Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, October 25, 1974 Pages 15-28 SCHOOL GRANT ADJUSTMENT BEING CONSIDERED HYNDMAN Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Declining enrolments in Alberta schools could mean adjustments in grants to local school boards, Lou Hyndman, Minister of Education, said Thursday. He told the legislature that the government recognizes the problems posed by smaller school populations, which affect the revenues boards receive from the province. Changes could come nest year. Mr. Hyndman also said discussions are be- ing held with boards about changing grant structures for different regions of the province. A program of small school grants has already reduced the number of closures of rural schools, he said, and would result in a more secure future for such schools. East slope resource freeze 'long-term9 Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A freeze on resource development in the Rocky Mountain eastern slopes will continue for a "long time" until the province studies a major environmen- tal report. Allan Warrack, minister of lands and forests, told the legislature Thursday that "major land surface distur- bances" would not be per- mitted. Such disturbances have been banned while the En- vironment Conservation Authority studies the slopes CAPTAIN DOUG PRENEVOST AT CONTROLS Resource Time's F-27 turbo prop tries its wings tax Twenty-nine Lethbridge residents Thursday were given a preview of Time Air's newest aircraft, a 36- passenger F-27 twin-engine turbo prop jet. Members of the news media and local travel agency people in holding inquests9 Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON No undue delays in calling coroner's in- quests have come to his atten- tion since recent changes in the inquiry system, Attorney General Merv Leitch said Thursday This summer the province put inquests into the hands of provincial judges and an- ticipation of further changes in the coroner's system to be announced this fall. "The decision making process when inquests should be held hans't changed Only the people holding the in- quests have changed." Previously, doctors had con- ducted inquests. Now they are the responsibility of provin- cial judges. "I'm not aware of any delay that has resulted from this Mr. Leitch said in an interview. In the case of a Cardston fire in which a father and his child died recently, he said his department "wouldn't have yet made an assessment" Regarding a Lethbridge traf- fic fatality, first in more than two years, he said an inquest would not normally be held unless there were "unusual circumstances" brought out were taken on a short flight southwest over Waterton Lakes and back to the city as Time displayed its new carrier for the Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton run. Time's first official' flight with the F-27 is Sunday. The involve three flights a day from heteiolCd- 'mtmtotfaiWi return. The first flight will leave Lethbridge daily at a.m. and will arrive in Edmonton at a.m. Richard Barton, vice- president of Time Air, said in addition to the three daily flights of the F-27 there will be five other flights to Edmonton and Calgary, as well as the other Alberta centres served by the company: Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Grande Prairie. Time Air purchased the F-27 in July and the aircraft was delivered in August from Ward Inter- national, of Dallas, Texas. By 1976, the company plans to have the two Northern Ireland Shorts 30-seater twin- engine turbo prop aircraft in operation. These will replace the twin-engine Otter aircraft currently being used on the present routes. F-27 NEWEST ADDITION TO TIME FLEET City ATA local demands apology from Hurlburt The Lethbridge local of the Alberta Teachers Association has called for a public apology from Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt for insinuating in a speech to the House of Com- mons that teachers make no contribution to society. Mr. Hurlburt, at the close of Little withdraws from Tory contest The only candidate to announce he will contest the Lethbridge East Progressive Conservative nomination has withdrawn his name citing "an unexpected development in my' personal affairs." "I regret I find it necessary to Rex Little said this morning. The administrator of Campbell Clinic is a former city alderman. Lethbridge East constituency association secretary Gladys Palmer told The Herald the Nov. 4 nomination meeting is generating considerable interest among local PCs. Unofficial candidates include Walter Mitson, 52, op- tometrist and Steve Kotch, 31, bus line owner. his contribution to the throne speech debate Oct. 16, said John Rodriguez (NDP Nickel Belt) was "a man who came from Guyana 14 or 15 years ago, who taught school in this country and contributed ab- solutely nothing to it" Mr. Rodriguez Oct. 17 demanded but didn't receive an apology in the House from Mr. Hurlburt for his insinua- tion "that as a member of the teaching profession one makes no useful contribution to our economy and society." Outside the House, Mr. Hurlburt said he would not retract his statement In presenting his motion