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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Medicine Hat, Alberta 2�?the Medicine hat news saturday March 8, 1980 Quot a. A melting pot Babi Sass Stop Mem in the Backfield Stop pm on the line Horsman Horsman resign resign resign new Athabasca u. Fight song with renewed admiration for the Dallas cheerleaders Edmonton a if a popularity poll were taken today at dear old Athabasca University advanced education minister Jim Horsman would finish a bit below a. Hilter and . Hun. To say the least Horsmann a announcement that the mail order University will be moved from its comfortable leased quarters in Edmonton to the town of Athabasca was not received with Grace by the schools administration or faculty. The Prospect of moving to that historical Little Community 145 Kilometres North of Edmonton immediately South of the North pole does not Appeal to the 180-or-so people now employed at the facility. Nor would it probably Appeal to the student body even if there was a student body. Athabasca u. Is a correspondence school designed to serve people who can to be served by the conventional institutions. So a student riot Over the move would be a Little hard to organize the mails being what they Are. The staff will form Horsmann a main opposition As he tries to Mykitka guilty on seven counts implement the move which he says is part of the governments policy on decentralization. Neither the staff nor administration has said much to Date about the move a other than to Issue a Short though very unhappy press release about the proposal. Horsman was forewarned about the reaction. The University was already on record As being opposed to moving from the provinces Centre of what it Calls a a culture a to the cultural desert that is Athabasca. Forewarned is however forearmed and Horsman got the drop on University officials by informing them of the decision Only an hour before he made it Public at a press conference. University president a Cdr. Same Smith will have his say this a tuesday at a scheduled showdown with the minister. Its a showdown a Cdr. Same will lose. Horsman holds the purse strings and therefore it follows he can put a University where he wants to put a University even Athabasca. Hie University a High card is faculty. A there were some grumblings of a mass exodus of staff from the facility in protest of the planned journey to the wild North. Smith will also argue that the University can to function properly without the research facilities available at the University of Alberta Library proper printing services and communication gear generally available in Edmonton. A certain amount of sympathy can be extended to the University and its staff but Only a Small amount. If albertan a Gove nunsent Ever had any truly Bright ideas then their concept of decentralization has to top the list. Premier Lougheed used to speak wistfully of his dream of a �?~24 red deers dotting the province. Surely there can be Little argument about the concept. For too Long Edmonton and Calgary have been getting the Lions share of provincial attention. Spreading the government machinery around the province can Only result in healthier communities and a More v form distribution of lifestyle opportunities for All. A the unfortunate prerequisite of All this is the fact somebody has to move out of Calgary or Edmonton. Its All part of the decentralization games it would do no Good to build buildings out in the Sticks and not require staff to work in them. Edmonton does no to need Athabasca University a but does Athabasca University need Edmonton the answer for now has to be a cautious no. If the town of Medicine hats volunteers club helps boys new Westminster . Up a controversial former mayor de Mykitka showed no emotion when he was convicted Friday of demanding kickbacks and abusing the Trust of his office in 1977. Mykitka who will be sentenced next Friday remained silent As he left the courtroom but his lawyer said the conviction will be appealed. The flamboyant politician had survived two inquiries into similar allegations while he was mayor of Surrey a municipality Southeast of Vancouver. The . Supreme court jury found him guilty of seven of nine criminal charges against him relating to his disclosure of confidential zoning information to developers and then demanding benefits from them. Mykitka 45, now a Surrey Alderman was convicted of four counts of breach of Trust two counts of unlawfully demanding a Benefit and one count of threatening a Surrey Alderman. The jury did not return a verdict on a related breach of Trust charge after or. Justice George Murray told them Itiat one of the charges could be considered redundant if they returned a guilty verdict. He was found not guilty on one count of unlawfully demanding $1 x ,000 from Ray Loewen a former social credit member of the legislature. In ., politicians sentenced on criminal charges Are automatically removed from office and barred from running for office again for five years. During