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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHMIDQE Oetobtr 10, H74 City council Citizen advocate urged City hall should have a citizen advocate advisor says a council candidate campaign- ing for "more open and responsive civic government." "This person you could call him a citizen relations of- ficer could advise people on the best way to put issues before says Roger Rickwood, a U of L political science assistant professor, best known for his stand against the sale of the city power plant as chairman of the Save Our Power Plant Committee. ''A citizen relations officer could advise people in the 5th Avenue truck route question for example to go to the traf- f ice department and the police department for information. "This could be done by an alderman, but they haven't seemed very interested in the past. "I don't think this council has been very accessible to the people of the Mr. Rickwood says. "In the first place council doesn't "seem to want anyone to come to their meetings there's only chairs for 15 or so people. "The first thing to do is ex- pand council chambers to seat a large audience. "The registration system should be changed to enumeration. At that's a cheap "price to pay for democracy? Otherwise there are two classes of voters home owners and renters. "One way to encourage peo- ple to participate is to enumerate them." Mr. Rickwood is also critical of budget meeting procedure in which evidence is taken in dosed meetings. "How do we know what council is basing its decisions on if we don't know what evidence is he says. "Land transactions are the only excuse for closed meetings Safety in the streets is another plank in Mr. Rickwood's campaign plat- form. "Certain streets are con- sidered by people that live around them to be a safety hazard to their children and they want something he says. "Council so far shown very little response to their says Mr. Rickwood who takes the position that if people in the Mayor Magrath Drive and 5th Avenue S. area are willing to pay for it in their taxes, they should get a pedestrian overpass. Another potential problem area in the future will be Scenic Drive and Mayor Magrath Drive intersection at tiie city's south he adds. "What we have to do is plan ahead and prevent these situations from taking Mr. Rickwood says. The Scenic Drive problem could have been avoided by not allowing a subdivision on the other side of it, or putting in an underpass or overpass when the road was built, he says. A north by pass route so trucks wouldn't use 5th Avenue N. to get to the in- dustrial park should be planned, he says. The traffic problems, Mr. Meet your candidates Public school board 'Let's train intellect9 Public school board Family life seminars suggested ROGER RICKWOOD Rickwood says, illustrate council's "after the fact" approach. "When a problem occurs they go fire fighting." Mr. Rickwood says more recreational facilities are needed for the average guy "the Sportsplex is okay if you like hockey" a more im- aginative approach is needed in public transit, such as a dial a bus system to augment the present service, -the city airport needs upgrading im- mediately, and the downtown area could be beautified. Mr. Rickwood also promises to be an "opposition voice" on council. "We need a system based on constructive opposition in the past there's been little real discus- sion of issues." Family life education should be taught in seminars at a time when the child and parents can attend together, says public school board can- didate Gary Bowie "I don't like to see families forcing schools to take on the responsibility of family life education... but if it is forced on the schools we should set it up so parents can ticipate." Or. Bowie, 37, is particular- ly concerned about the sex education element of the family life education program. "I want the parents' value system placed on sex education" instead of that of the teachers or organizers cf the program. He suggests the seminars would "open the door for the parent who is bashful to talk about it." It is obyious by some reports "that parents are not doing the job" of providing their children with an educa- tion about all aspects of life. "Someone has got to motivate them and come out and say to them that (their) children are learning about sex at he firmly states. Dr. Bowie is concerned about what value systems are being taught within the family GARY BOWIE life education program because "too many times education only goes to one side" of an issue. For says, education may only point to the problems of over popula- tion and expound on the need for birth control throughout the world. If it would take a look at "the other side of the it might find that the real problem is food distribution rather than over population. Maybe "we need to practice Public school board Teacher visitations advocated To improve the quality of teaching, a public school in- cumbent is calling for the return of teacher visitations. Carl Johnson, 65, a former high school