Letters to the editor – August 19, 2021

Climate change needs advocates for change

Kevin Hursh is dead wrong in his approach to global warming.

As we have seen, even on their death beds, some people will deny the existence of COVID-19. And, so it is with global warming as well, with the difference being there is no overnight vaccine for the climate.

Pandering to climate deniers and climate procrastinators is wasting energy and slowing progress. Pretending that the planet will revert to some liveable normal after just giving us a scare, Hursh seems to think that our car should keep going straight even though the road up ahead is full of curves and cliffs.

Farmers know that growing a crop requires a narrow set of climatic conditions—enough sun, rain, nutrients, and correct temperatures. Pretending otherwise, and not advocating required change, is dangerous in the extreme.

Stewart Wells
Swift Current, Sask.

Election calling

In the last election, in 2019, Justin Trudeau lost his majority in the House. He was forced to govern at the head of a minority government that ratified the CUSMA, the onset of the COVID-19, a struggle to find enough vaccine doses to import, the WE Charity scandal, and the final year of the Trump presidency. Trudeau hopes to win a majority on in a snap election that had been rumored for months.

As the election is called, Canadian voters are watching the fall of Kabul to the Taliban and earthquake recovery in Haiti. China is still holding Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor hostage while the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wenzhou drags on. The Biden administration that canceled the Keystone XL pipeline permits appears unable to resolve a dispute with Michigan over Enbridge Line 5. Canadians will decide in 36 days whether giving Trudeau the Liberal majority he wants or giving another party a chance will better position Canada amid these crises.

Christopher Sands
Canada Institute at The Wilson Center,
Washington, DC.

Rail crossings new deal, no deal at all

The (Canadian Pacific Railway) has crossed our land, located west of Brandon, since the 1800s. Our lane, bisected by this crossing is the only access to our farm buildings and residence. The proposed fees from CP, which we received by registered mail a few weeks ago, along with a contract to be signed, will undoubtedly be a hardship to our small operation, as well as to all the others with farm crossings across the Prairies.

There were will also be an annual fee charged for the use of our crossing. While the two-mile trains are often a nuisance, we manage to co-exist with CP. But with our present situation, first an unheard of pandemic, then severe heat and drought, a new carbon tax added to our expenses, and now a sizable bill from CP, the timing couldn’t be much worse.

Trying to reason with an entity such as CP Rail may be almost impossible, but there must be others out there who feel as I do. It would be interesting to know if there are other ways this situation could be handled. Maybe a letter writing campaign, perhaps a blockade – well timed, of course – to be sure lots of press coverage or the bringing down of a statue, if there is one of a significant railway official from the past (OK, maybe some of that was tongue-in-cheek, we Prairies farm-folk are a pretty peaceful lot, but you get the idea).

However, I don’t want to come home someday to find my lane crossing torn up because we hadn’t ponied up with the demanded amounts.

Edith K. Mowat
Brandon, Man

Crop insurance should make crops available

This is to all the crop insurance companies. I would like to know why you let the grain producers combine (harvest) crops that you have paid out insurance on? If you’d wrecked your car and it’s written off, insurance pays you for it and you no longer own it. Unless you buy it back.

So, I’m wondering why not do the same thing with crop insurance? This would really, really help out the livestock producers and would help you recover some of your costs. I would like to see it done on a “for tender” basis with local ranchers getting priority. They can only cut silage or make bales for their own farm use. They should not be permitted to sell any of it.

Sue Hamm
Duck Lake, Sask.

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