Pallister protests get creative
A second protest installation has been created on the boulevard outside of Premier Brian Pallister’s Wellington Crescent home, this one less ghoulish but just as impactful as the Halloween graveyard. Scrubs with messages painted on them were strung on a line the weekend of Nov. 7 and 8 and laid out on the browned grass, imploring Pallister to provide PPE, increase hiring and generally show some kind of compassion for essential workers. The installation was created by a group of anonymous healthcare professionals.
Snitch line heating up
Various restaurants and individuals across the city have been fined for violating COVID-19 restrictions, and there are expected to be more fines meted out as the province tries desperately to find someone to blame for their absolute incompetence at managing the pandemic. Where is the fine money going? Funnelled back to the police while healthcare workers and teachers beg for PPE?
Home Alone, drive-in style
If you are desperate to get out of the house, the Four Crowns Event Centre is hosting a drive-in movie night and screening Home Alone on Nov. 13. Tickets are $37 per car and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Restaurants and retail further curtailed
Many breathed a sigh of relief that the provincial government was finally taking some kind of substantial action to address the tidal wave of COVID-19 cases that have inundated Manitoba, despite the fact that it should never have gotten to this point. The news of further restrictions is for many, however, heartbreaking, especially given that relief has not been sufficient. Retail and restaurants do their biggest business around the holiday season, and being shut down for the next four weeks could spell the end of many local shops.
Spirit of the Grassroots People
Raymond Mason, an Ojibwe activist and founder of Spirit Wind, an organization dedicated to developing the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, is having a virtual launch for his book Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The link to register for the talk, featuring Chief Glenn Hudson (Peguis First Nation) and Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, can be found on the Facebook event page.
Neah Kelly artist talk
Martha Street Studio is hosting a virtual artist talk with Neah Kelly, who is part of Playground Chitchat, an exhibition that is currently showing at the gallery. The talk is on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. ASL interpretation can be provided by submitting a request by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Zoom registration can be found on the Facebook event page.
Published in Volume 75, Number 09 of The Uniter (November 12, 2020)