Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Dissension threatens friendship centre's future By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Seriously divided by inter- nal dissension and politicking, the Lethbridge native friendship centre seems on the brink of self-destruction. Resignations, threats of resignations, arguments and verbal battles were the com- mon denomination as the board of directors of the centre met in regular session Thursday night with two prime topics on the agenda continued employment of the executive director, and the possibility that funding may be cut off. At a board meeting earlier this month, directors decided to table a discussion on whether Corey Foster, the centre's third executive of- ficer in a year, should con- tinue in that position. Claims have been made by some Indian directors that because Miss Foster is white, she is unable to deal with In- dian problems. Director Annie Cotton told the meeting Thursday that Rose Yellow Feet, president of the centre and an employee of Native Counselling Ser- vices, was doing most of Miss Foster's work. Native counselling shares office space with the friendship centre. But Miss Foster countered by saying that she was doing most of Mrs. Yellow Feet's work. As the meeting opened, Mrs. Yellow Feet tendered her resignation as president and board member, claiming that she is never told anything about the centre's operation. She also suggested that Miss Foster was trying to take over prerogatives normally held by the board. "I'm just fed up with the whole she said. Miss Foster was hired in August on a three-month probation period which ex- pires next week. She replaced Mike Keewatin, who was elected to the board Thursday filling a vacancy left by the resigna- tion of Veronica Scott. As Mrs. Yellow Feet withdrew her resignation, Miss Foster told the board that if she was not given an outline of her duties, she would resign. "I've been here three months and I'm still waiting for a job description. I can't handle administration and do counselling" and manage both effectively, she said. A job description had been drawn up and was to have come up for discussion at Thursday's meeting but only one copy was available. Ad- ditional copies will be made and the matter will be dis- cussed at another meeting in November. After almost two hours of discussion and argument, the board agreed on a com- promise approach to Miss Foster's tenure. She will be given a job out- line in early December and will be on three-months proba- tion from that time. Eva Teles, a board member, said that Miss Foster has never really been given a chance, since she has been working without a job description. "This centre can't afford to lose the executive director she said, warning that funding may be cut off if Miss Foster is fired. "As far as I'm Mrs. Teles said, "it's time to stick together." Director Cyril Brophy said that in the two months he has been on the board, there have been nothing but problems. When he threatened to resign if Miss Foster was fired. Evelyn Bardell, board secretary, told him there were other people ready to take his place. As he responded, she cut him off, saying: "Cyril, I think you interrupt me too often." When Mr. Brophy said he considered that Miss Foster was doing a good job, Mrs. Yellow Feet said that in her opinion, the centre's ex- ecutive director should be an Indian. Donna Keewatin, a board member and the centre's treasurer, said people have complained to her about hav- ing a white director when there is a shortage of jobs for Indians. Mrs. Keewatin resigned her position on the board at the close of the meeting because she has just taken a job as stenographer at the centre. She is married to Mike Keewatin. In the process of reaching the compromise, the board decided to hold a special meeting Friday night with its staff in an attempt to deal with some of the personal dis- putes clouding the friendship centre's future. After resolving, for the time being, the internal division, the board turned to face a related, but external, threat. In a letter to the board, George Lee, president of the provincial association of friendship centres, informed it that core funding from the federal secretary of state department may be cut off. The core-funding program provides a major share of the centre's budget. Mr. Lee stated that unless financing from the city, and other sources, is secured, the federal government may sus- pend its grant. Programming funds for friendship centres are suppos- ed to be provided by the city, province, or private agencies. sr Mr. Lee suggested that the board refuse to pay the city for renovations made to the building where the centre is now located. The city has not provided any funds to the centre this year, yet has responsibility for the types of social services run by the centre. A meeting will be held Mon- day with Mayor Andy Anderson to discuss possible funding. The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, October 25, 1973 pages 17-32 RICK ERVIN photo FiWer up the cows are not waiting for gas, they got loose and were caught at noon Wednesday in the Texaco bulk station, But won't contribute funds Separate trustees applaud LCI plan By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The proposal for a