Letters, Jan. 16
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MFL advocates for all workers
Re: Needs of others not a priority (Letters, Jan. 12)
Letter writer Karmel Schreyer is entitled to her own opinions on the Manitoba Federation of Labour and the provincial NDP. But she is not entitled to her own facts.
Her assertion that the MFL’s call for paid sick leave for workers ignores non-union workers is completely false. A quick trip to the MFL website confirms the federation is calling for 10 days’ paid sick leave for all workers. Having previously served on the MFL executive for 20 years, I can confirm this call by the federation mirrors its history of advocating for improved working conditions for all workers, both union and non-union, and unemployed workers.
With respect to the previous NDP government, Schreyer states her opposition to its decision to amalgamate City of Winnipeg fire and paramedic services into a single department. Here again she has it wrong. The decision to amalgamate fire and paramedic services was made by Winnipeg city council.
Affordable housing critical
Kudos to the Free Press for the follow-up story on Lions Place. This is stellar journalism worthy of the newspaper that has played such a valuable role in the history of our province.
Hopefully, the promises made by Housing Minister Rochelle Squires offer some measure of comfort to the residents of Lions Place and that our government follows through with its commitment to help.
Good communication is valuable in everything we do, and absolutely necessary in government roles, so it was gratifying to hear Premier Heather Stefanson in a recent interview commit to sharing with Manitobans information on just what our government has been doing while in power.
Fair ball. But part of communication should also involve sharing important statistical information with Manitobans, and that would include an honest snapshot of affordable housing units in the province as compared with past years.
Statistics on wait lists would also be valuable.
Are there fewer units? What dwellings have been sold throughout Manitoba? What are the province’s plans for the dwellings once current operating agreements expire?
It doesn’t take much thought to figure out that the kind of anxiety some Lions Place residents are experiencing now could be just the beginning of major heartburn for many other residents who now live in other affordable-housing dwellings supported by these operating agreements.
There is great need for policies to protect low-income Manitobans going forward, and now would be an ideal time for more communication from our government on this key portfolio.
Looking forward to hearing much more on the critical issue of housing in the days to come.
Services needed around the clock
Well, being the curmudgeon that I am, I easily fall into the “What the heck is wrong with an airport-style security system?” for the Millennium Library. However, I do recognize Dan Lett’s differing opinion and will move on.
Arguably, the next best option is, as Lett suggests, a combination of available services to handle some of our society’s more worrisome issues.
Lett does note a “lack of numbers” to cover the library’s schedule as being part of this solution’s problem.
Interestingly enough, on a very related issue, a while ago the Winnipeg Police Service implemented something along the same lines, to have teams made up of an officer and a social services worker. At the time, it was made clear this solution would only be available during what we used to call “banker’s hours.”
This probably caused a collective “huh” among anyone paying attention. I do not think these issues start and stop during regular business hours.
Tip of the iceberg
Re: Simply put, a shocking disclosure (Jan. 11)
In this article Gwynne Dyer indicates Prince Harry took $40 million from his publishers and disclosed “shocking material,” including, among other salacious and personal details, a description of a “frostbitten penis.”
I am not sure what to make of everything that Harry discloses in his memoir. Are his disclosures worthy of the extensive press coverage they are getting?
But I do know this: a frozen penis is very serious and painful issue. When I used to cross-country ski competitively, we always stuffed a wool toque down in that area in order to prevent an excruciatingly painful injury.
If this one issue received wider press coverage, we could prevent a lot of unnecessarily frozen penises!
Debris should be cleared
In “Insurance dispute delays Sherbrook fire rubble cleanup” (Jan. 11), Joyanne Pursaga outlines delays in the cleanup of a pile of rubble left behind after an apartment block fire on Sherbrook almost a year ago. The delay is apparently due to bickering between the insurer and a credit union concerning who will pick up the tab for the work. I wonder if this matter might have been resolved more quickly if either party to this dispute lived next to this festering mess.
The city’s duty here is to the residents who have put up with the mess for almost a year. The property and development committee should enforce the order to remove the debris. If the action is not completed within the required timeline, the city should undertake the removal and attach the costs to the tax roll.
Indian Wells, Calif.
Councillor should stay
So my city councillor, Sherri Rollins, wants to be the Liberal candidate in the vacant federal parliamentary seat for Winnipeg South Centre. I would remind Coun. Rollins she was just elected to represent the residents of the city riding, Fort Rouge East Fort Garry. I would remind her the position she was elected for has a four-year term attached to it. Her term would be up in 2026. She has only been a councillor for one term, but she feels this qualifies her to be a federal MP.
Only on the basis of ego is she attempting to win the nomination. She doesn’t care about the added cost to city taxpayers if she wins the nomination and the byelection that would be needed to fill her city council seat. City taxpayers’ money is no object to her. I remember someone else who ran as a Liberal and vacated their city council seat. Things didn’t work out so good for Glen Murray. If Rollins won’t learn from history, she may be doomed to repeat it.
Democracy is important, and being a representative of democracy at any level is important. I read quite a bit of her city campaign information and nowhere does it say that if she gets or believes a better offer in politics comes along she would not fulfil her city political term. Ambition such as hers would not serve the residents of Winnipeg South Centre well in Ottawa. As a resident of Winnipeg South Centre, she would not get my vote.
Updated on Monday, January 16, 2023 7:53 AM CST: Adds links, adds tile photo