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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Surveys raise MP count The Lethbridge Herald news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, October 20, 1973 Pages 17-32 MP Ken Hurlburt says he wants both union and manage- ment reaction from the con- stituency to his proposed method of settling strikes. Members of Parliament have found that question- naires often bring extra mail from constituents, says Mr Hurlburt, who attached his proposal to a questionnaire sent to every household in the riding. Mr Hurlburt proposed in the Commons Sept. 12 that both corporations and trade unions in essential industries under federal jurisdiction be heavily fined for each day a new contract is not negotiated after an old contract expires The survey contained 15 questions on three other topics unemployment in- surance, capital punishment, and foreign investment con- trol. In a telephone interview from Ottawa, Mr. Hurlburt said the bulk of his com- munications from con- stituents were prompted by unemployment insurance, with capital punishment in se- cond place. Canadian control of foreign investment was in- cluded in the survey because the issue was "really in the forefront since the western economic conference He added that results of his survey were not yet complete, since only 900. or five oer cent, oi the quest- ionnaires had been returned so far. MPs have found that a response of from eight per cent to 15 per cent can be ex- pected, he said. Mr Hurlburt did make one comment on the results to date. "The ones I'm really im- pressed by are the young people." "We've got a lot of response from them." Regarding a possible "small-c conservative" bias in three of the 15 questions, Mr Hurlburt says he does not consider the questionnaire biased. "I didn't feel we were bias- ed when we made it up, though a few people felt we were." Mr. Hurlburt adds that those people usually add an explanatory note when they return the questionnaire. Concerning the question "Is the qualifying period (for un- employment insurance) of eight weeks too Mr. Hurlburt says most respondents who feel the period is too long write that in as a comment He does say that one ques- tion "could have been clearer." The question "Should people be allowed to draw unemploy- ment insurance when other members of the family are working at a good does not specify which members of a family are meant, he says. It does not say whether it means a husband and wife both working or a father and son living in the same home and both working or some other arrangement In the se- cond case, says Mr. Hurlburt, the unemployed person should be allowed benefits. "Another time we might reword concludes the MP. No time like the present Greg Skafte, 6 of 1313-14th Ave. S. seems to have found the way to Keep busy while waiting for the bus and at the same time getting that pesky assign- ment out of the Bawden School. Claresholm alcoholism clinic to be portable Teachers not sent there for punishment Colony schools not Siberia A Claresholm clinic, for the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions in Southern Alber- ta, will be the first "portable" alcoholism clinic in the province. Norm Cowie. supervisor of the southern district for the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission, says the facility will include four mobile units coupled as one building. Tenders have been called for construction of the specially-designed units but no completion date has been set. Mr. Cowie said. "The gas line to the site has been laid but one can only say it will be in operation as soon as possible." he added. Two of the rectangular un- ils. similar to mobile homes, will be set parallel on the lot about six feet apart. Two other units will be coupled at right angles to the ends of the initial sections The area between the main sections will be enclosed, forming the centre bar of the H-shaped building. The two buildings between an enclosed walkwav will con- Hall entered RAYMOND RCMP are investigating a break-in at the LDS recreation hall here which occurred late Thursday night. Entry was believed to be gained through a bathroom window, and exit was through the front door. Nothing was stolen and the only damage was the front door glass which was kicked out tain dormitories for patients. The buildings at each end will include counselling and ad- ministration offices The clinic will be able to handle 12 male and eight female patients, Mr. Cowie said. Unlike a detoxification centre, the clinic will focus on rehabilitating the alcoholic not simply "drying him Mr Cowie said. The clinic will rely on referrals from hospitals, social service agencies and Alcoholics Anonymous "We have use of the Alberta Hospital unit next to the site for cafeteria and laundry facilities and extensive medical care if necessary "The situation is pretty ideal for us to move at a reasonable cost to the tax- payer and still provide the service we Mr Cowie said. Cost, a major criticism of the Henwood clinic, 14 miles north of Edmonton, has been overcome by the protable operation, he