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Stuart High School students presented a film class video project launching a campaign to change their school’s name.

A viral online petition, a policy revision, multiple community and school board meetings, and an ad hoc committee later, a resolution to this particular debate seems no closer in sight even with a vote on whether to change the Falls Church school’s name planned for a Fairfax County School Board July 27 meeting.

The desire to find a compromise emerged as a prevailing theme when the school board discussed the issue during its work session on July 17 at the Gatehouse Administration Center in Falls Church. The work session was scheduled after a previous discussion during the board’s June 12 work session lasted more than five hours and ended with members deciding they needed more time, according to a newsletter alert emailed by school board Mason District representative Sandy Evans on July 14.

“I believe that there’s a sense among a number of board members that we need to try to find a compromise,” Evans said after the July 17 discussion. “It has been divisive, and I think we all very much regret the divisiveness of it, so we want to get to the point where we can make a decision, and make it a thoughtful decision, then move on.”

Whether the board has reached a stage where it can make a “thoughtful decision” is perhaps the central point of contention, as some members suggest more methodical and considerate approach to gathering public input is needed, while others argue that delaying a vote would only further tear apart the Stuart community.

A microcosm of an ongoing national debate over how to address the lingering legacy of slavery and the Confederacy, the call to no longer name the Falls Church high school after Confederate general James Ewell Brown Stuart started in June 2015 with a handful of students, including then 11th graders Anna Rowan and Lidia Amanuel.

However, their efforts gained significant traction when the Fairfax County branch of the NAACP and notable Stuart alumni, actress Julianne Moore and film producer Bruce Cohen, lent their support.

The campaign drew the attention of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) school board with Evans, who was the board’s vice chair at the time, in particular taking up the cause.

FCPS Policy 8170.5, which dictates the process for naming school facilities and was originally adopted on Feb. 26, 1987, says that the school board may rename a facility when it is “recast and used for a new purpose or function.”

The school board voted in its Dec. Stuart High School on May 23 of that year.

The survey found that 35 percent of the 3,414 respondents supported a name change, 56 percent opposed it, and 8 percent had no opinion.

A vote on whether to change the name was initially scheduled for June 11, 2016, but it was scrapped following the complaints at the community meeting that the school board was moving too quickly. Instead, the board voted at its July 28, 2016 meeting to create an ad hoc working group to further examine the issue.

The final motion that passed during that meeting dictated that the membership of the ad hoc committee be chosen by the superintendent “in consultation with the full board.”

However, complications ensued when then Superintendent Karen Garza announced her resignation on Sept. 19, 2016. FCPS deputy superintendent Steve Lockard then became interim superintendent until Superintendent Scott Brabrand officially took over the position on July 10.

“I think that it delayed the ad hoc committee’s work,” Evans said of Garza’s resignation. “It also meant that we didn’t have as much guidance for the ad hoc committee as I would’ve liked for us to have, just to have them understand what their mission was.”

With the school board preoccupied with finding Garza’s permanent replacement, the ad hoc committee received limited help or oversight in carrying out its duties, which consisted of looking into the pros and cons of a name change, the extent of community support for a change, and the financial implications of a potential change.

In a message issued in October 2016 after her resignation, Garza said that FCPS had recommended hiring an outside facilitator for the committee, but at that point, a facilitator had not yet been hired.

When a facilitator did arrive, they failed to provide adequate structure and seemed unfamiliar with the school board resolution that formed the ad hoc committee, according to committee member and Fairfax County NAACP communications chair George Alber.

“From a facilitation point of view, it’s not atypical to have a set of rules of conduct. They did share those, but they made no attempt to enforce them,” Alber, who supports a Stuart name change, said. “I think the whole thing could’ve been better structured and better facilitated, and then, I think we should’ve had more research. We should’ve had places we could turn to get more information.”

For all their disagreements, that the process for determining the necessity of a name change could have been better handled is perhaps the one belief shared by both supporters and opponents of a name change.

However, opponents say issues with the process started even earlier, with the selection of the ad hoc committee members, who they argue should have been restricted to just community members in the Stuart school pyramid.

“They’re the only stakeholders, because when the decision is made and it’s all over, all these other people will disappear, and the community will be left with the blood on the floor,” ad hoc committee member and name change opponent Ron Martinson said. “All these outsiders can go about their merry way.”

