Travel tests unreasonable
Re: Mixed COVID-19 doses OK for U.S. travel, says CDC (Oct. 15)
As a mixed, double-vaxxed person, I was happy when I learned the U.S. will now accept individuals like us into the country, now by air, and later by land. But I am upset with my own country.
When the U.S. reopens the land border to us, I will refuse to travel because of the high cost of my return. I do not think it is right for me to pay hundreds of dollars for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to return home after visiting Grand Forks and Fargo for a few hours or even an overnight trip.
Most of my trips have been spontaneous, and having to get tested and pay for it 72 hours before is ridiculous. I can understand testing people returning to Canada who have been away for 72 hours or more, but, really, with only being away 12 hours, or even away 24 hours, would it even be detectable?
My suggestion would be if you are away for less than 72 hours, they should have rapid tests at the border for review.
A Manitoban who works in a position mandated to be vaccinated, and who chooses not to be vaccinated, is then given three COVID-19 tests a week, all paid for by the government. A Manitoban who is fully vaccinated and chooses to travel by car to the United States, on returning to Canada is required to take, and pay for a COVID-19 test. This makes no sense.
Downtown’s negative perception
Re: Inside downtown encampments (Letter, Oct.14)
Writing in support of people camped outside the Air Canada building downtown, letter writer Peter Krahn notes: "The irony of the folks finding a place to visit and survive in the shadows of a corporation such as Air Canada, which profits on middle-class and wealthy Canadians emitting carbon as they fly around the world, is not lost on many of us."
In his condescending criticism of someone who dared raise issues with downtown, Krahn pulls out all the buzzwords, clichés and catchphrases. He makes clear that all such concerns are rooted in "colonization," and even the location in question, the Air Canada building, is somehow a metaphor for the destruction of the atmosphere and the evil wealthy and middle-class people. Who knew the middle class was so awful?
This sort of attitude is not the way to bring people back downtown. The views expressed by the original letter writer are their legitimate reasons for not wanting to live, work, eat or shop downtown. Scoffing at them may feel good to folks like Krahn, but it doesn’t feel good to the downtown businesses that are losing revenue due to negative perceptions of downtown.
People have discretion as to how and where they spend their money, and calling them names and implying they are bad people isn’t going to bring them back.
Alberta has short memory
Re: With referendum, Kenney changes the subject (Editorial, Oct. 19)
The editorial explaining the situation regarding federal equalization transfers was a needed explanation, but it lacked a historical perspective Albertans need to understand. Alberta joined Canada as a province in 1905. It was a have-not province from that time until the late 1940s, when oil revenues started to change its situation. During that time Alberta received financial support from the industrial provinces, Ontario and Quebec. Much of Alberta’s early development is owed to this assistance.
And Canadians looked on with envy and disgust when Alberta premier Peter Lougheed established the Heritage Fund as a slush fund with the huge oil revenues born of the worldwide OPEC-induced oil shortage. He then proceeded to squander billions from that fund on vanity projects while the rest of Canada struggled with increased energy costs.
Well, now the oil business is not king, and it is clear it is destined to wane further. Rather than grouse about the reversal of fortune, Alberta needs to do what the rest of Canada has had to do — establish a sales tax and invest in viable renewable industries.
Pallister’s same-sex speech
Re: Pallister deserves a dignified exit (Opinion, Oct. 16)
Carl DeGurse was kind in his column about Brian Pallister. Others may not feel as charitable.
In 2005, Brian Pallister made a speech in Parliament in which he opposed equal marriage for same-sex couples. His speech ended with this: "We must learn to treat those we love equally in different ways."
The Manitoba Human Rights Commission defines discrimination this way: "Discrimination under The Human Rights Code is treating a person or group differently, to their disadvantage and without reasonable cause, on the basis of a group characteristic, such as ancestry, sex or disability."
When it comes to discrimination, the way that we feel about others is irrelevant. Discrimination is treating others differently without a good reason. Brian Pallister’s speech in Parliament in 2005 was nothing more than a speech promoting discrimination.
Carl DeGurse bemoans the fact there was no grand party in honour of Brian Pallister’s retirement. Unbeknownst to Carl, there were many, many people of all political stripes partying when our illustrious leader "retired."
No sympathy for Carey Price
Re: Carey Price’s latest save is his greatest (Editorial, Oct. 18)
I am incredulous at your editorial. You applaud Montreal goaltender Carey Price for seeking help via a player assistance program for mental stress due to a "pressure-cooker existence."
Let’s look at the facts. For 2021, Price is earning a salary of US$10.5 million. I’m sure he lives in a beautiful home with luxury cars in his garage. Pressure? What about the factory worker with a modest income and two kids to support? She/he may not be able to buy certain foods because of the cost, nor be able to buy the kids sports equipment.
To say that Price is under pressure is like saying that Justin Bieber is under pressure because of all the parties he has to attend.
There are a heck of a lot of Canadians under pressure these days. Carey Price is not one of them.
Radio voices will be missed
Re: 94.3 FM pulls morning show plug, fires on-air personalities (Oct. 14)
I was saddened by the dismissal of 94.3 The Drive’s on-air people including Tom McGouran, Kelly Parker, Vicki Shae and Alix Michaels. I enjoyed their on air-banter.
It is distressing the lack of loyalty some companies have for employees while expecting employee loyalty to the company.