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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, StpttmbW 27, 1974 Radburn folks to discuss changing rules A meeting for residents of the Radburn subdivision in the southeast end of the city to discuss which way they want their neighborhood to develop, will be held Monday. The meeting, at the Yates Centre at 7 p.m., was ordered by city council to enable residents of the subdivision which is built around a series of cul de sacs open spaces and walkways, to discuss restrictions registered against their lots. They're not supposed to build backyard fences right up to walkways bordering their lots, for example, or park recreation vehicles in their driveways A number of infractions of the rules, which the city has so far not tried to enforce, were brought to council's attention by development of- ficer Tosh Kanashiro. He suggested it's time to decide whether the regulations, intended to keep the original open space concept of the neighborhood intact, should be enforced or abandoned. "Some of the residents I've talked to are in favor of them and some are Mr. Kanashiro told council. Medics may talk Paramedical workers in 21 Alberta hospitals may go back to the bargaining table early, a spokesman for their associa- tion says. George Hall, executive director of the Health Sciences Association of Alber- ta, says the Alberta Hospital Association has issued a ver- bal invitation for contract proposals to be brought forward as soon as possible Most contracts expire next spring A meeting Wednesday, attended by representatives from hospitals m Lethbridge, Cardston and Blairmore, approved the suggestion It will now be put to other HSAA branches across the province, said Mr. Hall. The HSAA represents members of 11 medical sup- port professions, and is cer- tified as their bargaining agent at 21 hospitals. It has the legal right to strike. The Alberta Hospital Association holds bargaining rights for most hospitals in the province. Mr Hall says the HSAA has been working since March for a cost of living ad- justment. Its members have been leaving, since other provinces pay more than Alberta in most categories, and recruitment problems have occurred in some areas. X-ray technologists and laboratory technologists in British Columbia get a month, but in Alberta now get a month. A raise to a month is coming, he said He said he fears the medical ethnic of "the patient always comes and working all night if necessary, is being eroded by the salary question. Potato plant builds experimental rig An experimental plant, a new wateV reservoir and a material-handling storage area are under construction at the Vauxhall potato process- ing plant at a cost of about The facilities under construction at Vauxhall Foods Ltd will allow the firm to experiment with new products without slowing production m the main plant, Doing Your FALL CLEANING Rent a Carpet Shampooer Really makes your Carpet cleaning easy FOR ONLY PER DAY Call HouMwaret 327-5767 DOWNTOWN ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC NOW IS THE TIME FOR MACHINERY REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE with DODGE BEARINGS and PILLOW BLOCKS Available at OLIVER Industrial Supply Ltd. 236 36 SI. North Phone 327-1 571 or contact "OLIVER DEALER" you. Jim Davison, finance and ad- ministration manager said Thursday. The experimental plant will be a miniature replica of the main plant and will be used to develop different "kinds of products." "We don't want to be depen- dent on just one or two said Mr. Davison while explaining the plant now only produces granules and french fries. The miniature plant will cover an area 50 feet by 60 feet and will cost an estimated to construct. The firm is spending another on the new reservoir that Mr Davison es- timates will be about half the size of Henderson Lake in Lethbridge. PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave. S Phone 327-4121 City Scene Meliorist to publish again The Meliorist, the student newspaper at the University of Lethbridge, is to be distributed throughout the campus for the first time in three weeks even though it still is without an editor. Daruele deVernier, the editor of the first and only issue of The Meliorist this fall, resigned Sept. 10 after a disagreement with the Students Council. Four students are now co-operatively taking on the respon- sibility of editor of the paper and are being assisted by about 13 other, students who replaced the staff members that resigned along with Miss deVernier. One of the four acting editors is expected to be named editor within the next few weeks. Sappers association meets The Lethbridge Sappers Association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers tonight in the Miners Library building at 7-30 The association is an offspring of the former 33rd Field Engineer Squadron RCE (M) of Lethbridge Death caused by several factors SPAR WOOD (HNS) An 18-year-old Sparwood man was killed July 9 by a combination of factors, an inquest jury ruled Thursday A pathologist's report read at the inquest said Alfred Charles Haites died July 19 in Foothills Hospital in Calgary of extensive chest and lung injuries received in a single-car acci- dent that day The crash, three-quarters of a mile east of Sparwood on Highway 3, was caused by extreme road conditions, worn rear tires and the possibility of excessive speed for the conditions, said the jury An RCMP officer had testified the centre line was poorly marked at that point. The coroner was Siro Cimolini. Man in fair condition A Hutterite man from the New York colony, about 20 miles southeast