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City of Brandon, Manitoba
The Riverbank Discovery Centre
Nickname(s): The Wheat City
Motto: "Vires Acquirit Eundo"  (Latin)
"She acquires strength through progress"
City of Brandon, Manitoba is located in Manitoba
City of Brandon, Manitoba
Location of Brandon in
Coordinates: 49°54′N 99°57′W / 49.9°N 99.95°W / 49.9; -99.95
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Westman
Incorporated 1882
Government
 - Mayor Dave Burgess
 - MLA Brandon West Rick Borotsik (CON)
 - MLA Brandon East Drew Caldwell (NDP)
 - MP Brandon—Souris Merv Tweed (CON)
Area
 - City 465.16 km2 (176.1 sq mi)
 - Urban 76.89 km2 (29.7 sq mi)
Elevation 409.40 m (1,343.18 ft)
Population (2006)
 - City 41,511
 Density 539.9/km2 (1,398.3/sq mi)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central (CDT) (UTC-5)
Postal code R7A-R7C
Area code(s) 204
Website City of Brandon

Brandon is a city in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. The surrounding area is often referred to as "Westman".

The city started as a major junction on the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Assiniboine River and was then incorporated in 1882. Brandon, the second largest city and service centre in Manitoba after Winnipeg, is a major hub for the surrounding agricultural area. The population of its trading area is between 70,000 and 150,000 people, while the city has a population of over 43,000. Brandon's industry reflects its agricultural history; its major industries are related to agriculture and include fertilizer and hog processing plants, as well as retail and government services for the surrounding area of Westman. Brandon is also home to Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College as well as the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park and CFB Shilo are a relatively short distance (by car) to the southeast of the city. Minnedosa Beach is only half an hour to the North.

Brandon's Army Reserve unit is the 26th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the Canadian warship HMCS Brandon was named after the city.

Contents

Politics

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City Council

Current Mayor

Current Councillors

  • Doug Paterson - Ward # 1 Assiniboine
  • Vince Barletta - Ward # 2 Rosser
  • Murray Blight - Ward #3 Victoria
  • Jeff Harwood - Ward # 4 University
  • James McCrae - Ward # 5 Meadows
  • Garth Rice - Ward # 6 South Centre
  • Ken Fitzpatrick - Ward # 7 Linden Lanes
  • Margo Campbell - Ward # 8 Richmond
  • Errol Black - Ward # 9 Riverview
  • Don Jessiman - Ward # 10 Green Acres

Former Mayors

  • 2002-Present - Dave Burgess
  • 1997-2002 - Reg Atkinson
  • 1989-1997 - Rick Borotsik
  • 1979-1989 - Ken Burgess
  • 1978 - G.D. Box
  • 1975-1977 - Elwood C. Gorrie
  • 1970-1974 - W.K. Wilton
  • 1962-1969 - Stephen A. Magnacca
  • 1958-1961 - James Creighton
  • 1956-1957 - Dr. Stuart Schultz
  • 1952-1955 - James Creighton
  • 1946-1951 - Frank T. Williamson
  • 1944-1945 - L.H. McDorman
  • 1938-1943 - F.H. Young
  • 1934-1937 - H.W. Cater
  • 1932-1933 - E. Fotheringham
  • 1920-1921 - George Dinsdale
  • 1919 - A.R. McDiarmid
  • 1915-1918 - H.W. Cater
  • 1911-1913 - John W. Fleming
  • 1909-1910 - Henry L. Adolph
  • 1907-1908 - Stephen E. Clement
  • 1905-1906 - John W. Fleming
  • 1903-1904 - Robert Hall
  • 1901-1902 - Alexander C. Fraser
  • 1900 - Dr. John McDiarmid
  • 1899 - Alexander C. Fraser
  • 1897-1898 - Exekial Evans
  • 1895-1896 - James A. Smart
  • 1892-1894 - Dr. John McDiarmid
  • 1890-1891 - Andrew Kelly
  • 1888-1889 - Alexander C. Fraser
  • 1885-1886 - James A. Smart
  • 1882-1884 - Thomas Mayne Daly

Provincial Representatives

Brandon West

Brandon East

Federal Representatives

History

Founded in 1882

Education

Public schools in Brandon are governed by the Brandon School Division #40. There are approximately 7200 students, 900 staff, 22 schools and a budget exceeding $50 million[1]. There are three high schools: Vincent Massey High School, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, and École Neelin High School, as well as Neelin High School's Off-Campus learning centre. Brandon is also home to three post-secondary institutions: Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College and Robertson College, as well as the Manitoba Emergency Services College.

