The place’s the transparency?

Re: Eight years later, key “non-existent” police HQ assembly minutes magically seem (July 7) and Shaky foundations (July 8)

Kudos to Ryan Thorpe for drilling into the small print and exposing extra of the fiasco that was the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters funding debacle.

Cease me if I’m unsuitable, however didn’t soon-to-be ex-Mayor Brian Bowman pledge full transparency from the Metropolis of Winnipeg in attending to the underside of this mess? In two cases, Thorpe states, “the town received’t touch upon leaked emails,” and, in a response to a request for remark the Director of Company Communications Felicia Wiltshire offers a press release that, partly states “we’re not ready to talk to every of these things you [Thorpe] have flagged.” Actually?

I suppose it’s going to as much as the subsequent mayor to hold the ball to the objective line. Thorpe could also be left alone within the discipline with nobody to move to, in that case.

Jeff Monk


Give attention to native expertise

Re: Jets fill cabinet in Montreal (July 8)

The Jets say they don’t choose gamers based mostly on passport, in different phrases, nation of origin, however how is it that they proceed to draft so few Canadian born gamers? Positive, increasingly more international locations are producing higher gamers, and we maintain trending towards an much more aggressive worldwide enjoying discipline, which is nice, by the way in which. However the NHL nonetheless has roughly a 40 per cent Canadian combine, and a number of the perfect groups are comprised of a better share, together with the 2 Stanley Cup finalists.

Don’t even hassle trying out Edmonton, as a result of they’re virtually double the league common. And till somebody proves in any other case, Canada stays the very best hockey nation on the planet.

Based mostly on data from a reasonably dependable supply (for which I welcome corrections in the event you see any), within the final two draft years the Jets have chosen only one Canadian-born participant out of 11. By the way in which, he was our remaining decide of this 12 months’s draft. Within the final 4 years, the Jets have drafted solely 4 Canucks out of 20 picks, or 20 per cent. And from 2014 through the 2022 draft, the Jets selected simply 14 of 55 gamers – 25.5 per cent, from the house of hockey.

Perhaps extra stunning, in 2014 and ‘15, when NHL Canadian content material was nearer to 50 per cent, the Jets’ administration solely chosen two Canucks of their 15 picks accessible, a staggering 13.3 per cent!

These numbers principally defy statistical probability, if passports don’t matter. Having mentioned that, the Jets have made a lot of good selections. Not gonna diminish the constructive aspect of the ledger. Hey, Nik Ehlers and Kyle Connor are definitely welcome, irrespective of the place they got here from!

For my part, passports do matter. (Attempt to get one lately!) And even whether it is simply coincidence that our Canadian content material is effectively under the norm for the NHL, by way of draft choice, possibly this factors to a different issue: scouting. Is it potential the Jets focus extra on different areas? I don’t know.

Jets 2.0, 11 years’ value, have solely received a playoff collection in two of the seasons (which did embody two collection wins in 2018). And let’s be clear, we didn’t take over a brand new group. Positive, Atlanta was under averag,e with 80 factors previous to the 12 months we bought them. Not horrible. And so they did have a 97-point season underneath their belts. In different phrases, we weren’t buying an unknown commodity. Maybe a steadier weight loss plan of the maple leaf would have helped the trigger.

Seattle chosen seven Canucks this 12 months, out of 11 draft picks — or equal to the final 5 drafts by the Jets, by way of Canadian content material. Good on them. Good on GM Ron Francis. And sure, be careful for the Kraken in just a few years.

As an apart, however not off monitor, congrats to the Manitoba gamers drafted this week, each considered one of them. And the wonderful exhibiting general, with three first-rounders! A fourth if we throw in Savoie, from Alberta, who performed for the Winnipeg Ice. Unbelievable!

Perhaps it’s time to give attention to native expertise.

Dave Battistuzzi


Restricted viewpoint

Re: A key query within the abortion debate (July 9)

Carl DeGurse shares a heartwarming love story in his opinion piece. Invoice and Debbie, 19 years previous, had an “oops.” They rapidly obtained married and had him, adopted by 4 different youngsters. Lasting love and good vibes, yay.

I’ve to surprise, did Debbie have every other hopes and goals for her life that didn’t embody marriage and motherhood at 19? I suppose we’ll by no means know, however that doesn’t appear to be a query DeGurse asks himself. I’m wondering why?

As to the query of when human life begins, since science doesn’t have a solution to that, Jewish regulation says with the primary breath, so after the top has emerged. Up till then, the fetus is taken into account a part of the mom’s physique, to be eliminated if essential to guard her well-being. That’s definitely a potential place for the Canadian regulation he’s asking for, if we’re going to base it on any person’s faith. Or do solely Christian viewpoints qualify?

Hadass Eviatar


Carl DeGurse provides a spurious argument in opposition to abortion. Whether or not he’s alive or not will not be the difficulty.

In the course of the Second World Conflict, my Mum and Dad have been bombed in Belfast. Had both of them died, I might not be right here. Dad additionally needed to hitch the Royal Air Power at a time when most pilots died. He was turned down.

Mum was very sick from the time of my conception, and was supplied thalidomide, which she refused. Had she not finished so, I is likely to be right here, however as a unique particular person. On the boat over to Canada from Belfast, Dad discovered me on the highest railing of the boat, in the midst of the Atlantic. Had he not obtained me down, I’d be useless. Life is unsure.

DeGurse might think about fetuses as “unborn infants,” however the option to not abort was as much as his mother and father, and their beliefs. Not all girls share these beliefs, and will have an unfettered entry to secure abortion ought to that be their alternative. If girls don’t need one, that ought to be their alternative, too — however imposing these requirements on everybody will not be moral.

Ian Toal


Please wait… and wait

Years in the past, if you phoned a enterprise, somebody answered. Does anybody on the market nonetheless anticipate to listen to the voice of an actual particular person once they name the cellphone firm, an airline, 311, any authorities division — or simply about any enterprise?

How usually have we heard a robotic say, “Please select from the next choices,” and none of them appear to suit our state of affairs? How usually have we heard, “We’re experiencing larger than common name volumes”? Is it uncommon, or is it the norm?

Are these organizations shocked by the sudden enhance in calls? After a 12 months of “larger than common” name volumes do they not notice that there are extra calls than they’ve employees to reply? Are they selecting to not rent an satisfactory variety of employees? Is the plan to place the burden on the shopper to attend on maintain for half-hour or one and a half hours?

And what about “we thanks on your endurance”? After 45 minutes, I’m not affected person, so please don’t thank me!

So right here’s the massive query: is that is the brand new decrease normal for customer support, and are we passively accepting the truth that we get to waste our time like this?

Beverly Suek


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