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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRAN Monday June 24 To serve you better BCV mo tnrlny for yniir next now or nsrd vrhiclr 7276418 Toll Frw imwhousMlnlssanca Konsorada one of four Wheaties picked r 3620 Brandon MHL Dmft Ott Bl Value Drive RenfACar Council mum on Whitecloud BY DEAN PRITCHARD Brandon Sun Sioux Valley First Nation band councillors say any deci sion on Chief Ken Whitedouds political future will have to wait until after a city council vote on a casino project The casino thing right now is our main concern so we want to tend our business toward said Ken McKay Sioux Valley band council suspended Whitecloud for two weeks last week after he was jailed overnight following a dis turbance at the Manitoba Summer Whitecloud was charged with being disorderly in a licenced premises around 3 June Police charged five other people at the fairs Summer Saloon following a com plaint of a City council is expected to vote tonight on a resolution to begin negotia tions with the band allowing an urban reserve for Sioux Valleys planned casi We are going to be at that meeting with or without the McKay This is between Sioux Valley and Brandon so we are going to be present at that Whitecloud did not return repeated phone calls McKay said band council will likely hold an open meeting Tuesday or Wednesday at which time band mem bers can provide input on Whitedouds We want to discuss these issues with the community and see what their thoughts McKay Its a community They are the ones that elected When we do confirm with the community what direction to take we will definitely con tact the proper media Bob Bone said Whitecloud should provide an explanation to the communi ty before any action is SEE OPINIONS PAGE A2 G8 LEADERS GET YELLOW CARD ASSOCIATED PRESS Protesters dressed as Group of Eight leaders are given a yellow card by referee Chaka from during a peaceful rally in Calgary ahead of the G8 G8 protest draws diverse crowd BY CAROL HARRINGTON Canadian Press CALGARY Mother Earth was So were the Soccer Moms for Global And the Raging More than protesters marched through Calgarys downtown yesterday in the first of what activists hope will be many antiG8 rallies to coincide with this weeks summit of world leaders in nearby There were people in par ents pushing people walking and hundreds in union Tshirts all marching 11 blocks in the afternoon heat at the rally sponsored by labour They carried a Canadian chanted slogans such as Stop the war on the poor make the rich pay and held aloft ban ners reading Cancel Africas End Corporate Greed and Dont Trade My They rolled along the road a twometre high ball that was painted like the After a layer was peeled it revealed a billiard ball with G8 written on the There were marchers on stilts and pro testers with Vancouver activist Melva Forsberg was doing a brisk business selling buttons for each with slogans such as Friends Dont Let Friends Shop at The topselling button read Bush is a About 30 members of the Soccer Moms for Global Justice joined the For most kids in their biggest worry is whether theyll win their soccer spokeswoman Jane Cawthorne In the rest of the kids are wor ried about whether theyre going to Elevenyearold Tracey who was there with her explained why she had come Theres a lot of poverty in for eign but theyre spending a lot of money on private Dressed in an outfit of poppies and grapes with a globe on her Alexandria who called herself Mother said My message is treating the world and its people with more I dont think we should use the colonies as dumping I dont want those politicians speaking for Calgary police and police from were out in Officers rode bikes and horses and blocked off roads to allow the parade to proceed as the Calgary police helicopter hovered over SEE POLICE PAGE A2 may be used in case against Bell BY MIKE MCNTYRE Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba justice officials may use a jailhouse informant in their prosecution of two Alberta resi dents charged with murdering a Manitoba RCMP the Winnipeg Free Press has A former female inmate at Portage womens jail has agreed to provide evidence in the trial of Robert Sand and Laurie who are accused of shooting RCMP Dennis Strongquill to death last The move was made under Manitobas new jailhouse infor mants which limits the use of jailhouse informants to rare and highly exceptional The policy was drafted last year by the NDP government in response to recommendations that flowed from the public inquiry into Thomas Sophonows wrongful murder Under the new a provincial guidelines commis sion involving members of the prosecutions branch must review all cases where the use of a jail house informant is Defence lawyer Greg who is representing confirmed the province had struck a deal with a jail house which was uncovered by the Free Press through justice He is objecting to the and tried unsuccessfully earlier this month to appear before the guidelines commission to voice his Brodsky said he was told the decision had already been made and he had no say in the I am imploring the prosecu tion to rethink this Brodsky I am imploring the prosecutionio rethink thisposi like to see a trial where the verdict eventually rendered is suspect from the DEFENCE ATTORNEY GREG BRODSKY Brodsky said he believes jail house informants should never be used because they are unreli able and unsavoury people who have something to gain by mak ing a deal with the He cited wrongful convic tions against David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin as proof of how unreliable jail house informants can I would not like to see a trial where the verdict eventually ren dered is suspect from the said Prosecutions should be based on solid evidence that make a if thats the firm and one the public can be confident Assistant deputy attorney general Rob Finlayson was reluctant to comment on the case because it remains before the But he said the prosecutions branch has learned valuable lessons from cases such as Sophonow and have followed the guidelines recommended by and later imposed by gov SEE INFORMANTS PAGE A2 INSIDE Classified FOR SALE Travelaire Lowlite Details under LOCAL EDITORIAL THATS SPORTS 760 tax included o 6 6 6 Friendly fire incidents have tragic history BY JOHN WARD Canadian Press OTTAWA A sad fact of military life is that in your friends can be as dangerous as your 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 American fighter On he was shot down by another Sabre and spent two years in a prison Socalled friendly fire like the one that killed four Canadians in Afghanistan in have a long and trag ic It appears that a pair of reports on that incident which could be released pub licly as early as this week will likely blame the American pilot who dropped the bomb that killed the four and wound ed eight of their News reports On Page A5 British soldiers uncover large stash of weapons In Afghan village said he rushed to rather than taking time to identify his But this tragedy is simply the latest in a long and seemingly inescapable Such incidents been called friendly fratricide or blue on blue from a military war gajnae practice of labeling the bad guys red and the good guys The American military his 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 unintention al death or injury to friendly Soldiers understand this is a fact of but civilians says Charles a retired American army who wrote a book on the phenomenon Friendly Fire The Inevitable The media also tend to hype such inci he an illinformed public reacts with demands for and remedies which are gener ally The families of victims of friendly fire display excusable anguish and which are often translated into demands for investigations and explanations which cannot he provided with any degree of speed or accuracy and thus often lead to unwarranted charges of coverup and Some analysts suggests that between two and 10 per cent of all combat casual ties are inflicted by Others say thats an Its not a new During the American Civil Stonewall the famous Confederate was shot and mortally wounded by his own soldiers while returning from a scout ing mission in the aftermath of the Battle of After the First World a French general claimed that French sol diers were killed or wounded by their own Some historians estimate that 20 per cent of all shells fired in that war landed in or near friendly Perhaps the most amazing incident of fratricide came in when Canadian and American troops invaded the Aleutian island of where they expected fierce Japanese SEE OiSTRQYEJBS PAfiE A FOR IIOMt CALL ;