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                                                                                                                                Manderson expects
                                                                                                                                to apply for legal aid
                                                                                                                                ➤ COURT FROM PAGE A1

                                                                                                                                   “I’ve been peeling my onion for                                               I’ve been peeling
                                                                                                                                the exposure of evidence against
                                                                                                                                these individuals for nine years,”                                               my onion for the
                                                                                                                                he said. “And what do you do when
                                                                                                                                you peel an onion? You cry.”                                           exposure of evidence
                                                                                                                                   He said he has spent his life sav-
                                                                                                                                ings on legal expenses and will                                        against these individuals
                                                                                                                                probably apply for legal aid in con-
                                                                                                                                nection with this matter.                                              for nine years.And what
                                                                                                                                   “I’ve spent all my money . . . I
                                                                                                                                have a fixed income, a pension.”                                       do you do when you peel
                                                                                                                                   One of Manderson’s outstand-
                                                                                                                                ing questions concerning the law-                                      an onion? You cry.
                                                                                                                                suit is who is suing him. Al-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bill Manderson
                                                                                                                                though only two names were list-
                                                                                                                                ed as plaintiffs, Manderson’s
                                                                                                                                comments address the entire cor-
                                                                                                                                poration and Wellington County                                         derson attends many meetings and
                                                                                                                                council.                                                               every county stakeholder is aware
                                                                                                                                   When asked whether the deci-                                        of Manderson’s website.
                                                                                                                                sion to move forward with the law-                                        “I’ve never seen him be disrup-
                                                                                               ROB O’FLANAGAN, GUELPH MERCURY   suit was something voted on by                                         tive,” he said.
Future car buyers Rick Danciu and Indre Volkaite, seen near a vehicle on display this week at the North American                council, Erin mayor and county                                            Calls for comments this week to
International Auto Show, have vastly different tastes in cars. Both acknowledge they will have to change their                  councillor Rod Finnie said he                                          Doug Thomson, the lawyer listed
expectations and priorities for what their dream car will be.                                                                   couldn’t comment because the                                           in the lawsuit for Whitcombe and
                                                                                                                                matter was addressed “in camera.”                                      Wilson, were not returned.
                                                                                                                                That means it was handled during                                          Wilson said he could not com-

Desire and need for cars                                                                                                        a legally closed session of county
                                                                                                                                   Coun. Lou Maieron said Man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The matter is to go before court
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuesday  .

have not evaporated                                                                                                             Man pulled from burning car
                                                                                                                                Mercury staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Firefighters arriving on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       scene extinguished the blaze.
➤ AUTO FROM PAGE A1                     and about 6.76 billion inhabitants.      motorists going green, sooner                                                                                            Details were unclear yesterday,
    But while merciless criticism          Judging by what drew crowds           rather than later. It was not lost on          GUELPH — A man was taken to                                            but the crash may have involved a
of the Detroit Three has created        at the Detroit Auto Show earlier         Danciu that in his inauguration                hospital with unknown injuries                                         second parked vehicle at the club,
the perception that they are passé,     this week, style remains the sin-        speech Tuesday, U.S. President                 yesterday after his vehicle caught                                     located at 80 Stone Rd. W.
insular, out of touch with global       gle most attractive feature of an        Barack Obama spoke of harness-                 fire, police said.                                                        The club is near the intersec-
market realities and building cars      automobile — its shape, lines and        ing the sun, wind and other forms                  The Guelph man was driving                                         tion with Gordon Street on the
that no one wants to buy company        colour. Young and old oglers             of alternative energy   .                      in the parking lot of the Guelph                                       city’s south side.
leaders seem convinced they’re          swarmed the Mercedes-Benz SLR,               The new president has said he              Athletic Club on Stone Road at                                            Witnesses are asked to contact
doing what needs to be done to          the Audi R8 FSI, the Lamborghini         wants to see one million electric ve-          3:15 p.m. when he struck a parked                                      Guelph Police Constable Matt
fight the infection and respond to      Gallardo and the Hummer H2 —             hicles on American roads by 2015.              vehicle, police said.                                                  Jotham.
contemporary consumer de-               all works of design art in their             Environmentalism has arrived                   Club staff and passersby pulled                                       He can be reached at 519-824-
mands. And they are defending           own ways.                                at the White House, and environ-               him from the burning wreckage.                                         1212, ext. 7434.
themselves, in strong terms,                                                     mentalism has permeated the au-
against an onslaught of criticism                                                tomotive sector.
they say is not entirely deserved.                                                   “I’d buy an electric car today if
                                                                                                                                                                                                        YOU’VE HEARD OF THE
    There can be no doubt that the                                               it was affordable,” Danciu said as
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “MONTESSORI ADVANTAGE”
                                                                                                                                           S T AOB & SRELIART ,SELCIHEV LANOITAERCER
                                                                                                                                           ,SKCURT ,SRAC DENWO ERP OT EDIUG RUOY

relationship we have with the au-
                                                                                                                                             ,SELCYCROTOM ,SELCIHEV YTILITU TROPS

