Put marred statues at CMHR
Re: Time to take a break from honouring figureheads, Indigenous artists say (July 17)
The best place for these fallen queen statues, as well as their plinths, is on the grounds of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. They should be relocated just as they are and not restored. The plinth with the hand prints has become very moving and we should honour that in perpetuity.
Their toppling was necessary. It was clever. It was brave. The activists were driven by passion to commemorate Indigenous survival on their own land in their own homes. On the CMHR’s grounds, they will become part of our history of positive activism against racism.
And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of those statues in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Assiniboine Park. Those sexualize young women, yet another form of abuse.
Bev Pike, Winnipeg
As far as the toppling of the queen statues, I doubt the queens felt a thing, compared to what the many flesh-and-blood children felt and in whose memory this act was done.
Lolita Morrisey, Winnipeg
With regard to the new replacement statue for the legislature, I would suggest holding an open competition for city artists. The statue would reflect something more contemporary, reflecting the theme of inclusion and unity. There could be a province-wide vote based on the three top contenders.
Kathy Learning, Winnipeg
Make vaccine cards in Manitoba
Re: Province pauses production of COVID-19 immunization cards (July 9)
With the province saying there is a global shortage of blank plastic cards so Manitoba’s request is on back-order, is there any Manitoba business that can produce the cards? Is there anyone in the provincial government and Manitoba Health smart enough to keep the money to produce the cards in Manitoba?
Douglas Bradley, St. Adolphe
No sympathy for unvaccinated
Re: In Winkler, tempers flare over freedom given to fully vaccinated neighbours (July 16)
I have a hard time feeling sorry for unvaccinated persons not having the same privileges as those vaccinated, unless there is a valid medical reason. By choosing not to be vaccinated, they put other people at risk including children, and those compromised with health issues.
It is a choice to not be vaccinated and there are certain consequences that should be accepted. People are also free to drive a car but not to speed and put others in danger.
Terry Robert, Winnipeg
Puttering on back streets
Re: Reduced speeds won’t expand travel time (Opinion, July 17)
Bob Cox writes that lowering speed limits to 30 km/h on residential streets will not change travel time overall. He is correct.
For decades, I have avoided as much as possible, and especially at rush hour, main streets and the mayhem with overly competitive, and often angry, drivers in favour of "puttering along" through residential streets. I often go blocks out of my way and often I have to wait for pedestrians, bicyclists and others.
I’m sure my average speed is at least as low as 30 km/h but I get to my destination calm and happy. I can estimate my travel time quite accurately and thus have no reason to speed or compete for pavement.
Shane Nestruck, Winnipeg
It’s time the debate over lowering city speed limits was laid to rest once and for all. The most recent Probe Research poll found 56 per cent of citizens opposed it, and this isn’t the first instance of such results.
While it may be true that pedestrians would be safer with 30 km/h limits, 50 km/h is hardly producing battleground levels of carnage on the streets. Would the same logic apply to highway speeds, that they should be reduced from 100 km/h to 60 because motorists would experience fewer injuries in lower-speed accidents?
The reality is that, for a city lacking any semblance of a freeway system and with frequently unsynchronized traffic signals, potholes, at least four months of snowy conditions, and a generous number of excessively-cautious drivers, speed limits don’t have to be over-regulated.
Edward Katz, Winnipeg
Buffer zones would repel fires
Re: Thousands of firefighters battle big blazes across the West (July 13)
Given the many forest fires, people should clear-cut forested areas around towns and reserves, creating a buffer zone of one kilometer. This action would prevent fires from spreading, endangering people and property.
This buffer zone should be planted only with low growing grasses and rigorously maintained. This action would result in few or no evacuations, no loss of life and no loss of dwellings.
Robert J. Moskal, Winnipeg
Can we still say Tomahawk?
Re: Tomahawk chips ink national distribution deal (July 17)
In a day and age where someone finds everything offensive, I can’t believe they are allowed to use a name with such apparently racist overtones.
James Roberts, Winnipeg
Kinew intervention was political
Re: Reconciliation minister — like his boss — is way out of his depth (Opinion, July 16)
Columnist Niigaan Sinclair comments on opposition leader Wab Kinew’s interruption of Alan Lagimodiere’s press conference, wherein the new Indigenous minister made some comments that were not politically correct. Sinclair wrote "Kinew was not acting politically."
I don’t know if Sinclair was being too kind to Kinew or if Sinclair is a bit naive, but Kinew’s actions were nothing more than a political stunt meant to score political points.
J. D. Marion, Winnipeg
Through an Ojibway teen’s eyes
Re: A rather inauspicious ministerial debut (Editorial, July 16)
My name is Riley Twovoice. I am 15 years old and I am First Nations, specifically Ojibway.
I found Alan Lagimodiere’s defense of residential schools to be ignorant and hurtful, and his excuse to be nothing more than an attempt to save face. The truth is he cannot save face.
Lagimodiere is Métis. He grew up in the North. Either he didn’t learn about assimilation, or he is ignorant to the fact of it. Our relationship with the government is strained at the moment, but it will be especially strained if he remains as the Indigenous minister.
He cannot start a meaningful dialogue with Indigenous leaders if they do not pick up the phone when he calls.
Saying that residential schools were meant to give Indigenous children skills and abilities to fit into society is a lot like saying that slavery in America was meant to lower Black unemployment.
I thought that having a Métis person as the Indigenous minister would be a great thing, a step in the right direction. Instead, he has taken reconciliation 10 steps in the wrong direction.
It’s probably stressful for Lagimodiere right now. If he does not resign, it will only be more stressful. Not only for him, but for me and many others. He claimed to be for reconciliation by taking the job as minister. If he truly believes that, he must resign. If he does not, his ignorance is only proven.
Riley Twovoice, Winnipeg