Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Ottawa opens new offensive against TB on Alberta reserves By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A comprehensive program to combat the high incidence of tuberculosis on Alberta Indian reserves has been launched by the federal department of health and welfare. Dr. D. A. Shedden, programs officer for the department in Alberta, said Thursday in a telephone interview from Edmonton that the program is aimed at reducing the rate of TB on the reserves to the provincial level. The incidence rate of TB on the reserves in 1973 reached 228 cases per population, whereas the overall rate for Alberta is about 18 cases per "Obviously, by any criterion, a problem of some magnitude he said. Dr Shedden added the program being im- plemented is not "radically new" but a "reshaping" of the previous TB control program. "Basically it is a more concerted effort and an attempt to streamline he said. "The main effort is to mop-up the reservoir of (TB) infection and stop new cases." The program, that will incorporate more vac- cinations, testing, examinations and complex record keeping, will be earned out on all Alberta reserves including Standoff and Brocket near Lethbndge A public health nurse, hired specifically for the project, will be visiting medical facilities on the reserves to explain the program to medical personnel, he said. The two Southern Alberta reserves have a lower incidence of TB than some others but they are not free of the problem. The department hopes to reduce the rate of TB among Alberta's more than registered In- dians by intensifying follow-up treatment, education programs, prevention programs and discovery of cases. Vaccinations will be carried out on a number of "high risk" groups on the reserves including newborns, preschool children and Grade 1 "Most controlled trials have shown that BCG vaccination in certain circumstances can produce 80 per cent he said. General chest X-rays, a traditional tool in TB control, will be discontinued on the reserves in favor of X-raying only high risk groups such as old cases or suspects, he said. Running in conjunction with the program will be a complex record keeping system. Each treaty Indian in the province will have a computerized tuberculosis file which will con- tain information of tuberculin tests and vac- cinations. Dr Shedden said there is no definite reason why the TB problem on the reserves has shown itself to be greater than other areas in province. "It is a greater problem for a number he said. "And these are things such their history and language and cultural barriers. "All these factors add up to a problem." To try and offset these areas of concern department has been trying to hire Indir medical personnel to work on each reserve Alberta. "We are always trying to increase the numbc of Indian staff in the he said. "Not J for this program but generally." District JHc Lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 6, 1974 Pages 15-28 Ammonia plant must pass two hearings By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer RAYMOND Everyone concerned will get a chance to speak for or against Alberta Ammonia's proposed fer- tilizer complex at an Alberta environment department public hearing, a meeting here was told Thursday The environment depart- ment has asked Alberta Am- monia to prepare an impact statement examining the en- vironmental and economic effects of the project on the Raymond Lethbridge area, Francis Saville, a lawyer for Alberta Ammonia told 300 people at the meeting in the Raymond High School A date for the hearing, which will be held in Raymond, hasn't been set, but the firm's report to the department will be made public well before the hearing, giving everyone a chance to go over it, Mr Saville said. Two other public hearings in connection with the project will also one by the Energy Resources Conserva- tion board scheduled for Sept. 30 in Calgary to look at the question of supply of natural gas to the ammonia plants. The other will be held by the Local Authorities Board and will deal with Raymond's application to annex the proposed plant site to the town. At the environment department's request, the plant site is to be 3 miles from Raymond instead of the Viz miles originally proposed, leaving the town with no choice but to apply to annex the larger area. The town feels that since it will be providing most of the services for the plant's employees, it should get the industrial tax base Concerning natural gas supply. Alberta Ammonia Prebuilt contract accepted Employees of Prebuilt In- dustries Ltd. have voted to accept a new contract and end their five-week strike, a union spokesman said today. Pat Mattel, chief negotiator for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said the workers would receive an across-the- board increase of an hour over two years. The increase will be about 19 per cent a year, he said. About 150 members of Carpenter Local 2998 went on strike Aug. i. Mr Mattel said the union did not win a cosl-of-Jiving clause but fringe benefits are to be improved. On the life in- surance plan, the company will pay 75 per cent of the premiums for new employees, and 100 per cent after one year's service, he said. The company becomes responsible for part of the cost of tools, he said The differen- tial for a lead hand, the first line supervisor, is up to 25 cents an hour from IS cents, and the wage progression period for new employees is now 60 days instead of six months Work wi! J resume as soon as possible, he said. president Duncan Sim told the meeting, gas to make the am- monia will come largely from shallow, low pressure fields in southern and central Alberta that until now have been