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Named male high school athlete of the year IBIWhitecloud out as chief
By Rod Nickel
Ken Whitecloud’s four-year run as Sioux Valley Dakota Nation chief is over, leaving behind a string of ambitious economic development projects.
Whitecloud quit this week in a hushed-up meeting with band council, which had been considering bouncing him from office.
The ex-chief had been under a two-week suspension.
He was charged with being disorderly in a licenced premises during an incident at the Summer Fair earlier this month.
While Whitecloud has been charged, he has not been convicted and the courts have yet to deal with his case.
Band officials must take an oath requiring them to “lead a personal life beyond reproach,” and this was cited during a meeting over the suspension.
Band member Harold Blacksmith says he has “mixed emotions” seeing Whitecloud go.
Blacksmith says he feels there was room for discussions on the matter of Whitecloud’s departure from the chief’s position.
“But I personally feel the right decision was made. Life goes on.”
“Justice has been done,” says a satisfied Nelson Mazawasicuna, who ran against Whitecloud in the last election.
Whitecloud helped build a grocery
store, gas station and video lottery terminal centre — a row of businesses that are among just a handful in Sioux Valley.
He also led the band into signing an interim self-government agreement, which Sioux Valley continues to negotiate with other government levels.
SEE BYELECTION’ — PAGE A2Cool Tips
City sweating through stifling temperatures
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Andrea Nickel keeps an eye on the Rideau Park pool yesterday afternoon as temperatures climbed past 30 C. And for those thinking back longingly to January, theres bad news. Hot temperatures are predicted through the long weekend.
By Rod Nickel
There’s no air conditioning in a bucket extended four metres above a city truck, not even when the sun warms temperatures beyond 30 C.
But Ted Uhryniuk, dressed warmly in a cap, coveralls and T-shirt, isn’t about to complain
“We do this job in all extremes, if it’s 35-below or 35-above,” he says inspecting a light standard at Riverbank Discovery Centre.
Yesterday, Brandon surpassed 30 degrees but didn’t come close to its 92-year-old record temperature of 38 degrees.
“I suppose you get used to it. You sweat a bit.”
The heat dictates how Kari Raffiay does her job, however.
“If I’m at the lake, I like it, but not here,” she says as she leads a group of children on a
trail near their day care.
“We try to stay in the shade and we use sprinklers a lot.” They can also cool off at the
Sportsplex, Kinsmen and Keystone pools.
SEE LONG WEEKEND' — PAGE A2
• Avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun. lf you do venture outside, use sunscreen or sunblock. The higher the number (such as SPF20) gives you more protection.
• Drink plenty of fluids — especially water — even when you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages, which contribute to dehydration.
• Use an air conditioner or fan to keep air circulating.
• Follow the 10-to-3 rule, avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun's rays are strongest. Schedule yard work ana exercise during early morning or evening hours.
• Listen to your body and slow down when you feel fatigued.
• People at risk to heat-related illness should stay indoors or a cool place.
• lf you don’t have air conditioning, you can install temporary reflectors, such as aluminum foil covered cardboard, to reflect any heat back outside.
• Know the symptoms of heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, and be ready to give first aid.
— Brandon Sun
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Propane leak in Minnedosa forces brief road closure
The Minnedosa fire department responded to a propane leak late yesterday evening at Moms Industries, Minnedosa ROMP report.
A line ruptured on one of the propane tanks at Morris industries, RCMP said. The fire department responded and shut the lme oft’.
An entrance into town was briefly blocked off, RCMP said.
No residents were evacuated.
— Brandon Sun
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Kayvon Razzaghi keeps cool yesterday afternoon at the pool in Rideau Park. Razzaghi and his New Era school classmates were beating the 30-degree plus heat on the last day of classes.
Summit wraps up with pledge to help Africa
By Robert Russo
KANANASKIS, Alta. — The planet’s richest countries ended their annual meeting yesterday with promises to help the world’s poorest people in Africa, but fell somewhat short of lofty pre-summit expectations.
The leaders of the Group of Eight also admitted Russia as a full member and agreed on a global partnership to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists, including $20 billion US for Russia to destroy most of its nuclear, chemical and biological arsenal.
The sharp-shooters and attack helicopters hovering in the magnificent mountains surrounding this stunning village didn’t hear a peep from terrorists or protesters.
A hungry and persistent bear was the lone victim of the extraordinary security blanket thrown over the summit. The black bear was put down after it was injured falling from a tree while trying to get at a soldier’s food bag.
Pnme Minister Jean Chretien said he hopes the blueprint for substantial new African aid will be the lasting achievement of a summit that was partially overshadowed by a controversial U.S. Mideast peace plan.
And he committed Canada to spend $6 billion over five years to help Africa fight poverty, improve education and battle AIDS.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien scratches his head during a news conference at the end of the G8 Summit meetings yesterday in Kananaskis, Alta.
“We promised a different kind of summit to encourage better results and we have delivered,” Chretien told a news conference wrapping up the two-day summit.
The G-8 Africa Action Plan will provide aid, economic and other support to African countries that demonstrate good governance, rule of law and sound economic policies.
The aim is to improve the lives of African people by reducing corruption, poverty and human rights abuses.
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