Cost of WestJet flight least of concerns
I find it so typical, and yet still so disturbing that the citizens of Brandon are so up in arms about the city spending less than $1,500 to have the mayor and other city officials fly in on the first WestJet flight, that they failed to notice the fact that in the exact newspaper (Wednesday, Sept. 4) that contained the controversial “taxpayer funded photo op,” (as described by a Winnipeg Free Press writer), there was a local story about the Brandon Transit arbitration outcome. The arbitrator ruled in favour of the Amalgamated Transit Union and confirmed that the city was using unfair labour practices. Furthermore, the deputy director of human resources stated that the city would continue to spend money to fight these issues — even if it only “believes” it has a case. I hope the taxpayers realize that arbitration is not cheap, especially when you lose. We're talking tens of thousands of dollars of our money. Given that, then the money spent on the first WestJet flight is the very least of my concerns.
Open up your minds
I can't believe the pettiness of a few of my fellow Brandonites who are complaining about the cost of sending three city officials to Calgary so that they could fly in on the inaugural flight of WestJet to Brandon and/or the cost of the welcoming festivities. After being without air service for so many years, could or should we have done anything less? What would WestJet have thought of our city if it had arrived with no fanfare ? I am as concerned as anyone else about how our tax dollars are spent but, please, people, open your minds a bit!
No time to wait
I am writing in regard to the Brandon 911 Emergency Call Centre. My five-year-old child had a severe allergic reaction to his kindergarten immunizations. I called 911 for help and I was put on hold for almost 10 minutes before I hung up and called a taxi. The taxi was there in less than two minutes. The 911 dispatcher called me back when we were getting into the taxi and told me not to take my child in the taxi, but to wait for the ambulance — which did not arrive for another 20 minutes! My thanks goes out to 4-Way Taxi for being so speedy and for letting us wait in the cab for the ambulance to arrive, and at no charge!
Vandalism a shame
My kids and I visited the new play structure at Rideau Park for the first time on Saturday. What a wonderful asset for the east end! Imagine my shock and disgust, however, when I saw that one of the new swings had been set on fire and ruined. Really? Maybe it’s time to install the mosquito noise devices Vancouver schools have to keep youth away from playgrounds at night.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 10, 2013