News briefs

Freedom Road funding

Winnipeg city councillors will vote on a $5.5 million increase for Shoal Lake’s Freedom Road. The city has committed $10 million to build an all-season road to the First Nations community that supplies Winnipeg with drinking water. The estimated $46.5 million road will be built so a water treatment plant can be built in the community. The town of Shoal Lake has been under a boil water advisory for 18 years.

 

U of W prof on science board

Dr. Christopher Wiebe, a professor of chemistry at the University of Winnipeg and the director of the PRIME laboratory (Prairie Research Institute for Materials and Energy), has been invited to join the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. He joins top international scientists from around the world on the board who study the interdisciplinary field of Condensed Matter Physics – the science of materials and their properties.

 

Indigenous media in Canada

On Wed., March 23, the U of W partnered with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to host Indigenous Communication in the Digital World: Economic Realities and Challenges, a roundtable discussion on Aboriginal media in the Canadian culture and economy. This was the fifth and final roundtable over the findings from the latest Promise and Prosperity Report.

 

Dish donation

The Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute has received nearly 20,000 donated dishes that need to be sorted and distributed to Syrian refugees. The organization is looking for help from volunteers willing to sort and deliver dishes this weekend or next, and is still in need of pots, serving dishes and glasses. Call 204-943-8539 to volunteer. 

 

Grey Cup windfall

On Monday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers released figures that report an $80 million economic impact from the Grey Cup week last November. The total from non-Bombers events at Investors Group Field in 2015 is estimated at $125 million from seven games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June and concerts from AC/DC and One Direction. This year, the stadium will host an NHL Heritage Classic game in October with the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers and a second game featuring the alumni of both teams.

 

Revisiting feminism

On Mon. March 28, U of W alumna and scholar Leah Allen will deliver a lecture examining the work of Andrea Dworkin and Kate Millett entitled How We Look Back Now: Revisiting the Feminist 1970s and 80s. The lecture is presented by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 1L06.

Published in Volume 70, Number 25 of The Uniter (March 24, 2016)

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