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Messages about Islam stereotypical
Re: Extremist literature common in mosques, Islamic school libraries, study says (Aug. 22)
News coverage of the recent study titled Lovers of the Death? — Islamist Extremism in Mosques and Schools undermines the work many Muslim communities have undertaken in Canada.
To the effect they suggest all mosques are perpetuating extremist and violent messages, these articles are inaccurate, generalized and stereotypical.
Looking up Canadian news coverage of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, one would actually question if there is any merit to these arguments whatsoever. From relentlessly promoting "Love for all, hatred for none" (our motto), to running nationwide campaigns in colleges and universities across the country to counter extremist ideology, such as "Stop the CrISIS," our efforts toward peace are endless.
Thus, as a Canadian-born Muslim student, I am upset. I would hope more efforts are made in Canada toward strengthening and building the values that make us a strong country — diversity, multiculturalism and understanding. In order to accomplish this, our discussions need to be more productive and offer solutions rather than sheer criticism.
Wage criticism unfounded
Re: Human touch missing (Letters, Aug. 23)
Chris Buors is correct in saying private enterprise will do anything to avoid the costs of doing business. Some have even encouraged their employees to apply for government assistance to offset the low wages they pay.
If your business model requires you to pay less than a living wage, maybe entrepreneurship isn’t for you. Here’s the thing: we have to pay taxes, especially if you want roads to and from your business to get your products to market. Not to mention sewer, water, etc.
The right always blames the government for their inability to make enough money, yet there are plenty of private companies who pay a fair wage, pay their taxes and are doing very well.
Controversy over the order terminals at McDonald’s locations are somewhat nostalgic.
Food service without waiters is well over a century old. The first automat was introduced in Berlin, Germany in 1897. The first U.S. automat appeared in Philadelphia in 1902 and in New York in 1912. You plugged in your coin, lifted a door and took out your meal or dessert.
The more things change...
Winnipeg’s strip mall aesthetic
Re: Nowhere to grow but up (Aug. 22)
I agree with Mr. Galston when he writes our major corridors "give the impression Winnipeg is an ugly and treeless town of jerry-built strip malls."
Even though the city has filled our city with beautiful flowers, and even little palms on Portage Avenue, some strip malls have fallen into disrepair, look neglected and diminish any of the city’s attempts to have Winnipeg look more attractive to visitors. Fences are broken, weeds are growing, and there seems to be no attempt for these strip malls to fit into their neighbourhoods by hardscaping, landscaping or even putting out a flower pot.
Of course, this is not true of all strip malls, where some owners have not only beautified their properties but also have added to the general attractiveness of their neighbourhoods. Kudos to them!
Minister should pay
Re: Health Minister Jane Philpott to repay $520 for Air Canada lounge access (Aug. 22)
Airport executive lounges are for executives, and Health Minister Jane Philpott qualifies, but should she pay for this privilege herself? Yes, of course.
But do private sector executives pay personally, or do lounge payments constitute writeoffs for their companies? If the latter is the case, then when will our tax laws change so corporate VIPs no longer receive public subsidies for indulgence in private perks?
As a Manitoban, I am very concerned about the closure of the Port of Churchill by Omnitrax, the cut to rail service to that community and by the recent announcement Tolko Industries will close its doors in The Pas this December.
My thoughts are with the many workers, their families and the countless others in these communities who rely on good-paying jobs to both support the community and afford the additional expense of living in the north. The effects of these closures are far-reaching.
As a Manitoban, I cannot turn my back on our north and its residents. I call on the federal Liberals and the Tory government here in Manitoba to show some leadership. Their response to date has been vague and dismissive, and that is not acceptable.
Musing on Mihychuk
Re: PM lightens Mihychuk’s workload, insiders call move a warning from Trudeau (Aug. 23)
I’m no fan of Trudeau, but typically the federal Liberals have a decent pool of talent to draw from for their ministers, and I was hopeful about the cabinet. I have to say so far, performance has been profoundly disappointing. Mihychuk is no superstar to be sure, and only an overachiever can last long with that kind of behaviour. This sounds like a way to take anything important off of her plate until she can be shuffled out with the next reorganization of cabinet without drawing much attention to the issue.
She is trying too hard to stand up for jobs in Manitoba. That’s not cool for the Liberal Party. You have to play along to get along, MaryAnn.
— Spence Furby
Pet owners must step up
I’m only 13, but I’m shocked to hear about the recent attack by the Labrador retriever CoCo on the smaller dog Snoopy.
I was told the Labrador retriever not only attacked and killed Snoopy, a five-year-old Bichon Frise-Shih Tzu cross, but also bit the finger of a pedestrian trying to detach the Labrador from the other dog.
Dogs of any species are unpredictable. Tragedies such as these cannot be forgotten, so I believe attention must be brought to all citizens of Winnipeg and beyond that owning a dog can be great, although it takes a lot of responsibility. I believe CoCo’s owners are to blame, as they had the responsibility of training the dog, keeping it leashed and keeping the public safe.
Dogs are wild animals, and owners must know that before even thinking of owning a dog. Just like CoCo, all dogs can be unpredictable. Anything can happen.
Pets can be trained, and training should be a requirement.
As a citizen of Winnipeg, I would like to suggest we need to take initiative so we can help prevent the reoccurrence of these problems. I strongly believe if more people were responsible, tragedies like this can be reduced.
As well, if CoCo is simply returned to her owner, we are asking for this same thing to happen again. What makes us think a dog would understand a second chance? So why bother sending her back to her owner?
I hope pet owners take more action and responsibility after reading this, if they didn’t before. I ask for owners to know what their pets’ capabilities (such as attacking, barking and biting) are so tragedies such as this are less likely to occur.
Honestly, I look forward to seeing decisions benefiting a better and safer place for pets and their owners.