Defunding data open to public
Winnipeg Police Cause Harm released the results of their survey regarding Winnipeg citizens’ opinions on police funding on Feb. 11. A total of 530 people filled out the survey, and the results can be viewed at winnipegpolicecauseharm.org.
Annual vegan food fest
From March 3 to 12, Winnipeg VegFest is hosting their annual Veg Out! event, featuring vegan comfort food from local restaurants. The event will conclude with a vote for best dish. For a full list of participating restaurants, or to take place in the vote, visit winnipegvegfest.ca.
Manitoba Harm Reduction Network is hosting online workshops on harm reduction through an anti-racism and anti-oppression lens from Feb. 22 to 24 and an introduction to harm reduction workshop on Feb. 28. Those interested in participating can register and pay for the workshops on eventbrite.com.
The update on the inner city
On Feb. 23, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba is virtually launching their annual State of the Inner City Report and awarding the Joseph Zuken Citizen Activist Award. The event will also feature Lila Asher, Sarah Cooper, Kayla Villebrun-Normand and Owen Toews, as well as a community panel. Registration for the event is available on facebook.com/CCPAMB.
Stefanson changes direction on emergency intervention
On Feb. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, which suspends certain civil liberties, in order to address the Freedom Convoy blockades. Premier Heather Stefanson publicly opposed this action, but private correspondence between Stefanson and Trudeau obtained by the Winnipeg Free Press revealed that she had requested federal intervention.
UW chooses COVID-19 caution
While the provincial government has announced the lifting of many public-health measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Winnipeg is, as of publication, keeping activities primarily virtual for the rest of the winter 2022 term. While the administrators of other public venues have been awaiting news regarding whether the vaccine verification app will remain operational, the U of W added vaccine verification to university ID cards, so this will likely not present a problem for them. The library, however, will reopen to students, faculty and staff on Feb. 28.
Published in Volume 76, Number 18 of The Uniter (February 17, 2022)