City briefs

Omicron gives winter term a detour

On Dec. 23, the University of Winnipeg announced that the winter term would be delayed by one week, in alignment with the Government of Manitoba’s decision to delay the start of elementary, junior-high and high-school terms until Jan. 10. Most courses will also be taught virtually until reading week at the earliest.

Biking on bodies of water

Spark Rentals – Ice Cycles, a business which rents and sells ice bikes (bicycles with a front blade allowing for skating along ice on the Assiniboine River) – launched on Jan. 8. Ice cycles are available for rental or purchase at the Bonnycastle Park access point on the main river trail.

New scholarship supports students

Three Indigenous students from St. John’s High School in the U of W’s Integrated Bachelor of Education program will be the first recipients of a new scholarship from the Schroeder Foundation. The scholarships cover up to $30,000 in the first year and up to $25,000 in subsequent years and will cover all education and living costs for the selected students.

Jordan Scott becomes new writer-in-residence

The University of Winnipeg announced that acclaimed Canadian poet and children’s author Jordan Scott will be the university’s 2022 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence. The Writer-in-Residence program runs from Feb. 7 until March 11, excluding reading week, and will include a lecture and book reading in the winter term.

Have your say in Winnipeg’s financial future

The City of Winnipeg is seeking public feedback regarding the Winnipeg Police Funding Model. The public engagement efforts include a survey on the City’s website that can be accessed until Feb. 2, as well as multiple virtual public workshops and a telephone town hall. For the full schedule of feedback opportunities, visit

Published in Volume 76, Number 13 of The Uniter (January 13, 2022)

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