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Better practices could have saved animal
Re: Conservation staff blamed for moose’s death (Sept. 12)
Technical large animal emergency rescue (TLAER) teaches first responders and livestock owners how to move, corral or lift a large animal, such as a moose, from a dangerous situation. The goal is to remove the animal from a hazardous environment without causing injury or death to the animal, the rescuers or any bystanders.
Manitoba has been very slow to adopt TLAER methods to situations that involve livestock and wild animals. Old methods such as pulling on the animal’s head or trying to corral them while sirens flash and whine are still considered the correct approach when we now know they are not.
As stated by moose expert Vince Crichton, the moose on the lam last weekend in Winnipeg would not have died had the people involved been trained on even basic TLAER methods. I do not fault the police and conservation officers for their efforts, as I believe they were unaware a better, safer way for the moose and public was possible.
Water story going untold
Re: Manitoba’s record on lakes poor (Letters, Sept. 5) and NDP raises alarm over U.S. water diversions (Sept. 1)
Carl Stewart’s list of hypocrites with a public record of "standing idly by" while "Lake Winnipeg has become the most endangered lake in North America and is fast approaching a dead lake" status, must be expanded to include the Winnipeg Free Press.
The Winnipeg Free Press is part of disappointing Canadian media coverage of the Garrison Diversion Project since 2008. Compare the Free Press’s infrequent coverage over all those years, to well over 100 published articles in North Dakota, documenting every progressive step in the last two years alone.
Repeated single-column, no-photo, back-page placements for this story raises many questions, and tell their own story of what kind of news coverage we can expect. But, that is not what we should be willing to settle for.
Tax, tax, tax
Re: Pallister government considering health-care premiums (Sept. 13)
It seems to matter not whether we elect a Conservative, Liberal or NDP government in Canada, at either the federal or provincial level, as ultimately they all end up being tax-and-spend specialists.
In 2018 in Manitoba, it now appears taxpayers will get hit not only with hydro rate increases of nearly eight per cent a year for the next seven years and a frivolous federal carbon tax, but also a new provincial health care tax. As it appears our Manitoba PST will not be reduced by the one percentage point, as promised, might I suggest that the income from that one percentage point go straight toward health care, rather than into the provincial general coffers?
Thanks, Brian — sure glad I voted for you instead of Greg Selinger.
Brian Pallister and his government would not have been elected if they had stated honestly in their election platform that they intended to introduce a health-care premium. The manner of introduction is either manipulative, because it attempts to curry favour with the electorate for the government’s slash-and-burn approach to health-care workers, or it is dishonest, because the Tories knew they were going to introduce it at some point as a way of increasing revenue, but deliberately chose to delay the timing.
Perhaps the government should stop and listen to those front-line health-care workers who are seeing the cruelty of the cuts.
The broken pledges and promises of our premier and his party continue to completely boggle my mind. Nary a day goes by that there is another reversal of some pledge or promise made before the election.
During the past week, the reversals include: "I pledge that all front-line staff will not be affected" versus "Oh, there will only be a few hundred front-line staff out of work." Or, "We will clean everything up without any tax increases and we will reverse that one-percentage-point increase the NDP put in place" versus "We will be implementing a tax increase." (Obviously, these quotes are purely summary, not literal).
Has Pallister’s or his party’s word been good on anything? I truly cannot keep track of all their about-face turns. I would love to see an ongoing tally sheet of campaign pledges and promises versus broken ones.
Raised fist one of defiance
Re: We can’t buy into hatred (Letters, Sept. 12)
Not this time.
In her response to the Diversity Rally Against Hate, Samantha Peters points out there was violence and hatred on both sides of the Second World War. Undoubtedly true. The message of the diversity rally was in no way a call to repeat those horrors, though. It was emphatically one that we must never allow our civil society to unravel to the degree that our worst human traits — fear, wilful ignorance and anger — are normalized and allowed to flourish.
The seeds for the Second World War were sown by the leaders of the day by bringing Germany and its people to their knees after the First World War through the punishing Treaty of Versailles. However, it was the powerful German elite who first thought they could control Adolf Hitler and his followers, and then when they couldn’t, "went along to get along" as Hitler invaded neighbouring countries and attempted to wipe out the entire Jewish race and other "undesirables."
It is worth noting that today in Canada, 86 of the wealthiest individuals have as much wealth as 11.4 million of the poorest. Many are suffering, so there is fear and resentment. We have even seen some of our leaders and would-be leaders try to hold or attain power by exploiting anger, and worse, giving it a target by "othering" minority communities. The Germany of the early 1930s is not an isolated phenomenon. Humanity’s history is full of what has become a predictable playbook for maniacal despots.
What is less clear is how to stop them without being accused of being just like them. Peters wrote: "If we are going to stand up to hate, let’s take down our fists." There were some raised fists at the rally. The poster of the event also depicted raised fists. However, at no time was there a call to any sort of violence. Violence was explicitly condemned in favour of peace. A raised fist is simply a clear sign of defiance, as this is no time to be ambiguous in our rejection of hate.
Peters also quoted a well-known Bible verse on the need to love our enemies. A laudable sentiment, even a goal, for which we should all strive.
However, there is also a need for those of us who take another teacher’s words to heart — "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist" — to respond to those who believe they are more "deserving" with: "First they came for… and we said: not this time."
Full disclosure: I was a member of the organizing committee for the Diversity Rally Against Hate.
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg