Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
friendly fire in Afghanistan.
“I’m proud of my spouse and of all Canadians because of the war on terrorism,” she says, bouncing daughter Abigail on her knee. “Thank God people still do this.
“I’m especially proud of people serving for us and giving their lives for our peace and democracy.”
Retired soldier Rick Wilson says there’s no better time to celebrate the country.
“It brings pride to my eye, having been a member of die Armed Forces. It’s a great day to come together.”
But Cpl. Robert Lund, a reservist showing military vehicles at a carnival on the Victoria
Avenue Safeway pal king lot,
says few visitors seemed to link their patriotic pride with the country’s defenders.
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Smoker launches ‘attack’ on bylaw
By Rod Nickel
A Brandon man is rallying opposition in a final attempt to soften the city’s public smoking ban before it takes effect.
Edwin Darling, a smoker who works at a West End bar, wants city council to exempt bars from the bylaw, which takes effect Sept. I.
“We’re going to attack,” he says. “They’re basically saying the smoker has no rights . . .
They went too far. It’s a dictatorship.”
Darling says he and possibly others will ask council to reconsider its bylaw, sometimes called Canada’s toughest public smoking ban, at a meeting Aug. 19. To force a motion of reconsideration, one of the eight council members who supported the first resolution would have to move the motion to reconsider it.
Darling acknowledges it will be a challenge to rally support among opponents of the bylaw considering that council has already approved the ban.
“The biggest fear people have is fighting government. You have 300-400 people at city hall, I guarantee they’re going to listen.”
Bars are a logical place to allow smoking, Darling says, because most patrons are smokers.
The city will review the bylaw’s economic impact within a year of it taking effect.
Mayor Reg Atkinson expects the public to make a “reasonably smooth” transition to butting out.
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smokers go out and patronize these places.”
The bylaw bans smoking in all restaurants, bars, arenas, shops, bus shacks, stores and work
places. It makes exceptions for private areas of home-based businesses, designated smoking rooms for staff in workplaces, hotel guest rooms and residents’ designated smoking rooms in nursing homes.
The city is planning a five-week information blitz starting July 29, using pamplets, air time and newspaper ads to prepare businesses and the public.
The city is currently printing 3,000 information packages for businesses, answering questions such as what to do when a customer refuses to butt out. You’ll also see 18,000 tent cards on tables in restaurants and bars and an equal number of window decals advising customers not to light up in public places.
Two students will spend the summer personally visiting 1,622 city businesses with information. To reach every one of them, each student would have to knock on 32 doors per day.
City public relations officer Tom Keep expects the blitz to cost less than $20,000 — the amount the province committed to helping Brandon get out the word.
Penalties for ignoring the smoking bylaw fall on the customer, provided that the proprietor has removed ashtrays, posted no-smoking signs and directly warned any scofflaws not to smoke inside. If customers persist in refusing the city advises proprietors to call city bylaw enforcement officers.
Fines reach $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for proprietors.
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Above, Jim Murphy and wife Sherry Lynn Punak-Murphy, with granddaughter Daizee (baby) and sons Chris (left) and Cory were decked out in their Canada Day finery during yesterday’s festivities at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. At right, with a little help from Barry Mulligan (left), Tim Genaille gets all wrapped up in the patriotic celebrations.
Canadians count their blessings
By Rod Nickel
Worko Getahun celebrated his first Canada Day in the country that’s become his home.
For the 33-year-old native Ethiopian, who arrived in Canada seven months ago and is working toward citizenship, there’s plenty to be grateful for here.
“It attracted me very much,” he says of his adoptive country while taking in festivities at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. “People are very land, very friendly. You don’t have to take much time to find a friend here. They are everywhere.”
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Jacqueline Epp, whose husband is a Shilo bombardier, thinks of the Canadian soldiers killed by
Ferocious windstorm prompts search for ‘the Phantom Boat’
By Rod Nickel
NEAR RIVERS — A sud Jen squall over Lake Wahtopanah led to an intensive search and rescue operation involving three fire departments and two police forces.
In the end, any evidence of damage or a mysterious boater feared to have been capsized proved as elusive as the storm itself. The search turned up empty.
Jenni Worth saw it all — or at least as much as she could through a barrage of hail, rain and dust.
“It was qifiet and then all of a sudden, it came up,” says Worth, who was camping with friends on the lakeshore near Rivers. “We’re lucky we weren’t out (on the lake) like everyone else.”
Worth says she could see a “dust funnel” passing over the lake.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, there was at least one boater on the lake, says Rivers deputy fire chief Jeff Worth.
When the storm whipped up, the man abruptly loaded up his boat and headed home to Rapid City.
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Countryfest feels pinch
By Perry Bergson
A new reality has dawned on Dauphin’s Countryfest.
After selling out all 10,000 tickets per day from 1995-99 and just missing in 2000, the country music festival has filled fewer than 8,000 seats two years in a row.
Last year that meant a $200,000 loss, which came out of the festival’s reserve fund. But with a $300,000 reduction in spending this year, down to $1.1 million, Countryfest president Erie Irwin is confident things will be better this year.
“I think we’U make money at the end of the day,” he said Sunday afternoon as the annual four-day festival drew to a close.
For an event that sold out its
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Canadian country artist Chris Cummings performs on the main stage at Dauphin’s Countryfest on Sunday afternoon.
weekend passes in less than three days in 1997, there were some anxious moments early on as tickets failed to move. That may
have been due in part to Dwight Yoakum initially committing to
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