Need a skywalk
Never had to use a wheelchair before but the steep, long ramp by Emergency from the hospital to the clinic, when icy, is a really interesting challenge, not to mention trying to cross the street in the snow. We need an enclosed skywalk from the hospital to the clinic, not just for two-footed folks but for the safety and ease of movement for those who will never be able to leave their wheelchair. Also, change the flooring in the hospital lobby, far too slippery for those on crutches, especially in the winter. Found out first-hand how hard that floor is.
Not in my day
As a retired police officer, I can’t fathom why nothing is being done about these Idle No More anarchists. When I was on the force and people staged an unlawful assembly or the blockade of a major highway, they were arrested and charged accordingly. It was one law for every person regardless of race, creed or religious beliefs. To allow these types of illegal demonstrations to disrupt the lives of law-abiding and tax-paying citizens of our country is an affront to democracy and can’t be allowed to continue unabated with no prosecution.
Thanks for not blocking me in
A big thank you to the plow operators who cleared Rosser Avenue west of 18th Street. They piled the snow and then cleared openings for people to get to their vehicles. Much appreciated! I would never have been able to shovel through all that rock hard snow and ice.
Time to dig a little deeper
I am First Nation and when I see in the news about homicide and drugs in First Nation communities I am tired of hearing our leaders cry about how there is a lack in funding, which the leaders believe is the problem. These leaders need to look and deal with the grassroot problems as something far deeper than alcohol or drugs. The use of alcohol and drugs is just a coping mechanism for these individuals that have problematic issues such abuse, neglect, poor self-esteem, lack of motivation and the list goes on. Stop blaming the government for lack of funding … deal with the real issues.
Protesting to the wrong people
I would like to suggest to First Nations instead of demonstrating and protesting to the people and the government, why not do your protesting to the first problem — your chiefs. You just might accomplish some of your needs.
Should be an authentic cultural experience
Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival goers assume that there is some authentic ethnicity and cultural experience to be enjoyed at pavilions. Should every A, B and C, incorporated or otherwise, group be allowed to pick a country out of a hat, so to speak and operate a pavilion? This defeats the spirit of the event.
Not wasting a thing
I currently rent out rooms to students from around the world who are studying at either BU or ACC. I have been learning how to cook everything with olive oil and garlic. What I have also learned is that these students find the body parts of animals that we discard as delicacies, such as heads, eyes, lips, feet, brains, stomachs, intestines, ox and pig tails, chicken feet, necks, backs, livers, kidneys, etc. They import these animal parts into each of their perspective countries. How very interesting! What we have no use for is seen as a delicacy in their country. We can truly learn a lot from all of these very interesting cultures within our city.
Equal treatment for all
I agree with the Jan. 5 Sound Off that we should protest and picket Tribal Days to prove we have the same rights as the Idle No More movement. Why is Chief Teresa Spence even on a hunger strike and protesting when the news reports say she is making more than $250,000 a year without paying one cent in taxes? Most Canadians are lucky to get even $25,000 a year these days and then we would have to pay taxes out of that. Everyone in this country should get the same benefits and equal treatment.
Where does the money go?
With regards to the Idol No More protests, I think that the general native population needs to take a look at where the government money allotted to their reserve goes. There are some reserves where only about 20 per cent of the money actually goes to the common people on the reserve, with the rest going to the so-called leaders, chiefs and band councillors.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 12, 2013