said. Henwood, which came un- der heavy criticism when first constructed, is similar to the Claresholm project in objec- tives but not method New methods of treating patients will be used so the two can be balanced toward the best methods. Mr. Cowie said. The clinic will serve the southern area and. if necessary, one of the portable units can be somewhere else in the region The concept of portable clinics is also being investigated for isolated northern points and other rural areas in Alberta. Mr Cowie said Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Lou Hynd- man, Alberta Minister of Education, cannot agree with a veteran teacher of Huttente children that their education is suffering because school boards don't care. Teacher George Spencer, who has taught for 19 years in Hutterite schools, has said school boards have begun dis- ciplining teachers by sending them to teach in the colonies in the past five to six years "I don't think the boards are doing this for reasons of try- ing to hurt Mr. Hyndman said in an inter- view. "Although the public may feel that a teacher who is teaching in a colony has been sent to Siberia, I don't think the boards feel that way. I don't think the teachers feel that way he said. Mr. Hyndman said the qual- ity of education is increasing partly because more teachers are willing to take on new challenges and partly because boards and superintendents are taking "an increasingly progressive outlook." The education of Hutterite children is no longer the 26th item on the agenda. "But Max Moscovich dies after lengthy illness Max Moscovich Max Moscovich, 72, resident of the citv since 1908. and well known lawyer died Friday at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital after a lengthy il- lness. Mr Moscovich, senior member of the law firm, Moscovich Spanos and Matisz, practised law here since 1924. He was a member of the Elks club and president of the Lethbridge Jewish Congregation, at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Ester; brother Joe Accident injures 6 Six people were injured and about damage was reported as the result of an ac- cident at 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N. Friday night. Ernest Rudolf Hendricks, 512 26th St. S., was entering 13th Street from the Centre Village parking lot when his car was in collision with the vehicle driven by Donald Wayne Schellhorn, 2707 8th Ave. N. Hendricks suffered minor injuries, as did Mr. Schellhorn, his wife, Rose, and their twoyear-old daughter, Roxanne. They were treated at St Michael's Hospital and released Another motorist, Robert Simmonds. 2630 21st Ave. S., had to stop suddenly to avoid the accident As a result, he and his wife, Ann, suffered minor bumps and bruises. Moscovich, local dentist; three brothers in Vancouver, Dr. Jack Moscovich, Dr. Barney Moscovich and Dr Sam Moscovich, Saul Moscovich of Calgary and a sister Mrs Betty Gelmond of Los Angeles. Also surviving are two children daughter Mrs. Pat Bryden of London, England and son Maxwell Wos of New York. Funeral services will be held at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapel p.m Sun- day with burial in the Moun- tamview cemetery. Man killed SUFFIELD One man was killed Friday night and another injured in a one-car accident on Highway 1, nine miles west of Suffield. William Dunn, of Calgary, driver of the car. is in a Medicine Hat hospital with multiple injuries. The name of the dead person has not been released. there is a long way to he added. "There are no instant solutions. Any attempt at fast, forced integration is not workable, not desirable. Hutterites are part of the multi-cultural heritage of Canada and that applies to In- dians or anyone else." Citing the Lethbridge coun- ty school district in par- ticular, he said boards are learning patience, tolerance and sensitivity. The county board was the most contem- porary and sensitive in its approach of any. "They are trying to improve the education of the Hutterites while respecting their different approach to things. It is a difficult line to walk but I think they are doing it." "Superintendents and boards are rapidly changing in their outlook to the stance that the Hutterite children are like any other children in their jurisdiction and provide a uni- que opportunity. They are generally spending more time thinking about what should be done and looking for the special kind of teacher that can do the job." And more teachers appreciate the challenge and the chance at more in- dividualized instruction com- pared to city composite schools. Mr. Hyndman also said concern that grade 8, when most Hutterite children leave school, was too soon has lessened. Colony children start school up to two years ahead of other children. After grade 8, they receive a technical education that may match or surpass any high school vocational training available elsewhere. Subdivision turned down by planners way. Greg attends Fleetwood A proposed residential sub- division in southwest Lethbridge was rejected because the city is trying to force developers to build in West Lethbridge. the area superintendent for