Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Thursday, July 4, 2002Opinion
121st Year — No. 163
Casino rules must change
The time has come for Premier Gary Doer to give the old casino-gambling wheel of fortune another spin.
Manitoba needs to review its outdated, out-of-touch and — in some cases — downright prissy approach to the gaming business.
Its just not working very well.
No doubt the problems stem from the fact that the government wants to play the game on both sides of the table and still come out a winner.
First, Doer and friends must decide whether or not they really want to be in the gambling business.
If they accept the reality of gambling then they ought to get with the times.
In Brandon we hear concerns about provincial requirements that urban reserves must be associated with a native-run casino development.
Surprisingly those concerns come from the aboriginal community as well as the city.
“Abolish it,” says Sioux Valley councillor Ken McKay. “I wish it wasn’t part of the whole agreement.”
Rather than making things easier, the urban reserve requirement is making it more difficult for aboriginals to establish a casino.
It fuels misconceptions and brings delays, says McKay.
It is time for the Doer government to listen and act in this area, making it easier for the players.
Of course, the province has also hit the jackpot by violating its own rules in another area, no doubt deeply offending every member of the anti-fun league in the process.
A recent newspaper ad has caused a flap in the Legislature because it shows a man and a woman smiling and gambling at a Video Lottery Terminal.
Having fun. Imagine that!
“Why do you pass guidelines like that if you’re going to allow advertising that depicts Manitobans gambling,” asks Tory critic Len Derkach. “I think it’s hypocritical.”
When it comes to gambling, hypocrisy is generally a key ingredient in government policy.
Governments may not like the naughty behavior but they do like the revenue that goes along with the behaviour.
Lotteries Minister Diane McGifford has admitted the error of her department’s ways and the offensive ad which “violates our principals” has been removed.
But consider the mixed-up message that effort sends to the outside world.
People can’t be seen to be having fun gambling in Manitoba.
Well, if it is not meant to be a fun pastime, then it must be serious business for gamblers. And if it is serious business then one can deduce that the Manitoba government really wants to treat customers like a bunch of unhappy losers involved in unsavory games that are hidden behind closed doors.
Can that be the image Doer’s people really want to project?
When The Sun recently asked the premier about changes, he responded: “Let me look at that.”
Bingo! Let’s examine the issues and make things happen.
Angus steer wins top spot in annual 4-H competitionSIXTY YEARS AGO
The grandstand production of “On to Victory” thrilled patrons last night on the final day of the Provincial Exhibition.
Straight heat victories for Hollyrood Belwin, of J. Weiner’s stable at Pilot Mound and Viola Scott out of Minnesota, closed off the harness races at the Provincial Exhibition yesterday afternoon.FIFTY YEARS AGO
Tallulah D, veteran of many show rings and twice grand champion at the Toronto Royal won another grand championship for her owner SE. Bennett of Deloraine yesterday when female sections were judged in the Percheron class at the Provincial Exhibition.
The Manitoba Trade Fair, held for the first time this year in conjunction with the Provincial Exhibition, will be broadened into a Western Canadian trade fair in the future, Alex McPhail announced this morning.
Winner of the six horse team class yesterday at the Provincial Exhibition was the entry of George W. Smith, of Carberry Smith’s entries won both the four and six-horse team classes, winning over five other entries in the latter section.
Newcomer Jimmy Gray, making his first start in actual competition drove to a sensational win at the Provincial Exhibition in the feature 15-lap event offered by the Brandon Stock Car Club. Jack Lelonde, one of the club’s top drivers, crashed through the fence and piled into a tree. He was rushed to hospital and his condition reported good today.FORTY YEARS AGO
After six months’ delay, city council unanimously agreed last night to hire a candidate for the position of city manager. The man appointed is Melvin Shelley, city engineer from Moose Jaw.
Scores of citizens and visitors lined
downtown Rosser Avenue this morning to take part in the fun and hijinks, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in connection with the Provincial Exhibition. After a pancake breakfast the June Taylor dancers were escorted to the middle of the street for some w'estern dancing and a bit of the twist
Helen Arnold of Sours showed her Aberdeen Angus steer to top spot :r. the regional 4-H beef calf clubs ;:orr:pet;.r:er. at the Provincial Exhibition yesteri<:;. Meanwhile David Loner, o: re .rape City 4-H Beef Calf Club won re Hereford was awarded the Lac att trophy for the reserve championTHIRTY YEARS AGO
Barbara Senchuk, a Grade ll student at Neelin high school has been awarded a trip to United Nations headquarters in New York as part of the 23rd annual Odd Fellows UN pilgrimage for youth.
