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This article was published 27/7/2010 (4360 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Hopefully, not all readers accept Bartley Kives as the traffic authority for the province of Quebec! Presumably, his closing comments are meant to add humour or are latent unfulfilled wishes.
In Quebec, turning right on a red was illegal until a study carried out in 2003 showed that there were no significant adverse effects of the right-turn-on-red manoeuvre. The province now allows universal right turn on red, except where prohibited by a sign. Due to locally specific safety concerns, however, it remains illegal to turn right on a red anywhere on the Montreal island. Motorists are reminded by large signs posted at the entrance to all bridges leading to the island and at major if not all traffic-light-controlled intersections. Readers are reminded that ignorance of the law is not accepted as an excuse.
As an ex-Montréalais, I understand the "I have the right to turn right on a red light" mentality took precedence over coming to a full stop, ensuring there is no traffic coming from the left and then turning -- unheard of in Winnipeg.
When will we ever learn? Winnipeg tragically remains the child poverty capital of Canada. What to do? Toughening up criminal justice legislation, longer sentences and building bigger prisons aren't going to work.
Why? It hasn't worked in the U.S. and it won't work here because, when we send offenders to prison, it's tantamount to sending people to a gang-dominated university of crime where the profs are gang leaders so that future criminal behaviour in the criminal workforce is intensely promoted. Prisons are a dead end -- if you don't conform to gang association in prison you're dead and if you don't do what you are expected to do by the criminal element when you leave prison -- then again you're dead! I've seen former inner-city students of mine caught up in this miserable dilemma.
We reap what we sow. It's obviously time for big ideas because the little ones haven't worked. Since poverty is the initial incubator of criminal behaviour -- if I were running for mayor I would focus on the side of prevention and in doing so I would propose something that would complement the human rights museum -- namely a mega Peace On Earth Anti-Poverty Pro-Active Human Rights Centre Of Multi-Faceted Creative Arts and Recreational Sport.
Such a facility would work through free access to healthy recreation, competitive sport and the creative arts to keep poverty-humiliated youth nourished, busy, active, aware, hopeful, learning, creative, stimulated, evolving, contributing, thinking about the world and their possible futures in it. The centre, an informative counter-environment to the social chaos of poverty, drugs, crime, alcohol, gambling and prostitution would teach the philosophy that the best response to life is the individual creative peace-on-Earth response. Winnipeg could lead the way with a Peace On Earth Centre trial model of well-being that could work with other inner cities throughout the globe while greatly reducing the universal human costs of crime and punishment.
It's a small town
Saying an LRT is good for Winnipeg fails to understand that Winnipeg is in reality a small town that just got bigger. It can't compete with true cities that have extensive freeways, underpasses and faster traffic flow. How many people are actually going to use that system? And aren't people forgetting that you have to take a bus or a car to a parking area in order to link up to the LRT? Bus service in my area is frequent only during rush hour. How will I catch a bus to take an LRT that isn't even going where I need to go? I will continue to take a car. So much for all the LRT hype.
I agree with letter writers David Bergen and Barry Marshall (Do the right thing, July 26) in regard to an LRT system for Winnipeg. It is an idea that is long overdue. I have heard critics say our population would not support a LRT. Calgary was a smaller city than ours when city administrators had the foresight and the confidence to implement their system.
Winnipeg is growing rapidly and if we don't move to LRT soon, we will be faced with the nightmare of ever-expanding suburbs with nothing but clogged roadways and lumbering diesel buses to move our population. Come on, city, provincial and federal politicians. You find money to throw at sports venues and museums. Throw a little at something that will really make a difference to our future and stop holding up our progress into the 21st century.
Time to walk
When will the city do something about making all the "walk" lights longer? Please come pick me up and let's take a tour with a stopwatch and test the length of time to walk across the street at lights.
The sign says "walk," not run, but if one wants to make it one actually has to run.
There are various ages, length of legs, walking with a cane, stroller, groceries in hand or in carts, children, crutches that all come into play. We are being honked at, sworn at from cars driving right up to our legs to move us along. We are stuck in the middle of the intersection and have to wait for the next lights to walk.
Please lengthen the "walk" lights.
Please, spare her
In my country some adults believe that children should be seen and not heard. However, I believe human life is very precious and no crime requires we take a life. I am 14 and I am writing about my concerns about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiania's execution. I beg the government of Iran to please show mercy towards this woman. I beg of you to spare her life, please. I do not want to insult you or your culture in any way, but please spare her. Her kids need their mother. This topic is very upsetting to me and even though I don't know her, I beg you not to kill her. I plead you, show mercy on her soul. Please don't go through with this.
Keep the census
I am disappointed and shocked by the Harper government's poor decision to change the census protocol related to the long form. This symbolic overture to the right-wing of the Conservative party makes one think that the Reform party now dominates the Conservative movement. The data from the census is important to solving problems, understanding the changes our society is undergoing and planning strategically for the appropriate use of scarce resources.
Private industry, the public and non-profit sector use the census material. We need reliable and accurate data. Reverse this poor decision and rehire the head of Stats Canada, who has shown himself to have great expertise and integrity. Who is advising this government? Show leadership that is smart and effective.
Why does a city nearing 675,000 not have a freeway running through either north-south or east-west? Don't tell me Chief Peguis, Bishop Grandin, Lagimodiere Boulevard or the 70-km/h stretch of Grant Avenue are freeways. We build up Route 90 and what does the city do? Put up a bunch of stupid traffic lights. We build a Perimeter Highway and what do we do? Put up traffic lights. At the very least use traffic circles at major intersections. They would keep traffic moving without the expense of using much land.