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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 17, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Y in Winnipeg free press March paged dissenting premiers to meet on sex abuse inquiry told of gag judge orders City to hear assessment complaint by Catherine Mitchell a judge ordered the City of Winnipeg yesterday to hear a recreation centres com plaint about its 1968 property tax assess ruling the Appeal system used then was Justice Sidney Schwartz of court of Queens Bench said the past practice of staggering Appeal used by the Winnipeg Board of was unfair to propel to because deadlines were some property owners were in the position of asking for an Appeal before All property assessments in the City were the Transcona recreation Centre was denied the right to Appeal its 1988 assessment and took the matter to the centres Michael said that because the cites assessment Roll is divided into the properties in the Transcona area had to Register an Appeal request before the Roll for the inner City was Ross lawyer for the Board of argued adjournments were granted specifically to allow property owners the Chance to View other assessments once All sections of the Roll were As Nugent at the the municipal assessment act allowed the City to stagger its assessment Mercury argued the City of Winnipeg act clearly spells out that there is Only one Roll although divided and the Complete Roll must be published before Appeal dead lines Are Schwartz agreed with Mercury argue stating the two acts As they were formed at the time were in he said while the municipal assessment act might have intended to give the Board of revision the right to stagger it did do so Nugent said the judges which also allowed other commercial properties to a peal their 1988 will not affect the current system because the municipal assessment act was changed this year to make All deadlines for Appeal uniform in the have free press first Quarter aut Opac loss million official fears rate Rise Ken free press slip sliding Winnipeg struggled through the aftermath of a Spring snowstorm a Small car Slid under the Back of a semitrailer at Mountain Avenue and Fife Street the Drivers were younger Folk we rent fazed by the Glen Parnala played Snow soccer left at Greenway school and Johns student Mike Babey took to the streets on his Vienn free press by Pauline Comeau aut Opac has posted a first Quarter loss of 60 times higher than the loss reported for the 1 same period last Manitoba Public insurance president Walter Bardua says the jump can be blamed on an increase in bodily injury claims and costs and warns if numbers continue to Rise Drivers May find rates climbing next according to the first Quarter re which were released yester the number of bodily injury claims Rose to from while costs climbed to million from the bodily injury claims increase accounted for the bulk of a million jump in Overall claims which Rose to if this trend towards higher claims costs it May be difficult for the corporation to hold the line on future rate Bardua said in a aut Opac premiums were raised per cent for registrations this compared with an 18percent jump the year pics Vic president of finance said yesterday that fears about rate increases May be weather blamed Barry Galenzoski said the first Quarter is the toughest for aut Opac because it covers the november to january period when weather conditions can have a big Impact on the number of As Galenzoski last years loss for the first Quarter was unusually in Auto Pac reported a loss for the same period and ended the year with a profit of More than Mil this is really not anything that is alarming us at the Galen Zoski if we saw similar numbers next we would be he said the corporation usually looks to break even by the end of the third with any profits flow ing in after the financial picture for pics Long beleaguered personal and com Mercial insurance which the government is trying to is look ing the which handles vehicle Extension coverage As Well As personal and commercial insurance has posted a profit of 000 to compared with a loss of last year for the same Peri the two lines turned in a modest profit last year after experiencing a loss in 1988 and a loss in pics special risk coverage vehicle insurance sold in Competition with the private Sec turned in a compared to million in the first Quarter last Glen minister responsible for contemplated Selling this Section when he was first elect but has since said he will last special risk posted a up from Mil lion in the previous Forks Battle Given up by Catherine Mitchell the greening of the Forks group abandoned its court Battle with the Forks renewal but vowed to keep fighting for preservation of the historic Ross spokesman for the conservation said pressing ahead with contempt proceedings against the corporation would be futile because of massive construction work done at the Forks in the last the Sites been entirely Dena its been entirely dug he said shortly after the group abandoned its contempt last Justice George Lockwood adjourned the greening of the Forks asked the judge to find the