Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Erosion of power blamed on less effective school boards By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer School boards must become more sensitive to the public will if they are to continue to exist, about 90 Southern Alberta school trustees and superintendents were told in Lethbridge Wednesday. In a hard-hitting speech to the annual conven- tion of the Southern zone of the Alberta School Trustees Association Stan Maertz warned trustees that their strength lies in the amount of support they have from the public. "As a local government body your greatest leverage on senior governments is your local he advised. "This is true whether you work to influence your local MLA's, various ministers or the premier." Mr. Maertz, an ASTA associate executive director, than charged that "trustees seldom know what the public will is." He backed the charge by suggesting trustees don't know from the school board elections what the public will is because they seldom run for of- fice on clearcut issues. "If there are no issues, the public can't very well choose on that basis." He cited the apathetic and uninformed elec- torate and the economical and educational status of those elected as two other reasons why trustees do not know what the public will is. Continuing with his pitch for more political in- volvement by trustees, Mr. Maertz said "education, more than any other people service needs a supportive public because the public is the base of the school board's political strength." Referring to a recently released ASTA survey of public views of trustees, Mr. Maertz said the public's view that trustees are not really capable of responding to the present-day demands being made on the educational system is very distur- bing. To change their public image, trustees must become more politically involved, he stated. Trustees must realize they are involved in politics and must compete for funds and the right to make their own decisions about the spending of the funds, he said. The boards, he suggested, can better meet the needs of the community and its political par- iicipation in educational decisions because they located in the community while the depart- ment of education is of f in a centralized position. Mr. Maertz maintained that the department of education "could take over the functions of school boards only where there is a non-involved apathetic public." He then warned trustees that their right to make certain educational decisions is being eroded. Collective bargaining by teachers, provincial funding and provincial legislation were three areas of erosion he cited. Provincial funding regulations force school boards to accept government controls oh programming if they want to take advantage of special funding. Piovincial legislation narrows a board's range of decision making by forcing it to do such things as repair school buildings instead of using the funds for more pressing needs. "To a large measure, the strength of the exter- nal forces are in direct proportion to school boards' ineffectiveness." An example of ineffectiveness eroding autonomy is the early childhood education programs that are now being sponsored and controlled by the province. "The trustees in Alberta couldn't agree on kindergarten education so the provincial govern- ment made it possible for others to offer this ser- he said. Local news Jhe LetHbttdgc Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, October 31. 1974 Pages 13-20 City favors pest control By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The City of Lethbridge sup- ports the provincial government's efforts to control the use of insecticides and pesticides and re- quirements for licensing com- mercial applicators, says Bill Brown of the city community services department. Mr. Brown said at a hearing into pesticide and herbicide use sponsored here by the Alberta Environment Conser- vation Authority Wednesday the city feels use of chemicals is necessary to maintain an acceptable living standard. But the use of chemicals should be closely monitored, the materials subjected to continuing evaluation and controls be implemented to limit unsatisfactory use of the chemicals. Mr. Brown said to limit the need for such chemical intervention, research into non chemical controls and resjstent strains be emphasiz- ed and a public information program be undertaken to increase the awareness of the total effect of the use" of chemicals. He said, the brief supports efforts to protect citizens from hazardous exposure to dangerous materials. This was the key point in a private bnef submitted to the authority by Lethbridge resi- dent William Tudor, 140617th St. S. Mr. Tudor, a former fanner, told the authority he and members of his family have been poisoned by chemical sprays applied to city property. He related an incident in 1970 or 1971 when his mouth was burned by chemical spray. After complaining to the city, he said he was free of trouble until 1973 when "a se- cond onslaught" hit his family He said the city sprayed a park about one quarter of a mile north of his house and the drifting chemical made his son ill. Mr. Brown did have some suggestions for the authority, including: More work to help applicators, A standard reference guide showing methods of cultural control of pests and suitable non toxic materials; A guide showing accep- table populations of pests which may be in balance with predator species; Courses in various regions of the province or grants to communities to cover costs of sending staff to central