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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 28, 1973 Pages- 15 to 23 Local news t'X1 jf'lL IT fei If V >f f% Dozen foster homes needed in city area gov't official Moonscape Things always get worse before they get better and the traffic department. In about two weeks the paving crews will get to the situation on Mayor Magrath Drive is going to be true to form. Com- 3rd Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive intersection shutting it down, plete resurfacing of both sides of the divided road from 3rd Ave. S. making a major detour necessary. Drivers are urged to stay away to 6th Ave. S., involving ripping up the old pavement, won't be finished intil the week of Oct. 22, says the city engineering from the area if at all possible. Beckel 'considering' leaving U of L The presidency of York University is interesting and challenging, but so is the presidency at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Bill Beckel, U of L president, said Thur- sday. He was reacting to the news reports from Toronto that he is one of eight people in the running lor the presidency of Toronto's York University. "I am seriously considering the situation, but I certainly haven't come anywhere near a conclusion." he said. When asked if he applied for the position. Dr. Beckel ex-' plained that a presidency of a university is not open to Lethbridge carpenters wait for strike word Lethbridge carpenters are still on the job as they wait for the results of contract negotiations in Edmonton. "Whatever happens at those meetings will determine if we go on Robert Coyle, business manager of Local 846 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America said today. Union officials were apparently still trying to reach an agreement with contractors in Edmonton. The carpenters were legally entitled to walk out today and bring a halt to three major city projects the new library, dis- tillery and municipal hospital laundry. They have rejected a conciliation board offer for a settle- ment and have since voted to take strike action. application and "I would im- agine anybody that applies is automatically rejected." Dr. Beckel was one of 234 persons nominated by the York University selection committee for the presidency, but didn't take the nomination seriously until the selection list was reduced to eight per- sons. York is a good university with an interesting environ- ment and "I have to look at all possibilities available to me because my contract will be up at the U of L fairly he said. Dr. Beckel's three-year contract with the U of L ex- pires January 1. 1975. "It could be that I'll be ask- ed to stay on here but I am doing all the things I can to make sure that I have a future fie suggested it wasn't any too early for the U of L board of governors to decide what it intends to do with the presidency in 1975. Dr. Beckel will now have to meet with York University of- ficials in Toronto and should know whether he will be selected for the presidency by the end of October. If he doesn't obtain the York presidency or doesn't have his contract renewed at the U of L. what then? are other university presidencies around." But Dr. Beckel isn't about to spend much time worrying about the possibility of being appointed to the presidency of another university when he is still "very interested in work here and now" at the U of L. "York is a long way away." he concludes. The York University is a million operation with full-time students. Bryan Wilson, academic vice-president of Simon Fraser University in Van- couver, is the only other Western Canadian still in the running for the York Universi- ty position. Bill Beckel eyes York position By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer There is a shortage of at least a dozen foster homes in the Lethbridge area, a depart- ment of social development official said Thursday. Bob Howell. foster parent supervisor for the city and towns immediately adjacent, told The Herald that changes in society have produced more pressures on everyone, es- pecially teenagers. "We need people who realize there are contem- porary problems we didn't have 10 years ago." Mr. Howell said. who can help kids with modern problems." A seminar of Lethbridge foster parents at the Yates Memorial Centre was earlier told that a department official would be operating a booth at shopping malls on Thursday evenings to publicize foster care and attract potential foster parents. The foster parents were asked to pass the word to any of their friends who might be interested. The gathering was also told that while the shortage of homes is most serious for school-age and teenage children, the traditional "over-abundance" of homes for babies is threatened. Regional administrator Cam Bracken says foster children have many sorts of problems. Most come to the department of social develop- ment through the courts, either removed from their homes for their own protec- tion or following conviction for juvenile delinquency, for which the most serious remedy is now to make the child a ward of the Crown. Mr. Bracken could not say whether children removed from disturbed backgrounds or juvenile delinquents were the larger group. "Most juvenile delinquents come from disturbed he said. "And most children from disturbed homes are potentially delinquents. Juvenile delinquents are the ones who get caught." Referrals from schools, hospitals and parents were increasing. Said Mr. Bracken. as were self-referrals, "children who walk into the office and refuse to go home." The Lethbridge regional of- fice is currently responsible for about 150 children in foster homes, he added. It needs more good foster parents. Mr. Bracken said the main qualification for fostering is emotional maturity. Foster parents must love children, he said, but because foster parenthood is not like adop- tion, they must be able to let go of the child after providing a warm, loving atmosphere. "Being a foster parent is more than just caring for the physical and emotional needs of a child." Mr. Bracken said. "It's allowing a child to come to your home and overcoming any problems which may have developed over the years." "It's very important that the child feel needed." he said. "Often foster children have this need more strongly than children from normal homes." "We're looking for a place where a child can grow and develop." Mr. Bracken said. The seminar Thursday night was the first in a series to be conducted for Lethbridge foster parents. The seminars will allow foster parents to discuss methods and problems of fostering with outside resource persons and with each other. Board doctors claim By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer CALGARY A resolution of non-confidence against the Alberta Medical Association's board of directors was introduced Thursday by AMA members at their annual meeting. The resolution, introduced amid sporadic applause from physicians present, said the AMA executive and board has "demonstrated failure" in dealing with physicians' rising