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This article was published 26/10/2011 (2128 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Brady Knight, in BU bosses, faculty abusing students? (Oct. 25), is wrong when, in talking about the Brandon University professors strike, says that "it's not our (the students') problem or our battle, yet we've been drawn into it and have to deal with its repercussions." Such an assertion is, at best, naïve, possibly, self-serving.
Students are the consumers of one of the services, teaching, offered by the university. Knight says that he chose BU because it had received rave reviews and had small class sizes. He also says "at BU we have some of the lowest tuition rates in the country."
He, like any other consumer, is trying to get the best bang for his buck. So he, like any other consumer, should realize that providing him with that service involves paying someone to provide it. Irrespective of the relative merits of each side's case, it is indeed very much his problem.
Re: East side story a requiem? (Oct. 25). Jim Collinson has done it again, and superbly, I might add, in dispelling some of the myths surrounding the east-west controversy around the proposed Bipole III transmission line. He includes some real concerns that need to be addressed.
We need, collectively, to take a deep breath, and have a non-partisan re-examination of all facets of this issue, from a purely Manitoban perspective. By this, I mean total inclusion of all affected citizens, and exclusion of any outside (i.e. non-Manitoban and Canadian) eco-activists.
It is a shame that this issue degenerated into an argument of distorted and so-called facts, bypassing many of the real long-term actualities that will be the legacy of this government should it proceed with their western option.
We deserve better, and a previous suggestion by Jim Carr to have a prestigious panel of non-partisan Manitobans examine the issue and submit a non-binding recommendation to the government is probably the best way to go.
Language and citizenry
The Oct. 24 article Tougher language rules questioned by Carol Sanders bothers me on three levels.
First, I agree with Monika Feist, that language ability isn't a necessary link to being a good citizen. Deaf people may very well read and write English or French at Level 4. But how are they to pass a speaking level when most do not speak? Are they to be considered less than perfect citizens because of their language?
Second, good citizens should vote. Many of us aren't doing that. Why is our language ability more important than our voting ability? Why aren't we doing something about these good citizens?
Third, most of our ancestors came here without the ability to speak any of the official languages of those living here -- Cree, Ojibwa, Mohawk, etc. If language is a criteria for being a good citizen, why aren't we all required to know one of the languages truly native to this land?
Telling monkey business
Dan Lett's column on Phil Sheegl's latest venture into the art world was quite entertaining (What's the real message behind Sheegl's monkeys?, Oct. 24).
Lett is always a great read, but I think he misses one very telling point about the three wise monkeys statue. Is it not strange that the statue is chained to the railing? Here we are in city hall, the workplace of our mayor, the one who tries to assuage our concerns that we have a crime problem. But his chief administrative officer has to chain the funny monkeys so they don't get stolen.
Thank goodness my property taxes haven't gone up. Otherwise, I wouldn't know what to believe these days.
Where's the benefit?
Re: Ethics watchdog eyes conflict over wheat board vote (Oct. 24). This article states that both NDP and Liberal members of Parliament have written federal ethics watchdog Mary Dawson, alleging that several Conservative MPs are involved in farming and therefore stand to benefit from elimination of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly. As such they want these Conservative MPs to recuse themselves from the CWB vote.
And here I thought the socialists and liberals were against eliminating the CWB because, in their opinion, it was the monopoly that provided higher returns to farmers than could be attained in the open market. How then could these Conservative MPs be benefiting by eliminating the CWB? This is so typical of the hazy, wrong-headed thinking of MPs like Pat Martin.
Thanks for uplift
Thank you for writing about the fantastic story on preserving the wetlands and the boardwalk (Interpretive trail for wetlands, Oct. 24). It is a tale of a citizen's generosity, a government's efforts, dedicated bog lovers and an aboriginal legacy to preserve this natural wonder.
It was uplifting to read about this wonderful event taking place in Manitoba. Europeans envy our native orchids, which we take for granted. It is also uplifting to see Brokenhead Ojibway Nation backing this project, making this a headliner all the way. Bravo, Manitoba!
Patient wishes opposed
I read with sadness the Oct. 21 article about Anne Rostecki, Alleged deprivation of senior probed, by Alexandra Paul.
My mother died in a similar situation. A mild stroke led to her involuntary starvation and dehydration in a Nova Scotia care facility.
There is now a push in Canada to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia as a supposed voluntary choice. But as evidenced by my mother's and Rostecki's cases, doctors now impose their wishes on patients without their consent.
Doctors cannot be trusted with the power they have. Legalizing assisted suicide or euthanasia would give them even more power to effect patient deaths. The idea that legalizing these practices will somehow give patients more autonomy and choice indicates a society gone mad.
Coral Harbour, Nunavut
The media are full of discussions about Moammar Gadhafi's death and the importance of -- get this -- "the rule of law" in the new Libya. What cynical hypocrisy.
How many questions and many media panels were there about the assassination of Osama bin Laden? The U.S. president is on record as condoning virtually any method of murdering bin Laden, but now the media are bound and determined to find and bring before the law some soldier who survived decades of Gadhafi atrocities and shot him in anger, and perhaps also with sense that real justice is a rare occurrence in this world.
Again we witness how the western media are often just obsequious disseminators of the doctrine that might is right.