Skiing is in season
The seemingly never-ending COVID-19 pandemic has caused shifts in habits and “trends” (such as, most notably, homemade sourdough bread). Cross-country skiing has emerged as a very popular activity.
There is no question that Winnipeg is known for its winters. Winnipeggers acknowledge it as an unavoidable part of their existence and something to go through every year. This is what has led many to ask why the City of Winnipeg is so poorly prepared for winter.
Favourite local photographer
1. Dwayne Larson
2. Joey Senft
3. Jess Mann
Favourite new local independent business
2. Willow Press
3. La Taqueria Mexican Tacos
Favourite local athlete
1. Desiree Scott
2. Nikolaj Ehlers
3. John Rush
Winnipeg to Announce 2022 budget
On Nov. 26, the City of Winnipeg will table its operating and capital budgets for 2022. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the municipality’s ability to raise revenue and that their budget is required to be “balanced” under the City of Winnipeg Charter, Winnipeg’s finances are in a precarious position.
Cheveldayoff remains general manager
Hockey is central to many Canadians’ notion of national identity. Recent sexual-assault allegations have been the latest indicator of a dangerous side to hockey culture and have rocked the Winnipeg hockey community.
Trouble in the fourth estate
Earlier this month, longtime CBC journalist Sean Kavanagh surprised many local politicos when he took a job as director of communications for recently elected Premier Heather Stefanson. On the surface, it might seem odd that someone who has spent years holding local politicians to account would readily go work for a government that appears unlikely to be re-elected.
EQ3 opens flagship store
EQ3, an internationally successful, Winnipeg-based furniture brand, opened a flagship store – its largest yet – in its hometown on Oct. 29. Located near the CF Polo Park Shopping Centre, this store is more than 40,000 square feet and may change the furniture-shopping experience.
Stefanson is Manitoba’s first woman Premier
Heather Stefanson defeated Shelly Glover to become leader of the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Manitoba, succeeding Brian Pallister and interim leader Kelvin Goertzen. A few days later, she was sworn in as Manitoba’s 24th premier and became the first woman to lead the province.
Consequences for Bolsonaro?
Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil since January 2019, is an extreme political figure. He is an admirer of the brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, a misogynist and a science denier. Most recently, his disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to calls for him to face criminal charges.
COP26 underway in Glasgow
COP26, the United Nations’ climatechange conference, is currently underway in Glasgow, Scotland. World leaders, experts, activists and lobbyists have converged on the city to discuss and create policies to address the climate crisis.
Shortly after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, policies like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) were implemented to address the high levels of unemployment and encourage workers to stay home. Since then, the discourse on economic policy in Canada has continuously shifted.
‘Tis the spooky season
If you feel too old for Boo at the Zoo, but are too scared for a haunted forest, you might feel like your only option this Halloween season is to stay at home, eat candy and rewatch your favourite horror movie. However, a Halloween-themed walking tour or trolley ride might be what many Winnipeg adults are looking for.
PPC triples vote share in federal election
Following Canada’s federal election in September, many journalists and commentators remarked that voters elected a near-identical parliament as they did in 2019. One key difference, however, is the People’s Party of Canada’s (PPC) performance.
Manitoba legislature to have land acknowledgement
On Sept. 16, interim Premier Kelvin Goertzen announced the formation of a working group to develop “recommendation for an Indigenous land acknowledgment to be used in the Manitoba Legislature,” according to a Progressive Conservative Caucus press release.
Feds cut funding to local refugee organization
Federal-government cuts to refugee services in downtown Winnipeg have CUPE 2348, which represents staff subject to these cuts, ringing alarm bells. Welcome Place Residence, run by the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, has had its funding decreased by 82 per cent, according to the union.
Gardens at the leaf now in bloom
The Gardens at The Leaf, a “place where nature and culture unite,” opened this summer at Assiniboine Park. This outdoor attraction is part of the final phase of Assiniboine Park’s 2009 redevelopment plan. This nearly 30-acre greenspace comprises six distinct exhibits.
The ‘return’ of the Winnipeg Jets
After playing most of last season outside of Manitoba due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winnipeg Jets have returned to their home arena, the recently renamed Canada Life Centre. True North Sports + Entertainment (TNSE), the Jets’ owners and operators, have kept the pandemic in mind in their planning for the upcoming year
Working from home has its perks. Sweatpants, new pets and sleep-ins are certainly appreciated by workers. For small businesses downtown, however, the lack of office workers
due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been economically devastating and has accelerated some negative trends that existed prior to 2020.