Premier must speak up
Re: Premier accused of ducking and hiding (Nov. 16)
Yes, we have a new premier, but we havent heard a sound from her on the terrible situation in the Southern Health district. With their numbers in that part of out province so very low on the vaccination scale, one would think our premier would show some form of leadership and impose close-down restrictions on this region immediately until they realize that they are not allowed to walk around spreading COVID-19 through their own reluctance to get vaccinated.
The silence of our premier because she does not want to ruffle the feathers of Conservative voters in the southern part of our province speaks volumes.
Nobody should be surprised Premier Heather Stefanson is running and hiding from the media. As bizarre as her behaviour is, shes simply following patterns she established as the former health minister. Shes never had the intestinal fortitude or enough vertebrae to be a leader. She should do the honorable thing and call an election, because Manitobans dont deserve what the PCs gave us, both this time around and the last.
Students dont have clue
Re: Faculty-backing students set up blockade outside U of M administration building (Nov. 15)
If the province were to take off the tuition cap so the university could recover the cost of any increase in professors pay, all of these student-led protests would immediately stop. These are the supposed leaders of tomorrow yet, sadly, they do not have a clue and they show it time and time again.
Re: Glovers right to challenge vote (Opinion, Nov. 16)
I feel a clarification is in order regarding columnist Deveryn Rosss article comparing my electoral situation to Shelly Glovers. Ross states that while Glover was mocked as Trumpian, I was subjected to none of the abuse from the media, or on social media, and asks if the difference is because I am a Liberal and Glover is a Conservative.
It should be pointed out that during the days the verification was being performed to determine if an automatic recount was required by law, I was silent, and my first communication on the matter was to call Marty Morantz to congratulate him once the final count was verified.
If I had been contacting the press, stating I am the MP, Im certain there would have been copious opinions on the matter from media and on social media.
Rivers need urgent attention
Re: Winnipeg rivers must not be our toilet (Opinion, Nov. 13)
Dave Taylors column is spot-on. The green-initiative strategies he discusses need to be employed now. The province wanting to research already-proven methods is a delay tactic to avoid financial support. Its passing the buck.
Its a no-brainer that Winnipegs filthy little footnote is a national embarrassment. And last winter it was never more visible than when the city dumped sewage onto the Wolseley river walkway on the Assiniboine River so disgusting.
Action is long overdue. Hopefully, Taylors words have traction.
Afghan women deserve equality
Re: Afghans deserve compassion (Letter, Nov. 15)
It is difficult to take seriously the claim that women in Canada and many similar countries are so badly off that we are hypocritical to advocate colonial practices and a western mould for Afghan women rather than leave them to their rights as enshrined in their faith. Afghan women, like women throughout the world, deserve worldwide support in their struggle for equality, and no ideology, including tradition, should stand in the way.
To argue for tradition, religious or otherwise, over equality is to sentence women in too many cultures to permanent second-class or lower citizenship. Sadly, colonialism has become such a dirty word that anything smacking of outside influence, no matter how worthy, can be so-labelled disparagingly and dismissed out of hand.
The ultimate irony is that distinct identities, once a tool in progress toward equality, have morphed into barriers to that very goal by providing a false rationale for different standards and perpetuation of inequality. Rather, lets adopt the words of Audre Lorde: I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
Letter writer Shahina Siddiqui is an excellent spokesperson for Islam in Canada, and she is right to call for compassion for Afghans. There is much in her recent letter, however, that is wrong-headed.
I am not a woman, so I will not weigh in on the issue of womens rights. What I am is a man who happens to be a homo homo sapiens. Thank God I was born in Canada and not in Afghanistan or in most of the Islamic world.
If Siddiqui goes online, she will discover that most of Western Europe and the New World now have equal marriage for homosexuals, and in most of the Islamic world homosexuality is illegal. In some Islamic countries, homosexuals are put to death.
Islam as it is understood and practiced in the secular societies of the Western world is very different from Islam as it is understood and practiced in the Islamic world. Siddiqui does not seem to understand this.
Posties too delicate for snow
Re: City takes icy pre-winter punch (Nov. 12)
On Nov. 12, Canada Post cancelled mail delivery because of the snow. I live in a condo in the suburbs. There was no shortage of delivery trucks and passenger cars at our front door. The Free Press was delivered by 6 a.m. I spoke to several people aged 80 to 90 who drove themselves to appointments first thing in the morning and in the afternoon.
Are our mail delivery people so delicate that they cant navigate a little snow? Does this mean that every time it snows or theres a snow drift, we wont get mail?
Since the storm Thursday night, our street, St. Michael Road, has been plowed at least three times. This happens almost every time it snows. As many as six to eight pieces of big equipment are used.
Why does this street get so much attention when I see so many other streets unplowed? This is a very poor management of resources and a complete waste of money.