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Linamar pleads guilty
City’s largest employer fined $550,000                                                  “We are satisfied with the re-               failing to properly guard the equip-     Tom McKever of Jerrico Industrial
                                                                                     sult,” said Dan Kleiman, Crown                  ment as required by the act and was      Maintenance was severely injured

for three health and safety violations                                                                       ,
                                                                                     council for the ministry who called
                                                                                     the process time-consuming and dif-
                                                                                                                                     fined $225,000.
                                                                                                                                        In May 2006, Karoly Fekete, 29,
                                                                                                                                                                              while working at Linamar’s Camcor
                                                                                                                                                                              Manufacturing facility McKever’s
                                                                                     ficult. “We think that it is success-           was electrocuted at Linamar’s Cam-       hand was trapped and crushed be-
Rob O’Flanagan                             sure the public and its workers that      fully resolved, and we are satisfied            tac Manufacturing on Arrow Road          tween two compartments of a pres-               it is striving to create and maintain     with the outcome and the penalties              when he took hold of an electrically     sure filter that recycles coolant.
                                           safe work environments.                   imposed.”                                       charged chain attached to a faulty          A ministry investigation deter-
GUELPH — Linamar Corporation                   The Ministry of Labour laid               In October 2005, William Xu, 44,            electric crane, which was used for       mined that workers failed to place a
pleaded guilty yesterday to three          charges against the company after         was fatally injured while operating             moving auto parts. Linamar was           safety block between the two com-
separate violations of the Occupa-         two deaths and a serious injury at        a grinder at Linamar’s Ariss, Ont.,             fined $225,000 for failing to ensure     partments to prevent movement pri-
tional Health and Safety Act and           its operations in recent years. After     plant. He was trapped in a pinch                that the crane was maintained in         or to the operation. The company
was fined a total of $550,000.             a lengthy legal process, the matters      point between two hoods and                     good condition.                          was fined $100,000.
   The company was quick to reas-          were resolved yesterday   .               crushed. Linamar pleaded guilty to                 Linamar was also charged after                 ® SEE LINAMAR ON PAGE A2

                                                                                                                                     Brison takes aim
                                                                                                                                     at Harper’s ‘flock’
                                                                                                                                     Jessica Smith                                “Her fear of saying what she re-
                                                                                                                                           ally thinks on the Truscott affair . . .
                                                                                                                                                                              qualifies her to be part of Stephen
                                                                                                                                     GUELPH — Liberal MP Scott Bri-           Harper’s flock of sheep.”
                                                                                                                                     son yesterday said his party wants           When the question was repeated,
                                                                                                                                     the byelection to focus on ideas, but    Brison said the campaign should be
                                                                                                                                     at the same time took a shot at Glo-     about ideas.
                                                                                                                                     ria Kovach, saying the Conservative          Brison was a member of the for-
                                                                                                                                     party candidate is qualified to be       mer Progressive Conservative par-
                                                                                                                                     “part of Stephen Harper’s flock of       ty who crossed the floor when his
                                                                                                                                     sheep.”                                  party merged with the Canadian Al-
                                                                                                                                         Brison’s sheep comment came          liance.
                                                                                                                                     while he was campaigning down-               With frequent visits from no-
                                                                                                                                     town with local Liberal                              table politicians from Ot-
                                                                                                                                     candidate Frank Valeri-                              tawa, political antago-
                                                                                                                                     ote.                                                 nism between the Conser-
                                                                                                                                         It followed a question                           vative and Liberal parties
                                                                                                                                     about what seems to be                               seems to be arriving in
                                                                                                                                     growing antagonism be-                               Guelph as well.
                                                                                                                                     tween Valeriote and Ko-                                  The Kovach campaign
                                                                                                                                     vach.                                                issued a release Tuesday
                                                                                                                                         “I was shocked to read                           calling Valeriote “out of
                                                                                                 RYAN PFEIFFER, GUELPH MERCURY       Ms. Kovach’s comments in (the            touch” with Guelphites over his op-
Paul Kelly, manager of the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre, won first place in a bee beard                            Guelph Mercury Tuesday) on the           position to the two per cent cut in
contest at Clovermead Bees and Honey in Aylmer this past Saturday. For more, see page A3.                                            Truscott case,” Brison said.             the GST implemented by the Con-
                                                                                                                                          “Her refusal to comment on an       servative government.
                                                                                                                                     important issue to people in this            “This is typical Liberal party
                                                                                                                                     area and in Canada . . . actually        economics, pass money from one
                                                                                                                                     qualifies her very well to be part of    politician to other (sic) with taxpay-

