Quote of the day
- Growing up in Churchill, we were the lowest of the low. The demons we found in Churchill are always there. We carried them with us.” — Chief Ernie Bussidor speaking about the forced relocation of hundreds of Dene people from their traditional hunting grounds to shantytowns near Churchill. There, violence, rape, alcoholism and malnutrition nearly erased the Sayisi Dene in the span of 17 years.
- Snow removal, ugh: A city report on back lane snow-clearing has recommended against adding windrows to its snow-removal services. The hellish winter two years ago resulted in many complaints pertaining to the removal of snow windrows in back lanes, which, after the deluge of 2014’s winter, prompted the city to review whether it should include clearing them for residents, specifically for the elderly or persons with disabilities.
- Election readiness: Manitoba’s Liberals and New Democrats are starting to paint the broad strokes of their campaign strategies going into next spring’s provincial election, while the front-running Progressive Conservatives are taking a more cautious approach. Bartley Kives is working on this story.
- Trade decision: Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says Manitoba is taking a “puzzling” and “dangerous” approach to trade by refusing to try to enter the New West Partnership Trade Agreement with British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Pallister was reacting to a report that some Saskatchewan Crown corporations have begun stating explicitly in contract offers that bids may be limited to provinces that have signed onto the partnership.
- Legalizing pot: Justin Trudeau may not realize it yet, but his plan to legalize marijuana is likely to have a profound impact on international drug policy, possibly leading to a reappraisal of the failed war on drugs. Canada would also run afoul of at least three international drug conventions to which it is a signatory. These agreements require Canada to do its part to halt the use and trafficking of illegal drugs, including marijuana.
- Quality control treat: A city report has revealed almost 75 per cent of damage complaints involving snow removal were lodged against city service workers – who are only responsible for 20 per cent of the work. Public works chairwoman Coun. Janice Lukes addressed the report Friday morning, stating it shows there is "room for improvement."
- An apology: The Sayisi Dene are about to vote on a deal that could see prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau offer a national apology for their forced relocation to Churchill in 1956. Mary Agnes Welch is checking for reaction. And hoping the federal department of aboriginal and northern affairs returns her calls.
In case you missed it
- Making nice: It looks as if city council is making nice with school boards, as it appoints Coun. Brian Mayes as liaison.
- Being accountable: The RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service did themselves no favours this week by ducking questions about proper handling of off-duty police officers guns. More accountability is needed.
Today in history
- On this date in 1972, Liberal Pierre Trudeau won a tight federal election race, winning 109 seats to Conservative leader Robert Stanfield’s 107.
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