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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, October 7, 1971 Candidates present views at election forum liy RICHARD BURKE nnd HEKIt JOHNSON Staff Writers Wednesday's Jaycee spon- sored public forum at the Yates Memorial Centre confirmed it it is a quiet civic election c.impaign. The forum, lield lo give local citizens a chance to quiz the 12 alilcrmanic and two mayoralty candidates on election issues, drew audience about as well as a string quartet concert. Tile 500-seat Yates was half- full and only during the hour forum was there anything a cheer from the audience. (This was in response to Alderman Vaughan Hem- broff stating that he had never understood why property taxes wont up each time improve- ments were made to a Two candidates. Leo Singer and Bill Kergan, made menlion of the fact that there were no real issues in the campaign. The discussions during the meeting tended to support this point of view Such basic issues as rents and the transit system did spark some almost heated de- bate toward the end of the eve- ning, but generally the candi- dates tended to stick to reiter- ating that Lethbridge was a fine city and they intended to do their best to keep it that way. financial situafion in the city, saying it was "very satisfac- and that "everything scums to be falling into place'" here in spite of urbanization crises and inflationary pres- sures. In his continuing platform for the betterment of the city, tiie mayor proposed creation of a youth centre here in the near future as well as a program of city beautification. Tlie beautification plank cen- tred around plans for solving the land pollution problem which is evident in some areas of the city. Mr. Anderson also suggested encouraging a "pride of owernship" of all property and buildings in I lie city to sti- mulate maintenance. When questioned about the steps being taken to promote Lethbridge as an industrial de- velopment area, Mayor Ander- son said a program of selling the city to Canadian industrial- ists has been established and that "the easiest part of selling (he city is the city itself." He said also that promotional advertising in the Financial Post has "helped immensely" to sell the city. He said secondary industry related to agriculture should be! particularly encouraged in thej future. To the question of expenses j incurred for the repairs to Hen-' derson Lake Pool, the Mayor The fluoridation issue did j sgid facnjty haci to be made arise, but only briefly. Several for the ma that members of the audience want-1 there was no alternative but to ed questions answered and the {jx it He stressed that the pre- Jaycee panel consolidated them into a poH al! candidates' views on fluoridation for or against. Aid. Hembroff stepped in to say that whether aldermen sent council had nothing to do with the pool when it was buiit and only inherited the problem. HALES Mayoralty candidate Gregory Hales, a teacher at Fleetwood- were actually for or against j gawden Elementary School, he- fluoridation had never been an gan Ms bv stressing the issue and should not properly i importance of involving all seg- be discussed. The matter was; ments gf community in ci- promptly dropped. i vjc affairs. Each and every ci- Several candidates, all of Uzen must gjven a chance them aspiring aldermen, spoke to te he of wider representation on j It was that coun- council and a breaking away j ci[ the past nad tended to be from the present overloading from the business community. Aid. Vera Ferguson, Aid. Chick Chichester and indepen- dent aldermanic candidate Ed Eastedo were absent from the forum. Aid. Ferguson informed the forum committee she had been committed to appear at anoth- er meeting a month ago and re- gretted she could not attend the forum. Aid. Chichester was in Ed- monton representing the city at a meeting of the Alberta Housing Council to make a pre- sentation on the assisted home ownership program here. "immune" to representations from the ordinary citizen. He advocated setting up perma- nent channels of communica- tion with the community at large. The well-being of all citizens should also be a major cri- terion in establishing priorities for future development, lie said. The city can "do without industry that gives us only pol- a question re- lution." In answer to garding the city's image and how it might be changed, he said he was concerned about "growth for growth's sake." Reason and concern for to- Mr._ Bastedo was .unable to j morrow must be used in plan- ning the city's development, he said, adding that a cost-benefit analysis on each proposed in- attend because he is recover- ing from a recent operation. ANDERSON Andy Anderson, incumbent mayor and a local pharmacist, based his comments on recent progress in the city and his commitment to future pro- gress. Specifically, he alluded to the SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS LINED WATER HEATERS AND UP Phone 328-2176 dustry would be useful in de- termining if the taxes and jobs it brought to the city would be sufficient to offset the pollution and servicing costs involved. He also proposed a "cultural hub" for the city, one purpose of which would be to help draw the young people "off drugs and tie local bars" and into the community, and into the poli- tical structure. It was "absolutely essential" that young people become in- volved in the cultural and poll- REWARD For information leading to the ARREST AND CONVICTION Of Anyone Defacing HOLIDAY VILLAGE PROPERTY with particular reference to crayon mark- ings, tar smeared on walls, glass breakage and any other defacement. HOLIDAY VILLAGE LIMITED tical life of the city, he said. Youth represents a huge un- tapped resource and must be- come involved now if the city (and country) is to avoid proV lems in 10 or 