Topic: your turn manitoba

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Remembering Tim McLean through the eyes of his little brother

He was young and taken from us far too soon, and the world is a lesser place without him. He was extremely charismatic and often demanded the attention of a room with his presence and strong, magnetic personality. 
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Everyone won, everyone lost: Outcome of court decision on Winnipeg's impact fees will be more uncertainty

The most likely outcome in the impact fees dispute seems to be more economic and financial uncertainty, in a city that could use less of both, says Brian Kelcey.

'Courage, struggle and happy endings': Filmmaker traces her refugee family's path from peril to prosperity

Winnipegger Sidney Phommarath's new short film, Rising from Refuge, documents the journey of her family, refugees from Laos who ultimately settled in southern Manitoba.
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A new normal, or new abnormal? Change in direction needed on COVID-19 response

'Societal impacts of the lockdowns are apparent, but it is too soon to know whether, in the long term, the lockdowns prevented premature deaths or saved years of life,' says Dr. Joel Kettner, Manitoba's former chief provincial public health officer.
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Court decision on new construction fees reveals the power of Winnipeg's development industry

A political scientist/city planning expert explains why Winnipeg lost the court case for impact fees -- and why it differs from most other municipalities.
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How better mental health supports could reduce reliance on police, restraining students in schools

A longtime Winnipeg teacher cautions against defunding police before better mental health supports are in place for students in crisis.
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Parent-educator questions crash course in pandemic school plans

Individual schools and school divisions will have to come up with their own distancing plans, in the case of low to moderate risk of COVID-19. But who will do that in the summer months?
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Open letter on Canada Day calls for support, respect for all

"Let's end the systemic racism at all levels of our society and institute an attitude of caring/sharing that we are capable of. To really be true, north, strong and free," advocate Sheila North says in open letter to Canadians.
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Winnipegger channels pain and dignity into poetic response to racism, killing of George Floyd

Winnipeg's Aldeen Williams, 70, responded to the May murder of George Floyd at the hands of police by pulling out a notebook and pouring her heart into a poem of her life.
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Pipelines won't solve pandemic, economic woes, coalition says

The Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition challenges the oil industry opinion that pipeline expansion would mitigate pandemic and economic struggles.
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Why is being called 'racist' more offensive than racism itself? White fragility silences voices, says advocate

University of Manitoba law graduate and podcast host Elsa Kaka challenges the historical trend of denouncing the word "racist" — and silencing those who use it.
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'Navigating through disability while Black' can be a disheartening challenge, says mom and advocate

"Being born Black in Canada means you are never the norm, the standard, the status quo," says Tina QueenTite Opaleke, a mother of a Black child with a disability. "Being born Black and disabled means you are the exception, the rarity, perpetually seated outside of the box."
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Addictions advocate pleads for support of people in Winnipeg's homeless camps

Arlene Last-Kolb, an advocate for addiction treatment, says camps for homeless people provide a safer option for those at risk of overdose.
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No single right way to be an effective ally, says Black Lives Matter activist — but there is a wrong way

Anti-racism activist Chimwemwe Undi says online reaction to George Floyd's death needs to translate into concrete action in the real world — in the workforce, school and on the streets.
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Silence no longer an option, says white Winnipeg mom of black child targeted by racist graffiti

A Winnipeg mother decided to break her "white privilege" silence, she says, after discovering racist graffiti painted outside their home, targeting her husband and daughter, who are black.
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As Manitobans head back to work, more accessible quality child care needed

An early childhood educator cautions that while Manitoba has a plan that allows essential service workers to access child care, the pandemic reveals the need for accessible, quality child care.  
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COVID-19 and gender inequality: Why Manitoba needs a feminist pandemic response

There are going to be short-, medium- and long-term gendered impacts of COVID-19. If we do not start being conscious of them now, women and girls are going to see more ripple effects of this continued crisis affecting their human rights, says Institute for International Women’s Rights–Manitoba advocacy co-chair Leah Wilson.
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Canada must come together and build more pipelines to lift economy out of COVID-19 hole

