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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 26, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A4 June 2002 OPINION 121st Year 156 OUR VIEW Palliative care needs attention It has been nearly two years since Manitobas health minister vowed to pay for palliative care necessary for people dying at We have gone on long enough with out that promise being In September Dave Chomiak told a hospice conference of his com mitment and the province provided million to expand community based palliative care But the government didnt get around to covering drug costs Today the minister claims he still plans to keep his promise but rising costs have been causing The irony is that the minister has been passing along these mounting costs to the people who have been helping make his health care system I promised it as part of an overall package in 2000 and Ive done every thing except that final says Dave That final cost is paying for medica tion including very expensive pre scription opiate pain Drugs that are free in a hospital may amount to very expensive hits on the family budget for people dying at Having to arrange care and adminis ter powerful drugs to a dying person is enough of a burden on a family during a most difficult These care providers dont need that added worries about how to pay for There is also a practical side to care for the dying in the home and it is a ben efit for Chomiaks Home care frees up much needed space in hospitals and that represents a savings for Chomiaks Still the minister says that rising drug costs about 15 per cent per year have been the stumbling block for his Everything that costs is a the minister he now knows the effect of the problem he is passing along to people who have been helping reduce hospital Chomiak says he plans to act on his promise by We hope that is more than just another Friday afternoon jab should apply to all ord Mackintosh has observed that the wheels of justice seem to grind a lit ile more slowly on Friday afternoons not unlike legislative per Tweaking the collective noses of provincial who are currently in line for significant the justice minister has hinted that courtrooms ought to be a little busier on Friday He may have a although the Provincial Judges Association notes there are many factors that guide the way judges schedule Is the minister genuinely concerned about improving efficiency in the courts Or is he just taking a potshot at judges we feel that when there is a question of taxpayers money being the taxpayers should have their Lets all give Mackintosh a call to discuss this We suggest phoning his office this Friday No doubt the minister can make a little time for the people of Manitoba just before the long LOOKING BACK Borowski crosses floor in fit of moral outrage SIXTY YEARS AGO The Royal Canadian Air Force strength operating in the Aleutian Islands are in defence of the northwest approaches to North America in several complete President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill summed the Pacific war council to dis cuss the Japanese Prime Minister Mackenzie King was to attend the FIFTY YEARS AGO Neil Kirkpatrick of was awarded the grand championship rib bon for his calf shown in a district calf club competition held in the Winnipeg Stock Yards A group of members of the Brandon Flying Club paid a oneday visit to the Lethbridge Flying Marj McCunn captured the city ladies gold championship for the sec ond straight FORTY YEARS AGO Safeway prices Campbells tomato 8 tins for hot house toma 5 pound standing rib 79 fresh broiler 49 Airway instant 12 99 cents chuck 55 For the third time in five years and the second successive eversmil ing Min Boyd put the clutch on the sil verware at the Brandon Ladies City golf THIRTY YEARS AGO Declaring that he will no longer sup port a government that would turn Manitoba into a moral former NDP cabinet minister Joe Borowski crossed the floor of the provincial legis lature to sit as an One hundred and seventeen persons have been killed and more than forced from their homes by the flood waters of one of the most destructive storms in the history of the eastern seaboard of the United Worst hit was the state of Pennsylvania with damages estimated at TWENTY YEARS AGO Alexander who served as President Ronald Reagans foreign poli cy adviser for 17 abruptly resigned yesterday after one policy quarrel too many with this Hundreds of Lebanese skeptical of the new ceasefire between Israeli invaders and PLO packed their belongings and fled warravaged West Beirut for safer areas The Western Regional Library will receive a operating grant from the TEN YEARS AGO Kim Christianson became the first female to graduate from the threeyear autobody repair class at Crocus Plains high school Rick general manager of the Keystone announced yesterday the ice surface floor in the main arena must be replaced immediately for safety reasons and therefore the main arena will be closed for the This forces several groups to look for new venues to hold their From the files of The Brandon NATIONAL VIEWPOINT Group initiative needed to focus on Africas woes JIM TRAVERS For The Sun OTTAWA For a few days this Africa will intrude into the consciousness of a comfortable coun By the time Prime Minister Jean Chretien and other G8 leaders make another in the long series of largely broken the misery of the most troubled continent will be at least temporarily The misery is stag In subSaharan more than 300 million people sub sist on less than a Infant mortality is pushing 10 per AIDS affects almost 25 million people on a continent where average life expectancy is slipping toward 45 Crushed by some of the poorest nations on Earth are net exporters of vital In this African famine is again sweeping across the endangering six million more in six countries that