News briefs

UWSA elections

From Feb. 1 till Feb. 12 nominations are open for the UWSA general elections. Forms will be available in the UWSA offices 0R30 and Index, first floor Lockhart by the HIVE. Campaigns begin on Feb. 22 and voting will take place from Feb. 29 to Mar. 2. For more information please contact the Chief Elections Commissioner: 


Refugee donation drive

Ram Wools Yarn Co-op on Portage Avenue received more than 1,000 pairs of mittens, hats, parkas, and household items for new refugees in Manitoba. The group aims to collect a total of 2,000 items, from hand-knit and store-bought winter gear, to household items like plates and cutlery. Everything can be dropped off at the store’s downtown location, 989 Portage Ave.


Smelly St. B

St. Boniface city councillor Matt Allard has received more than 200 submissions to, a website he founded in April 2015 to chronicle area odour complaints. Manitoba Conservation will investigate the claims after five complaints about one incident. The Loveday mushroom plant and the Darling International (formerly Rothsay) animal rendering plant have received the most complaints. 


Fat bikes at Fort Whyte

About 85 cyclists competed in the province’s first-ever fat bike race at FortWhyte Alive on Jan. 24. The ‘Winnipeg Whyteout’ featured racers pedaling through the forest at FortWhyte Alive in either a 10 km, 30 km, 40 km race. The bicycle with very fat tires is popular with winter cyclists, as it more easily tackles terrain such as snow. 


Forks programming back on

Colder temperatures have secured some formerly up-in-the-air winter programming at The Forks. Mild weather delayed the construction of the Red River Mutual Trail on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers until last week and organizers of the first-ever Great Ice Show, which brought in 40 ice sculptors from China, is now set to open on time. Visit for more info. 


Fix ‘em February

The Winnipeg Humane Society is offering 500 people the chance to spay or neuter their cats for $5 throughout the month of February. The discount will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in an effort to make a dent in cat overpopulation. The procedures normally cost $25 at the WHS outside of the promotion. Cat owners can book a time by visiting

Published in Volume 70, Number 17 of The Uniter (January 28, 2016)

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