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Re-examine Bipole III
Re: Pallister raises possibility of costly Bipole III move (June 9).
The idea of moving the current construction in western Manitoba of the power transmission line to the east side of Lake Winnipeg continues to become another saga in reforming Manitoba Hydro.
Our hydro is a key component of the provincial economy, it affects the everyday life of every Manitoban. The article talks about the expense of moving the construction project to the east side of our province, and changing the course could involve delays.
However, the change from one side of the lake to the other brings a much shorter and cheaper route Hydro initially favoured. On the east side of our province it is more environmentally sound, it would not waste renewable energy that would be lost in constructing the hydro lines over the longer western route. That is one of many dilemmas about this plan. The extra cost will probably be absorbed by our provincial government and most likely not by Manitoba Hydro.
I think it is time to re-examine this project, make a firm commitment before it spins off into something Manitobans cannot physically control, and from a monetary perspective, keep the costs from skyrocketing. Manitoba Hydro can reform our province and still be the major employer, but we need a more defined mandate for this Crown corporation.
Peter J. Manastyrsky
Transit costs unsurprising
City council is upset by Manitoba Hydro asking fair market value for its property.
I won’t call it karma, but it all seems appropriate given the secretive, underhanded way council deals with Winnipeg citizens.
Council and Transit refused to release full information about the bus route, have not done proper studies of alternatives or environmental impact and, in a disgusting display of bluster and hubris, outright rejected the findings of George Ulyatt’s enquiries.
And now they have the gall to say Manitoba Hydro is not dealing ethically?
One major reason given for going through the Parker wetlands was it supposedly was "the cheapest" option. But this is not turning out to be the case — there is an ever-expanding list of work that has not been accounted for, or has been grossly underestimated. For example, the cost of moving the power lines is double what city hall estimates, requiring yet another dip into the contingency fund.
As expected, council is claiming efficiencies in design will still allow them to hit the budget. However, past experience proves city hall bases its poor decisions on personal agendas and Pollyanna possibilities, not reality.
Once the work starts and the costs skyrocket, council will frantically throw more and more taxpayer money into this worthless, ill-advised and bottomless pit.
Robert L Bagamery
Re: We’re reusing, recycling (June 9).
Upon reading your article about how we are recycling and reusing more, I was heartened by the fact more people are doing their part to help the environment. It’s good to see people are using fewer plastic bags or reusing them for other purposes.
I find it ironic, however, that every morning, my Free Press is delivered in a small, clear plastic bag. Does the Free Press encourage this? Or is it a decision left up to the carrier? Either way, it is a practice that should be stopped.
Leap Manifesto unrealistic
Re: Social ownership can help address climate change (June 9).
By defending the Leap Manifesto, Alex Paterson of the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition places himself and his organization clearly into this unrealistic and unachievable political camp.
The use of petroleum to produce energy is not the only problem. Our society relies heavily on petroleum products such as plastic, paving for our highways and the tar shingles that cover most rooftops in Canada.
The livestock industry in the world produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all planes, cars and trains combined. If all of us stopped eating red meat, more than 50 per cent of our climate problem would be solved. In spite of this undisputed evidence, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dined on baby lamb at their recent dinner in Washington. David Suzuki, we are told, is not a vegetarian.
What about a cap-and-trade regime for meat eaters? For each kilogram of red meat you consume, pay a carbon tax according to the user-pay principle.
No crediting chain’s move
Re: Walmart Canada will no longer accept Visa due to ‘unacceptably high’ fees (June 11).
Everyone should go to Walmart after this is implemented and fill a cart up with stuff, and when they say no to Visa tell the cashier that’s all they have and walk out.
That’s what I did at Superstore when they started to charge for bags. I walked out and never have returned.
I admire Walmart for taking this stand. This creates competition between card companies with regard to the fees they charge retailers that didn’t previously exist. Businesses have been hamstrung, but Walmart is a big enough business to be able to take this stand.
If it works, the real winners will be small businesses.
It will harm small business if anything. Walmart gets a better deal than others, they would be in a position to use that savings to have another advantage over other businesses. They could lower their prices the discount amount.
They want people to take out their Walmart MasterCard. For the 1.5 points they issue for in-store purchases, they gain huge profits from those who pay minimum monthly balances. As in most things in life, it’s all about the money.
Walmart is the one store I absolutely refuse to go to, so I don’t care which cards they take and which they don’t.
Halt Hydro land deal
Re: Hydro land deal could stall southwest transit corridor project (June 10).
This whole thing is a joke, and it’s a slap in the face to taxpayers. From the ridiculous route to this Hydro land fiasco, and all the backroom shenanigans in between, just a complete joke. Run the damn thing down Pembina where every logical person can see makes the most sense, and if you could quit wasting our collective money while doing it, that would be a welcome bonus.
— The Likeable Atheist
Grind to a halt, stay halted and scrap the ill-conceived boondoggle. I hope Hydro digs in its heels.
The recent revelations about the cost of Hydro lands provides good political cover for city councillors who would like the city to change its mind.
— Spence Furby
Every citizen in the city of Winnipeg should be contacting their MLA to have Manitoba Hydro show how they came about this extortionist value for this land.
Shut the whole thing down.
A giant waste of money and a poor route choice.