Sidewalk cyclists lack respect
Re: Sidewalk cyclists face ticketing surge (July 28)
As a cyclist, and a pedestrian, I found the article interesting. What I found most interesting was the total lack of consideration for the pedestrian who is the only one who has the legal right to be on the sideWALK. Emphasis on "walk."
Over most of my 40-plus-year career, I’ve either walked or cycled to my place of employment. Just as there are a high proportion of car/truck drivers who seem to care less about the safety of the cyclists they pass, there seems to be an equally high proportion of those "sidewalk cyclists" who could care less about the pedestrians they pass. No ringing a bell, or yelling "passing on the left" to warn as they approach the unsuspecting pedestrian from behind.
There is no question that our city needs to expand the number of designated bike lanes. But in the absence of them, cyclists need to be aware of the fact that riding on a sidewalk is illegal. If they choose to do so, they should at least show more consideration to pedestrians while passing.
As a cyclist, I too have been confronted with the dangerous prospect of continuing on the roadway under the Osborne underpass which was featured in the article. Unlike the two who chose "to do something else" and ride their bikes on the sidewalk, I walked my bike. What’s the rush?
I read with disbelief that Winnipeg police are now handing out tickets for cycling on the sidewalk. Surely police have better things to do with their time. There is a lot of criminal activity in Winnipeg and it does not involve cyclists on sidewalks for safety reasons.
What is next? Tickets for kids learning to cycle on our sidewalks?
Everyone must accept blame
Re: Blame government, not people (Letters, July 27)
The writer of this letter states the governments of the day did horrible things to the Indigenous population but the innocent people knew nothing about what the government was doing.
Yet, it was the people who elected the successive governments. In a democracy, we the people vote for the representatives who most closely represent our views.
In nearly every election in Canada, I hear "the people have spoken." Is this slogan only to be used when things go well, so as to pat ourselves on the back? Elected officials are extensions of the will of the people. When they err, we the people also err.
Michael du Croix
Not everyone accepts blame
Re: All Canadians responsible (Letters, July 28)
While Robert King refuses to acknowledge that the government and its citizens are not one and the same, I, for one, refuse to accept this.
Although in theory governments act on behalf of the people, in point of fact governments conduct business that they have not been charged with by the populace. While I remain sympathetic for crimes committed against Indigenous people by governments in power at the time these events occurred, I will not under any circumstance accept responsibility for crimes that I did not commit or endorse.
Neither I nor any member of my family has ever charged the Canadian government to commit said atrocities against Indigenous persons.
I also suggest to King that he is perfectly capable of moving forward without my "mea culpa," as this is entirely his choice.
Olympics failing as model
Re: Keep Olympic dream alive (Letters, July 24)
David Asper’s letter recounting personal financial support for the Canadian Olympic Foundation ends with "Go, Canada!" Humbug.
Increasingly, the Olympics appear to be a failing model and I am not convinced our youth are well served by it. It’s wonderful to have a dream, and if sports is your passion, go for it. Just be sure it’s your dream and not your parents’ dream, not society’s dream, and certainly not the dream of the International Olympic Committee.
There’s no glory in it, but the Asper money would be better spent on public washrooms and food banks.
Stop hounding Santos
Re: Santos lone councillor to lack virus vaccination (July 27)
I sympathize with Councillor Vivian Santos as the media and busybodies insist on their right to know. Where is this right stated?
Answering the question never ends the probe. When you admit you are not vaccinated, it leads to "Why not?" If you make the mistake of answering that a medical situation prevents vaccination, they will hound you to try to find out what medical condition you have. It’s none of their damn business.
All Santos owes them as a councillor is to do a good job representing her constituents and the city.
Ten-year probe wasteful
Re: Child sexual abuse investigation revealed (July 27)
Ten years and more than 80 officers working on allegations at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School with absolutely no chance of a conviction? Seems like a waste of scarce resources that could be better spent on a cases that have even a slight chance of conviction.
Concrete trumps trees
Re: Province should protect urban canopy (Opinion, July 26)
Erna Buffie, interim chair of Trees Please Winnipeg, is correct in stating it ought to be a "no brainer" for the provincial government to increase its support for our city’s urban canopy. Similarly, it ought to be a "no brainer" for Winnipeg city council to revisit a decision made 25 years ago by a consultant from St. Albert, Alta.
The elimination of the former parks and recreation department meant the city forester had to compete for budget dollars with the street renewal budget as part of the public works department. Not surprisingly, in any debate between so-called hard infrastructure and greening investments, concrete trumps trees and we end up with the sad state of affairs outlined by Buffie.
Let greenways grow wild
With smog in the air from recent forest fires and the constant smell of smoke we’ve been experiencing, I’ve wondered what we can do in our city to help fight climate change. Every summer, the city uses many gallons of gas to keep our parks, boulevards and greenways tame and groomed. However, all that mowing adds up. Reducing air-pollution levels can reduce lung cancer, stroke, heart disease and respiratory problems, according to the World Health Organization.
To stop cutting public lawns would save the city time and money, and reduce our energy consumption. It would also allow native plants to grow, protecting biodiversity and attracting pollinators.
Green space along roads such as Bishop Grandin and Kenaston Boulevard, as well as city boulevards and greenways, should be uncut and allowed to grow wild.