Letters, November 16 – Winnipeg Free Press
Additional stress for patients
D: Outbreak linked to an unvaccinated patient (November 12)
I fear for people who are due to have major surgery that has likely been postponed due to the pandemic. So now COVID-19 is spread by the unvaccinated in hospitals. How can this happen? Bad infection control measures? Overworked and overworked staff? Share a room with an unvaccinated person? Are people not tested when they are admitted to the hospital?
Where are the rights of those who must be hospitalized for reasons other than this insidious virus? Being scheduled for necessary surgery is stressful enough, and now there is one more thing to worry about!
The city should buy the Bay store
Much has been written about the potential future of the iconic Hudson’s Bay store in downtown Winnipeg. Along with the Eaton Department Store, both companies have been the lifeblood of our downtown. One building has disappeared and the other is closed. What to do? I believe the future of our downtown depends on the decision we make. Yes we do. I believe the city of Winnipeg needs to buy the building.
Some would say the city has no money. Nonsense! If we can spend billions on major highway projects and hundreds of millions on new police stations, then we can afford to secure the future of our downtown.
Then we should challenge the architects and developers to come up with a proposal to move Winnipeg forward. The plan will have to be grand, but doable. We don’t need to have all the negative nellies to agree.
Think about our ancestors and what they accomplished.
The CPR, the Grand Trunk Line (CNR), the Shoal Lake Aqueduct, Assiniboine Park, the Winnipeg Art Gallery with the new addition, the Centennial Concert Hall, the Planetarium and the Manitoba Museum, and finally the Canadian Museum for human rights. There were heroes and opponents along the way. The heroes prevailed, or we wouldn’t have what we now take for granted.
The Bay project is so important. The gestation period for redevelopment can take years and money, but it needs to be well thought out and well planned. I have a few ideas and I’m sure the readers will too.
Education and leadership
D: Time for a realistic dialogue on education (Notice of November 8)
As I read the above article, I began to dwell on the rationale and direction for public education and how it relates to leadership. If “common sense, democracy, citizenship” as well as critical thinking are essential for leadership, why do so many “educated” leaders lack these qualities?
There seems to be a short list of good leaders around the world, which has caused division and suffering everywhere. Responsible citizenship and concern for the common good are forgotten in the rise to the top and the reward. What makes the difference with leaders who have led with integrity? What do they have in common with leaders who refuse to compromise their beliefs and do the right thing? Anyone in a leadership position needs all of these qualities and cultivate them constantly or fall under the illusion of power, greed and corruption.
Perhaps the failure of some leaders could be the neglect of the spiritual self as in the practice of reflection, critical thinking, and taking responsibility. As human beings we are made up of body, mind and spirit; every part of us needs attention. Reflection strengthens our values, our motivations and our behavior. The practice of critical thinking will keep us balanced and mindful while serving the common good.
From personal experience, I know that teachers try to instill values, self-discipline and citizenship in cooperation with parents who strive for the same results in their children. Columnist John Wiens reminds us that “it is primarily the responsibility of public schools” but “we need all of society to be educators of young people”, shaping justice, common sense and truth. Only then will true leadership renew our confidence and hope for the future.
A big thank you to the paper carriers who didn’t miss a thing in the middle of the first heavy snowfalls of the season. I really enjoyed the early morning delivery of the newspaper to my mailbox despite the crowded streets and the sidewalks blown by the wind and not shoveled. Well done!
D: Canada Post suspends delivery on Friday (November 12)
Like many of you, I was expecting a package on Friday and wouldn’t receive it that day because Canada Post suspended delivery during this storm. I know that many of you may remember the following credo: “No snow, no rain, no heat, no darkness of the night block these couriers after the rapid completion of their designated tours” – but keep in mind. mind that this is the United States Postal Service.
I wouldn’t want to work in this wet snow all day. The short time I had just to get to work was enough, I can’t imagine an entire shift doing this, while carrying heavy bags of letters. Even if it wasn’t the blizzard of ’86, keep in mind the people delivering your Christmas presents.
D: $ 300,000 Christmas tree at Town Hall raises eyebrows (November 11th)
I can’t imagine what thought processes would be behind the decision to spend $ 300,000 on a new Christmas tree at City Hall.
Has COVID Affected Our Thought Processes? Or are we simply lacking in imagination?
Why not give Winnipeggers a free day of public transit? A donation to Siloam Mission? A donation to some long-term care homes to buy a gift for a senior who does not have a family visit, a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society which is still struggling with budget challenges? There are so many others.
Really, I can only think that a lot of the people behind this decision are living isolated lives. In these difficult times when even the cost of food is of concern, our leaders seem determined to make a splash on Main Street.
After all, you have to look after appearances!