Wednesday, June 25, 2008 — THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD A3 Did you win? Radar hotspots NOTE: ALL LOTTERY NUMBERS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL VERIFIED Photo Radar locations operated by the Lethbridge Police Service can be found at Extra: 1431158 the following locations today: Pick 3: 021 Coaldale Whoop-Up Drive More audits long overdue, says Blood Tribe man New requirements by Indian they need to happen right away,” Day Chief said. “(Indian Affairs) gets Part of the problem is the discrepancy between figures on government, where is that money going to disappear to next?” he said. homes were also affected by mould, rodents and seeping water. Evacuees Affairs will better track how tons of complaints about paper and reality on the ground. Newly elected leaders may have had to be moved to motels in Fort misappropriation. There should Many Blood Tribe members live in good intentions, Day Chief said, but Macleod and Pincher Creek. Health dollars are spent, says resident have been a tracking system all Third World conditions and many they soon see how much money Canada has also condemned the By CAROLINE ZENTNER along.” abuse solvents, alcohol and other they have control over and how their community rink and recreation hall Lethbridge Herald Starting July 1, a clause will be drugs. predecessors handled it. and administrative offices. added that allows Indian Affairs to Yet, the tribe has somewhere “They just fall right into the same N ew Indian Affairs require- City council agreed to urge Indian ments for more audits to analyze spending of federal transfers around 140 oil and gas wells. Tribe stream and they go with the flow,” Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl to to First Nations for education, members haven’t had a payout since Day Chief said. “It’s time to open the address housing needs on the better track First Nations housing and other programs. Day 1980 and they’re still waiting to see books; let’s find out where the reserve. program spending is a Chief hopes the audits will lead to measures taken to curb drugs and reserve is.” move long past overdue, according The Piikani Nation was put under more transparency in tribal financial violence, Day Chief said. While Day Chief supports more to one Blood Tribe man. third-party management by Indian affairs. “We’re not seeing a dime from it,” audits, others argue federal funding Sheldon Day Chief, spokesman for “There’s got to be some recourse he said. “We don’t know where that doesn’t come close to meeting the Affairs prior to the election of Chief a group of Blood Tribe members for billions of dollars going to First money goes.” needs on reserves. Reg Crowshoe 18 months ago. The calling themselves Voices 4 Truth, Nations,” he said. The First Nations Oil and Gas Several Piikani Nation councillors new chief and council inherited welcomes more audits as a way to Day Chief organized a petition Management Act modernizes the approached Lethbridge city council housing problems and a slew of know how taxpayer dollars are being calling for Blood Tribe chief and regulatory scheme and gives First late last year about the housing crisis other issues when they took office. It spent. council to conduct a forensic audit. Nations more control over their oil on their reserve. They asked for city took four months before the nation The group has complained to Two representatives from Indian and gas resources. That could be a council’s support in lobbying the moved out of third-party Indian Affairs about what they claim Affairs visited the reserve earlier this double-edged sword, in Day Chief’s federal government for help. management and into a self- is mismanagement of the tribe’s year and Day Chief expects they will opinion. Four families were evacuated from imposed remedial management finances by chief and council. return with an action plan in the “If there’s no protocol for their rotting and mouldy homes in plan that was negotiated with Indian “Basically I support the audits but near future. accountability to federal Brocket and about a dozen other Affairs. Carmangay receptive to wind power project Residents have no problems The projects all got their start in 2007 and Greengate is conducting with proposed development environmental assessments which By JEFF WIEBE will help determine the turbines’ Lethbridge Herald impact on animal habitats, noise levels and shadow flicker. With CARMANGAY — If an open house preliminary results in, Greengate Tuesday night was any indication, has been able to project the areas Carmangay residents are in favour where turbines will have the least of a wind power project in their area impact. that could provide enough power to “It’s important because we’re serve about 100,000 homes. trying to do something that has a Greengate Power, the Calgary- positive impact on the based company behind the project, environment,” said Balaban. held the session to give residents a At the open house, residents could chance to ask questions and voice examine before-and-after photos of their concerns, and the response what landscapes look like with and seemed positive. without wind turbines, giving them “I think it’s probably a good idea” a better idea of what they can said John Edwards, one of those in expect. Balaban said he hasn’t heard attendance. any complaints about the turbines’ “I’m all in favour of renewable visual impact. resources.” “I think if you really look at them, Bob Gerding, another local they’re fairly benign on the resident, also voiced his support. landscape.” HERALD PHOTO BY DAVID ROSSITER “It’s progress for the country,” said Another important factor in Gerding. determining the location of a wind It’s crunch time for students “I think they’re less offensive than oil wells, which I’m in the middle project is transmission line capacity. “Obviously you want to have it in Trevor Harding writes his Grade 10 English exam Tuesday in the main gym at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. of.” a windy spot, but if you don’t have The Carmangay wind project, the transmission lines to take the officially called the