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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ALOHA WEEK VACATION HAWAII CALLS Departs Oct. 9th Returns Oct. 24th ONLY S440 CALGARY RETURN Join now and enjoy Hawaiian festive holiday! Prico includes air fare, hotel and outer island tours CONTACT BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE 1771 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-3201 or 328-6858 "BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE-AS NEAR AS YOUR TELEPHONE" The Lettibridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 22, 1970 PAGES 9 TO 16 Jjland't A. E. CROSS Your Fremchlled Dealer for Nikon, Zelss Ikon, Momiyfl, Bell and Howell, Braun and Kodak Darkroom Equipment and Supplies MEET IGOR-This scorpion was found recently irt a Lethbridge home by Holly Summerfield and Tom Strick- land. The unlikely pet, about inches long, is full grown according to officials at the Lethbridge Research Station, who estimate it probably came into the country aboard a load of fruit or clothing. The sting of a scorpion is said to be worse than that of a black widow spider but not considered lethal. Scorpions are native to warm equatorial countries throughout the world. Photo by Walter Kerber High School Computer Courses Outlined At Coaldale Meeting Possible Start This Week Sewage Plant Contract For Laing Construction By HERB JOHNSON Herald City Hall Reporter The contract for the construc- tion of Lethbridge's secondary sewage treatment plant will be awarded to Laing Construction and Equipment Ltd. of Calgary. A start on the project could be made this week. Cost of the plant is 000. City council Monday voted to accept what City Manager Tom Nutting termed "substantial assurances" from Central Mort- gage and Housing Corporation that the city could proceed with construction this year without prejudicing further CMHC fi- nancing in 1971. Council had delayed award- ing of the contract because of a CMHC regulation that no funds are to be made available for projects started without prior approval from CMHC for loans. While the city has approval Research Officer Okayed The question of whether to hire a research for the city, held in abeyance since July at the request of Alder- man Vera Ferguson was re- solved at Monday's meeting of council. Council approved the funds By RIC SWIHART Staff Writer South Alberta is pioneering education technology in the province with what is hoped will result in credit courses in computer programming at the high school level. At a special meeting last night in Coaldale Dr. Philip Daykin professor in the mathe- matics department at the Uni- versity of Lethbridge, in co-op- eration with Charles Coe of Kate Andrews School mathe- matics department initiated a short course in computer pro- gramming for teachers repre- senting high school math de- partments in all high schools in Letbbridge and some surround- ing communities. Thoughts about the program started a year ago. Dr. Daykin felt it would be good to have all high school mathematics teachers interested in com- puter programming. "Mathematics programs can be enriched' by computer pro- gramming courses and com- puter he said. "The type of course hoped for is not aimed at techniques but the science of computer programming. "A large part of all mathe- matics content is directly con- nected with programs dealing with computer language and students can learn mathemat- CLIFF BUCK, I Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLD6. PHONE 327-2822 ics better by designing pro- grams they are interested in through the use of computers and computer programming." He said' computer program ming courses will tend to give mathematics, a modern flavor, working towards a better Jury Asks Change In Handrails A coroner's jury this mor. ning ruled the June 27 death of Eugene Jurcak, 43, of Coaldale was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage which resulted from a fall from a scaffold. The jury recommended handrails be put on scaffolds six feet high or over. At pres- ent the compensation board regulation stipulates handrails must be put on scaffolds 10 feet six inches high or over. The scaffold which Mr. Jur. cak was working on when he fell, was nine feet high. An autopsy revealed Mr. Jurcak could have suffered a mild heart attack just before he fell. The report said Mr. Jurcak's heart had rhythm irregularity due to one valve not operating effectively. Mr. Jurcak didn't have a history of heart trouble. Mr. Jurcak fell from a scaf- fold June 26 while working on the new shopping centre in north Lethbridge. He died in Foothills Hospital in Calgary the next day. BUSINESSMEN'S LUNCHEONS Served Daily from 11 a.m. Westwinds Dining Room "Half-Way House" Lounge WE INVITE AND WELCOME MONTHLY CHARGE ACCOUNTS Lefhbridge's Favorite Place to Eat! ven s FAMILY RESTAURANT 1715 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE, SOUTH PHONE 328-7756 mathematician rather than a technician of the in-depth thinking processes connected with the computer. Both Dr. Daykin and Mr. Coe feel that six sessions will give .teachers enough knowledge ..in a basic computer language to teach students at the high school level in the coming se- mester. Mr. Coe said one of the main problems