Boychuk Construction claimed Friday The 64-acre development was rejected by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission Thursday after the city's Municipal Planning Commission recommended refusal. Boychuck Construction is one of four principals involved in College Meadows development, which had been planning to build the 237-lot. engineered subdivision southwest of Scenic Drive and 20th Street. Art Atkinson said the development group is "caught in a political quandry'' because the city is trying to force developers to build in city-owned West Lethbridge. The proposal was rejected, according to Lawrence Smith, executive director of ORRPC. because it would place to much strain on the city's southside sewage disposal line. In addition. Mr. Smith said, the city's transportation plan calls for an interchange and major traffic artery in the area where College Meadows would have been located. But Mr. Atkinson states these reasons for refusal are groundless The Sportsplex development, and the new bridge to West Lethbridge have changed traffic patterns in the city, outdating plans for the interchange, he said. He said the highways department has admitted the interchange will not be built and will now contact the city, informing council that its plans for the cloverleaf are outdates. But as long as the city has the bylaw authorizing the interchange on its books, it can pressure developers to build in West Lethbridge. he said. The interchange proposal lakes one of the few remaining parcels of land suitable for serviced residen- tial use out of development planning. Mr Atkinson agrees that the city's southside sewer line is not adequate to handle sub- divisions already planned. But he said, one of the developments which will tie into the line is the W. T Hill property east of Henderson Lake. This development will not be started lor another five years, while the College Meadows project could be started almost immediately, he said School dropouts from reserve shy Peigan Reserve residents should have a representative on the Pincher Creek School Division board, says a mother. Dorothy Yellowhorn. who has 10 children, told trustees at the regional meeting of the Alberta School Trustees' Association in Lethbridge this week that an Indian represen- tative on the board may help to decrease the high dropout rate among Indian students. Parents on the Reserve don't realize'why their children are dropping out and are too shy to approach the Indian culture promoted A group to promote Indian culture has been started by students at the University of Lethbridge. Joyce Goodstriker. presi- dent of the Native Awareness Club, said in a release the membership is open to all peo- ple interested in learning more about Indian culture and customs "We hope to sponsor a number of meetings and seminars which will be of in- terest to non-Indians and expose them to issues con- cerning Indians." Ms. Goodstriker said. Welfare-bum myth frustrates social workers By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The view that welfare recipients are lazy bums who refuse to work is "one of the great myths of our says the city's social service administrator. Throughout Alberta, about 14 per cent of those people receiving social assistance can be classed as "unemployed employables." In the Lethbridge area, the ratio is considerably less about eight per cent of those on assistance. Still the myth exists, here and elsewhere to the frustra- tion of social workers and the thousands of people who receive help under various categories. SINGLE PARENTS On the other hand, there are considerably more single- parent families receiving assistance in the Lethbridge area than exist throughout the province. About 38 per cent of all recipients fall in this category, compared with the provincial average of 32 per cent. Laurette Simon, social ser- vice administrator for the City of Lethbridge, said the shiftless are there, but not much can be done about them. "They exist, but they are a minority she said. "We would not want to give support for a long time to a single man physically able to work." says Cam Bracken, regional administrator for the Alberta Department of Social Development. He adds that the department prefers to help unemployed employables become fully self-supporting SHIFTLESS Both Mrs. Simon and Mr. Bracken stress that not all un- employed employables are shiftless, although this classification would be used for an applicant unwilling to work. The classification has a high turnover rate and social workers often have difficulty judging who is fit to work and who is not, says Mr. Bracken. More and more people are liv- ing on a month-to-month budget, he adds, and can be in financial trouble if they miss one or two pay cheques between jobs. Unemployment benefits are slow to arrive, say the two social workers, which puts some people on welfare as un- employed employables for a short time. Other recipients may be between benefits from other programs if, for ex- ample, the breadwinner is ill, sick pay is exhausted and un- employment or workmen's compensation payments have not yet started