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Green spaces important

I have really enjoyed the Free Press series on lesser-known Winnipeg parks (Treasured oasis on Assiniboine, July 28).

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Hopefully, the Free Press can do an article on Happyland Park, at the corner of Archibald Street and Marion Street. Although small, this park contains a disc golf course, a play structure, two swimming pools and a skateboard park.

As part of the city's plan to ease traffic at Archibald and Marion, they have proposed putting a lane of traffic right through Happyland Park, thus reducing its already small size, directly affecting the amenities listed and creating a real danger for the children in the neighbourhood, as Happyland is the only park serving the Archwood community.

Evan Murray

Winnipeg

 

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So Gord Steeves believes we should sell the golf courses (Golf courses out, road repairs in: Steeves, July 26).

Apparently, he believes there is such a thing as too much nature in Winnipeg.

At one time, Steeves was opposed to selling the golf courses. Of course, that was before an upcoming mayoral election when he needed some political fodder of some sort to fuel his campaign.

I agree infrastructure problems need to be resolved. However, it's disappointing he's decided the best way to try to get elected is to dispose of valuable city assets.

I am certain there are people who will vote for Steeves simply because they share his tunnel vision of city issues. I can't support anyone who refuses to see all sides of a problem before pushing through some inane action regardless of the consequences.

Bob Laventure

Winnipeg

 

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I'm 91 years old, but long before I was born, men of vision laid out, for all of us and all who came after them, a heritage of tremendous value to every citizen of Winnipeg and the tens of thousands of others who have, from time to time, enjoyed the beauty of our two great luxurious parks, Assiniboine and Kildonan.

Those two park areas, if properly maintained (as they certainly seem to be), will continue to be the envy of visitors from other cities and towns. We are indeed fortunate to still be able to enjoy those large park areas.

Ian Thomson

Winnipeg

 

Trustee requirements explained

Eligibility requirements for nomination as a school-trustee candidate in Manitoba are more extensive than outlined in the article Second young candidate for school board seat (July 29).

Moreover, these requirements are not established by the Manitoba School Boards Association as suggested in the article, but rather defined in provincial legislation -- specifically, in the Public Schools Act 22(1)(2)(3).

A link to this legislation is available on the City of Winnipeg and the Manitoba School Boards Association websites.

Carolyn Duhamel

Executive director, Manitoba School Boards Association

 

More kudos for sports pages

I commend the Free Press for the July 28 Sports section.

The coverage of the Tour de France was excellent, though it would have been wonderful to see an inset photo of Canadian cyclist Christian Meier in a lone-man breakaway on the Champs-âlysées in Paris.

It was a treat to see the women's cycle race, the La Course de La Tour, get some coverage as well, with third-place honours won by Winnipegger Leah Kirchmann.

I also enjoyed seeing the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix given great coverage, and the Commonwealth Games coverage added a nice bit of spice.

It's pleasant to see sports other than football, hockey and baseball given some prominence.

Tony Rhodes-Marriott

Steinbach

 

One big watershed

I understand the concern Scott Forbes expresses about nutrients being dumped into Lake Manitoba through the Assiniboine River diversion at Portage la Prairie (Hypocrisy on water diversion, July 29).

However, Lake Manitoba and the Assiniboine River are not in different watersheds as he indicated. Both Lake Manitoba and the Assiniboine River drain into Lake Winnipeg and eventually into Hudson Bay. They are all in the same watershed.

Edward Gatey

Niverville

 

Forks towers intrusive

Winnipeg as a "city of compassion and human rights education," as described in Shawn Tester's article A little compassion for Forks lands (July 26), is a vision I believe would be enthusiastically embraced by just about everybody.

While the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights will no doubt do a fine job of educating people on the abuses perpetrated by various governments and institutions upon vulnerable minorities, it could become so much more if enveloped in a setting of botanical splendour.

It would take imagination and political will for such a beautiful vision to become reality, but Winnipeg is uniquely positioned to fulfil such a laudable role.

Meanwhile, the Forks Renewal Corp. plans to build six massive residential towers on what is the last of our precious public land.

Not long ago, the public rejected the idea of a water park for this area. Do the proponents of this plan really think citizens will happily accept a plan that is even more intrusive and offensive to the public spirit of our beloved Forks?

Jules Legal

Winnipeg

 

Drones to your doorstep

Re: Mailbox sites anger residents (July 25). Reading about homeowners' anger over mailbox sites, it occurred to me Canada Post could save money and keep everyone happy.

Take a page from Amazon's book and employ drones to deliver mail directly to residential addresses.

Michael Dowling

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 31, 2014 A10

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