Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
1 X.I 5 %-f' RS-; T M v 'rfwui WALTER KERBER photo if wscrf fo 6c "I say Sir Cedric, it's a fine thing when you have to line up to get into the old Club Landfill for a bite of lunch, eh "A bit gulling all right, Sir Henry. In my opinion they should never have opened it to the public." The LetKbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 23, 1974 Pages 13-22 Truck routes 'should avoid school zones' Security to tighten.. at public high school The public school board un- animously agreed Tuesday that Sth and 9th Avenues North should not be used as truck routes because of the hazards they would create for students attending schools in those areas. The bord made the decision in response to a request by the George McKillop Home and School Association for the trustees' support of their attempt to convince city hall not to designate either of the two avenues as truck routes. City council is considering designating either Sth or 9th Avenues as truck routes to northeast development and in- dustrial sites and will discuss the issue further in a special meeting Monday. In a letter to the board, George McKillop Home and School President Dorothy Winchester indicated the home and school associations of McKillop, Westminster, Galbraith, St. Basil's and St. Paul's schools may make a joint presentation to city council. The George McKillop and Westminster schools are on Sth Avenue and the Galbraith, Dorothy Gooder and Wilson Junior High schools are on 9th Avenue North. "Our children mi'St travel to from school four times a day along or across a street being used by heavy sand and gravel trucks, as vrcH as equipment trucks. It is becoming difficult and dangerous for our children who must use the Mrs. Winchester informed the board in the letter. Vandals prompt key card control Rv 31M GRANT By SIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer To control the number of people entering the two Lethbridge public high schools and the amount of van- dalism caused to the schools in non school hours, the public school board adopted a key card security system Tuesday. The key card will replace the existing lock and key system. To enter a door, the key card holder simply inserts the card into an electric control device which reads the com- bination on the card and opens the door. Mack Crumley, secretary treasurer, informed the board that the superintendent, prin- cipals and head caretakers have agreed a new key system is necessary to improve the security of the high school buildings. "Each year a considerable amount of money is spent on changing locks because keys have either been lost or duplicated and it has become virtually impossible to control the large number of keys issued." The new system will also limit the number of entrances to the school after regular hours to three at the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute and one at Winston Churchill High School. There are more than 40 entrances and exits at LCI, trustees were told. Superintendent Bob Plaxton told the board "something has DOUG CARD Card The public school board elected its 10-year member as chairman for the next year in to be done" because the public m meeting Tues- school system can not con- School driver training cost on down-swing again An autumn round Leaves are spread over a fairway at Henderson Lake Golf Course as Joyce Gorrie, 2001 19th Ave. S-, and Kirsten Morrice, 1114 18th SL A N., play an autumn round of golf before winter. The Kenyon Field weather office reports the golfing weather should hold through Friday, with lows of 30 to 35 degrees and highs of 65 degrees. The cost of offering driver education in the public schools has been going up and down like a yo-yo during the past year. The public school board was informed Tuesday that the cost is on the down swing again. The Alberta Motor Association, suppliers of cards and trained instructors for the in car portion of the driver education program, in- formed trustees that the Alberta insurance companies have decided to accept eight hours of in car training instead of 10. Part of the increased cost of operating the program this school year resulted from a decision by the insurance companies to increase the training hours from eight to 10 for students who wished to qualify for insurance premium discounts. As a result of the decision reversal, the per student cost was reduced to 964 from Since the board increased its financial support for the driver education program from to when the AMA eased its rates earlier this fall and didn't take action to alter its support Tuesday, the student's contribution has been reduced from to While pointing out that 86 per cent of those who par- ticipated in the Oct 16 civic election opinion poll favored the expansion of the driver education program, Trustee Doug McPherson queried the cost of providing the program to all students who wished to take it at no charge. Superintendent, Bob Plax- ton, then suggested it would be impossible to provide the program to an students 16 years old and up at this time due to a lack of cars, driver instructors and class time. When two trustees indicated they were no anxious to leap on the McPherson no cost bandwagon, the board decided not to take any further action on driver education until its administrators have com- pleted a study on the im- plications of expanding the program. Trustee Helen Johnson, sitting on the board for the first time, questioned the validity of providing the students with the program at no cost when the rebate they receive from insurance com- panies after taking the course offsets their contribution to, the program. Trustee Carl Johnson suggested the board should also look at eliminating stu- dent financial contributions to other programs if it does so for driver education. CKUA FM broadcasts may reach Lethbridge by late next year FM radio programming originating at government owned CKUA in Edmonton may be available in the Lethbridge area within a year. The Alberta Educational Communications Corp. (ACCESS) Tuesday asked the Canadian Radio Television Commission (CRTC) to approve FM broadcasting licences for Calgary and .Lethbridge. Jack