News briefs

Folklorama-like fun 

On Oct. 22, students from around the world will celebrate diversity during International Cultural Day. It will be an evening full of performances, displays and – most importantly – food, hosted at the University of Winnipeg (U of W)’s Bulman Centre from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Professional entertainers and students are expected to take the stage to show off their talents. 

 

New magazine dedicated to Aboriginal perspectives 

A new media outlet created by indigenous Winnipeggers is taking the city by storm after its launch in mid-October. Red Rising Magazine promises an unfiltered, uncensored look at Aboriginal issues from First Nations Peoples’ perspectives, which can often be absent from mainstream media. Red Rising is available at schools around Winnipeg, including the U of W, and by pre-order on redrisingmagazine.ca. 

 

Prairie Climate Centre gets provincial funding 

On Oct. 16, Premier Greg Selinger announced the province would invest $400,000 over the next two years in the U of W’s Prairie Climate Centre, where a team of experts collect data and research climate change. Selinger also said Manitoba would be the first province in Canada to sign onto David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Campaign, promising to pay greater attention to environmental issues. 

 

Spin a yarn 

What better way to make new friends than a designated knitting and gab sesh? (Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.) Starting this Thursday, Stitch n’ Bitch will meet weekly at the Women-Trans Spectrum Centre between 11 a.m.-1 p.m to discuss feminist news and make crafts. Feel free to bring your own crafts or use the items available at the centre. Coffee and tea will be provided. 

 

Acclaimed Montreal journalist speaks at U of W 

Here’s a little bit of shameless self promotion. The Uniter’s first speaker series event of the 2015-2016 school year happens Oct. 23. Shawn Katz, a journalist from Montreal who covered the Quebec Student Spring, will talk about student mobilization and politics – topics he touches on in his new book, Generation Rising. Katz will speak in Manitoba Hall (2M70) starting at 3:30 p.m. 

 

City recycles batteries free of charge 

For Waste Reduction Week (Oct. 19-25), Winnipeg public libraries are competing to recycle the most batteries. It’s part of a national campaign with Call2Recycling that will see the library with the heaviest load of batteries named “Winnipeg’s Waste Ace”. Batteries that weigh up to five kilograms and cellphones with or without batteries will be accepted. Find your nearest library at winnipeg.ca/library.

Published in Volume 70, Number 7 of The Uniter (October 22, 2015)

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