Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 TW IETHBRIDGF HfSAlD September IS, Wl- CP Rail administrative offices shiffted to Calgary in January Thirteen members of the ad- ministration slaff for the LcUi- hriclgc division of CP Rail will be shifted to a new central of- fice in Calgary slated to begin operations January, 1072. The administrative portion of CP's Lclhhrkige operation will thon Le dosed. The move by CP Hail in elimin.'iiing 12 office and cleri- cal posilions throughout the province In improve efficiency and service, will bring together er the administrative functions of division offices now located at Edmonton, Medicine Hal, Lcllibridge and Calgary. Under tlie plan, the ndmini- slralicm of the existing four Al- berta divisions will be regroup- ed into three one to handle the Calgary terminal area, a second to overee the opera- tions north and west of Calgary and a third to be responsible for linps south and east of the city. H. Flett will become the new division superintendent, for Alberta South, a combination of the former Lethbridge and Successful year at city's hostel By RUDY HAUGENEDER Staff Writer Tired, weary, hungry and al- most broke, but with a definite glow that says "I'm touring Canada and wow ij it great." That's tha type of young Ca- nadian who has almost exclu- sively been using the Leth- bridge youth hostel at the old Central School this summer. More than youths ate and slept at the hostel, which closes today. Most of them had planned on leaving Iks city the morning after lliciv arrival, but many stayed to lind employment, both full and part time and at least three decided Leth- bridge was the place to go to university. The reason they stayed was because the city and the hostel had atmosphere, some thing most travelers claimed was lacking elsewhere in Canada. The staff at this city's hostel decided it wasn't just a place where people were bedded, fed and rushed on their way. It was a place where youths, between the ages of 16 and 25, male and female, could sit and talk about anything their rea- sons for traveling, the genera- tion gap, education, personal goals and objectives and things they considered important. The four member staff at Hie hostel, Linrla Rasmussen, Khan Rahi, Luba Lisen and John Falkner. all under the age of 25 and with previous youth- oriented experience or training made a point of holding group discussions whenever they could. This, they claimed, helped young travelers feel at ease and possibly helped them re- assess their goals and re-route their efforts towards worth- while objectives. For those who just took the summer off to tour the nation, it provided a chance to get a first hand look at how young people in other places view var- ious aspects of life. The staff also attempted to help hostel users form a sense of: community attachment, to Lethbridge by directing them to points of interest otherwise rr.issed by the average travel- er, and by making efforts to involve them in other commu- nity activities It wasn't all lalk and see. Sports facilities at the Family Y were frequently used and the occassional soccer game was played on the hostel grounds. The staff hopes that when each young person returned home to resume normal daily life he would say: "I was in Lethbridge. Alberta. It's okay." The meals at the hostel were professionally prepared, the beds comfortable and the av- erage stay was supposed to be limited to three days a regu. lation sometimes overlooked. There were at least two staff members at the hostel at any given time during the day, sev- en days a week. Hostel facilities were this year reserved for transients only. In 1970 the Lethbridge hostel served as both a hostel for touring youth and a drop-in centre for local young people. To eliminate the dispute over who could use what facilities and when, the hostel was placed out-of-bounds to city youths. Not all the people using the hostel facilities represented the average travelling youth the hostel workers said. However, any "undesirables" who infiltrated Ihe hostel were quickly asked to move on. Co-operation between the hos- tel and various civic agencies, including the police, were good. Because of Ihe hostel's age restrictions anyone suspected of being under 16 years old was required to produce identifica- tion to prove age and name. Hostel staff members then checked the identification for forgery and with Ihe missing persons list provided by the po- lice. A number of run a ways, mostly girls 13 to 14-years-old, were returned home. The Lethbridge hostel was claimed by many transients to be the best in Canada. The lessons learned dunng the operation of the hostel this year will be incorporated into the 1973 youth hostel program, the staff workers said. Association for retarded annual meeting Thursday The Lethbridge Associat i o n lor the Mentally Retarded will hold its annual dinner meeting Sept. 23. at p.m. at Erick- sen's Family Restaurant. The installation of the 1971-72 president and hoard of direc- tors will take place during the meeting. Dr. Philip Deane. dean of arts and science at the Univer- sity of Lethbridge will bo fea- tured speaker. Dr. Dcane is the author of OUR OSCAR several books on travel, poli- tics and novels of personal ex- periences as a prisoner of war for three years in Kor.ea. He has also been a corres- pondent for the London Obser- ver and served at the United Nations Washington office as secretary general to King Constanline of Greece. More recently he has been foreign affairs analyst of the Thomson newspaper chain in Canada. The dinner is open lo the pul> lic and all interested persons are invited. Tickets arc avail- able at the association's office, 1B18 5th Ave. S. and also from Anne Fenncr at 327-3251. Christian Science lecture set Medicine Hat divisions, when the move is completed next January. II. L. MacAulay, present as- sistant superintendent in the Lethbridge office will become the assistant superintendent for the Lethbridge branch under the new scheme. There will also be assistant superintendents in Medicine Hat and Calgary under the di- rection of Mr. Flett. Resident CP Hail operations officers will continue to he lo- cated in Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge to main- lain direct communications with the community, customers and employees. Other railway personnel, in- cluding train crews, locomo- tive, car and track mainten- now in use, there will he 02 men transferred lo Calgary, 21 from Calgary areas, H from Edmonton, 14 from Medicine Hat and 13 from Lethbridge. Under job security provi- sions of Ihe union contract, a number of protective clauses are provided, including reloca- lion expenses for employees taking jobs in the new Calgary office. Reimbursement for loss on sale of houses, maintenance of previous salary levels for an employee U'ho has to take a lower rated position as a re- sult of Ihe move, and lump- sum severance payments or supplementary unemployment insurance hcnefils for em- ployees with more than three years service who are displac- ance forces, freight marketing I ed, are all part of the new plan, and sales representatives and CP Hail has started discus- customer service centre staff! sjons (he union on the pro- are not affected by the new gram [0 minimize the impact plan. In the four division set-up i ployees. LULL BEFORE THE STORM PIPES Storm and son- fll Hill IV L-1IC llllpcj'-.l, _ of the proposed changes on em- sewer pipes owoit connection between the new Henderson Lake ice facility and Ihe lines at Mayor Mag- ralh Drive and 6lh Ave. S. Work is expeded to be com: pleled this week on fhe public works project. 9-271 "I'm home, honey. Er, what would you say if I told you I filed my nomination loday for the Oct. 13 elec- Neil H. Tiowlcs, n member ol the Chrislian Science Board of) Lectureship, will be in L e i. h- bridgc Sept. 24 as part of n lectur lour through British Co- lumbia and Alberta. He will give a free public lec- ture entitled What's Necessary about Religion, in Room 7 of the Lclhbridgc Community Col- lege Kale Andrews Buildinp at 8 p.m. The lecture is under the nus- piccs of the local Christian Sci- ence Church. 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