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PUB takes a stand

Re: MPI's lack of disclosure sign of bigger issue? (Aug. 25). Good for the Public Utilities Board -- it's about time they start flexing their regulatory muscle. MPI needs a sharp wake-up call, as they're having a hard time distinguishing between ratepayers and taxpayers. News for Guimond: They are both the same, and he needs to start running MPI as a crown utility and not his private, for-profit corporation.

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When the PUB asks for information they feel is relevant to a requested rate increase affecting Manitobans, MPI needs to produce the answers immediately, or turn down the rate increase. Otherwise, the PUB will have lost its viability.

Get tough, PUB. Other utilities are watching.

-- Stingsilda

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PUB needs to question MPI spending money on advertising. They already have 100 per cent of the market share. Same goes for sponsorship/advertising at Jets and Bomber game venues. Why?

-- Chaoscontrol

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MPI is a monopoly and government agency with no competition in the automobile-insurance sector in Manitoba. There is no one to benefit from revealing information about operations.

What are they trying to hide?

-- 23734452

Fielding backs Steeves

Re: Fielding endorses Steeves for mayor (Aug. 25). [Scott] Fielding thinks that this will make a difference? [Gord] Steeves thinks that this will make a difference?

Neither of them have any clout; this is just a soggy photo shoot. It sure doesn't get me rushing to vote for either of them.

-- 22080928

City's future gems

Re: The not-so-wild West (Aug. 25). Winnipeg is a jewel for architecture, especially for a city its size. One of the reasons why the Exchange District is so special is that other city centres leveled historic buildings to make way for new skyscrapers, while our city hit its economic decline. At the time, nobody cared for the old buildings as much as the desire to have something shiny and new.

I predict that Winnipeg will get another jewel in its crown for a large collection of modernist, cubist architecture in a few decades. People tend not to appreciate something until it becomes rare.

I say this in the hopes that people might retain some morsel of appreciation and care for our concrete and limestone monoliths across the city. They do have aesthetic properties -- maybe if we don't see them in our time, future generations will appreciate them.

-- Aaron3

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 26, 2014 A8

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