Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
I I Fire Prevention Week 5 of 6 pump jockeys broke provincial law GOVT MAY PLUG WARRANTEE LOOPHOLES By DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer Some service station employees in Lethbndge are either ignorant of. provincial lire regulations or don't cure Accompanied by photographer Bill Groi'nen, this reporter took a plastic jug to six local service stations to see who would put gas- oline in it. Provincial law states that gas should not be sold in unap- provcd containers Glass and plastic jars are not approved containers At the first gas station we visited. I hud to wait lor the atten- dant to sell a gallon to a young teenager. His container was suitable, being made of metal, with screw caps I wondered il the atten- rny plastic jug. The attendant ex- plained what constituted an ap- proved container, and I went away empty-jugged. We decided we could put one more gallon in the car's tank, so we stopped again, and came away with our til Hi juglul ol gas in a half hour. In discussing plans lor National Fire Prevention Week, which ends .Saturday, Doug Kornetz, a city lire prevention officer, said the regulations governing the use and storage of gasoline are among the most flagrantly violated. "A gallon ol gas properly has the explosive power ol IB slicks of he said. "People would hesitate about storing dynamite in their base- ment, but they think nothing of keeping live gallons ol gasoline in their house." The provincial lire bylaw says that no more than live gallons of gasoline can be stored at a private residence, and then it has to be stored in an outbuilding. Farmers and other persons who carry bulk tanks of gasoline in their trucks are creating constant threats. Mr. Kometz said Though danl would object to my container, but she didn't even hesitate. At the next station, 1 had to wait again This time the attendant was filling the gas tank ol d car. As he casually h-aned on the back of the car. 1 noticed a burning cigarelte between Ins lingers. Provincial regulations stipulate that there be no smoking within 10 feel ol the pumps. I was a bit relieved when the pump jockey put oui his cigarette before filling my jug As a( the lirst gas station, we drove around the corner and emp- tied Hie jug into the car's gas lank. The siorv was the same at the next two stations no hesitation about lilling a plastic jug with gasoline So I was surprised at the fifth station when 1 was told I wouldn't be able to buy gasoline in he has met with some opposition to this idea, he feels that these people should adhere to the same regulations as do the big tankers. Tanks should be bolted to the 'rame of the truck and not just the bed, he said. The barrels and tanks that so many fanners carry around in their pick-up trucks can bounce out, even in very minor accidents. Mr Kometz said. The result, es- pecially in the city, could be dis- astrous, he said. The fire prevention bureau are busy this week disseminating literature to schools and super- vising displays at the College Mall and at Center Village Mall In addition, the bureau is sponsoring two contests, one for posters and one for photos, which will involve school children. "The purpose ol Fire Prevention Week is not just to make people conscious oi fire hazards lor one Mr. Kometz said, "but to keep them safety-conscious the whole year." Obviously, some of the lire safety literature should be sent to service .stations. City briefs DOGS MOVE TO FIRE HALL 1 l I l The city dog pound will operate out of the exhibition grounds fire hall next to the grandstand for the next five months. City council approved its community services department's recommenda- tion that the animal shelter be located there temporarily un- til a new shelter can be built on city-owned land in the County of Lethbridge at 26th Avenue off of 13th Street N Outline plans of the new shelter which will have room for 18-20 dogs and a few cats. along with a new nursery and greenhouse all of which will occupy 20 acres were also presented to council, which gave the go-ahead to proceed with detailed plans for the development. Bob Bartlett. community services director, said the river valley shelter handles an average of eight to 10 dogs a day. Renovations lo the tem- porary location, costing about are expected to be com- pleted in two weeks. Imported snakes and other non-Canadian reptiles don't seem to worry members of city council much They simply filed without comment Tuesday a letter from the City of Guelph. Ont asking for support for a resolution it drafted to the federal government asking for restrictions on the importa- tion of such creatures not common to Canada The Guelph action came after a pet python got away for a few days in an apart- ment building causing some tenants to move out and others to lose sleep. City council spent about half-an-hour debating a proposed land swap with the Lethbridge Country Club before realizing there legally wasn't a quorum to vote on it anyway Since four council members Mayor Andy Deputy Mayor Cam Barnc.s and Aldermen Vaughan Hembroff and Ed Bastedo are country club members they had to abstain on the vote The other four aldermen weren't enough foi a quorum but eventually it was decided all council members could vote on a motion to refer the matter to city management lor further study Negotiations have been go- ing on off and on for some time to essentially swap nine acres of city-owned river valley bushland for nine acres of country club-owned bushland but some areas