What ‘wine shop’ would that be?
City council accepted a business plan from the new developers of the old fire hall on Princess Avenue that includes a “specialty wine shop.” I was amazed that nobody caught on to that one — the NDP has years ago ruled out any more private wine stores. In fact, a former Brandon city councillor fought for years over what he perceived as Brandon being treated a second-class city as we aren’t allowed to have such things as a specialty wine shop. So if council let that part of the business plan get by them, I wonder what else might have been missed in this ambitious redevelopment plan?
Taxpayers can’t take it anymore
Well, it seems our greedy firefighters have raised what they want for a raise, to 21 per cent. Perhaps they should try living on a minimum wage (about $22,000 a year) or even what some seniors are expected to live on (about $13,000 a year), instead of $80,000 to $100,000 a year. The only shift workers that get to sleep at night so they can take on other work during the day. This is especially one case were the arbitration board should be giving them eight per cent — two per cent a year over four years. City taxpayers have had it.
Time for volunteer fire department
Why doesn’t the City of Brandon take a very serious look at running a volunteer fire department? It’s no secret money is being wasted by 911 sending a small army of firefighters and equipment out to every non-life-threatening injury or minor fender bender. The City of Brandon and its taxpayers have to stop allowing themselves to be held hostage by the NDP and its unions.
This firefighter fiasco has got to stop
I have never heard such a whining bunch of “professionals” in my life. Some of you are people that I used to talk to and respect, but the fact of the matter is I no longer feel that way. You are now trying to take too much of my hard-earned money that “my” family needs. As a trades person, I would love to compare my wage to those in Alberta, just like you are, but that’s not a real-world possibility for me and it shouldn’t be for you, either. Next time you’re having a sleep on your night shift getting a very fair wage, think about all the people in Brandon who will suffer from your greedy, inappropriate demands. By the way, you should also concentrate on your careers as firefighters and not the businesses most of you have on all your days off.
Texting just as bad
I was reading the Sound Off the other day about truck drivers not being smart enough to read the lights, but what about the amount of people texting and driving? And also what about texting in the workplace? How about putting something in the paper about that?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 11, 2014