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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, Octobers, 1974 Pages 13-24 Council issues rise at forum, attendance low By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Are there any real issues in the campaign for city council seats? The 80 some people sprinkled among the rows of empty seats at the Yates Centre Tuesday heard one in- cumbent Cam Barnes say no. Most of the other 13 can- didates at the forum dis- agreed but they must have been wondering during a good part of the meeting's question period if they were getting through to the voters. While the candidates talked of spending priorities, controlled growth, traffic problems and more open responsive government, the audience asked questions about the dog bylaw, noise bylaw enforcement, and why the grid system of street numbering was abandoned in new subdivisions in favor of street names. One older woman who said her father served on the Lethbridge town council of 1908 and 1909 asked candidates who had lived in the city less than 10 years to identify themselves, saying "I believe you have to have your feet on the ground before you get them "wet on city council." Yet the forum also eventual- ly produced discussion on such issues as council budget cuts on social service programs, the bus service, expansion of the city's airport and once again, the power plant sale. People program funding "You can't tar the whole council with the same brush all the one questioner was told by incumbent Vaughan Hembroff when she asked about budget allocations. She wanted to know why was granted the travel and convention association and allocated for trade missions such as a recent trip to Japan, while was cut from preventive social services resulting in loss of worth of provincial funds for the social services programs. "I didn't vote for the travel and convention grant because I thought it was an un- warranted expenditure, and when it comes to spending money on people programs, I ask you to check my Mr. Hembroff said. Another incumbent, Bill Kergan, said cuts had to be made somewhere in the budget. "We do help he added. But candidate Tony Tobin disagreed sharply, saying the money spent on social service programs by the city, which includes funding of such agen- cies as Meals on Wheels, the Golden Mile Centre, Birth Control and Information Centre, Pre school Services, Victorian Order of Nurses, the Centre for Personal and Com- munity Development and In- formation Lethbridge represents only .0034 per cent of the total city operating budget. "Some of the council at the time thought the cuts would be a popular move because the people of Lethbridge on the whole don't support some 'of these Mr. Tobin said. "They thought it would be easy pickings there's no other rationalization for the drastic reductions." Mr. Kergan and Mr. Tobin earlier clashed over "rumors" that the northside Lions Swimming Pool might be closed down. Better transport issue "I don't like rumors the matter of closing the Lions Pool has never even been whispered in council and I challenge Mr. Tobin to say said Mr. Kergan. "It's grossly unfair to ac- cuse the incumbents of something that's never ex- isted." Mr. Tobin said he brought it up because residents of the area said they were worried the pool might be closed down. "The point I'm making is that citizens ought to be in- formed of plans for their area before the plans are put into effect." "It's a rumor they heard and it was even confirmed by employees at the he said. Mr. Kergan put in the last word. "We're not closing the pool." he said. Several candidates had ideas on how the city could use the new provincial transporta- tion grants to the city. "Let's do away with the 1947 buses first they are anti- quated and unsafe for the school said Roger Rickwood. "Let's use some of the money to keep the fares low and let's get a dial a bus system going after 10 p.m." Bob Tarleck said the grant is needed to be looked at in the context of the entire transpor- tation system. "It's foreseeable in the future that an increasing number of families won't be able to afford the he said. He also said there are areas of Lethbridge now without adequate bus service even in the daytime. Residents have to walk seven or eight blocks to get a bus. And. he said, some of the roads on the outer rim of the city are dusty in the summer and muddy in the spring and need improvement before the bus service there can be up- graded. Street surfaces discussed Don Le Baron said it's interesting to note there's a bus shelter on one side of 13th Stret N., at 16th Avenue, but the bus stops on the other side. It's hazardous for the senior citizens from the lodges to cross 13th Street, which is getting quite busy, to go to the shelter, be said. "It would be better to have the buses drive right up to toe lodge, but they can't because the planners in their wisdom closed off 16th Avenue." Mr. Hembroff said the