15 years when the young people will assume a larger role in the community, Ire said. BAKER Bill Baker, a businessman in the downtown area, called for the continued growth of that area as a major source of tax revenue for the city. To move toward accomplish- ing Iliis, he suggested the city council needs "new faces, new approaches and young but from people with experi- ence. He said he is a busy person with his own business but "it takes a busy person to get things done" on council. In light of Ins busy schedule, Mr. Baker was aksed how much time he could contribute to council affairs. He said he is prepared to put in 30 hours per week on city business. His platform statement in- cluded concern about the West Lethbridge development and he accordingly suggested a timed program of developing the area "without rushing into it." On an extended bus schedule, he said he couldn't see empty buses going around the streets at night. BARNES Camm Barnes, a shoe store owner and council incumbent, carae out in favor of promoting the growth of the city through increasing the number of indus- tries. He told tha audience he would continue to strive to have more businesses locate in Leth- briclge. He also stressed the need for development of the west side, which he said would be the most important issue the new city council would have to face. Recovery of the city's invest- ment in land and servicing costs to date on the west side is a Ire said. Put on the spot by a question on how the city's shops closing bylaw should be amended and enforced, Mr. Barnes suggested the only solution was a com- promise between the larger chain stores and tire small busi- nessmen who have worked over the years to build the local business community. A bylaw that "serves the best interests of he said, would not need to be enforced by the police but would be fol- lowed by the merchants them- selves. DIMNIK Tony Dimnik, 20, a student at the University of Lethbridge, appeared to be the candidate most-appreciated by the au- dience when he revealed a well- proportioned combination of idealism and practicality. His platform was concise and was introduced by the ack- nowledgement that he doesn't know all the problems facing the city but is well aware of the meaning of representative democracy. He called for greater general representation on council and offered his availability to young people as an informal commu- nication line between council and youth. Adding some much-needed humor to the proceedings, he answered the question: Will you be interested in the older people, or just young people? (posed by a member of the au- by saying he has "a mother and father who are old- er than me and I have had an interest in them." He locked horns with Steve Kotch on one occasion about the operation of the city transit system. He did not back down from his conviction that the city could feasibly and eco- nomically operate one smaller bus on a late night schedule. He also said the city should be "whole-heartedly committed to public transportation." T. FERGUSON Tommy Ferguson, who re- tired in 1970 after 25 years as city clerk and city manager for Lethbridge, said his decision to Re-Elect ALDERMAN VERA FERGUSON City Council is no place for the faint hearted! VERA FERGUSON FERGUSON, VERA (MRS.) Housewife Interted by Ferguion Campaign Committal Lethbridge residents hear mayoralty and council hopefuls seek a seat on council had been prompted by requests from lo- cal citizens that his experience with civic affairs be further utilized. Mr. Ferguson brought up no campaign issues and said lie would make no promises, other than to work for the city to keep it as one of the finest hi Canada. Asked about the possibility of developing mobile home parks in the city, he said it was largely a matter of money. If a developer came along who negative barrage against young people" and added the present council had assumed an "os- trich-like position" on the sum- mer youth programs. Adding to the suggestions of Tony Dimnik and Bill Kergan, he said a landlord-tenant or- ganization would be an asset to the city to achieve some dia- logue in the matter of rents. He said the public should be informed there is a landlord- tenant act hi existence, and that the city should see to it the people are informed of their was willing to invest the funds I this matter, required for services and land, subject of reorgaiuza- ible to find i services, he said the the city would be the space, he said. He declined to deal with question regarding financing of the children's Head Start pro- gram, on the grounds that he could not do so properly with- out access to all the pertinent information. The question dealt with developments since Mr. Ferguson left the city's service. HEMBROFF Incumbent Vaughan Hem- broff, a lawyer, is committed to the continued cultural and economic growth of the city. The area of prime concern to Aid. Hembroff is the tax burden to homeowners and he made frequent reference to the in- equities in his platform state- ment and in answering ques- tions from the panel and au- dience. As a means of coping with the problem, he suggested prompting the provincial gov- ernment "to take a long look at the policy of paying for edu- cation with property tax reven- ues." In answering a question from a member of the audience, he said the problem of deteriora- tion of houses will continue as long as taxes increase in proportion to the amount of im- provements made to the prop- erty. On another matter he said the city has obligation to make residential and industrial land available to people who want to develop it. However, he said he was in agreement with the pay- as-you-go policy of providing services as they are needed and not before. HOFFMAN Hal Hoffman, automotives in- structor at the Lethbridge Com- munity College, said that since