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   Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - December 23, 2005, Brandon, Manitoba                                THE BRANDON SUN December 2005 LOCALWEATHEH HOW TO REACH US MAIN SWITCHBOARD 7272451 CIRCULATION Silvery Inquiries 7270527 tollfree 8777862472 Circulation Manager Glen Parker 5717424 EDITORIAL City Desk 5717430 Sports 5717442 Managing Editor James OConnor 5717431 ADVERTISING Display Advertising 7272451 Classified Advertising 5717400 toll free 8777862472 ACCOUNTING Accounts 5717410 Business Manager Colleen Gabrlelle 5717406 GENERAL MANAGER Bill Chester 5717404 PUBLISHER Ewan Pow 5717401 MARKET WATCH TORONTO The Toronto stock market finished flat depressed by lower energy stocks while investors took in a major deal that cre ates the worlds biggest gold company and good earnings news from the tech Barrick Gold and Placer Dome have announced a lion friendly Placers board says the new offer is fair and is recommend ing the deal to shareholders of the Vancouverbased Barrick had originally offered billion for Shares resumed trading following a halt shortly before the opening of the Barrick shares were nine cents lower to while Placer Dome dropped 33 cents to As part of the Goldcorp is picking up a number of Placer assets in Chile and the Dominican Republic for Goldcorp shares were higher to New York markets were higher as oil prices fell and traders assessed data showing an increase in consumer spending in line with income Torontos composite index closed points higher to as trading started to wind down ahead of the long Christmas where the TSX will be shut tered for four But analysts say its not a great idea for investors to turn their backs on the exchanges since lower volume and tax loss selling can create You get movements in stocks that you dont normally said Julie assistant vice president at Morgan Meighen and So you might find something that hasnt had a great year get a little extra pressure put on them and through this whole week as people are selling their losers for the tax positions but at the same that creates situations where some of these things start to look a bit The TSX Venture Exchange jumped points to The Canadian dollar finished up of a cent to cents On Wall the Dow Jones industrial average was up points at The Nasdaq composite index advanced to while the 500 added points to The Commerce Department said personal spending rose per cent last slightly below the per cent gain analysts had It appears that consumer spending is going to take a significant breather in the fourth quarter of the year after growing at an annualized rate of per cent in the third said RBC Financial Group economist Jack The department also said incomes rose per cent last in line with The price of oil reversed direction to move lower amid milder weather in the eastern half of the United the worlds biggest heatingoil The February contract for light sweet crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 28 cents to US a West Texas Intermediate closed at down LOTTERIES PICKS EXTRA DEATHS Marjorie nee Sproule passed away of Alwyn July 1915 Mary age Dinner organizers urge people to partake BY MATT GOERZEN Looking for a place to share some good food and good company for Christmas How about some thing traditional This the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner celebrates its 20th anniversary of spreading good cheer during the Christmas holidays at Brandons Keystone And its not just for those who may not have enough ready cash to pay for a turkey or Christmas Organizers say anyone can join No one should be alone on Christmas said Gladden the dinners A lot of peo ple come who just want some fellow An army of volunteers show up every year to cook wrap peel set tables and serve Christmas We get about 500 volunteers over Smith Nearly 150 of those will start work ing today at 9 preparing for din ners on 25 and Stan a trainer at the Westbran Employment Development says its wonderful to see so many people take the time during the holidays to create some happiness for Theres a lot of kindhearted people in Farquhar Several clients from Westbran have been working to set up the kitchen in the Keystone Centre Convention Its good to get crews Pretty much all our crews or clients will be Its an excellent Smith says they have most every thing they need this but more unwrapped toys and food donations are always welcome right up until Christmas Out of Christmas meals served last were served at the convention hall and another delivered to homes across the city to people who werent able to The popularity of the dinner has been growing every Smith CHRISTOPHER SUN Robert volunteers by washing containers on Thursday in preparation for the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinners 20th annual event at the Keystone Centre in For planning we go from last years numbers and add 10 per For those that need a Smith says about 50 cars with volunteer driv ers will be on call throughout the as well as a Brandon Transit bus and a HandiTransit We hit as much of the city as we Dinner is from noon to 6 on Christmas from noon to 2 on Boxing Day or until the food runs mgoerzen@brandottsun.com Locals just hope nothing happens CONTINUED FROM Al The towns ambulance services will still run and patients can still dial Theyll be transported to the nearest open ER in other For Deloraine that could be Souris or When the Boissevain ER is residents there will likely be sent to Souris or Ambulance transportation isnt an insured service in Patients are responsible and pay out of pocket or through a thirdparty Patients in Deloraine and Boissevain currently pay for a then per additional Sale said he cant make any promis es about ambulance bill As for he said the province has addressed the shortage by increasing the number of firstyear medical school placements and expanding the number of international medical graduate Marjorie who lives on a farm between Deloraine and prays every day that nothing bad happens to her children and she she prays a little harder because her local ERs are It is a I hope and pray nothing happens every but stuff Coupland Shed already have to wait for an ambulance to reach her With the extra travel time due to the closed she said she might as well drive any injured loved ones to hospital ihitchen@brandonsun.com RCMP investigate domestic dispute that leaves woman dead ANOLA A mother and father of two young boys were killed early Thursday in what police describe as a domestic dispute at the familys rural home that turned The sudden deaths of Rob and Angela Proulx four days before Christmas shocked the small Many say the who married almost 20 years showed no indication of problems with their RCMP Steve Colwell said Angela Proulxs body was found inside the fam ilys small farmhouse by police at about 8 The body of her was found outside about the same Colwell said the couples ages eight and let officers into the RCMP are investigating the deaths as a Its believed a firearm was but RCMP are not commenting if one was Surrounding homes in the area had been evacuated by RCMP at 6 and all roads were blocked before police approached the Proulx Friends said the Proulx children are now with their who live near Angela worked as a secretary at a wastewater management and pipecleaning while Robert worked at a meatpacking Colwell said RCMP got a call from an area resident at about midnight con cerned about a domestic dispute at the Proulx That person had just received a call from someone in the Proulx There was an indication firearms were Colwell RCMP surrounded the house and tried to make contact with someone During that no shots were heard being Winnipeg youth gets 7 years for sex slaying of 67yearold man WINNIPEG A Winnipeg youth has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for the sex slaying of a 67yearold The youth was sentenced as an adult but cant be He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Brian Alexander a retired school bus driver who was found bludgeoned to death in his Court was told on the night of the the youth had been drinking with friends and was turned away from a youth centre where he wanted to spend the who police say was known to solicit male was walking down the street and started talking with the offering him a place to Court was told the two had consensual but when Wellard awoke the boy for the teen beat him with a striking him at least five Police identified the youth as a suspect after finding a condom containing his DNA and his fingerprint on a bathroom Police arrested him five weeks later in If it were not for the DNA evidence it is unlikely he would ever have been brought to Crown prosecutor Brent Davidson Davidson and defence lawyer Cameron Pauls jointly agreed to the sentence in a plea bargain that saw him plead guilty to the lesser offence of The youth was originally charged with seconddegree The deceased was essentially acting in a predatory out looking for young Pauls the facts do involve the issue of intoxication and excessive WESTMAN WEATHER MORE Western Manitoba 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