Will Liberals find bang for their buck in PST plan?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 18, 2014

Liberal leader Rana Bokhari speaks to media outside the Manitoba Legislature. Winnipeg Free Press (File)

Liberal leader Rana Bokhari speaks to media outside the Manitoba Legislature. Winnipeg Free Press (File)

Members of the Manitoba legislature are not short on ideas for spending the increased PST that came into effect under the Selinger government. From Tory promises to scrap it to NDP reaffirmations of its value to Manitobans, MLAs throughout the legislature and staffers within the parties have spent plenty of time crafting their response to the political dynamite that the one per cent increase has become.

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Look beyond students’ test scores

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 11, 2014

Education Minister James Allum- Winnipeg Free Press (File)

Education Minister James Allum- Winnipeg Free Press (File)

Learning benchmarks for Manitoba students should always be front of mind for school boards across this province.

That said, we are in challenging times for educators — which is why this week’s release of a study by the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program stating Manitoba students were at the bottom of the class for various disciplines set the government a-whir with spin doctoring.

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NDP tripped up again by MPI consultant

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 4, 2014

(File) Former MPI CEO Marilyn McLaren- Brandon Sun.

(File) Former MPI CEO Marilyn McLaren- Brandon Sun.

Just as fortunes began to look up for Premier Greg Selinger, a revelation by Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen has left the NDP cancelling its order for rose-coloured glasses while the Tories smell blood in the proverbial political waters.

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New civic services building marks end of long journey

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 27, 2014

Workers continue to prep the new civic services complex. c. Brandon Sun. 2014

Workers continue to prep the new civic services complex. c. Brandon Sun. 2014

The winding journey that was the life of the new civic services complex downtown seems to have written what is hopefully the final chapter, as the city is poised to move some planning and community services to the newly renovated structure at the corner of Seventh Street and Princess Avenue.

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Small field at the post for city council race

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 20, 2014

Brandon city council election 2014

A handful of election signs on the boulevard along Victoria Ave. – Shaun Cameron

After the dust at city hall settled on Tuesday, the field was set for another civic election, with this go-around being a small piece of the 2010 incarnation.

That election saw a handful of candidates for mayor, as well as all but four wards in play. It also saw a list of more than a dozen potential trustee candidates, yours truly included, vying for nine spots at the table.

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