tran- sportation committee to be set up after the election will seek citizen input and set priorities exactly what many candidates have been calling for in the campaign. Buses of another sort got a mention from candidate Joe Hanrahan, when a member of the audience complained about the poor condition of 43nl Street. "Steve Kotch promised me when he got back that he would let me drive his new bus down 43rd Street at the posted Mr. Hanrahan said. Mr. Barnes told the ques- tioner, however, that it will be late 1975 or early 1976 when construction starts on the 43rd Street upgrading project. Mr. Kotch's trip to Eastern Canada to seek improved air service to Lethbridge was again attacked by Mr. Rickwood at the forum. "If he was serious, he would have gone to see the Minister of Transport Jean Marchand and be would have taken our MP Ken Hurlburt, Sen. Earl Hastings and maybe the mayor with said Mr. Rickwood. Four candidates did not at- tend the forum incumbents Ed Bastedo, Vera Ferguson, and Mr. Kotch, challenger Nap Milroy. Frank Merkl, who is recuperating in hospital from a traffic accident, was represented at the forum by Brian Winchester, who read Mr. Merkl's campaign plat- form. Ex goes for new grandstand Plans that would give the Lethbridge Exhibition grounds a new grandstand in a face-lift were approved in principle Tuesday by the exhibition associa- tion board of directors. Fred Pritchard, association president, told The Herald today the board made its decision, choosing one of Highway 61 traffic counter Give this little antelope a few more months and he will be criss-crossing in front of cars at 60 miles an hour on Highway 61. Right now he's content to. laze in the sun and study the world he so recently entered. Notley speaks in 'Pass Sands consultant 'poor choice9 two plans presented to it. Meeting set on impact of plant By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer A Raymond public "hearing" on the environmen- tal impact of a huge ammonia plant proposed for the town will be nothing more than a public discussion. The meeting carries no legal status and is not re- quired under provincial department of environment regulations. "It will be just be a general extended community dis- says a spokesman for the department. "There will be a certain cosmetic value about it." However, the spokesman adds, "There will be some im- puf because we'll find out what's bugging the people, if anything." Alberta Ammonia has proposed a million com- plex for the town which would eventually produce tons of anhydrous .ammonia per day. The company announced at a public meeting in Raymond Sept. 6 that the department of environment would hold a hearing on the proposal in Raymond. The department of environ- ment has asked the company to prepare an environmental impact study on the project. It should be given to the depart- ment by Oct. 15. The study will be made 'public and then department of environment officials will dis- cuss their reactions to it with the public in Raymond. Unlike hearings of the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, the meeting will have no judicial or quasi judicial status. Alberta Ammonia continues its application for 100 million cubic, feet of gas per day to feed the plant at an ERCB hearing in Calgary Oct. 16. The energy board which makes recommendations to cabinet adjourned hearings on the first phase of the project Oct. 2. The province's Local Authorities Board must also deal with the proposal. It will rule on a request by Raymond to annex the plant site. COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) The Alberta government was foolish to choose a New York consulting firm to deter- mine how the Athabasca oil sands should be developed, says provincial NDP leader Grant Notley. Speaking to 20 people here Tuesday night. Mr. Notely said Levy Consultants of New York was not a sensible choice. This firm is connected with large American oil firms, he told the gathering in the Coleman Union Hall here. The United States oil firms want the oil sands developed "as fast as Mr. Notley said. They wanted the development to be controlled by "large, already operating oil companies." The NDP leader said a civil servants' report, which recommended that the oil sands be developed slowly un- der Canadian should be adopted by the provincial government, "for the benefit of Canadians and Albertans." He rapped Premier Peter Lougheed's government for going into the airline business when "large, multi million dollar airlines, such as Pan Am, are losing millions of dollars." Mr. Notley said a bill, pass- ed last spring by the Alberta legislature, establishing a northeast commissioner, is a Board to better explain three referendum issues The public school board will attempt to provide a better ex- planation of three educational questions for the civic election ballots. The school board Tuesday discussed information with which the public should be provided to better understand the