Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal is a freelance writer and a grassroots activist who believes passionately in the power of each one of us to make the world a better place.

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Experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly of Winnipeg

A Winnipeg homestay 'mother' helps her student from Japan immerse himself in Winnipeg culture...but is saddened to see he's the target of racism.

Sister's suicide brings out need to discuss 'dark, shameful secret,' Janine LeGal says

Every year at this time I think about my sister, whom I still miss very much. She was found dead in her apartment, alone, in May 2005. Every year at this time, I ask myself whether anything could have changed the outcome of her life.

For my money: Winnipeg Jets salaries show priorities off, Janine LeGal writes

If poets could convince 15,000 people to fill the MTS Centre at $200 per ticket, they might command million-dollar salaries. But what about really looking at what and who we value in our society?

Good vs. bad customer service: it's about paying attention, writes Janine LeGal

Winnipeg writer Janine LeGal shares her experiences with good customer service, bad service, and frustrating, disappointing experiences with the city's 311 service.

The good on Facebook: It can bring us together

Facebook doesn't have to be contributing to our young people looking down at their phones and ignoring each other, writes Janine LeGal, but it can encourage those same faces to look up and chat face-to-face about things they've learned on this amazingly powerful social network and beyond.

What does it mean to be a good neighbour?

The death of her next-door neighbour has Winnipeg writer ​Janine LeGal wondering if we need to be better neighbours, especially to those who live alone.

Yes, I'm a vegan and no, I don't want to proselytize others

Yes, I'm vegan. I love animals and am happier not eating them. I care about our health, our environment, our world. And the three meat-eaters in my home.

Improved senior care would be music to their ears, Janine LeGal writes

Most of the time I try not to think too much about where my mother is, or the kind of care she gets. The way we as a society treat our elders is something I think we could all benefit from reviewing.

Canada has its own N-word

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly some people get righteous and judgmental about cultural norms and what it means to be Canadian. As homestay hosts for international students, in our home we are constantly in the throes of building community and cultural understanding.

Why are 11,000 kids in foster care in Manitoba?

Everybody, it seems, loves to criticize CFS and blame the system for pretty much everything that goes wrong when it comes to kids in foster care. I used to be one of those people.