The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 19, 1994 · 4
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Tuesday, April 19, 1994
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A3 CZZI SE THE GAZETTE, MONTREAL, TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 1994 ufluraer suspec t thank friends. waits iitiiitl Oil r ir - .r"lt il J J j-v-J ' ' '" '- : I - - - .. I - i .-'i --.J AARON DERFEl THE GAZETTE GAZETrt, MARCOS TOWNSEND lllurder suspect David Vieira shields his face as Investigators escort him from Immigration hearing. A fugitive arrested in Montreal Friday for the fatal stabbing of his wife in the U.S. sent a message yesterday to the local Portuguese community who turned him in. "Say thanks to all my friends in Montreal for their help," David Vieira told The Gazette as he was led away in handcuffs from an immigration detention centre. Vieira, 42, appeared to make the comment sincerely, referring to the people who took him in and helped him find work - all the while unaware that he was facing a charge of first-degree murder in the U.S. Montreal Urban Community police nabbed Vieira after the TV show Unsolved Mysteries broadcast a story about him Wednesday on CFCF-12. Police acted on more than 30 telephone tips after the broadcast. Vieira is accused of killing Alice Arruda on July 25, 1988, two weeks after they separated. Arruda was stabbed 24 times in her apartment in New Bedford, Mass., about SO kilometres south of Boston. Vieira, who used the alias Antonio Pacheco, is awaiting extradition to the U.S. Vieira lived underground in the Plateau Mont Royal district for nearly six years, taking advantage of the hospitality of the tightly knit Portuguese community. He worked on and oil at a bakery and fish market and had a girlfriend, friends said. "He told us he was from New Bedford, but he didn't say much about his past," said Inocio Rodrigues, owner of the Algarve fish market on St. Laurent Blvd. "He used to come sometimes to my fish market to help me. I would give him a couple of hundred dollars and something to eat. "We still can't believe he's wam ed on a murder charge." Vieira was popular among Montreal's Portuguese because he played goal for the Benfica soccer team. He also volunteered as a bartender for the Benfica men's club. Immigration authorities yesterday sought to deport Vieira to the U.S. But MUC police arrived at the detention centre with a court order for an extradition hearing to be held today. Det.-Lt. Jean Ostiguy, of the MUC police homicide squad, said Vieira is likely to be extradited to the U.S. within a few days - a faster process than deportation. MUC police originally arrested Luis Rego, Vieira'l friend, early Friday. But Rego told police the man they were looking for was Antonio Pacheco, Rodrigues said. In Montreal, Vieira used a doctored medicare card under his alias, which happens to be the name of a famous soccer player in Portugal. "He also had a separate identity kit, which he told us he never used," said Norman Racicot, head of detention and removal at the Montreal branch. Vieira was not a Canadian citizen and had no visas or permits to stay here, Racicot said. He was also not a U.S. citizen despite having lived in that country from 1975 to 1988. Racicot said internal studies show it's relatively easy for illegal aliens to live underground in Canada, especially if they have the support of friends and family. In 1990, a grand jury in Bristol County, Mass., indicted Vieira in absentia on a charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing of Arruda, 30. Summer-work prospects better this year: official SARAH MUSGRAVE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE Six Montreal-area federal employment centres are ready and waiting to welcome the droves of students seeking summer jobs. ' Young people will have an easier time finding work this summer than last, said Jacques Desroches, director of employment programs and services (Montreal Island) with the federal Human Resources Department. As the economy shapes up, more students will find work in the retail, restaurant and general-service sector, he predicted. He pointed to the declining unemployment rate as reason for optimism. The national jobless rate for March was 10.6 per cent, down 0.5 per from February. In Quebec, the rate fell to 1 1.7 in the January-March period, from 12.5. In the Montreal region, it sank to 13 in January-March from 13.3. But Desroches urged students to start looking now for a summer job, and not wait until classes are finished. The centres offer job-counselling, listings and sessions on how to put together a resumd and succeed at a job interview. The job centres are at: 5250 D&arie Blvd., Suite 150, Montreal H3X 3Z6. .Phone 283-7883. 