re- questing an apology, Greg Hales, Fleetwood Bawden School teacher, said Mr. Hurlburt's comments were uncalled for and were un- thoughtfully presented. And, he continued, all of Lethbridge was implicated in Mr. Hurlburt's statement even though there are many people here who clearly do not agree with what he said. During the debate following Mr. Hales' motion, a few of the about 100 teachers in attendance at the general meeting of public and separate school teachers suggested that Mr. Hurlburt may have been just referring to one individual and not all teachers when he made the remark. But most teachers par- ticipating in the debate main- tained Mr. Hurlburt's state- ment must represent his views on all teachers because it was very likely he wasn't familiar with Mr. Rodriguez's teaching record. Mr. Hales told the teachers Mr. Hurlburt did an enormous diservice to this community. "The racial overtones of his statement are perhaps even more frightening than the. reference to teachers." unchanged Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON It is an "ex- treme misrepresentation" to suggest Alberta has softened its stand on resource tax measures proposed by Ot- tawa, Premier Peter, Lougheed said Thursday7 He labelled a question from Art Dixon (SC Calgary Millican) asking if the govern- ment had "bent a little bit" inaccurate and misleading. It had been reported in the press earlier by the Herald's Ottawa bureau that Alberta was moving from its previous position opposing measures in the May 6 federal budget which would penalize the petroleum industry and in- vade provincial jurisdiction. What the province is prepared to do, said the premier, is not take advan- tage of the federal proposals which would also mean an ad- ditional million in revenue for Alberta. The province would forego the new revenues to insure they went instead to the petroleum industry. That does not mean the province agrees with the federal measures or has changed its strong opposi- tion to them, he said. "We can't stand by. We must Mr. Lougheed said. Recognizing the position of the petroleum industry, the province is looking at ad- ditional incentives. If the federal government continues its discriminatory approach, Alberta has to try to protect the industry. Bet he is not prepared to reveal the contingency plans being studied as that would not be Alberta's interest The premier also said the province could not negotiate with Ottawa about its own budget but could only discuss matters of principle. and their potential. It made its report to the government this month, recommending ex- treme caution in allowing coal resource development. Dr. Warrack said granting of coal exploration permits by the government in no way committed it to approving any exploitation. The government has granted some exploration permits but only when they did not endanger the en- vironment, he said. The ECA report was an "ex- tremely important one" and would require a long time to consider, he said. Meanwhile, coal companies won't "jump the gun" on the government's policy on the eastern slopes of the rockies if the public advisory committee on the environment has its way. NO HEARINGS The committee Thursday adopted a resolution calling on government to instruct the Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board (ERCB) not to hold any more hearings on coal mine applications in the slopes until government policy is set. -Dr. Graeme Griffiths told a joint; -meeting of the ,cdm-" mittee and the Environment Conservation Authority (ECA) that the ERCB rushed a hearing for Manalta Coal's Gregg River schemes and approved it before the ECA's slopes report was handed to government. "We wouldn't like the coal companies getting the idea they should jump the gun and get approvals through before the slopes policy is said Dr. Griffiths. Among other resolutions passed was one calling for tight reins on resource extrac- tion within provincial parks. EXTRACTION It proposed that resource extraction be stopped except where it could be demonstrated the resource could not be obtained outside the park. It also said any new parks should contain a core area which would be inviolate from all resource extraction and that areas outside the core be available for multiple use only for a designated period of time and under rigid standards of landscape management Delegates also asked the ECA to demand municipal and regional planning authorities assure that residential and commercial developments take noise and odor conditions into account Another resolution asked that the deposit on returnable beer bottles be increased to at least GO cents a dozen. West city PCs call I I nomination g The Lethbridge West g Progressive Conser- vative Association will x- hold its nominating meeting Nov. 20, the president of the associa- tion said today. Dwight Jensen said a location has yet to be selected for the meeting g but Premier Peter A Lougheed will be guest S speaker. At least three people are expected to contest the conservative nomination for the next provincial election, he jf -s said. Homemaker association under study A task force has been es- tablished to investigate