Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Johnson keeps on working
Story on Page A7
To serve you better
“dome soc mc today tor your next new or used vehicle
727-6418 Toll Free I -800-862-6339
www. houseofnissan ca
3620 Victoria Avenue. Brandon
Value Drive Rent-A-Car
Konsorada one of four Wheaties picked
NHL Draft on Page Bl
June 24 2002Council mum on Whitecloud
By Dean PHI I CHARI)
Sioux Valley First Nation band councillors say any decision on Chief Ken Whitecloud’s political future will have to wait until after a city council vote on a casino project tonight.
“The casino thing right now is our main concern so we want to tend our business toward that,” said Coun. Ken McKay yesterday.
Sioux Valley band council suspended Whitecloud for two weeks last week after he was jailed overnight following a disturbance at the Manitoba Summer Fair.
Whitecloud was charged with being disorderly in a licenced premises around 3 a.m., June 15.
Police charged five other people at the fair’s Summer Saloon following a complaint of a fight.
City council is expected to vote tonight on a resolution to begin negotiations with the band allowing an urban reserve for Sioux Valley’s planned casino.
“We are going to be at that meeting with or without the chief,” McKay said. “This is between Sioux Valley and
Brandon so we are going to be present at that meeting.”
Whitecloud did not return repeated phone calls yesterday.
McKay said band council will likely hold an open meeting Tuesday or Wednesday at which time band members can provide input on Whitecloud’s future.
“We want to discuss these issues with the community and see what their
thoughts are,” McKay said.
“It’s a community issue... They are the ones that elected council. “When we do confirm with the community what direction to take we will definitely contact the proper media people.”
Bob Bone said Whitecloud should provide an explanation to the community before any action is taken.
SEE OPINIONS’ — PAGE A2
G-8 LEADERS GET YELLOW GARD
Protesters dressed as Group of Eight leaders are given a yellow card by referee Chaka Mwondela, from Zambia, during a peaceful rally in Calgary yesterday, ahead of the G-8 summit.
G-8 protest draws diverse crowd
By Carol Harrington
CALGARY — Mother Earth was there. So were the Soccer Moms for Global Justice. And the Raging Grannies.
More than 2,000 protesters marched through Calgary’s downtown yesterday in the first of what activists hope will be many anti-G-8 rallies to coincide with this week’s summit of world leaders in nearby Kananaskis, Alta.
There were people in wheelchairs, parents pushing strollers, people walking dogs, and hundreds in union T-shirts — all marching ll blocks* iii the afternoon heat at the rally sponsored by labour groups.
They carried a Canadian flag, chanted slogans such as “Stop the war on the poor — make the rich pay!” and held aloft banners reading: Cancel Africa’s Debt, End
Corporate Greed and Don’t Trade My Rights.
They rolled along the road a two-metre-high ball that was painted like the Earth. After a layer was peeled back, it revealed a billiard ball with G-8 written on the side.
There were marchers on stilts and protesters with whistles.
Vancouver activist Melva Forsberg was doing a brisk business selling buttons for $2.50 each with slogans such as Friends Don’t Let Friends Shop at Wal-Mart.
The top-selling button read Bush is a Terrorist.
About 30 members of the Soccer Moms ioi Global Justice joined the march.
“For most kids in Calgary, their biggest worry is whether they’ll win their soccer game,” spokeswoman Jane Cawthorne said.
“In the rest of the world, kids are worried about whether they’re going to eat.”
Eleven-year-old Tracey Lawson, who was there with her father, explained why she had come: “There’s a lot of poverty in foreign countries, but they’re spending a lot of money on private corporations.”
Dressed in an outfit of poppies and grapes with a globe on her head, Alexandria Patience, who called herself Mother Earth, said: “My message is treating the world and its people with more care. I don’t think we should use the colonies as dumping grounds. I don’t want those politicians speaking for me.”
Mounties, Calgary police and police from Waterloo, Ont., were out in force. Officers rode bikes and horses and blocked off roads to allow the parade to proceed as the Calgary police helicopter hovered overhead.
SEE POLICE’ — PAGE A2
Informant may be used in case against Sand, Bell
By Mike McIntyre
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba justice officials may use a jailhouse informant rn their prosecution of two Alberta residents charged with murdering a Manitoba RCMP officer, the Winnipeg Free Press has learned.
A former female inmate at Portage women’s jail has agreed to provide evidence in the trial of Robert Sand and Laune Bell, who are accused of shooting RCMP Const. Dennis Strongquill to death last December.
