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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Brandon, Manitoba Saturday protect yourself unionize join cupe Call 24 hours 725-8888 Canadian Union of Public employees january to 1998 helping you solve the financial financial Puzzle. Rice s Rice financial has All the pieces for your resp portfolio. Cantor Brandon 7293400 top rates 491 Portage 788-4040watch helps Cut neighbourhood crime by Scott Gibbons the Brandon Sun the Brandon police service is putting renewed emphasis on an old Community policing program a neighbourhood watch. Const. Don Bell said neighbourhood watch is an excellent partnership Between police and Community that allows residents to be involved in policing at a grassroots level. Residents by keeping a close Eye on their neighbourhoods can tip police off quickly if they see anything suspicious. A it s a crime prevention program a he said. A that s what everyone in the City wants a a crime free City. This is a tool that can be used towards that the newest neighbourhood watch area was formed just before Christmas. Its in the i too Block of tenth Street. Residents Don t go out on patrol or have to be Home at certain hours. They Are not expected to confront any would be criminals. They Are just asked to keep their eyes and ears open to anything unusual. Bell said police want to be called immediately if people see any suspicious looking people vehicle or activity in their neighbourhood or if they hear Glass breaking or anything that sounds like a gun going off. A those Are the things we want to know about a he said. The main reason Why the program works is that residents know better than police what is Normal or unusual in their neighbourhood he said. A your neighbor will know the people who come and go and the vehicles on the there Are currently 45 areas in the City that have a neighbourhood watch. Each area is a City Block. But Bell said the areas represent Only a Small portion of the City s population. He is encouraging residents to consider forming a watch in their own neighbourhoods. To be effective at least 60 per cent of residents living on the Block have to be interested otherwise there is not enough coverage he said. If anyone has any questions about starting up a neighbourhood watch they can Call Bell at 729-2317 or 729 2345. He will provide a Booklet on How to establish a program. Bell will also be contacting captains of current watch areas to ensure they Are still Active. Meanwhile the department is expected to unveil its new Community policing Model later this month. Const. Marc Alain said the Force s senior administration is currently reviewing the report he drafted. Alain spent last year developing proposals after consulting citizens and officers and examining Community policing models in other jurisdictions. Shilo Factor shakes up pm by Lynden Behm the Brandon Sun changes relating to the Shilo military base could have dramatic Impact on the financial and political operations of the Rural municipality of Cornwallis. The pm was informed this week that residents at cab Shilo will be included in the calculation of Ward boundaries. This has the potential to change tremendously the political dynamics of Cornwallis. Also the base is demanding More services in return for Grants Given annually to Cornwallis the pm of North Cypress and the pm of South Cypress. Cornwallis Reeve Brian plumb said the department of Rural development indicated this week that Shilo residents will be included in the calculation of Ward boundaries. In previous elections Shilo residents were allowed to vote but weren to counted when the municipality was divided into wards. If the pm decides to retain the Ward system there will be a big change in this municipality that has already undergone major shifts in population since wards were drawn in 1981. The inclusion of 1,723 Shilo residents increases the population total from 2,556 to 4,279, plumb said. The new municipal act brought in by the province a year ago asks municipalities to have a a equitable populations in each Ward. Currently Cornwallis is unbalanced with wards 1,2, and 3, which Are South and West of Brandon having a combined population of 1,105. Wards 4 and 5, East of Brandon have. 1,451 residents. Even without the change at Shilo the existing boundaries have been maintained if 25 citizens objected. If the pm is divided into six wards instead of five cab Shilo might wind up with two wards and even then the population of these wards would Likely be larger than some other wards. Also the number of wards West and South of Brandon could be potentially be reduced from three to two plumb said. The pm Council has already passed a Resolution stating it would retain the Ward system. However it could still change its position and adopt an at Large system where All councillors would be selected by All voters in the municipality said plumb who abstained from the previous vote on whether to have a Ward or an at Large system. Deputy Reeve Wayne Kreller who represents Ward i South of the City said Friday that he still prefers wards but did no to want to comment further before the pm Council holds a special meeting this weekend to discuss the Issue. The pm will also be holding a Public meeting tuesday evening at the municipal office to gather input on what Type of election system citizens want. Changes relating to the Grants Are also having a big Impact. Governments done to pay municipal taxes but instead pay a Grant in lieu of taxes which produces comparable revenues. In the past the Grant in lieu for Shilo was paid by Public works Canada but this has changed and it is now being paid by the department of defence plumb said. When Public works paid the Money very Little was asked in return. At one time the Grant was Over $200,000 and virtually nothing was provided to the base by the pm. In 1996, the Grant had dropped to about $195,000 and Only $1,000 in services was provided. Last years total was $179,000 and $22,000 in services. Tile value of this years Grant Hasni to been established but the base is seeking $81,000 in services plumb said. The municipal Grants act states services provided in other parts of a municipality must be extended to military bases. This year the base is