Topic: your turn manitoba

Opinion

In the world of social media, the enemy is us: How a teen's text 'made mincemeat of his feelings'

Sexism, misogyny, racism and xenophobia have always been with us, says Jo Davies — but social media has made it easy to spread hurtful and dangerous messages in the blink of an eye, without actually having to look anyone in the eye.
Opinion

'A responsibility to fight': Why a WW II-era judge jailed Mennonite pacifists

During the Second World War, Manitoba Judge John E. Adamson confronted Mennonite conscientious objectors, who he claimed were theologically naive and not sufficiently committed to what they professed to believe, says historian Ken Reddig.
Point of View

Doctor gives rural health a grim prognosis in open letter to premier

Mr. Pallister and the provincial government, By now, you have realized that your latest advertisement was a PR nightmare. I am not writing to you today in order to remind you of that.
Opinion

Winnipeg's Bay building presents an opportunity to rethink connections between heritage, reconciliation

Winnipeg's downtown Hudson’s Bay Company building presents some challenges for our city — but also a tremendous opportunity to rethink what "heritage" means in a post-colonial city, say architects Wins Bridgman and Rae St. Clair Bridgman.
Opinion

Listen up, kids: Don't take your hearing for granted

Jo Davies says she's noticed her hearing is not what it used to be. And while she'd like to blame technology, the fault, she says, 'lies primarily with my dipstick teenage self.'
Point of View

'We are salvageable': A Manitoba inmate's plea for meth addiction treatment

"You read of me often in the news and have likely been affected by the selfish and destructive choices I've made," says Headingley Correctional Centre inmate Jason Walmsley. "I am the crisis our city talks about.… But I never wanted to be this person."
Point of View

'We are salvageable': A Manitoba inmate's plea for meth addiction treatment

"You read of me often in the news and have likely been affected by the selfish and destructive choices I've made," says Headingley Correctional Centre inmate Jason Walmsley. "I am the crisis our city talks about.… But I never wanted to be this person."
Opinion

The dollars and sense of taking care of Winnipeg's trees

On March 20, 2019, the City of Winnipeg passed its budget for the coming fiscal year. While it earmarked money to hire a supervisor of urban forestry, one Winnipeg resident says more money should be invested in our city trees — and even suggests it makes good, green "cents" to do so.
Opinion

A Muslim father struggles to explain hate crime to his young son

My dearest son Yousuf, Being human, you will face many challenges in your life. But being a Muslim and a person of colour, I am afraid you’ll face more than many.
Opinion

Having a party, period: How a new trend could make start of menstruation a positive experience for girls

Yes folks, this is that article:  the one where this woman of a certain age wonders why it is that we’ve been able to put a woman into space, a man on the moon and Barack Obama in the White House (please come back), but we can’t talk about menstruation without giggling like a bunch of nine-year-olds.
Point of View

Speaking their truth: 2 Manitoba spiritual leaders on the search for honesty in politics

Canadians are still divided when it comes to determining whose "truth" to believe in the fallout of the federal government's SNC-Lavalin scandal. The CBC asked "Gramma" Geraldine Shingoose and Rabbi Matthew Leibl to give us their spiritual perspective on the search for truth-tellers.
Point of View

Winnipeg library's new security approach creates 'draconian and humiliating barrier'

Last month, Winnipeg's Millennium Library introduced security measures it says are a response to an increase in the number and seriousness of violent incidents and threats. But longtime library user Lara Rae say the changes only make her feel less safe, and users less welcome.
Opinion

Ex-justice minister spins satire on political truth-telling

When I didn’t know the answer to questions in the legislature (which was daily) I pulled it off with "Um," "You know," and "I mean."
Point of View

Grateful Manitoba doctor thanks Canada, gives aid to Vietnam

When I was just five, in the middle of the night, my parents helped me escape from Vietnam —​ without them.
Point of View

'We must be saints,' young Catholic says about surviving scandal

Being Catholic is one of the most unpopular things you can be, especially amid all the sexual abuse scandal that’s come to light, Sebastian Aguilar writes.
Opinion

