Need a better long-term solution
A long-term solution must be found to keep Grand Valley Road open no matter what the flood levels are. We are so tired of saving Brandon by having to divert around because you have put the dike up. We urge the city, province and federal levels to think big and think long term.
Some flood facts to consider
Perhaps if the (Winnipeg) government “experts” would use some common sense, they would realize some basic facts that come into play in the increasingly common floods we are subjected to. Without the land drainage equation, there are some common denominators that are ever present. (1.) The rivers have silted in, leaving less room in the river channels. Large boats used to travel these rivers with freight and passengers. De-silting the rivers would not be any more expensive than diking, paying flood claims, lost crops and homes, human upheaval and numerous other costs involved. Silt could be dumped on riverbanks, further providing its own dike. (2.) The Shellmouth Dam was designed for flood control, not for cottagers and fishermen or irrigation. Operate the Shellmouth as intended, lowering the water levels in the fall in anticipation of the spring runoff. If flooding still occurs, lower water levels even more next fall until the dam starts to fulfil its original purpose. The farms and communities below the dam should be the first priority, not Winnipeg. If St. Lazare is OK, then Winnipeg should not be in danger.
Smoking and partying do more damage than pets
I am sick and tired of hearing from landlords that you cannot have an animal in their apartment if you rent. There are so many people who have little dogs that are very well mannered and some cats that are very well mannered — and some kids who aren’t mannered. But I think that seniors — especially those who are able to take care of an animal — who would like to move out of their house and into an apartment should be able to take their pets with them. The landlords need to start looking into this. A lot of landlords have animals themselves and they should understand how hard it is to get rid of your pets if you have had them for any length of time. However, I agree with the no-smoking. And there should also be no partying — which they all seem to allow now.
More dangerous chemicals in your own backyard
I spoke with an individual “in the know” about malathion. He said they use a quarter of a teaspoon of malathion per acre. He said you get more cyanide poisons and toxin exposure from going out on your green wood treated deck with your bare feet than you do from malathion. So, let’s get the facts here people before everyone starts overreacting.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 21, 2014