Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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June 29 2002
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By Hod Nickel
Developer Joe Bova, whom the city has groomed to take over the Mental Health Centre grounds, says years of delay have him reconsidering his involvement.
“I’ve put five years of my life in that damn thing,” says Bova, a partner in Renex Developments. “I don’t feel betrayed but I do feel stupid.”
The historic grounds have been vacant for three years. They remain Crown land, despite a two-year-old signed memorandum of understanding to transfer them from the province to
Renex owns the right of first refusal to buy the land from the city.
The hold-up in transferring the land is negotiations between the province and Assiniboine Community College, which wants to relocate there. But Bova says development would already be underway on the sprawling grounds
— with room to spare for the college — had the province turned over the land.
“Things have changed big-time,” he says. “I haven’t given it any thought. It is in the political arena. When the political leadership decides what to do with it, I’ll look at it.”
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BU puts aviation degree on hold
City residents enjoy reduced mosquito population — for now
By Rod Nickel
Heather Miller happily spends her evenings swatting baseballs instead of mosquitoes.
“I’ve noticed there aren’t as many out,” she says of the pests while carrying out her day job watering city flower beds. “They can be an annoying problem.”
Brandonites are relishing the smallest mosquito population in at least three years
The four traps Brandon University students monitor around the city catch an average of 20 skeeters every 48 hours — one-third of the catch a year ago.
Some traps were pulling in as many as 400 mosquitoes per trap during peak times last year.
So while Winnipeg calls in the aerial foggers, Brandon is enjoying an almost bug-free summer.
“It’s gratifying to know there are fewer mosqui-
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toes,” says Jason Bush, a BU student who checks traps. “It means we’re doing our job.”
Traps outside the city are collecting IOO mosquitoes every two days — also fewer than last year.
Brandon’s anti-mosquito arsenal consists of killer bacteria called Vectobac. Students apply the bacteria to standing water, where bacteria make quick meals of mosquito larva.
The city hasn’t fogged for adult skeeters for years and won’t unless there’s an extreme health risk, says city parks and cemetery manager Rick Bailey.
Brandon has topographic advantages that Winnipeg lacks. Here, the land is more hilly and the soil discourages puddle formation, Bailey says.
Still, he’s not counting out the summer pests
“Will we beat the mosquito? No. Never.”
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By Shelley Vivian
Efforts to bring an aviation degree program to Brandon University have been placed in a holding pattern while the university pursues a new program in environmental science.
The university has shifted its focus at the urging of the Council On Post Secondary Education, the provincial body that considers proposals for funding of post-secondary programs, said Jeff Williams, vicepresident, academic and research, at Brandon University.
“It’s a question of priority, whether we would want to stick with a former proposal that is problematic, whether we’d want to give that a higher priority than the latest proposal that we’re quite excited about,” said Williams.
Louise Gordon, acting executive director of COPSE, said a number of issues need to be addressed before an aviation program proposal would be considered.
Chief among them are whether a four-year program for pilots is needed m Manitoba and where it should be located.
“I don’t have an answer to that but that’s the primary question,” she said.
“That has to be answered sufficiently based on what is happening in the labour market. How are pilots trained? Is there a gap? Is that the best place to meet the gap? It’s a fairly complex question.”
A degree program in aviation at BU has been in discussion for several years.
Initially put forth by Bombardier to supplement military flight training at Portage la Prairie, the company backed off when training schedules changed and instructors and equipment became used on a more year-round basis.
Williams suggested support for the program began to wane then. More recently, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a downturn in the airline industry have caused government to react negatively to the idea of an aviation degree program, he said.
There is currently no such program in Manitoba.
Red River College in Winnipeg has a two-year diploma program that combines flight training with business administration.
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By Shelley Vivian
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Heather Miller spends a lot of time outdoors, both with her summer job and playing fastball. Miller and other Brandonites are enjoying the lowest mosquito populations in three years this season.
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Already seeing patients with heat-related illness yesterday, health officials in Brandon are reminding people to make special efforts to beat the heat as temperatures remain high.
Two people have been treated for heat stroke in Brandon since the heat wave began and several others have turned up with symptoms of heat exhaustion, said Carol Manson McLeod, patient care co-ordinator at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.
“It certainly is a concern at this time of year,” she said yesterday.
The mercury hit a high of 33 C in Brandon yesterday and is set to climb today with a high of 35 C forecast.
Adding to the sweltering heat is the humidity. Yesterday’s humidex reading topped 40 C.
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Mike Couttes, Rick Cooper and Shane Jury, left to right, make their merry way down the Little Saskatchewan River on an innertube below the Lake Minnedosa dam yesterday afternoon.
The blistering heat hasn’t made for any record-breaking in the Brandon region, though.
“You’re a long way away from your record,” said Jay Anderson, meteorologist with Environment Canada.
“We had records around the province, but not in the south.” The only exception was Melita, which set a record yesterday when it reached 32.8 C. The
community has been reporting temperatures for less than a decade, though.
Brandon would have had to reach 39 C yesterday to break a record set in 1910.
The Pas was one of many northern Manitoba communities to set records, hitting a high of 37 C yesterday.
A system moving in from the west will bring temperatures
down slightly across southwestern Manitoba Sunday, when a high of 29 is predicted.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 20s through to at least the middle of the week.
To avoid becoming sick, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, particularly between IO a.m. and 3 p.m. when its rays are strongest.
Drink plenty of fluids, even
when you’re not thirsty and slow down if you feel fatigued.
Seek medical attention at the earliest signs of heat-related illness.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, vomiting, weakness, pale, cold and clammy skin and a weak pulse. Signs of heat stroke are high body temperature with hot, dry skin and a rapid, strong pulse.