the trial in which 16 witnesses appeared for the prosecution and Mykitka was the Only defence witness much of the Crown evidence was entered in the form of police wiretaps. Police also placed a Bug in the mayors office at municipal Hall. Loewen testified that Mykitka demanded a $100,000 bribe for helping him to obtain a land use contract for a Multi million Dollar commercial development. Mykitka denied the allegation and called Loewen a liar. The other charges said that Mykitka a breached the Trust of his office by misleading a local Farmer about the value of his land and by trying to obtain the property for himself a breached Trust by favouring a development project in which Developer Walter link had an interest a disclosed confidential information to link about a proposed Road Extension a breached Trust by his conduct in relation to property in a proposed Surrey town Core a disclosed to link the location of the proposed town Core a demanded a Benefit from Developer Joe for helping to pass a Council Resolution relating to a land use contract for a Large commercial development a unlawfully demanded a Benefit from link As consideration for helping to pass a Council Resolution relating to the future Extension of a Road in the municipality a used threats or deceit in an attempt to influence Aid. Bill Millar to support in Council a proposal to allow the construction of a harness racing track. Your drug store open sunday March 9, 1980 Crescent Heights pharmacy 25-8thst. . 526-5959 open 9 00 . 6 00 . Medicine hat association of retail pharmacists / March 9�?crescent Heights pharmacy 16�?mackenzie drugs 23�?sept s drug store 30�?crestwood pharmacy Ken Johnstone of the news when Bill Page goes to the fights each week he a More than just a casual observer. Page a Volunteer coach and Secretary treasurer with the Medicine hat boxing club has spent four years teaching Medicine hat youth the Fine of boxing. in its fifth year of operation Page considers the club one of the largest in Canada with 120 members registered with the Alberta Amateur boxing association Aba. A when i first started there were 10 or 15 members a he said. A it was difficult to keep the club functioning but this season we expect More than 200 members with 54 of them competing in Page said the members Range in age from six to 33 and everyone competes according to his own weight and age category. Its a closely regulated sport he said. For Page boxing has been a lifetime interest. A i was raised 10 Miles North of Medicine hat and the Only sport we could participate in was boxing. I was trained by local boxers As a boy and i boxed for three years in the hat and for one year in the Northwest territories. A a in be really enjoyed boxing. I probably would have gone further but when i was a kid the club Page said there was no boxing in Medicine hat Between 1961 and 1975 but in that year the father of one of the boys he used to Box with started the club and he was asked to assist As a coach. The club he said accepts anyone from beginners to National competitors and everyone is Given equal Opportunity to learn. A any boy or Man can join even those with handicaps. It does no to matter. That a Why we re so successful. We done to have a must win attitude. The idea is to compete to the Best of your ability. There Are several members who have never won a fight but As Long As they try they re As eligible for Competition As anyone else in the that approach to the sport is one of the reasons the Medicine hat boxing club plays an important role As a Community service he said. Boxing is one sport that appeals to kids who Are loners or done to make Good team sport members said Page. A we have More than 20 kids from single Parent families. I feel boxing is a real asset to these kids. A a we re a Community service and i think we re performing a service in the Community that no other organization Page said the club works in close co operation with the City police Community corrections and schools. He said some kids Are even building boxers a Bill Page o Volunteer coach with the Medicine hat boxing club gives a Young member a few pointers on technique. A news photo Daniel Lander working out court fines by putting in Community service work with the club. The Medicine hat boxing club is Only concerned with Amateur boxing and instruction he said and none of the four coaches Ever competes with members in the ring. A a that a our club policy. None of the coaches spar. A boy will not learn by getting in the ring and fighting someone with far Superior skills. I feel you can do so much better by taking your time on the floor and instructing the boy on Page said he would never recommend that any boy turn professional. A a it a two different worlds. Amateur boxing is geared to the safety of the competitor. Kids up to the age of 16 fight in 2.3 kilo gradations and within two years of the club team travels extensively in Canada and the United states for competitions and in april a team will go to Northern Ireland to compete. A we have