MPI looking for an increase in rates? Why not -- they can turn even a reduction in rates into an increase.
The government recently introduced a retro-styled Collector Vehicle License Plate and said there would be a 45 per cent reduction in premiums because of low mileage and careful use. However, once MPI had fine-tuned the pricing, we find that the reduction works only if the car remains fully insured all winter, when most collector cars are safely stored.
During the May to October period, when collector cars are on the road, the premium is actually higher than under regular registration. In the case of my 60-year-old "classic" which is always garaged, driven rarely and only on nice days, the monthly cost is 22 per cent higher than regular insurance.
It's no surprise that MPI is now looking for a general rate increase.
Director, Manitoba Classic
and Antique Auto Club
I am always surprised that the Free Press does not divulge the path followed by terrorists in getting the weapons that they use to kill people. The June 16 paper showed many dead in Iraq but no mention was made as to where ISIS got the guns to kill these people.
Perhaps because the United States and Britain are the largest suppliers of these weapons, we do not trace their origin. I think it is disingenuous to report on terrorist killings in Kenya or any other part of the world without noting who supplied the armaments. Small arms kill most of the people in conflict situations. Anti-aircraft missiles that shoot down airplanes usually have a known origin, but we hear little about the guns used in the murder of 50 or more peaceful citizens in Africa or the Middle East.
Help us to know who supplied the weapons in Kenya and Iraq. Terrorists have little time to manufacture the guns they use. Hence such weapons must be acquired from those states with the willingness to supply them. Sometimes the guns go to the good guys, but frequently they are acquired by the terrorists. Surely those who sold these weapons know where they end up. Kindly tell us of their origin.
Re: License bicycles (Letters, June 16). Regardless of the licensing, the opinion and argument on anti-active transportation of countless cyclists "breaking the law" is very weak. I managed to get cut off a zillion times a day, yelled at by middle-aged women and nearly hit and you wonder why I break the law.
I regularly see grooming, pot smoking, drinking, cell use, etc., all by good old licensed drivers. And I happen to happily pay taxes for the crumbling infrastructure that these vehicles, in part, cause -- not my bicycle.
I thoroughly agree with William Ewing's opinion on cyclists. If they share the same roads as motor vehicles, they should also have a licence and insurance. They should also be made to obey the same laws of the road.
I used to cycle on Pembina Highway for many years. I witnessed many severe bike/car collisions between Plaza Drive and University Crescent and wondered when I would be next. Self preservation forced me to look for an alternative.
I discovered a cyclist-made "trail" that runs behind the apartments, strip malls and restaurants on Pembina running close to the river. It basically starts at Crescent Drive and takes cyclists all the way to the University of Manitoba -- without having to ride on major thoroughfares like Pembina or University Crescent. It should not be a secret!
A small investment from the city to make it a designated trail by simply putting some pea gravel on the trail to avoid the mud on rainy days and perhaps some signage as to its whereabouts may prevent another tragedy.
Abuse of privilege
It is mighty strange that a parliamentary committee should be going after the NDP for abusing their mailing privileges to the tune of $1.3 million.
I voted for my MP, Lawrence Toet, but I've also kept track of mailers that I got from him. Most of them were distinctly "partisan" in content and as a result I've written to him three times to ask that they be reduced.
In 2012 I got three mailers in two weeks, and in 2013 I wrote again to say I had received three in July after receiving five or six between May and June. At eight cents a drop, if there are 30,000 households in the riding, that would work out to $2,400 per mailing, not counting the cost of printing.
For the Conservative government to go after the NDP for abusing their mailing privileges is shameful. They do it too.
Hog ban unfair
When the moratorium on new hog barns was announced they held hearings around Manitoba. I spoke to the board in Killarney representing the RM of Morton. I did some research on pollution in the Red River and the biggest polluter by far (up to 70 per cent at times) was the city of Winnipeg.
In the fall of 2011, Winnipeg was caught putting millions of litres of improperly treated sewage into the river. I asked Stan Struthers if the government was going to fine the city and he replied "our lawyers are looking in to it." I also said it was not fair to spend taxpayers' money advertising on the radio about how the government is cleaning up the lakes by regulating the hog barns when they are not the real culprits. The hog farmers have rules for spreading manure that are among the strictest in the world and that is a good thing.
If the moratorium stays on indefinitely the hog industry in Manitoba will die.
I would like to commend the Downtown Biz on the Play Your Part piano project. The atmosphere in Portage Place is not the most pleasant at times, but when someone is playing the piano it is greatly improved. I'm sure the pianos have been appreciated wherever they have been placed.
Thank you for your coverage of the abuse exposed at the Chilliwack Dairy operation in B.C. Consumers want to know the conditions under which the food industry operates in order to make their own decisions at the grocery store.
The group Mercy for Animals has uncovered several such incidents at Canadian operations including pig, turkey and veal farms. If consumer confidence in the food industry is to remain intact, these incidents need such exposure and that is the only way measures will be taken to ensure sound animal practices and that the perpetrators will face charges.