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Schools teach nutrition
Re: Nutritional policy has huge impact (Letters, June 28)
In response to Dr. Joyce Slater’s letter, mandatory food and nutrition education are part of the now mandatory K-12 physical education and health curriculum she mentioned.
Our school includes Grades 6-12 and we teach nutrition and foods as part of the curricular outcomes in Grade 6, 10 and 12. We also have foods courses available as electives in high school as well as food classes for middle-years students.
Physical education and health/athletic director
École Edward Schreyer School
Women deserve right to choose
Re: Support for limiting abortion (Letters, June 30)
Natalie Sonnen’s letter to the editor makes much of the results of "national polling" that demonstrates that Canadians want restricted access to abortion. However, Sonnen fails to cite the source of the data and one might question whether the survey was conducted in an appropriate manner. It really doesn’t matter. The simple fact is that women deserve the right to choose with respect to abortion. If Sonnen and her cohorts choose against abortion, well and good. Leave the rest of us alone. Do not seek to impose your views on others through restrictive legislation or coercion.
That is the same message that should be delivered to Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen; he was elected to serve all of the people, not just those with select religious beliefs. Based upon his actions to date, it is time for him to move to a portfolio where he can apply his considerable skills without undermining fundamental personal rights.
Greed at root of Trump’s tariffs
I can’t help but cringe every time U.S. President Donald Trump throws another "hissy fit" and attempts to bully traditional allies such as Canada into extracting further concessions. He claims it’s all about the "nature of the deal," but really it’s all about greed.
The latest threats from the U.S. president and his "yes people" involve another round of potential tariffs — this time on the auto sector. How simple (but incorrect) it is to tell the American people, and his own administration, that Canada has been taking advantage of the U.S. The president conveniently forgets to include, during his speeches, that the U.S. has also applied tariffs on a variety of goods imported from Canada, and that his country currently enjoys an $8.4-billion overall trade surplus with Canada.
He also ignores the fact that Americans successfully acquired from Canada a "proportionality clause" that guarantees the U.S. a proportion of our oil every time we pump oil for ourselves. It first appeared in the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement of 1988, and was later included in the first NAFTA agreement in the early ’90s. We, as a nation, have given up sovereignty of our own oil to the U.S.
To add insult to injury, the U.S. is buying Canadian oil at a heavily discounted price; and since the U.S. is our only customer, we have no choice but to go along. To Mexico’s credit, it did not agree to the same proportionally clause for oil also sought by the Americans.
Who is really taking advantage of whom? Negotiating is always give and take. Canada agreed to give up some tangibles in order to get others back. The Americans also did the same thing. If the current NAFTA fails, not only will Canada suffer, but so too will our friends to the south. And, yes, in spite of the president’s recent childish behaviour in Canada, I still have many American friends, and call them so.
If NAFTA dies, so too does the supply of oil to the U.S. If the president refuses to tell the whole story, and constantly changes the numbers to his liking, it’s time to call the president’s bluff.
David A. Main
St. Francois Xavier
By the numbers
Re: Portage and Main will stay closed (Letters, June 30)
The 1976 census reported Winnipeg’s population as 578,217, not the 262,966 reported by Rod Lehmann.
Also, Winnipeg’s population in 2017 was estimated by StatCan to be 749,500. Lehmann’s 825,700 figure includes the surrounding communities.
Re: The merits of school division mergers
I’d like to provide Royce Koop with some of the evidence he desires, thereby refuting his assertion that metro Winnipeg school trustees do not invest time and energy in creating opportunities for "grassroots input."
While community engagement may look different between school divisions, one only need visit division websites to see the host of public events offered throughout the year where trustees are present, visible and eager to talk.
Four years ago, the Louis Riel School Division, where Koop resides, took the additional and unique step of creating a standing committee whose only mandate is to create opportunities for community engagement and input. The Community Connections Committee has met with hundreds of students, parents and seniors, in addition to service organizations and seniors’ groups, for the purpose of sharing the work of our school board and ensuring we know what our community needs and wants.
These conversations have impacted policy and programming, and demonstrate that student, parent and community voices are not only valued by the Louis Riel School Board, but influencing and informing our decision making, as well. This is what grassroots engagement is all about, and precisely how we respond to "distinctive influences."
Trustee and vice-chairwoman
Louis Riel School Board
Rights and responsibilities
Re: Feelings of pride, responsibility on first day of being Canadian (July 1)
I feel prompted to write you a quick note about this article. I believe it’s the first time I’ve seen the word "responsibility" used in this context.
Is it not true that with rights, privileges, there ought to be responsibility that should be equally emphasized? This inclusion completes the "loop" as to how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms could sustain itself perpetually. Without fulfilment of responsibility, the guarantee of rights and freedom cannot be realized.
You are absolutely right in that.
Citizen of Winnipeg for 50 years
Unethical choice has legal consequences
Re: Teaching youth the right path (June 30)
I very much enjoy Barbara Bowes’ columns in the Saturday edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. Today, Bowes’ topic was ethics and, as usual, the column was interesting and informative.
To support a point, Bowes cites several examples of unethical behaviour. She includes parking in a handicapped parking spot while shopping — and, I assume, without displaying a parking placard.
Bowes is quite correct. Such an action is unethical. But it is not only unethical to park in a disabled spot to which one is not entitled, it is also illegal. According to CBC, in August 2017, illegally parking in spaces designated for people with disabilities lands drivers a $150 fine in Winnipeg, and that doubles to $300 if the ticket isn’t paid in 15 days.
A person who needs a disabled parking placard can apply through the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities. The application is straightforward. The process may require completion of a form by one’s doctor, and the fee is minimal.
I strongly urge everyone to behave ethically and to obey the law.