Gernman Chancellor Angela Merkle. Brandon Sun (CP) File. 2016

Brexit Fallout: From Netherlands to Germany

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 15, 2016 This is the follow-up to a two-part column logged during my time touring through the United Kingdom and Europe. NETHERLANDS?—?First of all, thanks to those who took the time to drop me a note after last week’s column. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the… Read more »

Members of Pride Brandon. File 2015. Brandon Sun

Hope, not intolerance the lasting lesson

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 2, 2016 “If you want to be a super right-wing conservative Christian, then go and do that, but don’t spread the hate. Just accept that everyone is going to do their thing and accept that if people want to host a big parade with a bunch of… Read more »

Michelle McHale, left, and her lawyer Allison Fenske, talk to reporters at the Manitoba legislature after filing a human rights complaint against the Hanover School Division, in Winnipeg on Monday, June 20, 2016. McHale says the division discriminates against same-sex persons by not allowing discussion of sexual orientation in classrooms until high school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

Hanover School Division’s stance is troubling

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 24, 2016 Michelle McHale, left, and her lawyer Allison Fenske, talk to reporters at the Manitoba legislature after filing a human rights complaint against the Hanover School Division, in Winnipeg on Monday, June 20, 2016. McHale says the division discriminates against same-sex persons by not allowing discussion… Read more »

After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress - Brandon Sun

Time for gun control solutions

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 17, 2016 As local members of the LGBTQ community gather in our city for celebrations and events, many within that tight-knit group will also try to come to grips with one of the deadliest and most violent acts of terror in modern United States history. One week… Read more »

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Parties jockey for position on electoral reform

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 10, 2016 Sometimes leaning on your majority is not the best way to do business. Never was that more evident than this past week when the Liberals backed off on the gung-ho nature of their promise of electoral reform. Less than a month before, the party announced… Read more »

Justin Trudeau meets with the press gallery following an unlikely majority government win. (Brandon Sun-CP)

Teflon Trudeau frustrates opponents

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 3, 2016 Much to the chagrin of dyed-in-the-wool Conservatives everywhere, it seems like Canadians just can’t quit Justin Trudeau. Either Trudeau is on a prolonged honeymoon or this truly is a relationship built to stand the test of time. Close to seven months after the election where… Read more »

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City on right track with master plan

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 28, 2016 The City of Brandon has a plan. It may sound optimistic, but there is some reason to believe this time will be different. Clearly over the past decade, city “plans” have made headlines in many editions of this fine publication for reasons both good and… Read more »

MP's take a picture prior to a swearing-in ceremony on Parliament Hill. (File- Winnipeg Free Press)

Freedom can be fickle when votes are needed

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 21, 2016 There is an antiquated belief that has been around for generations that goes as follows: “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” The basic premise is that without some form of discipline, in this case corporal discipline, a child’s behaviour will be maladjusted or unruly…. Read more »

Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari speaks at a Brandon Chamber of Commerce debate during the provincial election campaign in April. Bokhari has stepped down as Liberal leader.

Bokhari’s departure signals rough waters for Grits

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 14, 2016 For the Manitoba Liberals, 2016 will clearly go down as a case of “what could have been.” The final nail in the post-election coffin struck this past week with a rather low-key announcement that leader Rana Bokhari would be calling it quits after a little… Read more »

Reg Helwer applauds his team following a convincing win April 19, 2016 (file)

Helwer victim of a leaner style of government

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 7, 2016 You kind of have to feel for Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer. One of the loyalists of Brian Pallister’s members over the last four years, Helwer found himself in the audience last Tuesday as opposed to being on stage when the new Progressive Conservative cabinet… Read more »

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  • Gernman Chancellor Angela Merkle. Brandon Sun (CP) File. 2016

    Brexit Fallout: From Netherlands to Germany

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 15, 2016 This is the follow-up to a two-part column logged during my time touring through the United Kingdom and Europe. NETHERLANDS?—?First of all, thanks to those who took the time to drop me a note after last week’s column. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the… Read more »

  • Members of Pride Brandon. File 2015. Brandon Sun

    Hope, not intolerance the lasting lesson

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 2, 2016 “If you want to be a super right-wing conservative Christian, then go and do that, but don’t spread the hate. Just accept that everyone is going to do their thing and accept that if people want to host a big parade with a bunch of… Read more »

  • Michelle McHale, left, and her lawyer Allison Fenske, talk to reporters at the Manitoba legislature after filing a human rights complaint against the Hanover School Division, in Winnipeg on Monday, June 20, 2016. McHale says the division discriminates against same-sex persons by not allowing discussion of sexual orientation in classrooms until high school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

    Hanover School Division’s stance is troubling

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 24, 2016 Michelle McHale, left, and her lawyer Allison Fenske, talk to reporters at the Manitoba legislature after filing a human rights complaint against the Hanover School Division, in Winnipeg on Monday, June 20, 2016. McHale says the division discriminates against same-sex persons by not allowing discussion… Read more »

  • After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress - Brandon Sun

    Time for gun control solutions

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 17, 2016 As local members of the LGBTQ community gather in our city for celebrations and events, many within that tight-knit group will also try to come to grips with one of the deadliest and most violent acts of terror in modern United States history. One week… Read more »

  • 150926+JUSTIN_TOM+b

    Parties jockey for position on electoral reform

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 10, 2016 Sometimes leaning on your majority is not the best way to do business. Never was that more evident than this past week when the Liberals backed off on the gung-ho nature of their promise of electoral reform. Less than a month before, the party announced… Read more »

  • Justin Trudeau meets with the press gallery following an unlikely majority government win. (Brandon Sun-CP)

    Teflon Trudeau frustrates opponents

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 3, 2016 Much to the chagrin of dyed-in-the-wool Conservatives everywhere, it seems like Canadians just can’t quit Justin Trudeau. Either Trudeau is on a prolonged honeymoon or this truly is a relationship built to stand the test of time. Close to seven months after the election where… Read more »