locations for education courses. A. A. Byrne, medical health officer for the city, said his department uses pesticides and insecticides mainly for the control of mosquitoes and flies. He said most of the Lethbridge's problems in mosquito control are man made, either as a result of gravel mining or irrigation Dr. Bryne told authority member Harvey Hogge his department has received no complaints about the chemical use in and around toe city. Bat he has received complaints about mosquitoes and flies. A-a-and a ghoulish good evening RICK ERVIN photo Count Dracula looms, bats hover, spiders scuttle, mummys mumble, skeletons rattle and things gotmmp to mention shriek, gasp, growl and the dark of night It's all happening at the YVVCA's Haunted House, 410 5th Ave. S., in the heart of Leth- bridge. Ghosts, vampires and spectres are all on hand to lure visitors into the hidden, horrible recesses of Cardston PC meeting Nov. 13 at Magrath HS the house. Visiting hours are tonight from 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is 35 cents for child- ren, 60 cents for adults. Children under five should be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds go to good, un- ghostly YWCA projects. Progressive Conservatives in the provincial riding of Cardston will meet Nov. 13 in the gymnasium at Magrath High School to nominate a candidate for the next provin- cial election. The nomination meeting, originally scheduled for Raymond, was moved to Magrath Wednesday by the 20- member executive of the con- stituency association after Raymond Mayor Bob Graham announced his intentions to seek the PC nomination. Cabinet safety move would affect midways Herald Legislator Bureau EDMONTON Midway rides have been brought un- der provincial regulations to improve their safety. The provincial cabinet decided Tuesday to designate amusement rides as fixed conveyances under the Elevator and Fixed Conveyances Act Concern over the lack of regulations governing safe- ty on the midway surfaced last summer after midway accidents. i Lethbridge proposed as rehab team base GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK Lethbridge should be the base for a travelling rehabilitation medical team to help rural hospitals in Southern Alberta improve physiotherapy ser- vices, a Calgary rehabilitation specialist said here Wednesday. Dr. David Blair, director of physical medicine at the Calgary General Hospital, 'Bootleg9 fertilizer dried up Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A stream cf "bootleg" fertilizer from Alberta to the United States has been effectively dried up, Hugh Homer, minister of agriculture, said Wednesday. He told Grant Notley, NDP leader, the province had been able "to curtail" the flow with the help of fertilizer manufac- turers. Mr. Notley asked the minister about shipments of fertilizer from dealers in the Peace River region to the U.S. Outside the legislature, Dr. Homer said higher prices in the U.S. were causing local dealers to load up trucks and bead south to sell bags of fer- tilizer for high profits. When the province told manufacturers about the traf- fic, the manufacturers threatened to cut off supplies to dealers engaging in the shipments, Dr. Homer said. Alberta is experiencing a fertilizer shortage. "No doubt there is going to be a demand in the coming year that is go- ing to be very difficult to Dr. Homer told the legislature. No complaints had been received from Southern Alber- ta. Mr. Notley blamed the situation on a "ravenous appetite" for fertilizer on the part of the U.S. Plan to file Victor Erdman, chairman of the Lethbridge Safe Water Committee said today toe committee planned to file an application today asking for a recount of the fluoridation vote. Fewer pesticides 'would end sugar crop9 Curtailment of chemical use against plant and insect pests in the sugar beet fields of Southern Alberta would mean instant death of the multi million dollar industry, ac- cording to producer and processor representatives. The Alberta Environment Conser- vation Authority was told Wednes- day sugar beet growers have been waging a war with pests, insects and diseases for their survival in the past 45 years. John Hall, research director for Canadian Sugar Factories Company, told about 130 people at the hearing growers "nave to get them (pests) before they get as John Vaselenak of Coaldale, agricultural chairman for the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association, said a drastic shortage of labor and the rising cost of sugar beet production leaves no alternate bat complete chemical control of weeds and insects The control is needed to make mechanization possible for the salvation of the industry, he said Mr Hall took exception to some statements in eight informational bulletings prepared by the authority prior to the hearing. One bulletin suggested by not spraying roadsides, sufficient food supplies could be developed to keep grasshoppers from damaging crops. Mr. Hall said the report doesn't take into consideration the migratory nature of grasshoppers and their ability to eat their way across mites of vegetation. Another bulletin reported that Trithion for root maggot control is "not particularly effective for this purpose." Mr. Hall said. "We are at a loss to ktwiw what is meant by 'not par- ticularly He pointed out that in tests con- ducted in co operation with the Lethbridge Research Station, use of Triuuon contributed to an increase of 85 per cent in beets grown per acre and an increase of eight per cent in the amount of scgar in the teets compared with a test