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Cost issues at Hydro aplenty
I'm amazed at the salaries Manitoba Hydro executives are receiving (Big pay hikes for Hydro execs, July 31).
Not too long ago, Manitobans were informed that the Public Utilities Board approved a 3.95 per cent hike in electricity rates, but were not informed Hydro's top executives will be receiving a salary increase from 15.8 per cent to 23.7 per cent. How strange and secretive is that?
Again Manitobans find themselves in a financial situation where a deficit is growing beyond the means. Our Crown corporation is projecting a loss because of megaprojects such as the Keeyask generating station and the Bipole III power line.
One of the major problems stems from Manitoba Hydro's governance; Hydro's board is appointed by the Manitoba government, but the process isn't transparent.
With better-defined and improved governance, Hydro could become a more vibrant, less cost-heavy organization.
Referring a Manitoba Hydro customer who is behind on their bills to "a social assistance department run by the government" just passes the buck onto somebody else -- the problem is not solved (Hydro's two-tiered customer service, Letters, July 28).
Yes, if you can get Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), they will pay current utility bills, but the food budget of $4 a day leaves a lot to be desired. Live for a week on $4 a day and it becomes clear that passing the buck is no help, even if utility bills are looked after by EIA.
A large portion of the population -- people on employment insurance, pensioners and minimum-wage earners, to name a few -- has trouble paying utility bills. What happens to these people?
That's why low-income consumers asked the Public Utilities Board to require Manitoba Hydro to do more to cushion the effects of these increases.
A 3.95 per cent increase on a Hydro bill for someone earning $100,000 a year is nothing; for someone earning $10,000 a year, it's a big deal.
The PUB has recognized that, and has urged Manitoba Hydro to do the same.
Lion slaughter's ugly truth
Re: Slaughtered lion photo disturbing (Letters, July 30). Letter-writer Terine Hughes apparently wants to read a clean, polished newspaper.
Out of sight, out of mind -- it's the eyes of the hunter and the dead wild animal that speak the truth.
Notice how we never see a picture of the inside of a factory farm? People value animals we don't eat, and don't bat an eye for a confined animal that lives a tortured life.
All life forms should be respected and treated with dignity. What that hunter and his accomplices did is no different than those enjoying their hot dogs on the barbecue from giant companies that have a nerve to call themselves a farm.
Perhaps big-game trophy hunters could get permits to hunt each other -- after all, they are not an endangered species.
They would be getting their ultimate macho thrill, and the rest of us would be having two problems solved at the same time.
Flora MacDonald an inspiration
The life story of Flora MacDonald, Canada's first female external affairs minister and one of the first women to run for leadership of a Canadian political party, was well-written and sincerely appreciated (Flora MacDonald's pioneering legacy, July 30).
Demonstrating humour, determination and incredible resilience, MacDonald persevered, pursuing leadership at a time when women made up only 3.4 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons.
I especially loved reading abut her light-hearted, spirited approach to feeling ignored, and her donning red lingerie to get the men to stop and listen -- and, as a result, dissolving the gender barrier.
Passionate in her beliefs, MacDonald simply went about doing what needed to be done.
Public sector not suffering
I see the billboards as well as full-page ads in the Free Press from various public-sector unions wailing about draconian Stephen Harper, who apparently hates everything.
I wonder if those who don't have government jobs with government benefits are similarly outraged.
I doubt most Canadians feel the public sector is suffering disproportionately.