Brandon School Division #40 Board of Trustees (2006 - 2010)

  • George Buri (Chairperson)
  • Ramona Coey (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Peter Bartlette
  • Bea Jolly
  • Brian Mayes
  • Jim Murray
  • Linda Ross
  • Marty Snelling
  • Doug Karnes

Brandon School Division #40 Schools (June 2009)

  • Alexander School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~50 Students)
  • Betty Gibson School (Kindergarten to Grade 6, ~200 Students)
  • Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School (Grade 9 to Grade 12, ~1100 Students)
  • Earl Oxford School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~260 Students)
  • George Fitton School (Kindergarten to Grade 5, ~295 Students)
  • Green Acres School (Kindergarten to Grade 6, ~115 Students)
  • Harrison Middle School (Grade 6 to Grade 8, ~200 Students)
  • J.R. Reid School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~230 Students)
  • King George School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~240 Students)
  • Kirkcaldy Heights School (Kindergarten Grade 8, ~371 Students)
  • Linden Lanes School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~310 Students)
  • Meadows School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~450 Students)
  • École Neelin High School (Grade 9 to Grade 12, ~500 Students)
  • École New Era School (Kindergarten to Grade 8 French Immersion, Kindergarten to Grade 4 English, ~600 Students)
  • École O'Kelly School (Kindergarten to Grade 4 French Immersion, Kindergarten to Grade 8 English, ~180 Students)
  • Riverheights School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~350 Students)
  • Riverview School (Kindergarten to Grade 6, ~130 Students)
  • Spring Valley Colony School (Kindergarten to Grade 10, ~18 Students)
  • St. Augustine School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~210 Students)
  • Valleyview School (Kindergarten to Grade 6, ~170 Students)
  • Vincent Massey High School (Grade 9 to Grade 12, ~900 Students)
  • Waverly Park School (Kindergarten to Grade 8, ~350 Students)

Harrison Middle School is currently going through conversion to a French Immersion Milieu school.

Climate

Climate data for Brandon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.3
(47)
15.0
(59)
25.6
(78)
36.0
(97)
38.5
(101)
42.2
(108)
43.3
(110)
41.1
(106)
37.8
(100)
32.5
(91)
22.2
(72)
14.4
(58)
43.3
(110)
Average high °C (°F) -11.9
(11)
-7.5
(19)
-0.5
(31)
10.7
(51)
19.2
(67)
23.5
(74)
25.9
(79)
25.4
(78)
18.8
(66)
11.3
(52)
-0.6
(31)
-9.1
(16)
8.8
(48)
Average low °C (°F) -23.7
(-11)
-19.3
(-3)
-11.7
(11)
-2.7
(27)
4.4
(40)
9.8
(50)
11.9
(53)
10.5
(51)
4.9
(41)
-1.5
(29)
-10.6
(13)
-20.1
(-4)
-4.0
(25)
Record low °C (°F) -46.2
(-51)
-46.7
(-52)
-43.9
(-47)
-27.8
(-18)
-13.9
(7)
-3.9
(25)
0.0
(32)
-3.3
(26)
-11.7
(11)
-26.5
(-16)
-40.6
(-41)
-43.0
(-45)
-46.7
(-52)
Precipitation mm (inches) 19.2
(0.76)
16.0
(0.63)
23.5
(0.93)
29.3
(1.15)
52.6
(2.07)
75.7
(2.98)
72.5
(2.85)
69.2
(2.72)
48.3
(1.9)
28.5
(1.12)
18.6
(0.73)
20.7
(0.81)
474.0
(18.66)
Source: Environment Canada[2] 2009-07-09

Sports

The Westman Communications Group Place, home to many sporting events and the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. In the background is a newly attached hotel by Canad Inns

