A just verdict
Re: Guilty, jury says after 15 hours (Jan. 30). The Shafia case guilty verdict is a step in the right direction to help eradicate domestic violence. In Muslim countries, female victims of domestic violence get little justice, but men in Canada with primitive mentalities should know that they can't get away with such behaviour, as they will be punished severely.
Muslim families in northern societies should learn from the outcome of the Shafia case and refrain from committing a crime like that. This heinous crime is neither morally, ethically, nor religiously advised.
Sincere thanks to Gloria Johnston and Michael Pollock (Hands off our pensions!, Jan. 28) for speaking out about the latest unacceptable plan to reform our public-pension scheme by raising the old age security qualification age to 67.
There is absolutely no doubt that, first and foremost, before any changes are made to public pensions, there has to be a complete overhaul, with appropriate adjustments made to the obscene amounts currently paid to MPs, civil servants and all others who are draining us dry.
With seniors rapidly growing in number, there is no doubt that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with -- in more areas than one.
Don't wait for another 30 or more siphoners to be added to the already overblown list. Speak out now before it's too late.
The reaction to news reports of Canada Pension Plan reform has been "keep your hands off of my pension." We can ignore the impending crisis for the pension plan or we can address the issue.
Burying our head in the sand and leaving the plan on the road to ruin is a sure recipe for disaster. Rather than support the status quo, why not call for public meetings and a transparent reform of the system?
Re: Delay brings stadium scramble (Jan. 28). The Blue Bombers' plan to play one exhibition game in an unfinished stadium is not practical. The safety of players and fans could be compromised. This could lead to serious legal problems. Also, a long road trip at the start of the regular season could end our Grey Cup hopes. Many teams, including the Manitoba Moose, have moved into new facilities in the middle of a season.
Why are the Bombers so reluctant to use Canad Inns Stadium? Investors Group Field will be the envy of the CFL. As a season-ticket holder, I say the Bombers would be foolish to tarnish the new stadium's opening by trying to use it before it is finished.
With respect to the Jan. 30 article Gay-friendly classroom sign controversial, I would like to point out to those parents who apparently "freaked out" over a teacher answering a student's question about what bisexual means, he was doing his job and the plaque should stay.
If kids are old enough to bully, they are old enough to learn tolerance. All teachers should ensure that their classrooms are both welcoming and a safe place for students commonly marginalized and isolated.
Ban the breeder
Re: Dogs seized from breeder (Jan. 26). According to the Winnipeg Humane Society's Bill McDonald, the owner in this situation "broke every rule in the book." Yet it could take weeks to decide whether or not to lay charges and take permanent seizure of the dogs.
Not only should charges be laid, but this owner should also be held responsible for the costs of housing, examining and treating the dogs. There should be a permanent ban on him or her owning animals. Period.
What was missing from your "How to help" directive was a suggestion to write to the province demanding protection laws that favour animals over their exploiters and asking folks to adopt from shelters. This business of misery is driven by demand.
WSO one of many
I was pleased to read Kevin Rollason's Jan. 28 article about the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Share the Music program (Share the Music makes sure everyone gets chance to hear WSO).
This terrific initiative enables children and adults who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend WSO concerts enjoy them free of charge through donations by audience members and benefactors. As a social services agency that benefits from this program, Marymound has been able to send many young people to concerts, which they have thoroughly enjoyed.
It is important to note, however, that there are other arts organizations in Winnipeg with similar programs. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Rainbow Stage offer groups complimentary tickets to many of their shows, and we are always grateful to receive them. Over the years, countless young people have had their horizons broadened by the quality and variety of arts offerings they have been given the chance to see.
I applaud Greg Vertz for sticking up for his daughter, but his misguided attack (Crying for justice, Letters, Jan. 27) has left me scratching my head. Not only did his daughter use her cellphone to look up an address, but she then proceeded to enter the details into her GPS. All this while in operation of a motor vehicle on roads already occupied by a slew of under-skilled and unknowledgeable drivers. She should have been given two tickets.
There are plenty of parking spaces, parking lots, driveways, etc., where people can pull over and utilize their technology legally.
Vertz should show his daughter what it means to be safe and responsible and teach her the need for attentive driving, so that she may someday pass this on to her own children.
While Manitoba Hydro's president indicates, in his Jan. 24 letter, Let's lower energy use, puzzlement as to why Public Utilities Board members refuse to sign confidentiality contracts with a utility that they are required to regulate, the answer to his query is on page 17 of the board's Order 95/11: "PUB cannot fetter its own discretion to act in the public interest by signing such personal private party agreements."
Manitoba Hydro is also aware that, consistent with other regulators in other jurisdictions, the PUB has a mechanism to receive and review confidential information. It is the same mechanism to which Hydro availed itself to keep information confidential during its most recent general rate application. This matter remains before the courts.
Public Utilities Board