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Drop the name-calling
The federal Conservatives insist on repeating their scripted speaking points, cliché after false non sequitur after smug caricature.
For example: the federal NDP are ritualistically called "the socialists," presumably to scare the living votes out of us.
However, if the current crop of federal NDP are socialists, then you and your ilk, Stephen Harper, are fascists. Please, may we talk about ideas and not simplistic fantasies?
Curbside composting now
Bartley Kives' column City dithers over kitchen scraps (Aug. 27) struck all the right chords for me. I just returned from a trip to Seattle, where it is mandated that kitchen scraps go in the green yard-waste bins. That city even inspects its residents' regular garbage bins and if too much organic waste is detected, a fine is levied.
The models for curbside composting are out there. It should not take three to five years to study what other municipalities are doing, get feedback from our citizens, and implement a city-wide plan.
On Sept. 9, the city is hosting an organics diversion strategy symposium to talk to residents and find out how Winnipeg should divert organic materials from the landfill. Yet the city already conducted a Speak Up on Garbage Expo in 2010 followed by a six-month public campaign, then in 2011 commissioned a study. In fact, dollars to run a pilot residential compost pickup program were even allocated in the 2014 budget. Waiting for a new organics strategy to be delivered to council in summer 2016, which is the date now being proposed by the city, will delay organics pickup for too long and makes no sense.
We know organics diversion programs are necessary and can divert approximately 40 per cent of Winnipeg's residential waste stream. The province is gearing up for the implementation of a ban on organics in landfills by 2020, and the city will ultimately be required to take action on organic waste. Many Winnipeg residents have already spoken up for organics curbside pickup, and we have the studies and successful existing program models. Progressive cities such as Toronto, Calgary, Hamilton, Vancouver, Halifax, Victoria and even Brandon already run programs. It's time to join them.
Green Action Centre
Distractions good for you
As a reading clinician and learning specialist, I appreciate Michael Zwaagstra's observations that he frequently works most efficiently when he takes breaks (Distractions can be a good thing, Aug. 27).
Interruptions, especially those that require you to get up and move, can support the thinking and learning process. When studying or trying to solve a problem, stand up and walk; take the time to teach someone else what you know. Have a discussion about it. Role play different sides of an argument or solutions to a problem. Create or play a game on the topic.
Find a friend, or create a team, and have a competition to recall information. Do some focused reading or writing on the same topic but that was written by a different author. It is also important to be aware that a more extroverted person's neurological system may find music supports focus and recall of information while those who are introverted may need a study carrel or classroom nook to meet their need for quiet. The most effective working and learning environments are structured but flexible, with breaks, a variety of activities and some choice when possible.
Better the devil you know?
So voting for Harper is "insanity" according to letter writer Larry Moan (Aug 28). Really?
Apparently, voting for the NDP led by Tom Mulcair is OK. A party that is infamous for high debts and taxes if given half a chance.
Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is saying he will spend an extra $125 billion once elected as fast as he can. No word as to how high taxes will rise to cover this promise.
Speaking of taxes, the Fraser Institute just released a study that says we spend more on taxes than the necessities of life. Simply put, Canadians cannot afford these two pretenders, who would be only too happy to deny us the basics of everyday living just to finance pie-in-the sky schemes that nobody can afford.
"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't."