Of crime and privilege: Let's live up to our responsibilities

They say the definition of privilege is thinking something isn't a problem simply because it doesn't affect you. Up until recently, crime in our city was that way for me.
Opinion

Millions in federal funding that could lift Manitobans out of poverty, homelessness sitting on the table

Millions of federal dollars that could make their way to Manitoba are sitting on a negotiating table, rather than benefiting thousands of people who are living in substandard housing or homelessness, says Manitoba's Right to Housing Coalition.
Point of View

Love the skin you're in: Winnipeg has a diverse, resilient black culture

During Black History Month, Winnipeg's Rhonda Thompson-Wilson says cultural organizations play an important role in helping preserve connections and the uniqueness of cultures.
Point of View

'Like I died with him': A murder victim's mother on grief, trauma and life after death

'I couldn't comprehend that my son was dead.' Gina Settee, whose son Bryer Prysiazniuk-Settee was killed in 2017, shares what it's like to live in the aftermath of homicide, and without the son who was taken away.
Point of View

'Hero,' 'traitor' or 'it's complicated?' When it comes to Louis Riel, labels matter

One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Louis Riel took one small step for the Métis and created one giant, complicated leap for his legacy. Since then, his story has not stopped evolving — and neither have the labels we’ve assigned to him.
Point of View

'Mr. Pallister, please show you do care,' grieving mother of overdose victim pleads in open letter

"What are you doing about the drug crisis in Manitoba?" That's the question Arlene Last-Kolb, whose son Jessie died of a drug overdose, asks Premier Brian Pallister in her open letter.
Point of View

Creating safe spaces starts with talking — and listening — to each other, says Lara Rae

For transgender people, or any group that faces bigotry, safe spaces come with a promise of dignity, says Lara Rae.
Point of View

'How do you view Riel today?' A descendant of the Métis leader reflects on his complicated history

To most, he is recognized as the founder of Manitoba. Others see him as an instigator who sparked a civil war. As another Riel Day approaches, his great-great-niece explains why we might need to rethink the way he's been viewed.
Point of View

A farmer's life: working the land with modern technology

My grandfather learned to use the Keurig coffee maker in the shop office — and that's about as much technology as he needs to know.
Point of View

'From China, with passion': Why one Chinese immigrant now calls Winnipeg his home

"So why Winnipeg?" Gang Wang, who came to Canada from China in 2004, explains what led him to the Manitoba city.
Opinion

Promise of 'value for money' from privatizing Lifeflight will come at cost of safety

The Manitoba government's attempted privatization of Lifeflight, an essential public service, sets a disturbing direction in the provision of health care services in the province, says the Manitoba Health Coalition's Brianne Goertzen.
Comedy

A farewell to juice boxes: Winnipeg sketch comedy troupe offers a lament for Canada's Food Guide

No more morning cup of hot butter or dessert pizza? The members of HUNKS, a Winnipeg sketch comedy troupe, say the changes to Canada's Food Guide have left them "mock horrified."
Opinion

The wisdom of youth: On climate change, adults should listen to young voices

Young Manitobans rallied students for climate action at the Manitoba Legislature last week, hoping to make their voices heard. And when the people who will live with the most profound effects of climate change talk about its dangers, adults should take notice, says Susan Huebert.
Opinion

Social impact bond could not only help at-risk moms, but give Manitoba's government a chance to shine

Manitoba's first social impact bond offers an opportunity to show the rest of the country that this model, if used well, can result in significant cost savings — and in this case, may help at-risk expectant mothers and kids in care in the province, says the University of Regina's Iryna Khovrenkov.
Point of View

'Amy left a bit of her heart in everyone' before she died by suicide, mom says

Amy Danielle Paterson was born on Dec. 22, 1982 at the Women's Pavilion Hospital in Winnipeg. From the moment they placed her into my arms, little did I know that those beautiful brown eyes would help me throughout her life's journey.
Point of View

Paperwork for a mom in labour vs. honour songs: Why I chose a birth centre over a hospital

One year ago, pregnant with my unborn son, I was faced with the decision of home versus hospital birth, and the possibility of reliving an experience like the one I encountered after the birth of my now three year old daughter.
Opinion

