TOPIC: YOUR TURN MANITOBA

Opinion

I survived polio, but now I fear others will needlessly suffer from it

Winnipeg polio survivor Wes Hazlitt fears an increase in cases because of fewer vaccinations, and he cannot imagine seeing thousands of children on ventilators because of a preventable disease.
Opinion

We're failing people who are homeless, and they're dying because of it

Former NDP health minister Sharon Blady says the shooting deaths of people without housing in B.C. are connected to hate-filled rhetoric.
First Person

My service dog changed my life, and then the unthinkable happened

"Fanta, my service dog, filled my soul with optimism, happiness and independence. And then the unthinkable happened: My dearest Fanta got sick," writes Alex Lytwyn.
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Winnipeg Afrobeat artist makes music with love to combat war

Bolu Ajibade is just 23 years old, yet already the Nigerian Canadian artist has amassed more than one million streams of his music. The Winnipeg musician tells reporter Ayo Odeyemi why love is at the heart of all the music he makes.
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Winnipegger advocates for human rights from Congo to Canada

Johise Namwira is a passionate and political advocate for gender equality and human rights. That’s why CBC community reporter Ayo Odeyemi wanted share her story as a true "Africanadian" — his phrase for Black Canadians who have distinguished themselves in friendly Manitoba.
Opinion

People with disabilities remain unseen, unheard in mainstream media, says advocate

"Often, the entertainment industry is oblivious to disabled people on the cultural continuum," says Nancy Hansen, director of the University of Manitoba's disability studies interdisciplinary master's program. "Our absence is largely unquestioned."
First Person

I was singled out on the job because I was the only female person of colour

Jessica Lee has experienced microagressions in her work as a photojournalist. "Though these are small incidents ... they are something many people from marginalized backgrounds unfortunately have to deal with day to day," she writes.
First Person

How I met my father and solved the mystery of who I am

My mother died long before we could meet. She was 19 when she had me, scared and living in a society that shamed her for being pregnant. My adoption was an expectation rather than a choice. 
Opinion

Why the movie CODA provides long overdue insight into deaf community

How did the movie CODA resonate with you? CODA stands for children of deaf adults and the movie, therefore, resonated with me. Being the only hard-of-hearing child in the family, I had to face a lot of challenges and ordeals to get to where I am today.
CBC Opinion

Police shootings of Indigenous victims a painful reminder, reality on two-year anniversary

April 2022 marks the two-year anniversary of the deaths of three Indigenous people who were fatally shot by the Winnipeg Police Service over a period of 10 days. The changing of the season marks the anniversary of a painful reality for members of the community to which my son and I belong.
First Person

Late sister's life-saving advice: treat depression like the disease it is

An invitation to coffee from an older sister was the turning point for Lynne Bereza, who accepted that she suffered from depression and got treatment. For those who feel like things will never change, consider this your invitation to coffee, she writes. 
First Person

It's back to pre-pandemic basics for this school year, says Steinbach Grade 11 student

Steinbach teen Ayesha Badiola has been diarizing her experience as a high school student during a pandemic. "It is 2022, I am now in Grade 11 and my days have seen drastic changes," she writes in her latest entry.
CBC Opinion

Inquiry needed into death of Manitoba woman during failed COVID-19 hospital transfer: physician

Manitoba's medical examiner has declined to initiate an inquiry into the death of Krystal Mousseau "because he feels that there are no unanswered questions," writes Dr. Dan Roberts. But those assertions are incorrect, he says.
First Person

'Change has begun,' two-spirit Métis elder says on Transgender Day of Visibility

With the International Transgender Day of Visibility marked on Thursday, two-spirit Métis elder Charlotte Nolin writes, "I let our young relatives know that there are better days ahead for our Trans community."
Opinion

Uncensored with Alexa Joy embraces Kinfolk — 'a space for us'

Alexa Joy visits Take Home, a BIPOC-centred artists' studio, and Kinfolk, an incubated collective, which make it a priority to support Black femme, trans, non-binary and queer voices in Winnipeg's art scene.   
Opinion

Manitoba leaders worm their way into history with 'coulda, woulda, shoulda' pandemic response

I couldn't bring myself to write any two-year anniversary reflections on the pandemic. I hate this milestone. To me, it is an anniversary of leadership failure at virtually every level of our government.
Opinion

Beyond bedroom communities, rural Manitoba towns boom thanks to economic risk-taking

Community leaders in a growing number of Manitoba small towns and cities are shifting from passive to active economic thinking, says urban public policy consultant Brian Kelcey — taking long-term risks and proactively building conditions for economic and population growth.
Opinion

How to show a little peace, love and understanding in troubled times

CBC invited Manitobans to share different insights into keeping the faith and giving grace during the divisive challenges of the pandemic. Here now are their submissions, in their own words.
Opinion

Why an all-Black creative team made history when making The Porter

The new TV series The Porter will make local and national television history with its debut, says Alexa Joy, host of CBC's Uncensored.
First Person

High-risk family 'thrown under the proverbial bus' as Manitoba lifts restrictions, mom says

"We are NOT all in this together," writes Khalie Jackson-Davis in an open letter to Premier Heather Stefanson. "My high-risk family and I, as well as every other vulnerable Manitoban, feel like we have been thrown under the proverbial bus."
Opinion

'We are all responsible' for fight against antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism: Winnipeg rabbi

In light of incidents like the hostage-taking last month at a Texas synagogue and racist and antisemitic symbols seen during recent protests in Canada, Winnipeg Rabbi Kliel Rose says everyone is responsible for the fight against antisemitism, Islamophobia and racism.
First Person

How passion for hockey helped a Manitoban with cerebral palsy confront society's reaction to him

Alex Lytwyn, who lives with cerebral palsy, says because of his physical disability, "people did not expect a lot from me." But he found the ability to overcome challenges and recognize true success — thanks to his passion for hockey.
First Person

While isolating over Christmas waiting for COVID results, I saw how lucky my family was

Robyn Brown's family spent the holidays in quarantine, but "it didn’t take long to realize how incredibly fortunate we were to shelter this way," she writes.

Winnipegger recalls rushed, overworked staff during surgical hospital stay

"I am extremely reluctant to come forward with my very true story of my recent hospital stay in Winnipeg. I support the people who cared for me, even when the stress they are under contributes to truly dangerous circumstances," Denise Fortier says.
First Person

With a loved one behind bars, how a Winnipeg mom is making the most of Christmas for her kids

"This Christmas, for our children, I will be putting a tree up for the first time in years. But at the same time, my partner is incarcerated. So I am doing this all on my own," says Catrina Purdy.

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