Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Mt The letKbtidge Herald VOL. LXVII-255 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1.1, 1974 15 Cents 28 Pages. Hospitals deny 1 staff shortage, inferior care Stolen A It a. coins found OTTAWA (CP) Four 500-pound barrels of un- minted 29-cent coins worth were found Thurs- day'by city police. Detective Brian Carvish said he found the coin slugs in a "concealed area" near railway tracks. The coins have been missing since October 1973 when they were taken from an overloaded track at an Alberta terminal, police said. They were en route by truck from the Sherritt-Gordon Mines in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., to the Ottawa mint. Labor scrapes back with slim majority By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Second of a series Claims by union officials that there are staff shortages in Lethbridge hospitals are un- justified, say hospital ad- ministration 'Andy Andreachuck, ad- ministrator at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, says that hospital has a full staff. Dwight Jensen, personnel manager of LMH, echoes that claim saying the hospital has never had the severe shortage of staff that other hospitals have faced. This is especially evident in the nursing area. Whereas some hospitals in the province have had to close wings recently and hire nurses from other countries because of nurse shortages the LMH has operated relatively nor- mally. t Mr. Jensen says there is a shortage of one nurse in Southland Nursing Home and there has always been a problem recruiting trained nursing orderlies. REFUTES OPINION But there is no shortage of housekeeping staff, he said, refuting an opinion by a Cana- dian Union of Publi'c Employees official that there .was a shortage. At St. Michael's Hospital, Administrator Sister Mary Clarissa, says they have a full staff except for laboratory technicians. She said the nursing staff is complete, and the lab shortage has been the same for about a year. -LMH Director of Nursing, Olive Faidds, says claims that. nurses and aides are overworked are false. She said the hospital bases its nurse patient ratio on" research done at-the Universi- ty of Saskatchewan and that ratio is currently in effect. One nurse is responsible for about 19 patients if they need minimal care. This is under the recommended ratio from the university she says. WORK LOAD INDEX Miss Faulds says com- plaints that nurses are overworked will soon be put in perspective with the introduc- tion in the hospital of a "work load index." The index will show in what areas nurses are over or underworked and with those results the hospital will be able to use existing staff more-effectively, she says. xMr. Jensen adds that problems with staff shortages in the LMH central laundry, which does the laundry for .many rural hospitals, have been remedied. CUPE official, Nap Milroy, previously criticized the hospital for not supplying enough workers in the laundry and overworking the remain- ing few. Mr. Jensen says problems in the laundry arose when some of the employees were sick and others were on vacation. Hospitals of about equal size in the province, Red Deer and Medicine Hat General, have experienced about the same situation regarding shortages as -the hospitals here. FULL COMPLEMENT Leo Hill, assistant ad- ministrator at Medicine Hat, says that hospital has a folD complement of nurses hot it is becoming difficult to recruit new staff in all areas. In Red Deer, hospital per- sonnel manager, Bill OueHot, says that hospital has been having difficulty finding enough nurses and as usual it was worse during the summer. Most areas in nursing now are stable but there is a cons- tant need for trained orderlies and aides. No Herald on Monday The Herald will not publish Monday, Thanksgiving Day. Classified ads received op to a.m. Saturday will Tuesday. Three Socred choices say they prefer Tories By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer At least, three prospective candidates approached by the Social Credit party in Cardston to run in-the next provincial- election say they prefer the Progressive Conservatives. The Socreds are searching for a candidate to replace in- cumbent MLA Ted Hinman who is Local Socred Association officials say they are certain they will come up with an impressive candidate. However, they were un- successful in their bid to have Robert Russell, a Cardston 'doctor, contest' the nomination. "I think I'm probably in the other camp, the Dr. Russell said Thursday: "I think it's going to be very difficult for the-Sodal Credit Party to he said. Alan Williams, Cardston realtor, also declined seeking the nomination. "Provincial politics just don't fit into my the school board can- didate said. "I have also had an invita- tion from the be said. "Actually, I lean to the PC's." Mr. Williams said he would not seek either nomination to run in the next provincial elec- tion, expected in June. Bob Graham, mayor of Raymond, also told the party this week that he wasn't interested. "I just can't see Social Credit doing any good down here any he said Thursday. "I have been approached by 'them but I don't see how I could run under that flag. I've been a PC for many years." In