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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 13, 1974 Pages 17-32 Housing project for handicapped eyed for Edmonton By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Provincial government approval for a million plus Edmonton handicapped hous- ing project that could even- tually be used as a model for a similar project in Lethbridge is expected by the end of the year, says a handicapped housing society official. Percy Wickman told The Herald in a telephone inter- view from Edmonton the government has reacted favorably to the development of housing for the handicapped in Alberta. He said the government has funds "pre-budgeted" for the scheme, proposed by the society, and approval from the health department is being awaited. Bruce Rawson, chief deputy minister of that department, says a cost analysis and review of programs and future considerations for the disabled are being done by the department before a decision on approval is given. The department is working with the society on various parts of the proposal and it is not yet known when a decision can be made. It is also unknown what parts of the project Health Minister Neil Crawford will wish to approve, Mr. Rawson said. Mr. Crawford was un- available for comment. Provide alternative Mr. Wickman said the hous- ing project is designed to give disabled people one alter- native to housing now available. "There are not enough hous- ing alternatives for the han- dicapped, so this facility will be designed to give the han- dicapped an he said. "For the handicapped person now, without assistance, has to go into a nursing home or auxiliary hospital to live. These facilities weren't designed for that." The Edmonton project in- volves construction of a high rise apartment building, 40 town houses and 10 duplex un- its in different parts of the city. The high rise will consist of 54 apartments, of which about 32 will be for disabled people and 22 for the non- handicapped. Twenty of the houses will be for nori- handicapped persons. Mr. Wickman says the pro- ject will be built for both the handicapped and non- handicapped because in this way it will be easier for the handicapped to integrate in a normal community. The report on housing by the society points out integration as a basic principle for hous- ing the handicapped. The report based its obser- vations from an earlier conference on handicapped housing, from which a report was made which said integra- tion had to be achieved from within the community. "Integration into a com- munity is impossible from an the report reads. "Handicapped people cannot get out easily. "People in the community have little inclination or op- portunity to visit the institu- tion and get it says. "Consequently, there is little or no interaction between the handicapped person and other people in the community." Would be high rise The society's report stresses that integration, however, can only be obtained through various measures and not housing alone. "The proposed housing program must be com- plemented by programs for services, for transportation and for income the society says The handicapped society's brief estimates the cost of the high rise at about The cost of the other parts of the project were not mention- ed in the brief. Mr. Wickman said operating costs of the project would be worked out between each disabled person and the government. "Each person will make a contribution and the govern- ment will work with each in- dividual on a he said. The Edmonton project will follow, if approved, the lead of the paraplegic association in Calgary which is in the final stages of a similar housing proposal. The Calgary project, says organizer Marvin Foulkes, consists of three four-person units. Each apartment will be private but meals will be cooked for all residents. The residence is also design- ed to provide alternative hous- ing to auxiliary hospital care and, like the Edmonton pro- ject., will take into considera- tion provision of nursing care for occupants. The Calgary group has been granted land by the City of Calgary and is working on financing details with the provincial government. 'Try something new9 Beckel urges seminar Universities, including the University of Lethbridge. have done very little ex- perimentation with education, its president stated Thursday. Speaking to students, employees and educators at an experimental program seminar on campus. Bill Beckel claimed the univer- sities nave failed to experi- ment with education because they have been and still are too conservative. It has been the role of the universities to hand down traditional knowledge in a traditional way. he said. Speaking in support of ex- perimentation with the delivery of university education. Dr. Beckel suggested universities must try new ideas to see if they are any good. He pointed to closed circuit television as one area of ex- perimentation by the univer- sities. And there have been "others but not near as many as we could have be added. Even Ihe.U of L which professes to be a liberal arts institution has "done very little" experimental education. "We have tried a few things" but for the most part very little experimentation took place. Dr. Beckel cited colloquium studies and co-operative studies as two U of L programs that fall into the category of experimental education. The seminar at the universi- ty Thursday was held to dis- cuss and evaluate the latter of the two which was first introduced to the U of L programming in September. 