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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - March 31, 1990, Medicine Hat, Alberta Weekend edition a 0 Medicine hat news overtime Heartbreak Page b1 Index .c8 Bridge. .a8 business stocks .a6 City news. A2,3 classified. A7, b5-11 comics. .a8 crosswords .b6 Don Mcgillivray .a4 doonesbury. A5 .c5 editorial. A4,5 .a9 entertainment. C2a notices. B11 Gordon Wright. A3 Peter Mehrer .c4 Horoscope. B3 provincial court.a2 International new Saio .c7 Ivan Ripanti. C6 .b4 1 letters to the news a5 sports. Bi-4,12 i lifestyles. C5,6,8 to. .c2 lottery numbers a2 travel. .c1 weather map Page a8 sunny sunday High 17 Low 02 Tryn Chy Martin also Calls for Lead Plant inquiry dismissed Edmonton up a occupational health minister Peter Tryn Chy says he sees no need for a Public inquiry into Lead poisonings at a Medicine hat recycling Plant. Opposition Leader Ray Martin called for the inquiry in the legislature Friday saying he feared a a a Whitewash in Tryn Chyz a internal investigation of his departments handling of the Case revealed that at least three More children have been diagnosed with Lead poisoning As a result of contamination at the Alberta recoveries and rentals Plant in Medicine hat. The poisonings bring to 16 the total number of contamination cases including six children. Plant workers were exposed to Lead dust during the process of recycling old car batteries and they brought the dust Home in their clot Liing. The Plant remains closed during an extensive cleanup and upgrading operation. The children were later identified As family members of Earl Howitt 33, who himself has been off work because of Lead poisoning. Howitt has said the children a blood level tested above Normal but not in the danger zone. He has said their school work has suffered and they have gone from average students to failing. Tryn Chy visited the site thursday and spoke with the Plant manager and about a dozen workers. The minister made the trip under intense opposition criticism of his departments role in monitoring the operation. Tryn Chy was away from the legislature Friday but said in a Telephone interview he has concluded his staff did its Job during the course of some 16 visits to the Plant since february 1989. He acknowledged Only that a follow up could have been better by All parties involved. Safety inspectors spent a considerable time with the employer Tryn Chy said and on three different occasions dating Back to August briefed All the workers at the site. A material was there. It was on the desk it was on the Walls it was on the doors a Tryn Chy said of his departments safety literature. A but i done to think the employer spent As much time As he could have with the Quebec out Best ally out my a says Moscow rally a lithuanians tired of soviet forces in their Republic returned the favor saturday occupying Moscow s Gorky Park for a pro Independence rally. The rally attended by several Hundred people came a Day after the soviets replaced the lithuanian prosecutor and took control of several Vilnius newspapers. See Story Page a10. Map laser photo key Gingras figure faces firing Edmonton up a the correctional services of Canada is trying to fire one of the key figures in the escape of murderer Daniel Gingras. Fred Perrin coordinator of corrections operations at the maximum Security Edmonton institution has been told his release is being sought on the ground that he is no longer capable of doing his Job. Perrin a lawyer Jim Brima Combe says his client has appealed the move. The Case will go before the Public service commission unless an agreement is reached first. Perrin 54, has been off work suffering from depression since sept. 27. The first three weeks he was on paid sick leave but he has been on unpaid leave since oct. 18. John Weir the Independent investigator who looked into the Gingras Case recommended Perrin and former Warden Sepp Tschie Schwitz be pressed into Early retirement for their parts in allowing the convicted killer out on a birthday shopping pass. Gingras who was serving time for a murder in Quebec overpowered an unarmed escort and murdered two women including Wanda Lee Woodward of Medicine hat before being captured. Perrin cleared the pass on Security grounds despite Clear evidence that Gingras was a major escape risk. The attempt to have Perrin removed makes no reference to Gingras however. By the Canadian press Jim Horsman la for Medicine hat and albertan a intergovernmental affairs minister said the province would lose its Best ally if Quebec were to separate from Canada. A Alberta and Quebec have Long been the strongest defenders of provincial rights a Horsman said Friday. A it was Quebec who supported our position on resource ownership leading up Horsman to the constitutional amendments of 1982.�?� while Horsman Isnit predicting that Quebec will separate a 13-year-old . Report said the province could go it alone. A 1977 . State department study ordered by Secretary of state Henry Kissinger after the parti que by Coisy election in 1976, said an Independent Quebec a would certainly be a More viable country than most members of the United a senior aide to external affairs minister Joe Clark said he wont be commenting on the report. . Officials also declined comment. Horsmann swarm feelings for Meech Lake were not shared by either British columbian a attorney general Bud Smith or Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells who wants to rescind his provinces support for the Accord. In a speech in Burnaby ., Smith said the Accord will not pass in its present form. A the spirit of Meech Lake died the Day Premier Robert Bourassa decided to use the notwithstanding clause to override the supreme court on the language Law a he said. In december 1988 the Bourassa government outlawed the use of English on outdoor business signs. Smith said the opposition of premiers Clyde Wells of Newfoundland and Gary Filmon of Manitoba will kill the Deal. Wells introduction last week