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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 17, 1973 Pages 13-22 Local news Mental health rural service funds sought By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The delivery of mental health services in rural Southern Alberta is lacking, says Jessie Snow, Lethbridge director of the Canadian Men- tal Health Association. There is a "tremendous need" in the entire region for mental health services and an even greater need to provide Taber store hours stay unchanged A motion calling for a change in Taber shopping hours was defeated by a healthy majority at a meeting of the Taber Businessmen's Association, Tuesday. The motion proposed stores close Monday mornings and remain open Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening. A new motion, that stores stay open six days a week and Thursday evening, was put forward. Ballots will be mail- ed to the association's 105 members and results will be announced in about two weeks at the next meeting. Taber stores are open six days a week but close Wednes- day afternoon. There is no late night shopping. United Way reaches The Lethbridge United Way has raised during 15 days of canvassing, more than was collected dur- ing the first 15 days of last year's campaign, says Al Pur- vis, executive director of United Way. The total includes contributions from the business canvass, which kick- ed off the campaign Sept. 24, and money donated by in- dividuals who were contacted by letter for their donations. About half of 600 persons solicited by mail have forwarded their donations. "It is hoped the main part of the business canvass will be completed by says Mr. Purvis. Payroll deductions, a major source of United Way funds, are not expected to be made in the larger firms until the end of October, says Mr. Purvis. Pint-size containers, delivered to residences in the week prior to kick off are scheduled to be picked up next week. The containers, delivered to homes, are designed for housewives and children, ask- ed to deposit their pennies, nickles and dimes, as their contribution to the residential canvass. United Way hopes to collect about 7 per cent or more than the raised one year ago. Theatre A professional theatre com- pany will be performing at Agnes Davidson Elementary School Oct. 19 at a.m. Alberta Theatre Projects, based at the Canmore Opera House, Heritage Park in Calgary, has entertained and educated over children and adults in the past year and a half. Lecture is on genetics "The implications of genetic counselling" will be the topic of a free public lec- ture at the University of Lethbridge at p.m. Wednesday. Dr. Ramesh Bhambhani, a genetics professor at the University of Alberta, will deliver the lecture in Room C- 674 in the Academic- Residence Building. He will answer questions following the lecture. preventive services, she adds. In an effort to relieve the situation the Lethbridge of- fice, which administers ser- vices throughout the south region, has approached the federal government for funds to employ four persons to work in the rural areas. The Canadian Mental Health Association, southern region, is now able to serve only Lethbridge although a branch at Raymond and Taber are providing services for those communities. The region would be divided into four areas and provide one full-time worker in each area. The total region in- cludes communities from Claresholm in the north to the U.S. border and from Taber to the B.C. border. Mrs. Snow says the problem in the rural areas is that per- sons released from mental wards of hospitals have no "follow up" care. "Many of the patients in the Lethbridge hospital and clients using the Alberta Men- tal Health Services are from rural communities and there are no programs of rehabilita- tion in their home com- munities Mrs. Snow says. Also there are no informa- tion centres in the rural com- munities where people can be directed to get help in time of mental stress. It is hoped these problems will be eliminated if the LIP applica- tion is accepted, she says. "We would like to set up community programs of a social or recreational nature for those persons who are lonely, depressed or otherwise alienated from society." The workers must also con- duct extensive education programs for volunteer workers, "to foster a better understanding of mental il- lness and its treatment and also to initiate the desire to provide preventive programs." "The goal of the CMHA is for the four persons employed as regional development per- sonnel to work themselves out of a job by the end of the six- month LIP grant the program can then be carried on by volunteers from the various Mrs. Snow says. However, one of these four persons may be employed full- time to continue evaluating programs and initiating new programs for the CMHA. The Lethbridge office should know before Dec. 1 if the proposed project has been accepted by the federal government. Man fined with apology A Stirling man got a kind word and a fine in provin- cial court Tuesday. Jack Curliss, 20, pleaded guilty to making a false state- ment on an accident report. The police report said'that Curliss, who was involved in an accident Sept. 29, reported that the accident was hit-and- run. Police said he was cover- ing up for a girl who did not want her father to know of the accident. "Well, the age of chivalry is not Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson remarked. He levied the fine with an apology. Fatalities identified The two men killed in a two- truck collision Tuesday near Stirling, 20 miles southeast of Lethbridge, have been iden- tified by RCMP. Dead are Carl T. Mertz, 67, of Stirling, and Gary Allen Rismon, 34, of Havre, Mont. Police said the collision oc- curred at the junction of Highways 4 and 61. Mr. Mertz was driving a half-ton truck east on Highway 61 when he was in collision with a three- ton van driven by Elwood Campbell, Calgary, who was southbound on Highway 4. Mr. Rismon was a passenger in the Merte vehicle, Coroner Dr. T. E. MacTavish is undecided about an inquest. New concern spurs sex discrimination complaint increase By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer There has been a noticable increase in the number of cases