News briefs

Park renamed 

A park in Point Douglas has been renamed to honour Don and Olga Mokriy, the couple who worked to maintain the wildlife behind their home on the city-owned property. Mokriy Ecological Reserve, formerly known as the Shaughnessy Ecological Reserve, is home to rabbits, partridges, birds, a fox, an owl, woodpeckers, ducks, geese, squirrels. In 2008, the city recognized it as an ecological reserve though the couple has spent decades caring for the property. 


Convert your cassettes 

On Feb. 20, the Oral History Centre in Bryce Hall is offering a workshop on how to turn cassettes into high quality digital audio files. The workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. will go over step-by-step details and hands-on training on audio digitization. Registration is open to everyone, visit for more info. 


Prison rideshare 

Since last summer, Manitoba Prison Rideshare has been organizing rides for people visiting prisons around Winnipeg. The service is an initiative of Bar None, a prisoner solidarity organization, and is funded through grants from the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthew’s Community Association and West Broadway Community Organization. Drivers and users can call Bar None’s Manitoba Prison Rideshare at 204-861-0642 or email 


Blackfoot storytelling 

On Thursday Feb. 11, Dr. Erin Spring of the University of Lethbridge presents her talk, Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project: Methodological Approaches to Child-Centred, Community-Driven Research. In this talk, Dr. Spring presents research on Blackfoot youth collecting stories about their culture, history, and language from their Elders to upload into a digital library. The lecture runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 2D11. 


Consent culture forum 

On Feb. 6 and 7, nearly 100 students from Manitoba universities gathered at U of W for a forum on consent and rape culture the event hosted by the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba. Students discussed topics such as colonization, LGBT safe spaces and women with disabilities with the goal replacing rape culture with consent culture. 


Grad application deadline 

Tuesday, Feb. 16 is the deadline to apply to graduate in June. Applicants must complete their applications by 5:30 p.m. and drop them off at Student Central on the first floor of the Rice Centre. Convocation ceremony information will be sent to applicants by the end of April. Visit for more info.

Published in Volume 70, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 11, 2016)

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