some boys Here who Are working for the olympics in 1984. I think we can compete with anybody a he said. Extreme treatment halted Taber Alta. Up Alberta social services minister Bob Bogle said Friday his department ordered a halt to extreme methods used at a Thild treatment Centre As soon As it Learned of them. Bogle told a news conference the order was issued to the Northern regional treatment Centre near peace River Alta., in december. The minister said there is no need for a judicial inquiry into the practices which included forcing a child to sleep in urine soaked sheets. Another boy was made to stand in front i i notice to City of Medicine hat ratepayers re 1979 hoax owner refund the Alberta property tax reduction provides that an application must be filed at our office not later than March 31, 1980 for the 1979 Homeowner refund. For those ratepayers who have already filed a 1979 refund application it will not be necessary for you to apply As your Benefit has already been paid. Please ensure that your 1979 application is filed by the above Date As there is no provision in the legislation for any Extension of this Date. D. R. Barnes .a.a. City Eitor a tax collector of a Kitchen sink for 12 to 16 hours at a time without food drink or rest because he could not or would not Wash the dishes. A child who was prone to eat dog food was forced to eat dog Folt laced with Tabasco sauce. The practices were revealed thursday when Robert and Laura Hess former House parents at the Home came Forward with stories about treatment there. Bogle said other methods had been tried to Stop the child from eating dog food but nothing seemed to work. A so they put Tabasco sauce on the dog food and said to the child if this is what you want go ahead a said Bogle. A i understand the child is no longer eating dog food. A a it a what a called negative programming to alter behaviour and there is a school of thought that a held by some psychiatrists and psychologists that that is the Best Way to Correct a very disturbing trait that a youngster has picked Dean Melsness director of the child welfare Branch in the ministry said thursday the programs were designed by a psychologist. Bogle said a psychologist has completed an extensive report on the fact hey which he will see on the weekend. A it is our intention to introduce a companion Bill and to establish a committee that will have the authority to inspect government owned and operated and government funded a cities a Bogle said. Robber in custody Brooks a ramp have one Man in custody following an attempted armed robbery in this town Friday. A Man with a knife demanded Money from a clerk at the chicle w. Motel about 3 . The Man was overpowered by another Man and two women and held until ramp arrived. The suspect will be formally charged in Brooks provincial court monday. Athabasca is a cultural desert at present careful planning the injection of adequate funding and the right attitude can make the desert virtually Bloom. Libraries can be built printing services can be established to fill the need and with today a communication technology except the mail service which is becoming irrelevant the move will cause nary a Ripple among students. Could it be the staff does no to want to move to Athabasca indeed it is difficult to give up an established Home in an established City will All its established amenities to head for some Small town noted for roughnecks and Rock concerts. It is difficult but not impossible. The faculty has about four years to make up their minds to either go along with the move or find other work. Its that simple. Alberta has no shortage of teachers they re piled up by the Gross just awaiting jobs a anywhere and if they can to be found in Alberta then there Are pools of people All around the country who Woi ild qualify for the jobs. To the town of Athabasca the University will mean a doubling of the population jobs not Only at the University but in the service sector. Government Bucks Means the townspeople will have More lifestyle facilities. More people Means More business. With the proper planning and government help with the infrastructure the town of Athabasca can Only Benefit from the University. The credit for the move has to go to the government policy and the education advanced Type Mark i minister. Decentralization is a Good policy if Only they would do More of it. It appears the Treasury department will pass on an Ideal Opportunity to offer a thriving Little business to some Lucky Community in Alberta by establishing its new business tax administration in Edmonton. Treasurer Lou Hyndman said it has to be Here where the communication facilities Are which Means near the Centre of government. A the argument is similar to the one being forwarded by Athabasca University officials. And just As valid. Inquiry wanted by nip Leader Bill Sass of the news Edmonton first social services minister Bob Bogle should resign. Second there should be a full judicial inquiry into the provinces child welfare system. Third the government