now is to create enough interest with teachers, students and administration to make sure class tunes for com- puter program courses are available in schools for the coming semester. As a follow-up to the pro- gram at the high school level, a computer programming course will be offered1 at the TJ of L in January 1971 for teachers to increase their knowledge of computers to stay ahead of the high school students. "If demand is great enough, we will offer two courses dur- ing the summer session in said Dr. Daykin. "As a result of the good re- sponse, the mathematics de- partment at the U of L is con- sidering seriously repeating the university credit course in the spring semester. The classes would be in the late afternoon so interested1 teachers could attend. Widening 13th Street Moves Ahead A spokesman for the city's engineering department says the widening of the west side of 13th St. N., south of the Cen- tre Village Mall, will be finish- ed before the shopping centre opens next month. With sidewalk installation and preliminary paving finish- ed up this week, crews will be ready to start next week on milding a median from the subway north to 2nd A Ave. N. The extra 13 feet added to the width of the street will allow easier access to the new shopping centre. Traffic signals will also be installed at 2nd A Ave. N., al- hough work on this part of the ob will not get started until next month at the earliest. The program will have use of the U of L computer for the practical study, said Dr. Day- Icin and we are looking at sources of funds to support the program in the of com- puter time... Mr. Coe said he has nine stu- dents at Kate Andrews study- ing computer programing. Since it is under "special sub- students will not get credit for tte course. They pursue much of the course on their own time. "The first few days of class- es were quite trying but after one session with the computer, the interest and excitement of the students was he said. "After only one session With the computer there is no shut- ting them, off now." for the position (about a year) and a job description prepared by Tom Nutting, city manager. The move was an affirmation of the original decision to hire a research officer. The way is now clear for Mr. Nutting t o hire a candidate, who has been selected, although no decision has yet been made on the ac- tual hiring. The move was opposed by Aid. Ferguson, who charged it was irresponsible hiring unless it could be proven there was a need for such a person on staff. Aid. Joe Balla said there was a real need for a reserach of- ficer, pointing to (lie large amount of development and swift growth of the city in re- cent years. He was backed by Aid. C. W. Chichester, who said such a psrson would be able to re- search the kind of information required by developers coming into the city. This, he said, would leave council free to set policy rath- er than "hassle out Further support came from Aid. Hex Little, who said the research officer's salary could well be money spent to save money. There was also some discus- sion on whether the hiring pro- cess should have gone ahead while the matter was under re- view. Aid. Ferguson charged the administration with "arrogant- ly disregarding" council in going ahead with the selection of a candidate while the mat- ter was being reviewed. Several aldermen came to Licence Age Stays Same DRY MONTH August 1970, was very dry, vith only .61 inches of precipi- ation accounted for during the month. The driest August on record was in 1948, when only 07 inches of precipitation fell. A motion by Alderman Vera Ferguson advocating the rais- ing of the -minimum licensing age for motor scooter operators to 16 years was defeated Mon- day by city council. Only Aid. Ferguson support- ed the motion, which, if passed, would have been sent to the Al- berta Urban Municipalities As- sociation for consideration at its October meeting. From there it could have been forwarded to the provincial gov- ernment, licensing being a pro- vincial matter. The intent of the rr-Otion was double edged to combat the noise pollution attributed to mo- tor scooters and to eliminate accidents in the 14-15 age group. Aid. Steve K o t c h said lie could not support the motion until such time as the opera- tors had been given a fair op- portunity to take advantage of an educational safety program and then prove they can drive safely. Aid. Joe Balla conc-rred, add- ing that he was opposed in prin- ciple to members of our society School Laud Considered A resolution concerning the price of former school land was approved by city council Mon- day and will be sent to the Al- berta Urban Municipalities meeting in Calgary next; month. The resolution asks that the department of education con- sider transferring school sites that are no longer in use back to the city for a nominal fee. continually being legislated against. "We are always legis- lating against he said. He noted that 14 year-olds are allowed to us.e guns, but they are taught to use them in a responsible manner. The fact that you cannot leg- islate respon s i b i 1 i t y was brought forward by Aid. Vaugh- an Hembroff. He said he would rather see strict enforcement of traffic regulations, including regulations concerning noisy mufflers, aided by citizens who are willing to take down the li- cence numbers of offending ve- hicles and report them to the police. the defence of Tom Nutting, city manager, and pointed put that the process of advertising for the position had already bs- gun before the request to take a second look at the need for the research officer. Aid. Ferguson later said i t standing and apologized for her remarks. 