Although construction on the new Assiniboine Hospital has been going on for quite some time now, the first official sod turning of the new complex took place yesterday when Mayor Wilton climbed aboard a bull-dozer and gave it the throttle.TWENTY YEARS AGO
Al Loveridge, director of Assiniboine Community College, will be half way around the world next September as an education consultant for the Seychelles Islands, located 1,450 miles off East Africa’s coast.TEN YEARS AGO
As Canadian infantry stood guard yesterday, military planes flew relief supplies into Sarajevo during the busiest day at the airport since the city was engulfed in civil war.
A Saskatchewan farmer obsessed with Anne Murray was sentenced to four months in jail for breaching a probation order that he not contact the singer.
From the files of 7he Brandon Sun.
Here’s a current wish list: lf I had the time and if I had the talent and if I had a publisher, I would like to write a book. The name I have in mind is: Democrat to Autocrat; the Conversion of Izzy Asper.
I know something about this fellow.
Yetys ago, when I was a regular visitor to “the Ledge,” I saw him in action as a Winnipeg MLA.
He was articulate, informed and powerful in debate.
As he was representing his constituents at the time I assume he was a democrat — i.e., one who believes in government directed by a whole people.
Let me digress for a paragraph: If you want to dis-cuss Izzy with me, please put the name of Russell Mills out of the way. By reputation he is a decent fellow and a good journalist, but he is not the key character in this story. He is, rather, the catalyst whose firing precipitated the waves of discontent that are washing over Izzy and his empire.
As he built that empire, Izzy became separated from the people.
He now assumes that, god-like, he shall be the sole source of public opinion.
There is no other interpretation of his speech in January in which he said that his major newspapers would speak with a single voice on national and international issues.
The consequence of this is a deliberate stifling of new ideas and new opinions.
Opinions are the meat and dnnk of democracy.
Izzy’s new motto is: When I want your opinion, I’ll tell you what to sav!
Democracy is best served by a free exchange of ideas and opinions.
No one ever said this better than John Milton when he wrote Areopagitca.
“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely, according to my conscience, above all other liberties.”
One of my father’s favourite expressions was that the whole truth is found halfway between the hammer and the anvil.
Keep Milton’s phrase in mind, “to argue freely.” This is what you are prohibited from doing if you are a journalist in Izzy’s employ.
Not only will you pnnt the editorials he sends you, but you are prohibited from contradicting them.
All of which brings me to my point: it is clearly unacceptable when the man who controls the majority of Canadian editorial departments buries them under a blanket of silence.
Biggest puzzle of all is why he persists with this policy.
He is in debt to the extent of $4 billion.
In a year his stock has sunk to $8-plus change from a previous $22.
As I see it, he is engaged in a monstrous self-damaging project, from which I see no benefits.
As he does so, he silences countless sources of what we need most of all: good ideas and fresh opinions.
It has always interested me that the Brits call editorials “leaders.”
It is the function of a leader to lead public opinion by offering the readers informed opinion.
In Canada, one man wants to be the major source.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Clark trustworthy leader
Joe Clark plans to continue as leader of the PC party — at least voters will have one trustworthy and expenenced leader in federal politics.
While the PCs have a strong leader, the challenge will be to recruit candidates who will raise the bar of elected public service.
The current Liberal government is crushing public respect for our MPs with a steady stream of scandal and amateurish infighting. This has to harm prospects for recruiting quality candidates.
Canadians have demonstrated that they will not support a radical political party; despite the fear mongering of Mr. Jean
Chretien and Mr. Paul Martin in our last election.
So, in my view, it is left to Canada’s other centrist party, the PCs, to recruit and show us candidates worthy of our support, despite the tainted image of elected office.
The public and business have been doing their part in generating growth and opportunity.
We deserve political representatives that will support us rather than using tax dollars as a slush fund for their business and personal friends.
ANDREW C. LANE
Composting has support
As a 30-year believer in composting I’d like to offer a humble opinion and support for your project. Most people who own land have a shortage of time and manpower so there is always the danger of making the process sound too complicated and time consuming and like rocket science.
I shudder when I see the huge amount of grass and leaves that get dumped in the local disposal site every spring and fall.
We have 15-foot pieces of stucco wire, fastened in a circle with sweet peas planted around to disguise, and beautify — four at present.
Since turning is not an option we concentrate on layering and proper input to do the job.
We get grass and leaves from three yards as well as an assortment of kitchen waste from the local hospital — coffee grounds and eggshells, etc.
Fresh cut — free along the roadsides — alfalfa, or hi* nitrate fertilizer will keep the reaction going as long as ti moisture levels are adequate.
Each spring we open one or two, scatter on our 4,00 square-foot garden and let the worms finish the job.
Caution, never, never, never, introduce night crawlers i dew worms to your compost because they will migrate ar destroy your lawn and all others on your block.
Calgary has strict rules about hauling topsoil from ti north side of the Bow River to the south but unfortunately ti worms have spread anyway. The chemicals required to elm nate the worms will also eliminate all the robins in the area: prevention is the only way to go.
We’ll be watching your success over the year so good luc
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