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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wards suggested to disperse concentration of aldermen By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A ward system for Lethbndge9 The idea was broached by Aid Tom Ferguson, who dis- tributed a nine-page report on the subject at city council Monday Aid Ferguson, who hasn't yet made up his mind, but is doubtful he'll seek re-election this fall, said he isn't ad- vocating adoption of a ward system, merely bringing it up as a matter of interest "About two years ago it first came to my attention when I suddenly noticed that all the other council members were City hall project argued, urged, opposed, tabled By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer It will be up to the next city council, elected in the Oct 16 civic election, to decide whether or not the city needs a 2 million addition to city hall After debating the subject at length and sometimes heatedly council voted on an abrupt motion by Aid Vera Ferguson to table the ques- tion until capital budget time, which won't come up until late December or early next year The vote in favor of tabling was 5-2 with Mayor Andy Favors not pussyfooting In the "let s get the plans done and go from there" camp were Aid Ferguson and Mayor Andy Anderson Solidly against the project was Depu- ty Mayor Hembroff, who got backing from Aid Barnes In favor of not pussyfooting around and giving the green light for construction as well as mere approval of plans was Aid Kotch with Aid Kergan backing him to some extent Aid Kergan did, however, feel council should wait to get the year-end financial state- ment before committing itself Also appearing to favor a definite go-ahead with the job was Aid Tom Ferguson, who was city clerk when the pre- sent city hall was built "We moved into this city hall in July, 1948, and it was too small the day we moved was his only comment Providing most of the sparks in the debate were Deputy Mayor Hembroff and Aid Vera Ferguson, who each professed to be amazed at the other's comments "I m astonished particular- ly at Vera Ferguson who has Priority need "We also should have guts enough to say we see this as a priority need for our citizens The question of how soon to proceed after getting the plans from the architect quickly became the central issue and eventually led to the tabling motion "No one wants a new city hall more than I." said Mayor Anderson "We're going to build an ad- dition, but the question is when "We ve got to keep a finger on the economy but the proper time to discuss an ad- dition is at budget time I favor the motion (to have plans drawn up) but that's as far as I go Aid Kergan said he couldn't see commissioning plans and then letting them collect dust "I would not want plans at what architects fees are to- dav and then not go ahead." he said DepuU Mayor Hembroff Exhibition board said to be 'dragging feet' Cily council Monday accused the and District Exhibition Board of foot dragging Council voted approval of a expenditure for storm sewers for Uie so-called "Gas Lite Park" to be developed jointly by the city and the exhibition board in co- operation with Canadian Western Natural Gas Ltd, and Sick's Lethbndge Brewery Ltd But council stipulated the mo icy won't be swot until it sees an overall plan for fairground development thafs been months in the mskinz but hasn't vet emerged Plans for the gas lite park WCTV announced a year ago and Aid Bill Kergan, council s representative on the fair board told council irat unless work gets underway on the project this year, the gas company and the brewery will pull out their support "I thought we were all in on planning this together yet we're suddenly faced with a late submission for immediate complained Deputy Mayor Vaughn Hembroff my he said "The information developed and given in this submission started when it was noticed that all members of council elected in 1971 lived in one particular part of the city, being the area east of 13th Street S and south of 6th Avenue S he said in his report "Further research into all elected bodies in the city (including city council, public and separate school boards and the boards of the Lethbndge Municipal Hospital and the Auxiliary Hospital) indicated that of the 27 people elected in 1971, 22 lived in the area south of 3rd Avenue S and east of 13th Street S three lived west of 13th Street S and two in North Lethbndge Problems with the institution of a ward system for the election of aldermen are not insurmountable, Aid Ferguson said The mayor would still be elected at large and the city, could in accordance with present council membership, be divided into four wards, with two resident aldermen being elected from each ward, he said Aid Ferguson included a little bit of local history in his report, which he said is not intended to be an in-depth study, but a casual submission "The designation 'ward' sometimes carries with it the suggestion that certain areas are he writes "Some years past the area of the city lying north of the railway tracks was referred to as the "North Ward usually with the implied suggestion of inferiority "The same situation applied to the area north of 9th Avenue N. between 6th and 10th Streets, which prior to being annexed to the city in 1913 was known as the Village of Staf- ford, but became known mostly as "No 3' after the coal shaft number of the nearby mine where many of the residents of Stafford were employed "Fortunately with