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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON July 2002 A5 Leak forces delay of Canadian sub acquisition BY ALISON AULD Canadian Press HALIFAX A leak that sent water spilling into one of Canadas new sub marines has delayed the countrys acqui sition of the troubled vessel and put off the training of crews for at least two officials said The country now wont receive the used sub HMS Ursula from Britain until September or two months after it was to be turned over to Canadian It will be renamed HMCS Corner The British navy informed Defence Department officials it will retain the sub for six weeks so it can do a thorough examination after water leaked in through a small tubelike device and forced the vessel back to port on Scotlands west coast earlier this Its about a twomonth but were taking a pause thats necessary to make sure that all the systems are cor said Mike pro ject manager for the submarine program in Its frustrating and wed like to get the boats in service as soon as The the latest setback in a series of problems for the fleet of used British subs purchased by Canada for means dozens of sailors waiting to get training at sea will have to hold on until the sub A crew of about 50 Canadians was doing sea trials off Scotland when water was discovered pouring in through the device used to send signal markers to the surface when the vessel is which is still under Royal Navy returned to the west ern Scottish town of Williamson said the crew wifl sail to a shipyard in Britain owned by BAE a subcontractor Canada hired to provide support and parts for the sub Officials are investigating why the leak which the crew managed to No one was injured in the incident and Williamson said damage to the boat wasnt The head of the submariners train ing division in Halifax said the delay would not mean training time would be but that it would be pushed back a couple of There will be some shuffling around of Randy Truscott As of there will be about 50 people who need to have some degree of sea time to complete their qualifications and Corner Brook is an important part of them getting their sea The latest development comes months after two of the Victoriaclass submarines were found to have cracked valves and were pulled out of Board dismisses health complaints BY MURRAY BREWSTER Canadian Press HALIFAX A military board of inquiry has dismissed the complaints of nearly three dozen Canadian soldiers who say they are plagued by a series of unexplained health problems related to their tour of Bosnia in the The soldiers were interviewed as part of an inquiry called after concerns were raised by Warrant Officer Michael stationed at CFB who died of a brain tumour in October The health complaints raised by the soldiers ranged from persistent vision and memory problems to mysterious All are symptoms that have also reported by other returning veterans of the Gulf Some soldiers link their illnesses to exposure to chemical or spent depleted uranium While the military panel agreed the soldiers are the boards final completed earlier this concluded that troops were not exposed to any sig nificant levels of toxic The 34 soldiers are members and for mer members of the Royal Canadian based in who served in in 199495 at the height of the ethnic Just before his Peace asked his military superiors to investigate whether dust from special modifications made to armoured vehicles contributed to the development of his The cutting and pasting of special ceramic tiles to armoured personnel car riers and reconnaissance vehicles was done in the basement of the building where troops were The that held the inquiry in the fall of found the addon armour was not toxic and played no role in his The board also looked for other fac such as depleted uranium weapons and multiple chemical that might have made Peace and the other sol diers It found Depleted uranium is not considered a factor in the reported said the obtained by The Canadian We have no information whether or not it was used by belligerent but it is clear soldiers did not pick up any thing that might have been depleted ura nor did they work around any haz ard tank hulks that might have had depleted uranium A senior medical officer said an inde pendent toxicology report found nothing unusual and that the illness complaints are all part of modern Were paying more attention to what we believe is a stressrelated phenome Greg a physician and specialist in internal He said as far back as the Civil returned from combat with similar complaints as those reported by Gulf War and now Balkan War But Peaces widow rejected the inquiry findings and Cooks I believe that the troops were exposed to she UNIVERSAL DOORS Sales Service Commercial Residential Overhead Doors Courteous Service Personnel 550 Highland Avr 7298252 15 I 17 FABRICS Supplies Upholstery Fabrics and Shaggy Fleece NOTIONS 527 Princess Ave Brandon 7268033 CPL LOU PRESS An American Chinook helicopter prepares to land near in order to extract elements of the Third Battalion Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry Battle 3 PPCLI BG 100 km northeast of Kandahar Airfield Canadians disappointed on being let down by Afghan allies BY NAHLAH AYED Canadian Press Afghanistan A Canadian mili tary mission to flush suspected terrorists out of hid ing made inroads in an uninspected province this week but their Afghan allies failed to deliver on a promise to push Taliban or alQaida fighters into Canadian The Canadians returned to base yesterday after