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Letters: September 24, 2018

Hardly a page turner Some recent decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada prompt me to pen this letter. I just finished reading “Full Disclosure” a novel written by Beverley McLachlin, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.  It was not an easy read but, because of the author, I persevered to...

Hardly a page turner

Some recent decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada prompt me to pen this letter.

I just finished reading “Full Disclosure” a novel written by Beverley McLachlin, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.  It was not an easy read but, because of the author, I persevered to the end.  The plot was weak; the content continuity disjointed; the protagonist (a female lawyer) neither competent nor credible; an altogether very disappointing book.  It makes me shudder to think that a less than believable author was the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history, and as such, was making decisions that affected the entire country.

How did she ever get the job?

Helen Sterzer

You can’t judge a book by the author.

Carbon tax conundrum

I found that your thoughts on the matter of the carbon tax are too fixated on the present and that if looking towards the future, you would change your stance. I agree that to many people it may indeed look like a tax grab — but Trudeau had announced this idea back in 2016, which has given two full years to put in place measures to avoid a “tax grab.” This means that if people genuinely cared about saving the environment and reducing greenhouse, gases then they would be safe from any new taxes that are imposed. If people are now arguing that it’s now about money and not the environment, I would question if these claims are a way to save the environment or their own money. I also agree that initially the carbon tax may cause an economic hit and will create job loses, but I suggest that it will also create new jobs. This reasoning is that to avoid paying higher taxes, individuals will seek out alternative energy sources which will in turn create jobs in these new energy sectors. It may also strengthen Canada’s economy since it will help to diversify our energy exports since oil and gas are one of Canada largest exports. This would help to protect against another oil crisis.

Richard Kelbert

No, there are many ways to help our exports without a carbon tax.

Show me the money

My good friend Harry and I were having coffee at our local haunt and he was telling me how he and our friend Scott had come up with an idea to rid Canada of all those offensive Sir John A. Macdonald images. Now, since Sir John A.’s image is portrayed on millions of Canadian $10 bills, and are apparently quite offensive to many of our Indigenous people of Canada, Scott, who is also a native Canadian, is asking that every city and town across Canada collect all the $10 bills and send them to him forthwith. He says that once he’s received every single $10 bill, he will set it all aside and look after it all with great care so that the image of Sir John A. on all those nasty bills will never again offend anyone. Scott says that it’s the least he can do to help his Indigenous brothers and sisters across Canada. Good for you, Scott.

Bud Melless

Very clever way of making a few bucks.

 



Jets dynamic duo in mid-season form in win against Oilers

It’s quickly becoming apparent Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are ready for the real games to begin. Part of that is due to the extra time they spent working out together during the off-season. Although they’ve only appeared in two of the four pre-season games for the Winnipeg Jets, the dynamic has already connected for...

It’s quickly becoming apparent Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are ready for the real games to begin.

Part of that is due to the extra time they spent working out together during the off-season.

Although they’ve only appeared in two of the four pre-season games for the Winnipeg Jets, the dynamic has already connected for five goals, most of them of the highlight-reel variety.

Scheifele had two goals and an assist, while Wheeler had a goal and set up two others to propel the Jets to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at Bell MTS Place.

“We spend a lot of time working on it, so there’s no adjustment period,” said Wheeler, who is up to two goals and five points in two games. “The thought process is that quarterbacks and receivers work together during the off-season, so why not us? It helps when you come into camp like that, you build a rapport. Obviously, we’ve had some good chemistry in the past and there’s no reason we can’t keep building it.”

The Jets didn’t generate as much offensively as one would expect, especially when you consider the Oilers left most of their big guns at home.

But Wheeler and Scheifele are already in mid-season form, whether it’s at even strength or on the power play.

Wheeler found Scheifele with a touch pass in the slot for a one-timer on the Jets first goal, then completed a nifty backhand pass for a shorthanded goal that put Winnipeg ahead.

Wheeler then decided to unload a shot of his own during a two-man advantage to provide an insurance marker during the third period.

Two of the Jets goals came on the power play, which was a weapon last season.

“We were able to make some plays,” said Wheeler. “We can probably shoot the puck a little more, spend a little more time in their end, but for the most part, we’re headed in the right direction.

