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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Variations of 2 on 1 There's more than one way for two people to ride a bicycle built for one. Daisy. You can use the handlebar, the driver can stand, or one can ride sidesaddle on the upper bar with one person ped- alling and the other driv- ing. But city police say any of these practices are illegal, both under city bylaw and the High- way Traffic Act. There has to be a seat, with ped- als or footrests, for every person on the bicycle. Time in Montreal cell put damper on reunion, woman blames Air Canada By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer A Lethbridge woman holds Air Canada to blatne for spoiling what should have been a happy reunion wiflrher 73-year-old mother. After waiting nine months for the airline to make it right, she is contemplating legal action. It had been 17 years since Helen Czurka had left her native Hungary. Seventeen years since she'd seen her mother. When she went to Calgary'last Jan. 13, she was looking forward, to what she ex- .pected to be one of her happiest days in 1974. It turned into one of the most disap- pointing of her life. As she stood waiting for her mother's Montreal flight to touch down, there was a page calling Mrs. Czurka to the telephone. It was the Montreal police. They said they had Mrs. Magdolna Szaboin custody and they wanted her daughter to come to Montreal and arrange for her release. Mrs. Czurka flew to Montreal at her own expense, picked up her mother and return- ed: to Lethbridge. Their six-week visit was uneasy because of the incident and then Mrs. Szabo returned to Hungary via another air line. Twice since the mother left, her daughter has written her, but there has been no reply. Mrs. Czurka says she doesn't know if she'll ever hear from her mother again. Mrs. Czurka maintains her mother- never left Montreal airport for Calgary. She says her mother said when she arrived 10 Montreal she was left by herself in the huge building. She was unable to speak with anyone because of the language barrier. She became scared and began to cry. She was then taken into custody, Mrs. Czurka claims. Lethbndge MP Ken Hurlburt was in- formed of the incident Jan. 16 and investigated. He said his inquiries revealed Mrs. Szabo, who speaks no English or French, panicked and began to screen after the flight was under way. Air Canada told Mr. Hulburt when the elderly woman began to scream the airline captain decided to return to Montreal and leave her there. A spokesman for the Montreal police- department told The Herald in a telephone interview Mrs. Czurka's mother was pick- ed up about a.m. on Jan. 13 at Montreal airport. Immigration officials at the airport had called the police. Montreal police say the woman was placed in a cell in a section of the Montreal jail reserved for persons with psychiatric problems'. They were concerned about her protection. They say the request for Mrs. Czurka to come to Montreal to.; arrange for her mother's release is standard procedure. A hysterical person's relatives are usually called to come and take charge of the per- son, they said. The daughter says she didn'f arrive in Montreal to pick up her elderly mother un- til 6 p.m. on Jan. 13. Mrs. Czurka claims her mother had been in custody since sometime oii Jan. 12. Shortly after the incident she contacted The Herald and was urged to come in and tell her story to a reporter. She didn't follow up the telephone call immediately. She says she mentioned the situation to a neighbor who warned her away from mak- ing the matter public. It was only moms later she became convinced a relatively new Canadian had nothing to fear from making public an injustice at the hands of government corporation. She says since January she has written Air Canada several times asking for finan- cial compensation and some explanation of the incident. She asked the airline for in damages. She asked for in air fare. This included her mother's return ticket to Hungary plus her own ticket to Montreal and back. She asked for for the in- dignity and trauma she and her mother went through. The Lethbridge Human Rights and Civil Liberties Association wrote Air Canada on Mrs. Czurka's behalf asking for its report on the incident Air Canada replied in a letter the report was confidential and "was taken in an- ticipation of the claim Mrs. Czurka main- tained she would be making against our company." The company said in the same letter that Mrs. Czurka had received a full ex- planation of the incident However, Mrs. Czurka says all an earlier letter said about it was: everyone was most anxious to make your mother comfortable and see to her needs It