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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - November 9, 1987, Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Free Press November Page 3 Uruski admits Commission refuses to hear School dismisses ignored By Lisa Priest Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Uruski has admitted he failed to fol low government procedures when he appoiriteda man facing fraudrelat ed charges to a political Calling the move an embarrassing Uruski yesterday said he hired Rheal Vigier as his executive assistant 9 when he was still agriculture minister because Vi gier appeared earnest and talented during a threeweek work experi ence Normally I would check out the references and schooling back ground of the and in this case I Uruski Im somewhat embarrassed nevertheless the fellow has a lot of he said of who was released on bail last formerly of Notre Dame de worked in Uruskis office at the Legislative Building for al most three weeks about the same time Winnipeg police and Morris RCMP were looking for him on fraudrelated charges and failing to appear in He was fired by cabinet order on 30 for unrelated Keen on agriculture Uruski said described himself as a McGill University Law School graduate when he came to his office in earlyto He offered to work without pay for a chance to try his hand at saying he was was keen on agri culture after working on his parents the minister Uruski said his special Roger hired Vigier for the workexperience program for uni versity students and was his direct supervisor while the minister was on vacation in He said Lowe did not make any checks on He Vigier wanted to see what the office was like so we let him come in two hours a Uruski He handled some phone calls and did the odd After successfulcompletion of the workexperience Uruski Lowe convinced him to get a cabinet order for Vigier to replace another aide until 18 at an annual salary of He Vigier was very he carried himself quite the minister Lowe said maybe we should give him a chance for the threemonth and I thought we probably Uruski said he fired Vigier after he returned from vacation because he found he couldnt getalong with His style wasnt my style it was less open than he The minister denied knowing any thing about the fraud charges against Vigier until the Free Press reported it last Vigiers 9 appointment came just five days before he was to appear in provincial court to face fraudrelated Happy anniversary Sunny skies and a snowless sidewalk provided perfect conditions yesterday for Sherlef Khan 12 to give sister a skateboard ride through Central It was the first anniversary of the 8 blizzard that buried the city under centimetres of Malpractice insurance rates to double for some physicians By Kathleen Engman Some Manitoba doctors face 100 percent increases in insurance premiums as patient law suits and court awards continue to Premiums for nose and throat specialists in 1988 will be compared to this Its thats what it said otolaryngologist Mina who received a letter about the increases last who has been in the special ty for about 10 saidthe fees could prompt many older nose and throat specialists to retire soon Norman Brown of the Cana dian Medical Protective Associa Schools fear new tax to cost million The proposed change in federal government sales tax on school sup plies could cost Manitoba school divisions as much as a Manitoba Association of School Trustees spokesman Jerry MAST executive said data supplied by 22 of Manitobas 57 school divisions esti mated enlarging the current tax net will cost them MacNeil said that based on the figures he he believes the move will cost taxpayers about or school divisions will cut programs to make up the or a combination of A Canadian School Trustees Asso ciation study paper said federal Fi nance Minister Michael Wilsons so called sales tax reform would re place the 12percent manufacturers which affects about a third of goods and services bought in Cana with an eightpercent value added tax on MacNeil said MAST will send its information to the Canadian trust ees which is lobbying federal MPs not to impose the Cleanup order issued The owners of a rubblestrewn lot in JamesAssiniboia have been ordered to tidy up the which area residents say has been a health hazard and an eyesore for more than a Rudy assistant chief of existing buildings for the citys en vironmental planning said the owners of the lot at 407 Rutland Street have been given a week to clean the property and remove any debris not to be used in I UPDATE A followup to the bringing readers up to date on stories that have appeared in the Free the construction of a home on the Kreutzer said if the owners fail to comply with the issued under the dangerous conditions section of the building the city will do the cleanup and add the cost to their property one of the Ange line said she will comply with the Pich rejected residents allega tions that the littered with the ruins of a demolished stacks of planks riddled with nails and mounds of has been a health hazard since the summer of She said the site only became untidy two weeks when some neighborhood residents threw scrap into the Unions bid rejected A local garment workers union has failed in its attempt to organize an Inkster Boulevard A Manitoba Labor Board vote at Standard Knitting found 91 workers opposed to representation by the International Ladies Garment Workers 56 in 28 didnt vote and five ballots were Leslie union staff repre said the union has to wait six months if it is to try About 50 union members and sup porters picketed the plant 2 to show support for the which covers 90 per cent of Canadian said the 100per cent increase stems from recent actuarial findings that ists work involves more medical and legal Premium increases for other doc tors will range from to per cent next Anesthetists alone escaped un scathed from the new premium They will pay for coverage in the same as this The highestpremium which includes neuro cardiovascular and ortho pedic will pay for coverage next up from The higher fees reflect higher court awards for patients who suffer harm under the care of one of these said Stuart protective association assistant sec For the court award for a baby who suffers severe and irrep arable damage at birth would in clude the cost of his lifetime he A Winnipeg couple is currently suing two doctors and Victoria Gen eral claiming the use of forceps caused permanent damage to their sons right eye as well as water on the or hydrocepha Premiums for gynecology and thoracic and vascular surgery will rise to next year from Coverage