News Briefs

Mental Illness Awareness Week

The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is Spreading Awareness, Reducing Stigma. From Oct. 2 to 8 especially, the local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) encourage Canadians to share stories of how stigma around mental illness has affected their lives, and CMHA also offers resources through mbwpg.cmha.ca.

Steps towards safety

A new initiative called Winnipeg Safe City, helmed by Manitoba Status of Women and the City of Winnipeg, was recently launched. They plan to work with communities, police and government to “generate innovative approaches to preventing and reducing harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.” More info can be found at winnipeg.ca/UNWpgSafeCity.

No minimum wage bump

Manitoba will not join Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan in raising the minimum wage on Oct. 1, a move met with mixed reviews. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business support the freeze and ask the government to pursue tax relief instead. Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck issued a plea to Premier Brian Pallister to “give low-income Manitobans a raise.”

Dr. Amie Wolf for Weweni

On Oct. 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., visiting scholar Dr. Amie Wolf will offer a free lecture on the economic importance of Indigenous education as part of the Weweni Indigenous Scholars Series. Wolf’s lecture, titled Exploring the Imperative for Indigenous Required Courses at Post-Secondary Business Schools in Canada, is free for all to attend in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.

Bikes and beans

The UWSA Bike Lab is holding a Tune-Up & A Coffee event on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Good Will Social Club. They are offering a basic bike tune-up along with a coffee for $10, with funds raised going to support the Bike Lab’s programs. The event will also be a meetup for those keen to learn about the Bike Lab as it prepares to re-open after relocating down Spence Street.

State of the University

Catch Dr. Annette Trimbee over lunch on Oct. 17 for her annual State of the University Address. This event is open to all faculty and students and will be held in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In her first Address last year, Trimbee highlighted the university’s priority in developing leaders and outlined more general highlights from her first year in the position.

Published in Volume 71, Number 5 of The Uniter (October 6, 2016)

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