Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Missing man's body recovered from lake
The body of a North Dakota man missing for three days has been recovered from Rock Lake in the Rural Municipality of Argyle.
An RCMP dive team recovered the body of Steve Michael Schottenbauer yesterday afternoon.
Schottenbauer, 51, is believed to have fallen overboard while fishing.
Schottenbauer was reported missing after he failed to return from a fishing excursion.
Later that day, Schottenbauer’s boat drifted to shore with no one aboard.
Chomiak names IS to interim RHA board
Health Minister Dave Chomiak has named 15 people to the interim board of the new Assiniboine Regional Health Authority.
The health authority, which is expected to be formally established July I, is the result of amalgamation of the Marquette and South Westman RHAs.
The board will be co-chaired by Robert Bone and Bill Bryant, the current chairs of the respective units.
The interim board will govern the new region until a permanent board is appointed in April 2003.
— Brandon Sun
Air Services has licence reinstated
WINNIPEG — A Manitoba airline whose plane crashed on a Winnipeg street had its flying licence reinstated by Transport Canada yesterday and has resumed carrying passengers.
Keystone Air Services had its licence pulled after an early probe into the June ll crash that injured seven people showed the plane was out of fuel and did not have a mandatory auto-pilot in operation when it went down.
Susan McLennan, a spokeswoman for Transport Canada, said Keystone was given its licence back following a two-day inspection of the airline’s operation over the weekend.
Keystone also provided government inspectors with an eight-point action plan, she said.
McLennan would not outline the details of the plan, but said it includes “action related to fuel management and remote fueling practices.”
A relative of three of the people hurt in the crash blasted the Transport Canada decision.
Sheila Floodman, a Kansas resident whose son, father and brother were on the Piper Navajo Chieftain said the move does not make sense.
“I have a mutilated father who lost a leg, whose life is still in jeopardy so the fact that (Keystone) has a nice, new policy manual does not impress me a bit,” Floodman said.
“Transport Canada had an opportunity to keep that plane on the ground and instead they’re letting it back in the air. My family’s life has been altered forever.”
— Canadian Press
PICK 3 6,4,7
SCHOOL DAY 2 — GARBAGE DAY 3
COOKE, Michael J. (1910-2002). FARGUSON, Eugenia “Inga” of Fairview Home, Brandon.
FOLAND, Agnes (Jerri) Joyce (Nee French) of Swan Lake First Nation. GEEKIE, Kathleen (Kay) of Strathclair.
HARRISON, Elmer Harold (Fuzz), bom in Carman.
KELLY, Jane Ann, 99 years old. RICHARD, Raymond Arthur, of Brandon.
TARNOWSKI, Joseph Thomas, born rn Brandon.
TURNER, (Margaret) Jean, passed away in Calgary, Alta.
City could leave itself open to lawsuit: mayor
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Band councillor Ken McKay said everything hinged on last night’s vote.
“That (was) do or die. Finally we can start negotiating a casino site in Brandon.”
Atkinson said passing a motion sup
portive of starting talks leaves the city open for a lawsuit if negotiations fail.
The minister responsible for gambling, Steve Ashton, was unavailable for comment. His spokeswoman said she didn’t know whether the resolution satisfies the province’s requirement.
The $20-million project would bring
300 more video lottery terminals and 12 gaming tables to Brandon, creating an estimated 400 full-time jobs.
The band would receive 70 per cent of net profits, although it will likely cut up its share to pay Casinos Austria to operate it.
Assuming the city and band can agree on payment for city services, it will still
BRANDON SUN FILE PHOTO
Vern Millar hugs his miniature horse, Ranger, at their Souris home earlier this month. A Melita-area resident gave Ranger a new home after Souris town council told Millar he had 30 days to remove the horse from his property.
Incident nothing but trouble, Millar says
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Elwin Swan, chief administrative officer, says the town will likely look at developing a new bylaw or amending its animal control bylaw, which deals only with cats and dogs, to avoid similar problems in the future.
Millar is reluctant to comment.
He says the whole incident, which
gained national exposure, has caused him nothing but trouble with local residents.
“I have been very severely criticized, so I have to let it die,” a dejected Millar says.
He doesn’t plan to follow through on his threat to buy the “biggest bloody dog” he can find to replace Ranger.
“That was just in jest.”
Ranger relocated last week.
While he has no other horse companionship at the moment, Brown says he’s had lots of company, including many curious humans who’ve stopped in to have a look.
“He seems happy. He’s got a big pen and he’s had a lot of visitors so far... and I have three goats that can come and go in the same pen as him.”
Company president "devastated’ by situation
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Witnesses described watching in disbelief as the enclosed Lady Duck plowed into the water while trying to make the dock at a marina across from Parliament Hill. A dozen people were on board.
