Seasonal work a part of life
I too used to be a seasonal employee, until I became an owner of my own business. I worked from April 1 until Oct. 30 I collected federal benefits over the winter and was not ashamed of it. Imagine how hard it is to get a job when the employer knows it will be for only four months? Why would they go through the expense and time of training a person for such a short time? Also, can you imagine the shape of our roads/parks, etc., if it wasn’t for the seasonal employee? In the big picture, the seasonal employee is part of life.
Sign of the times
The people that hold the signs to slow and stop do have dangerous job because of the way a lot of you people drive your vehicles. If you have not done this type of job do not judge.
Airing of grievances
It was interesting to see Mr. O’Connor, Sun editor, in his weekly column on Saturday expose for us non-Twitter types the kind of frank discussions he has with at least one elected official. And Drew Caldwell is supposedly a good mate of his! Media are often accused of letting their personal lives interfere with their jobs where they are supposed to be unbiased and above board — just look at what’s happening in Britain with the News of the World scandal. Here’s hoping that exchange between the editor and the NDP member wasn’t just being played out for dramatic effect.
Be sensitive to your neighbours
Somebody must have got a cheque this weekend, as the neighbours kept me awake all night. When are these people going to be forced to get a job so they have to keep a normal schedule like the rest of us! Oh well, now they can sleep all day while I struggle through my day, weary from lack of sleep.
Big trucks mean a small (fill in the blank)
These big, loud off-road trucks and pick-ups that are barrelling up and down our main streets have to be illegal? How can they be jacked up so high and be so loud? Aren’t there rules for that? The bumpers are so far off the ground, a small car would go right underneath them in an accident. Why aren’t there vehicle inspections pulling them over and getting the measuring tape out? You see that happening in Winnipeg all the time. And unless you’re entering a monster truck show, you can really look silly sitting in a pick-up truck that costs as much as a house. How’s your bank-loan look?
Sick about medical school
So we tried to get a medical school and we now know it just isn’t going to happen. At least we have an answer. I think the imbalance between Winnipeg and Brandon generally means that we just can’t have some things. We’re like the moon orbiting the Earth — it’s not like a Regina/Saskatoon or Edmonton/Calgary dynamic. They have over 650,000 people, we have nearly 50,000 (depending who saying what on which day). So let’s be happy with what we have and maybe we’ll get a satellite school from U of M one day. That would be something at least.
It’s air conditioning, not a meat locker
It can be sweltering outside, but you still have to carry a sweater or jacket to most restaurants as the A/C is usually cranked to the extreme. Sometimes the serving staff is accommodating when you ask to have it turned down, but others say they either don’t have access to the thermostat, or it would take so long to feel any difference, we would be finished our meal. Restaurateurs, please keep in mind how people dress in the summer and it’s just not always practical to carry a sweater around. Thank you.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 30, 2012