Letters, October 14 – Winnipeg Free Press

In the camps in the city center

D: Downtown nightmare (Oct 6)

Writer Len Cymbal urged the city to “turn downtown into something other than a third world type encampment” and he told how his family member entering the Air Canada building was horrified that she had to “squeeze between the garbage, the shopping carts, the tents, the people sleeping on the floor and she had to hide under makeshift clotheslines.”

Cymbal will recall that our city recently participated in a special day of reflection on truth and reconciliation related to the history of Canada and the colonization of indigenous peoples who had a good way of life and respected the Earth and other species. before the arrival of the settlers and now the new arrivals.

Many of those people – yes, people – that Cymbal’s family member went through to get to the AC building have a story, a story, a trauma related to colonization and the residential schools that tried to destroy identity. and indigenous culture. The people he is referring to have every right to occupy the space and, if he stopped to visit, he would find wonderful people behind the poverty that is their reality.

The irony of people finding a place to visit and survive in the shadow of a company like Air Canada, which takes advantage of middle-class and carbon-emitting wealthy Canadians when they travel around the world, is not not lost on many of us.

We hope Cymbal will join the many Winnipeggers striving to remedy the lingering colonial conditions that create homelessness. We hope to help break the cycle of poverty and harness the strength and wisdom of Indigenous Elders and a vibrant, resurgent culture.

Peter Krahn


Mourning in Steinbach

D: Province tries to curb the spread of COVID in the south (Oct 12)

At the onset of the pandemic, medical science could only promote disinfection, social distancing and wearing masks as protocols to protect against COVID-19 contamination. While these practices all helped slow the spread, despite many refusing to comply, society was waiting for the much more effective way to avoid contamination. In record time, medical science delivered an effective vaccine.

The vast majority recognized the merits of the vaccine and received protection. Sadly, too many people for whatever reason have ignored the evidence and now we have given in to a fourth wave and the suffering and death continues.

Those who were not vaccinated by choice have become time bombs, exposed to contamination that can make them fatally ill or even die; they can infect their children, parents and friends and subject them to the same spells. They have an impact on healthcare workers who genuinely care for them. They are pushing governments to issue restrictive warrants and closures.

Health professionals have given us strong evidence of what needs to be done. They often beg us to comply.

Stop the spread. Stop the pain and the deaths. Please, please get vaccinated!

I’m writing as someone who lost a sister to COVID-19, plus six men to COVID-19 in our 43 unit condo development.

Elbert Toews


School is over, the ticket office remains

On Monday, the Thanksgiving holiday, my wife and I walked down Harrow Street out of town. As we approached Corydon Avenue, she said, “Watch out, there may be a vehicle with a camera monitoring the St. Ignatius School Zone.

I think, “There is no school today; why would they watch? And, of course, she was right, they were there. Fortunately, following my wife’s remonstrances, I was not going above 30 km / h.

Can someone explain to me why school zones are monitored by camera vehicles during school holidays? A bit of a rhetorical question, I know. It’s not a matter of safety, obviously, since there are no kids at school, so it must be because it’s the easiest time to verbalize someone.

From a camera police perspective, what better time to grab someone and make some money than when most people quite logically believe they aren’t speeding up?

I guess these people are private entrepreneurs, so it’s up to the politicians to provide the guidelines as to when to monitor and when not to. Of course, the city is also making money from this unnecessary ticket booth, so I can see why politicians are not so motivated to stop it.

But what happens in such a scenario is that citizens lose confidence in their government officials. We are seeing a seizure of money, not the enforcement of security rules, and thus we despise the system, the politicians as well as the police of the cameras. A little confidence in the government would be restored to me if the town hall put an end to this type of ticket office.

David Wiebe


Call the officials directly

Re: Waiting 65 minutes for 311 (Letter, October 12)

When the 311 service came to Winnipeg I thought it was great. If I didn’t have a phone book handy to look up for a specific service phone number, I might just call 311.

If the city made departmental phone numbers available as it did before, we could call directly and relieve the 311 service. The City of Winnipeg website would be a good place to have the phone numbers available.

Greg Duplak


I have read many letters of complaint about Winnipeg’s 311 telephone service. I also tried the phone number and quickly got bored of waiting. The solution is to use email, [email protected] Sending took me a few minutes and got a response the same day. Four weeks later, the low branch of the boulevard tree that I pointed out was removed. I consider it a good service.

Randy Rasmussen


Unpleasant privacy fences

D: Why should we talk to strangers (October 12 notice)

I agree with columnist Helaine Olen. Unfortunately, it seems that we nice people are falling into the minority. Not that I strike up a conversation with everyone I meet, but I generally like to at least smile and say hello.

It became especially evident to me this summer when my new neighbor built a privacy fence around his property. Seems like people these days aren’t interested in a hello or a hello. These privacy barriers are everywhere, and it shows how unfit our society is to engage socially. Neighbors no longer really know the neighbors.

When exiting the lanes, drivers should be very careful of pedestrians and cyclists on the sidewalks as you cannot see who is coming due to those six foot privacy fences blocking the view.

Lois Taylor


CFL could use female kickers

D: Kicking continues to be a problem for bombers (October 9)

Last Thanksgiving weekend, I watched a television broadcast of an overseas women’s football game. It was very good and fun. The female goaltenders could hit the soccer ball with precision from the ground over 50 yards.

Some Canadian Football League teams may use such kickers. Some current CFL kickers couldn’t hit the side of a barn from a distance of 25 yards, even with a teammate pinning the ball.

Maybe, just maybe, in the future, when women are allowed to play in the CFL, Canadian scouts would do well to hire female goalies from European soccer teams.

Robert J. Moskal


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