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A different view on Toews

Re: 'A closed mind' on the bench?' March 13.

I wanted to present a different point of view regarding Vic Toews' appointment to Manitoba's Court of Queen's Bench than the one put forward recently by Mary Agnes Welch, one shaped by my experience working closely with him as president of the Canadian Police Association.

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While Welch may not agree with the positions taken by Toews regarding right-of-return cases, in each of the cases cited he took a position that put the safety and security of our communities first. As a justice, I believe Toews' convictions will be an asset to the province.

Toews' experience as a provincial and federal minister of justice and attorney general, as well as his work as minister of public safety, certainly qualify him for this appointment. I respect the differences in politics and opinions people may have with him -- in fact, I share some of those differences, as we often disagreed, particularly with respect to the role of unions.

However, I believe it leads to a healthier legal system when multiple viewpoints can be put forward -- particularly when it includes a viewpoint with such strong law-and-order credentials.


President, Canadian Police Association


Western sanctions inconsistent

Re: Russia hit with tough sanctions, March 18.

In 1983, American troops invaded Grenada in order to install a government that was more satisfactory to Washington, using the presence of Cuban engineers building the airport as an excuse. None of the western nations threatening sanctions against Russia because of the Crimea situation criticized this illegal U.S. intervention.

In 1989, the U.S. government invaded Panama, and once again none of the western powers protested.

So why are these western nations imposing severe punishments against Putin for intervening in Crimea when they were silent about similar actions by U.S. troops?




No need for apology

The University of Regina apparently feels a need to apologize for some of their cheerleading team members having a little fun by dressing up as "Indians" (Coach apologizes for team photo, March 17).

If indeed there is a moral imperative that forbids having fun in this way, may I suggest that the university also owes an apology to the identifiable group known as "cowboys."

Any real cowboy wouldn't be caught dead wearing the outfits shown in this photo. Most cowboys, however, really wouldn't give a damn about this sort of fun, and I suspect neither would most Indians.




Sugar fix welcome

Shamona Harnett's article brings good news that has been a long time coming: that the World Health Organization will lower limits for sugar consumption (Slash those sweets, March 17).

Health Canada should follow suit. Canada's Food Guide's vague recommendations should be changed so Canadians know exact sugar, fat and salt measurements in the metric system.

While we're at it, the Canadian Diabetes Association should stop allowing the use of its name on food products, which only confuses diabetics.

Food labels of any kind won't replace common sense. But since we spend a lot of our tax dollars on guidelines, it's time we got value for our money.




Rein in costly stickwork

Re: Jets fall short against leaders, March 18.

There has been lots of talk lately about needless stick penalties taken by the Winnipeg Jets.

A prime example was Evander Kane smashing the stick of a St. Louis Blues player, in front of a referee, and the Blues scoring the winning goal during that penalty.

Hopefully, head coach Paul Maurice can get the message across to the players, especially young Kane, that these foolish penalties can only hurt the Jets.

It's hard to score when you're sitting in the penalty box.




Arts plates lacking

Allan Hutchings may have a point that the proliferation of licence plates isn't pandering to fundraising groups (Plates aren't 'pandering,' Letters, March 18).

My question: Where are the arts groups in all this?

Why can't they get their act together to represent the rich cultural mix of our province, as well as raise much-needed funds?




Lots of freeze, little thaw

Re: Hitting a pothole can cost for years, March 15.

The city politicians repeatedly blame the deplorable condition of our city streets on the repeated freeze-and-thaw situation.

Since this has been one of the coldest winters in history, I can certainly relate to the freeze part of it. However, I'm at a loss as to when the thaw part of this equation occurred.




Local advocate praised

Re: A crusader for Lyme disease awareness, March 18.

Thank you for your lovely tribute to Elizabeth Wood's 25 years of Lyme disease awareness, diagnosis and treatment advocacy in both the province of Manitoba and, more recently, nationwide with her newly founded group the Canadian National Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (CNLADS).

The family has requested donations be sent to Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme in lieu of flowers.


B.C. representative, CNLADS

Abbotsford, B.C.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 19, 2014 A8


Updated on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:52 AM CDT: adds links

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