189 Hymus Blvd., Suite 505, Pointe Claire H9R 1E9 ;Phone 695-3210. 1001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E, Suite 4500, Montreal H2L5A1. Phone 283-8358. .0 5199 Sherbrooke St. E., Suite 3060, Montreal HIT 3X2. Phone 255-1860. 9675 Papineau Ave., Suite 380, Montreal H2B 3C8. 3Phone 385-9490 V CEGEP Andr5 Laurendeau, 1111 Lapierre St., Room 5 1 97, LaSalle H8N 2S4. Phone 364-3320, Local 202. M Keep Jobs program out of Quebec, Ottawa told. PAGE A5 Missing Westmount girl found hiding under bed at chum's house Ursula Blake, the 8-year-old who ran away Sunday from her Westmount home after a family spat, was found safe and sound early yesterday, hiding under a bed at a friend's house, police said. A neighbor, one of the concerned parents who had helped search for the girl, found her under his daughter's bed when he went to investigate a noise. The youngster had apparently taken refuge with a friend Sunday afternoon after storming out of her home during an argument with her aunt. The youngster was taken to Montreal Urban Community police Station 23, where she met with youth-squad officers and a social worker. The girl will remain in the custody of youth protection until the investigation is completed, police said. Private labs require permits: lobby Privately owned medical laboratories are inspected for quality, even if some don't have operating permits from the Health Department, the province s medical technologists' association says. It was responding to a statement made Sunday by the union representing Quebec laboratory workers, which has repeatedly decried the spread of private medical labs. The Association Professionelle des Technologistes Medicaux said a "plethora of these labs were operat- uiR without oermits from the Health Department. The association said it has no reason to believe the quality of lab work done at private laboratories is substandard. But it stressed: "Private laboratories are subject to the public-health protection law and must hold a permit." Private labs are springing up on Montreal Island and the South Shore, where hospital labs are overloaded and waiting periods are lengthening. Motorcyclist killed in collision A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed yesterday in a collision with a truck m Anjou. The accident occurred about 12:50 p.m., as the motorcyclist tried to pass a truck at the corner of Park way and Metropolitan Blvds. The truck was turning and hit the motorcyclist, a Montreal Urban Community police spokesman said. The man was taken to Maisonncuve-Roscmont I los- pital. He was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. I Currsa's column returns April 27 rin:.iMt i:ihnt.i:i-j i Winning numbers Monday, HW8 L Quotldlsnnt-4 0-4-8-9 (in order) Li Quotldlenrtt-3 8-7-3 (In order) Banco 2-3 8-13-14-15-17 30-31-37-38 39-48 50 52-54 58 61-63 70 Marching for Bosnia . i i - m b r.niiTpp .3 1 If a 'I. .cRMiMELS It Ir vrs .r Tt ' ' : :-v ' i ll ; V ,5 'Si ' 1 ' A N i:; mat 4 v- GAZETTE, PIERRE OBENDRAUF Carrying placards, members of the Quebec-Bosnia Solidarity Committee stage a demonstration yesterday outside the offices of the International Civil Aviation organization on snerorooKe u. w. ine proiesiers warn tne iniernauonai community to intervene to liberate the Bosnian enclave of Gorazde, the scene of fierce fighting. OFiHOf fi3d of Hot Oar mayor MICHELLE LAL0NDE HE GAZETTE anBoal den makes al Slid Bourque To speak Sunday He's still not talking, but Pierre Bourque has finally made his bid for the mayor's office official by filing request for legal authorization for his new party, Vision Montreal. Party president Bernard Magnan confirmed yester day that Bourque, former director of Montreal's Botan ical Garden, tiled the request with Quebec's chief electoral officer Fri day. But Magnan said the public will have to wait till Sunday, when Vision Montreal holds its first rally, to hear from Bourque himselt. 'You have to understand that it s only been three weeks since (Bourque) left his post as a city otti-cial, so he didn't want any confusion about that," Magnan said. uWe have resisted speaking publicly until everything was in place. We wanted to be ready, not without direction, or without a team. Maenan said the party will announce 20 to 25 can didates Sunday, and will have a full slate of candidates by June. (There will be 5 1 seats at stake in the November vote.) Six sitting councillors are among the vision Mon treal candidates to be announced Sunday. They are: Jacques Charbonneau (Louis Riel district); Giovanni de Michele (Marc Aurele hortm); fierre uagnier (Cartierville); Sammy Forcillo (St. Jacques); Germain Pregent (St. Henri); and baulie Zajdel (Victoria). Bourque lett an awkward public impression two weeks