Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, October 12, 1974 Pages T3-22 Commentary Students win school board issue airing By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer 'Twelve of the 23 candidates seeking office on the separate and public school boards will be victorious after the civic election vote tally is com- pleted Wednesday. But the real winners of this election campaign are the young people who attend the city schools. Suddenly, after years of dis- playing apathy toward school board elections, the Lethbridge public has shown an interest in the 1974 election that has surpassed all expec- tations. The number of candidates, the large turnouts 'at the public forums and the general interest this campaign has created throughout the city is bound to be reflected in school board decisions during the next three years. Several candidates have claimed throughout the cam- paign that the school and home must communicate effectively if the education be- ing taught in Lethbridge schools is to reflect this com- munities views on education. If-their assumption is cor- rect, then the 1974 campaign may have been the first step to a more responsive educa- tion system. The.-number of candidates seeking office is the greatest 1 in years if not in the history of Lethbridge school board elections, observers close to, the ediicational scene say. Pridr to 1970 all board positions were not up for re- election in the same year. But in those elections the number of candidates usually never exceeded the vacancies by more than one or two. This year, 13 candidates are seeking the seven seats on the public school board and 10 candidates are campaigning for the five separate school board vacancies. The sudden increase in the number of people seeking trusteeship provides the elec- torate with a choice of men and women Some of the public interest being shown in this election must be credited to a more in- volved and vocal group of teachers. The ATA also organized and operated two- well-attended public forums so citizens would have the opportunity to listen to and question the board candidates. The major concern with Lethbridge schools that sur-. faced during the campaign was with discipline in schools, the state of communication between the home and'scbool, the school boards and the teachers and the board and home. Several candidates said they decided to seek office to alleviate the communication gap between the home and school and make the school board responsive to more segments of the community. Steve Vaselenak, Frank Peta, Robert Kolesar, J. G. Poirier and Ron Scott are all residents of North Lethbridge. With but four days left before the citizens make the final decision at the polls, in- cumbents must be favored for three positions on the public, board and two on the separate board. For the public school board incumbents Dorothy Beckel, housewife, Doug McPherson, a pediatrician, and Reg Turner, a retired school teacher, have the inside track. Mrs. Beckel stood out in the campaign as a person who can intellectually field and res- pond to probing questions without being politically evasive in her reply. During the public forums she politely but firmly stood behind her. educational beliefs. The top vote getter in the 1971 election Dr. McPherson spoke very con- vincingly on several issues' during the forums. Incumbent Reg Turner who placed fourth in the 1971 elec- tion with votes may have lost several votes by taking his holidays during the cam- paign, but he appears to have. a strong following. It appears there will be a close battle for the other four positions on the public board between incumbents Doug Card, broadcaster, Carl John- son, retired educator, and newcomers Bronic Kasperski, government inspector, Gary Bowie, professor, Grant Fletcher, college instructor, and Helen Johnson, housewife. Rating an outside chance are Merely McGill, salesman, Edward Filan, businessman, Matthew Lipton, student and Mabel Byam, housewife. Mr. Card drew the second largest vote tally in the 1971 election with votes while Mr. Johnson .collected votes. v For the separate school board, incumbents JohnTJoras and Steve Vaselenak must be considered likely to repeat terms. Mr. Boras collected votes in 1971 while Mr. Vaselenak led all separate school candidates with votes. In a neck-to-neck battle for the other three positions are three incumbents and five newcomers. Incumbent Paul Matisz poll- ed votes in 1971, while in- cumbent Frank Peta received 869 votes and Ron Fabbi collected 783 votes. Thei include Ian Whishaw, professor, David Bowden, agrologist, Robert Kolesar, manager, J. G. Poirier, letter carrier and Ron Scott, foreman. United Way on its way Did yo" know The Red Cross Society made available 123 sick room articles (crutches, wheel chairs, etc.) to 108 people last year? Support the Canadian Red Cross Society through the United Way. 1974 cunpaigi results to date: Professional National firms Selected residential Local firms Education City employees 6600 Provincial employees Federal Employees Banks financial Real estate firms District 647 Agency staffs UW bd Rock concert 6442 Total to date Previous total Objective Commentary The ice cream comes Eleven year old Scott Kennedy becomes the good humor man for four ice cream fans as he speedily delivers the rapidly melting cones to the Lewis Kennedy household on 11th St. S. Truck route squabble heads for new round The independent truckers of Lethbridge aren't very happy with school teacher Bessie Annand. "We'd like to know what she's says trucker spokesman Steve Gangur. "If she wants a war she's got one." Mrs. Annand, vice prin- cipal and grade one teacher at George McKillop School, attended by some 250 grade one three pupils, has