Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Former mayor Elwood Gome dies at 86
By Curtis Brown
Former colleagues and adversaries are paying respects to a “very kind” former mayor.
Elwood Gorrie died Wednesday at the age of 86. Gorrie served as Brandon’s mayor from 1974 to 1977.
That was Wayne McLeod’s first term on city council as the alderman for the University ward. He recalls that Gorrie always tried to help him learn on the job.
“He was my mentor, and I remember him as a very kind man indeed,” McLeod says. “I was green as grass that first year, and in need of lots of tutoring. He was always there, prepared to take the time to lead me on issues.”
Joe Thomassen, former councillor for the Assiniboine ward, says he disagreed with Gorrie on several
issues, but that Gorrie still respected other councillors’ opinions.
“He was always a nice fellow, very easy to get along with,” Thomassen remembers. “We had •lots of discussions about a downtown mall, and I didn’t agree with his position. But he was always a gentleman in the way he treated other people.”
Gorrie was born in Wawanesa in 1915, and worked at a variety of odd jobs in Manitoba before he began working for Anglo-Canadian Oils when they moved to Brandon in 1939.
He later became Anglo-Canadian’s vice-president, a position he held until he retired in 1974.
Prior to his election as mayor in 1974, Gorrie had been the councillor for Ward 6, South Centre.
He only served one term as mayor, as he lost to Gilbert Box in the
1977 civic election.
Former councillor Mike Melnyk remembers Gorrie as a mayor who worked hard at string projects completed, but without being pushy.
“He was a guy who got things done,” Melnyk says.
“If I remember, we started neighbourhood improvement programs and built a new community centre. But I remember him as a pretty levelheaded fellow.”
Ron Cayer, who represented Green Acres from 1974-77, says he disagreed with Gorrie on how the Brandon Gallery should be built.
But he recalls that Gorrie still respected his ideas.
“He and I had our differences,” Cayer says. “He was pretty determined, and he strived to be fair with council.”
“He had very high ideals on how things should proceed.”
Cayer also is grateful for the help Gorrie offered when Cayer unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1997.
“Elwood did what he could. He helped me when I ran for mayor, and we had some very good discussions at that time.”
“I consider him and his family friends of mine, and I’m sad to see him depart us.”
Thomassen says he was surprised to hear Gorrie had died.
Thomassen recently fixed a ring for him at his jewellery store, and Thomassen says although the former mayor was almost blind, he appeared to be in good health.
“I’m shocked and surprised to hear this,” he says.
Gorrie’s funeral will be at Central United Church Monday at 2:30 p.m.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Treva; their children, Linda and Chuck, and his brother Jack.
Elwood GorrieIn BriefDrunk driver jailed
Richard G. Teetaert will serve 21 days in jail for driving with more than double the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
Brandon court heard yesterday that Teetaert, who has three previous convictions for driving over .08, was stopped by police and blew a reading of . 18 on a breathalyser.
Teetaert will serve his time on weekends.
Judge David Coppleman also gave him 18 months probation and ordered him to abstain from alcohol and undergo alcohol counselling.Mouthwash costly
A man who stole three bottles of mouthwash from The Real Canadian Superstore will pay much more than the value of the items he stuffed down his pants.
Richard M. Antoine, 42, was handed a $900 fine and 18 months of supervised probation in Brandon provincial court yesterday.
Judge David Coppleman also ordered Antoine to undergo counselling for alcohol addiction.Cash must he repaid
Dianna Devliegere was given a five-month conditional sentence in Brandon court yesterday for stealing from her employer.
Devliegere, 19, told Judge David Coppleman she was “very sorry” for taking money from Home Hardware, which employed security cameras to find the source of losses from the store.
She was ordered to pay restitution of $300.Nexen wins award
Flawless delivery has paid off for Nexen Chemicals’ Brandon plant.
The Canadian Pacific Railway awarded Nexen the a Chemical Shipper Safety Award. The award goes to CPR customers who ship 500 or more freight carloads a year without being at fault for a single spill.
In 2001, Nexen’s Brandon facility didn’t have a single shipping-related accident.
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“The trends are an increased uptake in young females who are smoking. That is absolutely tragic.”
Another area that may be on the low side is the reported number of “heavy drinkers.” That’s because people might be reluctant to answer truthfully about their alcohol consumption.
Twenty-five per cent of Brandon residents are considered heavy drinkers — which means they consume five or more drinks at one time at least once a month. Both Marquette and South Westman were not far off the national average of 16 per cent.
