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Escort case acquittal appalling

Re: Man acquitted of making teen work as escort (Aug. 15). I was absolutely shocked and appalled to read that the actions of the individual who entrapped the 17-year-old girl to act as an escort/prostitute were described as merely "disgraceful," and that they did not meet the definition of an offence under the Criminal Code.

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In the main, I have great faith in our justice system, but it has been drastically devastated as a result of this decision and can only be restored with the Crown appealing this awful decision and finding a result of "guilty."

I realize the judge is constrained by the Criminal Code; that being the case, the code needs to be overhauled for cases such as this.


Chris Kennedy




It appears Judge Tim Killeen bought the defence attorney's argument that the girl probably would have done this on her own. Since she didn't do this on her own, I guess we'll never know, will we?

The convicted sex offender set up a profile on an escort website, provided her with a suggested price list, set up the venue where the acts occurred, gave her condoms and gave her alcohol to help her relax.

If the judge's decision that a 17-year-old girl with no history of similar actions would have become a prostitute without influence doesn't produce 10 times the righteous indignation produced by a four-year-old Facebook post by a mayoral candidate's wife, there is no hope for us.


Dave Ferguson



A dwindling public service

Re: Return to sender, say disabled (Aug. 15). Canada Post, being a public, virtual monopoly, is a service to all. No service should discriminate against a less-profitable segment of its clientele or, in this case, against old, invalid or otherwise handicapped customers.

Canada Post cannot have it both ways -- that is to say, have the authority to raise the price of a single inland stamp to $1 while diminishing delivery and cherry-picking its most profitable segment, the parcel-delivery system.

Our government needs to rethink what the concept of a public service means.


Peter Elvers




When did Canada Post, a public service, become a tyrannical body, demanding proof of disability to access home delivery?

Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton says "What we've learned is... you can't have a one-size-fits-all program."

Yes you can, Mr. Hamilton. It's called home delivery.


Joan Hodgson


Top wages for top jobs

Re: Trimming salaries tough task (Aug. 14). Shortly after Robert-Falcon Ouellette announced his intention to run for mayor, it was suggested by Gordon Sinclair Jr. that perhaps it would have been better if he had run for city council first.

Never would the suggestion be seen to be more apt than now.

What Ouellette is suggesting, due to sheer inexperience, is the exact opposite to what is needed, and a four-year stint as a city councillor would have shown that.

We need to be paying top wages for top persons.


Ken Holt



Steeveses in the spotlight

Re: Duck-and-run is far from mayoral (Aug. 13). Lorrie Steeves' Facebook rant has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Gord Steeves, as this distasteful episode has catapulted him into the spotlight.

He has stolen the thunder from the other seven candidates and is currently basking in the limelight. The media have unwittingly done him a huge favour by paying him so much attention. Steeves has become a household name and publicity, be it positive or negative, translates into votes.


Kris Smart




Lorrie Steeves is the only one in this charade that is telling it as it is. I know many people who say they will not go to the downtown library because they are scared.

It's a problem, and the very people who should be solving the problem are busy trying to make political gains on Lorrie Steeves.

Perhaps she should be the one running for mayor -- she would get my vote over the rest.


Joe Lyne


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2014 A16

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