Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Eleanor Kidd Gardens open Monday
Two years in the making, Eleanor Kidd Gardens will officially open on Canada Day
The gardens, located between 18th Street North and Riverbank Discovery Centre, include a performance stage, stroll garden and fountain plaza, featuring a bronze sculpture by Glenboro artist Peter Sawatzky.
The gardens are also home to Order of the Eastern Star’s Millennium Garden.
They cost $660,000 in city, provincial and private funding.
The grand opening takes place at 11:30 a m.
Engineers ratify one-year contract
Manitoba operating engineers have ratified a new one-year contract with the Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba.
The settlement diffuses a dispute over PCL Constructors’ hiring of a non-union operator for the tower crane at the Brandon Regional Health Centre construction site.
The contract leaves employers the right to contract out some jobs. It also includes language that requires contractors to try hiring a union crane operator before a non-union worker in the future.
At the hospital site, a union crane operator has replaced the former operator, who remains on the site performing other duties, says spokesman Garth Rice of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 987.
“There really is no winner, no loser.”
No damage from propane leak
It’s business as usual at Morris Industries following a propane leak late Thursday evening.
A hose on a propane tank at the Minnedosa business ruptured but was replaced by Superior Propane the same night.
Three employees were in the building at the time.
Plant manager Dale Evans said the leak was minor and there was no damage other than the ruptured hose.
Members of the Minnedosa fire department responded and shut off the line.
The leak forced the brief closure of a road into town.
Community centre vandalized
The East End Community Centre in Brandon was broken into and vandalized Thursday night, police report.
The culprits discharged a fire extinguisher throughout the inside of the building, according to police, and made off with a pair of butcher knives. Police have no suspects.
Jeep reported stolen
A Jeep was reported stolen from the I OO block of 13th Street in Brandon Thursday night or early yesterday morning.
The 1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo is purple with Manitoba licence plate number DJM 176.
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Millions in forgotten funds sit dormant in Bank of Canada
By Dean Bassett
Cranbrook Daily Townsman
CRANBROOK, B.C. — Almost $200 million in unclaimed cash is sitting dormant in the Bank of Canada.
Earlier this week there were 752,048 unclaimed sums of money retained by the Bank of Canada, including a 51 -year-old bank balance from the Cranbrook District Co-operative Society.
Amounts under $500 are held for another IO years. If they go unclaimed they get transferred to the Receiver General. Accounts with more than $500 remain with Bank of Canada indefinitely.
The society has $737.29 from an account last used Nov 29, 1951.
Harry Ivey, operations manager for the Bank of Canada, said trust companies and chartered banks such as CIBC, TD, Scotiabank and Royal Bank will hold a dormant account for IO years. After the initial 10-year period, the money is transferred to the Bank of Canada.
The Cranbrook society’s account was transferred on Dec. 31, 1968.
“A lot of the accounts are small amount like $5, $7 or $10,” said Ivey. “But some of the balances are quite sizeable, over $400,000.”
The Bank of Canada pays 1.5 per cent uiterest on accounts it holds for the first IO years.
Ivey suspects a__ _ ___
lot of the small amounts received by the bank come from accounts people forget when they move.
“One account we had was from a professional hockey player who was traded all over the place and forgot about it,” he said
Immigrants who return to their country of origin also leave behind a number of dormant accounts.
“There’s $180,000,000 just waiting to be claimed,” Ivey said.
Three people work full-time dealing with the 40,000 searches, 19,000 letters and 13,000 phone inquiries the bank receives year ly from people looking for old money.
People can also search the Bank of Canada’s Web site (www.bankofcana-da.ca/en/ with no hyphens) for dormant accounts under their name.
But the bank doesn’t just hand over cash to anybody who makes a claim. Ivey said people making a claim rn proof olCanada, U.S. ink refugee deal
By Colin PERKEL
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. Canada and the United States signed a preliminary agreement yesterday that will allow them to turn back refugees arriving through one of the countries at the border.
Canadian refugee groups immediately denounced the deal as harmful for those fleeing persecution.
The so-called “safe third-coun try accord,” long resisted by the Americans, meets a United Nations convention that no country is obliged to accept asylum seekers arriving from a nation where they face no harm
“It’s not a matter of shopping for the country that you want, it’s a matter of escaping the oppression that you face,” said Deputy Prime Minister John Manley.
