Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District ald Local news SECO.ND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 18, 1973 Pages 13 24 The Lougheed m Rail line abandonment fears soothed By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Questions and answers, problems and solutions were the in- gredients of a Monday whirlwind tour of five Southern Alberta centres by provincial cabinet ministers Monday, led by Deputy Premier Hugh Horner. The possibility of rail line abandonment reared its head in Warner. Farm wife Mary Hamling was assured by Dr. Horner that no lines would be abandoned until government, the rail company and the communities could sit down and discuss all aspects of such an action. Dr. Horner said some lines may have to be abandoned but rail traffic could likely be stepped up in other areas to make the lines a more viable venture. He claimed the rail companies are calling for abandonment on some lines just to get federal government subsidies. Dr. Horner then handled a two-pronged question from Jack Hutchinson, a Warner-area hog breeder and director from Southern Alberta for the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board. He assured Mr. Hutchinson that if the proposed million hog processing plant did establish in Taber, it would be treated by the province as any other packing industry coming to Alber- ta. Producers fill needs Mr. Hutchinson questioned the ability of Alberta producers to fill the needs of the Taber-proposed hog slaughtering plant which would require hogs per year under present proposals. Dr. Horner said an increase in Alberta hog production would be needed regardless of the formation of another hog slaughter plant. He claimed the Alberta Agricultural Development Cor- poration, established to help people consolidate or enter the farming industry, would be willing to waive the normally re- quired 20 per cent down payment on loan applications for young men 18 to 25 years old to help increase agricultural production. He said the young men could now get money from the cor- poration on the basis of their ability, experience and willingness to learn. The question of improved roads was high on the list of problems for all centres. Dr. Horner said the expenditures for building and improving secondary roads in rural Alberta reach- ed an all-time high this year. He said the secondary road program for 1973 had expanded to the capabilities of men and equipment in Alberta. "With a million budget, all the centres were sure to get some road im- provements in time." Dr. Horner did assure Coaldale Mayor A. F. Blakie that his council will receive for street paving this year. Warner Mayor Jack Ashmore was told his village could get about 000 for similar work. Road improvement Milk River Chamber of Commerce was assured im- provements were forthcoming to the raod leading to Writing-on- Stone Provincial Park. Frank Gray, secretary for the Warner Elks Club, was told a provincial grant of about could be expected to help the proposed Warner Agricultural Society make renovations to the local community hall. Mr. Gray said such an upgraded facility would also be used by a resident district agriculturist to start work Oct. 1. Art Kalau, a member of the Milk River Agricultural Society, asked for payments to farmers from the soon-to-be- discontinued Prairie Farm Assistance Act fund of million to cover farmers who didn't carry insurance even though it was available. Dr. Horner said he hoped insurance would soon be available to farmers to provide minimum coverages for all crops. Milk River farmer Hovey Reese was told the provincial three- man land use forem would be holding meetings in Southern Alberta next spring. Dr. Horner said this forem would be investigating the best use of land throughout Alberta, whether it be for agriculture, recreation or towns. Leased land and ownership of land would also be examined. Hutterite decision Questions about Hutterite expansion prompted Dr. Horner to repeat that the Alberta Communal Property Control Act had to be repealed. "We'll stand by that he said. He told Mr. Ashmore that the total land acquired by Hutterites last year was acres. This was mostly con- solidation of land that had been rented. In the same period only three new colonies had been formed, one each at Grassy Lake. Valleyview and Bassano. Mr. Kalau, in a private submission to the cabinet, called for controls of wholesale buying by Hutterites. He said wholesale purchases should be limited to genuine retailers. This would also help boost the economy of smaller towns. Dr. Horner told Mr. Kalau that towns don't die because somebody buys land, but because the people give up. Residents in 'Pass get pledge of help RICK ERVIN photos Point by point Hugh Crow Eagle, Peigan band, had brief illustrated on the blackboard Premier told about child neglect problem In a crowd imiliar place for premier Monday By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer CARDSTON Premier Peter Lougheed and five of his cabinet were told Monday that a critical problem of child neglect and juvenile delin- quency exists on the Blood Reserve. In a brief, one of four presented to the provincial cabinet by the Blood council, a social services consultant to the tribe asked the provincial government to provide in- creased child welfare services on the reserve. "There is an abnormally high percentage of multi- problem families, neglected children, and juvenile delin- Leona Dejardins says in the submission. She told the cabinet that between August, 1972 and August, 1973, an average of 14 children per month required emergency foster-home care. In the same period, an average of 23 juveniles were on probation per month, with 34 new probation cases added in the twelve-month period. Health and Social Develop- ment Minister Neil Crawford agreed the problem warranted attention and promised to enter into negotiations with the band council to provide increased child welfare services. Because the provincial government has no jurisdic- tion over treaty Indians, the federal government would have to reimburse the province for welfare services on the reserve. The council also asked the province to give its approval to a native American studies program at the University of Lethbridge. University officials have given their approval for the program. Allen Adair, minister without portfolio responsible for native affairs, told