The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on January 27, 1983 · 8
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The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada · 8

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A 8 Provincial The Leader-Post Regina, Saskatchewan Thursday, January 27, 1983 Yorkton city commissioner says consider a third arena carefully Beware bogus heat-loss inspectors YORKTON (Staff) - The top official in Yorkton's city administration has recommended that city council carefully consider all options before making "any hasty decisions" to build a third arena in Yorkton. In a four-page report submitted to Yorkton council, City Commissioner Gary Crowder suggested that a third arena would not only operate at a deficit but would . also lead to mounting deficits at the two arenas already in operation in the city. Crowder said the combined operating deficit for the two arenas was $27,200 in 1982. If a third arena was built, the revenues for the two other arenas would likely drop, Crowder said. The combined deficit for all three arenas could be about $90,000 a year, Crowder estimated. Members of city council had little to say about the report when it was submitted at a council meeting Monday, More than a year ago, the Kinsmen Club of Yorkton offered to raise $300.000.to help build a third arena, likely to cost $600,000 or more. The Kinsmen suggested that the city pay 50 per cent of the cost. But council has had difficulty deciding if it wants to proceed in the near future. Since council is attempting, in accordance with the federal government's anit-inflation guidelines, to limit mill rate increases to six per cent this year, there will only be a very limited amount of money available for major new projects. There is also some question about how badly a third arena is really needed. The Kinsmen club has indicated it would like a decision from the city as soon as possible so the club will know whether to begin raising money for the arena. , While Crowder's report made no recommendation as to whether or not a third arena should be built, the information provided might give valuable ammunition for those who think another is not needed. Crowder said the administration had checked with other Saskatchewan cities that, like Yorkton, have a population of around 15,000. None of them have more than two arenas with artificial ice surfaces, Crowder said. Moose Jaw has three arenas but more than double the population. Regina's eight arenas serve Yorkton film festival faces 'a crisis in membership' a population of 160,000, Crowder said. He recommended that council authorize a study to determine if a third ice surface is needed. The study could also indicate the type of arena needed and the best location, he said. A committee to study the feasibility of a third arena is now in the process of being formed. Allan Beblow, the city's director of recreation, parks and culture, said an organizational meeting would likely be held Thursday. The committee will attempt to complete the study and report to city council by April 1. If the study is completed by April 1 and if city council decides to proceed with an are- na, there would still be time to include money in the 1983 budget for the arena. The Kinsmen Club has asked the city to set aside $100,000 in the 1983 capital budget for construction of a third arena. The new arena could be ready by the autumn of 1984, the Kinsmen have suggested. By Neil Scott of The Leader-Post YORKTON - The Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival faces "a crisis in membership." the festival's president said Wednesday. Speaking to 15 persons at the festival's annual meeting, Doug McDougall said the festival faced several problems. But, he said "the membership problem poses the single biggest threat to the festival." Following his speech at the Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre, McDougall said there were only about 30 names left on the festival's membership . list. Some of those who still have memberships do not play an active role in the organization's activities, he said. It is getting difficult to find people to fill positions on the board of directors, he said. Another concern is the "drastically poor" attendance at the public screenings of festival entries during festival ; week. Although the screenings are free and open to the public, only a small minority of York-. ton residents take advantage of the opportunity, McDougall said. Founded more than 30 years ago, the festival has brought Yorkton a measure of national and international fame. McDougall said the festival had helped put Yorkton on the map but has not received the appreciation that it deserves from the residents of Yorkton. He said the festival was not sure what the problem was and has "not given-up trying" to improve local participation. The festival seems to have "an image problem." he said. Many of those affiliated with the festival are-perceived as being "snobs." McDougall cited insufficient financing as another problem. Festival organizers are not able to produce the type of festival that they would like to present, he said. Budget figures released at Wednesday's meeting indicate that the festival expects to spend $120,350 in 1983. The festival is hoping to receive a total of $100,700 in grants from federal, provincial and municipal agencies. Other money will be raised through entry fees, membership sales, advertising sales and a variety of other sources. McDougall specifically criticized the City of Yorkton and its council for not doing enough to support the festival. In 1982, council gave the festival $500. In addition, the City held a luncheon for festival officials and guests during last year's festival. McDougall said support from Yorkton was "almost a liability for the festival." It is difficult to persuade large corporations and other potential sponsors to make big donations to the film festival when Yorkton itself is only making a modest contribution, hje said. Despite all the problems, there are at least some reasons for optimism, he said. The basic concept of the festival is "very compelling" and should be able to stand the test of time. Festival's name changed again YORKTON (Staff) - For the second time in two years the film festival in Yorkton has a new name. It is now officially known as the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival. For the past two years, it was known as the Yorkton International Short Film and Video Festival. A motion to delete the word "international" from the festival's name was passed unanimously at the festival's .annual meeting Wednesday night at the Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre in Yorkton. Laurence Pearson, the man who introduced the motion in favor of the change, said the new name was needed "to go along with reality." Until a few years ago, films produced outside Canada were allowed to compete at the festival. But the rules were changed. All entries must now meet Canadian-content regulations. All entries must be 60 minutes or shorter. Prior to 1981, the festival was known as the Yorkton International Film Festival. Video tape entries were accepted for the first time in 1981. As a result, the name was changed approximately two years ago. The festival was founded more than 30 years ago. The festival this year will be staged from Nov. 2 until Nov.6. Saskatchewan film-makers competition set