City briefs

What gets weird when we talk about free speech?

On Nov. 18, Dr. Peter Ives, a professor in the University of Winnipeg Department of Political Science, will give a talk on the various issues entangled in freedom-of-speech debates, including charter rights, academic freedom and the notion of open and critical debate. The talk will be held at the Centro Caboto Centre (1055 Wilkes Ave.) at 7 p.m.

Vaccine verification is back

The University of Winnipeg has announced that the vaccination and mask mandates on campus will remain in place for the winter semester. The vaccination verification centre will reopen from Nov. 15 to 26 for those looking to access the campus during the winter semester. The verification centre will be held in the multipurpose room of the Axworthy Health & RecPlex.

Love and Information live on YouTube

The 2021-22 theatre season from the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film will open with Selected Scenes From Love and Information, written by playwright Caryl Churchill, directed by faculty member Tom Stroud and performed by the fourthyear honours acting class. Performances will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 and be shown via a private YouTube channel.

A reading with Karen McBride

Karen McBride, an Algonquin Anishinaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation whose debut novel, Crow Winter, was published and met with acclaim in 2019, will give a virtual reading on Nov. 15. The event is the first in a series of readings from notable authors hosted by the University of Winnipeg English department. The reading will be hosted on Zoom and is free and open to the public.

Province recognizes assisted reproduction

On Nov. 3, the Government of Manitoba announced changes to the Family Maintenance Act, updating it to now include parentage legislation for children conceived through assisted reproduction with or without surrogacy. The updates bring Manitoba in line with the legal recognitions of assisted reproduction in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

While UMFA strikes, province pays $12.5M for third-party job training

The Government of Manitoba has announced the launch of Retrain Manitoba, a $12.5 million workforce skills development grant program that reimburses businesses, not-for-profits and charities that have provided or will provide third-party training to employees between April 1, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2022. Employers may apply for up to $2,500 per employee, up to a maximum of $75,000 per company.

Published in Volume 76, Number 09 of The Uniter (November 12, 2021)

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