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What Do Human Rights Mean to Winnipeggers?

In All Posts, Education by Christie McLeod

Last Wednesday, we were excited to take part in Menno Simons’ 12th Annual Social Justice Fair! Each year, more than 30 organizations gather at the University of Winnipeg to connect with students and community members. Two of our ambassadors, Reid Kotschorek and Reedhee Modha, set up shop to represent the Hub and let others know how they can get involved. While we wanted to let people know about us and the work we’re doing, we also wanted to use this …

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Calling All Artists to Challenge Racism: 2018 Anti-Racism Arts Festival Winnipeg

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Christie McLeod

The Anti-Racism Festival is held in a different city across Canada every year. In 2018, the festival is coming to Winnipeg! The Anti-Racism Arts Festival Winnipeg is taking place this month and is open to all from Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Participants are encouraged to create art pieces that work to challenge racism. Examples: photos, posters, campaigns, memes, digital illustrations, paintings etc. Open to all ages. The winners will receive monetary prizes. Amateurs and Professionals. This event is free of charge! In addition …

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Welcome to Winnipeg: The Human Rights Capital of Canada

In All Posts, Education by Christie McLeod

What do a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated lawyer, the Chair of the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), an International Criminal Court judge, the head of the World Refugee Council, the youngest lawyer to be named a Member of the Order of Canada, and Canada’s first transgender judge have in common? They’re all promoters of human rights and were either born, raised, or have called Winnipeg—Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, and the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, …

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What Does Slashing Net Neutrality Mean to Canadians?

In All Posts, Politics by ReidKotschorek

The Federal Communications Commission [FCC] recently voted to scrap net neutrality laws and citizens are up in arms. Canada has vowed to strengthen protection of this valuable freedom, but the FCC’s decision may still have devastating effects to many Canadians. What Is Net Neutrality? In order to use the internet, you need to go through an Internet Service Provider [ISP], like Bell or Rogers. Net neutrality is the idea that internet is considered public utilities. That means that all traffic …

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Volunteers Needed for a record worth setting

In All Posts, Health by Christie McLeod

As appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 3rd, 2018.  Sharpen your skates, Winnipeggers, world record glory beckons. Registration is open for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation fundraiser Chain for Change, taking place on the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks at 1 p.m. on World Cancer Day (Feb. 4). JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Karly Tardiff, director for Chain for Change, at The Forks skating rink Tuesday. Organizers are seeking out some 400 participants to skate a …

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Volunteers Needed for Just a Warm Sleep!

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Christie McLeod

By: 1JustCity We’re back for our second year of Just a Warm Sleep and looking for volunteers! Many in our city are struggling with basic necessities, at 1JustCity we seek to provide folks with supports from socks, to meals, to advocacy and a lot of hugs! You could say that we serve lots of love with a side of food and programming.  You make that possible – your compassion keeps our doors open, your energy makes the spaces inside warm and welcoming. …

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The Last Installment of Winnipeg Human Rights News: December 3rd-9th 2017

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Happy International Human Rights Day! In our last installment of Our City this Week, good deeds and outreach initiatives abound! Also in this week’s news, a $5 million dollar donation is put towards making Winnipeg a human rights research hub, a federal agreement is made with Manitoba chiefs, a new Senator from Manitoba is named, and much more.

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5 Ways to Fight the Winnipeg Transit Fare Hike

In All Posts, Politics by Christie McLeod

You may have heard the news… the City of Winnipeg’s preliminary 2018 budget is calling for an increase in fare prices by 25 cents while cutting service to 22 routes. Typically, Winnipeg Transit’s prices are raised by 5 cents/year. For some Winnipeggers, this small increase poses challenges. As such, the proposed raise of 25 cents would put a much larger strain on some peoples’ wallets. For Nicolette Jones, who moved to Winnipeg last year and budgeted her and husband’s year down …

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This Giving Tuesday, Be a Good Sport

In All Posts, Health by Daphne Weimar2 Comments

‘Tis the season for giving, a time of generosity and cheer. Amidst the many negative things occurring in our world, Giving Tuesday presents an opportunity to help, a chance to make this world a better place. That is an opportunity I’m not going to miss and I know numerous other Winnipeggers won’t either! Giving Tuesday is a one-day charitable event that falls immediately after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and has seen large success through its use of social media. …

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What Do Human Rights Mean to Winnipeggers?

