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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tories muster 600 to elect 'Pass candidate By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer LUNDBRECK Progressive Conservative hopes crested on a wave of more than 600 supporters Monday night as a young Blairmore merchant was chosen to contest the next provincial election in Pincher Creek Crowsnest. The unheard of turnout of Conservatives in the con- stituency brought reference after reference to "the lean years" when only eight, or seven, or six, not 600, PCs turned out to nomination meetings. It was by only a narrow margin that the 584 voting delegates chose Fred Bradley, 25, manager of the F M Thompson Company in Blairmore, over Ron Zukiwsky, 30, Pincher Creek elementary school vice principal, as their candidate. Other southern Conservatives and some not so Conservative, such as Cardston Scored MLA Ted Hin- man, turned out to watch this nomination, 70 miles west of Lethbridge. Second crowd of 500 It was the second crowd of 500 or more the Conservatives have managed in the South, formerly solid Social Credit territory. About 500 turned out to nominate John Walker, a Fort Macleod doctor, in the Macleod constituency Only about 80 turned out when PC Bob Bogle, a Milk River teacher, was nominated by acclamation in Taber Warner. But that compared favorably with the 150 sup- porters who chose Werner Schmidt, leader of the provin- cial Soared party to contest FRED BRADLEY the same seat East-west split On the first ballot, it was Mr Zukiwsky ahead, with 264 votes to 254 votes for Mr Bradley The third candidate, Gwen Gyulai, 37, operator of a guest ranch near Beaver Mines Lake, was eliminated with 66 votes. Mr. Bradley pulled ahead of Mr Zukiwsky on the second ballot to obtain at least a ma- jority of 293 votes, although the final results were kept secret The close vote mirrored an east-west split in the con- stituency, summarized by its label, Pincher Creek Crowsnest Most of Mr Zukiwsky's sup- port including placards, pennants, a bus and a band came from the eastern Pincher Creek area Most of Mr Bradley's support came from the western 'Pass area. Apparently, Mrs Gyulai's support from the central area shifted west to give Mr. Bradley the victory "I intend to provide a strong voice for the interests of this corner of the Mr Bradley told the meeting. "I intend not only to be heard, but more important, to be listened to Mr Bradley will contest the next'election against Charlie Drain, incumbent Social Credit MLA. Mr. Zukiwsky said he would push for a new hospital for the Pincher Creek area, improved highway connections and an airport He said caution is re- quired to prevent the drift of government to "government by cabinet." Mrs Gyulai said she would stay in close touch with her constituents "I believe we can all work together and make this a better world to live in." Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs, stood in as guest speaker for Premier Peter Lougheed who had been scheduled to attend. He outlined the province's progress in slowing urban growth in Edmonton and Calgary, promoting the expan- sion of agriculture and the family farm and reducing property taxes. Cattle underpass plan scrutinized By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD The provincial highways depart- ment is taking a hard look at a plan to move cattle under Highway 3 to the proposed packing plant here, town coun- cil learned Monday night. Palmount Packers Ltd. of Montreal has taken an option on 360 acres of land here for the new plant, to be situated in the gravel pit east of town. The firm also has land for a holding area for cattle south of the highway. A new development was revealed Monday night when Secretary Treasurer Roy White said the firm plans to move cattle through a tunnel under Highway 3. This would provide a direct route for cattle in the Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd. to the plant Highways department approval for the plan is awaited by the firm. Also awaited is department of environment approval and Mr. White said that is where the packing plant application now rests. Said Coun. Ralph Webb: "I have seen gravel pits that slide." Mayor Charles Edgar assured him that any firm that spends million to build a plant will make certain the footings are on solid ground. CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION FILLS LUNDBRECK SCHOOL GYM Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 22, 1974 Pages 13-24 'Quick action9 group named by mayor RICK ERVIN photos Count Down The tension mounted for ticket holders as the moment of the first early bird draw for the Canada Winter Games lottery approached. Mike Dzuren, 131 16th St N., waited to see if his ticket will be one of the lucky three, and in the inset. Mayor Andy Anderson draws ticket A117277 for a trip for two to Hawaii, claimed by Doug Fujita of Coaldale. Other tickets were A490601 for and A126086 for a Toyota They had not been claimed by mid-morning today. The next draw will be held Nov. 18. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A city council executive committee termed, "the mayor's committee for quick was approved by council Monday It came as a surprise to most aldermen and at first seemed to point to an inner circle of aldermen, with re elected incumbents Vaughan Hembroff, Cam Barnes and Vera Ferguson being named to the committee by Mayor Andy Anderson. But Mayor Anderson said the committee will have no power of its own to make decisions, and will be used very sparingly. "It's not a power committee it will only give preliminary examination of emergency situations where immediate recommendations to council are required so quick decisions can be the mayor said "It will probably only be used three times a year, maybe he said. The incumbent council members were chosen for the committee for an initial six months at least because of their experience, Mayor Anderson added. "There will very definitely be no decisions made without full council he said. Mayor Anderson said as an example he could foresee the committee meeting if the provincial government wanted an immediate answer on some matter. Mayor named COUTTS (HNS) The village council held its organizational meeting Mon- day night and named Leon Orr, councillor, as mayor. Newly-elected Coun. Warren Hacke was appointed deputy-mayor. Former mayor W. J. Gaits did not seek re-election. Special education funding termed 'inadequate' The provincial money the public school board receives for the hiring of special education teachers and the operation of the learning dis- abilities program do not meet the actual costs, a public school official claims. Superintendent Bob Plaxton, points