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Who gains in Syria attack?
Re: Team to probe suspected chemical attack (April 11)
U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed not to allow the use of chemical weapons. Of course, if they were really serious, they would stop their militaries from using them and forbid their friends in Israel from also using them.
Who gains from a chemical attack in Syria? Certainly not Bashar al Assad, who happens to be winning the war against IS with his Russian allies. But, his winning the war against IS is probably the reason for the chemical "false flag" attack. Under no circumstances does Israel wish for a strong and united Syria.
Minister out of touch
Re: ‘No loyalty,’ minister says of job vacancy rate (April 9)
So provincial Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen explains away his department’s job vacancy rate by citing his view that "there is no loyalty in the workforce anymore."
I guess he has not run into any workers formerly employed by Sears, Nortel or Carillion? I expect he hasn’t spoken with any Ontario Tim Hortons workers who had their hours and benefits cut as their employer reacted to a hike in that province’s minimum wage.
Pedersen’s uninformed view has more to do with his own biased view than with the facts about today’s world of work, where real wages are flat and employer loyalty to workers is low.
Re: Enterprise minister won’t apologize for saying Manitoba workers lack loyalty (April 10)
In a bizarre statement, the minister was critical of staff who are not loyal. I had to reread the story a couple times, because I thought: is this for real?
The Pallister government and his ministers have blamed the civil service at every turn for the province’s financial woes. In fact, they told the civil service they are not worthy of raises and must take rollbacks when inflation is factored in.
Bill 28 sets out zero, zero, 0.75 and one per cent wage increases over four years. That means with projected inflation, the civil servants will fall behind around six per cent.
It’s absolutely mind-boggling that the minister is surprised by the lack of loyalty when the government treats the staff like they are a problem and not valued employees.
It’s no secret that as baby boomers retire, the demand for qualified and skilled workers is growing.
In order to attract the best and brightest to serve Manitobans, the government would have to recognize that the employees make government function, and treatment matters.
Until the government wakes up, we will continue to see civil servants leave for companies that are good employers and Manitobans will be stuck with the fallout and lack of services.
Youths can help with garbage
Re: Don’t make kids clean up (Letters, April 6)
I disagree with Douglas Mackenzie, who is outraged by Tom Ethans’ comment about having kids clean the streets of Winnipeg.
Several months ago, I was awaiting a bus on Henderson Highway with several other people, including four high school-aged boys who had obviously been across the street at McDonald’s for lunch. As their bus drove up, they threw the refuse from their lunch — including partially finished cups of soft drinks, wrappers, bags and napkins — onto the ground, although garbage and recycling bins were available about 10 feet away. As they passed me to board their bus, I said, "You guys are slobs!" to which they just shrugged.
I am not suggesting kindergarten kids be sent out to clean streets, and I am sure Tom Ethans isn’t suggesting it, either. But it sure wouldn’t hurt to get those boys, and others like them, out there to pick up the garbage. Perhaps it would make them think twice before chucking their refuse on the ground for other people to clean up.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am not a grumpy old woman who has it in for young people. I know there are many wonderful young people in our community. It just takes a few who spoil it for the majority.
Protect youth from porn
Regarding the ability of pornography to influence the attitudes of underage youth: if youth are permitted to view porn, they become familiar with it and they think it’s normal. In reality, it can lead to destructive behaviour that is extremely detrimental to the people who become victims.
With the average age at which boys first view porn being 11, 88 per cent of porn containing violence against women, 35 per cent of all internet downloads being porn and 20 per cent of sexts being photos of children, mostly girls, 15 years of age or younger, these disturbing figures present a serious issue.
But, the barriers that prevent underage Canadians from accessing porn can be enhanced. Through improving online content filters, promotion of sexual health and helping parents guide the online safety of their children, youth can be prevented from accessing porn.
Although it is impossible to completely eliminate this habit, if it is less accessible, youth have a better chance of staying on a more positive path, which is for their own good.
Clean energy, green thinking
While the NDP pushed Manitoba Hydro into the projects which may cripple it into the future, I railed against the "needed" power line which was then given a route that made little sense, at a greater expense. Now the Progressive Conservatives seem to want it to fail, probably so it will force a sale of the utility.
Why not aggressively search for power sales to help with the cost? The new power line does go towards Saskatchewan, which uses coal and natural gas, both of which are non-renewable. Costs for this hookup should be paid by the federal government. This would amount to a win-win-win scenario. It also makes sense, which probably means it’s doomed.
The Tories also want to use the carbon tax as a way to slay the deficit. Instead of taxing Winnipeg Transit, they should be funding electric buses. The tax is supposed to look to the future and build a better world, not fund our past mistakes. How about the Progressive Conservatives stop posturing, stop fighting about who is in charge and do something truly progressive.
I use reusable bags when I shop and I collect plastic grocery bags from friends for many uses, including my kitchen garbage. If the grocery bags are banned, I will need to buy a different style of garbage container and then buy plastic kitchen garbage bags to use and buy other types of bags for the many other uses in my home.
I use the little plastic bags my newspaper sometimes comes in for cleaning the kitty litter.
There are no single-use plastic bags in my house — they are all reused, many more than once in various ways before they become garbage-collection bags.
Could someone explain exactly what the countries that have banned plastic grocery bags use as their alternatives? So far, I see the banning of plastic grocery bags as costing me more as I buy plastic replacements with no reduction in environmental impact.
East St. Paul