is unfortunate that Mrs. Szabo's extreme anxiety precluded all ef- forts to try and reassure her. Mr. Hurlburt says his investigation of v the incident came "to a complete halt" when Air Canada refused to give him any more information. The company told him anything further on the matter was between Air Canada, Mrs. Czurka and her mother. Mr. Hniiburt said be feds Mrs. Czurka deserves some compensation as well as a fun letter of explanation. Mr. Harlbttrt says be will take further action if Air Canada doesn't do something hi a short time. A. R. Godbold. manager of customer relations for Air Canada in Montreal says the incident is a matter between the com- pany and the two women. "Under no does Air Canada not want to Mr.XJodboW said from Montreal. The company has written iaUlvti IHtu. MRS. HELEN CZURKA What Mrs. Czurka said is not the com- plete story, Mr. Godbold stated. If Mrs. Canto's case had some legitimacy it would have cone to court a long time ago. Air Canada has a complete account of the incident on lite and UK company is satisfied with its actions respecting of Mrs. Canto's mother, Mr. GodboM said. Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 30, 1974 Pages 13-22 Foster expects V of L to benefit t _ U of A to limit enrolment By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Govern- ment officials have reached an agreement itt principle with the University of Alberta to limit its enrolment to between and students. If Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, and cabinet accept the proposal it will have major implications for the University of Lethbridge. Mr. Foster revealed the "tentative arrangement" hammered out by department and university officials in an interview Tuesday A decision to freeze the size of the U. of A has been long overdue, Mr. Foster said. It is now as close as two months. The decision to freeze enrol-' ment could well solve enrol- ment problems at the U of'L. Students unable to attend the U of A would head for Calgary or Lethbridge "It's good news for both U ofCandUofL They're going -to be the prime beneficiaries of enrolment Mr. Foster said. The students who will be affected are ones in first- and second-year programs. Enrol- ment under the agreement would be frozen to or 000 students in the faculties of arts, science, business ad- ministration, commerce and education. Beckel welcomes decision enters Tory race Ceiling for Calgary too The department is also talk- ing to U of C about a ceiling of students. And it en- visions a limit of for each of the Northern and Southern Alberta Institutes of Technology. Meanwhile, he said, it was "most important" that the final details of transfer programs between colleges and universities be settled. When they were, students will be less afraid to attend a college because they might not be able to count that train- ing towards a university program. "We've got to be firm in our resolve to settle'the transfer of students between in- stitutions." Implications of the freeze are the minister said. He is studying the political and ether ramifications before making up his mind what to recora- nfend to cabinet "The political implications of the student .parent be- ing upset is something we have to learn to handle. "The expectations of Alber- tans for post secondary in- stitutions on their doorsteps is not unreasonable. "Students who would nor- mally go to U of A would "have to consider going to U of C or U of L. "That won't have impact on people outside of Edmonton and Calgary because they've been doing it (travelling out- side their communities) foe years." The government would have to consider financial aid for students forced out of their hometown to attend a univer- sity, he said. Who is admitted in to the U of A and who is not would be up to institution, Mr. Foster said. It will probably mean entrance examinations. "It's up to them to allocate numbers among faculties." Limiting enrolments in the first two years will solve pop- ulation problems later on. "We and the university have come to what we think is a generally acceptable arrangement" A restriction on student enrolment at the University of Alberta will help the Universi- ty of Lethbridge become a provincial-based university, the U of L president said Tuesday. "That's very much what we BUI Beckel said. It has become routine for students in the northern por- tion of the province to go to the U of A but with the restric- tion on enrolment they may be looking to the U of L or University of Calgary as an alternative, he explained. The restriction will also allow the U of A to pick and choose from competing students, he continued. Dr. Beckel pointed out that while the U of L welcomes all who want to enrol