Whitehorse Daily Star from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada on November 27, 1996 · 2
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Whitehorse Daily Star from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada · 2

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
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Wednesday, November 27, 1996
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Jl r — rifWc W-w n g "C W — 'm m w i m m —a wwn - wOrwy— r—a'"'-- s - y" y 'i worri i i 2 By KARAN SMITH Star Reporter The Yukon’s administrator of elections says she advised staff to allow a voter to cast a ballot in Vuntut Gwitchin even though his name was not on the official list of electors Jo-Ann Waugh assistant chief electoral officer said when the riding’s returning officer called on Sept 30 the day of the territorial election she instructed her to allow Marvin Frost to vote read court documents filed with the Y ukon Supreme Court last Friday Men can be irehabBBBItatied judge n ing Such a court inquiry would have Continued from front required the Trudeaus to take the stand It is abundantly clear from the facts of the case he said “that the victims victims were not called up to were terrorized and traumatized" relive this experience” thejudge noted Marcel and Annette Trudeau are uP°n lading down his sentence seeking psychological counselling Hudson md &eK “ anumberof 6c-They reside in Girouxville a small tors diat he had to consider There is town near Peace River Alta e deterrence to others the protection The two young men and one of the public and the rehabilitation of teenager forced their way through the the youthful offenders door of the Trudeaus’ recreational Rehabilitation “is an important fac-vehicle while the couple slept during tor” he said “I must consider their the early-morning hours The robbers a8e- were armed with a shotgun a knife and Hudson said he believes “there is some rope excellent hope for rehabilitation” The husband and wife were blind- The judge told the offenders it folded gagged and bound and sub- would be up to them to use their time jected to assaults and threats They in prison productively They’ve already were also robbed of about $900 credit spent over four months in custody at cards jewelry binoculars and some the Whitehorse Correctional Centre items of clothing The judge noted that the offenders The victims’ physical injuries were will be sent to a prison as far as 2500 not permanent The husband suffered kilometres from the Y ukon These men some bruising on his jaw from being will be a greater distance from their struck with the gun They both expe- families and community than offend-rienced rope bums to their ankles and ers from the South are Hudson said wrists - During the sentencing hearing one The offenders admitted to their of the offenders publicly apologized crimes before their preliminary hear- 1° fit® victims the court and the com- Ejhild Development Centre Spaces Available Effective immediately full and part time spaces are available in our integrated preschool program for 3 years olds (mornings) and 4 year olds (afternoons) For more information call Jane Read at 668-4386 Child Development Centre 1000 Lewes Blvd Whitehorse SsnuoQir Cottizeinis MDStly (Braund Application forms for the 1 996 Senior Citizen Utility Grant area now available at City Hall 2121 Second Avenue This grant reimburses seniors for payments made to the City of Whitehorse for Water Sewer and Garbage services For further information please call 667-6401 The deadline to apply for this grant is December 31 1 996 0 The Yukon Party is challenging the riding’s results in court It wants to see the 68-68 tie between Yukon Party’s Esau Schafer and NDP’s Robert Bruce declared void Following Yukon election guidelines lots were later drawn to break the tie and Bruce was declared the new MLA In a petition to the court the Yukon Party identified two ineligible votes: Frost because of his absence from the official list and voter Walter Black-stock because the party says he has not been a Y ukon resident for the previous The Whitehorse STAR Wednesday November 27 1996 Yukon 12 months Frost was enumerated by Ren6e Frost returning officer for Vuntut Gwitchin say the documents His name did not make the list of electors When this was discovered the returning officer confirmed that he was on die enumeration record book She then phoned Waugh in Whitehorse “By reason of an oversight or a mistake the name of Marvin Frost was not transferred from the enumeration record to any list of electors” states the affidavit of the returning officer On the question of Blackstock munity for his actions Family and community members also stood up in court to pledge their support for the rehabilitation of the offenders Thejudge considered the “tragic history” of the two men It was suggested that the offenders both with criminal records were raised in an environment of abuse and alcohol The court also heard that gasoline fumes were inhaled just prior to the kidnapping Thejudge did not place any tougher restrictions on when die men would be eligible for parole “I don’t think it’s appropriate to make the light at the end of the tunnel further than it is” he said One of the mitigating factors in the Crown’s submissions was the planning the kidnappers had used prior to their attack But the deliberation continued only to the point of the vehicle break-in “The escapade was planned and There will be a number of changes to telephone numbers next year across the North By next October northern communities will no longer share the 403 area code with Alberta nor the 8 1 9 area code with Quebec Instead there will be one area code 867 (TOP) for the entire area across northern Canada that North wesTel Inc operates in jWEATHER FOR WEDNESDAY NOV 27 1996 mm Waugh noted that she did speak to him on the telephone Sept 9 Blackstock had called to discuss the circumstances of his “residency” in the Yukon The elections administrator said she reviewed the requirements with Black-stock including leaving the territory temporarily “I expressly stated to Mr Black-stock that the issue ofhis residency was a matter of self-declaration and that if he declared himself to be a resident such a declaration could be subject to question later on” the court document reads RALPH HUDSON Offenders owe victims In turn this also means Inuvik will get the new telephone prefix of 777 to replace the current 979 That’s because Iqaluit and Inuvik have the same prefix of 979 “While the (future) single area code for the North gives us our own identity it unfortunately confuses callers to Inuvik and Iqaluit because both communities share the same 979 prefix” Dan Yamkowy North wesTel’s Iteoord Highi 78 (i960) ftooord Lawr 406 (1948) YCSTERDfltt Yukon Hotspot: Blanchard River -20 Yukon CoMspot OgiMo River -360 Tonight and Thursday: MosBy cloudy Scattered lurries South winds 20 kmh Ugh -6 Low -12 ProbabCty of Precipitation: 40 tonight and 40 Thursday A court date to request the inclu-- sion of chief electoral officer Patrick Michael in the proceeding has been set for next Tuesday A party can challenge results within a time period for any reason relating to the election As the Vuntut Gwitchin results were tied the courts would only require one vote to declare the election void because there must be enough erred votes to overturn the results If that happened a byelection would follow See related story p 4 believes deliberated only up to the time at or near Carmacks” Hudson said The kidnappers had left the couple with a radio-telephone and a vehicle that were still intact As well the kidnappers changed their northern destination of Dawson City to Whitehorse The Trudeaus were able to contact a radio operator That person in turn reached Whitehorse RCMP Police located the victims at around 10 am McLeod Ellis and a 16-year-old youth were arrested and charged by police the next week The Trudeaus were asking the court to order financial restitution “You certainly owe these people a great deal one way or another” said Hudson granting the victims’ request At the conclusion of the sentencing McLeod indicated through his lawyer that he respected the punishment that was imposed The third accused is scheduled to be sentenced next month assistant vice-president for the Northwest Territories said recently The 777 prefix for Inuvik is “an easy number for Inuvik callers to remember when the change-over occurs “We recognize the inconvenience caused by a change in telephone numbers So to help ease the transition we worked with the Town of Inuvik to choose a prefix that will make Inuvik stand out from the crowd in Canada’s North” says Yamkowy Inuvik was chosen for the new prefix over Iqaluit because according to a business survey Inuvik has 700 fewer customers than Iqaluit does Correction Tuesday's edition reported that Kurt Forgaard president of the Anvil Range Mining Corp attended an Oct 29 breakfast of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts In fact another company representative not For-gaanl attended the event (

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