the council the advanced educa- tion department would hopefully make a final deci- sion on the program in time for implementation in the 1974-75 academic year. In the brief. Blood Chief Jim Shot Both Sides, says that while Indians have made significant contributions to Canadian society, they have not been recognized. The native studies program "is a means of bringing out to the public some of their con- the chief says. "But most important of all, native American studies will bridge the gap between native people and whites." In response to a Blood brief urging government action on a Standoff to Lethbridge highway, Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne said ac- tion on the highway would probably not begin before 1976. Mr. Copithorne said his department had looked at the proposal and estimated the cost of a bridge spanning the Oldman River west of the un- iversity at million. "In view of the heavy bridge-building program in the the road could not be built until 1976, the minister said. The council is pressing for a paved road to enable Indian students studying in Lethbridge to live 'on the reserve. The road would also allow Indians to work in the city while continuing to live on the reserve, the council said. In an accompanying brief, the council claims that for native people, finding rental accommodation already in short supply, is especially dif- ficult. At a public meeting in Cardston before the premier met with the band council, the president of Indian News Media asked the province for a operating grant. Marvin Fox suggested the better communications on the reserve are vital to future economic and social development. "The Mr. Fox says, "may seem astronomical in its initial appraisal but viewed in a humanistic manner, one can- not help but sympathize with our plight." By D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor LUNDBRECK Four Alberta cabinet ministers pledged assistance to Cowley- Lundbreck citizens Monday morning on everything from a water supply, highway tur- noff, farm labor, village paving, and arresting move- ment of citizens out of small communities to stronger penalties for convicted cattle rustlers. And they threw in help for the Lundbreck telephone users for good measure. They also reaffirmed Premier Peter Lougheed's policy of working toward processing of Alberta raw materials here at home. Environment Minister Bill Yarko. Industry and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock. Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Russell and Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie landed by helicopter to the cheers of 265 Grades 1 to 12 students on the Livingstone School grounds. Then they marched into the Lundbreck Community Hall to get right into grassroots government. Mr. Yurko, fielding pleas for assistance on a water supply for Lundbreck. said the government will announce a water supply policy in about one month. GK1NKKOUS "It will be a fairly generous policy; a three-pronged policy; for bigger centres, for medium-sized centres, and a package assistance plan for very small hamlets." he said. "We hope in this regard to be able to assist you." Jack Semenoff, president of the Lundbreck Light and Power Company, told the ministers the hamlet has depended up to now on privately-owned wells. He said the hamlet has saved for a water system and hoped the government would help. Bill Smith. Village of Cowley secretary-treasurer, was promised by Mr. Russell that a department of highways engineer would be directed to Cowley immediately to look at possible new Highway 2 approaches. "We are very concerned with the approaches we have from Highway 2 into the village." said Mr. Smith. "We have, in the early and mid- winter months, what we call 'white-outs.' We get a foot of fresh snow and then a Chinook. It drifts and we feel this creates a hazard with approaches to and from Highway 3. At times it is hard to see the turn-off." Mr. Smith asked for approach lights, or a possible dividing of Highway 3, or a painted division on Highway 3 allowing for a turn-off lane. His interest in paving programs was tempered by the expense of getting engineering. Mr. Russell said the government would study the matter and possibly come up With some standardized engineering on a pro-rated basis. He promised to'turn it over to Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne. Hubert Lynch-Staunton of the Lundbreck area said several presentations had been made to Alberta Govern- ment Telephones urging that Cowley-Lundbreck phones be brought into the Pincher Creek phone system. "We still don't have it." he said. "It looks like ACT is playing games with us for some reason or other." Mr. Russell promised to take the request to Telephones Minister Roy Farran. Mr. Russell said: "When you put it on a provincial basis you can appreciate why it takes five years. We will try to find out if it is a put-on. If there is any way. Roy will do it for you." Rancher Stan Warriner ask- ed for stiffer penalties for cat- tle rustlers. "Really slap it to them because so few ever get caught." Mr. Warriner urged. "It has become a laughing joke around here. A rustler is caught and given a very minor fine. Just check that over for consideration. CAKKI I L Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie said the problem involves the law of trespass and other laws that are difficult to enforce. He said the present govern- ment has been "very careful to keep the administration of justice separated from gov- ernment." But he said if citizens con- sider penalties on conviction of rustling to be too lenient, "there are meetings of judges and magistrates every year to discuss it." Mr. Dickie agreed sentences have been too lenient and said he is hopeful that some defects on that will be corrected. Looking to a class of Grade 12 students assembled in the hall. Mr. Dickie said Alberta is the number one province for production of minerals and assured the young people they have a wonderful future. He said the Athabasca oil sands development will affect all Albertans economically. Mr. Lynch-Staunton con- gratulated the government for its program to encourage production and marketing. But he said the "biggest thing that limits production is going to be manpower." DILKMMA "There is a moral dilemma when we can't produce because we don't have the bodies" to do it." said Mr. Lynch Staunton. "We