criticiz- ed city council's inaction, in preventing trucks from using 5th and 9th Avenues N.. as through truck routes. The truckers, says Mr. Gangur, don't want 5th or 9th Avenues necessarily designated as truck routes, but they do. want to be able to use them when it's the shortest way to where they're going. "We're not inter provincial he says. "We're local guys, we're good citizens. We obey the rules and we're careful we've all got kids too." Mrs. Annand says she's cer- tainly not criticizing the driv- ing habits of city truckers, and she's not against trucks using 5th Avenue if they're making deliveries in the area. "I don't want to stop deliveries, just the through Mrs. Annand says. She feds tracks driving up and down 5th Avenue to and from the industrial park mean traffic congestion presenting hazards to school children who most cross 5th Avenue to George McKillop and West- minster schools. "I've never seen any super- vision at her school they should give more supervision when toe kids are coming to and leaving says Mr. Gangur. There is supervision on the _......._ scoooi grounds, out cnuoren walk to and from school on their own, says Mrs. Annand. "There's just not enough adults to go around and that's why we need restrictions on truck she says. Mr. Gangur is unconvinced. "She's trying to take our liv- ing away on he says. "It's two miles further around one-way to go from the traffic circle, up Stafford Drive and 26th Avenue N., down 28th Street to 9th Avenue. "And the roads are ungodly rough I got two flat tires on one went in the bole that day. "A lot of people are under the impression we are after a truck route. We're hot we're just after access to those areas." "As far as I'm concerned I just want to get a load of gravel in and out the shortest way possible." "Sure 1st Avenue is going to be built, bqt when? I might not live that long." Mr. Gangur says, the truckers he's speaking for include gravel truck operators, and drivers of ce- ment trucks, building materials and other delivery trucks, but not the big tran- sport trucks. The amendment to the traf- fic bylaw that was designed to keep trucks from going all the way down 5th or 9th Avenues N. was tabled at council's last meeting before the election because some aldermen felt the wording wasn't specific enough. Shooting dog brings fine of Four Barnwell youths paid a total of HOD for a lesson they learned Oct. 4. Taber RCMP said the four youths pleaded guilty in Taber provincial court to shooting a dog that was chained up in a yard at the home of Hugo Bartz, Taber. Provincial Judge E. W. N. McDonald, of Medicine Hat, fined Donald George Span, 17, Henry Douglas Wedel. 16, Errol Dee Grigor. 17 and Gregory Lynn Rogers, 17. Civic candidates show differing degrees of push By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The civic election campaign is in the home stretch, but it's been more of a campaign for some council candidates than others. Campaign oomph ranges from that of can- didate Bob Tarleck, who says he and his workers will have knocked on nearly every door in North Lethbridge by Wednesday, to incumbent Vera Ferguson who frankly ad- mits such commitments as the Canada Winter Games work leave her little .time to campaign. Mr. Tarleck estimates he's spending Mrs. Ferguson says she's putting down for two newspaper ads and that's it. In between have been a variety of approaches to the campaign from the record field of 19 candidates scrambling for eight council seats. With a few exceptions, media advertising has been used most frequently to get the can- didates' names hi front of the public, and name recognition is seen as an important fac- tor. In terms of sheer hard work in this cam- paign, two north-side candidates appear to have won hands down. Mr. Tarleck expected to-personally knock on more than north-side doors, while volunteer workers distributed brochures to homes throughout the city. "We started the first week of tie campaip and tried to talk to as many people as said Mr. Tarleck. Tony Tobin said he also concentrated on pamphlets setting out his platform, dis- tributing throughout the city. "I've tried to meet as many people on a personal level as I could, asking them what they think the issues .are and talking about my stand on he said. Mr. Tobin estimated his total campaign spending at Roger Rickwood, a somewhat flamboyant campaigner, has also been highly visible in this campaign, spending an estimated on media advertising and brochures, among the top of those who. revealed their spending estimates. Mr. Rickwood said he planned supporters would blitz certain streets and the shopping malls, during the campaign. All three of the above, candidates attended all three civic election forums. Frank Merkl has been the hard-luck can- didate in this campaign. An auto accident Oct. 1 put him in the hospital for the duration. But friends and supporters have carried on his campaign, reading platform statements at the two forums he missed, distributing posters and campaign buttons. Two candidates who have made previous tries at council seats are hoping that ex- posure will help them. "People know where I stand by now, whether that means votes or not, I don't said Hal Hoffman who ran for council once before in 1971. He said he would personally spend under all on advertising. Mr. Hoffman attend- ed all three forums. Nap MUroy is making his third try for alderman and says; "People should know me and what I represent I've lived all my life here; I'm not a stranger. "I believe that this time I'm just putting my name forward and not running a high- spending campaign maybe a couple of newspaper Mr. Milroy said. He missed all three forums. Stan Klassen is another candidate who's done door-to-door