The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on August 25, 1999 · 1
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Wednesday, August 25, 1999
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1999 -LL it& 111 'ip V eWin RARIN' TOGO McGwire's not done yet SPORTS Dl r rm - ps orSto N READERS PER CAPITA Showers, High 25 ' ! ' 7 MEDICAL GAP riL.LJ2.jj Av nw--, V New specialist 07 ; LOCAL A4 V. if-.'. 1 TOUGHEST JOB IN TO ;. cft Political spouses' roles changing .Mm OPINION A9 4 J s ft , VK I Red Cross may los tool ffiitee Agency's homemakers veto a requested cut in their pay By Chris Hornsey star staff reporter Another longstanding.local health care provider appears headed for oblivion. Local Canadian Red Cross home-making services are in jeopardy after its 225 members rejected an appeal to reduce their travel allowance a move the agency says will force them to withdraw their homemaking bid with the Community Care Access Centre "and take steps to close the Windsor branch." In a voting session that took place Monday and Tuesday, a majority of members rejected the halving of their travel allowances, which range between $2.02 per hour in the county and scales down to about 70 cents an hour in downtown Windsor. Over wages The travel pay is in addition to their salaries of $10 to $12 an hour. The implications of a negative vote were made clear in an internal memo to homemakers obtained by The Windsor Star. Manager Sheila Gordon stated that "to remain competitive and be successful in continuing to receive work from the CCAC, Red Cross submitted their bid based on a lower travel allowance rate.... "If the union does not accept the reduction, we will be forced to close the Windsor-Essex Homemaker Service." One homemaker, who wished to remain anonymous, called the memo "blackmail," because if they didn't vote for a reduction the front-line employees would appear responsible for shutting down the agency Virginia Hills, Homemaker repre-sentitive for the Service Employees Union International Local 210, said the attempt at brinkmanship failed over the course of the two-day meeting. Next step unknown "I have absolutely no idea what Red Cross management is going to do now," Hills said. Please see Closure A2 MD seeks to speed licensing of Cuban By Anne Jarvis star health reporter leamington In Cuba, Roberto Gonzalez was a doctor. In Canada, until several weeks ago, he was a janitor by night and prepared meals for shut-ins by day. Now, the president of the Essex County Medical Society wants to put Gonzalez back in practice caring for the thousands of Spanish-speaking migrant workers in the area's booming greenhouse industry. "We have 4,000 Mexican workers here," said Dr. Tom Barnard. "They all have OHIP paid for by the Mexican government. But they don't get much medical care, partly because we can't communicate with them." Barnard has already hired Gonzalez as a physician's assistant to help him treat his Mexican patients. In Spanish, Cuban-born Gonzalez asks the patients about their symptoms, takes temperatures and blood pressures and translates conversations between Barnard and the patients. Many of the workers, mostly men, are here eight months of the year and have no family doctors. There was a case of a serious eye injury several years ago, and Barnard has had one or two cases of appendicitis and several of depression resulting from long stints away from home. In cases of de pression, "if you can't talk to them, it's hard to help them," he said. Please see Pupatello All Helping hands 0j JT i ,m-i 'i( r - - - 1 r--- . sz:7 - U . l ,;,Sr1 r mi Sgt. Andy Domarchuk, of Windsor, centre, Warrant Officer Darren Simpson, left, of Port Hope, and Sgt. Donald Eenkooren, of New Dundee, Ont., walk past a destroyed home with a Turkish man Tuesday In Serdivan, Turkey. The three soldiers are members of the Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team, which Is setting up tents and water treatment facilities for the residents of Adapazarl. The area was devastated by last week's earthquake. Star reporter Chris Thompson talked with Domarchuk's family about the career soldier's role In Turkey. Please see A3. For the latest details on the aftermath of the quake, please see B2. Canadian Press photo: Jeff Mcintosh Video games train killers: Expert By Andrea Baillie the canadian press hamilton An American psychologist who spent 25 years teaching soldiers how to kill says violent video games may be turning a whole generation of young people into killers. In a chilling warning to Canada's police chiefs Tuesday, retired Lt.