Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Poor Sportsplex By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer It's difficult to assess the traffic problem at the Sportsplex until the parking lot is complete, says Lethbridge's traffic co-ordinator. Right how it's "damn difficult getting motorists out of there" but there are no lights or signs and the park- ing lot isn't paved, says Peter Powkete. Some motorists at Thursday .night's performance of Ice Capades waited up to an hour to get out of the lot. Mr, Powkete claims that the situation will defintely improve. "When you have carsln a parking lot (the lot's capacity) you are going to have problems." Police are now making motorists leave from the west exit at 28th Street S. turn left and people leaving from the east exit at 23rd Street S. turn right and this is helping, he says. Insp. Bill West; who's in charge of traffic for the Lethbridge city police says Scenic Drive just isn't wide enough to handle the amount of traffic coming from the Sportsplex. Three to five constables are necessary at each func- tion to direct traffic. At the first hockey game traffic was lined up for blocks on Scenic Drive trying to get into the parking lot.'.he says, Insp. West doesn't think the problem will be solved until Scenic Drive'is made four lanes wide. Mr. Powkete doesn't agree. He says this would clear the traffic jams on Sceflic Drive but would, merely transport them to Mayor Magrath and other roads Bob Bartlett, chairman of the management com- mittee for the Canada Winter says lights should be installed in the parking lot within the next two weeks. -v The arterial roads to the lot should be paved for the games in February, Mr. Bartlett says. The entire lot should be paved and 100 per cent completed by the spring: 'v-: '.v However, he cautioned these dates were dependent on the weather. r He says one of the reasons there was such a big problem with traffic Thursday night was no traffic directions were given during the performance as is usually done. Medical staff v' shortages may affect contracts lot conditions expected to Improve TRAFFIC LINES UP TO LEAVE SPORTSPLEX PARKING LOT BUT THINGS SHOULD GET BETTER BILL GROENEN photo VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1974 88 Pages 20 CENTS By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Last of three Shortages in medical man- power cropping up throughout the province could plajra ma- jor jrole in upcoming.conti-act negotiations between hospitals and union representatives here say. Nap Milroy, Southern Alberta -field representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, says the hospitals here are understaff- ed and employees "are being worked off their feet." Mr. Milroy is backed in his Claim by representatives of ;the Alberta nursing association, and Alberta Health Science Association which comprise the majority of health workers at the two city hospitals. An official with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses said in telephone interview, from Edmonton that hospitals across the province are hurting from -a nursing shortage but it is only a matter of degree between individual hospitals. Robert Donahue, employ- ment relations officer with the AARN, adds the shortage has been caused in part by the lower wages Alberta hospitals pay nurses than those in British Columbia. The nurses are currently negotiating for a new contract and the. shortage will have some bearing on those talks, Mr. Donahue said. Hie nurses current contract is to expire Dec. 31. Other associations, parr ticularly the health science association, are 'more vocal about the' relationship between staff shortages and wages. Irene Scarth, HSAA representative at St. Michael's Hospital here, says there is a shortage because of poor pay. Ms. Scarth says the laboratory in St. Michael's is currently five people under- staffed. The lab has seven technologists, but expects two more within a luonth. The lab has been understaff- ed for about a year and has About town Ktammi teUing fellow County of Lethbridge coun- cillors tie provincial govern- ment should help the county finance schools before baying airlines and mountains Foiiiiei lieutenant gcvenwr Grant MacEwaa spying Lethbridge has the longest un- iversity in the world. had trouble attracting more technologists. Alberta is having trouble attracting specialists in these- fields because wages are about a month more in British Columbia. Wages are, generally higher in Saskatchewan also, she says. x Ms; Scarth points out the wage for a technologist in bia is a month but in Lethbridge a month. The shortage situation, which is causing employees to work more overtime, and weekends and increases pressure, is similar at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. Bill Nykiforuk, health sciences representative at LMH, says the staff there is barely able to cope with the amount of work. He agrees the problem has emerged because of wages in Alberta for health science, workers. Wages here are the second lowest in Canada, he says. Another bargaining unit that will be mentioning staff shor- tages in its negotiations will be CUPE. CUPE, the Civil Service Association, the Public Ser- vice Alliance of Canada and the Service Employees Inter- national Union, decided in Deer last week to form a united front in upcoming negotiations. Fred Pyke, CUPE national representative, says any solu- tion to a chronic staff shor- tage in Alberta hospitals will have to- include higher wages and improved working con- ditions. Mr. Milroy, who represents laundry staff, nursing orderlies and housekeeping staff in the hospitals and nurs- ing homes here, says staff shortages can be linked to the pay given hospital employees under the CUPE wing. During the union's November negotiations these points will be put forward to hospital negotiators. Cart Pickles, president of the member Alberta nursing orderlies association, says the hospitals here are un- derstaffed and this is because of tow wages. "We are very understaffed here and one of the reasons is low the LMH orderly says. "The south is about the lowest on the (nursing orderlies) wage scale... and there is about a to (monthly wage) difference between here and larger cities." Mr. Milroy adds the housekeeping staff he represents in the municipal hospital grts lower wages than people doing the same work in other businesses. WALTER KERBER photo Thank you "Thank yob, mother nature, for providing the bountiful harvest we will celebrate share this Thanksgiving and thank you for enabling me to give my thanks over a full meal and not an empty table." Hal Brown dies at 47 Harold Brown, well-known local broadcaster and businessman, died suddenly Friday night at the age of 