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Post-traffic mortem

The pre-season Bomber game experience had me so stressed out, but after Thursday night, I'm super impressed. Left the house in North Kildonan and arrived at the gate in 50 minutes. The worst of the traffic was the normal rush hour on Fermor at Highway 59; from there it was clear sailing.

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The downside was that we arrived almost two hours before the game, but the well-appointed Pinnacle lounge had a great buffet and a number of widescreen TVs for entertainment.

Stadium lineups were organized and the flow of fans throughout the stadium was more efficient. Everyone had a smile, as opposed to the growl of complaints from the previous game. Leaving the stadium was a breeze -- traffic was directed by police and their helpers, and we were out of there in less than 10 minutes.

The Bombers played a great game as well. We'll get Montreal next time.




So everything went off without a hitch? At least that's what they want everyone to believe. But I can't help but notice that the majority of media outlets have forsaken one very important group of stakeholders: Neighbourhood residents!

I cannot sit in by backyard because of the noise. I cannot open my windows because of the noise. The stadium lights are left on a majority of the time, lighting up the sky throughout the night (that's called light pollution in my books).

However, I should feel fortunate that neither I nor any of my loved ones is a patient at Victoria Hospital. I wonder how cannons and fireworks after 11 p.m. are going over with patients?

I am also wondering what happened to promises made to block off access to residential streets from the campus? There was not a barricade in sight, and more than 100 cars speed down my street, stereos blasting and fans cheering.

Remember, the stadium moved next to me, not the other way around. A lot more effort to be a good neighbour needs to be made.




When leaving the stadium I witnessed a serious situation that does not foster hope. There were scores of cyclists, in dark clothing, driving in the middle of the road occupied with both vehicles and pedestrians, without any illumination to make night-time cycling safe.

These riders were completely ill-equipped to be riding their bikes on the streets in the dark. Only one or two had lights or rear-flashing LEDs. Many of these moving hazards did not even have rear reflectors, so they were totally invisible to overtaking cars and buses.

This is both dangerous and stupid. It is only a matter of time until we hear of a Bomber fan on his or her bike being struck down by a car.




What a wonderful edifice to add to Winnipeg's growing list of accomplishments. The stadium is magnificent; the traffic was no big deal; and the team looked pretty good.

The citizens of Winnipeg owe a big debt of thanks to Garth Buchko and his team. Winnipeg, you are on a roll.

To all the naysayers, critics, complainers and whiners, I say, "Save the Eaton's building!"



Into the deep end

Re: Sherbrook Pool -- worth every cent (June 24). It would appear the "stakeholders" have already spoken in favour of maintaining the Sherbrook Pool. Why would the City of Winnipeg pay to repeat community-based research that has already been done?

This accessible recreational facility has played an important and historic role in the lives of many Winnipeggers who live nearby and further afield. The pool's central location, warm temperatures and graduated steps (rather than a ladder) make it ideal for young children, older adults, novice swimmers and those with disabilities, in particular.

In addition, the Sherbrook Pool is close enough for those with transportation who find other pools either closed or crowded. For example, the Pan Am Pool is often closed or has limited access year-round due to swimming, diving and water polo meets. As well, it is closed for a least a month a year for maintenance.




It is obvious people are not being logical in their thoughts about the Sherbrook Pool. Sentiment is a no-no when it comes to throwing good money into something that is worthless at this point.

I was born in Winnipeg and have lived here for 87 years. I learned to swim at this pool and realize all the benefits in keeping a pool at that location.

I also know about construction. My family built many important edifices in Winnipeg and they all are still in good shape.

Lissie Rappaport is not thinking logically. Forget what Sam Katz wants. Demolish this building and build a new one that will not keep needing repairs. We will save money in the long run.



Too busy to sing along?

In her June 25 letter, Appalled by behaviour, Cathy Robinson writes of her disgust with those drinking alcohol at the Taylor Swift concert. I'm amazed she saw any of the concert given the time she spent monitoring the behaviour of others in her section and counting the number of drinks they had.

Just because families and little kids were around did not make this a family event, nor was it marketed as one. This was a pop concert where alcohol is served. The fact that two concert-goers drank in excess is really none of her business. They, too, paid to be there.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 29, 2013 A16

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