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Many Hydro plans before PUB

The editorial Delay the approval of Conawapa (March 24) misses the mark in describing the purpose of the PUB's review and what Manitoba Hydro is proposing. Our electricity load is growing, and we must develop resources to meet it.

The editorial states Hydro is "now highlighting the option of substituting a gas-fired plant for the massive northern dam," as if we have had an epiphany and are changing direction. That is not the case. There are 15 alternate development plans before the PUB, several of which include the Keeyask Generating Station and the 750 MW transmission line to the U.S.; several others involve natural-gas generation and other plans include the Conawapa Generating Station. These plans have been there from the start.

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The editorial suggests the PUB should seek a new, narrower mandate to focus on Hydro's case for Keeyask and the transmission line to the U.S. That is not necessary. The PUB already has the latitude within its mandate to review and make recommendations as they see fit on all elements of our plan.

To be clear, what I have said publicly is we will continue to monitor circumstances and our planning assumptions as the future unfolds and amend our assessment of the options as necessary. Final decisions on whether to proceed with Conawapa construction in 2018 (for a 2026 in service date) will not be made for a number of years. At that time, we will have the benefit of additional information. If our planning assumptions are confirmed, it will continue to make sense to proceed with Conawapa. If they aren't, we will consider the best option available at the time.

SCOTT THOMSON

President and CEO, Manitoba Hydro

 

Negligence aplenty

Re: Pet shop's frozen line might kill it, March 24.

The disturbing part of this story isn't that the city was negligent in fixing shop owner Tanya Morgan's frozen pipes, but that she was negligent in her responsibility to the fish, reptiles and mammals in her care.

How many mice did she have that she was unable to provide them with enough water to survive? How much water is enough to keep them alive? These are rodents, not elephants.

How long did it take to realize the newt and other reptiles were dying? Did it not occur to her to seek help from outside resources? I would have fostered some of the critters myself if necessary, or would have gladly delivered water.

What other measures, if any, did Morgan take to save the animals?

KAREN STOLZ

Winnipeg

 

Putin making few friends

I don't often agree with Stephen Harper, but I find myself in full agreement with him when he proposes excluding Russia from the G8 (G8 on ice in wake of Putin's actions, March 25).

I'd rather my country not sit at the same table with the likes of Vladimir Putin in any discourse -- one simply can't believe anything he says, promises or signs.

His actions are reminiscent of Hitler and his land-grab in the mid-1930s, when he and his German armies invaded Czechoslovakia, ostensibly for the policy of Lebensraum -- the territorial expansion solely for the protection of the people of German extraction.

I fear the same kind of policy will be employed in Eastern Ukraine in the very near future, which Mr. Putin has said he will not invade. I don't believe a word of what he says.

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

 

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I see Moscow has banned MP James Bezan from visiting the Russian Federation (Bezan calls ban a badge of honour, March 25).

That's OK -- he can always come to my place. Unlike the Russians occupying Crimea, I know Bezan is a guest who won't overstay his welcome.

LUBOMYR LUCIUK

Kingston, Ont.

 

Raisa Moroz's article Russian language thrives in Ukraine (March 24) mentions a number of important reasons why the Russian language flourishes in Ukraine, especially in the southeast region.

The spread of that language is based on Russification. And while Moroz's article elaborates and defines that adjective to an extent, it comes up short in the context of the damage done in Ukraine.

In this case, Russification is a form of assimilation that imposed culture and language onto the people of Ukraine for political and linguistic reasons. From 1929 to the early 1990s, Russification was targeted and intensely used to wipe out and dominate Ukrainian language and culture.

During that time, the Soviet system forced intermarriage, moving Ukrainian people out of Ukraine so that the Russian language and culture would root itself and assimilate areas such as Crimea and the industrial district of Donetsk.

Language and culture are key aspects of survival during the Ukraine crisis; Russification threatens Ukraine's sovereignty.

PETER MANASTYRSKY

Winnipeg

 

Ex-PM's blame game laughable

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney accusing Pierre Trudeau and other Liberals of a "colossal deceit and betrayal of the country" is at best laughable (PM blamed Trudeau for accord's failure, March 24).

Along with his Progressive Conservative pals, Mulroney was accused of accepting a $20-million commission kickback for the purchase of aircraft from Airbus on behalf of Air Canada, with some $300,000 traced to Mulroney.

DON HALLIGAN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 26, 2014 A6

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Updated on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:15 AM CDT: adds links

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