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Re: Stores no longer viable: Loblaw (Jan. 29). While we can spend hours debating the merits of whether or not companies like Loblaws or the Bay are actually losing money, I think that the real issue at hand here is the lack of affordable and fresh food for these communities. In the last few months, large grocery stores in the downtown, West End and now the North End have closed.

This means that the impoverished citizens of these neighbourhoods, who often have little or no access to cars to get to these sources of fresh food, will enter into a stage where their general well-being is threatened due to inferior options of nutritious meals. As someone who works and lives in these areas, it is clear that the effect of these closures is going to be disastrous on the less fortunate of our society. It is time for a larger entity, be it public or private sector, to step up here. If that means one of the BIZ associations, in the name of bringing more development to the area, then so be it. I would also argue that the provincial government, in the name of protecting a strong standard of living for its citizens, could also help out here.

As both the city and the province enter their long budget processes, I urge the citizens of Winnipeg to let their elected representatives know that these projects should be a priority. It might even be a bit more important than subsidizing Jets hockey.

Zach Fleisher

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2013 A10

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