corporation in con tempt of an earlier court order that barred it from building a boat but the Forks with Back ing from the provincial Environ ment argued work on the Walkway and Riverbank stabilization was not part of the Marina and was not harming historical Dobson said his group will continue lobbying to have the appointed Forks renewal Board replaced by elected it the Forks is too important to be left to bureaucrats and Politi he a visibly upset Rene the group member who launched the original court said he has found Many pieces of tools and Carv Ings from Early Indian and Metis settlements that prove the Clearing of the Forks site is disrupting archaeological bouquets offered to civil servants being As its Patricks the timing is perfect to pick a Foight with a politically appointed bureaucrat and then to have smiling eyes for after writing this column for More than two its finally As i knew it would Ive been told to take a mind my own butt in actual if Mike a former conservative party researcher now holding Down a government had thought it All out before giving me the bureaucratic he would have realized his remarks Are really directed at an organization that looks after senior citizens in this some victims of crime each Hes telling them to take a butt its term bureaucrats like Bessey he was hired by the Filmon government when the tories were elected and has had two Large pay raises and after a become liabilities to governments with their vocal disdain for the Public right to lets Back up to a column i wrote a couple of weeks ago about age and Opportunity waiting several months for Mike Ward Treasury Board to rubber stamp a Cheque in had been approved by the victims assistance fund Money raised from a 12percent surcharge on fines imposed on those breaking provincial not tax youll the fund has come under heavy criticism for taking so Long to hand out in at one time it stood at million while the Filmon government the Treasury no doubt spent 10 months dithering on who gets i described this kind of delay As Given the excellent work age and Opportunity is doing on behalf of the particularly victims of crimes ranging from housebreaking to sexual and Given the Agency immediate shortage of Cash to keep this special assistance program i suggested also that Premier Gary who Heads Treasury should get the Cheque in the mail and Start dishing out funding to other victims groups a darn sight More last i thought id do some checking to see if age and Opportunity had received the i called Barbara Hilmons personal to find out if her Boss had lit some in i wanted to know Why it had taken Treasury Board so Long to approve this Grant and How Many More were i assumed Biggar would mention my concerns to she was with him All last Friday when he went out of town to explain Why Hes going to spend millions of tax dollars on giving sweetheart deals to i guess she didst bother to i did some inquiring for you and heres what i was told what happens or Doest happen at Treasury Board is confidential in the same Way that what happens or Doest happen at the Cabinet table is what Doest happen that confidential and who told Biggar that the analysts and person responsible for Treasury and who the person responsible at Treasury Board Mike she informed but int Filmon in charge Hes the Bessey is i suggested she ask her Boss if he goes along with Besses that the last i heard from i left word with Hilmons office that id like to set up a Telephone interview with the i had it in mind to refresh his memory on what he had to before he was on cleaning up that also was still no in the i had discovered that the seniors ministry had contacted age and Opportunity the Day after my asking if the Agency would Send in a copy of its i called the office of Jim minister responsible for and spoke to his executive assistant Geoff Ransom to find out whats in still waiting to hear Back on that As you might wonder Why i have spent some time on this ill Tell you what politicians and More so political dont appear to realize is that this column has a constituency As Large As Besses is probably just one when i ask it is to get answers to Peoples when people like Bessey and Biggar give me the there giving my constituency and those represented by their political masters the As a matter of they might take note of How another top level bureaucrat reacted this week when i brought a silly and costly runaround to his on i faxed a copy of my column outlining Sandy Hermans runaround with Canada Post Over a lost registered envelope containing two airline tickets for her brother and his to the Crown corporations Don he was out of the but that Day one of his Bill group called me to say the matter was straightened out after my fax Herman received a Call from George general manager of Canada posts Western who told her a Cheque for will be put in the ouch mail reimbursement for her having to pay us to buy two new a air line cancellation in phone Calls to her brother in and that is recognizing a Futon it and putting it right victim of an injustice that bureaucracy wont remedy write Mike hell look into

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