of Lethbridge, is in fair condition in Municipal hospital after his car overturned in a ditch about 1 a.m. this morning. The man's name is Edward Hoffer but no other details were available from the RCMP. Theft connected with ring Lethbridge City Police have seized s car said to be one of hundreds stolen by an Eastern Canadian car theft ring. Eastern police forces say they have recovered 36 cars stolen by the ring. Twenty charges have been laid. "We've been involved in the investigation, we've seized a car here and we're waiting for instructions from the eastern Det. Sgt. E. T. Wauters of the city police, said today Police believe the car is originally from Montreal. Police in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Windsor are also involved in the investigation. Dog poisonings continue Dog poisonings continue to plague Lethbridge. Kay Redding, 2210 22nd Ave. S told Lethbridge city police she let her dog out for about two minutes about p.m. Wednesday When the dog returned, it began to stagger and collapsed A veterinarian later confirmed the dog had been poisoned with strychnine The dog remains alive. This poisoning brings to eight the number of dog poisoning incidents in the city in the last nine months Teachers' seminar set The Lethbridge Alberta Teachers Association will hold an orientation seminar for new teachers Saturday. The seminar is to provide teachers with the opportunity to become aware of what membership services are available to them through the ATA Man held blameless in motorcycle death A coroner's jury today plac- ed no blame on a 45-year-old Shaughnessy man involved in a collision which killed a young motorcyclist Aug. 14. The jury ruled that Edward Maxwell, 16. of Coalhurst. proceeded without due care into the path of a car driven by Ronald Hoyle of Shaughnessy. NEW 1974 VW USED CARS 1971 MATADOR 2 DOOR HARDTOP V8 automate radio, ntoe unrt M995 1965 VALIANT '495 1974 MERCURY BOBCAT STATION WAGON Only 600 mites REDUCED TO CLEAR RAEWOOD MOTORS LTD. VOLKSWAGEN PORSCHE AUDI Ml Mi M. The accident occurred at an intersection about two miles west of Lethbridge on Highway 25, seven-tenths of a mile north of Highway 3. The youth died at 8 p.m. in St. Michael's hospital in Lethbridge about IVfe hours after the accident. Mr. Hoyle. whose car was southbound said he realized the motorcycle would not stop because the driver had ap- parently lost control. The youth was travelling east on a dirt road and collided with the Hoyle vehicle after proceeding through the in- tersection. Constable Pete Maynard of the RCMP told the inquest a hedge by the roadside limits the visibility of cars travelling south on Highway 25 Mr Maxwell had a class five driver's licence and a class six is required to drive a motorcycle. Constable Maynard said CUFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MGMCM.DERTM.IL06. PHONE 327-HZ2 INSURANCE HOfcTE FMN Can Savt You S Money S SEE US SOON) 70S 3rd. S. 7-3793 More damp expected "More of the says the weatherman about conditions in the Lethbridge region for the weekend, That gloomy prospect is graphically illustrated by traf- fic ploughing through a cloudburst Thursday west of the city. The disturbances dropped .17 inches of rain on Lethbridge. Thunder and lightning accompanied a snow storm at Pincher Creek, a prelude to snow flur- ries anticipated for Lethbridge Saturday or Sunday. Monitoring doctor bills angers some physicians By GEORGE STEVENSON Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Govern- ment monitoring of the amounts a physician bills his patients above what the doc- tor is paid through Alberta Health Care is an invasion of privacy, the president of the Alberta Medicial Association said here. Dr. Grant McPhail, said in the AMA board of director's report to the association's an- nual meeting, the monitoring of extra billing is "an invasion of the right of a physician to privately contract with his patient." The government, through the Alberta Health Care In- surance Commission, has in- dicated that it would like to know how much physicians are charging patients for ser- vices also paid by health care insurance. Dr. Robert Clark, executive director of the AMA, said in a Herald interview the govern- ment will begin monitoring extra billing on a provincial scale Oct. 1. The government has been monitoring the practice on selective basis until now to get its system working properly. Dr. Clark said although the implementation of the monitoring system was outlin- ed in a 1973 fee agreement between the AMA and the government, the association has never agreed to its im- plementation. In his report to the AMA delegates Dr. McPhail agreed "Several times since the introduction of medicare the association has resisted suggestions that extra billing be Dr. McPhail Change suggested in system EDMONTON It is almost impossible to monitor the quality of physicians services under the current system of health care, the president of the Canadian Medical Association said here Thur- sday. Dr. Bette Stephenson said in a Herald interview, health care should be planned'and monitored on a regional basis rather than the centralized system in operation now. By instituting a system of regional health councils, provinces can monitor the work of physicians as well as provide total health care. Dr. Stephenson said the con- cept of regional health plann- ing involves the splitting of provinces into areas and developing regional health councils in those areas. The councils would consit of people from various oc- cupations and include representation from various health fields The council would not be comprised solely of health