using no chemical. He told authority vice chairman Julian Kiaisky beet growers know the economics of chemical use on their crop. He said the system of chemical use and control for sugar beets couldn't be adapted for other crops. There are 10 men looking after the chemical use on acres of sugar beets and that is being done only because sugar beets are a high return crop. Mr Vaseler.ik told authority chairman Waite Trost of Edmonton chemical use has reduced the labor requirement of sugar beet by 60 to 85 per cent and in future wfll reduce it to 6 per cent compared with 25 years ago. said physiotherapy services in. rural hospitals "do not satisfy me." Standards for physiotherapy in rural hospitals could be increased by having a train- ed physiotherapist and rehabilitation nurse travel to the hospitals to help train hospital nurses in physiotherapy, he said. Dr. Blair was speaking to a conference at the St. Vincent's Hospital here on ob- taining physiotherapy ser- vices for rural communities. Dr. Blair organized a travelling team from the Calgary General Hospital which visited rural hospitals near there on a regular basis to form physiotherapy ser- vices. However, St. Vincent's Hospital and other in Southern Alberta are out of the range of Calgary's teams. Dr. Blair said he has dis- cussed establishing a Lethbridge team with city hospital boards but has had lit- tle success in forming a team. LETHBRIDGE OBVIOUS "I still feel Lethbridge is the obvious centre to have a team as good as he told the rural doctors attending. "Your available services do not satisfy me. "Maybe we are trying to set a higher standard than is necessary but we want our team to be rehabilitation minded. This seems lacking in your he added. Physicians at the meeting were from hospitals in Fort Macleod, Blairmore, Cardston and Pincher Creek. "All hospitals would benefit from a centre in Lethbridge similar to that at Calgary General Dr. Blair said. He added the hospitals in Lethbridge have been enthusiastic about starting such a team but "political problems" between the hospitals seemed to stall im- plementation. Dr. Blair said he would offer guidance to Lethbridge hospitals and physicians in es- tablishing such a program by regularly travelling to Lethbridge. If rural hospitals applied pressure to the Lethbridge hospitals a travelling team could be pot together. The Alberta Hospital Services Commission is in favor of such a program and could apply pressure also, Dr. Blair said. Dr. John Walker, -of Fort Macleod, said rural physicians seem to favor ser- vices coming from Calgary and not Lethbridge. Dr. Blair suggested two other alternatives for supply- ing care. HOSPITALS MIGHT HIRE "The best thing a hospital could do would be to hire its own fall time he said. If physiotherapist was hired in the region and spent time training nurses in outly- ing hospitals in puysiotbettfity, it could ease the problem, be aooeo. "Bat graduating physiotherapists seem to be taking op available jobs in the cities and it is hard to get a physiotherapist to live in a rural be said. Dr. Blair said it seems graduate physiotherapists do not mind working hi smaller towns bat do not want to live there. Canine poisoning 'required' Control of coyotes and dogs by hook or by crook was called for Wednesday by officials of Southern Alberta's sheep in- dustry. Speaking to the Alberta En- vironment Conservation Authority hearing at the Ex- hibition Grounds, John Walburger, president of the Cardston and District Sheepmen's Association, said control of predator animals is best done through the use of poisons but that is where the most criticism comes. we are after is the best method of he said. Adding to the problem of Cardston area fanners are two large ranches and the Blood Indian Reserve which won't allow the use of poison on their property. Waterloo Lakes National Park on the west and Montana on the south also refuse poison use. From all these areas come coyotes which flood the sheep raising area and create production problems for the fanner, he said. Mr. Walburger said he would like to see the controversial poison 1080 used more because, he said, it is selective in what it kills. He would also like to see more cyanide guns used and more government-controlled predator officers involved while the poison strychnine could be banned because it kills everything which eats it. He said if poisons are not allowed, he would welcome permission to hunt coyotes from airplanes and snow- mobiles. He was noncommital to a suggestion from Eugene Scul- ly of the Lethbridge Fish and Game Association that city people could hunt coyotes. Mr. Scully, who said the local association supports the policy of the Alberta Fish and Game Association on pesticides, said the local association is against the use of poison to control fur- bearing predators. "We believe that public lands should not be subjected to chemical when other non-poisonous methods could be be told the authority, "We are very concerned that fish and wildlife are not being protected from pesticides to the same degree as are He urged the provincial government to use stringent control methods in the use of pesticides and to implement a policy similar to of the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Under question from the three-man authority, Mr. Scully said be would welcome organized hunts on farmer- owned land by members of fish and game dobs to help reduce the predator problem. Wben asked about bis suggestion. Mr. Walburger said it was tried in the Oaresbotm area last year and drew lots of bad publicity.