                                                                                 he stood not far from the new
tomobile is changing. The superfi-                                               Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in electric                                                                                   JOIN US AND DISCOVER THE
cial lusts for muscle, shapeliness,                                              vehicle expected on the market in                                                                                     BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD
size and speed — while still deeply                                              2010. Those first Volts won’t be
embedded in the psyche of many                                                   cheap, however, commanding
car buyers — is being overtaken
by more practical concerns like            Most can only dream of own-
                                                                                 $40,000 or more, according to a
                                                                                 Chevy official.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Open House
reliability, fuel economy, safety       ing such a vehicle, and most are             Volkaite, 18, showed the brash-                                                                         Sunday, 25 January 2009
and sustainability Industry lead-       beginning to understand there            ness of her youth.
ers appear to genuinely acknowl-        are other, more important priori-            “I’m lookin’ to get a Bugatti Vey-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 2:00-4:00 PM
edge this shift, and seem sincere       ties than style and image when it        ron,” she said smugly speaking of
                                                                                                           ,                                                                              • “Montessori Toddlers”- 18 – 30 Months
in their willingness to respond.        comes to buying a car.                   the world’s most expensive car,
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pre-School, JK. SK. - Ages 2.5 – 6
    What we want in a car has              Fantasies, dreams and lofty           which costs roughly US$1.5 million.
changed fundamentally, they say,        ambitions are an important part          “I’m looking for luxury and some-
                                                                                                             ,                                                                            • Elementary Private School – Grades 1 – 6
and the industry is scrambling to       of life. They give us reasons to get     thing that stands out on the street.
give today’s motorists what they        out of bed in the morning. But               “Forget reliability People want
                                                                                                         .                                                                              Accepting Applications for September 2008
are demanding, while struggling         when it comes to cars, our fan-          their nice luxury cars, and you
to respond to the most unpre-           tasies, dreams and lofty ambitions       can’t put that in a little hybrid.                                                                       GUELPH MONTESSORI SCHOOL
dictable and devastating economic       have been dealt a severe blow by         Even when gas was $4 a gallon,

                                                                                                                                7 days a week @                                              151 Waterloo Ave. 519-836-3810
conditions of a lifetime. That                  .
                                        reality People may fantasize about       people were still buying cars that
struggle may end in utter failure       owning a Hummer and being the            ate so much gas.”                                                      
or it could lead to a renewal of the    recipient of the attention it com-           True and false.
Detroit-based automotive industry  .    mands, but when it comes to put-             Demand for trucks and SUVs
    One thing remains relatively        ting cash on the sales counter,          plummeted in North America
certain: Our love and need for          economy has become king.                 when gas reached $3.50 per gal-
cars has not suddenly evaporated,          “Obviously a lot of these cars        lon. It picked up again when gas
nor will it any time soon.              are out-of-bounds for me,” said          prices dropped late in 2008. Yes,

    Some may long for an end to         Rick Danciu, 24, who drove from          some buyers thumbed their noses
humanity’s dependence on the au-        Chicago to attend the auto show          at fuel prices, but the abandon-
tomobile, but it is a most unlikely     with his friend, Indre Volkaite.         ment of the gas-guzzler was so
scenario for generations to come.       “They’re just not the kind of vehi-      massive that it threatened to sink              See today’s Classified Section for these and other employment opportunities
North Americans have enjoyed            cles I could afford, so it’s more of a   the Detroit Three, and might still                     or click on the Job Board icon at
relatively easy access to cars for      fantasy thing for me. Sure, looks        do so.
several generations. People in the      are important, but I want a vehi-
developing world want the same          cle that is fuel efficient and is not    On Monday: While struggling to
privilege. There are currently          going to break down on me.”              survive, automakers confidently
about 600 million cars worldwide,          Danciu sees North American            plan for the future.

Cool cat still up for grabs                                                                                                                                                                                     Nuquest
Mercury staff                                                                                                                                                                                        Freight
GUELPH — Wanted: a warm, welcoming home for a
friendly tabby .
    Wrong Way Jay, who’s staying at the Guelph Hu-
mane Society after being rescued from a tree last
week by Humane Wildlife Control, hasn’t been                                                                                              The Corporation of the
claimed by his unknown owners.                                                                                                            County of Wellington
    It appears the cat was stuck in a tree on Eliot
Place for two days, suffering through sometimes bit-
terly cold winter temperatures.
    Jay’s nose was beet red when he was brought
down Jan. 13. Humane Wildlife Control officer Jason
Boles said at the time it meant the animal was “in a
deep freeze.”
    Staff at the humane society were concerned for his
                                                                                                                                                                                              Watch for our
welfare amid –23 C overnight temperatures with the                                                                                                                                     HOT HIRES FEATURE
wind chill, but said yesterday that he is recovering well.
    “No one came to claim him, which is really too                                                                                 Running January 28, 2009 in Classified Recruitment
bad,” humane society executive director Elizabeth                                                                                            For details, call 519-894-9150
Bonkink said yesterday    .
    Jay was neutered and put up for adoption                                                                                            Feature your company’s job opportunities by calling
Wednesday    .                                                                                                                         The Guelph Mercury recruitment team at 519-894-9150
    “There’s been interest, but no one’s put in an ap-
plication,” she said.                                                                                         GUELPH MERCURY
    She described the grey-and-white cat as a “big,          This tabby, named Wrong Way Jay by workers at the
gentle giant. He’s friendly; he loves people.”               Guelph Humane Society shelter, has not been claimed.