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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday. October 10, 1974 Pages 19-36 'Pass towns ordered t 'begin chlorination9 RCIvlP ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER V. M. SEPPALA AND MAYOR ANDY ANDERSON UNVEIL MONUMENT Monument marks arrival of NWMP A turning point in the history of Lethbridge was marked Wednesday, when the community honored the men of the North West Mounted Police, who arrived at Fort Whoop-Up Oct. 9, 1874. Historian Grant-MacEwan, former Alberta lieutenant- governor, paid tribute to the past during a civic banquet and a bronze and granite monument was unveiled in front of city hall. A centennial should be a reminder of the problems and dangers of the past and pre- sent a message for this generation, Mr. MacEwan said. There have been 100 years of remarkable progress since the arrival of the NWMP. Albertans should study very carefully where they are go- ing to assure this progress continues in the next 100 years, he said. When the NWMP arrived in Alberta there wasn't a road or farmhouse to be found. With the rich resources and the "muscle, fibre and guts of the people" the area was developed. "They were eager to succeed and they Mr. MacEwan said. However, the people of the great Roman empire found resources and human fibre can be eroded away. The peo- ple couldn't stand a soft life or prosperity. History cannot be ignored, he said. When Jerry Potts, "the eyes and ears of the led the North West Mounted Police to the gates of Fort Whoop-Up their guns were ready for Mr. MacEwan said. They had been warned there might be trouble with the whiskey traders who occupied the fort. The.whiskey traders had. sent'word a police force was not needed. Their guns had been enforcing "the law" adequately and the police were told stay away. Col. James Macleod entered the Fort and found it deserted. There were only three people there. Nothing could stop the force, Mr. MacEwan said. Mayor Andy Anderson told the crowd of 300 gathered at city hall for the unveiling that this day was an "historic casion of real importance" for the city. The monument is on the sight of the original barracks occupied by the NWMP in 1887. It is dedicated to a significant day in history in 1874 when the NWMP arrived in Southern Alberta and brought peace to the area, he said. Mayor Anderson and RCMP Assistant Commissioner V. M. Seppala unveiled the monument. The plaque was done by Come Martin of Coaldale from a picture done by Coaldale artist, Don Frache. Cost of the monument was about Following the unveiling of the plaque at city hall, the of- ficial party travelled to the Fort Whoop-Up replica where another plaque com- memorating the NWMP's arrival at the fort was un- veiled. The environment depart- ment today ordered the Towns of Coleman and Frank to im- prove their water systems, but neither town is about to take immediate action. Coleman has been ordered to chlorinate its alternate supply, taken from Nez Perce Creek, which the town uses during summer months. Frank has been ordered to in- stall permanent cblorination equipment on the privately owned Gold Creek Water Company. In a prepared statement from Coleman town council, Mayor 'John Holyk says the town regrets the unnecessary and "adverse" publicity the town has received about its bakup water supply. Coleman currently supplies town residents with chlorinated and filtered water from Crowsnest River. Dur- ing spring months, when runoff increases turbidity in river water, the town switches to Nez Perce Creek. Joe Will, information officer for the en- vironment department, told Canadian Press his depart- ment has written the town, eight separate times suggesting the alternate supp- ly be chlorinated but "the town dragged its feet." agrees that "correspondence has been received regarding the chlorination of water from Nez Perce Creek. "However, council has in- formed the government thatx at present it is forced to delay the upgrading of our system due to the uncertainty of proposed changes to Highway the town's statement reads. Frank Mayor Jim Horesji Bis Coleman's, has its hands tied. Frank's 200 residents current-" ly get their water from Gold Creek Water, owned by Joe Margetak of Frank. Environment department tests in June revealed that 43 of 60 samples taken from Frank's water were unfit for drinking because of bacterial contamination. Meanwhile, the environment department has installed temporary chlorination. "But a temporary unit does not solve the problem and we're not in the chlorination the department said today. Mayor Horesji replies that the town is waiting for a. report from its consulting engineers on the condition of Gold Creek Water's system. Meanwhile, he adds, "the pressure is on Gold Creek" to improve water quality. The town can't act now, he explains because the town doesn't own, or control, the water supply. Gold Creek has offerred to sell the system to the town, but Gold Creek "won't negotiate" the price tag. After receiving the engineering report, the town will decide whether to buy out Gold Creek. "If we take it Mayor Horesji adds, "we're going to have to spend a lot of money on it." Other options the town faces, he says, are requesting water service from the nearby Town of Blairmore or building its own water system, "which is going to cost a lot of too" No grad classes to be offered by Alberta IPs The University of Calgary has been refused permission to offer graduate courses in Lethbridge, an Alberta Teacher Association professional development meeting is to be informed to- day in Lethbridge. In a letter to be presented at the meeting, the University of Calgary didn't explain why it was refused permission to offer the graduate courses after a survey showed that about 200 teachers were- interested in taking such courses. The Southwestern Alberta ATA presidents and professional development chairmen will be asked during the meeting if they are in favor of inviting an American university to offer the courses in Southern Alberta. Maurice Landry, the man who will chair the meeting, says the only alternative left is for an American university to provide teachers with the courses they-want to take, since all Alberta universities are unable to provide the ser- vice. The University of Lethbridge is an un- dergraduate institute and is unable to offer graduate programs. Mr. Landry says he is not prepared to wait until the U of L begins to offer such courses some time in the future, if ever. The superintendents of Southwestern Alberta school districts passed a resolution in a meeting earlier this fall that suggests an American univer- sity be invited to offer graduate courses in this part of the province. The chairmen and presidents will also discuss teacher inservice education plans for this school year and review the proposed changes in the teacher education program at the University of Lethbridge. Newspaper executives meet here Production managers of several FP newspapers are meeting