Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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Manitoba Conservation is proposing to adjust the boundary of Rivers Provincial Park to include the quarter-section of mixed-grass prairie directly north of the park.
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■HMMAfrican aid plan needs more detail: PM’s former adviser
CALGARY— The G-8 leaders’ multi-billion-dollar deal to help Africa’s poor needs a detailed action plan if it’s going to be more than empty promises, says a former adviser to Jean Chretien.
“The last thing Africa needs are more promises from us, more commitments,’’ said Gordon Smith, director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, which plans to examine how the plan endorsed by G-8 leaders is implemented.
Smith was Chretien’s top adviser, or sherpa, during the 1995 G-7 summit in Halifax.
Adopting the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, or NEPAD, was Chretien’s centrepiece objective when the world’s richest leaders gathered in Kananaskis, Alta., earlier this week. The plan calls for more 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.
Critics have said the plan is short on details and filled with qualifying language that can allow countries to back out of funding promises.
In Ottawa, federal Tory Leader Joe Clark said the African initiative was conditional, with no guarantees that most of the money would be delivered to the impoverished continent.
“The basic commitment Canada made was to contribute $500 million to Africa, if there are surpluses,” said Clark. “That is a loophole through which you could fly a fleet of Challengers.”
Clark said the five-year plan didn’t go far enough to ensure the billions invested wouldn’t be wasted.
“If the G-8 breaks its word, that will feed cynicism and despair, and drive Africa backwards,” he said. “Virtually ignoring Africa, for years, has been bad enough. The only thing worse would be to promise now and not deliver.” —Canadian Press
Calgary returns to normal after G-8 summit
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By James Stevenson
CALGARY — The concrete barriers and police lines vanished overnight, to be replaced with hay bales and wagon wheels.
It didn’t take long for Calgary’s heavy veil of security to lift as the G-8 summit ended Thursday night, leaving the city to quickly gear up for its kinder, gentler next event — the Calgary Stampede.
The leaders of the world’s eight most powerful countries actually met in the remote — and highly guarded — mountain resort of Kananaskis, Alta., about an hour’s drive west of the city. But Calgary acted as co-host, with thousands of international media and delegates cramming into its hotels.
The Prairie city, better known for its cowboy hats and oil companies, was gripped with fear that thousands of protesters would descend upon it and fight pitched battles with riot police.
Petroleum giant Shell Canada covered up its corporate logo outside its downtown office tower with a Welcome to Calgary sign hoping to avoid any confrontations.
Yet the violent protests that have scarred all other recent international get-togethers of leaders didn’t materialize under the broiling southern Alberta sun this week.
Some stores along Calgary’s trendy Stephen Avenue had even boarded up windows in anticipation of trouble.
“I wasn’t happy with the whole G-8 thing to begin with,” said Jim Jinah, owner of Tropicana, a store that sells T-shirts and hash pipes.
“I wasn’t impressed with having it here and all that and I’m glad it’s over,
Cheney in charge while Bush has colonoscopy
WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush said he will briefly transfer the powers of the presidency to Vice-President Dick Cheney today while Bush is sedated for a colon screening.
For only the second time — the first being in 1985 dunng President Ronald Reagan’s colon cancer surgery — the 25th Amendment of the Constitution will be invoked and Cheney will be acting president for “a matter of hours,” White House counsel Al Gonzales said after the surprise announcement.
Bush, who turns 56 next week, said doctors recommended the procedure — a colonoscopy — because benign polyps were found rn two previous checks. It is considered a standard preventive procedure for men his age.
The president said there were “no signs, no symptoms” of trouble and he expected to exercise in the afternoon after the test. The procedure will be conducted at the Camp David presidential retreat.
“I feel great,” Bush said before leaving the White House for the weekend. “This is part of the annual physical, so I just decided to do it at this time. It fit rn with
Bush said he decided to transfer powers to Cheney out of extra caution because the country is “at war.” Cheney will be “standing by. He realizes he’s not going to be president that long,” Bush said.
White House physician Dr. Richard Tubb said Bush had the same procedure in July 1998 and December 1999; both times two polyps were found. The procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, Tubb said.
The doctor briefed reporters shortly after Bush made his plans public before boarding the presidential helicopter for Camp David. Aides said he decided to have the procedure two or three weeks ago.
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but it went smooth.”
The summit was estimated to bring in $243 million to the Calgary area.
Jinah gave credit to the police for doing a good job keeping the peace, and said the protesters bought lots of things from his store during the two-day event.
Leaders of the security task force, which included more than 5,000 soldiers and police from across Canada, were glowing with pride yesterday.
More than 5,000 soldiers and police from across Canada took part.
“If someone had said a year ago right after (the last G-8 meeting) in Genoa that we’d get through this event without use of any tear gas or without even a broken window, people would have said we were nuts,” said Rick Hanson, deputy chief of the Calgary Police Service.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien flew out Thursday at the close of the two-day meeting, as did his Group of Eight colleagues U.S. President George W. Bush, Tony Blair of Britain, Jacques Chirac of France, Gerhard Schroeder of Germany, Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
RCMP Chief Supt. Lloyd Hickman said the plan of having the leaders meet in a remote area far away from protesters proved to work well and he expected it will be copied for future international meetings.
“I think they saw the success of having it isolated from the city in restricting the violent contact, so I would suggest that more and more people would look at this type of model.”
The police heaped credit on their bicycle teams, who matched protest marchers step for step but didn’t provoke anyone while heavily armed riot
Protester Austin Johnson, from Vancouver, packs up his stuff at the Bridgeland Community Centre yesterday as he and others were leaving Calgary to go back to their homes as the G-8 summit came to an end.
troops hid in vans parked nearby.
They chatted with the protesters, let them march through the downtown core, allowed a trampoline to be set up in the middle of one of Calgary’s busiest roads for a few hours, and let them go topless or even strip naked.
The Calgary protests matched one in
Ottawa — long on civil disobedience but short on violence.
In total there were only three G-8-related arrests — two Americans were charged with spray-painting railway cars and a union official was charged with obstructing a police officer at a security checkpoint near Kananaskis.
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