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Stop Bipole expropriations
I was shocked and appalled to see the notices of expropriations for Bipole III in the Dec. 18 Free Press.
According to the notice, the expropriations were dated Oct. 15 and confirmed by the minister responsible on Nov. 24.
Why were the expropriations kept secret until Dec. 18?
The deeper question: Why are the government and Hydro continuing to rush headlong down this mad path when there is such strong opposition to proceeding?
Opposition to Bipole III has been expressed by many competent and knowledgeable people: independent consultants, two former premiers, the former chairman of the Public Utilities Board, several First Nations and Métis groups and many others. Are they all wrong?
There are significant issues that need to be dealt with before Manitoba makes further commitments and expenditures that will cost future generations dearly.
Expropriations must be halted while Hydro's plans are reworked.
Secretary, Manitoba Forward
Premier Selinger's damn-the-torpedoes, scorched-earth approach to Bipole III continues.
Last week, farmers in the Red River Valley learned from a number of community newspapers they no longer own some of the land they owned the week before.
How could this happen when Manitoba's Expropriation Act provides for an inquiry before an expropriation action is finalized?
The answer is Selinger and his newly reconstituted cabinet, weakened but still obedient, passed an order-in-council on Nov. 19, waiving the inquiry -- reminiscent of his decision to hike the PST without a referendum.
Only Manitoba Hydro and the government know exactly how many landowners are involved because Schedule A, which lists the properties involved, is not part of the publicly available order. The number may exceed 150.
This is a new low for Manitoba Hydro, which has had to expropriate only once before in its 95-year history -- in 1961, on a single property near Grand Rapids.
Bipole III Coalition
Spending wisely on kids in care
Here's an idea -- maybe instead of paying contract companies to "care" for kids in hotels, sufficient and consistent funding should be put in place for staff and programs that could provide proper care for these vulnerable children (Kids-in-hotels program to change, Dec. 18).
How do you justify spending $25 an hour for less-than-desirable care when many dedicated individuals working directly with children and youth are making just slightly over minimum wage?
A skilled, trained and experienced youth-care practitioner can make more money working at Starbucks than in the field that they are trained in.
The job of being premier
This is the season for goodwill, generosity, and kindness -- so why is our premier getting so little?
He made a mistake when he sought to quiet the complaints about infrastructure. Now the opposition is like a dog with a bone, growling about a one-percentage-point hike in PST.
Let's let Greg Selinger do the work he was elected to do. If you want a different premier when it's time for the election, vote for your preference.
Frankly, I don't see anyone on the horizon who could do a better job.
People should remember Theresa Oswald is just as guilty as Greg Selinger for the serious problems facing Manitoba (Oswald's in: She wants top job, Dec. 19).
During her time as health minister, Manitoba ranked last in health-care outcomes, and she was in charge when Brian Sinclair died in an emergency room.
Oswald and Selinger are two heads of the same NDP coin.
Give the gift of life
Come on Manitobans -- this Christmas season, sign up for life (Giving the gift of life, Dec. 19).
Become an organ donor, and keep a card in your wallet that indicates your decision.
Manitoba does not have enough donors to meet the needs for transplants. Becoming an organ donor will not only help another person, it will help your family be aware of your wishes.