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Posted: 04/1/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0


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Thrilled by plan to ban

I am thrilled to read that city council is finally moving forward on the ban of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes (Stage set for exotic animal ban, March 28). The circus coming to town has always been such a sad time for me, knowing that these beautiful wild animals, which belong in their natural habitats, not in chains, are in our city.

MTS Centre officials need to do their homework to see that the notion of circus animals being "well-treated" is profoundly erroneous. It would take them a second on the computer to learn the truth of the kinds of lives animals live when they are captured for commercial purposes. It is time, finally, to bring Winnipeg into this millennium and join other jurisdictions across Canada. City council, the moment the bylaw is put into effect, we will applaud you.



Just one conclusion

Aldo Santin's March 27 story City blogger laughs at suit by Shindleman brothers leaves me with one conclusion to make -- Gordon Warren is a bully. There is no place in our society for bullies or for the many forms bullying can take.

Whether you bully someone because of the colour of their skin, attack them because of their sexual orientation or harass them because of their ethnic background -- as Warren has done to so many people in our Jewish community -- this behaviour is based on hate.


Portage la Prairie

Respected and cost-effective

How does one explain to the younger generation that in 2013 the federal government lost its will to care about fresh water and closed a world-class freshwater research facility that had produced meaningful results that helped resolve water issues in many areas of the world.

There is not a country in the world that would think the closure of the Experimental Lakes Area research facility was a wise choice. In fact, the level of respect for this facility is exceptionally high internationally. It is also cost-effective and produced phenomenal long-term research for about $2 million per year.

The government is aiming for fiscal responsibility, yet the cost to close the project and have the lakes returned to their natural state is projected to be in the $10-million to $50-million range.

I guess I owe the younger generation an apology, because the petition I signed and letters to my MP have fallen on deaf ears and the bottom line is I did not do enough. Our greatest resource will dwindle in quality because of a fear of science and perhaps a wish to allow dangerous environmental practices that create money for some in the short term to be unchecked.



Defining the difference

In his March 23 letter, Scientists support warming, Ken Klassen seems to suggest that global warming and climate change are the same. Not so. Global warming is an irrefutable fact supported by direct observations -- the global temperature has indeed risen by 0.8 degrees Celsius since the mid-19th century, the dawn of the industrial age, and is now rising at 0.15 Celsius per decade.

Such minuscule temperature changes by themselves are not climate change, but they do trigger atmospheric processes which could cause real climate change. That raises the question as to whether particular meteorological events, such as hurricanes, or extreme cold or extreme heat over one year, are caused by global warming. There is no clear-cut answer to that question, either.

However, as pointed out by Klassen, all the prestigious scientific organizations hold the almost unanimous opinion that global warming will lead to climate change. But will that pose "serious risks to current and future generations?" Again, we don't know.



Impressed by Bomber store

My son and I went to check out the new Bomber store recently. We were impressed with its style and space.

Looking out the store's large window that faces the playing field, we were thrilled with what we saw. We are eagerly awaiting the day when we can sit in our new seats and cheer for the Big Blue.



Commandment came later

Bartley Kives's March 26 column, Choosing my religion, is enjoyable. Although not Jewish myself, I have enjoyed several seders at our local church over the years. These seders managed to closely approximate Kives's descriptions, including glasses of kosher wine, although, admittedly, not in very large amounts.

One correction, however. Moses was not prevented from entering the Promised Land because he killed someone in his youth. Prohibition of such behaviour was not handed down to Moses in the Ten Commandments until many years later.

What did result from his not entering the Promised Land was the incident in the wilderness where he lost his temper and showed disrespect for the higher power mentioned by Kives (Numbers 20:12). This was apparently not a good idea, even for Moses.



Intent of bill is clear

In his March 26 column, Bill 18 is perfect example of bad law, Sidney Green writes, "Bill 18 is an attempt by the legislature to impose morality and particular beliefs."

While the proposed bill may or may not require some minor wording amendments, I believe the intent of the legislation is clearly not to impose beliefs on anyone. It is to allow students such as gays and lesbians the assured right to form associations within their school.

Green's protestations against legislated morality ignore the history of much of our present-day laws, particularly the Criminal Code of Canada. These laws were developed and refined over the years from the moral principles of Judaic and Christian faiths.

School administrations should welcome clear direction to assist students who are bullied in any way. Let's hope Bill 18 gives them both the direction and will to protect minorities from oppression within our schools.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2013 A8

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