issues. Superintendent Bob Plaxton said people should know that a strong vote either way could lead the board to act accordingly, although the results may not commit it to do so. The poll will ask school patrons if they favor the outdoor and environment, driver education and family life education programs. The cost and program contents were two factors trustees thought should be included "dangerous piece of legislation." He said it empowered "ap- pointed commissioners to take the law into their own hands by simply going to the cabinet and getting its okay." He predicted an Alberta election in June, 1975. "The NDP will make a good showing." Loss of NDP seats in the re- cent federal election was not disastrous, he said, because "we are like a yo yo, up and down, and this time we will be up." He said the reason so many federal NDP seats were tost last June was because the par- ty got caught between two negative forces. One force was the Progressive Conser- vatives' wage and price controls proposal and the other was the personal dislike for Trudeau expressed by many Canadians, he said. Both issues cost his party votes. Howard Leeson, provincial secretary of the NDP, said it would "practically take a miracle" for the party to get into power in Alberta. However, he said the party is growing stronger and "we will be stronger than Social Credit in the forthcoming election. "Social Credit has lost its place in Alberta be said. With the grandstand, the plan calls for improvements to the track in the form of surfac- ing and a paddock area and replacement of the 60-year- old barns on the grounds. New barns, while capacity and number has not yet been finalized, are badly needed, Mr..Prichard said. The building committee of the association has been directed to approach the provincial government for sufficient financial support to proceed with the project. Mr. Pritchard said the target day for start of construction is immediately following the 1975 Whoop-Up Days celebration. The problem facing the association now is lack of funds. Mr. Pritchard said because of the association's support of agriculture and provision for programs and facilities to meet the needs of all Southern Alberta, it makes it necessary to go to senior government for funds. Board discussions are near cabinet level in the request for funds, he said. Several meetings have already been held with cabinet ministers. "We hopefully will find a sympathetic ear when we make our presentation to he said. An appointment with cabinet will be arranged as quickly as possible to get the wheels moving, said Mr. Pritchard. Truck route law demise draws flak "Inexcusable, and typical of their delaying were comments levelled today at city council's failure Monday to pass a bylaw amendment aimed at preventing trucks from using 5th and 9th Avenues N. as through truck routes. "If people on council are that concerned that truckers can't read they should give them a chance and let them test it in the said Bessie Annand, vice-principal of George McKillop School. "Heaven knows how long it will take to reword the said Mrs. Annand who delivered a brief and peti- tion to council Sept. 23 against use of 5th and 9th Avenues N. as truck routes. Then Mr. Leeson called on Social Credit MLA Charles Drain to introduce Mr. Notley. Mr. Drain, wearing a red tie and shirt for the oc- casion, assured the gathering that Mr. Notley was dedicated to his cause and worked with great ambition to further the interests of the people of Alberta. He commented on Mr. ability as a capable leader and his ability to get up and speak sensibly. "I can ardently support his said Mr. Drain. Rosemarie Loyer was nam- ed president of the fledgling 'Pass NDP organization. Patrick Loyer is secretary treasurer; John Sanyshyn is informal advisor; and direc- tors are Albert Mark and Mel Taje. Warriors' game cancelled The scheduled Lethbridge Minor Foot- ball League tonight at Henderson Stadium between the Wilson Lions and the St. Mary's Warriors has been cancelled. The St. Mary's team was involved in a bus accident Monday. Extra driver needed for trek Students at Hamilton Junior High Scool are looking for a North West Mounted Police history buff to join them in a journey from St. Lazare, Man. to Edmonton late this month. The trip wraps up the school's RCMP cetennial project and the students are aU set to make it between Oct. 19 and 27. but they need an extra car to carry five young people. Anyone who would be interested in accompanying the students when they retrace the NWMP trek may call teacher Bruce Haig at his home or at the school. United Way on its way Did yon know The Salvation Army gave out 3.073 ar- ticles of clothing in Lethbridge last year? Support the Salvation Armv through the United Way. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional National Selected Local Education Civic Provincial Federal employees Banks financial Real estate Agency staffs UW Rock Total to Previous United way ;