1973. The co-operative studies program provides students with the opportunity to earn credit toward their degree by working in selected jobs while enrolled in the program. Even though Dr. Beckel ad- vocated more experimenta- tion in education, he cautioned his colleagues about being misled by experiments. Since it is only human that people involved with the ex- periment will want to see it succeed, they must be careful to be fair in its evaluation. Chamber chief defends Canadian system Although there is grow- ing concern and a "lack of support" for the Canadian economic system, free enterprise in Canada must be retained and supported, the president of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce said here Thursday. Robert Chapman told the Lethbridge chamber's an- nual meeting the economic world is in an uneasy state and there is evidence of an increasing move to socialism in society. He spoke to 200 people at the El Rancho Motor Hotel. "Our enterprise system has its faults but don't throw it out, let us build it better. "Never has any philosophy done so he said. "The Canadian enterprise system has enabled Albertans to build from scratch to the present standard of living in less than 100 years. "I doubt if any other philosophies of enterprise could have brought this about in so short a he said. Mr. Chapman, 57, said the free enterprise system has its problems "but no segment of society or philosophy is without its transgressors or faults." He said he views with concern "the ever increas- ,ing move" toward socialism and communism, illustrated by elections where more communist candidates are running. The chamber president outlined some problems faced by businesses and the economy and how the chambers of commerce are trying to help solve the various faults. Mr. Chapman said labor problems and the high rate of unemployment and job vacancies will be two of many topics to be discuss- ed at an Oct. 6 manpower conference which will include the Alberta chamber and labor leaders. "We will try to assist in unravelling some of these he said. Another area chambers of commerce have been ac- tive in is the promoting of more economics education in schools. "Educational systems are turning out more peo- ple in a variety of he said, "yet few (students) have a knowledge of the Canadian enterprise system." There .should be more classes relating to economics and the free enterprise system, he added. Although reluctant to dis- cuss the recent Alberta government purchase of privately-owned Pacific Western Airlines, Mr. Chapman said he has been assured the government has not altered its free enterprise philosophy Premier Peter Lougheed and Mr. Chapman have met and "mutually agreed to work in close liaison." A definite statement on the purchase will come from the Alberta chamber following further meetings with the government, he said Following Mr. Chap- man's speech, the highest honor of the Lethbridge chamber, an honorary life membership, was awarded to long time Lethbridge automobile dealer Charles Beny The chamber's new board of directors and President Cleve Hill were officially installed. U of L co-op education wins praise Students and employers who participa'ted in the first year of the University of Lethbridge's experimen- tal co-operative studies program highly recommended it to other students and employers at a special seminar on cam- pus Thursday. JThe co-operative studies program allows students to combine classroom study with experience in the work force and earn credit for their practical ex- perience. Students in the program can earn credit equal to as many as 10 courses while working in selected jobs. Students interested in par- ticipating in the program must present a university evaluation committee with a plan outlining their objectives for a particular work ex- perience and then report on what they have learned to the committee at the conclusion of their job placement. Students wHo participated in the program during the past year claimed they had to work harder and learned more than they would have in the classroom. One student said she knows she will remember everything she learned from her work ex- perience and only expects to remember about 50 per cent of what she was taught in the classroom. The students also felt their work experience helped them to be more realistic about their goals, to gain an under- standing of what is required of them in the work force and to learn how to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical situation. James Wilson, director of co-operative education research at Northwestern University in Boston, told the seminar the program assists participating employers by allowing them the opportunity to examine the students as potential employees by the quality of work the students do for them. And employers have foud that students who work with them while in un- iversity tend to "stay on" with them upon completing their degrees. Co-operative studies, Dr. Wilson continued, provides the university with an oppor- tunity to offer its students another type of educational experience, develop a continu- ing relationship with the com- munity and industry, use it as a tool to recruit students and more effectively utilize its resources. Edwin Webking, co- ordinator of the U of L co- operative studies program, accused students of having a "far too conservative" approach to education. They are reluctant about becoming involved with programs that don't take the traditional approach to lear- ning. As a result the U of L has more job placements available Uian it has students interested in the program. Because students are cautious about becoming volved with new approaches to education and the co- operative studies program places a heavier responsibility on students than does the classroom situation. Dr. Webking said the program has a built in screening device. "Only the extremely motivated student will become involved" Greg Forsyth plays it safe if misfortune strikes on Friday the 13th, we sometimes wish we'd stayed in bed; hence the precaution RICK ERVIN photo Teacher plans to seek Fort Macleod mayorality FORT MACLEOD (Special) Muriel Ragan, a teacher and past-president of the Fort Macleod Historial Association, has decided to enter the Oct. 16 mayoralty contest here. She is opposing incumbent Mayor Charlie Edgar. "There is a crying need for a woman on says Mrs. Ragan, adding she will have plenty of time for the job because she will retire from teaching in June. She was elected to council in 1966 and 1969, serving a total of five years. Still undecided is former mayor George Buzunis, dis- qualified in February after he purchased a town lot without council having