INCLUDES The department includes divorced or separated women with dependent children, widows or widowers with dependent children and unwed mothers in the single-parent family category of welfare recipient. Working poor, people who are employed but have insuf- ficient income from their jobs, amounted to six per cent of Alberta social assistance recipients in 1972 but are mix- ed in with the other categories in the figures for the Lethbridge region. Mr. Bracken says many single-parent families are working poor, since a mother with young children may not be able to support the family on what she earns and must then be partially assisted. TRANSPORT Welfare payments often in- clude reasonable transporta- tion to and from work, he says, and if the children are small, a babysitter. Lethbridge also had lower rates of people receiving assistance for physical or mental diabilities and higher rates for those assisted because of age. Some 24 per cent of Lethbridge welfare cases were caused by dis- ability, compared with a provincial rate of 15 per cent. Thirty per cent of Lethbridge welfare recipients were senior citizens receiving supplementary income, com- pared with a provincial average of 15 per cent. MORE AGED Mr. Bracken says that the city has more aged than most places because people from outlying areas often retire here. Housing costs being higher in the city than in rural areas, more elderly people need assistance over and above their pensions and other in- come to make ends meet. The city provided social assistance to people in 1972. none for more than three months. This number includes dependents. 327 male heads of families. 108 female heads of families. 141 single men and 135 single women. The city budgetted for welfare. for assistance and the rest for ad- ministration The actual dis- bursement for assistance was an over-run of 1.8 per cent GOOD SHAPE "We're in good shape now." says Mrs. Simon. "Even with all the increases in grocery prices lately The Alberta government reimburses the city for 90 per cent of the cost of assistance and 80 per cent of the cost of administration, in addition to operating the Lethbridge regional office of (he depart- ment of health and social development. Applicants for assistance from the city must have lived in Lethbridge for one year and must not have received provincial assistance for one year Also, all men over 60 and women over 55, single- parent families, and natives are referred to the provincial office, said Mrs Simon FAMILIES Approximately 1.600 families were on social assistance in August in the Lethbridge region, Mr Bracken said. Some payments would be as low as a few dollars per month plus medical expenses in the cases of some working poor and senior citizens receiving extra expenses. Both offices decide applications on the basis of the same "budget and deci- sion sheet." The sheet is like a balance sheet, listing names and ages of dependents, fami- ly income and assets and budget requirements Applicants are allowed to have assets up to in- cluding the value of any car, and the housing allowance may be used for payments if the applicant lives in his own house. school administration or the Pincher Creek trustees to dis- cuss the reasons why their children are leaving school at an early age. The parents on the Reserve would not be as "shy and sen- sitive" about approaching a board representative from the reserve and as a result, com- munication might develop between the Native people and representatives of the school system, she suggests. She said the Indian people even need more communica- tion with the town of Pincher Creek. "We must get to know each other's problems Mrs. Yellowhorn said most of the children on the Peigan Reserve go to school in Pincher Creek She said communication is particularly important at the school level because Native children have a lot of problems. Their problems arise because they're shy and sen- sitive and don't discuss the problems they might be hav- ing in adapting to white man's society. "A little thing to you is nothing. To us it is very she told the trustees. The Indian students' problems in school keep grow- ing until they're not willing to face school anymore and they dropout. Mrs. Yellowhorn said her youngest son didn't know what discrimination was until he began school. A white boy in Grade 1 had called him an Indian and when he went home that evening he asked Mrs. Yellowhorn if he really was an Indian. He was hoping he really wasn't an Indian, she said. Mrs. Yellowhorn says she believes in education and is encouraging all of her children to complete their schooling. Five of her children have graduated from secondary schools. The Indian people need more people with a good education to help develop the Reserves, she suggests Blaze hits storage shed RAYMOND (HNS) Fire destroyed a storage shed and a combine Friday night on the Clifford Dahl farm, four miles south of here. Another combine, parked near the shed, was damaged before it could be moved. RCMP said cause of the fire is unknown Raymond firemen contained the blaze, preventing it from spreading to nearby granaries ;