In All Posts, Education by Christie McLeod

Last Wednesday, we were excited to take part in Menno Simons’ 12th Annual Social Justice Fair! Each year, more than 30 organizations gather at the University of Winnipeg to connect with students and community members. Two of our ambassadors, Reid Kotschorek and Reedhee Modha, set up shop to represent the Hub and let others know how they can get involved. While we wanted to let people know about us and the work we’re doing, we also wanted to use this …

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Welcome to Winnipeg: The Human Rights Capital of Canada

In All Posts, Education by Christie McLeod

What do a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated lawyer, the Chair of the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), an International Criminal Court judge, the head of the World Refugee Council, the youngest lawyer to be named a Member of the Order of Canada, and Canada’s first transgender judge have in common? They’re all promoters of human rights and were either born, raised, or have called Winnipeg—Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, and the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, …

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Calling All Students… Global College Awards!

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We know it’s only mid-August…students are still hopefully taking the time to relax and recuperate before the impending year begins! We don’t want to awaken you from your happy place too soon… but we figured awards submissions were a worthy cause to do so! Global College is offering four awards that you may be interested in applying for. Check out the links below for further information! Marsha Hanen Global Dialogue and Ethics Award This first award is actually for University …

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Ice, Ice Baby: Lessons Learned from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Don’t you love when things go better than expected? Maybe it’s that iffy first date you go on with someone who turns out to be your soulmate. Or finding a great outfit for said date and the cashier tells you it’s an extra 25% off. When things go better than planned, it’s a great feeling. In the case of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there was a fateful moment a few years ago. I wasn’t there, but I imagine it …

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How Rocket Science Can Help Elders and 12 Other Ideas Worth Spreading from TEDxWinnipeg2016

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The black backdrop. The bold crimson letters that stand for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The life-changing realizations and epiphanies that abound after a mere 15 minute session. Yes, there’s something magical about TEDTalks. If you haven’t experienced the magic of TED, clear your schedule for the day. This is more important. Here’s a link to the 20 most popular talks of all time. Disclaimer: When I googled this, I was astonished by how many of these talks I hadn’t actually watched, …

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#iAMvol7: Make the Global Goals Famous

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#iAMvol7: Make the Global Goals Famous By: Stephanie Scott As a recent graduate in the international development field I am so pleased to be currently involved as a volunteer editorial board member for iAM. iAM, which stands for Ideas Actions Movements, is a multi-media e-magazine published by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) that promotes an increased awareness and understanding of international development concerns. It is targeted towards post-secondary students and professionals, and encourages active discussion and engagement. I am a Winnipegger …

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Have you heard of John Prendergast?

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You may not know his name, but you’ve likely heard about one or more of the many projects he’s played a pivotal role in. (Read a more extensive bio here!) Our Executive Director had the opportunity to attend a talk by John at the University of Winnipeg earlier this fall, in which he led the 50 people in attendance through his incredibly varied career path, noting the choices that shaped this journey. As a young professional, it was fascinating to …

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MARL Moments: MARL Human Rights Ethics Bowl

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On Wednesday, December 16, 6 teams from Winnipeg area high schools gathered at the University of Manitoba’s University College to compete in a series of debates on human rights. The participating schools were, as follows: College Pierre Elliot Trudeau Kildonan East Lord Selkirk Springfield Collegiate Miles Mac Churchill Collegiate The day was marked by a heavy snowfall, so we were slow to start, yet it was exciting to see how cognitively ready each participant was to discuss these pertinent issues …