distribution of handbills, as wen as spending for media exposure. He didn't say now much he expected to spend, but said that a newcomer has to spend more than an incumbent because bis name is not as well known. "However, some of the present council members are possibly under the illusion that they can rest on their past record and get be said. "That's not the opinion I get from people I talk to and I've talked to a great number." Mr. Klassen was at two forums. BiD Cousins said the only campaigning he intended to do was at places he normally fre- quents, plus at forums He estimated his expenses at to and said: "over-exposure can kill you." Mr. Cousins was at two forums. Don Le Baron said he planned to get out as often as possible to meet the public. He spent some money on posters and advertising. He also went to two forums. John Gogo said he hoped to knock on a few doors, and distribute some handbills as well as putting in his donation to the Civic Government Association All CGA candidates for council and the public school board put into a pot, which the CGA used along with other donations to buy ads for CGA candidates. Dick Johnston said his campaign would be essentially media-oriented. "Because of the time element and the fact I'm not an incumbent, I'll have to spend more he said. "I just haven't got the time to knock on doors even though I think that's a valuable contact." Mr. Johnston said he'd like to see the provincial government finance municipal campaigns right across the province to equalize spending by candidates. Al Frenz said he and his supporters dis- tributed pamphlets throughout the city. He estimated his spending at about for the pamphlets, posters and newspaper adver- tising. Joe Hanrahan put his spending total at about for newspaper advertising and a few posters. "I can't afford more and I don't believe in going out and collecting money for a cam- he said. The incumbents have, it would appear, the inside track simply because they're better known. No incumbents seeking re-election have been defeated in at least the last three civic elections here. In 1971, five aldermanic incumbents ran and all made it handily, although two new- comers, Tom Ferguson and Bill Kergan had the highest and third highest vote totals respectively. But both were fairly well-known because of their long careers in civic administration posts. In 1969, when four council seats were up for grabs, two incumbents ran and were re- elected. In 1968, when five seats were vacant, the lone incumbent seeking re-election topped the polls. Two-term, incumbent Mrs. Ferguson is relying on her record to a large extent. "Anyone who is interested in what council does knows what my stands she said. She attended the first election forum and missed the other two. Bill Kergan and Vaughan Hembroff have been the most faithful of the incumbents attending forums. Both were at all three. Mr. Kergan estimated campaign expen- ditures of about all going to posters and media advertising. "I just don't have time to go door to he said. Mr. Hembroff said his spending would not be more than primarily on advertising. "I admire the door-to-door types, but I really don't have the be said. "I don't think it's right to spend a lot of money; I'm more prepared to go to forums and shake a few hands." Incumbent Cam Barnes made it to two forums, missing the other because of a previous commitment. He said be would spend about strictly on advertising. Steve Koteh, a two-term incumbent, said he's spent money only on advertising, and didn't do any door to door or telephone cam- paigning because he believes it's not necessary in a civic campaign. "People don't like having yon knock on their be said. Mr. Kotch attended the first of the three forums. Ed Bastedo. who's been on council for one term, was in Australia for the first part of the campaign visiting his ailing father-in-law. His campaign efforts have been primarily newspaper advertising. He missed all three forums. Farmers force sewage issue at Coalhurst By RUSSELL OUGHTRED HeraM Staff Writer A dozen Coalhurst area fanners have stalled the hamlet's proposed sewage system until the County of Lethbridge holds a public appeal meeting. County council has agreed to bear appeals Oct. 26 from fanners sur- rounding the proposed site of the sewage lagoon east of Coaftursi and west of Highway 25. Formal notice of appeal was filed by Lethbridge lawyer J. T. Hazil, representing Spruce Tree Farms. Toe tree farm has complained that the proposed lagoon will restrict future building, limit its tree farming operation and hurt retail sales. Also protesting the proposed lagoon are a dozen area ratepayers who claimed in a petition to council that the lagoon and spray irrigation project will contaminate drinking water taken from an adja- cent irrigation canal, pollute surface water dur- ing irrigation and wet weather as well as. in- crease odor in air already fouled by "bog bams and pig manure being spread on property." The lagoon opponents bare drawn opposition of tbeir own from the Coalhursl Ratepayers' Association, which petitioned council to allow the project before delays "cause an increase in costs which will definitely cause a hardship tand) prolong the pofkition problems that exist hi the hamlet." The ratepayers' signed by 164 residents, was accompanied by a 72- name petition from Monarch, Kipp and Coalhnrst area students at the hamlet's schools. The students' brief op- timistically supported the sewage system, needed as "necessary for the orderly growth of our community that may well have a pop- ulation of up to in the very near future." But it also claimed the sewage system "is being unnecessarily delayed by a minority group woo will not be inconvenienced by our sewage system."