Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Two women, 5 men win public school trusteeships By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer All five incumbents and two political newcomers were elected to the public school board in the civic elections Wednesday. The only major change in board makeup following the election is the addition of another woman member. Helen Johnson, housewife, and incumbent Dorothy Beckel, housewife, will be the only women serving as school trustees in Lethbridge dur- ing the next three years. Five men were elected to each of the public and separate school boards. Incumbent Doug McPherson again proved to be the popular choice of Lethbridge public school sup- porters as votes were cast in his favor. He topped the polls in the 1971 election with votes. Finishing a strong second behind the Lethbridge pediatrician, who was elected to his third term of office, Mrs Beckel collected votes Her vote total was a sub- stantial improvement over the votes she received in the 1971 election, especially when the number of candidates seeking office is taken into consideration. There were 13 candidates seeking the seven board positions this year, compared with only eight in 1971. Incumbent Doug Card again proved to have a strong following as he was elected to his fifth term on the public school board. The broadcaster finished third this year with votes. In 1971 he placed second with votes. DISCIPLINE A newcomer to the political scene, who advocated a greater amount of school time for physical fitness instruc- tion, another look at the public school discipline policy and a cautious approach to the introduction of family life education, received the fourth highest vote total. Gary Bowie, a University of Lethbridge physical education department chairman, collected votes. Incumbent Reg Turner plac- ed fifth as he was elected to his second term of public school trusteeship. The retired school principal received votes Mrs. Johnson's votes was enough for a sixth place finish and a seat on the public school board for the first time. During the campaign, she supported the concept of preschool education in schools and compulsory physical education at all grade levels. INCUMBENT Incumbent Carl Johnson, a retired educator, easily walk- ed away with the seventh and last position on the board as he was re elected to his se- cond term of office with votes. Newcomer Morley McGill placed eighth with votes, Mabel Byam, housewife, was ninth with votes and Grant Fletcher, instructor, was 10th with votes. They were followed by Ed Filan, Matthew Upton, and Bronic Kasperski, 856. The only real surprise in this election was the poor finish of Mr. Kasperski, a government inspector. Although he did very little advertising, he rated very highly at the public forums. Two of the five incumbents re elected experienced a sub- stantial decline in voter pop- ularity. Mr. Turner's vote total dipped from votes in 1971 to 3.268 in the election Tues- day while Carl Johnson's vote total was cut from to DOUG CARD HELEN JOHNSON CARL JOHNSON 1 DOUG McPHERSON DOROTHY BECKEL GARY BOWIE REG TURNER District The LetKbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday. October 17, 1974 Pages 17-32 Ammonia ruling may come by year's end ROBERT KOLESAR STEVE VALELENAK FRANK PETA JOHN BORAS Newcomer, 4 incumbents named separate trustees An incumbent separate school board candidate went down to defeat and a new- comer showed exceptionally well at the civic election polls Wednesday. The battle for the fifth and last position on the board began shortly after the first poll reported as incumbents Ron Fabbi and Frank Peta and newcomer Gil Poirier alternated between fifth and seventh place throughout the evening. When the final poll was counted Dr. Fabbi and Mr. Poirier went down to defeat and Mr. Peta was elected to his second term of office. The top vote getter for the second straight election was Steve Vaselenak with votes. Incumbent John Boras plac- ed second in votes, an improvement on a third place finish in the 1971 civic election. The only surprise in the election of separate school trustees was the exceptionally strong finish of newcomer Robert Kolesar. a credit union manager and president of the St Basil's School Home and School Association. Mr. Kolesar collected 978 votes in third place finish. SLIPPED Incumbent Paul Matisz slipped from a strong second place finish in 1971 and votes to a fourth place finish and 976 votes in this election. But his vote total was more than enough to finish well of Mr. Peta who collected 796 votes. Dr. Fabbi received 751 votes and Mr. Poirier, a letter carrier, collected 723 votes. Some distance behind were David Bowden, an agrologist, with 586 votes; Ian Wishaw, professor, with 562 votes, and Ron Scott, a foreman, with 469 votes. The major issue during the separate school board elec- tions is bound to be raised again at school board meetings with the election of Mr. Kolesar to the board. Mr. Kolesar said during the campaign his first task, if elected, would be to establish better communications between the school board and parents. He called for the adoption of "town hall type meetings" at the various separate schools during the school year so board members could hear directly the