Social work standards
As a former child protection social worker with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and a current registered social worker with the B.C. College of Social Workers I concur wholeheartedly with your editorial (Require social work standards, Aug. 1) that child protection social workers should be registered members of regulatory bodies. Manitoba, however, is not "the lone holdout in Canada" where registration is concerned. B.C. also continues to escape professional accountability in terms of requiring mandatory registration of its child protection workers.
The situation in B.C. is particularly egregious in that back in November 2008 the Ministry of Children and Family Development enacted and updated the Social Work Act, exempting a number of classifications of social workers from having to be registered under the regulations. This included child protection social workers who are employed by MCFD, the very same ministry in charge of administering the act. If that is not a conflict of interest I don't know what is.
The B.C. College of Social Workers has worked diligently for the past five years to remove some exemptions of public service social workers. By September 2013 all social workers working in the health authorities will be required to become RSWs with the college. The B.C. government continues the exemptions on child protection social workers from being registered. This is to the detriment of the public, the children in its care and custody, and the families who are faced with inconsistent and variable practice, and at its worst serious professional misconduct, incompetence, and bad faith.
The West is a disgrace
I do not understand Canada's, and the West's, attitude toward Palestine and some other Muslim countries. When Saladin won Jerusalem from the Christians, he invited the Jews to return to Jerusalem. During the Middle Ages the majority of Jews lived in Muslim countries until the end of the 19th century; Christendom itself was anti-Jewish.
Jews were forced into money-lending in Christian countries. They could be doctors, civil servants, traders and merchants in Islam, but not in Christian countries. There was no Jewish hatred in Islam like the dehumanizing myths of Jews in Christendom, i.e. cannibalism, etc.
Why won't Israel let the Muslims in the West Bank and Gaza live normal happy lives? Now, the Christian West is prejudiced against Muslims, especially the Palestinians. It is the Christian West that is a disgrace to this world. It has caused more suffering, trouble, heartache, hatred, aggression and devastation than any other influence.
Trudeau shows leadership
Allan Levine's column (Canada's 100-year war on drugs, Aug. 3) was very entertaining and informative. It clearly illustrates the unmitigated failure of the war on drugs and the racist views of the 20th century that were the root cause of Prohibition in this country. Justin Trudeau has shown us leadership on an issue that is difficult to reform.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition supports his call for legalization of marijuana as an important policy that stops the criminalization of adults for non-violent consensual behaviour. Trudeau's call for control and regulation is welcome and is based on the growing evidence of positive medical science, and the fact that adults should be able to make their own choices.
Health choices, whether good or bad, are not sufficient reason to have people arrested and criminalized. Levine suggests Trudeau has taken a risk because the Conservatives will portray him as "rash and out of touch with ordinary law abiding Canadians."
Well, perhaps ordinary law-abiding citizens will recognize that the Harper government follows the failed U.S. policy of drug enforcement and mandatory minimum sentences, which has the highest rate of incarceration in the world and yet has failed to curtail the production and use of drugs in their own country.
Trudeau's call for legalization is a call to take drugs off our streets, to make our streets safer for all, and to do a better job keeping substances away from minors. Those who sell drugs outside the legalized regime will still be subject to prosecution. It is an election issue of public safety, with huge potential economic benefits for all.
William (Bill) VanderGraaf
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Fix Highway 75
As a visitor to your wonderful city I was appalled at the condition of Highway 75 as we came in from the U.S. We travelled from Windsor, Ont., with our trailer and did not experience any road in such terrible condition.
Your government should be ashamed of it. We are not aware of any damages to our vehicle at this time, but the condition of the road made us feel like getting out of the province as fast as possible as the ride reminded us of Saskatchewan roads in the 1940s.
Bravo, Free Press
We recently had guests (former Manitobans) visiting from Calgary. As we are daily subscribers to the Winnipeg Free Press, our guests were also reading the Free Press each morning with us.
My brother-in-law commented that the FP was far superior to their Calgary Herald, which they subscribe to and have done so for the past 40 years.
He said our paper had better coverage of current news events, sports, etc.
We have always thought our paper was excellent and it was nice to hear these comments from an out of province visitor.
Keep up the good work, FP staff.