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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A6 July 2002 OPINION 121st Year 165 OUR VIEW Toronto raises stink over crisis When Toronto we all feel the When Toronto freezes we all feel the When Toronto we all especially ones tuned in to national news have learned the lessons over the We tough out a week when temper atures rise about 3537 degrees We wipe our Life goes Then we watch a national disaster play out on television when heat rises to 31 C in Toronto The Good for a day or The moaning and groaning is inces The whining is We all feel the urge to send a mes sage Deal with it The classic of a few years back when Mayor Lastman called out the army to save the city from what would be a but Prairie Toronto suffered and we all suf we are all holding our breath because Toronto is to be hon it is starting to get a little when the nation you get the A national crisis and possibly international disaster is brewing in the parks and public areas because garbage gatherers are on strike in the big They are not the only civic employ ees on strike but they are the ones who are raising the biggest Tons of rotten trash are brewing inside those solarpowered compost cookers green garbage Trouble is Pope John Paul II is coming soon for World Youth No doubt Mayor Mel would prefer to see the pontiff smiling and kissing the ground rather than wincing and gagging when he gets off the Things will not get any better this weekend as tens of thousands of CART racing fans litter the city at the big Indystyle No doubt the word crisis will be on the lips of the nations broadcasters in the days to the nation now knows that Toronto politicians will be looking for help from Canadian taxpayers The province may try to pass back towork legislation to deal with a public health problem but even that process will likely be we are all expecting Lastman to panic in the heat and appeal for some sort of government Will it mean calling on the army Who knows But our advice to the good people of Toronto is rather simple Deal with LOOKING BACK Tornado rips Brandon area district is picking up pieces SIXTY YEARS AGO Thousands of dollars worth of cattle SIXTY YEARS AGO London military quarters said now pressing a fullscale has thrown more than one million troops into the Kursk drive in a mammoth operation to overrun the approaches to the Caucasus in The Russians have launched a vio lent counteroffensive against the Germans at Izyum and Kupyansk on the southern flank of the Ukraine bat tlefield and have pushed the Germans back across the Krasnaya FIFTY YEARS AGO Western Manitoba was recovering today from the effects of a wild tornado which ripped across the province last causing thousands of dollars of property At the Brandon air winds stripped a tin roof off one building and blew down a concrete chimney from In the Alexander four large barns were ripped to hundreds of trees uprooted and telephone and power lines blown Wyton who farm about 14 miles southeast of brought in a sample of spring rye that stands at six feet two FORTY YEARS AGO This years Travellers Day Parade was a grand success with more than 50 floats The beleaguered Algerian Nationalist government announced today an invasion of its territory by Moroccan John Esau of Kemnay picked up the grand champion Shorthorn bull ribbon at the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba Supreme champion ram of the first AllCanada Sheep Show in history sold for to Cedermains Owner was Harold Trentham of Thousands of dollars worth of sheep and horses passed in review before a jampackedgrandstand crowd last night as the regular Provincial Exhibition parade was held along the race THIRTY YEARS AGO The Manitoba legislature gave third and final reading yesterday to a bill which would remove a provincial prohi bition against Sunday horse City hall sold its bicycle licence this Only were sold in all of last The Sun Publishing Company has been awarded a grant of by the federal government under its develop ment incentive The develop ment calls for an extension of print facil ities which will house a new offset The present traditional hotmetal print ing equipment will be replaced in entire ty with photo typesetting TWENTY YEARS AGO Until the city can raise more only one of two floors will be renovated in the future libraryarts centre in the former Coop building on Princess Several hundred troops may be sent into West Beirut as part of a plan to evacuate Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas from the Israeli besieged PLO enclave in the Lebanese TEN YEARS AGO Dauphins Countryfest is finally on the entertainment The threeday which lost money the last two averaged more than people a day this With a breakeven point of people per profits this year could reach six From the files of The Brandon QQIM6THROUGII LOCAL VIEWPOINT Blooming flower industry loses charm in Third World This is the time of year when our yards and gardens are beautified by Whether we plant them from seed or pick up flats of bedding plants at the local nurs we contribute to a huge business that makes money for the seller and brings the satisfaction of lovely smell and colour to the an even bigger business is the pro duction and