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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wtdnwday, October 9, 1974 IE LEinwniWMC nEnmbf Board hopefuls confronted at separate school forum ___.___ .___ _ri__ cfiltfwtlc oro ihi> Ready for migration A flock'of birds, possibly crows or blackbirds, halted in a farmer's field near West Lethbridge for a snack before continuing a southward migration. Feedlot tax increase supported by body City Scene A proposal to fatten feedlot operators' tax bills is being supported by Southern Alberta municipal councils. At its 40th annual fall convention here this week, the Foothills Little Bow Municipal Association voted narrowly in favor of sup- porting amendments to rural land assessments which would increase taxes on intensive farming operations The association, the Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822. ITALIAN POTTERY Flower pots Vases Baskets "Bon Bnns Etc. Only 3 49 Each Call China 327-5767 southernmost of four similar municipal bodies in Alberta, supported a proposal sub- mitte'd by the MD of Cardston asking the provincial municipal affairs department to assess intensive farm businesses as well as rural land. Replying to a criticism from one rural councillor that "taxing cattle" would "further depress the cattle in- MD of Cardston Coun David Wilde said: "The rest of the taxpayers shouldn't subsidize feeders... Everyone should pay a fair share." The Foothills Little Bow body also gave its blessing to a motion from the MD of Willow Creek calling for increases in penalties levied on overdue taxes. The provision, "which asks the provincial govern- ment to allow municipalities to levy up to 12 per cent'in penalties, prompted one coun- cillor to ask: "Should we publicize this before the election, or Southern Alberta coun- cillors will take the two proposals approved Monday to Edmonton next month, putting them before the an- nual convention of the parent group of rural Alberta municipalities. The Foothills Little Bow association defeated three proposals, including a controversial motion from ttie SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING PheM 32S-21TO SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At thi WAREHOUSE-1920-2nd AVIRN South THURSDAY, OCT. 10th Tras sum y.ft.- Rwetw Good Gibson side by 2-door TruJge-lreejer Sealty wastwr-spm dryer Ctiwme Mcfrien smle Round lawn labte Good barbcqwe 13x17 brown rug Servel gas tr.dge 2-green oval brained rugs Ml woofl bunKbeds 12-4x8 streets panel watlboard wood gram wall board TV sets Chair. Admiral fridge 12 srieets plastic 'or room dividers 2-Mahogany doors with casmgs. labl" 10 so bike Glue guns Gas and electric ranges Good washer Pole lamo Chrome chairs Dishwasher, 'loot Eathmctte Lawn chairs Paint outfit Stove hood and Ian Record stand 10-99! crock 2-Gerry cans Furnace On Good selection ot dishes. Shop vacuum Round mirror. Floor lamp iron board. Sunbeam snow blower Tire changer SPECIAL Sel oi U mahogany fcrtchen cupboards with counter top. Gas range and Stainless steel double sinfc Very good condition SALE CONDUCTED 8Y HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 1920 2nd AVE S LETHBRIDGE TED HEWBV KEITH EROMANN Lie. Uc. MD of Cardston seeking to remove planning authority from the Oldman River Regional Planning Com- mission. The MD of Cardston proposal recommended final decisions on planning, es- pecially subdivision applications, be made by local councils following recommen- dations from ORRPC. "We think the regional planning commission should be advisors the local government should have the final said Reeve Harold Jensen. "The thing that worries us the most is you're taking away people's rights to go to their elected agreed fellow councillor Eavid Wilde. Opponents of the proposal sa d it would destroy regional planning, replacing it with local, ad hoc decisions. County of Lethbridge Reeve Dick Papworth said municipalities benefit from long range planning advice from professional planners, but added: "I feel that we (municipal councils) should have a little more say Who knows better than the local people who live in the The Foothills Little Bow Association defeated two other resolutions submitted by rural councillors: request from the County of Forty Mile seeking authori- ty for municipalities to build and maintain access roads over private property, in order to improve bus service: County of Warner sub- mission to revert nomination day for municipal elections from the current third Wednesday in September to the third Wednesday in Oc- tober, nomination date in the past Municipalities represented by the Foothills Little Bow association included the Coun- ties of Lethbridge, Forty Mile. Warner, Newell and Vulcan and the MD's of Cardston. Willow Creek. Taber, Pincher Creek and Foothills. Advance poll opens Thursday Voters who can't make it to the ballot boxes on election day next Wednesday have three days this week to vote for city coun- cil and school board candidates and on the fluoridation ballot. The advance poll is at city hall and will be open for business Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Socializing power firm suggested A call for government takeover of Calgary Power Ltd. was issued Tuesday by Roger Rickwood, a council candidate and a leader in the fight against