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Mattress recycling program 

IKEA’s Winnipeg store has partnered with the province to create a mattress recycling program in Winnipeg’s North End that will create 24 jobs in the community. People who purchase mattresses from Winnipeg’s IKEA store will now be able to have their old mattresses removed and recycled at Mother Earth Recycling on Main Street for $10 – the city’s first mattress recycling program. 


Bell Let’s Tweet 

On Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m., the Health and Wellness Peer Educators at U of W will host a conversation in Riddell Hall for mental health awareness, in conjunction with the sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day 2016. Prizes are up for grabs for students tweeting with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. The health and wellness educators will make their Twitter account available for use by students without Twitter. 


UWSA day care spaces 

Up to 32 new day care spaces at the UWSA’s Day Care centre will be available this year, Premier Greg Selinger announced at the UWSA day care centre at the U of W on Jan. 12. The announcement also promised an additional 12,000 spaces, lower fees, increased training and better wages for early childhood educators – in a move toward establishing a universally accessible child-care system for Manitoba families. 


SAD lamps at libraries 

The City of Winnipeg is committing to installing new Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) therapy lamps at city libraries in an effort to fight winter depression. SAD lamps produce a similar light emitted by tanning lamps but without the UV rays. They are used as a substitute for sunlight as a source of Vitamin D. 


Downtown market back for 2016 

On Jan. 28, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s indoor farmers’ market in the Manitoba Hydro Place at 360 Portage Ave. returns for select dates this winter and spring. The farmers’ market typically runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the full list of vendors and the dates of operation ahead of the weekly summer markets, visit 


Inuit casting call 

Film producers Stacey Aglok MacDonald and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril are casting Inuit youth between ages 13-23 for a feature film production that begins shooting in the Arctic in April and for an acting workshop in February. The film will be executive produced by Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones series, Back to the Future, Jurassic World). No formal acting experience is required, visit to find out more or submit a video audition.

Published in Volume 70, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 21, 2016)

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