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Trudeau Abandons Word in Devastating Pipeline Approval

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Yesterday, the Federal government approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Trudeau states that this decision was based on science and evidence, and that it will provide billions of dollars in government revenue. As 350.org states, however, “By making this decision, they have chosen the interests of the fossil fuel industry over Indigenous peoples, communities across Canada, youth, students, and climate science.”  Here’s a few devastating impacts: $1.2 billion dollars potential cost to clean up an Kinder Morgan Pipeline spill Possible – and perhaps probable …

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Building Community: A Walking School Bus Story

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As part of the team here at Green Action Centre in the Active and Safe Routes to School Program, I am often asked if I have any experience with my own three children in getting them to walk to school every day. My answer is that yes, I walk my own kids to school on a daily basis,  and since 2007 my wife and I have run a Walking School Bus for many of the children in our neighbourhood. I …

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The Best Man for the Job: The UN’s Next Secretary General

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By: Ruth-Anne Seburn Earlier this week the former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres, was supported by the United Nations Security Council as candidate for the next UN Secretary General. It was an unexpectedly speedy decision and is set to be elected by the General Assembly without opposition and begin his term in 2017. The news of the next UN Secretary General (SG) may not be met with as much enthusiasm and fan fare as the announcement of the next President of the United …

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‘Be Yourself’: Gender Diversity & Acceptance – for kids!

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Be Yourself The Plot ‘Be Yourself’ is written by Jackie Swirsky and illustrated by her 7-year-old gender creative son Jacob Swirsky and sister-in-law Jaimee Appel. Be Yourself features a gender creative child as the main character and teaches the message of acceptance.  It empowers children to be proud of themselves just as they are and be accepting of all people no matter their style.  It provides positive language around gender diversity and gives strategies for how to be accepting of others.  …

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Rebecca Deng: Singing for Hope for South Sudan

In All Posts, Gender by Christie McLeod3 Comments

 A single parent. A human rights student at the University of Winnipeg. Working to pay the bills. AND creating a centre on the other side of the world. All in a day’s work for Rebecca Deng.  Three weeks ago, I received an email from a colleague about an upcoming concert, “Winnipeg is Singing for Hope.” I was intrigued to hear that the proceeds were allocated towards a Winnipeg Women’s Resource Centre in Bor, South Sudan. The fact that I hadn’t …

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Loud Voices in Winnipeg During 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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Winnipeggers lead the way! While there are national events being held in Ottawa during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, Winnipeg is hosting 8 local events, drawing attention to the continuing need to take action against gender based violence. The campaign started in 1991, choosing the dates November 25 – International Day Against Violence Against Women – and December 10- International Human Rights Day – in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such …

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Volunteers Needed for a record worth setting

In All Posts, Health by Christie McLeod

As appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 3rd, 2018.  Sharpen your skates, Winnipeggers, world record glory beckons. Registration is open for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation fundraiser Chain for Change, taking place on the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks at 1 p.m. on World Cancer Day (Feb. 4). JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Karly Tardiff, director for Chain for Change, at The Forks skating rink Tuesday. Organizers are seeking out some 400 participants to skate a …

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This Giving Tuesday, Be a Good Sport

In All Posts, Health by Daphne Weimar2 Comments

‘Tis the season for giving, a time of generosity and cheer. Amidst the many negative things occurring in our world, Giving Tuesday presents an opportunity to help, a chance to make this world a better place. That is an opportunity I’m not going to miss and I know numerous other Winnipeggers won’t either! Giving Tuesday is a one-day charitable event that falls immediately after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and has seen large success through its use of social media. …

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Global Health Challenges: Ebola and Infectious Diseases – Politics at the Pub Report

