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Board probes                                                                                                                                                                                                                              QUESTION
Toronto school                                                                                                                                                                                                                           OF THE WEEK
over tests                                                                                                                                                                                                                       HAS BUYING A HOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IN SUDBURY BECOME
   TORONTO (CP) — The                                                                                                                                                                                                                TOO COSTLY?
Toronto District School
Board is investigating alleged
irregularities in how a west-
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Dominic Di Felice, the                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NUMBERS
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Canada and World                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ENCORE
Ontario plans to help dropouts
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Fudging registry report                                                                                                                                                               GINO DONATO/THE SUDBURY STAR              2, 4, 7, 19, 20, 26, 28, 31, 34,
politically motivated: official           Inco Ltd. employees get a look at the company’s final contract offer Tuesday evening at Steelworkers Hall. Workers vote on                                                            35, 40, 41, 43, 44, 49, 57, 59,
                      Page A12            the tentative agreement today.                                                                                                                                                                64, 65 and 66.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These numbers are unofficial.
Car bombs, attacks
kill dozens in Iraq
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U.S. marines arrive with aid              VOTE: ‘I think it’s a decent offer’                                                                                                                                                   GUIDE:
for earthquake victims
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                                          Continued from Page A1                     who plans to retire in five                  president John Fera said he                  average worker over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                trained to help
                                            “ I t h i n k i t ’s a d e c e n t       years said he expects the                    understands such views                       contract’s term, said Wayne
    The different                         offer,” said Ivan Depatie, a               new contract will be                         from some of his members.                    Fraser, Steelworkers District                    Continued from Page A1
                                          miner at Coleman Mine                      accepted.                                      But the tentative agree-                   6 director and a member of                          Hearing Ear Dogs of Canada

       we cover
                                          who has been with Inco for
                                          barely 18 months.
                                            “It’s fair. It might be the
                                                                                        “There could have been
                                                                                     more money there, but the
                                                                                     pension is pretty good,”
                                                                                                                                  ment is a good deal, with
                                                                                                                                  significant wage hikes that
                                                                                                                                  will amount to about an
                                                                                                                                                                               t h e u n i o n ’s b a r g a i n i n g
                                                                                                                                                                                  Inco’s offer also features a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                provide dog guides trained to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alert their owners to such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sounds as ringing telephones
                                          most we’ve ever had,”                      said the miner, who did not                  additional $2.50 an hour                     $4,000-signing bonus for                         or smoke alarms to Canadians
   Every day of the week,                 Depatie said. “With every-                 give his name. “I’ll vote for                over the contract’s term,                    each employee.                                   who are deaf or hard of hear-
                                          thing rolled in, we get                    it, but a lot of other guys                  Fera said.                                      “I think most people are                      ing.
 The Sudbury Star features
                                          almost $3 an hour over the                 will vote against it, too.”                    “I don’t think there was                   happy” with the deal, Fraser                        Special Skills dog guides, like
 different subjects that are              term of the contract and                      The full pension for                      anymore there at this time,”                 said. “It’s a good financial                     Hilton, are trained to open
 important to our readers’                they gave us job security,                 retirees will rise to $3,300 a               he added.                                    package and it’s the best                        doors, turn light switches on
 lives.                                   which was my No.1 con-                     month from the current                         “Would there have been                     pension plan in the mining                       and off, pick up dropped
   Here are just a few of the             cern, because what good is a               level of $3,150, if the deal is              more money there had we                      industry.”                                       items, and, most importantly,
 Lifestyles we examine                    wage increase if you don’t                 accepted today.                              gone on strike? Perhaps, but                    Inco officials were keep-                     offer a measure of independ-
 weekly.                                  have a job?”                                  An inadequate wage hike                   there’s no guarantee there,                  ing a low profile Tuesday                        ence to disabled Canadians.
                                            Depatie was referring to                 was a common complaint                       either.”                                     and were not about to spec-                         For Turcotte, Hilton is much
            Tomorrow                      layoff protection in the pro-              among workers who are dis-                     Current hourly wage rates                  ulate about today’s vote.                        more than her guide dog.
                                          posed contract. The deal                   satisfied with Inco’s con-                   for union members range                         “We can’t presuppose the                         “She’s my best friend,” she
                                          specifies no unionized                     tract offer.                                 from $23 to $30.50. Regular                  results of the vote — it’s up                    says. “She keeps me company;
                                          employees at Inco or Fal-                     Many miners were expect-                  wage hikes, combined with                    to the membership to cast                        I’m never without her.”
                                          conbridge Ltd. will lose                   ing a richer deal due to                     cost-of-living allowances,                   their ballots,” company                             Since Turcotte hasn’t had
                                          their jobs in the event of a               Inco’s enviable financial sta-               are projected to boost the                   spokesman Cor y McPhee                           Hilton for long, there is still a
                                          merger by the two compa-                   tus, with nickel prices and                  grid to a range of $26 to                    said.                                            lot of work ahead for both of
                                          nies. Inco workers also                    profits near all-time highs                  $33.50 by the end of the                        “But I can say we’re confi-                   them.
                                          would be protected if their                and the boom times pro-                      next contract.                               dent that we put forward a                          “(In the beginning) it was
                                          company is bought by other                 jected to continue for years                   Profit-based bonuses are                   good deal and we’re hoping                       hard to keep control of her. It
                                          interests.                                 to come.                                     projected      to  provide                   the members feel the same                        took a long time” to develop a
                                            A 26-year Inco veteran                      Steelworkers Local 6500                   another $15,000 to the                       way.”                                            friendship, says Turcotte. How-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ever, “we practise every day
 Life & Teens                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and keep working at it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Turcotte said Hilton used to
 Lifestyles editor Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                trick her by picking up a

