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Let's grow our own food
Cauliflower at $6.99 and up, broccoli at $2.99 to $3.99 per pound and lettuce and celery prices making all of these items luxuries for many families. Fried chicken and pizza become easy choices!
There is a way Canadians could solve this problem. A problem is an opportunity to find a solution. South Korea and Iceland, with cold winters, grow most of their fruit and veggies in greenhouses. With our abundance of land, water, sunshine, cheap natural gas and electricity, there is no reason for Canada to import most of our fresh fruit and veggies from the U.S., Mexico and South America. We need to be sustainable in food. If the U.S. doesn't need our oil, we should not need their food. We can do it; we have to think outside the box!
City conduct disgraceful
Re: Committee endorses expropriations (Jan. 13).
This is a truly disappointing, but not unexpected, decision by the city property and development committee. Choosing to ignore the recommendations of the Ulyatt inquiry is yet another indication accountability from the city promised in the last civic election continues to be sacrificed to self-interest and expediency.
The Ulyatt inquiry roasted the ethical integrity and honesty of the city administration. One would think that would garner the attention of councillors charged with managing this file such that fairness and accountability would govern their deliberations going forward in regards to those affected. But no, let's accept yet another arrogantly derived recommendation to ignore the Ulyatt inquiry and proceed with the expropriations. Hopefully, the full city council will demonstrate some integrity and not accept the committee report.
Make legal education affordable
I commend Ben Wickstrom for highlighting some of the challenges facing law students and access to legal representation (Affordable law school in our best interest, Jan. 13). This debate has been ongoing in the United States, where tuition rates are even more onerous. U.S. President Barack Obama has said law school should become a two-year program, with no summer break. Notably, the United States does not have articling.
My own experience suggests a solution to addressing some of the shortages of representation is clinical education. I would recommend law societies across Canada consider adopting a two-year course program, with a third year consisting exclusively of clinical education and do away with articling.
Grand Forks, N.D.
NDP offers chicken in every pot
What an exciting time to be living in our great province of Manitoba, with an announcement every hour promising grandiose plans from the NDP that targets yet another segment of our population. Senior citizens, infrastructure, provincial park cottage owners, universities, casino renovations, public service employees, the child-care system and the list goes on, with vague answers as to where all this money is suddenly going to come from a province running a deficit of $485 million.
After 16 years of NDP rule, with a coming April election, it is suddenly prepared to fix what it has ignored for years in a couple of months on the condition we re-elect it. I believe the New Democrats have had their chance and do not care to be tacitly blackmailed by my elected officials.
Thanks to the Pollard family
Re: Heritage designation endorsed (Jan. 13). Kudos to John Pollard for recognizing the value of Winnipeg's historic buildings and wanting to purchase two heritage buildings for the purpose of restoration rather than demolition. It seems that all too often city council has allowed owners of Winnipeg's historic buildings to be left to decay to the point where they can then ask the city for approval for demolition.
These heritage buildings serve as an important aspect of Winnipeg's history and should be preserved and restored as much as possible. Are there not bylaws in place that ensure structures of historical importance are properly maintained by the owners? Perhaps Pollard's efforts to preserve and restore at least a small part of our heritage buildings will inspire others to do the same.