com- munity summer school program at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute was applauded Wednesday by separate school board trustees only 24 hours after public school trustees questioned the validity of it. LCI, a public school system high school, developed the program to utilize its facilities year-round and to provide learning experiences, on a voluntary basis, in out- door education, fine arts, recreation and courses. The separate school trustees, in a regular board meeting Wednesday, agreed to co-operate with LCI in developing the proposal if it didn't have to become finan- cially involved in the program. The public school trustees, in a Tuesday board meeting, had instructed 0. P. Larson, superintendent, to study the LCI proposal more extensive- ly and report back to the board before they would make a final decision about it. Ralph Himsl. separate school system superintendent, said LCI may be able to obtain funding for its proposed program through the depart- ment of youth or a govern- ment grant. He also suggested it may be wise for school boards to ex- amine the possibility of ob- taining money from govern- ment departments other than the department of education. Trustee Frank Peta com- mended the summer school proposal for being on target with educational thinking that calls for schooling to be a life- long experience. Trustee R. S. Fabbi said it annoys him that school buildings are closed for a por- tion of each year. The summer school board would be one way of changing that, he added. Trustee Sieve Vaselenak and Chairman John Boras were the only board members to voice opposition to the proposal. Mr. Vaselenak thought the proposed program would be duplicating many of the programs now being offered by the city or the Lethbridge Community College. Mr. Boras was worried the program would spread the education dollar even thinner than it is now, resulting in even fewer dollars going into elementary education. John Koran Chairman re-elected John Boras was re-elected chairman of the separate school board at its annual organizational meeting Wednesday. Frank Peta was re-elected at vice-chairman. Both will serve one-year terms. Montana girls still missing MARION, Mont. Police are still in- vestigating the dis- appearance of two 11-year- old-girls missing from this small community. 25 miles southwest of Kalispell, since early August. "Every time a hunter reports a mound of dirt, we go dig it said a Flathead County sheriff's deputy. He said police have followed up numerous leads but still have un- covered nothing. The girls. Karen Tyler and Jessica Westphal, were last seen talking to a young man in a red pick-up truck a short distance from the Marion store where their bicycles were found. "This not knowing is hard on everyone here." the deputy said. Increase of more than residents projected Local teachers solidly against renegotiations By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer The local Alberta Teachers' Association Wednesday sup- ported enthusiastically a proposal not to renegotiate the current salary agreement between the ATA and their school boards. Support came from a ma- jority of 100 members at a general membership meeting. The membership supported Fleetwood Bawden teacher Greg Hales who said "the worst thing" the local ATA could do now would be to go back to the board and ask it to renegotiate the contract. Under the contract signed Jan. 1, the school boards would not have to comply with requests to renegotiate the contract because the contract binds the teachers to the end of 1974. The contract gave teachers a 6.3 per cent increase for 1973 and a 6.7 per cent increase for 1974. The issue was brought forward from the last meeting of the local ATA executive with concern the contract makes no allowances for the rising cost of living. When the teachers agreed to the con- tract last December they didn't expect the cost of living to increase to what the ex- ecutive says was 12 to 16 per cent. Mr. Hales told the members the would be doing themselves a grave disservice in reapproaching the board. "We made a contract and signed it." he said. When Mr. Hales finished speaking his comments were followed by a round of applause. Mr. Hales said later, "if the ATA were to reopen negotiations they would be go- ine back on their agreement." "Ii is a question of prin- he said. "Once you sign a contract you should go by the conditions of the con- tract and not renegotiate every time new conditions arise." he told The Herald. "It would be a black mark on the ATA because we would be going back on our word." he said. Another ATA member, Doug Poile. told the meeting if the school board was approached to renegotiate the contract "I think it would point out in the coming round of negotiations that they're going to have to look at a sub- stantial increase. If we lay the ground work now it is going to be easier to get it later." Mr. Poile said the 6 per cent increase given in the Lethbridge local could be used as an argument by other school boards in its salary negotiations with district teachers. Colony school quality varies 'tremendously' Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The ad- visory committee on com- munal property will Shortly inaugurate a study of Hutterite education. The committee