Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
'Break school barriers' It was hard to express, but Jack Kelly felt something was wrong 4We went out pretty meek' Jack Kelly tells his side of the 'Woodwards evacuation9 i; By ANDY OGLE j: Herald Staff Writer :j It's a common adage that there's i always at least two sides to every story. In the case of Lethbridge's downtown redevelopment, the city, the province and Woodwards have toid their side and told it well. Jack Kelly feels it's time someone told his side of the story. Jack Kelly is a 69-year-old pensioner and war veteran Until August he lived in the Lafferty Block at the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street S precisely where Woodwards is going to put up the office-tower cornerstone of their development At the end of June. Mr. Kelly and a number of other people renting accom- modation in the redevelopment area got a notice from the city. It said "As vou know, as part of the redevelopment scheme the city is now requiring that you vacate your premise." "If you think you will encounter any difficulty please do not hesitate to con- tact the community service depart- ment at citv hall They also got a legal form giving them one month's notice. So Kelly and some 40 to 60 others, many of them pensioners living in the Lalferty Block or the neighboring Block started looking for another place to live. If they couldn't find a place on their own the community services drcart- rm-nl found a place for them even tak- ing them around to look at available ac- commodation It paid for their moving expenses if they had any. and any rent rebates due on tlioir old rooms A local Opportunities for Youth group called Project Concerned went in and physically helped people move. The transition was eased as far as was possible. But something was wrong somewhere. Jack Kelly knew it. but it was not an easy thing to express. For one thing he wasn't looking for sympathy, nor was he complaining par- ticularly that his rent went up a month But he felt someone should speak up for the people that had to move. "We went out pretty meek and he says. So Mr. Kelly spent a lot of time talk- ing to city officials, to the helpful peo- ple in the community services department, to the phone-in shows Hut he just wasn t getting his point across, and in one last attempt went to citv council's town hall meeting and in front of the aldermen, spectators, and press got up and tried again. And failed again Perhaps it was because the way he attempted to make his point was just a little nebulous Roughly put it was something like this if he or one of his compatriots had kicked in a window and stolen something from a store and were caught, they would have recourse to legal aid But since they hadn't committed a crime "The only crime we com- mitted was always paying our rent and our bills." he said at council they had no one. to defend them or to stand up for their rights "When they told us to get out they didn't tell us we could go to legal aid if we didn't like it." he says. It's a case of people who are getting to the age when they're very sensitive about becoming a burden on society be- ing told they're in the way, says one sympathizer "There was no easy way to move them The social services department is keeping track of the people it helped move Most did not go far, fanning out into an area a? close to downtown as possible Some found better accommodation than what they had. others like Kelly (eel they ended up in worse premises, despite what according to Kelly were promises they would get something as good or better. It seems to be a matter of small things but they count. Kelly, for in- stance, finds he now has to walk up three flights of stairs to his rooms in- stead of one. and he doesn't have a kitchen sink like he had in the Lafferty Block "Sure this is a nice enough place." he says of his Victoria Mansion rooms. "But the Laflerty Block was home Less of a small thing is the question of rent Mr. Kelly, who has his veteran's pen- sion of a month besides his old age pension of says his rent in four years at the Lafferty Block never went up from the he paid when he moved in Rental subsidies are apparently still a matter lor discussion between city i and Alberta Housing Corporation of- ficials. The city is in the meantime providing temporary rent assistance in emergency situations in other words for people who can't afford their new :j rents Bob Bartlett, community services director, says about a dozen people have received this assistance, some for temporary accommodation, others on a continuing basis Those who have the means have got j to pay full rents, however. Mr Kelly pays for rent. At social assistance rates for a single person of x (or food. for clothing, for per- g' sonal incidentals and for household g needs, he has a monthly requirement of g leaving him with a month sur- g: plus on paper "That scale doesn't mean a damn thing." says Mr. Kelly. "I'd like to see g: those fellows at city hall try to eat on a