uneconommical to tap. When fully developed, the fertilizer complex's four plants will use 200 million cubic feet per day, Mr. Sim said Mr. Sim said later he sees no difference between converting Alberta natural gas to ammonia and shipping it across the border to the United States than in shipping Alberta natural gas to Ontario where thermal plants use it to generate electricity which is in turn shipped to the U S. Most of the Alberta Am- monia product will be piped to the U.S. midwest and sold to Farmaland Industries, a fer- tilizer giant that is backing the Alberta Ammonia project. Indus tria liza tio n prospect pleases Raymond residents RAYMOND The people of this town left little doubt here Thursday how they feel about Alberta Ammonia Ltd and its proposed four-plant fertilizer complex. They want it. There were few bands that didn't shoot up when Mayor Bob Graham asked for a show of support for Alberta Ammonia from the more than 300 people who had packed the bleachers at the Raymond High School auditorium to hear Alberta Ammonia president Duncan Sun and other company officials discuss the project and its impact on the area. During the entire two-hour meeting, the audience constantly applauded statements by Mr. Sim who was backed up in his presentation by ammonia plant expert and project manager Hayes Mayo of Lawrence, Kan., and the Calgary lawyer for the firm, Francis Saville. They told the crowd the million complex would be virtually pollution free, serve Alberta and Canadian fertilizer needs first, boost area population by about people, create 125 permanent jobs at the plant and another 250 in service industries, add 300 dwelling units, and multiply the town's tax base several times. "We need million to get this town in the condition we want said Mayor Graham, citing the need for 8% miles of water lines, 14 miles of paved roads and miles of sidewalks, curbs and gutters. The only way this can be Development restraint relaxed The Oldman River Regional Planning Commission has relaxed subdivision constraints on country residential development on land in Crowsnest Pass within 10 miles of Highway 3. The commission decided at Us regular meeting Thursday to modify the preliminary regional plan, waiving the 80- acre minimum parcel size in the 'Pass. ORRPC planner Ted Nicholson told the full com- mission meeting that the preliminary plan is intended to conserve farmland, but "there is no land in the Tass area with a C.L.I, soil capability classification higher than class 5." done without Alberta Ammonia, he said, would be to double the tax rate of 70 mills. "Everyone wants he said of the improvements, "but not too many of us want to pay for them." "We're at the point now where we need industry to carry the load or we'll have to get into your pockets The in taxes plus the few provincial grants Raymond gets now are "not much to run a town the mayor said "We're looking at about million in taxes a year from the plant." In fact the picture painted of the Alberta Ammonia project at the meeting was so good, it led one resident to ask: "Aren't there any disadvantages to the plant coming to "Progress always brings some problems I'm sure it's all not going to be a bed of Mayor Graham replied. "But the type of industry we're looking at will not have scruffy-type labor the people will be educated the same as we are." Mr. Sim spoke on the labor question earlier, assuring the residents the plants will employ "good citizens." The construction force, which will reach a peak of 500 people by August. 1976. would be housed in the Lethbridge area, he said. "I don't like the idea of construction he told the crowd. "I think you'll find them housed in motels and hotels and the like in the Lethbridge area." Mr. Sim said the construction force would gradually build up from 50 at the start next April, to 500 until about June, 1977. when it would taper off to 200 by July, 1978, and then build up again for the second stage work. Each stage will see construction of two plants. On environmental matters, Mr. Sim said there is nothing produced from an ammonia plant that is harmful. "It's basically carbon dioxide emmissions the same gas yon and I breathe out every he said. In response to questions from the audience Mr. Sim said the ammonia plants would use 3'4 million gallons or 28 acre feet of water per day Most of it would be evaporated in the manufacturing process, but any effluent left would go into a holding pond and be used to irrigate crops on the 900 acre company site, he said. Good form in open jumper stake Dobasz, entered by Ranchland Recreation, Lethbridge, placed second. 200 horses compete in Rotary opener More than 200 horses were put through their paces Thursday as the 10th annual Rotary Horse Show opened at the Exhibition Pavilion Nearly people turned out for the evening show. Total turnout for all three shows Thursday was more than 1.600 people. Mayor Andy Anderson officially opened the evening show and presented the first prize ribbon in the five gaited horse, American saddle, amateur class, which was won by Stonewall's Rexingo. owned by White Saddlery of Sandy. Utah. That class and the three gaited horse, American saddle class were two of the highlights in the evening competition. The horses performed very well with high stepping walk and brilliant trotting and cantor, according to the show announcer. The major highlight Thursday night was the final event the Tennessee walking class, with the horses appropriately dubbed "the aristocrats of the show ring." As the horses performed, they looked very smooth, and even at a cantor the horses appeared to be walking. In that event, with five competitors, the youngest rider was 16 and the oldest was 78 years old. The Lethbridge