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LETTER: Mohawk Blockade isn’t on Mohawk Land

When you look at the location of the blockade on Google Maps, you see that the CN tracks do not actually run across the reservation lands.

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The self-styled Mohawk Warriors who have been blockading the CN rail tracks near Belleville keep shouting things like “Get off our land!” at the OPP officers who are now guarding the tracks at that crossing. Back on February 8, they reportedly made the grandiose claim that “no trains will pass through our land until the RCMP gets out of Wet’suwet’en territory” in BC. 

But when you look at the location of the blockade on Google Maps, you see that the CN tracks do not actually run across the reservation lands. The blockade was at the intersection of the tracks with Wyman Road in Deseronto. Here’s a screen shot of Google’s aerial view of that spot, with a small white pin stuck in to show the intersection. (Locator numbers: 44.219783-77.148909) (photo 1)

Now here’s Google’s map showing the boundaries of the Tyendinaga Reserve. Note that the CN tracks don’t appear to run across the reserve land except possibly in one tiny place. (photo 2) 

Finally, here’s a close-up of the place where the CN tracks appear to cross the reserve. It looks as though an exclusion was especially carved out of the reserve lands for the railroad tracks to cross. (photo 3). 

So when the “warriors” claim some sort of moral right to block the trains crossing “their” land, they are even more full of sh*t than I previously believed them to be. 

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LETTER: Mavericks leaving some out of conservative umbrella

A party that, at its core, is supposed to be about providing a voice to the West, needs to embrace all Western ideals, including pro-life values and pro-traditional marriage values.

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RE: Maverick party releases its election platform

As a supporter of the Mavericks, I have been eagerly awaiting their platform. While their very broad and extensive economic platform is a breath of fresh air, their social policies are not. 

A party that, at its core, is supposed to be about providing a voice to the West, needs to embrace all Western ideals, including pro-life values and pro-traditional marriage values. 

One can argue the party should not take sides, but that defeats the purpose of being a voice for the West. However, the platform not only does not embrace social conservativism, but it actively bars social conservatives from expressing a voice, or introducing legislation to support traditional marriage or restrict abortion. 

We don’t need another party telling the West what it should think or feel or believe, and we don’t need yet another top-down party. The Mavericks have not shown either the temerity or the confidence to embrace the values necessary for sustained electoral success. 

I wanted to vote for them, but unless they permit MPs to have a voice in Ottawa, it’s a hard pass for me. 

Sean Ollech
Prince George, BC

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LETTER: Mike Nickel gets down to the brass tax for Edmonton

“No manager ever cleared your streets of snow or fixed your sidewalk.”

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In October, Edmontonians will choose a new mayor. There are 10 candidates now. Most names are unknown to me. Three that aren’t, are Michael Oshry, Amarjeet Sohi and Mike Nickel. 

I listened to Oshry’s announcement and his answer to why he was running. I didn’t hear a response that really answered the question. He is running because he has a business background and has been on council for four years. Not good enough for me to vote for him

Amarjeet Sohi was on council for 12 years. I can’t support a civic politician who abandoned the city and now wants to return to the civic fold. We don’t need a mayor who aided uncontrolled federal spending on things that appeal to so-call progressives, but which ignore the real challenges facing working Edmontonians.

Mike Nickel has been a thorn in the side of city council and city management. That makes me take him seriously. Who else has consistently raised issues about where we are spending civic tax dollars? He is aware of the social issues we face such as homelessness, but knows what we have been doing so far hasn’t worked. His approach is worth looking at. He has also asked why we have cut front line workers and added managers. No manager ever cleared your streets of snow or fixed your sidewalk. Bicycle lanes have also been something Nickel has railed against. I have no problem with bike lanes, but object to a lack of consultation and a true cost-benefit analysis. 

Terence Harding
Edmonton, AB

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LETTER: Slobodian has long history of uncovering the truth

Practically no one is reporting the truth anymore, but the Standard.

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RE: SLOBODIAN: Beware the MSM Lies on Israeli-Palestine conflict

Thank you, Western Standard, for this timely article.

Practically no one is reporting the truth anymore, but the Standard. It is refreshing to read columns that push back on government-funded media outlets, especially the CBC. I remember Linda Slobodian from her Edmonton Sun days. She always uncovered the truth and made people think outside the box…..hmmm, with Slobodian, there is no box!! 

Well done.

Doug Martin
Pelham Ont.

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