Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Sunday, June 30, 2002Opinion
121st Year — No. 160OUR VIEW
ROMP need to respond
What would it take for the Codiac RCMP to treat a case of harassment of day-care centre employees and their young charges by an irate motorist with the seriousness it deserves?
A recent incident in Moncton was frightening and worrisome. How unstable does a person have to be to stop their vehicle and proceed to verbally abuse day-care employees in charge of a group of children doing nothing more than standing on a sidewalk eating ice cream?
A man then followed the group as it tried to ignore the unearned outburst and return to the safety of the day care, all the while hurling abusive language at the adults including the threatening comment that he knows where they work?
It is not unreasonable to ask what such an obviously troubled person is capable of doing.
The cavalier approach by the RCMP to the matter is most disturbing. The excuses for failing to immediately investigate the incident and seek out the alleged perpetrator, who the RCMP say is known to them, are hokey.
That the officer familiar with the man’s record didn’t start her shift until 5 p.m. is no excuse. Nothing was done for several hours during which the offender could have caused further trouble.
Nor is there logic in noting that the man is not considered dangerous because there is nothing in his file that
would indicate such.
Worse, a spokesman said reckless driving or speeding would warrant a dangerous classification.
But out-of-the-blue stopping a vehicle and abusively haranguing a group of day-care children and their supervisors, then following them while continuing the abuse, isn’t an indication one may be dangerous?
That is menacing behaviour, unprovoked rage. A person out of control.
What are taxpayers paying the RCMP to do in this community if not to serve and protect the public within a reasonable amount of time?
Is this case a symptom of low staffing because the Codiac RCMP shipped oft' 24 members to help police the G-8 summit in Alberta?
Even if the costs are borne by the federal government, this is not what the taxpayers are paying the RCMP to do here.
The detachment exists to provide Metro Moncton’s policing.
It again speaks to the lack of responsiveness or responsibility to communities when they contract to police an area.
There is no meaningful accountability.
The force can, and does, do whatever it wishes. And there’s nothing the municipalities or taxpayers can do about it.
An editorial from the Moncton Times and Transcript.
3,000 voices in stands for sacred song service
SIXTY YEARS AGO
Crews of at least two Canadian bomber squadrons paid their third visit to Bremen in five days when they flew in the early hours to drop incendiaries and high explosives on Germany’s still-smoking gateway to the Atlantic.
Visitors commenced to arrive early in the city today for the second day of the provincial exhibition and the downtown section gave a truly fair appearance to Brandon. A parade of wild animals from the midway shows together with several teams and ponies also added a holiday touch in the business area before noon today.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
H. D. Drader’s horse Barax won the $1,000 prize in the Mooney Colt Futurity in three straight heats.
The attendance mark at the Provincial Exhibition for the first day topped all the previous records. More than 3,000 people gathered Sunday on the main grandstand to take part in the second annual sacred song service sponsored by the exhibition board.
Plumas defeated Brandon Laurels 15-10 yesterday afternoon to capture the Alex McPhail trophy, symbolic of Western Manitoba Little League supremacy.
FORTY YEARS AGO
Allister Clyne of Caithness, Scotland, is one of the judges for the Provincial Exhibition’s All Canada Sheep Show, the first to be held in Canada.
Rev. W. R. Donogh, after serving eight years as minister of the United Church has left Alexander to take up an office at St. Paul’s Umted Church in Brandon.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
split decision, ruled today that motorists have the right to consult a lawyer before taking a police breath test to determine whether they have been drinking too much.
Safeway prices: Cherries, 83
cents/pound; potatoes, IO pounds/89 cents; Thompson seedless and red Cardinal grapes, 59 cents/pound; Blue Bonnet margarine, 3 pound pkg., 89 cents; Edwards coffee, I pound tin, 95 cents; Bums canned hams, I 1/2 pound tin, $1.59; blade roast, 89 cents/pound; rib steaks, $ 1.39/pound; frying chickens, cut-up, 49 cents/pound.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
An irreplaceable flag has been stolen from St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The flag is the regimental colours of the 45th Battalion, which was stored in the church for safekeeping after the First World War.
The Brandon Centennial Board will receive a $15,000 federal-government grant to help promote tourism interests in the city during the years centennial celebration.
TEN YEARS AGO
Street reconstruction got underway on Rosser Avenue yesterday, as heavy equipment ripped out sidewalks and pavement. The renovations, involving two blocks from lith Street to Ninth Street, are expected to take up to six weeks.
Grade I and 2 students from David Livingstone school, with teacher Lyle Schepp, celebrated their last day of school by going out to a field adjacent to the 19th Street overpass to wave Canadian flags and wish passing motorists a Happy Canada Day.
The Queen flew out of London aboard a chartered Concorde jet bound for Ottawa to help celebrate Canada’s 125th anniversary.
