Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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A2 BRANDON SUN, Wednesday. July 3, 2002
local/WeatherEthanol byproduct offers many possibilities
By Kyia Duncan
If you’re gassing up at a Mohawk or Husky, your vehicle is probably feeding on the same chemical which is preserving your pickles in the refrigerator.
Not only could the mass production of ethanol mean a cleaner environment, but the byproducts from producing ethanol, which is 99.5 per cent alcohol, could mean many spin-off products for human and animal consumption and use.
“I don’t know if there’s endless possibilities, but numerous,” says Raymond Dyck, feedstock coordinator at the Mohawk ethanol plant in Minnedosa. “There are about 20, 25 (products that can be pro
duced) from the byproducts in the near future.”
Currently the Minnedosa plant is Kosher pickle certified because IO per cent of its ethanol is used for industrial purposes, included vinegar and antifreeze production.
The plant also sells what’s left of the wheat — a wheat com grain that’s loaded with protein, dietary fiber, incredibly low in fat and loaded with vitamins — to cattle farmers.
“It would be really good for people with diabetes because the sugar and starch have been removed in the process and it’s extremely high in protein.”
Dyck says before Mohawk was purchased by Husky Oil Limited four years ago, the company was looking at marketing the grain for human con
sumption in cereals, breads and condiments as a nearly perfect health food.
“Right now it’s used for cattle feed because it is so loaded with vitamins and the hog industry is very interested in it,” Dyck says.
“It would also make a great natural fertilizer for home gardens.”
But Husky was not interested and has no plans to look into selling the grain for human consumption anytime soon.
Dyck says he can see the ethanol industry developing into more than just a fuel supplier. He says the IO per cent of ethanol produced by the plant which isn’t mixed with gasoline can be used in ink, hairspray, antifreeze and cleaning products.
The ethanol plant, one of seven in Canada, has
been producing ethanol from cattle feed (top quality wheat) for the last 21 years.
It produces about 28,000 litres a day and over IO million litres of ethanol each year, from about one million bushels of wheat.
Ninety per cent of the ethanol is shipped to Winnipeg for final blending and distribution across the country.
The IO per cent ethanol-90 per cent gasoline mix is sold as ‘premium’ or ‘plus’ gasoline at Mohawk and Husky gas stations.
It is touted as ‘Mother Nature’s gasoline,’ for good reasons.
Ethanol is a high-octane, non-toxic, biodegradable alcohol produced from renewable resources like wheat.
Province will pick up hearing tab
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Leading up to the plant opening, the city and company held seven or eight informal public meetings.
Mayor Reg Atkinson doesn’t expect the hearing to hold up the company.
“I think the track record will prove pretty good. The plant there is better than the plant for the city (wastewater).”
An earlier study of Maple Leaf’s impact on the Assiniboine showed the packer has had a negligible effect.
A hearing into Simplot’s plan for a potato-processing plant in Portage lasted six days. The province pays the cost of hearings, which are at least $6,000 per day, Strachan says.
Away from the public hearings, it’s likely the city and company will negotiate who pays to upgrade the industrial treatment plant — a cost Paton estimates as at least $12 million.
The city and province paid that much to build the treatment plant.
The city wants the packer to pay this time, but the company takes another stance.
“It’s my view that it will be negotiated with responsibility on both sides,” Maxwell says.
Maple Leaf also pays the treatment plant’s operating costs plus a 20 per cent premium for the city’s overhead costs.
Casino petition ends
The woman who started a petition to keep a casino out of Brandon says she’s calling it quits.
In a letter to the Sun Tuesday, Connie Bieber said she won’t have anything more to do with the petition, because she did not have the support of her husband Dan Bieber.
She refused to elaborate on her deci
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Cattle make their way down a gravel road off of Grand Valley Road yesterday afternoon. Staff from the Agricultural Research Station moved several hundred head of cattle to a new grazing field.
Move will provide value-added product
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“It won’t solve all our challenges of international subsidies, it’s just the more value-added products we can produce here in Manitoba and give farmers a fair income for it, the less reliant we are on these ad-hoc programs that drive all of us crazy,” Doer says.
The NDP government was one of three provinces — Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec, which rejected the federal government’s $5.2 billion Agricultural Policy Framework plan.