the formation of a province-wide homemaker's association. The move was taken at a meeting of Alberta homemaker agencies which ended Thursday in Lethbridge. Eight of the 14 communities offering Homemaker services in the provinces were represented at the meeting, sponsored by preventive social services. The homemaker service offers short-term housekeep- ing assistance for troubled families or elderly persons. Members on the association task force are Caroline Gilfillan of Edmonton, Denyse Monty of Calgary and Dianne Proctor of St. Albert Hilda McClenaghan, super- visor of homemaker services in .Lethbridge, says the task force will set up a constitution and discuss ways to improve homemaker's services and staff working conditions. In addition, a task force to investigate homemaker statistics and record-keeping was formed, consisting of Mrs. McClenaghan and Toni Boon of the Barons-Eureka health unit homemaker ser- vice. The two-day homemakers' meeting was attended by representatives from Edmon- ton, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Grande Preairie, Albert, Coaldale and Lethbridge. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer First of two Many city physicians are upset at the nursing system in one Lethbridge hospital and nursing care in both city hospitals. A random Herald survey of some family practitioners and specialists on the hospital staffs revealed a general feel- ing of annoyance about the norsing system and nursing care. Only onephysician of 10 con- tacted by The Herald said be has never had any complaints toward the hospitals. However, other physicians, Doctors feel patients the losers under unit nursing system who requested that their names be withheld, do not share that feeling. The prime focus of com- plaints is the unit nursing system which has been in operation in the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital for about three years. The physicians fought against implementation of the system then, and now, three years later, are positive it doesn't add to the care of patients.. The system is based on the level of care a patient needs from a nurse and how many patients should be a nurse's responsibility. One nurse in the LMH could be responsible for about 19 patients needing minimal care. The number of patients per nurse would decrease as the level of care increases. When a patient progresses in health and needs less care he is moved into a unit, another part of the hospital where patients needing similar care are recovering. The system, "progressive patient differs from the previous system of "con- tinuity of care" in which the patient stayed in one place with the same nurses caring for his needs. Two areas in the LMH un- affected by unit nursing are the psychiatric and pediatric wards. H is generally acknowledged, said one city psychiatrist that the patients in the psychiatric ward should have the same nurses to gain the confidence of the patient and make him more comfor- table. However, said a family physician, comfort of the other patients in the hospital is just as important and that comfort involves the "patient getting to know his nurse and having confidence in her. the system was pat in it was supposed to give the nurses more time to be with be said. "But the nurses actually do not get to know the patient" Another physician saying the system has been a complaint of many patients. "The patients complain because they never know what bed is be said. "They say every time they look around they have been moved." Another physician said some doctors have had to phone admitting to find where their patients have been moved. The physicians contacted said they do not fed there was any shortage of staff in the hospitals except in the laboratory hi St Michael's Hospital. Some union representatives have said there are shortages and this has been refuted by hospital officials. The physicians said the problem is not with a shortage of staff but rather, a shortage of direct nursing care for the patients. "There are too many nurses working in the cbartroom and not enough doing bedside nur- said one physician about both hospitals. Another added: "I am happy with the staff bat they seem to be more concerned with charts than bedside work. "If someone has to do the work on the charts then there is a be added. "More nurses should be in caring for patients." Coupled with this is the physicians' concern that nurs- ing graduates from communi- ty colleges were not getting adequate training to work in a hospital compared with graduates from hospital-based nursing schools. One physician said training mast be more oriented towards caring for the patient's comfort and treatment "These (college trained) nurses do not seem to same calibre as those from hospital schools and I think they should take a year's internship in a hospital before they are be said. Most of the physicians said they think lie laboratory, although short of staff, is do- ing a "good job." One went as far as to criticize doctors for re- questing more tests than are necessary. "It takes longer than it should to get tests be said. "Bat there is far more lab work being done than is necessary."