Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Thursday, June 27, 2002Opinion
121st Year — No. 157
Economy needs more attention from world leaders
There is certain irony in the fact stock markets have been tumbling all around G-8 leaders while they tussle over foreign affairs matters during the opening of the Kananaskis summit.
Representatives of economic world’s leading nations have been focusing on matters outside their borders and trying to decide on the best advice to others on how to run their nations.
Right now they might be wiser to pay more attention to their own business and start getting affairs in order at home.
Some so-called leading economies may soon end up behind the 8-ball if their leaders don’t get down to business.
Host, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, in a homegrown leadership battle with his former finance minister, has been trying to maintain some control of the summit conversation.
He is determined to keep his aid-to-Affica package out in front for the world to see while U.S. President George Bush pushes his Middle East agenda.
Chretien has nurtured this baby for some time and has been set to close the deal with others in the elite 8.
But Bush has been equally determined to seize the moment with his War on Terrorism Vol. II — or Vol. III.
With loud vocal support for a very expensive foray into Afghanistan still ringing in his ears, Bush has failed to listen to not-so-subtle messages of rejection ansmg from recent attempts to arrange change in Iraq.
Now he is also determined to enter the fray between Israel and the Palestinians in an effort to oust Yasser Arafat.
Those with experience in international politics know only too well that battles in the Middle East are easy to enter but very tough and expensive to leave and that is why the White House is desperately searching for support.
But Chretien and Bush have picked a very bad time to be competing for the attention of representatives from the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, in order to decide how best to tell other nations what to do.
Fragile First World economies have been rocked by the Sept. ll terrorist attacks and taxpayers have yet to see some very big bills from the military that will be coming their way.
Prosperity can mm into recession very quickly in these touchy times.
Every leader of the so-called G8 would be wise to take another look at home before venturing too far afield.
As discussions opened in Kananaskis, North American stock markets slumped again to post-Sept. 11 levels.
There was more news of financial reporting scandals and bankruptcy talk, particularly in technology sectors.
Investors are starting to wonder who has been watching the financial watchdogs as profit predictions turn into heavy losses with bogus balance sheets.
Investors, already bitten by the Enron debacle in the U.S., are obviously losing faith in to ability of business to look after itself and government’s ability to govern commerce.
No doubt Bush’s report that his government would “fully investigate” will come as little comfort.
“I think it’s just another torpedo to investor confidence,” says Doug Porter, senior economist with BMO-Nesbitt Bums.
“The more it happens, the more it hurts confidence,” says Barry Berman, with Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee.
If Bush, Chretien and company don’t keep their houses in order, their words on the international scene will carry very little weight.
Hull taking $2.5 million to play, coach in WinnipegSIXTY YEARS AGO
Taxicabs will not be permitted “to
cruise” for fares to the provincial exhibition grounds next week. Under an order issued from the Wartime Prices and Trade board, it is specified that taxicabs must operate from theft regular stands only.FIFTY YEARS AGO
Hundreds of Brandon citizens gathered in the Exhibition grounds yesterday to see the transformation which the Brandon Kinsmen Club has made m the area now being developed as the Kinsmen Zoological Gardens. The occasion was the official opening of the garden, which was conducted by Mayor James A. Creighton in a brief ceremony before the main entrance to the garden, now graced with a new brick gate.FORTY YEARS AGO
Nina Kozakiewicz, 16, Grade 12 student at Vincent Massey high school, last night was presented with a set of luggage by Brandon Rotarian Don Earles. Miss Kozakiewicz was selected from applicants from 76 Rotary Clubs in Western Canada to spend two months in Malaya during which she will speak to Rotary Clubs, explaimng Canada and its way of fife.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Bobby Hull, the leading active scorer in the National Hockey League, signed the first half of a contract today that will give him $2.5-million to serve as player and coach for Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association.
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Winnipeg’s Wally Galligan topped a field of 61 golfers at the Brandon Golf and Country Club yesterday and captured the annual firefighters golf tournament with an six-over-par of 76.
A variety concert was held recently at which more than IOO persons gathered at the Rivers collegiate to aid Lmda Davidson, a Grade 11 student who was selected to join the International Music Camp European Tour.twenty years ago
The space shuttle Columbia soared mto the skies today on a mission inaugurating manned U.S. military operating in space and ending the federal space agency’s 21-year all-civilian rule.
Mother Teresa, 72, accepted the St. Boniface Hospital research foundation’s International Award before a cheering crowd of 20,000 at Winnipeg Stadium today. Mother Teresa accepted the citation and $20,000 on behalf of God and the world’s poor.TEN YEARS AGO
A feature-length movie entitled For the Moment, the brain-child of writer/director Aaron Kim Johnson, is scheduled to be filmed almost entirely in and near the city of Brandon starting Aug. IO. The on-location shoot, which will take about seven weeks to complete, is expected to pump between half a mil lion and $800,000 into the local economy.
Forty-two students graduated from the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing this weekend. Five of those were male nurses.
From the files of The Brandon Sun.
Mitchell stone wall debate brings back the memories
It was in the 1932 period when I was touring Brandon almost daily on my faithful CCM bicycle. On occasion I would park it against Peter Mitchell’s stone wall on the Princess Avenue side and stand on the crossbar to have a peek inside.
