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The business of reconciliation

The University of Winnipeg (U of W)’s indigenous speaker series continues Nov. 16 with a panel talk on First Nations’ business involvement. Clint Davis (TD Bank), Massey Whiteknife (ICEIS Group of Companies) and JP Gladu (Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business) will share their thoughts and experiences from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall.

UWFA endorses living wage

The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association passed a motion on Nov. 4 to including to support the establishment of a living wage policy at the U of W. A living wage is higher than minimum wage – typically about $14 versus $11– and is meant to make life easier for people making minimal income. The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association already provides living wages for all its employees.

Tackling drug abuse downtown

On Oct. 29, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ brought together members of 40 groups that spanned from health institutions to businesses and social agencies. They brainstormed ideas on how to prevent chronic substance abuse problems in the city’s core, with goals of better coordinating services and creating more safe spaces being discussed. Their ideas are being put together in a report to be released soon by the BIZ.

Re-examining the Syrian refugee crisis

The U of W’s department of rhetoric, writing and communications is hosting a public forum to talk about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and how Manitobans can help from an ocean away. Rhetoric prof Tracey Whalen and education dean Jan Stewart will lead the discussion on Nov. 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 3C12.

Open house for Energy East pipeline

TransCanada will host a “Safety and Emergency Response Information Day” on Nov. 17 at the St. Norbert Community Centre from 4 to 8 p.m. The session is for people with questions about the proposed Energy East pipeline. TransCanada says they’ve hosted more than 100 similar open houses across Canada to encourage dialogue about the pipeline.

Published in Volume 70, Number 10 of The Uniter (November 12, 2015)

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