Due process protects Winnipeg’s heritage buildings
Today, most people pass by the Mall Centre complex at 491 Portage Ave., now the U of W’s AnX, and don’t give it too much thought. When it was built in 1963-64, however, it was celebrated as a unique, multi-use complex for Winnipeg’s downtown.
Across the street from the Ellice Avenue entrance to the University of Winnipeg, in what is called Saigon Park, there is a memorial tree and stone commemorating the nine people who were killed in the Haselmere Apartments fire of 1974. It was a blaze that led to a showdown between the City and landlords and changed how Winnipeg’s fire code was enforced.
If you take a look at the current gender makeup of Manitoba’s municipal councils, you might think we were still in the 1950s. Nationally, our province is tied with Saskatchewan for having the lowest level of female representation at just 17 per cent.