News briefs

Justin Trudeau appoints cabinet 

The new Prime Minister announced his cabinet on Nov. 4 and the group of 30 people includes two Manitoba MPs. Jim Carr, MP for Winnipeg South Centre, is the new minister of natural resources, while MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, is the minister of employment, workforce development and labour. Justin Trudeau made history by ensuring his cabinet had an equal number of men and women represented. 


Shoal Lake residents visit U of W 

Hear first-hand stories from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation community members who will participate in a panel talk at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) on Nov. 5. Daryl Redsky and Cuyler Cotton will speak during the panel, which happens from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bulman Centre multi-purpose room. Both live on the man-made island community that Winnipeg has gotten its water from for more than 100 years. 


FOI Friday 

The U of W’s criminal justice department is organizing a valuable workshop for rookie journalists or people wanting to do more in-depth research in any field. On Nov. 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 2M70, Dr. Kevin Walby and Dr. Jamie Brownlee will teach students and alumni how to write freedom of information (FOI) requests, including a hands-on demonstration. 


Retired NHL star boasts new book 

Reggie Leach, AKA the Riverton Rifle, will be at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., launching a new autobiography, The Riverton Rifle: My Story – Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life. TSN 1290’s Troy Westwood will interview Leach, who is a hockey legend that played for the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and the Stanley Cup-winning 1975 Philadelphia Flyers, among other teams. 


Wesmen wrestling teams fought for four medals 

The U of W’s men’s and women’s wrestling teams won four medals combined at an international tournament at Simon Fraser University over the Halloween weekend. Emily Kessler won bronze for the women’s 55 kg class, while the Wesmen men’s team took home two golds and a silver, including Finn Higgins’ first place finish over world medalist Nishan Randawa in the 97 kg division. The men’s team placed second overall in the entire competition. 


Remembrance Day 

The university is closed on Nov. 11, as are many local businesses and shops for Remembrance Day. Take some time on the day off to pay tribute to veterans who fought for Canadians’ freedom and safety – and don’t forget to wear a poppy! A list of ceremonies is available at The largest tribute in Winnipeg typically takes place at the RBC Convention Centre.

Published in Volume 70, Number 9 of The Uniter (November 5, 2015)

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