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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, October 27, 1973 Pages 17-32 1 A night at the Bowman Bored with TV Idleness got you down'' A night at the Bowman Art Centre could be the right tonic Turn a pot, sketch a landscape, weave material, enlarge a print or mold a ring Its good for the hands and sure beats the roller derby i Treatment plant's performance under close gov't eye By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The department of the environ- ment is waiting to see if a new Lethbridge bvlaw reduces in- dustrial sewage before it orders the city to expand or convert its problem-plagued treatment plant The department told Mayor Andv Anderson last April that if the quality of the effluent from the plant did not im- prove it is likely the city will be requested to expand their treatment facilities An upset at the plant in April was attributed to sudden dumping of waste from a rapeseed processing operation The situation then improved a memorandum from the department tabled in the legislature Friday stated After April the plant s per- formance improved until July when pea processing began The high loadings from this operation have upset the plant and resulted in poor treatment M S McClure head of the municipal engineering branch said in the memo Mr McClure said the city has just passed a by law which will industries producing high loadings We are now waiting to see how effectively it improves the situation Bill Yurko minister of the environment tabled the memorandum in answer to a question from Doug Miller (SC Taber- Warner) about Lethbridge sewage polluting the Oldman River We have no knowledge of raw sewage being discharged into the river at Mr McClure said However the Lethbridge sewage treatment plant has been operating erratically for the two years it has been in operation Its problems are generally attributed to high loadings and shock loadings generated by the food processing industry in the city I In April the department told the mayor that the city has had ample time to isolate the problems and to provide the necessary corrective measures The department stated after That extra hour Many people who start their working shifts at midnight tonight will have to work an extra hour Spokesmen for the two citv hospitals citv police and firemen sav when Alberta switches from daylight saving to mountain standard time Sunday their employees will have to work an extra hour At 2 a m Sunday all clocks will be set back one hour to 1 a m hospital spokesman said all emplovees expect to work the extra hour with pav just as expected to be paid for the hour didn t work in April when Alberta went on light saving time and they got off one hour early The spokesman wasn t sure whether the same people working Sunday midnight are the same ones that worked the midnight shift in April The spokesman said however theic are some people work- ing permanent nights an inspection ot the plant in April that there appeared to be onh two solutions to the problem requiring industry to pre-treat its sewage so it could be handled bv the plant or altering the plant to handle the industrial waste From the experience on Wednesday (dav oi the inspec- tion April 11) it would in- dicate that a phvsical- biological plant cannot handle this waste and the ciU would be faced with a physical- chemical process The department said the plant was giving off an obnox- ious odor and raw sewage was olive green in color In summation the report said The Lethbridge plant has been operating for almost a year-and-a-half The plant's operating history has been poor and it has been unable to consistently meet the department s criteria in general a one-year breaking-m period is required for a plant this size the City of Lethbridge has exceed- ed this time yuth no indication that they are bringing the plant under control Marijuana gardeners fined; 144 plants worth Three Lethbridge youths caught watering a marijuana patch in a coulee near Picture Butte July 26 were fined each in provincial court Friday Charged with cultivating marijuana were Merle Richard Waterfield 17 Karl Lief Trockstad 18 and Ronald Gordon Clark 17 The three pleaded not guilty to the charge on their first court appearance Sept 14 but cvhanged the plea Friday RCMP had received information about the marijuana and observed the area for about two weeks On the day of the arrest they watched the three accused watering and weeding the plants Police confiscated 144 plants which would have produced about 20 pounds of saleable material worth up to 000 on the street In imposing the relatively light sentence Provincial Judge L W Hudson took into consideration that all three were students and were doirg well in their classes 'Indians need bigger share of rehab funds' B> MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Drunkeness should be com pleteh unacceptable in Indian society a native women s workshop was told Friday Eric Shirt co-ordmator of (he Poundmaker s Lodge rehabilitation