the sale of the city's power plant. "I believe that Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said at one of the power plant meetings that if Calgary Power made ex- cessive demands in terms of rates, he would be one of-those to crusade to make Calgary Power a public Mr. Rickwood said. "I think that time has come. We and other municipalities and the province should buy out Calgary The firm's president said Monday Calgary Power will ask the Public Utilities Board for a more than 15 per cent increase before the end of the year. Assuming they do get 15 per cent in 1975, we wouldhave sav- ed by keeping our plant one more Mr. Rickwood said. Grass fire burns in coulees A large grass fire in the coulees west of Scenic Drive and 10th Avenue S. about 6 p.m. Tuesday was extinguished by the Lethbridge fire department. The fire burned an area about of two city blocks, a fire department official said. No damage was reported and the cause of the fire is undetermined. Tie rod causes accident A broken tie rod resulted in a collision between two trucks Tuesday night at The damage was estimated at Marlon G. Bailey, 23, was westbound on an access road to Highway 3 near the stockyards when his steering failed. His truck collided with a parked oil tanker owned by Ronald Frederick Helmer, 2206 16th Ave. S. Mr. Bailey was treated and released for minor injuries at Municipal Hospital. Waterton's future is topic The future of Waterton Lakes National Park is the topic of a public meeting to be held Oct 15 at Lethbridge Public Library. Sponsored by the biology department of the University of Lethbndge, the library and Lethbridge Naturalist Society, the 8 p.m. meeting in the theatre gallery will deal with a 20-year master plan for the park currently being prepared by Parks Canada. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Election fever mounted in Lethbridge Tuesday as a spirited crowd of separate school supporters verbally at- tacKed the policies and at- titudes of the trustees who represented them for the past three years. Nothing was sacred. The separate school board in- cumbents were charged with everything from mismanage- ment of school finances to ig- noring the concerns of parents. The new candidates were challenged to explain what they would do to alleviate some of the problems of the separate school system that they so willingly identified during the four-minute talk each was permitted to deliver prior to the question period. In responding to questions presented by several of the more than 125 people attending the forum; the school board incumbents stood firmly behind their policies and some newcomers offered new hope to those who opposed the policies. Commo issue between parents and the school board again surfaced as the major issue of this election as both the public and the new can- didates charged separate school incumbents with ignor- ing their electorate. In responding to the charges, incumbents John Boras and Ron Fabbi inform- ed the jointly sponsored Alberta Teachers Association and Knights of Columbus forum that the public is welcome to attend school board meetings and phone calls from parents would be welcomed by the trustees. Mr Boras, a trustee since 1969, said verbal or written presentations from parents would be welcomed by the trustees. "Dr. Fabbi, first elected to the board in 1971, suggested it is a "pretty bad situation" if parents can't read the new- spaper, listen to radio new- scasts or telephone trustees to get the information they want. He questioned the reasoning behind some people's demands to know about and provide input into every deci- sion the school board makes. Trust trustees decisions until after hearing the delegations. Board attacked The school board was also attacked for not meeting parents who have children in a school that is directly affected by a major policy change by the trustees. Mr. Boras said he is prepared to attend any home and school meeting to which he is invited. A few of the new candidates disagreed with incumbent claims that the school board is completely open to the public and is making an honest effort to communicate. Candidate Ian Whishaw said the school board was the last place a person would want to go for information about the Lethbridge separate schools because it hasn't compiled any information about them. It doesn't even have any facts about what its objectives are, he said. Candidate Robert Kolesar said attempts have been made by the previous board to es- tablish a few channels of com- munication with parents but they have failed. The separate school ad- visory committee, one com- munication channel be-spoke of, has only met twice in over two years, he claimed. Mr. Kolesar believes the committee has failed to be a viable channel of com- munications because the school board didn't utilize it. President frustrated As president of the St. Basil's Home and School Association, Mr. Kolesar said he never received any com- munication from the board during the past two years. "I felt frustration because there wasn't ever any direc- tion from the separate school board." Candidate J. G. Poirier, a letter carrier, suggested the school board's failure to com- municate effectively with its electorate may be the result of too narrow a base of representation. The school board