News briefs

National conference on homelessness

Winnipeg has been chosen to host the next annual National Conference to End Homelessness from Oct. 25 to 27, 2017. The event sees over 900 delegates from across Canada in attendance, with a focus on ways to eradicate homelessness worldwide. Louis Sorin, president and CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg, stated Winnipeg was chosen for its involvement in working with homelessness locally.

City hall building named after U of W alum

Mayor Brian Bowman has recommended that the administration building at City Hall (510 Main St.) be renamed in honour of Susan A. Thompson, Winnipeg’s 40th mayor and an alum of the University of Winnipeg. She was the founding president and CEO of the University of Winnipeg Foundation and recently received the Order of Manitoba. 

Power of PJs

Willow Place and the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS) is hosting a fundraiser during the month of November, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to a release, each year approximately 3,000 individuals arrive to shelters with only the clothes they are wearing. If you would like to donate your gently used pajamas to a shelter, check out for the shelter nearest you.

U of W heads to sexual violence conference

On Nov. 10 and 11, representatives from the University of Winnipeg (U of W) travelled to Toronto to take part in the second annual National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault for Higher Education Administrators. Jan Byrd, executive director for wellness and student life at the U of W, will give a keynote address accompanied by Emily Epp, former vice president for internal affairs at the UWSA.

Half the Sky dinner

West Central Women’s Resource Centre is hosting a fundraising dinner at Elements (599 Portage Ave.) on Saturday, Nov. 26 with 100 per cent of proceeds going towards the community organization. Chef Jess King will be serving a four-course meal using locally sourced and organic food. Tickets are $85 with a $40 tax receipt and are available online at

Looking at happiness

The University of Winnipeg Psychology Students Association will host a screening of Project Happiness, a documentary that looks at the lives of three youth who travel to India to learn about how to live a happier and more meaningful life. The screening takes place on Thursday, Nov. 24 in 3C01 at the U of W from 5 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. 

Published in Volume 71, Number 10 of The Uniter (November 10, 2016)

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