the passing of time, the change in pop- ulation and active housing development these references seem to have disappeared Anderson, Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, Aid Cam Barnes, and Aid Bill Kergan joining Aid Ferguson in post- poning a decision Aid Steve Kotch and Aid Tom Ferguson voted against the delay Until the tabling motion, council had divided into three camps on an earlier motion by Aid Vera Ferguson to com- mission architects Robins, Watson and Associates to pre- sent a detailed design for an addition costing not more than 2 million to council by Jan 31 harangued us for the five years I've sat on council to es- tablish priorities, said Depu- ty Mayor Hembroff, throwing the first verbal punch If the city manager can put his hand in the air and pull out that much money, shouldn't we be wondering about other possible expenditures9" he asked 'Do we need to spend this kind of money just because we've got it'" Blocking the deputy mayor s right and leading with a left jab of her own Aid Ferguson said "I'm just as astonished at his attitude as he is at mine, because I am aware of priorities "The fact is we've pushed the city hall addition across this council table every year at budget time for five years It has been a priority for a long time, but other things have come up that necessarily pushed it aside 'It gets to be election time and I know we should be cam- paigning and we all should be saying we re saving the tax- payers' she added was having no part of suggestions that ail council was being asked to do was give the go-ahead for plans, but retaining the option to delay building. "Anyone who says we'll spend or or whatever for plans and then has the termmity to suggest they 11 be pigeonholed should go see his friendly neighborhood he said Aid Kotch reminded coun- cil that architect George Rob- bins told the council com- mittee on city hall spacial needs that the cost of a city hall addition could only be kept under 2 million if it is built next It was thus unrealistic to put such a limit on the project un- less it was to go ahead in 1975. he said At that point Aid Ferguson threw up her hands complain- ing it was all getting too com- plicated and made her tabling motion The Letttbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1974 15 CENTS Mozambique revolt ends Telegrams at White House response to Nixon's unconditional pardon. Ford said studying pardon for Watergate principals WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford authorized a spokesman to announce today that the question of pardons for all those connected with the Watergate scandals "is now under study." Acting press secretary John Hushen startled reporters with the unexpected dis- closure and said "I can give you no further guidance Hushen made it clear possi- ble pardons are being con- sidered for those already con- victed of Watergate-related cnmes as well as those who may face trial in the future. White House counsel Philip Unemployment rate up in August OTTAWA (CP) Unemployment rates rose to 5 3 per cent in August seasonally adjusted from 5 1 in July as the economy was unable to accommodate to sharp inc. aase in the propor- tion of people seeking work. Statistics Canada reported today Tht number of available jobs was higher in August but an ci EI larger number of peo- ple entered the work force The actual unemployment figures, showed a decline to 4 4 per cent in August from 4 8 in JuJy A year ago the August rate TOS 4 S am! die July rate 48 Actual totals were out of work in August in a work force of Seasonally-adjusted figures are intended to even out cy- clical chances in job totals and these figures are con- sidered by economists to be better indicators of the perfor- mance of the economy Buchen had told reporters Sunday no thought had been given to such a question Hushen said he does not know whether the study was launched before Ford's Sun- day announcement of uncon- ditional pardon for former president Richard Nixon. "I think those factors have been taken into he replied, adding that the initia- tion of a study does not mean pardons will be granted Asked whether he feels the scheduled Sept. 30 trial of six key Watergate defendants might be postponed in the wake of the White House an- nouncement, Hushen said. "I believe it can There was no immediate re- action from the office of spe- cial Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Inslcto Classified.......14-17 Comics 6 Comment 4 District 13 Family 10 Local News 11, 12 Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather From AP-REUTER Police occupied a white set- tlers' rebel stronghold at the radio station in Lourenco Mar- ques, the capital of Mozam- bique, today and government spokesmen announced that a three-day attempt to seize power in the Portuguese southeast African colony was over The whereabouts of the rebel leaders, was not im- mediately known. They had threatened to proclaim a "free Mozambique" in defiance ot an agreement be- tween Portugal and the black guerrilla movement, Frehmo, to give Mozambique independ- ence next June The government spokesman said the radio station was the only "active centre of resist- ance" and once it had been oc- cupieii the revolt quickly col- lapsed The white settlers announc- ed earlier that they decided to turn over the radio station to police because of a deteriora- tion of law and order in the African suburbs of the city Their move followed a night of stone-throwing, arson and looting in the black shanty