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Police priorities misplaced

Re: Police raids on head shops deflate Wild Planet owner, Feb. 7.

I wonder about the so-called police shortage in this city when we see the tremendous waste of police resources used in attacking legitimate businesses like Wild Planet.

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Has all of the real crime in Winnipeg been cleaned up? Is there so little for police to do that they must manufacture crimes against business owners?

Perhaps further cutbacks to the police service are needed.




Smudging student has options

Compromises very rarely cannot be struck. In the case of student Stephen Bunn, a slight change to the order of his morning ablutions may suffice to solve the smudging/scent-free school policy impasse he (and perhaps other aboriginal students) may still have with the Brandon School District (Student told not to smudge before school, Feb. 7).

If Bunn were to consider showering and changing clothes after his home smudging ceremony, having already packed the burnt sage in plastic for his later attention, neither his cultural observance nor other students' olfactory sensitivities would be compromised. The school day could then proceed without incident.




A unified home ec program

As a professional home economist, I winced when I saw Nick Martin's article The wreck of home ec (Feb. 1).

University of Manitoba president David Barnard wants fewer faculties, with a strong, high-profile medicine program under the banner of the faculty of health sciences.

In the proposals given serious consideration toward this move, no existing faculty has been dismantled -- except human ecology. All other proposals bring existing faculties together in a new cluster.

Clustering this smaller faculty with another faculty would likely result in administrative savings over the long term. In a larger cluster with more human and financial support from the university, even more research funding could be garnered and the educational courses promoted.

There are two dramatically opposing viewpoints: those who think of the faculty of human ecology as a unique, much-needed asset, and those who think home economists aren't competitive or valued in today's workplace.

An integrated, holistic program of food preparation and development, nutrition education and therapy, financial management, consumerism and family social science as well as clothing care and construction should be retained as a unit, not pieced up and distributed across other professional educational programs.


Past president, Manitoba Association of Home Economists



Election bill lacks teeth

Re: Election bill helps Tories exclusively, Feb. 7.

With Stephen Harper stripping Elections Canada of most of their investigative powers, he has shown Canadians that he has more in common with Vladimir Putin than just an overpriced haircut.




Fix city's riverbanks

While I support the Festival du Voyageur 100 per cent, I'm disappointed money is being taken from the riverbank stabilization fund for its annual river trail program (Cash for river trails, Feb. 4).

I remember reading about plans to connect Kildonan and Assiniboine parks with a river walk back in the 1990s. As recently as last year, it was announced the city was looking for funding to beautify our riverbanks.

I realize $40,000 is a small drop in the bucket when compared to the millions required to repair the considerable length of crumbling, weed-infested riverbanks, but it represents a step backwards in attaining what city council keeps telling us they want to achieve.




Remembering Phoenix Sinclair

While anyone involved in the injustice done to Phoenix Sinclair has to be held accountable, the past can't be undone -- it's now time to move on (Front line failed her: report, Feb. 1).

Let's remember her by honouring her short life in a positive way -- by naming a daycare centre or children's playground after her. We do it all the time for sports figures and others who have contributed to the good of Winnipeg -- now let's remember this dear little girl.

In this way her name can leave a lasting legacy.




Melnick misled legislature

Deveryn Ross states that many people, including some in the NDP, believe that Christine Melnick was "punished for telling the truth" (Glory days fading for NDP, Feb. 6).

I don't think so. Rather, the ombudsman's report and her own subsequent admission clearly show she misled the Manitoba legislature.




Getting around downtown

I live downtown and, needless to say, walk to most places I need to go.

I just want to say thank you to the crews clearing the sidewalks in this area. In my view, they are doing a great job.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 10, 2014 0

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