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   Baldur Gazette News (Newspaper) - February 4, 1997, Baldur, Manitoba                                RMs of Louise and Riverside receive flood compensation A request for financial compensation from the RMs of Louise and Riverside for 1996 flood damage have been approved by the Manitoba announced Mervin MLA for Turtle Tweed has presented a cheque for to the RM of and one In the amount of to the RM of The funding represents the municipal claim for the 1996 flood as approved by the Manitoba Emergency Management Organization I am pleased the province was able to help the community alleviate some of the hardship Incurred as a result of last years 8WFLY Speed Zone Notice has been filed under the Highways Protections Act asking for a 50 speed zone on a portion of Highway 23 beginning at 18 Ninette and continuing easterly for a distance of 200 then 80 continuing easterly for a distance of 950 See Notice elsewhere for full Coffee House The popular Coffee House will return to the Belmont Community Hall on February 9 from Carnival Time Baldur Carnival and Figure Skating Show will take place February 21 and Belmont Carnival will take place on February The Belmont Carnival Queen will be crowned at that It seems that by the time you find out that your parents were right all those your kids are old enough to disagree with HAVE YOU PAID YOUR SUBSCRIPTION D O CD D Otg id CQ IT D O en said In the the federal government had covered expenses for municipal wage and equipment costs incurred during Ottawa has rejected more than million in these municipal costs during the past two flood disasters in Manitoba in 1993 and The province has discussed the issue with its federal counterparts on numerous and will continue with lobbying efforts on behalf of all Manitoba This government believes in providing fair and reasonable assistance to municipalities In flood prone areas when disaster said We will continue to fight for Manitobans to get the federal government to return to their prior and to provide those municipalities who are owed the million in outstanding disaster assistance MEMO provides financial assistance for eligible cleanup and damage The organization is responsible for developing government policy on disaster making decisions concerning payment for disaster assistance claims and investigating and reporting to the government on disaster assistance Assistance is generally provided to restore or replace unlnsurable goods and property to a predisaster Barbecues always taste no matter what the Garry Hiscock is seen cooking for residents at Baldur Manor one day last 100 5 February 1997 50c per copy Farmers submitted by Janet Fowler Several dozen farmers turned out to hear the latest forecast on the future of the CN line to At an information meeting hosted by the Belmont Board of area grain producers in attendance were addressed by several UGG but no one from CN showed It was explained that CN reps were too busy trying to get themselves out of a difficult With the Belmont elevator full and full cars waiting to be picked like many elevators across the western half of the no one was surprised that CN reps chose not to face this group of Bill UGG transport reported all the facts and figures that make this line problematic light track means trains need to be light government regulated rest stop at deadend means grain going west has to be carried east All this adds up to two options either the line is transferred sold to private but operated by CN or CN will discontinue The meeting was informed that the line was presently in the transfer meaning they are trying to sell it to private It would take several months and red tape to change it to an abandonment with further red tape to Two possible outcomes are Once the big new elevator at Brunkild is open and running for a it will drain off so much grain from much of this line that the western end will not justify keeping it Also in 1999 there will be a review of the which are now If rate protection is pulled at that CN will discontinue Either way its 1998 or The balance of the meeting seemed to be a sales pitch on the part of UGG management to switch Belmont UGG custom over to the new plant at which Is on the This is probably the other reason that CN personnel were not At any rate there followed a parade of UGG from operations and together with the Souris plant each giving the pitch for Souris from his own As questions were raised with regard to the local elevator and each in turn mouthed platitudes about working In cooperation with but as UGG rep for the Ron was not included among the UGG reps at the head he was relegated to sit among the farmers in the It was apparent by UGG if not by their that Ron was getting the same bad More useful information took the form of forecasting the future of grain sales with less reliance on these small Farmers were told that in the near more business will be done at the farm Grain brokers will rely on records of what you when you want to move it and how much you want for They will then match you up with the end Grain will then be perhaps by the direct to the or The pricing component will also be done at the farm Farmers or reps will be sample testing on and bins will be known A grain buyer will phone the producer and say Bin knowing exactly whats in Small elevators may be used to preblend or for smaller crops like It was suggested that the new market opening for Manitoba Is the American and that a facility like Belmont could come into play as a trucking point Into the Of course the next question raised was the issue of Closing the rail line means putting countless semi trailers on our rural already suffering the ravages of severe and long costly Who pays for the sudden heavy traffic loads they will now have to The current legal challenge before the courts in may set a precedent which will affect us This was apparently a great concern to farmers at this Who pays end or all of the above The end user is Buyers are now less likely to be big and more likely to be Individual with their own While Russia will buy anything Japan is more and individual like are looking for very specific qualities in like Big plants like Souris can clean to less that 1 blend down various like load large numbers of cars and therefore Is the key for these big They promise to hand down the profits to truckers and but the days of single car rates are The other burning question seemed to be how to create some incentive for CN to become more Burlington Northern admits that their competition is the trucking Many will however that CNs inefficiencies are hampering the flow of grain out of these small and there seems to be no incentive for CN to improve the service they are now They seem determined to create the conditions to support their argument that these small lines are Continued on page 14   

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