HagenQan, director of radio operations for ACCESS, said today in a telephone interview from Edmonton that ACCESS is testing a tran- smitter site northwest of Lethbridge. Pending CRTC approval, ACCESS hopes to be on the air locally by late summer 1975, Hagerman said. In its submission to the commission, ACCESS said it "would retain, in most respects, the uniqueness that has made CKUA's programm- ing distinctly different from that of other stations, both private and public." Mr. Justice Michael O'Byrne, board chairman for ACCESS, read a letter to the CRTC from Lethbridge resi- dent Ronald M. Yoshida sup- porting CKUA's program- ming. The local FM station "isn't intended to be a local sort of said Hagerman. He said the Lethbridge and Calgary transmitters would be the start of a province wide network to eventually bradcast programs from com- mercial recording studios in each area receiving CKUA service. CKUA first went on the air in 1927 and in 1944 the univer- sity owned station was purchased by Alberta Govern- ment Telephones. day following the first meeting of the newly elected board. Mr. Card was first elected to the board in 1964 and served as its vice chairman during the past year. Mr Card replaced Dorothy Beckel who held the chair- manship for the past 12 months. Reg Turner was elected as vice chairman. He is beginn- ing his second term of trusteeship. Mr. Turner and newcomer Helen Johnson will serve on the student suspension com- mittee and Mrs. Beckel, Carl Johnson and newcomer Gary Bowie were appointed to the five year school building facilities committee. DOol Opener Mrs. Beckel and Doug McPherson will continue to Of ficial opening ceremonies make up the salary negotia- tor the Stan Siwik Family ticn committee. Wd thP board's representative on A water show featuring the _ fi Aiherta School ri.loam, VWfA Antiahalloc IMUR O AlDCrta OCOUU1 Calgary YWCA Aquaoeiies Trn_t__ Association ex- syiidironizedswiinnungteam Trustee Association ex will follow the opening ceremonies. Both events are free and will be followed by a tour of the pool facilities and free swimming. The pool, built ata tinue to support the high in- cidence of vandalism in the schools. Mr. Crumley said there is a similar security problem in the elementary and junior high schools but it is not near- ly as severe. The key card system for the two high schools will cost the board about "We are satisfied that it should eliminate most, if not all, of our Mr. Crumley informed the board. Aquabelles to swim at ecutive. cost of at 1901 15th Avenue N., has been hi opera- tion for about two weeks. On a suggestion by Mr. Turner, the dosed portion of the meeting will now be held before the open meeting so the public will be informed of matters discussed in the clos- ed session when the board opens the meeting at 8: 15 p.m. Foreign investors 'help push farm land prices out of sight9 By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer For sale: 123 acres of irrigated land 10 miles west of LeUjbridge. Price: To the dismay of many Southern Alberta farmers, an ever-increasing demand by Cana- dian and foreign investors for farmland is pushing the price of farmland near Lethbridge to the f mark. While investors eye farmland surrounding Alberta's cities as future sites for Country residential development, fanners are fearful that rising land costs will jeopardize the future of the family farms, Alberta's traditional style of agriculture. As land costs continue to soar, provincial authorities are being pressed to not only mom tor, but also regulate the rate of foreign investment in Alberta land. Farmers in the Drumheller region have complained to the department of agriculture that Europeans are buying up farmland in that area for 1500 an acre. Ron Leonhardt a Starland Municipal District councillor, told a recent meeting with the executive committee of the Alberta agriculture department mat rapidly-accelerating foreign investment is creating a situation in which Canadian tenants are farming for absentee foreign landlords. Coon. Leonhardt told agriculture officials be wouW welcome provincial regulations to restrict the amount of foreign investment Similar restrictions, already exercised by the provincial guveumient in Prince Edward Island, are currently being appealed by Americans denied P.E.I, land. Meanwhile, a less drastic request to monitor the rate of foreign investment has come from the Alberta Land Use Forum, which has asked the attorney general's department to amend land titles procedure to inctode a statement of nationality from all land buyers. Ralph Brown, a Land Use Forum member and former resident of the Alberta Associa- tion of MDs and Counties said no one knows how much land in Alberta is foreign owned. In a telephone interview from his Acme borne, 5S miles northeast of Calgary, Mr. Brown said the political aspects of foreign ownership can't be discussed until "we know whether it's three, five or 20 per cent" of Alberta's land. Foreign ownership will be a "big problem" facing politicians faced with proponents of economic growth and expansion and fanners unable to start or expand farms because of the high cost of land. Urban land speculation. Mr. Brown said, "is spilling over into rural land a lot more than we realize." Canadian investors, hampered by high interest rates, "can't com- pete with he added. Mr. Brown estimated the amount of foreign-owned land in the province at four per cent but added the provincial government must "put a handle on it so we know where we're going." A report by the Land Use Forum on the future of the family farm, has pointed out the threat of speculation to the continued sur- vival of privately owned farms. "Inflation in its severest form causes investors to look at land as a hedge against the loss in value of their money. These investors are not interested in land as an agricultural factor of production, but as a commodity that retains and increases in value." Meantime, land prices of Sl.OOn-atHicre are becoming "the norm near said local Block Bros, manager Tim Grisak The realtor told The Herald his company is receiving inquiries from foreign investors who consider Alberta land a safe investment at bargain prices.