seeking More than $45,000 for fire Protection services it provides to its residents As Well As some parts of the pm which Are off base he said. John Nieboer base information officer at Shilo said the Grant is now part of base expenses and negotiations Are ongoing with Cornwallis As Well As South Cypress and North Cypress which provide virtually no services in return for Grants. In the last municipal election fewer than 150 base residents voted but Nieboer expects interest in municipal politics to increase substantially a a i think it is Safe to say you will see an increased level of participation from our Side a Nieboer said. A it is quite possible residents from the base would like to be candidates for coun. Wally selent represents Ward 5, which takes in Spruce Woods and Shilo expects interest in municipal politics to increase on the base for one other reason. The military is moving people less frequently and people who remain in the Community longer Are More Likely to take an interest in municipal politics. Jobless rate hits 7-year Low by Gord Mcintosh the Canadian press Ottawa a the Canadian Economy finished 1997 with a significant plunge in unemployment that has tantalized the experts. Statistics Canada said Friday the unemployment rate fell to a seven year Low of 8.6 per cent in december from nine per cent in november thanks to the creation of 62,000 jobs. Canadas unemployment rate had not been expected to finally crash below nine per cent until Well into the first Quarter of 1998 and the Canadian Dollar Rose almost immediately to 70.18 cents . From thursdays close of 69.87 cents. By late morning the Dollar hit 70.29 cents surpassing the High Point of last weeks rally at 70.27 cents. The latest labor Market Survey brings Job creation for 1997 to 363,000. That a almost double the 1996 Job creation total of 187.000 and nearly matches the 1994 Peak performance of 382.000 new jobs. Had it not been for a decline in part time jobs december a Job creation would have been even More impressive. The number of full time jobs Rose 111.000 during the month. Finance minister Paul Martin said the growth in full time jobs bodes Well for the Economy which is widely expected to continue to grow around the four per cent Mark in 1998. Sherry Cooper chief economist at nest bums agreed with the minister saying such growth of full time jobs will encourage enough consumer spending to offset effects of the asian slowdown. Canada.2,3,12,26 classified.21-25 editorials .4 living .8-11 local .2 obituaries.12 sports.11-19 world .5,6 in sports the wheat Kings help Bob Lowes reach a team coaching Milestone with a 6-3 win. A Story on Page 13 in the nation the Battle Isnit nearly Over As Quebec and Ontario struggle to restore Power. A stories on Page 2,26 in religion the debate continues Over the stance taken by United Church Moderator Bill Phipps. A Story on Page 9 $1.00 saturday tax 6 19155 included Bruce Bumstead Brandon Sun with Luggage in hand mayor Reg Atkinson departs City Hall to join a Brandon delegation heading to Austin Minn to View a i luge hog operation in that City. Delegation will scout City ramifications of meat Plant by Patrick Copps the Brandon Sun mayor Reg Atkinson is leading a Brandon delegation this weekend on a fact finding Mission to a Minnesota City that is Home to a huge meat processing facility. But the weekend visit by the seven person delegation will actually be atkinsons second time in Austin located about 90 minutes South of Minneapolis in the past two weeks. Atkinson said on Friday that he just wait for this weekends trip to the Home of the huge Hormel foods Plant. So after returning to Brandon from a Christmas Holiday in Toronto area where atkinsons daughter and family lives the mayor decided to drive the 11 hours to Austin on new years Day. A i honestly can say that i did no to find anything wrong with the place a said Atkinson who was accompanied on the trip by Robyn Singleton the City a director of administrative services. Atkinson said he was struck by the fact that the Hormel Plant is located within Short walking distance of residential neighbourhoods Austin City Hall and a Hospital. The Plant was built in the 1890s, and then renovated and modernized about 17 years ago. The Sun s Kathleen Martens accompanied civic leaders on the trip to Austin Minn. Her Complete coverage of the fact finding Mission begins in monday s edition of the paper. This weekends trip to Austin was arranged shortly after Maple Leaf foods announced in december it will build it $ 112-million hog slaughtering Plant in Brandon. A the goal is to get More people in the Community other than just myself to see this kind of an operation to give them an idea of its size and Impact on a Community a Atkinson said. A i want to Check out the odor issues talk to the Hormel people and get the real Lowdown on their the delegation with also meet the City a mayor it Engineer and other officials. Brandon chamber of Commerce representatives also have meeting lined up with their Austin counterparts. Coun. Don Jessiman who represents the East end Green acres Ward where the Maple Leaf Plant will be built is one of those accompanying Atkinson on the trip. Jessiman said in an interview that he is most interested in finding out the Plant affects residents living in close proximity to it. He is also interested in finding out from residents about the a highs and lows of employment and How they feel about certain social issues that May be affected by the sudden influx of hundreds perhaps thousands of people to a Community. A i plan on driving around town a Little bit to talk with people about the Plant we done to have a lot of time though that a the one problem i foresee a he said. The delegation returns to Manitoba on sunday. On Jan. 28 a Public information meeting will be held at King George school to discuss the Maple Leaf Plant and the findings of the delegation in Minnesota Atkinson said. The meeting which will Start at 7 p.m., will also be televised live on Access 12. The following night at Green acres school Jessiman will hold a Ward meeting to discuss on the Plant As Well As any other issues his constituents want to discuss. The second meeting will also begin at 7

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