says the quality of education "varies tremendously" from colony to colony. "It may be that the present curriculum is not ad- vanced enough to provide the young people with the basic knowledge they will need to cope with unforeseen technological advances and management problems." The committee says the skills of the young Hutterite men in dealing with food production and farm mange- ment are of a high order but there are a significant number of colonies in need of im- provement. "Obviously if progress is to be made it will require the co- operation of the Hutterite people. There are no techni- ques to force any people to learn if they do not want to." The committee says it can- not for Hutterites but believes the brethren recognize the need for acquisi- tion of basic knowledge in a formal school setting, that further education be relevant to food production and that no part of formal education in- terfere with their religious beliefs. It also reports that it has assisted hundreds of young people to visit colonies and that many more are doing so on their own. In the area of complaints, the committee said that "fre- quently these are based on in- accurate information and we are able to provide facts that satisfy those complaining." Complaints concerned the Hutterite way of life, religious beliefs, and lack of involve- ment in external social af- fairs. In concluding an interim report to the legislature, the committee said: "We also owe thanks to those citizens who have with considerable emphasis -ex- pressed to us their complete distaste for the Hutterite way of life. Many sincerely believe that theHutterites pose an im- mediate threat to their com- munities and their business. "They have forced us to always keep in mind that all of u s have b u i deep-seated senses of values that we are not prepared to change. The brotherhood of man is still an objective and not a reaility." MFC okays apartment block A 24 suite north side apart- ment building, an addition to the Mayor Magrath Drive A and W Drive-in, and an addi- tion to a storage and cartage operation were approved by the Municipal Planning Com- mission Wednesday. The apartment will be built by Threco Apartments Ltd. at 2014 15th Avenue N. An 800-square-foot addition will be built on the north side of the A and W building and will be used as an indoor restaurant seating about 40 people. Trustees to pay athletes fares Lethbridge census to start within 2 weeks Two-way transportation for students participating in inter-school sporting events at a school other than their own will be funded by the separate school board, trustees decided Wednesday. Previously, transportation was just provided en route to the school that holds the sporting activity and the students had to find their own way home. On another matter, trustee Steve Vaselenak felt the separate board's request to the city for construction of a pedestrian overpass at the in- tersection of 5th Avenue S. and Mayor Magrath Drive would be "lost in the shuffle" if it was left to a special city council committee By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Some 90 to 100 enumerators armed with pen and note-pad forms will take to the streets within two weeks to begin the city's annual census. Last time they counted people in a January census. This year and in subsequent years the count will be taken in November, chiefly because the fall weather is a little easier on the census takers. City clerk John Gerla says he hopes to have the final count in by the end of November. In the last five years the city's popula- tion has grown by more than 5.000 people, taking a 1.009 person jump last year. And by some indications it can be ex- pected to increase by about that much again this year. Housing starts, and completions, are ahead of last year with 389 starts and 298 completions from January to July this year compared to 266 and 226 last year in the same period. In July of last year there were 45 empty new houses; this year only 33 new homes were unoccupied in July. Another indication of population growth can be seen in the fact that residential telephone installations by Alberta Govern- ment Telephones increased by 694 phones betweeen August 1972 and August 1973. In June. July and August this year, there were 146 new phones installed. The census takers will get the true pic- ture, however they count every man woman and child in Lethbridge, or at least try to. The enumerators carry a fairly simple form that asks a few basic questions starting with the total number of persons living at a residence There is then a breakdown of the age of the head of the household, for example 20- 35. 35-50 and so on, and a count of students attending elementary, junior high, senior high and university or college. Also asked are the names, date of birth and sex of pre-school age children and whether they will be attending a public or separate school. This information is used by the school boards to estimate future attendance and is kept confidential. According to city economic develop- ment officer Dennis O'Connell. a three per-cent growth rate would be ideal, because it is a rate the ciiy can comfor- tably handle in terms of extension of ser- vices and debt position. The city would need about new residents to meet that rate of growth.