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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON June 2002 A3 Forest fire causes more evacuations PRINCE More people were forced to leave their homes yesterday afternoon as a swiftly moving forest fire moved through a region near this central Saskatchewan Earl with Saskatchewan said residents in the outskirt communities of Nordale and Red Wing left as a precautionary measure while the flames continued to Officials couldnt immediate ly say how many people were By midafternoon the 40squarekilometre fire was still 21 kilometres from Prince but the wind was blow ing the flames in that Theres still a river in its Greyeyes But who can really predict the path of a fire The blaze started out as sepa rate fires on Friday but by yester day they had merged into The communities of Holbein and Crutwell were emptied out Friday with residents frantically hauling valuables away after being told to abandon their Theyre going said Dave Nelson of Prince who drove through Holbein on his way to Shellbrook just as smoke started to creep over the trees and into Theyre frantically trying to go in and get their TVs and their boats and their skidoos and theyre bringing it out to the Canadian Press BRUCE SUN Young New Democrat Vincent Barletta writes notes on globalization and the impact of the recent G8 Summit during a forum held yesterday at Park Community Globalization focus of local forum About a dozen Brandonites held their own summit yesterday to talk about globalization in the wake of G8 meetings in Alberta last Trade negotiations do have an says Lonnie a member of the Manitoba Young New which helped orga nize a discussion at Park Community One of the reasons we wanted to have it here was so something would happen in our community instead of far away in Half of Africas population are who arent being considered in aid to the she James Rogers says he was con cerned that national leaders met privately to discuss issues that affect The leaders really are pup pets to the corporations There should be people sitting cameras in Theyre looking to make a huge corpo rate network and exclude every one from Globalization of trade is giv ing corporations more clout close to home says Allister He says it was wrong for Maple Leaf to close its Edmonton plant and open a new one in Brandon with lower wages and little fight from United Food and Commercial Workers Meetings of G8 including Prime Minister Jean wrapped up in Kananaskis last Brandon Sun Activists call for end to trade blockade A few activists demanding an end to the long standing trade blockade of Cuba stopped in Brandon They arrived in an symbolically loaded with medical supplies representing Cubas strong health care We are trying to demonstrate the impact of the economic embargo and yet celebrate the things Cubas been able to says Shirley Lord of Its been designed to put huge eco nomic pressure on the citizens so they would over throw Fidel Cubas health care is strong despite difficulty obtaining she Brandon Sun Winnipeg hospital poised to receive revolutionary radiation machine BY TOM ARNOLD National Post TORONTO A Winnipeg hospital will be the first in Canada to acquire a highly sophisticated radiation machine that performs precise surgery without a It will save more lives while reducing operating times and sending patients home from hos pital much Known as the gamma the painless procedure delivers 201 highly focused beams of electromagnetic radia tion at a single Only the tissue being treated receives a very strong dose of radiation provided by gamma rays while the surrounding tissue remains The machine is considered by many to be the gold standard for It is worth mil takes one year to build and is to be installed next Patients from across Canada are expected to travel to Winnipeg to seek the It think this is slowly revolu tionizing the way we treat said Michael head of neurosurgery at the Health Sciences Centre in For with a mediumto moderatesize it might take eight to 12 hours to plus several days in the intensive care unit and then maybe a week on the With the gamma it takes one It is an outpatient procedure and the patient is back to work within a couple of days rather than four to six weeks There are other West pointing out that patients are more likely to survive with this And when you operate on somebody for these there is a significant risk of causing neurological he This is much lower with a non invasive West and his Anthony first became familiar with the equip ment while they were practising in the United In addition to brain the gamma knife can be used to treat pituitary acoustic certain gliomas and abnormal blood epilepsy and Parkinsons At Canadians are generally permitted to go to the United States to seek gamma knife treatment and have it cov ered by provincial medicare It costs between and It will be significantly less than that West COMPOST QUEST Families set up compost learn more about process n OWMIttrt VlnC BY DARCI CLARK For The Sun In this third instalment of Compost Quest a monthly envirodiary following two local families as they learn to incorpo rate backyard composting into their busy lives we find our families involved in setting up their composters and gaining confidence in their ability to manage this natural recycling Those of you with us since April will know that this column is part of a larger Westman com munity action project called Composting designed to promote the economic and envi ronmental benefits of backyard Through our work with the Brandon School we found two generous families one urban and one rural will ing to have us look over their shoulders for the upcoming year as they learn to backyard com Our project goal continues to be to show how average Westman households can become greener with little dis ruption to routine and a bit of support from local Local artist Curt Shoultzs unique composttoons contin ue to highlight the ecotivities of our families and give addi tional hints as to their Different compost bins and materials were chosen for each family to represent average town and farm lifestyles in our Westman What each