Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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In Brief Mark polls riding to decide
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Cyclist promotes anti-drug program
Stan Wawzonek, a 60-year-old “grandfather, french fry chef, and inventor” is pedalling across Canada in aid of drug abuse education.
Wawzonek arrives in Brandon Saturday morning when he is expected to meet with local ROMP officers.
Wawzonek is raising money for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. RCMP officers deliver the program in Grade 5 and 6 classrooms, teaching students about the dangers of substance abuse and how to combat peer pressure.
Thief tried to steal ear on 10th Street
City police are investigating an attempted automobile theft Tuesday in the 100-block of 10th Street.
A driver’s window was smashed and the steering column damaged.
Bandits steal tobacco from gas station
A smash and grab at the First Street Shell Circle K netted thieves approximately $700 in pouch tobacco early yesterday morning.
Police were called to the gas bar at 3:20 a.m. and found a window had been smashed with a rock.
The theft is still under investigation.
Boisscvain ROMP seek tips
Boissevain RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in two recent break and enters.
On June 30 at about 3 a.m. a masked intruder broke into the Cherry Inn bar before being scared off by an employee.
The suspect is described as thin, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothes and a balaclava.
In a separate incident, suspects broke into the B & E Stop ’n Shop Store shortly before I a.m. July 2 and stole an automated banking machine.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact their local RCMP office or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-782-8477.
Ilhryniiik stays at Marquis helm
The Marquis Project has re-elected Louise Uhryniuk of Minnedosa as board president for 2002-2003.
New vice-president is Jim Naylor of Brandon.
Returning as secretary and treasurer are Lyall Campbell of Brandon and David McConkey of Beresford, respectively.
At the recent annual general meeting the project reported finishing the year with a small surplus.
Ukrainian ag specialists visit
A group of agriculture specialists from Ukraine are in Russell this morning taking a look at production and marketing techniques used in beef and forage sectors.
Their provincial tour is part of a Canadian International Development Agency exchange program meant to share knowledge and skills which could improve the production of beef and forage in the Ukraine.
The tour includes visits to many of the province’s farms, agn-business research facilities, demonstration plots, auction marts, seed farms and Hutterite colonies.
It wraps up Sunday.
OTTAWA — The only remaining member of the package the Tories have put up will be passed.”
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Canadian Alliance rebels who broke with their party has put his fate in the hands of his constituents.
Inky Mark, the MP for the northwest Manitoba riding of Dauphin-Swan River, said he will analyze the results of constituency polling before deciding whether to join Joe Clark’s Tories.
“I have always been a democrat and I will let the people decide,” Mark told the Winnipeg Free Press in an interview.
Mark said the other factor for him will be whether the Tories approve proposals to marry key policies with the Alliance.
“Inky Mark will stay an Independent until after the August PC convention because Inky Mark needs to know the reform
Mark plans to attend the PC convention in Edmonton as an observer, although his wife will have full delegate status.
Manitoba Tory MP Rick Borotsik said he fully expects Mark will return to the party he left to mn with the Reform
party in 1997.
If Mark, who currently sits as an Independent, formally joined the caucus, the Tones would move into a tie with the NDP in the Commons with 14 seats.
“Inky is a very methodical individual and, yes, I believe very strongly that the approval of the reform package will be a cornerstone of his decision,” Borotsik said.
Alberta repairman fixed Bush’s treadmill
SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — When the world’s most powerful leader needed to get back on track during the G-8 summit, an Alberta man was called on to do the job.
Repairman Brett Smith was the one officials turned to when US. President George W. Bush needed his treadmill fixed aboard Air Force One last week.
Smith, 43, told the Edmonton Journal he got a rare tour of the president’s Boeing IAI and even sat in Bush’s tan leather office chair during the house call at Calgary Airport.
“What are the odds that I would get picked, from a million Canadians, me with an obscure profession, I mean, what are the odds?” said a muscular Smith, with a wide grin.
“There aren’t many foreign nationals allowed on this plane. They said, ‘You’re probably the first in this room and in that chair.’”
When Bush arrived in Calgary last week to join other world leaders at the G-8 summit in Kananaskis, his staff' found that his motorized treadmill had conked out.
Smith, one of a handful of area treadmill experts, got the call at his home last Wednesday from a health club contact in Utah who had been asked by presidential staff for an Alberta reference.
Smith raced to Calgary Thursday morning. After passing through three security checks and metal detectors on the tarmac, he got onto the plane, fished out his tools and replaced the motor controller, which translates the console setting to the motorized track.
