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Letters: May 27, 2018

Identity politics are bad Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticizing the rise of identity politics seems comparable to, say, Gary Bettman criticizing the expansion of the NHL fan base. In my books, our national leader is almost hilariously hypocritical, except that his politics strike me as being more disheartening, contradictory and sinister, rather than LOL funny....

Identity politics are bad

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticizing the rise of identity politics seems comparable to, say, Gary Bettman criticizing the expansion of the NHL fan base. In my books, our national leader is almost hilariously hypocritical, except that his politics strike me as being more disheartening, contradictory and sinister, rather than LOL funny. But, hey, on the bright side, maybe he’s finally realizing identity politics is not a great thing.

Jeff Feenstra

Better late than never, as they say.

Revise the second amendment

With Americans shooting fellow Americans, the right to bear arms has degenerated into a right to slaughter people. The latest shooting, by a Texas school student, killing 10 and injuring 20, shows the need to amend the archaic Second Amendment. The amendment was enacted in the 18th century when the United States was a tiny country without any standing army and depended on a well-regulated militia for its security. Today, it is a superpower and doesn’t need any militia, well-regulated or not. As such, the Second Amendment should be amended to reflect the reality of our time.

Mahmood Elahi

Highly unlikely that will ever happen.

Pot full of danger

Re: “Pallister says feds hasty pot plan dangerous,” May 24.

Truer words were never spoke and Canadian chiefs of police, who say they simply are not ready for new pot laws and First Nations chiefs worried about the negative impact to their reserves, would agree. There has been a woeful lack of public education on what Canadians should expect with pot legalization, with PM Sunny Days ignoring the many negatives, only interest in votes and revenue. Certainly there will be more pot impaired drivers, more workplace accidents, serious harm to young Canadians’ brains who use this dangerous drug, more addictions and other serious health issues, increased activity of organized crime to take advantage of poorly drafted pot laws and the list goes on. Health Canada has been MIA, when it should be warning everyone of pot dangers.

Larry Comeau

It’s hard to believe making pot legal is a priority for our PM.

Let Harper go

Is it just me, or does it drive anyone else crazy that our prime minister starts almost all his answers with “unlike the Harper government, or unlike the previous Conservative government,” whether it be in the House of Commons or in a media scrum. To me, it sounds like a student saying, “he started it, or it’s not my fault, or I’m better than him.” I was a Harper supporter but we all know he wasn’t perfect. But Mr. Trudeau, grow up! What we want to know is what are you going to do about the problem at hand.

Brian Burrell

Umm, umm, yep, still kinda obsessed with Harper.

Makes you wonder

As of May 1, 2018, there are 1,160 federally appointed judges with 60 vacancies. When I found this out, I had a conversation with my local MP, and asked why that was so. He said he didn’t know and that when he asked our liberal government, they didn’t answer. Because ordinary citizens like me and opposition MPs do not get an answer to a simple and straightforward question, there can only be one conclusion: We in Canada have an inept or corrupt or apathetic government. That should be shocking to all citizens of Canada.

Allen Thiessen

This government is less than forthcoming.

Miracle season

That the Las Vegas Golden Knights season, and playoff success, is being referred to as the proverbial Cinderella story is actually selling the team short. Granted, the team has surpassed way beyond all expectations this year, an obvious understatement, yet is the ultimate definition of underdog. However, what the team is doing to this point is worth more than a silver slipper, whether or not they win a Stanley Cup. And if Vegas does win the Stanley Cup, it will be a Miracle on Ice Part Two, if not number one.

Kelly Kadla

It’s one heck of a story.



No winning ticket for Saturday night’s $7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Alberta. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 30 will be approximately $9...

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.

However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Alberta.

The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 30 will be approximately $9 million.



EDITORIAL: Sanctuary comes with a price

When you open the door of your home to people seeking shelter, the responsible thing to do is to ensure they’re fed, safe and comfortable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened Canada’s door to refugees with a Tweet in 2017. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” Trudeau...

When you open the door of your home to people seeking shelter, the responsible thing to do is to ensure they’re fed, safe and comfortable.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened Canada’s door to refugees with a Tweet in 2017.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” Trudeau tweeted. “Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada.”

Trudeau’s tweet wasn’t just a response to Canada’s honourable tradition of helping those in need, it was also vain, political symbolism, a response to rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump and his crackdown on illegal immigration.

But after throwing our door open with that tweet, Trudeau failed to ensure those he invited into the country would in fact be fed, housed and safe.

