City briefs

Candidates, on your marks ...

Candidates in the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) general election will be campaigning (mostly virtually) from March 22 to 26, with campaign speeches taking place on March 23. Voting will take place from March 29 to 31. This election comes with some new rules and regulations, so students should check the UWSA website for the latest information on how to participate.  

Blank bills revealed

The Progressive Conservative provincial government has begun revealing the text of the bills they introduced the titles of in October, including Bill 64, which would drastically restructure Manitoba’s school division; Bill 35, which give the province the ability to set public utility rates without public input; and Bill 57, which would make some forms of protest significantly more costly and potentially dangerous. 

Come on in, the water might be safe?

The City of Winnipeg has announced plans to reopen several public pools at 25 per cent capacity on March 29. According to a press release, social distancing and sanitation measures will take place in the pools. There has currently not been an announcement of whether or not the City will renew the Open Streets program it undertook last spring.

Presentation with Dr. April Langley

Dr. April Langley will give a presentation titled “Wheatley’s Word Power: #blackwomenswordsmatter” on March 29. Dr. Langley is an associate professor in the Departments of Black Studies and English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The presentation is being hosted by the U of W English department. 

Sport scholarship support

The U of W Wesmen teams haven’t been able to play in person this year, which has led to a significant loss of funding for the athletics department. Wesmen Athletics and the UW Foundation will hold a series of raffles to raise money for the Wesmen Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased online, and the final draw will take place on March 25. 

Winnipeg Comiccon launches virtual Saturdays

On March 27, Winnipeg Comiccon will host its first virtual Saturday event, which will feature guest interviews and a guest artist creating art live during the event. Hosts plan to run an in-person convention in the fall. 

Published in Volume 75, Number 22 of The Uniter (March 18, 2021)

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