Holocaust survivors are right: Study history to counter the rise of fascism

An understanding of history and all of the humanities are critical for cultivating a democratic society that is able to defend itself from short-sighted, undemocratic, bigoted and nefarious forces, history educator Matt Henderson writes.
Point of View

Broken child welfare system rooted in broken family ties

After viewing the apprehension of a First Nations newborn on Facebook, my emotions flared up as I remembered my own experiences in dealing with similar instances.
Point of View

'Dryuary' a lifestyle choice for some, but quitting booze was a question of survival for Winnipeg musician

'All I can do is be grateful I was given a second chance. I feel like a brand new person,' says Winnipeg's Rusty Matyas, after giving up alcohol.
Opinion

My sons' grief at a friend's death has forced me to see I can't shelter them forever

A few weeks ago, my sons' classmate passed away at the age of 15. How can I make the death of a friend make sense to them?
Opinion

We usually fail at making New Year's resolutions stick, but here's why we should still try: U of M prof

We have a resolution problem. It's a shame, but it's true. As the only species on the planet that bothers making New Year resolutions at all, we are almost complete failures at carrying them out. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Opinion

When it comes to parenting advice, the best tip may be to throw away the books

What parents really need are wise elders and support — not advice from an endless supply of books filled with "bad science and assumptions," says Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

Does mandatory alcohol screening save lives or kill rights? A pair of experts weigh in

Under a new law, police have the power to stop drivers for roadside testing for alcohol, even though they might not display any of the usual, visual cues that were required in the past. Is this simply an inconvenience that many of us would put up with to save a life, or is it an assault on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
Opinion

Give the gift of your attention

In the age of social media, adequately hearing, listening and responding to one another seems to be a lost art.
Point of View

'Christmas is a dark place to live in' for families of meth addicts, says Winnipeg mother

Christmas traditions can become a harsh reminder of formerly cherished traditions, says Lori Chapman, whose daughter struggles with an addiction to methamphetamine.

'You stole my what?' CBC listeners share weird theft tales

When Winnipegger Liam Turnock discovered someone had stolen the back hatch of his small Ford Fiesta, he figured that was one of the weirdest things anyone had ever stolen ...
Point of View

Winnipeg's Garbage Hill sign celebrates the 'filth-filled' heart of the city

Winnipeg officially has a new sign to celebrate one of its more famous (to locals, at least) landmarks. The members of the local sketch comedy troupe HUNKS weigh in on the new sign.
Opinion

Maybe 'pizza Thursday' isn't the best idea: What I learned from being the youngest person at work

'When you're a professional younger than 30, some workplaces can feel like you're a subpar version of a grown-up surrounded by the real adults,' says 25-year-old Raegan Hedley. Here's her advice for young professionals.
Opinion

Why a military suicide should have been prevented — and why it wasn't

The Canadian military should have prevented Cpl. Nolan Caribou’s suicide. Here’s why I think it didn’t.
COMEDY

Parent's little helper or shifty spy? 2 Winnipeg comedians debate the merits of Elf on the Shelf

Is Elf on the Shelf a joyous family tradition? Or a creepy scare tactic for kids?
Point of View

Living in poverty at Christmas 'life-draining,' says Winnipegger: 'I know, because I live that life'

'Life in poverty is a traumatic and life-draining experience, and no more so than at Christmas,' says Al Wiebe, who has experienced Christmas both with and without wealth.
Point of View

How we can raise kids to have healthy relationships with food, themselves and all kinds of bodies

I have never heard my kid say a bad word about how she looks or her body overall and, at seven years old, she still doesn't know what a diet is. That's saying something, given the statistics about how early in life girls start thinking about diets.
Opinion

Hanukkah a celebration of religious freedom and light in a time when hate, darkness hit home

Hanukkah is a festival of lights and a celebration of the triumph of the few over the many — but Joanne Seiff says this year, the celebration of survival and light over intolerance and darkness strikes closer to home than many would like.
Point of View

