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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, September 14, 1974 Pages 17-32 Big crane swings to Joe's tune j City preschool program dangles by shoestring WALTER KERBER photos High view Guiding his crane through empty skies 10 storeys above the streets of Lethbridge, Joe Mi- chaud (top right) wafts the bucket to the ground for another load of concrete. The bucket is loaded by a truck which Joe views from above. The concrete is hauled to the workers on the top of the senior citizens' high rise. Lethbridge as seen by crane oper- ators is below. Sky worker finds peace at 100 feet It's a heckuva way to earn a living. But giant overhead cranes are as safe as their operators, Joe Michaud says as he g swings his 130-foot boom over x the fifth floor of Central Tower, the proposed 6th Ave. j; S. senior citizens' residence. g: Cranes fall through ineptness "Most of the cranes that have buckled and come he tells this terrified g. reporter, "have done it g; because of the operator's ig- g: norance." g: In 10 years of jockeying -g monster cranes, Joe's most lg serious mishap was a fall :g from his crane to a concrete floor 30 feet below. Luckily, it J: was winter and crews had .g covered the top floor of g concrete with tarps, giving Joe a soft landing pad. S By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer "If you're careful nothing will go says the 33-year-old Edmontonian as he waits for tiny figures wearing hardhats to attach the crane's choker cable to a load of concrete 100 feet below. "The big thing is getting the feel of it... you can feel the load by the squat of your he comments non- chalantly as the tip of the steel boom suddenly dips pounds of concrete begin their trip skyward. The crane is set to a max- imum load it can lift, he reassures me, and any loads over today's limit of pounds will trip appropriate circuit breakers, stalling the crane's motors. "They're a very safe machine if you check them. I do a visual check first thing in the morning." The art in crane skinning "You get to use your im- he adds, as we abandon the concrete bucket to swing around the site pick- ing up a wheelbarrow here and dropping a plywood form there. "You try to read people's minds "and you get to know they'll change their minds... it's not too-bad if you've got a sense of humor." Gusts are deadl} g- Workers don't watch the :g crane, though, he adds. "I've never hurt anybody but g: I've hauled four guys off jg buildings in stretchers." fg "The wind is this machine's :g worst enemy." he says. And it S can get brisk when you're 30 or 40 storeys above an Edmon- g: ton. Vancouver or Toronto sidewalk. "But we're not sup- g posed to run the crane in .g winds over 30 miles per hour." g Joe makes every hour he -5: works on his crane, and he works year round: g: "I've had one holiday in g: seven years summers are alwavs busv." 5 comfort Joe started his career runn- ing mobile cranes mounted on trucks. "But there was always too much moving around." lie says "With the overhead crane, you know where you're at." Few people might want to trade places with Joe. but the feeling is mutual. Whether he's 40 storeys over downtown Toronto looking out sideways at high nse offices, or JO storeys above Lethbridge's adolescent skyline. Joe likes it where's he's at By JIM GRANT Herald staff writer The failure of the provincial government to endorse and provide funding for a Lethbridge preschool program has it "hanging by a a concerned co- ordinator said in an interview. The program has been operated by a parent group in the last year under the supervision of the public school board and the funding of the provincial government. Fred Cartwright, also public school director of pupil personnel services, says the failure of the provincial government to arrive at some decision about the program prior to the commencement of classes has hindered the students' progress for the second straight year Last year the program started two weeks late because of a delay in funding. This year the 17 participating students are in the classroom but the program has received only temporary approval from the province and no funds have been provided According to Mr. Cartwright, officials in the early childhood services branch of the department of education only gave the program temporary approval because they were concerned about the degree of parent involvement and method of assessment being used to evaluate the program In a recent meeting with an official from the branch, he says local representatives of the program satisfied the concerns expressed earlier and it appeared the situation was solved However, final approval and funds still have not been received Since the preschool program in question is geared to children with learning difficulties, it qualifies for a per student grant of between and Regular preschool programs (formerly kindergartens) receive a child. Mr. Cartwright is also concerned that the early childhood branch officials in Edmonton are insisting upon pushing their philosophy of integration on the local program without providing additional funding. The Edmonton officials would like to place learning, disabled children in regular preschool programs so they are able to integrate socially with other children, he says. However. Mr. Cartwright suggests the mechanics of the government granting system "doesn't allow for that type of integration" The learning disabled are now segregated from other preschool children, but since their classroom is located in the General Stewart elementary school they do have the opportunity to socialize with other children a year or two older than themselves The segregated system is more financially feasible to operate under the present granting scheme because it receives a child from the government and can afford to hire a specialized teacher to cope with the various learning difficulties of the children. If the learning disabled were spread among the various regular preschool programs, each program could not afford to provide specialized instruction to the children. Nor could they afford to provide such instruction by combining funds to