“With the weapons that we have, we’re more of a quality over quantity power play. It’s a tough match-up. We have the three one-timers that are pretty lethal. We’re not a shot and get the rebound power play, we’re a shot in the back of the net power play and that’s our process. We’re trying to get somebody open for a quality shot.”

Connor Hellebuyck was busy once again, turning aside 38 of 41 shots he faced.

The Jets are back in action on Monday in Calgary against the Flames.
Opportunity knocks

When Kyle Connor was on the receiving end of some friendly fire on Sunday morning during a power play drill, it was unknown if the top-line left-winger was going to be able to suit up for the pre-season tilt.

When he couldn’t, Maurice was quick to tap Finnish winger Kristian Vesalainen on the shoulder and immediately put him on to the unit with Scheifele and Wheeler.

Vesalainen also spent time on the first power play unit and killed a penalty.

As one of the several players still in the mix for a spot on the third line, Vesalainen is getting plenty of opportunities to distinguish him from the pack.

At this stage of the proceedings, Vesalainen has a better than average chance of earning a spot on the opening-day roster, but he’ll need to continue to elevate his game as the competition increases during the final few pre-season games.

Vesalainen took 20 shifts for 16:43 of ice time on Sunday, finishing with no shots on goal and two hits.

“He skates well enough, he’s physically strong enough at a young age,” said Maurice. “He can get the puck along the wall and he doesn’t make an awful lot of mistakes on the ice in terms of reading the play, so his eyes and his brain are working close enough to an NHL level. He’s got nice skill. There’s so much for these young players to process in their first camp in the NHL, and no he hasn’t put up points to do it.

“I don’t think as a group we’ve played a game where I think we’re anywhere near offensively the style of game we’ll play. We will play that style of game, a little simpler, a few more pucks to the net, those kind of things. But I think he’s a good enough player that for a coach you want to be able get him on the ice and I think I get him on the ice.”

Connor told Jets head coach Paul Maurice that he was “fine” but Maurice said after the game that it was a coach’s decision to keep him out, presumably for precautionary reasons.
How long will experiment last?

It was definitely worth a look — and it’s not to say it may not be worth trying at some point again over the course of the regular season — but until Tyler Myers finds a way to get more comfortable on the left side, playing him with Dustin Byfuglien doesn’t seem like a natural fit.

Myers deserves credit for being willing to give it a shot, especially in a contract year, but there have been a few challenges, which is natural for someone playing on the off-side.

As the Jets are currently constructed, moving Myers back to the right side on the third pairing for the start of the regular season makes the most sense.

But for the time being, Maurice has no plans to abandon the experiment.

“No timeline, but the process is (Myers) and I are going to talk every day, after every game, and see where he’s at,” said Maurice. “My job is to put every player in the best position to succeed as they can. If he’s fully comfortable with it and we feel a strong improvement, then we’ll talk about it continuing. If he gets uncomfortable with it then we make changes. You’re going to see it over the course of the year, but it’s a process.

“We’ll keep doing it.”

Early impression

Jets forward prospect Skyler McKenzie is making a habit of delivering a grand entrance when it comes to his debuts.

Back in the spring, when the high-scoring junior made his pro debut with the Manitoba Moose during the Calder Cup playoffs, McKenzie scored the game-winning goal against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

“Honestly, not too much,” said McKenzie, when asked about what he remembered about the goal. “There was so much excitement in me that I didn’t even know what to do with myself after that goal.”

The stakes weren’t nearly as high on Sunday, but McKenzie was naturally enthused when he redirected a Morrow point shot to tie the contest in the second period.

McKenzie added a second goal in the third period, converting a slick pass from C.J. Suess.

“It felt unbelievable. I can’t even explain the happiness that’s going through me and my family right now. I’m just super excited,” said McKenzie. “Yeah, (my phone) is blowing up. I can’t even go through it right now.”



Manitoba Metis Federation demands Pallister apologize

The Manitoba Metis Federation is demanding an apology from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister with delegates to the MMF Annual General Assembly voting unanimously in favour of a resolution aimed at defending Metis rights to consultation and accommodation in Manitoba. “Our people are demanding respect. Our people are demanding an apology. Our people are demanding justice,”...

The Manitoba Metis Federation is demanding an apology from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister with delegates to the MMF Annual General Assembly voting unanimously in favour of a resolution aimed at defending Metis rights to consultation and accommodation in Manitoba.

