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Re: Fare Factors (March 12).
Jen Zoratti did a sociological experiment riding with a friend to various locations in the city to determine if they would be treated differently in the north, west and south ends of the city. She said they received courteous and prompt service. As I read this, I thought to myself, "Of course you would receive more positive behaviour, you’re white." She didn’t mention what nationality her friend was.
The majority, if not all, the negative experiences with city cab drivers were from aboriginal people (mostly aboriginal women). So this was not a valid sociological experiment. There is deep-seated racism toward aboriginal people in the city. And there are cab drivers who are racist toward aboriginal people and therefore take advantage of aboriginal women and sexually assault them because they don’t respect them. Cab drivers are always recent immigrants when I take a cab. And they would respect the white women more and not take advantage of them. So next time Zoratti wants to make a sociological experiment with cab drivers, don’t use white people because it is not valid.
The federal government is giving thought to financing a bankrupt company, Bombardier Aircraft Co. If this does happen and taxpayers’ money is at obvious risk, the government should appoint an experienced financial adviser to be placed on the board of directors of this company six months prior to accepting a possible loan, to be able to gather financial information on the company. If the government still agrees to go ahead, it should be mandatory that it obtains shares in the company at the current price of those shares, similar to what was done with General Motors. With the present high debt the government has, my hard-earned tax money is in serious jeopardy.
Vicious dogs unacceptable
The incident near Grand Beach where five bull mastiff dogs killed the shih tzu has a lot of people outraged (Pack kills small dog, bites owner out for walk, March 15).
If the councillors for a rural municipality or city cannot put a bylaw in place to protect citizens from dangerous harboured animals, then I suggest Tanis Cook, and victims like her, sue the owners of the dangerous animals.
And put the municipality on the deposition to get them to do something.
There is no excuse to allow residents to be terrified by vicious dogs.
Water guidelines needed
Before we get too critical of the disaster in Flint, Mich., let’s note Canada is the only G8 country without legally enforceable drinking-water-quality standards at the national level. At the provincial level, Canada’s patchwork of policies jeopardizes people’s health and compromises clean water for future generations. On any given day, more than 1,000 boil-water advisories are in effect across the country, many in indigenous communities. Close to home, I think the decades-long boil-water advisory at Shoal Lake 40 is a Canadian disgrace.
It’s time for the federal government to implement the right to clean water in Canada by passing an environmental bill of rights that respects, protects and fulfils our right to a healthy environment, including the right to clean water.
Science thwarts ‘God’s will’
Why is it the argument, "We shouldn’t be playing God" is always raised when the discussion is about assisted suicide, but never when we are discussing surgery, first aid, and just about every other medical advancement made in the last 100 years? Physicians thwart "God’s will" every time they perform a transplant, give a vaccination or prescribe antibiotics. Thwarting God’s will is their entire reason for existing.
R. J. de Graff
Time for tolls
Re: Dipping into the rainy day fund misguided (March 19).
The city needs to increase taxes in order to keep up with inflation. The citizens of Winnipeg feel they are already taxed to the max! The city needs to look beyond its borders to the population that flies under the radar. The people living in bedroom communities who commute to the city every day use our services and drive on our roads, and go home every night. I suggest the city should install automatic tolls at all entrances into the city coming and going. Not only will they collect from people living in bedroom communities but also from the affluent who go to their cottages every weekend. If you can afford a cottage, you can afford to pay a toll.
Hydro sets poor example
In Kristin Annable’s article (Hydro taking heat over large contract, March 2) she quotes Manitoba spokesman Bruce Owen’s justification for an untendered $85-million contract as "the best people were in place so we’d be getting the best bang for our buck." How could this be concluded without a request for proposals? Brian Pallister is correct "that government needs to set a proper tone at the top." Pallister is not alone in questioning Manitoba Hydro and the NDP’s accountability.
Former premier Ed Schreyer and Will Tishinski, a former vice-president of Manitoba Hydro, have joined critics of this unchecked spending spree. Both men, now in their 80s, are vocal critics of the current energy strategy. Both command our attention because their own careers shaped Hydro’s growth strategy.
Schreyer was quoted in the Free Press last year, saying: "We can’t recklessly start multibillion-dollar projects that have hopeless revenue-expense ratios and hope this will somehow turn out for the best." Tishinski, during a recent luncheon address to Winnipeggers, provided a brilliant historical synopsis of the escalating costs of Manitoba Hydro’s expansion.
Cut policing costs
Re: Chief Clunis: Police costs ‘not sustainable’ (March 22).
Colour me impressed that Chief Clunis recognizes that there is a problem with the escalating cost of policing!
His ‘realization’ is a bit too late I’d say... after the helicopter and armored vehicle purchases were made.
— J Haier
It’s a lot cheaper to pay cadets and new officers than it is to pay salary and benefits to officers who have been on the job for 30-plus years. Offer incentives to some of those senior officers to retire.
And about those chronic ‘missing persons’ and hours on end spent waiting in ERs. A provincial election is on the horizon, let’s hope one of the parties addresses these issues.— Saint Vital
Binding arbitration for the police has resulted in above cost-of-living wage increases. These salary awards have compounded over 30-plus years into the current high police salaries. Police officers do deserve a good salary for the dangerous and demanding work they perform. It would be interesting to compare a constable’s current salary against what that salary would be if they had only received cost of living increases like the rest of the city employees.