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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Use gradually fell off RICK ERVIN photo Bernard Wojciechowski registers at he just made it Man applies for legal status 46 years after jumping ship By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Fort} six jears after he illegally jumped of f a ship in Montreal Bernaid Wojciechowski was the last person to register at the Lethbndge Immigration Centre during the government s amnes- ty program The deadline was midnight Monday and Mr Wojciechowski just made it Born in Poland in 1903 Mr Wo- jciechowski was a stowaway and later a sailor on ships plying between Le Havre and Montreal In June 1927 he jumped ship off a Norwegian vessel in Montreal and entered Canadian life I wanted to come to Canada he said Mr Wojciechowski worked in the bush on farms on TPR gangs and for the last 20 years as a sheep herder He arrived in Southern Alberta in 1930 and worked around Calgarv ana Pincher Creek before settling in the Lethbndge district in 1942 Mr Wojciechowski said that if the amnesty program had not come along he would have stayed in Canada as long as possible I didn t think it was possible to get citizenship before in my situation he said I didn t know the immigration rules He had intended to come in last week said Mr Wojciechowski but the coyotes were into "the lambs and somebody has to look after them I don t think there s any doubt he 11 be approved said Canada Immigra tion officer Mike Diduck Mr Wojciechowski was the last of 99 registrants at the Lethbndge Immigra- tion Centre Including dependents the applications covered 119 people Seventy-two applications covering 85 people have been approved, Mr Diduck said at 12 05am Tuesday Twenty-five people became landed immigrants tight ot the 99 applications were made Monday the final day of the two- month amnesty, said Mr Diduck Thirty-six were from illegal im- migrants none of whom had dependents The amnesty program was instituted by the federal government after a change in the Immigration Act last year abolished applications from within Canada, stranding a large number of people inside the country The amnesty was directed at anyone who entered Canada before Nov 30, 1972 and remained in the country Any illegal immigrants who did not come forward will be deported without appeal if they are caught, the govern- ment says Apple drive nears end Film competition set Delivery ot apples tor tne Kiwanis apple campaign should be finished b> the end of the week campaign chairman Eric Plaustemer said today The campaign showed about a 000 profit about the same as previous years he added Despite reports of prob'ems arising from apples left at houses unattended Mr Plaustemer said there were few problems and the canvass went "smoothly Aiueria junior ana senior high school students have un- til Monday to enter a super 8 film competition in Edmon ton The Don Hamilton Memorial Film Competition, sponsored by the Edmonton Audio Visual Association, en- courages stuaents> 10 express, themselves through the medium of film Films entered must be about Alberta and no more than 10 minutes in length Cash awards varying from to will be presented to the winners Northside library to close The Northside branch ot the Lethbndge Public Library will be closed about the middle of December, librarian George Dew said Monday The library will have to be moved out by Dec 31, Mr Dew said, because the lease will expire then He said the decision to close the branch was caused by the expiration of the lease and declining use of the branch libraries Branch libraries were established in Lethbndge at a time when elementary school libraries were inadequate and were in- tended as children's libraries Adult service was a secondary consideration Mr Dew said that good school libraries and population shifts had caused branch service to fall off The opening of the new main library was expected to cause a 20 per cent jump in use of the mam library and a corresponding drop in branch use. This will further increase the per book cost of service, said the librarian' and it has now exceeded a reasonable cost People feeling inconvenienced by the loss of branch service are invited to write to the librarian The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 16, 1973 Pages 13-24 Board will determine Alberta coal future Licence must have picture By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The hopeful future in Alberta for the coal industry and the implications for the future of the Crowsnest Pass were highlighted in the legislature Mon- day as MLAs gave second reading to the government's proposed Coal Conservation Act Under the act, the Energy Resources Conservation Board will take over responsibility from several govern- ment departments for approving all applications for development of coal mines The board will also investigate new markets for Alberta coal and new techniques to mine it "The government through this board will have to move in the direction of developing technology for the industry of the future Charlie Drain (SC Pincher Creek Crowsnest) told the legislature The MLA, whose con stituency is a major coal producing area, charged that the history of coal in Alberta constitutes "a sad record" in conservation and utilization Millions and millions of tons had been left behind that could not now be recovered and whose method of disposal created serious hazards He said it was "tragic" that "for every 100 tons of coal produced for Japan you have a net loss of 40 tons The answer lay in obtaining cheaper transportation rates to Ontario markets and integrating the thermal power market with the coking coal market Ontario was a potentially excellent customer because her supplies of coal from the U S were very precarious with the supply decreasing and the price accelerating at an "unbelievable degree Bill Dickie, mines and minerals minister, said it was imperative that the U S and Canada work together to avoid duplicating research in the technology of coal He said the province is taking steps to insure that Alberta, and par- ticularly Southern Alberta, benefit from the bright prospects for coal Albert Ludwig (SC Calgary ac- cused the government of attempting to exert undue "political" influence over boards that were deciding on issues involving hundreds of millions of dollars "It reflects a trend in this gnvprnmpnt tn gpt a board give it almost complete power and then say the minister can override he said .In reply Mr Dickie said the government would examine the question of appeals from the board's decision before the bill goes into committee study later in the session blushes averted Quick action by city solicitor John Hammond and finance director Alhster Findlay may have saved the city from the embarrassing position of being without tem- porary funds for two major construction projects Work could have ground to a halt before the end of the year on both the 6th Avenue S bridge and the sportsplex because the city lacked the authority to obtain temporary bank financing for the two projects Mr Findlay and Mr Ham- mond were in Edmonton last week presenting a petition to senior officials in the municipal affairs department and the petition will apparent- ly be forwarded to be cabinet with department support Temporary bank financing is necessary for both projects because the senior governments do not usually contribute their share of the costs until the projects are completed The provincial government is paying 75 per cent of the cost of the bridge while the provincial and federal governments will con- tribute a total of of the million sportsplex cost The city needed a Local Authorities Board order to ob- tain the necessary funds but could not get it because of the board's