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WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL REVERSES EARLIER DECISION ON JETS
Published August 4, 1995
The Winnipeg City Council decided yesterday to "reverse an earlier decision" on the charitable tax status of Spirit of Manitoba, the group seeking to keep the Jets. Although an 8-8 tie vote defeated the plan last week, two councilors yesterday reversed their votes allowing the amended plan to pass 10-6. The amendment, on the advice of Revenue Canada, put the endowment fund "completely within the city's hands" (CP/TORONTO STAR, 8/4). Prior to yesterday's approval, the Spirit of Manitoba said that the City Council's delay in allowing donations to be considered tax free "has left the group unable to meet its original August 15 deadline to close the deal." Spirit Chair Allan Sweatman: "I think it simplified it a lot. Now it comes directly under the city's control. ... Maybe we would have been better to try that in the first place." Sweatman said that Jets Owner Barry Shenkarow will be approached about an deadline extension (Stevens Wild, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/4).