centre in Ed monton told the workshop sponsored the Voice of Native Women Societv that drinking has become acceptable behavior among Indians It is so acceptable he said that alcoholics who had quit drinking are asked Are trying to act like a white man" But nothing in that bottle has anvthing to do with Indian culture sasid Mr Shirt There s no mention of alcohol in the old stories Speaking to a dav-long workshop session on alcohol lamih counselling Mr Shirt said that it was often necessarv to counsel the whole faniih in an alcoholism situation The drinker must decide whether or not he wants to iccogni7e his problem and stop drinking If he does not the whole farnilv must decide how to handle the situation In order to stop an alcoholic drinking said Mr Shirt he must be in the right place at the right time with the right people At the time a problem drinker wants to stop counselling and treatment services must be available The people allowed Standoff man appointed to human rights commission A Southern Alberta man ap- pointed Friday to the Alberta Human Rights Commission will not act as the com- mission's spokesman for In- dian people Marvin Fox, of Standoff, president of Indian News Media, director of Kamai community services, and 'he acting chairman of the provin- cial native action committee on alcohol and drug abuse. told The Herald it would be unfair to the commission if he acted as a representative of native people "I'm just part of a group." he said "I don't want to put myself up as a spokesman for native people Mr Fox was one of seven people appointed Fndav to the commission which will be headed by Dr Max Wyman. president of the University of Alberta Dr Wyman, a member of the Kirby Commission now in- vestigating the lower courts system in the province, will assume chairmanship of the commission July when he retires from the University of Alberta presidency An interim chairman will be appointed from among the other six members Announcing the ap- pointments Premier Peter Loughecd told the legislature the commission will be em- powered to investigate dis- crimination related to color, race, sex, age. ancestry or place of origin Mr Fox said he expects most of the cases handled by the human rights commission will deal with problems faced by native people The commission will be for people who can't be heard through other channels he said Bob Clark opposition house leader said in Edmonton he welcomes the appointments even though they are long overdue He hoped that the com mission s first priority would be the need for equal pay for equal work Other members of the com- mission are Vince Coonov of Calgary former judge of I he Court of Canadian Citiyenship for Southern Alberta and current- ly practising law Jean Forest of Edmonton, a trustee and deputy chairman of the Edmonton Separate School Board and a member of the board of gover- nors of the University of Alberta Muriel Venne of Edmonton involved with the Metis Association of Albeita in job placement employment op- portunities counselling human and social relations equality of women and native education Connie Ostcrman of Car- stairs chairman for more than seven years of a com- mittee which pressed for changes in the Surface Rights Act Norm of Calgary a former Calgary school teacher now the a d- mmistrator of the House a school and studio into Poundmaker s are people who want to do something about their problem he said Because alcoholism is a dis- ease and not a moral failing, he said counsellors should not judge alcoholics or have a holier than-thou attitude but should listen to their problems Mr Shirt also said that loolh controlled Indian run alcoholism programs were necessary to solve the pioblem He said the Alberta N'atne Action Committee, representing groups across the province had last week asked federal Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde to grant 8 million for this pur- pose in Alberta Some 000 of the request was for the south he added He urged the women to write Mr Lalonde asking him it he intended to fund the In- dian alcoholism program and the Indian training program Earner in the day Mr Shirt said the provincial govern- ment was not spending enough money on native alcoholism programs He said that while six to e.ght per cent of Alberta families were affected by alcoholism the number me hided 100 per cent of Indian families m the province With a provincial population of two million he said a rate of eight pet cent gave 160000 people ciffected by alcoholism Since there are 90 000 natives in the province said Mr Shirt half of the people affected by alcoholism were natives so half of the provin- cial alcoholism rehabilitation budget should be spent on native alcohol rehabilitation Mr Shirt said alcoholism was the numbei one killer .imong Indians not only diiectly tiom cirrhosis of the hyoi ,md other alcohol-related diseases but thiough traffic accidents diunkcn violence, .iml sine ulc l-oi eveiv alcoholic who sobcis up without outside help tu's.iid .15 die of alcohol- idated c ,uises ;