“The water was coming over the windshield and once it did the boat plummeted pretty much to the bottom,” said Mario Demers, a boat owner.
“It happened very quickly. As soon as the water got over the windshield, it was seconds.”
Everyone went under with the boat, said Demers, and seconds later began popping up as marina members took to their boats.
Four passengers — a 66-year-old woman and a 43-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 13 and five, were trapped inside and died.
Transport Canada has halted all operations of Amphibus-Lady Dive Inc., the Ottawa company that ran Lady Duck.
A company spokesman said its president, Daniel Beauchenes, was contacting the relatives of all the passengers.
“He is devastated by the situation and is sending condolences to the families who suffered losses,” Rene
“We’ve been telling each other for years that these things were an accident waiting to happen
PLEASURE CRAFT OWNER JEAN VANASSE
Berthiaume told the Ottawa Sun.
Weather conditions at the time were calm. A ferocious wind and rain storm swept through the area about an hour later.
“We’ve been telling each other for years that these things were an accident waiting to happen,” said Jean Vanasse, owner of an eight-metre pleasure craft.
“Most of the people who get on these buses have no knowledge of how to put a life-jacket on, especially in an emergency when you know you’re going down in the water and you’re stressed out.”
Vanasse said the Lady Duck would list dramatically when it turned by the manna dock and a wake of any appreciable size threatened to swamp it.
However, Transport Canada’s Coyles said stability tests were conduct
ed on the Lady Duck and it met standards.
Emergency crews were at the scene within eight minutes of Sunday’s accident but were without the equipment they needed — namely air tanks.
“We’ve got equipment and we’re able to go fast and accurate when we’re talking about safety in the water but as soon as somebody is under the water, we’ve got a capacity to go for two metres,” said Martel. “After that, you need tanks. We don’t have that on board.”
Vanasse said one diver in the initial response team was able to reach the vehicle within minutes but couldn’t remain under long enough to do any
About 50 people gathered on the dock as rescue crews waited in rubber dinghies just metres away. People were shouting at the rescuers to go in, not realizing they didn’t have the equipment to do the job.
The river is currently high and fast and very murky from sediment carried from the shore, Vanasse added.
Investigators are considering whether the same faulty valve that caused the Lady Duck to begin sinking before it beached last summer may be behind Sunday’s accident.
take the federal government up to two years to convert the casino’s single acre into a reserve.
The band also needs to choose and buy land, secure investors and finish up a management agreement with Manitoba Lotteries and a governance agreement with the province.
Delay puts big box stores on hold
By Rod Nickel
Construction of two giant Staples and IGA stores in the south end is on hold after city council heard concerns from neighbours.
“We want to welcome them to town but we have legitimate concerns,” said Coun. Doug Paterson (Assiniboine). “... I see a lot of problems here.”
Council delayed a decision on a conditional use order for the project until July 8.
Shindico Realty and Canadian Tire Corp. want to see the new stores built east of Canadian Tire, north of a marsh and facing 18th Street.
Aberdeen Avenue resident Ross Eastley urged council to reject the development until a walking path is in place along Aberdeen and measures are taken to ease traffic. He suggested completing 14th Street to Richmond Avenue and installing traffic barriers on Aberdeen. East-bound traffic would then visit the new stores by the Aberdeen entrance while west-bound motorists would use a new access off 14th.
“This would create a buffer zone between a residential area and a commercial area,” Eastley said.
Shindico and Canadian Tire Corp. have agreed to jointly contribute $6,800 to the establishment of a walking/bicycle path along Aberdeen Avenue.
The main access is proposed for Aberdeen with a loading dock access off 14th for most trucks.
In a surprising move, Canadian Tire dealer Merv Dillabough raised concerns about the project that the corporation with which he’s affiliated is attempting to complete.
He said the Aberdeen entrance may attract too many big trucks, causing a hazard. He urged the city not to allow the entrance to be narrowed to create more parking spaces.
There was also an objection from South End Lumber on 13th Street. The owner is concerned that the stores are too big for the site, will cause a drainage problem and will block the lumberyard’s visibility from traffic, said Wes Norosky.
“Anyone of us can say yes to large commercial development but we have to have the right game plan,” he said.
Coun. Rick Chrest said he’s concerned that the project might not be planned to encourage further big-box development in the area.
“This is like the Polo Park area of Brandon.”
The project would be the largest commercial development in Brandon since Shoppers Mall expanded two years ago.
No timeline for construction has been released.
The office supply giant would use 25,000 square feet while the grocery would occupy 43,000 square feet.
Staples alone would employ 35-45 people.
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Sunrise: 5:31 a m. Sunset 9:52 p m
Moonrise 11:06 p.rn Moonset: 5:57 a rn.
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