For years, Washington argued against such an accord given that
the United States would end up with the bulk of the refugee claimants.
About 61) per cent of the 50,000 refugees who arrive in Canada each year come via the U S and half of those fail in their claims in this country, a far lower rate than those who come under the auspices of the UN
“It suggests there aie other things going on,” said Manley, who insisted neither country would be any less welcoming to those fleeing persecution
But Winnipeg immigration lawyer David Matas said there is “absolutely no need” fbi the deal “It’s a sad day tot refugees,” said Matas, who called the American system, which even Amnesty International has criticized, much harshei than Canada’s.
“The U S detains children we don’t. We give more people fair hearings. Even worse is being sent back into danger, and that is
more likely ”
In Montreal, Immigration Munster Denis Codeine rejected the criticism
“Canada won’t shut its bor der,” he said.
Although final details of the accord have yet to be worked out, Canada would retain the right to select up to 200 refugees a year turned away by the U.S., Codene said.
The agreement would make some exceptions for minors, families, and give priority to keeping both married and same-sex couples together.
Criminals would be deported within days, rather than months.
The accord is part of a 30 point “smart border” program outlined in December by Manley and the American director of homeland security, Tom Ridge Manley, who has been responsible for public-security issues since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. last September, outlined sev
eral other areas of “substantive” progress in the border talks.
They include more co-operation to identify high-risk travellers and a “fast-lane” program for those deemed low risk.
Progress has also been made on smoothing the way for trustworthy companies which make “just-in-time” cross-border deliveries.
Perrin Beatty, president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, said he was “very pleased” by the progress.
“It’s a sign that the two governments are taking the issue seriously and are moving very quickly,” Beatty said from Ottawa.
While tighter anti-terrorism measures were considered crucial after last fall’s attacks, concerns arose about the free flow of goods and services given the importance of cross-border trade.
The tighter measures led to massive lineups at some crossings.
All Brandon businesses, including banks, will close their doors to observe the Canada Day holiday.
• SHOPPING — Shoppers Mall, The Town Centre, Zellers and Canadian Tire will be closed on Monday, July I.
Both Safeway locations, the Real Canadian Superstore, West End IGA and North Hill IGA will also be closed on Canada Day. Stan’s IGA at 139 Victoria Ave. E. will open from IO a.m. to IO p.m.
All 7-Elevens, Mac’s and Mohawk Stop ‘n Shop will be open.
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• LIQUOR — Manitoba Liquor Marts and the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission’s Head Office will be closed on Monday, July I. All licensed premises in the province may be open for liquor service on Canada Day. All privately operated liquor vendors in rural Manitoba are subject to arrangements within their own municipality.
• POSTAL SERVICE — Canada Post offices will be closed on July I and there will be no regular collection or delivery of mail on that day. However, private post offices will be open according to the hours of service of the host business. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, July 2. Customers wishing further information may call our Customer Contact Centre toll free at I 800-267 1177.
• CITY BUSES - The Brandon Transit System, Transit Information Centre, T ransit Office and Handi-Transit will not be operating on Monday, July I.
• GARBAGE — The Sanitation Department will not be operating on July I The five-day refuse collection cycle will move forward one day, making Tuesday, July 2 day two.
The Eastview landfill site is open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
The ECO Centre is dosed Sundays and Statutory Holidays.
• MEDICAL SERVICES — Shoppers Drug Mart, 809 18th St. will be open Monday from 8 a m. to midnight. Brandon Clinic West is open today from IU a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 727-0900 Richmond Walk-In Clinic, HOO Richmond Ave. is open today from 9 a.rn to 2 p.m. Call 727-0090. The Brandon Regional Health Authority can be reached at 726-1122.
• I RAVEL Greyhound Bus Lines has no schedule changes for the holiday but Grey Goose buses departing at 8 a.m. for Winnipeg, and 1:10 p.m from Minnedosa to Russell will not be running on Monday. Please call the bus depot at 727-0643 for more information.
Happy luly 1st. Check out tomorrow’s paper for some ideas on where you can attend Canada Day festivities
• GOVERNMENT — The Provincial Building City Hall and the Civic Services Complex will be closed on Monday, July I for the Canada Day holiday.
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