City briefs

Pet fosters needed

Chelsea Kork, the director of K9 Advocates Manitoba, says the organization currently has 227 dogs and 140 cats in its care. Manitoba Underdogs Rescue, another pet-rescue nonprofit, has many animals in need of care. Both groups encourage Winnipeggers to consider adopting or fostering a pet.

Lions Place residents protest pending sale

On Jan. 19, approximately 70 elderly residents and supporters protested the pending sale of the non-profit Lions Place building. The 287-unit complex, located on Portage Avenue between Furby and Langside, is allegedly being sold to an Alberta real-estate firm that would likely increase rents.

Don't let it go to waste

Food waste is responsible for about 10 per cent of greenhouse-gas emissions. Too Good to Go, an anti-food waste app that launched in Winnipeg six months ago, has diverted more than 5,000 meals from landfills in that time. People who download the app can use it to buy restaurants’ surplus food at a third of its usual cost.

Fast-track recruitment plan for doctors

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba start- ed a fast-track registration initiative for out-of-province doctors and nurses to begin working in Manitoba. Spokesperson Keir Johnson told the Winnipeg Free Press that speeding up the registration process could remove barriers to recruiting doctors from other provinces or countries.

Clean Slate Program funding

The provincial government will give the Downtown Community Safety Partnership $150,000 for its Clean Slate Program. The program will employ at-risk Manitobans to clean and maintain the Disraeli Freeway, Higgins Avenue and Main Street areas. Program workers currently focus on laundry services, as well as snow, garbage and graffiti removal. Members remain with the program for 12 months and are then connected with long-term job opportunities.

Mobile drug testing

Sunshine House has fundraised $65,000 for a mobile mass spectrometer that can test the safety of non-medical drug supplies. The ma- chine can analyze thousands of chemical compounds while testing liquid and powder drugs without impacting the quality of the sample. Sunshine House’s mobile overdose-prevention RV should receive the device in March. The RV is currently located in a parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Logan Avenue. It’s open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Published in Volume 77, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 26, 2023)

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