The honourable Janice Filmon, newly appointed as the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, greets people at the top of  the grand staircase of the Manitoba Legislature Building after inspecting the guards during ceremony Friday.      June 19, 2015 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

Filmon deserved a better welcome

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 27, 2015 She has a name synonymous with negative NDP election rhetoric in Manitoba and has a position many believe in a modern government should become obsolete. Janice Filmon appears to be in for a bumpy ride as the newly minted lieutenant-governor of this province. When it… Read more »

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at a recent party rally. (The Canadian Press)

Can Mulcair sustain the gain for the NDP?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 20, 2015 He has a memoir in the wings ready to hit the shelves, he has a life built in public office, he hails from a large French Catholic family and he is attempting to position himself as the next prime minister of Canada. Tom Mulcair has… Read more »

Photo c. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods Brandon Sun. 2014

Have our sports outgrown our facilities?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 13, 2015 Our city is a bit far removed from the last truly major city-driven sporting investment in this community. We are long past the days of the Canada Games Sportsplex in the late 1970s and save for entities such as the Optimist Soccer Park or Simplot… Read more »

City of Brandon Police members speak with residents during a recent cruise nights event. c. 2015 Brandon Sun.

Strategy leads to better presence downtown

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 5, 2015 There is a school of thought that came to light in the early 1980s about broken windows in a neighbourhood. The theory basically stated that broken windows left unchecked would indicate a larger, more systemic problem and would open the door to more serious criminal… Read more »

McKenzie Seeds. c. 2014 Brandon Sun.

Downtown needs narrow focus, bigger projects

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 29, 2015 It looks like there may be a bit of fuel in the tank again, downtown. Renaissance Brandon is back in the public eye after a hiatus of sorts to spend time working on a much-needed structural realignment and filling the vacant development role. Now, months… Read more »

Homeless Man

Is ending homelessness at home a possibility?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 22, 2015 It is a surface issue few really want to acknowledge exists in our community, and it is an issue that in a time of rising costs and few options may continue to grow: helping put an end to homelessness must be a priority in our… Read more »

Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister speaks recently. (File-Winnipeg Free Press)

Tories sticking to the message

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 15, 2015 Which door will he take? That was the question hammered home by Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen last week in the Manitoba legislature, a question that spoke to the NDP’s severance package of almost $700,000 paid to departing staffers for myriad of reasons after the… Read more »

NDP leader Rachel Notley speaks on stage after being named Alberta's new Premier in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette (Brandon Sun)

Alberta election results may ripple across Canada

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 9, 2015 With a resounding and decisive victory in the heart of Canada’s oilpatch, the NDP has accomplished something no party has done since the days of Ernest Manning and his Social Credit party — knock off a Tory government in Alberta. To put it into perspective,… Read more »

Caldwell_Selinger_CabinetShuffle

Pair of moves will impact Westman

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 1, 2015 What could be one of Premier Greg Selinger’s final cabinet shuffles reflects a party that is still dealing with a divide of sorts, with a hodgepodge of faces rounding out the ranks of the NDP’s inner circle. As names new and old swirled following the… Read more »

Finance Minister Joe Oliver shows off his new shoes to reporters. The longstanding tradition exists that the current Finance Minister purchases new shoes prior to delivering the upcoming budget. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Playoffs, politics and posturing

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 25, 2015 Manitobans have been kneedeep in hockey fever this week, consumed with whiteouts and Wheat Kings, thunder sticks and jersey-clad ministerial selfies. And yet, while the province is — or was — consumed with hockey playoffs, the political landscape has been shifting around us. Fresh off… Read more »

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  • The honourable Janice Filmon, newly appointed as the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, greets people at the top of  the grand staircase of the Manitoba Legislature Building after inspecting the guards during ceremony Friday.      June 19, 2015 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Filmon deserved a better welcome

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 27, 2015 She has a name synonymous with negative NDP election rhetoric in Manitoba and has a position many believe in a modern government should become obsolete. Janice Filmon appears to be in for a bumpy ride as the newly minted lieutenant-governor of this province. When it… Read more »

  • NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at a recent party rally. (The Canadian Press)

    Can Mulcair sustain the gain for the NDP?

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 20, 2015 He has a memoir in the wings ready to hit the shelves, he has a life built in public office, he hails from a large French Catholic family and he is attempting to position himself as the next prime minister of Canada. Tom Mulcair has… Read more »

  • Photo c. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods Brandon Sun. 2014

    Have our sports outgrown our facilities?

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 13, 2015 Our city is a bit far removed from the last truly major city-driven sporting investment in this community. We are long past the days of the Canada Games Sportsplex in the late 1970s and save for entities such as the Optimist Soccer Park or Simplot… Read more »

  • City of Brandon Police members speak with residents during a recent cruise nights event. c. 2015 Brandon Sun.

    Strategy leads to better presence downtown

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 5, 2015 There is a school of thought that came to light in the early 1980s about broken windows in a neighbourhood. The theory basically stated that broken windows left unchecked would indicate a larger, more systemic problem and would open the door to more serious criminal… Read more »

  • McKenzie Seeds. c. 2014 Brandon Sun.

    Downtown needs narrow focus, bigger projects

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 29, 2015 It looks like there may be a bit of fuel in the tank again, downtown. Renaissance Brandon is back in the public eye after a hiatus of sorts to spend time working on a much-needed structural realignment and filling the vacant development role. Now, months… Read more »

  • Homeless Man

    Is ending homelessness at home a possibility?

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 22, 2015 It is a surface issue few really want to acknowledge exists in our community, and it is an issue that in a time of rising costs and few options may continue to grow: helping put an end to homelessness must be a priority in our… Read more »