Parkway a living classroom
Re: Land under towers being wasted: study
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?