A longtime oil, gas and mining industry insider explains why he believes the Trans Mountain and Coastal Gas pipelines must be built and not "held hostage by a minority of special interest groups."
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Manitoba needs to fix 'disorganized mess' that is pandemic education plan, says mom and teacher

Manitoba's approach to education during the coronavirus pandemic "has been a disorganized mess at best — and an absolutely embarrassing dumpster fire at worst," says parent and music educator Domanie Billinghurst-Schadek.
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Still plenty of ways to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, 'expand your world view' during pandemic

Asian Heritage Month 2020 is unlike any that the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba has experienced in its 18-year history, says executive member Alan Wong.
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For people struggling with addiction and homelessness, compassion may be the hand up that's needed

"Recovery is not for the faint-hearted," says recovering addict Jeremy Raven. And sometimes, something as simple as a kind word may be the hand up that someone who is struggling needs, he says.
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Remembering the Holocaust, and a beloved Winnipeg rabbi, in a time of pandemic

Last week, Jews around the world observed Yom Hashoah v’Hagvura (the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust). There was an additional degree of sorrow for Winnipeg's Jewish community, says Rabbi Kliel Rose, with the passing of much-loved Rabbi Peretz Weizman.
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Rowing against the tide of history: Pallister's pandemic response could do lasting damage to Manitoba economy

Manitoba's provincial government is keen to have us all row in the same direction to combat COVID-19, say University of Manitoba economics professors Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson. But currently, they say, Brian Pallister's government is not only failing to dip its oar in the water, it’s actively rowing in the wrong direction.  
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'Why did it take a crisis?' COVID-19 housing for homeless too little, too late, critic says

The provincial government has stepped up in this time of crisis to aid the homeless sector, says Al Wiebe, but the question that screams to be asked is, 'Why did it take a crisis?"
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Austerity and COVID-19: Manitoba government creating, not solving, problems

The provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact "appears to be moving from lacklustre to straight-up counterproductive," say Jesse Hajer and Lynne Fernandez of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives — Manitoba.
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'Profound sense of loss' as Winnipeg Folk Fest's legendary love, laughter (and yes, music) put on hold

"Even with logic in our collective face, our community feels a profound sense of loss and bewilderment" after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival, says the son of the man who began the much-loved summer tradition.
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Austerity is the wrong path for Manitoba during coronavirus pandemic: U of M professor

During the coronavirus pandemic, Manitoba needs to avoid the dangerous short-term path of austerity and cutbacks, which will only lead to greater economic problems, says University of Manitoba finance professor Shiu-Yik Au.
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Honouring both celebration of Passover and pain of pandemic

How to honour the joy of the seventh day of Passover during a pandemic, where many of us — Jews and others alike — might be feeling a sense of gratitude, rejoicing at the fact that COVID-19 has not affected us or our loved ones.  But others are not as fortunate.
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Finding the strength to stay clean, stay sober in pandemic isolation

Recovering addict shares his story of staying sober while social distancing — 'which has affected so much in my life.'
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'New normal' for parents is struggling with grief, guilt and pandemic demands — but you're not alone

Early childhood educator Robyn Brown offers a message for parents juggling working remotely, home-schooling and parenting "We are all struggling and crying and doing our best with the tools we have, and we are all in this together."
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How to survive pandemic stress, isolation and uncertainty

As a mental health professional, I’ve been asked to offer some mental health tips that may be helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected all of us.
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Government COVID-19 rescue package shuts out some small businesses

The government is putting programs in place to aid businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as small business owners who have been working hard to grow in our community, we say these programs will not work.
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'This pandemic, too, shall pass': A retiring teacher's bittersweet goodbye to grad class of 2020

Kelvin High School teacher Raymond Sokalski, who is set to retire at the end of this school year, has an affectionate goodbye to graduating students during "epic days of history in the making."
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Who gets medical care during the coronavirus pandemic — and what does that mean for people with disabilities?

