October 6, 2010

Sam Katz's Caper: Welcome to Point Douglas - by Margaret Ullrich

The political system known as democracy has been known to make strange bedfellows.  Sometimes that's just the way it goes, the way the cards are dealt.  And sometimes the deck is stacked...

Yeah.  You read that right.  

According to the map, we live in Tyndall Park.  Ask anybody.  The area near Burrows and Keewatin is Tyndall Park.  We are just east of Garden Grove and south of Meadows West.  It's a relatively new development and is still growing.  Especially the northern part of Keewatin Street, where we have a few of those new Mc Mansions.

But, according to our politicians, we live in Point Douglas.  Mention Point Douglas to any Winnipegger and he envisions an older area which has seen its share of problems.  The folks living there are trying very hard to reclaim their community and everyone applauds their efforts.  

We live in a riding that's a few blocks wide and about 15 miles long.  It stretches from Point Douglas to the perimeter.

That's a honking long riding.

Our elected representative has to present the needs of folks living quite different lifestyles.  But, hey, they all live in Point Douglas.

Good luck with that.

During the past weeks we've been amazed at the, shall we say 'lack of awareness' our politicians have shown regarding this new garbage system.  It's like they didn't know anything about our streets, back lanes, lifestyle or family sizes. 

Like maybe they never look west of McPhillips.  

Whenever the Leisure Guide comes out, folks around here just toss it.  What's the point of looking through it?  All the activities, all the funds, all the concern, is for the core area.  Well, how bad does it have to get here before we get a lousy exercise class in our neighborhood?

Maybe they never look west of Salter. 

It's always been said that folks vote for the name they know.  Yes, it's familiar.  Yes, it's lazy.  Yes, it's the "Better the devil you know, than the devil you don't" mentality.

Maybe it's time for a change.

Maybe it's time to get to know someone new.

Maybe it's time to vote for a name we don't know, but belongs to someone who knows us.

(Originally posted March 7, 2010)

Have a great day.  How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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