September street closures
A summer of 10 select streets being closed to cars and open for active transportation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. has ended as of Sept. 8. Six of the 10 designated open streets have been reverted to standard motor vehicle trafficways, and the remaining four open streets will be closed to pedestrians on Oct. 12.
Correctional Worker Day
On Sept. 3, the Government of Manitoba proclaimed Sept. 3 to be Correctional Worker Day. The newly announced day falls five days before Labour Day and, according to the Government of Manitoba website, “coincide(s) with the Corrections Exemplary Service Award ceremony,” which will celebrate the work of 19 correctional officers.
Diversity Foods, delivered
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Food Services has created a pickup and delivery program. Students looking for their favourite campus snacks can order through diversityfoodservices.com or Diversity’s mobile app, DFS orderin. Diversity is also doing grocery delivery as part of the program, offering pantry staples, produce, meats, frozen food and alcohol.
Refurbishing Whiteshell trails
A project to “enhance” trails in Whiteshell Provincial Park has been funded by the Government of Manitoba, Trails Manitoba, Trans Canada Trail and Pier Solutions, the contractor which refurbished two bridges from Kings Park in Winnipeg for re-use in the Whiteshell. The $190,000 contributed by the Province is part of a $500,000 investment in trails announced in April.
$8M to detention centres
On Sept. 1, the Government of Manitoba announced the allocation of $8 million of investment in the creation or renovation of detention centres in Winnipeg and Brandon. The Province’s investment is facilitated by the Manitoba restart program, which, according to the Province’s website, “provides a taxable financial benefit” to Manitobans who had previously been a part of the Government of Canada’s CERB program returning to work.
UWSA executives resign
On Aug. 5, University of Winnipeg Students' Association president Jibril Hussein and vice-president external affairs Breanna Belisle tendered their resignations. The departure followed a tumultuous summer when photos of David Teffaine wearing blackface resurfaced. Teffaine is a U of W student who acted as Hussein and Belisle's "campaign manager," despite Teffaine being barred from participation for campaign violations. Former UWSA executives Mahlet Cuff and Nawal Sagher also accused Teffaine of harassment. Vice-president student affairs Melanie William remains the only elected UWSA executive.