The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on October 19, 1973 · 5
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The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada · 5

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Friday, October 19, 1973
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The Leader-Poit, llegliia, Friday, October ID, W3 Crowd hears Estevan candidates ESTEVAN (Staff) Some 300 concerned people Wednesday night attended a meet the-candidate night in the Derrick Motor Hotel to listen to and question candidates for Estevan public offices. The election is Wednesday, Oct. 24 with five polling stations in the city, and two advance polls. There would be some 5,500 on the voters' list, if there was one, but this year for the first time, only city property owners are on a list at the polls. All other would-be voters will have to sign a registration form at the poll before they are given a ballot. There are two candidates for mayor, 14 for aldermen, seven for tha public school board and six for the separate school board. The Estevan collegiate school board was returned by acclamation. Wednesday night each candidate for mayor was allowed to make an eight -minute speech, and other candidates were allowed four minutes. There was more than an hour of questioning following the speeches. In answer to a question about the taste of Estevan water, Mayor Ida Petterson, who is seeking re-election, said it was because there was not sufficient water available to properly flush out the filters. Former alderman John Chapman, assistant manager at Boundary Dam generating station, assured the crowd that Estevan city had first priority on the water in Boun dary Dam Lake and the lack of water was not the fault of SPC. Concerning the current city mill rate, some members of the present council suggested the mill rate has been stable recently, but questioners drew out the fact that city schools had reduced their financial demands by 53 mills over the past three years, and "city council had in fact raised its requirement by six mills. A mill now is worth some 14,-000. In answer to a question, Mayor Petterson said the cost of dealing with Can-Way Developments so far was $3,000. In August, 1972, Mrs. Petterson announced Can-Way would build a $6,000,000 shopping centre in Estevan, but the development has not been started yet. The matter now is before the courts in Alberta. A good deal of discussion was heard on closed council meetings and it was shown there have been 103 closed or partly closed council meetings out of a total of 143 over the past 2ft years. In June 1971 council failed to renew a contract with then city police chief Ross Pollock and shortly after that Mr. Pollock started an action against both Mrs. Petterson and city council. City solicitor Peter Klassen advised the group Wednesday night, in answer to another question, the matter was still before the courts. FRED MULLIN ALDERMAN Festival far cry from early days By REG SILVESTER Start Reporter YORKTON Television nearly killed the Yorkton film festival when it began drawing away audiences in the 1960s. When people started buying television sets in 1960, the festival attendance that year dropped, said Nettie Kryski, the only member of the committee which founded the festival in 1950, active on the current executive. The decline continued through the 1962 and 1964 festivals, until there were only three people left on tho committee. The film W)unchY -which was instrumental in getting the festival started and was primarily involved in creating interest in National Film Board productions, had folded. It was then, Miss Kryski said, the festival came closest to closing down. "I wasn't going to carry on alone." It was decided to postpone the 1966 festival until 1967 to coincide with the Canadian centennial. That was a significant year for Canadian film, with the productions demanded by Expo 67 and the new public interest in films engendered there. And it proved to be the winning ticket in Yorkton, too. Attendance increased, as did the number of films entered, and this year's festival, on until Saturday, is the largest yet. That first festival got started on a fund of about $25, Miss Kryski said. Now, with grants from the Canada Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the City of Yorkton, as well as income from patrons and program sales, the festival is a $12,000 event. The Yorkton festival Is longer-established than many others In Canada which may be larger, get more publicity and attract more entries. But the Yorkton event has had its share of firsts, despite the lack of public interest. One was the entry of a film from the People's Republic of China in the 1950s the peak of the Cold War and yellow peril paranoia. Miss Kryski points out that the entry didn't come through diplomatic chan-nels Canada didn't recognize China at that time. The film entered, came direct from Peking on an around-the-world shipment which took it to Czechoslovakia, then to Vancouver and finally to Yorkton. And special arragnemenU had to be made to get it back through Vancouver to China. At the first two festivals, the audience was given ballots to vote for their favorites and pick the winners. However, Miss Kryski said, the most popular films weren't always the best, so it was decided to find adjudicators. It wasn't easy without money, and invitations to judge the festival went something like: "We're having a film festival, and if you happen to be planning to be in Yorkton at that time, we'd like you to be an adjudicator." And it worked. Often their companies paid their expenses. Sometimes, a newspaper reviewer would cover tho festival at his company's expense and double as adjudicator. It's different now. With the increased budget, adjudicators are paid $100 a day plus expenses, and they work for it. They're watching films eight hours a day for six days. Les Wedman of Vancouver, one of the three judges, asked how he is bearing the strain, put it this way: "We're getting hard at both ends." Only Friday and Saturday stand between the adjudicators Mr. Wedman, Terence Marner of Regina and Betty Zimmerman of Ottawa and the end of the ordeal. Saturday night they will announce their choice in 18 categories and award the Golden Sheaf to the best film in the festival. Friday's fare includes experimental and amateur films, four of them entered by Confilms of Thunder Bay, Ont. Glen Indlow of Confilms is one of the film-makers expected to arrive at the weekend for the festival wrap-up. Other entries Friday night include a mood study of weanlings at a thoroughbred farm and National Film Board productions about animated dinosaurs in Calgary, Quebec cuisine and an imaginary journey for ' children. Saturday is still an unkown quantity except for one film, Schizophrenia, which will be among several late entries to be shown that day. And, of course, no-one knows the program for Saturday night, which is when the winners will be screened. Profit control urged MOOSE JAW (CP) - The only way to striko at the roots of inflation is to control corporate profits, says Alex Taylor, Saskatchewan social services minister. He told a founding convention of the Moose Jaw North and South NDP constituencies Wednesday the provincial government cannot alone control x inflation, but that it can take steps to assist those most severely affected. The government believes in planning ahead rather than reacting to a situation but recent rises in the cost of living required reaction, Mr. Taylor taid, "We reacted by increasing the minimum wage to $2 an hour, abolishing medical care premiums and increasing Saskatchewan Assistance Plan allowances," Manufacturers' could take advantage of the increased EASY TO CARRY The lightest wood is Acschynomene hispida, found in Cuba. It weighs between two and 24 pounds per cubic foot. wage by raising product prices but it would be the corporations which caused inflation in this case and not the man who was receiving the $2 an hour, ho said. An attack on inflation must begin at the top, not the bottom. Some corporations made as much as 100 per cent profit last year and etlll are talking about increasing prices, the minister noted. "This affects inflation more than does a 10-or 20-pcr-cent increase in the minimum wage." 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