Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
It's been a Bad Week for...
The Blue Bombers president thought he would call a nice, little media event at the site of the new stadium. Why? Who knows? It couldn't have been to show what great progress is being made on construction. In fact, when Buchko dodged questions, it was left to Rick Grauman of Stuart Olson Construction to reveal that now even a September opening of the stadium is in jeopardy. As reporter Paul Wiecek described it, the whole affair made "the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' off field operation resemble a monkey having relations with a football."
For a party that has democratic in its title, ignoring the demands of its members might not be a good idea. The Manitoba premier was among the party's inner circle that decided not to apply for the $1.25 per vote subsidy that is guaranteed to political parties. Delegates at last weekend's AGM called the decision "shameful," and were "exceedingly pissed off." It may not be open rebellion, but as columnist Dan Lett said: "the weekend shenanigans will do nothing to convince rank-and-file party members that Selinger is worthy of leading this party."
It's been four years since a 2008 forest fire near Grand Rapids accidentally started by Brandon School Division students on an Eco-Odyssey field trip destroyed livelihoods, killed hundreds of animals and cost $4.5 million to put out. Now the school board chairman is having to deal with some media brushfires after education reporter Nick Martin, who burns through mind-numbing school board reports for breakfast, brought the story to light. What's the division going to do about the damage its students caused? "There's no firm plan yet," Sefton said.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 9, 2012 J5