Mother suffered bipolar mood disorder                                                                                                the Stephen Harper team, because
                                                                                                                                     Stephen Harper likes MPs he can
                                                                                                                                     muzzle, he likes MPs he can silence
                                                                                                                                                                              ers always getting stuck with the
                                                                                                                                                                              bill,’ ” the release continued.
                                                                                                                                                                                  This weekend, barbed comments
                                                                                                                                     and he likes MPs who are able to         between the two candidates came

when she killed her babies: psychiatrist                                                                                             subordinate their own opinions and
                                                                                                                                     defer to his judgment.
                                                                                                                                                                              full circle.
                                                                                                                                                                                   ® SEE BYELECTION ON PAGE A2

Scott Tracey                              gue she should be convicted of in-       killings “could have been for atten-                 fanticide, defined as the killing of     tion.”
                                          an infant by a mother whose mind            On other occasions she de-
GUELPH — A mother who admits              is “disturbed” by the effects of         scribed motherhood as “(not) as
killing her two infant sons felt jeal-    childbirth.                              easy as what I had expected it to
ous of the babies before their               The woman, now 27, cannot be          be” and said she felt jealous toward
deaths and might have killed them         named because she was 17 at the          her babies because they were get-
partly out of her own need for at-        time of the first death.                 ting more attention than she was.
tention, a psychiatrist conceded at          Gojer said he believes the ac-           Gojer said a personality test
her murder trial yesterday .              cused, with whom he has met nine         conducted by a psychologist on the
    Dr. Julian Gojer, who was called      times, was suffering from a bipolar      accused was “uninterpretable” be-
by the defence, agreed with a sug-        mood disorder when she killed the        cause the woman claimed to be ex-
gestion by Crown attorney Jocelyn         babies.                                  periencing many severe psychi-
Speyer that the homicides were a             But the psychiatrist agreed           atric symptoms, which she later re-
way “to do away with the competi-         with Speyer that the accused “had        canted.
tion.”                                    the capacity to exercise rational           “People who present this way
    But the doctor stuck by his be-       choice” and that she understood          are often crying out for help,” the
lief of a day earlier that the            “the nature and quality of what          psychiatrist said.
woman was in an emotionally dis-          she was doing . . . and knew it was         But when asked if claiming bo-
turbed state when she intentional-        wrong.”                                  gus symptoms might be a way to
ly suffocated her babies in 1998 and         Gojer said he was aware of sev-       make oneself look more ill in light
2002.                                     eral comments the woman made to          of serious criminal charges, Gojer                                                                              NICK IWANYSHYN, GUELPH MERCURY
    She is charged with two counts        explain her actions, including           replied, “Of course.”                             Local Liberal candidate Frank Valeriote, left, and Liberal MP Scott Brison,
of murder, but her lawyer will ar-        telling a homicide detective the                ® SEE MURDER ON PAGE A2                    centre, talk to people in St. George’s Square yesterday.

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                                                                   ® BYELECTION FROM PAGE A1                              witnessed antagonism between the two                        the woman removed the blankets and plastic sheets
City Editor: Brian Williams                   823-6051
                                                                       In an interview between houses during              candidates himself, but said he could end                   used to smother them before calling 911. She later said
News Editor: Roger LeBlanc                    823-6052
                                                                   door-to-door canvassing, Kovach accused                the fighting by winning the seat for the                    she threw the plastic away because it was evidence of
Night Editor: Brad Needham                    823-6053
                                                                   Valeriote of getting vicious after he was              NDP  .                                                      her crimes.
Editorial Page: Greg Rothwell                 823-6064
                                                                   quoted in the Mercury saying the prime                     He offered an allegory to explain how                       “In both of these homicides she is reacting rational-
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                                                                   minister removed the “democratically se-               he views the antagonism between the par-                    ly and carefully to ensure she doesn’t get caught,” Spey-
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                                                                   lected candidate (former Conservative par-             ty in power and the official Opposition.                    er said yesterday .
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Website:                                Kovach said the campaign should be                 pair,” King said.                                           out, the psychiatrist also agreed.
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times we make mistakes, and when we do,
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                                                                       NDP candidate Tom King hasn’t
                                                                                                                          gether,” Nagy said.
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Lottery results                                                    ® LINAMAR FROM PAGE A1                                                                                                                        Zellers
Yesterday’s unofficial winning numbers:                                                   ,
                                                                      Up until yesterday Linamar said little

