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   Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 7, 1993, Winnipeg, Manitoba                                f E IV 10 most wanted Do you know this man Police name Ivan as their most wanted B1 M SI Mushing along Happy Huskies delight in giving kids rides B6 36 PAGES VOL 121 NO 69 Winnipeg 50 0 Weekly home delivery in outside cily Raise water prices to float Charest says Bv Ruth Teichroeb rates to encourage Charest She said she voted against the last three with each additional unit can freetrade agreement for being 1 Staff Reporter told a crowd of about 350 delegates attend percent hike in water rates because the That actually encourages industrial users trade deal in the world to enshri ing the final day of a national water conser rate structure wasnt to waste she principle of sustainable developmen CANADIANS SHOULD be paying more vation conference current svstem rhe mnrp vnil Environment Canada statistics show that NAFTA offers protection for eac for the water they Environment Higher water prices would prompt Cana already iay the hgh environmental he sa Minister Jean Charest said dians to conserve and provide the billion sfjtne less U costs Keese bt Bomtace oT Fears that lower environmental st ANADIANS SHOULD be paying more for the water they Environment Minister Jean Charest said Charest said cheap water is contributing to overconsumption and limiting infrastruc ture Municipalities should review their water rates to encourage Charest told a crowd of about 350 delegates attend ing the final day of a national water conser vation conference Higher water prices would prompt Cana dians to conserve and provide the billion needed for improvements in municipal sewer and water he But Winnipeg Evelyne Reese said yesterday boosting the price of water isnt She said she voted against the last three percent hike in water rates because the rate structure wasnt With our current the more you the less it Reese Boniface This is totally contradictory to conserv ing our water Winnipeg has a declining block rate for water pricing which means costs decrease with each additional unit That actually encourages industrial users to waste she Environment Canada statistics show that Manitoba consumers already pay the high est mean monthly prices at for water and sewage in the Newfoundland pays the lowest mean monthly price at Charest had praise for the North Ameri can freetrade agreement for being the first trade deal in the world to enshrine the principle of sustainable NAFTA offers protection for each coun trys environmental he Fears that lower environmental standards in Mexico will tempt industries to relocate there are he Companies that dont meet environmen tal standards are less not he KEN FREE PRESS Tired out from the fun Members of the Albright Evangelical Church youth group took to the Springhill Winter Park toboggan hill yesterday to enjoy the warmerthannormal the fun times are expected to suffer a chill as the cold weather is forecast to return today with a predicted high of and a low tonight Tax protest leader not satisfied with freeze is not getting value for its money By Dan Lett City Hall Reporter MORE THAN five years after leading a group of Ger main residents into court to win a fair assessment on their prop erty from the James Sha piro is still Like many he is waiting to be treated fairly by city assessors and waiting to receive value for the in property taxes he pays each And even though newly elected Mayor Susan Thompson has pledged to freeze property taxes this Shapiro isnt resting any Thats because according to Sha its not just about Its about I think the City of Winnipeg is not getting the value for its said who still resides on the fiveacre lot in Germain that was or bust City councillors face one of the toughest budget debates The issue is simple tax dollars versus In this the Free Press explores the budget process in Mayor Susan Thompsons bid for a freeze on Part 2 A strange B3 the focus of the landmark Court of Appeal decision in The court ruled that Winnipegs method of assessment was forcing the city to assess property on a marketvalue The first line of defence is keep ing property taxes its a question of making sure people are getting good value from the ser vices To achieve a property tax council will probably have to squeeze more than million from the citys So recommendations to achieve that goal have included a drastic reduction in funding for the user fees for city facilities such as the reductions in snow clear ing and layoffs in the civic Glen Murray Fort Rouge said he has received hundreds of phone calls from angry taxpayers who have been watching the current budget process and almost all have been complaining about service not tax Its what people are most con cerned about right he But Mike OShaughnessy Old Kildonan said in past years he got 10 times the phone calls about service cuts as he did about tax in all he hears about is said one of the councillors who campaigned on bringing in a property tax Shapiro said he is angered that councillors seem to be using shock tactics to achieve their budget re ductions cutting highprofile ser vices or laying off city workers to create a public outcry rather than looking at real savings in the way the city bureaucracy is set Shapiro said he is also angry about the proposed introduction of user fees which have included admis sion fees for the zoo this in creased utility and transit