Research first, then speak
Re: Tail wagging the dog? (Letters, Nov. 3)
With respect to the opinion provided by reader Paul McCulloch in his letter to the editor, I offer my opinion as seen from the front line in the affected area. I suggest that Mr. McCulloch do further research and understand the entire process prior to lashing out to those residents whose homes would have been expropriated under the Sterling Lyon Parkway extension proposal. It makes no matter as to the size of a person’s bank account nor the square footage of their house when it comes to mounting a loud and vocal protest. What is at issue is the misguided and misdirected method that the consultant firm used in trying to sneak one by us.
This singular option of moving the Sterling Lyon Parkway south to the heart of our area not only affects houses on Liberty Street and Loudoun Road but also a well-established riding stable on McCreary Road and a portion of FortWhyte Alive. Additionally, homeowners north and south of this proposed new expressway will be impacted by the loss of direct access to Wilkes Avenue, will have to take a circuitous route to exit the area and invariably will have to deal with extensive vehicle noise.
If Mr. McCulloch has ever driven down one of the affected roadways, he would be well aware at the serenity and tranquillity provided from living in the "country" within the city limits. It really is a true rural environment, and as such, should stay this way.
It has been well established that the City of Winnipeg erred with respect to how this project was managed. The consultant firm WSP decided, of its own volition, to suggest that only one option was viable and presented this to the city as the most favourable route. This was a total reversal as to what had been initially proposed in 2016, and as such, caught area residents off guard when it was accidentally discovered on a City of Winnipeg web page. This led to our current frustration, opposition and protest at city hall.
As a member of the South Wilkes Community Association led by David Ames, I will continue to fight for preservation of our area and continue to maintain a vigilant oversight when it comes to matters such as this.
Punishment delayed is justice denied
Re: Gurriel banned five games in 2018 for racist gesture at Darvish (Oct. 28)
Major League Baseball’s postponement of Yuli Gurriel’s five-game suspension flies foul of commitments to anti-racism.
MLB announced on Oct. 28 that the Houston Astros first baseman received a five-game suspension for making a racist gesture during Game 3 of the World Series. Gurriel was caught on camera making racist slant-eyed gestures towards Yu Darvish, a Japanese pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The decision, supported by the Astros, postpones the suspension until the beginning of the 2018 season.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred named several reasons for deferring the suspension, including his reluctance to penalize the rest of the Astros team by having their star first baseman miss the remaining games. Manfred remarked Gurriel’s behaviour has "no place in our game." This raises the question: if there is no place for Gurriel’s behaviour, then why does he remain in the lineup?
Manfred’s decision to defer the suspension is downright wrong. Gurriel is a team member and his behaviour at the game should affect the team. Gurriel was caught on camera, for children to watch, as their idol ridiculed an opponent’s ethnic background. By choosing to link performance outcome with behaviour, MLB gives the impression that it’s OK to be racist, as long as you play well.
Ethics start with decency
Re: Only two ministers ever held indirect assets without a blind trust: Dawson (Nov. 3)
A good indication of the basic problem with our political system is the parade of politicians asking the ethics commissioner to declare their activities ethical.
Their code of ethics was written by lawyers and is interpreted by a lawyer, making it somewhat less than stringent.
If the politicians were aware of the history of their profession, they would know that Edmund Burke told them, back in 1795: "It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do but what honesty, decency and integrity tell me I must do."
What could be clearer?
Churchill buck-passing a disgrace
Re: Transport agency opens probe into damaged Omintrax rail line (Nov. 3)
The latest blow to the people of Churchill is both an outrage and a disgrace. They have been treated poorly and disrespected by Omnitrax for years while the federal and provincial governments blame each other for the mess that has been created in northern Manitoba.
Our members are mad as hell, and who could blame them? Their employment at the port has been limited by inaction and ineptitude. Their main access out of the community — the rail line — lies in disarray while the parties who could fix it bicker amongst themselves. Now they are being forced to deal with $2-per-litre gasoline as the coldest days of the year begin.
It’s time for action and no more words on behalf of the people who are in a position to help.
At this point, Omnitrax is a lost cause for the people of Churchill. It’s time to kick them out and for the feds to take over the Port of Churchill. We, our members and the community are ready and willing to assist in bringing this vital engine back to life, hopefully as a port authority that can be responsive and responsible to the community.
It’s also time for the province to step in with some money instead of their "blame-thrower." They could start with a fuel subsidy to offset the exorbitant gasoline prices that northern communities are facing. Then they could sit down with all the partners in Churchill to help develop an economic plan that includes fixing the rail line and re-opening the valuable Port of Churchill for business again.
Until these things happen, the people in Churchill have a right to be angry. It’s time to show them the respect they are due and the support that they need.
national vice-president, Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
The federal government stalling? The Liberal government just showing their true colours once again, no idea where the West is located.
Jim Carr’s bag of excuses is empty right now, so in February be prepared for more lip service.
— Sik of It
Quit blaming the feds, it’s simply "free enterprise" in action, the type practised by the provincial government in Costa Rica it would appear.
Amazing how invisible the province is in taking any initiative to man up and get the ball rolling.
Last time I checked, Churchill is in Manitoba. I guess if it was in Costa Rica the money would be there and job done long ago!
@ buggles: This "free enterprise" is highly regulated by the Canadian government, and has nothing to do with Costa Rica. Or Selinger. Plain and simple, the Liberals dropped the ball.
Look how quickly (Prime Minister) Justin (Trudeau) gave money to one of Morneau Shepell’s investments: Bombardier, which is in Quebec.