As a 21 year resident of the county, Alber objects to the characterization of name change proponents as outsiders, arguing that the fact that the entire school board is going to vote on the proposal makes it a countywide issue.

“The NAACP is not an outsider to the Fairfax County community,” Alber said. “Anyone who’s a student of history of the civil rights movement [knows that] workers of the NAACP who work in communities agitating for inclusion, diversity, equality and racial justice have historically been called outsiders by those who oppose those principles.”

FCPS Regulation 8170.7 dictates that the School Board may “consider a change in the name of a school or facility for reasons where there exists some compelling need.”

The community processes for a possible name change must include meetings, surveys, or other tools to determine the extent of community support for a change, and proposed names for consideration can be solicited “if there is sufficient support to change the school facility name.”

Whether the “community” refers to just the school community or the county as a whole, and exactly what constitutes “sufficient support” are not specified by the regulation.

Whether due to these variables or just the general contentiousness of the issue, the Fairfax County School Board members appeared to make little concrete progress toward a consensus during its Monday work session.
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Joe Taylor and his son, Nolan, loaded an air compressor in the back of their pickup truck Thursday, one of the spoils of the first day of Crown Point’s three day citywide garage sale.

“I’m the muscle,” Joe Taylor, of Crown Point, said. to begin shopping.

“I filled my car up,” Angela Taylor said, adding she took that car home and brought the men back out with her to pick up what she could not carry. So far, Angela Taylor said, she scored some vintage Diamond Craft Cookware, a raccoon trap for Nolan, 15, a pair of Ugg boots and some baseball bats, among other items.

The next phase of the garage sale search would be for camping and golf equipment, and possibly a dirt bike or four wheeler if it runs and the price is right, Joe Taylor said.

“I plan all the routes,” Angela Taylor said. They had just come from the Havenwood subdivision before they hit Elizabeth Drive and the surrounding neighborhood. She planned to hit the north side of the city Friday and will catch any she missed along with those who are just selling for one day, on Saturday.

“Everybody knows I’m the garage sale queen,” Angela Taylor laughed.

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Diana Bosse, the city’s director of special events, said. The city introduced an interactive map this year, available on the website,

Diane Comerford and her neighbor, Karen O’Drobinak, each had their garages opened up for the sale.

“It’s been really busy. We’ve done really well,” O’Drobinak said. The woman say their success for the day was in spite of the map, which some shoppers said they struggled to print.

“Still, we are selling a lot,” Comerford said.

O’Drobinak had her husband, Tim, helping with the garage sale. It was the first time the couple participated in the sale.

“We have too much stuff,” Tim said. The couple recently sold a second home and now have more contents than space to keep it. He said the sales were going well because he was offering good customer service, carrying the heavy items out for shoppers.

He was busy measuring the width of a bi fold shuttered closet door for Rob and Pam Otano, of Crown Point. The door was something their son was looking for. Pam Otano said they surprisingly found several available at various stops, but the O’Drobinaks’ door was the first one they found that was the right size and for $6, a deal. Rob Otano also found a couple wooden sailor statues he liked.

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The 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron paid their respects to distinguished veteran soldier Alex Sim recently by taking him on an honorary flight.

This event symbolizes the link between this man’s generation of warriors and today’s, and allows for reflection on the sacrifices and contributions that so many brave men and women have made before us. This flight also represents appreciation for the enduring support of 419 Squadron given by the City of Kamloops, the city where 419 once was based, and the city where Alex currently resides.

Alex Sim, the Honorary Commanding Officer of 419 Squadron, was flown in a CT 155 Hawk aircraft by the incumbent Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Lt. Col. Lee “Midas” Vogan. Lt. Col Vogan was perhaps the most excited member of 419 and truly understands the meaning of the flight.

“Alex Sim is the conduit between Kamloops and 419 Squadron, a fantastic human being, a true military hero,” he said. Presidential Citation. To the current ‘Moose’ of 419, Lt. Col. Vogan, Alex is “a national treasure.” To this day, Alex remains very active in preserving the bond between 419 and Kamloops through his membership of No. 886 Squadron and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52.

