Risks will be reduced
Contrary to Dan Lett's Nov. 14 column, No chance for lessons learned, improvements in the education of health professionals, in the available support and accessibility within the mental health care system and a better-informed community support system in Winnipeg need not come only from a judicial inquest nor from a request by the medical examiner to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba to "investigate."
It is possible that a well-intentioned judicial inquest could get those results in a drawn-out procedure. But that must be weighed against the potential risks to the healing process of the victims' family.
There are many other ways to ensure the likelihood of a repeat of this tragedy can be lessened within our community.
Do not assume that because of this official decision there aren't concerned Winnipeggers working in a concerted community-based effort to create the best supports against a repeat incident.
Since July, more than one group of volunteers has been working to answer the same questions Lett asks in his column. Essentially, was the ball dropped somewhere in this process? If so, what needs to be fixed?
The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, for one, has already increased the activities of its postpartum depression committee with the activation of its PPD Warmline. The works of the association and other volunteer groups include a renewed public awareness campaign, improved accessibility to community-based peer support groups for both mothers and families and educational seminars geared to the front-line pediatricians, family practitioners, public health providers and midwives.
Time to spend on Winkler
Re: Highway 75 on the road to flood-free (Nov. 14). The provincial NDP needs to include in its plans upgrades to Highway 32 running through Winkler. By now, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton will have had a chance to read a lot of the comments he received in the petition from the citizens of Winkler and surrounding area.
The NDP has ignored Winkler for over 10 years now. It is time to spend some of the big tax dollars they are drawing out of this area on a highway that is in poor condition and has safety issues. Highway 32 may not lead to a casino, but it leads to a border crossing.
That is a great picture of Premier Greg Selinger and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton standing in front of a sign spelling out the NDP mantra, "Steady growth, good jobs."
I suggest, however, that the NDP mantra, to be completely accurate, needs to be expanded to include the addition of "high taxes and huge debt."
Maybe James McAllister from Ajax should keep his road-building ideas to himself (Bypassing Morris, Letters, Nov. 13). The west side is by far the best route.
And while I'm at it, I do hope this time around the politicians and their pals let the professionals do the designing and building. No shortcuts, please.
Area lacking vision
Re: Not buying mall plan (Nov.13). As a lifelong resident of North Kildonan, I have seen many changes over the last 40 years. The latest is Arrowwood Plaza and the 24-hour Tim Hortons on the corner of Headmaster and Lagimodiere, as well as the gigantic four-level, two-building condo development to be built behind my property.
The area has no clear vision for the future. Coun. Jeff Browaty is concerned only about whether the city will get its share of taxes from the mall development, not about traffic concerns.
More cookie-cutter condominiums and housing impart a cheapness to the area. A vibrant big-box mall development will provide much-needed jobs and more useful businesses to an area that is already lacking in decent business development.
Cultures working together
I want to thank the Free Press for publishing one article in French every Saturday. Despite a recent angry letter to the editor, the inclusion of French in your paper has shown that the two cultures can reach out and work together.
And while the idea to publish it in French only is a good one, the Nov. 9 article, Le bilinguisme cìur, should be translated and republished. It is a great story of a unilingual young anglophone's journey to the French language and culture.
It is truly a story of bilingualism and the heart. It's what can happen when we do not fear or hate another culture but are open to its gifts.
Clairvoyance in action
Re: Little church truly middle of the road (Nov. 12). On Nov. 11 we returned from a weekend in Grand Forks with our grandchildren.
Travelling home on Highway 75, we again noticed the little church near Morris, and I said to my wife, "Now that would be a fitting subject for Bill Redekop's column. We must stop there some time in the future."
What a surprise to see Redekop's well-researched and illustrated article in the Free Press the following day.
'Man is born a jester'
Although it is 30 years since I saw Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, Falstaff, I was so struck by Rob Ford's gesture and expression in the photograph accompanying the Nov. 14 article Document reveals more allegations that I commented to my wife, "What a Falstaff he would make!"
The analogy is even more appropriate when one takes into consideration that the opera ends with Falstaff leading the cast and chorus in a gigantic fugue, complex enough in its contrapuntal structure to be worthy of Johann Sebastian Bach, but it is the words that are most poignantly apt:
"Everything in the world is a joke. Man is born a jester."
Recently, indeed, it appears that at all levels of government in Canada, everything in the world is a joke. Unfortunately, the joke is always at the expense of the voters.
Good for the surplus, too
Re: Trudeau warns kids about pot; MacKay objects (Nov. 15). I agree completely with Peter MacKay. We should never discuss cannabis or drugs with school-aged children.
Clearly it's time for the Conservatives to shut down their DARE program.