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History preserved on Main
It will be really cool if all three buildings get fixed up, restored and fully occupied -- and all without a dime from any level of government. That's how it is supposed to work and I can't wait to see the result. They really are neat-looking buildings.
There are three surface lots on Main alone within spitting distance of the Fortune Block. A $35-million proposal should be strong enough to be able to find a more suitable site. My belief is that the hotel proposal was just a decoy to get the old buildings demolished and a surface parking lot built in its place.
There is no hard cash on the table -- bulldoze these relics and embrace new investment, new build, which is hard cash. The Pollard bid is pie in the sky.
-- James T. Kirk
Old, yes. Beautiful, definitely not! No amount of money can make a silk purse out of this sow's ear.
-- Giblets n' Gravy
@Giblets I disagree. I think they are good-looking buildings. It's just the street level that needs to be worked on to give them a nicer appearance.
If council wants to preserve Winnipeg's heritage, then why did they approve the new glass and steel eyesore for 98 Market Avenue in the Exchange District? Not only is it grossly incompatible with the existing heritage buildings, it's going to make a lousy backdrop to any movies filmed here.
-- Giblets n' Gravy
Federal transfers fall
So Manitoba receives 3.2 per cent less, per capita, in transfers from the federal government now compared with 10 years ago. This completely contradicts the propaganda of Brian Pallister and his followers. According to their negativism, Manitoba is becoming more dependent.
In fact, Manitoba is becoming more self-reliant, and unlike the only other provinces to see per-capita drops in transfers (Saskatchewan and Newfoundland), we did not rely upon oil.
Is Manitoba really going to elect a socially conservative austerity-monger whose negativism about this province is contradicted by reality?
Sorry, Spence, I simply cannot believe that a drop in transfer payments indicates that we are becoming less dependent on those transfer payments while we have such an enormous debt and deficit.
The only thing this does is give Selinger an easy out. He can brag that we do not need as much money from the feds while ignoring his incredible failures and our debt. Or, if he wants to blame lack of revenues for some failure of something, he can blame the Feds for that.