Looking Back — May 9, 2023
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SIXTY YEARS AGO
Brian Trump of Brandon set three Manitoba records in winning three events in the 11-12 age group at the provincial swim championship meet in Winnipeg. He set new marks in the 50-metre back stroke, 100-metre medley and 100-metre breast stroke.
More than 500 people attended the YMCA’s new building fundraiser dinner in the Brandon College dinning room. Construction of a new unit housing a swimming pool, gymnasium, locker complex and administration offices tying in to the front portion of the existing building is planned in the YMCA’s $791,000 modernization program.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Dr. V.G. Logan was re-elected president of the Brandon Allied Arts council at the annual meeting. Other officials elected include L.W. Whitehead, Herman Nikkel and E.M. Simpson, vice-presidents; Mrs. Martin Tapley, secretary, and R.N. Andrews, treasurer.
Brandon five-pin bowler Bev Clisby was the overwhelming favourite of Sun readers as the Brandon Sun-Gondola Pizza Sportsman of the Month contest for April.
FORTY YEARS AGO
A tank of liquid anhydrous ammonia in tow behind a truck overturned and ruptured this morning in Ninette. RCMP and fire department officials asked people to leave homes and businesses near the site as a precaution. The accident occurred at 9 a.m. on the town’s main street near the junction of highways 18 and 23. The spill comes less than 24 hours after a semi-trailer truck carrying the same fertilizer tipped over in Brandon at Victoria Avenue and 18th Street, causing the evacuation of a nearby church.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
In an announcement expected to be made official next week, Jerry Hemmings has agreed to join the national men’s basketball team as an assistant coach. Hemmings is taking a one-year sabbatical from Brandon University to join the national team under head coach Ken Shields.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Manitoba’s two opposition parties paraded more tax cuts before voters yesterday, promising to make Manitoba more competitive. Tory Leader Stuart Murray guaranteed an income tax cut for middle income earners and promised to put a stop to tax bracket creep, while Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard vowed to eliminate the payroll tax within five years. Premier Gary Doer already promised a middle income tax cut in his five-part election strategy, but has given no indication when he will issue the details.
TEN YEARS AGO
More First Nations and Métis people live in Winnipeg than in any other city in the country, the National Household Survey reported Wednesday. It is the first data from the 2011 NHS released by Statistics Canada. The NHS showed 25,970 First Nations people with registered Indian status live in Winnipeg, more than in any other city. They make up about 3.6 per cent of the population. There are 46,325 Métis living in Winnipeg, accounting for 6.5 per cent of the city’s population, again the most of any metropolitan area in Canada.
Witnesses say a beating victim was punched so hard that they thought he’d been struck dead. They say it’s the latest incident at downtown Princess Park, which has been plagued by drinking, fighting and other bad behaviour for years.