Alex was very excited and self admittedly a little nervous about his first fast jet flight, as were his wife, son, and daughter in law who not only watched his flight, but were there for every step of the process. Capt. David “Tickler” McLeod was in charge of making sure everything went smoothly and guided Alex through his G suit fitting and seat check. With his custom flight gear strapped on tight Alex said with a big laugh, “Did Billy Bishop have to go through all this?” With all the equipment in place and the seat check done, all that was left to do was head out to the aircraft and buckle up.

Alex’s family and several 419 pilots watched the July 16 takeoff with smiles as wide as could be, and while Lt. Col. Vogan and Alex were flying everyone was talking about the Honorary Moose. Capt. McLeod weighed in on the event, “It’s quite an honour to get him flying in a Hawk. . It’s awesome, the biggest thing for us is to have that connection with such a distinguished history.”

Major Stig Lorentzen, the Deputy Commanding Officer of 419 and Danish exchange officer, was filled with joy to be a part of the event where Alex, a man who he developed a bond with over the years, was to receive a well deserved honorary flight.

“Flying Alex is a great acknowledgement of the peace and freedom we enjoy today,” he said. “Veterans like Alex have a lot to teach us, we learn a lot from them, their stories bring what we do into focus and bring perspective to it all.”

After a perfect flight and landing the two Moose taxied off the runway towards anxiously waiting family and 419 members. The canopy of the jet was open and two thumbs were held high in the air as the jet came to a stop and began powering down. As Lt. Col. Vogan and Alex stepped out of the cockpit and stood next to each other, the event was made, and the bond was forged.

The final scene was the modern fighter pilot and the war hero fully embracing the moment and its significance. Alex stepped down the stairs after handling the fast jet flight extremely well, and immediately spoke on what he was feeling, “I don’t for a minute regret my association with 419 Squadron. This is the greatest honour I have ever had.”

Next Remembrance Day when 419 Squadron sends a group of Hawks to do a flypast in Kamloops, the Honorary Moose can look to the skies and feel proud of everything that he has done.
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EL PASO, Texas El Paso City Council representatives are expected to discuss the future of some buildings in the area that has become known as Duranguito.

That is the area where the city plans to build the downtown arena.

The city has been discussing options with the Texas Historical Commission for a few buildings that some say have historical value.

Under a memorandum of understanding dated October 2017, the City would agree to preserve at least two buildings in the arena footprint. But that is not the final version of the city memorandum of understanding with the commission. Representatives are expected to discuss the issue at Tuesday City Council meeting.

The city has identified two buildings, which it currently owns, to be of historical interest. They are the Trost Fire Station, located at 331 S. Santa Fe, and the “Mansion” at 306 W. Overland.

Under the October version of the memorandum of understanding, the city plans to incorporate the Trost Fire Station into the design of the project. The city agrees not to demolish the Mansion, provided it is structurally possible to incorporate the building into the design of the project. If it is not possible, the city will make reasonable efforts to include the facade or other unique elements of the Mansion into the project.

Under the October version of the memorandum of understanding, the city would also agree to address architectural elements of the building at 212 W. Overland, which was referred to as the “Chinese Laundry” in the 1900s. The city does not own that building.
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Billings slipped slightly ahead in the 1970 census and today is almost twice as large. Missoula knocked Great Falls down another peg in 2000, taking over the No. 2 spot.

It wasn’t that people poured out of Great Falls in droves. The city located more than 150 miles from the busy Interstate 90 corridor just quit growing.

The latest population estimate for Great Falls is 59,351. That’s a change of just 740 people 740 fewer people in the last 45 or so years. That’s a long time not to grow or shrink.

It’s still where what is arguably the shortest river on Earth empties into the longest river in North America, and the place that produced one of Montana’s most revered athletes, one of America’s greatest Western artists, and one of the world’s finest statesmen. Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador Mike Mansfield aside Great Falls still started to fall into a decades long rut half a century ago.

“It was a stick in the mud place,” says Trever Ziegler, head brewer at The Front Brewing Co. “Nothing ever changed. I never wanted to live here when I came 17 years ago. I only moved because my wife was going to nursing school and I thought we’d be gone after two years. It was going to be an in and out deal.”

Today, Ziegler says he can’t imagine leaving Great Falls.