With the appearance of COVID 19, as a person with a disability, my life has suddenly taken on more significance -- or should I say insignificance.  In my opinion, disabled people were identified as disposable. 
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Patrolling streets, building connections: Volunteers reach out to homeless, drug-addicted during pandemic

St. Boniface Street Links continues — amidst the COVID-19 pandemic — to serve those others have given up on, and those who've given up on themselves, says volunteer Robert Lidstone.
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'No surrender': Remembering Joyce Milgaard's legacy of faith and love

Former journalist Lesley Hughes says the death of tireless advocate Joyce Milgaard delivers a message of faith, love and the importance of never surrendering - exactly what we need to hear as a pandemic grips the world, she says.
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Tackling the 'wicked problem' of trying to educate kids at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

For parents and educators, the "wicked problem" during the COVID-19 pandemic will be trying to educate children at home, compounded issues like poverty and the stress of ensuring that families are safe, says Seven Oaks School Division assistant superintendent Matt Henderson.
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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.
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Faith leaders send cross-cultural messages of hope, healing

Leaders from Manitoba's Muslim, Jewish, Ojibwe and United Church communities offer words of support in response to COVID-19 despair.
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How to nurture families in need outside the classroom

Robyn Brown says like many educators, she's worrying about the students and families outside her school walls. "The message I have repeated to families each day is that we are still 'here,'" she says. "We are going to get through this together, and we will see you again soon."
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Seeking calm in the coronavirus storm: How one Winnipegger copes while aging family stuck in Philippines

In a world that changes by the minute, one Winnipegger is counting the seconds, hoping his loved ones make it home to Canada in the middle of a pandemic.
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More than a meal: School breakfast programs vital in building community, helping kids succeed

School meal programs do more than fill empty bellies, says Winnipeg early childhood educator Robyn Brown. They help build community, and feeling of self-worth and belonging for the kids they feed.
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'Family has become the cornerstone': Finding family, finding happiness in life after addiction

Jason Walmsley, a recovering addict who has been keeping a diary of his recovery for CBC, says he celebrates personal milestones. "Throughout my journey of recovery, now 18 months sober, family has become the cornerstone from which sobriety remains possible for me," he says.
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Celebrating Manitoba stories brings Black History Month to life

This year, I asked for and was given the opportunity to tell stories of black Manitobans who are making history right now, and it has really reinvigorated me, Ismaila Alfa writes.
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Whoa! Slow down and share, architect and urban planner say

No policies, no engineering or design solutions, no reduced speeds and new stop signs, no policing, no fines will work unless everyone actually takes sharing the road to heart.
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Let's put the idea of garbage in the trash

We know we can recycle. We just aren't doing it properly yet. Here are a few ideas that could help us change that.
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Big boys don't cry? Time to ditch outdated notions around masculinity, emotions and affection

In a world that has become increasingly stressful to navigate, our sons deserve no less emotional support and licence to be affectionate than our daughters, says Jo Davies.
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'These groups are real and cannot be ignored': Vigilance key to fighting hate, says former white supremacist

Could Patrik Mathews have been discovered earlier?  How safe is our military from extremists trying to infiltrate? Those are the questions governments, law enforcement, academics and security experts have to answer says Tony McAleer, who was himself once a white supremacist.
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Mom's emergency granola bar is there when you need it — no matter who you are

Every parent knows those moments — the ones when you stuff a snack into your bag, knowing you'll need it later.
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A husband pleads for the rights of wife with disabilities

I have become an advocate for my precious love — and for all disabled individuals. Why? Because they have to spend all their energy trying to live a rewarding life, with many challenges and worries ahead of them.
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Mental health advocate wants you to know how to survive suicidal sadness

