News briefs

Heritage classic 

This October, the Winnipeg Jets will host the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field in the 2016 Heritage Classic, an outdoor NHL game. The event on October 23 will be the first outdoor game for the Jets. Winnipeg was scheduled to host the outdoor game last season, but the NHL was unable to reach an agreement with the Blue Bombers. \

 

Emotional letter 

A indigenous Winnipeg teenager who wrote a letter to the Winnipeg chief of police with instructions if she goes missing met with Mayor Brian Bowman on Monday. In the letter, author Brianna Jonnie implores the police to do better for missing indigenous people, and believes if she were to go missing, her case wouldn’t be handled with urgency because of her ethnicity. 

 

Liberal moves 

The Manitoba Liberal party’s chief of staff has resigned just days before the start of the provincial election campaign. Spencer Fernando, 27, quit during the party’s annual general meeting last weekend. He is a former Conservative party staffer who switched to the Liberals about a year ago. 

 

Grass routes 

From March 14-18, the UWSA and the Campus Sustainability Office’s presents the Grass Routes festival run at U of W. This year’s festival is the sixth annual celebration of ideas, skills, and creativity for a sustainable future with workshops, exhibits, and lectures and dialogues. View the schedule at grassroutes. ca/2016program 

 

Citizen Trudeau 

On March 12, U of W political science professor Dr. Allen Mills will launch his new book Citizen Trudeau, 1944-1965: An Intellectual Biography at McNally Robinson Books at 7 p.m. According to a release from the U of W communications department, Mills’ biography is a multilayered portrait of the Canadian Prime Minister. The launch is free and open to all. 

 

Starbucks service 

On March 15, Starbucks will launch their mobile order and pay system in all Winnipeg locations, allowing patrons to use their app to place orders in advance, pay for it electronically and pick it up in the store while skipping the line. Mobile orders account for almost 20 per cent of all Starbucks transactions in Canada.

Published in Volume 70, Number 23 of The Uniter (March 10, 2016)

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