CANADA

National Notes

September 25 1989
CANADA

National Notes

September 25 1989

National Notes

A SURVIVOR'S STORY

Air Ontario flight attendent Sonia Hartwick, 26, the only one of four crew members to survive a March 10 air crash at Dryden, Ont., that killed 24 people, told a judicial inquiry into the incident that she saw ice forming on the wing of the F-28 Fokker jet just before takeoff. The inquiry in Thunder Bay, Ont., also heard a tape recording in which an Air Ontario official told Hartwick hours after the crash, “We don’t want you to talk to anybody.”

STRIKING POLICE

RCMP officers moved in to patrol the streets of Dartmouth, N.S., (population 65,000) after the 152-member city police force went out on strike for the first time in the city’s history. Said Joseph Ross, executive director of the Nova Scotia police association, of the strike: “It's going to be a long one.”

NORTHERN DISTINCTION

Daniel Norris, 54, a Métis bom in a remote trading post 35 km south of Inuvik, became the first native to be appointed commissioner of the Northwest Territories. The commissioner serves as the territorial equivalent of a lieutenant-governor, the provincial representative of the Crown.

NDP REVERSAL

The New Democratic Party's governing council adopted a report calling for changes in the Meech Lake constitutional accord. The report says that the party should commit itself to having the accord altered to provide, among other things, clearer recognition of native people, sexual equality and Canadian multiculturalism.

A CUTOFF FOR BOSCO

Saskatchewan Social Services Minister Grant Schmidt cut off funding to the Bosco Homes for troubled youngsters and said that the government would no longer send children to them. The homes, founded in Saskatchewan in 1971 by Roman Catholic priest Rev. Lucien Larre, have won praise as a model for the treatment of difficult-to-handle teenagers. But recently, they have come under attack because of allegations that Larre physically abused youngsters.

POSTAL STRIKE THREAT

Postal workers said that they are prepared to launch an illegal strike if Canada Post is put up for sale. Harvie Andre, the federal minister responsible for Canada Post, had called privatization of the Crown corporation “a real possibility.”