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Sound Off -- May 5, 2014

Put a leash on it

On April 24 at lunch at the soccer park going to Riverheights School, a big husky dog or a German shepherd was running around off-leash. What was his owner thinking bringing the dog especially at this time of day when children were trying to get to school? You never know what a strange dog will do. This is not an off-leash dog park. Fines should be placed at each entrance to keep our children safe.

City’s character slowly disappearing

The editorial in the April 30 Brandon Sun is laudable. It’s unfortunate that the editor was silent when a Victoria Avenue character home was demolished to be replaced by a building totally out of character with the neighbourhood. One wonders if our city planners were perhaps in bed with the developer when they approved that building. So much for preserving the city’s character.

An easy peasy solution to flood issues

In the news again there is more flooding on reserves and those folks affected are being moved to Winnipeg hotels. There are still way too many still in hotels because of problems that are also in the news. This is not rocket science! These folks want to go back to where whey came from not move to another location. How can it be healthy for families to live in a hotel? Fair enough, look south of Winnipeg — some homeowners down there have either permanently diked their homes or built them up on top of mounds. As for housing, RTMs are easy to build and easy to move. Build up the base to above 300 year flood levels, move the RTM. Easy peasy.

Manitoba tries to close door — but it’s too latE

In the spring of 1988, the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) was discovered in Lake St. Clair. Scientists believe the zebra mussel was transported to North America in the ballast water of a transatlantic freighter that previously visited a port in eastern Europe where this mollusk is common. Zebra mussels have now spread to all five Great Lakes, many inland lakes, and are also found in the Mississippi, Tennessee, Hudson, and Ohio River basins. And now, also found in Lake Winnipeg. The action being taken by Minister Gord Mackintosh is, in my estimation, a fruitless effort of spending money to pacify the public that the province “is doing something.” Far too late for that now, and as Prof. Eva Pip has commented on the Noon Show, May 1. Preventative measures and action should have been taken, at least two decades ago.

Shut it down and go inside

I was driving by Tim Hortons and I saw one of our finest in the lineup about 10 deep, running his vehicle. I am sure the taxpayers of Brandon who pay for the gas are not too amused about that. Why couldn’t he just park his vehicle and go in and get what he wanted and save the taxpayers a lot of money on the gas — especially with the price of it today?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 5, 2014

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Put a leash on it

On April 24 at lunch at the soccer park going to Riverheights School, a big husky dog or a German shepherd was running around off-leash. What was his owner thinking bringing the dog especially at this time of day when children were trying to get to school? You never know what a strange dog will do. This is not an off-leash dog park. Fines should be placed at each entrance to keep our children safe.

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Put a leash on it

On April 24 at lunch at the soccer park going to Riverheights School, a big husky dog or a German shepherd was running around off-leash. What was his owner thinking bringing the dog especially at this time of day when children were trying to get to school? You never know what a strange dog will do. This is not an off-leash dog park. Fines should be placed at each entrance to keep our children safe.

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