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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 28, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A6 June OPINION 121st Year 158 OUR VIEW Bidding process should be open It doesnt take a degree in public administration to know that an open tendering process is the best way to spend significant amounts of public Contractors in the city are with good the fact Brandon University would agree to a management contract worth nearly without an open We must also remem ber that the management contract was for a lion building What were con cerned about are publicly funded says Jack general manager of the Construction Association of Rural It should be an trans parent He is He is absolutely The like any other taxsupported insti has an obligation to guard the public inter est at all The best way to do that is to operate in an open and competitive We need a businesslike approach not a hiringhall There must be a clear policy to follow in these Direction must come from the Property taxpayers in Brandon have already been bitten by the provinces offloading bug that unfairly penalizes them for having a university in this They especially need to see the money being spent with care in institutions like Brandon An open tendering process creates checks and balances in a system and encourages bidders to keep their pencils Common sense alone should make that point clear in the halls of campus if anyone wants to suggest that we need not worry because this is being built with provincial dollars from they should forget that notion right Provincial dollars are taxpayer dol We are all taxpayers in one way or Scott univer sity also notes the optics will be a problem in this communi The university raises million annually The optics are not going to help fundraisers in I know theyre going to suffer in their fundrais says Economic develop ment consultants have already noted that there is a problem with perceived secrecy and favouritism in the awarding of public contracts They too have recom mended a more transparent But this is more about doing things the right way than it is about An open tendering process creates checks and balances in a system and encourages bidders to keep their pencils Common sense alone should make that point dear in the halls of campus It is time for all government depart ments and public institutions in this city to get with the Commit to a competitive and transparent bidding LOOKING BACK Brandon adds to pot for Garrison project SIXTY YEARS AGO The United States in final assessment of the Midway victory early this recorded the sinking of 10 Japanese Fearing an uprising in the event of an allied invasion of the the German government has been attempt ing to set up new and stable govern ments in the Netherlands and but has been rebuffed by King Leopold of the Belgians and by Netherlands FIFTY YEARS AGO The constituency of Souris in the federal riding will be amalgamated with Brandon The directors and manage ment of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba are pleased to extend a most cordial welcome to the First Manitoba Trade one of the principal attrac tions at the Provincial In more than 80 showrooms you can see what the Keystone province has to offer Canada and the FORTY YEARS AGO The Highway Traffic and Coordina tion Board recently recommended that the speed limit on the TransCanada Highway near Brandon be raised from 30 to 45 miles per Lincoln a fancy fouryear old that has never lost on a Manitoba track and never finished out of the money in its was the highlight in Virden today as Virden opened its two day meet on the Manitoba Harness Racing THIRTY YEARS AGO United States planes hit North Vietnams biggest hospital yesterday causing serious They also bombed or dropped rockets on populat ed President Richard Nixon announced today plans for a twomQnth withdraw al of United States troops from South Vietnam and directed that only drafted men who volunteer be sent there in the Brandons newest motor the million 100room Red Oak Inn on Victoria was officially inaugu rated Former Manitoba premier Duff president of Canadian Pacific Investments the parent company of CP Hotels which will oper ate the inn on a longterm called the occasion an historic Currently playing in Brandon at the Swedish Fly Girls at Green Acres Summer of 42 and The Wild Bunch at the Lucky Star Midnight Cowboy and The Christine Jorgensen TWENTY YEARS AGO Prince Charles and his wife Diana have named their infant son William Arthur Philip Buckingham Palace announced The sec ond in line to the throne behind his will be known as Prince William of Brandon will pitch in toward a committees efforts to help the Garrison Water Diversion TEN YEARS AGO A helicopter owned by Edgeworth helicopters from dropped in at Barneys Motel in Brandon and stayed for a few days to wait out the weather conditions on its intended route in the The machine was to be used in fighting forest fires and res cue Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Souris River in Souris Victoria Park to watch men and women of all ages make their way upstream on home made rafts at the Souris River Raft The undisputed champion was the Prairie Gold From the files of The Brandon Planting dazzling of flowers can NATIONAL VIEWPOINT Our jhistory has a lesson for leaders at G8 meeting BY CHANTAL HUBERT For