Red tape curtails ambition
Re: City should buy Bay store (Letter, Nov. 16)
Letter writer Peter Kaufman references the accomplishments of Canadas forefathers in building the CPR and CNR rail lines to transport passengers and freight across this country. Also among their accomplishments, he refers to the construction of the Shoal Lake aqueduct to supply clean water to the city of Winnipeg.
These three projects had a monumental impact on the development of Canada and the city of Winnipeg.
I agree with Kaufman that we need visionary leadership but, sadly, none of these projects would have a hope of being accomplished today. There would be environmental impact studies, wildlife studies, Indigenous land claims, labour practice reviews, interprovincial jurisdictional negotiations, building permit applications, constitutional challenges and never-ending consultations with stakeholders.
Those projects are part of Canadas history, a history which was both good and bad and will never be seen again.
Senator should stay in lane
Re: OToole ejects senator from Tory caucus (Nov. 17)
It seems Conservative Senator Denise Batters from Saskatchewan is not so busy performing her duties in the Senate, as she has time to co-ordinate a petition to have Erin OToole removed as Conservative party leader. Apparently she is unhappy he has abandoned some of the far right-wing policies he ran on during the last leadership campaign.
As an appointee to the upper house, where she is well paid at a base salary in the neighborhood of $150,000 a year to perform duties as a senator till age 75, she would be well advised to restrict her interests to the tasks involved as a senator.
Perhaps another look should be taken to either abolish the Senate entirely or at least make the appointments on a bi-partisan neutral basis.
Why students support faculty
Re: Students dont have a clue (Letter, Nov. 17)
Letter writer James Roberts states students would abandon their support of University of Manitoba professors if the university were to raise tuition fees to cover the cost of the increased salaries.
It appears he is uninformed, since the university did raise tuition fees 3.75 per cent over the last three consecutive years and raised fees by 6.6 per cent for the 2018-19 years. In addition, the university has a $94 million surplus in its 2020-21 budget.
So the university can afford the modest increases the faculty is asking for, but so far has chosen not to. Students see the inequity and therefore are supporting the faculty.
As acting head of the history department at the University of Manitoba this year, Ive worked extensively with undergraduate students, and so I read James Roberts letter with puzzlement. Leaving aside the suggestion to increase tuition rates so that even fewer students can afford to pursue their goals without burdensome loans or onerous jobs on the side, his lament about the leadership skills of students today didnt match my experience at all.
The students I know are thoughtful, well prepared and aware of the complexity of the contemporary world. They face many challenges, both locally and globally, and yet they respond to these with creativity and determination. The initiative shown by those who formed the Students Supporting UMFA group is just one example of their ability to organize and lead. Their willingness to take on these challenges makes the university a better place, and they deserve our most steadfast support.
Glover challenge distasteful
Re: Glovers right to challenge the bungled vote (Opinion, Nov. 16)
Contrasting Shelly Glovers treatment following her contested Conservative leadership loss to Heather Stefanson to an uncontested recount in a federal election is like comparing apples to oranges. In the referenced Sept. 20 federal election, neither Doug Eyolfson nor Marty Morantz lobbied thousands of 11th-hour voters to buy party memberships with an implied hint COVID-19 restrictions just might be lifted. Nor did the recount attract sign-carrying anti-vaccine protesters hoping to overturn the result.
Its small wonder many Manitobans find Glovers court challenge distasteful.
Columnist Deveryn Ross contention that there is cause for investigation into potential voting irregularities in the Stefanson-Glover electoral battle for party leadership may well be valid. What he gets wrong is comparing Glovers reaction to the results of Doug Eyolfsons loss to Marty Morantz in the recent federal election.
Mature candidates show respectful behaviour and decorum when faced with outcomes they dont like. The Free Press quotes Glover: I shouldve been the premier-designate and they swore in the wrong person.
If Ross is upset that Glover was mocked as Trumpian by the media, then the solution for Glover is simple: dont mimic Trumps temper-tantrum reactions.
Letters show you care
Re: Connected by pen and paper (Nov. 15)
This lovely article brought back many memories, as I had several pen pals growing up. I still write quite a few letters throughout the year.
Writing letters is such a beautiful way to keep in touch with people and let them know you care enough to actually take the time to sit down and write. Kudos to Katie May on a well-written article. What a lovely change to all the sad news of these days.
Rider fans distinct identity?
Re: Saskatchewan muses distinct cultural identity (Opinion, Nov. 16)
In an effort to deflect public attention from his dismal record in handling the coronavirus, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe argues that his province should be a nation within Canada with its own cultural identity, much in the way Quebec sees itself as distinct within the federation.
At first glance, I thought I was reading satire or some form of parody. To make the leap from broad economic grievances to distinct cultural status is almost laughable, although author Kieran Leavitt understatedly suggests that Saskatchewan may have a tougher argument [than Quebec] to make when it comes to being culturally distinct.
I should say so, unless being a Roughrider fan now constitutes cultural distinction.