“You can really feel it changing,” he says. “It’s exciting. Especially in the last five years, there’s been a lot of new blood, and things are happening.”

That’s evident on the west bank of the Missouri. Great Falls natives Brad Talcott and his wife, Linda Caricaburu, are developing a long neglected section along the river.

Since 2009, the 6 1/2 acre site has welcomed a four story, 113 suite hotel (Staybridge Suites), a spectacular new $16.4 million federal courthouse (named after the Missouri River), a Japanese seafood and steakhouse (Kobe’s), and a brew pub Ziegler is part of called The Front and the attached Faster Basset coffee and sandwich shop.

Their motto, says owner Brandon Cartwright: “Come for the coffee. Stay for the beer.”

The hotel, restaurants, brew pub and courthouse are the first phase of development. Next door, old grain silos will eventually be moved to make room for phase two.

“I really feel Great Falls is coming out of the creative business rut it was in,” Cartwright says. “That’s nothing against the businesses that paved the way, but developments like West Bank One and Two are giving people a lot more choices.”

Another sign of a changing Great Falls is near Cartwright’s business and every other business on either side of the Missouri. The River’s Edge Trail winds its way along both sides of the riverbank through town, and for several miles east of town on the south side, at the start of the Missouri Breaks.

It’s 58 miles of trails 21 of them paved connecting a dozen parks and constructed, a piece at a time, over the last 25 years.

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It travels in front of Calumet Montana Refining, where an ongoing $400 million expansion will boost refining capacity from 10,000 barrels of crude oil a day to approximately 25,000 barrels a day.

The changes aren’t limited to the riverbank.

A mile or two north of the river, the Canadian firm ADF International last year opened a 100,000 square foot, $26 million steel fabrication plant, and will soon add a $6 million paint shop. ADF manufactures steel beams for everything from football stadiums to seismic retrofits in California.

A couple miles south of the river, the former vo tech now known as Great Falls College MSU has tripled the size of its welding program to help provide ADF with a trained workforce. and end at midnight.

“It’s brought life back to Great Falls,” says Great Falls College CEO and dean Susan Wolff, part of a team that helped convince ADF which also has offices in Montreal and Miami and was looking for a place to establish a presence on the west side of North America to choose Cascade County.

For all that’s happening in Great Falls, there is no denying that much of what’s truly cool about the city that hosts the Montana State Fair each summer is what hasn’t changed.

The opulent Rainbow Hotel, where guests over the years included Bob Hope, Sonny and Cher, President Ronald Reagan and the King of Prussia, may be an assisted living center now, but other places remain much as they have been for decades.

Downtown at the Sip ‘n’ Dip Lounge in the O’Haire Motor Inn, mermaids swim past windows that let bar patrons on the second floor see into the hotel’s third story swimming pool. “Piano Pat” Spoonheim, the same woman who started playing piano and singing at the Sip ‘n’ Dip in 1962, still entertains today.

Now a great grandmother, she was 28 when she was called to fill in one night on a “temporary” gig that’s now lasted 53 years.

Great Falls is a place where family owned supper clubs born in the 1930s and ’40s still serve up prime rib and steaks places like Eddie’s, Borrie’s and 3D International. The latter has its name on a massive sign that explains the whole idea behind supper clubs (the three Ds are dining, drinking and dancing), even though its menu is now Mongolian.

Patricia Kelly, who has tended bar at Eddie’s Supper Club don’t pass up the campfire tenderloin for more than 30 years, explains what the establishments were like back in the day.

A supper club, Kelly says, “meant ambiance, class no muscle shirts and hair on the chest. It was men in suits and women in furs and diamonds and baby doll or Mary Jane high heels, with ’40s hair.”
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Compared to a week ago when he and his partner faced the prospect of living and potentially dying homeless on the streets of Eureka, Donald Brown said Monday that he now lives in heaven.

For Brown, heaven is a new home in Fields Landing.

Brown and his domestic partner Debra Bronson were two of 15 tenants who were forced to leave their former home at the 833 H Street apartment complex in Eureka by Monday morning after the city condemned the property earlier this month.

One week ago, Brown and other tenants worried whether they would end up homeless after the city ordered them to vacate Jan. 12. Given his serious medical conditions including blood clots throughout his body and a condition that requires his legs to be elevated lest he develop painful sores, Brown said becoming homeless again would be a death sentence. Another couple at the apartment who are near the end of their lives also faced the same prospect.