The Sun CALGARY Steering G8 colleagues through a dis cussion on their collective role in the future of Prime Minister Jean Chretien could do worse than walk them through a few pages of Canadian He could tell his fellow leaders about Quebecs annual June 24 On Monday Montrealers gathered in a city park to celebrate the Quebec version of Canada Not a fist or a flag was raised in Despite the huge crowds for both the concert and Sundays the number of incidents requiring police intervention ended up being counted on less than the fingers of two It was not always A few decades Canada might have been hardpressed to host an international summit in late June without treating the world media to the spectacle of violent From one SaintJeanBaptiste Day to the politically inspired bombings were regular The violence culminated in 1970 with the kidnapping of a British the assassination of Quebec minister Pierre Laporte and the dispatching to Montreal of armed troops and These such memories seem to belong to a Canada that is almost hard to imagine for those who were not around at the And Canadas brush with internal terrorism took place over the course of the current prime ministers political Canadas status as a successstory on the front of domestic terrorism has never been more relevant than in the On a small it goes some way to show that when it comes to rooting out investing in social justice and allowing local democracy to take its course will achieve longerlasting results than state repression and preimposed election If the culture of terrorism was nipped in the bud in it was not because of the performance of security forces or the dictates of the federal Without policies designed to ensure that being born a fran cophone in Canada was no longer an economic handicap and a source of alienation from the mainstream of national without democratic institutions resilient enough to channel the energy for even radical unto the political chances are Quebecs June 24 celebration would still stand as a signpost of evergrowing violent By promoting an Africa action plan as aggressively as he is this Chretien is very much offering a contribution based on values that have served this country well at some of the darker moments of its In so Canada is also attempting to branch out of the socalled war on terrorism in ways that go beyond those encompassed since 11 by what has become known as the Bush The Africa for involves choosing to invest mas sively in democratic progress rather than in rewarding law andorder It implies given a choice between prodding African nations to keep terrorists out or helping them craft societies within which the very notion of terrorism is unlikely to the latter should be the clear preference of the industrialized Part of the rationale of the Africa action plan is that it would primarily be geared to countries that are striving to achieve From an antiterrorism that may not even be the straightest line from point A to point Bluntly it is just as if not to exact repressive action against any activity that even remotely smacks of terrorism from authoritarian regimes that have little time for the niceties of civil liberties than from In the media fish bowl that is the Calgary G8 media cen there has emerged a yardstick according to which Chretiens performance here is to be measured by his capacity to prevent issues such as the Middle East from looming large over his Africa That is like saying one should choose between extinguish ing an existing blaze and taking steps to prevent an imminent Chretien does need to push the G8 foot into the African door while there is still a modest In Europe as well as in there is plenty of evidence of a strong 11 selfprotective streak that would have industrialized democracies wall themselves But without decisive action on the front of economic and democratic progress in Africa and those in will only have to be built higher at rising cost to the pros perous societies that live within them and at the expense of their own social In any no wall will ever be high enough to keep out The Canadian experience is that weeding out terrorism by seeding its breeding ground with good strong grass rather than with by spraying it with pesticides makes for a healthier polit ical That is a message well worth Chantal Hebert is a national affairs writer LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Community improves park Congratulations to all the community members who helped turn some unsightly lots into a beautiful memo rial to those who have many hours of hard work have gone into the Foxwarren Memory which has gravel paths lined with cement stones inscribed with the names of departed loved ones special plots for the War Vets and service groups and a white and blue garden in memory of the tragedy of 2001 made by the Foxwarren School The flower beds along the paths have more than 80 dozen petunias as well as perennials donated by those wishing to remember their loved Along the walk are bird a lighted trees and a guest Thanks again to those involved for your hard work in turn ing an eyesore into a thing of beauty a beautiful addition to our small BEVWOTTON Foxwarren Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwalte 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 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 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