sale of cut Even in the dead of consumers can pur chase chrysanthemums and other cut flowers at any local flower shop or While this is a good thing in many there is a price being paid in developing countries for this luxury that we enjoy After the Second World Europe became the great grower and exporter of cut Over the past 20 European com panies such as with financial support from the World Bank and International Monetary have moved this agricultural industry to the Third in East is now the leading exporter of cut flowers to the European with India not far In cut flower production is now the secondleading behind and is growing while other sectors of their economy This relatively new industry is creating some economic security for thousands of floraculture most of them but it is also a source of growing environmental and health Knowing that Western consumers are very picky about how their flowers large amounts of virulent pesticides are used on flower While pesticide use on food crops is somewhat this is not true of chemical use on workers are victims of very poor labour health con Pesticide use is also having an effect on Kenyan wildlife Another environmental effect is desertification caused by the huge amount of water needed to supply the flower indus Hundreds of thousands of litres of water are used daily from freshwater Lake Naivasha in effectively now beginning to empty that body of dropping 15 centime tres per A continent away in the acreage of flower green houses has quadrupled in recent years around Bombay and India is the thirdhighest debtridden country in the behind Mexico and and sees the cut flower industry as a way to dig itself out of its economic and social while Indian people earn mod erate wages in hazardous it is the entrepreneurial class and multinational corporations that earn the large prof As in land given over to export crops is land taken away from food The best land is used for tea and cotton for export while much less fertile land is left for the people to grow their subsistence High inputs of chemicals and continuous and intensive cultivation of flowers will eventually lead to sterile As the flower industry is not efficient in returning a benefit to India and its Each acre planted requires an investment of inputs and labour that is beyond what other devel opment strategies might The international flower market is thought to be volatile at this as the quick profits of the industry have led to global Should the market Third World communities will be hurt the The socalled Green Revolution has been a process pro moted and implemented by agencies of the United various Western countries aid universities and corporations since the Developing countries have been encouraged to use agri chemicals and hybrid seeds to increase yields to export crops for foreign exchange and to feed their own this has often enriched the companies and bet teroff classes while impacting negatively on ordinary particularly in concentration of land ownership and dangers to The cut flower industry is another manifestation of Green Revolution The good news for flower growers in Kenya and India is that Western consumers are becoming more sensitive to envi ronmental and social Labour and environmental practices are becoming busi ness issues as North Americans and Europeans look for more organic and fair trade This is forcing some producers to begin to switch to nat ural pest management and to train workers in the use of haz ardous but there is still a long way to go in this The Indian flower industry says it offers a rosy future to its but those who see the downside to international floriculture say there is no rose without a Zack Gross is Executive Director of the Marquis a Brandonbased international development LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Another voice for proper care Thank you for your editorial regarding palliative I would like to add my voice to your call for provincial funding of medication for palliative care As funeral we see first hand the extreme emo tional and financial commitments that families make when caring for a dying loved one at Care givers should not be required to pay for medication that would be provided at no charge in a hospital Palliative care as a whole deserves more attention on local and provincial We need a plan that helps strengthen the resources we have in place and that adds components to improve There are many palliative care models in this country that we can draw from to create a system that best serves the peo ple of In our we have excellent palliative care profes sionals and organizations who have ideas and All they need is the moral and financial support to make their vision for palliative care a TODD LUMBARD Brockie Donovan Funeral Directors Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwaite News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON O SUN Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement Bill Chester Genera Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrlelle Business Manager Rudy Redekop President and Publisher The Brandon Sun is a member of the Manitoba Press If you have a complaint about this or any other member please forward it to the EoerSnT9oUncil 1032015 Portage MB KoJ ;