Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Local Rogers Video store named tops in Canada
There’s a benefit social coming up for Jim Orr at the Keystone Centre on July 6.
Jim is described as “the best neighbour anyone could have” and he needs a little help. He is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour, but now faces weeks of trips to Winnipeg for radiation cmd other treatments. The social will have a silent auction and a lunch. Rick Randall has tickets for $10 at 726-0803.• ••
Congratulations to Harvey Wright and the folks from Rogers Video in Brandon. They received top honours recendy as their company’s top store of the year during a ceremony in Vancouver.
The store has been around since 1998 and was recognized for excellence in customer service among other things. Way to go! But Harvey, I’m afraid you
Sun editor Glenn Johnson
were a little late getting me this information, so I’ll have to ding you for late charges next time!• ••
I wanted to pass along a note I got from John Harding a couple weeks back. He wanted me to pass on congratulations to Bill Dunn and his crew at Sunnyside Golf Club for getting it into great shape early in the season. Thankfully we are past that weird spring
weather, and now all Bill has to worry about is cutting the grass (and looking for my lost golf balls).• ••
It is wonderful to see our Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum has received its declarations of being an official “historic site,” by all levels of government. I’m not sure if Reg Forbes is also being declared an historic site as well. Reg is one of the main reasons that museum is on the map due to his tireless work and dedication. He deserves our thanks and recognition.
He did ask me to pass along a request for volunteers. The museum is looking for a few good men and women who can help in various ways. That could be helping as a receptionist, tour guide, marketing, media relations and just about any other job you can think of. If you are interested, contact the museum at 727-2444.• ••
Brandon Adult Learning Centre celebrated its seventh grad this past Saturday at Assiniboine Community College. BALC offers a Mature Student High School diploma and has students that range from 19 to over 55 years of age.
Deb Walker wrote to tell us the centre is losing Jeff Kerr, who has served as principal and the Director of Adult Learning.
Jeff is this week’s Citizen of the Week.
“(He) has been the driving force behind the school,” Deb says.
“His dedication to students and education has been an inspiration to staff and students. He has spent countless hours ensuring these students receive a quality education and helping them reach their goals. As well as his duties at BALC, he was part of the day care coalition that instigated the new down
town day-care facility that will be located a block away from our school.”
Staff will be hosting a party for all current and former staff and students on Wednesday at BALC on Rosser Avenue beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Thanks for the info, Deb.• ••
I would say 1942 was a busy summer for weddings! Happy 60th anniversary to these three local couples. A toast to Mary and Ken Hawkins and Laurie and Bernice East of Brandon, along with Bill and Maij Bridgeman from the Rapid City area. Let’s hear those glasses tinkling!
Talk of the Town is going to take a beak now for the summer and we 'll he back on Sept. 9, the first Monday we publish after Labour Day. I hope you have a great summer, and in the meantime please send in items vou would like to see published.
Destroyers, soldiers, flyers all victims of incidents
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They landed in dense fog and rain and fought through the night. When calm settled, they had suffered 28 dead and 55 wounded. But there were no Japanese on the island.
“This catastrophic ‘battle’ continued for 24 hours against an enemy who wasn’t there,” says an American study on friendly fire.
In the fighting in Normandy in 1944, during the Second World War, commanders tried to use heavy bombers to blast open holes in the German lines.
One such attack actually bombed the American 30th Infantry division, killing and wounding about 600 men. Among the dead was Lt.-Gen. Lesley McNair, the highest-ranking American officer to die in northwest Europe.
A few days later, another fleet of bombers missed their targets and killed or wounded 300 Canadians and Poles.
“Few Canadians ever again trusted the bombers,” Jack Granatstein and Desmond Morton write m their history, A Nation Forged in Fire.
It wasn’t only soldiers and flyers who suffered, though. On June 25, 1940, the Canadian destroyer HMCS Fraser was escorting the British cruiser HMS Calcutta when someone turned the wrong way. The cruiser sliced the smaller ship in pieces and 42 men were killed.
Millionaire adventurer continues balloon trek
ST. LOUIS — Stormy weather nearly sent adventurer Steve Fossett’s around-the-world ballooning quest splashing into the south Pacific.
Fossett used three gas burners on the balloon to counter downdrafts during squalls east of New Zealand yesterday. The balloon dipped as low as 400 feet above the sea.
“The margin for error was razor thin,” Fossett told his mission control center at St. Louis’ Washington University.
Fossett, 58, left western Australia last Tuesday, attempting to become the first solo balloonist to circle the globe.