“Our people are demanding respect. Our people are demanding an apology. Our people are demanding justice,” exclaimed MMF President David Chartrand. “We will pursue justice for our people and ensure the Premier will respect the Metis Nation. Our Assembly delegates have made it clear that it is time Premier Pallister to come to terms that the MMF is the Manitoba Metis Government with a democratic mandate from our Citizens. We are not a special interest group.

“The MMF protects the claims, rights, and interests of the Manitoba Metis Community, for today and for future generations.”

The resolution, moved by MMF Ministers Jack Park and Anita Campbell, endorsed the decision by MMF Cabinet earlier this year to pursue legal action against Pallister and his government for attempting to block a $67 million agreement signed by the MMF and Manitoba Hydro in July, 2017. In addition to endorsing litigation, the resolution also demanded that the Premier issue an apology for his disrespectful statements about the MMF and its leadership, and more significantly, what they view as his ongoing disrespect of the rights and claims of the Manitoba Metis Community.

More than 3,000 Manitoba Métis Citizens participated in this year’s MMF Annual General Assembly from Friday through Sunday at Assiniboia Downs.



Making the pieces fit? Maurice tinkers with Jets lines during pre-season

It’s far too early to know just how often Paul Maurice will go to the blender this season to mix up his line when a subtle change might be required. But when the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets pulls Nikolaj Ehlers off his fairly regular perch on the left side with Bryan Little and...

It’s far too early to know just how often Paul Maurice will go to the blender this season to mix up his line when a subtle change might be required.

But when the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets pulls Nikolaj Ehlers off his fairly regular perch on the left side with Bryan Little and Patrik Laine during their second period of their second game back together during the pre-season, it raises a few eyebrows.

Maurice was quizzed about the decision following Friday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Calgary Flames and gave an interesting answer, intimating the move was made in part to help Ehlers ready for the regular season.

So when Mathieu Perreault was in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers and Ehlers wasn’t, Maurice was asked a variety of questions about the decision.

“We knew going in that we’d have six-to-eight players trying to figure out what our different looks can be,” said Maurice. “We’re not trying to figure out what works, we’ve seen all of it work. We’re trying to figure out what our different looks will be over the course of this year and places we can go. That means Jack Roslovic at centre and (on) the wing. I’d like to see him play with Ehlers and Perreault at times, if I can get that one in too, I’d like to do that because it’s going to happen in the regular season.”

It’s important to remember that it’s the pre-season and the Jets are in an interesting position when it comes to getting ready for the opening game against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 4.

Since there are few open positions, especially up front, this is precisely the time for Maurice to get out the test tubes for a few science experiments in his on-ice lab.

Even with the top-two lines mostly set, the Jets are fortunate to have options at their disposal – a veteran like Perreault who is capable of providing a spark to any line that he plays on and comfortable in any position on any of the four lines.

“That’s what training camp is for, trying different combinations,” said Perreault. “I like that role. I’m playing the left wing. I played the right wing the first game I played. We’re talking maybe centre eventually, we don’t know.  Anywhere (Maurice) wants me to be, I’ll just get in there and give him all I have.”

Part of this decision is having a look at how Ehlers plays on the right side with Roslovic.

“Correct. That’s how he came in, on his off-side,” said Maurice. “We moved him back to his left, as much because (Laine) was better on his natural side and (Ehlers) could do it, so we left him there. It does change the way you come up the ice and it changes the way that you get the puck and those things. (Ehlers) was really effective, he was a good player with (Mark) Scheifele and (Blake) Wheeler, we know that works, but we like Kyle (Connor) there as well. (Ehlers) will be a very versatile guy for us, he’ll play with a lot of different people.”

What Maurice already knows is that Ehlers and Laine both have an abundance of talent and have shown they can be productive when playing together.

Two dynamic offensive talents who can put the puck in the net and are also adept at distributing the puck.

But there is another element at play on occasion, times when Ehlers and Laine both look for the perfect play rather than get greedy when they need to.

Perreault also brings an element to the mix that Ehlers and Laine would like to incorporate, that ability to retrieve more pucks and win more battles.