hire a teacher who specializes in education for the learning disabled, he says The regular programs, Mr. Cartwright explains, would only increase their finances by by taking in a learning disabled child because he or she would be occupying an opening previously filled by a so-called normal child. In addition, the preschool program for children with learning difficulties is now losing money and it has a greater revenue than the regular preschool programs, he points out Last year the public school board had to cover a deficit of This year it faces an estimated deficit of Mr. Cartwright? says "it would be fantastic" to have the learning disabled integrated with other children but the only way it could be effectively operated would be if enough funding was provided to hire a therapist for every two or three preschools In an integrated situation, the question of who is responsible foe the child arises because there is a teacher and therapist working with the child instead of just the teacher or the therapist And, Mr. Cartwright continues, it is questionable whether the learning disabled would benefit from studying the regular preschool program because there are certain activities in which they can't participate. The so called benefits of allowing the disabled to integrate with other children are also questionable. "Socialization has its he says. It all depends on the motivation and the ego of the children, he adds "When a child has internal problems they must be dealt with before integration" because the instruction can be more intensive. And Mr. Cartwright believes "intensive therapy on an isolated basis" is exactly the type of help the 17 learning disabled children in the General Stewart school need. Emergency veterinarians spreading in province By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Emergency 24-hour service is now available to pet owners in Edmonton, the first such specialized veterinarian clinic in Alberta. W R Buchta. one of the key organizers of the Edmonton Co-operative Emergency Veterinary Clinic, told about 50 practicing veterinarians Friday the result has been much improved medical ser- vices for pet owners at a reduced cost. Speaking at the small animals section of the summer convention of the Alberta and Montana Veterinary Medical Associations at the Holiday Inn. Dr. Buchta said the idea of a co-operative clinic was the brain child of the Ed: monton Association of Small Animal Practitioners. All clinics in the association are shareholders.'The clinic is to be a non-profit organization, and because the clinic provides daily service around the clock, it makes the work load of the Edmonton veterinarians easier, especial- ly on weekends. There are two fulltime veterinarians at the clinic. Changing pasture may kill cattle Ranchers and fanners are urged by veterinarians to take precautions when changing their livestock from dry summer range to lush winter pastures this fall to prevent emphysema. C S. Card, associate professor at the University of Idaho, told 125 visiting members of the Alberta and Montana Veterinary Medical Associations this morning pulmonary emphysema is a non-infectious disease of lungs ol cattle It usually starts to alfcrl cattle in October. Although tne cause of the disease is unknown. Ihe condi- lion has been reproduced ex- perimentally using an ammo acid produced normally by Ihe breakdown oJ forage and grasses 1hat are common feeds for cattle A drastic change in feeds can result in cattle losses Or Card said in an inter- view he suspects the amino arid material causes an ac- cumulation of fluid in the lungs and an inflamation of the white blood cells This process, called lung edema, results in a lack of ox- ygen. In an attempt to over- come the oxygen deficit, cat- tle breathe much harder than normal, causing physical damage to the lungs While the disease normally affects small numbers of cattle, mostly cows nursing calves, the majority of those affected die. Dr. Card said the best treat- ment is prevention And this comes back to range manage- ment practices b> the fanners or ranchers. "Ranchers must allow animals to become accustom- ed to the new feed over a period of time, possibly a week to 10 days." said Or. Card "Once the disease symp- toms show up, treatment is relatively unsuccessful It is difficult to tell when an animal is suffering from pulmonary emphysema to sJart treatment in time, he said In all cases, animals must be moved slowly. Excessive exercise will result in death helped in times of need by association members. Since beginning operation 6. the clinic has averaged about 10 cases per day. mostly on the weekends. This means the traditional clinics in Ed- monton have been freed from long hours of work on the weekend, putting their social lives back into a normal light. Or Buchta said any region can make use of the co- operative clinic idea. Calgary- area veterinarians are now discussing a similar project. Or: Buchta said the co- operative clinic means a loss of about gross income per member clinic in Edmon- ton. But the improved service to the public and the better social and working conditions of the members makes it worth while. He said even several clinics in smaller centres could work out arrangements to cover for each other to make the job easier for all concerned. The main problem area concerning the clinic to date is stray pets. Any brought into the clinic is treated and then turned over to the humane groups in Edmonton More than 50 stray pets were treated in the first three months of operation and only 12 owners could be found Of the 12 owners contacted, only eight honored the medical bills Or. Buchta said it costs the clinic SS50 per month to treat stray animals. And at looks like help won't be coming Irom the city of Edmonton. Or Burhta contacted two Kdmonlon aWermen. both of whom agreed the city should shoulder the cost of treating stray animals But both felt there would be liltle chance of gelling such a program through city council The clinic is expected to do about 590.000 worth of business during the first year oi operation And organizers are Jooking at S120.000 gross income as the minimum for l operation ;