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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD TiiMday, Stptombw 10, 1974 Outdoor recreation plan laid in school session The public school board took a step Monday that may lead to an expanded outdoor educa- tion program in its schools by utilizing available community resources. The trustees authorized for-' mation of a committee to prepare a policy governing outdoor education in public schools and to report on the needs and projected costs for delivery of its proposed programs The committee is also to report on the transportation problems associated with out- door education programs. The school board also approved the formation of a central pool of outdoor educa- tion equipment to be made available to all public schools. The cost of purchasing the equipment is covered by a grant the public schools received from the provincial department of culture, youth and recreation. The committee, to include representatives from local organizations involved with the environment, will also sur- vey what facilities and per- sonnel might be available to students in the community. The proposed outdoor education program for elementary students emphasizes learning in the outdoors by offering the students the opportunity to relate to topics studied in school through their own observations. The junior high school' program is to emphasize learning about the outdoors and teach students the basic skills necessary for survival in the wilderness. At the high school level, out- door education students are to use the environment for further study of certain areas of their curriculum. Ambulance costs pain board as uncollected bills mount CAKDSTON (Staff) dardston Municipal Hospital joard chairman Theron Smith Monday received assurance from the Cardston Municipal District council that it will discuss a possible grant if it is needed to ease the cost of am- Dulance operation. Mr. Smith told the MD coun- cil B and R Service (Card- ston) Ltd. is paid a month o operate the ambulance within the town and the lospital district, about for special transfer trips to Calgary and about for trips Lo Lethbridge. B and R Service proprietor Stan Johnson and his son are available on a 24-hour basis to operate the service, which, said Mr. Smith, nobody else in i.own wants. He foresees a deficit situa- ,ion because the contract "comes up for renewal the end of October and we know it is going to be higher than it has been." At the same time the hospital board cannot requisi- tion the provincial govern- ment for funds to ease a deficit situation any more. Mr. Smith said the board is faced with the burden of collecting ambulance fees from accident victims who feel no obligation to pay. He also said the Blood In- dian Band owes the hospital for a standby fee which should have been paid last Jan. 1. "It is going to take money from the hospital operating he said. "We have no way of getting funds. We would like to know what you people think about it. We would just kind of like your advice on it because we just don't know what to do." "Who pays the Indian asked Coun. Keith Olsen of Glenwood. "It comes out of the Blood said Mr..Smith. "They will ask you 10 questions then they talk in Indian and then say they will let you know what they decide." Asked Reeve Harold Jensen: "If you can't collect from them, why do you go "We would really like not to do said the board chair- man. "But if the RCMP phones in and says 'there is an accident out on the road and we need the what do you say, 'what's their "No you said Coun. Olsen. "You The board chairman said he anticipates the service will be hiked at least for standby costs but he said "I think it is good I would hate to see the town and municipality without am- bulance service." He said Mr. Johnson, a Cardston town councillor, charges less for his services than ambulance operators in other areas. A patient would be charged to be moved from the nurs- ing home to the hospital. B and R doesn't have to collect the bad debts. "We have quite a few of our people that we have trouble collecting the ambulance fee from." Asked by Coun. Olsen if the hospital board had thought of owning and operating the am- bulance, Mr. Smith said it would mean staffing it 24 hours a day "and we just don't have it." He added: "It- has to be somebody that has some training.'" City Scene McKillop School ends earlier Grade 1 students at the George McKillop School will be dis- missed at p.m. instead of 4 p.m., following a decision by the public school board Monday to approve a request by the school for the time change. One of the major reason cited for the change is the half-hour wait for the school bus the students face at the conclusion of each school day. Arrangements have now been made for the bus to pick the youngsters up at p.m., five minutes after dis- missal. To provide the students with a similar number of minutes of instruction, the school has shortened the students' lunch hour to one hour and eliminated the afternoon