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Frozen-pipe problems

The city's executive policy committee's deliberate delay in reimbursing property owners for frozen pipes provides an interesting dilemma for the mayor and councillors (Tiff over fee to thaw pipes, March 20).

The mayor and EPC state that they want a report that will provide them with all the facts and figures to determine the financial effect before making a decision regarding reimbursement.

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The due diligence implied on this issue makes me wonder why the same kind of due diligence wasn't applied to the purchase and renovation of the Public Safety Building as well as to the fire-hall fiascos.




I can't believe Mayor Sam Katz has to request a report on whether or not to reimburse property owners who had their pipes thawed prior to Feb. 28 (Tiff over fee to thaw pipes, March 20).

First it was the brown water, then the plowing, then people's pipes freezing.

I wonder if they would have problems being reimbursed or would have to wait a month to get their pipes thawed if any of this was happening to them or their families.




I've heard some Major League Baseball teams are struggling to thaw their fields for opening day. Could they be having challenges with frozen pipes underneath the playing surface?

Our mayor should use his extensive baseball contacts to find out if MLB has any ideas, personnel or equipment to help Winnipeg solve its frozen-pipe crisis.




New candidate a natural

Re: New life in mayoral election, March 21.

If a politician is someone who seeks or holds public office and is more concerned about winning favour or retaining power than about maintaining principles, it looks like we already have a winner in the mayoral race.

Mike Vogiatzakis says people don't want a politician -- something our current mayor has always denied being -- and he has a surefire way to cure the pothole problem.

So we have a seeker of a public office who is not a politician, and who will try to win the votes of people sick and tired of potholes.

As a bonus, he's a person already found to be dishonest, having filed false statements to Manitoba Public Insurance.

What more could we ask for? What ever happened to integrity, honesty, public service and a real caring for the well-being of others?




Diplomatic double standard

Stephen Harper's government has responded to the current political situation in Crimea by insisting that international law has been violated by Vladimir Putin's government in its military actions (Canada introduces more sanctions, March 19).

This would be the same law the State of Israel has violated for decades in its occupation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Harper government's response to the Russian military occupation of Crimea has been to vehemently condemn the Russian actions in public, to recall the Canadian ambassador to Russia and to call for international political and economic sanctions on the Russian state.

The Harper government's response to the Israeli military and municipal occupation of Palestinian territories has been to continue to provide economic and military aid to Israel, and to have the prime minister and the foreign affairs minister lead a large delegation to the area in an attempt to ingratiate themselves with the Israeli parliament and assorted business and social organizations.

This blatant political hypocrisy is not lost on the rest of the world.




When in Rome

Re: Tory money man resigns, March 19.

Said Roman philosopher Cicero, in 55 BC:

The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.

Evidently we haven't learned anything over the past 2,068 years.


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Plowing costly, needless

The other night the snowplows came to Whyte Ridge to exercise their irritating annual spring ritual of pushing the melting snow off residential streets. Invariably, the operators pushed snow across driveways that homeowners had laboured to shovel clean.

Again and again the snowplow drivers needlessly blocked driveways, so that many of us had to shovel a clearance to gain street access in the morning before work.

In addition, snow-clearing vehicles trespassed on private property, driving up private driveways while choosing to cross boulevard boundaries to push snow onto residential yards.

It all seemed an exercise in absurdity, a comedy of errors and a needless waste of taxpayer money for a city hard-pressed for cash. Our spring melt is obviously well underway, and no one was having problems navigating our residential streets before the plows appeared.




Enriching Manitoba

In his letter, Dale Guy expressed my exact thoughts regarding arts-related licence plates (Arts plates lacking, Letters, March 19).

Sports make our city and province an exciting and vibrant place to live -- as do the performing arts.

I leave the visual expressions of music, theatre, and dance to the designers. If a slogan is needed, I propose "Enriching Manitoba."



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 24, 2014 0

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