City briefs

Minimum wage increases

As of Oct. 1, minimum wage in Manitoba has increased to $13.50. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives defines a living wage for a family of four in Winnipeg as $18.34 an hour.

Less than three weeks to vote

As of publication, voters have less than three weeks to cast their ballots for the 2022 Municipal Council and School Boards Election. People can check their voter eligibility on the City of Winnipeg’s website and learn more about the mayoral, city-council and school-trustee candidates.

Winnipeggers show support in Iranian protests

Protestors in Winnipeg gathered at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Oct. 1 to support Iranians mourning the death of Masha Amini. The Iranian woman was arrested for allegedly wearing the hijab improperly and died in police custody. Her death has sparked major uprisings in Iran. Winnipeggers protested in solidarity with the Iranian Community of Manitoba.

UWSA byelection campaign week

From Monday, Oct. 24 to Wednesday, Oct. 26, students at the University of Winnipeg can vote for any of the nine UWSA byelection candidates. Voting is available both online and in person for the following positions: accessibility director, education director, environmental ethics director, graduate students’ director, 2SLGBTQ* students’ director, PACE students’ director, women, trans and non-binary students’ director, UWSA regents and UWSA senator.

Pride for newcomers

New Pride of Winnipeg is is a social support group offered by Rainbow Resource Centre, which is a safe space for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals that also provides access to counselling and educational resources. This program specifically supports newcomers who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and runs on the fourth Thursday of every month. The next gathering is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Qube. Attendees can expect to make new connections, practice their English, eat different foods and discuss any experiences, challenges or joyful moments relating to their identities.

Future on Fire

On Saturday, Oct. 22, McNally Robinson Booksellers and Fernwood Publishing are hosting a virtual book launch for Future on Fire: Capitalism and the Politics of Climate Change by David Camfield from 7 to 8 p.m. Camfield says capitalists, state bureaucrats and politicians who uphold the status quo are not going to make a just transition between fossil fuels and sustainable options. Instead, he shifts the conversation to how mass social movements and supporters of climate justice have the power to make substantial changes toward ecosocialism. People can access this book launch through YouTube livestream or by participating in the Zoom webinar.

Published in Volume 77, Number 05 of The Uniter (October 6, 2022)

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