Topic: your turn manitoba
Beware of two-tiered system in sweeping K-12 reforms, Manitoba educator says
The province's proposed education reforms in Bill 64 leave Manitoba on the precipice of possibly eroding our public education system and we need to take extreme caution, writes Seven Oaks School Division assistant superintendent Matt Henderson.
Teen sums up lessons learned after 'unconventional' school year
We’re officially into summer! I cross my fingers for normalcy next school year, wondering what it’ll look like. But the past one? Wow, that went by quickly.
Sexualization, stereotypes and shame: A biracial Winnipeg teen reflects on the world she's grown up in
"I am working hard on myself," says KC Lee, an Asian Indigenous teen who is an advocate for BIPOC women and girls. "While I do that, I hope I can help others who may feel the same."
HUNKS Comedy offers not-so-sage advice to the high school class of 2021
Congratulations on satisfying all legal requirements for graduation as prescribed by your provincial or territorial authorities. Here’s some advice to help guide you on this journey called life.
Hope, disappointment, self-censorship: What it's like to be a Palestinian Canadian
"Palestine is my homeland and Canada is my adopted country. I love both," says Idris Elbakri. But while living in Canada has helped "process my Palestinian experience and understand it more deeply ... not everything Canada taught me was positive," he says.
Melanie Ferris honours family, history of Treaty 1 territory
When I think of growing up in Treaty 1 territory in the 1980s, I remember music, being on the land and my family’s teachings -- especially those shared by my grandma.
There is no room for acts of hate in our society, rabbi says after Muslim family run down in London, Ont.
Acts of hate serve as a direct affront to God, to values which are held dearly by the overwhelming majority of Canadians, writes Rabbi Kliel Rose, who can relate in some way to the fear and the panic felt by someone whose religious identity is easily noticed.
Intergenerational survivor finds comfort in community at ceremony for 215 children buried in Kamloops
As survivors in Manitoba came together to honour the 215 children whose remains were found at the Kamloops Residential School site, Melanie Ferris says she was grateful for the ceremony. "It's important to be with my community to listen to the stories and reflections of survivors," she says.
Partnership's help for homeless encampment near Beer Can shows how government aid should work
The reality is that partnerships like the one between the Beer Can and the West Central Women's Resource Centre that helped people in a homeless encampment do not end homelessness by themselves.
In search of Gold Mountain: My father's Chinese head tax story
In 1918, Winnipegger Jade Nayler's father left China for Canada. "He was in search of 'Gim San' as he called it," she writes — "Gold Mountain." She says now, she's compelled to tell her father's story, "because racism still exists. It is systemic."
Holiday weekend tidbits about Queen Victoria, courtesy of HUNKS Comedy
How well do we really know Queen Victoria? Winnipeg sketch comedians HUNKS offer a few interesting tidbits about QV that might surprise you.
The life and loneliness of youth under pandemic restrictions
"I am a 13-year-old in seventh grade, and this is what the pandemic has felt like for me," says Natasha Simon.
Coming back to home colony during pandemic was food for the Hutterite soul, Manitoban says
"I got an offer to quarantine on my community with the option to remain afterwards. I happily agreed," writes Sarahann Hofer, a member of the Green Acres Colony in Manitoba. "It was an undeniable sign from the universe that I am where I should be."
Uncensored host aims to create space to share experiences, advocate for racial justice through conversation
While the recent coverage of police violence in the U.S. can become overwhelming, Alexa Joy, host of CBC Radio's Uncensored, says she wants to "offer some incredible voices from our community to help get you through any challenges you might be experiencing."
Winnipeg therapist urges self-care, compassion, and cutting yourself some slack during pandemic
"Our lives now contain a fracture. A before and after that we collectively share," says Winnipeg therapist Meaghen Johnston. "We need to see it as a fracture that will heal and will be used as a reference point."
HUNKS Comedy's 5 Earth Day tips to save the planet (Hint: lose the extra fridges)
Dust off the recycling bin! It’s finally Earth Day! So, here’s a list of things we (you) can do to really show Earth who's boss from Winnipeg sketch comedy troupe HUNKS.
Public school teachers driven by passion, not market forces, educator writes
I have always said that powerful teachers exude three values: they fundamentally love kids, they are always honing their technique and never satisfied, and they have what I call the "bring it" factor.
Manitoba needs to spend more to heal from pandemic-impaired economy
The depth and duration of the COVID-19 recession in Manitoba will depend on what the provincial government does, says Molly McCracken, Manitoba director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, who wants pre-pandemic austerity reversed.
How Manitoba can recover from financial impact of COVID-19
"I believe caution is the best course for Manitobans, as our province must combat the twin realities of the damage from the pandemic today and to prepare ourselves for future crises," says U of M's Shi-Yik Au on provincial budget.
A Long Plain First Nations mother on why she got the COVID-19 vaccine
"My boy is the most important person in my life, and I take my responsibility of being his mother seriously," writes Long Plain First Nation member Melanie Ferris, who got vaccinated last week. "It is these thoughts that cross my mind when I’m figuring out how to respond to the pandemic."
Winnipegger who hasn't seen her family in more than a year pleads for pandemic patience
Many people have genuinely struggled during the pandemic. But Joanne Seiff asks for some patience from relatively privileged pandemic restriction complainers. "It's time to get over the 'terrible suffering' one incurs when you cannot eat out with your family as you'd like," she says.
Pandemic provides opportunity to make meaningful investments in social infrastructure
When the pandemic began, the federal government turned to community organizations to channel $350 million in emergency funding to areas of need. This should not only be the case in emergencies, but also in shaping and implementing the larger transitions ahead.
All in, together — but rebuilding supports for vulnerable families post-pandemic will take time
The pandemic pushed some struggling families "back down underwater," says early childhood educator and family advocate Robyn Brown. But "we can climb out of the rubble that was this past year and start fresh once again," she says.
HUNKS comedy offers tips to survive daylight saving time
It’s that time of year again: daylight Saving time. But you don’t have to let daylight saving ruin your life, says HUNKS comedy. Here are some things you can do to help you minimize the negative effects of the new time change.
6 months after Joyce Echaquan's death, federal response to racism in health-care system remains tepid
Six months after the tragic death of the 37-year-old Atikamekw woman at a Quebec hospital, the federal government's response to ongoing systemic racism in Canada's health-care system remains partial and ad hoc, say members of a working group formed in response to the death of Brian Sinclair.