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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta <-W x .1 Move over, Chicago The windy city isn't just Chicago, it's also Leth- bridge. Winds gusting up to 60 m.p.h. buffeted Lethbridge last night, but police reported no over- night damage from gusts. The flags on top of Palm Dairy, however, took a battering. A Kenyon Field weatherman said this morning that "there isn't much pattern to the wind here." He promised high winds would abate as more cloud rolls over the South Thursday. Tonight's low should be in the mid- 408, and tomorrow's high 60. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October Pages 13-20 List may abuse system A County of Lethbridge resi- dent has complained that a list he said was kept by the county office of people taking out nomination papers could result in "abuse" of the democratic election system. Dale Imeson told county council Monday "I became a little concerned a list was be- ing kept when I picked up nomination papers" from the county's office in Lethbridge. "Before they would give the papers to me they wanted my he told council. Asking for names, he said, might discourage some people from taking .out. nomination papers. But, he added, it could lead to more serious abuses. Anyone knowing about his opposition before nomination day, when papers are' filed with the returning officer, could .arrange with sym- pathizers to run against his opposition.. This head start, he warned, would result in one candidate successfully "splitting the vote" and "fixing the elec- tion" in his favor. "When someone comes in to get nomination papers, it's no one else's com- mented Cbun. Otto Wobick. "He can do whatever he wants with those papers." Coun. John Murray agreed that simply picking up nomination papers involves no obligations. He said the coun- ty office was not "trying-to see who was running." County Manager Bob Grant told council the county office asked for names "very in- nocently." He told The Herald this morning that -although Mr. Imeson may have been asked for his name "out of curiosity more his name did not go on a list "We actually never had any list." the county manager said. PLAN OF PROPOSED MAYORfMAQRATH.lSt AVENUE INTERCHANGE New divided four-lane highway: First Avenue overhaul planned By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A major project facing the city in the next two to three years is the 1st Avenue S. "divided arterial road" which will in effect push Highway 3 straight through the middle of the city. As presented to city council a year ago in a functional planning study by DeLeuw Gather Canada Ltd., a con- sulting engineering firm, 1st Avenue will become a four- lane divided roadway similar to Mayor Magrath Drive. The project is at the detail- ed design study, with construction scheduled to start in 1976. But at least one incumbent alderman promised in his election campaign to push for a 1975 start Cost of the project could make it difficult for the city to finance its share all in one year. It was estimated at million in 1973. Inflation has likely upped the cost con- siderably since then. Under the latest cost- sharing formula, the province pays two-thirds and the city one-third of such highway pro- jects. A major part of the costs will be in the construction of a partial cloverleaf at Mayor Magrath Drive. It involves construction of approach ramps and costly retaining walls, with 1st Avenue going over Mayor Magrath Drive. The new roadway would provide no access at the city's two other major north-south routes 9th Street and 13th Street It would go under 9th Street as does the present 1st Avenue roadway, but would dip a little lower under the 9th Street bridge to meet the 17.5-foot clearance required by the province for high-load routes. The 1st Avenue roadway would go over 13th Street much as do the CPR tracks. Lack of space prevented inclusion of any kind of access at the two points, because costly land acquisition would have been involved. As it is, the right-of-ways for the route, which parallel the railway tracks on the southside from the Brewery Hill to the city's eastern limits, involve very little land acquisition. Between llth and 13th streets the roadway is deflected north to avoid ac- quisition of commercial properties on the south side of the road. Instead L43 acres of CPR right-of-ways are re- quired. The Mayor Magrath Drive interchange involves only five commercial properties acres along 2nd Avenue S. There will be several intersections on 1st Avenue S. in the downtown area. The route is seen as providing a direct access to downtown as well as a through route for Highway 3. Major intersections will be at 2nd Street S., 5th Street S., and 12th Street S. Other intersections providing right turns only onto 1st Avenue will be at 7th Street, 8th Street and 10th Street S. All the intersec- tions are "T" intersections. East of Mayor Magrath Drive, access will be provided at 28th Street S. and 32nd Street S., but the major intersection will be at 36th Street. The pedestrian walkway un- der the CPR tracks at 17th Street S. will be extended un- der 1st Avenue. And a cattle underpass could be built where 36th Street is extended to meet 1st Avenue. Farm development proved sore point By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer CLARESHOLM Develop- ment on prime agricultural farming land highlighted an information meeting here Tuesday that set the stage of public participation into land use policy for Alberta. Sponsored for UK Alberta Land Use Forum by the Rural Education and Development Association, the information meeting is the first of two at Claresbolm to help the public prepare briefs explaining their wants and needs on land use to the land use forum. These briefs will be included in the land use forum report to cabinet to be made into a policy on land use in Alberta. Nick Agnew, operation land use piwgiaiii supervisor for REDA, toM UK 20 farmers from Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Grannm, Calgary and Parkland he was surpris- ed the question of foreign land ownership didn't come up at the Claresholm meeting. Following this prompting, several farmers toM him they fell it is a problem now and would certainly become a bigger problem in the near future. The long-standing controversy regarding increased land ownership by UK Hntterian Brethern wasn't mentioned except by Mr. Agnew in explaining that a consulting firm had included tins topic in one of 12 papers prepared for the land use forum. Following the meeting a' couple of farmers said the fact that three HuUerites from Parkland were at the meeting was toe reason for no discussion on the subject Mr. Agnew told the meeting that from all sources, including urban encroachment and roads, 1.2 townships of land is taken out of agricultural production an- nually in Alberta. He pointed specifically to speculators and developers who buy land for future development Another sector hi this category is the small acreage owner. While