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By Natalia Ivaniv As the closing event to this year’s Politics at the Pub speakers’ series, CIC Winnipeg welcomed Dr. James Strong M.D., head of Diagnostics & Therapeutics, Special Pathogens Program at the Public Health Agency of Canada, who spoke on the challenges of global infectious diseases, with special focus on the most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, where he was directly engaged. As a member of the World Health Organization and the Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network, …

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Continuing the Dialogue on Reconciliation

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Thank You Winnipeg On April 27th, we welcomed 345 folks to Local to Global 2016 with Ellen Gabriel. Ellen Gabriel spoke passionately about how important it is for women to be part of the decision making, at the community and national level. The effects that continue to this day of the Residential Schools. And especially how colonialism and attitude have affected First Nations and that this is no longer acceptable. The early history of what women have contributed was acknowledged. It …

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Call for Abstracts: A Conference of Indigenous Knowledge and Action

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Oct. 23rd-25th: Social Work Activism, Advocacy, & Agency: A Conference of Indigenous Knowledge and Action Across the nation, inquiries and reports regarding the systematic inequities of Indigenous peoples continue to pile up. In spite of the alarming findings across multiple fields – health, justice, child welfare, education, and policing – many Canadians remain complacent, largely leaving Indigenous peoples to contend with these issues. This conference provides a forum for Indigenous voices to highlight and share the resistance and resurgence efforts we are engaging in on a daily basis, …

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Momentum building for Shoal Lake 40’s Freedom Road

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By: Chuck Wright & Christie McLeod Friends of Shoal Lake 40 Recent announcements from the Mayor’s office and a journey with City Councillors and supporters to Shoal Lake 40 confirm that with demonstrable public support, the construction of an all-weather access road dubbed “Freedom Road” may happen as soon as this winter – which in Chief Erwin Redsky’s words is “a matter of survival… [and] a matter of our most basic human rights.” At a Shoal Lake 40 panel held this past month at the …

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The Last Installment of Winnipeg Human Rights News: December 3rd-9th 2017

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Happy International Human Rights Day! In our last installment of Our City this Week, good deeds and outreach initiatives abound! Also in this week’s news, a $5 million dollar donation is put towards making Winnipeg a human rights research hub, a federal agreement is made with Manitoba chiefs, a new Senator from Manitoba is named, and much more.

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What Does Slashing Net Neutrality Mean to Canadians?

In All Posts, Politics by ReidKotschorek

The Federal Communications Commission [FCC] recently voted to scrap net neutrality laws and citizens are up in arms. Canada has vowed to strengthen protection of this valuable freedom, but the FCC’s decision may still have devastating effects to many Canadians. What Is Net Neutrality? In order to use the internet, you need to go through an Internet Service Provider [ISP], like Bell or Rogers. Net neutrality is the idea that internet is considered public utilities. That means that all traffic …

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5 Ways to Fight the Winnipeg Transit Fare Hike

In All Posts, Politics by Christie McLeod

You may have heard the news… the City of Winnipeg’s preliminary 2018 budget is calling for an increase in fare prices by 25 cents while cutting service to 22 routes. Typically, Winnipeg Transit’s prices are raised by 5 cents/year. For some Winnipeggers, this small increase poses challenges. As such, the proposed raise of 25 cents would put a much larger strain on some peoples’ wallets. For Nicolette Jones, who moved to Winnipeg last year and budgeted her and husband’s year down …

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Security? Discrimination? Both? Bill 62: Quebec’s Controversial New Law

In All Posts, Politics, Religion by ReidKotschorekLeave a Comment

A review and analysis of Quebec’s controversial Bill 62 As you may have heard, Quebec’s National Assembly adopted Bill 62 on October 18, sparking controversy across the nation. The Bill effectively bans people with facial coverings from using certain public services. Some call it a necessary safety measure, while others see it as an unconstitutional example of systemic racism by others. In order to get to the bottom of this complicated issue, we’re going to take a look at what …

