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WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL REVERSES EARLIER DECISION ON JETS

     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).
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