47. Owner and president of Radio Station CHEC, Mr. Brown had complained of not feeling well at work Friday. He entered hospital on the ad- vice of his doctor, and died there later of a heart attack. Funeral arrangements are pending. Mr, Brown, a native of Saskatchewan, came to Lethbridge in the late 1940s and started H. W. Brawn and leuKI SWvCyiDK in 1919. He held land survey commissions in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. The com- pany was re-organized in 1989 as Brown, Okamura and Associates. Mr. Brown was a partner in Out firm until earlier this year. In 1958 he opened CHEC in partoeidup with three otter businessmen. Since 1980 be had been sole uwuei of the station. He is survived by his fatter, H. C. Brown of Letfabridfe, five children and a sister in California. This weekend PLUCKY PAULINE She la a determined woman, a woman of a now mold. She became an MP by picking the party which could got nor elected. Now, she's our first female un- hrontty president Paulina Jewett la spotlighted In this week's Weekend Lang vows improved handling grain' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Justice Minister Otto Lang, minister in charge of the wheat board assured the commons Friday that the government will be taking specific steps to grain handling this whiter. Some of the. steps will re- quire legislation to improve Iacilities but others will be brought about by direct action. "We shall face many dif- ficult questions during the coming said Mr. Lang. "They are of a long term- nature and have to do with the branch line system and' improvements in grain handling." Vice-regal pay upped HeraM Ottawa i Bweau OTTAWA Canada's lieutenant governors are to receive salary increases rang- ing from 75 per cent to almost 120 percent under legislation introduced today in the Com- mons. All 10 provincial representa- tives of the Queen would be 'paid a year, eliminating salary diff WASHINGTON (AP) Leon Jaworski resigned to- day as special Watergate prosecutor. In a letter to Attorney- General William Saxbe, Jaworski said: "The bulk of the work entrusted to the care of this office having been dis- _ _ _ charged, I am confident that Sdf of our respon- sibilities that remain un- fulfilled can well be com- pleted under the leadership of another special Indians AMBASSADORS There are Mormon missionaries In many countries of tho world un- derdeveloped and otherwise. And, aa with moat other missionaries, there la a rigorous schedule behind thoeoaoatly dressed young Mormons. Page 9 LAST LOOK As the municipal election campaign comes a climax, Herald reporters Jim Grant and Andy Ogle Hire e lest at tho 42 candidates Invoked. Pago 13 Classified........2842 Comics............38 Comment.........4, 5 District............15 Family ...3537, 39, 40 Local News.....13. M Sports...........23-25 Theatres...........17 TV................18 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH SUN. 65; MAINLY SUNNY between lieutenant governors of the larger provicces and their counterparts in the less populous 'areas. At present, Quebec and On- tario lieutenant governors are paid a year, while an others except their coDeajgue in Prince Edward Island receive prosecutor." In a letter to Attorney-Gen- eral William Saxbe, Jaworski said: "The bulk of the work en- trusted to the care of this of- fice having: been discharged, I am confident that such of our responsibilities are remain unfulfilled can well be com- pleted under the leadership of another special prosecutor." Jaworski asked that his resignation be effective-Oct. 25. In a second letter to Saxbe, Jaworski rejected suggestions that his office indict former president Richard Nixon as a means of bringing legal chal-. lenge to the pardon granted Nixon by President Ford. "For me to procure an in- dictment of Richard M. Nixon for the sole purpose of gener- ating a purported court test on the legality of the pardon, would constitute a spurious proceeding in which I had no- faith; in fact, it would be tan- tamount to unprofessional conduct and violative of my responsibility as prosecutor and officer of the -Jaworski wrote. Jaworski said he found noth- ing m the cfaarter establishing the special prosecutor's office that would take precedence over the presidential power to pardon. Ford granted Nixon a pardon for any federal offences be might have com- mitted Bis as president A group-of urban Indians claimed Friday that a senior Indian affairs official "sidetracked" Indian Affairs Minister Judd Buchanan's visit to Alberta. Roy Little Chief, spokesman for the Lethbridge Calgary Urban Indians, said .the minister had promised the national Indian caravan to come West to look at problems firsthand. The plan has been sidetrack- ed by assistant deputy minister Pete Lesieux, said Mr. Little Chief. Nelson Small Legs, Jr., said the minister would visit the Hobbema -Reserve, but not urban areas as had been re- quested., The million cutback in In- dian affairs programs has greatly affected Alberta, they said. They also attacked the "civil service attitude" of go- ing by the rules instead of communicating with the In- dians' The district supervisor for Indian Affairs, Peter Swart- man, said he was not sure of Mr. Buchanan's itinerary, but believed the minister would visit Hobbema and St Paul. No Herald Oil The Herald will not publish Monday, Thanksgiving Day. s generosity may hold up confirmation NEW YORK (AP) Vice- president-designate Nete Rockefeller says be made gifts totalling to 18 cuiiviil or foiiuei public of- ficiate or staff members white be was governor of New York. The foiiiiei' governor also said he has outstanding loans totalling to three of the 18. Rockefeller had previousty :4isclosed gifts and loan to five of the 18, including a gift of in IfM to Henry Kissinger, now U.S. state secretary. Rockefeller said be made the full list public because confidential information be submitted to Congress and the executive branch was being "leaked piecemeal to the press, causing the com- promising of the privacy of many individuals and mis- interpretations of the facts." Rockefeller said all the gifts were "fully reported as re- quired by the International Revenue Code" and that be had paid a total of in federal and state taxes on the gifts. Congressional sources in Washington said reports of the gifts prompted 'a House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee to request renewal of an FBI inquiry into Rockefeller's activities to answer questions not covered "initial FBI investigation reports. Rockefeller said his gener- osity ranged from providing for an investment, giving relocation aid for a sought-after official to take a job in New York, to straight- forward gifts of respect, ad- miration and friendship.