of sex discrimination reported to the Calgary branch of the Alberta Human Rights Commission since the first of the year. Most of the complaints in- volved women in various areas of employment, the commission's fall report says. Women are becoming more- aware and concerned about their rights because of the publicity given to the subject of women's rights, the report claims. One of the most common discriminatory practices by employers is the difference in retirement age for males and females. Uphill battle seen A TA demands said ridiculous This is lots of fun .Ray McHugh, Bernie Dogterorn, Neil Little on the run Fatties lost waistlines By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer For teachers in rural Southern Alberta, it's going to be an uphill battle to convince trustees their contract demands are justified. The prediction was made Tuesday in a report by Dick Papworth, Lethbridge county reeve and a director of the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, to the County of Lethbridge school division. "I think their demands are a little ridiculous. I'm afraid it's going to be a long, drawn- out the reeve said. Bargaining between the Alberta Teachers Association and the SASAA, the associa- tion representing school trustees in rural Southern Alberta, begins Monday. Reeve Papworth said the teachers have already presented their initial contract demands. "I felt that after a strike, they would have come up with something more realistic." Last winter, rural teachers called a strike to enforce their contract demands but were forced back to work when the provincial government intervened. This year, Reeve Papworth said, the teachers are asking for a 15 per cent wage increase, and "a long list" of fringe benefits. Ray Clark, SASAA chair- man, has recommended that trustees refuse to make a counter offer until the teachers modify their position, but the reeve criticized this position, saying: "Just because they came in with a ridiculous request, that's no reason why we shouldn't come up with a realistic offer." (More county schools on page U of L committee will running U of L coulees consider presidency By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Jim, Ray, Allan, Neil, Bernie, Luke and Jack are on the move. Across Canada it's called participation. They call it jogging for fun. They're not out to discredit the televi- sion commercial advertisements that claim the average 30-year-old Canadian male is in the same shape as the average 60-year-old Swedish male. They just want to stay in good physical condition because they feel better for it. Every noon hour a few men emerge from the confines of University of Lethbridge offices to shed their suites and ties and don sweat suits for 30 to 50 minutes. These men are not physical fitness nuts nor are they members of any competitive sporting team. They're just average everyday men who spent most of their day sitting behind a desk getting fat until they began jogging. Work routine Their work routine hasn't changed. They still spend most of the work day physically idle, but they're now a few pounds lighter and more physically and mentally alert. Thanks to the noon-hour jogs. What is most difficult for the average out-of-shape Canadian to believe is that these university joggers actually look forward to and thoroughly enjoy jogging. "I really enjoy getting out and breathing the fresh says Ray McHugh, assis- tant registrar at the U of L. Jack Oviatt, U of L registrar, says he looks forward to taking a jog because "it makes for a long day if I don't get out." Bernie Dogterom, an accountant, says he enjoys getting out of the building and into the fresh air and outdoor scenery. "It's sure a nice feeling when you finish the i Neil Little, assistant-professor of physical education, says he enjoys getting' out and running down into the coulees. But they weren't always as anxious to exercise. To a few of them just the thought of spending their noon hours exercising was tiring. Mr. Oviatt says he "hated it for a but social pressure from the other joggers forced him to continue. "The most amazing thing to me, is that I now enjoy he says. Allan Rae, U of L assistant controller, says jogging was a difficult routine for him to adopt too. "When I quit smoking I worried that I would blow up like a darn balloon." So he started jogging to stay in shape, but now he also does it because "it's a refreshing experience." Mr. Little says it is easier for him to ex- ercise when other people are involved in the exercise. The other joggers "share your he said. Running chat Sometimes the men even find time to carry on a conversation while jogging. It usually amounts to about "one word per Mr. Little says. Mr. Dogterom says he hadn't exercised since he was in high school and the thought of exercising regularly wasn't too appeal- ing until he began jogging on a daily basis. He also agrees regular exercise habits are easier to adopt if others are involved in the same routine of exercising. Most of the noon-hour university joggers found it easier to get into a regular jogging routine by taking a noon-hour physical fitness program offered by the U of L physical education department. Now that they're into a regular exercis- ing routine they prefer just to jog rather than take part in a variety of exercises In addition to being in better physical condition, many of the joggers now claim to be more mentally alert. "Instead of feeling like taking a nap about p.m. I am energetic and more willing to tackle my says Mr. McHugh. A committee of governors, students, faculty represen- tatives and administrators has been formed to find out what the University of Lethbridge community wants to do with its presidency in 1975 when president Dr. Bill Beckel's contract expires. The committee, formed at Tuesday's meeting of the U of L board of governors, is ex- pected to hold its first meeting within two weeks. The decision to form the committee was the board of governors answer to Dr. Beckel's request that he be given a clear indication as soon as possible on whether his contract will be renewed. Dr. Beckel's contract ex- pires June 30, 1975 three years after he officially began LCC class for elderly Senior citizens have been showing "an extremely high