costs and the recently- negotiated increase in the schedule of benefits of four per cent is "totally unaccep- table." Many physicians addressed the meeting expressing various points of dissatisfac- tion with the way the board handled negotiations with the government over the increase in the fee schedule. The doctors said they felt the four per cent increase was not enough to offset rising overhead costs. "The executive has acted in a cavalier manner without notifying the membership of the association." one Calgary physician said. Other physicians, speaking in support of the resolution said they were upset over the board's statement that extra billings by physicians would be reduced. Amidst verbal attacks on the board, and general airing of complaints, a motion was introduced to continue the dis- cussion behind closed doors. The vote to eliminate the media from the proceedings failed. Ten minutes later, however, a motion to adjourn was carried and the resolution was to have been discussed to- day at an afternoon meeting closed to the public. ACCIDENT CLAIMS UP 'Working man own worst enemy; not interested in own Checking hazards Art Baldry, city safety inspector Joe Karl and Fire Chief Ernie Holberton By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer An accident prevention of- ficer for the Workmen's Compensation Board (WCB) has a frustrating job. "We hear about the ac- cidents we haven't prevented but we never hear about the ones we says Art Baldry who has been with the WCB in Lethbridge for 18 years. A lot of inspectors have ul- cers and some nights Mr. Baldry doesn't sleep if there's a particular job he's worried about. "The working man's worst enemy is himself." Mr. Baldry says. "He just isn't interested in his own safety. "I find that daily. Sometimes I drive up to a construction site and see the men putting on their hard hats. The only reason they do it is because I'm there." Many workers aren't familiar with safety regulations and safe working methods. And then there's human nature. Many people smoke although they know there's a possibility they will get cancer. They think it will never happen lo them; most workmen never think they will get hurt. He tells of an incident where a trench was being dug and on two or three occasions before it caved in the workmen saw it giving way on the sides. They kept working and one worker was completely buried when it did finally fall. Luckily he wasn't hurt. In an extreme case, a worker had to be ordered from a trench by the RCMP after he refused to obey a Calgary WCB inspector. The purpose of Mr. Baldry's job is to enforce the safety regulations of the Workmen's Compensation Act. These app- ly to all workers who corne un- der the act except those governed by federal rules. About 90 per cent of the workers in Alberta come un- der the Workmen's Compen- sation Act. Professional people, office workers and barbers are a few who aren't. There are two accident- prevention officers at the WCB in Lethbridge. They are responsible for workers east to Taber. west to the B.C. border, south to the U.S. border and north to Vauxhall and Picture Butte. Last year there were 72.000 claims processed by the WCB in Alberta. The Lethbridge WCB accounted for of these. To date this year there have been 2.150 claims. Most of them were minor. If a worker sees a doctor about a lesser injury, a claim is made to the WCB. I alals Some accidents are serious. There were 104 fatal accidents in Alberta in 1972. There were four in the Lethbridge area lasl year and so far this year there have been another four. It appears there will be an increase in claims and fatals this year and Mr. Baldry attributes this to an increase in construction in the Lethbridge area. In an effort to prevent as many accidents as possible, the WCB has a thorough inspection policy and a vigorous safety education and training program. Mr. Baldry usually spends four out of five working days doing inspections. Places with more employees and more safety hazards get more atten- tion. He spends a whole day at the big Shell Oil refinery at Pincher Creek which has a special deadly hazard sour gas (hydrogen For more routine inspec- tions such as service stations. Mr. Baldry could do 15 in one day. One morning this week a typical morning Mr. Baldry inspected three fire stations and two, sewage lift stations. Although he talked to the fire chief he also talked to the men the' people who probably knew best if anything was un- safe. Fire trucks The firemen told him it was dangerous hanging on to the back of a truck speeding to a fire. They said the slip- preventing paint they used on the running boarcl was ineffec- tive when the board was wet.. Mr. Baldrv said thev were combining speed with height and this was always perilous. They both agreed there was little to be done until new trucks, that carried the firemen up front, replaced the older models. He checked the firemen's ozygen masks and the resuscitators. He made sure they were checked regularly and that everyone knew how to use them. He also answered a fireman's query on WCB regulations concerning work- ing clothes and length of hair. At the lift stations, which pump sewage from various parts of the city to the main sewage treatment plant, he checked the ventilation. A man goes into the stations every day to make sure the pumps are working. Sometimes poisonous hydrogen sulfide can leak into the pump house from where the sewage is kept so the ven- tilation has to be checked. Remove hazards Regarding his inspections. Mr. Baldry says large com- panies have good programs and don't need the attention the smaller companies do where the foreman is in charge of safety. He likes to work closely with foremen. If a foreman is safety conscious he doesn't have to worry as much about that job. Some foremen don't like him coming around but they are usually the ones who have something to hide. If Mr. Baldry finds a safety hazard he writes out a requisition ordering it be removed by a certain date. The date is regulated by the severity Of the hazard. When the hazard is removed the foreman mails him the re- 'lisilion or phones him stating that whatever was supposed to be done, is done. If he isn't notified, Mr. Baldry finds out why. If the repair hasn't been completed and there is a good reason, he gives an extension. If worse comes to worse and the com- pany refuses to obey, Mr. Baldry can have the job or plant shut down. The WCB carries out exten- sive safety training and education programs. It has seminars and courses for management personnel and sends out brochures and posters to them. There are also commercials on the radio in an effort to reach the workers. Before a big construction job begins Mr. Baldrv will meet with the company of- ficials and tell them exactly what is expected in regards to safety. He thinks the best way to prevent accidents is through safety education and training. This is the company's respon- sibility. Wht'ii talking to manage- ment about safety. Mr. Baldry appeals to them in dollar and cents a language everybody understands. ;