Park­way a liv­ing class­room

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: Land un­der tow­ers be­ing wasted: study

(Aug. 26)

Sev­eral times this sum­mer, my hus­band and I have walked along the Bishop Grandin Park­way. We en­joy meet­ing the many walk­ers, jog­gers and cy­clists who fre­quent the smooth and well-main­tained path­way. Mostly we have en­joyed the prairie grasses, the great va­ri­ety of flora (in­clud­ing milk­weed so nec­es­sary for the monarch but­ter­flies) and the fauna (in­clud­ing what sounded like hun­dreds of croak­ing frogs). The area re­minds us of the trea­sured, never-cul­ti­vated prairie that we vis­ited in Rid­ing Moun­tain Na­tional Park.

We were so dis­ap­pointed to see this nat­u­ral habi­tat mowed down, and hope that Man­i­toba Hy­dro will leave this area un­touched for many years. It makes the per­fect out­door class­room for stu­dents and for all of us who can take the time to en­joy it.


Win­nipeg is part of the cost of every­thing we buy. Con­sider the dif­fer­ence in cost be­tween 50 rail cars and 100 semi trail­ers car­ry­ing the same amount of freight. We have a 3,600-horse­power lo­co­mo­tive ver­sus 100 360-hp semis. A crew of three trav­el­ling at 120 km/h non-stop for 24 hours per day ver­sus a crew of 100 trav­el­ling at 100 km/h

(if they are lucky) for 16 hours per day.

It is true that there is the need for more han­dling, but the fi­nal dis­tri­bu­tion could be done by elec­tri­cally pow­ered ve­hi­cles and even­tu­ally the whole rail sys­tem could be elec­tri­fied, as it is in Nor­way.

An­other con­sid­er­a­tion is the cost of es­tab­lish­ment. There is a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in cost be­tween lay­ing 100 km of twin rail­road track and the same length of four-lane high­way. If the roadbed were im­proved to the point where it could han­dle the high-speed trains that are be­com­ing com­mon in Europe and China, we could shut down sev­eral short-haul air­lines, gen­er­at­ing a fur­ther re­duc­tion in car­bon go­ing into the at­mos­phere. Also, train travel is so much more pleas­ant than air travel.

I urge ev­ery­one to put pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment to re­store the rail­roads to their for­mer con­di­tion.


Emer­son got ex­emp­tions for its use in high-com­pres­sion rac­ing car en­gines. In 2012, En­vi­ron­ment Canada still al­lowed the use of leaded fu­els in com­pe­ti­tion ve­hi­cles.

My ques­tion for Shirley Thomp­son is: what is the like­li­hood the Speed­way In­ter­na­tional in­ferno re­leased large amounts of lead and other tox­ins into the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood?



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