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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A4 July 2002 OPINION 121st Year 161 OTHER VIEWS Trustees stand on principle i It might not have been be the bright est thing to It might have destroyed any chance to run as elected public servants again and it could mean fines for the lot of but Thames Valley District School Board trustees should be lauded for their nerve all the same for refusing to pass a balanced Faced with major frontline cuts on one hand and severe penalties for not making those cuts on the trustees chose the latter standing by their principles and adding their names to the list of trustees of school boards across the province to defy the province and its education If Hamilton and Ottawa did not send the message clearly enough by passing similar deficit sure ly Queens Park must be listening And it comes just in time for a new government to take There is no doubt that these sudden counterrevolutionary tactics are direct ly political and have everything to do with the fact that the province has a new premier and a somewhat softer direc tion promised by Ernie Unlike his Eves has pledged to turn the tide ever so slightly back to reestablishing our public sector health and education at the But offer an inch and theyll ask for a and that is exactly what the board and others are looking This is a There is the possibility that our trustees will be fined and told not to run for office again and then the province will come in and cut the teach ers and special education programs the board was not willing to Then it could readapt its rules to the pressure and provide more money to the Only one thing is for sure and that is the governments bluff has been called and its time for them to put their cards on the table and show how sincere they are in funding education and other pub lic sector After years of being pushed down by the provincial government under the heavy cutting hands of former premier Mike school boards are fighting It might have a negative as trustee Peter Jaffe put it Id rather go out with a bang than with a An editorial from the Woodstock SentinelReview LOOKING BACK Shultz outshovels Melnyk in a perogyeating contest SIXTY YEARS AGO The mean temperature for the month of June was with the maxi mum at 85 and the minimum The precipitation was inches of rain as compared with the average There were hours of The enemy claimed today that Axis troops had captured El 65 miles west of Britains Alexandria naval as the British 8th Army fought along a 35mile bottleneck front in an attempt to save the Suez Canal and per haps the entire Middle East from German FIFTY YEARS AGO Only adverse weather can prevent the 1952 Provincial Exhibition from being one of the most successful in its 70year exhibition officials stat ed this Attendance today has been higher than the total for the same period in any year in the past Marking one of the biggest Tuesdays ever recorded at the Provincial thousands thronged Machinery inspecting the display of farm equipment valued at more than With no sheep or swine being shown this the horse classes attracted many of the regular FORTY YEARS AGO Walter minister of northern affairs for Canada and also bandmaster with the Brandon Salvation Army Citadel paid a visit to Brandon today to lay the cornerstone for the new citadel building at the cor ner of First Street and Princess Rerouted through more of the resi dential section of a rather but livestock parade drew hundreds of residents out yester Led by Exhibition president Rungay in the lead the parade included a fourhorse team with Exhibition manager McPhail shar ing the drivers seat with Wawanesas Fred the Modern Dairies six Shetland mounted horses in west ern and English saddles and a float of the Manitoba 4H THIRTY YEARS AGO Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced yesterday it is awarding its UnderwoodPrescott Memorial Award this year to Ross a native of Oak a scientist primarily responsible for estab lishing Canadas food and drug regula Canadian hardware merchan dise will establish a store in a new building on 18th across from the Brandon Shoppers Mayor Bill Wilton announced this TWENTY YEARS AGO Brandon celebrated Canadas 115th birthday with a multicultural party at the Centennial Auditorium yesterday The festivities got underway with a perogyeating Peter Shultz of CKX beat out Mike Melnyk for the The evenings celebrations were rounded out with a multicultural concert featuring school bands and choirs and a fireworks display at the Keystone Center Fortyfive new graduates from Brandon General Hospitals School of Nursing received diplomas at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium for completion of their twoyear TEN YEARS AGO The first part of a weary convoy of 800 Canadian UN troops finally rolled into Sarajevo airport today after a haz ardous twoday trek through tense areas of ethnic fighting and suspicious local militia Not even the nor the rain was enough to dampen the spirits of patriots determined to celebrate Canadas 125th birthday at Curran Park yesterday after About people braved the elements for the local birthday From the files of The Brandon REGIONAL VIEWPOINT NDP does the right thing by getting out of business Lightning has struck twice as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation found itself complimenting the Doer gov ernment for following up on two pivotal Canadian Taxpayer Federation The first involves the status of Venture Manitoba a financially troubled Crown corporation that runs the Hekla Island Resort and the Falcon Lake Golf The federation and its surveyed members have long called for the sale of