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Give police a chance

Police Chief Devon Clunis has been in charge for only a year, but we can read about the results of his new approach to confronting the serious problem of violent crime in our city (Stopping crime 21 blocks at a time, Nov. 7).

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The present federal government thinks that building more jails is the solution. Let us show our support for Clunis's initiatives in co-ordination with provincial and municipal officials.

The community is the base for all social change. Let us give him the chance to continue developing his programs.



Museum for scab-picking

Re: Still plenty of time left to pass judgment (Nov. 5). The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a misnomer; it's more of a museum for showing who did what to whom.

That's why the Armenians, the Ukrainians, the Jews, the Tutsis, etc., have their knickers in a knot if the atrocities committed against them do not receive top billing.

This statement is not intended to diminish the atrocities, but the displays in the CMHR are more likely to lead to the "picking of scabs" instead of reconciliation. Since some of my ancestors were persecuted by Spanish Roman Catholics in the late 1500s, should I, therefore, demand there be a section dealing with the Spanish Inquisition? Since I came close to starvation during the "hunger winter" of 1944-45, thanks to the Nazis, should I demand a section dealing with their atrocities?

I suggest a better approach is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. As a Christian, I am compelled to forgive and I bear no grudge to the Germans or the Austrians, even though the memory of the occupation is seared in my memory. And, oh, please tell your columnist Dan Lett that making sure visitors understand all sides of each conflict is the museum's "principal" job, not "principle."



Improving CPP makes sense

In their Nov. 5 column, Caution needed in plan to expand CP, Fraser Institute members Sean Speer and Charles Lammam claim it would be harmful to improve the Canada Pension Plan. They would prefer Canadians use RRSPs and other products offered by the financial-services industry. That industry charges among the highest management fees in the world, more than two per cent on average, which skims off 40 per cent of your savings over a lifetime.

Why would the Fraser Institute continue to push this alternative? Among those who support an improved CPP are: David Dodge, former governor of the Bank of Canada; Don Drummond, former chief economist for TD Bank; and Jim Leech, head of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.


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All businesses, small and large, should embrace enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan.

It's not only good social policy, it's good economic policy. That's because businesses need consumers, and consumers need income. An enhanced CPP will provide just that. An enhanced CPP means Canadians will have stable incomes in retirement, which means sales and income for Canadian businesses.

More than that, though, today's workers would be able to be more confident of their economic futures.




Inquiry offers insight

What planet is Dr. Elizabeth Senderewich living on (Enough with Sinclair inquiry, Letters, Nov. 2)? The sad fact is Canada's health-care system ranks in the bottom half when compared to peer countries, and Manitoba is near the bottom in Canada.

The Sinclair inquiry is important in that it gives the people of Manitoba and Canada an insight into the problems facing patients in our hospital emergency rooms. No one should ever have to endure the horrible but preventable fatal ordeal inflicted on Brian Sinclair.

There are other sad stories to be told concerning some of Winnipeg's ERs. Errors are always a possibility in any profession, health care not withstanding. However, incompetence and negligence are never permissible or defendable. Stop blaming the victim.



Knowing what's good

Re: Dictating eco-solutions (Letters, Nov. 4). I, for one, am very glad there are those like Gordon Fritzsche who are willing and able to unburden the unwashed masses from making all those plodding democratic decisions.

Fortunately, he knows what is good for us all and apparently he would have no problem instituting whatever draconian policies are necessary (like China's one-child policy) to ensure we have the same privileges as those lucky folks living in totalitarian utopias like North Korea, Syria and China (where the air is so clear). It would be laughable if he wasn't serious.



Schreyer changes with times

In her Nov. 1 letter, Reviews already underway, Rosann Wowchuk, former NDP minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, goes back 40 years to find an argument against the Bipole III coalition's public call for a review of Hydro's risky expansion plans. In doing so, she quotes then finance minister Ed Schreyer as cautioning against delay.

But the economic and energy environments were entirely different 40 years ago. I wonder if she is aware of Schreyer's current views on Hydro's expansion plan as expressed in remarks made to the Bipole III coalition.

Is Wowchuk aware he refers to inflation in the cost of generating hydroelectricity as "alarming" and, searching for a rationale as to how Hydro's expansion will be paid for, he states there is no evidence electricity export prices are rising, or likely to rise, in the next decade?

About horizontal drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas, he states, "It would be foolish to spend billions here based on export speculation."

Is Wowchuk aware Schreyer has described the west-side routing of Bipole III as "breathtaking in its wrong-headed disregard for reality," "lacking in merit and in plausibility" and a "waste of public-sector dollars"? He speaks of the Clean Environment Commission's review of Bipole III as "an unconscionable piece of nonsense" and describes the "baton-wielding conductors" of the review as "no doubt literate" but "scarcely numerate."



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 12, 2013 A12

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