needs representation from more walks of life, he said. Candidate Dave Bowden called for better com- munications between the home and the school. He is an advocate of parent workshops so parents can gain a better understanding of what is happening in schools. schools are the worst in the province. The incumbent candidates took exception to the state ment suggesting that anyone making such a statement must not be familiar with the Lethbridge separate schools. Incumbent Steve Vaselenak told the forum that the fault must be with the home or community if the schools aren't able to provide a good Catholic education with the best teachers available and he claimed they are the best. Church changing Dr. Whishaw also challeng- ed the intent of the questioner. The entire Catholic church has been going through exten-' sive change during the past 10 years and "you must be naive to believe" that such change would not have its effect on Catholic schools, he stated. When asked why the separate school system has not established its goals for all to see, incumbent Frank Peta informed the forum that a separate school philosophy committee has been develop- ing objectives for the separate system for about a year. "It is not an easy he added. When told that the school board should have put more effort into obtaining funds for expansion and renovations to some separate schools, Mr. Boras insisted that the board had done everything within its power to obtain the required funds from the province. He said the board has tried for weeks now to meet the minister of education to out- line its building needs directly 'since it has been refused funding through "normal channels." Social sciences In response to a question about school curriculum, Dr. Whishaw firmly suggested that the school board must take a stand on curriculum. "Curriculum is our respon- sibility, not the government's responsibility." He said the emphasis of the curriculum should be redirected to the social sciences from the hard sciences. Candidate Ron Scott, when asked to explain his stand on discipline in the schools, said he favored retaining the strap in the school Notice The advertisement on Page 14 of yesterday's (OcL 8th) Lethbridge Herald, headed: FLUORIDE POLLUTION Was inserted by the Lethbridge Safe Water Committee 920 2nd Ave. A. North, Lethbridge, Phone 327-7142 and all copy and statements in this paid advertise- ment were supplied to The Herald by this committee. "When you elect trustees, trust, Dr. Fabbi told the forum, suggesting that if parents' don't trust a can- didate they shouldn't vote for that person. A few questioners took the incumbents to task about their statements that the school board welcomed parent par- ticipation at board meetings. One woman said she was told to sit down when she attempted .to question the trustees at a regular board meeting. Another woman pointed out that parents don't bother approaching trustees or educators about their child's education or about school board decisions because they are made to feel "small" when they don't quickly for- mulate their thoughts or use the same words as professionals or politicians. A male questioner charged the board with arriving at its decisions before delegations of parents appear even though it may not officially make the Questions lash The candidates were also flayed with questions about Catholic education, the goals of the school system, school buildings, finances, school busing and the curriculum.' After listening to the incum- bent candidates expound on how education in separate schools must be geared to developing the whole child (spiritually, physically, a vociferous questioner indirectly suggested that Catholic PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave, S. Phone 327-4121 ELECT ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC ttnrtzMl. 2225ft SIS. PhOM 321-4095 DICK JOHNSTON X ve beautiful Thanksgiving bouquets oftoveJy tutwrm flowers. Unique, thoughtful gifts for your tvnuy, cricndls. business AssoorMtes. we can sentf than or mat us today. MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP Phone 327-1515 FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESI 1922 PHONE 327-6585 E. S. P. FOX, C-OJU. FOX LETHBRI06E DENT Al LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLOG. BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALUmOIIS By DON BERGMAN Evening pm PHONE 32S4372 2716 Sorth The Kick-OH Meeting For The 1974 Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign will October 10th at Royal Cinidiin Legion Mmnoriil Hill at p.m. Everyone interested in helping in this important Legion Campaign is invited to attend. Fluoridation Hiwyoitwfoought ofttiw? Before any doctor vaccinates a child against Smallpox or in- oculates against Diptheria or Polio, he must first obtain consent of the parents. Take note these are contagious diseases carrying a high mortality rate. Yet because of something as superficial as tooth decay which is non-contagious the entire population of a city or town is subjected to fluoride, a highly toxic substance of which the iong-term injurious effects are not known and for which the evidence to date of its toxicity Is ominous. When in doubt Play it Safe and Vote AGAINST X Fluoridation LETHBRIDGE SAFE WATER COMMITTEE 920-Znd A. North 327-7142 A ;