Father's letter gives grim, personal warning about dangerous driving

In a letter to his son, Bruce Benson reveals his "nightmare of reality" — that his best friend "is dead because of me."
Opinion

Driven to extinction? Winnipeg Transit needs to focus on availability, affordability to survive

For many low-income riders and even for drivers, the latest Winnipeg Transit fare increase has been extremely problematic, as they have seen a higher cost for using transit and diminished services, says Susan Huebert.
Point of View

Candace Derksen's mother pens an open letter to families of murder victims

Dear Family, I know this is not a journey you ever wanted to make......I hope Candace House can make it easier.
Point of View

'It was never OK': The work started by #MeToo isn't nearly done, and employers have a big part to play

It has been more than one year since the #MeToo hashtag went viral and I have been reflecting on what, if anything, has changed. Although I believe a lot has changed, we are nowhere near finished.
Point of View

What researching my grandfather's WW I history revealed about his life at war

Much of the memorabilia Steven Stothers's grandfather brought home from the First World War was lost in the 1960s. But he discovered fascinating details about his grandfather's wartime service when he began digging into the information that's publicly available.
Point of View

'We can never have enough light and love in our lives': The joy of Diwali, the festival of light

This week, Hindus all over the northern hemisphere will celebrate Diwali — the festival of light and love, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Julie Rajkumar says for her, it's a time to come together with family and fill homes with lights and lots of love.
Opinion

Mommy licence should include permission to send kids to buy bread

I'm thinking parenting licence thing might be worth a try, if it means parents will be allowed to let their kids take a two-minute walk down the street alone.
Opinion

Bringing humanity back to the justice system: Why Canada needs more restorative justice programs

Can restorative justice provide better justice for victims, offenders and society as a whole? The research says yes, according to Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain and former senator Art Eggleton.
Point of View

At 14, I created a dance about the emerging butterfly I was — then a boy raped me

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about being sexually assaulted as a teen by Brett Kavanaugh (now a Supreme Court judge), I could not watch because I, too, am a survivor of sexual assault. This is my story.
Opinion

Winnipeg could lead the next industrial revolution — but we need the vision our leadership lacks: Glen Murray

Winnipeg's latest civic election needed to deliver a council that can take us back to the future, says former city mayor Glen Murray. Instead, a lackluster election offered tired arguments about, pipes, potholes, policing and taxes occupied the debate, while the big issues were ignored, he says.
Opinion

Trans Mountain pipeline review must look at impact on global health emergency of climate change

The World Health Organization calls climate change the “greatest threat to global health in the 21st century” but many of the policies that move us toward our climate goals have significant health benefits, say Tim K. Takaro and Jennifer Miller of EvidenceNetwork.ca.
Opinion

When it comes to inclusion for kids with special needs, Manitoba's schools need improvement

October is Disability Awareness Month in Manitoba, but it serves as a good reminder that many of us can’t just choose to be aware of disabilities once a year, says Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

In the fight against climate change, we pay now or our children pay later

If you have an eight-year-old child right now, she will be 30 in 2040. What kind of a world will she live in as an adult? According to the international community, one that will see the catastrophic results of our short-sightedness, our greed, and political cowardice — unless we do something now.
Opinion

Am I accidentally catfishing you? Do I even have a choice?

As a 23-year-old part-time cripple, online dating feels to me like playing the late '90s computer game Minesweeper — stressful, a little bit exhilarating, but mostly, I have no idea what is going on.
Point of View

A doctor said our daughter would never speak — but her 'word art' has connected with thousands

When you have a child with special needs, you redefine words like "never" and "impossible."
Opinion

Funding mental health therapies would not only save lives, it would save money

Media headlines tell us in detail about the mental health struggles of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain before their deaths by suicide. But what too often goes untold are the stories of thousands of people who die by suicide every year in Canada – our friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors.
Opinion

'Boys will be boys' — and some know right from wrong

Have you heard the news? Apparently, teenage boys are predisposed to sexually assaulting teenage girls.
Opinion

'Weird, wonderful space' underground largely forgotten in Portage and Main debate

