Letters to the Editor: July 27, 2017

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Canadian resources

To the Editor:

Re: The Fraser Institute of Canada Debt Report

Interesting and shocking. The Fraser institute delivered a stunning combined monetary debt report, a total of $4.1 trillion. Included is federal, provincial, municipal and household debt.

If the Fraser Institute could somehow balance those numbers against Canada’s northern wealth in natural resources, a much brighter financial picture would surface. Canada is sitting on one of the most productive energy deposits in the world, along with unlimited markets.

Rest assured future generations with strong fortitude will pass legislation where sufficient transportation is attainable to the nearest seaport for delivery of Canada’s land-locked production to overseas markets.

Developing Canada’s north is a must, and forget about the thousands of uninhabitable square miles of worthless, tundra thus harvesting valuable natural re-sources below the surface would become a reality. A strict limit must be enforced upon work stoppages of projects approved by government.

Compare Canadian pipeline construction with that of the United States: in the time it took to reject 1,400 kilometres of Keystone XL Pipeline, 19,200 kilometres of American pipeline was constructed.

In a worldwide oil play, where every other country does whatever it can to develop its oil and gas reserves, how is it that Canada is the only player actively taking itself out of the game?

Every province and territory in Canada has benefited tremendously from northern oil extraction. Over the next short while, the north has the potential of generating $1.5 trillion in federal and provincial taxes and royalties and 500,000 direct and indirect jobs, if progress is permitted to continue. Across the country, do you realize how many roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and research facilities that money could build?

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Hopefully complete elimination of irresponsible protest groups will disappear.

Bee population

To the Editor:

I am not certain of the timeline but a number of years ago we witnessed the decline of our bee populations. A few years following that our scientific world came to state that a certain chemical was to blame.

Following behind, or perhaps in tandem of our bee population decline, I also noticed our flying insect population in general was falling. This year I noticed next to no flying insects. I used to drive any road or highway and the windshield and radiator would be inundated with flying insect hits such that regular windshield washing was required. Not this year.

Last week I was working in my garden. Years ago while doing that I would be surrounded with a constant hum from all our insects.

The last two weeks our farming community has been very active with applying disease spray on heading or blooming crops, more so than other years.

More farmers spraying more chemicals each year on more acres. Spray for weeds before seeding, spray for weeds after crop is up, spraying for diseases, spraying for certain insects, spraying before harvest and finally spraying for weeds before freeze up. How many times was a certain field sprayed?

If a certain chemical uses was causing our bee population to nose dive, maybe using all those chemicals has polluted our environment to the point that all our little flying friends are telling us to stop and think deeply very soon. Killing off all our insects can not be good.

Community hospitals

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To the Editor:

Re: small town hospitals are a lifeline for the community 

I am writing this letter from the Roblin hospital waiting to be discharged having spent the night here. At 4:30 p.m. on Friday I re-ceived multiple wasp stings at the Lake of the Prairies. My EpiPen was more than 100 kilometres away. By the time I arrived to the Roblin Hospital the allergic reaction was in full force. Thanks to Dr. Maluka and the nursing staff for saving my life.

This example illustrates why all communities must maintain their health facilities. In 1996, hospitals across Canada centralized be-cause Jean Chretien cut $13 billion from health. Paul Martin followed and left Stephen Harper a $12 billion surplus, which he wasted. In 2016 the Canada health accord expired and Harper refused to renew it.

Justin Trudeau didn’t do much better. He played the divide and conquer game with the provinces. Manitoba still hasn’t signed on.

Politicians of all stripes have cut health care under the guise of saving money. Is saving money more important than saving lives? 

As one becomes a senior citizen one realizes that all the money in a bank account cannot buy back health. When governments close hospitals, cut nursing care, cut ER access and response, they are putting your life on the line. 

Municipal governments and citizens must stand up against these detrimental cuts. Remember, only the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Write letters, telephone and lobby your MP and MLA and local government .

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John Seierstad