Don’t dam the cash streams
Coun. Stephen Montague has again proved his real worth to Brandon by leading the charge to cut a revenue stream from the province to the city. All groups that have such a revenue stream — the Keystone Centre, the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, Renaissance Brandon, the Winter Festival, etc. — better watch out, if Stephen has his way all provincial dollars will be returning to Winnipeg. We can only hope that this revenue stream cut will be reconsidered as self-destructive to Brandon; we need more money from Winnipeg, more 50/50 cost-sharing and fiscal support, not less!
Cutting cash to Ren Brandon a HUGE mistake
Coun. Montague’s apparent vendetta against downtown development continues with his move to get a reduction of $50,000 to Renaissance Brandon (which was matched dollar for dollar by the province) cut during recent budget deliberations. One can only imagine the reasons the councillor from a suburban ward has for turning down free money from the province, but it really makes no sense. But then the rest of council agreed on the entire budget, so they all must share the blame.
Library? Affordable housing?
Turn down matching money from Selinger government, but spend unjustifiable tax dollars on a museum with no exhibits and that is rarely open, and on a fund for affordable housing that has no plan of direction. What is this council up to? Restore the $50,000 to Renaissance Brandon for starters and I might vote for you again next time.
BU continues to embarrass
Still feeling the wrath over last year’s lengthy and needless strike by the BU faculty, now the Brandon University Students’ Union recklessly comes out in support of Idle no More and even encourages its members to partake in their illegal demonstrations and blockades. What’s next? Support for the Taliban?
I feel sorry for the BUSU president who believes that the federal government is the reason aboriginal students have a disproportionally low representation in university. Putting the blame on someone else, especially on the institution that offers free tuition, is a bad example to set as a “future leader.”
This accomplished nothing
Re: Native leaders to boycott talks. Real mature, folks, ask for talks, whine for talks, then when the opportunity presents itself boycott them. This is not the way you get something accomplished, it appears not only childish but lazy. How do you ever expect to earn the respect you believe you deserve?
No one would stop for me
Regarding this Idle No More issue. I live about 400 feet from a train track and if I go over to try to stop the train, I know the last thing I will hear in my lifetime is a train whistle.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 17, 2013