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Hearing test crucial
Re: Hearing program for infants launched (Aug. 17)
As a certified reading clinician and learning specialist, I strongly support Manitoba’s new universal newborn hearing screening program. Through my life’s work, I have too frequently come across children who have been missed for some reason.
Now-retired Progressive Conservative MLA Leanne Rowat’s sustained efforts to have the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act passed is sincerely appreciated. The $3 million the province has invested into this program will pay off in spades.
A reader ripostes
Re: Gold-medal morning (Letters, Aug. 13)
Gord McRae missed the whole point of the fascinating, historic and Olympic sport of fencing... that is, to strategize on how to defeat the opponent, using various tactics and techniques to attack, and avoid being hit during swordplay.
It might have been a bit too early in the morning for him to do some Internet research on "how to watch fencing." One needs to know and appreciate the rules of the game, as the touches by the sword are faster than the blink of the eye. This is why points are scored electronically, very Star Wars-like.
I challenge him to take a stab at fencing (preferably with his clothes on, or — ouch! — without, as he suggested) during our open house on Sept. 10 (1 to 4 p.m.), at the North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair St. It will give his mind a much-needed workout, too, as every bout is like a battle of wits and a game of athletic chess on your feet. En garde!
We are proud that, for its size, Manitoba boasts the highest proportion of fencers on Canada’s national high performance team than any other province, world-champion contenders, and we are fortunate to have the renowned fencing master Ayach Bounachada based in Winnipeg.
Monika G. Feist, President
Manitoba Fencing Association
Not lovin’ it
I walked into a McDonald’s today. Once inside, I was immediately greeted by two hyper employees in white dress shirts and official-looking black pants. They almost physically tried to usher me over to their new digital ordering stations off to the side, but since those stations creep me out, I insisted on the human employee behind the counter.
After I sat down to eat, a sad revelation came over me. Those snazzy McDonald’s greeters were training us customers to transition our traditional fast-food ordering process from person-to-person to person-to-screen. Those (human) employees were personally making it possible for McDonald’s Inc. to move on from human employees as soon as humanly possible. They were, essentially, ushering in their own demise.
Today I saw the future. And suddenly, I wasn’t so hungry anymore.
East St. Paul
PM must be present
In the aftermath of the killing of IS sympathizer Aaron Driver, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale reassures all Canadians that all national security agencies are guarding the safety of all from terrorist attacks, even though it was the FBI that alerted them of a potential attack.
On Aug. 16, on behalf of the Canadian government, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett "delivered a national apology for the forced exodus of the Sayisi Dene people in… 1956 " attempting to right an "attempt at forced genocide."
Conspicuously missing from these major press conferences was our selfie-loving, bare-chested leader, who thought it more important to be on holidays and then wade through crowds in Bridgetown, N.S., announcing millions for infrastructure and taking pictures, signing autographs and kissing babies.
A true national leader must address issues of national importance immediately, not days after the event.
Apology not enough
Re: Ottawa formally apologizes for mass relocation of Dene people (Aug. 16)
It makes me cry to read about the apology from our government concerning the forced relocation of the Sayisi Dene. I cry because "sorry" is not enough. Aboriginal people should be the richest people in Canada. It’s sad that most people do not know or do not understand their history.
Some just don’t care. It seems that all they care about is that when their own parents came to Canada, they got land. Cheap. They thrived and succeeded but closed their eyes and ears when it came to what happened to the First Nations people and their land.
The government did the same thing, and they finally admitted they were wrong in every aspect. They destroyed anything that got in the way, including human beings, to get immigrants to come to Canada. The caribou story was a lie! The only reason these immigrants wanted Churchill was because it was a port.
Sorry? Don’t be sorry, Carolyn Bennett; do something to help these people get back what was once theirs and help them get through this tragedy. You and every other "Canadian" owe the First Nations people, big time.
Government’s role with Hydro
Re: Gov’t proposes new bill to improve oversight of Crown corporations (Aug. 15)
The new government has signalled its desire to pursue a "hands off" approach with Crown corporations, preferring to let them run their own affairs. We understand and applaud the government’s goal of not interfering with the corporation’s operations. Indeed, it was precisely this kind of interference that forced the current routing of Bipole III, and needlessly imposed additional billions of dollars of tax burden on Manitobans.
However, we do not believe that an absolute "hands off" attitude is appropriate either, and recent comments cause us great concern.
Manitoba Hydro has vast expertise in technical areas related to power generation, transmission and distribution. It is in those technical areas that government should rightly distance itself.
However, this Crown corporation is more than just an amalgamation of technical skills and expertise. It is an entity designed to take a resource that belongs to all Manitobans, and to manage it in a way that serves the best interests and welfare of all citizens. This goes beyond the purely technical, and touches much larger issues such as fairness, equity, and social justice.
These in turn impact the quality of life of Manitobans and the economic prosperity of our province. And while governments do well to let technical experts make decisions that rely on their particular skills, this government must not ignore its responsibility towards the broader interests of all Manitobans.
IBEW Local 2034
Flood subsidy dropped
Re: Province pulls basement flooding subsidy from city, puts program in peril (Aug. 17)
Offering a subsidy to some unfortunate homeowners seems like a typical Canadian thing to do... in the past. From now on, if you are at risk, you have a decision to make, and why you would expect everyone to help you pay for it is beyond me. I certainly hope the city drops the program as well.
I think all of you are misunderstanding the purpose of the subsidy.
The reason the city is offering the subsidy is not because certain homeowners are at risk of flooding. The reason for the subsidy is because the city wants to get as many of the older homes off the old sewer/rainwater system (as possible) because it puts too much of a strain on the treatment facilities.
It’s not the homeowners who want to convert. Its the city who wants the homeowners to convert. That’s why the city is subsidizing it.