this discrepancy out in a letter to the department of education, a copy of which will be presented to public school trustees when they meet today The department's grant system now m effect for special education teachers encourages segregation even though the province is en- couraging integration of han- dicapped children into normal school programs, he believes. if students are integrated half time, the letter states, teaching grants are reduced by about 50 per cent even (hough the cost to the school board increases because (he class toad of the teacher receiving the handicapped children mast be reduced Public school administrators recommend that a teacher's load be reduced by three regular students for each handicapped child integrated into (he classroom. Dr. Plaxton also points out that tile (MU9UJII grants don't CVW1 dUVH the cost of hiring a special education teacher even under the higher grants for segregated classes. The same inadequate granting system applies to another special education teaching position in the public school system that is geared to meeting needs of students who are home-or hospital-bound. The department of education grant doesn't even finance half the cost of the teacher's salary, the letter says. The difference between the grant and (he actual cost is about Another problem involving the public school's only "home-bound" teacher is the number of children hi the city who need her assistance. Because of her workload. Dr. Plaxton says, the teacher has to deny assistance to children who are in a city hospital from other school jurisdictions. Often these children who request or need assistance are ''frequently in (he same room as children of our school district" The public school board has been reluctant to hire another teacher to teach children who are home-or hospital-bound because of the ad- ditional it would have to ex- pend, the letter suggests. "If, as suggested, grants covered all or nearly all of the teacher's salary, we would be pleased to assign another teacher to deal with hospitalized students who are not from our school Dr. Plax- ton states in the letter. If additional funding were available, the board would-consider assigning a teacher full-time to the hospitals to allow the "home-bound" teacher to spend all her time with students who are confined to the home because of illness, be con- tinues The grant public schools get for teachers dealing with normal children who have special learning problems also does not meet the ac- tual costs of the program designed to meet their needs, he says. The committee could make a recommendation and ex- plain it to a special meeting of council if necessary to make immediate decisions, he said Council unanimously approved formation of the committee after Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson was told one of the first jobs of the committee will be to set up its terms of reference, and then report back to council for ratification. Formation of city depart- ment committees with two aldermen on each will also be discussed at one of the next two council meetings, Mayor Anderson said As proposed by Mayor Anderson, the director of each department engineering, utilities, community services and possibly finance would chair the committees, while the aldermen would not have voting privileges on them In the meantime some com- mittees dealing with specific areas were set up and others promised for the future Aid. Hembroff, Deputy Mayor Ferguson and Aid. Bill Kergan were named to the power committee and will likely begin work soon on an intervention to be filed against Calgary Power's latest electric rate increase request. AIR TRANSPORT Aid Cam Barnes, Deputy Mayor Ferguson, Aid. Hembroff and Mayor Anderson will sit on the air transportation committee, previously chaired by former alderman Steve Kotch. Mayor Anderson will serve on a committee with four city administrators to continue negotiations with the County of Lethbridge on annexations and other matters The com- mittee is called the inter municipal services com- mittee. The mayor said other com- mittees to develop council policy on housing, urban tran- sportation, and parking re- quirements will be struck later. He said the transportation committee, which will look at ways to use the new provincial urban transportation grants, will be put together after council gets a report from City Manager Allister Findlay. PARKING The parking situation will need a long detailed look, including a report from the planning department, which is looking at the problem as it relates to the whole city. Mayor Anderson said. An ad-boc committee es- tablished to look into the bicy- cle bylaw is expected to report to council shortly, he added. Council schedules extra meet The new city council will wait only a week to get down to business, holding an extra meeting next Monday instead of waiting the normal two weeks between meetings. On the agenda will be three matters that aldermen brought up but didn't get dis- cussed at council's inaugaral meeting Monday. These are an open burning extension, neighborhood im- provement and the truck route question Aid. Bill Kergan's resolu- tion asking for an extension on burning to Oct. 31 was delayed by a technicality. It apparently requires an amendment to the burning ban bylaw passed by council last spring As council didn't have the bylaw before it Monday, the matter had to go over to the next meeting. Aid Kergan promised he would" have it ready for next Monday's meeting. Aid. Bob Tarleck and Aid Tony Tobin will jointly spon- sor resolutions next Monday aimed at getting amendments to the traffic bylaw dealing with truck routes and another dealing with the Neighborhood Improvement Program through council. They wanted to see both matters raised Monday but were apparently told prior to the meeting they would have to wait a week. But council did not even vote on that question, and Aid. Tarleck and Aid. Tobin. ap- parently satisfied with the ex- tra meeting to be held before the end of October did not press the issue. The two north side aldermen who expressed several similar views during the election campaign, said they will also bring a resolu- tion to the next council meeting asking that a voter enumeration system be used in the next civic election. Both criticized the voter registration system, used in this election, which required renters to register at city ball in order to get on the voters' list. Aid Tobin has pressed for city involvement in the Neighborhood Improvement Program which provides federal and provincial funds for upgrading older neighborhoods AM Tarleck has been vocal about getting a bylaw amend- ment passed that will shut off 5th and 9th Avenues N to through (rock traffic. ;