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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A4 June 2002 OPINION 121st Year 160 OUR VIEW RCMP need to respond What would it take for the Codiac RCMP to treat a case of harassment of daycare centre employees and their young charges by an irate motorist with the seriousness it deserves A recent incident in Moncton was frightening and How unsta ble does a person have to be to stop their vehicle and proceed to verbally abuse daycare employees in charge of a group of children doing nothing more than standing on a sidewalk eat ing ice cream A man then followed the group as it tried to ignore the unearned outburst and return to the safety of the day all the while hurling abusive language at the 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 The cavalier approach by the RCMP to the matter is most The excuses for failing to immediately investigate the incident and seek out the alleged who the RCMP say is known to are That the officer familiar with the mans record didnt start her shift until 5 is no Nothing was done for several hours during which the offender could have caused further Nor is there logic in noting that the man is not considered dangerous because there is nothing in his file that would indicate a spokesman said reckless driving or speeding would warrant a dangerous But outoftheblue stopping a vehi cle and abusively haranguing a group of daycare children and their supervi then following them while contin uing the isnt an indication one may be dangerous That is menacing unpro voked A person out of 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 off 24 members to help police the G8 summit in Alberta Even if the costs are borne by the federal this is not what the taxpayers are paying the RCMP to do The detachment exists to provide Metro Monctons It again speaks to the lack of respon siveness or responsibility to communi ties when they contract to police an There is no meaningful accountabil The force and do whatev er it And theres nothing the municipalities or taxpayers can do about An editorial from the Moncton Times and LOOKING BACK 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 Germanys still smoking gateway to the Visitors commenced to arrive early in the city today for the second day of the provincial exhibition and the down town section gave a truly fair appear ance to A parade of wild ani mals from the midway shows together with several teams and ponies also added a holiday touch in the business area before noon FIFTY YEARS AGO Draders horse Barax won the prize in the Mooney Colt Futurity in three straight The attendance mark at the Provincial Exhibition for the first day topped all the previous More than people gathered Sunday on the main grandstand to take part in the second annual sacred song service sponsored by the exhibition Plumas defeated Brandon Laurels 1510 yesterday afternoon to capture the Alex McPhail symbolic of Western Manitoba Little League FORTY YEARS AGO AUister Clyne of is one of the judges for the Provincial Exhibitions All Canada Sheep the first to be held in after serving eight years as minister of the United Church has left Alexander to take up an office at Pauls United Church in THIRTY YEARS AGO split 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 Safeway prices 83 10 cents Thompson seedless and red Cardinal 59 Blue Bonnet 3 pound 89 cents Edwards 1 pound 95 cents Burns canned 1 pound blade 89 rib frying chick 49 TWENTY YEARS AGO An irreplaceable flag has been stolen from Matthews The flag is the regimental colours of the 45th which was stored in the church for safekeeping after the First World The Brandon Centennial Board will receive a federalgovernment grant to help promote tourism interests in the city during the years centennial TEN YEARS AGO Street reconstruction got underway on Rosser Avenue as heavy equipment ripped out sidewalks and The involving two blocks from llth Street to Ninth are expected to take up to six Grade 1 and 2 students from David Livingstone with teacher Lyle 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 The Queen flew out of London aboard a chartered Concorde jet bound for Ottawa to help celebrate Canadas 125th Now really NOT ONLY AM RUNNING FOR CHAPS WILL COUNT LOB AL VIEWPOINT Protests giving G8 leaders image of bunker mentality BY JAMES TRAVERS For The Sun OTTAWA As eight of the worlds most powerful men secluded themselves in remote Kananaskis and protesters snaked through Calgary and the the federal government has been looking for a more less confrontational way to host summits and control Fearing confrontations over globalization can only esca a select federal task force is considering the risks and ben efits and of creating a permanent Canadian meeting site for the international The options include a purposebuilt government confer ence centre that combines easy access for sophisti cated communications and the protection of a Working its way through the bureaucracy is a report drawing on the expertise of security and even munici pal explores the complex dilemma of meetings that satisfy the conflicting demands of openness and Made more immediate by the isolation of politicians in Kananaskis and the growing frustration of that report neatly captures the evolving catandmouse game at the centre of the globalization Since the December 1999 Battle in that game has focused on the search for a better Determined never to have international meetings derailed meetings held after the debacle in Seattle have used two strategies with mixed In Quebec City and leaders met behind bar ricades and cordons of police dressed almost as strangely as protesters costumed as green turtles and Uncle and as sinisterly as those masked in 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 In protest turned to tragedy when an aggressive protester was fatally Since masters of the global universe have gone to Meeting in determinedly protestunfriendly Qatar last trade ministers tentatively kickstarted the negotiations that so spectacularly stalled in G8 leaders met at the epicentre of a massive security zone designed to put 80 kilometres of woods and mountains between protesters and their But that solution is compromised by its own contradic By retreating to Kananaskis as has been suggest to the Second World War solution of a high seas battle leaders reinforce the notion nurtured by protesters that the meetings are antidemocratic and Along with the unseemly image of aging males in suits setting the worlds the optics are While the logic that those in the streets are more democra more representative of public opinion than elected leaders is hopelessly the perception persists that summits pro mote the interests of big business and ignore the pressing needs of billions of havenots left behind by Along with protecting those concerns top the task force priority In what police and intelligence services predict will be a deteriorating security officials are attracted to the advantages of a permanent site and discouraged by the dis advantages of building what would inevitably be a the 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 Instead of constantly reinventing the security could be honed and the press and communications limitations of oneoff locations But the negative consequences are equally A permanent site would be an easy target for terrorists as well as who would gain the advantages of advanced planning and cumulative It also risks reinforcing the image of leaders while no longer running to inaccessible continue to hide behind barbed wire and walls to shape public It is also far from clear that the current schedule of inter national summits justifies a unique facility for Canadas meet or if the international community would forego rotating meetings in return for a single country shouldering the incon cost and violence that are now as much a part of summits as meaningless have questions to Should Canada become the fulltime host for what are now more tests of will than effective forums for good global gover nance And a country living next door to a bulls eye for terrorism must consider the wisdom of permanently presenting its chin to Now that the leaders have gone home and the glass is swept from the SolicitorGeneral Lawrence MacAulay will try to find a place for those along with the usual detailed postsummit on a crowded federal While the answers remain the cost of Kananaskis and the importance of protecting the right to effec tive protest demand something more constructive than annu al James Tmvers is a national affairs LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Silent majority claims to back mayor The Supreme Court of in a From the files of The Brandon Why do we need a casino within Brandon There are welloperated casinos within four hours dri ving west and south of our Land designated for a casino and associated buildings such as a future would be considered an Urban Reserve As such the land and buildings would not be liable for city taxes nor would they have to abide by the city 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 Any agreement for a casino to pay a sum in lieu of taxes would be questionable and as in other situations may not be worth the paper it was written I am not against casinos but I do not see any advantage of having one in our At present there is a silent majority who I believe will sup port our mayor and at least three councillors when a plebiscite is CABLE Brandon Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwalte News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON O SUN Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement Bill Chester General Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrielle Business Manager Rudy Redekop President and Publisher The Brandon Sun is a member of the Manitoba Press If you have a complaint about this or any other member please forward it to the Press 1032015 Portage MB R3J ;