advertised it a stipulation of the Alberta Municipal Government Act. Russian students 'must think It's that day many of us would like to sleep through There is free education in the Soviet Union for everyone who doesn't bite the hand that feeds him. University of Lethbridge professors and students were told Thursday. A Soviet claim of equality of opportunity in education works, as long as the student's political beliefs and ide- aologies don't waiver from the Soviet doctrine, said Dr. Oskar Anweiler. professor of education at Ruhr Univer- sitat. Bochum. West Ger- many. He said if a student were to get into university in Russia and later it is discovered his politics are different he could be "fired from the univer- sity." Dr Anweiler said a student in Russia doesn't get into un- iversity with marks alone, "there is a built-in check on his political beliefs. "The student must produce a recommendation, perhaps from a former employer, that he is a good Soviet citizen." he stated. He indicated the education system in the Soviet Union, centralized by the ministry of education in Moscow, works to create a "basic political loyalty." Dr. Anweiler indicated another defect in the "equali- ty of opportunity in education" in that families with a higher social status have a better chance of ob- taining higher education for their children than do lower class people and those in rural areas. "Schools in rural areas are less favorable than those in the cities." he claimed. He said teachers don't want to teach in rural areas because of poor living facilities and inadequate equipment in the schools. There is still 48 per cent of the population living in rural areas, he said In higher education. Dr. Anweiler said there are cer- tain disproportions caused by a poor economy in the past but also the difference in treatment of students from higher and iower social stan- dings. By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer "Friday 'tis ever, they say, a day when misfortune is aptest to fall." These 13 words were penned by John Godfrey Saxe and the message is clear. Today is Friday, Sept. 13 a day that makes many people apprehen: sive. Some are those unfortunate souls who are stricken with triskaidekadophobia, an ab- normal dread of the number 13. Lethbridge psychiatrist Dr. James Thompson said triskaidekadophobia, like any other phobia, is rather dif- ficult to treat. "It takes time." he said Thursday. "It isn't something that can be treated in one day." Dr. Thompson said the fear of the number 13 is only a dis- placement from something that the triskaidekado- phobian doesn't want to admit he or she is afraid of. He said to treat the illness, the psychiatrist would have to find out what the person "really" fears. "Another form of treatment would be reciprocal desen- sitization, where the patient is hypnotized into a relaxed state and told to think of doing things on Friday the 13th. "He will then associate relaxation and contentment with the number 13. rather than anxiety and fear." the psychiatrist said. But he added that on such short notice, all he could recommend would be tran- quilizers Lethbridge City Police are not taking any today. Inspector Glen Micheison said the city police are urging all motorists to be extra cautious regardless of what street they are driving on Asked if the city police will have extra patrols on 13th Street South and North. Insp Micheison said no but added that police will be on patrol in force. "Actually. I don't believe in that stuff, but I'd better touch wood, I Insp. Micheison said. One RCMP officer also urg- ed motorists to be cautious on the highways and added, "be sure not to drive under any ladders." Today, one should possibly beware of putting 13 cents into the parking meter, making purchases ending in the number 13. driving down 13th Street and being the 13th person to be served supper. The fear of the number 13 isn't new. as writings about superstition claim. In ancient times some found the number 13 evil because it was outside the mystical religious symbol of 12. In tarot cards. 13 is the Grim Reaper, symbolizing death. But the association between Fridav and the number 13 didn't come until much later in history. The ancient Scandinavians, Anglo Saxons and Germans named this day from the Roman goddess Venus, translating the Latin name, dies Veneris. an astrological naming. Then the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic and Anglican Churches recognized Friday as a day of abstinence, in memory of the crucifixion of Christ. Hence. Friday became regarded as an unlucky day. It is sometimes called "hangman's day." the day commonly selected for the ex- ecution of criminals Putting Friday and the number 13 together just made matters worse and today, many tnskaidekadophobians would prefer to stay in bed. For those who manage to get through today unscarred. there's always next time, Dec. 13 Minor class offenses not to bring expulsion A student must cause "a pretty bad case of disruption" in the classroom or on the school grounds before expul- sion from Senator Buchanan School, its principal said today. W. C. Stefan said a parent who wrote The Herald about notices the elementary school sent to its parents, informing them that children who mis- behave in the classroom will be sent home, didn't fully un- derstand the intentions of the notices. The parent was concerned that the notice didn't explain what the school meant by "misbehaved." Parents concerned about the notice will have the oppor- tunity to question the school staff about it at a meeting of parents and staff next Wednesday at 8 p.m. Mr Stefan said the notice referred to children who con- tinually show disrespect for others and not to children who occasionally misbehave. Before a child is expelled, the behavior situation is dis- cussed with the parents. If the misbehavior still persists, the child is then expelled and the parents must accompany the child to the school to meet the principal before reinstate- ment is considered. Mr. Stefan explained. The notice was not meant to be a scare tactic U was simp- ly lite truth, he pointed out ;