want to see fair treatment and fair wages." Environment Minister Bill Yurko noted that the student farm employment program, attempting to encourage students to stay on the farm and to bring some city students out to farm, has grown to a program costing more than million. Mr. Lynch-Staunton said migrant farm labor needed assistance too. Mr. Yurko said he thought Manpower and Labor Minister Bert Hohol was doing a personal tour to study migrant labor in the province. Livingstone School principal Peter Iwasiuk. also chairman of the town committee, open- ed another wide-ranging sub- ject when he said: "We are losing pupils. Our grants are diminishing. This has caused cutting of staff. I am just wondering, is there any plans for financing this? Are we go- ing to keep cutting This brought Environment Minister Bill Yurko and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock into a discussion of the government's program to balance growth across the province. SMALL CU.VrKKS Mr. Yurko said the government hopes to make small .centres viable. "That is why Mr. Peacock is working so hard to locate industry across the province." he said. Mr. Peacock said the first task the government looked at was to "arrest this whole movement of people. You don't arrest people moving just overnight." "There are many new programs for sewage and water. Mr. Copithorne's village paving program, and Mr. Russell has expanded Alberta housing with mobile homes to help attract industry to smaller areas." said Peacock. He said the government was talking in terms of moving petro-chemical programs, looking to locating pig iron plants, looking at coal gas- ification programs. He spoke of new airport and airstrip policies to get Alberta into the 21st Century, upgrading highways and seeking of new railroad rate pricing to end policies that have been detrimental to growth in the jast. Mr. Peacock said the changes in Alberta "are going to be staggering." He told the students it will open up areas and opportunities. They should think of getting into engineering. "That is our objective in moving into he said. Engraved plaques were presented to Cowley Mayor Gordon Johnson and Mrs. R. E. Crayford, secretary- treasurer of the Lundbreck Hall Association. Coleman presents pollution woes Black soot clings to every wash COLEMAN The Town of Coleman, businessmen, and 400 citizens presented coal dust pollution and highway relocation problems to four Alberta cabinet ministers here Monday afternoon. Environment Minister Bill Yurko, Industry and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock, Municipal Af- fairs Minister Bill Russell and Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie came to Coleman to listen and placate. They made few promises, mainly because the problems are so big. Coal dust flows out. of the Coleman Collieries' coal cleaning plant and 400 citizens are so 'sick and tired of the black soot that clings to every wash and wall that they signed a petition urging the tipple be moved far north to the mining firm's Vicary Creek operation. Mr. Yurko promised to "look at the possibility of opening a government pollution control office in this area in the near future." And he told Coleman Mayor John Holyk that the relocation of Highway 3 is still an open question. Government engineers are opposed by the town in their plans to relocate the highway north of the new business section. Councillors and businessmen have development plans for this property. They presented a brief urging the government to put the highway through a southern area, where businesses are boarded up and where buildings built in the 1903- 1910 era would be shoved aside. Said Mr, Yurko: "The government will look at the highway relocation in detail. I think I can say we will go back with your message and re-examine the location of the highway. The highway location has certainly not been established." In presenting the anti-tipple petition. Miss Donolda Oliva of Coleman, holding up a Canadian Maple Leaf flag covered with soot and grime, said: "This was up for only three weeks." It caused Mr. Yurko to joke. "We'll have to table that in the house." But Miss Oliva wasn't in a joking mood. "We have black snow and even black icicles. You can never enjoy fresh, clean air in your homes. Gardens are impossible. You can't hang a wash outdoors and forever have your hands in water cleaning. This all leads to poor health, both physically and mentally." She said the Alberta Social Credit government approved the building of this cleaning plant in the late 1960s. Because of its location in the heart of the business and residential section of Coleman. she said, there is "minimal correction that can be applied. "The coal is mined at Vicary she said. "Should not the tipple be placed there Regarding the coal haul route adjacent to the Town of Coleman. mayor and councillors recommended: Upgrade and leave the coal haul route where it is presently located or establish a more easterly roulo away from all residential areas; Complete relocation of the present coal clean- ing plant facilities and coal haul route should ad- ditional large quantities of coal development take place in the Kananaskis Valley. "We favor and recommend that all future coal cleaning plants be located close to mine head sites and away from residential and business areas." Council asked that the provincial government endeavor to pave the existing coal haul route and Coleman Collieries maintain the road. Council said the proposed location of Highway 3. north of town, "would prohibit any future expansion northward and westward of easily serviceable land." It would create noise pollution to the Pine View subdivision and would deter developers and prospective home buyers from developing the 60 lots now available. Businessmen said the path of the downtown route, south of the new business section, could be bought out. or moved, for "far less than it would cost to build one bridge across one canyon in the proposed north route." Premier Peter Lougheed introduced 10 cabinet ministers at a Blairmore meeting and was welcom- ed by Mayor Ernie Fantin. Mayor Fantin said the government had not decentralized government services like it had promised it would. He questioned the reasoning behind the govern- ment cutting the forestry staff at Blairmore from to men. lie asked why a fish hatchery had been built at Calgary and not in the 'Pass area.