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Foretelling a boondoggle

Jack Granatstein's Nov. 5 column Porky, pricey and late, should be required reading for every Canadian taxpayer. With an admirable economy of words, Granatstein foretells the next incredible boondoggle by the federal government.

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Each time we are victimized we sigh, accept it as just another cause célèbre, and do nothing.

Might this time, given the timely warning, be different?




Jack Granatstein might know the price of ships but he is completely off the mark in terms of what tops everyone's list of national interests.

The security that most people are concerned with is not defence, but jobs, housing and food.



Too much Rob Ford

I am tired of opening the Free Press and seeing huge coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ('I've smoked crack cocaine,' Nov. 6). Who cares?

You can better use your space by reporting on the people who inspire our young up-and-coming leaders who work hard for their causes, without egos or attitudes of entitlements.

Ford has now admitted something the public has known for awhile. His arrogant manner in dealing with the media and his council shows he is in dire need of a makeover, attitude adjustment and serious counselling. Maybe The Marilyn Denis Show or Dr. Phil could help.



Bombers remain unbent

On Saturday, the last Bomber game of the season, I got yet another insight as to what is truly wrong with the organization.

I approached the gate for my requisite pat-down with only minutes left before kick-off. I had just been discharged an hour earlier from the Grace Hospital, after requiring three days of emergency care. However, I wasn't going to miss the last game.

Following my doctor's orders to drink plenty of water, I had my clear water bottle with about a cup of water remaining. I was told I could not bring it in. I thought, no problem, I'll explain my situation.

I showed my hospital wrist band and explained that I had just been released from the hospital and my doctor wanted me to drink plenty of water. But the security agent would not bend. He would not budge. There are no outside food or beverages allowed in! I could not enter with my one cup of water.

It boggles the mind. The Bombers need more than a franchise quarterback. They need an organizational lobotomy.



Sprawl in St. Andrews

Brent Bellamy's Nov. 4 article on urban sprawl, Think like big city neighbours, is timely. In south St. Andrews, 10 kilometres north of Winnipeg, the South St. Andrews Area Secondary Plan comes before municipal council Nov. 12. It proposes both quadrupling the density of single-family residential dwellings (to three houses per acre) and constructing multi-family housing in an area with few commercial services and minimal public transportation.

Current residents are overwhelmingly against residential densification as proposed. As in West St. Paul (West St. Paul to pipe sewage to city, Feb. 20), residential densification will be facilitated using Winnipeg's North End Wastewater Treatment Plant to treat municipal sewage from areas currently served by septic fields. A service-sharing agreement appears imminent between the city, West St. Paul and St. Andrews.

Winnipeg residents and politicians should be concerned their infrastructure is being used to facilitate urban sprawl outside city limits.


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Since neither Naheed Nenshi nor Don Iveson can run for mayor of Winnipeg, I'm wondering whether Brent Bellamy will throw his hat into the ring. At the very least, he should be hired to lead the city planning department.

I realize there are a lot of people in Winnipeg (other than Bellamy) who understand the pitfalls of urban sprawl. Unfortunately, none of them is on city council. The direct costs (not even considering the hidden costs) of continuing to build small towns outside the Perimeter are too great for our tax base to bear.



Wounds need air

I am a retired nurse and nursing educator. With all respect to Shamona Harnett, what she has outlined in her Nov. 4 story, Scraping away at wound-care myths, is not of value to most people with simple skin injuries. Let me qualify that by saying wound care varies with the wound characteristics and the cause and location of the injury.

All simple wounds need to be cleaned properly. Using clean water is sufficient. An antibiotic ointment is never needed unless the injured person has a high risk of infection, or an immune system disorder and cannot mobilize sufficient body resources to prevent an infection from arising. In fact, unnecessary use of antibiotic ointments is one of the causes of antibiotic-resistance in bacteria.

Leave the wound open to air, if possible. The wound is only dressed if it is bleeding or oozing, or if it will catch on things and reopen. Most practitioners use a type of dressing that keeps the wound from leaking, while allowing air to reach it so it dries out quickly. It is not a good idea to allow dampness to form on the wound. This hugely encourages the bacterial infection we're trying to avoid.

Remove the dressing as soon as possible and leave it off. In hospitals, even after major surgery, dressings are removed and left off after the first post-operative day.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 7, 2013 A14

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