Protests giving G-8 leaders image of bunker mentality
The Supreme Court of Canada, rn a From the files of The Brandon Sun.
By James Travers
For The Sun
OTTAWA — As eight of the world’s most powerful men secluded themselves in remote Kananaskis and protesters snaked through Calgary and the capital, the federal government has been looking for a more secure, less confrontational way to host summits and control violence.
Feanng confrontations over globalization can only escalate, a select federal task force is considering the risks and benefits and of creating a permanent Canadian meeting site for the international elite.
The options include a purpose-built government conference centre that combines easy access for delegates, sophisticated communications and the protection of a fortress.
Working its way through the bureaucracy is a report that, drawing on the expertise of police, security and even municipal officials, explores the complex dilemma of meetings that satisfy the conflicting demands of openness and security.
Made more immediate by the isolation of politicians in Kananaskis and the growing frustration of protesters, that report neatly captures the evolving cat-and-mouse game at the centre of the globalization controversy.
Since the December 1999 Battle in Seattle, that game has focused on the search for a better mousetrap.
Determined never to have international meetings derailed again, meetings held after the debacle in Seattle have used two strategies with mixed results.
In Quebec City and Genoa, Italy, leaders met behind barricades and cordons of police dressed almost as strangely as protesters costumed as green turtles and Uncle Sam, and as sinisterly as those masked in black.
The violence in Quebec was limited — if frighteningly unfamiliar to peaceable Canadians — and the Summit of the Americas achieved its primary objective of simply being held.
In Genoa, protest turned to tragedy when an aggressive protester was fatally shot.
Since then, masters of the global universe have gone to ground.
Meeting in distant, determinedly protest-unfriendly Doha, Qatar last November, trade ministers tentatively kick-started the negotiations that so spectacularly stalled in Seattle.
G-8 leaders met at the epicentre of a massive security zone designed to put 80 kilometres of woods and mountains between protesters and their target.
But that solution is compromised by its own contradictions.
By retreating to Doha, Kananaskis or, as has been suggested, to the Second World War solution of a high seas battleship, leaders reinforce the notion nurtured by protesters that the meetings are exclusive, anti-democratic and secretive.
Along with the dated, unseemly image of aging males in suits setting the world’s course, the optics are devastating.
While the logic that those in the streets are more democratic, more representative of public opinion than elected leaders is hopelessly flawed, the perception persists that summits promote the interests of big business and ignore the pressing needs of billions of have-nots left behind by globalization.
Along with protecting politicians, those concerns top the task force priority list.
In what police and intelligence services predict will be a deteriorating security environment, officials are attracted to the advantages of a permanent site and discouraged by the disadvantages of building what would inevitably be a bunker.
First, the advantages.
A conference centre built near a major city would allow officials to streamline logistics and control the spiralling cost of meetings that now suck tens of millions of dollars out of taxpayers’ pockets for each hour of talks and every photo opportunity.
Instead of constantly re-inventing the wheel, security could be honed and the press and communications limitations of remote, one-off locations removed.
But the negative consequences are equally compelling.
A permanent site would be an easy target for terrorists as well as protesters, who would gain the advantages of advanced planning and cumulative intelligence.
It also risks reinforcing the image of leaders who, while no longer running to inaccessible places, continue to hide behind barbed wire and walls to shape public policy.
It is also far from clear that the current schedule of international summits justifies a unique facility for Canada’s meetings, or if the international community would forego rotating meetings in return for a single country shouldering the inconvenience, cost and violence that are now as much a part of summits as meaningless communiques.
Canadians, too, have questions to answer.
Should Canada become the full-time host for what are now more tests of will than effective forums for good global governance?
And a country living next door to a bull’s eye for terrorism must consider the wisdom of permanently presenting its chin to extremists.
Now that the leaders have gone home and the glass is swept from the streets, Solicitor-General Lawrence MacAulay will try to find a place for those questions, along with the usual detailed post-summit analysis, on a crowded federal agenda.
While the answers remain obscure, the cost of Kananaskis and the importance of protecting the right to peaceful, effective protest demand something more constructive than annual confrontations.
James Travers is a national affairs writer.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Silent majority claims to back mayor
Why do we need a casino within Brandon? There are large, well-operated casinos within four hours driving time, east, west and south of our city. Land designated for a casino and associated buildings such as a future motel, restaurant, etc. would be considered an Urban Reserve forever. As such the land and buildings would not be liable for city taxes nor would they have to abide by the city bylaws.
Service clubs who regularly operate bingo games to earn money for charitable events would be losers as many of their customers would likely be the mainstay of a local casino.
Any agreement for a casino to pay a sum in lieu of tax would be questionable and as in other situations may not I worth the paper it was written on.
I am not against casinos but I do not see any advantage having one rn our city.
At present there is a silent majority who I believe will su port our mayor and at least three councillors when a plebisci is held.
M. S. CABLE
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