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Interlake Spectator (Newspaper) - January 21, 1987, Springfield, Manitoba Volume 14 Number 3 January nnounces lant closure By Shel Zolkewich w loyees of the Seagram plant in Gimli were shocked by an announcement Tuesday that the bottling operation will be shut down permanently this summer It was certainly a I dont think the reality has really said union vice president Barney Neither Johnson nor plant manager Carlos Osorio could give many details about the Were analyzing all the im plications of this thing right You have to realize the announce ment was only made this last the manager The distilling and maturing sec tions of the operating department will not be affected by the closure of the bottling Osorio nor will the maintenance department and support Employees with the most seniority will be least affected by the A reshuffling of posi tions is As far as the union people are we have to respond to the terms of their said The Gimli distillery employs about 130 Just under 100 of those are unionized Osorio could not say whether the layoffs would include those in management Were investigating the possibility of that he Since the plant opened in the late Osorio said the number of employees grew and then shrank as cutbacks were Layoffs are expected to begin in midsummer but Osorio does not know if they will be issued at one time or be That will depend ona number of he Osorio could not speculate how those with specialized skills 9r those on long term disability will be affected by the Johnson said a meeting is ex pected between union workers and the company this Not a hell of a lot has been said to We havent even met with the company Johnson Johnson said there is most like ly no way of fighting the closure but he hopes the number of jobs lost will be kept to a Were going to have a lot of discussions to try and keep the numbers he Osorio was quoted last week as saying about 25 jobs would be lost to the He later said that number was not accurate but did not offer a revised Bottling operations will be transferred to another Seagram plant in the High liquor taste changes and health concerns are blamed for the bottl ing operation closure at the Gimli on socials imminent Seagram Company announced last Tuesday that they will close the bottling operation at the Gimli plant this An estimated 25 employees will lose their Rural areas to be hit worst by phone By Lome Reimer The new rate increases that Manitoba Telephone System is going after will hit rural customers the charges a spokesman for a rural based group fighting for more equitable rates and Its the extra two cents a minute for long distance charges and one more penny for setting up each long distance call thats going to bring the most revenue to MTS according to Ed Hiebert of the citizens He said the fact that Winnipeg customers will be asked to pay a 90 cent increase on the basic mon thly rate compared to 60 cents in the rest of the doesnt mean much after one looks at the total monthly Hiebert said the average mon thly bill in Winnipeg for home ser vice would increase from to but in his rural exchange west of average bills would jump from about a month to a MTS Acting President Ed Robertson said revenue growth hasnt kept pace with the cost of maintaining and improving the level of services expected by Continued on page i By Peter Schroddtcr ASHERN Changes in regulations and a more stringent enforcement of all rules regarding socials where liquor is served are coming warn local A spokesman for the Ashern detachment said the first part of the overall nrogram is taking place as soon as a meeting with of ficials of the areas community clubs can be The change in regulations police want organizers to take noteof is that it is not permissible to pay for tickets at the Ad mission must be This in validates the practice of handing out free invitational tickets which are paid for at the Were meeting with them organizers in a public relations effort where members are offering advice and letting the community club organizers know what the problems have been as seen by the RCMP he Problems as noted by police in clude under age drunken rowdy behaviour and The commanding officer of the Ashern detachment admitted that leniency was more often the rule in the He warned that this has The spokesman explained that in the future all infractions of the regulations will be noted and for warded to the Liquor Control As a closing comment he add We dont have any great big problems with the issue yet but if we work at the small matters we wont have any problems at The Ashern detachment area has 11 community halls of varying sizes where socials are held and officers will be meeting with organizers from all the clubs in volved in the near saiu revenue giuwin ro Arborg Councillor dissatisfied with dogcatcher By Shel Zolkewich At least one Arborg councillor feels the village may be barking up the wrong tree by using a monthlypaid dogcatcher to alleviate the canineontheloose No matte what dogcatcher we we still seem to have a pro said councillor Kenny roaming dogs within the village have created some pro blems and councillors fear the potential spread of rabies if the dogs are not I think the real problem is the females running around at this time of the added Mayor Larus Councillor Herman Palsson said that he had heard rumors of dog fights in the village and knew of at least two dogs that had died around his He feels that the dogcatcher is not doing a suffi cient He only pops into town for a few hours then sits in his truck and The guy doesnt seem to think hes getting paid Councillor Palsson The Eastern Interlake Pet Con trol service is required to make two patrols of the village per said Arborg secretary treasurer Jack The driverdogcatcher is paid per month plus an additional fee and mileage if he has to make a special however Douglas said that need has never The council agreed that building a couple of traps might discourage dogs from roaming the streets and encourage owners to licence and restrain their This just might solve our pro said Mayor The traps will be built and notices will be posted urging owners to licence their All dogs which are caught and not tagged may not be
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