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Councillor Corner - Ward 3, Brian Duval

Posted: December 16, 2020

Councillor Corner
Ward 3 - Brian Duval

As the year draws to a close we will look back on 2020 as unusual and challenging to say the least. At this time the Covid pandemic continues on seemingly unabated, causing fears, anxieties, disruptions, varying rules of social behaviours and activities, et-cetera.

The situation is unprecedented. There was the so called Spanish flu of 1918-19 (my paternal grand- mother was a victim), but the advancements in medicine and communications over the past 100 years makes comparisons mute. We must thank our medical professionals and political leaders, for they are entrusted with a level of responsibility that is not the envy of anyone. Criticisms on what could have been done, should have been done or is planned must be given second thought before being voiced.

While the current news on the vaccine development front is certainly encouraging, we must avoid relaxing our guard prematurely. A vaccine is successful only once it’s approved, distributed, and inoculated.

On that note I commend our Chief Administrative Officer and staff for their organizing a pandemic response team and plan for the RM. This is no small task as it involves details for safety equipment and protocol, personnel schedules, adjusting to the ever changing rules set forth by the Province, organizing and establishing procedures for virtual communications and meetings, and the list can go on.

On a different subject, some of you, particularly our residents on the east side of the Floodway, may be wondering on the status of the Highway #59 bridge over the Floodway. The bridge was damaged a few years ago by an over-height truck striking the underside while on the entrance ramp at the east end. Given the age and general condition of the structure the Province decided to forego repairs in favour of replacement. This also provides the opportunity to improve and modernize the overall traffic design of the general area.

Construction is expected to start imminently. The basic design is twin spans, each carrying two lanes of traffic. Further details and illustrations are available on the Province’s website : https:// www.gov.mb.ca/mit/wms/ structures/design.html.  I’m sure you will find it interesting.

In closing, even though circumstances are much different this year, we can look forward to a much more promising 2021. With that, I wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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