Instead, he foisted newcomers on his neighbours down the street.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, one of those neighbours, recently detailed the costs of Trudeau’s invitation.
It amounts to tens of millions of dollars to house the growing flood of refugees to the Ontario city in shelters and hotels, and to care for them.

Toronto has thousands of refugee claimants in the shelter system and 10 refugees per day show up at its shelters, most having crossed the border into Quebec before travelling there.

Refugees now make up 40% of its shelter population and with warmer weather and growing numbers are expected to make up more than 50% by November.

Toronto expects to spend $64.5 million this year on temporary housing in shelters and motel rooms. That’s up from $88,000 for food and accommodation in 2016 and $13.3 million, plus $2.3 million for administration and support costs in 2017.

Refugee numbers are growing so fast, Toronto is preparing to create an emergency centre for arriving refugees within a week.

“Toronto needs meaningful and immediate help addressing this situation from other governments,” Mayor John Tory said in a plea for help.

Both the federal and provincial Liberal politicians have thus far mostly offered vague reassurances or dismissive reassurances.

Ignoring fiscal responsibility and reality is a hallmark of both governments, though Trudeau’s Liberals more recently been forced to actively turn many refugees away.

That’s why Sanctuary City policies, such as the one adopted in Toronto, when unfunded are irresponsible.

It’s why NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s pledge to turn Ontario into a Sanctuary province, “where people can access basic services without fear, regardless of their immigration status,” problematically comes without the inconvenience of detailed financial support.

Dealing with Canada’s growing refugee crisis is not, as Horwath argues just about doing the “decent, humane thing.” It’s far more complex than that.

Inviting guests into one’s home and then largely abandoning them without finding them housing, work and opportunity isn’t humane, it’s selfish, reckless and irresponsible.



Canaries’ southpaw happy he didn’t fly coop

Left-handed pitcher Joe Bircher has been the Sioux Falls Canaries’ rock since joining the club in 2014. Over the last four years, the Canaries have endured four last-place finishes, three managerial changes, and significant roster turnover. Throughout the rough stretch, however, Bircher has emerged as one of the most consistent starters in the American Association....

Left-handed pitcher Joe Bircher has been the Sioux Falls Canaries’ rock since joining the club in 2014.

Over the last four years, the Canaries have endured four last-place finishes, three managerial changes, and significant roster turnover. Throughout the rough stretch, however, Bircher has emerged as one of the most consistent starters in the American Association. The Omaha, Neb., native’s 3.67 ERA from 2014-17 is the fifth lowest in league history among pitchers who have logged at least 425.0 innings.

“It’s kind of weird to think about it, because I spend the off-season at home for the winter,” said Bircher on his lengthy tenure in Sioux Falls. “It’s been kind of gradual, but over the years, guys that are new have started looking to me for a little bit of advice. When I came here I was 23 years old, so I was one of the younger guys on the team. Now, fifth year, I’m 28 and the older guy. It’s an interesting transition, but it’s a lot of fun to be one of those guys they kind of look to.”

Bircher’s success on the mound becomes even more impressive when you consider that his home ballpark, Sioux Falls Stadium, yields 43% more home runs than the average American Association venue. The southpaw owns a 3.36 ERA in 42 career appearances at the stadium affectionately referred to as “The Bird Cage.”

“I’m not going to lie to you, it’s pretty daunting,” said Bircher on seeing the short dimensions for the first time in 2014. “You go out there and you see 313 (feet) in the corners, and the wind’s blowing out most days. It does play some tricks on your brain. But when a lot of hitters get there, their eyes get wide, and they try to hit a ton of home runs. You can attack a hitter that’s doing that.”

During Bircher’s time in a Canaries’ uniform, the former Houston Astros draft pick has experienced as much hard luck as any pitcher across professional baseball. Including 2018, the Bradley University alumnus has made 34 quality starts (three earned runs or less and at least six innings pitched) in which he has either taken the loss or a no-decision (0-14 record). Bircher’s ERA in those 34 starts is a stellar 2.63.

Perhaps the most telling of those outings came on June 4, 2014 when Bircher worked six strong innings, but was on the wrong side of a combined no-hitter against the Goldeyes.

Humble and team-oriented, Bircher’s main focus is simply giving the Canaries a chance to win.

“It’s not an individual game, it’s a team game,” said Bircher. “All that you can do is go out there and control what you can control. The (starts) that eat at you aren’t the ones that are quality starts that your team ends up losing. But maybe if I didn’t quite do my best and I didn’t give my team the best opportunity to win, those are the ones that really eat at you. I’m a firm believer that if you keep your nose to the grindstone and do your personal best, then good things are going to happen for yourself and your team.”