he was seeking public office for the first time he had no pre- vious decisions to defend and would restrict his speech to out- lining the qualities that he felt qualified him to hold a position as alderman. His diverse background, he sa'd, would allow him to be aware of the needs of many segments of the community, rather than represent only one sector. (Mr. Hoffman had experience in business before joining the LCC staff and has served on the executive committee of the fac- ulty association at the college as well as being past-director for the Alberta Colleges Facul- ties He had now reached a stage hi his life, he said, where he still retained his enthusiasm, without the "intemperance" of youth. He advocated a close look at the methods of financing educa- tion costs, with a view to re- moving Uiem from the property- ovmcr and taking them from i general revenue. JENSEN Dwight Jensen, housing of- ficer for the University of LeUi- bridge, called for an "enhanced relationship between Lethbridge and the provincial govern- ment." Ho cited tile difficult situation created for the city by tlie province with respect to the secondary sewage treatment plant as being an indication of the lack of communication twccn the two governments. Ho said he is "amazed at the amalgamation of two depart- ments does not reflect on the need for a qualified recreation director. He said, however, the city needs long-range plans in the area of recreation. KEItGAN Bill Kergan, who retired this year as the city's director of preventive social services, was one of several candidates who came out in favor of "orderly development" of the west side. The city must have a fair re- turn on its investment, he said. Mr. Kergan favored continu- ation of the low-cost housing program the city has had for the past two years. He also supports decentraliza- tion of mental health services in the province. He said he dirty word to some and that he is a businessman sitting on council. He said that businessmen are looking out for the interests of tha community as whole, not just themselves. To the statement that council should have representatives from many segments of so- ciety, he said "you cannot de- fine people as young, old or otherwise, they are all people." In a brief debate with Tony Dimnik, he said, in reference to transit system scheduling, it is a fallacy to think that a small bus would cost any less than a big bus to operate. LECLAIRE Normal. Leclaire, running for the first time for a council seat and the business representative for the Canadian Food and Al- lied Workers Union in Leth- bridge, was one of the candi- dates who came out in support of wider representation on city council. He said he did not feel tlie working people of tlie city were adequately represented. Too of- ten, he said, decisions have been made without due regard for people and the effect coun- cil's actions will have on them. He cited several examples. One of them was Uie closing by council of a public street "for private enterprise" a reference to the Holiday Inn Uon" he suggested he would work for full industrial develop- ment and "good, long-term eco- nomic planning." He said he feels council should investigate the possibility of easing tlie tax burden on such people as pensioners. A question from the floor re- ferring to a possible conflict of interest created by his being on council prompted him to refute tlie idea and stress that he would not resign his position as C.U.P.E. representative. In fact, he said he could in- spire relations between labor and management at the civic government level. SINGER Leo Singer, city businessman seeking a seat on -ouncil for the first time, said the theme for his campaign could be "I hon- estly care." He said that having watched the city grow for four decades and having been a part of that growth, he would like to con- tinue to help the city to expand. It was important that jobs be provided in Letiibridge for the city's young people, who would be tomorrow's leaders in the community, he said. "An aggressive and progres- sive pursuit of Is the image the city must pro- ject to the rest of Canada. He promised to give the tax- payer "full value for their dollars." There were no civic issues in the campaign, he said is the man you are voting for." Responding to a question on rent controls to aid poor ten- ants, Mr. Singer said he would favor the concept, although he was not sure just what coun- cil's authority would be to pass such legislation. ISSUE WARNING The British Agrochemicals Association warned farmers against injecting pesticides into eggs to poison foxes, because people might eat the eggs by mistake. WOUla llgm lor senior ciuzens and felt industry should be aided through incentives from the senior levels of government. Education, he said, should on Mayor Magrath Drive, which was protested by some of the residents of the ad- joining Glendale district. j Another was the recent COAST SEAFOOD ceive more financial plebiscite and the SALE OF from the provincial government. The campaign so far in which it was handled by city council. He also mentioned the reduction of service in FISH and SEAFOODS brought out no real issues to transit system, which Be Held At debated, he said. WHOOP-UP SERVICE Incumbent Steve Kotch, ident of Northern Bus Lines, told the forum audience "Nap" Milroy, a representative of the Canadian October 7 is f. procedure to the way Public Employees, is Friday, October 8 thing in life runs, including to getting 1 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. the working people on COHOE AND SOCKEYE SALMON He was referring to the that "businessman may be "sound civic Prince Igor has no v taste. Prince Igor is vodka. Pure vodka. Without a flicker of taste or color or scent A prince of a vodka. 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