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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Special •Full water treatment •Softeners •UV Lamps 1040*26 St 729-8844 YOUR MAYTAG SPECIALIST JACK’S MAYTAG 1009- 13th Street — 728-1711 Who bid farewell John Entwistle missed IPage A 7 Wednesday July 3 2002 environmental assessment report from the city. Maple Leaf’s environmental licence already allows two shifts. However, the treatment plant dedicated to the company needs an upgrade that requires further environmental approval. Paton says he ll use the hearing to renew his demand for controls of phosphate discharges into the river. Excessive phosphate promotes algae growth, which robs the water of oxygen, harming fish and causing the nver to stink, he says. Blue-green algae contributes to liver cancer, he says. Peter Smith, Maple Leaf’s vice-president of engineering, says it’s too early to say if added safeguards are necessary. Conservation’s director of approvals Larry Strachan says he didn’t call a hearing for Maple Leaf’s start-up in 1999 because he feared delaying the project. He says there won’t be a delay this time because the company knows from the outset that a hearing is necessary. Former Tory environment minister Jim McCrae, who was also a Brandon MLA, had angered activists by refusing calls for a heanng prior to the plant opening. Environmental approvals could proceed more quickly than they did for the first shift, Snure says. SEE PROVINCE’ — PAGE A2 “It’s very significant,” Bill Paton says. The decision honours an NDP election pledge that activists wondered if government would keep, says Brandon University botanist Paton, who has frequently raised concerns about the hog plant’s impact on the Assiniboine River. Manitoba Conservation has informed the city and packer that it requires a Clean Environment Commission hearing into a planned expansion of the waste-water treatment plant dedicated to Maple Leaf. “It gives the public opportunity to assess for themselves my evidence with (city engineer) Ted Snure’s evidence.” The hearing gives activists a chance to question Maple Leaf and the city about its assumptions, Paton says. It won’t hinder Maple Leaf’s expansion plan, says vice-president of manufacturing Gord Maxwell. “Maple Leaf meets all targets of Manitoba Conservation. We’ll continue to do the right thing. He sees the hearing “as a necessary evil that gives us a chance to explain our past track record, which is exemplary.” The company plans to begin staffing another slaughter shift as early as fall, 2003, he says. Maple Leaf has said the second shift could add 900 jobs. Conservation also requires an Sioux Valley will choose new chief on July 29 Sioux Valley Dakota Nation members will pick a new chief July 29. The byelection chooses a replacement for Ken Whitecloud, who quit last month. Candidates have until July 15 to declare themselves. So far, none have come forward, says Coun. Ken McKay. —Brandon Sun In LOCAL............ . .A2-3 CANADA/WORLD . . .A5,8 EDITORIAL PAGE . . . . . .A4 THAT’S LIFE!...... . . . .AB ENTERTAINMENT . ...Al SPORTS .......... . .Bl-3 COMICS.......... CLASSIFIED....... . .B5-8 OBITUARIES...... B5 75C tax included Pilots shaken after helicopter goes down during training SOUTHPORT — Two experienced flight instructors were only slightly injured when a Canadian Forces helicopter crashed around noon yesterday. The pilots of the Jet Ranger were mostly shaken up after the training exercise went awry, said Maj. Slip Needham of 3 Canadian Forces Flight Training School in Southport, 135 kilometres east of Brandon. However, they were taken to hospital in nearby Portage la Prairie as a precaution. Needham said the pilot of the aircraft was “as experienced as they come.” “Sometimes that experience comes into play,” Needham said. “That’s when you can make a real ugly situation just look ugly.” The senior standards officer had more than 5,500 hours of flight time, Needham said. The other instructor had logged more than 2,500 hours. The pilots, also from the Southport flight school, were likely practising an emergency landing procedure at the Grabber Green flight training area before they crashed, Needham said. The area is normally used for practising such procedures. “They would have gone into the evolution and something would have happened somewhere in the 20 seconds it takes to go from altitude to the ground,” said Needham, who added no one has confirmed the cause of the accident. RCMP Const. Bill Lumsdon said the helicopter’s tail broke off and its skids were damaged in the crash. Department of National Defence officials said a five-member team was scheduled to arrive at Southport today to investigate. “The purpose of this investigation is strictly to determine what could be done to prevent accidents like this one from happening in the future,” said Col. Ron Harder, director of flight safety in Ottawa. Investigators will interview the pilots, and examine training records and the helicopter’s maintenance logs. “The indications are there was nothing wrong with the aircraft before it hit the ground,” Harder said. “But the team will be looking at all aspects of the helicopter’s operation to see if something did fail mechanically.” —Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic JASON HALSTEAD/PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE GRAPHICA Portage la Prairie firefighter (left) and a pilot from another helicopter look over the scene of a helicopter crash just southeast of Portage la Prairie yesterday. Two experienced flight instructors were only slightly injured when the Canadian Forces helicopter crashed around noon. Hog plant expansion prompts hearing By Rod Nickel Brandon Sun Environmental watchdogs around Brandon have a forum to raise concerns about Maple Leaf’s second production shift — a privilege denied them before the hog plant opened.Hearings will help fuel move to ethanol By Kyla Duncan Brandon Sun The Manitoba government hopes the public accepts its push for cleaner gasoline and Westman producers stand to benefit. The province will hold public consultations over the next three months, aimed at exchanging information on a plan to introduce a IO per cent ethanol mix into all gas pumps in Manitoba. “We think the public will be excited ... We just have to assure them at the pump, they will not be negatively affected,” Premier Gary Doer says. Manitoba has one ethanol plant, run by Mohawk Canada Limited in Minnedosa. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel made from grain. Doer says nothing is final, but he wants to know what the public thinks first.’ “We think there is all the advantages for ethanol to be developed more formally here in Manitoba,” Doer says. “It gives you another agriculture diversified crop for sale, the benefit for the livestock industry, ... we reduce emissions and we can keep cash in Manitoba instead of going all over the world for barrels of oil.” Ethanol blended gasoline is available in Manitoba at Mohawk and Husky gas stations. A IO per cent ethanol/gasoline mix reduces emissions by 25 per cent. If the province introduces a mandatory mix of ethanol and gasoline, which will be known as gasohol, then it could mean significant benefits for not just the environment, but it would create a number of jobs, some stability in grain prices and economic development in rural communities. Doer says the government is looking closely at Minnesota as a model. The U.S. state has 14 ethanol plants and a mandatory IO per cent ethanol mix in its gasoline. “We do have our foot on the ground with it already,” he says. “We’re definitely looking at the Minnesota model ... but we’re not saying to the public this is the only way we’re going to do it.” Dr. Costas Nicolaou, a University of Manitoba economics professor, is one of three panelists who will travel to a number of communities over the next three months. He says the province is taking the first step towards a viable economy and environment. “I look at the issue of ethanol and I try to find a negative point and I can’t find one. There are only positives,” Nicolaou says. “I think any alternative to fossil fuels is most welcome ... alternative fuels are the quest of the future.” Doer says he is hoping three months is enough time for the public, industries and investors to jump on board with the project. SEE MOVE WILL’ — PAGE A2 Gary Doer rn,: ,; ;