should be able to feed In a perverse way familiar to anyone who knows thats the good Reform comes slowly to the continents 53 countries and its only effective catalyst is The common denominator in the dozen or so countries successfully bucking continental trends is that each is respond ing to crisis by implementing locally economic and political It is those policies that G8 leaders hope to reinforce by endorsing a plan that would reward movement toward open democracy and the rule of law with invest ment and access to world Its an ambitious plan requiring billion more In many it is a good Among its attributes is that the New Partnership for African Development was born in Africa and raised by For the first the continents most influential leaders are acknowledging that rooting out recognizing human rights and encouraging Africas often exuberant entre preneurial spirit are prerequisites for a successful assault on But changing Africa also requires changing the Each of the continents many failings finds a corresponding failure in the capricious development policies and trade pro tectionism of rich northern Put industrialized nations are failing Africa as demonstrably and as dramatically as it is failing Money best measures that Recent donor promises the World Bank reports that in the aid to Africa fell billion to a country that routinely fails to meet internation al aid recently committed million more in addi tional aid for only slightly more than it will cost host ing Kananaskis and last years Quebec City Summit of the Even that financial trickle is Aid to some of the worlds poorest countries is often tied less to need and policy reform than to old colonial connec rewards for United Nations voting or the benefits to the The result is an ineffectual global develop ment approach that can harm more than it In some imposed economic restructuring reduces spending on health and education while patent enforcement restricts distribution of affordable generic This donors and recipients are almost certain to agree on common development goals and there is no sign that the key partic ularly the will abandon bilateral aid in favour of a more effective group initiative or that other fundamental compro including one on patent HTV will be Those wont be the only There is justifiable concern among African leaders and aid critics once financial promises will prove to be hot They worry that Africa will change only to find that the rewards needed to sustain change will wither under the weight of domestic polit ical trade barriers and conditions designed to make compliance To help reverse Africas death the developed world must reform its own It must replace its mouth with It must stop proselytizing globalization and make it work by lowering trade barriers and applying the same rules to Africas crushing debts as sophisticated economies apply to domestic Most of the wealthy world must recognize that it is an unindicted coconspirator in the 40year crime of reducing the hope and expectations of independent Africa to the desperate realities of By abandoning Africa after the Cold by failing to keep its promises and by shovelling money into the Swiss bank accounts of friendly as the did in Mobutus the West exacerbated the already overwhelming prob lems and worst tendencies of governments new to If Kananaskis is to make a it must recognize that helping Africa rescue itself is a lasting not a momentary intrusion into the priorities and consciousness of those who mean well but are willing to do little and not for James Trovers is a national affairs LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Peacekeeping is a better way Canadians willingly and proudly support the participa tion of our Armed Forces with the multinational force engaged in the war to stamp out Todays conflict reminds us of our victories in the First and Second World Wars and the high price in human life we paid for peace and But simply defeating the enemy in the field is not our only We believe that by resolving conflict we can create the path to a better way for the We look to the future for a different way of solving the worlds problems and attaining a more fairer and peaceful for Canada has a passion for This passion has given Canada recognition as the most credible and trusted nation in the entire world and it has reached this position through its peacekeeping activities and Our late Prime Lester established the first multinational peacekeeping force to solve disputes by means other than armed For this he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 and lasting recogni tion as the father of the multinational peacekeeping Canada became recognized as the nation of we need to advocate continuation and indeed expansion of our peacekeeping Our advocacy should be vociferous visible and repeated at every Canadians give high priority to their participation in international We must be in the forefront of the road to peace through the fostering of dialogue between the development of international support of the World Court and the cre ation of massive peacekeeping Through these actions we will attain the Canadian dream of world And we because the alternative war is We have only to look back over the past years as illustrated in two dramatic paintings by Canadian artist Albert Chiarandini Attila and Mans During that span of nothing has changed except the weapons of death and We have the better way and that is to think of the role and work of our peacekeeping forces around the world and fly the Maple Leaf with Bruce Smith Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwaite News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON O SUN Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement BUI Chester General Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrlelle 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