Sound Off! — Nov. 9, 2022


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Sobering centre

The solution to the long overdue need for a sobering centre in Brandon is to set up shop in the Brandon police station. When Premier Stefanson was in town last Friday to announce the province was doubling the budget for Brandon’s new detention centre, mention was made that the new detention centre would be connected to a sobering assessment centre, which is now part of the expansion project. Considering the time that has dragged on to date trying to get a sobering centre off the ground, I was shocked to hear it would be located at the police station. Just like that. Most, if not all other such centres in Canada, are co-located with emergency shelters or other detox facilities — not police stations. I hope I’m wrong, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the temporary modular units that are currently being used until the new state-of-the-art facility is completed will be decommissioned and relabelled as our new sobering assessment centre.

Historical symbols matter

I for one feel the need for full restoration of her statue. Queen Victoria’s reign cannot be wiped out or history changed. One segment of our entire Canadian population has no right to destroy a symbol of unchangeable history. Driving around Brandon, I routinely notice the teepees and see them as a symbol of Indigenous history (good and bad). I would never feel an urge to destroy this historical symbol.

Bring Costco to Brandon

Could we please get a Costco in Brandon? Also, Old Navy would be nice. Costco would be a busy place with all the rural residents coming to shop.

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