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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON July 2002 A5 Weather forecasts often miss prof says BY SCOTT EDMONDS Canadian Press Here it raining again when we were told a few days ago it was going to be hot and Ask just about except per haps a and you wont get a fight if you suggest the only thing cer tain in Canada is that you cant trust the weather A University of Manitoba assistant professor got his secondyear weather and climate students to prove at least to his And one of the villains of the piece for John Hanesiak is the computer model that continues to replace human although his contention is challenged by Environment Hanesiak had his students check longrange forecasts during January and February issued by both Environment Canada and the Weather They were actually quite surprised to see how low the numbers he said Environment Canadas fifthday fore cast during the period was accurate on daytime highs only 13 per cent of the The Weather Network didnt even rate that hitting the mark only six per cent of the Hanesiak says when it comes to rely ing on a only those a day or two in advance seemed worth If youre looking for a Saturday wait until at least that would be my he If you can wait until much He says computer models alone are used for the extended forecasts and he doesnt think they can be relied on as much as human who spent two years as an Environment Canada forecaster before moving to the claims the computers cant match the experience of a seasoned Thats one thing that the computer models dont Environment Canadas Jay Anderson They may get the amounts wrong and they might be off by six but theyre pretty he Ive become a the Day 3 forecasts now are as accurate as the Day 1 ones were 10 years In Hanesiaks little the current and nextday forecast produced by Environment Canada hit the mark 75 per cent and 60 per cent Anderson is quick to add that part of the secondday forecast is done entirely by computer and revised only in the afternoon by a In he says all forecasters really do is examine com puter But starting with the third the computer does all the and the pro fessors students found accuracy drops to 23 per cent and just keeps Thats where you see the most dra matic decline in Flood fund rules anger some WINNIPEG Some peo ple who were flooded out in southeastern Manitoba are upset about a government loophole that disqualifies them from dis aster Winifred whose hobby farm near Vita was flood ed three weeks ago after heavy wont likely qualify for thousands of dollars in compen sation because most of her fam ilys income isnt earned from the This is not Im still a fulltime said Ive come to the end of my The provinces Disaster Financial Assistance Policy defines a farmer as a person who derives sole or major source of income from Wolanskis sheep and goat farm earns less money than her husbands parttime job at the Vita That means she cant get provincial flood compensation for a contaminated a rotten and corroded barn and stressedout Wally the regions provincial agricultural agreed the loop hole was causing concern among smaller Paul an official with Manitobas Emergency Management said the provinces policy is made in conjunction with the federal which funds part of the disaster relief Manitoba and several other provinces have been trying since 1998 to alter the The current 50 per cent or more rule doesnt recognize the current farm said More and more farmers are relying on offfarm Press Learning can be fun COLIN SUN Robert Ironstand plays a drum for students enrolled in Mini yesterday It was the first day of the summer program for children at Brandon Transfusions Calgary teenager lies near death CALGARY The Alberta government has given up its efforts to force a teenaged Jehovahs Witness to receive blood transfusions as part of her leukemia saying the treatment has not been success The girl had opposed the transfusions on the basis of reli gious but her doctors said the treatment represented her only chance for In a makeshift courtroom at Alberta Childrens Hospital on family court Judge Gail Vickery lifted the temporary provincial guadianship that had allowed the treatment to pro The ruling came after the 16 yearold girl pleaded from a wheelchair for the right to make her own medical Why cause me any more pain when Im most likely going to die anyways the girl I do appreciate the but I will most likely Id rather go down but I choose not to take the blood Doctors now say the girl has only a 10 per cent chance of sur viving and theyre prescribing palliative The legal battle has split her with her father consent ing to the treatment and her mother and two sisters opposing Im very upset that the judge has passed the sentence of death for my the girls father said outside the When do you start to give up on some persons life espe cially your daughter Press Families choose abandon their pets BY Ross MAROWITS Canadian Press MONTREAL The fallout from Montreals worst housing crisis in memory can be seen in the frightened eyes of hundreds of abandoned Inside the citys main adop tion dogs stared wearily at visitors appearing to gauge if the person was friend or The younger ones cried and shook in a play for The older ones didnt even A greying cocker who looked to have enjoyed many family stood silently as a succession of people passed her This has been the scene over the past three as two area SPCA shelters received an unprecedented number of pets abandoned by owners before Quebecs traditional moving day on July At one point the humane society reported 15 animals were being dropped off every hour by owners who moved into apart ments that dont take Around 300 animals have been placed in foster homes until some calm is But 800 more have been locked in straining the organizations It is beyond whats accept says Pierre execu tive director of the citys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to We have cats and kittens housed in rabbit The provinces animal shel ters have been faced with aban doned hamsters and ferrets every But this years influx is nearly 50 per cent CANADIAN PRESS A dog waits to be given up for adoption at the SPCA shelter in Montreal The animal shelter is being inundat ed with pets by owners who moved to apartments that dont take The situation is unique to Montreal where most leases expire on June greater than The scene of frantic dogs pleading for their freedom inside the sweltering confines of their cages proved to be disturbing for an emotional Jennifer Theyre depending on us and weve let them she said while completing adoption papers with her daughter to res cue a dog from likely The intense shortage of rental units has forced tenants to make the unwelcome choice between family friend and suitable Some pets were quickly dropped off at Others were left to roam the streets only to return to find unfamiliar faces in their A few animals were left to die without water or food in stifling Jury finds man guilty of manslaughter WINNIPEG A man who knocked a jogger off a bridge after a brief confrontation last summer was found guilty yester day of Christopher had originally been charged with sec onddegree but the jury found he did not mean to kill Bradford The trial had been told Haight and his friend Dwayne Ritchot were walking across the Redwood Bridge on their way home from work on when a drunken McLean jogged up to Ritchot testified that a stranger to them stopped and What the are you looking at Ritchot told court that Haight threw McLean off the and that the pair then shouted and cursed at yelling at him to swim as they watched him flail in the But defence lawyer Greg Brodsky argued that while his client gave McLean a shove to knock him he had no inten tion of pushing him over the rail ing and into the Red River Its profound what things can happen to people in a Brodsky This was not a It was an overreaction to a per ceived And nobody thought what would happen when the victim hit the Press Man sues province over injuries in jailhouse running race WINNIPEG A former inmate who claims he was lured into a jailhouse running race in the hope of winning tobacco is suing the Manitoba government over alleged including a wound to his The who was seeking unspecified said the June 2000 race ended abruptly when he fell on gravel and had to be rushed to George the mans said it was wrong for staff at Winnipegs Headingley Correctional Centre to use tobacco as a As is often the many inmates smoke cigarettes and if youre using that as a real incentive to succeed in the race you might go to extreme lengths to do Funk said This sort of incentive should really be against public Funk said the man also sus tained a fractured left The complainant lives in Winnipeg as an unemployed He has been unable to work because he still suffers pain in his left leg and alleges his The province has 20 days to file a statement of Press Jay Winburn Jeffrey Bales Qualified orthodontists Phone 7270401 Edmonton standoff ends peacefully EDMONTON A 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