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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 14, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg free press May Page 3 Brian City editor women group acclaim Pretorias plan swiftly Glenn free press fire cleanup a firefighter tosses fire damaged debris out of a window at 590 Gareau Street while a neighbor comforts a youth who was overcome by smoke in the Blaze yesterday a faulty electrical outlet in a second floor bedroom is suspected of sparking the fire which caused no injuries were fire officials probe of development sought houses violate civic subject to basement floods Gerry free press by Radha Krishnan Thampi a City councillor is calling for an investigation into Why Homes in an East Kildonan development were Al Lowed to be built in violation of the cites lot grading Harry Lazarenko Mynarski said civic officials allowed at least three Homes in a new develop ment on cockspur Street to be built in violation of the lot grading causing constant basement flood John who owns a House at 92 cockspur said some of his neighbors would prefer to quietly pump out their basements rather than talk about fearing publicity will devalue their Foury Earold i have no other Choice because my property has already been Deva Baird referring to the cites decision last year to lower his property taxes by about 20 per Baird failed last june to get a court of Queens Bench judge to order flair the to pay to Correct the error in his Madam Justice Ruth Krindle awarded to Baird he was not even enough to cover his Legal Baird said he has obtained new evidence since then from chief civic commissioner Rick Frost admitting the City did inform flair Homes that it was in violation of the lot Grad ing bylaw that prohibits Homes being built below the water the court didst have an Opportunity to hear that Baird adding he has written to mayor Bill Norrie asking for an i Vestiga the City should have pulled the building permit until the mistake was Lazarenko he added the City should have also instructed flair Homes to warn prospective buyers of potential base ment flooding that could exist in those that was not the City has to Bear some responsibility for Al lowing the basements to be built Way too Lazarenko adding he intends to raise the matter at the next works and operations commit tee the committee is responsible for bylaws governing lot grading and development the City didst do its part to protect Home buyers which is not Lazarenko adding this is the first time he has heard about such bungling during his 11 years As a City theres something terribly wrong the City should have taken Steps to Correct the bloody thing right at the la Zarenko adding its the cites responsibility to inspect new Homes for safety and building code we Are talking about Homes which smell of la who went to bards Home for an armed with new evidence from is also lobbying Council lors for an he also wants Council to determine the City or flair must pay for the Terry whose Miles Macdonnell Ward includes the cockspur said there Are Sev eral unanswered Duguid said he and Baird plan to meet with Frost this week to obtain More information before deciding the next course of Duguid agreed with Lazarenko that frosts letter to Baird indicates there was violation of the lot grading i commend the chief commissioner for his Lazarenko adding civic bureaucrats were giving Baird a runaround for nearly four years instead of answering his during the construction of the houses on cockspur the City verbally brought to the attention of the House builder flair Homes that House grades were not in accor dance with the original lot grading Frost said in his letter to the builder retained the original consulting Engineer who redesigned the original lot grading plan to account for the Elevation of the houses being Frost adding the City did accept the revised plan As conforming to the Grad ing Bruce president of flair refused comment saying he has not seen frosts John Baird must run his sump pump around the clock at his cockspur Street Grain firm sues for fraud losses a Winnipeg Grain marketing company is suing an insurance firm for More than because it ref uses to pay on a policy protecting against employee can Grain in separate statements of claim filed in Manitoba court of Queens Bench last claims the Canadian surety company is wrongfully withholding the can claims the insurance company wrote a letter to it on 5 and wrongfully denied its can claims it is entitled to the Money because of dishonest and fraudulent trading activities by two of its former employees Between to can claims the former employees actually defrauded the company of More than and As much As but the insurance policy limits each claim to plus one of the John Jacob former chief executive officer of was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud last the other employee in the Gustave Joseph former director of trading of was cleared last month of All fraud and conspiracy charges against him during a preliminary a spokesman for the local Branch of the Canadian surety company would not comment on the a statement of defence has not been Board fails to find directors to fill seats officials with the society of Mani to bans with disabilities say they Are not surprised no one wants to join their Board of that become Normal procedure for Bob chairman of