Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
OpinionA4Wednesday, July 3, 2002 B ■ ■ ^ I ^ 121st Year — No. 162
Traffic must be considered
It gets a little scary when city councillors and planners look at a new store as a single entity and think about traffic trouble in terms of adding a set of lights here and there.
It appears to be an ad hoc process that lacks overall vision.
If Brandon is poised to take off in economic development terms, then planners and developers have to be prepared to look at the big picture.
The people who created Brandon’s Economic Development Strategic Action Plan have looked at development in terms of zones that cover thousands of square kilometres. Retailers build outlets looking at servicing areas in a similar way.
If we look at a map of city roads we see nothing but trouble coming our way along the north-south corridor.
Pressure is building along the 18th Street route and simple fixes in regions may only add to the traffic problems — especially if they involve slowing down or obstructing the flow.
The province has a 20-year plan in place for the Trans-Canada area. The north-south corridor through the city is a traffic fiasco in the making.
Brandon needs a suitable long-term traffic plan that emphasizes improving flow rather than impeding automobiles.
We keep adding projects in the area of 18th Street and increasing pressure on the north-south route without considering the consequences.
So-called solutions to problems at 18th and Richmond, for example, may add to trouble at Victoria and 18th.
In recent months we have seen developers in council chambers with plans for major retail outlets and each time it becomes obvious very little thought is given to the cumulative impact of traffic.
This is not the fault of people who want to bnng developments here. They are doing what we want them to do — developing.
Indeed the city owes it to these developers to ensure that consumers can get to the stores with a minimum of hassle. The city also owes taxpayers a minimum impact on other streets and avenues.
Brandon must be prepared for development — now and in the future. Traffic trouble is a cumulative concern.
Looking at projects in isolation and coming up with neighbourhood solutions won’t work in the long run.
Adding a light here or speed bumps there will only add to the overall problem. Blocking traffic is not the answer. Improving the flow is the only solution.
Consider that many stores along 18th — even smaller ones in strip malls — have become more attractive to consumers. Now, add four or five more box stores.
Then think about a wish list for a hotel and possibly a casino near the Keystone. Imagine the effect of a few more movie screens along the road. And consider that smaller stores like to cluster around these places.
It all adds up to traffic trouble on a big scale.
Politicians in rapidly growing cities have learned some tough lessons. Many have lost elections because they dragged their feet on traffic issues. By the time the taxpayers start shouting about traffic trouble it is too late.
Recent protests in Brandon over the new Staples and IGA stores are the first of many if Brandon doesn’t plan properly.
The time to act is now. The city needs to look at the big picture and prepare for the future.
Cost of educating pupil up 10.5 per cent in year
SIXTY YEARS AGO
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill accepted the responsibility for the disasters in Libya and Egypt and predicted that worse may come, but Parliament gave him an overwhelming vote of confidence.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Attention was focused today in the livestock show ring at the Provincial Exhibition where the largest heavy horse entry in Western Canada is now competing for honours.
Broadway Breeze, owned by the Lilla-Gord Stables of Brandon and ridden by Mrs. Gordon Williamson, walked away with the first-night honours in the knock-down-and-out jumping stake, feature of the Provincial Exhibition light horse show.
FORTY YEARS AGO
French President Charles de Gaulle proclaimed Algerian independence today and nationalist Premier Ben Yousseff Khedda arrived with his ministers to assert their rule over a new nation threatened with civil war.
Hon. George Hutton, minister of agriculture, officially opened the new $80,000 4-H building at the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba.
Steve Repa, art instructor and pottery artisan of Winnipeg has been appointed director of the Brandon Allied Arts Centre. He replaces Reinhard Strub who is returning to Europe.
Stormy Weather of Homecrest Farms, with Keith Macpherson in the saddle, dominated the light weight hunter class at the Provincial Exhibition.
Shooting the finest golf of the competitor’s history, Bob Cornell retained the City and District golf championship as he turned in a brilliant two-under-par 103 for the 27-hole test. There were 125
Fix was in ... for Bush
entrants in the tournament.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
The United States has been secretly seeding clouds, by the dropping of silver iodide into the clouds, to manipulate rainfall over North and South Vietnam and Laos for military advantage during the last nine years, The New York Times revealed.
The cost of educating one child in the public school system in Manitoba in 1971 was $759.95, up 10.5 per cent from 1970.
Walter Dinsdale, PC, MP for Brandon-Souris has been invited to attend the second international parliamentary conference on the environment now being held in Vienna, Austria.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Brandon streets were speckled with out-of-province licence plates as centennial homecomers flooded into the city. About 500 people of the 5,000 expected visitors had registered at city hall for the week of activities to begin today. More than 3,400 visitors pre-registered for the celebrations.
Dennis Zi prick won the men’s under-21 championship at the Canada Day tennis tournament yesterday with a victory over Kelly Bessette.
TEN YEARS AGO
City taxpayers will help pay for new chairs and carpeting in the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. The additions are part of a $1.6 million, multi phase renovations.
A commemorative medal marking Canada’s 125th anniversary will be awarded to 40,000 outstanding Canadians. The medal was approved by the Queen during her 47-hour visit to Ottawa.
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OTTAWA — If the G-8 meeting proves much of anything, it is that it takes more than two days to fix what’s wrong with a world biblically created in just six.
Kananaskis, like its predecessors, has now slipped noiselessly into the fog of unfolding events. Expectations were as inflated as the meeting’s obscene $300 million cost.
