It’s not rocket science, it’s math
Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he is confident in Statistics Canada’s estimate of Manitoba’s population, despite the agency’s recent error on job creation. (“$100-M Census Dispute Is Back,” Winnipeg Free Press, Aug. 16). This numbers game has been simmering for some time now, and from the information provided, Manitoba is getting the short end of the stick on transfer payments. It’s past time, people; get out your abacus-counting frames and hopefully come to a consensus of what happened to the missing 18,000 people. A second error is not beyond reason for Statistics Canada.
Time for a change of heart
The comment in Brandon Sun’s Aug. 19 Sound Off regarding the Middle East crisis seems to blame religion for the sad state of affairs. The truth is the lack of religion and conflicting human ideologies also are to blame. What human beings need is a changed heart. Only God can give that!
No one takes any pride in their work these days
@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:<t0f$>To anyone considering building a new home in Brandon, I would say rethink it! You will be terribly disappointed. There is absolutely no sense of pride among contractors and builders today. That includes building suppliers, concrete workers and landscapers and realtors. Council, you have dropped the ball on
Winkler picking up the slack
I saw the story about how the wait times for hip and knee replacements have lowered. But the reason is that there are more people finding their way to Winkler to have that done — therefore it takes away some wait times at the Brandon hospital.
Keep it simple and get it done
Hospital safety barriers hit by delays — “currently we are working on design-construction … blah, blah, blah!” Three years this has been going on. I don’t know how many things could have been built by this time, but this is probably the reason why we have cost overruns. There is a committee set up to find out why there are so many committees. This is a simple fix. They know it. I don’t care about integrating it, just simply close the thing up — it’s done. Let’s spend money on health care, not on the fancy stuff. There is a reason why they built a new building with more offices than you can shake a stick at. These people are over-managing things. Keep it simple.
City council meetings messed up
Regarding the television broadcasts of city council meetings. More often than not, there is poor video, inaudible audio and the replays on Tuesday are worse. This is nonsense. Clean this up.
Virden needs tradespeople
Say Brandon, how would you like to send some of your tradespeople to Virden? We need journeymen plumbers, journeymen electricians, journeymen carpenters. Most of the trades here have gone into the oil business, leaving waits of up to three or four months.