Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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worry Keystone users
By Curtis Brown
While Keystone directors have been taking first tentative steps in the planning process, users of the centre have firm marching orders in mind.
“The thing about a planning session is you talk about a lot of things, and hopefully you end up somewhere,” says president Don Green, in the middle of yesterday’s board planning session. “We feel this is the first step in a larger process.”
The board has yet to come up with concrete initiatives even after the seven-hour meeting, but the president didn’t expect them to do that.
However, certain users are clear on
how the board must deal with two issues that directly affect them — parking and rising ice costs.
“If they start charging for parking, we’ll move our hockey tournament to Saskatoon,” warns Darryl Wolski, coordinator for the Sports Excellence AAA Hockey Challenge at the Keystone Centre yesterday.
The former Keystone board made a motion last year to begin charging for parking this year.
They have delayed implementation of the plan, but may begin charging visitors to the facility beginning Sept. I.
Green says the board has discussed parking alongside other issues, but he adds there’s no push to start charging for parking right away.
“I don’t see it as a decision we’re going to make right away. We’re certainly not going to have a motion on parking happening soon.”
If the Keystone does decide to charge a parking fee, Brandon Youth Hockey Association president Glen Parker says they will be gouging the people who make use of its arenas.
“It’s an absolutely ludicrous idea,” Parker says.
“I think it’s like inviting people to a social or a party, and then charging them to park once they get there.”
“In general, it’s not a bad idea for ticketed events. But they shouldn’t be charging the parents whose kids use the facility.”
The other concern is that ice rental
costs will rise as the facility keeps losing money.
The Keystone Centre’s deficit is projected to be $150,000 this year.
“As a user, one of my concerns is that they will raise prices, and I’m afraid they’ll lose users if they continue to raise the price,” says Lori McBeth, whose 10-year-old daughter Jennifer Mykle uses the ice with Skate Brandon.
“The Keystone should be marketing themselves more aggressively to get money from events instead of charging the people who use it more money.”
The Keystone Centre charges Skate Brandon around $100 per hour to rent ice.
That’s about what they’re charging the AAA Hockey Challenge to rent ice
in the Optimist, Kinsmen and Keystone arenas.
Wolski says that’s more than enough, considering what he feels his tournament brings to the facility and the city.
There are IOO teams playing in the tournament, and organizers believe it will bring approximately 5,000 people from Canada and the United States to Brandon this month.
Meanwhile, the board expects to have a budget and action plan in place in six weeks. Green hopes the community can be patient.
“This is a long-term process, and we want to do it right,” he says.
The board has not set a date yet for its next planning session.
Pets quickly get too hot
By Curtis Brown
Nothing makes Tracy Knickle angrier than to see a pet owner leave a dog or cat unattended in a vehicle on a warm day.
Knickle, manager of the Brandon Humane Society shelter, says people need to realize it doesn’t take much for a dog to get too hot in the car, especially with temperatures as warm as they have been.
“What people don’t realize is that animals don’t sweat like we do,” she says. “They need fresh air so they can cool down through their respiratory system.
“It doesn’t matter, even if it’s only 22 (degrees Celsius) above out. If the sun’s out, your dog will get too hot.”
Brandonites seem to be listening to the call not to leave their pets unattended in their vehicles.
So far this year, the Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic hasn’t treated a single animal left in an unattended car.
“Usually we only have one case a summer,” says Dr. Jay Thrush, a veterinarian at the clinic.
“I think people are probably a little more aware of what they have to do with the climate we have in the summer.”
It’s been the same case at the
Brandon Animal Clinic. Dr. Sandy Barclay says she’s had only one case of an overheated dog recently, and that was a dog that was outside for too long during the Canada Day long weekend.
“We haven’t had any specific cases of animals being left in cars at my clinic, but I do know it’s been a concern in Winnipeg,” she says.
“It is definitely a concern, though. We hope people will leave their pets at home if they’re going to the mall or something like that.”
Thrush says there’s no rule for just how quickly a car can heat up.
He says it depends on several factors.
“It depends on if the window is rolled down, the colour of the interior, and how much direct sunlight there is,” he says.
But even if it’s fairly mild out, it only takes five to IO minutes for the temperature inside the car to get over 30 C.
Knickle doesn’t think pet owners who leave their animals in the car are trying to hurt their pets.
She just doesn’t think they realize what they’re doing.
“I don’t think they’re being mean. They love their pets. They’re just not using their heads.”
CUPE vote results due today
By Shelley Vivian
Health-care support workers, including those in Brandon, find out today whether they’ll walk the picket line to support demands for a new contract.
The workers, which number about 900 in Brandon and 4,000 throughout southwestern Manitoba, voted yesterday on strike action.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees announces results this morning.
Nancy Garrioch, CUPE representative in Brandon, said early yesterday evening “turnout has been steady throughout the day.”
In the Marquette Regional Health Authority area, she says, turnout was almost IOO per cent.
Negotiations between the province and the union broke down June 14 over the issue of wage increases.
CUPE represents about 10,000 heath-care support workers in the province.
In Brandon, the workers are employed at Brandon Regional Health Centre, Fairview Home and Rideau Park Personal Care Homes.
Among the services performed by health-care support workers are bathing, feeding and transporting patients and cleaning and maintaining health-care facilities.
4-H club marks anniversary
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Taralynn Williamson cleans her bull IVJax yesterday afternoon at the Keystone Centre. Williamson bottlefed the animal since it was a calf and plans to care for it until she can sell it.
By Kyia Duncan
Consistency is the watchword as members celebrate 50 years in the Brandon South Carroll United 4-H Club.
“We think this is a really big occasion,” says Lois McRae, head leader of South Brandon at the Keystone Centre. “To have lasted 50 years and to keep going like this ... lots of 4-H clubs have not lasted this loiig. It’s hard to keep them going,”
McRae has been joined by past and present members of South Brandon 4-H at the Keystone for a special cattle show to mark the club’s birthday.
“The past 50 years have been really good for this club ... there are a lot of great memories,” says Gordon Ferguson, founding member of South Brandon.
Special memories of 4-H come back to each past member celebrating the club’s 50 years.
“The year I won the Grand Champion was my best memory,” says Dana Troke, a former 10-year South Brandon member.
“I got stuck with this roan steer that my brothers didn’t want, so the joke was on them when I won Gland Chanipiun ... I really
rubbed that in.”
John Williamson was a member of South Brandon for six years.
He’s now a leader, with his four children members of South Brandon.
“I volunteered because I wanted to give a little bctek in 4-11 whai ii gave me, :>ay^
“There aren’t a lot of clubs that can say they’ve been around 50 years. A lot has to do with the kids and a lot has to do with the parents keeping it alive.”
His daughter Taralynn now experiences what Williamson did at the same age in 4-H.
“My calf’s mother died, so I bottle fed him everyday,” says IO year-old Taralynn, who admits she’s going to miss her steer once it’s sold.
Doug Allison, a judge at yesterday’s 4-H celebrations for South Brandon, says he doesn’t think 4-H has changed much because it doesn’t need to.
“I think a lot of the same values 4-H teaches are there. The only thing different is the kids get to travel a bit more,” says Allison, now a cattle producer.
“I definitely took a lot of 4-H years with me. Public speaking, interacting with others, respect... and how to treat cattle.”
Ferguson says the only thing really different about the club is the uniforms.
The group started with black pants, a white shirt and bow tie and now wear green t-shirts and jeans.
South Brandon currently boasts 25 members.
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