Now word has it that a provincial working group is exploring options including the sale or lease of Venture to the private Seems like a no VKTORVRSNK LETS TALK TAXES Why orl earth is the province in the hotel and golf business in the first place Is the province so short of entrepreneurs to justify the gov ernments continued ownership and management of tourist resorts Anyone who likes the idea of politicians running our hotels and golf courses is likely to favour nationalization of Popsicle stands as The armslength Crown Corporations Councils review of Venture pretty much summed it up why governments should not meddle in businesses that are best suited to the private sec Councils overall assessment of risk remains high with a negative Venture continues to face long term operational and financial Selling off Venture would be a stroke of genius for the NDP who could deflect the criticism that the party is ideolog ically opposed to And a little common sense on the fiscal front wouldnt hurt Then out of like a bolt from the the Manitoba NDP issue a news release denouncing business sub After awarding a multimillion aid package to keep a bus manufacturer from leaving the Doer government is taking the moral high ground on the inequities of business Reducing business subsidies and creating a level playing field is critical to creating a good busi ness climate in all said Trade and Mines Minister MaryAnn Wow What could have been a scripted line for a tax payers federation communications director is now stated policy for the Manitoba The province took the critical first step toward the reduction of costly and inefficient business sub sidies at the internal trade ministers meeting in Manitoba is pressing for an interprovincial agreement to reduce subsides to The federation has actively fought against provincial and federal business subsidies and has repeatedly urged the province to make good on its preelection promise to reduce its business subsidy programs by Over the past five the federation released six land mark studies documenting the excessive waste of economic development To put its best foot the province should press for a simple namely that all governments outlaw all forms of business subsides and The province should also press for the elimination of industryspecific credits and firmspecific credits that are an indirect form of To improve the business the provinces and federal government should offer competitive corporate income taxes as a tried and true policy for economic Manitoba should replace its business subsidy structure with a phasing out of the payroll Victor Vrsnik is Provincial Canadian Taxpayers Think about where you live Welcome to This is unlike any country you have ever Because it does not come with a you may find what follows a helpful intro duction to our nation For all its strength and this country is The the rivers and the the flora and the ideals and values that have drawn you to this place from the ends of the earth could disappear in a single Never take them for Canada is a Canadian democracy is not per but it does This may not be immediately In recent years it has become customary for Canadians to accuse their leaders of running dictatorships when the demo cratic process produces a result that does not suit Its all but sometimes it makes Canadians feel Despite all the teethgnashing and the system rolls along pretty Canadian politics has all the ele ments of a good soap And its so feel free to join in the The hospitals here are often very and while we fight over them quite a they are among the best in the But dont be led to believe that they are here solely for the They are here for Whether you are very poor or very you are treated the same when you walk through the They are the great genius of Canadabrick and mortar proof that this nation is devoted to the concept that all people are created and the idea that we should love and care for one another as sisters and Do not make the mis take that this system has no Like all noble it comes at a tremendous cost and a significant sacrifice on the part of the people who live You will encounter people who do not believe the concept is worth the Resist This is a nation of Despite the pounding mass media messages to the the chances of someone committing an act of violence against you on Canadian soil are Though they may disagree with almost no one will try to kill you for your beliefs or your Canadians respect life and cherish law and many have died to protect these most often on foreign Honour their Embrace their ideals as your dont be alarmed if you are confronted by Canadians who believe this nation has it all Were they living in the Garden of such people would be filing complaints about the inordinate size of the fruit on the trees and the inefficiency of the bees producing Such people dont appreciate the things they have simply because they have always had That brings us to our final point Never lose sight of the glory and beauty of this Immense and scarred and lush and permeated with the planets high est ideals and astounding human it may well be the promised But if you are blind to all of you might just as well live somewhere A commentary from the Orillia Packet and Times Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwaite News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON O SUN Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement Bill Chester General Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrielle Business Manager Rudy Redekop President and Publisher The Brandon Sun is a member of the Manitoba Press If you have a complaint about this or any other member please forward it to the Press 1032015 Portage MB R3J ;