When you hear someone has died by suicide, it's heart-wrenching, says John Peters. He says he knows how it feels to want everything to stop — but there are three things he says he wants those struggling with depression to know.
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Mental stimulation amid child-rearing? You can do it if you try

If you've ever prayed for bedtime just so you could go to the bathroom by yourself, you know how tough it can sometimes be to keep your sanity while alone with young children.
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Life lessons from the Camino: What a retired Winnipegger learned on her 800-km walk

A decade ago, Winnipegger Sandra Thacker decided what she wanted to do when she retired: she was going to go on a walk. Not just any walk, though — she planned to do the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, an 800-kilometre, month-long journey.
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'Singing has brought another kind of healing': How a chorister rediscovered his voice, years after coming out

"I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't sing the tenor line," says Greg Klassen. But he stopped singing in choirs as a young man, shortly after he came out. But recently, he's returned to singing with a choir — and he says he's found his "authentic voice" in the process.
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A gift for 2020: Earth for our great-grandchildren

The biggest gift, in the end, will be the one we leave to the great-great-grandchildren we might never see: a healthy planet.
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'I'm a Christian who pretty much despises Christmas': How a Winnipeg street preacher gets through the holidays

'I must confess. I'm a Christian — a missionary even — who pretty much despises Christmas,' says Gaylene Dempsey. But she's found some ways to get through the season without falling into a funk.
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'The only black girl in too many rooms': Winnipeg poet explores bigotry through spoken word project

Winnipegger Chimwemwe Undi talks about what it's like to be the only black girl, asked to speak for others. Her poem is part of a series on the personal toll racism takes.
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'Kids at school were making fun of me': Winnipeg comedian uses humour to heal past hurts

If Anjali Sandhu could go back in time, she'd have snappy comebacks for all the mean girls who made fun of who she is. The Winnipeg writer shares the personal toll racism has taken on her, part of the series Speaking My Truth.
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Taking (private) stock: Manitoba's social housing plans follow failed examples

Manitoba Housing says it has 7,000 households on its waiting list, but rather than increase the supply, the Brian Pallister government is selling social housing and transferring management to non-profit agencies and the private sector.
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Why international tests don't show the full picture of Manitoba student achievement

Big data is great, but we need to be careful about how we use it and in what context — especially in light of what the latest results from a standardized international test suggest about Manitoba students, says educator Matt Henderson.
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'I live racism. Others witness it': Winnipeg hip-hop artist confronts heartache after growing up in CFS care

Winnipegger Tyrel Genaille says he was called an outsider and treated differently than the other foster kids he lived with. Watch his story, part of a series on the personal toll racism takes.
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We're all in this lonely world together

Being alone when you want to be is fine. Being alone when you don't want to be is downright painful. In fact, scientists have only recently discovered how truly harmful it is.
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Why the 'tough on crime' approach won't work to end violence in Winnipeg

The response from many to crime in Winnipeg has been calls for more "tough on crime" approaches and an increase in funding for police. But Marcia Anderson and Michael Redhead Champagne say we need to think about prevention, by focusing on factors that put people and communities at a higher risk of violence.
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Hunter's legacy: 3-year-old's death highlights urgent need to address domestic violence in Manitoba

The killing of a three-year-old in his bed in Winnipeg has horrified many. A man who allegedly had a history of beating his partner is accused of killing her child. While people are expressing their outrage now, says Kimlee Wong, she wonders why there wasn't similar outrage when the boy's mother was allegedly being abused.
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Women in trades need co-operation from the top to gain equality

One of the most difficult mental processes in the world is to get rid of a preconceived idea. That's particularly true when it comes to the workplace and the roles different people play in it.
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'That can't be my Winnipeg': Racism on the rise here, says woman born and raised in city

"I have spent the majority of my life in Winnipeg, but people still don't see me," says Reanna Khan, a third-generation Winnipegger. "The longer I live here, the more I am forced to realize we aren't an inclusive, diverse city where people get to enjoy equal opportunity,"
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Ojibwe grandmother thanks her father, elders who helped her reconnect with culture after residential school