family will have in common is that the process will require minimal management with appropriate amounts of water and waste Tim a local compost ing guru and supervisor at Westman Recycling showed the farm kids and his 10yearold N how to wire together their own bin from salvaged pallets in itself a form of recycling and gave them lots of composting pointers to help get Tim made sure that one side of the bin also serves as a gate to make regular adding and turning of the waste easier to The bin is handily located in a sheltered spot adjacent to their It will remain relatively open to the with water added only if rainfall is not Should there be too much natur al the kids will put on a simple lid or tarp for the M hoped this project would give him access to the tractor to cart in barn waste and haul grass clippings from their large until Dads shake of the head convinced him that using the ATV and its trailer was still much preferable to the Although incorporation of pet waste is not encouraged due to potential pathogens and para sites in waste from dogs and N plans some Internet research to find out if they can include bedding from the rabbit as she assured us the bunny eats the same kind of veggie matter that will eventually be composted from the Our city family will use a plas tic commercial composting donated by the good folks at Canadian will remain enclosed except for the addition of waste or They chose an ideal location close to their garden and in a sunny exposure to help the composting process build up the heat necessary to break down the kitchen and yard Due to its contained this bin will require occa sional aeration by poking holes into the pile with a pitchfork or broom handle to promote the air circulation needed by the com posting The eldest brother T as distinguished from middle sister T and little sister J is the most knowledgeable member of our urban thanks to his par ticipation in vermi worm com posting in his Grade 3 class He thinks its pretty cool that he and his Grandpa can trade composting tips this sum but says its too bad that his Grandpa had to buy his Sisters T and J found adding the wet grass clippings kind of but Mom and Dad think it is great to have a project that actively revolves around the They look forward to experi menting with things like adding a small amount of ashes from their backyard fire pit to help neutralize acids from kitchen Stay tuned next month to learn how our families are com bining composting with holi along with a preview of their expectations as the growing season For more information on all types of or a copy of previous call us at 725 9234 or Composting 101 provides demonstration workshops and educational material to help make backyard composting sec ond Composting 101 is a project partnership between The Marquis Clark Community Westman Recycling Brent Hansen the City of Brandon and Resource Conservation Funding was provided by Manitoba Conservations Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention WRAPP Canadian military rejected American uniforms because of backlash fears OTTAWA National Defence officials declined to purchase desert camouflage uniforms offered by the United States for Afghanistanbound citing the expense and the negative publici ty that could result from its soldiers using American the Ottawa Citizen reported The Pentagons Defense Logistics Agency informed its Canadian counterpart it could provide the desert uniforms for the 880 Canadian troops within seven to 10 days of receiving a official according to military documents released under the Access to Information In Canadian military officials start ed looking at whether foreign uniforms were avail able for the Afghan but officers noted there was no money for such a It was determined that three countries the United Britain and Australia could provide suit able and in February the Americans reconfirmed that the clothing was ready if But senior officials at National Defence head quarters in Ottawa decided against buying American desert uniforms since the clothing was not deemed sufficiently beneficial in considera tion of all the related It was revealed in February that Canadian troops heading to a country with desert and mountain would be wearing dark green clothing intended for use in wooded Canadian soldiers solved the problem by dab bing sandcoloured paint on their uniforms and but opposition MPs alleged Liberal government costcutting had left the soldiers with inferior Among the factors considered by senior Defence officials in rejecting the American uni forms was the expense and that the equipment was of an older Canadian officers also noted that there could be negative publicity and concerns raised about sover eignty if the troops were clad in American combat Canadian Press Alberta health authorities battle huge budget deficits EDMONTON Albertas health regions will cut 460 convert or close hospital beds and charge new fees for unin sured services to deal with a financial squeeze that saw only three of 17 authorities submit balanced budgets for this Health authority business plans released Friday showed a combined deficit among the regions for the 2002 2003 fiscal Fifteen of those threeyear plans received the blessing of Alberta Health Minister Gary Mar 11 of them despite plans to run in the Two were deemed unacceptable and will have to be Most of the projected deficit will be covered with surplus money accumulated by the regions in previous Many will convert underuti lized acute care beds to primary care or longterm health care to deliver better kinds of services communities Mar Health officials said most of the job losses will be come by cutting vacant the provinces health authorities will spend almost billion between April 2002 and March 2003 the provinces fiscal That is million a day an eight per cent increase over last years daily spending of mil Mars announcement imme diately came under fire from Liberal health critic Kevin It takes remarkably poor management by the Alberta gov ernment to increase funding million a day and still close beds and lay off hundreds of Taft Canadian Press summs Ml iiifcrt stock Off SPORTSWEAR ;