Finding balance in a vastly different NDP

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2014

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NDP leadership contender Theresa Oswald- c. 2014 Winnipeg Free Press-Brandon Sun.

At a time when their poll numbers continue to slump, a face from the NDP’s past has reappeared in the vicinity of the party he once manned for more than a decade.

Now to be entirely honest, the return of former premier Gary Doer to Manitoba was not to make a play for the reins of the beleaguered party, but more so to spend some time near old haunts over the holidays and make a couple of public appearances in the process.

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Budget puts council to the test

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 12, 2014

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Brandon City Council- c. Brandon Sun (file)

Now almost two months into their mandate and with a few meetings under their belt, Brandon’s new city council is officially knee-deep in duties and staring down one of the most significant challenges of any government’s mandate — the first budget.

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Canada’s veterans deserve better

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 6, 2014

Veterans on parade. (Brandon Sun- Winnipeg Free Press-Archive).

Soldiers on parade. (Brandon Sun- Winnipeg Free Press-Archive).

It is becoming less and less likely that veterans returning home or leaving the service will find the care and transitional aid they need.

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Still good reasons to save the Strand

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 29, 2014

The Strand Theatre- Brandon Sun file.

The Strand Theatre- Brandon Sun (file).

As one of those people standing on 10th Street watching the marquee light up once again, I was filled with optimism for a group that had tripped on more than its share of hurdles.

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Greenspace won’t help HUB grow

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 22, 2014

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Stakes adorn a vacant lot at the corner of 9th & Princess. (B.Bumstead. Brandon Sun)

In a time when all signs point to bolstering the population downtown as a revitalization tool, you have to wonder why a concept to make the property at Ninth Street and Princess Avenue greenspace made it as far as it did.

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