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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JUNE 2002 GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach as at 5717430 or toflfree 18777865786 Afternoon trials could ease backlog minister WINNIPEG Manitobas justice minister has pointed an accusatory rin ger at provincial court saying court backlogs would be reduced if they scheduled more trials in the after The Winnipeg courthouse can at times be very quiet in the afternoons and yet very busy in the said Gord For he pointed out that on a recent Friday there were a dozen courtrooms sitting in the morning but only two afternoon Scheduling trials is the responsibili ty of the a right guaranteed by the constitution to ensure judicial Mackintoshs comments come at a time when judges are seeking a raise that would boost salaries from to Last week Robb the lawyer for the Provincial Judges told a legislative committee considering the pay hike that it would be wrong to suggest that trials are rarely scheduled in the Tonn said often morning dockets extend into the One of the problems that is per ceived is that there needs to be addi tional said The Doer government has faced criticism in the legislature over the length time it takes to set Tory Justice critic Joy Smith said their claims of getting tough on crime ring When they were in the NDP promised to create a prosecutori al But according to the Justice outofcustody trial dates in Winnipeg are currently being set seven months down the That for the most part has remained unchanged since the NDP came to Its generally conceded that the longer a case languishes on the dockets the chances of a successful prosecution decrease memories fade and wit nesses can Earlier this month a judge threw out a case against a man caught on camera robbing a 7Eleven stofe on the grounds that it took too long to come to and two witnesses had died in the Canadian Press Tax revolt erupts after band council levies GST on members VICTORIA A tax revolt has erupted in an unlikely an aboriginal reserve on Vancouver The uprising started when the Cowichan Tribes band council passed a with Ottawas that forces band members to start paying the GST on June Chief Harvey Alphonse called it a community improve ment fee but the new tax sparked anger and confusion among some members of the Duncanarea located about 60 kilometres northwest of They occupied reserve offices and staged protest pick In our traditional culture theres not even a word for said Meaghan Walker a Cowichan Tribes member leading the tax We didnt even find out about the tax until two days before it got Band members said they were upset about paying a tax they never did in the Alphonse said he was using a twoyearold federal law that allows some First Nations to keep some GST revenues col lected on reserve Every day thousands of dollars in seven per cent GST is charged by the federal govern ment on the sale of tobacco and fuel sold on said a Cowichan Tribes This money goes directly to Ottawa even though it is the result of business activity on our The Cowichan Tribes community improvement fee is a proposal to collect this money ourselves to apply to band pro Since the band offi cials have been making house calls to better explain the Alphonse Canadian Press BRUCE SUN Cathy Michaluk of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Brandon is being recognized for her 10 years of dedicated service this Michaluk receiving national award for decade of service BY DEAN PRITCHARD Brandon Sun The business worlds loss is Big Brothers and Sisters of Brandons Business was kind of what I was trained to do but I found I like the human side of it said Cathy who will be honoured with a national award tonight for her 10 years of service With Big Brothers and Basically it was something I fell into and Ive been real Michaluk first joined Big Brothers and Sisters in Thompson as an administrative assistant before moving to Brandon in Michaluk coordinates the organizations threeyearold in school mentoring matching volunteer bigs with student littles for one hour a week of support and companion The program is an alternative to the traditional rela tionship that requires three or four hours a week of a volun teers It has been real Michaluk We had 14 matches last year and most of them are coming back in the Id like to get that back up to thats my Its a big goal but the kids are Executive director Carla Black said Michaluks approach ability and dedication has made her a valued member of the Big Brothers and Sisters organiza She goes above and beyond to help out with any of the fami lies that shes involved Black I know she spends many evenings and parts of her weekend phoning and checking up and making sure everything is okay with She always has a listening In addition to her duties with the mentoring Michaluk also matches children with big brothers and helps with book keeping and other administrative Michaluk said she loves com ing into work everyday and knowing her efforts are helping make a difference in the lives of You know the kids