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ELA support not universal

I'd like to commend all involved who saved the Experimental Lakes Area (Putting the pieces back together, April 3).

This success is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of community members who understand the need for this type of research.

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Unfortunately, we can't say the same for certain Conservative MPs in Manitoba who didn't stand up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the first place to save the ELA. I hope we all remember this in October 2015, and question why they did not defend this invaluable research area.

Best of luck to Matt McCandless and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and congratulations to all involved in saving the ELA.




Health care common sense

While I'm not a health-care professional or expert, I like to think I have a good deal of common sense (Rigid rules for hospital pickups, April 2).

Why should a taxi driver, who may or may not have medical training, assume the risk for a patient's well-being?

You don't send a patient home who is not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. If elderly or at-risk patients are to be discharged, a phone call to family members to alert them to this would be a commendable course of action.

If a doctor clears an elderly person for discharge and the patient needs assistance from the transporting persons), the facility discharging that patient should ensure a medically qualified person accompanies them home and ensures they are safe prior to leaving.

The WRHA shouldn't be wasting taxpayer money by travelling to the U.S. to study their discharge procedures. The solution is here in Manitoba.

Common sense tells me if the leadership or management aren't willing to make changes, perhaps it's time for a change in the WRHA's leadership and management.




Doling out justice

Re: Couple barred from games (April 2).

Perhaps Hockey Winnipeg should be in the courtrooms of Manitoba sentencing criminals, in place of our liberal, "most learned" judges.




IGF deal sweet and sour

In his article Stadium a sweet deal (April 3), Paul Wiecek misses the point.

There may be a cache of Winnipeggers who don't want any money spent on privately owned/run buildings. I'm not in that group.

I'm in the larger group that wonders who was in charge of building the stadium. I don't care whether it was $207 million, $210 million or more. I care that it was a year late, way over budget and improperly built.

Why not just say at the start: Investors Group Field won't be open until (blank). It's going to cost us (blank) at the least and (blank) at the most.

Designers have to take into account that enclosed press boxes and insulated plumbing are important in Manitoba.

I'm worried the $3-million injections are going to keep coming. Talk about Hamilton and Saskatchewan all you want -- I want to see whether their buildings are built on time, reasonably within budget and built properly.




While the stadium is perhaps indeed a sweet deal, the comparables of this monument of futility shouldn't be those of stadiums in Regina and Hamilton, but rather the costs of our city's crumbling infrastructure.




Stop driving in storms

I'm in awe at how many people will chance it and take their children on a road trip when there are winter storm warnings (Manitobans hit ditch in N.D. whiteout, April 1).

Georgina Maxfield, as well as Pat and Frank Weber, chose to put their children and grandchildren in harm's way instead of waiting for the weather to clear.

In January, a family was forever changed with the loss of a mother and daughter while travelling to North Dakota during a bad storm (Trip to U.S. fatal for Winnipeg family, Jan. 3).

Such a tragedy.




Plenty of rhetoric on Russia

Re: NATO mulling options on Russia: Baird (April 2).

"If you want peace, you prepare for war" -- A quote attributed to Vegetius but probably of much older Greek origin.

Mr. Baird complained, "it's unacceptable that in 2014 one man in the Kremlin can try to rewrite the boundaries of Europe."

That's exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin has done: he has rewritten the boundaries of Europe, and there's a good chance he hasn't finished his masterpiece yet.

NATO needs to put military equipment in Ukraine, the Baltic republics, Poland, Moldova and Georgia.

U.S. President Barack Obama's rhetoric is just hot air to Putin. Of the two leaders, Putin understands talk is cheap. You can't reason with a thug.




Last week our prime minister, while in Europe, vigorously denounced the Russian-Crimean referendum as being undemocratic. The PM got that right.

However, back in Canada, the government's Fair Elections Act was being soundly denounced as being procedurally flawed and democratically biased by former chief electoral officers, Canada's experts in these matters.

Where does Stephen Harper really stand on fair and democratic elections? Is he a truly committed democrat, or a divide-and-conquer, game-playing politician?

The picture doesn't seem all that clear -- or maybe it is.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2014 A8


Updated on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM CDT: adds links

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