“I only had two hours sleep last night, none today and the ascent back up to catch the jet stream will take half of tonight, so I’m anxious to get some sleep,” he told his flight centre by satellite telephone.
Hours later, Fossett appeared free and clear, cruising at 28 mph at 26,800 feet above the sea. He has flown more than 9500 kilometres in six days and hopes to complete the trip in 15 days.
Fossett’s five earlier solo attempts ended with crash-landings rn spots such as the Coral Sea and a cattle ranch in Brazil. Last summer’s cattle ranch landing came after 12 days in flight, making it the longest solo balloon flight. — AP
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Police spokesman glad protest was peaceful
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After 90 minutes, marchers piled into Olympic Plaza across from city hall to listen to speeches and protest songs. Hundreds of Calgary police — most from the public order unit and riot squads — sat nearby in police cars, poised for any problems that might arise.
Insp, Al Redford, a G-8 spokesman for Calgary police, said he wa§ pleased the protest was peaceful.
“It certainly serves as an example
for the rest of the week,” he said.
“However, we’re not complacent. We know that circumstances could change at a moment’s notice, we have to remain prepared.”
The Calgary and District Labour Council had billed the march as a family-friendly outing and urged demonstrators to not break the law.
The Raging Grannies, a protest group of seniors from Edmonton, Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C., bellowed out G-8 protest songs, cloaked in their trademark frumpy dresses and
Brian Kagoro, a member of Crisis in Zimbabwe, fired up the crowd at Olympic Plaza.
Rosemary Brown of the Calgary Women in Global Action suggested that marchers visit the local jail, Spy Hill, where three G-8 protesters were in custody.
“They need our support,” she said.
Police said two Americans — Fransico Singh, 22, of San Diego, and Lindsay MacKinnon, 21, of New York — had been charged with mischief to
property over $5,000 after allegedly spray-painting anti-summit graffiti on railway cars at the downtown Canadian Pacific Railway yard.
Sarah Dover, who is from a legal collective that helps activists, said another G-8 activist was being investigated by immigration official and may face deportation.
None of those in custody had been involved in the march, which created massive traffic jams with hundreds of motorists sitting at intersections for about 20 minutes at a time.
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Bob Bone, right, leads a horse he and a friend, left, are breaking for riding along the shoulder of Highway 21 on Sioux Valley First Nation yesterday.
Opinions on Whitecloud’s future vary
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“We haven’t heard anything,” Bone said, during an afternoon horse ride with friend Carl Mazawasicuna.
“There are all kinds of rumours that he has resigned or is about to resign. You don’t believe it until the man actually signs his name to it.”
Bone said Whitecloud can remain an effective leader.
“In this province people have done
worse and remained in leadership positions,” he said.
Mason Williams, taking part in a March for Jesus parade, said Whitecloud should resign.
“By talking to everybody he’s never around the reserve anyway. A lot of people say where is he? He’s never around.”
Whitecloud should be allowed to return his duties, said Craig Blacksmith.
“Everybody’s got a personal life,
nobody’s perfect,” he said.
“It should be up to the people to decide whether he stays or whether he
Blacksmith dismissed speculation Whitecloud’s arrest might have a negative impact on the band’s casino proposal.
“The chief is just like the mayor. He’s just one person. He supports the idea of having it in Brandon but the council are the ones that are behind it.”
Informants should be used sparingly, Gory says
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“We will ensure we apply every recommendation within that policy,” said Finlayson.
He said the use of a jailhouse informant is never guaranteed until the case actually gets to trial.
Ultimately, it is the prosecutor handling the case who makes the final decision, he said.
Justice Peter Cory, who presided over the Sophonow inquiry, said jailhouse informants should be prohibited from testifying except in rare circumstances.
Prosecutors should impose a limit, in those rare cases, of only one informant per case. Judges should strongly caution juries about the inherent unreliability of jailhouse informants’ testimony, he said.
“I understand they’re trying very hard in this case. They’re may be trying too hard. You’re tainting a prosecution that might otherwise be solid,” said Brodsky.
“Why would you give it a smell right from the start?”
Strongquill, 52, a 20-year RCMP veteran, was shot during a routine traffic stop near Russell. The Waywayseecappo officer and his partner were chased and Strongquill was gunned down just outside the town’s RCMP detachment.
Bell and Sand were arrested in Saskatchewan after an intensive manhunt. A third suspect, Danny Sand, was fatally shot by police during a gunfight outside a motel in Wolseley, Sask., about 14 hours after Strongquill was killed.
Bell and Sand remain in custody. Their preliminary hearing is set for early next year.