Pick 3: 7 2 3.                                                     about the charges, preferring to let the mat-                  We deeply regret that
Pick 4: 5 4 2 0.                                                   ter proceed in the courts. But following yes-
Keno: 1, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 20, 23, 30,                        terday’s guilty pleas on all three charges,                    any of these incidents                                 Fri., August 1          Sears
34, 36, 41, 45, 46, 52, 56, 61, 62, 63.                            company spokesperson Crystal Roberts ex-
Encore: 8996790                                                    pressed Linamar’s regret over the inci-                 happened.                                                                             M&M Meats
Lotto 6-49: 3, 10, 21, 26, 38, 43. Bonus: 48                       dents and its pledge to improve safety .
Ontario 49: 4, 17, 19, 30, 35, 45. Bonus: 27                                                                               Crystal Roberts, Linamar spokesperson                                                 Rogers Video
                                                                      “We deeply regret that any of these inci-
                                                                   dents happened,” Roberts said. “Linamar
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Ontario Press Council                                              dents happened at all, particularly because            every person within Linamar, at all levels,                                            Fergus Highland Games
The Ontario Press Council considers specif-                        prior to these incidents we had a really               and that we have to work together to make
ic, unsatisfied complaints from readers                            strong health and safety record.”                      a safe environment for everyone. That is                                               Shopper Drug Mart
about the conduct of the press.                                       Roberts said the company also regrets               something that we’re really focused on do-
                                                                   the impact the fatalities and injury had on            ing.”                                                                                  Forestell Landscaping*

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            ALMANAC                         TOMORROW                       SATURDAY              SUNDAY                 MONDAY                         ACROSS      THE   REGION
   Normal High       25.7°
   Normal Low        13.6°
   Record High 32.8°/1975
   Record Low 7.1°/1978                                                                                                                                                            Collingwood
   Precipitation                            Variably cloudy                Showers               Partly cloudy          Mainly sunny                                                24/18
   Today's Normals 4.5mm                    H: 26      L: 18               H: 26   L: 17         H: 26      L: 13       H: 27     L: 10
   CANADA                  TODAY                                                   WORLD          TOMORROW                                                                  Guelph             27/19
                                              Toronto           p.cloudy   26/17                                    Madrid      p.cloudy   34/18           25/19
  Calgary           sunny           23/8      Vancouver         cloudy     19/14   Amsterdam     showers    23/20   Mexico      tstorms    19/12
  Charlottetn       showers        25/19      Victoria          p.sunny    18/13   Beijing       rain       21/21   Miami       tshowers   31/26
  Edmonton          sunny           20/7      Whitehorse        cloudy      17/8   Berlin        cloudy     32/19   Moscow      p.cloudy   22/10                                  Hamilton
  Fredericton       p.sunny        26/18      Winnipeg          tshowers   24/14   Brussels      showers    21/21   New Delhi   tstorms    33/25      Sarnia                        27/18      Niagara
  Halifax           p.cloudy       25/15      Yellowknife       m.sunny    24/16   Hong Kong     tstorms    34/29   Paris       showers    24/19       28/19                London             Falls
  Iqaluit           showers          6/4                                           Honolulu      p.cloudy   31/24   Rome        p.cloudy   32/19                             28/18              26/17
  Montreal          tshowers       24/18       RESORTS           TOMORROW          Jerusalem     sunny      32/18   Seoul       p.sunny    31/26
  Ottawa            tshowers       25/17       Acapulco         p.cloudy   33/23   Kiev          sunny      24/10   Singapore   tshowers   31/28
  Quebec C.         tshowers       23/17       Barbados         p.cloudy   31/26   Las Vegas     sunny      42/29   Stockholm   p.sunny    29/16
  Regina            sunny          22/11       Bermuda          p.cloudy   29/26   Lisbon        sunny      25/22   Sydney      p.cloudy   18/12          Windsor
  Saskatoon         sunny          20/11       Havana           p.cloudy   33/24   London        showers    24/17   Tel Aviv    sunny      32/24
                                               San Juan         tshowers   28/27   Los Angeles
  St John’s         showers        17/14                                                         p.cloudy   27/18   Tokyo       tstorms    29/27

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