towns surrounding Lourenco Marques airport, which troops occupied dunng the night and closed to traffic The Afncan violence was a clear response to the occupa- tion of the radio station by the self-styled Movement for a Free Mozambique (MFM) which draws much of its sup- port from right-wing whites The handover of the radio station was clearly aimed at defusing an extremely tense situation with the potential for racial violence The radio station broadcast appeals for whites gathered outside the building to dis- perse An announcement in Lisbon said "the situation has devel- oped favorably in the last few hinting that a com- promise settlement was under consideration PM not planning inflation talks CALGARY (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau rejected Monday calls for an economic summit conference to deal with inflation He said at a news conference he is "not calling such a conference" but that he will watch with interest a similar meeting to be held by President Ford of the United States A conference on inflation has been suggested by the Canadian Manufacturers Association. The prime minister said there is no point in such a conference now if it is just a place for provincial governments and others to blame others and wring their hands about the seriousness of the situation Sven Encksen. defeated Liberal in Lethbndge, was among candidates meeting with the PM Also on hand were the other Southern Alberta Liberal candidates Ernie Pattersor Bud O'son (Medicine Hat) and Arthur Yates (Rocky Moun- tain) "Alberfans themselves have to go out and sell the Liberal Mr Encksen said today Mr Encksen termed the meeting constructive Civil servants threaten strike EDMONTON (CP) Some clerical employees of the Alberta government agreed at an emotion-filled meeting Monday night to book off sick en masse if the government does not react to their grievances by tonight The meeting in the city's largest auditorium was attended by civil servants from across the province whose biggest complaint was the government s hiring policy The Civil Service Associa- tion of Alberta, which called the meeting, said the hiring policy means that better wages are paid to newly-hired staff than to employees who have been working for the government for several years Union ready to re-open Cominco negotiations 19' 7 7 3 LOW TONIGHT 49, HIGH WED. 55; CLOUDY, COOL About town Bill Oleksy being accused of hiding a soup stain on his shirt with a wide tie Mack Crumley, public school secretary-treasurer, wonder- ing whether to record a bad joke that was offered by a trustee dunng a meeting TRAIL, B C (CP) There are indications here that negotiations could resume between Cominco Ltd. and the United Steelworkers of America More than union members have been on strike against Cominco here and at Salmo and Kimberley since July 1. Marv McLean, president of the union's local here, said Monday the union would be willing to resume negotiations if the company would discuss early retirement and other outstanding issues He said if the company only wants to re-arrange the current offer, there will be no discussion The company indicated dur- ing the weekend that it is prepared to resume negotiations immediately and suggested that the com- munities involved should ex- ert pressure for this, rather than supporting the union's call for establishment of an in- dustrial inquiry commission Main issue is the union's de- mand that workers be allowed to retire at age 55 after 38 years service with full pen- sions Canadian economist sees slow growth LONDON (CP) Arthur former head of the Economic Council of Canada, says the overfall Canadian growth rate is unlikely to show any major increase before mid-1975, while un- employment in the same period will rise sharply Smith also told an annual meeting of the Conference Board here that in the decade after 1975 Canada will ex- perience a "oiice-iTi-centory set of opportunities for great progress and development based on its internal human and material He addressed several hundred business and finan- cial leaders from Western Europe attending one of a series of meetings held an- nuailv by the Conference Board of New York, an inde pendent institute for studying business methods and economic conditions Smith said that m 1975 there ma> well be a continued drag on the Canadian economy from an increase in the volume of imports over ex- ports and there would likely also be a slowing in total government spending on current goods and services The unemployment rate might go to seven per cent from the current 55 per cent But new spending on business plant and equipment and government capital out- lays would be one of the new areas of the economy which would grow with exceptional strength Corporate profits would probably level out in the com- ing year and the liquidity, or cash, positions of corporations would be tightened further Smith said that in the 10 years after 1975. Canada will move through a "window of progress" not matched since the beginning of the century Canada would have one of the fastest growing labor forces in the world which world be of an extremely high qualm, vigorous and innovatjxe We have also been devel- "ping a much more adtanced and effective system for han- dling the capital resources that are required for future development Smith said in addition Canadian finan- cial institutions and capital markets now are well equipped to deal with rapid growth and expansion provid- ed the current high level of world inflation tapered off ;