City briefs

Election season at the U of W

Election season is around the corner, and students will soon be able to vote for University of Winnipeg Students’ Association positions, alongside a referendum for the U-Pass. Voting will take place on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wii Chiiwaakanak Centre, on March 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Buhler Centre and on March 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Buhler Centre and from 12 to 4 p.m. in the third floor of Centennial Hall.

Wet’suwet’en protests continue

A local protest held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders blocked traffic on Feb. 24. It started in front of the RCMP headquarters on Portage and Dominion around 4:30 p.m. This falls in the same week as the Manitoba Metis Federation’s statement that they “will not endorse or support the protesters that are now on the verge of harming many innocent people who are not choosing sides on the pipeline issue.”

Graph Colourings

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Winnipeg will hold a presentation titled “Graph Colourings” with speaker Dr. Vida Dujmovic of the University of Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall). In this talk, Dr. Dujmovic will introduce “several graph colouring problems, starting with the famous four colour theorem for colouring maps.”

Creative writing seminar

A public presentation titled “Classrooms, Communities and the Creative Writing Process” with Dr. Lamees Al-Ethari of the University of Waterloo will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in Room 3M64 (Manitoba Hall) at the U of W. Al-Ethari is currently a candidate for an assistant professor position in creative writing in the Department of English at the U of W.

Neurobiological seminar

The next installment of the Department of Psychology’s Speaker Series, titled “Contextual Control of Fear Suppression: Behavioural and Neurobiological Approaches,” by U of W alum Dr. Travis Todd will happen on Friday, March 6 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in Room 2L17 (Lockhart Hall) at the U of W. Dr. Todd is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College.

Protection for people with criminal records

On Feb. 25, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission announced a decision that will protect people with criminal records from discrimnation. This resolution was made after the results of A.B. v. University of Manitoba on Feb. 10, where Chief Adjudicator Micheal Werier found that having a criminal record in itself is not a protection, but rather that many people with criminal records suffer from addictions, mental disabilities and certain backgrounds that can be deemed to be stereotyping when looking for employment.

Published in Volume 74, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 27, 2020)

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