-Col. Dave Grossman said the games have the same desensitizing effect as military killing simulators, which ingrain soldiers with a homicidal reflex. "We're providing military-quality training at a young age," he said. "Children see human death and suffering and learn to associate it with pleasure." Grossman, author of the soon to be released Teaching our Kids to Kill, has uncovered unsettling links between military conditioning and video games. Killing, he says, does not come naturally. Soldiers are prepared for combat by firing at human-shaped targets that pop into view. Only with constant repetition does this become a conditioned response. In combat, and even in soldiers who become frozen with fear, conditioning takes over. Children, Grossman says, inadvertently learn the same type of reflex through video games. Grossman says this may explain why some student killers often keep firing even after they have shot the person that initially made them angry "In school shootings, students open fire, then keep on going. Police ask them why and they say they don't know. But we know. . . . Kids who have never shot a gun practise with tens of thousands of bullets during video games." Please see Shooters A2 $1.8-billioii bid would link airlines By Dan Westell for the windsor star TORONTO A major U.S. airline and a Toronto financier have teamed up in a $1.8-billion bid to buy and merge Canada's two major airlines and end the "bloodbath" in the industry. The proposal, which totals $5.7 billion, including almost $4 billion in existing debt in the two airlines, would create a single national carrier under the Air Canada name with about $9 billion in annual revenue. It would be the 15th largest carrier in the world. The cash and stock bid by American Airlines of Texas and Onex Corp. produced heavy trading in the stock market and introduces a new factor into the already confused situation surrounding Calgary-based Canadian Airlines Corp., which is facing failure. Canadian's board has already endorsed the deal. Late Tuesday, Montreal-based Air Canada said it initially disliked the proposal because there was no benefit for shareholders and employees. It also pointed out the offer was unsolicited and below the $8.50 market price on Monday. Company managers and shareholders must now decide whether to cast their lot with Onex chairman and chief executive Gerald Schwartz, who has made his name combining and revitalizing companies. Or they can hope Canadian will die and they'll benefit from the resulting monopoly and access to Canadian's lucrative Asian routes, its best asset. Canadian will survive "That's been Air Canada's view for 15 years," Schwartz said in presenting the proposed deal Tuesday But, he added, "Canadian is going to survive. It is not a political reality to drive that company out of existence." Both the federal and Alberta governments will have a say if shareholders approve the purchase. "The government wants an airline industry where the consumer is protected, where there is no gouging of prices, where small communities and regional airlines have an ability to compete freely," said Transport Minister Daviri Collenette. He insisted it was premature to speculate on what may come since no deal exists yet for the government to consider. "We are a bystander at this stage," he said. Please see Both airlines A2 See also Impact unknown A3 INSIDE TODAY Births.Deaths . CIO Editorial A8 Business D6 Entertainment . . B8 Classified CI Horoscopes B7 Comics B7 Food B3 County A5 Lotteries A2 Crossword C2 Weather C12 Home Delivery 255-5774 www.southam.comwlndsorstar e-mail Y2K countdown: J(?9days Education Ventre Today's Trivia: What flower family is the apple a member of? Answer on: Page B2 Dollar Dealings The following rates for normal transactions were quoted Tuesday by Windsor banks for the U.S. dollar: Banks are buying U.S. cash for $1.4811 and selling for $1.5150. Banks are buying U.S. cheques for $1.4779 and selling for $1.5169. taHadacom Start Your Search From Home. I L I a M I H ClNIII 6 mi 63926" 00070 Quebec's No. 2 'sorry' for gaffe For The Windsor Star QUEBEC Bernard Landry, Quebec's Deputy Premier, apologized to Quebec seniors Tuesday, saying he didn't mean to offend anyone when he suggested the deaths of elderly federalists was a winning condition of the next referendum. Since "certain people may have been offended by various interpretations of his words, the deputy premier insists on repeating that he never wanted to hurt anyone and if he did it unintentionally, he apologizes," his office said a statement. Please see Landry goofs All Onex bids for control of Canada's skies The 5.7llon proposal by Onex Cap. to unite Air Canada and Canadian Ailines could result in the loss of 5,000 jobs. r -it-- --i AMr catering Sky Chefs T j- J J Electronics Auto parts commeroe Other i J J CalastJca Hidden Creek Industries CUentloelc lantic Sugar Tuesday's close k" """M 1 I Dura Automotive 1 I X &t'ir Oiw't share pn has nearly H 1998 x's share pnoe has neaily quadrupled m the last fna yaare on the TS. UN Air Canada Canadian Airlines - more than 545 destinations worldwide (1999) - 241 destinations worldwide U999) 22.837 employees worldwide (1998) -17,000 employees worldwide (1999) - rnantara a rkwt o( 157 aircraft-(1999) - martana a (feet ot 83 atrcraft-(1998) excludes regional carriers Income (loss) 500 1994 400 300 200 100 0 100 - Millkx of dollars 1995 1996 MRCANADA Xjrf Net toss 1998 Source: One 199S PHon Caflsdan tflmrs, Mr Canada, TSC MARJE anCHERSoutham Newspapers

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