Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/1/2016 (531 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Tribute to Harvard
The Islamic Social Services Association and the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute want to express their deepest sorrow, for we have lost our friend and teacher John Harvard.
It was a great morale boost to have a person of John's stature take interest in our humble organizations. He engaged our youth in provocative and difficult conversation that helped them grow and gain a broader perspective.
John taught us about Canada, its history and politics and inspired us to claim our place in society with pride and joy. John came from an agnostic, secular perspective and we from religious/feminist world views. We debated geopolitical, religious and social-justice issues and we always found common ground to champion human rights for all, and this made our friendship uniquely Canadian.
SHAHINA SIDDIQUI, PRESIDENT OF ISSA
Omar Siddiqui, chairman of CMLI
Better eyes in the sky
I think the city should consider existing alternatives to Air1, as there are other capable rotary-wing aircraft besides helicopters. I am thinking of autogyros, which are widely used in Europe. Compared with helicopters, they are much less expensive to purchase and operate and can do almost everything a helicopter can do, such as loiter at low speed and land/take off almost vertically. With far fewer moving parts, they would likely be more reliable as well.
Rethink Hydro's capital plan
In the run-up to the April election, hopefully political parties will face up to the critical state of affairs arising from the corporate behaviour of Manitoba Hydro.
Recent reports Ratepayers on the hook for Hydro (Brady Yauch, Dec. 23) and Hydro's outlook still unsettled (Will Braun, Jan. 6) paint a bleak picture of out-of-control capital spending and escalating costs.
A new provincial government should apply an immediate financial tourniquet to stem the excess bleeding of capital spending. Having spent $2 billion on the much-opposed Bipole III transmission project does not justify carrying on to completion this $4.6-billion project. A further look at the viability of Hydro's capital projects, estimated at $26 billion over the next 20 years, surely would reveal other substantial savings.
At a minimum, shouldn't some urgent inquiry or corporate review process be initiated?
Hold to higher standard
Coun. Ross Eadie disagrees with his suspension from the Winnipeg Police Board because "he was off work at the time, so shouldn't be seen to have been representing the police board." If we apply Eadie's thinking to the teaching profession, it's OK for teachers to make racist remarks on social media as long as they are not at work.
On the contrary, individuals in positions of public trust are held accountable for their actions even when not at work. And so is Eadie.
Tom Pearson a model
Re: Surviving Alzheimer's (Jan. 8). My wife of 56 years is going through the early stages of Alzheimer's. Tom Pearson's article and his book, Please Don't Forget Me, have given me the insight and motivation to deal with this terribly frightening disease.
His book should be read by all caregivers and family to help them accept and deal with someone close having Alzheimer's.
Like Tom's commitment, "I will be there for my wife and look after her till the end."
East St. Paul
Temper religious zeal
Apologists for religion (The role of faith in polarizing times, Jan. 10) need to open their minds to the destructive effects of religion in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, and acknowledge the potential for faith-based values to conflict with secular ones.
Many threats and acts of violence clearly have religious origins, not political ones. The riots and ultimately killings associated with Charlie Hebdo's portrayal of Mohammed can hardly be described as "political." And IS's desire to form an Islamic state suggests the inseparability of religion and politics for some and perhaps many Muslims.
In many parts of the world, religion has been used to support values long ago rejected in Canada, such as the lower status of women.
Failure to acknowledge these differences and to ascribe all such concerns about immigrants to close-mindedness, racism and Islamophobia potentially could raise again value conflicts between religious and secular Canadians, conflicts that have been largely resolved.