rates and a proposed frontage levy to pay for street Tomorrow The dark shadow The kids arent in school Manitoba trend to pause before college worries business leaders ByAldoSantin Education Reporter JOHN DeBEER recalls his first day as a student at Assiniboine Community Recently laid off from his job of seven then said he worried that he would be the only adult among a class of I felt very awkward standing outside the classroom a secondyear business administration I took a walked in and looked around and saw that almost everyone there was older than It put me right at What DeBeer discovered a year ago is a phenomenon peculiar to students in community college classrooms are in their mid20s and Business leaders have said that A generation B2 Manitobas ability to compete and field a skilled workforce is seriously compromised by the delay exercised by many young people before entering Few young Manitobans are pursuing trade and technological industry spokesmen adding that the provinces young people may be dooming themselves to a life of unemployment or minimumwage Despite the experts Arnon Photitai is determined to become part of Manitobas statistical said he will graduate from Russell Vocational School this spring and hes postponing further education Ive got a job waiting for me and I want to work for a couple of years and make some money before I think of going to he Photitai said he will be earning an hour as a mechanics Recent studies show that only 15 per cent of high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 24 go immediately on to postsecondary WORSE only eight per cent go on to community college both numbers are the lowest among Canadian Sandy human resources manager at Pollard Banknote said Manitobas workforce is littered with young people in a Environmentalists angry as firstclass individual1 loses job Waste president ousted By Donald Campbell Legislature Reporter RICK the president of the Manitoba Hazardous Waste Management and a top bureaucrat in the prov inces Environment has lost his job in an apparent man agement shakeup at the Crown The move was announced in vague terms to staff on employees The staff is sched uled to meet with the corporations board chairman tomorrow to get more This has come right out of left said one adding the staff was shocked by the Don a chartered accoun tant and chairman of the corpora tions would not Requests for interviews with En vironment Minister Glen Cummings went Cooke could not be reached for The environmental community re acted with disappointment and dis may to the news of Cookes depar ture from the Crown which has been turning a profit de spite limited Cooke has been given high marks by environmentalists for his work in getting the proposed hazardous waste treatment facility located near Jean and for getting the project approved by the Clean Environment It is unqualified stupidity on the governments said Nick Cart honorary president of the Mani toba Naturalists Society and a vice chairman of the Manitoba Environ mental I am really surprised and said Allan chairman of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerces environmental He is a firstclass individual and well versed in the area of environ mental and sustainable develop ment Environmental lawyer Brian Pan nell said Cookes departure was a travesty and an example of gov ernment mismanagement of the This facility is the provinces only success story in the environ ment in the last four or five but they just arent sophisticated enough to know how to deal with he The government has temporarily suspended construction plans for the which is expected to handle 15 per cent of Manitobas hazardous until the province can determine if a privatesector in vestor is willing to buy all or part of the Pannell said the problems now swirling around the project are linked to the governments reluc tance to properly enforce controls on hazardous He said that if the facility goes the province will have to strictly enforce hazardous waste handling and transportation laws to make it he the government has been reluctant to do that in the past because it will offend large businesses that generate waste or scare off potential new investors who dont want strict hazardous waste if the facility is con it will compete against large privatesector companies that want to skim profits from the haz ardous waste he The kids who dont go to college are the marginal students whose only interest is to get out of school and get on with Ryder It takes them that first year or two or even seven to realize that they can go a lot further with more DeBeer said he understands why Photitai and others like him dont want to go to but adds they are making a When I was 18 all I wanted to do was move out of the get my own place and get a DeBeer But therell come a time when they realize if they want to make something of theyll have to go back for more He said that when he was he was often passed over for promotions in favor of colleagues with degrees and Quote of the Day Its either the greatest thing since sliced bread or something that will lead to another Mllgaard or John a McMaster University discussing DNA Details on page A3 The Weather Today Mainly Wind northerly High Low B Tomorrow V Sun Rises Sets Moon Rises Sets Details on C8 Inside Ann Sports TV Sports NHL AllStar Game Wales Conference 16 Campbell Conference 6 Details on C1 Lotteries Lotto Bonus 26   

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