Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 26, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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Shawna Dmyterko (left) and Sheri Tom perform a selection of classical music pieces yesterday evening at Eleanor Kidd Park during the Music in the Parks concert series. Performances are each Tuesday and Thursday near the park's botanical gardens, with concerts switching to Princess Park for the month of July.
Teen faces impaired charge after fatality
By Dean PRITCHARD
Police have charged a 17-year-old male youth with impaired driving causing death following a fatal rollover on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation.
The youth, who cannot be named, appeared in Brandon provincial court yesterday and was remanded in custody to July 2 for a bail hearing.
The youth has also been charged with two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving, impaired driving, and breach of probation.
Passenger Ada Vivie, 47, was declared dead at the scene Sunday after a van rolled on tile First Nation.
The youth was transported to Winnipeg hospital for treatment and released.
Dakota Ojibway Police Service officers arrested the youth after he was discharged, says deputy Chief Jim Cockburn.
“An interview revealed he was driving and as a result of his actions, in consultation with the Crown attorney, we have laid those charges,” Cockburn says.
One adult male passenger remains in Brandon Regional Health Centre with unspecified injuries.
A 12-year-old boy who had been trapped under the van was released from Butle hospital Monday.
Cockburn says police obtained a warrant allowing them to seize blood samples from the suspect at the hospital.
“We are sending it off for analysis to find out what the alcohol content was. There is an indication there was alcohol involved,” Cockburn says.
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Bush seeks PM’s support
President George W. Bush inspects the entrance guard after arriving in Calgary yesterday to attend the G-8 summit in Kananaskis, Alberta.
By Robert Russo
KANANASKIS, Alta. — Canada’s determination to keep the G-8 focus on Africa faced an immediate test yesterday with George Bush’s new plan for Middle East peace threatening to dominate the economic summit.
The U.S. president said he would be asking Pnme Minister Jean Chretien to support his latest peace initiative when the two leaders met privately last night.
The Bush scheme calls for a
provisional Palestinian state erected on the shoulders of a new generation of leaders other than Yasser Arafat.
Chretien suggested he was open to the idea of going forward in the Middle East without the Palestinian leader, but then tempered his comments.
“I’m told there will be elections before the end of the year,” he said as Bush sat at his side. “We hope it will be a real election that will produce somebody that is democratically elected.
“The president talked about
perhaps it would be better to replace Mr. Arafat. I don’t have a specific point of view on that. I will think perhaps it will be a
good thing. I don’t want to comment on that.”
SEE CHRETIEN’ — PAGE A5
Band must pay for city
SERENE CONCERT SETTING
By Rod Nickel
Negotiations for an urban reserve won’t begin until Sioux Valley Dakota Nation pays the city to hire a professional negotiator, vows Mayor Reg Atkinson.
“I have no intention of negotiating with Sioux Valley as an individual. Some councillors think they can do a deal on a napkin,” says Atkinson, admitting he’s “livid” about council’s decision to consider a reserve.
“I’m not smart enough to do it. I don’t think anyone on council is smart enough to do it . . . This is an amazingly complex agreement.”
Council, with the mayor opposed, passed a resolution Monday indicating its intent to negotiate with Sioux Valley.
The next steps are to price out a professional negotiator, collect from the band, hire a negotiator and begin talks, Atkinson says.
Council would later review any agreement the band and negotiator strike, he says.
“I’m not going to do anything until I have money in the piggy bank to hire a person.” Suspended Chief Ken
Whitecloud promised to cover the city’s costs when he appeared before council June IO, Atkinson maintains.
Band councillor Ken McKay says he’s not aware of any agreement to pay Brandon’s negotiating costs.
Coun. Dave Burgess, who supports starting negotiations, says the mayor’s stance poses an unnecessary road block. When the city negotiated the takeover of the Mental Health Centre grounds, it didn’t require the province to pay civic costs.
“If we want to put up red tape, we can stalemate this. I think we want to do this in a fair manner.”
The mayor isn t saymg which issues he wants a negotiator to address.
“I’m not going to debate it in the press.”
City economic development officer Marlow Kirton, who drafted the resolution council approved, says negotiations are on hold until the city hears from the province. The resolution council passed was designed to satisfy the NDP requirement that bands gain municipal support by Sept. I.
“Until we have a clear message from the province, it’s not necessary to go to the next step,” Kirton says.
SEE CRITICS’ — PAGE A2
status remains unknown
It is unclear who will be sitting across the table when city representatives sit down to negotiate an urban reserve.
Sioux Valley First Nation Coun. Ken McKay says it’s still unclear if Ken Whitecloud will return as chief.
Whitecloud, who has been suspended, has mused about quitting, McKay says.
“He said he was pondering the decision.”
Band council and Whitecloud expect to meet this week.
After that, band members will be invited to a public meeting to determine his fate, unless he Ken quits before
Whitecloud then, McKay says.
Band council slapped Whitecloud with a two-week suspension June 17 after the chief was charged with being disorderly in the Summer Fair saloon.
Band members have speculated for days that Whitecloud has already resigned his post.
Whitecloud has not responded to numerous phone messages in the last week.
Harold Blacksmith, one of a half dozen band members who urged band council to oust Whitecloud, is anxious for the leadership crisis to be resolved without sabotaging the casino project.
“We hope Sioux Valley didn’t take a few steps back. I have complete faith in the leadership of the council that’s there, that they can put the pieces back.”
— Brandon Sun