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Accepted or Denied – Coveted words of closure

In All Posts, Politics, Refugees & Citizenship by Luke Delaney2 Comments

Merriam-Webster defines limbo as “a transitional place or state and a state of uncertainty” – this is never a good state to be in. For many refugees, unfortunately, limbo is a state that they are constantly in, facing varying degrees of uncertainty and security. For the lucky few that make it to a relatively safer country and stake a claim, waiting for a decision is akin to being in this state of limbo. Given the repercussions of a negative decision, this …

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Tuition Cap Removal, Uber, Election Reform Bills—This Week in the Leg

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An overview of 5 contested Tory Bills scheduled for public hearings in the Winnipeg Legislature on the week of October 23, 2017. The week of Oct. 23 will be a busy one in the legislature as 5 Conservative Bills will go to public hearings. The controversial Bill 31, which calls for tuition cap removals, is included in this group. Legislation can be a bit dry and inaccessible at times, so we’ve created a brief overview of each bill with special …

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Two for Trudeau: Manitoba Association for Rights & Liberties

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? TWO LIBERAL PLATFORM WISHES? MAKE THAT THREE. I found it virtually impossible to select only two of the platform promises that the Liberal party should address immediately. It was because of the question that I asked myself,”Which Liberal campaign promises would alleviate the most pressing human crisis that we are facing not only as a nation but internationally as well?” With that question in mind three …

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Two for Trudeau: Institute for International Women’s Rights Manitoba

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? For me, the two human rights issues that the new Trudeau government needs to address would be the pervasive and continuing violence against women in Canada, particularly those involving Indigenous women and girls, and secondly the need to address access to clean drinking water for many living in Canada’s First Nation’s communities. The human right to live a life free from violence is not secure for …

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Two for Trudeau: Global College

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? Pick the two top fundamental human rights issues the new Trudeau government should address? Yikes! Actually, a domestic choice is easy. There is no greater stain on the history of Canada than the way indigenous people have been treated over the centuries. There is no greater current challenge for our wealthy, highly-developed country than the maddeningly complex factors that lock people in situations where they are …

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Two for Trudeau: Council of Canadians

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? Council of Canadians – Winnipeg Chapter is engaged on many social justice issues through our members’ collaboration with other groups. Peace efforts, election reform, refugee support, trade justice, climate change, water protection, living wage – these are some of the issues that the new prime minister must address. Currently, two campaigns are the primary focus for our chapter, both informed by our growing understanding of Treaties, …

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Number of Winnipeg Food Bank Users on the Rise

In All Posts, Poverty by Daphne Weimar2 Comments

Number of Winnipeg Food Bank Users on the Rise When you hear the words “World Food Day,” what comes to mind? Do you start daydreaming of the “Charlie” donut from Bronuts or the “Farmer Jon” burger from Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery? World Food Day, which commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, is a day to raise awareness about food insecurity and the fact that many people around the world – and in our city – are …

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Hungry Manitobans need Basic Income

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Hungry Manitobans need Basic Income: Winnipeg Harvest urges new government to adopt BI By: Winnipeg Harvest As prices of food continue to rise daily, Winnipeg Harvest continues to see people using the food bank. Winnipeg Harvest has called on the new provincial government to adopt Basic Income so that all Manitobans have access to healthy and nutritious food. What people receive on welfare has proved grossly inadequate in meeting what they need for food, shelter and other basic necessities of life. This has …

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Could you live on $3.96 worth of food each day? Take the Winnipeg Harvest Poverty Pledge!