fact, Mr. Graham is seriously considering tossing- his hat into the Conservatives' nomination ring. His decision depends on getting the ques turn of a huge ammonia plant proposed for the town settled one way or the other. "If it gets thrown out I would definitely throw my hat in the ring." Already vying for the nomination in Raymond Nov. 13 are Glen Puroell, deputy minister of agriculture, John Thompson, a Spring Coulee fanner and Lawrence Kearl, a Cardston rancher. Dennis Burt, former mayor of Card- ston, says he is considering the race too. collision About damage resulted when these two trucks, a half ton and a semi trailer, collided at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue N. early this morning. Brian Gathecole, 22, 807 7th St. S.. driver of the pickup, is in fair condition at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. The semi trailer driver, Carl Hannah, 32, of St. Albert, was uninjured. Police said the semi .trailer, loaded with general merchandise, was going south on 9th Street and the pickup was westbound on 2nd Avenue when the collision occurred. The semi -trailer hit the corner of the 9th Street bridge, destroyed two sections of rail- ing, then rolled over in the ditch. RCMP scandals 'tip-of iceberg9 About town Former lieutenant gover- nor Grant MacEwaa, wishing for a second helping of dewert, telling Majwr ABienM he shouldn't have refused the hot apple pie with rum sance Dave EHw claiming he was crawling un- der the Cable to repair a microphone, not because be was embarassed about the sex education discuMton. Herald Ottawa Bareai OTTAWA More scandals involving members of the RCMP are expected to sur- face because of a basic flaw in the police force's training pro- grams, a high-level govern- ment source said yesterday. Recent arrests and dis- missals of RCMP veterans were only "the tip of the iceberg" and more could be expected because the force over-emphasized discipline at the cost of destroying the in- dividual constable's judg- ment Closely associated with the force for a number of years, UK source claimed that recent scandals were predictable over three years ago. Robert Samson, a nine-year veteran of the RCMP, was ar- rested last summer in con- nection with the bombing of a grocery store executive's home in Montreal and an in- quest into the incident es- tablished underworld connec- tions between Samson and some of his friends. More recently, an RCMP constable was arrested on Montreal's South Snore while apparently fining an RCMP track with stolen i And there was an uproar here when two RCMP veterans who had been sum- marily dismissed decided not to protest their firing because doing so.would have apparent- ly opened a can of worms contrary to the public interest "The RCMP was so con- cerned about its public image for so many years that it created disciplined robots without bothering to do anything about their the source claimed. 'Can I borrow a cup of Classified...... Comics............20 Comment...........4 District............17 Local Markets...........21 Theatres...........11 Travel..............3 Weather............3 At Home..........14 LOW TONIGHT 25; SUNNY, WARMER. Threat concerns McEachan OTTAWA (CP) External with an as Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen said Thursday Canada's relations with the United States are going to re- quire considerable attention. fltthatrela- He agreed in an interview tions could be difficult as both countries use their own methods to combat inflation. The minister also expressed concern over the threat of retaliation to Canadian beef standings LONDON (CP) Returns from 630 of 635 constituencies in the British general election showed the following party standing at p.m. MDT: Oct. Diss. Labor Conservatives Liberals Others Vacant Unreported 319 276 11 24 297 295 15 26 Total 5 635 635 Grain loading starts LONDON Minister Harold Wilson today attained majority control of the British Commons, strengthening his Labor party's ability to push through left-wing measures stalled in eight months of minority government. Assured of a paper-thin margin in Parliament, he immediately disclosed he will outline to the country Mon- day his administration's plans "to bring the country through to economic security" from its worsening economic plight. As he announced his program to colleagues at Election Labor party headquarters, a bomb scare forced evacuation of the build- ing Transport House near the Houses of Parliament. Wilson left under police es- cort after expressing con- fidence the new government will be able to do "everything it was elected to do." But late indications were that his majority would be razor-thin and that Labors more controversial left-wing a drastic tax-the-rich need delicate steering through Parliament. Second-day counting of ballots .from Thursday's general election gradually edged Labor past the 318-seat mark that gave them an out- right majority in the 625-seat house as the Conservatives failed to make up heavy losses they had suffered in early vote tabulation. Conservative fortunes slumped as both Labor and the Scottish Nation- alists pecked away at the par- ty's seats and there was speculation 'that Edward Heath's nine-year leadership might be in jeopardy after a total of