After a year of intensive work by Prime Minister Jean Chretien and bureaucrats at home and abroad, Africa got more promises, some of which may be kept, and a fraction of the cash and concessions the most troubled continent needs to deal with a cornucopia of problems, including the AIDS plague, crushing debts and exclusion from world markets.
As usual, the security and economic interests of the world’s industrialized countries and richest people prevailed over those of the least developed and poorest.
In Kananaskis, the status quo triumphed in familiar ways.
After telling anyone who would listen that he would control the agenda, Chretien was bluntly reminded that the power of a prime minister of Canada chairing an important annual summit is no match for that of a president of the United States. By any measure, for better or worse, this summit belonged to George W. Bush. POTUS, as the president in known in the White House West Wing, came, often looked bored and got what he wanted.
In a pre-summit interview with The Star, U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci discreetly skimmed over Africa and Chretien’s prionties to identify Washington’s objective: keeping surplus Soviet missiles out of the hands of rogue states and extremists.
Late on the first day, countries that couldn’t find their chequebook for Africa promised $20 billion to help Russia dispose of nuclear weapons and committed to a U.S. air security package.There is nothing wrong with either initiative.
Failure to control the international black market in sophisticated weapons, particularly those capable of mass destruction, is part of a recurring post-Cold War nightmare. And while focusing on airline security dangerously supposes those who masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks have exhausted their imagination, air travellers will appreciate a heightened sense of security, no matter how illusory.
What is far more troubling is the growing sense that the globalization phenomenon is being controlled, even held hostage, by a narrow U.S. political perspective.
With little apparent regard for international opinion or the profoundly complicated realities faced by other, less stable governments, Washington’s will is being done.
Chretien’s Africa initiative is an apt metaphor for a process that is turning even the world’s most powerful leaders into restless passengers. Endorsed at last year’s G-8 meeting, helping Africa salvage its 700 million desperate people was judged as necessary for humanitarian reasons and to demonstrate that globalization can benefit the dispossessed as well as those who already possess so much.
Washington’s commitment to that rescue has always been ambiguous and that ambiguity surfaced in the most dramatic way. Just hours before heading for Kananaskis, Bush announced a delayed, internally divisive plan to impose a made-in-America solution on the Middle East.
No matter what parts of the Africa rescue were later rubber-stamped, that plan and its coincidental timing put an indelible U.S. mark on this summit.
That mark and its meaning are worth considering.
Encouraging as it is to see a fundamentally isolationist president dabbling in one of the world’s most intractable problems, at its philosophical core the U.S. Middle East plan is deeply disturbing.
A president who may not have won his own election and a country that in the past has tolerated, even encouraged, despotism in its own interests, are now dictating the leaders that others are allowed to choose and imposing foreign rules on sovereign states. Bush is right to identify a Middle East leadership failure. A blind, mutual obsession to impose a winner-take-all peace is behind the bloodshed, illegal settlements and sheer misery of Israelis and Palestinians that has repeatedly brought the region and the world to the brink of catastrophe.
But the Bush plan won’t end that. It is so unbalanced, so wilfully ignorant of political realities, hair-trigger emotions and history that its purpose must be something other than finding an elusive peace.
In the United States, a body of informed opinion is growing that the Bush plan is more closely linked to U.S. mid-term elections and a presidential son finishing a presidential father’s work than to providing a practical peace formula.
The thinking in those circles is that Iraq is again in U.S. gunsights and that Bush is warning Saudi Arabia and other uncertain allies that Washington’s single-minded war on terror won’t be delayed or distracted by the plight of Palestinians.
In Kananaskis, the message was easier to read. It takes more than a few hours of talks and camera-ready grip-and-grin sessions to make a better, safer world.
And it can’t be done at all when the only superpower is paying a short diplomatic game at the expense of one that, in time, might make a difference.
James Travers is a national affairs writer
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Money supply, food supply linked
There is much criticism in the Canadian media against the U.S. government for making payments to farmers to cover losses incurred while producing the nation’s food supply.
Anyone who studied the workings of the economic system knows full well that these payments are absolutely essential for preventing total collapse of the economic system.
We, and many countries of the world, are in the same boat. The lack of knowledge on this important issue stems from the fact that schools and universities are not giving a complete education to our students.
For instance, most don’t know where money comes from, or where it is supposed to come from. They haven’t even seen a copy of the Constitution, let alone read it. The Constitution lists the exclusive powers given to the provinces,
and the exclusive powers given to the federal government, and the Constitution states it is the supreme law.
That means all governments, courts, political parties, lawyers and individuals must abide by it. It is safe to say all our economic problems stem from the fact that federal governments have been breaking the supreme law ever since the year 1913. The supreme law gives exclusive power to the federal government to create and issue the country’s money supply. There are no provisions in the Constitution to delegate that power to anyone else, but they did. They gave a portion of that power to private banks, and over the years the banks have been given a larger portion, so it now stands at 98 per cent of our money supply.
The banks create our money supply as an interest-beanng debt that can only be brought into circulation every time
someone borrows money from them. The banks demand interest on this cheque book money they create, but never create interest money, so all borrowers must add interest costs onto whatever they have to sell.
Compounding interest, over the years, has caused inflation, so much so that 98 per cent of the price on things the farmer has to buy to carry out his operation are these interest costs.
The farmer has no pricing mechanism for passing these costs along, so it should be obvious to everyone by now that if we are going to avoid an economic collapse, the federal government must pick up the tab.
It isn’t really a subsidy to the farmer, but it is a subsidy to the bank’s debt money system ...
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