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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JULY 2002 LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach us at 5717430 or tonfree 18777865786 Email Casino rules trouble band BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun The Doer governments requirement that aboriginal casinos operate on reserves fuels misconceptions and is delaying Sioux Valleys plan to build in says band councillor Ken Abolish he says of the require I wish it wasnt part of this whole A lot of people have to understand what the urban reserve I know people outside the community think Board will set Centres future course BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun Keystone Centre directors and management begin assem bling a longterm vision The sevenhour planning ses sion may be the first of several before the Keystone agrees on both a vision and a threeyear financial says president Don When you want to go on a you first decide where to then what to Todays talks will likely deter mine the general direction of proposed Keystone revenue ini tiatives such as parking fur ther private a charitable foundation and sell ing naming Green Directors will consider feed back from a public forum last input from the Brandon Chamber of province and Provincial Exhibition as well as threeyear old KPMG Finances will play a big role in including how long a commitment the centre wants from Green Mayor Reg Atkinson says hes pleased the centre is finally drafting a longterm financial I think the Keystone is going to come together pretty He isnt saying if hes open to increasing the citys annual grant to the This the city granted to the Its also committed any property tax rev enue from Canad if the Keystone closes a deal with the Im not going to go further than the Atkinson The NDP government has already paid the Keystone this year and promised to contribute to capital The Keystone also needs to decide how to upgrade the facil ity to capitalize on future Green If it decides to focus on book ing trade shows and conven it will need to improve air quality and the appearance of If it concentrates on agricul it may need to upgrade technology to match future changes in the Green says planning will take place behind closed simi lar to how other organizations plot The board hasnt decided when it will open board meet he The Keystone and Canad Inns are sticking to a media blackout on lease with a selfimposed dead line five weeks Green and Canad boss Leo Ledohowski say they wont comment while talks City councillor and Keystone director Doug Paterson says the two sides have met more than Talks are he says but hes not aware of anoth er scheduled He declines comment on the substance of aboriginal people dont have to pay To permit a Brandon the city and band would first have to negotiate an agreement whereby the First Nation pays the city for services through grants instead of Converting land into a reserve takes about two Steve minister responsible for the gambling didnt make himself available for comment on the issue His spokeswoman says he will only consider a request for lifting the requirement directly from the Sioux Valley must otherwise follow the same rules as other First Premier Gary Doer is noncommittal when asked if the reserve requirement should Like Ashtons spokes he doesnt rule it Let me look at he adding he needs to study the issue more If we were to do Id have to talk to a couple other cabinet minis So I dont want to skeetshoot something that Sioux Valley councillor Francis Elk says he isnt sure how lifting the reserve requirement would affect other First Nation casino Headingley and Thompson residents blocked plans for new reserves through Were just fulfilling what the province has laid down as Our main goal is to have it built as soon as Although a vocal opponent of urban Mayor Reg Atkinson says lift ing that requirement wouldnt soften his opposition to a Hes also against gambling in I dont want it A casino is not palatable to me no matter where it Atkinson thinks a binding casino ref erendum this fall is Several coun cillors have stated support for a referen dum but council has never voted on holding Atkinson has tried to force a vote on a referendum last but council voted instead to withdraw the As Atkinson doesnt have the power to move or second a but he expects other councillors to push for a That would put on hold any decision about whether to agree to an urban Whos to say well have to worry about it Atkinson COUN SUN Neudorf Cold spring leaves upick customers be BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Anxious strawberry pickers have to hold on to their buckets for another George owner and operator of Grand Valley Strawberries just east of says he has been fielding calls from berry pickers in the last couple of Its a little like a train that runs past you dont know how many cars go says We just get used to the phone ringing it just keeps Theres lots of The like most other crops in southwestern Manitoba are late bloomers this year because of a cold The delay is directly related to the cold Neudorf He says his 23 acres of will be ready on July about 10 days later than He doesnt think the delay is going to be a big factor at He has been growing strawberries here for more than 20 years and has started them on July 10th Despite calls from earnest berry Neudorf