An Ojibwe grandmother from Manitoba recalls ancestral teachings that were lost in residential school, which she then reclaimed thanks to time spent with her father and elders.
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Recovering addict searches for happiness in sobriety

A recovering addict writes about his efforts to resist relapse, while searching for happiness in sobriety.
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Our disposable culture needs a fix that will help our environment, too

A tale of two broken-down appliances tells a bigger story about our throw-away society.
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'Our parents didn't have a choice': Vaccinate your children, polio survivors plead

The first polio vaccines came too late to help those affected by major outbreaks in the early 20th century, says the Post Polio Network (Manitoba). But today's parents have no excuses for not getting their kids vaccinated.
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'Communal need for healing' after boy's death, Winnipeg mother says

A family advocate and "nurturer" is calling for grieving families to rally together and heal after the homicide of Hunter Straight-Smith.
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Invisible patients: Caregivers need support too in Canada's health-care system

A "staggering" number of Canadians provide care for a family member or friend living with a long-term health condition or disability — and too often, they're overlooked in our health-care system, say researchers Fiona MacDonald, Karine Levasseur and Tannis Driedger.
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Halloween carries scary dilemma for trans people — and a rich history of exploration

If I go as a female character, some might read me as "man in a dress." If I go as a man, I might not be seen as a woman at all.
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Not just blue: Postpartum depression is 'brutal' and it can hit anyone

Postpartum depression doesn’t care where you live or what you do to pay your bills, says Jo Davies, who has struggled herself with PPD. "Judging by the video I saw online yesterday" of Meghan Markle, she says, "it doesn’t even care if you’re married to a prince."
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Broken trees are bad for our health and wallets

An urban forestry advocate warns that trees damaged by October storm could be bad for our health and hard on our wallets.
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Mend, craft or make do with less: How you can embrace 'slow fashion' year-round

The demise of Forever 21 in Canada has once again brought "slow fashion" into the spotlight. What seemed like a grassroots fashion movement in the past has morphed, Joanne Seiff says, and what follows is unclear — but it could make a big difference in terms of our environment, our wardrobes and our bank accounts.
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Liberty or equality? Unrestricted access to medically assisted death endangers vulnerable people

Unlimited access to a medically hastened death does not guarantee equality for all. If people don't start out equal, how does removing safeguards equalize them?
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Infill housing won't destroy your neighbourhood — but it will bring you new neighbours

Glenelm resident Emma Durand-Wood says it's time to celebrate infill housing — and quell the fears that it's bad for Winnipeg communities.
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To fix health care, start by making us less sick

Canada's health-care system focuses heavily on how we help sick people live with their conditions or get better, say Heart and Stroke Foundation CEO Yves Savoie and Community Food Centres Canada CEO Nick Saul — but we spend very little time talking about preventing people from getting sick in the first place.
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Planners call for safety overhaul of Winnipeg crosswalks

A Winnipeg architect and planner have some ideas for how to improve crosswalks and make them less dangerous. "What's a pedestrian to do in this dance with death? It's time to design crosswalks for human error," they say.
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'There's no shame in being who you are': Photographer explores Filipino 'bakla' culture

In a portrait series commissioned for CBC's Creator Network, Ally Gonzalo photographed members of the bakla community — a Tagalog term including people who identify as trans, non-binary or bisexual — and spoke to them about coming out to their Filipino families. Here are their stories, along with Gonzalo's portraits.
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Billboards and racial tension: The 2019 Manitoba election

The 2019 Manitoba election was a campaign devoid of substance. Outside of the debates, there was little attention paid to major issues. Therefore, it is not surprising that issues of importance for Indigenous peoples were all but missing from the campaign trail.
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Missing the forest for the trees: In climate change fight, simplest solutions might be the most obvious

While news about climate change often inspires pessimism, a new study offers some hope, says University of Manitoba professor Nazim Cicek. It suggests there is global capacity to plant at least 1.25 trillion more trees worldwide, which could take 205 gigatonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere.
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Shame, secrets and dark histories: Remembering the legacy of British home children

Over a family dinner, Barb Janes's grandmother unwrapped a secret that she'd hidden for decades
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How Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apology suggests potential for change

Canadian politics have proven in the last week that a picture truly is worth 1,000 words. But what does the prime minister have to do to make a meaningful apology that truly benefits those wronged?
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Self-promotion vs. self-reflection: How can we use social media better?