Community College Equestrian team was featured during the intermission, performing a square dance on horseback. Roy Register, of Riverside, Calif., the judge for the three- day horse show, has spent close to fifty years in the training, showing, selling and judging American saddle horses. "The competition is keen and the horses and riders are performing very well." he commented after the show Thursday. Profits from the three-day competition, put on by the East Lethbridge Rotary Club Montana governor repeats his invitation to Alberta and the Downtown Rotary Club, will go to the Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta for a new industrial training centre. Winners in the events Thursday morning were Registered quarter horse pleasure first Christy Trouble, owned b> Bill Stronsl.i. Claresholm. second. Arctic Kitten Dixie Cray. Lethbridge Registered Appaloosa English Measure Izador's Candy. Maxine McKenna. Lethbndge. King Dand> Patches. George Brown, Fort Macleod Registered Quarter Horse, reining Mr Tonto Pow. Brian Bail. Lethbndge. Lord! Red. Ron and Dallas Mackie Kimberley. B C Registered Appaloosa. matched pairs first. Sioux's Black Pepper. Maxine McKenna Canadian junior three gaited horse Anacacbo Clipper. G E McDonald. Didsun. Miss Express. D Jay Stables. Dtosbury Registered Apnakxisa. reining class Iron Cap Bill Stronski. King Dand> Patches. George Brown In afternoon competition winners By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EAST GLACIER, Mont Thomas Judge, chairman of the Federation of Rocky Mountain states. Thursday repeated an invitation for Alberta to join federation forces The Montana governor told a press conference, also attended by the governors of Wyoming and New Mexico that an invitation is in order. "I think it would be well for the governors and the board of directors to consider an in- vitation to the Province of Alberta to either become a full member or an associate member of the federation. "Many of the problems we are talking about here are very similar in the Rocky Mountains to the north of the governor said "We share many common problems with respect to resource development, with respect to economic development, tourism. "I think maybe they could benefit from some of our dis- cussions and we may benefit from some of the things they're Mr. Judge said The Montana governor earlier had reacted favorably to a proposal that Alberta become attached to the federation. The annual meeting of the federation, comprising members from Montana, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming is being held here. Its theme is "The Future of the Human Environ- ment in the Rocky Mountain States "The Province of Alberta enjoys a situation that we don't and that is that it owns the the governor told reporters "The province can develop those resources according to how it wants to develop them, and 1 think it is doing precise- ly that. It is a little different with respect to our states where the federal government owns the resources." The governor's outline of Montana's concerns and am- bitions in resource develop- ment and agriculture could well have been voiced at an Edmonton press conference by Premier Peter Lougheed on Alberta's map for development "We haven't begun to see the possibilities we have in Governor Judge said "That's why I'm interested in developing foreign markets He listed "great potential" for beef, pork, wheat and barley grown in the state. Junior jumping Red. Ranchland Recrcatttm Lethbndgc. Oogan Una Rose Howcll. Poison Mont Registered quarter bwse CJinst> Trouble. BiSJ and Ria RicbeHt G W GoMon Ranches. Ed- Canadian junior harness BoraHa SUWes. Mill Baj. 8 C Revelation's Impression O Jay Stables Tennessee Ualkang btirse equipment Sizzling ffi Mr and Mn Dtmald Faln-o KnnberJev B C Traveler s Flash. Ken Hudson. Lethbndge Single file harness pony, ladies to dnve Harmony s Parader. Gow's Pony Farm DeWmton. Terry Jean's Charming Ladv. Bar G Ranch. Regina Three gaited American saddle Kalarmi s September Song. Big Sky Stables Poison. Mont. Star Sensation. "Mrs Jack Newman. Great Falls. Mont Evening winners were Open Jumper Stake Sweet William Judy Bystrom. Poison. Mont. Dobasz. Ranchland Recreation Five gaited horse. American saddle, amateur Stonewall's Rexingo. White Sandv. Utah Firefly's Fairy Mrs Jack Newman Fine harness, amateur. Bourbon's Carbon Cop> Royalta Stables. Mill Just Luck. Stables Child novclt> costume class, adult attendant required Pepe. Bradley Enckspn. Lelhbndge. Sunshine Pat CIa> Slrathmore Shetland fine harness Fernwood Fnsoo Pete. Bar G Ranch. Regina. Terry Jean's Charming Bar G Ranch Ladies side saddle Hawk. Audrey Wcftrop. Pincher Creek. Tanafaha. Joe Pavan Lethbndge Tennessee walking horse, amateur Ebom's Renal Heir. Art Hariow, Whitcfaji. Moot Delight Sonm Boy. Art Hariow Competition continues this evening and the final round of competition will take place all day Saturday. Shows start every day at 9 a.m.. 1 p.m. and pm. Blair Lancaster. Miss Canada, will be opening today's show. Break-in suspect remanded A 23-year-old man charged with 10 counts break, enter and theft has been remanded in custody until Sept 13 in Fort Macleod for election and plea Gordon Edward Tomlinson, of no fixed address, who appeared in Lethbndge provincial court Thursday was charged following several break-ins in the Fort Macleod. Carmangay areas in the third week in August. RCMP allege safes were attacked with acetylene torches taken from nearby stores in at least six of the break-ins Tomlinson was arrested in Ontano last week and escorted back to Lethbridge by the RCMP. A Canada wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of a second man. Duncan Harris, in connection with the break-ins.