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Airlines' president Kevin Benson gives British Columbia Premier Glen Clark (R) a model of a Canadian Airlines Boeing 747 as a gift, November 29, 1996 in Vancouver after the Premier announced his government would be giving the cash strapped airline financial support.

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15 YEARS AGO… (Nov. 20-26, 1996)

CAW asks B.C. for millions to bail out cash-strapped airline

As Canadian Airlines International teetered on the brink of bankruptcy this week, premier Glen Clark said the B.C. government would consider taking part in a $400-million bailout plan to save the cash-strapped company's workers from a proposed 10-per-cent wage rollback.

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The Canadian Auto Workers Union, which represents the airline's 16,400 employees, has asked B.C. to contribute $20-million a year over the next four years, with Ottawa paying $60-million annually and Alberta and Ontario splitting an additional $20-million a year.

The union is also demanding regulatory changes to restrict the entry of low-cost carriers into the market to bring an end to what it calls "over-capacity" on domestic routes.

Mr. Clark expressed support for "re-regulation," but stressed that B.C. will not provide any subsidies unless the airline is restructured to ensure its long-term survival.

Mr. Clark flew to Dallas on Tuesday to discuss the crisis with officials from American Airlines, a major CAI shareholder. Meanwhile, a spokesman for federal transport minister David Anderson this week dismissed the union's proposal as "posturing."

Flash forward: B.C. committed $44-million as part of a deal that saved Canadian Airlines from bankruptcy. The cash-strapped carrier merged with Air Canada in 2000.

25 YEARS AGO… (Nov. 20-26, 1986)

Vancouver police officer charged with stealing $60,000 ring

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A former Vancouver police officer is facing charges of theft, possession of stolen property and "corruptly taking a reward for recovering stolen goods" after he allegedly stole a $60,000 ring while investigating a burglary last summer.

It's alleged that 32-year-old Clarke Winterton, son of former Vancouver police chief Don Winterton, stole the ring while investigating a burglary at the home of retired forestry executive John Fairburn in August.

The case came to light when Mr. Fairburn complained that Mr. Winterton demanded and received a $6,000 cash payment in return for the ring, an exchange that took place on Sept. 11 between Mr. Winterton and members of the Fairburn family at Pacific Centre Mall.

Mr. Winterton, an 11-year veteran of the VPD, resigned from the force on Oct. 29 after the completion of an internal police investigation that recommended criminal charges against him.

When Crown prosecutors declined to proceed, attorney-general Brian Smith ordered his assistant deputy minister, Dennis Murray, to conduct a review of the case, resulting in the charges that were laid Wednesday.

Flash forward: In April, 1987, Mr. Winterton was convicted of theft and received a four-month jail sentence. The other two charges were stayed.

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