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About Shaun Cameron:

Shaun Cameron is a lifelong Brandon resident. He has dabbled in politics and is now chair of Renaissance Brandon, the city's downtown development corporation. His column appears regularly.

  • Premier doubles down in pre-election throne speech

    Laden with more than the average number of Westman offerings, the final throne speech prior to next spring’s provincial election was a spoil of riches for many in Manitoba as the embattled NDP strategizes that a “win by spending” plan will resonate with voters. In what many pundits believe could end up being the final throne speech for the NDP government and the premier, Greg Selinger, through Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon, laid out a veritable table of offerings that included plenty of rehashed dollars sprinkled with enough new money to hopefully keep the wolves at bay for the foreseeable future.
  • Riverbank revamp a lofty but worthwhile goal

    It would appear that the architects behind the revamp of the Riverbank Discovery Centre network have made one thing perfectly clear — they plan to “work with the river and not against it.” However simple sounding that statement is, surely it’s music to the ears of politicians and residents alike as Brandonites prepare to embark on a new era of riverbank development following two devastating floods in the past five years.
  • Hamilton's run could make race one to watch

    If Vanessa Hamilton has gleaned anything since her 2010 run for the Brandon School Division board of trustees, it’s that campaigning appears to be in her DNA. This past week’s announcement that she would seek to unseat longtime Brandon East NDP MLA Drew Caldwell puts the soon to be former city councillor in the crosshairs of a campaign once again.
  • Oswald leaves hole in NDP's fortunes

    Whether it was a case of her seeing the writing on the wall or truly just wanting a change, Theresa Oswald’s announcement this week that she will not seek re-election in Seine River in the 2016 provincial election does not come as a complete surprise. Oswald joins the likes of Jim Rondeau and Stan Struthers who have indicated they will not run again. However, she will likely be the biggest former cabinet member in the Greg Selinger government to abandon ship, leaving a gaping hole in one of the NDP’s safest seats.
  • Restoring national image more than a dream

    As Dorothy once professed in the 1939 film classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” “there’s no place like home.” Our nation awoke from a dream this past weekend to a new reality and a new chapter as a country. For some, that dream ended in bitter defeat and was not without its share of victims. But for others, it was an opportunity to usher in a new day — a day Canada awoke from that proverbial Dorothy-like slumber by reinstalling a Liberal government after nearly a decade of Stephen Harper mandates.
  • Gut-check time for parties ahead of vote

    If this election has proven anything, it’s that sometimes it’s not the knockout that scores a win but a series of blows over time that leads to victory. The knockout punch isn’t likely to happen on Monday, but as the days turn to hours, it may be the late-round flurry that counts. On the local front, aside from a couple of heated exchanges in The Brandon Sun/WCGtv debates, it has been a quiet and polite affair.
  • Wedge issues cut to core of Canadian values

    It is about to get ugly here, folks. With less than two weeks remaining in the federal election campaign, it looks like the Harper Conservatives are prepared to pull out all the stops to finish ahead come Oct. 19. Without a doubt the coming days will be full of rhetoric about the safety, security and financial well-being of this country — it will slip off the tongues of Canadians nationwide as the dogmatic Conservatives have paid an exorbitant amount of money to put it there.
  • Poll numbers buoy Bokhari

    It would appear the faltering fortunes of Premier Greg Selinger and his party have created some inroads for Manitoba’s “party of one.” A recent Probe Research poll commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press indicates that the NDP’s numbers in Manitoba have, dare we say, sunk to the levels of the provincial Liberals.
  • Election drama is so 2008

    As Canadians head into the home stretch in this lengthy election campaign, both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have drawn a line in the sand as to whether either would support Stephen Harper should his party win a minority government on Oct. 19. “There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” Mulcair quipped about the thought of the NDP propping up Harper. Trudeau beat Mulcair to the punch with his own statement that there were “no circumstances” under which he would support Harper continuing as prime minister.
  • Give me a sign mender over a bridge burner

    It didn’t take long for Winnipeg Centre to again garner some national attention. This time, it was not for the colourful comments and quips made famous in the House of Commons by longtime NDP MP Pat Martin, but for his off-the-cuff remarks toward Green party candidate Don Woodstock at a recent riding debate.
  • Candidate vetting process not an exact science

    To say it was a rough week for Conservative candidates in Ontario is a bit of an understatement. In the last seven days, two candidates for the party were officially sent packing after some past “indiscretions” reared their head, as they often do in campaigns. First off, Jerry Bance, a candidate in Scarborough-Rouge Park, was removed following the resurfacing of a CBC “Marketplace” video from 2012 in which Bance, who is also a home appliance repairman, urinated in the coffee cup of a prospective customer while he or she was in another room, before pouring the contents down the sink.
  • CFS numbers reflect an epidemic in Manitoba

