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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - May 3, 2004, Brandon, Manitoba SERVING WESTERN MANIT0BA IR I NCE 1882 BRANDON them&AIN* WIN!! Page A8 A look at minor baseball Season gets underway — Page Bl Monday May 3 2004 FLYERS NHL Playoffs — Page Bl Conservatives court ADQ COUPLE TRANSFORMS CHURCH INTO CAFE Annette and Bert Wytinck run the Cafe Bru from the historic Bru Frikirkja Lutheran Church which the couple moved to their property south of Cypress River in 1997. Wvtincks shift their focus it from farming to Cafe Bm By Marcy’ NICHOLSON ClYPRESS RIVER — Purple light radiates gently through Cafe Bru's stained-glass windows while the scent of slow-cooked roast beef promises what will come. “It cost $5,000 to build this church rn 1910, and that included the stained glass," says Ben Wytinck Ben and his wife Annette sit at one of the cloth-covered tables decorated with freshly picked daisies, and look at the 13 surrounding windows In 1996, the couple bought the Icelandic Lutheran church from the Bru Distnct, just IO kilometres south west of their home which lies nestled in the Tiger Hills south of Cypress River The small community of Cypress River is east of Glenboro The couple, who live rn a 1907 home on the property, stopped farming and have been leasing the land since 1993. Plans to shift their focus to developing a Saskatoon berry U-pick, offer barn dances and open a craft store on the farm quickly changed when the Wytincks learned about the Bru Fnkirkja church. It was in poor condition at the time and faced destruction. In 1997, the couple followed the large flatbed truck which transported the structure to the farm Bert’s parents first moved onto in 1938 with “white knuckles,” recalls Annette. SEE CAFE BRU’ — FAGE A2 BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN The historic Bru Frikirkja Lutheran Church cost $5,000 to build in 1910, “and that included the stained glass," Bert Wytinck says. BY SYLVAIN LAROCQUE OTTAWA — The Conservative Party is seeking organizational ties with the right-leaning Action democratique du Quebec in the runup to the next election but their efforts have so far been rebuffed, sources have told The Canadian Press. Two sources close to Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said Tory campaign co-chair John Reynolds recently spoke with an aide to ADQ Leader Mario Dumont to discuss a possible campaign partnership An election call could come this month. Dumont aide Alain Sans Cartier confirmed he has spoken with Reynolds, a British Columbia MP. Sans Cartier refused to say whether the two discussed a campaign coalition, although he added such a partnership was unlikely. But he also mentioned the ties between the two right-wing parties, which share common ground on the role of the state, fiscal management, federal-provincial relations and the role of the private sector in health care. “There are, in fact, what we could refer to as similarities among our supporters,” Sans Cartier said in a telephone interview “Many of our supporters are also members of the Conservative Party and other parties, as well,” added Sans Cartier, a former Conservative aide and organizer. Another man with ties to both parties said the Tory leanings of some ADQ members could help the Conservatives strengthen their flagging organizational structure in Quebec. Leo Housakos, the ADQ’s financial director and a longtime Tory supporter, said the federal party would benefit from closer ties with the ADQ. “What the Conservative Party needs are credible spokespeople who can raise the fortunes of the party in Quebec,” he said. “To achieve this, a Quebec lieutenant would be needed — something they don’t currently have.” Sans Cartier served as an aide to Conservative minister Jean Corbeil from 1988 to 1992. He was also part of Jean Charest’s Conservative leadership campaign in 1993 — a race eventually won by Kim Campbell. Charest has since joined the Quebec Liberals and is now premier of Quebec. Reynolds refused in an interview to say whether he has sought a partnership with the ADQ, which received 18 per cent of the vote and elected four legislature members in last year’s provincial election. / Canadian Press IN t, UM B.C. gov’t, health union working out deal FOR SALE IN CLASSIFIEDS: 1985 Cavalier Classified under #600 TOMORROW IN THE SUN: Flames hope to advance CANADA/WORLD . .. .A5,8 CLASSIFIED...... . .B7-10 COMICS ......... .....B6 EDITORIAL PAGE . .....A4 FASHION ........ .....A7 LIFE!............. .....A6 LOCAL ........... .. .A2-3 OBITUARIES ..... ... .B7 SPORTS.......... . ..Bl-5 BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD ANO JEREMY HAINSWORTH Vancouver — Union and government officials made progress toward a final agreement late Sunday to end an illegal walkout that threatened to balloon into a full general strike paralysing public services this week. Andy Orr, spokesman for the premier, said the two sides agreed health support workers will not be forced to pay back some of the wages they earned in April before the government retroactively legislated a new contract including wage and benefit rollbacks Sources also told The Canadian Press the number of union jobs local health authorities could contract out would be capped at 300 in each of the next two years. A $20-million severance fund for laid-off workers would be made available. And the union would exercise its right to ask an arbitrator to sit down with both sides to negotiate exactly how a 15 per cent rollback in members’ wages and benefits would be worked out. But the final details of the deal were were still being worked out Sunday night. The Hospital Employees Union had been gaining steady support from public sector unions across the province since the legislation was passed early Thursday. By today, labour had promised to shut down schools and Vancouver-area transit, among other public services. Health authorities said Sunday they would have to can cel further surgeries and raised alarm bells that union members were no longer providing even essential services, seriously endangering some patients. Reporters staked out the offices of the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Vancouver premier’s office all day and into the evening Sunday. Another solid hint that progress was being made came from a news release from Translink, which operates public transit in the Vancouver area. SEE UNION — FAGE A2 Our Sun shines daily... ...with the most local advertising in Westman BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN 7663900006 75C daily tax included fOR HOME DELIVERY, CALL 727 0527