of a motion to rescind Newfoundland a support has severely strained relations with prime minister Brian Mulroney. He said Friday Mulroney has assured him his staunch opposition to the Accord wont cause Ottawa to retaliate against the province in other areas. In the legislature Newfoundland a conservatives Are Fli rious that a vote to hold Public hearings on the Resolution was overturned Friday. Wells wants to quickly pass the motion stipulating Newfoundland will not sign the Accord unless the majority of people voting in a provincial or National referendum approve of it. Horsman believes opposition to Meech Lake results from a misunderstanding of its distinct society clause. The clause a does not Grant any special or preferred status to Quebec a he said. Manitoba and new Brunswick still have not ratified the Accord and unless there is unanimous provincial approval Meech Lake will expire june 23. Ontario Last aboard the tax train Blenkarn says Toronto up a starting with Quebec All 10 provinces will support and help collect the Federal goods and services tax by 1995, the chairman of the commons finance committee says. A by 1995 All be aboard. Ontario and Are the Only holdouts but they re both facing an election a Don Blenka said in an interview Friday. The Bluff Toronto area conservative my had predicted in a speech to a group of condominium managers that a tax collection Deal with Quebec will be completed within two weeks. The provincial governments a which a ave been Hung on the Back end of trucks upside Down and burned in effigy. Have Strong reservations about the seven per cent get which on Jan. 1 is to replace the 13.5 per cent manufacturers sales tax a will finally co operate because a a it a More efficient a he said. Blenka acknowledged that the tax remains unpopular. A a in be been Hung on the Back end of trucks upside Down and burned in but he advised canadians not to a judge the Cook when you see him in the Middle of the Ditchen breaking eggs. Judge him after the Omelette is three Royal commissions a Public inquiry and a string of former finance ministers including outgoing Liberal Leader John Turner a have All suggested the manufacturers sales tax should be scrapped Blenka said. The finance committees report on the goods and services tax following six Blenkarn weeks of hearings was submitted to the _ commons on Friday when the government introduced third Reading of the tax Bill. Finance minister Michael Wilson ear lifer said that the Federal government would go it alone in collecting the unpopular tax. Alberta Premier Don Getty has said that the province would have no part of the tax. Alberta has Aid for poor nations Edmonton up a the Alberta government will spend More than $2 million this year helping people in third world countries raise their Standard of living. Economic development minister Peter Elzinga said Friday the province has budgeted $2.1 million in direct foreign Aid for 1990-91. On thursday treasurer Elzinga Dick Johnston blasted Ottawa a decision to provide $195 million in similar Aid to Caribbean countries saying the Money would have gone a Long Way to Settle albertan a $539-million stabilization claim against Ottawa. Elzinga defended albertan a foreign Aid spending Friday saying it is offered on humanitarian grounds and enjoys widespread Public support. A we give organizations such As the red Cross and Church groups actual dollars on a Matching basis to help them with their specific projects a Elzinga said. A in the third world countries its work to help them develop their own lifestyle to a greater degree than they presently enjoy. A new Democrat Leader Ray Martin says Canada has a responsibility to provide that Aid. He called on Johnston to apologize for his comments which Martin said show a Lack of social conscience. A Dick Johnston is not a stupid Man. In a sure he regrets what he Lewis rejects safety boards air tragedy warnings by Mark Kennedy Ottawa citizen Ottawa transport minister Doug Lewis has rejected warnings by a government Agency that a severe shortage of air traffic controllers in Canada might be compromising aviation safety. Lewis was responding to a Canadian aviation safety Board Cash report released after a yearlong special investigation. The Board expressed alarm about a unsafe conditions that occasionally exist because of a dire shortage of controllers who guide planes through air lanes and into airports. Among its recommendations to government hire More controllers Speed up the training program for qualified controllers offer financial incentives to attract some of them to understaffed Busy airports place limits on the allowable working hours per controller and slash salary benefits which now lure exhausted controllers into working excessive overtime. By Law Lewis and several other ministers must respond to the reports 48 recommendations within three months. But Lewis indicated to reporters Friday that he does no to share the boards grave concerns. A was far As i am concerned Canadas skies Are Safe. We re not compromising air safety at All. We think we be got the situation under Lewis said his department began moving months ago to fill the shortage by hiring new controllers and sending More to training College. Representatives for the airline Industry and controllers Union flatly rejected Lewis a confident claim. A they done to have the situation in hand yet a said Gordon Sinclair president of the air Quot transport association of Canada. A the problem Hasni to been fixed yet and it have been allowed to happen in the first Carl Fisher president of the Canadian air traffic control association joined Sinclair in praising the report. A the Only Way to solve the problem now is with a big infusion of Fisher ridiculed Lewis a claim that Progress is being made and said the government Isnit even a keeping up with controllers leaving their jobs. He said about 400 controllers must be added to the 1,400 now working in the system

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