school programs to operate effec- tively, a separate school board incumbent insists. Steve Vaselenak, 66, is concerned about the'depart- ment of education's practice of curtailing general funds to the school boards and then funnelling other monies to them for specific purposes. The result, he says, is a school system that has ade- quate finances for new special education projects and not enough money to carry on its basic education program- ming. "They should adequately look after the old programs before they begin financing new says the man who has spent the last three years on the school board. "If the controls continue, they will force deficit financ- ing by many school boards... and any school board that does so will soon be in trouble" financially. Mr. Vaselenak also charges the provincial government with discriminating against smaller school systems with some of its regulations. Of particular concern is the local school boards request for funds to construct a cafeteria at Catholic Central High School and being refused on the grounds that it didn't have enough students to qualify. The department would not take into account the junior high students who also attend the school. How can government of- ficials reject requests that ask for necessities and not frills, he questions. Mr. Vaselenak fears the loss of many teachers from the separate school system if the govern- ment doesn't provide the school board with enough money to pay them on par with people in other professions. "If we value our education, we should pay teachers for their educational training. A person who spends four or five years studying in university should be recognized" finan- cially for their efforts. "With all the criticism that is levelled at teachers from alh angles, they need all the sup- port they can get" from the community, school board and parents, says Mr. Vaselenak, who spent 38 years of his life as a principal and another six as a teacher. He believes an important role of schools is to teach children that they must be their "brothers keeper." They must learn that "nothing that concerns mankind is alien to he continues. The attitude and the exam- ple set by teachers is most im- portant in teaching "love of your neighbor." Teachers can get the message across to students within the curriculum, he suggested. Students must also be taught that "life is a series of failures and they must be good losers." Mr. Vaselenak claims "some educators feel winning is the one and sum total of training people." Their attitude must change, he suggests. Mr. Vaselenak was on Lethbridge city council for seven years, served as secretary to the separate school board and is a former president of the Alberta Teachers Association Meet your candidates Separate school board Candidate advocates kindergartens A separate school candidate who has spent 19 years on the Lethbridge separate school board is concerned about developing the whole child. Paul Matisz believes the child should be developed intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially. The family unit and the teacher play the key roles in the development of the whole child, he says. The city lawyer sees the family life education program as one method of alleviating the "breakdown of family life across the land." Since he looks upon the teacher as the key to the Christian education of separate school students, Mr. Matisz claims he has for years supported programs that help maintain a high standard of teaching. He would like to see Alber- ta's universities become better equipped to instruct student teachers in the teaching of Catholic education. Mr. Matisz is an advocate of kindergarten education being PAUL MATISZ offered to all children by Alberta schools. He doesn't want to eliminate private operators of kindergartens, but believes the school board could expand early childhood education to include children who aren't receiving it now. Now that schools have extra space because of dwindling school populations, it is tune trustees take action to incor- porate early childhood educa- tion in the schools. Even though Mr. Matisz wants early childhood educa- tion to be taught to all youngsters, he agrees that it should be optional so parents who strongly oppose it don't have to send their children to it. Mr. Matisz has practised law hi Lethbridge since mov- ing here in 1950. Eight of the 19 years he spent on the separate school board have been as chairman. From 1966 to 1969, he sat on the senate of the University of Calgary and from 1967 to 1970 he served as a member of the founding board of governors of the University of- Lethbridge. Mr. Matisz, 57, is active in the Kiwanis club, Henderson Lake golf club, Knights of Columbus and the Assumption Parish. Separate school board Family life program favored The family life education program being introduced to Grade 8 separate school children is the ideal type of program to be offered to school children, a candidate for the separate school board suggests. Ron Scott is an advocate of family life education However, he also believes a school board must be cautious about introducing the sex education portion of the program into schools. That is why he supports the method by which the program is being introduced to Lethbridge separate schools. The separate school program was developed with parent and teacher participa- tion and a presentation of the program content was made to the parents of the Grade 8 children so that they could decide whether they wanted RON SCOTT their children to take it or not Mr. Scott's major concern with the sex education portion of the family life education program deals directly with bow birth control information is presented to youngsters. It doesn't do "any good to shut your eyes and say it doesn't he says of birth cwblitd. But, he is totally opposed to any type of promotion of birth control information in the schools. Mr. Scott sees the total family life education program as "a tool and means of educating our children so they understand what is involved in the family unit itself." Busing of separate school children is an issue, Mr. Scott believes. Some action most be taken to put pressure on the provincial government "to go one way or the other. Mr. Scott is an advocate of the "core school" and por- table classroom school building concept STAN KLASSEN City council Aldermen 'failed on housing9 City council has to look at making lots available for higher density housing to provide lower cost housing, says a city realtor and in- surance agent making his first bid for a city council seat "Council has completely failed in this says Stan Klassen, 30, president of City Realty and Insurance Ltd. "I suggested at a recent television forum that the city needs to make land available at a lower he says. "Vera Ferguson rebutted that by saying council has done so in West Lethbridge where lots are selling at to per front foot com- pared with to per front foot on this side." "But what she didn't say is that the average lot size in West Lethbridge is 60 to 65 feet compared with 50 to 55 feet on the east side. "Quick arithmetnc shows there's little difference in the average cost of the lot. "If they're really concerned about lower land costs for the lower-income earner, he cer- tainly doesn't need a 65-foot lot." Increasing housing density on lots is one way to lower housing cost, Mr Klassen suggests. He's also a staunch oppo- nent of city hall expansion, us- ing it in his campaign plank for more care in city spen- ding. "I can't understand why council is even considering ex- panding city hall under the economic conditions we're liv- ing he says. Early in the campaign Mr. Klassen said the city spent more than it had to in buying up land for the downtown redevelopment project, and he is sticking to that claim. "I don't argue the point that you have to invest money to make he says. "But I don't think Mr. Hembroff Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff) answered the question. He said the city spent million I think. "What I'm saying is we could have spent less and got the same amount by being a little more careful in our spen- ding." Mr. Klassen says, in reference to the purchase of residential property for the downtown scheme, that he doesn't totally disagree with the home for a home policy council has said it used. "But in some cases at least, homes were available in the city closer to what they had, than what they were being he said. Mr. Klassen also attacked council's handling of the power plant issue. "If council was really concerned about the electorate I think the aldermen would have sought more public opinion and perhaps even encouraged a plebiscite before pushing through the power plant sale." "It was rather obvious they didn't want public opinion and they resented the presen- tations they did get because they were not in agreement with their own pre-conceived ideas on what should have been done with it." Mr. Klassen promised that if elected he would look for more public input in such areas. He also took issue with the north side candidates pushing for more representation from North Lethbridge "I lived on the north side for three of the 4% years I've been here, and when I first came here I thought it was a strong he said That north side candidates chose to bring this issue back to life again disappoints me very much ;