City briefs

Transit Master Plan released

The City of Winnipeg has publicly released its Transit Master Plan, outlining the planned future for transit in the city. After several periods of public consultation, the plan is going to be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on March 11. 

Upcoming Weweni event

The latest event in the Weweni speaker series, Indigenizing University Governance, will take place virtually on March 17. The event will be moderated by Dr. Chris Andersen and feature Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Dr. Aroha Harris and Dr. Florence Glanfield as speakers on Indigenous administrative leadership in universities. 

Take a virtual visit to Honeyland

As part of the spring 2021 Swarm exhibition, Gallery 1C03 will host a free virtual screening of Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s film Honeyland from March 12 to 19. On March 18, there will be an online conversation on the film with Lorena Sekwan Fontaine and Valérie Chartrand. It is moderated by Dallas Cant and open to the public.

Upcoming events in the English department

The English department will host a reading with Rita Wong on March 16 and a presentation from Dr. David Sterling Brown titled Policing Whiteness in Shakespearean Drama on March 17. Both events are free and require registration, which is available on the University of Winnipeg website. 

Reprioritizing school budgets

Trustees in the Winnipeg School Division have passed their 2021-22 budget, which includes cuts to several programming areas, including the Student Resource Officer program, which pays police officers to occupy public schools. The funding cut comes after a campaign from Police Free Schools Winnipeg, which began last fall, although WSD says the decision to cut the $537,174 was “solely for financial reasons.”

City announces temporary memorial to COVID-19 victims

The City of Winnipeg has announced that it will host a temporary memorial for the 640 Winnpegers who have died from COVID-19 by lighting a candle for each one in front of the Winnipeg sign at The Forks. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will have their tower lit in blue as a tribute to healthcare workers. 

Published in Volume 75, Number 21 of The Uniter (March 11, 2021)

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