What has been largely forgotten in the debate over reopening Portage and Main is that below the street and away from traffic is a weird and wonderful space that needs to be positioned within the discussion, says Jino Distasio.
Opinion

Mattresses to garden mulch, fire hoses to zoo beds: There's more to recycling than the blue bin

Generally, once I've put out my recycling, I don't think much else about it. After all, I'm doing my bit, aren't I? Well, maybe not.
Opinion

International researchers shocked by cancellation of Ontario's basic income pilot project

My report on the cancellation of Ontario's basic income pilot project was met with stunned belief in Finland late last month. People involved in similar experiments are concerned about the impact on participants and the loss of crucial information.
Opinion

U of Manitoba's 'sorry' isn't good enough when it comes to harassment, assault on campus

In light of assault and harassment allegations at the University of Manitoba, Joanne Seiff says universities need adequate counselling, consent education and clear and legal employment boundaries established.
Opinion

Combining dog walking and freelancing is the way I get by in a gig economy

There was a time when people could finish school, go to university and get a good job that would last until retirement. These days, the gig economy has put that kind of stability increasingly out of reach for many people, including me.
Opinion

Winnipeg needs more traffic enforcement — just not more cameras

After a couple of big speeding tickets, Joanne Seiff says she realized that Winnipeg actually needs more — not less — police presence on the road. But we need human eyes, not unthinking cameras, she argues.
Opinion

Indigenous languages must be nurtured in early childhood education settings

Indigenous Peoples have a troubled relationship with the systems that have been imposed by settler colonial populations.
Opinion

In spite of fumble on funding for Winnipeg's stadium, public money for arenas can be a good investment

Should taxpayers be on the hook for funding large-scale sports infrastructure projects that are often viewed as primarily private initiatives? And what happens if such ventures lose money?
Opinion

Home, Jeeves: Turns out the kids just don't want to drive

At the end of a long work week, there’s nothing I like better than putting my life in the hands of my firstborn son. No, I'm not defusing bombs with him, although that likely would be more relaxing. I'm teaching him how to drive.
Opinion

Nature's never far away in wild Winnipeg

Canoeing down this city's rivers — the Red, Assiniboine, La Salle and the Seine — or hiking through our parks, other forested areas and various trails is a wonderful way to experience nature close to home.
Opinion

Give bikes a chance: Winnipeg needs to change so people have transportation choices

We need to move from labelling people as either drivers or cyclists (or pedestrians or transit users) to recognizing people will (and should) choose their transportation based on their own circumstances — and we need to respect the choices they make.
Opinion

Solar energy rebates are a bright idea for utilities like Manitoba Hydro

Rebates for solar energy projects are an economical way to create energy capacity for future growth and reduce the environmental footprint of utilities' operations, which is why Manitoba Hydro should continue to offer its solar energy incentives, says Nazim Cicek.
Opinion

Let's teach our kids the skills needed to fight fascism

We have an opportunity in Manitoba to refocus our efforts on developing citizens who have the critical analysis, historical thinking and media literacy skills to combat the vile forces of extreme nationalism, fascism and contempt.
Opinion

Winnipeg's $10M question is more about politicking than Portage and Main

The city has turned to a referendum on an investment in infrastructure well below the cost of many other ongoing projects in Winnipeg that have not faced such scrutiny. Why? For political points, Aaron Moore writes.
Opinion

'You get the city you deserve': Winnipeg can, and should, do better at infill housing

Winnipeg's current approach to infill housing creates density without livability, argues Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

Building health: Our communities' designs strongly influence our physical well-being

Since John Snow mapped where victims of a large cholera outbreak lived in London in 1854, it has been known that where we live, work and play strongly influences people's health.
Opinion

Who is caring for the caregivers? Our loved ones' well-being depends on them

Care aides’ welfare is almost entirely overlooked in the health system, and it turns out the health of care aides affects the quality of care they deliver.
Opinion

Liberation or confinement: People with disabilities have a right to manage their own lives

The Manitoba government treats people with disabilities as a liability, not an asset. The result is discrimination based on double standards, assuming what constitutes a good life for most is unrealistic for people with disabilities and a waste of precious resources.
Opinion