What I saw was a miniature of Stanley Park — lawns and shrubs and flower beds, all lovingly tended by an Oriental gardener. I was told that there was another Oriental who worked as houseboy, but this was slightly out of my territory. That wall played a role in the break-up of a close friendship. The superintendent of the Indian Residential School was Rev. T. Ferrier, who arrived from the North in 1903 with a small group of native children.
It became his custom to drive into town a couple of times a week in his horse-drawn democrat.
Always, his English bulldog ran alongside the cart, riding shotgun as it were.
Over the years Ferrier and Peter Mitchell became friends. Mitchell too had a dog, and this canine had a particular habit. It would lie prone on the top of the stone wall and watch the passing parade. —-
Occasionally it would leap out and attack a dog it felt was too close to its home territory.
Alas, one day the Mitchell dog leaped out at one of the Ferrier bulldogs — he always had at least one.
The bulldog saw the Mitchell dog in midair, and as it landed in front of him it caught the attacker by the throat.
The momentum of the Mitchell dog was such that its throat was torn away. Exit one pooch.
Nothing for the clergyman to do but drive around to the front door of the Mitchell home and report that the mortal remains were in the back of the democrat.
When I read that Brandon councillors were curious about the ownership of the wall, and were pondering its future, I felt it was time for some serious research.
The wall brought back a series of diverse memories.
I called Gordon Mitchell, a Vancouver lawyer known to me, and he recommended I call his uncle Hugh, whom he described as the family genealogist .
Well, Hugh was on a tnp, but he soon returned my call.
Hugh is a retired banker who now is associated with Scotia-McLeod as a specialist in bank stocks.
Hugh is the son of J.C.P. Mitchell, popularly known as ‘Johnny,’ the propnetor of Western Motors. Other boys were Charlie, who ran the family hardware store in a property that eventually became Knowlton’s shoe shop, and James, who went into banking.
(A digression: One of our across-the-street neighbours was Midge Corness, the tennis whiz. She was hired at Mitchell’s Hardware on a tentative basis. After she had counted nails for two days they told her that as she had not complained she must be made of good stuff. She could stay.)
The oldest child and only daughter was Marguerite, known to her brothers as “Smickie.” (Don’t ask.)
Right here the nostalgia begins to flow.
Marguerite married Verner Gordon, a senior bank executive, and moved to Halifax where she became a social leader. When she heard from my mother, a lifelong friend, that I was in Halifax she wanted to say hello.
Being a direct person, she didn’t mess with the underlings but went right to the East-Coast commandant Commodore J.I.C. Edwards.
There were 750 of us enjoying a statutory navy mid-day meal, soup, sweet, when a petty officer went through the crowd searching for “McGuinness 9695.” He handed me a note and the
- connection was made. It led to many delicious
meals in the Gordon home.
Hugh Mitchell reminded me of something I had forgotten. Peter Mitchell’s residence once had a second floor, and someone decided that the upstairs portion should be removed. It now exists as the frame for a home on Manitoba Avenue. Reg Lissaman was the surgeon who presided over the separation.
Hugh said it once was a contmuing family joke to think that in the ceilings of the present-day home there are some absolutely splendid hardwood floors.
He also told me that the original members of the Oak Lake Shooting Club were 12 in number, and it worked out that half were Liberals and half Conservatives There must have been some challenging chats in the idle hours.
In the later years of this club my father and Johnny Mitchell were members.The last time I saw Johnny he invited me to the house to give me some club papers. It was a discussion in the civic council chambers that re-introduced me to this topic. They had some pressing problems. Who won that wall? Should it be repaired? If so, who pays for the work?
Well, in my opinion, it should be preserved. It’s a part of the local landscape. It’s a highly visible reminder that this is the land of hope. This is the land where, if you wish, you can work hard, acquire a square block of properly and surround it with masonry.
To whom does it belong? The answers to this will be found in the hands of the lawyers and surveyors.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Sentence needs no-smoking order
am writing in response to the front page article on Friday, titled Dad realizes burning girl’s finger wrong.
A 26-year-old man and his wife “had been having problems with their six-year old daughter stealing theft cigarettes and smoking.”
When this person found a lit cigarette on the floor his first “quick and wrong reaction” was to grab the child and touch the lit cigarette to her finger.
His defence? His father had used the same tactic.
Obviously, this stop-smoking method is neither effective nor free of emotional injury to the child.
A man who makes such a decision has proven to his child that he is not a daddy who will protea and provide comfort. A man who would purposely india burns on a frightened child because of his “quick reaction” most probably makes quite a few quick and wrong reactions.
I wish that Judge David Coppleman had issued a “stop smoking” edict for both the man and his wife. The compliance on the wife’s part is inferred by the faa that she too, was unhappy with a six-year-old “stealing” her cigarettes.
Just as in criminal offences where alcohol has been the factor behind a domestic dispute or public altercation, the offender is ordered to abstain from alcohol and avoid the premises where alcohol is served.
I strongly believe this couple should have been given, as compliance with his 18-month conditional discharge, an edia stating that they abstain from smoking and avoid places where smoking occurs. There are still plenty of options for dining and entertainment where smoking does not occur.
As an adult who grew up in a home where quick and wrong reactions occurred multiple times on a daily basis, I can honestly state that such a child-rearing method only teaches the child that home is not safe, thus perhaps the world isn’t so safe either.
I am pleased that the man’s sentence includes co-operating with family services; however, the wife should also be receiving counselling on appropriate and alternative child-disciplining methods as well.
MARY JO WELCH
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