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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Unique experiment in government takes effect Jan. 1 Will Winnipeg become the envy of the continent? WINNIPEG (CP) It has been described as both a Frankenstein's monsler and the vehicle through which Greater Winnipeg will become "the envy of Ihe continent." The former view comes from one of Ihe severesl cril- ics of the Manitoba govern- ment's plan lo reorganize Greater Winnipeg into a sin- gle city, The laller is the assessment of Saul Chemjack, Manitoba's minister of urban affairs and the man responsible for carrying through the funda- mental change in municipal structure in Canada's fourth largest metropolitan area. Whether either of the too divergent descriptions apply will probably not be known for many years, but when the new setup comes into effect Jan. 1, Greater Winnipeg's inhabitants will become participants in a unique experiment in local government. On that date, a 50-member council, to be elected Oct. 6, will take over the fiscal and law-making powers lhal have heretofore rested with the dozen ciliss, lowns and rural municipalities that make up Greater Winnipeg. Advent of the new city ad- ministration will mean the end of an 11-year experiment in two-tier government through the Metropolitan Cor- poration of Greater Winnipeg. Metro, set up in 1960 under former Conservative premier Duff floblin, has been respon- sible for area-wide planning, arterial roads, waterworks, sewage, major parks and the transit system. Regional government has had a stormy history of feuds with local politicians and has been hampered by limited de- velopment powers to back up its planning authority. Since iis inception, metro- politan and local government in Greater Winnipeg have been subject to a succession of investigations, culminating last December with the report of the local government boundaries commission. Much of that report, which was four years in the making, was re- jected by Uis NDP govern- ment in favor of its own White Paper proposals. In the White Paper, which preceded introduction of a Greater Winnipeg reorganiza- tion bill at the last session of the legislature, the govern- ment acknowledged limited development powers as one of Metro's main shortcomings. Diversity of services from municipality to municipality, inequitable sharing of the property tax base and concen- tration of social welfare costs in the central core area also Low-level flying is suspended OMAHA, Neb. (API The Strategic Air Command says it is suspending low-level training flights by B-52 bombers over Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North and South Dakota to avoid interfering with the fall migration of waterfowl. The last flight of the eight-en-, gine B-52s over the area was Tuesday night. These planes fly as low as 400 feet, a manoeuvre intended to enable them to avoid radar detection. SAC said the halt came after protests by conservation and wilflife organizations, which feared heavy losses among the millions of ducks, geese, swans and other waterfowl which nor- mally reach the southern por- tions of tlie Canadian provinces between the middle and the end of September. The- main migration usually ends in November and flights probably will be resumed then, SAC said. Meanwhile the exer- cises will bo shiflorl to one of 14 other areas used by SAC for tow-level flight. Keitinairs uel earnings up MONTREAL (CP) Reit-1 man's (Canada) Ltd. has re- ported net earnings of or 97 cents a share in llio first six months of 1071 compared with or mi cents in the corresponding period Inst year Sales so far this year were compared with in the first half of 1970. TO VISIT CHINA OSAKA, Japan (Renter) A 19-mcmbcr delegation of bn.si- I ness leaders in western Japan left here by air for Cliinn via Hong Kong Wednesday. The del- egation, bonded by Isnmu Sneki, president of the Osnkn Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is expected lo spend nbout 10 days in Chine. were said to result from the two-tier system. Centralization of the opera- tions of city hall will be expe- dited through formation of four committees elected from council; an executive policy committee to act as the over- all policy arm of the council and standing comlititces on planning and development, works and operations and fi- nance. The committees will be backed by a board of four commissioners, who will be administrators responsible to council for the general man- agement, direction and con- trol of the city's administra- Uon. In charge will be a chief commissioner, while the de- partments of the other three commissioners parallel those of the standing committees. It is to deal with the last problem citizen involvement, the government's ur- ban experts have broken new ground in civic organization. Mr. Cherniack has describ- ed this aspect of the reorgani- zation as "a total, absolute and unequivocal commitment to revitalizing democracy at the grass-roots level." The concept being intro- duced to carry out Ibis com- mitment is the community committee, designed to decen- tralize the political process while centralizing major serv- ices. Thirteen community com- mittees are to be formed by grouping wards which fall, for the most part, within tradi- tional municipal boundaries although the municipalities themselves will disappear. When the new 50-member council takes office, all power to make laws and levy taxes will pass to it, while the com- munity committees will have power lo supervise delivery of services which are not the re- sponsibility of Metro. However, these such as fire, police, health and expected lo decrease as the new council moves to centralize more and more of the city's activities. y, iopl.mt.r It, THf LITHIKIDC! rlHAlB 13 CMHC approves housing Joans OITAWA (CP) Loans total- ling were announced today by Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. for five housing projects in Western Canada. The largest loan, goes to the Scowlilz In- dian Band Housing Authority for a J3-unit project in Harrison Mills, B.C. (Other British Col- umbia loans are to the Prince George Halfway House Society for a 2J-bed hcslel for alcoholics and to the Prince George Senior Citizens Home Sociely for a 30-suite apartment building lor the eld- erly. Lorman Construction (1966; Ltd. of Eslevan, Saslr., receives for a 17-unit housing project in Nipawin, Sask., lor low-income families The Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp. gets for a 15-unil, low-income housing project in Dauphin, PRODUCES on, India produced 6.8 million metric tons of oil during 1970. SIMPSONS-SEARS At off you can be sitting pretty on this soft and lovely sofa Contemporary tuxedo styling The Charm of FRENCH PROVINCIAL B. Another great besl seller. A much-coveled classical styling thai brings you the elegance lhal flowered in France is reproduced here for today's en-the- movf modern life. Features exquisiJe carved crown arid showwood, reversible foam rubber cushions, fruilwaod finish. Reg. The Warmth of TRADITIONAL C. A wildly popular bosl seller that suits any decor you can name yel il's Irim, compact and complements almost any room siie. Soft, luxurious foam cush- ions, self-covered decks, a coil spring base even arms caps are included al Ihis low, low sole priccl Reg Ihe Welcome Glow of Colonial D, Popular Colonial by Kroohlei. The look of ago and beauly thai brings an air of tradition to the modern hornol Foam filled back, coil springs, soft spring edge comforl fociors lhal mnkfl this nuilo o tremendous voluol Includes matching chair. Ron. 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