The move was made under Manitoba’s new jailhouse informants policy, which limits the use of jailhouse informants to rare and highly exceptional cases.
The policy was drafted last year by the NDP government in response to recommendations that flowed from the public inquiry into Thomas Sophonow’s wrongful murder conviction.
Under the new policy, a provincial guidelines commission involving members of the prosecutions branch must review all cases where the use of a jailhouse informant is proposed.
Defence lawyer Greg Brodsky, who is representing Sand, confirmed the province had struck a deal with a jailhouse informant, which was uncovered by the Free Press through justice sources.
He is objecting to the move, and tried unsuccessfully earlier this month to appear before the guidelines commission to voice his concerns.
Brodsky said he was told the decision had already been made and he had no say in the matter.
“I am implonng the prosecution to rethink this position,” Brodsky said .
'7 am imploring the prosecution to rethink this position. ... I would not like to see a trial where the verdict eventually rendered is suspect from the start”
DEFENCE ATTORNEY GREG BRODSKY
Brodsky said he believes jailhouse informants should never be used because they are “unreliable and unsavoury” people who have something to gain by making a deal with the Crown.
He cited wrongful convictions against Sophonow, David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin as proof of how unreliable jailhouse informants can be.
“I would not like to see a trial where the verdict eventually rendered is suspect from the start,” said Brodsky.
“Prosecutions should be based on solid evidence that make a conviction, if that’s the result, firm and one the public can be confident in.”
Assistant deputy attorney general Rob Finlayson was reluctant to comment on the case because it remains before the courts.
But he said the prosecutions branch has learned valuable lessons from cases such as Sophonow and have followed the guidelines recommended by Cory, and later imposed by government.
SEE INFORMANTS’ — PAGE A2
Details under #684
CANADA/WORLD ... .A5,8
ENTER PAIN MENT A7
‘Friendly fire’ incidents have long, tragic history
By John Ward
OTTAWA — A sad fact of military life is that in combat, your friends can be as dangerous as your enemies.
Andy MacKenzie learned that the hard way in the skies over Korea 50 years ago when he flew Sabre jets as a Canadian exchange pilot with an Amencan fighter squadron.
On Dec. 4, 1952, he was shot down by another Sabre and spent two years in a prison camp.
So-called “friendly fire” incidents, like the one that killed four Canadians in Afghanistan in April, have a long and tragic history.
It appears that a pair of reports on that incident — which could be released publicly as early as this week — will likely blame the American pilot who dropped the bomb that killed the four and wounded eight of their comrades. News reports
On Page A5: British soldiers uncover large stash of weapons in Afghan village
said he rushed to attack, rather than taking time to identify his target.
But this tragedy is simply the latest in a long and seemingly inescapable history. Such incidents been called “friendly fire,” “fratricide” or “blue on blue" — from a military war game practice of labeling the bad guys red and the good guys blue.
The American military has a formal
definition: “The employment of friendly weapons and munitions with the intent to kill the enemy or destroy his equipment that results in unforeseen and unintentional death or injury to friendly personnel.” Soldiers understand this is a fact of life, but civilians don’t, says Charles Schrader, a retired American army colonel, who wrote a book on the phenomenon: Friendly Fire: The Inevitable Pnce.
The media also tend to hype such incidents, he wntes. Then, “an ill-informed public reacts with distrust, demands for retribution, and remedies which are generally unhelpful.
“The families of victims of friendly fire display excusable anguish and suspicion, which are often translated into demands for investigations and explanations which cannot be provided with any degree of speed or accuracy and thus often lead to unwarranted charges of cover-up and malfeasance.”
Some analysts suggests that between
two and IO per cent of all combat casualties are inflicted by friends. Others say that’s an underestimate.
It’s not a new phenomenon. Dunng the American Civil War, Gen. Stonewall Jackson, the famous Confederate leader, was shot and mortally wounded by his own soldiers while returning from a scouting mission in the aftermath of the Battle of Chancellorsville.
After the First World War, a French general claimed that 75,000 French soldiers were killed or wounded by their own artillery.
Some historians estimate that 20 per cent of all shells fired in that war landed in or near friendly trenches.
Perhaps the most amazing incident of fratricide came in 1943, when 35,000 Canadian and Amencan troops invaded the Aleutian island of Kiska, where they expected fierce Japanese resistance.
SEE DESTROYERS — PAGE A2