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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A12 BRANDON July 2002 IN BRIEF StatsCiin blames domestic travel slump on 11 OTTAWA The domestic travel sector slumped last hit by an economic low consumer confidence and fallout Statistics Canada said The statistics agency said the estimated number of trips taken by Canadians within Canada dropped 11 per cent to million in 2001 from million in That fol lowed a healthy increase in Several factors contributed to this reduction the economic slowdown in Canada for the first three quarters of 2001 a drop in consumer confidence that according to the Conference Board of from January to September 2001 and the events of the report Domestic travel expenditures reached a peak of bil lion in in part because of jumps in the price of Expenditures fell per cent to an estimated billion in In constant domestic tourism expenditures dropped per cent in 2001 from Kingston drug busts yield huge amounts of marijuana oil International the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and municipal forces have con cluded two major projects that led to some of the largest seizures of cocaine and marijuana oil in With help from authorities in Costa and the Turks and Caicos approximately 590 kilograms of cocaine and kilograms of marijuana oil were The two named projects Oilcrew and rep resent a significant dent in the availability of drugs on the streets of Canadian police The sixmonth Oilcrew resulted in the seizure of cocaine which was allegedly destined for the OttawaGatineau Police said the huge bust represents half of all the cocaine that was seized in Canada last Project Oilsheik began with the seizure of marijuana oil in the Kingston area in July of 1999 but arrests werent made until June 21 of this Police said it was the largest ever seizure of marijuana oil in Canadian Press Russian space agency proposes Mars mission MOSCOW Russian space offi cials proposed an ambitious project on yesterday to send a sixperson team to Mars by the year a trip that would mark a milestone in space travel and international space cooper Russias space program hopes to work closely with the American agency NASA and the European Space Agency to build two spaceships capable of transporting the crew to supporting them on the planet for up to two months and safely bring ing them said Nikolai head of Research Institute of The roughly 440day trip is expect ed to cost about billion with Russia suggesting it would contribute 30 per Giuliani divorce trial set for next week NEW YORK A panel of judges has rejected a bid to delay the divorce trial of for mer mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Donna clearing the way for court proceedings to begin next In a ruling yes the five judge panel denied a delay sought by Hanover last The trial is scheduled for Were happy we were success said Raoul Giulianis Hopefully well If it goes to trial were Hanovers lawyer did not immediately return a Giuliani and his wife of nearly two decades have been at odds for long before they separated in May when the exmayor went public about his relationship with girlfriend Judith filed for divorce on charging a television per sonality and with cruel and unusual pun rejected that instead blaming the ex mayors affair with Marijuana growhouses gobbling M in power By COLIN PERKEL Canadian Press TORONTO A growing plague of electricitygobbling ille gal marijuana growhouses is cost ing Ontarios hydro utilities upwards of million a an amount ultimately paid by all energy power distribu tors Fuelled by massive marijuana generated the which have sprouted by the thou sands in the past few also carry a huge social they The days where a grove of marijuana would be masked up north in a field are said Andrew a lawyer who represents electricity distribu There has been a proliferation of residential houses hidden in res idential neighbourhoods all across Ontario being used to grow mari Worth as much as billion a marijuana is among the most valuable cash crops in the Police say Ontario is fast catch ing up with British Columbia as Canadas potgrowing capital with Estimated power theft in Ontario million a Estimated number of growhouses in Toronto area Average power cost per growhouse per Estimated value of Ontario pot crop Estimated value of pot crop SIGNS A HOME IS BEING USED FOR POT GROWING No one ever appears to be House only appears occu pied for a few hours at a time but no one lives Cannabis or masking Windows boarded or cov Tenants pay only cash or offer to pay more than agreed Tenants discourage land lord CP that provinces Its a powerful lure for orga nized they Police estimate a single hydro ponic growhouse can churn out plants worth a street value of more than million a year and much of it ends up in the United Growing marijuana indoors requires powerful lights and venti consuming about in electricity a but hydro thieves simply bypass the meters to avoid the overhead and make tracing the operations The demands on the system are Evangelista York Region Gary Miner said authorities in just north of have been shutting down up to 10 such operations a Its out of its an epi its a he This year weve done 107 war rants and the more we the more we In a recent oneday national police scooped up million worth of pot picked up 136 suspects and found 28 chil dren in the some booby trapped to discourage Ontario Liberal member Michael Bryant said the illegal operations hurt While theyre being asked to conserve some pot growing energy thief next door is toking up all the caus ing brownouts and dri ving up electricity and sending the neighbourhood up in said Ontarios public safety minis