should appoint a minister to the Job who is competent to handle it. Those Are the Steps proposed by nip Leader Grant Notley Friday in reaction to horror Story allegations of child abuse at the Northern Alberta regional treatment residence in peace River. Quot the system said Notley has broken Down a but the blame can to be Laid on the shoulders of the Public servants. A this is the direct responsibility of the minister and the government of which he is part a said Notley. Spending cutbacks Over the past five years have a reduced the whole department to the Point where it simply does no to know what is going on what is being done in its name or even who is doing it a he said. A the minister must accept the responsibility for Short staffing under funding and Low morale in his department and a for the consequent string of scandals that have come to Public this Case is particularly disconcerting he said because it indicates a the possibility that children in Alberta a wards of the provinces a May be being used almost As Guinea pigs in behavioural modification experiments. A i have no doubt that the people structuring and implementing these programs Are Well meaning but i must seriously question the propriety of using wards of the province for these included in the allegations related in a Story in an Edmonton newspaper thursday Are stories that managers of the Centre for disturbed children used Biz Zare methods of instructing and disciplining children in their care. One child was allegedly forced to sleep in a urine soaked bed for several months to a a cure him of a bedwetting habit. Another a 13-year-old girl was allegedly forced to smear her menstrual blood on a bathroom Wall As an a object lessons in her previous behaviour. That girl was in the Home because she was sexually assaulted. A mute child was allegedly forced to eat Tobasco sauce and dog food from a dog dish to teach him not to eat dog food. Notley predicted the government will try to Deal with this problem by Way of internal investigation and through established political channels such As the health facilities review committee headed by Edmonton la Catherine Chichak. Such methods Arentt acceptable anymore said Notley. The committee has visited several children scare centres and has failed to uncover the abuses a it has never been to a childrens Home he said. This circumstance also shows the need for the provincial ombudsman to have expanded Powers to investigate government contracted services said Notley. Notley denies he wants to go on a a switch Hunt in the department. A of prime concern is identifying the problem and Clearing it Bogle Isnit the loan to do the Job though said Notley. Premier Lougheed said Notley a will never sack a minister. If he wont fire Bogle then he could move him to another position where he Mit be Able to handle the Job a like minister in charge of Bencher the social services and Community health portfolio does no to have to be split said Notley. A Bogle is just not big enough to handle he has to be replaced with a a top flight minister who is respected in government a said Notley. A the has to be a Man who can approach the Premier and say a look Damn it we need More funding a now give it to a homesick immigrant gets jail tour to Europe August 22nd to sept. 15th visit the Lone of Luthar Frankfurt. Stuttgart Munich Coburg. Leipzig Wittenberg Alsleben Erfurt Eisenach marburg Limburg. Alto included is a visit to the world famous Quot passion play Quot held once every 10 years at Oberammergau. For More information you Are invited to a meeting at 127 Markwick or. . On March 10th at 7 30 . Or phone 527-8095. Winnipeg up Frank Stern a homesick yugoslav got sent to jail instead of to Yugoslavia Friday. Stern 30, who said he broke into a Winnipeg warehouse Early feb. 21 and later that Day pleaded guilty to a charge of break enter and theft a in order to be deported to Yugoslavia was instead sentenced to a year in jail. Police alerted by silent alarm found Stem inside the warehouse in Possession of nine pens and a screwdriver Worth a total of about$2.60 in passing sentence. Judge Graeme Carson said it is reprehensible that persons should consider that a they can break the Law in order to get sympathy for their problems real or imagined private or moreover defence counsel Mike Werier said Stern has changed his mind about seeking deportation following two weeks in custody. A emr. Stern wishes to stay Here and work in Winnipeg a Werier said. A pre sentence report indicated that Stern committed the crime a to get the Sam Pathy of his common Law wife or at least to punish her As a result of an argument they Werier told the court Sterns Domestic situation had been resolved but judge Garson said a rectification of the problem does no to mitigate the offence committed. Stern arrived in Canada in 1970 from Italy As a landed immigrant. Nowise electric Ltd. I 4s years of do a Nobl so Rvl now located at ss1spnc�rst. . Ph.s2�.3ioi, 927-s0s7

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