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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, OetobW 11, 1t74-THI LETHIRIDQE City council i Spending curb urged Inflation is going to get worse before it gets better and there's 'a definite need for restraint in civic spending, says Don Le Baron, 41, a first- time city council candidate. "Municipal governments must do their part in standing for policies that resist infla- tion and provide for sound economic says Mr. Le Baron, administrator of the Green Acres Foundation which operates nursing homes and senior citizen lodges in the city and area. "The first draft of the Ed- monton city budget shows a 28.8 per cent increase and I won't be surprised if ours is similar. "We've got to look at says Mr. Le Baron, who has just com- pleted three years on the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Board. Mr. Le Baron says he sup- ports city land banking for residential construction, and says it should include the north and south areas of the city and not just West Lethbridge. "People shouldn't be forced to build in one he says. Industrial land should also be land banked with provincial government assistance, he, says. Senior citizens and their housing problems have been a concern of Mr. Le Baron's for a long time. "No project was needed more than the senior citizens' highrise and it's regretful it was so long in he says. "I've been involved in trying to get this sort of pro- ject for the last five years and believe a second bighrise should be planned The first one was delayed by red tape in Edmonton and it will probably take a full three years to get another one approved planned and constructed, Mr. Le Baron says. Public housing should also be expanded and the city should lead the way in providing home care assistance, he says. "We'll never have enough institutions to accommodate all those who need care and with the population growing older we've got to give more emphasis here. "It's cheaper to keep people in their own homes and many of them want to stay in their homes, but they need help." Mr. Le Baron, a southside resident whose office is on the northside, adds his voice to those of a number of can- didates who believe northside representation is not an issue. "I'm disappointed in certain northside candidates who have made an issue of the ward system to the extent of claiming northside residents are without any voice in city affairs and are therefore he says. "I'm certain residents of North Lethbridge -are intelligent enough to see through these ridiculous claims, which I think are ab- solute nonsense. They will Meet your candidates Separate school board CCHS "must have cafeteria9 Separate school board French courses could use boost DON LeBARON vote "for a person on his _ ability, dedication and respon- siveness- and not where he lives." "If I'm on council I'll try to see to the needs of all areas. If other candidates do not plan to do this they should make it known so voters elsewhere will know how to cast their ballots." Mr. Le Baron says he 'strongly believes in the free enterprise system "which is under trial throughout the world." "I stand for progress without he says. "At least one candidate has the answer for a person's' problems from birth to death, leaving little responsibility for one's he adds. "Certainly I care about peo- ple too, and feel I've proved it, but I don't believe the people of Lethbridge are ready for this. We need to leave something for individual- initiative." Academically the separate school system can hold its ova with any in the province but there are still improvements that should be made, says a local lawyer who is seeking his second term of office in the Oct. 16 school board elec- tions. Frank Peta, 31, "would like to see" an expansion of the French language and family life education programs and the introduction of religious education instruction courses for student teachers in Alber- ta's universities. Instead of starting French language instruction at the upper end of the elementary grades, Mr. Peta suggests separate schools should be teaching French from Grade 1 up. "It would be good if we could all have six languages." It's of tremendous importance to be at least teaching Canada's two official languages, he says. He also calls for the expan- sion of the family -life educa- tion-program to the Grade 7 and 9 levels. It now is being introduced at the Grade 8 level only. "If you have good dedicated teachers, you have got to have a good Catholic school Mr. Peta believes. It is because of bis concern about quality Catholic teaching that he suggests it is FRANK PETA very important to separate Catholic schools that Alberta universities instruct potential teachers how to teach religious education. The religious instruction at the junior high level is of par- ticular concern to him and he suggests it needs to take a new direction. He expresses satisfaction with the religious instruction at the elementary and high school level. The elementary students are being about a charitable loving God now instead of an authoritarian type God and the high school program helps students understand themselves, compare religions and prepare for marriage and life after school. The dedicated teachers are also important because their method of teaching and the at- mosphere they create in the school is vital in the develop- ment of the whole person, he says. By whole person, Mr. Peta is'referring to the spiritual, intellectual and physical per- son. He also claims the separate school system in this city is doing a good job of teaching the three Rs and providing its students with other educational opportunities such as the industrial creative arts. "We are a small system and money is a big Mr. Peta says while suggesting the separate schools have been able to do an effective job of educating without going over board in spending. The separate school board incumbents have "a track record" and if people approve of what they did they will be re-elected, says the youngest member of the board over the past three years. Ron Fabbi, 30, says he is willing to defend most of the decisions made by the separate board during his term in office. One decision was the board's recent implementa- tion of family life education, "It is just too bad that it wasn't there when I was going to school." Dr. Fabbi says sex education, an element of (he total family life education program, was a fact of life for youngsters several years ago when most people raised animals or lived near them. Today children must be taught the facts of Me, he The Lethbridge optometrist sought office for the first time three years ago. He was concerned about the lack of special education for learning disabled children in the schools. But, he says, during the past three years the provincial government has taken action in this area and is doing an adequate job of encouraging RON FABBI the development of special education within the schools. Individuals with higher than average abilities are getting special attention too, he points out. Previously, some of them became "non-achievers because of a lack of interest." While Dr. Fabbi is pleased with the board's ac- complishments, there are cer- tain needs of separate school children that were not fulfill- ed by the board. He says the new school board must continue to