such as access to the river ap- parently still need clarification. Exactly how council will get around the voting problem next time when the matter again comes before it wasn't revealed. Expropriation of river valley land necessary for the 6th Avenue S bridge project from the River Development Co. Ltd. w.is approved by city council Tuesday A total of 86 is- involv- H in (he expropriation By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Com- pulsory warranties with no loopholes could be instituted in Alberta in early 1975. Provincial consumer affairs ministers reacted enthusiastically to an Ontario "green paper" advocating the increased protection for con- sumers when it was discussed at a Quebec conference last summer. Administrators remained enthusiastic at a conference in Charlottetown this fall, Del Keown, Alberta director of consumer affairs, says. But in an attempt to es- tablish Canada-wide stan- dards the provinces will wait and see how Ontario's plan is accepted. Ontario will put its plan into effect next year. Under the plan, most major consumer product transac- tions would include a basic warranty written by the government and applying to most consumer product tran- sactions. Retailers or manufacturers could supple- ment this with additional promises But the disclaimer clauses would be severely curtailed and the salesman's promotional talk would be considered binding as well. Consumer affairs officials in Alberta guess that the wrinkles can be worked out of the pioneering Ontario legisla- tion in time for presentation to the 1975 winter session of the Alberta legislature. The legislation could be delayed until the fall session if the government determines that it wants Alberta public reac- tion first. The bill would be in- troduced in the spring but no action taken until the fall Some warranties are simply the Ontario green paper.states, "since they really provide lit- tle protection to the consumer and may even attempt to limit the seller's obligations while appearing to provide the con- sumer ever more protection." "These are the most positive and progressive proposals on the subject of warranties that have ever been brought forward in any Canadian John Clement. Ontario consumer and commercial relations minister, said when he releas- ed the paper. The statement also says there is a lack of uniformity in warranties and that they often contradict themselves. Durable goods such as automobiles appliances and home entertainment units would be covered by the proposed legislation Services are not proposed to come un- der the new regulations District The Lcthlnidcje Herald Local news SECOND SECTION LETHBRIDGE, AtBERTA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1973 PAGES 9-20 'Burden too great' Joint schools advocated By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The time has come for the public and separate school boards to co-operate in the construction and operation of new school buildings, a public school trustee insisted Tuesday. Dr. Doug McPherson, in a regular meeting of the public school board, said it is becom- ing an "increasing burden on the taxpayer to continue to segregate the two school boards BIKERS BEWARE A resolution submitted by Aid. Bill Kergan that could eventually make it possible for children riding bicycles with no lights or no brakes to get tickets was approved by city council Tuesday. Aid. Kergan asked that the city solicitor prepare a single bicycle bylaw which would allow police to hand out tickets to youngsters instead of having to take action through juvenile court as is now necessary. Far too much a d- ministrative time is taken up by these matters, said Aid. Kergan. "I'm simply asking that the police be able to issue a nominal fine." "I'm thinking of the safety of the cyclists." Aid. Vaughan Hembroff op- posed the resolution. GAS TALKS HELD Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The problems of supplying gas to one of Canada's largest poten- tial petro-chemical industries were under discussion Tues- day in a meeting here between the province and Medicine Hat. Both provincial and civic of- ficials were tight-lipped about the discussions. "Our main purpose was con- fidential and in relation to Medicine Hat and some of its Ted Grimm, chairman of the city's utilties committee, said. "Medicine Hat is potential- ly one of the largest petro- chemical centres in said provincial assistant depu- ty minister of mines and minerals, Werner Wenzel. "We discussed the long-term supply of basic materials." The utilities committee and city solicitors met with Rill Dickie mines and minerals minister, and Fred Peacock, minister of industry and com- merce. Medicine Hat is at the edge of the giant Suffield natural gas reserve to be exploited by the proposed Alberta Qiergy Company operated by the province. Supervisor appointed Hal man has. liivn named supervisor of the rusloiiHT service centre for (T ii.ul in Lothbndgo G D.'imol held the posi- lion Medicine Iliil lor five be-1 ore (iikinp the Li'thhridgc appointment In Modicmc Hat I) I) Ford will succeed Mr Daniel Trustees on both boards must begin to consider the taxpayer first when con- templating future school development, he said. Dr. McPherson expressed his concern following a proposal by trustee Doug Card that a committee of public and separate school board personnel be formed to look into the possibility of co- operation between the two school systems Mr. Card suggested the committee be formed before the public board gives any consideration to future