Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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Semi truck Hips, blocks highway traffic
A flipped semi truck blocked all westbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway for five hours Sunday night.
“It appears he was driving along and didn’t make the curve,” says Blue Hills RCMP Const. Dana Lyall. “He hit the shoulder and over-corrected, causing it to flip.”
The driver, a 27-year-old Calgary man, was treated and released. His 46-year-old male passenger, spent the night in hospital for minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
The truck had been carrying a load of paint. Manitoba Conservation officials arrived on the scene and determined that none of the cargo had leaked, Lyall says.
Police re-routed traffic through Douglas.
The driver faces a charge of imprudent driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
Police lay weekend charges
Parkland RCMP are investigating a 20-year-old woman’s report that she was sexually assaulted in a Dauphin house during the long weekend. RCMP say they expect to lay charges.
Police also charged an Edmonton man with assault causing bodily harm related to an incident at Country fest.
He was released from custody and is to appear in Dauphin court later this month.
Police are investigating four other assaults and two domestic assaults.
A Grandview man and two Dauphin men were charged with impaired driving. Six people judged to be too drunk for their own safety were lodged in cells.
The southwestern corner of Westman celebrated the long weekend with few police incidents.
Turtle Mountain Provincial Park was quiet, with only 14 Liquor Control Act charges, says Const. Joe Frizzley. Those charges were mostly for consuming liquor in public places and driving with open liquor.
There were an undetermined number of liquor- and disturbance-related charges at Clear Lake.
BU finds noteworthy new teacher
By JOANNE F. VILLENEUVE The Brandon Sun
After a two year search, the School of Music at Brandon University has found a new instructor in instrumental music education.
Kevin Tuft of Pennsylvania has been appointed to the tenure-track position.
“The position had been open for two years and we had had two separate searches,” says Glen Carruthers, Dean of Music. “We had certainly interviewed Canadians first for the position. It’s very much our intention to hire Canadians whenever it’s possible. In an instance like this, one simply goes with the best available candidate and Kevin Tutt was by far, the best.”
Tutt, who has both a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Ensemble and Band Conducting from Pennsylvania State University, wiii Pe graduating witn his doctorate from there this fall.
“What separates him from many of the other applicants is the fact that not only does he have the proper credentials in terms of university training, but he’s had considerable public school teaching experience,” Carruthers says.
“He combines the theoretical and the practical.”
Aside from his public school teaching and curriculum creating, Tutt also taught subjects related to music education and conducted at Bucknell University as well as his alma mater.
“In this particular position, there has to be considerable outreach to the music teachers rn the region and throughout the province, and I think Kevin has a keen interest in what goes on in the public school system. He will be an ideal liaison between the university and the teachers in the field.”
The appointment is effective Aug. I. Some of Tutt’s responsibilities will include teaching band and orchestra methods, supervise student teachers, teach percussion and conduct the Brandon University Wind Ensemble.
“The School of Music at Brandon University is both an inspiring and vibrant place for music and music education,” said Tutt.
“I look forward to working with such outstanding colleagues and students.”
He joins the music education team that includes Dr. Wayne Bowman, Dr. Sheila Scott, Dr. Andre Dagenais and Professor Greg Gatien.
Stores will create traffic
By Rod Nickel
New Staples and IGA stores will increase South End traffic but ease congestion in other areas, according to a study of the project’s impact.
Engineering firm ND Lea prepared the report for Brandon and Area Planning District. It states that concentrating shopping in the South End will reduce activity on “regional and local street networks, which would otherwise be carrying the traffic consumers travelling to stores situated in several different locations.”
A traffic study the same firm conducted for landowner Canadian Tire
Corp. predicts the two new stores will generate 600 more vehicles per peak afternoon hour. About 120 of those would be vehicles just passing through, however, leaving 480 new trips to the area.
The new stores wouldn’t generate as much traffic as the Canadian Tire store now does, the firm reports.
Aberdeen resident Ross Eastley says no one has addressed residents’ main concern — that their avenue is becoming a busy thoroughfare that motorists consider an alternative to Richmond Avenue.
“That’s the big problem.”
The city appears to be turning Richmond and Aberdeen into avenues
of mostly multi-family residential and commercial development, similar to Rosser and Princess, Eastley says.