    “Child Services Seizes One Newborn A Day” — Brandon Sun, Sept. 2, 2015
  • Mulcair's Manitoba problem

    Not that our province is laden with opportunity for any particular party this election, but Tom Mulcair may have the most to gain or lose in friendly Manitoba come election day. Officially, we have 14 ridings at play this election. Manitoba is clearly a stark contrast to the more than 120 ridings up for grabs in Ontario, for example — but in an election where every riding counts, Manitoba could be an opportunity squandered if any of the parties choose to ignore it.
  • Seeking Strand of hope for downtown theatre

    It would appear that without a fourth-quarter Hail Mary pass, the curtain has closed on the Strand Theatre saga. As was shared in the Brandon Sun this past week, the one-time megaproject has fizzled out, leading to tough times ahead for the aging structure, as well as some undoubtedly hurt feelings and thoughts of what could have been.
  • Reporter right to stand her ground

    Some saw it as an innocent peck on the cheek. Others viewed it as assault — and plenty were in the vast grey area that exists in between. No matter how a person viewed this past week’s kiss on the cheek of CBC reporter Megan Batchelor by a young festivalgoer, the resulting outcome stands as a cause for concern.
  • Ground game key in marathon campaign

    In what will be the second-longest campaign in Canadian history, the marathon 42nd election is officially underway. As the writ dropped this past Sunday, all three of the main leaders were quick to lay out their first steps on the long road ahead.
  • Bridge's fate discussed for many years

    There is plenty of reason to believe we are witnessing the final days of the Eighth Street bridge. Mired deep down on the priority list, as well as being the only bridge that rests solely on the shoulders of the taxpayers of this city proves we may have driven upon it for the last time. Not good for the residents of the city’s north end whose life may become very different without their primary active corridor.
  • Family that saves together, pays together

    There is an old adage that states a person should not look a gift horse in the mouth. Basics of that principle reflect that when one is given a gift (i.e., the horse), clear of any encumbrances, they should happily receive it and graciously thank the giver. It is a simple concept and a lesson most of us were taught from the time we were little. It is one of many simple rules to live by, but is one that is tested when politics and elections come into play.
  • BSD needs new school solution

    “He didn’t say yes, but he also didn’t say no and that’s significant.” — Brandon School Division board chair Mark Sefton
  • Wish list for the next government

    In looking at the direction this province has taken over the past number of years, there has been no shortage of ink spilled dissecting the Manitoba NDP. Whether it be their bitter revolt and standoff over leadership, the challenges faced with the implementation of a further one per cent provincial sales tax, the merry-go-round circulation of MLAs through various ministerial portfolios or most recently, the scandal faced by longtime Thompson MLA Steve Ashton regarding untendered contracts, any of these could provide for some serious stump speech fodder for Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives come election time.
  • Tories might not slow Mulcair's roll

    The notion that Tom Mulcair once entertained a job working for the Harper Conservatives is nothing new. The story has circulated since Mulcair took over leadership of the NDP from the late Jack Layton. As it goes, Mulcair spoke with staff in the Harper war room about a spot at the table as an environmental adviser, and in their mind, a hopeful Conservative candidate later on. The idea was that Mulcair brought plenty to the table and had the experience in that particular portfolio under Jean Charest’s Quebec Liberal government.
  • Filmon deserved better welcome

    She has a name synonymous with negative NDP election rhetoric in Manitoba and has a position many believe in a modern government should become obsolete. Janice Filmon appears to be in for a bumpy ride as the newly minted lieutenant-governor of this province.
  • Can Mulcair sustain the gain for NDP?

    He has a memoir in the wings ready to hit the shelves, he has a life built in public office, he hails from a large French Catholic family and he is attempting to position himself as the next prime minister of Canada. Tom Mulcair has taken a bit of a different route but his 15 minutes of fame appear to be upon us.
  • Have our sports outgrown our facilities?

    Our city is a bit far removed from the last truly major city-driven sporting investment in this community. We are long past the days of the Canada Games Sportsplex in the late 1970s and save for entities such as the Optimist Soccer Park or Simplot Millennium Park, a major outdoor sporting renovation or addition has not taken place in Brandon for close to a decade. There is little doubt the effect sport can have on a community. It often gives those who are lost elsewhere in life a positive outlet for their energies. For those fortunate to take up a sport in this community, they know the lifelong change that took place in their lives the day they picked up a stick, ball or glove.
  • Strategy leads to better presence downtown

    There is a school of thought that came to light in the early 1980s about broken windows in a neighbourhood. The theory basically stated that broken windows left unchecked would indicate a larger, more systemic problem and would open the door to more serious criminal activity — the result being that petty crime was ignored, thus pushing criminals up the ladder of offences.

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