Topic: your turn manitoba

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An offensive term 'designed to marginalize people like me': Why it's time to stop using 'midget'

The word "midget" was specifically designed more than 100 years ago to marginalize — and it's time to stop using it, says Little People of Manitoba president Samantha Rayburn-Trubyk.
Opinion

'What will you do to further reconciliation?' Canadians need to act on MMIWG inquiry's calls for justice

It’s abundantly clear that Canadians need to address historic and egregious wrongs, says Joanne Seiff. But with the release of the final report from the MMIWG inquiry, she says it's also clear we're falling short of meeting basic recommendations to do that.
Opinion

MMIWG inquiry report reflects the sorrow, strength of survivors and families: Sheila North

'Like many in attendance at the closing ceremonies of the final report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, I found myself with mixed emotions about the process that brought us to this moment,' says former Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak grand chief Sheila North.
Opinion

Time to give all employees the right to honour their own religious holidays, says employment lawyer

The issue of religious holidays has been raised in the recent case of a Winnipeg grocery store owner who fined $10,000 for opening on Good Friday. Employment lawyer Stuart Rudner says it's time for a system that allows everyone to observe their religious days in a fair and equitable manner.
Opinion

How a shift to electric vehicles is driving change in 'China's Silicon Valley'

Once suffocating from the effects of smog, Shenzhen now has some of the cleanest air among cities in China. What's driven this change? In short, it's what Shenzen is driving, says U of M engineering professor Nazim Cicek — electric vehicles.
Opinion

After 50 years of the Official Languages Act, what is the place of French in Canada?

What is the place of French in Canada 50 years after the Official Languages Act was first enacted?
Opinion

Pink glitter canes and red matte lipstick: How style can fight the dehumanizing effect of hospital clothes

Hospitalization both literally and figuratively strips you of your clothing, says Megan Linton. But from glittery canes to "sweaters as sweet as clementines," she's used personal style to fight back against the dehumanizing effect of hospital clothes.
Opinion

Taxing Canadians' patience: Corporations need to pay their fair share

Jo Davies says she's fine with paying her share to keep schools open, roads paved and parks beautiful. But, she says, some of the wealthiest in Canada aren’t paying their fair share — and she's crying foul.
Opinion

Can you see me now? Time to stop judging each other and value middle-age women

It's time to stand up to society's emphasis on appearance and the "policing" of the way other women look, says Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

Construction with a conscience: Winnipeg's industry could do a lot more to get along with the neighbours

In the United Kingdom, the construction industry makes efforts to present competent management, environmental sensitivity and even neighbourliness, says Bev Pike. In Winnipeg, she says, it's an entirely different story.
Opinion

Access for all? Cuts to Manitoba post-secondary program create barrier for students who most need help

Getting ahead is becoming virtually impossible for people in severe financial need who want to go back to school and turn their life around, says a student in the U of M's Inner City Social Work Program — and the Manitoba government's recent changes only make that harder.
Opinion

'No dog raises itself': In preventing attacks, focus on training, not breed, says vet

While much of the discussion surrounding dog bites focuses on the question of 'aggressive' breeds, this is not a helpful focus.  It's more about the trainer than the breed, says veterinarian Philipp Schott.
Opinion

'Girl power' is great, but it shouldn't give girls licence to bully boys

Bullying is very much alive and well, but it seems to have evolved, says Jo Davies — and now, it seems girls are getting in on the act, ostensibly under the umbrella of "girl power."
Opinion

As Manitoba reviews K-12 education system, focus needs to be on support for teachers

As Manitoba embarks on a major review of K-12 education, everything will be on the table. But it's vital, says Seven Oaks School Division assistant superintendent Matt Henderson that in this process, we don't lose sight of the vital role our teachers play in the success of Manitoba's students.
Opinion

When tackling inequality in Point Douglas and other Winnipeg neighbourhoods, let's ask the right questions

A recent opinion piece on revitalizing the area "misunderstands Point Douglas as a community, and its current and historic dynamics of power with other neighbourhoods," says Kate Sjoberg.
Opinion

Time to stop kicking the can down the road on lead levels in Winnipeg's soil

Despite years of problems with lead contamination in Winnipeg’s soil — including pollution at Weston School — the province, city and school division lack a plan for remediation, says Joanne Seiff, who has previously dealt with contaminated soil in her own yard.
Opinion

Reimagining Point Douglas: How the historic district could become a model for a changing Winnipeg

Winnipeg could lead with a new model of urban development in North and South Point Douglas, say Wins Bridgman and Rae St. Clair Bridgman — one based on inclusion, reconciliation and that recognizes the district’s history while speaking directly to currents of change in Canada.
Point of View

Faith and festivities: Christians can honour Easter's significance and enjoy non-religious celebrations

On Easter Sunday, many people ask the question: is it possible to honour the holiday's religious significance, and also participate in non-religious celebrations like Easter egg hunts? Winnipeg pastor Todd Poirier says yes, and they should.
Opinion

'A refugee is a refugee': Asylum changes threaten Canada's 'gold standard' system

Embedded in the federal government's recently tabled omnibus budget bill are troubling changes to our inland refugee determination system, say Jamie Liew and Shauna Labman.
Opinion

The storm over Winnipeg's Whiteout and why words matter

Don't abolish the Winnipeg Jets Whiteout parties, says linguistics professor Nicole Rosen — but consider other names that mean exactly the same thing, but have less potential for unwanted undertones.
Opinion

Daddy jobs, mommy jobs and gender inequity: Jody Wilson-Raybould's story shows we have a long way to go

Obvious gender discrimination exists, but most women now face something far more insidious, says Joanne Seiff. There are multiple moments in a woman’s career where she might be faced with a barrier or discrimination that might be hard to confront or change.
Opinion

Doctors, chiropractors and a secret agreement: Manitoba lawsuit suggests a troubling code of silence

The Manitoba Chiropractors Association has launched a lawsuit against the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons, alleging the college violated a secret agreement the two groups signed in 2003. The lawsuit raises troubling ethical questions, says the University of Manitoba's Arthur Schafer.
Point of View

'A thriving community of immensely proud Manitobans': Sikhs celebrate 50 years in province

In 1969, a small group of Sikh immigrants rented a space and formed the Sikh Society of Manitoba, Inc.
Opinion

Manitoba's pharmacists should have a greater role in provincial health care

In nearly every other province in Canada, pharmacists are doing more for the families they serve and, in the process, improving health-care outcomes. It's time for the Manitoba government to step up, says Barret Procyshyn, president of Pharmacists Manitoba.
Opinion

In the world of social media, the enemy is us: How reaction to 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.
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'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.
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'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.
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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.
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'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.
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'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.
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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.
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'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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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'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.