professionals but would include lay persons. A regional council with various boards providing suggestions to it could cover all aspects of health care in- cluding mental health and social services, she said. Each person on the board would know the needs of cer- tain areas and would be able to present those needs to the government Funding for programs to fill shortcomings would come from the government, but the minister would not be able to rule on a request without hearing a presentation from the regional committee. Systems such as this are be- ing planned on a pilot project basis by the Ontario Medical Association, now is trying to get funds to begin the effort In each area Dr Stephenson proposed that an assistant deputy minister be situated to provide a direct line to the provincial minister of health and to recognize the needs of a certain provincial area Dr Slpehenson said the regional system probably would be expensive initially but in the long run. costs would decrease and money would be spent more wisely. In such a system groups would band together to provide co-ordinated services. She added the concept is not revolutionary, but rather, evolutionary because it does not tear down any current system. "It would probably take ten years for the system to affect the present she said. Health planning would be based on two levels, primary service and secondary The primary service would include medical services, home care and extended care such as nursing homes. The secondary level would include hospitals. Dr. Stephenson warned that this would not be the final system for total health care because the public must realize their responsibility in trying to avoid having to use the service. "I think we have to tell the public that providing these things will not make them any more she said. "They (the public) must be in- volved in making sure they and members of their family never need the services." said. "However, the govern- ment is apparently determin- ed to know the extent of extra billing Following a meeting with a member of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission, the AMA board of directors decided "if the government is concerned about the monies spent by patients on health care, then it should be the public that is he said. A physician can only extra bill a patient with that patient's consent. Dr McPhail added if physicians are to be monitored all who submit ac- counts to the commission should be monitored. However, the president said, The Alberta medical profession now "enjoys greater freedom regarding ex- tra billing than physicians in any other province." When Dr. McPhail presented his report there was sharp reaction from some physicians who were opposed to government monitoring. Before a heated discussion could break out, the members moved discussion on the topic to a closed session Thursday evening Doctors ask more for services FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHMME DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BIDG. EDMONTON The Alberta Medical Association decided Thursday to ask the government for a reopening of the current contract because of increases in the cost of living AMA president Dr. Grant McPhail said today at a news conference that delegates here for the associations an- nual meeting voted un- animously for such action at a closed door meeting Thursday evening. The association will be approaching the government immediately to ask for a renegotiation of a 1973 fee agreement which was to ex- pire in December 1975. Negotiations on that contract were scheduled to begin July Dr. McPhail said the "Hysterical rate of inflation" has been higher than the fee increases decided upon in the 1973 agreement. That agreement provided for a 4% increase in 1973 and another 4% in 1974. This year's increase is to come into effect Tuesday. Council to offer two resolutions FOREMOST The County of Forty-Mile council will ask the Foothills LitUe Bow Association annual meeting at Lethbridge Oct. 7 to consider two resolutions The first resolution asks the association to request the provincial government to pass the necessary legislation to permit a rural municipality to assume responsibility by resolution for building and maintaining access roads to farmsteads. The resolution was drafted by Conn. Frank Romeike Coun. William George McFall told his fellow coun- cillors that the legislation would merely empower a municipal council to do the work It would not make it mandatory to do so. The second resolution asked that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties spring convention be reverted to a spring meeting if necessary and provision be made for a special convention if required. Councillors who attended the last AAMDC spring convention did not think it to be worthwhile as only a few resolutions were presented. PHARMACY FACTS from O. C. STUBBS Let's talk about your medicine cabinet again for a moment? For your sake (and the sake of your family) please be certain you have a good thermometer. And if you're one of the many people who have never learned to "read a ther- mometer' please don't hesitate to ask us to show you how this is done. You know, it's really surprising how many people can't read a thermometer but hate to admit it because they're so certain they're the only ones who don't know howl Well, everybody doesn't know how, so don't think you're the only one who doesn't. In fact, please don't ever hesitate to ask us about health products. We're in the of explaining', and we're always glad to answer your questions SUWSPtiARPttCYLTH Open dally am to MO pm Sundays and Holidays 12 neon to MO ;