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Interlake Spectator (Newspaper) - January 28, 1987, Springfield, Manitoba HyinHigh Three spirited dancers performed a tradittonalukrainian folk dance tnr at Arhftro BOVd Kozack t Of inrec spinicu aanvcra pcriwiucu a uaiuuvuaj nian New held for the first time at the Arborg Community Boyd Kozack emceed the evening which featured an impressive lineup of See page may proceed this year By Bain Gair If funding for more research can be the Peguis In dian Band may proceed in 1987 with a land claim on acres of land along the Red River near Selkirk that the band says was il legally taken from their ancestors 70 years Chief Louis Stevenson says the Peguis band has asked the federal government for a grant to finish researching the surrender of the Peters When the research is perhaps by this the band will present their case to the office of Native says the The band already has a com prehensive 593page entitled The Illegal Surrender of the Peters presents a case that members of the Peters band were duped into giving up their We could go to the Native Claims board right said Stevenson last But we want to make sure theres no doubt about the validity of the Reeves say Provincial cutbacks could mean 30 per cent tax increase ByBainGair Taxes in Interlake local govern ment districts could rise by 30 per cent or more if the province follows through with a proposal to discontinue 5050 funding for municipal road say the of Armstrong Reeve Peter Masniuk said his district stands to lose in provin cial support if the cutbacks pro posed by Highways Minister John Plohman are If the present level of services are to be property taxes would rise 30 per cent in Armstrong to cover the shortfall in provincial In the of which stands to lose under the provinces Reeve Bert Vandersteen projected a cor responding 30 per cent tax in crease to maintain of Grahamdale Reeve Colin Brown said a 30 per cent tax increase to maintain services is a conservative estimate in his Its absolutelyunacceptable to said We just cant do Reeve Vandersteen not with the farm economy being the way it They the province are com paring us to rural municipalities in some said but we just havent got the tax base to do Plohman initially proposed to implement the new program ar rangement this The three reeves met with Plohman in December to discuss the which would save the provincial government million per and informed the Continued on page If the Native Claims board ap proves their the band can proceed through negotiation with the federal government or through the Stevenson said he would personally prefer to negotiate a but would not hesitate to take the claim to The band is asking for to hire a researcher to complete their claim and other funds to pay legal and committee The Department of Indian Af fairs will consider the approval of that grant before Stevenson The Illegal Surrender of the Peters suggests that at the meeting at which Peters band members voted to give up their land in the early In dians votes were secured through fraud and Many provi sions of the law governing Indian land acquisition were the research In a royal commission Continued on page union face further layoffs ByBainGair Only a week after the unionized employees at the Seagram plant in Gimli learned 24 people will be laid off this they receiv ed a second jolt when manage ment announced another four layoffs next At a unionmanagement meeting last plant manager Carlos Osorio told members of the Wine and Allied Workers Union of America that the Gimli plant will cut back pro duction in February from seven to five days a Four union employees will be laid off as a In an Osorio stressed the four layoffs in the distilling department are They will be recalled when we go back to a sevenday opera he probably sometime in early The reduction of the produc tion schedule in the distilling department will not affect any management or staff he Osorio also finalized the job loss figure resulting from Seagram s announcement last week that the bottling operation in Gimli will shut down this sum With the shutdown of the bottl ing operation at the 24 union jobs will be lost sometime in midsummer this Osorio did not say whether any non union positions would be af With 28 workers laid off this only 63 unionized employees will be working at the plant this This is down from a peak of about 130 union said union president Lloyd Going back a few I think we had in excess of 130 peo ple in when the federal government brought in in dexing on tax on we the unions contract does not pro vide severance pay for laid off employees unless the entire plant is closed Weve been trying to get severance pay for but it doesnt look said Were going to provincial laws to see if theres something we can get for But for the number thats being let I dont think theres anything in provincial The union is also asking the government to assist the laidoff members through retraining pro said This is not the first time Seagram has laid union members off temporarily and cut back pro said The periodic adjustment of in ventory by new production reduc tion is not said the plant We have been going through the process of periodic in ventory adjustments to keep up the sales forecasts versus actual sales The plant was built in Gimli in Parents want more of the three Some of those laid off have worked at the Gimli plant as long as 13 Prospects of regaining employ ment at the plant for those laid off as a result of the bottling shut down are not said Were told theres a 50 per cent cutback in Seagrams pro duction across he The Seagrams plants in Ontario and Quebec are facing even drastic cut According to the Lasalle plant could shut down for as long as 18 The Waterloo plant will shut down for about five months this Osorio and Fox blamed the lay offs on reduced sales of Seagrams products in recent The sales trends suggest a bleak future for Seagrams said Whats going to happen in the future is going to depend on sales if you cant youre not going to make he To make matters worse for those who are losing their Contradictions Fairfonl chief provides Rs By Shel Zolkewich Parents and concerned citizens told Education Minister Jerry Storie more emphasis should be placed on writin and rithmatic in the school Too many kids are graduating who cant spell or write an said Gimli parent Linda one of about 50 people who turn ed out at an informal meeting with the minister at the Gimli Composite High School last The basic 3R stuff just is not Duthie Most parents agreed students need more instruction in basic literacy as well as basic Complaints about inadequate grammar and punctuation were The use of calculators was also frown ed upon in the mathematics pro Few parents had complaints about the science programs although Evergreen School Divi sion trustee Virginia Bjornson felt they were not up to If I think we may be lagging in she Continued on Birds of Prey Arbofg Falcons continue J 18
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