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   Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 16, 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba                                Private vows to fight NDP Winnipeg will get surgical centre MD By David Kuxhaus A Vancouver doctor said he isnt going to back down in his battle with the Mani toba government over opening up a pri vate surgical centre in Were dealing with a hostile govern ment that has publicly threatened us but were moving Mark God ley said On Wednesday the City of Win nipegs board of adjustment approved a conditional use application for a lamil lion medical centre at a Jefferson Avenue strip mall in The he made the rounds with the local doing about halfadozen The pitch is simple Canadians should not be forced to languish on long wait ing lists but be given the freedom to choose where they are like the provincial counter that its the first step towards twotier health which drains resources from the public Behind the broad strokes of that ideo logical debate is the fact that Godley must get ministerial approval if he wants to open up a private which is defined as a facility with more than four beds and overnight Health Minister Dave Chomiak said he will not back such a Chomiak said theres nothing they can do to prevent Godley from opening up a private clinic for day Exploited loophole Godley currently runs Vancouvers False Creek Surgical It performs a variety of procedures but the bulk of its work is orthopedic Last the clinic attracted atten tion when it exploited what some said was a loophole in the Canada Health The legislation states Canadians cant pay private clinics to perform publicly insured But third parties like workers compensation allowed to pay clinics to treat patients The Vancouver centre has used that provision to perform surgery on patients who have then had their friends or fam ily cover the But Godley maintains hes not break ing any One of his biggest customers is the Workers Compensation Board of British Last Godley said the WCB accounted for about pro about half of the clinics busi Godley said his clinic saved the board million last year by getting workers back on the job The Workers Compensation Board in Manitoba has indicated that without the governments it wont consider using Godleys Godley said he is still confident that his clinic will make a go of He said potential clients could come from outside Winnipeg is a strategically placed It is central to Canada and we have some borders very close to us that we can look at those markets as Winnipeg Free Press FEBRUARY 2001 LOCAL A3 PHII HOSSACK WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Jack Kakobi samples the sugar shacks sticky Festival fans stuck on sugar shack LITTLE faces crowd the snowcovered poking sticks onto lines of caramelcoloured When the texture is just as Laila says your stick sticks the strip of taffy is rolled up into a tasty Its a Grade 3 student at Smith School taking a Its maple Shes Careful boiling has turned maple syrup into the slightly thicker taffy that cools onsnow and becomes aninstarit The maple sugar shack atFestivaldu is one popular a volunteer from Pierre where they tap Manitoba maples for stands over a boiling pot of Taffy is sweeter than so in order to make taffy you have to evaporate more If 40 gallons of maple water is tapped from a 39 gallons are boiled off to get the The Festival brings in ISO gallons of maple syrup from Quebec each year in a good year Pierres trees can produce 40 Desharmais says the taffy mixture only has a lifespan of about an Its a Desharmais For those who know we have some customers com ing back every One guy comes back seven times and its many activities the sugar sled dog sleigh sriow music and games continue through Where do special buses stop WSO request opens issue of transit favouritism By David OBrien for a 57concert but passengers would gen erate roughly in according to Carol the symphonys marketing Routes would start at the Perimeter Highway and stop at a1 series of apartment blocks to pick and John chairman of the public works which is responsible for said IF Winnipeg Transit can put on special service for he was troubled by the symphonys Blue Bomber games and the Red River What happens if the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and why cant it do the same for the Winnipeg Sym phony Orchestra Councillors on the citys fiscal issues committee struggled with that and other questions yesterday before referring the WSOs request for special bus service to another committee to resolve the com plex policy The symphony has asked Transit to provide nine chartered routes for its who have com plained about the difficulty of parking vandalism to their vehicles and harassment by street The special service would cost the city Manitoba Theatre Centre want the same treat ment he Angus said if it came to a choice between helping HandiTransit or the my hand would be tipped to Rick director of Winnipeg said special service is provided for Bomber but the team promotes Transit during the which represents a real monetary value for Other examples of special such as extra routes to and from Red River Exhibition in the sum are more economical because of the high vol ume of he CITY EDITOR Steve Pona 6977292 FEATURES EDITOR Margo Goodhand 6977292 citydesk@freepress.mb.ca Native reserve in core proposed Manitoba grand chief touts aboriginal governance centre By Helen Falldinp THE Assembly of Mani toba Chiefs is consid ering building an aboriginal governance cen tre on a downtown Winnipeg urban Grand Chief Dennis White Bird referred to the plan dur ing a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon speech yesterday at The Fairmont We have major We want to build a major gover nance centre here in the city of White Bird told the crowd of about 200 cham ber In an interview after the White Bird said the idea is part of an AMC restructuring plan that will be presented to chiefs from Manitobas 62 first nations at a meeting on the Sioux Valley reserve next White Bird said the build ing would be several storeys high on land of significant size in the downtown The land would be purchased by first nations with treaty land entitlement then converted to an urban reserve following negotia tions with the The AMC currently rents its downtown office space on Mary Detailed plans for the gov ernance centre will not be developed until the chiefs have endorsed the White Bird said he joked with provincial Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robin son that the AMC wants a building of equal size and stature across the river from the provincial Legislative Winnipeg has no urban reserves but some are under including the site of Thunderbird House on Main Chamber chairman Murray Sigler said Winnipegs grow ing aboriginal population will define the citys future one way or Making the city a centre for aboriginal government would help to define it in a positive Sigler said he was tickled pink to hear White Bird offer the chamber his friend ship and invite Winnipeg businesses to form partner MARC GALLANT WINNIPEG FREE PRESS We cannot continue to have a onetrack mind that first nations people are not capable Grand Chief Dennis White Bird ships with the We believe his ideas are right on the Sigler It was the first time an AMC grand chief has been guest speaker at a chamber The attitude has to change the attitude of the private We cannot continue to have a onetrack mind that first nations people are not White Bird told the He said the federal gov ernment pours almost bil lion a year into first nations communities in About threequarters of that money ultimately flows into he After the White Bird was approached by sev eral chamber members want the AMCs help recruit ing and training aboriginal employees or want to discuss business associations with the White Bird said some fed eral government legislation remains a barrier to major privatesector investment in first nations Sigler said more than SO of the businesses belong ing to the Winnipeg chamber are owned by aboriginal peo White Bird was greeted especially warmly by 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