Greenspace won’t help HUB grow

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 22, 2014

Downtown-Lot-Hub-Bruce Bumstead

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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Many missing out this holiday season

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 15, 2014

Westman and Area Christmas Dinner (Brandon Sun-file).

Westman and Area Traditional Christmas Dinner (Brandon Sun-file).

You had to know it was coming. Westman has officially kicked the holiday season into high gear and you can already feel the amped-up anticipation of the impending candy-cane hangovers all around us.

The look of storefronts changes as shops peddle their holiday wares, downtown streets take on an extra glow with some colourful lights and the festive season gets an official launch today with the Santa Claus parade.

Yes, folks, Christmas is upon us.

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NDP dissidents protect their own interests first

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 8, 2014

5 NDP members have left cabinet in recent weeks. (Winnipeg Free Press-file)

5 NDP members have left cabinet in recent weeks. (Winnipeg Free Press-file)

First off, before we dig in, I would like to congratulate new Mayor Rick Chrest and council for taking the oath of office this week. Your job is unenviable at times, but a whole city eagerly awaits the direction you intend to take Brandon over the next four years.

Now down to the meat on the bone this time around and the travelling sideshow that has become life on Broadway in Winnipeg. You have to have been holed up under a rock over the last week to have missed the provincial soap opera playing out within the government and more specifically around the leadership of embattled Premier Greg Selinger.

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What’s the NDP’s next move?

Premier Greg Selinger addresses the media. File- Winnipeg Free Press

Premier Greg Selinger addresses the media.
File- Winnipeg Free Press

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2014

It’s well past high noon — and to say the very least this has not been a good couple of weeks for “Today’s NDP.”

Slumping numbers, calls for the premier’s job, a pair of trouncings for known NDP members in civic mayoral elections and a handful of high-ranking NDP MLAs speaking out against their captain in the media is just a smattering of what the past fortnight has offered up for the beleaguered government.

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Tales from the Eddy- Premiere Info!

Tales from the Eddy Poster_BFFP_C

Very excited to announce the premiere of my latest film Tales from the Eddy at the Evans Theatre next Friday November 7, 2014 in conjunction with my good friend Graham Street’s premiere of his film Warpaths- Silver Crosses. Hope to see you there!

A bit about the film:
Tales from the Eddy looks back at a golden era for the City of Brandon. Through first hand accounts from former staff journey back to a bygone day when the Prince Edward Hotel was the cornerstone and heartbeat of this community. This film endeavours to provide a connection point to our past through stories about our lost historic structure, and but for a short time returns us to the glamour and lights that bred the optimism that was Brandon back in the day. 

Film-maker Shaun Cameron is a veteran of both stage and screen in Brandon and is pleased to be working with MTS Television Stories From Home in bringing this film to the community. The film-maker will be onsite to answer any questions regarding the piece following the premiere.
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