interest" in the Lethbridge Community College continu- ing education courses held at the Golden Mile Senior Citizens centre, a college spokesman says. A study of the world slides presentation has been attend- ed by between 40 to 50 senior citizens at each Monday session. Over 30 senior citizens have been attending every Friday afternoon session on resin craft. Hair styling for women is the next continuing education course to be offered senior citizens at the Golden Mile Senior Citizens centre. The course is scheduled to begin Oct. 22. his term as president. He held the presidency unofficially from Jan. until June 30, 1972. Dr. Beckel is one of eight people in the running of York University in Toronto, he has been informed by York of- ficials. The board of governors Tuesday night also set up a committee to meet with Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, to request an increase in the last two years of a three-year budget under the governments new three- year finance plan announced in August. Dr. Beckel told the gover- nors that the University of Lethbridge will "be punished" by the present three-year budget and would "not be able to carry out" its role properly if the budget wasn't increased. xne committee will be ask- ing the minister for an increase of in each of the budget years of 1974-75 and 1975-76. The U of L was allocated operational grants of million in 1974-75 and million the following year. The committee is scheduled to meet with the government Nov. 26 in Edmonton. Men can elect to retire at 65 in some companies while women are forced to retire at 60 years of age. One woman who indicated the desire to continue working after the age of 60 received a salary reduction. The commission contacted her employer and her salary level was increased to its for- mal level and she received retroactive pay to the day her salary was decreased. In another case of female discrimination, a 40-year-old nurse was offered a position in a medical clinic and then had the offer withdrawn because she was too "old." After the commission expressed its con- cern, the clinic again offered the job to the nurse and she accepted. Other examples of cases in the commission's report in- volve racial discrimination. A Negro woman was told by an employer that they couldn't hire her because she was black. Following an in- vestigation by the com- mission, the employer apologized to the woman she was offered the next available position, native persons were refused rooms at a hotel in a small Alberta city. The hotel even had a sign posted which read "No rooms for Indians." The commission had to threaten the owner with a public hearing before he agreed to take down the sign and instruct his staff to comp- ly with human rights policy. The owner also had to send a letter of apology to the com- plainants. The commission also came to the assistance of a West In- dian and his wife after an apartment owner refused to rent them a suite. The owner later apologized to the couple, guaranteed them right of first refusal of subsequent vacancies for a one-year period and gave them to cover expenses they incurred as a result of his refusal. Following a complaint against a major retail store that had a policy of not using Black models in ads. the com- mission intervened and the store changed its previous practice. The commission's fall report indicates that the Calgary branch of the Human Rights Commission handled more reported cases of dis- crimination during the first nine months of this year than it did for all of last year. The commission handled 326 cases to date compared with 311 during the 12 months in 1972. The commission in- vestigates cases of dis- crimination in the area of employment, employment advertising, equal pay. ser- vices available to the public, house and apartment rental, notices, signs, symbols and memberships in trade unions. Race. sex. age. ancestry. religious beliefs, marital status, and color are the basis of discriminatory practices investigated by the com- mission. Milk River courses set Naturalists group elects local woman as treasurer 25 teachers to attend social studies sessions Helen Schuler of Lethbridge has been elected treasurer of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists at its third annual board of directors meeting. The meeting held recently in Edmonton also saw Frank Harper of the city elected as director for Lethbridge. Dr. John Powel of Ed- monton was elected president, John Price of Calgary vice- president and Gwen Goulden of Edmonton secretary. Outdoor laboratory schools, the year minority studies and environmental education are to be the topics of discussion at a Trans- Canada social studies conference in Banff to be attended by 25 Lethbridge teachers Friday and Satur- day. In addition to the elemen- tary and high school teachers from this city, the conference will be attended by teachers from other provinces and the United States. A course, Southern Alberta: A Regional Perspective, is to be held in Milk River beginn- ing Nov. 1. It's a non-credit University of Lethbridge course which will enable residents of Milk River to learn more about the history, geology and agriculture of their region. There will be four sessions (Nov. 22) from to p.m. They will be held in room D4 of the Erie Rivers High School. It is open to all interested persons. Fees are for adults and for students and senior citizens. Prospective students may register through the U of L registrar or prior to the first class. Native studies forum set A forum on the proposed Native American Studies program will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in room C-674 of the University of Lethbridge Academic-Residence Building. The forum, sponsored by the newly-organized Native Awareness club at the U of L, will include a panel discussion moderated by club president Joyce Goodstriker, followed by a general discussion and question period. Other speakers will be Menno Boldt. co-ordinator of continuing education: Percy Smith, of Brocket, tribal counsellor on the Peigan education committee; Marvin Fox, director of Kainai com- munity services; Jim Wells, Native counsellor at the U of L. and Lorctta Moccasin, research assistant on the proposed Native American Studies program. ;