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Balanced coverage of zoning
Re: Residents clash with city over Corydon-Osborne plan (June 20)
In an effort to retain balanced affordability for Winnipeg housing, similar changes to zoning should be encouraged in every neighbourhood. With a built-to-code revenue suite as a feature, many younger and working-class families could afford the new norm of a $400,000 home. The result would be safer rental suites and stronger communities.
Whether one agrees with a plan to allow more multifamily use, without the need to seek rezoning, or one does not, you were not influenced by the reportage of Ashley Prest. While much of the local news is so often brutally manipulated so the writer’s viewpoint is enhanced, this writer ably reported the facts in a balanced and professional manner. Brava.
Workers’ rights at issue
Re: Secret ballots and democracy (June 20)
Labour unions in Canada exist primarily to provide workers with democratic representation.
The right of workers to collective bargaining, which is central to this representation, is both recognized internationally and protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Supreme Court of Canada has stated collective bargaining is "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society" and its recognition "reaffirms the values of dignity, personal autonomy, equality and democracy that are inherent to the charter."
All of the research shows secret-ballot provisions significantly lessen the ability of workers to realize this right. Everybody — both academics and practitioners — knows this is because the resulting delay provides greater opportunity for anti-union employers to intimidate and threaten workers. Everybody also knows that, where this occurs, a secret ballot is anything but democratic and that, where a ballot is not required, there is rarely evidence of coercion or intimidation by union organizers or co-workers.
We are now well into the 21st century. We live in a province that houses a museum for human rights. How disappointing, then, both the provincial government and local business representatives are not only seeking to undermine the democratic rights of workers but also trying to conceal their reasons for doing so with the fiction they are seeking to enhance these rights.
Professor and Norman Frohlich Fellow,
Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
Falk’s stance on Pride
A resounding thank you to MP Ted Falk of Steinbach for clearly stating his position to not attend the Pride rally because of his own position on faith, family and community.
He speaks for a silent majority who are also at the mercy of a bold minority pushing their radical sex-ed program onto cowed parents and school boards, heartily supported by a biased media.
Portage la Prairie
Steinbach has good politicians and public leaders, in the likes of Ted Falk and Rick Peters, who stand on their moral conviction and don’t just get swayed to the left nor to the right because it’s what a minority or majority of their constituents want.
People in general don’t stand by their moral conviction, they rather advance their personal agenda, which is convenient for themselves.
Attending a vigil to show sorrow for the dead (straight or LGBTTQ*) is simply a compassionate act, while attending a parade (for LGBTTQ* or Santa Claus) is a matter of personal belief and moral conviction.
Why don’t we all get this?
Let us be tolerant toward each other’s principles and beliefs.
Rev. Alfredo Velasco
River of Life Church of the Nazarene
Changes at Canada Post
In 2013, Canada Post announced it would be eliminating door-to-door delivery across the country because the current model, it said, was unsustainable.
That decision was solely based on a Conference Board of Canada report that projected millions of dollars in losses. The projections were grossly inaccurate. In fact, the opposite is true. Canada Post has realized profits in millions in every quarter since the report.
Canada Post has been notifying customers for weeks now it will be locking out its employees in early July. It has also notified its employees as of July 2, all of their benefits will be suspended. Canada Post is demanding even more rollbacks than it achieved in 2011, with the help of Conservative government legislation (that was recently deemed by the courts to be a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms).
With parcels volumes and revenues going through the roof and the pension plan in very healthy shape, the only possible reason for demanding rollbacks is greed. Although the intent of the lockout will be to "starve out" its employees, there will a potentially devastating impact on small business, charities, senior citizens, and rural Canadians who depend on Canada Post delivery. While many living in large urban areas can make alternate arrangements with other carriers such as Purolator and FedEx, most of rural Canada will be isolated and ignored.
This time, Canada Post spin doctors will have a hard time placing the blame on the "union."
CUPW Winnipeg Local
Who decides on helmets?
Re: Bike helmets crucial (Letters, June 21)
Whoa, falling backwards can generate enough force to possibly kill you? Why is there no proposed legislation to mandate helmet protection for every time we get off the couch? Car accidents are a major source of head injuries? Why aren’t we forced to slap on a helmet every time we buckle up?
The suggestion non-helmet wearers be denied medical coverage is a good one, as long as we extend that logic to smokers, drinkers, consumers of sugary foods, and anyone else who engages in "risky" or unhealthy lifestyle choices.
All that remains is to determine who gets to make that call. Is it the politicians? The letter-writers with a story to tell?
How about we let the adults make the decision for themselves?
Re: Former Winnipeggers in U.K. uneasy (June 24)
Why are some people so enamored of the EU? Really, what good has it accomplished in the last 20+ years? Will the people who are enamored of the EU be equally enamoured of the North American Union? The POTUS is pushing for that.
What would happen to Canada in the event that the NAU becomes reality? Do you really think that we’d be "better off?"
Look at the countries in the EU. There are countries that are barely surviving due to being forced to follow what the rich and powerful countries want.
Though I suppose if you’re a have-not country, then being subsidized by the have countries is a good thing. Look at Manitoba, a have-not province that wouldn’t survive without the handouts from the provinces that make something of themselves.
Mega-countries, as the EU is and the NAU wannabes, are not the be all and end all. Be careful what you wish for.
This may be a preview of the USA upcoming election.
That is what terrifies me.
— sunny 2
The media thinks everyone should be scared of this news. But people will still wake up tomorrow and life will go on as it always has.