the nominations said the average number of applicants in the past five years has been one per nominations for Board member ship closed Johnson adding members of the nominations committee will now have to go to he said the committees Job is to find candidates to fill the nine vacancies on the 25member since nominations opened at the beginning of the he the 40yearold Agency that specializes in rehabilitation failed to draw in Terest from anyone willing to sub Mit a nomination with the support of 10 Community Johnson said 13 individuals have been suggested As possible directors and will be approached this week to see if they Are interested in the three year Volunteer the society annual meeting is set for june when the new Board of directors will be escort Agency bylaw Calvd waste by Janet Mcfarland the City is wasting Money prosecuting violators of an unworkable bylaw regulating escort lawyer Hersh Wolch who represents numerous escort said during an interview the cites business licence fee is so prohibitive that few escort agencies Are paying Why do they have to pay for a licence when the biggest businesses dont have to pay that he the High fee is forcing the Winnipeg police department to waste Money dragging the agencies into bylaw court for operating without a Wolch its just getting you end up with people being charged All the time with bylaw he said officers have to meet the determine their Agency is write a report on the matter and appear in bylaw when you figure out the Cost to the it gets Wolch estimates he has handled 50 to 100 escort licensing cases Over the years and said there Are usually about 12 cases in bylaw court at any to get around the Wolch said the services Are resorting to creative Massage Parlours Are claim ing to offer sensitivity aware Ness while escorts Are offering lingerie Model Ling Wolch said the next business will be made to measure mens underwear Wolch said even once Agen cies Are the cites rules make it difficult for the businesses to for their hours of operation Are restricted and people have to Wear certain types of the hypocrisy is Ridick the Cost is the whole thing is City councillors do not have much sympathy for Welchs the cites finance commit tee tomorrow will consider a letter Wolch wrote to mayor Bill Norrie asking for changes in the Greg Selinger a member of the finance said the licensing fee is set High to discourage the companies from the problem with Hersh is that Hes a realist and the Public Selinger the City is using the Only tool its got to regulate these City politicians Are responding to a demand from the Public that they dont want these services proliferating in their Selinger said the Fine assessed in bylaw court could be part of the clearly there is a problem with the fines not acting As a so it becomes a Cost of doing he he said he will ask the cites administration whether the minimum Fine can be in Donovan Timmers an intercity said is not willing to encourage escort services by lowering the licensing governments asked to share museum renovation Bill the City and Federal government Are being asked to share the costs of a proposed renovation to the historic Boni face museum on tache the cites Parks and culture committee will be asked today to approve signing an agreement with the Federal government to undertake the extensive Philippe curator of the said the museum is willing to get involved in fundraising to help the City pay some of its share of the he also said the museum will approach the province for some of the it is More Likely the province will Chip in for a second proposal to modernize some of the Interior Mailhot said it is impossible to estimate How much Relief the City can Greg Selinger a Council representative on the museums Board of said he thinks the museum is Worth the but he would like to see the province contribute part of Selinger said he supports the proposal nonetheless because the City is responsible for operating the museum through an inde pendent Board appointed by were in a situation where if we dont act on this were going to have to pay More later Selinger if we didst get the Federal if they decided to Back away from it right the City would have to pay the whole Mailot said a task Force of members from the Canadian Parks the the City and the museum has recommended three options for renovating the ranging in Price from to the task Force is recommending the the work would be conducted Over five years beginning with study and analysis in Mailhot said the built As a con vent in attracted visitors in 1989 and is located in a prime location to attract More visitors this year from the Forks site directly across the red it is Winnipeg oldest building and North americas largest Oak log Mailhot said it has not been renovated since it was turned into a museum in the its the sort of thing that after the work is you wont really notice that much of a he its a log building and its got some logs that Are in pretty sad shape and some Walls that seem to be he said the museum is not in a desperate the building is not in danger of immedi ate but the strategy Here is to try to fix it up properly rather than Nickle and dime it in increments every Selinger said the museum has great Poten tial in coming the Boniface museum with the Forks is going to be a tremendous tourist attraction for Selinger

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