Letters to the Editor
LETTER: Legislation not sustainable4 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023
The last several years since early 2017 have been marred by what is known as Bill 28, the Public Services Sustainability Act. The truth is this bill is anything but sustainable. Bill 28, Section 12.1a-d, clearly states that the first two years leave no room for any increase in pay, with a 0.75 per cent increase in the third year, and a one per cent increase in the fourth year.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Words matter, minister3 minute read Preview Yesterday at 2:00 AM CDT
Brandon Overdose and Area Awareness would like to take a few minutes to respond to the article in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 14, 2023 and The Brandon Sun on March 15, from Janice Morley-Lecomte, the provincial minister of health and community wellness.
LETTER: A different take on tax measures3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023
Re: Tax cuts in the 2023 budget.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Unpacking minister’s letter4 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 16, 2023
I read with great interest the letter to the editor from Janice Morley-Lecomte, the minister of mental health and community wellness, in regard to prioritizing addiction and recovery services.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Scrapping program a step backward3 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 16, 2023
Linda Ross and the rest of the trustees who voted to eliminate the health-care aide program seem to be out of touch with the needs of the community.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell them you’re upset5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2023
Let’s be “that country!” The country that really means it when we say we want the best health-care system, the best education system, top-notch law enforcement and fire departments and so on. We should take pride in how our country has been committed to, and how it has been providing public “social” program services.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember what others fought, died for2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2023
Re: Ottawa fast-tracks weapon purchases as military commanders warn of numerous other gaps. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 9)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missed opportunity for Indigenous funding5 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 10, 2023
On March 3, our organization learned of funding opportunities through Brandon Neighborhood Renewal Corporation’s (BNRC) Reaching Home Initiative according to a Brandon Sun article. A potential sum of $300,000 is available to Indigenous organizations through the Indigenous stream that is designed to assist community-based programming in preventing and reducing homelessness at a local level.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Heckling serves no purpose in politics2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2023
When Canadians vote to elect MPs or MLAs, I think they have certain expectations that the candidates have not only intelligence but common sense, and that they are interested in the position not just for personal gain, but to try to improve the lot of their constituents. They also expect moral and ethical behaviour. Reading Niigaan Sinclair’s “No Place for Toxic, Racist Behaviour,” therefore, leaves me disappointed and angry as most of those qualities were lacking, it seems, among B.C. legislators.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Brandon needs more community centres2 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 3, 2023
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No quick fix with drugs6 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
“Thank you, I guess, for saving me? Helping me? Mr. Policeman. You have confiscated my supply of drugs, but for what reason, what end? I know you are acting with the law in mind, but don’t you realize that I have a health problem — it’s called addiction? You must feel I can ‘do better’ and have my health problem get better, by taking away the ‘drugs’ I am dependent on. And now you are arresting me! But I am not a criminal; I’m not the enemy!”
So many health-care issues2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
I read an article in The Brandon Sun explaining that even though Canada educates enough replacement doctors, it does not as a policy hire them locally.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maybe just restrict the route?1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
RE: Kemnay bridge struck again. (The Brandon Sun, Feb. 24)
LETTER: Klos’ actions worthy of recognition1 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
I read with interest your article about a Polish historian and a local historian who wanted to honour a Brandon resident, Cpl. Walter John Klos, for his bravery during the Second World War when Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Europe in 1944.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health-care system a privilege that’s easily lost3 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023
Not commonly understood or appreciated is that it is the generation that came of age in the 1960s that bequeathed to following generations a pan-Canadian health-care system designed to be universal, portable, accessible and publicly administered.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Chamber supports proposed lift station bylaw3 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
The Brandon Chamber of Commerce is in favour of growth of the City of Brandon. We believe continuing to grow will ultimately lead to a better quality of life for our members, and all residents, by supporting the maintenance and development of amenities that we expect in a modern, modestly sized city.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Union’s political posturing must come to an end2 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
I find it particularly disturbing that the Manitoba Nurses Union would choose to be so outright in its support of one political party. It is a disservice to Manitobans and the members who do not support the NDP.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Long-planned bike lanes a good use of bridge fund3 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Strategy aimed at ending homelessness3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023
In a recent article, with photo in regard to “homelessness” and the homeless living in a bus shelter, I was struck by the picture. It showed how organized the person who was living in the bus shelter seemed to be. What I saw was what looked like a shelving unit and the person’s belongings organized in “an orderly fashion.” What did I expect? Well, assuming that being homeless implies “chaos,” then certainly a much less orderly appearance of the bus shelter might be expected. In essence, that person had made the bus shelter a “home.” So, what to make of that?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Premiers’ stance worrisome3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023
Absent in the ongoing debate regarding funding of health care between the federal and provincial/territorial governments is the lack of openness on the part of the premiers regarding their objectives and intentions.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What about downtown?2 minute read Preview Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022
Quentin Robinson’s letter (Dec. 20) opposing Brandon City Council’s plan to build a large box store complex on the western side of the city raises several important points city council will do well to consider. The plan is definitely regressive rather than progressive.