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Ecological illiteracy at mayoral forum
As a freshwater scientist attending Tuesday's mayoral debate, I was struck by the candidates' ecological illiteracy and poor knowledge of contemporary environmental issues (Mayoral forum focused on environmental issues draws large crowd, Sept. 30).
One candidate viewed wetlands as simply attractive landscape features along bike paths, oblivious to the vital ecosystem function that wetlands provide to wildlife and humans alike as nature's kidneys. Another candidate was wholly unaware of TransCanada's Energy East project, a 4,600-kilometre pipeline skirting Winnipeg that will carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta's tarsands to refineries in Eastern Canada.
Certainly, no politician is expected to be an expert in all fields touched by policy decisions. However, what makes for a good politician is one who knows when and where to go for expert information and advice.
We are fortunate to have a strong, vibrant environmental community in Winnipeg consisting of several excellent non-profit organizations devoted to sustainability and conservation, as well as universities with knowledgeable biologists, geographers, social scientists, architects and engineers.
I sincerely hope whoever is elected mayor on Oct. 22 will mobilize and utilize this amazing human resource to build a green, sustainable city for the future.
No green for green machine
Re: Rebates for electric cars urged as market expands (Oct. 1). Paul Edmond, the president of Edmond Financial Group, wants a rebate to purchase an electric vehicle that the majority of people could only dream about having.
I'm not against his financial success or his ability to pay for such a purchase, as he has earned his upper-class income. My question: Why should taxpayers -- lower-, middle-, and upper-class -- finance his luxury purchase? Other provinces may have rebates and subsidies, but that is hardly making a case that Manitoba should follow suit.
To quote John le Carré from his novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, "for everyone that has enough, they always want a little more."
Edmond should put his money where his mouth is and purchase his electric car sans rebate or subsidy. Show all Manitoba taxpayers that buying an electric vehicle is not about what you can get -- but about what you can do give back.
Chipper for Schipper
Thank you, Stephen Schipper, for staying with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for all these years (Schipper-shape, Sept. 27).
Whenever I go to a play at RMTC, the first thing I do is read Mr. Schipper's introduction to the night's performance. In a very concise and warm way, he is able to point out to us the play's relevance to our own experience. It says something to me about how much he cares about the power of theatre.
Boreal forest double standard
Re: Road contract a big win for First Nation (Sept. 27).It appears it's environmentally acceptable to cut a road through precious boreal forest on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
A power transmission line, on the other hand? Not so much.
Mulling minimum wage
Was it just an odd coincidence that in the Oct. 1 Winnipeg Free Press we had the predictions of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business on the dire consequences of raising the minimum wage (Minimum-wage hike hurts youth employment), while the Cryptoquote was by Robert Bosch?
"I don't pay good wages because I have a lot of money. I have a lot of money because I pay good wages."
He seems to know how to run a business.
Focus on food, not presents
I found it appalling that a single mother with two children is "saving for presents" when she has to use the food bank (Hunger can hit all sorts of homes, Oct. 1).
Christmas is just around the corner, but presents should be the last thing on her mind.
The food bank is there as a last resort, not somewhere you go because you're saving for Christmas presents. Is this why they have food drives so often during the year?
Lil St. Cyr