Saskatchewan’s NDP government is also promoting expansion of an ethanol industry. In March the government introduced legislation which will mandate ethanol-blended gasoline and provide tax breaks for the industry.
Ethanol is a high-octane, non-toxic, biodegradable alcohol produced from renewable resources such as wheat.
Man will undergo assessment after shooting
By Dean PRITCHARD
A 20-year-old Oak Lake man accused of firing a rifle outside his former employer’s home has been ordered to undergo a forensic assessment.
Sean Ellis was arrested Monday after shots were fired at an Oak Lake area residence and later at a parked vehicle in Virden.
Ellis appeared in Brandon court yesterday charged with two counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace, two counts of careless use of a firearm, one count of possessing a weapon while prohibited and two counts of breach of probation.
Judge David Coppleman said it was in Ellis’ best interests to undergo an assessment.
“I am satisfied there are reasonable grounds to doubt he is fit to stand trial or be held criminally responsible,” he said.
Police say a man shot three rounds from a high powered rifle at a home near Oak Lake around 3:15 p.m. Monday. Two shots were aimed at a dog in the back yard, the third at a parked vehicle. The dog wasn’t hit.
Fifteen minutes later, police received a report of a man firing a rifle at a vehicle parked on Seventh Street in Virden.
Both vehicles and the Oak Lake property belong to Ellis’ former employer.
Court heard Ellis had been fired a day earlier.
Police arrested Ellis without incidence at an Oak Lake area residence shortly after 6 p.m.
Police recovered a weapon believed to have been used in the incidents.
Ellis appeared in court yesterday unrepresented by a lawyer.
When Coppleman encouraged Ellis to seek the advice of a lawyer, Ellis launched into an epithet-filled rant, called himself a communist and spat in Coppleman’s direction.
Ellis will undergo a 30-day forensic assessment in Winnipeg beginning Friday.
He will appear in Brandon court Aug. I.
Sophonow sends back 8900,000 cheque, will take Manitoba to court
By Scott Edmonds
WINNIPEG — Thomas Sophonow, jailed for a murder he didn’t commit, has rejected almost $ I million from the province of Manitoba and will go to court to get the entire $2.6 million he was awarded last year.
“The cheque was returned to the province,” lawyer Norman Boudreau said yesterday.
“I was instructed by Mr. Sophonow to aggressively pursue this action.”
He said Sophonow would not sign the release that accompanied the more than $900,000 payment from the province because it came with conditions.
One was his accentanre that the
province was responsible for only 40 per cent of the $2.6 million award, recommended last December by retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Cory.
“We believe that the province should be liable for IOO per cent of the compensation package,” Boudreau said.
Sophonow has received $435,000 so far, plus his legal costs, for his wrongful conviction and the almost four years he spent in prison for the 1981 murder of Barbara Stoppel in the doughnut shop where she worked.
Cory conducted a lengthy public inquiry into his case last year after police and justice officials admitted they made mistakes and had charged the wrong man. The murder remains unsolved.
At the province’s request, Cory
annortioned th*1 award after the inmiirv
He said Manitoba should pay 40 per cent, Ottawa IO per cent and the City of Winnipeg 50 per cent.
The federal government paid its share and the province earlier made a token payment. The City of Winnipeg has balked at its $ 1.3-million tab and Sophonow and Boudreau say it is up to the province to pay.
They allege the province has no right to try to duck its responsibility by asking Cory to split the bill.
“There was nothing in the memorandum of understanding when this inquiry was set up," Boudreau said.
Boudreau claims there was essentially a contract between Sophonow and the province when the inquiry was created to look into his case and that is the
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U.S. anti-abortion group uses Winnipeg library web site
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Public Library is trying to remove its name from an anti-abortion Internet Web site that offers images of dead
Library officials discovered a Web address called
winnipegpubliclibrary.com that directs people to a site at abortionismurder.com. The library’s true Web address is www.wpl.city.win-mpeg.mb.ca.
“We certainly are very concerned,” library spokesman Rick Walker said yesterday.
The library has no affiliation with the anti-abortion site, which is located in the United States.
Library officials have asked an American Web domain registrar to immediately stop the “cyber-squatting.” —Canadian Press
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