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Landowners' concerns over Bipole III
It's frustrating to see Manitoba Hydro manipulated by a group of inept politicians in our government (Holding out against Hydro, Feb. 21).
The NDP has ignored common sense by taking the Bipole III line on the scenic route and now have Manitoba Hydro dismissing valid concerns from farmers.
Our concerns are reasonable -- to make sure Hydro and their contractors do everything in their power to prevent the spread of disease and weeds between fields and to make sure we're not on the hook if someone trespasses on the land and negatively impacts the line.
I don't farm because I enjoy being up before the sun and back in bed long after the rest of my family is asleep. I don't farm because I enjoy being at the mercy of Mother Nature. I farm because I love watching my children discover their roots while watching their food grow, because I have a passion and pride that comes from putting a little seed into the ground, hoping, praying and doing everything in my power to ensure it will grow.
I'm not a greedy farmer. I'm a husband and father as well as a steward of the land. I want to make sure the opportunity to farm will still be available to my children someday if they decide to accept the undertaking.
Manitoba Hydro public affairs manager Scott Powell dismisses concerns expressed by Bipole III landowners, stating "There are transmission lines all across Manitoba. Many people have been working around them for some time."
The lines he refers to have low-profile AC structures; they don't carry the Bipole III's greater voltage. Nor do they feature the 144-foot steel-lattice monstrosities with typically 1,500-foot spans and line sags of up to 100 feet.
The existing structures are difficult and nuisance enough -- I know, as I have them on my farm. But there will be an even bigger challenge in guiding ground and aerial equipment around the Bipole III monstrosities.
How long will we have to wait for the first accident -- which Hydro has already told the CEC will be the landowner's fault?
Electoral reform needs youth
Re: You say you want a revolution (Feb. 26). At the Feb. 25 Game Changers event hosted by Brigette DePape and the Council of Canadians, a young participant raised the issue of the need for electoral reform to make substantive change.
It was agreed that to do this, we need to elect politicians willing to raise issues of electoral reform. Millennials are left to deal with the inability of previous generations to make these changes. DePape rightly states getting young people engaged and voting is a step in the right direction.
Brigette DePape is a courageous, positive leader pulling together people in the face of the formidable challenges facing our country. We need to support young activists, not vilify them -- they are key to our collective future.
In her efforts to promote much-needed electoral reform, Shannon Sampert throws efforts toward youth engagement in politics under the bus. We need both; neither effort is or needs to be in competition with one another.
A matter of public safety
The debate over the release of Vince Li reminds me of Robert Chaulk's case.
Chaulk committed murder in Winnipeg in 1985 and was tried and convicted in adult court, despite being a teenager when the murder occurred. He won the right to a retrial in 1991, was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was transferred to the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. After four months of treatment, Chaulk was declared sane and released.
In January 1999, Chaulk was accused of stabbing and beating two neighbours to death. In December 1999, he was sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter.
Neither Robert Chaulk nor Vince Li are monsters. They, and others, suffer mental illnesses that can result in monstrous acts. The issue in Li's release is public safety, not the success of his treatment, although that plays a part.
Parole boards routinely assess the risks to public safety. A parole board should be involved in any release planning and monitoring; they have expertise the Li treatment and assessment teams lack.
The numbers don't lie
Re: Strength in diversity (Feb. 24). Big business and Brian Pallister and his Conservatives always preached that New Democrats are lousy money managers.
What can they say now that the Conference Board of Canada has announced the province run by the NDP has a bright economic future?