“The assumption that those guys will play together is because they do and they have. For long stretches of time, they’ve been effective, at times. But you will have noticed that there were a large number of games when those guys are the guys who get changed around and it seemed to spark some good things at times,” said Maurice. “Players get into routines with other players. They play a certain style of game at times, with certain centremen and a certain winger. And then it changes. With a little adjustment to their games, they can be very effective. I have that confidence in (Ehlers) and (Laine) playing together, it’s really good and they enjoy it.

“But they also hit stretches of times that it doesn’t. So, through the course of training camp – I could have given you this answer in August, even though I wouldn’t have carved it in stone on the top of a mountain – I could have given you the answer that I was going to mix them around in training camp here.”

This doesn’t mean Laine and Ehlers won’t be frequent linemates this season, but it’s an early reminder they need to play a certain way if they want to play together with regularity.

 

Kwiebe@postmedia.com

Twitter.com/WiebeSunSports



Council candidate urges donations to women’s shelter

A candidate for city council in the upcoming civic election is asking that citizens thinking of donating to a political campaign should give money to a women’s shelter instead. “If you’re thinking about donating to a political campaign I applaud your commitment to ensuring you have strong representation at City Hall, but I ask you...

A candidate for city council in the upcoming civic election is asking that citizens thinking of donating to a political campaign should give money to a women’s shelter instead.

“If you’re thinking about donating to a political campaign I applaud your commitment to ensuring you have strong representation at City Hall, but I ask you today to think about a cause more important,” said Charleswood-Tuxedo candidate Kevin Klein in a release Friday. “I ask you to donate to Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters instead to ensure those who need to escape can, before it’s too late.”

According to the release, Klein’s mother was killed at the hands of her husband a year ago Saturday.

“When you lose someone you love you don’t think much about stats and numbers, but when the throbbing stops enough for you to think clearly you start to become tragically aware that you’re not alone,” said Klein. “Every week in Canada, two women are killed by their partners. Over a million children in our country are directly affected by domestic violence. If it’s going to stop, it’s because we choose to make it stop.”

Klein, the former publisher of the Winnipeg Sun, is running against Kevin Nichols, Grant Nordman and Ken St. George to represent the ward, left open when Marty Morantz decided to seek the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in the federal riding of Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

Winnipeggers go to the polls to elect the mayor and city council on Oct. 24.



Manitoba Hydro crews work to restore power after outages

Manitoba Hydro crews were kept hopping Sunday, working to restore power to thousands of customers after a storm system dropped sleet and up to six inches of snow on the Parkland region and southern Manitoba. As of Sunday morning, power was still out for some 2,476 customers in the affected area, according to Manitoba Hydro’s...

Manitoba Hydro crews were kept hopping Sunday, working to restore power to thousands of customers after a storm system dropped sleet and up to six inches of snow on the Parkland region and southern Manitoba.

As of Sunday morning, power was still out for some 2,476 customers in the affected area, according to Manitoba Hydro’s social media. As of 7 p.m., 1,024 customers were still without power with the worst hit being 388 in North Cypress-Langford and 346 in Alonsa.

“In the Parkland region we did have extra staff come in (Sunday) and we’ve got extra staff taking calls and taking damage reports,” said Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen. “We’re trying to get everybody up (Sunday), that’s the goal.”

Most of the outages seemed to have been caused by contact with trees weighed down by snow and sleet. In one instance, power was lost after a car appeared to lose control Saturday night or early Sunday morning due to the icy conditions and took out a hydro pole in the rural area of Blumenort, just north of Steinbach. Service was restored on Sunday.

“The major concern that we have is that we’ve had had reports of a number of downed lines and we need people to treat all downed lines as live lines,” cautioned Owen. “If it’s an emergency situation, they have to call 911. Through 911, we’re also notified.”

Affected areas included St. Norbert, Dugald, Lorette and Neepawa.

Manitoba Hydro asked affected customers to be patient as their crews work to restore power.

“If you’ve reported (an outage) already either by phone or on-line, you’re in the queue and we know where you are.” said Owen. “In these situations where there is wide-spread outages, we try to deal with those outages that affect the most customers in that outage area and then we move to the more isolated outages. So those people in isolated outages, we appreciate their patience. We will get to you as soon as we possibly can.”

gdawkins@postmedia.com

Twitter: @SunGlenDawkins