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Classes. Exams. Projects. Extra-curricular activities. School life can be both daunting and exciting, but it all takes energy. A single person in Manitoba living on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), better known as welfare, is given an allowance of $3.96 a day for food, which must also encompass personal care/hygiene products (toilet paper, soap, hair care, shaving, etc.). Take the Plunge. Take the Pledge. The Poverty Pledge draws awareness to issues related to hunger and poverty. The goal is to develop empathy and social action among students, who may in turn …

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Kigali’s Secret Shame

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By: Darcy Ataman As appeared in the Huffington Post, Nov. 19th, 2015 In 2009, I unexpectedly found myself in an illegal detention center in Gikondo, an industrial neighborhood in Rwanda. I was there attempting to secure the release of imprisoned street children whose only crime was poverty, which drove them to beg on streets and some even sold their bodies in exchange for daily survival. This unofficial prison and secret shame of Kigali was recently the focus of a report released …

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A Different Kind of Trick-or-Treating

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On Halloween, Derrek Bentley encourages high school students to trick-or-treat for clothing, non-perishable food items, or monetary donations instead of candy. This is one part of “A Homeless Night,” a project Bentley has organized for the past six years. The experiential project is designed to raise high school students’ awareness and understanding of homelessness in Winnipeg. Students learn about the complexities of homelessness, spend one night sleeping outside in a cardboard shelter, and volunteer at organizations that serve those who …

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Mentoring for Board Leadership

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Spark match! Food Matters Manitoba’s Lissie Rappaport has been matched with Peg City Car Co-op Board President Liz Dykman in a twist on our usual mentoring match. Over the last few months, Lissie has taken on leadership of theWinnipeg Foodshare Co-op‘s Board of Directors. She wanted to make sure she does the best she can in the role, so she reached out to Spark for a Board Chair mentoring match. Our work is usually focused on enhancing the capacity of …

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Accepted or Denied – Coveted words of closure

In All Posts, Politics, Refugees & Citizenship by Luke Delaney2 Comments

Merriam-Webster defines limbo as “a transitional place or state and a state of uncertainty” – this is never a good state to be in. For many refugees, unfortunately, limbo is a state that they are constantly in, facing varying degrees of uncertainty and security. For the lucky few that make it to a relatively safer country and stake a claim, waiting for a decision is akin to being in this state of limbo. Given the repercussions of a negative decision, this …

Warm Up to Winnipeg: Grandmothers Group Keeps Newcomers Warm

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Check out this update from Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg’s Warm Up to Winnipeg Campaign!  By: Jean Altemeyer We continue to be blessed with folks who knit and crochet scarves for us to pass along to the newcomers and asylum seekers at Welcome Place. We’ve also been blessed by the donations that continue to support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Warm Up to Winnipeg is a “win-win-win” project! A Grands ‘n’ More volunteer knits a scarf Someone else contributes the value of the …

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Winnipeg’s Local Inclusion Summit #OURSUMMITWPG

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On September 17th and 18th, 2015, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman will be hosting the “Mayors National Summit on Racial Inclusion”. This is a good idea. Earlier this year, Macleans magazine wrote an article “Welcome to Winnipeg, where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst”. This article was written based on the experience that Indigenous people in this city face. The mayors racial inclusion summit is being done to repair the cities image. Rightfully so. I have had the opportunity to …

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Security? Discrimination? Both? Bill 62: Quebec’s Controversial New Law

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A review and analysis of Quebec’s controversial Bill 62 As you may have heard, Quebec’s National Assembly adopted Bill 62 on October 18, sparking controversy across the nation. The Bill effectively bans people with facial coverings from using certain public services. Some call it a necessary safety measure, while others see it as an unconstitutional example of systemic racism by others. In order to get to the bottom of this complicated issue, we’re going to take a look at what …

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Calling All Artists to Challenge Racism: 2018 Anti-Racism Arts Festival Winnipeg

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Christie McLeod

The Anti-Racism Festival is held in a different city across Canada every year. In 2018, the festival is coming to Winnipeg! The Anti-Racism Arts Festival Winnipeg is taking place this month and is open to all from Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Participants are encouraged to create art pieces that work to challenge racism. Examples: photos, posters, campaigns, memes, digital illustrations, paintings etc. Open to all ages. The winners will receive monetary prizes. Amateurs and Professionals. This event is free of charge! In addition …

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Volunteers Needed for Just a Warm Sleep!