for car diac emergency medicine and family medicine will cost next year compared to Premiums for internal medicine will rise to from this On the lower end of the premiums for general psy physical therapy and public health and community medicine will increase to from Interns and residents remain at the bottom of the premium spec with annual fees of next year compared to the they paid this According to the CMPAs annual association lawyers handled more than cases involving almost 10 per cent of the associa tions members in City to delay sr fears By Gerald Flood The citys assessment should not be allowed to wriggle out of an Appeal Court ruling that will affect Winnipeg proper tytax a lawyer There is no reason taxpayers should continue to pay discriminato ry taxes for another two or three years to convenience city adminis Michael Mercury They can put in some overtime like you or They dont have to go home at every Although Mercury said last weeks ruling absolutely requires the city to update its 1988 city officials say the ruling is vague and they may have until 1990 to make clause Mercury represents a group of Germain homeowners who took the city to court this year arguing the citys assessment upon which taxes are were invalid because theyTeflect 1975 not current values by He argued that they and hundreds of other Winnipeg property owners were carrying an unfair tax burden because their properties are worth less today relative to other proper ties than in If current were their tax bills would fall while others would In a ruling released the Appeal Court of Manitoba agreed with the property owners but decid ed against declaring the 1987 assess ment rolls It said to do so would create chaos for the which already has collected most of its 1987 taxes based on the 1975 Mercury said a clause in the ruling that the city assessor in prepar ing future assessment rolls make valuations on the basis of current market values compels the city to revise its 1988assessments to reflect 1987 a move that would result in the tax shift sought 4 But city assessmentandelected officials disagree with Mercurys in They say the meaning of the word future in the ruling is vague and could refer to rolls to be produced as a result of a reassess ment scheduled for 1989 and af fecting 1990 tax roll is to be based on 1985 property They also said another clause in the judgment that a further rea but timelimited opportuni ty be allowed may indicate the city is not forced to take action in the next few As the ruling says that if it is administratively impossible to up date future the city can ask the province to amend the section of the City of Winnipeg Act requiring assessments based on cur rent market Extra staff needed City assessor Ike Funk refused to say what he plans to adding he was reviewing the citys options and awaiting legal opinions from the citys law Deputy assessor Lorne Morton said it would be virtually impossible to redraft the 1988 assessment which are cut off at the end of this so the city can begin mailing them to taxpayers in Morton said that it took the city 14 months to prepare the disputed 1987 roll its first reassessment in 25 years and at that about 60 extra Distinguished visitor Most Vsevolod bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of and was enthroned yesterday during a service at Ivan Suchavsky I staff were required to meet the About 45 of those additional staff members are still on the trying to resolve the assessment ap peals still remaining of filed after 1987 tax bills were Funk said that if were brought up to it would probably lead to tax breaks for innercity homeowners and those living in peripheral areas such as Suburban homeowners would tax as would owners Condo miniums were worth much relr ative to other types of than they are Urban Affairs Minister Gary Doer has said he would be reluctant to alter the City of Winnipeg Act sec tion dealing with current Gerry deputy minister of municipal the department that deals with taxassessment said its possible the section could be amended to let the city off the hook until 1990 not again after He said the ruling not affect assessments carriedxout by the prov ince in all municipalities outside He said provincial assessments are based on current market values and are then factored back to so that their relative current values remain The citys values do not begin with current market but are based strictly on what the market values were in Second review sought By Alcjp Santin The provincial auditor should ex amine the books of Rainbow Stage to ensure all irregular financial prac tices have the Manitoba Arts Council The council has asked Culture Minister Judy WasylyciaLeis to have the auditor review the theatre groups financial execu tive director Marlene Neustaedter We want a review of the financial operations of Rainbow Stage from someone outside of Rainbow she An existing independent audit of the groups finances isnt satis factory because it was ordered by the theatre company An audit from the provincial point of view will provide for us some assurance that the questions raised by Rainbow Stage have been she The company has been the centre of controversy since its managing Jack resigned last month and paid after the independent audit identified finan cial irregularities dating back five A statement released by the Sha pira family blamed the financial improprieties on his deteriorating mental and physical The Attorney Generals Depart ment has asked the Winnipeg police fraud squad to investigate the irreg Council concerned In a prepared the arts council said it is concerned about the ability of Rainbow Stage to handle its financial The council did express grave concerns about recent developments and will want to be assured that the trustees of Rainbow Stage can dem onstrate their capability to carry out the responsibilities with which as a nonprofit are it Provincial Auditor Fred Jackson said he has not been asked to exam ine Rainbow Stages accounting and an aide to Wasyly ciaLeis said no decision has been made to involve his Were trying to determine what the provincial auditor could the aide Rainbow Stage has already conducted a thorough The aide said a meeting this week involving the Mani toba Arts Rainbow city officials and other funding agencies will determine if a pro vincial investigation is Andrew president of the Rainbow Stage board of said hes satisfied the matter has been handled He said the controversy has not affected ticket sales for Rainbow Stages Christmas production of Anne of Green More than tickets for the show have been sold since they went on sale last he i ;