Bircher believes that a deep lineup full of returning players coming off big years, along with a re-tooled pitching staff, will give the Canaries a chance to contend in the long run. Sioux Falls last reached the postseason in 2010.

“Our manager, Mike Meyer, has put in a ridiculous amount of hours in the off-season making sure we have everything that we need to complete,” said Bircher. “We owe it to him, ourselves, our fans, everybody. I promise you that we’re never going to give up and we’re going to grind every day. Hopefully in 95 days we’ve got a chance.”

GOLDEYES FALL IN EXTRAS

Goldeyes fell 6-5 to the Canaries in 10 innings at Shaw Park on Saturday evening.

Chris Jacobs hit a two-out, bloop single to right in the top of the 10th to chase home Jabari Henry with the go-ahead run.

James Jones worked around a pair of singles in the bottom of the inning to close out the game.

Sioux Falls built a 5-1 lead after three and a half innings before the Goldeyes gradually chipped away to draw even.

Kevin Garcia singled home a run with the bases loaded in the fourth, while Grant Heyman lined a solo homer in the fifth.

Reynaldo Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the seventh that cut the Canaries’ lead to 5-4.

Andrew Sohn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth that tied the game.

Despite taking the loss, the Goldeyes’ bullpen combined to allow just one earned run over six innings, and at one point, retired 15 batters in a row.



Crash sends one to hospital by air ambulance

One person was taken to hospital by STARS air ambulance following a crash on the TransCanada Highway Saturday morning. At shortly after 10 a.m., police said Falcon Beach RCMP received a report of a single vehicle collision involving a pickup truck that rolled on Highway 1 near Spruce Siding. There were injuries reported but the...

One person was taken to hospital by STARS air ambulance following a crash on the TransCanada Highway Saturday morning.

At shortly after 10 a.m., police said Falcon Beach RCMP received a report of a single vehicle collision involving a pickup truck that rolled on Highway 1 near Spruce Siding.

There were injuries reported but the nature and severity was unknown at press time. STARS air ambulance reported that one patient was transported to Health Sciences Centre with what was described as a traumatic injury but no further details were available.

 

 



Near record for Motorcycle Ride for Dad, fundraising hits $2.2M mark

A near-record number of riders hit the road Saturday for the 10th TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad. Just over 1,430 riders took part, less than a 100 shy of the record of 1,510 riders set last year. Funds raised from this year’s Ride is expected to exceed $350,000, bringing the 10-year fundraising total to...

A near-record number of riders hit the road Saturday for the 10th TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad.

Just over 1,430 riders took part, less than a 100 shy of the record of 1,510 riders set last year. Funds raised from this year’s Ride is expected to exceed $350,000, bringing the 10-year fundraising total to over $2.2 million. Proceeds stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education.

“We are so very grateful to all our riders, pledge donors, sponsors and volunteers,” said MRFD co-chair Moe Sabourin in a press release. “The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad has led the nation over the past few years in terms of funds raised and total number of registered riders. It appears we have a great chance of doing so again this year. One hundred percent of pledge donations are used in the fight against prostate cancer as all expenses are underwritten by corporate sponsors.”

Starting from the Polo Park Shopping Centre parking lot next to Earls, motorcycle riders rode west in a police escorted parade down Portage Avenue to Assiniboia Downs, then north to Selkirk, Gimli and back. The day-long event culminated with a wind-up celebration at Cowboys, Canad Inns Windsor Park.

Joining the TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad official start were Celebrity Ride Captains Ami Houde, women’s motocross champion and Monster-truck driver; CTV News anchor Gord Leclerc; and Blue Bombers Alumni Doug Brown and Obby Khan.

Guest speakers included provincial Agriculture minister Ralph Eichler; RCMP Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody; Supt. Rich Loewen of Winnipeg Police Service; Chief John Lane of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service; and MRFD spokesperson and prostate cancer survivor Ed Johner.

The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is led by the Winnipeg Police Association with the volunteer organizing committee made up of Winnipeg police officers, community and business leaders, and dedicated citizens.

Additional funds are being raised in a motorcycle raffle with the winner receiving a 2018 Indian Chieftain from Headingley Sport Shop. Tickets are just $10 each or 3 for $25 and are available at all Windsor Plywood stores and the Headingley Sport Shop. Draw date is Sept. 21.