Local Teams

Past Sporting Events

Leagues

Recreational Facilities

  • Westman Communications Group Place/Keystone Centre (hockey, curling, indoor soccer)
  • Brandon's Community Sportsplex (indoor swimming pool, hockey, racquetball, 400m outdoor track)
  • Andrews Field (baseball)
  • Kinsmen Stadium (football)
  • Turtle Crossing (formerly Curran Park) (softball)
  • Simplot Millennium Park (baseball)
  • Optimist Soccer Park (soccer)
  • Canada Games Soccer Park (soccer)
  • Crocus Plains Field Hockey Pitch (field hockey)
  • Wheat City Curling Club (curling)
  • Riverview Curling Club (curling)
  • Thunderbird Bowl (bowling)
  • John Rielly Rugby Pitch (formerly Canada Games Rugby Pitch) (rugby)
  • Queen Elizabeth Park (baseball, tennis)
  • Rec Centre Golf Course (golf)
  • Deer Ridge Golf Club (golf)
  • Glen Lea Golf Club (golf)
  • Northern Pines Golf Club (golf)
  • Sunnyside Golf & Country Club (golf)
  • Hanbury Hill Toboggan Run (toboggan)
  • Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Plaza (skateboarding) (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Transportation

  • Taxi service is available from numerous local taxi companies.
  • The city of Brandon runs Brandon Transit, which provides daily bus service throughout the city. The system comprises 10 routes that operate only six days a week. (Monday to Saturday)
  • Brandon is serviced by the Brandon Airport, a municipal airport.
  • Brandon has a Greyhound bus station downtown that has daily service to Winnipeg and to other communities in Western Canada.
  • Brandon has a system of walking / bike trails throughout the city.

Tourism

Heritage Sites

  • A.E. McKenzie Co. Ltd Building (30 - 9th Street)
  • A.E. McKenzie Residence (436 Victoria Avenue)
  • Brandon Court House (400 Rideau Street)
  • Brandon Normal School (1129 Queens Avenue)
  • Burchill & Howey Block (908 Rosser Avenue)
  • Casa-Maley Residence (1605 Victoria Avenue)
  • Central Fire Station No. 1 (637 Princess Avenue)
  • Chrest/Fraser Block (1031 Rosser Avenue)
  • Christie Residence (404 - 13th Street)
  • Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
  • Daly House Museum (122 - 18th Street)
  • Display Building 2
  • Former Johnson House (446 - 7th Street)
  • Former Johnston Estate (Doig House) (547 - 13th Street)
  • Former Shillinglaw Residence (302 Russel Street)
  • Former Zink's Food Store (361 - 1st Street)
  • La Plont Block (924 Rosser Avenue)
  • Lorne Terrace (37 Lorne Avenue)
  • Merchants Bank Building (1043 Rosser Avenue)
  • Nurses' Residence
  • Paterson/Matheson House (1039 Louise Avenue)
  • St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral (403 - 13th Street)
  • Stone Fence
  • The Former Brandon Citizen's Science Building (270 - 18th Street)
  • The Original Brandon University Building/Clark Hall Complex (270 - 18th Street)
  • Villa Louise (707 Louise Avenue)
  • Yates Residence (7431 - 16th Street)

Museums

  • 26th Field Regiment 12th Manitoba Dragoons Museum
  • B.J. Hales Museum of Natural History
  • Carousels & Dolls Doll Museum
  • Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
  • Daly House Museum
  • Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame Inc.
  • The RCA Museum/Le Musée de l'ARC

Events and Exhibitions

  • The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is a non-profit organization established in 1872, which is now housed at the city's extensive Keystone Centre complex. It hosts the
    • Royal Manitoba Winter Fair (March)
    • Manitoba Summer Fair (June)
    • Manitoba Livestock Expo (November)
  • AgDays - Canada's largest indoor Agricultural Trade Show and Program, and one of the premier shows of its kind in North America. Held in mid January each year at Brandon's Keystone Centre.
  • Brandon Folk Music and Arts Festival is a weekend event held annually in late July. The festival is held outdoors on the grounds of the Keystone Centre.
  • The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, located at the Brandon Municipal Airport.

