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98th YEAR NO. 159 MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006 .93¢ + GST
Phelps Dodge CEO tours Inco,
Sudbury during weekend visit
BY ROB O’FLANAGAN pending regulatory clearance
The Sudbury Star and shareholder approval.
The boards of all three com-
The head of Phelps Dodge panies have endorsed the
drove through, and hovered merger.
over, the Sudbury mining Opposition over foreign
camp on the weekend, sur- ownership of Canadian natu-
veying an industrial mining ral resources mounted when
complex that could soon be Swiss-based Xstrata PLC
under the Phelps Dodge made a hostile bid for Falcon-
J. Steven Whisler, chairman Similar opposition is
and CEO of Phelps Dodge, swirling around the Phelps
liked what he saw and is Dodge proposal.
excited by the prospect of GINO DONATO/THE SUDBURY STAR
creating North America’s Sudbury’s Italian community erupted in celebration Sunday after Italy beat France 5-3 in the World Cup final in Germany.
largest base metal mining Many revellers paraded around the city’s west end to mark the occasion — Italy’s first title since 1982.
company. “I’m very impressed
“I’m very impressed with with the community,
the community, very
Sudbury’s Italians rejoice
impressed with the facilities very impressed with
and I’ve been very impressed
with the people,” Whisler said
the facilities and I’ve
during an interview at Inco’s been very impressed
Copper Cliff offices on Sun-
day. with the people.”
Whisler is one of the prin-
cipal players in a $40-billion J. Steven Whisler, World Cup win and France. For the first time,
the finale coincided with the
during the 1982 win.
“Overall, I think Italy did
Congeniality on Friday at the
Italian Festival Pageant.
merger proposal that would Chairman, CEO of Phelps Dodge Italian Festival. well from the start of the “It’s fun because I get to
see his company combine helped festival “It wasn’t the greatest game World Cup,” said Rocca. meet new people and find
with Inco and Falconbridge Italy played, but they have the “They were one of the best more stuff out about my Ital-
to create the $56-billion Whisler sees the three-way attract record most heart and the most teams that played real soccer.” ian heritage,” said Pisani, a
Phelps Dodge Inco. combination as the only way determination. That showed Italy’s World Cup win self-confessed soccer fan.
On their own, Whisler said,
the three are mid-tier enter-
to achieve a blending of Inco
and Falconbridge operations
attendance when we won the penalty
shot,” said Max Massimiliano.
boosted the Italian Festival’s
profile, drawing record atten-
Food plays a big part in the
Italian culture, so it’s no sur-
prises in a global mining in the Sudbury Basin — a After the win, fans dance. prise Pisani plans to incorpo-
environment comprised of long talked about unification BY LAURA STRADIOTTO embraced each other, whether rate it into a career.
increasingly large-scale com- that most agree is good for The Sudbury Star they knew the person or not. She says she wants to
panies. mining in Sudbury. Many jumped in their vehi- “Words can’t describe become either a dietitian or
Together, they become An Xstrata takeover of Fal- Grown men cried and cles, waved green, white and health inspector, “something
North America’s leading base conbridge and a Teck Com- women howled. red flags and paraded around how I’m feeling.” to do with food”
metals producer and one of inco takeover of Inco would Hundreds of soccer fans the west end neighbourhood. During her pageant speech
the world’s largest mining have thwarted efforts to unify flooded the streets in the city’s “Words can’t even describe Friday, Pisani spoke about
conglomerates. the basin’s operations, ana- west end to celebrate after how I’m feeling,” said Jessica Jessica Girolametto growing up in an Italian fam-
The deal could close as lysts have argued. Italy captured the World Cup Girolametto. “Everyone is get- ily. Both her parents were born
early as mid-September, See INCO / A2 on Sunday. ting into it. It’s amazing.” “Today was phenomenal,” in the old country and carried
“That was amazing,” said “I can’t breathe,” her friend said Bernice Manoni, festival their traditions to Canada,
Marco Armiento, moments Jessie Brennan added. co-ordinator. “We were packed teaching their children the
after Italy’s 5-3 shootout win. The last time Italy won the from one end to the other.” importance of family and her-
“I thought the game was title, Ermes Signoretti was in Food is usually the main itage.
done after France scored, but diapers. attraction, but the soccer vic- “Being Italian means bring-
they did it. They came back — “I thought it was really tory outshined even the best ing the family together and
and in a shootout especially. It great,” he said. “We haven’t porchetta sandwich. experiencing different festivi-
was so emotional.” won since 1982 and I was only The festival saw more young ties, eating lots of food and
Italian soccer fans packed three years old. I’m glad.” people in attendance than in playing soccer,” she said.
the Caruso Club’s lower hall Ugo Rocca was wearing the previous years. Surely, those who attended
Sunday afternoon to watch same ornamental Italian- Vanessa Pisani, 16, was this 34th edition would agree.
the showdown between Italy coloured umbrella he wore crowned Ms. Caruso and Ms. See related stories / A6, B1
Northern Lights fest Thunder Bay soldier
ends on a soggy note killed in firefight
BY LAURA STRADIOTTO
The Sudbury Star
reunion. An old-time blues
and jug band from southern Boneca, 21, is 17th the Lake Supe-
Ontario, Sloth was popular in Regiment based
It may have ended on a the 1960s. Canadian to die in Thunder Bay,
damp note, but the 35th Musicians would walk on died Sunday
annual Northern Lights Festi- stage with 20-some instru- in Afghanistan morning, the
val Boreal brought in record ments, said Paul Loewenberg, 17th Canadian
numbers Saturday. the festival’s artistic director. BY JOHN COTTER soldier to be
There was a certain nostal- They recorded three The Canadian Press killed in Boneca
gia on stage and in the audi- albums, toured across North Afghanistan,
ence over the weekend. America and appeared with KANDAHAR, Afghanistan military officials said.
The Original Sloth was not Leon Redbone on Saturday — A Canadian soldier was Boneca, fighting as part of
scheduled to play the festival. Night Live. killed and two others were the Princess Patricia’s Cana-
In fact, the band hasn’t Recognized as the longest wounded Sunday in a brutal dian Light Infantry battle
played the festival since running continuous music firefight as coalition troops group, was killed as troops
1976. festival in the country, it’s no called in air strikes and heavy mounted aggressive patrols
ROB O’FLANAGAN/THE SUDBURY STAR
But around noon Saturday, surprise some people have artillery to blast Taliban near the village of Pashmol, an
J. Steven Whisler (right), head of Phelps Dodge, toured the brothers Chris and Ken attended Boreal for just as strongholds west of Kandahar area that has been a hotbed of
Sudbury Basin’s mining operations by land and sky during Whitely were joined by long. City. Taliban activity over the past
the weekend. Inco’s president of North America and Europe, members of the Original See BOREAL / A2 Cpl. Anthony Joseph few months.
Mark Cutifani, acted as his tour guide. Sloth Band for a surprise Related photos / A4 Boneca, 21, a reservist from See SOLDIER / A2
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