Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on February 15, 1989 · 47
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Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada · 47

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Announcements F3 Classified F4 Weather F7 Comics F8 BEST COPY AVAILABLE F Jassnir. medl I Wednesday. February 15, 1M9 Th Edmonton Journal 7 w : ------ 'svrfH'l smc 5 I i ' ? - :' VJ Wj v "U- 'rm t""?? i -Hi K cp- " " I?''gtETTTTT yiN , --" j ! i ?Ji . TT . ., -. .-v ir 1 J vh- : - - ' - . ' 1 " . s-Z: i -r- " 'Loaded' nuclear energy poll finds 6 1 support in Canada Cruiser curbed PICTURE: Rick MacWilliam Sgt Bob Harmata talks with a constable after a city police cruiser collided with a pickup truck, then swerved into a light pole at 132nd Avenue and 97th Street Tuesday. The driver of the police car was on his way to join other officers in a pursuit No one was injured. The chase ended in two arrests. By KEVIN B LEVINS Journal Staff Writer A recent survey suggests 61 per cent of Canadians favor nuclear energy as a source for generating electricity. The Canadian Nuclear Association, which commissioned the survey, says the survey's results indicate the "realization of nuclear energy" by Canadians. But environmental groups complain the survey's questions were "loaded," and the results "predetermined." The survey, conducted by Decima Research Ltd., polled 1,200 Canadians over age 18 by telephone, Nov. 25-27, 1988. The results are accurate within plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, 95 times out of 100. The November survey supports another Decima poll, commissioned by the Canadian Nuclear Association in June 1988. That survey, which had the same margin of error, found that 51 per cent of 1,200 Canadians surveyed supported nuclear energy, although 53 per cent had "doubts" about its safety. The most recent survey shows that the three prairie provinces, at 60 per cent, were second only to Ontario, 68 per cent, in favoring nuclear energy. British Columbians were the least favorable at 52 per cent When presented with the statement: "Scientific data and opinion indicate that coal causes acid rain and Family of jailed Sikh urges Ottawa to do more By MIKE SADAVA Journal Staff Writer While support has grown for an Edmonton man jailed in India, External Affairs says it can do little for him because he isn't a Canadian citizen. Amarjit Sohi, 25, has been accused of being a Sikh terrorist and jailed without trial in the town of Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar since Nov. 15. He faces a number of charges, including attempted murder and possession of a weapon, and has been beaten by police, according to an Indian newspaper. Bob Peck, spokesman for External Affairs in Ottawa, said Monday that no consular assistance can be given Sohi because he is a landed immigrant and is regarded by Indian authorities as an Indian national "The Indian authorities are under no obligation to provide access to consular assistance." The department has contacted Indian officials to ensure that he is healthy and is "monitoring" his case, he said. Edmonton Southeast MP David Kilgour, who has been trying to help Sohi for two months, said he wasn't convinced by a letter from External Affairs Minister Joe Clark that more can't be done. "I don't think there's anything that says that someone with seven years of landed immigrant (status) doesn't have the right to consular assistance," Kilgour said. He said Sohi, a cab driver, has been paying taxes like everyone else and is eligible for citizenship. Rajinder Sohi, the man's sister-in-law, also said External Affairs should be doing more to help. His visa expires in April, and she has not been able to get written assurance from the department that Sohi will be able to return to Canada if released. Meanwhile, a weekend meeting in Vancouver sponsored by the Indian People's Association in North America produced some support for Sohi when postcards to Clark demanding Sohi's release were circulated, said Rev. Bryan Colwell, chairman of Canadian Ecumenical Action. contributes to the greenhouse effect, while nuclear power does not" 68 per cent chose nuclear energy, as opposed to just 19 per cent for coal . However, Adele Hurley of the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain said such a question is typical of Decima's polling strategy. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why a biased question like that was allowed," she said. "Let's face it, Decima is the Conservative party's pollster, and I think it's a well-known fact that the Conservatives support nuclear energy from a big business, economic standpoint." Brian Staszenski, director of the Environmental Research Centre of Alberta, said the poll is "environmental blackmail," making Canadians choose the lesser of two evils without ever providing the "only real option conservation." "Hell or purgatory that's what that's saying. I prefer heaven, which is conservation," he said. "We can do a lot more in the area of conservation than we are doing right now." Ray Windsor of the Canadian Nuclear Association, which represents over 100 companies involved in the production of nuclear energy, said the survey reflects an accurate opinion of Canadians. "More and more people are realizing and expecting nuclear energy to be a part of Canada's future," he said, adding that nearly 50 per cent of Ontario's electricity is generated by nuclear reactors. As an environmental concern, the disposal of nuclear waste finished third, 20 per cent behind the disposal of toxic waste, 28 per cent and acid rain, 35 per cent A