inspector, would like to see teachers visited by a teaching specialist for a half a day or more at least once every two years. I would give teachers who are having difficulties the op- portunity'to obtain assistance and other teachers would be able to receive confirmation that they are on the right track. "It would give teachers the chance to open up and spill some of their beefs Mr. Johnson suggests. Those who need help should then be visited by the teaching specialist at least once a month, lie adds. Mr. Johnson favors teachers visitations because he is concerned about the quality of some teachers. "I am very concerned when some very good teachers say to me they are very concerned about some fellow teachers who are not pulling their weight." He is particularly concern- ed about the "young men or women who teach in the elementary grades because they think it is a breeze. "As a result they don't do any preparatory work." "This worries very good teachers who are doing their work." Mr. Johnson also suggests the school board should "give CARL JOHNSON i i more rein to physical educa- tion people and let them develop a program that en- courages participation by all students." A believer in the philosophy that a strong mind is depen- dent on a strong body, Mr. Johnson says the school physical education programs should develop "a habit of poise and stance" in all students. body can be beautiful if taken care he main- tains. He says nutrition education is also important in the physical fitness of children. "In my opinion it is very im- portant that children have three square (balanced) meals a day." Physical education is im- portant to every student because it can be of value to them for the rest of their lives, he says. Mr. Johnson suggests the public school board must be very cautious about introduc- ing sex education into the schools because of the variety of faiths among its sup- porters. The separate schools don't have the same problem designing and selecting instructors for such a program because they only have to concern themselves with one faith, Catholic. "Who will teach these young people the things they ought to know about sex per se and be able to pass on the in- formation the parents want them to he asks. "In travelling across the province I haven't found very many teachers or counsellers who felt they were prepared to teach sex education." Mr. Johnson suggests that if parents want sex education to be taught in the school they should "band themselves together and decide what program they want and then the school board should provide the space for instruc- tion" of the program. The school board should provide parents witirthe funds needed to finance the cost of hiring a teacher. "If we can find the means, I would be one member of the board who would be willing to spend some money in this regard. self control in the usage of he suggests. Dr. Bowie does not favor a ban on the use of the strap in school. However, "the very last resort" in disciplining a child would be the strap, according to Dr. Bowie's philosophy of discipline. The public 'School board policy on discipline "ties the teachers hands. I like enough latitude to be given teachers so they can approach" the dis- cipline of each child differently. Each child must be treated as an he says. Some children such as "Johnny from the ghetto" may only understand one form of discipline so the teacher "must treat him with the punishment he respects." He may also appreciate and need love, but maybe the teacher first has to gain the respect of the youngster by use of the strap, Dr. Bowie says. "I am old fashioned enough to believe where there is no punishment then there is he concedes. He says he has "only hit one child in 11 years of teaching" and it only happened after the "child put me in a position where I had to defend myself." The University of Lethbridge physical education department chairman says he has found during this election campaign that "a lot of people don't understand what physical, education in the schools is all about." People don't realize there is more to the physical educa- tion program than athletics. Athletics, dance and exercise are all part of the program, he explains. "Athletics should not become the tail that wags the dog (physical He describes an over emphasis on athletics in the schools "one of the worst things we can do." However, he doesn't believe athletics is being over emphasized in Canadian schools. "Let's not throw away athletics. Let's beef up other he suggests. Dr. Bowie says he would attempt to convince people, if elected, that more of the school day should be allocated to physical fitness in the elementary grades. "We have neglected the elementary area." City council Public schools must return to training the mind and intellect of students, public school candidate Bronlc Kasperski says. "Maybe the schools are los- ing their direction by concentrating on the social aspects of education. Schools should not put so much stress on the social aspects." Mr. Kasperski, 51, doesn't oppose the teaching of