VIP restroom privileges
What is really going on at the Brandon Public Library? Apparently, one must first present their valid library card to obtain the key to use the washroom located inside of the library. Also, heaven forbid you have a $2 unpaid late charge in the library computer, the staff will outright refuse to give you the key to use the bathroom and they will give you directions to use the mall washrooms, unless this subjection is only for a specific identity of library cardholders?
Not exactly a rush to lead
So the talk in town is that Drew Caldwell, one of our local MLAs, might run for mayor next year. Would that pit him against his fellow NDPer, Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, if she decides to seek re-election? Now that would be interesting. But how is it that nobody else, other than maybe Coun. Stephen Montague, is seriously considering running for the city’s top job? In Winnipeg, they have one declared candidate and many more quality people openly considering it. Is it really that distasteful a position being mayor of Brandon? If so, we need to find ways to make it more attractive so people are champing at the bit to get in the race.
Canada Post not efficient
I recall that the price of a first-class letter within Canada was eight cents in 1971 and any day now, it will be costing $1 — a 12.5 fold increase in about 40 years. As this is well about the overall rate of inflation for that period, Canada Post’s talk about efficiency rings hollow. As most Canadians have not seen a 12.5-fold increase in their disposable income during that period, it feels expensive. Meanwhile, more efficient sectors like food production and electronics have seen the cost, adjusted for inflation, drop considerably during that period.
What are the needs of our youth?
According to our city’s community services director, we now need a youth centre that meets the needs of our youth. Maybe he could let us know what those needs are. Youth in Brandon have many opportunities with the present facilities. Please, Mr. Roque, let us know what these new needs are.
Thank you, Saskatchewan!
Having just recently returned from the Grey Cup festivities in Regina, I feel compelled to thank our prairie cousins for the top-notch show they put on. The people were so hospitable, the venues all well-organized and even though I’m a Bomber fan, I was accepted with open arms by the Rider Nation. All in all, a spectacular week and “bravo” to everyone involved.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2013