Opinion Letters

An evidence based approach to school planning

Last week, Western School Division held a public information meeting. Topics included population growth, the use of portable classroom to meet enrollment increases, and the provincial government’s construction of new schools and what it means for Western. Our city and municipality are growing and this has an impact on school enrollment.

Dr. Tahseen Mahdi was asked to close his practice at the Altona Medical Clinic earlier this year, which led to a public protest. He is now practicing at a clinic in Winnipeg, and his former patients have yet to receive any kind of official explanation why he had to leave.

Dr. Mahdi has left the building

Those who forget the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them... It’s a saying we’ve all heard. Since Dr. Mahdi (one of Altona’s most popular doctors) is now practicing in Winnipeg, we can officially say Dr. Mahdi has left the building... or more precisely – the Altona Medical Clinic. Back in early March, 2018, Dr. Mahdi was given a 90 day ex

Dr. Mahdi has left the building...what did we lear

Those who forget the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them... It’s a saying we’ve all heard. Since Dr. Mahdi (one of Altona’s most popular doctors) is now practicing in Winnipeg, we can officially say Dr. Mahdi has left the building... or more precisely – the Altona Medical Clinic. Back in early March, 2018, Dr. Mahdi was given a 90 day ex

Would you tolerate this in your neighbourhood?

Just imagine… The bluest sky you have ever seen, small islands dotting the landscape on the lake out your living room window, daylight until 11pm, pristine waters, baldheaded eagles perching on trees out your kitchen window, the call of the loon off the lake, bear and moose foraging for food in the dense forest surrounding the lake...

Trudeau needs to take ISIS terrorists seriously

Canadians were rightly concerned that an ISIS terrorist, known as Abu Huzaifa al Kanadi, who recently returned to Canada, bragged to the New York Times about committing unspeakable atrocities. He admitted publicly to executing innocent people in cold blood, and even described the brutal process of learning how to behead a hostage.

Things are only getting better

I am a first-year student at The University of Manitoba and I am writing to express my annoyance with people constantly telling me how bad the world is getting or how it is currently the worst time to be alive. People say this for many reasons when talking about pricing, crime rates, health or world hunger.

Fight against cancer well supported

I would like to personally thank all the businesses and residents of Darlingford, Manitou, Miami and Morden for their continued support and generosity of the Canadian Cancer Society during my 10 years as Rural Coordinator. You’ve joined the fight against cancer by buying daffodils in February and March.

Peacekeeping plan a combat mission

This week, the Liberal government announced a 12 month United Nations mission which will include a detachment of helicopters and Canadian troops sent to the west African nation of Mali. Justin Trudeau is failing to tell Canadians the truth about the situation he is sending our troops into.

An ode to the humble plastic grocery bag

The Danish people, in fact all Scandinavians, are known for their love of nature and care for the environment. It almost has a religious fervour to it. That is something I learned from having lived in Sweden for a year.

A moderate and balanced approach to finance

Last Monday, I delivered Budget 2018 in the Manitoba Legislature. This budget continues our moderate and balanced approach to restoring fiscal discipline while keeping our commitments to Manitobans. We are keeping our word by hitting our targets, reducing the deficit and bringing the largest tax cut in Manitoba history.

Working to save Manitoba wetlands

They protect us. They clean our water. They add value and beauty to our lives. Now, in Manitoba, we’re working to save these natural multi-tasking marvels. This World Water Day, on March 22, Manitobans can share good news with fellow Canadians.

Pipeline discussions a chance to learn

Our schools taught us something about the 3 R’s - - reading, ‘riting,’ and ‘rithmatic.’ In our time we are learning about the 3 E’s - - environment, energy and economy. This is complicated. There are many pieces in the picture of the 3 E’s. The federal government has put energy and environment into one cabinet position.

Using veterans as a political prop

It was unfortunate to see in the March 8 Letter to the Editor MP Bergen, and the Conservatives, once again use veterans as a political prop. I would like to point out however that it was hardly surprising considering their past behaviour.

Veterans deserve better

Canada’s Conservatives will always support those who served in uniform. Canadians are forever grateful for their service to our nation.But Prime Minister Trudeau has shown nothing but disrespect to these heroes - our veterans.

Whose best interest are we actually talking about?

The call was made to the administration office about the leaving of Dr. Mahdi, only to be told that his leaving was in everybody’s best interest.Whose interest is what I would like to know, but was not given an answer.As a patient of his and part of the community, do we not have a say in the matter?Or at least the right to know why?Does he have a h

This not-so-fond farewell could be a big mistake

To quote the words of William Shakespeare “all the world is a stage”. For those of us who have been paying any attention, we know Mr. Shakespeare was on to something.Lately, a real life, Altona version of General Hospital has been the talk of the town and beyond. On the front page, January 25, 2018 edition of the Red River Valley Echo there is a ph