“My biggest concern is the traffic. You really can’t enjoy the outdoors.”
City council will consider whether to approve a conditional use order for the Staples/IGA project July 8 after delaying a decision last month. Aberdeen residents and a neighbouring lumberyard expressed concern about the project’s impact.
City engineer Ted Snure and Shindico Realty broker John Pearson couldn’t be reached for comment.
Eastley has called on the city to restrict Aberdeen traffic.
But ND Lea suggests only adjusting
the timing of traffic signals at 18th and Aberdeen to improve the flow of westbound traffic.
Speed bumps along the east side of Canadian Tire would discourage drivers from cutting through the parking lot to avoid 18th and Aberdeen, the study states.
ND Lea observed little pedestrian activity along Aberdeen in conducting the study and concludes sidewalks aren’t necessary.
The developer has offered $6,800, however, toward a new walking path along the avenue.
The firm also concludes that the stores will have minimal impact on existing retailers.
Maclean's vows to include city on future maps
As far as Maclean’s magazine is concerned, Brandon is on its map — starting now.
Maclean’s editor Anthony Wilson-Smith wrote Mayor Reg Atkinson recently promising to show the city more respect next time the magazine reports on western Manitoba.
Coun. Marion Robinsong had complained earlier this spring that a Maclean’s article on Riding Mountain National Park was accompanied by a map identifying Winnipeg and Dauphin, but not Brandon.
Atkinson wrote to Wilson-Smith at Robinsong’s request.
“Rest assured that no offence was meant and that Brandon’s stature — both in terms of population and achievement — within Manitoba is well established and respected,” Wilson-Smith wrote.
He promised to forward copies of Atkinson’s letter to senior national editors to “ensure that respect is demonstrated in future.”
City’s hiring policy focuses on inclusion
By Rod Nickel
Coun. Errol Black hopes the city’s new hiring policy results in greater outreach to aboriginals.
The city recently adopted an employment equity policy ensuring that recruitment and promotion of workers happens without discrimination.
Black says the policy implies that the city will be proactive in breaking down barriers to minority groups finding work.
“You’ve got to signal that we want applications from any qualified individual,” he says. “Be more aggressive in reaching out to people to get their names in.”
Black says he’s not advocating preferential treatment for minorities, just an outreach strategy to ensure the city has a wide, diverse pool of applicants to choose from.
“You advertise in the usual places but also go to other places,” he says.
An economic action plan for the city, written by a Montreal consultant, concludes that tapping into the aboriginal labour pool is essential.
City corporate relations officer Jill Watt says the city has always been an equitable employer, but now has the policy in writing.
“This isn’t new for us.”
The city posts job openings on the Internet, with Human Resources Development Canada and sends them to Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, the Manitoba Metis Federation and Brandon Friendship Centre, she says. There are no immediate plans to change how the city advertises openings, she says.
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation councillor Ken McKay says the band welcomes any effort by the city to solicit aboriginal applications.
“That’s the thing First Nations really need,” he says.
About two thirds of band members are unemployed.
Man cut after being abducted
A Canupawakpa First Nation man suffered stab wounds to his face while being held against his will, Dakota Ojibway Police say.
The 19-year-old man told police he was confronted by two men on a reserve road early Saturday morning and forced to go back to their home.
After suffering stab wounds, the man was able to talk his way out of the home and escaped to call police.
Police suggested he go to the hospital but the man refused, says Cpl. Matt McKay.
“He still hasn’t sought medical attention.”
Within the hour, police arrested two suspects. Brothers Cameron Chaske, 27, and Kevin James Chaske, 25, both of Canupawakpa, were charged and remanded in custody at Brandon Correctional Centre.
Both are charged with unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, possession of a dangerous weapon and breach of probation.
They are to appear this morning in Brandon provincial court.
RM office, hall broken into in Alexander
Blue Hills RCMP are asking for the public’s help in solving a break, enter and mischief incident in Alexander early Friday morning.
Someone broke into the Rural Municipality of Whitehead office and the adjacent Community Hall. The culprits damaged a vault wall and rifled through desks and cabinets. A small amount of cash and liquor was taken.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers or Blue Hills offices at 726-7519 or 483-2854.
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COLF SCRAMBLE 2002
A windsurfer takes advantage of the high winds as he cuts through the waves on the north end of Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park on Sunday.