in Lethbridge today and Friday to discuss produc- tion aspects of the newspaper industry. Discussions will include Herald General Manager Don Doram's .report on offset operations. The Herald was the first of the FP Publications group to change to offset printing from hot lead, in September, 1973. Offset is based on photographic reproduction of cold type. Newspapers represented are The Calgary Albertan, The Vancouver Sun, the Vic- toria Press, the Montreal Star, .The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Journal, The Winnipeg Free Press and The Herald. Issues slowly smolder at public school forum MARKER ALSO UNVEILED AT FORT REPLICA By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer There were sparks and at times a flame kindled but for the most part only smoke prevailed as the Lethbridge Public School Board election fire was stoked Wednesday at a public forum. The sparks occurred when sex education and discipline issues were discussed and the flame glowed when toe incum- bent candidates were pressured about a couple has- ty decisions they made during the past year. But vague and evasive replies by some candidates and the speech-length ques- tions of two or three questioners produced all the smoke. However, it was the second straight forum for public school candidates that in- dicated there is a concern among the electorate about who will be making decisions about public school education during the next three years. It was also the second straight forum for public Sex dominates family life debate campaign forums. A public school board in- cumbent who Wednesday charged the media with sen- sationalizing the sex educa- tion element of family life education followed his accusa- tion with a lengthy, emotional pitch for sex education in public schools. Dong McPberson spoke in detail on why young people should have knowledge "of their bodies." He failed to mention or explain other elements jof family life education. Toe issue lias been discuss- ed to great lengths in two Some candidates have been careful to say they only sup- port sex education if it is taught within the family life education program, but have failed to elaborate on the other aspects of toe program. school candidates that attracted more than 80 citizens. A far cry from the disappointing turnout of 30 people who attended a similar forum for candidates in the 1971 election campaign. NOBODY RAN Incumbent candidate Doug Card recalled during the local Alberta Teachers Association sponsored forum Wednesday that nobody wanted to run for school board office in 1971. That year, there were only eight candidates seeking the seven public board seats. This year there are 13 candidates seeking the seven positions. As a result of the increase in 'candidates and the flourishing public interest in this election, the concerns of many parents, teachers and other members of the public are being presented to the candidates. One such concern dis- cipline in the Both incumbent candidates who supported and opposed a discipline policy adopted by the public board during the last school year were taken to task Wednesday. The policy in effect in public schools abolishes the use of corporal punishment and ver- bal abuse of students by teachers. The main CWKKMU express- ed at the forum about the with the way it was suddenly forced on schools without consultation of teachers or parents. When questioned about the failure of the board to consult before acting, Mr. Card ad- mitted "it was the most glar- ing error we made for the whole year." It "didn't go through the board meeting the way it usually happens. We should have done it with con- he conceded. It has long been the board's procedure to consult its teaching staff and ad- ministrators on all major issues before reaching a deci- sion on them, he said. But that night one of the board members came with a- motion to abolish the' strap and his fellow trustees were forced into either voting for or against the motion, he claimed. During the meeting in question, incumbent can- didate Reg Turner introduced the motion to abolish corporal punishment in the city public schools. Mr Turner is vacationing on the British Isles so was not in attendance at the forum to explain his ac- tions. Mr. Card, who voted against the motion, supports the policy but says he opposed the motion when it was first introduced because be felt it should not be passed before consultation. "Bit OF FEAR' However, one questioner was quick to point out that the motion introducing the policy could have been tabled until consultation took place and Mr. Card did not have to vote for or against the motion. Incumbent Carl Johnson, who opposed tiie discipline policy, received a resounding boo from one citizen when he asked "what is wrong with a .little bit of fear." He suggests all students should be informed of school limits on behavior so "they aren't always probing to see how far they can go." Incumbent Dorothy Beckel firmly defended the new dis- cipline policy and indicated she wouldn't change her vote against corporal punishment in the schools. Candidate Grant Fletcher called for "proper control" to be returned to the classiwui and spoke in favor of "putting some symbol (of discipline) back into the classroom" to replace the strap. Candidate Bronic Kasperski sees no value in the strap. "I would like to think children are taught self-discipline." Candidate Mabel Byam believes the strap should be used as a method of maintain- ing discipline in the schools but only as a last resort and with prior consultation with toe child's parents. Candidate Morley McGill opposes the use of the strap but says be would support a review of the discipline policy. Likewise, all candidates with the exception of Mr. Johnson, informed a questioner that they would Mippuil the review of the dis- cipline policy if elected. Mr. Johnson indicated he didn't want to give a quick response either for or against a review- One other candidate, Bronic Kasperski, called for better remuneration for teachers. He also expressed opposi- tion to the objective-based education planning scheme the school board is introduc- ing into the public schools. STUDENT STANDARDS The objective-based educa- tion scheme establishes cer- tain standards students must meet at designated points in their elementary and secon- dary education. It was first introduced to public schools in' February. Incumbent Dr. McPherson admitted to the forum that "we goofed" when introduc- ing the scheme in February. "We pushed this a little too hard." But, he added, the program is now "getting under way" more smoothly now with in depth consultation with teachers. United Way on its way Did There were 142 adult volunteer leaders and 275 adult support people in.the Scouting piogiaui in Lethbridge last Support the Boy Scoots through the United Way. n 1174 National firms..............I14JS2 Selected Local Education City Provincial Federal Banks financial Real estate Agency staffs UW Rock Total to Previous f United way ;