interpretation of the section of the Municipal Government Act under which the city sought the money Tne Doara rulea mat tem- porary bank financing is only permissible before the issuance of debentures The city had already issued deben- tures to the Alberta Municipal Finance Corp to borrow money for its own share of the projects Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON If Huttentes want to drive in Alberta, they must have driv- ing licences with their pic tures attached, a department of highways spokesman said Monday "We are telling the Huttente people if they wish to drive in Alberta they must have a proper driver's licence he said Rev John Wurz of the Wilson Colony south of Coaldale and leader of 66 Danusleut colonies protested to the department that the brethren don't want to have their pictures taken because the making of graven images is against their religion But the spokesman said the department has considered and rejected the protest We're sticking to our guns on this If we go along with this request for exemption we could be bombarded with re- quests for exemption for religious, political or any number of reasons He said the taking of the pic- ture posed no inconvenience and that only a "very small minority" of the province's Huttentes objected to the new licences now coming into use. A special advisory com- mittee on communal proper- ties suggested that the brethren could ask the depart- ment to use a thumb or fingerprint in place of a photograph But the depart- ment rejected the suggestion It would be of no use to the police the spokesman said Rev Wurz has said that if the Huttentes allow their photographs to be taken, "it will break a little piece of our religion off here and a little piece off there, soon you have nothing left Pheasant hunt ban considered Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The survey of 110 fish and game associations by Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) and Fred Mandeville (SC Bow Valley Empress) could lead to a complete ban on pheasant hunting in Alberta next year A private member's resolu- tion last spring from Mr Speaker was followed by a government ban on hunting hen pheasants this year The season has been open since Oct 5 ana closes Dec 1 In the canvass of the associations and other interested parties to be begun this week, the associations will be asked what alter- natives they favor The choices include a total closure of the 1974 season, leaving the season open, restocking the pheasant pop- ulation during an open or clos- ed season and reducing the length of the season The questionnaire also asks if the associations would favor restricting the hunting of pheasants to Albertans or Western Canadians In Saskatchewan, out-of- province hunters are restricted to a six-day season Pipe supply not short Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A projected shortage of plastic pipe which would have partially crippled the province's program to supply natural gas to rural homes next year is not as serious ss it first speared. Roy Farran, telephones and utilities minister said Mon- day In answer to a question from John Anderson (SC Lethbndge Mr Farran said that surplus supplies of pipe have been found to exist in Saskatchewan Senior citizen's ho us ing .in a typical development at least one-fifth of the residents live a lonely life By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer "The people who manage (senior citizen) housing developments largely determine whether the quality of the environment there meets the residents needs "Other factors such as design availability of recreation facilities and social services and location are also important "But developments that do not measure up in these areas cap be pleasant places to live if the managers are socially conscious "This is especially important as the world of most elderly lesidents is the housing develop- ment and its surroundings These comments are considered among the more important conclusions of a recently com- pleted three-year study of senior citizens' hous- ing developments in Canada that bears con- siderable relevance to the Lethbndge situation with construction of its first senior citrons apartment building imminent Published by the Canadian Council on Social Development the report is called "Beyond Shelter It contains some 143 findings and 48 recommendations based on a study of senior housing built over the past two decades unuer the National Housing Act its findings Bevond Shelter' reports a surprising lack of staff in developments which have only self contained accommodation and it recommends that the management function in such housing be significantly upgraded and professionalized 'There is a particular need for training courses with a strong social it says reporting that managers on the whole were more involved in administrative-oriented responsibilities than those connected with psy- chological and social well being of residents In other words says the report they were more concoined with keeping accounts and look ing after finances rent collection and maintenance matters than with obtaining com- munity services, running social programs or assisting residents with individual problems To date nothing official has been said about who will run the Lethbndge senior citizens' highnse or how it wHl be administered Plans are being formulated, however, for a public meeting at which senior citizens will be invited to contribute to the interior design of the building Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell will be invited to the meeting, says local Alberta Housing Corporation director Fred Weatherup, but with the legislature sitting it is difficult now to set up a date Detailed plans of the 10-storey building which will house 160 senior citizens in self-contained apartments will also be unveiled at the meeting Construction of the highnse is expected tc start early next year on the 6th Avenue and 8th Street S site but completion of the project is not expected before 1975 "Beyond Shelter" says that senior citizer residents were neither strongly in favor nor verj opposed to highnse buildings But, it says, those living in highnses were less likely than other residents to have negative reactions to them The study also found a serious lack of personal social services in developments for the elderly, a lack of preventive health services and a lack of regular activities in recreation rooms and other indoor facilities, which were under-used The report recommends space be provided in senior citizen developments for social service agencies, that senior citizen centres open to the entire community should as far as possible be located in association with the housing development, and that a development should have some sort of preventive health program where possible with periodic health appraisals and counselling And while pushing professional management Beyond Shelter" also urges that residents be encouraged to participate in the social life and management of housing in order to discourage the paternalism that can all too easily occur in the management resident relationship Each development should have a residents' association which plans social and recreational programs and generally takes a hand in management, the study recommends In the area of community contact, "Beyond Shelter' reports that with the exception of churches community organizations did not appear to have a great deal of contact with hous-' ing developments for the elderly Says the report "It is estimated that in a typical development at least one-fifth of the residents lived a lonely life, having few social contacts either inside or outside the development this is despite the fact that developments were a great source of friendship for most residents ;