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Accidents will happen

Re: Bounce trampolines, experts advise (Oct. 24). Why single out one injury at one indoor trampoline activity park and present it in such a negative light?

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It is unfortunate there may be injuries that occur at facilities such as these, and perhaps at others that provide an option for our young people to get out and experience some physical activity.

Lighten up on the heavy-handed reporting. This business is one of our newest, most interesting options. It provides the opportunity for fun and physical activity all year long, especially during the long winter months.

BRANDY CUDMORE-MANN

Winnipeg

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Leah broke her arm jumping on the trampoline. Johnny broke his arm using a skateboard. Jane broke her arm riding a bike.

Shall I keep going? And who do I blame? Let's take everything away and place our kids in bubble wrap. I'm sorry, but children get hurt. It's a fact.

RENE COMEAULT

Winnipeg

Always need for trades

Your Oct. 24 story Trades hobbled by bias echoes what I am telling my children. If the passion is there for whatever career they choose, we as parents should be encouraging them to go for it.

We live in a world that is so technically advanced. I find that most youth are geared more toward jobs that require sitting behind a desk and clicking away at keyboards.

However, there will always be a need for tradesmen and skilled labourers to build the desks we sit at, the buildings we work in and live in, and the roofs above our heads.

Expectations on our children are set so high for the so-called better-paying jobs that I find pride comes into play when they are searching for a career. It seems as though they would rather take a job with status and ignore others that we have become biased against.

The pride you feel building something with your own hands, something you can look at each day, is very valuable.

JENNIFER MALCOLM

Ebb and Flow

Bombers losing trust

Re: Bombers hike prices for 2014 (Oct. 23). If I managed a business that delivered nothing of value and then asked my customers to pay more for something that has not been fixed, I would be fired.

I have no faith in the community management of this team. If we had private ownership, it would never stand still and deliver nothing of value for a increased price.

BRIAN BAXTER

Winnipeg

Unemployment the issue

The editorial from the St. John's Telegram, which you reprinted on Oct. 17 under the headline Leashed to never-ending workdays, asks when the pendulum will swing the other way so that overworked Canadians can achieve a healthy work-life balance.

To begin with, this unhealthy situation exists because working Canadians tolerate it; they know that there are plenty of unemployed others willing to take their place.

Officially, there are 1.4 million unemployed Canadians, but that number doesn't include those who are under-employed and those who've got discouraged looking for non-existent jobs.

The shortage of jobs is now so bad that there are at least 100,000 young Canadians working for no pay because they hope this will lead to paid employment.

This situation is the result of Canadian government and Bank of Canada policies to keep unemployment artificially high. It's good for the corporate sector because employers can pay less or nothing at all for labour, but it's not so great for Canadians seeking work in order to live.

The pendulum will swing the other way when a Canadian government wants it to. Until then, the standard of living of 99 per cent of Canadians will continue to fall. This is disgusting when one remembers that this country once had the highest standard of living in the world and no need for food banks.

RAY KATHWAROON

Winnipeg

Correcting climate record

In his Oct. 15 letter, A panic response, Don Hermiston states, "There had been no global warming for 15 years."

He attributes this statement to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They have not made this statement. Indeed, their chart clearly shows the past decade to be the warmest on record.

As well, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA states, "All of the top 10 warmest years in the record have occurred since the last major El Ni±o event, in 1998."

Hermiston also states "CO2 has increased 21/2 times since 1997." The IPCC states, "CO2 concentrations have increased by 40 per cent since pre-industrial times."

People who haven't done their research might be influenced by the false statements and especially by the false quotations offered by Hermiston. The data used in our decision making must be accurate if we are to make rational decisions on this important topic.

LLOYD THOMAS

East Selkirk

Membership is open

Your Oct. 11 story Old club may rise again in city contains comments about the Women's Canadian Club of Winnipeg that need to be corrected.

The Women's Canadian Club of Winnipeg has more than 100 members, not "around 50" as stated.

Both men and women are welcome to join, or attend as guests, which has been done for many years.

ELAINE SAUNDERS

Women's Canadian Club of Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 26, 2013 A16

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