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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - October 1, 2005, Winnipeg, Manitoba Watch NHL Win a Canada�s Preview dream worst drivers Sports D8,9 vacation GreatWinter Entertainment C10 Travel E5 ESCAPE A B SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2005 FOUNDED IN 1872 � SPORTS: Bosox pull even with Yankees D1 . DETOUR: Fall in love on a go-kart F1 SaturdaySpecial: Earlier this year, the mayor voted in favour of a proposal by Salisbury House, a company partly owned by a friend who�s also part-owner of Maple Leaf Distillers. At the time of the vote, Maple Leaf owed money to the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Katz�s ball team. Katz says there was no conflict of interest. Here are the facts. ShouldKATZ haveVOTED? WINNIPEG FREE PRESS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Sam Katz said there was no reason to avoid the vote: �There is no conflict of interest when it comes to myself and the Salisbury House issue.� By Dan Lett MAYOR Sam Katz, in his role as president of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team, approved loans to a company with links to Salisbury House Restaurants, which earlier this year won a city con�tract to build and operate a restaurant on the Esplanade Riel bridge. Greg Burch, a spokesman for Katz, confirmed a loan was made from the Goldeyes to Maple Leaf Distillers, and was fully repaid in August 2005, six months after Katz and members of the executive policy committee voted unanimously on Feb. 16 to approve a proposal by Salisbury House Restau�rants to occupy the empty plaza of the Esplanade Riel. Salisbury House and Maple Leaf Dis�tillers are linked primarily through the involvement of businessmen David Wolinsky and Costas Ataliotis, who are officers of, and have a significant interest in, both companies, in part through their holding company, Protos International. group of companies said cheques Katz said there was no reason to moved between the Goldeyes and avoid the Salisbury House vote. Maple Leaf starting in 2003 and con��There is no conflict of interest when tinuing through the summer of this it comes to myself and the Salisbury year. Burch declined to give the House issue,� Katz said in an inter-amount of the loan or the terms. view. �Any relationship between Goldeyes Katz said that before voting on the and Maple Leaf is just that, a relation-Salisbury House proposal, he obtained ship between the two and has no bear��professional legal advice� to deter-ing at all on his (Katz�s) role as mayor,� mine if he had any conflict of interest. Burch said in a Sept. 29 e-mail. The lawyer indicated no conflict exist�ed, Katz said. Continued Sources from within the Protos Please see KATZ A11 Abortion funding ruling rejected High court says issue merits trial By David Kuxhaus THE Manitoba Court of Appeal has over�turned a lower court decision that forced the government to fund abortions in pri�vate clinics, saying the matter is too complex to be decided without a trial. The case involves two women who paid for abortions at the private Mor�gentaler Clinic because they felt the wait was too long at a hospital, where the abortions would have been publicly funded. Last December, associate Chief Jus�tice Jeffrey Oliphant of the Court of Queen�s Bench ruled that the province�s refusal to pay for their abortions outside of the hospital constituted a �gross vio�lation� of the women�s rights. In doing so, however, Oliphant did not hear from any witnesses or other experts. He granted the women what�s known as a summary judgment. A judge can do that if it�s felt a party has made a strong enough case. But the Appeal Court said the matter shouldn�t have been decided in that man�ner. �The charter issues in this case are complex and involve developing areas of law, with important policy implica�tions,� wrote Justice Barbara Hamilton. �Where the law is developing, a full trial record is often important.� The outcome of the women�s case could have far-reaching implications for the province. Depending on the results of a trial, it could mean that thousands of Manitoba women who have paid out of pocket to terminate their pregnancies will be able to seek compensation from the province. Continued Please see ABORTION A4 Activists target zoo over bear�s �horrific existence� Gabrielle Giroday Inside Complete index on page 2 Apolar bear Assiniboine Park Zoo officials describe as their �pride and joy� might be the target of the next international ani�mal rights campaign. The director of a Scottish activist group protesting the exhibition of a Manitoba polar bear in an overseas zoo says Winnipeg needs to improve the living conditions of our zoo�s lone polar bear, Debbie. Animal rights critics are saying Debbie, reputedly the world�s oldest living polar bear in captivity, is another example of polar bear con�finement gone wrong � particularly given her current living conditions, which zoo staff admit don�t meet current provincial standards. A polar bear named Mercedes, acquired 12 years ago by the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland Freed from prison Roque Gonzales, who has spent 18 months in jail on a murder charge, was set free yesterday when a judge dis�missed it. Top News A3 MacKay staying? Peter MacKay says he�s received �heart-warming� entreaties to stay in Ottawa, but none from Stephen Harper. Canada A12 from Churchill, Man., has sparked international debate about the ethics of keeping the wild creatures in captivity. European animal rights groups have been sparring with Scottish zoo officials over Mer�cedes� fate. They say she has been alone since her mate choked to death on a plastic toy cricket bat in 1996, and is showing signs of �going crazy� in an enclosure one-millionth the size of her nat�ural range in northern Manitoba. But an Edinburgh Zoo committee has deferred a decision on Mercedes� future pend�ing further study. Continued Please see DEBBIE A4 Fast buses get nod One year, $220,000 and a task force later, the city will build roughly the same rapid-transit system Mayor Sam Katz rejected last fall. City B1 Loonie soars The dollar rose dramatical�ly against its U.S. counter�part yesterday, closing above 86 cents US for the first time in 13 1/2 years. Business B10 Debbie the polar bear lies in her habitat at Assiniboine Park Zoo yesterday afternoon. 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