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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A12 BRANDON June 2002 Calgary returns to normal after G8 summit BY JAMES STEVENSON Canadian Press CALGARY The concrete barriers and police lines vanished to be replaced with hay bales and wagon It didnt take long for Calgarys heavy veil of security to lift as the G8 summit ended Thursday leaving the city to quickly gear up for its gentler next event the Calgary The leaders of the worlds eight most powerful countries actually met in the highly tain resort of about an hours drive west of the But Calgary acted as with thou sands of international media and dele gates cramming into its The Prairie better known for its cowboy hats and oil was gripped with fear that thousands of pro testers would descend upon it and fight pitched battles with riot Petroleum giant Shell Canada cov ered up its corporate logo outside its downtown office tower with a Welcome to Calgary sign hoping to avoid any Yet the violent protests that have scarred all other recent international gettogethers 6f leaders didnt material ize under the broiling southern Alberta sun this Some stores along Calgarys trendy Stephen Avenue had even boarded up windows in anticipation of I wasnt happy with the whole G8 thing to begin said Jim owner of a store that sells T shirts and hash I wasnt impressed with having it here and all that and Im glad its but it went The summit was estimated to bring in million to the Calgary Jinah gave credit to the police for doing a good job keeping the and said the protesters bought lots of things from his store during the twoday Leaders of the security task which included more than sol diers and police from across were glowing with pride More than soldiers and police from across Canada took If someone had said a year ago right after the last G8 meeting in Genoa that wed get through this event without use of any tear gas or without even a broken people would have said we were said Rick deputy chief of the Calgary Police Prime Minister Jean Chretien flew out Thursday at the close of the two day as did his Group of Eight colleagues President George Tony Blair of Jacques Chirac of Gerhard Schroeder of Silvio Berlusconi of Vladimir Putin of Russia and Junichiro Koizumi of RCMP Chief Lloyd Hickman said the plan of having the leaders meet in a remote area far away from protest ers proved to work well and he expected it will be copied for future international I think they saw the success of hav ing it isolated from the city in restricting the violent so I would suggest that more and more people would look at this type of The police heaped credit on their bicycle who matched protest marchers step for step but didnt pro voke anyone while heavily armed riot CANADIAN PRESS Protester Austin from 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 G8 summit came to an troops hid in vans parked They chatted with the let them march through the downtown allowed a trampoline to be set up in the middle of one of Calgarys busiest roads for a few and let them go topless or even strip The Calgary protests matched one in Ottawa long on civil disobedience but short on In total there were only three G8 related arrests two Americans were charged with spraypainting railway cars and af union official was charged with obstructing a police officer at a security checkpoint near African aid plan needs more detail PMs former adviser The G8 leaders multibilliondollar deal to help Africas poor needs a detailed action plan if its going to be more than empty says a former adviser to Jean The last thing Africa needs are more promises from more commit said Gordon director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of which plans to examine how the plan endorsed by G 8 leaders is Smith was Chretiens top or during the 1995 G7 summit in Adopting the New Partnership for Africas or was Chretiens centrepiece objective when the worlds richest leaders gath ered in earlier this The plan calls for more eco nomic and other support to African countries that demonstrate good gov rule of law and sound eco nomic The aim is to improve die lives of African people by reducing poverty and human rights Critics have said the plan is short on details and filled with qualifying lan guage that can allow countries to back of funding in federal Tory Leader Joe Clark said the African initiative was with ho guarantees that most of the money wduld be delivered to the impoverished The basic commitment Canada made was to contribute million to there are said That is a loophole through which you could fly a fleet of Clark said the fiveyear plan didnt go far enough to ensure the billions invested wouldnt be If the G8 breaks its that will feed cynicism and and drive Africa he Virtually ignoring for has been bad The only thing worse would be to promise now and not Canadian Press Cheney in charge while Bush has colonoscopy WASHINGTON President George Bush said he will briefly transfer the powers of the presidency to VicePresident Dick Cheney today while Bush is sedated for a colon For only the second time the first being in 1985 during President Ronald Reagans colon can cer surgery the 25th Amendment of the Constitution will be invoked and Cheney will be acting president for a matter of White House counsel Al Gonzales said after the surprise who turns 56 next said doctors rec ommended the procedure a colonoscopy because benign polyps were found in two previous It is considered a standard pre ventive procedure for men his The president said there were no no symptoms of trouble and he expected to exercise in the afternoon after the The procedure will be conducted at the Camp David presidential I feel Bush said before leaving the White House for the This is part of the annual so I just decided to do it at this It fit in with my Bush said he decided to transfer powers to Cheney out of extra caution because the country is at Cheney will be standing He realizes hes not going to be president that Bush White House physician Richard Tubb said Bush had the same procedure in July 1998 and December 1999 both times two ipolyps were The takes 30 to Tubb The doctor briefed reporters shortly made his plans public before boarding the presiden tial helicopter for Camp Aides said he decid ed to have the procedure two or three weeks Press Escape to it nil liorth Dakota State Fair JULY Average yard cost Help Shape the Future of Rivers Provincial Park Proposed Boundary Change Manitoba Conservation is proposing to adjust the boundary of Rivers Provincial Park to include the quartersection of mixedgrass prairie directly north of the You are invited to share your ideas at dropin Winnipeg July 12 12 noon8 Manitoba 200 Saulteaux Crescent Rivers Park July 13 12 noon6 Maintenance Shop Everyone is Your participation will help shape the future of this For more information call 9454363 in Winnipeg or 18002146497 ext 4363 toll visit 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