recess. Gordon Lowe, principal, suggests many working parents do not find the extended lunch hour convenient for arranging babysitters and suggested the early dismissal would be more convenient. Grade 1 students, Mr. Lowe explained to the trustees, also, work much better in the morning so the "longer morning and shorter afternoon should benefit the learning patterns" of the students. The school surveyed all 104 Grade 1 families and found that 95 were in favor of the change. A second survey will be taken just prior to the Christmas break to determine if parents are satisfied with early dismissal. Weeping walls cost The walls of the Lethbridge Community College are weep- ing and it will cost the institute to stop the flow of moisture. A Calgary construction firm is to begin renovating the walls of .the LCC science building this month. The leakage problem resulted from the chalking compound gradually releasing from behind the pre-fabricated concrete panels allowing moisture to enter and seep to the inside of the building. C. D. Stewart, college president, says leakage is common to pre-fabricated concrete panel construction and renovation is usually required every few years. The pre-fabricated concrete panels were installed about seven years ago at LCC. Classrooms to be converted The Lethbridge Community College will house the ex- ecutive offices and provide accommodation for officials and visiting groups during the 1975 Canada Winter Games, the college announced today. The Kate Andrews Building on campus will have many of its classrooms converted into bedrooms for about 100 non-team members and accredited visitors. Other classrooms and present office space will be used as offices and conference rooms for the Winter Games board, the director of sports and 12 other sports committees. Cardston MD enters rail abadonment war at chamber of commerce urging Knifing earns jail ByD'ARCYRICKARD Herald District Editor CARDSTON (Staff) The Magrath and District Chamber of Commerce Mon- day enlisted the Cardston Municipal District in its war on plans for abandonment of uneconomic rail lines in the nation's grain handling system. Charles Matkin and Harold Boucher of the chamber won a sledge from the municipal dis- trict council that it will draft a -esolution opposing rail line HOOVER Dial-A-Malic VACUUM CLEANER Model U5009 Regular 169.95 SPECIAL 139 95 TOOLS Regular 27.95 With vacuum purchase only Call Toys 327-5767 DOWNTOWN abandonment and present it to the Foothills Little Bow Association of Municipal Districts annual fall meeting scheduled for Oct. 7 at Sven's Family Restaurant at Lethbridge. At the same time the MD council approved a grant to the Magrath chamber to defray costs in what is becom- ing known throughout southern Alberta as "Boucher's battle." He and Mr. Matkin said they had spent more than of their own money in the cause because they believe rail abandonment will mean the death of Magrath and other smaller centres in the south. Councillors were generally in agreement that the railways should keep the branch lines open. "Nearly miles of rail lines are going to go in Alber- ta, Manitoba and. Saskatchewan unless something is done to stop said Mr. Boucher. "Public opinion can stop it." Lashing out at the CPR, he said in 1881 "they got million and they got 25 million acres and they are a very wealthy company today. "Why they ask the people of ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phoiw32f-40tS ready to serve ROLLS "PASTRIES Canada to supply them with cars to haul their grain when they have assets of million the thing is ab- solutely ridiculous, there's not. another company in Canada that has assets of million." He said the CPR's profits in 1973 were up 32 per cent com- pared with 1972. "They are forecasting their 1974 profits will be up 34 per cent com- pared with last year." Mr. Boucher's statement that "it is the CPR and the Wheat Pools that are pushing this thing" drew a sharp rebuttal from Coun. Ken Beswick of Spring Coulee. Coun Beswick said, "How can you sit here and tell us charge the wheat pools they have invested literally hundreds and thousands of dollars within the last two years (in new Witness Cardston. Spring Coulee and Claresholm. If they will invest their money on a structure up here in Cardston they obviously don't want this line to go out and you sit here and tell us they want this line to go said Mr. Boucher. Coun. Beswick said there is "nothing strange" about the wheat pools investing money in the grains group "to find a solution to this problem it is our industry." Later he said, "I guess the point I was trying to make is the railroad hauls such a small amount of grain out (of centres such as Jefferson. Glenwood and Whisky Mr. Boucher cautioned the MD council that "on Jan. 2 PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave S Phone 327-4121 PARTY BARRELS PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS SVEN ER1CKSENS [FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP] Cwtffiw) Denial Mcchmtc CUFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOG LowmrLfnt PHONE 327-2S22 they (the railways) can withhold their services and leave the next move up to us. The CPR, all they have to do is get in touch with the tran- sport commission and ask them to deal with the applications that are already on file." Noting that the grains group is subsidized by the federal government by about annually, Mr. Boucher ridicul- ed some of its ideas for solutions to grain handling problems. "They are talking about moving grain by pipeline and also by hovercraft travelling along the railroad lines. How they expected that to move any grain, nobody will ever know." And he said Magrath and district farmers still don't know where they will be haul- ing their grain after Jan. 2. Mr. Boucher said provincial agriculture minister Dr. Hugh Homer "told us here at Cardston he would require at least million to upgrade roads for trucks (that would haul "They are pressing for the abandonment of railroad lines and there is nothing to take the place of the elevators." Mr. Boucher, retired farm implement dealer who took up the fight against rail abandon- ment when two iarmers told him their local elevator was falling down from lack of use, thinks the public can be awakened on the issue even at this late date. "We were told by many that we could not buck the he said. "Our feeling is that public opinion can accomplish the impossible." Council hopes to win support for its resolution at the Foothills Little Bow meeting and then take the measure on to the fall convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Coun- ties at Edmonton in November. At the same time, Mr. Boucher asked the MD to sup- port an upcoming seminar on Crowsnest freight rates to be at Edmonton Oct. 27 and 28. Hard frost possible; weatherman suggests protecting plants 3rd S. M.M. Phone 328-8161 PhoN 328-7756 UPHOLSTERIN Prompt Service Reasonable! MODERN and ANTIQUE FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES 1016 1st Awnw South, LetfibrkiffB PHONE 328-5257 or 327-3037 "Prim STFRINfi Cover your tomato plants and other garden goodies tonight slncHy as a precautionary measure against possible hard (rest. savs the at A high pressure ndge is building over Southern Albcrla and could result in clear skies and 25 degree temperatures tonight with freezing conditions general throughout The forecast calls foi highs today in the mid 50s with lows tonight of 40 degrees under cloudy skies. A storm which dumped marble sized hail stones and created a funnel cloud in Calgary Monday evening mov- ed through Southern Alberta after midnight but caused no damage. It brought cooler air and cloads. Council ponders bikes, dogs, other matters Aid. Vera Ferguson said Monday she would like to see an over all plan for bicycle paths in the city developed. She said she also wants to know if it's possible to license only those bicycles that are properly equipped with lights, and whether or not some sort of system providing for written and operating tests for bicycle operators can be in- stituted. Her suggestions, brought up during council's inquiries period at the end of their meeting, would be referred to the bicycle committee, Mayor Andy Anderson said. The committee, to which Aid. Cam Barnes was ap- pointed as council's represen- tative, was to meet today for the first time, he said. The city's three-wheeled parking ticket cruiser could be getting a little over- zealous. Aid. Steve Kotch Monday asked city administrators to look into complaints from College Mall merchants that an operator of the motorized cart, purchased by the city recently to make the meter man brigade more efficient, was handing out tickets on the mall parking lot. Aid. Kotch said he was at loss to explain what the meter man would be doing on the shopping centre lot, which is private property and certainly an area of legal parking, but was assurred by the merchants the ticketing was taking place. And in another parking matter, city council voted down by a 4-3 margin a re- quest from the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Board to empower its commissionaire to hand out parking tickets. The hospital board says it needs help in dealing with the number of people who park their cars on the driveway leading to the hospital's main entrance. If you have more than two dogs in your household, you're violating the city's dog bylaw. That's the way council recalled its intentions when it passed the bylaw nearly two years ago. Community Services Direc- tor Bob Bartlett brought the matter up for clarification Monday, recalling that a citizen's group opposed that section of the bylaw and suggested council might wish it removed. But council said two dogs is the limit and voted 5-1, with Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff opposed, to have an amendment included which would remove an exceptions clause. The Lethbridge Lakers will have to supply city council with a financial statement and budget before they get any help from the city. The Lakers asked that they be given Henderson Stadium rent-free for the past season which they termed a financial disaster, partly because the new grandstand at the stadium wasn't finished until the baseball season was near- ly over. Council Monday voted to consider the request after a budget is received from the team. The Lakers owe rent, according to the com- munity services department. A Lethbridge man was sentenced to six months' jail Monday after his conviction on a charge of knifing another man. Joe Oczko. 