press the provincial government ty funds to build a cafeteria at Catholic Central High School. Conference in Washington encourages chief of police Public school board Child-centred learning backed Public school education is "bogged down in ruts so deep that the huge amounts of money poured into it are swallowed up in spinning wheels little public school incumbent Reg Turner charges. Mr. Turner would like to be able to inform the electorate that he "made a big contribution" toward the im- provement of the Lethbridge public schools. "Unfor- tunately, I cannot do this because it is not true... I can only report that I tried." Mr. Turner, 65, says he decided to stand for re- election because the school system needs board members who are prepared to support the child-centred approach to learning. He is determined to ensure good learning conditions for all students and special ser- vices to those students who have special problems. "I think slow learning, erratic behavior, belligerence, truancy etc. are STORES mile alignment TOMS one price entities you Jo 9 complete ahgmmenj every 5.OOO miles or as often as necessary, in accordance with the pnrwed guarantee You re covered for 4 years or 4O ODD mfles wtncricvet comes firs] regardless ol pieseni mileage Just one pnoe lot an Worth Amencan ears Ask your Firestone man about this unique protection policy today We Guarantee t Everything special problems that need special help." The "use of punishment -in these cases makes the problem says the man who introduced the mo- tion that resulted in the ban of corporal punishment and ver- bal abuse of students from the city public schools. Mr. Turner suggests traditional attitudes have given some educators the idea that a student can be kicked out of school or out of class for unsatisfactory behavior. "In my opinion the school board should make a policy that completely rules out the rejection of any student under 16 years of age from the school system, unless that stu- dent is transferred to another institution where bis or her education will be continued. "I also believe that there should be absolutely no suspensions of students under 16, other than for the time it takes for the school principal" or the director of public school services to solve the problem. "I am sure that any .problem likely to occur in our schools could be solved hi a (day or two, with the student back in the same school or transferred to another Mr. Turner He suggests the so-called problem students be placed in groups of about 12 students and be taught by a teacher, who likes them. "I think it is a very difficult task for a teacher to provide good learning experiences to 20 normal children. It is im- possible for them to do so with a class of 28, several of whom are backward and badly he says in support of his small-group concept of controlling behavior. Mr. Turner says he realizes that some teen-age students will rebel against the rules and restrictions of school life. But. be says, the strap is not a solution. "It is counselling, compulsory retribution and conferences with small groups of students where school rules can be explained, criticized and sometimes changed. The retired Lethbridge high school principal believes that "almost every teacher in. the Lethbridge public school system is a good teacher." He describes a good teacher as one who loves children, knows how to help them and is dedicated to helping them to grow into good citizens. "The evidence is in the schools for any visitor to he claims He suggests teachers should welcome any public school central office plan to evaluate instruction, because "almost all the poor instruction in our schools is the fault of the .school or the system." American justice authorities have recognized that hardened criminals can- not be coddled, according to Lethbridge's police chief. Chief Ralph Michelson and Harold Vosburgh, police com- mission chairman, recently returned from an inter- national 'police chiefs' conference in Washington, D.C. attended by police chiefs from around the world. Mr. Michelson said United States President Gerald Ford told the conference there are people who choose crime as a way of life and society is their victim. President Ford said he has directed the U.S. justice department to establish a program to keep track of these criminals. Most crimes are the work of a limited number of hardened criminals, President Ford told the conference. He told the conference the new program will make the arrest of these criminals swift and their prosecution sure. Mr. Michelson said U.S. At- torney General William Sax- be and FBI Director Clarence Kelly, echoed Mr. Ford's feelings. "It was very encouraging to hear these three top people in- volved in American law en- forcement speak in favor of plugging the holds in the criminal justice system that would take criminals off the street and bring them to trial Mr. Michelson said. He said this feeling of en- couragement at the Washington conference contrasted with the feeling of disillusionment many Cana- dian police chiefs had follow- ing their recent national conference in Winnipeg. The Canadian chiefs were disillusioned by the "coddling" of criminals and the delays in bringing them to trial. Right now the situation in Canada isn't as bad as it is in the United States, the chief said, but it is heading in that direction. "Children are strewn all over the hallways" during lunch break. "I am surprised the department (education) won't do something about it." The new separate school board must continue the effort made by trustees during the past two years to convince the city that the school crossing on 5th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive must be made safer for children. "I feel strongly that the safety of both young and old is a problem at that intersec- tion." He says city council could at least investigate the slowing down of traffic at that school crossing during the hours children cross. It appears the council has placed the flow of traffic before the safety of pedestrians, he suggests. Dr. Fabbi is puzzled by the accusations being made by new candidates that the separate school board has not been effectively com- municating with parents. "I don't think there is a communication problem." The school board has com- municated through parent- teacher committees and held three ratepayers meetings, all poorly attended, he points out. The separate school system also established 'a philosophy .committee that includes parent, teacher and school trustee representation. Dr. Fabbi points to the method the school board used to establish a family life education program as an ex- ample of. its desire to com- municate before making decisions. The family life education program was developed by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators and was presented to a meeting of parents for their approval. In the next three years, Dr. Fabbi hopes the school board is able to expand its counsell- ing services to the elementary grades. "Counselling is necessary to motivate children and assist students set goals." Subway Realty OPEN HOUSE October 13, 1974 it 2124-24 St. CMLDALE Your Host HARUMI FUJITA Phone REG TURNER Meet a proud Canadian. Your firsj taste will tell you why we're proud of Royal smooth and mellow flavour. 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