1 Both Aid. Vaughan Hembroff and Aid. Jim Anderson pointed out that the hiring was not necessarily permanent a n d the need for the position could, and should, be reviewed in the was apparently a misunder-1 future. Firecracker Sales May Be Outlawed A bylaw that would ban the sale or setting-off of fireworks in Lethbridge is to be prepare by the city solicitor for city council's consideration. Contract Awarded The contract for the con struction of the city stores com plex will be awarded to Smitli Bros, and Wilson of Calgary city council decided Monday. The firm's bid of was the lowest of six received and was about below the or iginal cost estimate. About 15 feet of 5th St. N between 2nd Ave. and 4th Ave. directly in front of the com plex, will be taken to allow for set-back requirements. There will still be enough roadway re- maining to allow for two-way traffic on the street. Yates Centre Security Revieiv Asked City Manager Tom Nutting was asked at Monday's meet ing of council to look into se curity and preventive mainte- nance at the Yates Memorial Centre. The request came from Al derman Joe Balla, who said painting recently stolen 'rom the centre was likely worth considerably more than the it was supposed to be worth. He called for better security and a better check kept on the valuable works of art that are kept in the centre. COMPLETE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FIOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5454 ATTENTION! HORSE RACING FANS BIRD WATCHERS HUNTERS HIKERS ETC. WE ARE AUTHORIZED DEALERS FOR BUSHNELL OPTICS "MOST DISTINGUISHED NAME IN SIGHT1 Bushnell Custom 6 x 25 Power Pocket Size Of- fers a large 8 degree field of view. Regular Manufacturer's list 69.50. Special QH Special This Week Ot-wU This Week Other models and sizes also [n stock. At Special Saving! This Week Only! McCREADY-B.MNES PHARMACY LTD. 614 3rd Ave. Lethbridge CALL 327-3555 FOR FREE HOME DELIVERY Also Operating Walciion Pharmacy located in Watcrton Lakes National Park Bushnell 7x35 Insia-focus Regular Manufacturer'! Lisl 54.50. QC Council Monday approved the preparation of the bylaw after hearing a presentation by Dr. Michael Hanna, who showed the alderman pictures of what had happened to his seven- year-old son when a string of firecrackers exploded in his pocket. Dr. Hanna contended that banning the sale of firecrack- ers was the only effective way to prevent sucli accidents. He said no local businesses would be harmed by any such ban. The question of how far civic government should go in pass- ing legislation to control the freedom of activity of citizens came up, as it had in discus- sion of raising the age limit for motor scooter operators. Alderman Vaughan Hembroff said that, unlike scooters, fire- crackers serve no really useful purpose and are a danger to young people, who are not able to protect themselves. for about million from 1970 CMHC funds for the sewage fa- cilities, more will be needjsd from the 1971 allocation. The resolution to award the contract was opposed by Alder- man Joe Balla, who said the assurance from CMHC that ad- ditional CMHC loans would be made available should be in writing, rather than just verbal. Mr. Nutting told council that he was satisfied that the prom- ise of funds from bpih the Ed- montcn and Lethbridge offices of CMHC were valid and the city could proceed en the as- sumption that loans, which contain a 25 per cent forgive- ness clause, would be forthcom- ing. Alderman Vaughan Hembroff reminded council that the city must build the facilities and that, if necessary, the extra money required could be ob- tained from the Alberta Munici- pal Financing Corporation. A report from Allister Find- lay, financs director, showed the city has available from AMFC sources, not includ- ing the 1971 allotment. The report also shows the es- timated cost of the facilities as million, with the estimated amount yet to be financed as If tha money were borrowed through AMFC there would be no forgiveness clause, which would mean an extra Council also voted to award the contract for the siphon con- necting the south and north side plants to Cunningham and Shan- non Ltd. of Taber in the amount of The siphon had been esti- mated at its final cost is included in the over-all esti- mate of million. R. AKROYD no PLUMBING-HEATING and GASFITTING 2634 2UI Ave. S. for New Installations and Alterations Phone 328-2106 FREE ESTIMATES PREFINISHED PLYWOOD 4'x8' SHEETS 4 MM THICK 2 COLOURS ONLY, 2 FINISHES WHITE OAK SATIN FINISH WALNUT HIGH GLOSS FINISH "Smooth, Durable, Waterproof Surface (NO GROOVES) SPECIAL PER SHEET LIMITED QUANTITY PREFINISHED MATCHED MOULDINGS AISO AVAItABlI FOR CONCEALED JOINTS, TRIM AROUND WINDOWS AND DOORS, BASEBOARD, ETC. ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. 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