social skills but believes it is "equal- ly important to treat the mind" by teaching the basic skills. He wants a good balance of both. The former Canadian Arm- ed Forces career officer says he will ask the public school administrators "a lot of and will be a vocal member of the board if elected. "I have certain ideas about education and I will present them in the school board meetings because I care about certain issues." Mr. who has retired from the forces and is a field services inspector with the provincial government, he isn't seeking trusteeship just because he- would be fulfilling a public service. "I care" and think some questions should be ask- ed of the school system that are not being asked. There are innovations being added to the public school system on a regular basis. He cited open area schools and team teaching as two such in- novations. From his experience of communicating with schools his children attended throughout the world while he was in the armed forces, Mr. Kasperski says he has to ques- tion some changes being made in the local schools that he has seen fail in other places. "I am not knocking them, but we have got to take a look at what we're trying to do." He also suggests school boards should not rubber stamp recommendations put forth by their administrators. Trustees must analyze the reports prepared by their ad- ministrators and other professionals and decide for themselves what is important in the reports. He doesn't want the ad- ministrators to confuse him or other members of the public with jargon. Because so many schools seem to be operated by the personality of one man, Mr. Kasperski suggests the school board should consult parents and teachers to seek their reaction to the formation of school councils to govern each school. He visions the council hav- ing some decision making authority over school matters. It should include, he suggests, parent represen- tatives elected by parents of students in the school, teacher representatives and the prin- cipal: He says a school council may be able to develop Jbettef communications between the home and school because parents may be more willing to' express their concerns about their child's education to other parents. The "working man is made to look like an idiot" when he attempts to discuss education with professionals at meetings so most of them will sit silently through a meeting even if they disagree with the direction the school is taking, he points out. "Somehow we have got to be able" to solicit the views of the working man if the public system hopes to develop effec- tive community schools. Mr. Kasperski hopes better communications between the home and school will develop a school atmosphere where teachers can be open and honest with parents. The teacher should give the parent "an honest impression of the child" instead of telling them what they "want to hear." At one time Mr. Kasperski favored the use of the strap for discipline in the school. Now he is firmly opposed to its use. "I wrestled with this problem for a long time" and found that all evidence in- dicated that the strap was not an "effective disciplinary measure., He questions whether .the strap would be an, issue if teachers had fewer students hi their classrooms or if parents would take an interest in their children's education. BRONIC KASPERSKI Industrial growth 'near peak9 City council needs to keep a close watch on spending and industrial growth, says coun- cil incumbent Ed Bastedo. "I'm very concerned about the inflation we have in Canada today and intend to speak out on council about the cost of things and the way money is says Mr. Bastedo, an upholstery and furniture store operator who's served one term on council. "Next year will be one year to take a hard look at spen- ding, both at capital and operating budget he says. "If all goes well we could hold the mill rate increase to the same as this year or even When in Rome, Romans t Enjoy Canadian Club. Here in the cradle of western civilization, they know a civilized whisky when they see one: Canadian dub. It's nice to know the world can get together about something. Around the world, when people think of the finest, lightest, smoothest whisky, they think of Canadian Club. The finest of fine whhkin It "The Vest InTht Hnnc" in AUtemtfm. Antarctica Argentina ftntoa Australia Austria. Sanamas, Belgium, Bermuda Swll, Canada Canary HSIww Ceylon, ttirte. Umstmas Island Curacao Oernnafli Oomimcati fcepwltc, toaflw, fyi ftnlanfl fwioe. Gemiany, Gibraltar, firesrtlanfl Grenada Guadeloupe Wafti Hong Kong, Iceland. Dtiflia, Indonesia. Ireland, Israel Bally, Jamaica Japan Jordan, Kenya Korea Ifbanon Watta, Wetico. Wprwco, HHpil, Cwnw, Zealand Nigerca Norway Wert ftdnstw Panama Peru Poland Portugal Poeito face Sierra Srtomw Wands SoiflhWnca Spam Sudan Sweden Switzerland WMh Tanzania Thailand Tnmtod Kmjfleijn United Slate Uruguay Venezuela Virjm islands Yugoslavia and Zambia CwMifton is tftattlM and tattled In waftkcrvffto fcjr Hiram Walker ft UmtMi "I honestly think we've just about reached