school development in the West Lethbridge subdivision Dr. Gerry Probe, director of public school services, in- formed the board that the city has located school sites to the west of the designated park development in West Lethbridge. The school sites are near land set aside for the develop- ment of a village centre com- plex that is proposed to in- clude commercial develop- ment and civic and communi- ty facilities. Dr McPherson suggested a school constructed and operated by the two school boards would allow the Catholic children the oppor- tunity to receive the necessary religious education in a consolidated setting. The discussion was conclud- ed with Dr. McPherson's suggestion that the Lethbridge community is "at a point where it would be prepared to accept the view" that the two school systems must begin to co-operate in planning new school construc- tion. The public school board will now attempt to organize a meeting between its board chairman and superintendent and their counterparts in the separate school system to further discuss the possibility of close co-operation between the two boards. The great poplar leaf It isn't really like it appears. Four-year-old Patricia Vos, 939 7th St. S., didn't suddenly happen across the largest poplar leaf in history. Actually, Herald photographer Walter Kerber exposed two of the leaf and another of Patricia.. Then he printed both negatives on one piece of photographic paper making the leaf look gigantic in the youngster's hands. CROSSINGS COMMITTEE PROPOSED By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A five-member committee proposed by Aid. Steve Kotch to study school pedestrian crossings in the city got city council approval Tuesday despite one alderman's com- ment that it would be ineffec- tive. Aid. Ketch's suggestion that a committee made up of one member each from city coun- cil, the chamber of com- merce, police commission, and public and separate school boards, be set up came after residents of the Park Royal subdivision asked for a pedestrian underpass or over- pass at Scenic Drive and 15th Street S. Their request came while a similar request for an over- pass at Mayor Magrath Drive and 5th Avenue S first made last spring is still appearing on city council agendas "We should look at the total picture of school crossings in the said Aid. Kotch. "A committee of concerned and informed people can give us the alternatives we can go after to solve the problem in a way that will be suitable to all citizens." he said. But Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes disagreed. "It's a good idea and it's good polilics. but it won't he said "The problem at Mayor Magrnth Dnvc is different from the problem a I Scenic Heights." The deputy mayor abstained from voting on the question, however, as he was one of the Park Royal residents who had signed the petition brought to city council. A spokesman for the residents told council the crossing was dangerous for any pedestrians, but par- ticularly for school children. He said large trucks rounding the corner before the crosswalk are sometimes go- ing 50 m.p.h. and it is physically impossible for them to stop before the. crossing. "They just sound their horns and it's up to the children to get out of the way." he said "There's been one serious accident, several minor ac- cidents and several more narrow escapes there he said. He added under questioning from Aid Vaughan Hembroff that if an overpass or under- pass couldn't be considered for the crossing, then other changes such as moving the crossing and putting in a 20- m.p.h. zone should be made. Present speed limit at the crossing is 40 m.p.h. Other concerns of the residents were delays by the city in landscaping a strip of land between the subdivision and Mayor Magrath Drive and the dumping of dirt and building debris in a coulee op- posite the subdivision. Community services direc- tor Bob Barllett told the group the green strip they requested had been included in the 1973 budget but had been deferred to 1974 for financial reasons "Its in the program for next spring." he said When one resident asked. "How do we know it won't be deferred Mr Bartlett said, "Well, you're talking to the right people referring to the aldermen Mayor Anderson told the delegation their presentation would be taken into considera- tion at budget time which is coming up soon Council also asked the city engineering director for a report on the dumping of debris into the coulee A resident who seemed par- ticularly concerned about the matter told council the city isn't enforcing its bylaw which requires a permit for dumping Aldermen quietly table feedlot control bylaw City council's proposed feedlot control bylaw which appeared have stirred up a stormy reaction from the local catllc in- dustry was quietly tabled Tuesday. The city will await word of new provincial government legislation in the area before proceeding furtl.cr Representatives of the industry at council's meeting were told they would gel full notice of any new moves coun- cil makes in the area They were also assured in a council resolu- tion that the city has absolutely no intention of taking away from Ihe economic viability of their businesses A submission from five feedlots lhat could be affected by the bylaw snid it would simply but surely put them out of business The provinci.il goveinmont is said to be working on new regulations governing feedlots to fall under the jurisdiction of the environment department instead of under provincial board of health regulations.