majority, 56 per cent questioned the industry's capability to dispose of radioactive waste safely. But Windsor said nuclear waste is not a major problem for Canadian-made Candu reactors. "In Canada, we've never had a time-loss accident due to radiation," he said. "A lot of people don't realize that the Candu reactor is the safest in the world." Hurley questioned that claim. "There's some merit to looking at a company's record. But everything is all right until something goes wrong." Last week, SaskPower, Saskatchewan's public electricity utility, said it was negotiating an agreement to buy power from a privately owned Candu reactor to be built in that province. The Alberta government has said it is opposed to any such plan for environmental reasons. NDP's Younie wins battle in Glengarry By ED STRUZIK Journal Staff Writer New Democrat environment critic John Younie beat back two challengers Tuesday to win the party nomination in Edmonton Glengarry- And the former Edmonton school teacher vowed to pull out all the stops to beat Liberal Leader Laurence Decore in the upcoming provincial election. In fact Younie says he's convinced that Tory John Belzerowski will be a slightly tougher foe than the former Edmonton mayor. Decore has already won his nomination in Glengarry and hopes the constituency will give him the go-ahead to represent their interests in the Alberta legislature. It was a potentially embarrassing situation for the New Democrats Crash into trees at top Nakiska run claims man's life A Spruce Grove man has died after a weekend ski accident at the Nakiska ski resort Frederick Meisner, 32, apparently lost control on the difficult Bobtail run and crashed into trees. He suffered severe head injuries and died early Monday morning in a Calgary hospital. The death was the second in less than a year at the resort During last February's Olympics, an Austrian team doctor was crushed after sliding under a snow-grooming machine. Nakiska officials said Mcisner's accident occurred about half-way down the expert ski run. They said no changes at the resort are planned following the death. Tuesday night because one of the challenges came from Walter Lewandiwski, a second vice-presi dent of the constituency, and the husband of Younie's office manager. Several of the constituency execu tives were not happy about the bid from Lewandiwski, a 42-year-old University of Alberta extension stu dent, but chose instead not to air their anger publicly. Younie himself admitted after his victory that he was tempted several times to lash out at the attempted coup from within his executive. But after the vote Tuesday, Younie declared he holds no grudges against anyone. Younie's political hopes have been buoyed by a recent party poll which indicates that Decore may encounter difficulty winning in Glengarry. The poll, obtained by The Journal, found that 32 per cent of those surveyed would vote Tory, 26 per cent NDP, and only 17 per cent Liberal. Decore's staff has dismissed the poll as inaccurate and misleading, since it asked respondents which party they preferred, not which individual candidate they favored. New Democrat Leader Ray Martin told the Glengarry crowd to be prepared for an election call on Monday. He said the Tories are determined to hold an early vote because they don't want to deal with the final report of the Principal inquiry, expected later in the spring. Nor does the Don Getty government want to own up to the rising provincial deficit Martin added. Martin warned that the premier is sure to raise income taxes to pay for all the election gifts his government has been giving out to big business. School board considers new harsh-weather pohcy The Edmonton public school board will take a look at the question of opening schools during harsh weather, in the wake of the recent storm. It stopped short Tuesday night of asking the administration to prepare a policy that would outline the circumstances under which schools would likely be closed, preferring to leave room for administrative judgment calls when storms hit Edmonton. The board came under fire for allowing schools to remain open during the storm and cold snap two weeks ago, prompting calls for a review of district policy which is actually nonexistent "We have to be very, very careful before we try to write every circumstance of something that happens once in 40 years into a policy that well have to live with," said Elaine Jones, who proposed the motion. Other trustees agreed, passing the motion by an 8-1 vote. "It's still a judgment call, no matter how many factors you place in a policy," said trustee George Luck. Even superintendent Mike Strem-bitsky, who was criticized for his decision to keep schools open, agreed. "There are a number of factors we consider, but I agree we need to work out a statement" said Strem-bitsky. Drunk driver appeals sentence A Barrhead man convicted of drunk driving causing the death of a Sherwood Park woman in 1987 is appealing his 2-year prison sentence. Lawyer Oskar Kruger said Tuesday he has filed an appeal on behalf of his client Douglas Kirk Hosack. Provincial Court Judge Peter Ay-otte sentenced Hosack Monday to 2" years imprisonment on each of two counts of impaired driving caus ing bodily harm. The sentences are to run concurrently. The judge also forbade Hosack from driving in Canada for three years from the date of his release. Kruger declined to detail the grounds for the appeal. Hosack, 32, was involved in a traffic collision July 23, 1987, that killed Adrianna Tatz, 20, and injured Cheryl Rohr and Carla Ash-ton, both 21. 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