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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON July 2002 A5 IN BRIEF Talks resume in Toronto strike TORONTO It was the perfect kind of weather for a walk in the park or a dip in the pool in Toronto on Canada but a strike by municipal workers meant pools were city parks werent being maintained and the gentle breeze in the air brought with it the putrid stench of rotting Since outside workers walked off the job Torontos garbage has been piling ferry service to pic turesque Toronto Island has been sus pended and road work has been on the Some Canada Day festivities and fireworks displays were even called Talks resumed yesterday between the city and Local 416 of die Canadian Union of Public represent ing the outside The union was optimistic the dis pute could be resolved Accused arsonist was fascinated by fire The man charged with starting one of the blazes that has blackened a huge swath of Arizona forest and destroyed hundreds of homes was fascinated with flame when he was a boy and sometimes set a foster brother Prosecutors have accused Leonard of starting the blaze in dry grass because he wanted to earn US per hour as part of a fire Wilson the suspects brother by recalled how he was intrigued by fire as a child and occa sionally set dangerous ones includ ing a backyard bonfire that almost swept out of Whenever my mother would he would watch the Wilson Gregg told The Arizona It fascinated If convicted of both counts of wil fully setting fire to timber or under he could face 10 years in prison and be fined A preliminary hearing was set for Sub accident caused by explosion of fuel MOSCOW AP The Russian government said yesterday that leaky torpedo fuel caused the explosions that destroyed the Kursk nuclear wrapping up nearly two years of sensi tive investigation into one of the coun trys worst postSoviet The announcement that the vessel was destroyed by an internal malfunc tion and not a foreign sub as had once been theorized was an uncom fortable admission for Russias strug gling The Kursk was one of the navys most advanced subs when it sank in the Barents Sea in August killing all 118 men Industry and Science Minister flya who led the commission investigating the said a leak of hydrogen peroxide used to fuel the 65 76 Kit Whale torpedo was at The conclusion was reached unani mously at the commissions last meet ing Klebanov Korean skirmish casts doubt over talks WASHINGTON AP offi cials said yesterday that a skirmish between vessels of the two Koreas that left four South Korean sailors dead has cast doubt on whether proposed North Korean talks will take The Bush administration proposed to North Korea last Thursday that offi cials of the two countries meet in Pyongyang during the second week in But that never a sure thing to begin has become more doubtful following Saturdays shooting incident in waters off the peninsulas west In addition to the four fatal 19 South Koreans were State Department spokesman Richard Boucher called the incident a North Korean South Korean President Kim Daejung wants to press ahead with his efforts to reconcile with the Manhunt for suspected kidnapper ends A massive police search for a kidnapper who snatched a fiveyearold boy away from his Alberta home ended peacefully on the weekend after the suspect turned himself in to police in RCMP said Rene Michael used a payphone in the city to call police before surrender ing Sunday He faces charges of unlawfully being in a dwelling house and theft over Aaron was found hud dled inside his parents stolen car parked in downtown Police said he wasnt but was tired and Aaron was taken to a Kamloops hospital early yesterday to be checked over before spending the night in a foster He was flown to Brooks on an RCMP aircraft and reunited with his parents later His family is to say the said Sherry BruneUe of the Brooks Press Farm program quickly stumbles BY SCOTT EDMONDS Canadian Press WINNIPEG If Canada wont support its farmers as they battle for world market share with subsidized producers in the and Ted Menzies wonders whos next Are we going to stop producing steel asks the former president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers who farms near Are we going to stop producing lumber Like many hes looking with a cautious and critical eye at the new umbrella farm policy Ottawa trot ted out in a policy that has already hit its first stumbling Three provinces Manitoba and Saskatchewan have already refused to sign off on the new Agricultural Policy although seven have agreed to take Ottawa is proposing to spend billion over five years on a variety of programs under the as it is gener ally The federal government wants the provinces to kick in as bringing the total to almost Although the ag policy framework contains a lot of motherhood state its really sparse on details and at first brush lacks adequate says Brian a farm economist who works with the Ontario Corn Producers Farmers from British Columbia to the Atlantic provinces are desperate for a program that will show Canada is serious about keeping them in rather than helping them find new I disagree with the argument that we have too many I dont think we have says Harold who farms grain and cattle in the John Valley in New We just dont dare be an importer of food because of food safety and issues like Theres jobs and this just means too much to the economy to not continue I think its important we have an agricultural sector and it be across Canada and a viable Culberson and others dont see the commitment they feel is necessary to guarantee a future for a new Ministers from Saskatchewan and Quebec refused to join the rest of the provinces that signed the new Agriculture Policy Framework on Thursday in In they balked at con tributing to part of the deal that will hand out billion to farmers over the two in what Ottawa says its a transition payment to the The provinces say its a trade injury to offset the impact of hefty and European Those subsidies most hurt those who grow grains and both heavily depen dent on The transition payment is also a sub sidy that disappears in two long before the other countries programs are set to and is only about half what most believe is The farm bill has targeted grains and says Dennis president of the Ontario Corn Producers who farms near Ninetyfive per cent of the direct payments to farmers in the go to the producers of grains and Its a targeted program to cause injury and it He suggests Ottawa doesnt want to admit its compensating farmers for a trade injury that might run afoul of the World trade organization or the rules set under the General Agreement on Trade and Were running scared because were afraid that the WTO will not con sider this trade neutral and GATT Others suggest Ottawa may fear other sectors will seek similar compen even though some have already been on the receiving for received federal help to sell its airplanes abroad because of foreign We have always called it a free trade says Stewart a Saskatchewan farmer and president of the National Farmers I think they are really thinking it might trigger a lot of other people and sectors of the economy to sit back and say is free trade working for me Despite the fact that they were the first to pin a figure on the trade injury last year about billion annually federal officials now insist and European subsidies are not the big trade problem facing Michael Keenan of Agriculture Canada points more to Australian wheat or Argentinian The international competition were while it is stiff and it is its coming from efficient pro ducers in a series of countries that have almost no he dry winds fan forest fire near Prince Albert PRINCE dry winds fanned flames and fears yesterday as a massive forest fire crept within nine kilometres of Saskatchewans third largest The blaze was still considered out of but firefighters were cautiously optimistic that they could keep it out of Prince a city of almost Winds gusting up to 70 kilometres an hour stoked hot spots in the burnedout and there was no sign of rain in the But Curtis regional fire manager for Saskatchewan said crews made excel lent progress battling the fire Sunday We still say its put of control until were 100 per cent confident that its going to stay in the perimeter weve he said yesterday A lot of really good work was Firefighters managed to hold the eastern front of the fire through a combination of a burnout opera a 700metrewide fire break and a timely Saturday rain that meteorologists were calling a mir said Murdoch Carriere of the provinces fire management and forest protection It was not forecast for this Carrier It gave us the six hours that we needed during a tough burning day to get control of actually putting people right on the fire M remaining 2WI2 vehicles IOR HOMt CAll ;