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It's one of those days where all the sticks that were dumped out on the floor this morning are starting to form patterns. Go figure - there are days when all I can see is a pile of sticks. Today, however, when I perused my favorite Manitoba political blogs, it was all about government and environmental policy. In no particular order......Blogging supersite Policy Frog has taken the current debate on whether to control the use of plastic grocery bags to a new level with this post. I'll one-up the Frog by suggesting the city take it's $15,000 public relations budget and buy a whack of reusable grocery bags and hand them out free one day each quarter at city buildings. It wouldn't be that much different a program to make heavily subsidized backyard composters available. The city sold them at a deep discount at locations around the city each spring for a couple of years. If the Frog is right about the unit cost, that 15K could buy a lot of resuable bags. Plus, you know how Winnipeggers love free stuff.*****Blogger Jim Cotton, who is now PITT, makes a fantastic observation here on what he believes is the wrongheadedness of the province's hybrid car rebate. Cotton is joined by Hacks and Wonks who points out here how Science and Technology Minister Jim Rondeau got so carried away trying to pump up the province's modest hybrid car rebate program, his rhetoric was showing.*****This one actually has nothing to do with the environment, but I wanted to note it nonetheless. Blogger R.U. Serious is much better than I am at posting YouTube videos on his blog. (I'll blame it on our crappy freeware, which is actually true) but in a post earlier this week, he included this fantastic spoof that had me rolling in the aisles for several minutes. With two brothers in sales of one form or another, this is going to make for some very funny chatter @ the next family reunion.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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