month." The situation is, of course, the same :g for pensioners throughout the city, not just those forced to move But for them it means suddenly being out of pocket another a month. On a percentage basis that's a lot of- money for those people, says a city social worker "They like to have a little extra in :g case they need it Mr. Bartlett agrees the rent situation is unfair in a way. but says it's essen- daily the same for any tenant whose g: landlord raises the rents, or for a te- g: nant when an apartment is sold and the x new landlord hikes the tariff. x Mr Bartlett says he's concerned about it. however, and will be in Ed- g monton next week to discuss a more g: permanent program with the g: government. g: "The Lafferty Block had low rents :g and there was a sense of community." .'g he said "Hopefully, the senior citizens' g apartment building will be the same g The provincial government now says construction will begin on the highrise x early next year and suites will be g: available on a rent-geared-to-income formula in which rents start as low as a month for a single person on the g old age pension g The people who were moved from the downtown area have been promised they'll be the first to get into the new g: building. g: "I'm 69 years old. says Kelly, "I hope g: I make it By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Communication barriers that have existed in the educational system since the 1950s must be broken down, a meeting of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute school council was told Tuesday. Ken Sauer, principal of LCI, said the barrier between the public and educators resulted when the school systems adopted the theory that educa- tion is a specialist's field and should be left to the experts. "The school council is a very good vehicle to help break down those he suggested to the teachers, students and parents who were selected last spring to represent their segment of the educational system on the LCI council. The major function of the council is to investigate and recommend policy changes to improve the academic and social tone of the school. Mr. Sauer asked council members to speak out and reflect their actual feelings about any issue that is dis- cussed at a council meeting. That includes the students on this council, he said. "I will not hold anything against you just because you are out- spoken in a council meeting." The council members dis- cussed the methods they might use to communicate with the people they represent and the necessity of making parents feel more comfor- table about approaching the teacher or principal in the school where their child studies. Students on the council felt that it would be easier for them to obtain student opinion on school matters in a classroom discussion rather than by attempting to approach the students during breaks and in between classes. The council members representing the teachers felt most teachers wouldn't object to using class time to discuss a council recommendation if a student council member dis- cussed the issue with them prior to the class. Adrlenne Radford, a teacher representative on the council, said she is always dis- appointed when parents, of students who have problems with certain subjects, don't show up at teacher-parent gatherings. Rather than depend on the meeting notice sent home with the student, Mr. Sauer suggested a personal phone call from the teacher to the parent of a learning-problem student may be more effective in obtaining the parents atten- dance at the gathering. Mildred Cox, a parent on the council, felt the large infor- mal gatherings of teachers and parents were a positive method of breaking the com- munication gap between parents and the school. "If a parent has met a teacher then they don't feel bad about walking into a school to talk with the teacher about their child's she said. The six parents, seven students, two teachers and the principal will meet as LCI school council members on the last Tuesday of each month, it was decided at the meeting. The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 26, 1973 Pages 13-24 No pension plan on Alberta's horizon By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer i Alberta Health Minister Neil Crawford said Tuesday there were no immediate plans to give the province's senior citizens the minimum pension urged by the National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation. "There are no plans for it at the present Mr. Craw- ford said, "But changes could come from time to time." Commenting on a com- parison with British Colum- bia, where pensioners do get per month, Mr. Crawford said: "B.C. has a special situation with the large number of senior citizens they have there." I don't feel we have provid- ed any less than any other province with our benefit added the minister. Mr. Crawford told The Herald he could not estimate the average income from non- private sources of Alberta pensioners. He did say that none got less than per month, the sum of the