says most pickers are expecting the I think the word is getting around and people are expecting the season to be later because everything else is spring has set everything Neudorf I think people are just going to be a little more anxious to get There might be more of a but a week isnt a big Neudorf says the cold spring did not have an effect on the quality of his but it may have on the size of I expect it to be a little says There are so many different factors that work in I hope its not going to be but Im always a little pessimistic just before the season Neudorf says he wont know how much or if he will lose any crop at all until the strawberries are ready for picking later next When it comes it usually turns out rea sonably says When theyre upick strawberries will sell for a pail and readypicked will go for a Grand Valley Strawberries is the only Brandon area but a number of other upick strawberry farms can be found near Souris and Portage la Brandon already exceeds provincial guidelines City set for new water standards BY CURTIS BROWN Brandon Sun Brandons chief water super visor is confident the provincial government wont have to tell the city to make huge changes to the way it manages its water We have a lot of optimism because weve done a lot of says George super visor of operations for water and waste water Weve been trying to upgrade since the late and Im sure that were below the new parameters set by the The provincial NDP govern ment has introduced the Drinking Water Safety Act in the After the muchpublicized water contamination problems in and North provincial health minister Dave Chomiak says the government wants to put in place several measures to keep Manitoba water at a healthy We want to be both precau tious and based on whats happened in other juris Chomiak In Jagp says his COLIN SUN Rob a junior engineer at the citys waste water treat ment walks past the facilities used to treat effluent from the Maple Leaf pork processing plant seen in the department has worked hard to exceed the provincial One he is by keep ing turbidity levels in the city water supply extremely The government legislation calls for a turbidity level standard of while Jago says Brandons water has a reading of If the turbidity level is much higher than it can lead to You dont get good disinfec tion in chlorinated water if the turbidity is too Then theres the potential for The legislation calls for regu lar tests for all public and semi public water Those test results must be sent to the new provincial office of drinking As the government will hire 12 water bringing the total to These will be running unscheduled and frequent tests on water The government will also give subsidies for people who want to test private It will also set up whistle blower protection for people who report any wrongdoing in the testing This means no job action can be taken against someone who believes theres been any Chomiak People should feel confident that they can come The process will cost approxi mately It comes from million earmarked for infra structure The government hopes to have all drinking water in the province up to standard by fall Once its we need to staff and regu lations will need to be devel Conservation Minister Oscar Lathlin We think well need two years from the time this legislation is pro claimed to do IN BRIEF Man recovers after being shot A 31yearold Sandy Bay First Nation man is in Winnipeg hospital in fair condi tion after he was shot on the reserve James Allan and Grant and a male youth have been remand ed in custody and will appear in Amaranth provincial court July J i All three have been charged with three counts of attempted Roulette faces additional charges of careless use of a two counts of breach of recognizance and one count of breach of A warrant has been issued for a fourth Police say Francis Roulette got into an argument with the suspects while at the beach near the Later that day suspects pulled up to Roulettes Sandy Bay home and opened fire three A man and a woman visit ing Roulette were also They were treated and released from Portage General Gash taken from Virden hotel A Vancouver man and a Calgary man are in police cus tody following a snatch and run robbery at a Virden hotel Saturday Patrick of and Michael of have been charged with Virden RCMP arrested the suspects on a Greyhound bus after approximately was stolen from a restaurant cash register at the Central Sun Man must spend time with elder after jail BY DEAN PRITCHARD Brandon Sun A Sioux Valley man convict ed of slashing another mans face with a paring knife has been sentenced to 16 months in Allison was convict ed of assault after a trial last Court heard Elk slashed the mans face several times after a dispute over a case of beer March A presentence report pre pared for court said Elk showed little remorse over the said Crown attorney Jim Elk needs a lengthy time away from the rest of us to do some Ross Defence lawyer Merv Hart described Elk as a proud man who doesnt back adding he could benefit from regular contact with a community He has to learn how to back down with Hart Judge David Coppleman The report says you have no positive role Coppleman I think this is one of the things that is prevent ing you from keeping out of Coppleman sentenced Elk to an additional two years super vised probation and ordered him to meet once a month with a rec oguized ;