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Sound Off -- Jan. 29, 2013

Abolish the Indian Act

Regarding the Letter To The Editor from the BUSU president in the Jan. 16 Brandon Sun, “BUSU Supports Idle No More.” BUSU supports the Spence hunger strike, Idle No More protests and cites “continued” colonization, the Government of Canada and of course, racism are the lead challenges facing Canadian aboriginals. She may be partly right. However, I would say that the dysfunctional reserve system and its terrible results is Canada’s most shameful legacy. The solution is to abolish the Indian Act. We are not getting value for the $130,000/capita per year that it costs taxpayers to support the status quo on these reserves.

Losing our support

Why doesn’t the Idle No More movement blockade Parliament Hill so the prime minister, cabinet minister and MPs can’t get to work? Why do they stop ordinary Canadians from getting to their jobs? They should picket MP offices and cabinet minister offices. Every time they block ordinary citizens from getting to their jobs, they lose more support.

Thanks to all those who donated

Thank you for your donations from Miracle Off 34th Street. Thank you to the people who generously donated to the Westman Christmas Cheer Registry during the 2012 holiday season. We received more than $1,020 from the donations collected while listening to the lights. Thank you again, the Hamilton Family.

Too much abuse of the system

This is in reply to a recent Letter To The Editor. I, and most people, agree there is a need for housing for the mentally ill, people with disabilities and some who have just found themselves down on their luck for whatever reason. But what I am totally sick of is the abuse of the system. You speak of not having enough money to feed and clothe families. You have no idea of what that really means. Years ago, there were no food banks, breakfast programs, government-assisted housing, women’s shelters, etc. We lived with three generations in a house, worked hard and scraped and saved in order to get what we have today. I worked seven days a week for many years and when the food was low, there was nowhere to go. Now that I am comfortable, don’t tell me to come off my high horse! Somebody needs to stop the abuse of the system by people who are just too lazy to work and think that the world owes them everything. Then there will be plenty of housing for those people who really need it!

Can’t see the lights

I have just finished reading Sound Off and it gave me an idea — is Brandon an inclusive city or an exclusive city? My husband and I used to very much enjoy driving through the skating oval and looking at the lights. Now that they have moved them, do you know how many people can no longer get to them because they cannot walk to see them. So these people can no longer enjoy what is supposed to be there for all people, I assume. Really Mayor Shari, maybe you should do something about this.

Here’s an option

The government and our city management think it would be nice to ask developers to integrate affordable housing in among high-end houses. I think this would be a big imposition on the recipients of such homes to come up with the annual tax bill, that comes with owning a home in the newer developments. Now with the future development of the Black Farm land, this would be a great start for long range planning to build affordable homes. Start with a clean slate of rules and regulations, no need for anything elaborate just your basic starter home with allowances so that garages, decks, etc. can be added as they can be afforded.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 29, 2013

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Abolish the Indian Act

Regarding the Letter To The Editor from the BUSU president in the Jan. 16 Brandon Sun, “BUSU Supports Idle No More.” BUSU supports the Spence hunger strike, Idle No More protests and cites “continued” colonization, the Government of Canada and of course, racism are the lead challenges facing Canadian aboriginals. She may be partly right. However, I would say that the dysfunctional reserve system and its terrible results is Canada’s most shameful legacy. The solution is to abolish the Indian Act. We are not getting value for the $130,000/capita per year that it costs taxpayers to support the status quo on these reserves.

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Abolish the Indian Act

Regarding the Letter To The Editor from the BUSU president in the Jan. 16 Brandon Sun, “BUSU Supports Idle No More.” BUSU supports the Spence hunger strike, Idle No More protests and cites “continued” colonization, the Government of Canada and of course, racism are the lead challenges facing Canadian aboriginals. She may be partly right. However, I would say that the dysfunctional reserve system and its terrible results is Canada’s most shameful legacy. The solution is to abolish the Indian Act. We are not getting value for the $130,000/capita per year that it costs taxpayers to support the status quo on these reserves.

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