Angered by crude synonym
I write in disbelief over Gordon Sinclair's June 20 column about the Royal Albert Arms, 'Soap opera out of control' closes bar, in which he writes: "Rybachuk, of course, is no pussy."
This is so sexist, not to mention vulgar, that I cannot believe you printed it. For those who lead sheltered lives, "pussy" is slang for vagina. It is used here as a crude synonym for "woman"; that is, Sinclair is saying, "Rybachuk is no woman."
The Free Press would never print a slang put-down of any race or of gays. Why print this vulgar put-down of women?
Tiger authors own demise
In his June 18 letter, Tiger needs new attitude, David Carey writes that Tiger Woods is "subjecting himself to tremendous inner pressure to win," indicating that he is getting bad advice from those around him.
In fact, Woods is the author of his demise, on and off the course. He has placed inner pressure on those nearest to him -- his wife and children. He has let down his fans with his off-course antics and must take full responsibility for his abhorrent behaviour.
What goes around, comes around. Speaking for many females, I don't feel the least bit sorry for him. In fact, I admit I enjoy watching him reap what he deserves, for all the pain and humiliation he bestowed upon his family.
Issue has local angle
I am co-counsel to the Brian Sinclair family and estate. I have read your June 17 editorial, Pre-charter law cannot be upheld, regarding the recent Supreme Court of British Columbia decision in the case of Dudley v. Canada.
The ability to hold a government entity accountable under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, where it wrongfully deprives a Canadian of the right to life, is an issue that goes beyond the Dudley case. The same question dealt with in the Dudley case -- whether violation of a person's charter rights can be enforced after his or her death -- is currently under consideration by the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench.
Both the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Manitoba government have argued that alleged violations of Sinclair's right to life and other charter rights cannot be enforceable as a result of his death.
It is time for viability
I have read and listened to many people complain about amalgamation of municipalities of less than 1,000. The main complaint seems to be the method of forcing amalgamation rather than the idea itself.
Both sides choose the issues that favour their side. But when the smoke clears, it will be time for all the small villages and rural municipalities to merge into viable economic units. The luxury of spiralling down to non-viable municipalities is over.
It is time, while there is a possibility of re-defining ourselves, to amalgamate and take the strengths of each of us to combine and become players.
Forests part of solution
Gavin Wiens (Enough of the game blame, Letters, June 12) is correct when he states that we are "ready for a politics of what we can do and achieve when we work together" in the effort to revive Lake Winnipeg. What he doesn't note, just like the majority of mainstream media outlets, including the Winnipeg Free Press, is that protecting the boreal forests, the source and filter of the majority of the water entering the lake, is a huge part of the solution to saving our beloved and imperilled water body.
According to an Environment Canada and Manitoba Water Stewardship report, more than 75 per cent of the total inflow of water to Lake Winnipeg comes from the boreal forest, but nearly 70 per cent of nutrient loading is from outside the forest. This is a strong indication of the current ability of the boreal forest to retain nutrients and the importance of this area to the future health of Lake Winnipeg.
Simply put, if land-use decisions and associated activities in the boreal forest result in additional nutrient inputs into the lake, the province's goal of reducing nutrient loading into Lake Winnipeg by 50 per cent will be difficult to achieve.
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society
From smooth to bumpy
I agree with Darryl Gill (Ashamed of city streets, Letters, June 15). I, too, am embarrassed by the condition of our streets and highways.
I recently spent a week driving the highways and streets of several cities and towns in southern Ontario. Compared to those, ours look like they belong in the Third World.
Most of the roads and streets in Ontario were as smooth as glass and their lesser-quality roads were far better than some of our best ones.
While southern Ontario does not have the same temperature extremes that we do, it uses as much salt on the roads in the winter as we do here.
Do they use better concrete in their curbs and asphalt on their roads, or do they just repair their infrastructure more often?
Classic Italian dining
I was back in the 'Peg the other week after fishing at Lake of the Woods, and I spent hours walking and exploring the downtown area.
I was searching for a restaurant where I could watch hockey and hopefully have a quality dining experience.
Where do I go? I stopped, looked to my right and I was there -- the Paradise Restaurant.
My sense of smell had brought me back to one of my faves from the '70s and '80s, with its classic Italian veal and home-made bread.
After agonizing over the menu, I settled on veal scalloppa Siciliana, which I inhaled in a few minutes, trying to remember when or if I had eaten a better dish.
When asked, I stated simply, "That was the best meal I have ever had."
Thanks to Mary for helping me remember the spelling. Sweet dreams of home.