in it, there is not a dire need for more students at the U of L. "We are convinced that we have a first class program with our existing enrolment" Raymond Mayor Bob Graham said Tuesday he will contest the Progressive Conservative nomination for the provincial riding of Card- stem. Meanwhile, the executive of the PC constituency associa- tion will meet tonight to review the location of the Nov 13 nomination meeting, originally scheduled for Ray- mond High School. Mr. Graham, the 39-year- old Raymond farmer and Lethbridge implement dealer, who earlier this month declin- .ed an invitation from the Social Credit riding associa- tion to seek the Socred ticket, told The Herald he will resign as Raymond mayor if elected to the seat now held by Socred MLA Ted Himnan Graham said he delayed an- nouncing his candidacy until the Energy Resources Conser- vation Board completed hearings on an application Decision on recount will be made today Dick Johnston, the ninth place finisher by 10 votes in the civic election aldermanic race, said this morning be would decide today whether or not to ask for a judicial recount "The problem is the amount of money no one yet has determined what it would cost Mr. Johnston said. According to one report, he said, the petitioner is responsi- ble for the total cost but according to one section of the Municipal Election Act the judge who presides over the recount may pro rate cost charging some of it to the municipality if the petitioner is successful on the recount The deadline for recount applications is Friday from Alberta Ammonia Ltd., to build an anhydrous am- monia plant near Raymond. "I didn't want anyone to think I was trying to'get into government to promote the ammonia plant." Graham said he expects support from PC members in the Raymond and Stirling areas and hopes to win over Socreds wanting "to get on the bandwagon" and become "part of the government" Regarding the site of the nomination meeting, the Ray- mond mayor said, "as-far as I know, it's still going to be in Raymond." Cardston constituency association president Robert Campbell of Del Bonita said the association chose Ray- mond because "there was no candidate in mak- ing it "neutral" territory. "Since then, Mr. Graham is of course in the running and we have to reconsider the location." He said the request for a review came from sup- porters of Glen Pnmell, 43, on leave from his post as deputy agriculture minister. Asked if any other can- didates had requested the review, Campbell replied: "PurneU's people are the only ones pushing to have it changed." Lawrence Kearl, 65, a Cardston area rancher also seeking the nomination, said be is "not too concerned" about the meeting site. Fellow hopeful John Thompson, SO, a Spring Coulee fanner, was not available for comment Mortgages, rents concern MLAs HeraM Leftolitare EDMONTON Mortgage rates, and private nursing homes concern- ed Southern Alberta MLAs in the legislature Tuesday night Dick Gruenwald (SC Lethbridge West) pleaded for assistance to young prospective home buyers. He suggested the province could step in to help through its Alberta Honing potation. "This is a real grass-roots tee said in his remarks on the premier's state of the province address. Young famules are giving op tte hope of buying a borne because of high interest rates and the peroen- tage of single family dwellings is dropping, be said. Accusing the government of un- paralleled extravagance, John Anderson (SC Lethbridge said it should direct its attention to the plight of Lethbridge renters. Its assistance ptxigrani, which depends on landlords to leUu'u tax credits to renters, was a disnial faflare in Lethbridge, he claimed. Rents in the city are 10 to 20 per cent higher than in other urtam teniies in Alberta. Mr. Anderson said irrigation and water conservation projects should be given "top priority" by the government Mr. Gruenwald told the bouse be is concerned about the quality of care in privately ran nursing and senior citizens' homes. "The service (in some) seems to leave something to be desired to say the least "I'm concerned because of the number of complaints I've received. Maybe some of these people are be- ing taken advantage be said. The guveiumeiil sboaM look at the situation. Meanwhile, Charlie Drain (SC Pincher Creek said people in his constituency are "desperate tor bousing." He said his pbone is "ringing incessantly" with complaints. The MLA also urged caution in allowing the Alberta economy to boom. It should be paced to allow services and facilities such as schools and hospitals to keep op. "I personally see the economy of Alberta at this time running flat oat to the extent it is going to be very difficult to control." ;