Bob called on the federal government to implement tough minimum penalties for con victed growers because current sentences are no This is a Runciman This is a very very lowrisk so thats why were seeing the growth he The costs of the illegal cultiva tion go well beyond the estimated a month extra consumers pay on their hydro Prooane Refills Tools Bobcats Excavators For Rent 393 Park Avenue 7298267 Toll FfM 18887772700 Equipment Rental Concrete and Compaction Eauioment Jay Winburn Jeffrey Bales Qualified orthodontists Phone 7270401 Official Playing Piece Fill out your playing piece and enter at one of these locations Participating Heritage COOP Locations 6466tb Brandon 1300 18th Brandon 120 Main Minnedosa 221 Main Wawanesa 48 Main Erickson Participating 6611st Rivers Little Chiefs 2025 Lvndale Brandon Free gas lor a year if you are a home subscriber to The Brandon Sun and have a Coop Based on 30 litres a week for 52 worth of gas if you are not a home subscriber to The Brandon Sun or do not have a Coop OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES IN SUNDAYS CLASSIFIED SECTION OFTHE BRANDON SUN Name Phone City Postal Code Do you have a Coop You can enquire about a Coop number at each gas NOTICE OF APPLICATION CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC APPLICANT CENTRA GAS MANITOBA APPLICATION PRIMARY GAS RATE CHANGE EFFECTIVE AUGUST Centra Gas Manitoba has applied to The Public Utilities Board of Manitoba pursuant to The Public Utilities Board for approval of interim sales rates as a result of changes in the cost of Primary The requested interim Primary Gas sales rates are to be effective August 2002 and will remain in effect until confirmed or amended by a further Order of the The requested interim Primary Gas sales rates are calculated in accordance with the Rate Setting Methodology approved by the Board in Orders and Centras last Primary Gas rate was approved in Order effective May 2002 at a rate of which included an embedded cost of Primary Gas of for Western Canadian Due to a decrease in the price of natural Centra is proposing to decrease the Primary Gas sales rate to including an embedded cost of Primary Gas of for Western Canadian If approved by the the requested interim Primary Gas sales rates will result in the following range of estimated annual bill impacts depending on volumes consumed Decrease of approximately to for residential customers Decrease of approximately to for large general class customers Decrease of approximately to for high volume firm class customers Decrease of approximately to for mainline class customers and Decrease of approximately to for interruptible class The bill impact for a typical residential based on an annual consumption of 113 Mcf or will be a decrease of approximately or per In addition to the requested change in Primary Gas Sales Centra currently has an application before the Board requesting a change in nonprimary gas sales rates and other also to be effective August VARIATION Upon any application to the Board may make an Order granting the whole or part only of the application or may grant such further or other relief in addition to or in substitution for that applied as fully and in all respects as if the application had been for such further or other BACKGROUND The customers bill for natural gas consists of six cost components being Primary Primary Gas Deferral Supplemental Transportation to Distribution to customer and a Basic Monthly This application deals only with the Primary Gas component of the Primary Gas is the component of a customers bill that relates to natural gas provided from Western Canadian sources at the Alberta The RSM provides for the Primary Gas component of Centras rate structure to be adjusted every gas quarter as follows 100 of the difference between the updated 12month forward price curve for natural gas weighted for the cost of gas in Storage and the rate set in the previous quarter and A rate rider to dispose of the estimated accumulated Primary Gas Purchase Gas Variance Account Primary Gas PGVA balance through volumes consumed over the next 12 The Primary Gas Rate Setting Process that was approved in Order provides for Centra to update the forecast cost of Primary Gas from Western Canadian Supplies 10 days before the implementation of the proposed Because the market price of natural gas is subject to the Primary Gas sales rates approved by the and the resulting annual bill impacts noted may The Rate Setting Process provides for the Board to receive public comments on the After review of the application and the comments received from interested parties the Board will consider if there is a need for an oral hearing The Board will conduct a final review of the quarterly Primary Gas rate adjustments and the Primary Gas PGVA adjustments in a subsequent annual public hearing FILING Pursuant to the above Centra filed an Application with the Board on June Anyone desiring copies of the material filed should contact Manitoba Hydro Attention Murphy 3rd 820 Taylor Avenue MB R3C 2P4 Telephone 204 4743468 Fax 204 4744947 The Application and material in support of the Application will also be available for inspection at the Boards PARTICIPATION Anyone wishing to provide written comments on Centras current Primary Gas Rate change Application should address their comments by July 2002 to the as follows Acting Secretary Manitoba Public Utilities Board 400 330 Portage Avenue MB R3C OC4 Telephone 204 9452638 Toll Free 1 866 8543698 Fax 204 9452643 Email [email protected] DATED this 19lh day of Singh Acting Secretary The Public Utilities Board Five days notice Wheelchair access is 400 330 Portage Avenue Manitoba R3C OC4 Manitoba ;