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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Canada BRANDON July 2002 A7 This was a very tight community Residents forced off land in Africville return for dedication ceremony CANADIAN PRESS Former Africville resident Ruth Johnson is assisted by Heritage Minister Sheila Copps at a ceremony to declare the former northend Halifax community a national historic site The neighbourhood was razed 30 years ago and many former residents are lobbying to have the old church rebuilt as a lasting connection to their beloved com BY ALISON AULD Canadian Press HALIFAX Eddie Carvery stands in the shadow of a looming Halifax just steps from where he and his brothers grew up in one of the countrys most disputed It was here that he and his siblings scavenged the city shoreline for cork and coal to heat their broke ice on wells for water and more than 30 years as bull dozers levelled their houses and uprooted dozens of They stole our They stole our Carvery said on the bank of this shoreline neighbourhood that was developed into a sprawling park several years They made us displaced peoples and we were never accepted into the larger com Carvery returned to his old community yesterday to see the land he once called home rec ognized for its historical signif icance as one of Canadas old est black settlements and a symbol of the ongoing struggle by African Canadians to defend their culture and Heritage Minister Sheila Copps declared Africville a national historic three decades after the city deter mined the area had to make way for urban The program razed the local school and the cher ished community Officials argued residents were living in substandard con ditions and would be better off despite the fact that the city didnt provide water or sewer services even though res idents paid property In the more than 100 years after it was settled by blacks who worked as labour ers and domestic Africville had deteriorated into a slum The edges of the community became the dumping ground for industrial plants and gov ernment facilities no one else including a garbage dump just 300 metres from the nearest a fertilizer plant and an infectious diseases hos By city officials decid ed the area should be cleared to make way for further expansion and began a process that saw all 80 families moved out by Chretien now slated to greet Pope John Paul II OTTAWA Jean Chretien is scheduled to greet Pope John Paul II when the pontiff arrives in Canada later this the Prime Ministers Office confirmed The issue became contentious this week when organizers of the Popes visit said they had been told the prime minister would not be part of the official welcome to The Pope is visiting July 23 to 29 as part of World Youth Day celebrations in There had never been a decision taken that he would not greet the Francoise a Chretien said World Youth Day organizers said they were told Deputy Prime Minister John Manley would fill in for but Ducros said that was plan There always would have been a backup she Father Thomas national director of World Youth had said the Roman Catholic community was disap pointed that the prime minister would not greet the But Rosica said yesterday hes received confirmation from the prime ministers staff that Chretien will be Torontoarea Liberal MP Dan McTeague said Thursday he had received dozens of calls from constituents concerned the prime minister might be snubbing the aging and ailing Pope intentionally or Adrienne Clarkson will be out of the country when the Pope but does plan to meet privately with him later during his Canadian Press YEAR RATES The BEST RATES 365 days a year Compare Who clearly offers you the highest Rice Pretty We also provide unbiased advice on investment solutions to help you achieve peace of INVEST WITH CONFIDENCE CALL TODAY 61310th 7293400 Rice Financial R1CF FINANCIAL GROUP IN Theres a Light At the End of the Tunnel At SATTs Centre for Rail Training and Technology in the futures never been All of last years 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ancestors were some of the communitys first settlers in My fondest memory of Africville is the love and the friendship that we who like many for mer Africville residents lives in the citys north recalls standing on a hill above the community and marvelling at the beauty of a stand of apple rows of brightly coloured houses and the churchs small All of that is gone but many former residents are fighting to have the old church rebuilt as was promised six years Copps said she is negotiat ing with the province and the city to set up a committee to Facts about WEST NILE VIR develop an interpretive church on the Such a gesture might help heal the wounds of the she I would like to see this day as a day of reconciliation where all the people who made mistakes make the spirit of Africville rise she told hundreds of Others have waged very public at nasty bat tles over Carvery and his brother Victor camped on the grounds for much of the winter years ago until the city forced them They were protesting the lack of compensation and the low payments residents were given for their some as little as Its not over yet we havent received no compensa said clutching historic deed titles he says make him the lands legal The way theyre treating us today is despicable because we still havent got no What benefits did we receive All we want is fair compensa HI I DOOR J AOVENTURf kJ COMPANY 636 Rosser Avenue 204 7289222 Open daily to 6 Active Clothing For Your Active Lifestyle West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that have bitten infected The risk of Manitobans becoming seriously ill from the West Nile virus is expected to be very The virus has NOT yet been found in What can you do Dead birds are an early warning of the presence of West Nile You can help detect West Nile virus in your area by reporting any dead gray blue jays or ravens to Health Mosquitoes need water to breed reduce standing water around your While West Nile virus has not been detected in you may want to take steps to 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