For that reason, Brown was reluctant to leave his apartment until he found a mobile home to rent in Fields Landing.

was worth the wear and tear, Brown said Monday about the move. ended up being a blessing in disguise. I couldn ask for a better place.

not a city boy, so I like this, Brown continued with a laugh.

All 15 tenants at the apartment have secured some form of housing, according to Eureka Chief Building Official and Public Works Director Brian Gerving. Some tenants were still working to move out of the apartment complex on Monday, Gerving said.

runs the gambit between permanent housing, some people are temporarily in motels while they look for permanent housing; there are a couple who are also with [the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center] again while they are looking for more permanent housing, Gerving said Monday morning.

The city had issued $2,000 relocation payments to 11 units at the apartment in order to help tenants in their efforts to secure new housing, Gerving said. Gerving said not all 14 units at the complex were occupied.

By noon Monday, most of the downstairs windows of the two story apartment complex on H Street were boarded up by New Life Service Company employees. The building was condemned this month for longstanding electrical wiring and structural issues, which Gerving said were not addressed by the Squireses after months of noticing.

Whether the apartment complex will remain closed is still up in the air. At a court hearing Jan. 19, the Squireses attorney Bradford Floyd called on Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen to halt the closure, stating it violated a September court agreement made between the Squireses and the city. Floyd said the agreement was that the city would only take actions in Reinholtsen court against the Squireses properties that were placed under receivership.

The Squireses properties have had longstanding issues for code violations, which prompted the Humboldt County District Attorney Office and the city of Eureka to file a lawsuit against the landlords 26 properties in 2011. In 2013, the properties were placed into a court overseen receivership to supervise repairs and compliance efforts.

Reinholtsen did not grant the Squireses request to halt the closure, but left the matter open. Reinholtsen is set to review a transcript of the September hearing when the agreement was made and make a decision at a hearing on Friday.

Floyd did not respond to an email request for comment by late Monday afternoon.

I will say that we have a different understanding of what it was the city agreed to at the September hearing than what Mr. Floyd represented at the hearing last Friday, Gerving said as to the city position.

Of the 26 properties under receivership, Gerving said that the city does not have any plans for further actions similar to what occurred at 833 H Street. Gerving said that many of the Squireses other properties are in similar condition to 833 H Street, though he stated that the electrical wiring issues at the apartment were unique.

The city has boarded up and even demolished some of Squireses properties for code violations in late 2017.
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TRAVERSE CITY An internal investigation cleared Traverse City police Chief Jeff O’Brien of policy violations but city officials still gave him a verbal reprimand for inappropriate conduct.

City officials met with O’Brien this week to discuss accusations that he violated a policy related to harassment, discrimination and workplace intimidation. Marty Colburn, city manager, warned O’Brien about his “tone and approach” but commended the “positive direction” of his department.

“Your intention was to motivate the employee (on Sept. 18) because the officer is a potential organizational leader,” Colburn wrote in his letter to O’Brien. “This was a training opportunity but was in the wrong setting. The perception of the conversation was construed as intimidating.”

Colburn did not return several calls for comment and previously declined to elaborate on the accusations against O’Brien. A Freedom of Information Act request filed with his office last week was denied Friday in an effort not to deter other employees from filing similar complaints.

“If internal investigation reports were released, employees may no longer feel comfortable raising issues of concern to management,” wrote City Clerk Benjamin Marentette, who also failed to return multiple calls for comment before he left the office Friday.

A letter sent last month from Human Resource Director Kristine Bosley briefly outlined how her office received complaints O’Brien violated city policies designed to curb workplace violence. Bosley on Monday said an investigation that began weeks ago is complete but declined to release the results.

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It’s still not clear in what way O’Brien was accused of running afoul of the policy. O’Brien previously declined to discuss the accusations but said his employment with the department has remained unaffected. He did not return a call for comment Friday.

“Change is just really hard for some people,” O’Brien said previously.

Colburn’s letter suggests O’Brien was accused of creating a hostile work environment from “comments” made in December 2013 and in May, August and September of this year. Colburn said some of those remarks were “taken out of context” and didn’t violate city policies.

