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Sound Off -- Dec. 18, 2013

Going to the Y can be unhealthy

So the new YMCA has poor air quality just like the old Y — humid, stagnant, unhealthy. The roof either leaks or drips due to humidity not being managed. And the management continues to insist that everything is just great. Where is the accountability for this publicly funded facility?

It’s just the risk of renting

So a developer purchases land, follows the law in terminating leases for trailer court residents, and they accuse him of bullying? Time to get real. The city owes the developer an apology just for allowing this noise to continue. Unfortunate to lose that housing option, but that is the risk anyone assumes when renting.

Why grandstand?

Brandon Evergreen Developments is doing everything legally in its quest to bring quality high-density housing to Brandon. And what does city council do? Makes a circus out of the whole thing not once, but twice right in council chambers. This grandstanding on the part of mayor and council is just what this city doesn’t need at a time when developers of this type are needed here. The mobile owners have just parked their trailers on a piece of rented land. What are they expecting from the rest of the community?

Needs to be a shift in government priorities

I am saddened to hear that a federal MP says that our government is not concerned about child poverty levels in Canada and does not see this as a federal concern. On the other hand, I am encouraged that our city council is stepping forward in contributing two weeks in operating cost for Safe and Warm, our cold weather shelter. The needs of our vulnerable populations must be met by social service planning at all government levels, and not left to fragmented charity models. The homelessness issue in Brandon is due to gaps in health services and low-cost housing options — both government funded.

Thanks for helping us raise our voices

I got together with some friends on Monday evening. Toward the end of the evening the host pulled out copies of the Songs of the Season Christmas traditional songbooks that were published by the Brandon Sun back in 1997. We sat there together each picking our favourite song and we sang to our heart’s content. What an enjoyable and lovely evening we had! Thank you Brandon Sun and your sponsors for printing these so long ago and kudos to our host for gathering these up from neighbours and friends. What a treat this was! This was a great way to get into the spirit of the season.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 18, 2013

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Going to the Y can be unhealthy

So the new YMCA has poor air quality just like the old Y — humid, stagnant, unhealthy. The roof either leaks or drips due to humidity not being managed. And the management continues to insist that everything is just great. Where is the accountability for this publicly funded facility?

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So the new YMCA has poor air quality just like the old Y — humid, stagnant, unhealthy. The roof either leaks or drips due to humidity not being managed. And the management continues to insist that everything is just great. Where is the accountability for this publicly funded facility?

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