Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Have your say

  • Print

Ternette ahead of his time

Re: 'Provocateur' was name-calling that Nick liked (March 5). I was a fellow student with Nick Ternette at United College in the mid-1960s. It was he who organized the Social Action Movement club.

Send a Letter to the Editor

  • The Free Press welcomes letters from readers

    To send a letter for consideration on our Letters page: Fill out our online form at the link above, or Email, or Fax (204) 697-7412, or Mail Letters to the Editor, 1355 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X 3B6.

Part of the club's mandate was, among many other subjects, to understand problems of Indian-Métis urbanization. He was a man very much ahead of his time, for that problem is still with us.

The club was formed "to stir up at least some students of U.C. in order to realize the social problems facing Manitoba."

Ternette was a true provocateur to the end of his days. He was a man true to his principles. The city has lost a good and principled citizen.




Over the years I came to know Nick Ternette in passing, as we attended many of the same events. The last time I saw him was this past June at the annual peace march, where he and I both volunteered as parade marshals.

He led us in a rousing chant: "What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!"

Even though he admitted to being tired that day, he still had the ability to electrify a crowd and motivate people to work for change and social justice. He was unforgettable.



Giving cats a chance

In the March 5 story Policy on pre-euthanasia calls brings out claws, the Winnipeg Humane Society once again defends its euthanasia policy as a means to address the thousands of cats turned in to the shelter.

Rather, they should be focusing their attention on finding a solution to the cat overpopulation crisis by adopting a proven, successful, self-funding program such as the Ontario SPCA has implemented, the "humane alliance" model.

They offer high-volume, high standard, low-cost spay and neutering. Just like the Calgary model, it works and saves thousands of lives.




Seven or eight years ago, my husband's cousin, who was mentally and physically challenged, was forced to give up his cat. He and his mother lived in a Manitoba Housing unit, and when his mother passed away, he was told that he didn't qualify for the size of place in which they had been living and he was given his notice to leave.

After calling all of the other animal shelters (and being told they were all full), he took his cat to the Winnipeg Humane Society. A week later he took a bus out to the shelter hoping to see his cat. He was told it had been put down two days after it was brought in, due to behavioural problems.




Let us not forget that the homeless-cat crisis is due largely to irresponsible people who allow their pets to breed.

It is compounded by both the Selinger government having voted down "Fluffy's Law," which would have allowed loving owners to keep their companions in their apartments, and the city's decision to rent out the lower level of Animal Services to a bicycle shop instead of setting up a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic.



Giving dogs a chance

Re: Dog politics can be vicious (March 2). As long as dogs are dying on the streets and in shelters for lack of homes, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will continue to remind everyone that Westminster -- and the breeding industry it props up -- directly contribute to the animal homelessness crisis and the suffering that results from it.

Unlike many "no-kill" shelters, PETA never turns away sick and suffering animals, nor does it hoard dogs and cats in cages for the sake of good-looking statistics. When adoptable animals come our way, we send them to high-traffic, open-admission shelters, where they will have the best chance of being adopted.

We focus our efforts on stopping animal homelessness at its source. Since 2001, PETA has spayed and neutered nearly 88,000 animals at little to no cost to their guardians. Our field workers are on the road every day and on call 24/7 to help abused and neglected animals. We've called on governors across the U.S. and even the White House to promote spay-and-neuter legislation, and more.



Norfolk, Va.

Cheap Communist tricks

In his March 5 letter, Cuban socialism beats 'democracy,' Bill Rolls tells us that he's never seen an "obese Cuban or a poorly dressed one." But he neglects to say that he has also never laid eyes on a free citizen of that state.

The benefits Rolls gushes over are those of a tangible, material nature, a cheap trick perpetrated by all Communist regimes to keep the masses happy.

But human beings also require some intangible aspects in their lives to be able to thrive and become fully human, one being the right to express one's opinions.

I find it very ironic that Rolls disparages a country that grants him the right to speak his mind in order to extol a country that doesn't.



Questioning the increase

The recent massive increase in gasoline prices needs to be looked at in a different perspective. First, the price of gas has risen 19 cents per litre over the past six weeks. Second, the price of oil has remained relatively stable over this same time span.

Repairs to refineries cannot be the only excuse for this massive increase. I call it greed.



Responsible reporting

Re: MTYP fires beloved artistic director (March 6). I would like to thank the Free Press for its responsible and respectful reporting of Leslee Silverman's departure from Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

Leslee Silverman took a small, semi-amateur theatre group and turned it into one of the premier children's theatres in Canada. Literally tens of thousands of people of all ages have benefitted from her commitment to excellence, her artistic integrity and her ever-vigilant social consciousness. This should never be ignored or forgotten.



Ignoring the problems

Your March 5 editorial, Logic of corruption universal, makes a very good point. Though Quebec gets singled out, corruption has been uncovered there because of an active investigative media and a willingness to call inquiries.

In provinces with little whistle-blower protection and virtual one-party rule, problems get swept under the carpet. It took years in Manitoba to call the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry, and a Crocus inquiry has never been called.




Your March 5 editorial states: "In Manitoba, the provincial legislative building stands as a monument to political corruption on a grand scale."

True. But we did also get out of it one magnificent monument to political corruption. Say what you will, those crooks back then had great esthetics.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 7, 2013 A15

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Total Body Tune-Up: Farmer's Carry

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / Jan 10  2011 ‚Äì WEB STDUP ‚Äì Frosty morning at -15 degrees C , in pic frost covers the the Nellie McClung statue  on the MB Legislature grounds at 7am
  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Winnipeg Free Press 090528 STAND UP...(Weather) One to oversee the pecking order, a pack of pelican's fishes the eddies under the Red River control structure at Lockport Thursday morning......

View More Gallery Photos


Do you agree with the sale of the Canadian Wheat Board to foreign companies?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google