Media

Music and the Arts

Brandon at night

Venues

  • Westman Centennial Auditorium
  • Lorne Watson Recital Hall
  • Evans Theatre
  • Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Agencies

  • Mecca Productions
  • 7 Ages
  • Outcast Theatre Company

Events

  • Brandon Festival of the Ars
  • Brandon Jazz Festival
  • Brandon Folk Festival

Past Major Events

Information

  • Brandon hosts the Brandon Festival of the Arts every February and March. This festival is associate with the Manitoba Festival of the Arts, and participants regularly represent Brandon at the provincial level of the festival.
  • Brandon hosts the Brandon Jazz Festival. This non-competitive, education based festival brings in over 3500 participants from schools across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and the Northern USA. The 3-day festival hosts 20+ adjudicators and performers.
  • Brandon hosts an annual Folk Festival. Organized by the Brandon Folk Music and Arts Society, the Brandon Folk Festival takes place every summer 'under the trees' on the Keystone Center. The festival actively pursues local and regional talent. Notable past performers include Big Dave McLean, Murray Evans, Wally Landreth, Crash Test Dummies, Rheostatics, Ben Sures, Hugo Torres, Papa Mambo, Scruj MacDhk, Swing Soniq, The Hummers, The Wyrd Sisters, Bill Bourne, Fred Eaglesmith, Harry Manx, Ellen Mcllwaine, Fred Penner, Wailin' Jennys, D Rangers, Bob Evans, The Plaid Tongued Devils, Burnt, and Tagaq.
  • Brandon regularly hosts numerous musical and non-musical theatre productions every year, including shows by all three high schools (Vincent Massey High School, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, Neelin High School), whom each put on a yearly production.
  • Brandon University School of Music hosts an annual 'Pro Series'. Guest artists from across North America are brought in to Brandon to perform at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. Past performers include Bob Brookmeyer, George Crumb, The Penderecki String Quartet, and Charles Rosen. Numerous student performances and four annual visits from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra fill out the calendar, except in the Summer.
  • The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition takes place each May, rotating between Voice, Piano and Strings events each year.
  • Brandon is fortunate enough to have an active community orchestra as well as a professional string orchestra, The Brandon Chamber Players.
  • "Words Alive" is an annual literary festival held in downtown Brandon. Authors to have participated in this festival include Robert J. Sawyer, Maggie Siggins, Fred Stenson and Corey Redekop.

City Issues

ACC Relocation to Brandon Mental Health Centre (BMHC)

The Brandon Mental Health Centre is a picturesque group of buildings located in the city's north end. Mental health services were moved away from an institutional setting, and into the communities of the patients. The provincial government announced in 2005 that part or all of Assiniboine Community College (ACC) would move to the site.

Public Services Building

Central Fire Station

The city's Fire and Police Services both require new facilities as their main buildings have grown too small for their current uses. Despite public opposition as well as opposition from the Brandon Fire Services, city council has chosen 120 - 19th Street North as the new location for the Fire Services building and 1010 Victoria Avenue as the new location for the Brandon Police Service.

Downtown Revitalization

With most of the city's retail activity having moved to the major Eighteenth Street shopping centres, downtown renewal and the viability of the Business Improvement Area (BIA), a downtown development organization with taxation powers, became a larger concern. The BIA was disbanded in 2006, however, the future of the downtown is still under debate.

Industrial Pollution

There is a significant presence of agri-chemical producers in eastern Brandon, including former Simplot Chemicals, now Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC. As residential land has expanded eastward towards the existing agri-chemical plant in the past thirty years, increasing residential complaints of smells, clouds and dust have been raised. To date, these issues have not been aggressively pursued by civic or provincial workers.

Notable Residents

Gallery

See also

Further Reading

  • MB.ca, Special issue of Manitoba History (October 2007) on history of Brandon

References

External links

Coordinates: 49°50′N 99°57′W / 49.833°N 99.95°W / 49.833; -99.95


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

BRANDON, a city and port of entry of Manitoba, Canada, on the Assiniboine river, and the Canadian Pacific and Canadian Northern railways, situated 132 m. W. of Winnipeg, 1184 ft. above the sea. Pop. (1891) 3778; (1907) 12,51 9. It is in one of the finest agricultural sections and contains a government experimental farm, grain elevators, saw and grist mills. It was first settled in 1881, and incorporated as a city in 1882.


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Simple English

Brandon is a city in Manitoba, Canada. It is the second largest city in Manitoba.



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