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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba ■h brandonsun.com Former mayor Gorrie dead at 86 Story on A2 Edward Jones invites you to attend a satellite broadcast entitled “Midyear Review: Smoothing Out the Ride’' Tuesday, July 19, 2002 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Complimentary refreshments served) OI My ti Mn I Int. 1229 Richmond Ave.. Unit Brandon. MB R7A 1M5 www.edwardjones.com Member ClPF Calvin Treichel Ph. (204) 727-0683 Edwardjones Serving individual investors Friday July 5 2002 CLEAR LAKE GETAWAY Inkhorn Cc3^ Resorts Hotel A Conference Centre Offer subject to attending a 90 minute information session on vacation ownership Sequel doesn’t match up Men in Black II reviewed on Page A7 enjoying long lives, bad habits By Glenn Johnson Sun Editor The good news is Brandon residents live longer than most Canadians. The bad news is we’re among the heaviest drinkers in Canada and one in five is overweight, smokes daily or exercises infrequently, a federal study suggests. Those percentages drop slightly in the South Westman and Marquette health regions, but those residents also don’t live as long. “The areas where we have shortcomings are the areas we can do something about,” says Nancy McPherson, population health planner analyst with the Brandon Regional Health Authority. “That’s the most positive thing about it,” she says. “When we look at areas for improvement, it requires us to address the socio-economic context in which people live. It’s not about the number of scanners.” Statistics Canada released a major health study yesterday that includes 139 Canadian health districts and uses data from the 1996 Census and a 2000-2001 Canadian Community Health Survey. Brandon’s life expectancy rate was ranked No. 3 in a group of 34 “peer” communities, grouped according to population, education, unemployment rates, average income and the percentage of aboriginal and visible minority populations. Brandonites have an average life expectancy of 79.3 years according to data from vital statistics, one year higher than the Canadian average. Those living Airport shooting puts U.S. on edge on Fourth of .July ASSOCIATED PRESS Travellers pray near the Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday following a shooting at the ticket counter of Israel’s El Al Airlines. Authorities said a gunman opened fire at the ticket counter, killing two people before an airline security guard shot him dead. Three other people were wounded. Thousands of people were stranded and evacuated from the international terminal at the airport. By Ron Kame has Associated Press WASHINGTON — A deadly shooting attack at Los Angeles International Airport breached unprecedented security precautions imposed countrywide designed to protect American lives on the Fourth of July. But otherwise, from one coast to the other yesterday, the holiday was celebrated without any major security problems reported. The military temporarily reactivated post-Sept. ll combat jet patrols over Washington and New York City. Security zones were imposed at public places such as New York’s Empire State Building and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. As Americans braced for possible terrorist attacks, a lone gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people before he was shot dead by an airline security guard. The FBI said there was no immediate indication that the shootings were connected to terrorism and that the gunman acted alone. “It appears this was an isolated incident,” L.A. Mayor James Hahn said. The shootout at the ticket counter of Israel’s El Al airline wounded three others and sent passengers ducking behind counters and hiding rn airport offices. “The first couple of shots, everybody just stood there, frozen like I was,” said Hakin Hasidh, 43, of Dusseldorf, Germany. “It’s really hard to tell whether he was aiming at the counter, at people behind the counter or at people in line.” Stefan Beaulieu of Montreal, who was waiting for a flight to Singapore, said he had arrived at the airport moments after the shooting occurred. “I entered the terminal just as everybody was running out,” Beaulieu said. “Police cars and ambulances with sirens were arriving just as I arrived. I saw a guy and a girl come out of the building crying and holding each other.” El Al had one flight scheduled out of Los Angeles yesterday, Flight 106 to Toronto and Tel Aviv, said David Douek, a spokesman for the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles. It was scheduled to depart at I p.m. local time. SEE PILOT’ — PAGE A2 ASSOCIATED PRESS Los Angeles County firefighters, background, inspect the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into an occupied Fourth of July picnic site, killing four people at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, Calif. Locals in Marquette are likely to see 77.9 years and South Westman residents an average of 77.2 years. Marquette ranks seventh out of thirteen in its category of predominantly Prairie communities with low incomes and the highest percentage of people aged 65 and older. South Westman is in the same group, but is second from the bottom. One area of the study may have underestimated the number of smokers, says McPherson. She points to a Health Canada study released earlier this year that says Manitoba was tied with PET for the highest percentage of smokers in the country at 28 per cent. Yesterday’s report suggests the number of daily smokers nationally is about 22 per cent (Brandon 21, Marquette 18, South Westman 17). “We have to look locally at smoking rates and we need to break that down by age groups,” McPherson says. “The long-term impact (on health and life expectancy) is different based on the age when you intervene.” Earl Backman, CEO of the Brandon RHA, echoes the need for programs to combat smoking. SEE STUDY’ — PAGE A2 Inside LOCAI..............A2-3 WORLD .........A5,8,    BB EDITORIAL PAGE A4 THAT’S LIFE!..........A6 MOVIES..............A7 SPORTS ............Bl-3 COMICS..............B4 CLASSIFIED.........B5-8 OBITUARIES..........B5 75C tax included o 61 91 56 6 Health-care support staff vote to strike By Curtis Brown Brandon Sun Raymond Burgess prefers to stay on the job. But Burgess, who delivers medical supplies and tests for the Brandon    Regional    Health Authority, feels that a strike may be the only way for Manitoba’s 10,000 support workers to get their point across to the government. “The members are scared to go on strike,” the local president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) admits. “They don’t really want to go on strike. But we think enough’s enough.” Almost 90 per cent of Manitoba health-care support workers (nurses’ aides, maintenance staff, and kitchen staff) have voted to go on strike. In Brandon, 83 percent of Brandon RHA support staff have voted in favour of a strike. Their contract expired in April, and talks with the provincial government broke down in mid-June. The union rejected the provincial government’s offer of a 2.3 per cent raise over three years. The head of the provincial labour relations secretariat, Gloria O’Rourke, says the government has made contact with the union and hopes to re-start official negotiations next week. “We absolutely want to get back to the bargaining table as soon as possible,” O’Rourke says. “We can’t decide anything if we aren’t talking.” “We know there’s a wide gap in what each side wants. But we expect to bridge that gap.” SEE BACKMAN’ — PAGE A2 Raymond Burgess, who delivers medical supplies and tests for the Brandon Regional Health Authority, feels that a strike may be the only way for Manitoba’s 10,000 support workers to get their point across to the government. COLIN CORNEAU/ BRANDON SUN ;