The study also measured:
• The number of Canadians who are under “high stress” was 26 per cent. (Brandon 22, Marquette 25, South Westman 19).
• The number of residents listed in poor health was close to the national average of 12 per cent (Brandon 13, Marquette IO, South Westman IO).
• The number of obese people over 20 years old nationally ranks at 15 per cent (Brandon 18, Marquette 22, South Westman 17 per cent. According to the study, obesity is determined by measuring the body mass index — a ratio of height to weight.)
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A Health Canada study released earlier this year says Manitoba was tied with REX for the highest percentage of smokers in the country at 28 per cent.
• Those who exercise less than three times a month nationally 22 per cent (Brandon 18, Marquette 26, South Westman 25).
• In Brandon, residents can expect to live 67.8 years with no disability, while
that number climbs to 69.3 years in South Westman and Marquette. That means residents are likely to reach that age without a significant limitation in their activities while remaining outside of a health-care institution.
Health care and health promotion professionals point out that the study is a snapshot in time and that residents can have a direct impact on health based on choices they make.
“There’s a benefit of having the national statistics to improve yourself,” says Sharon Young, health promotion facilitator with the Brandon RHA.
McPherson adds the study has tremendous benefits for the region because communities that have a common makeup are grouped together.
“With the peer groups, you know who to follow up with and you can learn from each other,” she says.
The community with the best ranking in the country was Richmond, B.C., where you can find the lowest smoking and obesity rates in the country and expect to live to 81.2 years of age.
At the other end of the scale is Nunavik, Que., with a life expectancy of only 65.4 years. Montreal’s inner city also scored lower than many centres, with the highest levels of smoking obesity, heavy drinking and stress.
Hackman doesn’t expect strike
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Local union representative Nancy Garrioch is also anxious to return to the negotiating table.
“We are more than prepared to negotiate a fair contract,” she says.
The union’s decision to strike doesn’t surprise health authority chief executive officer Earl Backman.
Backman expected support workers to vote for a stnke to back their contract demands.
“I think they’re trying to make a point,” Backman says. “But I’m not expecting a stnke.”
Backman says the health authority is preparing to deal with the effects of a strike if it does happen.
But he anticipates that service won’t be drastically affect
ed. The union says they will still provide “life-and-limb” services to patients of personal care homes and hospitals.
“There would be an effect on the convenience side of things,” Backman says. “We may be asking for more families to help out in assisting family members in personal care homes.”
Garrioch stands by the union’s pledge to continue providing essential services.
“We will be doing what is necessary,” she says.
“We don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s safety.”
Even though CUPE members have voted to strike, they won’t be out on the picket lines right away.
The workers need to give the government seven days’ notice of a strike and Garrioch says it will take extra time to plan strikes at each of the province’s 80 facilities.
Pilot, young girl among dead in plane crash
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The shooting occurred just before noon when a 52-year-old man reportedly approached another person at the counter and opened fire, said police spokesman Alex Baez. The gunman was fatally shot by an El Al security guard.
FBI spokesman Rich Garcia said it appears the gunman acted alone. There was no immediate indication of the man’s identity, nationality or motive.
Meanwhile, a small private plane crashed into a crowd of Fourth of July revellers at a public park in San Dimas, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb yesterday, killing four people and injuring 12, some of them children picnicking with their families, authorities said.
The pilot and a 12-year-old girl were among the dead.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the crash “sounds completely like an accident” and California Gov. Gray Davis said the pilot issued two mayday distress calls after takeoff from Brackett Field, a small airport near the park.
“The wings clipped on the trees,” said witness Javier Franco.
“It went nose first. Bodies flying all over the place.”
He said two girls were trapped under the plane.
The plane hit a tree and then broke in two after it crashed, witnesses said.
There was unprecedented security on the National Mall in Washington where more than 200,(XX) people — among them President George W. Bush — watched one of the country’s premier fireworks displays.
Bush, along with family members and friends watched the fireworks from the south balcony of the White House. Earlier the president joined a group of veterans celebrating on the courthouse square at Ripley, W.Va.
In New York, the Federal Aviation Administration announced temporary flight restrictions below 3,000 metres over virtually all of Manhattan — from the Hudson River to the East River, from the Statue of Liberty to George Washington Bodge.
The FBI said a group with terrorist ties had downloaded images of two U.S. stadiums — Edward Jones Dome, home to the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, and Indianapolis’ RCA Dome — from www.worldstadiums.com, which features pictures of stadiums worldwide. Both stadiums were closed for the holiday.
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