Monday, November 14, 1994

Stonewall Interlake Spectator

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Stonewall Interlake Spectator (Newspaper) - November 14, 1994, Stonewall, Manitoba The Interlake ctat VOLUME 21 NUMBER 46 NOVEMBER 1994 80C PST GST Unemployment claims heavy in Interiake Ul users often repeaters A recent survey of Unem ployment Insurance UI claimants in Manitoba deter mined that fully 30 per cent of the provinces repeat or seasonal UI claimants are in the Selkirk Canada Employ ment Centre This large area includes the Interlake and the area east of Lake Winnipeg to the On tario border and north of the Perimeter The frequent claimants are the target of reforms being considered by federal Human Resources Minister Lloyd He has hinted that frequent and seasonal claimants may have to pay higher UI premiums and receive less than normal Total seasonal claims processed at the Selkirk cen tre this year hit 947 as of July The nine rural offices of Canada Employment report ed a total of claimants in the frequentuse John manager of the Selkirk says the seasonal nature of the Inter lake job market is part of the reason for the high percent age of repeat The Selkirk Canada Employment Centre includes a wide area that ranges from Semiurban to rural to re he There arent a lot of job opportuni The Selkirk region is the provinces It serves a population of The Steinbach office of Canada by serves half the population of tha served by Selkirk and ha about onequarter the number of the frequent or seasonal claimants of the Selkirk Kawecki says he and his staff have already begun a smallscale reform They are trying to encourage frequent particu larly those whose employ ment is such as forestry and hos pitality or tourism to consider expanding their repertoire of skills or to use their existing skills in differ ent If you have a season when you use certain said Kawecki in a telephone interview from maybe there arc other ways to use those skills in another Were willing to train people to acquire new he If theres potential for offseason we will Fishermens Offseason The Selkirk office of Canada Employment serves most of the provinces com mercial The only selfemployed people eligible to collect unemployment 382 commercial fishermen have collected UI benefits through the Selkirk centre this Insurance officer Dann Sinclair at the Selkirk office of Canada Employment says the amount paid runs the range from to the maxi mum S429 per Fishermen report their weekly income from They pay UI premiums on 75 per cent of their gross rev This is the amount upon which their claims are based says what they will The number of qualifying weeks and the duration of entitlement were based on a complex calculation but are now tied directly to the unemployment The changes came into effect A fisherman in the Selkirk where the unemploy ment rate is now pegged at six per needs a mini mum 20 weeks to qualify for 14 weeks of A fisherman in on the other needs only 12 qualifying weeks to be enti tled to the full 27 weeks of Gimli is in Canada Employments northern where the rate was recently pegged at per The regional unemploy ment rate is provided by Statistics Canada every four See OTTAWA page 2 Gimlis historic T33 jet training plane is back on public display after four years in The jet was trucked from Gimli airport in the middle of the night and erected the next morning on its new pedestal on First See Story Fairford demand denied The province has turned down a demand from the Fairford First Nation for money to compensate the Indian band for flood damage to reserve The band had demanded million as compensation for damage it says was caused by the provinces reg ulation of the Fairford Band members blockaded the bridge at the Fairford Dam last month to bring attention to their Fairford Chief Ed Ander son says his band council has yet to decide how to respond to the governments refusal to consider He would not rule out blocking the bridge at the dam Manitoba Natural Re sources Minister Albert Driedger says he has little patience for that kind of tac Robbers hold Riverton family at gunpoint Two armed men are being sought after a hostagetaking in Riverton last Wednesday The masked men one armed with a sawedoff the other armed with a hand gun entered the home of Nelson manager of the Riverton Imperial Bank of at about 9 last Brown and his wife were not at home at the time but the couples two children The Browns 16yearold daughter and her younger Arborg RCMP re were taken to a bed room where they were hand Arborg RCMP SglHarry Bil says the hostagetakers wore balaclavas and They were completely cov said Bil in an interview from They tried to disguise their voices but not very convinc The who had cut the telephone line to the settled in to wait for the bank They waited an hourandahalf before the manager and his wife arrived The gunmen wanted the bank manager to go to the bank and open the the police It apparently took some time for the bank manager to convince the wouldbe bank robbers that he could not open the vault at the The gunmen left the Riverton home empty Police were contact ed at No one was physically One the police was fired into the floor of the proba bly It seems they were handling their says when one Bil described both sus pects as very One is about fivefoot two inches while the others height is estimated at fivefoot seven to fivefoot eight inch Police arc continuing their Arborg CIBC manager Larry was manning the Riverton branch last He says he was just happy no one was They the Browns are pretty shaken said Hewlko in a tele phone Im glad they the gun men were not stupid enough or desperate enough to do any said an emo tional Anybody who knows anything about how things works with bank security knows you could get the whole town and the army and you wouldnt get into that He said it would take a professional safecracker three days of drilling and torching to open a bank Brown could not be reached for Hewlko says he spoke with the Riverton manager hours after the Brown may opt to take a leave of says He hasnt decided what he wants to said