YORKTON (Staff) A new competition for Saskatchewan film-makers and video artists was announced Wednesday at the Yorkton film festival's annual meeting. The first-annual Saskatchewan Film and Video Awards competition will be held in Yorkton for two consecutive days this year, beginning on June 3. The competition "represents something totally new for Saskatchewan," said Doug McDougall, president of the festival. The Saskatchewan Film and Video Awards will be "strictly for Saskatchewan productions," he said. McDougall said he hoped the new competition would give Saskatchewan artists "a little higher profile." Film-makers in Saskatchewan could use a little encouragement, he said. "Competition is always healthy." The new competition will not be as elaborate as the Yorkton Short Film and Video David Albert Kydd was well-known teacher Funeral service was held Jan. 18 for David Albert Kydd of Wolseley, a well-known teacher and high school principal, who died Jan. 15. Born in Silton in June, 1935, he graduated from Wolseley High School in 1953. serving as school assembly president. He worked in Wolseley for two years before enrolling inx teacher's college in Moose Jaw. He later taught at Mount Crescent school in the Wolseley district for two years, then at Swift Current for one year. Married in 1957, he then spent two years travelling the province, speaking on alcohol education for the Saskatchewan Temperance Association. Kydd had taught at Wolseley 'since 1901, taking out 1907 to obtain his bachelor of education degree at the University of Saskatchewan and doing post-graduate work in administration at the University of Regina in 1971. He had been Wolseley High School principal for the past three years. Kydd had been a Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation councillor since 1968 and a member of the STF executive from 1979-82. He was also a member of several STF committees, including one studying educational financing, and in 1979 was appointed to the province's Educational Relations Board, which arbitrates school disputes. Active in athletics, he helped form the Wolseley Recreation Board, was a member of the Saskatchewan Athletic Association, and on many Wolseley Arena Board committees, doing extensive volunteer work on the arena's design and financing. Kydd, who played minor, senior and old-timers' hockey, was also a Red Cross swimming instructor, curler and a hockey and curling coach. As well, he had been chairman of St. James United Church's board, treasurer of the local boy scout group, and a member of the church choir, town council and fire brigade. He is survived by his wife. Dorothy; two sons, Miles of Regina and Jason. Wolseley; two daughters, Shawna Dolter The Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SPC) has asked the public to beware of people purporting to be residential heat-loss inspectors representing SPC. SPC has no residential heat-loss inspectors, said Ron Fessant, director of information services for SPC. The corporation has received several inquiries recently from homeowners who have received telephone calls from a person claiming to represent SPC. The caller identified herself as an employee of SPC and asked if the homeowner would like a free energy audit, he said. SPC does not do residential energy audits and the person making the calls is not an SPC employee, he said. SPC has referred the matter to the Regina police. But SPC does provide on-site analysis and consultation on energy use for industrial, commercial and institutional customers, Saskatchewan Energy and Mines operated the program until Jan. 1 when it was turned over to SPC. SPC has three vehicles equipped with small computers and special instruments to analyse a facility's energy consumption. Following the analysis, energy auditors discuss various strategies for improvement with the client. STOREWIDE CLEARANCE Festival, McDougall said. It will, however, be a serious competition. Qualifeid adjudicators from outside the province will be asked to judge the entries, McDougall said. Awards will be given in a variety of categories. The competition will be organized by officials of the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival. Many details concerning the new competition will be clarified between now and June, McDougall said. i Scarth Mall Store jy. Saskatchewan Government Employees Union PSC Attacks Classification Plan Jill Employer's Action is Contemptible The members of the SGEU are now voting on a "final" contract offer from the Public Service Commission (PSC) which contains major changes to over 80 existing job classifications. The changes are viewed by the union as an attack on the classification plan, affecting more than 500 employees, and if you are one of the many affected, it will mean your paycheque could be altered. It could mean long-term salary cuts for the employees affected in other words, red-circling. The SGEU has consistently maintained that the negotiation of new classes and wages is not part of general contract bargaining. We believe it is a separate process which should only involve those employees directly affected, the union, and the employer. ; The collective agreement between the employer and the union stipulates that arbitration is the procedure to be followed if a disagreement arises over the rate of pay for a new classification. However, during the previous round of bargaining, the PSC jammed into the big contract, several new classifications. The SGEU applied for arbitration on the question of implementing new classes, and in early November, the arbitrator Clive McKee ruled in our favor. Yet, the PSC does not want to recognize the arbitration award ruling and treat their employees fairly. The stance of the PSC on this issue is disgraceful and the SGEU questions the integrity of the employer. Ed, represents 1,200 social service employees and comments: "The 'final' offer will contain major changes to about 80 existing job classifications, and the attitude of the Public Service Commission (PSC) on the issue is terrible. It's like blackmail and we cannot stand for it. We won this issue at arbitration and the PSC is ignoring that award. They are hoping that the members not affected will vote yes to the offer. Well, I can tell you this year it is about 80 classifications, last year it was eight, next time who knows how many it will be? Their strategy is to divide and conquer. Members have protection in the collective agreement (article 63) and its purpose is to ensure members are treated fairly. Yet, the PSC does not want to live up to their commitments. They are continually trying to get around Ed McGuinness the collective agreement. Because of this issue alone, the offer must be rejected. It's time to stand up to the PSC." Ed MrUS linnens. Mftmhfir Tier I Bargaining Committee Jan. 13, 1983. 17,000 Members Working For The People of Saskatchewan and Tracey Kydd, both of Regina; three brothers, Pat, Graeme and Dick, all of Regina; and two sisters, Margaret McGonigal of Moosomin and Marion Coulter of Watrous. Rev. Philip Miller officiated at the funeral service at St. James United Church in Wolseley. Burial was in the Wolseley Cemetery. New envoy THE HAGUE (AP - Former foreign minister Max van der Stoel. a Socialist well known in Europe as an active supporter of human rights, hay been chosen to be the next Dutch ambassador to the United Nations. 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