UK land is not entire- ly removed from agricultural production, its use is reduced in efficiency, decreasing the amount of food which can be produced on it One farmer suggested using some of the province's oil money to provide incentives for industry to locate on un- productive land. He pointed to the proposed multi-million dollar natural gas processing plant for Ray- mond which involves some good agricultural land, including some irrigated land. When told roads and highways in Alberta .account for acres of'land, a farmer said government should increase incentives to railroad companies to achieve a better standard of rail passenger transportation. Equity of taxation for all Alberta landowners was also a main topic of discussion. Pointing a finger at people who live on small acreages and make their living man urban setting, the farmers agreed something has to be done ttfmake these people pay their fair tax share. One farmer sited an exam- ple at Okotoks where a Calgarian lives on a small piece of land, owns a bouse and worth of barns and pays per year in municipal taxes. "And the fellow demands that the municipal road to his bouse is maintained all winter so be can get into Calgary to go to be said. "It just isn't fair." Mr. Agnew said if any of the terms of reference are adopted by the provincial government, they will overrule any existing regula- tion adopted by the regional planning in the province. Mr. Agnew said the plann- ing commissions, including UK Oidman River Regional Planning Commission in Lethbridge, doesn't like the idea of losing power over planning of land use in Alber- ta. Schools 'must have more provincial By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Increased .provincial funding for education is a necessity if educators are to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society, the presi- dent of the Alberta Teachers Association said here Tuesday. Patricia English said during a press conference the future of education in Alberta depends; an Sn- Lou Hyndman is ex- pected to make the next three weeks. Mrs. English said an increasse of between 16 and 18 per cent over the amount of money school boards were granted last year is needed to maintain the standard of education in schools today. 20% INCREASE An increase of 20 per cent or more is necessary if the educational system is to begin planning for the "great change" that must take place in education in the next 10 years, she said. Mrs. English, in Lethbridge on a "meet your president" tour, warned that she may have to make the trip again in an attempt to drum up support for education if Mr. Hynd- man's anticipated announce- ment introduces less than a 15 per cent increase over last year's grants to schools. The schools will have to make cutbacks in spending on programs and manpower if the increase for 1975 is 15 per cent or under, she claimed. Mr. Hyndman is expected to announce the government's percentage increase in grants to elementary and secondary education when he speaks to the Alberta School Trustees Association Nov. 4 in Edmon- ton. SLIPPED' The total emphasis of educators in the next 10 years must be on the quality of education because "we have slipped up on what is needed for the Ms. English said. To improve the quality of education wiH cost money because material and man- power resources are not inex- pensive, she added. Since the quality of educa- tion depends on how icspun- sive it is to the needs of students and it is difficult to meet the needs of students without looking at the pressures society places on them, education must zero in on preparing each individual child to meet the changing pressures of society, she said. UPGRADING Schools must prepare students to develop individual capabilities and personal iden- tity, understand how knowledge gained in school can be used to realize goals and to become competent in the management of personal affairs and leisure time, she said. There are so many changes about to take place in society, it is "hard to get full scope of what is going to be the former teacher-librarian of a Calgary junior high school suggested. But there is no doubt the heed for people to be able to talk and listen to each other is nigh on the list of priority stu- dent needs for the future. Also, students must be taught to start to think and to m a k e decisions for themselves, she adeed. To help students prepare for the 1980s, teachers are going to have to constantly upgrade. This is ah area where Ms. English believes all those in- volved in education must begin to work together in an effort to better prepare teachers for the new demands being made on them. She sees the Alberta Teacher Association leading the way in the in-service train- ing of teachers. But "the whole staff in schools must take a look at what they can do" to better meet the needs of the future. BLOCKS OF TIME It is "a tough situation" for teachers who have taught for years by the "filing cabinet" method of pulling out the same assignment year after year to cut down on the work load, but "we can't stay in our own little box she warned. Because Ms. English ad- vocates educational planning at the teacher level, she suggests, that blocks of time be made available to teachers so they can begin planning an improved quality of education together. If those responsible for education had acted when they "first heard of the rumour" that education would have to change to meet the technological and social needs of the future, schools would not just now be preparing for changes that should have taken place a couple of years ago, Mrs. English pointed out sportsmen OK bylaw r The County, of Lethbridge has received reinforcements for its shooting bylaw which has drawn fire from the local fish and game association. 8 In a letter read Mon- day to county council, the Picture Butte Fish and Game Association gave unanimous approval of the bylaw which bans shooting oh county road allowances. The bylaw still re- quires approvals from the ministers of municipal affairs and lands and forests before it becomes law. Employees' late pay on its way Five employees at the Ray- mond Home who have not been paid for up to three months work should be receiv- ing their cheques by Friday, Alberta's chief deputy- minister of health said Tuesday. Bruce Rawson .said there has been confusion as to whether'the employees' che- ques were to be prepared at the home or the department of health and social development's office in Ed- monton. Each jurisdiction thought the other was sending the che- ques to the employees. United Way on its way Didymkww. Almost persons in Lethbridge received free information on rheumatic diseases last year from The Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society? Support Toe Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society through the United Way. 1971 campaign remits to date: Professional National Selected Local Education City Provincial Federal Banks financial Real estate Agency staffs UW Rock Total to Previous fM.OOO TM.OOO ;