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Pipeline threatens water supply
Energy East Pipeline Ltd. is proposing to construct and operate a pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to refineries in eastern Canada. The city of Winnipeg is directly affected, as this crude-oil pipeline will cross two metres below the Shoal Lake aqueduct in the Shoal Lake watershed. This aqueduct is our sole supplier of water, servicing an approximate population of 700,000 citizens.
City council has hired a consultant for $1 million of our tax dollars to assess the potential impact of this crude-oil pipeline on our water system. We all know a pipeline failure could interrupt and/or contaminate our supply of drinking water, posing a significant risk to public health and safety. Spending a million dollars on a consultant will not change this.
Council needs to wake up to this fact, take a stand to protect its citizens’ health and safety and tell Energy East Pipeline and the National Energy Board the current proposal is not acceptable.
John G. Kubi
Spay-and-neuter programs needed
Re: PETA offers $10K for enforcement (Aug. 13) and Animal hoarding a complex phenomenon (Aug. 16)
Much has been written recently on the Valley Garden "pet rescue" situation. Dr. Jonas Watson has written an excellent article on explaining the complexities, tragedies and legalities of pet hoarding. Other articles have focused on the licensing of pet rescues. Still other articles have focused on the lack of money and manpower the Manitoba Office of the Chief Veterinarian has to do its job. There is a sense of blame focusing on pet rescues in general.
Today in Manitoba, the number of pet rescues are growing and at an all-time high. Most of the rescues focus on a specific category of dog or cats. Some of the rescues have a physical kennel shelter, while others are operating out of foster homes. Some shelters are able to pay for a manager and some staff, and all depend on countless hours of volunteer help and an endless supply of donations of food, supplies and money for vet care.
The plight of homeless and abused animals in Manitoba is growing and endless despite the increase of pet rescues, the limitations of current spay-and-neuter programs and the licensing of cats and dogs. If there is any blame, it rests with irresponsible pet owners. As long as owners can not be bothered to spay and neuter their pets and keep them indoors, there will be an endless supply of free kittens, cats and cheap dogs available on the Internet and other places.
Solutions are needed. Low-cost spay-and-neuter programs available to all Manitobans are a must. Educating the public and schoolchildren on responsible pet ownership is vital to address the real problem.
Canada should support Israel
Re: Couple makes use of Mideast outrage and Endless discord (Aug. 13)
Untold in John Longhurst’s article is how the Mennonite Church’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement unfairly assigns blame to one country, Israel, and singles it out for exclusive censure.
BDS is discriminatory, counterproductive to peace and at odds with Canadian values. BDS advocates seek the Jewish state’s eradication in their call for a one-state solution, and the "right of return" of millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, an action that would destroy Israel demographically.
As Canada is a democratic country, it’s our obligation to support other sister democracies and to affirm the Jewish people’s rights to self-determination in their ancestral homeland.
Meanwhile, Joseph Hnatiuk’s review of a book on the Israeli security barrier failed to expound on its raison d’être and its effectiveness in deterring terror. The security fence is a purely defensive measure undertaken by Israel to prevent Palestinian terrorists from attacking its citizens.
Honest Reporting Canada
Re: Disappointed after car break-in, (Aug. 17)
A suggested worthwhile consideration: set up a vigilant neighborhood watch with active surveillance teams and cameras.
My partner and I will not go downtown unless we know we are going to a venue with a secure parking area.
Our very good friends were recently in Austin, Texas, in a big mall. They are Winnipeggers with Manitoba licence plates. They left their car for 20 minutes. When they came back, everything was gone.
Police said it was sad, but thieves target no-camera surveillance areas where out-of-towners frequent. They had been shopping at Trader Joe’s.
On a trip to South Africa, we stayed at many bed-and-breakfasts for four months. Many, if not all, of the areas that have tourists have security to protect against crime.
If Winnipeg wants to have a valued tourist industry, it has to do this.
It’s a no-brainer.
Flap over photo of Trudeau
Re: Shirtless Trudeau becomes summer Internet fascination (Aug. 6)
So our prime minister is bare-chested when he is at the beach. Rather than getting into a dither over whether he should or should not be baring his pecs to the general public, why don’t we celebrate he is able to do so? I can easily think of several leaders of countries who would be so surrounded by security (beach or no beach) we would never know what he/she was wearing (or not).
Furor over homebuilding fees
Re: Homebuilders, developers lawyer up in battle against new city fees (Aug. 16)
It’s not the industry that will be paying this new tax. It is the people who are paying for these new homes. Just another tax.
The alternative to the poor suburban homebuyers, of course, is to buy a home in an existing neighbourhood.
The developer takes all the risk, pays all the infrastructure years in advance and hopes the market will be strong years later when the work is finally done — employing thousands of workers along the way.
This is a punishment-for-doing-business-in-Winnipeg tax.
You are clearly not old enough to remember when there was no growth in Winnipeg, and there was no money to be made in development. Bowman wants a quick return to those days.
Other cities such as Calgary use growth charges to pay for infrastructure that directly benefits the new community, such as grade-separated interchanges, (real) rapid transit, superb regional recreation facilities, etc.
Homebuyers in new Winnipeg neighbourhoods paying this fee likely won’t benefit from any of these improvements other cities see. Winnipeg plans to use the fees collected for improvements to crumbling roads and sewers in 100-year-old neighbourhoods and to supplement already swollen police budgets. This is a poorly managed city. That’s the real problem we continue to face.
These homebuilders are making a fortune while paying peanuts to tradespeople. They deserve to be hit with extra costs from the city.
The extra taxes anyone pays go into paying City of Winnipeg employees and benefits. This increase never goes into the city itself. If it did, the roads wouldn’t be so bad year after year after year.
— Hot Stuff