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This article was published 13/12/2014 (924 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Support indigenous relocation
One new issue that Perry Bellegarde, newly elected chief of the Assembly of First Nations, raised was the suggestion that people moving from reserves to the cities be supported in the same manner as new citizens coming to Canada. Implementation of this suggestion would ensure aboriginal people have a much better start in the city and ultimately significantly more opportunity for success. If we can afford to offer these services (job training, housing assistance etc.) to immigrants, then surely we should provide similar if not more assistance to First Nations on a one-time basis.
I am not suggesting that First Nations people are immigrants, only that they deserve equal or better treatment than immigrants when they first relocate.
Hold climate talks in winter
Since 1997 with the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change has hosted approximately 56 workshops (at least four a year) with major conferences of all parties being held in major warm-weather venues such as Bali, Indonesia, Doha, Qatar, Durban, South Africa and most recently in Lima, Peru (summertime) with no concrete commitments or results.
It is debatable as to if or why the world may or may not be warming, but the fact is being a member of the United Nations committee on climate change is a good gig. I suggest the next conference be held in January in Vakutsk, Siberia or Iqaluit, Nunavut. Maybe the Club Med mentality since Koyoto might disappear and more realistic goals that all countries can comply with over time might result.
The cost of doing business
The article on Project Distress (Drug arrests target higher echelons, Dec. 12) has a misleading title. To the drug dealer, police drug sweeps are merely a cost of doing business, and to police, they are little more than a public relations gesture. Since the Harrison Act was passed in the U.S. in 1914, drugs have only gotten cheaper, purer and more readily available.
The rational thing to do about the drug problem is legalize, standardize, and tax it, but that is not politically expedient.
Hydro land deals unfair
In NDP not forthcoming on Conawapa costs: PCs (Dec. 10), Eric Robinson, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, referring to the Bipole III transmission line, said landowners affected by the line will be compensated fairly, receiving 150 per cent of the market value of the land required for the easement, and will still have access to their land to farm.
In determining market value, Hydro uses values that have been out of date in a buoyant market ever since they were pegged five years ago and offers to buy land that is not for sale to any buyer, let alone to one that plans to build monstrous towers and dangerous lines on it.
It trespasses on that land as it prospects which strip within a field it will take and calls the RCMP if the landowner objects. It refuses to negotiate in good faith and threatens expropriation if the landowner doesn't voluntarily co-operate with this scheme. This is unmitigated abuse.
President, Bipole III Coalition
What about heated bus shelters
The River Walk heated huts are fabulous. Now let's have a contest for heated huts for bus shelters. Maybe we could even use solar panels.
Brian the dragon slayer?
Mayor Brian Bowman would like to be perceived as a dragon-slaying, selfless, righter of wrongs. I'm not buying it. This is political pandering at its worst. Bowman is hoping he will elicit the sentiment usually reserved for martyred saints and actual heroes.
However, this poor mea culpa is really noblesse oblige in borrowed sack cloth. Coun. Ross Eadie is right to be outraged. Who, besides Bowman, inferred that any of these people are so independently wealthy that they can afford to immerse themselves in the business of this city as if it were a trifling hobby?
Patrick James Burton