appreci ate she I cant go into the mall now that I dont run into three or four kids and they all want to talk and they want a They are they have that special friend that is just They talk about what they are doing and their faces just light In Big Brothers and Sisters will mark 30 years in The organization currently matches 70 children with adult volunteers and Another 40 children are on a waiting We are always looking for good Michaluk Brandon has proven itself as a city with a lot of she Michaluks award will be pre sented at a volunteer apprecia tion dinner at Valleyview Community Officials continue to monitor flooding WINNIPEG Provincial officials continued to monitor water patrol dikes and sandbagging operations in south eastern Manitoba Levels on the Roseau River continued to rise due to rainfall on Saturday While that will have little impact on stream flows it will affect runoff from future officials Measures were being taken to protect the town of Vita from possible overflows from a poten tial dike breach at the Gardenton All flood services were moved to officials A boilwater advisory was still in effect for southeastern People were also reminded to stay off any waters affected by flooding due to high water turbulence and strong a second crest of the Red River in Winnipeg is expected for midJuly after heavy rain fall over the Minnesota por tion of the river Saturday forecasters Canadian Press IN BRIEF Vancouver man lulled in hail of bullets VANCOUVER A man was killed early yesterday after he stepped out of a cab and was sprayed with bullets in what appeared to be a gangstyle said Robert died at the said Vancouver Scott The cab driver and a woman who was with Kandola were not The taxi pulled up outside Kandolas home in downtown Vancouver at around 4 Driemel As he got out of the it appears a dark coloured SUV pulled up alongside or behind and we believe several shots were fired from the occupants of the SUV and several rounds struck the said who would not comment on the type of gun He added that there was history with the victim and the Vancouver police an was the sixth person to be mur dered in Vancouver this Patients head to to avoid waitlists SAINT Twelve New Brunswick patients are heading to the United States to avoid long waiting lists for medical treatment at Jane Schimpf of is going to see a specialist Monday at the Eastern Maine Medical Centre in Its said who will be getting a magnet ic resonance image test on her right which has been both ering her since She has already had two a detailed look at the inside of the body used for various But specialists havent found anything Her family doctor recommended a third MRI but specialists in New Brunswick have Its very discouraging to know our system is going downhill to this said the Saint John The trip was organized by Treatment Access a newly formed partnership of Canadian and American patient advocacy policy think companies and organizations concerned about access to health Canadian Press Hansen marks anniversary of fundraising tour WINNIPEG Its been 15 years since he first wheeled around the world raising money for spinal cord but Rick Hansen is still a man in I decided to go back across the country the smart way this by joked who rolled through Winnipeg yesterday on a cam paign stop marking the anniver sary of his 1987 Hansens original Man In Motion World Tour saw him log kilometres by wheel cutting a swath through 34 countries and raising million along the Hes back on the road raising awareness and funds for spinal cord research and rehabilitation but he says his goals are a little more precise this time When I came home the last time there was such a need everywhere in in rehabili and in said who was injured in a highway accident at the age of What Ive come to realize is that while I believe anything is not everything is possi ble and in order to have the biggest impact I decided to focus on the biggest which is accelerating the pace in the search for a cure for spinal cord Canadian Press Crossing the bridge BRUCE SUN A group of pedestrians are silhouetted against the late afternoon sky as they make their way over the Riverbank Footbridge Wall of water released from dam kills mother and son A woman and her eightyearold son were killed when a wall of water swept them and several other sun bathers over a cliff near this community about 100 kilometres west of The two were sunbathing with up to 20 others in High Falls downriver from the Barrett Chute dam when the dam released a torrent of sending adults and chil dren over a 10metre cliff and tossing some ontp People were swimming and suntanning and all of a sudden a waJJ of water came through and washed a lot of people over this said Janice The 1 wall of water sent sev eral people tumbling five to 10 Depending on the way the water grabbed youd go into the water or Sawbridge The dam was draining excess police Cindy of Calabogie was dead at the Her son Aaron died shortly Several other sunbathers were battered and said a local Others suffered broken CP aodwreneh Ti ENTER TO WIN DITIQN NASCAR J ;