concerns of parents. The new school board con- sists of strong representation from North Lethbridge with three of its five members residing m that part of the city. Mr. Matisz, Mr. Kolesar and Mr Peta live in North Lethbridge. NOT SOLVED The concern expressed dur- ing the campaign about the old school board not being representative of enough different walks of life was not solved by this election. The board will be made up of three lawyers, a retired school principal and a credit manager. Defeated incumbent Dr. Fabbi is an optometrist. The number of votes cast for separate school candidates increased substantially over the 1971 election as votes were cast this year compared with three years ago. Each separate school sup- porter could vote for five of the 10 candidates. PAUL MATISZ Teacher talks set The Southwestern Alberta rural teachers and trustees will continue 1975 contract negotiations Oct. 28 and 29. Discussions between the two groups began early this summer on some of the minor details of the contracts. The next round of talks is to include salary scale dis- cussions. The teachers received a nine per cent increase in 1974 on a one year contract. By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CALGARY The fate of a huge ammonia fertilizer plant for Raymond is now in the hands of the province's energy board. The Energy Resources Conservation Board probably won't decide on the project for months yet after con- cluding hearings on the pro- ject here Wednesday. Some observers say the board might hand down a decision by the end of the year. Supported by the Town of Raymond and City of Lethbridge, the project Wednesday was opposed by the Lethbridge chapter of the Committee for an Indepen- dent Canada. Alberta Ammonia, which proposed a ton per day first phase of a million ammonia complex to the board, said the project is in Alberta's public interest and is required by a hungry world. The energy board's crucial recommendations on the proposal will be considered by the provincial cabinet, which will have final say The pro- ject must also meet en- vironmental regulations. An environmental impact study on the project has been filed by Alberta Ammonia with the provincial department of en- vironment. Its contents won't be known until the department makes them public and that won't be until the energy board gives its approval of the project. Interveners to the applica- tion said the project should take second place to their own proposals for Alberta which would upgrade the natural gas feedstock required by the plant to a greater degree John Looporto, president of Alberta Gas Chemicals Ltd told the board his company's projects in Medicine Hat upgraded natural gas to methanol, four times as valuable as ammonia He said the food which would be grown by Alberta Ammonia's fertilizer would not benefit Canada. He also said urea, an upgraded version of ammonia fertilizer, would be twice as valuable as ammonia in terms of money which stayed in Canada. But Raymond Mayor Robert Graham backed Alberta Ammonia's plans by saying that urea could not be used by Alberta farmers and that ammonia fertilizer could. Mr Graham told Ted Tillack, a representative of the Lethbridge chapter of the Committee for an Indepen- dent Canada, that Raymond as a whole would benefit from the plant but individual members of town council did not stand to make personal financial gains by boosting it. LAND OPTION Alberta Ammonia has an option on land owned by retir- ing town councillor Bert Hall southeast of the town on which it plans to build the complex. Mr Hall originally voted in favor of the town supporting the proposal. But Mayor Graham said outside the hear- ing that when Mr. Hall cast his vote Alberta Ammonia was looking at an entirely different site Mr. Graham said it was the provincial department which later prevailed upon the com- pany to consider a site farther out of town, on Mr Hall's land. When the council then voted to annex the site, Mr. Hall abstained from voting, the mayor said Task force aim to block suicides Taber firms cfc arged for ignoring bylaw TABER (HNS) Charges alleging contravention of this town's shopping hours control bylaw have been laid by Police Chief Gordon H. Hack- ing against four retail merchants here. The four stores are charged with remaining open Wednes- day afternorn. The bylaw calls for shops to dose Wednesday afternoon and at 6 pm. closing other business Charged are Stedman's Variety Store, White Cross Drugs, Madeod's Family Stepping Centre, and the Ro'inson store. Ed Engwer, proprietor of Sledman's moved prior to the Wednesday election to have town council hold a plebiscite: on the shopping honrs question. Bat council tamed down his request and the oTa petition signed by abou 900 people. Comcif decided it would need the advice of the Taber Businessmen's Association. The association has not been able to come to an agreement on the issue. North side representation struck chord The call for better representation from the north side seemed to strike a responsive note in North Lethbridge during Wednesday's civic elec- tion. North side candidate Bob Tarleck topped the polls north of the tracks with an unofficial total of votes from the six North Lethbridge polling stations. Tony Tobin, the other north side