LETTERS: Questioning city status for Morden and bending the rules on copyright? 0
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LITTLE REAL CAUSE FOR CITY STATUS?
So everyone is aching, itching, and yelling for Morden to become a city, are they?
I see little evidence or hear much talk of it at all.
Don't cities have zoos, high rises, potholes, rapid transit, universities, traffic congestion, stadiums, large arenas, casinos, patio restaurants, daily papers, food vendors, concert halls, rampant crime, overpasses, police homicide units, large grand hotels, food banks and such?
So, Mr. Mayor and council members, with two gas bars, two furniture stores, two car washes and a Tim Horton's, just how do we qualify for city status here in Morden?
Council seems to thinks we can lure people and business here by just calling ourselves a city.
Smartphones and Google have the capacity to easily obliterate those kinds of myths.
With this mayor and council's bungling of the Arlington Hotel file, the Pembina Valley Humane Society file, the Minnewasta Lake development file, can we have any assurance they can handle city files?
The mayor and every councillor should be mandated to spend one week at the Morden Chamber of Commerce tourist booth for a town/city reality check by tourists.
That might end the madness of it all!
Harold D. Bollenbach; Morden
BENDING THE RULES ON COPYRIGHT?
Please allow me space ito express my shock, consternation, stupefaction, vexation, chagrin, outrage, umbrage and indignation at the seemingly unabashed proliferation of photocopies of copyrighted material within the local education sector.
I refer not to a thesaurus, but an entire novel distributed to each student of an entire class of Grade 12 English Language Arts students.
It is a blatant infringement of the Canadian Copyright Act and Ministry of Education regulations, both enforced to protect authors and publishers nationally and internationally, and each presumably containing sentences longer than this one.
Do not school administrators realize how demonstrably cumbersome it is to read an entire novel comprising sheets of photocopied text?
What is the impact on lifelong reading for pleasure? Which morals by implication are being inculcated?
Surely, our senior students deserve better!
My research indicates Cormac Macarthy's The Road is available at a major independent bookseller in Winnipeg for $17 (minus education discount). Alternatively, $12.27 is sufficient for Amazon to ship Oprah's paperback edition (a dubious proposition).
Alas, this title is not available from the Manitoba Textbook Bureau. My conjecture is The Road may not be an officially approved textbook for the ELA curriculum.
Cost per unit would presumably be further reduced if students were equipped with an eReader (into which additional titles could be downloaded in successive years - a cost-effective option).
I urge Grade 12 ELA students to boycott assignments related to unauthorized photocopied textbooks and for their fair-minded tax-paying parents to formally table this matter, issue, point, subject, topic, problem as agenda item #1 earlier than the school division's customary earliest convenience.
J. Braun; Morden
When this issue was brought up with Stephen Ross, superintendent of Western School Division, he stated they had not been made aware of any such transgression of the copyright rules. However, he added staff have been made well aware of the rules governing this and stated that they were "starting our investigation at the school level to see what has gone on."