three election losses. But Heath, who opened the way for Labor by putting his prime ministership on the line in a snap election last Febru- ary, shrugged off any concern about the Tories' traditional propensity for -dumping losers. His 58-year-old op- the first British prime minister since the 19th- century Gladstone to head four ex- uding confidence well before the slow-moving statistics confirmed him as'government bead. "I will soon be forming my fourth he told reporters early today as be flew into London from his home constituency of Huyton in Lancashire, where he became the only one of the three major leaders to be returned with an improved personal plurality. Heath, 58, lost ground in Sid-, cup in Kent county while the 45-year-old Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe lost a big slice of his Feb. 28 plurality of 000 in Devon North in the west of England. Thorpe, thwarted in his pro- claimed bid to break the long- standing two-party tradition in the Commons, had. lost ground and as the count reach- ed its closing stages appeared to be going into the new Parliament with fewer man the 15 seats he had at dis- solution. Wilson had been 21 seats short of control when he ob- tained dissolution to try for majority rule- jtyANCOUVER (CP) Grain-loading operations on, the Vancouver waterfront today following the end .of the six-week dispute that had halted work by the 550-member grain workers' union. Five of the 14 ships-that were riding at anchor in English Bay moved into har- bor berths during the night and grain trains mov- ing along the waterfront to the grain elevators-. While work has been resumed, fun operations were not expected to be under way until early next week. A spokesman for the Alberta Wheat Pool, one of five grain companies in- volved, said the first ship would not begin loading until Tuesday. Terms of a conciliation report are imposed as basis for settlement. It was the se- cond act to end work stoppage involving Vancouver grain workers since 1972. A union spokesman said Thursday that pickets would be lifted and the men will return to work when manage- ment recalls them. Henry Kancs, secretary- treasurer of the 550-member Grain Workers' Union, said he is reasonably happy with the settlement. "It is the first time in Cana- dian history where legislation has been used against com- be said. "We are not going to be very far behind other workers now." In Regina, directors of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool welcomed the legislation, but expressed regret that Labor Minister John Munro and Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, "injected themselves into the grain handlers' dispute." Canada looking to North for oil supply in a St Hubert lumber yard. Fake license plates had been affixed to the RCMP truck, but no charges have yet been laid pending toe results of an investigation. Herald Ottawa Screw OTTAWA Canada is no longer rdying'on the tar sands to provide the omen-needed oil to meet toe country's short-term and middle-term domestic oil needs, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald revealed Ttnrsiay. Instead, Canada is now looking to the prospect of new frontier oil resources, especially in toe Arctic, to fill the gap in the 1980s as Canada's oil production from conventional oil fields on the Prairies fall behind the growing domestic need, Mr. Macdonald added in an interview. The changed outlook about in the past months by increasingly gloomy tepwts about the western production "topping off' and soon starting to decline. It is also the rendt of successes with tar Sands extraction tech- nologies. More important perhaps, it brings with it renewed interest by the nt and in- dustry in proposals to move Arctic oil down the Mackenzie Valley by pipeline. It could also mean more federal and industry efforts in finding and developing oil and gas resources off the east coast of Canada. Mr. Macdonald recently has been referring only to "frontier oil reserves" in talking about meeting Canada's future domestic needs. Thursday, be explained why the tar sands, un- til recently beW out as Canada's great nope Tor future oil supply, has faded into the background. The tar sands plants now in'operation, be said, have turned out to be roach more expensive Chan expected and the technology not as advanced as hoped. the pnessunes on money, on toe skilled work force, and on obtaining construction materials and equipment have aD combined to make the once-envisioned rapid development of tar sands synthetic oil prodvctioa now markedly less feasi- ble and acceptable, be suggested. And then there are the environmental problems associated with transforming the tar sands goo into synthetic oiL Perhaps the most-critical factor has been the conclusion by most energy experts in recent months that toe first generation of tar sands ex- traction and production technology is Just not the answer, be suggested. Most people, be said, nave now concluded tnat farther development and a second stage technology will be needed. Originally, it bad been expected that the initial plants would provide toe lessons on what to do and not to do. Then a new tar sands plant, win a capacity of about barrels a day production, could be built each year, be said.