candidate who spoke strongly for more representation from that part of the city, picked up north side votes. Only incumbents Vera Ferguson and Bill Kergan, woo led in the city wide balloting, did better, witb Mr. Kergan, a former north side resident chalk- ing up votes on the north side and Mrs. Ferguson scoring 1515 There's no doubt the North Lethbridge appeal struck a responsive said Mr. Tarleck, who along with his sop- porters knocked on nearly every door on the north side daring the campaign. Mr. Tarleck said he always made his position on broader representation dear even though he was advised early in his cam- paign to make it an issue on the north side but not to mention it in South Lethbridge. "It may have cost me a few south side votes, but I believe it's mandatory that politicians be he said. Mr. Tobin said the vote was fairly indicative to him that he and Mr. Tarleck did get home to the people and they did believe north side representation was an issue. "Tbe people on the north side did feel they weren't getting the response they were looking for in the last he said. "It was reflected in the fact thai Mr. Tarleck and I did as well as we did." The third north side can- didate, Joe Hanrahan, who did not make an issue of Lethbridge representation, garnered only noth side votes and finished well down the list city wide. North Lethbridge has not had a resident alderman since school principal Jim Anderson retired from city politics hi 1971. It has not had two aldermen since 1963 Results of Wednesday's Lethbridge aldermanic elections are listed below, in the order of the number of votes each candidate received. The north side tally is also given, the remainder be- ing the south side, senior citizens, hospitals, West Lethbridge and advance polls. Names of those elected are in bold face. Name Vera F BfflKergn W. Vavgkn Hembroff BobTurteck TwyTobta DonLe Bara Cam Barnes Dick Johnston Roger Rickwood John Gogo Steve Kotch Ed Bastedo Frank Merkl Hal Hoffman Al Ferenz Nap Milroy Joe Hanrahan Stan Itotal North Letkbriage MIS 2.721 2.054 938 1.039 688 757 638 778 687 805 874 589 519 By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A provincial task force studying suicides and traffic deaths will be attempting to develop a new system of organizing and funding suicide prevention activities in Alber- ta. Dr. Menno Boldt, in charge of the suicide investigation, says the broad area of suicide prevention has caused the group to narrow its probe to four areas. The organization and funding of suicide prevention activities such as early detec- tion of possible suicide vic- tims, follow up treatment for attempted suicides, and an investigation of prevention systems in other countries will comprise the bulk of the group's work. Other areas coming under the eye of the group will be the role of various social service agencies in suicide preven- tion, the intervention of physicians who may have patients who are a "high risk" to commit suicide and public education and information about suicide. Dr. Boldt, a University of Lethbridge sociology professor and vice chairman of the complete task force, adds the latter three areas must be investigated to properly develop a system in the province for suicide prevention The committee on suicides is looking at a system used in some cities in the United States where professionals and volunteers work together to detect and help people contemplating suicide "I think there is a lot we can learn from Dr. Boldt says. "We must find bow to integrate with existing ser- vices and facilities to develop a model for Alberta." There is "clearly" an overlap between mental health services, medical ser- vices and suicide prevention, be says. "It would be a mistake to come in and say we are going to do something he says. "We have to take an inventory of everything that is being done in suicides in its broadest context" This would be the first time all groups and individuals in- volved in suicide prevention to some degree would be con- tacted to see how their in- volvement would fit into a comprehensive system. "Particularly the involve- ment of the medical profes- sion is something we will be looking he says. INJURIES The medical profession is one group that comes in direct contact with potential suicide victims. Most people who have inflicted injuries on themselves eventually end up in an emergency ward or doc- tor's office and this is where intervention is needed, he adds. If the rate of self inflicted injuries can be reduced the rate of suicides could be sub- sequently reduced. "The opportunity for doc- tors to play a major role in suicide prevention is be explains. The committee bas re- quested briefs from various organizations and agencies. The Alberta Medical Associa- tion will be presenting its views in a brief to the force. Other areas concerning toe task force are the training of people who come in contact with potential suicide victims to sipw of potential suicides, and education of the general public LITTLE TRAINING The force has found thus far that the training of people including the police, social workers, and medical per- sonnel to signs of potential suicide is lacking. Also the alerting of the public to certain signs is nan existent as is information on suicide documents, be says.