State law requires city officials separate exempt and non exempt information when responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, according to the statute. Marentette, instead, refused to provide any investigative materials that outlined the accusations against O’Brien.

City commissioner Tim Werner said confidentiality might be necessary when it comes to personnel matters. Mayor Jim Carruthers, without familiarity of the situation, declined to comment except to note he stands by O’Brien and believes he’s a valuable city employee.

Commissioner elect Brian McGillivary said he also knew very little about the situation. He believes the city should release as much information as it can, and experienced instances where the city wasn’t as transparent as it should have been.

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How many engineers does it take to bring down a 10 storey smokestack?

After three failed attempts to demolish the massive structure at the former GM Transmission plant Monday, officials from the Windsor building department are stepping in.

until this point they tried to use brute force, but that not working, said John Revell, the chief building official for the City of Windsor. engineers are now trying an engineered approach, trying to drill holes in it and break a wedge shaped piece from the side. It should work just like chopping down a tree. Grainger, a civil engineer with GS Engineering Consultants Ltd., said this technique, called a cut, should have no trouble taking the smokestack down.

Grainger, who was not involved in the attempts to demolish the GM smokestack, was the engineer responsible for demolishing the smokestack at the former General Chemical site in Amherstburg. In that case, they used the cut without trying to implode the smokestack since they had so much room, he said.

Revell said Tuesday the tentative timeline is for the GM smokestack to come down before the middle of next week, likely on Friday. When it does, there will be a crash. The dynamite is isn’t effective on the steel, which prevented the smokestack from coming down, according to John Revell, Windsor’s chief building officer. (Provided by John Revell)

This type of building is called a structure. Revell said it difficult to implode these types of structures because dynamite isn effective on steel.

The company responsible for the demolition of the former GM plant Jones Group Ltd. said they had no comment on Monday failed implosion attempts.

Revell said the steel rods make the concrete incredibly strong and there isn any risk of the structure falling unexpectedly despite the building visible lean.

would take a wicked force, wind, lightning strike or something really phenomenal to bring that thing down, Revell said. moved and leaning slightly, but the smokestack probably more secure than it was before the blast. type of implosion demolition is rare in Windsor. The last time there was an implosion of this size was in 1997, when demolition experts brought down the smokestack at the old power plant in the city west end.

It also unusual for the city engineers to supervise the demolition plans this closely. Generally, the city only monitors a demolition for public safety and to determine whether contractors are licensed, Revell said.

didn realize what they were getting into initially, Revell said. building department is going to step in and supervise the work a little more closely to ensure there are some sound thoughts and principles brought to bear here. very worst case scenario here is that we try another demolition and it fails, he said.

On Monday, both police officers and firefighters were on the scene as demolition crews tried to bring down the building again and again.

Revell said the city is picking up the tab for the extra police presence while the Jones Group will be paying for the extra demolition crews and the cost of trying to demolish the smokestack again.

John Lee, fire prevention officer with the Windsor Fire Department, said the $120,000 demolition permit covers the cost of firefighters on scene.

Windsor police spokesman Const. Andrew Drouillard said it is police policy to not disclose how much any particular incident costs taxpayers.

Police were responsible for setting up a perimeter and monitoring the site, taking officers away from regular police duties. When the smokestack does come down, they be needed again, Revell said. hoped it be over in 10 minutes, Revell said. it dragged on and on. note: This story has been edited to clarify thatGlenn Grainger, a civil engineer with GS Engineering Consultants Ltd., was not involved in the attempts to demolish the GM smokestack.
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Thompson 2020 is a project initiative launched to mitigate the effects downsizing in Thompson’s mining sector through collaboration with government, employers, stakeholders and rights holders, and the community as a whole. Through these partnerships and initiatives under the project, Thompson 2020 will lay the foundation for a diverse and sustainable northern Manitoban economy.

Thompson 2020 will identify priority components to be executed prior to Vale’s target for workforce reductions in 2018. These priority tasks will be executed based on a concrete project structure based on clearly defined milestones, developed with input from partners, stakeholders and rights holders, and reported publicly on a regular basis.

Here you will be able to find official operating documents such as the Thompson 2020 Master Project Charter, as well as sub project charters and other documents and releases as they are created and released to the public.
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