Opinion: Letters, 25 March

Opinion: Letters, 25 March


Pay bump, value bounce

Re: Manitoba will elevate the minimal wage to $15.30 in October beneath inflation-linked system (22. of March)

This improve within the minimal wage to $15.30 will deliver a full-time (40 hour/week) minimal wage employee to only $32,000/yr.

It’s going to additionally improve the worth of a espresso, however who cares, proper? Properly, I do, however that is one other difficulty.

We might cease the race for which province has the best minimal wage and as an alternative improve the annual private property tax exemption to $25,000 and even $30,000.

These on the poverty line (for a single particular person, which is about $20,000 and near $30,000 for a single father or mother with one youngster) could be assured to maintain their total annual wage for dwelling bills.

As for the remainder, I do not know that growing the private exemption to $30,000 would have an effect on the coffers that a lot, in comparison with folks lowering their spending as a result of a espresso will value $5 or a burger $15 to offset the brand new $15.30 hourly charge.

Chuck Halikas


Hardly inexperienced considering

At Wednesday’s Metropolis Council finances assembly, I used to be shocked to listen to the assertion by Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce President Loren Remillard that the Kenaston Boulevard rail extension mega-project will scale back carbon emissions by lowering congestion idling. It was unbelievable to listen to from a distinguished and necessary stakeholder.

There may be loads of proof that highway widening induces extra ridership demand and thus extra idling and related greenhouse gases, and has large alternative prices in misplaced alternatives to fulfill different wants, similar to our as-yet-unfunded Winnipeg Transit Grasp Plan and frequent service networks.

To counsel that insurance policies that massively develop automotive infrastructure at nice value fairly than funding in Transit are pro-climate is the sort of disingenuous speech I would anticipate to listen to in a neighborhood Fb group, not from one of many metropolis’s most revered leaders and establishments on the council flooring.

If he believes that tasks such because the Kenaston growth needs to be pursued regardless of their unfavorable affect on assembly local weather targets due to another profit, please say so with mental honesty.

A lot of these malicious straw males are tearing down our politics and aren’t what I’d anticipate to listen to from a considerate and clever particular person like him.

Ryan Palmquist


Democratic minority authorities

I can’t perceive why the Chinese language authorities would discover minority governance in Ottawa to profit its manipulative pursuits, as CSIS paperwork allege.

Minority governments are most likely the closest Canadians will get to completely democratic proportional consultant governance.

With Canada’s first previous the post-election system, which barely qualifies as democratic on the democracy spectrum, majority governments are the least immune to outdoors influences and pursuits, which embrace these of huge enterprise.

That is possible why such highly effective pursuits typically oppose makes an attempt to shift from FPTP to proportional illustration electoral administration techniques, the latter of which dilutes the power of exterior influences and pursuits.

Minority rule requires extra political illustration by way of one other (or extra) social gathering management, MPs/MLAs and their constituents to be severely thought of and even accommodated, versus low-representation FPTP elected majority rule, after all totally managed by a single social gathering through its Prime Minister’s Workplace .

Subsequently, a majority authorities, which has a comparatively small portion of the nation’s inhabitants truly represented in elections, is more likely to be simpler for exterior or international pursuits to govern than a minority authorities.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock, BC

Good motive for tax breaks

Re: Tax credit for Winnipeggers with out water on the chopping block (March 16)

There is a story behind the $250 tax credit score the town plans to take away from rural Winnipeggers in 2024. Whereas there have been 1,095 homes eligible for the vacant residence tax credit score in 2022, there have been 1,269 eligible housing items in 1993. Rural Winnipeggers seem like a dying breed. Whereas a few of our homes are new mansions perched excessive on synthetic hills safely above the flooding Pink River, others are deserted to the weather, doorways ajar, awaiting the developer’s bulldozer.

When the group of Headingley left the town of Winnipeg in 1993, we stayed behind. A part of the explanation we stayed within the metropolis was its promise to assist us pay for the infrastructure that everybody else took as a right in 1997.

Who’re we? Many people are retired. We reside on outdated five-acre farms that fed native households throughout the Nice Melancholy. A few of us are contractors. We plow your parking heaps, construct your storage flooring, drill your fence posts. A few of us have lived on our massive plots of land for generations. A few of our streets are named after our nice grandfathers. A few of us had been born in post-war suburbia on the lookout for a spot to reside the place nobody tells us the place to place our snow or methods to correctly park a automotive in a slim again lane.

No citizen politician wins or loses an election due to us. We do not have distinctive holidays for politicians to have a good time with us at photograph ops, no particular treats for them to attempt. We go to the identical group golf equipment as everybody else. Our kids experience buses to suburban faculties down our outdated dust roads. We complain about holes within the spring. We complain concerning the January snowstorms that shut the highway. We complain concerning the outdated fridge dumped at night time in our ditch. We’re those who all the time appear to be complaining.

Along with the weekly value of hauling consuming water to so many, the price of an annual septic tank pumpout has a minimum of tripled to about $200 since 1997. Town just lately banned septic haulers from dumping their hundreds on the sewage remedy plant. South Perimeter, growing commuting distances for a lot of householders. Now all Winnipeg pumps should be hauled to the Most important Road Sewer Plant, at a lot better value to many.

The fee to service our wells and our septic tanks (and the very massive pump) has additionally skyrocketed since then. (Let’s not even speak about the price of a brand new septic subject.)

I’m glad that this choice was delayed. It is a disgrace, although, that nobody at Metropolis Corridor ever requested us who we had been and why we deserve a tax credit score anyway.

Dave Watson

resident of South Royalwood


Do not play together with your coronary heart

Sufficient excuses for the Jets’ poor play. The Jets are at the moment taking part in for a playoff spot. You’ll assume they’d play determined hockey with a lot of coronary heart.

Nonetheless, I see a workforce that neither performs with coronary heart nor most effort.

I am additionally sick of the media making excuses for his or her losses as a result of not solely can they lose to groups within the playoffs, however they will additionally lose to groups which can be out of the playoffs as a result of these groups play unfastened and battle. for his or her jobs.

So my query is: is there any motive they need to win? I really feel very unhealthy for Jets followers paying high greenback to observe multi-millionaire hockey gamers play at residence with little to no coronary heart or need.

Kenneth Moller


Author: ZeroToHero

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