ago when he showed up - then clammed up - at a news conference called by the tormer leader ot toe now-defunct Action Montreal Party, Claude Beauchamp. Bourque thanked Beauchamp briefly after he announced his decision to dissolve his party and throw his support behind Bourque, but Bourque refused to answer questions from reporters about his own mayoral bid. Forcillo said Bourque has learned from that mistake. "Mr. Beauchamp asked him not to speak and (Bourque) kept his word. It was the price he had to pay to have Beauchamp in his camp," he explained. Bourque is "very vocal" and will soon dispel concerns about a lack of openness that have been generated by his silence, Forcillo added. Forcillo said he decided to join Bourque's camp because Bourque has proven himself able to get results. He said the city's Biodome and Botanical Garden projects would never have seen the light of day without Bourque. He also credited Bourque for being the behind-the-scenes force behind projects such as community gardens and a program of grants for demolishing back-alley sheds to eliminate fire hazards and beautify the city's laneways. Forcillo dismissed opposition concerns that Bourque, as a civil servant, is used to spending taxpayers' money. "He is not a spender, he has proven himself as someone who spends effectively,'' he said. Vision Montreal's inaugural rally will be at College de Maisonneuve, 2700 Bourbonnicre Ave., at 2 p.m. Sunday. iournev of pain Mi joy Jewish teenagers return home after emotionally wrenching trip to Holocaust sitesi - - ' ' ' - - Q J j w A LISA FITTERMAN THE GAZETTE After all the gruesome images, after the ashes and eyeglasses and barracks full of shoes, it was an old man in Poland who drew Natan Hamcrman from his reverie on evil and showed him how kind and decent people can be. Hamcrman, 16, a Grade 11 student at Hcrzliah High School in Snowdon, was one of about 150 Montreal-area high school students who two weeks ago joined the March of the Living. The biennial event allows Jewish teenagers from around the world to sec first-hand in Poland the horror of the Holocaust, then travel to Israel. They returned early yesterday, shaken and determined to talk about their jarring experience. It is meant to be that way, cold water in the face of a generation too young to really understand the banality of evil. It is something they wiU never forget, no matter how hard they try. The students marched the few kilometres between Auschwitz and Birkenau, and visited Majdanck, with its mound of human ash. They saw their past: shtctls emptied of any Jewish presence, their cemeteries desecrated, their synagogues deserted or turned into community centres. They encountered Polish skinheads who chanted at them to leave and children who mockingly imitated the rabbi during services like the Mourners' Kad-dish, the Jewish Prayer for the Dead. So in the town of Czeciny, when the old man rah up to the group shouting in Polish, Hamcrman first thought nothing of it, simply looking around to ensure their Polish military escort was still there. But the old man was not shouting abuse. "He was shouting about the joy a Jewish wedding would bring to the shtetl, that he remembered how everybody would dance on the street, how there was music, how everybody had a good time," a sleepy Hamerman recalled wondcringly. "He remembered. He never wanted to forget, either." Maria Green, 16, a Grade 10 student at West Island College, said the sun hardly ever shone during their sojourn. "It was so appropriate, the weather. Gray and drizzly, as if God wanted to give us the whole picture," she said. "You know, I'm so glad I went. I'll tell my children not to forget, tell them what I saw. It will be farther away for them than it was for me. "At least my grandmother had time to tell me about the pogroms. I will have to tell them." Daniel Hofmann. 1 5. a classmate of Green, said he was angry - not only bt-cause of what happened half a century ago, but at himself for not recognizing it before and being too numb even to cty when he was actually there. ; "I see them. I see the camps, all the different sorts of people starving and suffering. I see them being tortured and;I see them dying," Hofmann said. "If I can go out there and tell people how I felt, that's what I want to do.;I can't really say I'm sad. I'm very upset about it. I didn't really realize befote hov horrible it was." Now, Hofmann continued, the most important thing is his need to tell othr people about it, whether they are friends, foes or simply strangers. "It's really important that everybody know what I saw. I think of my time rn Poland in mostly three colors - shades ef black, gray and red, for blood." I 1

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