News Briefs

Empowering the indigenous vote 

The Canadian Federation of Students’ Manitoba chapter and groups from the University of Manitoba (U of M) and the University of Winnipeg have organized a day of workshops on Oct. 2 dedicated to indigenous election issues. The events happen at Migizii Agamik Indigenous Student Centre on the U of M campus, where the reigning Mrs. Universe, Ashley Callingbull-Burnham, will deliver a keynote speech. For a full list of events and to register, visit


Right to know week 

Mayor Brian Bowman announced on Sept. 28 that the city will start publicly posting the results of all its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requests online. The move is meant to increase transparency and accessibility at the municipal level. The city says 82 per cent of FIPPA requests in 2015 have been granted in part or in full. 


Student issues debate 

On Oct. 5, four of the six federal candidates for Winnipeg Centre will debate student issues at the U of W. New Democratic Party incumbent Pat Martin, Liberal party candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Green party candidate Don Woodstock and Communist party candidate Darrell Rankin will field questions asked directly by students from 7-8:30 p.m. at Eckhardt-Grammaté Hall.


U of W prof nets national history award 

Jennifer Janzen, a geography and history teacher at the U of W and the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, won the 2015 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Grade 11 history project she created called “Shadows of Manitoba’s Past.” She will accept the award at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Oct. 16.


Gold star for green building 

The U of W’s Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex was awarded gold LEED status on Sept. 28. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international third-party certifier recognizing high performance green buildings. There are only 12 gold LEED certified buildings in Manitoba. At the U of W, McFeetors Hall and the UWSA Day Care also have silver LEED status.

Published in Volume 70, Number 4 of The Uniter (October 1, 2015)

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