pension, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the per month paid by the province. Mr. Crawford addressed the closing session of the national pensioners' and senior citizens' convention, where he outlined the benefits available to senior citizens from the province He said the latest benefit for pensioners was the payment of optical, hearing aid, and most dental expenses, an- nounced by the government Aug. 24. Inflation had led to the introduction of the plan on short notice, he said, and details of benefits and controls had not been settled. "The program was adopted on short said Mr. Crawford, "And we couldn't phase it in next year as planned." He asked that the elderly save their receipts so they can claim refunds. Negotiations were in progress, said Mr. Crawford, and "the opticians, dentists, and so on have been very co- operative." Mr. Crawford also said no premiums are paid on medicare or Blue Cross by senior citizens in Alberta, but basic medical and hospital care was provided. He said the provincial housing policy allowed local authorities soon to include Lethbridge to build lodges and retirement homes with income-adjusted rents, operated out of their revenue. The minister went on to say that "any credible volunteer group" could receive capital funding from the Alberta Housing Corporation for senior citizens projects. The group had to be credible and the project likely to be a finan- cial success. Mr. Crawford said, because operating costs were borne by the sponsoring group. The pensioners' group, at the final sessions of its meeting Tuesday, voted to ask the federal government to pay the cost of sending a delegate to the international senior citizens' convention in Los Angeles and to join the inter- national body. Incumbent federation ex- ecutives were re-elected to their posts by acclamation. Re-elected were president Jack Lerette of Toronto, first vice-president John Gayne of Moncton. N.B., second vice- president Frank Way of Van- couver, secretary Mrs. Marian Goddard of Fort Macleod, and treasurer Mrs. Lillian Browne of Surrey, B.C. Physicians meet in Calgary Health care insurance 'clearly By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Medicine is dealing with a phenomenon called a "global budget" Which is depriving some peo- ple of health care, the presi- dent of the Canadian and British Medical Associations said here today. Dr. Peter Banks, speaking to a luncheon gathering at the Alberta Medical Association annual meeting, said the global budget, or ceiling on costs, is "a polite euphemism for saying that some people are going to go without medical care." The ceiling has resulted Medical associations will become CALGARY Provincial medical associations will become more preoccupied with "bread and butter issues" in the future, Dr. Peter Banks, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said Tuesday. The associations would assume the roles of bargain- ing agents, he said in an inter- view. "Medicare has accelerated this change. The doctor is no longer an individual entrepreneur, he is part of a group." Dr. Banks said a govern- ment proposal to establish a national medical standards committee was a good idea, but the medical profession must retain its independence. "We don't wish them to tell us what our standards should be. but we are very willing to discuss this with government. "We've got nothing to hide. The standard of medicine that Canadians are getting is very good." He said he was "horrified" at the level of physical fitness in Canada. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Should Lethbridge radio stations be providing programming for the In- dians living in Southern Alber- ta? Bev Tail Feathers, radio supervisor with Indian News Media in Cardston, thinks they should, and claims they are not living up- to that respon- sibility. CJOC and CHEC both carry different, 30-minute programs prepared by Indian News Media's Blackfoot Radio, but the two stations schedule the broadcasts early Sunday mor- ning. CJOC carries the program Indian radio early time slot criticized A i-i-i 1 OA n M __ .____A _ 1 j m i_.. __ from health-cost escalation, forcing governments at all levels to consider economic restraints. "They are engaged in a system of health insurance which promises everything to everybody. This was clearly impossible in its inception and we said so, but with the ad- vance of medical techniques, it's becoming more impossi- ble every Dr. Banks said. What has resulted is cost es- calation and cost ceilings. "Global budget proponents maintain that considerable savings can be achieved by reorganization, and this is the current bandwagon in Canada. Britain and Australia "To date these suggestions, whether they be a system of salaried doctors, community clinics, or the use of less qualified personnel, can only. escalate costs." Dr. Banks said the profes- sion will, in time, be driven into a system of priorities and will have to decide where it will spend its money. "To put it more harshly, who is going