CANADA

National Notes

June 4 1990
CANADA

National Notes

June 4 1990

National Notes

UPHOLDING A TREATY

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a 230-year-old.treaty signed by a British commander and Huron Indians in Quebec three days before French Canada fell to the British in 1760 is still valid. The treaty, giving the Indians freedom to practise their customs, had been invoked by two Quebec City Hurons who were appealing their 1982 conviction for cutting wood in a Quebec provincial park. They argued that the treaty gave them the right to cut wood to t~uild a sweat lodae-a hut used in a ourification rite.

NATO SCRAPS ITS PLAN NATO announced that it was scrapping plans to build a~ $500-milliOtl low4evet~ flight training. centre. Canadian officials had lobbied to have the centre built in Goose Bay, Labrador, in spite of protests by local native grotips who claim that lowlevel flights disrupt wildlife

rRUCKERS PROTEST Mter receiving a promi~ of aid from federal Trausp0rt~ Mithster Dou~lanLeW is, Canadian trn~k drivers etided a threeday-old blockade of U.S.-C~x'ada border crossings in Ontario and Quebec. the~ action of the tn~ckets~ who say that they face unfair competition &oulU.S. drivers,. forced auto plants in thetwo provittCe5t~ shut downand send thousands of workers a lack of oartS.

AMENDMENTS DEFEATED In the House of CommonL Mi's deféate(i. 11. proposed amendments that would have made the g~wernment'S new abor tion ieglslation more restrictive.. They also óted down an NDP amendment that would have removed abortion from the Criminal Coe$ final vote on the abor tion bill, which would allow the procedure if a doctorjudgesthata woman's phYsical, mental or psychological health is threat ened. was to be held this week.

AGAINST THE GST According to a ll done by Toronto based Gallup Canada Inc., 68 per cent of Canadians say that the Liberal-dominated Senate should reject the Conservative government's proposed Goods and Ser vices Tax.

PULP MILL APPROVAL The Alberta government issued licen~es enabling Daishowa Canada Co. Ltd. begin operating its eo~itnweralal Peace River pulp mill this summer, Environmen tal groups are fighting inFederalCourt to force Ottawa to conduct a ull-scaie~public~ review of the nroiect.