Looking Back — May 5, 2023
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SIXTY YEARS AGO
The McLaren Grade 8 boys basketball team recently won the shield for their grade division. They defeated Earl Haig, David Livingstone and J.R. Reid in the city finals. The champs are Jackie Walker, Leslie Hoad, Jim Wainwright, Albert Perrault, James Grattan, Dennis Bond and Warren Baldrow.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt has testified that a special presidential counsel directed him to forge cablegrams linking U.S. President John F. Kennedy to the killing of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. Hunt, in Watergate grand jury testimony, said he found enough in state department files to hint of Kennedy involvement in the 1963 assassination, but he said special counsel Charles Colson said that wasn’t “good enough” and ordered the forgeries. In Washington, Colson denied the charge.
FORTY YEARS AGO
A new Manitoba Clean Environment Commission order allows Brandon to use the chemical sprays Baygen and Malathion to control mosquitoes.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
College and university students in Manitoba will no longer be eligible for provincial bursaries to help pay for their schooling, Education Minister Rosemary Vodrey announced.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
As suddenly as it started, the Dean Clark era has ended in Brandon. The Brandon Wheat Kings confirmed speculation Sunday that Clark will not be back with the Western Hockey League club next season after completing his two-year contract. The 38-year-old head coach cited family considerations as the primary reason for leaving after guiding the Wheat Kings to back-to-back East Division titles and two straight trips to the Eastern Conference final.
TEN YEARS AGO
It looks like a lawsuit filed by a patient who was hit by a man who leaped to his death at the Brandon hospital may be heading for a settlement. Prairie Mountain Health’s chief operating officer for the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brian Schoonbaert, said lawyers on each side are working toward an agreement.
Continuing his campaign against the government’s looming one per cent sales tax hike, Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister hit the road this weekend with a stop at Brandon University on Friday. Before a tour of the Healthy Living Centre, Pallister reiterated his party’s hard line against the NDP’s “spending problem.”