our peak of in- dustrial Mr. Bastedo adds. "We need to watch it closely and watch our land buying too. UK city's gone about as far as it can go with land purchases. "To date we have com- paratively clean industries in our industrial park. I'd like to continue that" Mr. Bastedo says he didn't really favor the land purchases for expansion of the northeast industrial park, but receptive to peoples' phone calls at home. It's part of the duty of an alderman. I've always tried to get answers from city hall if I didn't know them myself." Mr. Bastedo feels a larger council chamber is essential, but a major expansion of city ball is not necessary. "The council chambers of the town I visited in Australia has a tremendous he says, "and the town's popula- tion is only The town Tamworth in New South Wales also il- lustrated that council made the right decision in selling the city's power plant now, Mr. Bastedo adds. "Toe state of New South Wales took over all the power industry in the state, and all of Tamworth's power buildings are sitting idle. "After seeing that I think can go along with it if provin- city of Lethbridge was for- cial government financing is tunate to get money out of Calgary Power because I believe there's been talk of the provincial government taking over the power in- received for it The downtown develop.nent. he says, .is a tremendous of the present council that will revitalize the downtown area for people and create a lot of jobs. Council's downtown redevelopment committee worked hard on it and put in A lot of time and travel often at their own expense, he says. "It's been quite a good, hard working Mr. Bastedo says. Anyone running for council has to be prepared to take time during the day to attend committee meetings, he says. "I think it would be hard for the school teachers to do be says, adding: "I've always been very faithful in attending committee meetings." "I have always been very dustry in a few years." ED BASTEDO NAP MILROY City council 'Workers need voice' The working man needs representation on council, says a candidate in the Oct. 16 election making his third bid for council seat. For a number of years coun- cil has been lacking someone to represent labor and the working people and give them a better understanding of and access to city says Nap Milroy, a former employee of the city parks and recreation department and Southern Alberta represen- tative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees for the last 16 years. "Information pertaining to city business that should be available at any time is being withheld Mr. Milroy claims. "If I'm he says, "I'll make this kind of infor- mation available to the citizens. "I don't thirtk there's been anyone on council for some time that's been a voice for the working people of the city. "Their viewpoints have not been put forth in most in- stances what we're getting is completely the viewpoint of businessmen." Mr. Milroy says decisions might not necessarily come out differently; but, for ex- ample, with the working man's viewpoint involved, construction of the Sportsplex might have been done in a different manner, and it might have been1 completed a long time ago. Mr. Milroy supports in- dustrial growth of the city for full employment but adds in- dustrialization must be properly planned and all en- vironment standards must be met. "Let's face he says, "in any community it's money in the hands of working people that makes the economy of the area sound." More pressure should be put on the senior governments, Mr. Milroy says, for various city projects and future ex- pansion. "We're going to have to ex- pand city boundaries a bit, although the west side may take up 'expansion for a number of he says. "But there'll definitely have to be expansion on this side eventually." There's no use rehashing the power plant deal, Mr. Milroy says. "I'm on record that they made a mess of it because there was no planning by the last three or four he says. "This one was a foregone conclusion." The city hall expansion proposal abb illustrates a lack of planning, Mr. Milroy says. "It should have been done three years ago when the pre- sent council went in, but through their wisdo-n, they delayed this and the costs are one third again as much. "The situation concerning the provincial courthouse should be looked into again before expansion is okayed because that complex may be available. A proper study should also go into truck routes, Mr. Milroy says. "They should have been looking at truck routes a long time ago, not three months prior to the elec- tion." White the city hasn't done too badly with recreation facilities, future facilities have to be looked into now, with thought given to outdoor artificial arenas with a sheltering roof and wind break wall such as those in Medicine Bat, be says. Any move to close down Henderson Lake campground should also be halted, because it's "probably the best loca- tion well ever have for a be adds. "Expanded campground facilities may be needed and the river bottom may be the answer." I I I ;