40, 32813th St. N., cut John Morrow of the same address Aug. 13 following an argument, according to testimony. Mr. Morrow said he was walking past Oczko and another man in the hall of their apartment building when the accused struck him. Mr. Morrow defended himself and knocked Oczko to the floor, he told court. Oczko then went to his room and got a knife, Mr. Morrow related. He said that Oczko swung the knife at his face. He put his hand up to defend himself and was wounded in his finger. Parents' meeting scheduled Lethbridge Fish and Game Junior Forest Wardens and Girl Forest Guards will hold a meeting for parents and guests Wednesday at the fish and game clubhouse, on the corner of 9th Avenue and 10th Street S., beginning at p.m. Club organizations, programs, aims and goals will be dis- cussed. Prebuilt workers on job Work has resumed at Prebuilt Industries Ltd., closed for more than a month by a strike. The Herald learned today. Company officials did not comment on the resumption. The strike was settled last week when agreement was reached on a new contract with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. One hurt in accident A four-car collision at p.m. Monday at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street S. caused damage and one minor injury. Michael Wade Alfred, 17. of Raymond travelling east on 3rd Avenue S. was in collision with the rear of a car driven by Louise E. Fudra. 23, of 2119 10th Ave. S. who sustained a whiplash injury which was not treated at a hospital. In a chain reaction the Fudra vehicle and a vehicle driven by Keith Flaman, 28. of Coaldale collided. Then Mr. Flaman's car and a car driven by Margaret Jenkins of Bow Island collided. The Fudra. Flaman and Jenkins vehicles were stopped at the time of the accident. Mr Alfred has been charged with driving without due care and attention. Bracelet still unclaimed A gold charm bracelet has still not been claimed. The person who turned it in to city police found it about three months ago in the parking Jot of the Holiday Inn. 421 Mayor Magrath Drive S. U of L editor, staff resign By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The new editor and staff of the student newspaper at the University of Lethbridge resigned today protesting a budget cut and verbal abuses by the university's student council. Daniele deVernier, Meliorist editor, said today the staff of the paper has been harrassed by the student coun- cil because of attempts by the staff to reshape the format of the paper. "We have come under increasing verbal abuse from the student council and have been blocked on all our attempts in making a publica- tion worthy of the University of she said. Miss deVernier has said the newspaper would change from a politically left wing publica- tion to a cultural and arts new- spaper. "We are conservative and for culture and fact." she said. "Not for drugs and beer." This is what the student council cannot accept, she added. "They do not care about the content of the paper. "We demand a mandate to run the Meliorist the way we feel the student body wishes us to run it and not the dic- tatorial way of the student council. "The council." she said, "promised the paper would be given a free reign and this has not happened." Miss deVernier said the staff will now "go un- derground" to produce a cultural alternative new- spaper for the students at the Uof L. "We will put it out whether we get support or the outspoken editor said. Miss deVernier and the staff were also upset at student council's cutting of the new- spaper's printing budget Mon- day. The budget was cut from last year to for this year's staff. "Our budget has been drastically cut, making it im- possible to maintain the stan- dards we wish to she said. "Regardless of the fact that student council honoraria were increased." The student council has not been critical of the concept of the Meliorist face change but more of the staff and herself, she said. FOX DENTURE CUNiC Esl. 1922 PHONE 327-CMS E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX IETHMD6E DENTAL Utl 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLOC. BERGMAN'S Floor By DON BERGMAN Cnmng Ml t pjn. PHONE 2716 12Bi "Any discussion between critics and proponents of established funeral customs is. in the final analysis, pointless. Funeral service should not be based upon what any single group decides is right, but upon the personal wishes of the family being served." SALMON 317m 1927 ITU, MMliTA PHONE 327-2802 ;