City Briefs

ClimateWest begins work

The University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative have co-founded ClimateWest, a non-profit regional hub for credible climate information, data and adaptation guidance for the Prairie region. 

Sharing the ToyBox

The ToyBox project, a literacy and numeracy tool created by University of Winnipeg professor Dr. Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk, has received provincial funding and will soon enter its second round of testing, aiming to have 800 families participate in the project. It’s open to all Manitoba families with children from two to eight years old.

Inaugural writer-in-residence reading

Souvankham Thammavongsa, who is the U of W’s 2021 Carol Shields writer-in-residence, will give her inaugural reading on Feb. 4, as well as a distinguished lecture on Feb. 24. Thammavongsa won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize with her short-story collection How to Pronounce Knife.

Taking the road to decarbonization in architecture

Sustainable Building Manitoba is holding The Road to Decarbonization with Efficiency Manitoba on Jan. 27, which will feature Éric Souque, an energy-efficiency specialist from Efficiency Manitoba. The event will focus on how to reduce energy consumption in new building projects.

Upcoming Weweni panel discussion

On Jan. 27, Dr. Julie Nagam will moderate a panel that will
“reflect on the collapse of the old world order, sustained through ongoing fears and objectification of the other, critically mapping the emergence of new and radical alternatives” and feature Dr. Ronak Kapadia, Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Tasha Spillett and Dr. Mishuana Goeman.

Black Writing in Canada speaker series: Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint is a poet, a spoken-word artist and the latest writer to be featured in the University of Winnipeg Department of English’s Black Writing in Canada speaker series in a virtual event on Jan. 28. Wint’s poetry has been published in The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry, Black Writers Matter, and his debut poetry book, Divine Animal.

Published in Volume 75, Number 15 of The Uniter (January 20, 2021)

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