covering vast terrain without sustaining but many were clearly Operation Cherokee Canadas largest com bat mission to date in is still being hailed as a success for establishing the antiterrorist coalitions presence in an area of Afghanistan believed to harbour members of the Taliban regime and Osama bin Ladens alQaida terrorist But the complex which involved most of the Canadian battalion in did not turn up any Taliban or alQaida Hundreds of soldiers who drove through a treacherous mountain pass or descended in helicopters for the big push early Wednesday spent a sober final night in the Zabul dejected that their effort failed to yield the results they want ed on what could be their last major mission before returning to They arrived back at base in the Kandahar air field yesterday four days after setting out on their third major mission with a cache of 30 sur facetoair missiles believed to have belonged to hostile The missiles were uncovered by the Afghan military and turned over to the But that was not enough to quell the disap All that for said one weary soldier in their temporary headquarters while out on the Pat commander of Canadian troops in was also On the first night when we arrived there were these hard targets and it certainly got my hopes up we would secure a couple of high payoff Stogran said after returning to I was pretty discouraged by the whole We had the possibility and the Afghan forces were certainly on board just something in the plan went A lot of good has come of the only non good is we didnt get a highpayoff The mission started out on a promising note Wednesday when Afghan army followed by a small Canadian raided a com pound thought to be home to hostile Several people scurried away when they saw the military But by the time they Afghan military forces were unable to identify any Taliban fighters with Canadian vehicles and three rifle companies surrounding the village of Shinkey to stop any fleeing the Afghan soldiers failed to complete the sweep that they had They told the Canadians that the Taliban were actually hours away and that despite their previous suggestions to the there were no Taliban members in Suspicion arose that Zabuls Hamidullah may have links with the Taliban and extremist Muslim prompting him to renege on promises of helping the IN BRIEF Loose moose in Edmonton causes wildlife officers to take chase EDMONTON Residents of a neighbourhood on the citys south side watched a wild chase yesterday morning as police and wildlife officers tried to catch up to a The chase took them along a busy freeway and into a residential where the winded female moose paused to rest in a front She then galloped through the neighbourhood before being hit with a tranquillizer dart and passing out in Bob Fletchers back Fletcher said he didnt believe police when they knocked on his door to tell him there was a moose in his The moose was taken back to the Last a roaming black bear was shot and killed on the citys north Ottawa gives pork council money to help develop hog farm rules OTTAWA The federal government will spend another to develop better regulations to govern Canadas growing hog Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief announced yester day the money will be given to the Canadian Pork Council for pilot projects to develop practical environmental regu lations for hog Pork council president Edouard Asnong was We want to reassure the public about Canadian hog producers commitment to respect the The new rules for the hog industry are set to be in place by the middle of next Final regulations will be sub ject to a public review before they are Swiss prosecutors open criminal investigation into air crash Germany Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation yesterday into the collision of two airliners over The aim of the negligent homicide investigation is to establish whether any actions by Swiss airtraffic control could prompt criminal said Christoph a spokesman for Zurich the Swiss have said there was only one con troller in the tower at the time and there should have been two because a crashavoidance system was out of service for The second controller had taken a Chief German investigator Peter Schlegel said analysis of radio transmissions showed the Bashkirian Airlines Tu 154 was given six seconds less than the 50second warning Swiss and German officials had previously That is nearly one minute less than the Swiss initially Escapee found in Saskatchewan after walking from Ontario prison PRINCE A convicted murderer was returned to custody yesterday after he walked away from a minimumsecurity facility in over the Canada Day David was wanted on a Canadawide warrant after he disappeared from the Beaver Creek Institute on the morning of June RCMP officers tracked him down at the Sturgeon Lake Provincial Park along with his 36yearold who was also wanted on a Canadawide warrant for a vio lation of a courtimposed They were both taken into custody without Press BACK IN BLACK JULY 3RD 2DD2 AGENT KAY PREDATOR 2 AGENT JAY PREDATOR J BRANDON AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Sunglass Saturdays Town Downtown Brandon 7283318 TOTAL CAKE Open Saturdays to all sponsors and You helped make our 2002 Golf For Charity a huge success Total Funds Raised BDO Dunwoody LLP Canadian Tire Centec Electric Controls FUGHT SPONSORS Investors Group Meighen Haddad Financial Services Murray Chev Olds Meat Shops Cadillac MTS Connect Simplot Canada HOLE SPONSORS Able Movers Tire Cando 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