                                          WAR: PM, others allowed to visit troops
 Chamberlain reviews two                                                                                                                                                                                                        dropped item, getting up onto
 new movie-based video                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turcotte’s tray, but not drop-
 games — X-Men: The Official                                                                                                                                                                                                    ping the item back onto the
 Game and Over                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tray.
 the Hedge.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “She’s come a long way in
                                          Continued from Page A1                     the region.                                    That official said that Jean’s               A day earlier, MacKay said                     six months,” she says.
                                             Jean then watched the                     Foreign Affairs Minister                   desire to visit aid workers out-             progress has been made on a                         Dog guide are expensive.
             Friday                       prime minister make the very               Peter MacKay made his own                    side the main base compli-                   variety of social, economic                      Each animal costs $20,000 to
                                          same trip in March after she               surprise trip to Afghanistan                 cated matters.                               and judicial fronts under the                    $25,000, said Stephen Aube of
 Life & Health                            was advised by DND officials               earlier this month after the                   However, Harper, MacKay                    auspices of Canada’s 2,300-                      the Lions Foundation.
 Star columnist                           not to go.                                 Governor General’s second                    and O’Connor have all made                   member military force.                              Training is intense and
 Tracy Gilbert is                            Jean asked again after                  request was given the cold                   the 15-minute journey by                       O’Connor said Tuesday the                      placement of dogs costs
 a naturopathic                           Harper and Defence Minister                shoulder.                                    helicopter to visit soldiers in              job is not yet done.                             money, since those who wait
 doctor in Sud-                           Gordon O’Connor made their                   “It was deemed that they                   the provincial reconstruction                  “Our military mission in                       for dog guides are taken to the
 bury. This week                          surprise visit to the strife-torn          would look at a date later                   team.                                        Afghanistan will be successful                   training school in Oakville for
 Tracy examines why sleep is              country.                                   on,” said one federal official.                The Commons narrowly                       when the country and its                         10 to 26 days to acquaint
 so important                                Again, Jean was told condi-               “They will look at an                      voted recently to extend                     government are stabilized,”                      clients with their dogs.
 to your health.                          tions on the ground were too               appropriate date but that date               Canada’s         mission     in              he said. “When the terrorists                       The Purina Walk for Dog
                                          dangerous to permit a trip to              has not been found.”                         Afghanistan an additional                    and their local support net-                     Guides is a major fundraiser
                                                                                                                                  two years, until February                    works are defeated and                           for the Lions Foundation of
            Saturday                                                                                                              2009.                                        denied sanctuary. And when                       Canada. For many Canadians
                                                                                                                                    O’Connor told MPs it was                   the Afghan security forces are                   waiting for a guide dog, it
 In the big city                                                                                                                  the “right and responsible                   well-established and under                       could mean the difference
 Sudbury’s                                                                                                                        thing” to make the renewed                   the firm and legitimate con-                     between dependence and
 Julie Cameron                                                                                                                    commitment.                                  trol of the government of                        independence, as it did for
 Gray has                                                                                                                                                                      Afghanistan.”                                    Turcotte.
 relocated to
 Toronto and                                                                                                              WINDOWS                                                O’Connor disclosed Tues-
                                                                                                                                                                               day that most of the mili-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “She helps me with (my)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                independence and confi-
 wants to share her                                                                                                                                                            tary’s jeep-like G-Wagons will                   dence,” she says. “She wakes
 adventures with readers.                                                                                                      NO TAX                                          be confined to the Canadian                      me up, she keeps me going.
                                                                                                                                            Limited Time Offer                 base in Kandahar and, in gen-                    She’s my reason for getting up
                                                                                                                                                                               eral, soldiers will venture out                  some days.”
   So join us every day                                                                                                                                                        in armoured vehicles.                               Turcotte waited 2 1/2 years
   and share the many                                                                                                                                                            But he denied that will                        to receive Hilton, but with
    different Lifestyles                                                                                                                                                       make Canada’s military less                      more money, the wait could
     we have to offer                                                                                                                             523-3330                     visible and therefore less able
                                                                                                                                                                               to win the hearts and minds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                decrease, Aube said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “There’s about half a dozen
                                                                                                                                                          ESTIMATES            of Afghans. Instead, he sug-                     people in Sudbury waiting for
                                                                                                                                                                               gested, it’s a question of                       a guide dog, but many more
                                                                                                                         DOORS-ROOFING                                         safety.                                          qualify,” he says.

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