Proper sex education gives kids decision-making skills and saves health dollars

Research shows a strong link between comprehensive sex education and positive sexual health behaviours among teens.
Opinion

Your gym teacher's 'stay active' message is worth taking to heart — even a few decades after the fact

Jo Davies didn't heed her Grade 5 gym teacher's warning to stay active. But now, closing in on 50, she says she's reconnecting with the inner child who thought she’d always be able to skip rope and roller skate and at least attempt cartwheels.
Opinion

St. Boniface byelection win huge for Liberals, unmitigated disaster for NDP

Very few byelections have a long-term impact, especially two years out from a general election. Tuesday’s byelection win for Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont in St. Boniface will likely be an exception.
Opinion

Jordan Peterson exemplifies the harm in our love for male genius

Our obsession with University of Toronto Prof. Jordan Peterson reveals a larger cultural problem that threatens to cripple our universities: our adoration of the individual masculine genius.
Opinion

As wealthiest speed past the rest of us, Manitoba needs to fight income inequality

While there's a growing gap between the rich and the rest of us, policy changes can make a difference, says Molly McCracken, director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Manitoba.
Opinion

Long-term thinking is required to protect northern Manitoba waterways

A canoe trip down the Grass River offers an example of what can be done through sustainable development and management, says Zach Fleisher.
Opinion

When rights collide: Law societies must stand for justice by denying Trinity Western accreditation

In a society that prizes the "rights and freedoms" guaranteed to us by our constitution, sorting through what to do when rights collide can be challenging. Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada dealt with that very issue.
Opinion

In the era of 'America first' and 'Mexico first,' how about 'Canada first' too?

The best Canadian response to tariffs and the threat of an all-out trade war seems to be to stand firm, to keep a healthy North American economic partnership as a key goal but also to make sure a “Canada first” national interest test is applied to every relevant policy decision, says James Eldridge.
Opinion

Death becomes her: We should all be as comfortable talking about our eventual end as my mom

Many share intimate details of their sex lives, how much they paid for their trip to Mexico, the gory details of their gallbladder surgery, but mention death and most people can't change the topic fast enough.
Opinion

Prioritizing play: Splash pads, parks and wading pools are vital infrastructure, Joanne Seiff writes

Keeping kids healthy, imaginative and playing can require a lot of a family's time investment, often without fancy gadgets, lessons or activities. When it gets warm, it also requires basic park facilities — but I am worried about our access to play spaces.
Opinion

Green spaces are important enough to be an election issue in Winnipeg

With election time coming soon, Winnipeg voters should let leaders know the vital importance of green space for the welfare of the city, says Susan Huebert.
Opinion

Medical errors are too common but patients are paving the way for change

Canadians have a high level of trust in their medical system, but research suggests medical errors are a common phenomenon, Fiona MacDonald and Karine Levasseur write.
Opinion

Don't take one for the team: We need to rethink contact sports to prevent youth concussions

Should young people be allowed to play sports that place participants at risk of brain injuries, such as hockey, football, and soccer? That was the question in the 2018 Glassen High School Ethics Essay Competition. Sisler High School's Carl Dizon won this year's contest with this essay.
Opinion

Life lessons from the soccer pitch

​I've learned a lot from books, but the most crucial lessons have come from life's unofficial teachers: hard times and good people.
Opinion

Manitoba premier may find an ally in Doug Ford, but it will be a tricky balancing act for Pallister

Doug Ford's election victory in Ontario presents an opportunity for Manitoba's premier — but one Brian Pallister may need to be cautious about embracing, says political scientist Karine Levasseur.
Opinion

Maybe Winnipeg's mayoral race should go to the dogs

The other day, I read that my favourite mayor died last year at the ripe old age of 20. Mayor Stubbs of Talkeetna, Alaska, was a cat.
Opinion

Why doesn't Canada support mid-career, discovery-based scientists?

Imagine: A Canadian athlete prepares to go for his second gold medal after 15 years of training, then just before the Olympics, the government cuts all funding for his sport. That's what the Canadian grant system is like for some of our scientists.