CentreVenture review could have local implications

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 24, 2015

Mayor Brian Bowman has called for a review of CentreVenture structures. (Boris Minkevich- Winnipeg Free Press)

Mayor Brian Bowman has called for a review of CentreVenture structures. (Boris Minkevich- Winnipeg Free Press)

As the land deal for a hotel near Winnipeg’s Convention Centre begins to unravel, some of the overarching implications of an impending CentreVenture internal review has placed the downtown development group in the crosshairs of Winnipeg’s new mayor, Brian Bowman.

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Witnessing the effect of falling oil prices

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 16, 2015

In this July 26, 2011, photo, a worker hangs from an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D. Then Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst wrote that the Wheat City is ideally suited to benefit from the boom in the Bakken oil reserves, especially when the drilling moves further east. (File)

In this July 26, 2011, photo, a worker hangs from an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D. Then Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst wrote that the Wheat City is ideally suited to benefit from the boom in the Bakken oil reserves, especially when the drilling moves further east. (Brandon Sun-File)

As the price of gas continues to drop, many of us happily top up tanks that just a few short months ago may have required financial assistance to fill. Without a doubt, the trip to the pump has been easier on the pocketbook, and for the most part is not seen as a problem by those not directly connected to the oil and gas industry.

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Councillors wade into provincial pool

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 10, 2015

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In the photo Leadership hopeful Theresa Oswald thanks Councillor’s Lonnie Patterson and Jan Chaboyer for supporting her campaign. Photo. c. twitter.com/TheresaOswaldMB

So it would appear an endorsement by two Brandon city councillors for NDP leadership candidate Theresa Oswald has stirred a bit of debate online and some colourful responses on both of their Twitter handles this past week.

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Last days for the NDP?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 3, 2015

Brandon Sun Manitoba NDP Premier Greg Selinger speaks during an announcement at the Brandon Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon. (Matt Goerzen/Brandon Sun)

Brandon Sun Manitoba NDP Premier Greg Selinger speaks during an announcement at the Brandon Municipal Airport this past Fall. (Matt Goerzen/Brandon Sun)

Well, it didn’t take long for a foggy outlook in the latter part of 2014 to turn to downright zero visibility for the provincial NDP and its leader, Greg Selinger.

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The gifts we shared in 2014

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 27, 2014

Murray House photo compliments of BRHC Foundation.

Murray House photo compliments of BRHC Foundation.

As we sit smack dab among the plethora of holiday parties and family gatherings, I thought this to be an opportune time to revisit an idea started last year right here — a chance to celebrate the many gifts we shared over the past year and to examine what made this community tick.

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