After visiting many times during the past 38 years from New Zealand and experiencing the harder and somewhat depressed times, it seems Winnipeg has risen out of the ashes to become an absolutely amazing city.
I have visited many times in the past years, as my husband's family is from the city, but over the past three days the impact has been significant. I was visiting our son, who now calls Winnipeg home. We stayed in the fabulous University of Winnipeg hostel, attended amazing fringe festival shows, and ate at wonderful restaurants, where a meal was a great culinary delight and so reasonably priced.
Then, there's the wonderful Winnipeg Art Gallery which I stumbled upon while wandering to the legislative building. The absolute finale was visiting the brand-new Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, where the Arctic comes to Winnipeg and embraces it. To be able to see the polar bears and other animals in such a natural environment is incredible.
Hats off to Winnipeg for the positive growth in the city. I love the place, but up until now have always said I could never live in it because of the winters. After this last year in Calgary, maybe there is room for thought.
Winnipeg, keep growing and becoming the very unique, adventurous city that makes you stand out from the rest. I will be back soon.
Many hats in the ring
Re: How the seven mayoral candidates stack up so far (July 25). The citizens of Winnipeg must congratulate outgoing Mayor Sam Katz for possessing the wisdom not to run for one more term, instead choosing to hang his hat where it belongs -- in the closet of his Arizona residence.
And while many of us say good riddance, we are at the very same time eager to welcome a new person to the mayor's chair.
Whether it will be veteran Judy Wasylycia-Leis, formidable challenger Brian Bowman, Paula Havixbeck or even the lacklustre Gord Steeves is anybody's guess (the rest of the pack, I'm afraid, will be left behind). Regardless, all seven mayoral candidates must be commended for putting their names in the hat.
Let the race begin in earnest. The ball's in the voter's court now.
Broadway shook off the unprecedented embarrassment inflicted by former MLA Bob Wilson; likewise, those on Main Street will do the same post-Sam Katz.
Providing we don't wind up with the same tainted brew in a different barrel, and we might.
A strong front-runner vying for the mayor's chair is a lawyer endorsed by a sports franchise.
It's almost as if a lawyer's "plan B" is to obtain public office. And, of course, the love affair in this town with sports franchises borders on pedestal worship.
Ballparks and hockey arenas can be nice little earners for the entrepreneur; all that's needed to make it so is the doting fan's money.
But should this influence our choice of mayor?
Protecting precious land
Having read the article about Eileen Linklater's leadership of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (Northern band says 'no' to nuclear waste, July 17), I am in total agreement with Anne Lindsey's letter No nuclear neighbours (July 22).
This First Nations vote against nuclear-waste containment is another reminder our water, boreal forest and caribou migrating grounds are more sacred than any nuclear-waste disposal on such precarious and precious Canadian land.
It's crucial Linklater and other keepers of our land and water continue working to stop nuclear waste from being moved on our trains and any transportation routes in Manitoba and Saskatchewan's northern lands.
Beautiful building besmirched
Along Broadway in Winnipeg stands one of the most celebrated pieces of Modernist architecture in the country, formerly known as the Monarch Life Building but most recently associated with the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.
It has recently undergone costly restoration undertaken by people who understand and appreciate its significance, yet has the dubious distinction of being adorned by some of the ugliest signage one could ever wish to encounter outside of a former Soviet military establishment.
I find the disconnect truly mind-boggling. My father designed the building, and was immensely proud of the simple fact it was ever built in the first place, let alone widely heralded throughout the architectural world.
That he's not around to suffer the insult is probably a blessing in disguise, but for the rest of us who have to endure the eyesore, relief can't come soon enough.
Police oversight important
In Trust chief's experience (Letters, July 25), letter-writer Francisco Valenzuela missed Gordon Sinclair Jr.'s point.
Sinclair wrote David Sanders couldn't find anyone at city hall beyond the police chief in charge of police behaviour on the street. That would be an earmark of a police state.
Sanders deserves gratitude for having the tenacity to change the system for the better in bringing about the Winnipeg police board to oversee the police.