After years of resisting the pull of Instagram, Joanne Seiff signed up, and saw first-hand the seductive power of an image — and of the validation that comes with a "like." But, she says, we could be making better use of social media.
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Cancer survivor hopes to inspire others in their fight for life

Point of View: A Manitoba woman describes her emotional journey with breast cancer and pregnancy — and the love of her family who helped her through it.
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Honest, open conversations with kids need to include consent, says sex-ed expert

A national sexual education facilitator says it's time parents included the 'culture of consent' when talking to their kids about sexual relations and sexual violence.
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Nothing sweet about dangerous effects of our addiction to sugar

Kicking a sugar habit is tough, says Jo Davies — and she argues we need to stop sugar-coating the truth about the harmful effects of the sweet stuff.
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Grieving family says government ignoring Indigenous suicide crisis

Shannon Perez's cousin just lost her son-in-law by suicide. Living with grief and tragedy is not new to Indigenous people, she says, and it's time to take action — starting with implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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Disenfranchised and disillusioned: Little progress made for voters with disabilities

Prior to the 2015 federal election, Elections Canada created an advisory group for disability issues. Despite that, as Manitobans prepare to vote in both a provincial and federal election in the coming weeks, little has changed for voters with disabilities, says Megan Linton.
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Manitoba CFS is so broken, it can be a struggle to report child welfare concerns

I'd been told Manitoba's CFS is dysfunctional by several people. News reports reinforced this. However, I was completely unprepared for how bad basic functions continue to be.
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Nut behind the wheel: Other drivers provide examples to my sons — of what NOT to do

All three of my sons are now learning to drive, and I'll tell you, it's given a whole new meaning to the phrase "thrill of the open road."
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Bittersweet 16: Parenting teens makes baby-rearing seem like a cakewalk

Currently, my eldest son is 20 and his younger brothers are just 16, which means I've been parenting teenagers for nearly a decade. Like most things in life, I'm getting smarter at it.
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Winnipeg planning department's troubles reflected in the building it occupies

With a planning department tucked away — hardly visible from the street and with no clear front entrance — it comes as no surprise that the good work of city planners sometimes goes unnoticed.
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Why I'm cancelling my cable subscription

It’s like stepping off a cliff. My kids told me for months that I should do it, but it took me forever to work up the nerve, and I always found a reason to avoid it. I’ve done it now. I cancelled my cable television. 
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'More needs to be done': A recovering addict calls for action to stem drugs' deadly toll

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Living on borrowed time: We need to make choices now to slow resource consumption

Every year, the non-profit Global Footprint Network calculates the day when people begin to use more resources than the Earth can produce in a year. Earth Overshoot Day came earlier than ever before this year — yet another sign that we need to act to save the environment now, says Susan Huebert.
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No need to reinvent the wheel with 'made in Manitoba' solutions to problems others have already tackled

The solutions to many problems faced in Winnipeg tend to be variants on the refrain "Let’s come up with an all new 'made in Manitoba' solution," says Joanne Seiff. But she argues Manitobans don’t have to reinvent the wheel in finding solutions to the problems we face.
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Accentuate the positive: Why it's worth putting in the effort to see the bright side

'It's not all sunshine and roses out there,' says Jo Davies — but since 'a little negativity goes a long way' and there are health benefits to thinking positively, she offers a few tips to avoid being a 'Donnie Downer.'

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