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By: 1JustCity We’re back for our second year of Just a Warm Sleep and looking for volunteers! Many in our city are struggling with basic necessities, at 1JustCity we seek to provide folks with supports from socks, to meals, to advocacy and a lot of hugs! You could say that we serve lots of love with a side of food and programming.  You make that possible – your compassion keeps our doors open, your energy makes the spaces inside warm and welcoming. …

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Winnipeg Snow Angels

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Take Pride Winnipeg! is partnering with local high schools to match student volunteers with seniors in need. We launched the Snow Angels in September 2016, and were overwhelmed by the response from seniors. Please note that the number of seniors we are able to help will depend on the number of student volunteers we are able to recruit each year, so this service is not guaranteed. Be a good neighbour! If you have a senior on your block, and you …

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Happy Birthday – To Us!!!

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One fateful morning in 2014, I sat down with Tolu Ilelaboye, the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Winnipeg Foundation at the time. Dean Peachey (then-Executive Director of Global College) and I had put together an application for the Winnipeg Foundation’s Emerging Leaders’ Fellowship Program, so Tolu had invited me down to her office for an interview. The very first question she asked me in the interview was, “Why do you want to create a human rights website in Winnipeg?” I told …

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Vote to Help Us Create a Human Rights Speakers Bureau!

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Over the last several years, Winnipeg has seen a significant increase in public awareness and interest about human rights issues. Winnipeg, with the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights dominating the skyline, has been internationally recognized as a Canadian centre for human rights. Winnipeg’s human rights connection is not only clear in its infrastructure, but more importantly, in its community. Winnipeggers are joining together and forming groups, planning events, circulating petitions and taking other notable actions to stand together toward …

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Calling All Volunteers: Join Our Team!

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Are you looking to gain experience in the human rights sector? Are you passionate about human rights? If so, consider joining our team! This fall, we’re looking for a group of volunteers to join our team and help us expand and improve the work we’re doing. With nearly two years under our belt now (our birthday’s next month!), we’ve had a bit of time to reflect on our original vision and the services we provide. From the get go, our …

Volunteer your Expertise through Spark

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The face of volunteerism has been changing – more and more, people are looking for ways to donate their expertise, though they often don’t know where to go or who to connect with. And, if they do reach out to a nonprofit organization to offer their professional skills, they are often met with “well, I’m sure we’ll need that in the future, but what we really need right now is…” That disconnect is where Spark comes in. For over 10 …

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Waging Peace

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By: David Newman This is one in a series of dispatches from David G. Newman, who attended the recent Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 in Ontario, California. These stories are inspired by the organizers and presenters to this peace conference and are posted by Mr. Newman on CNC as part of the process of advancing Positive Peace in Winnipeg. This article was originally posted on Community News Commons as part of his series, Creating Positive Peace. To read more stories from David, click here. …

Peace Building Team: International Advisor

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We are in need of an International representative who will be at the same time the International coordinator & advisor of our nonprofit organization. Responsibilities: -organizing fundraising events for our organization -Elaborating new ideas for the evolvement of our program -Bringing new perspective on how we can improve the way we work with the youth -Looking for volunteers who are able to travel so that they can work on ground with the children. Qualification: All bachelor and Master’s degrees are …

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Decision emphasizes that employer must avoid stereotypes and assumptions about addiction

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A Government-appointed human rights adjudicator found that a woman was discriminated against by her employer, the Northern Regional Health Authority, because it could not demonstrate that it had reasonably accommodated her disability-related needs. After reporting to work smelling like alcohol on one occasion, the woman was suspended.  Although she admitted to struggling with alcohol use and was willing to seek treatment, the employer refused to let her return to work unless she agreed to abstain entirely from alcohol.    Initially she …

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