CANADA

National Notes

October 8 1990
CANADA

National Notes

October 8 1990

National Notes

CHARGING A MINISTER

Nova Scotia’s health minister, David Nantes, resigned from the cabinet after being charged with releasing confidential medical information. The two charges arose from remarks that Nantes made about psychiatric treatment that a former deputy minister, Michael Zareski, received in 1989. Zareski has made a series of allegations about widespread patronage in the provincial Conservative government. Nantes said that he will prove his innocence in court.

ELECTION UNLIKELY

A decision by Premier William Vander Zalm not to call an election in the next two weeks virtually eliminated the possibility that British Columbians will go to the polls before the spring. Earlier in the week, corporate records related to the $14.5million sale of the Vander Zalm family's Fantasy Gardens biblical theme park to a Taiwanese conglomerate revealed that the premier had retained control of the company while in office. That contradicted his earlier assertions that his wife, Lillian, held the majority interest.

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A CONTROVERSIAL SALE

Saskatchewan justice department officials issued 22 fraud and conspiracy charges against 10 people and two companies. The charges arose from the provincially owned Saskatchewan Transportation Co.'s 1989 purchase of 11 buses from a Texas-based company.

CLOSING A JAIL

Ottawa announced that it will close the notorious Kingston Prison for Women within four years and replace it with five smaller regional centres. A federal task force study, released in April, called the 56-year-old institution “unfit for bears, much less women.”

NO LIFE LIKE IT

Applications to join the Canadian armed forces were 32 per cent higher in August than the same month a year ago. Spokesmen attributed the increase to the army’s involvement in the Quebec Mohawk crisis and said that the numbers may increase even more as a result of the Canadian Forces’ presence in the Persian Gulf.

CANCER OPERATION

Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa, who had made no public appearances for nearly three weeks, revealed that he has been recovering from a Sept. 12 operation to remove a malignant skin cancer from his back. Of his health, Bourassa said: “Everything is now in order.

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