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Fish findings require attention
The recent findings of a SeaChoice study on the declining fish population in Manitoba's lakes are quite troubling (Threat of the highest scale, Nov. 9).
SeaChoice blames "no catch limits" and "lousy data" as among the reasons for the apparent reduction in numbers.
While commercial fishers debate the validity of SeaChoice's study, the review to be conducted by the Manitoba government in 2016 must be properly funded, and all measures taken to maintain a healthy economy and fish population. The $250,000 price tag attached to an ecological certification of our lakes is a wise, appropriate investment considering the larger exporting opportunities that come with it.
Lake Winnipeg is a drainage basin for parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Ontario, allowing treated sewage, chemicals from farm runoff and invasive species to enter a lake where fish is eaten locally and exported globally. We must assess its health on an ongoing basis.
The Selinger government must recognize decreased funding to fishery science will negatively effect the fish population and the jobs of taxpayers who earn their living from the lake.
Finally, someone sheds light on this murky situation.
David Suzuki wants to tell consumers everywhere not to purchase fish from Manitoba's three largest lakes, claiming their fisheries are among the worst-managed in the world.
We all saw it coming; the fluorescent green and blue algae on our beaches and not being able to swim in the water because the fecal count is too high. Now, we're not supposed to eat pickerel because scientists figure fish stocks are going to crash.
Maybe it's time we pull our head out of the sand and start working on this calamity before it's too late.
Tories' tone still the same
We're told there is a new "tone" to be expressed by Conservatives, both before and after the election of their new interim leader (Tories tap Ambrose as interim leader, Nov. 6).
Yet in a recent interview, interim leader Rona Ambrose noted to fellow Conservative MPs supporting her appointment that "we have the same enemies" -- Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
That would suggest nothing has changed. We can look forward to the same garbage we've seen during the last decade from Conservatives.
Failing to protect women
Two news pieces on facing pages of the Nov. 7 Free Press deal with violence against women involving an intimate partner (Man convicted of attack on wife; Chief defends officers in Runke homicide case).
The cases show a common characteristic: authorities either dismiss repeated complaints by women or deny them timely protection orders.
We're facing a desperate situation in Winnipeg -- the system isn't responding effectively to protect women.
Policing and crime prevention are failing to protect women. We need to address this problem with a more socially progressive, community-based approach that shows understanding and empathy toward women.
Trudeau should act on oilsands
Re: Obama kills pipeline (Nov. 7). When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced his cabinet, I was delighted we finally had a government that recognized climate change and gave it ministerial significance. My delight turned to dismay when he expressed disappointment U.S. President Barack Obama had rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.
This was the perfect opportunity for Trudeau to put actions to his words. How exciting it would have been for him to congratulate the president on a bold move to begin to take climate change seriously.
Canada can only be trusted on its claim to care about climate change if we make moves to shut down the tarsands. Trudeau should take action to immediately halt all tarsands expansion and begin a just and fair transition to renewable energy.
I hope he learns to walk the talk before he leaves for Paris.
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Can we talk about two of the largest expenditures ever planned in Manitoba -- the $4.6-billion Bipole III transmission line and $6.5-billion Keyask generating station (Can we talk about Manitoba Hydro?, Editorial, Nov. 3)?
Out-of-province power sales declined to $338 million last year from $828 million in 2005. Manitobans will pay dearly through doubling or tripling of hydro bills in the next 20 years.
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