But it still did not go and the prospect of failure led to a rising panic.
Then he overheard staff talking about how they dismantled the treadmill for storage and he guessed some of the wiring had been damaged in the process. He was right. —CP
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QUEBEC — Pesticide use in Quebec cities will be dramatically curtailed as of September when the province enacts some of the toughest regulations in the country.
Environment Minister Andre Boisclair released new rules yesterday that prohibit the use of the most harmful pesticides on provincial and municipally owned properties.
These restrictions will apply in three years to the lawns of ordinary citizens.
“Beyond the environment and the principles of good management, it’s the protection of Quebecers’ health that’s the most important,” Boisclair said.
"There’s more to fear from cancer than from dandelions.”
The rules would be among the most restrictive in the country. They’re being imposed a little more than a year after the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark ruling allowing Hudson, Que., and other municipalities to ban the use of lawn pesticides.
Quebec’s rules prohibit the interior and exterior use of all pesticides near day-care centres, schools and summer camps because of the vulnerability of children to the ingredients in pesticides.
The governmental measures won’t affect farmers.
Penalties will range between $500 and $30,000.
The Reesor family, Andrew, 7, (left to right) Jacqui, Avery, 2, Alyshia, IO, and A.J., 8, Aaron, 5, and Allan pose for a photo in their home in Calgary. A mother and father who were reunited with their kidnapped five-year-old son struggled to deal with the aftermath of the ordeal.
Family recovers from son’s kidnapping ordeal
BROOKS, Alta. — A man accused of kidnapping a five-year-old boy has been given one week to get a lawyer.
Rene Michael LaRochelle, 20, was remanded into custody yesterday until July IO, when he is expected to make a plea.
LaRochelle is charged with kidnapping, being unlawfully in a dwelling and theft of a motor vehicle.
Aaron Reesor vanished early Sunday during a going-away party his parents held for a co-worker in the southern Alberta town of Brooks.
Adam’s mother, Jacqui, said yesterday it was a relief to have her son back home.
"Sunday was the worst day of my life
I’d never see my son again,” she said while sitting at a playground near the courthouse with Aaron on her knee.
“While I don’t think he ever set out to hurt Aaron or anything, because I don’t think he really knew what he was doing, I think he should pay for taking my son and stealing my car and putting my family through hell.”
Aaron was found some 800 kilometres away on Monday, huddled inside his parents’ stolen car parked in downtown Kamloops, B.C. Police said he wasn’t harmed, but was tired and hungry-
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WINNIPEG — A man who thought Pierre Trudeau was out to get him when he killed his roommate 20 years ago will go before a review board in August, which will decide if he must remain in a mental hospital.
His lawyer, Greg Brodsky, said John Francis O’Brien, 60, was sent back to the Selkirk Mental Health Centre after the conclusion of his long-delayed second-degree murder trial for the death of Gerald Kahanovitch in 1982.
O’Brien, who has spent 20 years in various institutions, was declared not criminally responsible for the slaying by Associate Chief Justice Jeffrey Oliphant.
The Canadian Press erroneously reported June 21 that O’Brien was also found guilty of second-degree murder, but in feet Oliphant found only that he had “committed the act that formed the basis of the offence.”
Brodsky said O’Brien would have preferred to return to Stony Mountain penitentiary, where he spent the first IO of his 20 years in custody since the 1982 slaying. He had more rights and better living conditions there than at the mental hospital.
“Anybody would see there’s something wrong with that picture,” he said.
O’Brien also spent time at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and the psychiatnc ward of the Health Sciences centre in Winnipeg before finally ending up in Selkirk.
Oliphant noted the irony of O’Brien’s position, as he fought the Crown’s attempt to have him declared not criminally responsible for the killing, preferring prison over Selkirk.
He believed his roommate was a member of a conspiracy led by Trudeau, the late former prime minister, a conspiracy O’Brien referred to as “the fingerprint file.”
He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with delusional thinking yet Selkirk initially refused to accept him as a patient, claiming it lacked appropriate security.
“I cannot conclude without observing how unfortunate and shameful it is that a person as mentally ill as Mr. O’Brien had to spend a considerable amount of time, while awaiting his trial, in Stony Mountain Penitentiary,” the judge wrote. “One can’t help but wonder whether Mr. O’Brien’s present condition might have been different had he been treated in a hospital rather than imprisoned in a penitentiary.”
O’Brien was found fit to stand trial after Trudeau’s death. A psychiatrist said his condition improved after the man he had feared for so long was dead.
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