to go he said. It is not the medical profession's responsibility alone to tell Canadians what the priorities should be. but only to advise. Dr. Banks also said the profession could provide valuable input to the federal government's committee on community health. "We must tell this com- mittee that discipline must be restored to society, and par- ticularly to the schools. We have too readily embraced the covetous materialism of our southern neighbors, with all that false value system stands for." Dr. Banks added that televi- sion "hypnotizes our people with banality, violence and a concept of material riches un- related to hard work and ef- fort. "One would like to think that our government, in in- stituting such a committee on community health, has at last realized he said. Traditional values must be restored in Canada first through the young people. One way could be more physical education in schools, he added. Acupuncture, counselling on agenda from 7 to a.m., while CHEC runs the show from 7-30 to 8 a.m. Ms. Tail Feathers says that few people are up that early on Sunday morning. "Anything would be better than having the show on that early in the she said. The Canadian Radio and Television Commission, the federal government's broad- cast regulatory agency, agrees that both radio stations should be providing programming to native people in the area. In a telephone interview from Ottawa, Germain Cadieux, assistant director of programming, told The Herald he personally con- siders that both stations program the Blackfoot Radio broadcasts too early in the morning. "On the face of it, in the morning that's a little early, but that's Germain Cadieux He said programming slots for such broadcasts have to be generally acceptable, and per- sonally speaking, he ihinks is not. He said that with over 125 hours a week of program time, a station would have a hard time arguing that an ear- ly Sunday morning slot was the only one available. Harold Brown, owner of CHEC Radio, told The Herald that as a free-enterprise organization, the station can't "fulfil the needs of all of the community." By the very nature of the Blackfoot broadcast, it appeals to a minority, so the station schedules it in a time period when the audience is small, Mr. Brown said. "It's a physical impossibili- ty to run all ethnic he said. In a later conversation, Mr. Brown said CHEC runs the show from 7 30 to 8 a.m. Sun- days because that is the time Blackioot Radio asked for He said they wanted it at that time so that it would follow the Blackfoot broad- cast on CJOC. Bob Lang, CJOC's produc- tion manager, recognizes the station has a programming responsibility to native people, but if the program was scheduled in prime time, the station would lose listeners, he said. He said that as a condition of CJOC's licence, it is re- quired to run 20 hours a week of CBC programming and most CBC programs are scheduled on Sunday. Mr. Lang also 'said that when the content of the Blackioot show is more than 50 per cent in the Indian language, listeners complain. Mr. Cadieux said while the CRTC couldn't tell either sta- tion to schedule the program in a particular time slot, the commission has the power to "strongly suggest" they move the Blackfoot programs to a more favorable time period. He said under the terms of its licence, CHEC is required to program 30 minutes per week in the Blackfoot language, while CJOC has promised to carry 45 minutes per week of Blackfoot programming. Ms. Tail Feathers said that whenever the Blackfoot language content of the program approached 50 per cent, CJOC contacts her and complains. Mr. Cadieux said radio fre- quencies are public domain and the CRTC regulates broadcasting on the basis that broadcasters should use their frequencies to provide good service to the community. He said that if the CRTC receives an official complaint from Giackfoot Radio, or receives "some clear sign there is a the com- mission will deal with the situation, either a d mmistratively. or when the stations apply for licence renewal CALGARY Many doctors will be waiting with interest for the discussion on acupunc- ture at the Alberta Medical Association's annual meeting which opens here today. Dr. J. H Oshiro, AMA president. Dr. W. J. McPhail, president-elect, and Dr. P. J. Banks, president of the Cana- dian and British Medical Associations all agreed the topic of acupuncture should interest many of the attending physicians. Dr. Banks, who recently returned from China, said the area of acupuncture is fascinating and many Cana- dian doctors have expressed interest in learning more about it. Dr. McPhail said an area of discussion which will be resurfacing could cause controversy the AMA policy on contraceptive counselling in schools. The association previously recommended to school boards to implement such programs and received generally unfavorable replies trom the boards. The dnnual meeting will last through Friday with associa- tion members deciding on recommendations from 20 medical committees.