Blackspring power away, there’s no project,” said Ridge project, would consist of Balaban, adding assessments from IN BRIEF acquire, develop and hold property for housing developments and other Stamp a step closer about 200 turbines producing a total of 300 megawatts of electricity. It’s the Alberta Electric System Operator have shown there to be adequate facilities to accommodate elderly people and others who require special to becoming reality one of four short-term projects Greengate has on the go, including capacity for Greengate’s four short- term projects. care. A commemorative stamp marking one near Stirling, where an open In addition to generating clean the 100th birthday of the High Level Seniors apartment Fourplexes planned Bridge in 2009 is one step closer to house was held Monday. Dan Balaban, president and CEO energy, the $600-million Blackspring Ridge project could be a shot in the proposed for Legacy Second and third reading passed reality with the support of city council being thrown behind the lobby efforts of Greengate, said response to the projects has been great so far, arm for the Carmangay economy, as Greengate will try to utilize local City council gave first reading this this week for a bylaw to amend the of the Lethbridge Philatelic Society. especially from those leasing their businesses and tradespeople for the week to a bylaw that would amend the Legacy Ridge area structure plan and Jonathan Dean, secretary of the land. project’s construction where it can, land use for two acres of land in allow higher density housing in the Lethbridge society, appeared before “The feedback has been very according to Balaban. Legacy Ridge, to allow for a 142-unit neighbourhood. council this week outlining his work good. The response from Construction on the first of seniors apartment building. The amendment paves the way for thus far. Dean has written to the landowners has been phenomenal,” Greengate’s four projects will begin A public hearing on the matter will 17 fourplexes. Martin Geomatic Stamp Advisory Committee of Canada explained Balaban. next year, though Balaban said he’s be held in July. Consultants and Avonlea Land Corp. Post and has support from the Allied “Community support is very not sure which of the four it will be. The building is being proposed by intend to develop 68 units in 17 Arts Council of Lethbridge, the Galt important to our projects. I think He expects the first project to be up the Elim Society, a not-for-profit fourplexes on 1.5 acres along Haru Museum, the Chamber of Commerce, our society is starting to recognize and running by 2010. society incorporated in 1996 in B.C. Moriyama Road at the intersection of Economic Development Lethbridge, the importance of renewable “What we’re doing has the ability The objective of the Society is to Mildred Dobbs Boulevard. the city’s two and now the city. energy.” to have a tangible impact.” Proposed mobile home park on hold Coaldale residents voice two people live in most mobile homes. maintenance of it in the near future. Other residents expressed concerns about drainage, “This is not a high-density dissatisfaction with the area housing development in structure plan and urged council to density, increased traffic comparison with other areas in defeat the proposal, and look for By TREVOR BUSCH Coaldale,” he said, adding drainage other development ideas for the and SHERRI GALLANT issues on the property would make land. Southern Alberta Newspapers other forms of development “We’re not opposed to COALDALE — The future of a unfeasible. development, as long as it’s the right proposed development of a 69-acre Bergen’s area structure plan development,” said resident Dirk De mobile home park in south includes creation of a five-acre Vries. Coaldale is still up in the air. drainage pond to deal with those The cost of infrastructure was also About 170 residents packed the concerns. a major concern among residents. community hall this week, most One of the roads alongside the “Is Mr. Bergen expecting the town apparently opposed to the proposed park is a County of to fund this infrastructure development based on questions Lethbridge road, while the other development?” wondered resident concerning drainage, population belongs to the Town of Coaldale. A Verle Blazek. density, adjacent land ownership county representative was among After nearly two hours and 35 and increased traffic and other presenters, expressing concern speakers, Coun. Bill Martens offered infrastructure issues. about dust from the county road that the idea of an enclosed park Council voted to postpone a that could be generated from was not in keeping with the goals of second reading of the proposed increased traffic. the community. bylaws (one to rezone the land in “I think I was able to convince “It doesn’t give you a sense of HERALD PHOTO BY DAVID ROSSITER question and the other to approve people, however, that the traffic community. It gives a feeling of an area structure plan by the developer, Douglas Bergen) until its from my development on that road would be a whole lot less than from isolation,” he said. Several councillors and Mayor Coming clean for a good cause next meeting, in two weeks. any other kind of development,” Kim Craig agreed something in the Myléne Mukundabandi, from Montreal, washes a car Tuesday in the parking lot of the Enmax Emotions often ran high. Bergen said. order of 200 units instead of 400 Centre. Francophone students, on a five-week exchange at Lethbridge College, put on a char- Bergen claimed the population “The whole area is low,” said plus would be a much more density of the proposed park, “The farmer Herb Wall. “Where is the attractive proposition for itable car wash and barbecue to raise money for breast cancer research as part of their pro- Seasons,” would not be as high as water going to go and who is going development. gram requirement. some might envision. He cited to pay for the roads?” “I think that 400 and some units is statistics from a recent census Town officials hope to either a very aggressive number,” Craig which indicates on average, only annex the road or take over said.