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This article was published 29/10/2016 (240 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Hydro, Xcel’s relationship
Re: Manitoba Hydro needs to ignore the past and become an innovator (Oct. 26)
Will Braun is incorrect in his assumption that Xcel Energy has written Manitoba Hydro off as a supplier of renewable hydroelectricity.
Xcel Energy and Manitoba Hydro have a long-standing relationship dating back to the 1970s, and both utilities expect to continue that relationship into the future. As is the case with all of our wholesale export customers, Manitoba Hydro is in continuous discussions with them on their long-term needs and our ability to supply them with electricity once our existing contracts expire in 2025.
With regard to Xcel Energy not identifying Manitoba Hydro as a resource option in their future plans, this is a normal planning assumption for all utilities when contracts come to an end. To do otherwise would assume that an extension would align with the supplier’s intentions and current capabilities, and could be unfair to other potential energy suppliers.
The wholesale export market is highly competitive, but Manitoba’s surplus low-carbon emitting electricity is in high demand in both Canada and the United States. Manitoba Hydro will continue to offer Xcel Energy and other potential utility customers renewable hydroelectric energy options that offer benefits to both our customers and the environment.
Manager of public affairs, Manitoba Hydro
Growth fees approved
Re: Fee fight moves to next level: developers (Oct. 28)
Comparing growth fees with the former NDP’s PST hike is absurd. The PST hike affected everybody; only a comparative few will have to pay the growth fee.
And why shouldn’t those few who create a need for more city services help pay over and above for these costs? It’s been done for years in other cities. If it means so much to our city’s developers, why don’t they swallow the costs in their substantial profits?
In their inflammatory opposition to the new growth fee, our developers and their followers may even trump that alarmist, self-righteous and autocratic guy south of the border running for president.
Re: Council approves controversial growth fees despite lawsuit threat, opposition (Oct. 26)
As a Winnipeg resident who has built a new home twice in our great city, I didn’t realize the all the financial harm I have caused. On behalf of all my neighbours I would like to apologize for putting the city in this position.
In reality, a far greater problem in this city is that decades of poor management and reckless spending have put us in this spot, and taxing growth is unlikely to get us out of it.
After exhausting all the growth-fee revenue, what’s next — a tax on babies and immigrants?
New faces on EPC
Re: Mayor bounces dissidents from cabinet (Oct. 28)
Brian Bowman used his mayoral power to remove two councillors from the executive policy committee (EPC) because they voted against the growth fees. By doing so, he broke another of his election promises — namely, that it would become city council’s responsibility to pick the EPC.
But Mayor Bowman must have been unaware that current legislation requires the mayor to appoint councillors to EPC. Effective leaders appreciate team members with different opinions as it leads to better and more creative solutions to complex problems.
That’s the coward’s way out. What ever happened to having a team of rivals? Better policy springs forth that way, rather than just surrounding yourself with "yes" men. But such is the way in this era of hyper-partisanship.
Janice Lukes gets the boot for speaking her mind. Apparently, councillors who think for themselves have no place at city hall.
Trudeau’s Senate selections
Re: Three new senators from Manitoba (Oct. 28)
The nine new Trudeau appointees to the Senate include a social worker, a women’s issues expert, a human rights lawyer and an art historian. Nowhere to be found on this list of new Senate appointees is anyone who has ever run (or even worked for) a private company or owned a small business.
This list is just another slap in the face to all those Canadians who do not blindly follow the current government’s naive view of the world we live in.
I can’t wait to see the next batch of Senate appointments.
These three will serve Manitobans well. All are passionate about their fields, well-spoken and intelligent, and will make a difference in the Senate. Congratulations to all three.
I wanted that job. I am a retired electrician and could have brought some spark to the Senate.
Texting and driving dangerous
Re: Texting laws cause tension (Letters, Oct. 27)
U.A. Siddiqui’s letter suggesting a review of the laws around cellphone use in vehicles must be a joke.
Texting and driving is many times more dangerous than driving drunk. Is Siddiqui implying people be allowed to text and drive simply because sneaking to text creates severe stress?
People who text and drive are callous and selfish; catch them, lock them up and throw away the key. The stress in jail will be a lot worse.
The cost of secret ballots
Re: Tory bill called assault on workers (Oct. 28)
It seems rather inconsistent that a government looking for cost savings would introduce a needless measure that will require hiring additional labour board officers to conduct the certification votes, resulting in significantly increased administrative costs.
If a union has 65 per cent card support in a group of more than a few employees, they are likely to win the vote in any event. It seems to be much ado about nothing — unless, as labour fears, this is only the tip of the iceberg in a longer-term strategy to erode worker rights.
The attack on defined-benefit pensions is already underway. What’s next?
The proposed Bill 7 might be an assault on organized labour; it does make labour unions work harder to get a toehold in a non-union business. But it certainly isn’t an assault on workers. Workers get a chance to size up what the union can offer them and decide if the monthly tithing is worth the projected benefit.
What the workers think about making their workplace a union shop is their business. There is no need to have the union meddling in a final decision, and a secret ballot is the fairest way to ensure decisions are well considered and not made under pressure from anyone.
This proves what we already suspected: a government of business, for business and by business.