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cial office. Tey were followed by Saskatch- ewan in March 1916 and Alberta in April 1917. Ontario suffragists, after many years of struggle, celebrated their hard-won vic- tory one week later. Tis coming Jan. 28, in celebration of

this pivotal milestone in history, the Nellie McClung Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be hosting a centennial gala: celebrat- ing 100 Years of Manitoba Women’s Right to Vote.

McClung spirit lives on Tis once-in-a-lifetime event will be held

at the RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, and feature fine food and entertainment. A highlight of the evening’s program will be the presentation of the inaugural Nel- lie Awards, honouring Nellie McClung’s vision by recognizing Manitoba women who have followed Nellie McClung’s foot- steps through their work in social justice, women’s and human rights. As the founder of the Nellie McClung

Foundation, which was created through a private member’s bill in 2003, I am so happy to see these events unfold. Te purpose of the foundation was twofold: one purpose was to raise the money needed to create and erect a monument commemorating the work of Nellie McClung on the grounds of the Manitoba legislature; the second was to educate and inspire others, espe- cially women and girls, based on Nellie’s passion and achievements in the pursuit of women’s rights and also human rights. Te idea for the project began in 2002-

03. As critic for the status of women, I was looking at various women’s issues within the province, wondering how we could cel- ebrate women on International Women’s Day. An idea for a Nellie monument was born. Despite Nellie McClung’s promi- nence across Canada, especially with the Famous Five, she was largely unrecognized for her significant contributions to the life of women in Manitoba. I felt it was time to find some way to honour those contribu- tions. As a woman in politics, I also wanted us

all to do a better job of recognizing women’s contributions, in their struggle for equality and in their struggles to make our com- munities better for everybody. While Nellie had many achievements,

there are two that stand out for me. One is the success in having women declared “persons”; the other is the momentous victory of women in Manitoba being the first in Canada and the Commonwealth

Celebrating women's right to vote in Manitoba O

Myrna Driedger

n Jan. 28, 1916, Manitoba women became the first in Canada to win the right to vote and to hold provin-

Nellie McClung gave Manitoba women the first vote.

to be given the right to vote. As we near the 100th anniversary of that Canadian human rights milestone, I am grateful for Nellie’s passion and persistence, which led to women being able to take their rightful place in our democratic society. Because of Nellie’s accomplishments, I

am considered a person, I have the right to hold public office and I have the right to vote. Pretty powerful stuff! McClung humour on display

While Nellie achieved significant ground

for women, she did it with notable humour. Te Mock Parliament, where the roles of men and women were reversed, was bril- liant. In recognition of this famous Mock Parliament, there will be a re-enactment of the event on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Theatre Exchange. Let Them Howl will showcase the talent and comedic skills of 35 of Manitoba’s best-loved leaders, celeb- rities, entrepreneurs and notables. Tickets may be purchased at www.our-

nellie/letthemhowl, or call 204-942-5483. Te curtain rises on a key event in our na- tion’s history that set the stage for political victory and ultimately gained voting rights for Manitoban women. Invite your friends for some laughs, refreshments and great company. Nellie McClung is an important exam-

ple of the incredible work both rural and urban Manitoba women have done to enhance our quality of life, strengthen the democratic process and improve society as a whole. Myrna Driedger is MLA for Charleswood

and critic for health and for the status of women.

Nellie McClung and friends (“The Famous Five”) have been immortalized on the Legislature grounds. Photo by Garry Stewart.

Soup for a winter’s day. Go for it! The canned stuff, with its overload of sodium, will ravage your internal body parts and leave a legacy of trouble. Stick with the wholesome fare you cook yourself.

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nice hot bowl of soup seems like the perfect meal for a cold winter day. But we must not forget to check the sodium content if we are buying canned

or pre-prepared soups. If we look at the label for a can of Campbell’s

Classic Chicken with Rice, we see a sodium content of 650 milligrams. And that’s only for one half-cup (125 milliliter) serving. So if we eat one cup of soup, our sodium intake goes up to 1,300 mg. Tat’s almost an entire day’s worth of sodium for someone who is trying to limit their salt intake! Campbell’s Classic Chicken Noodle has a

sodium content of 940 mg for one-half cup, or 1,880 mg for one cup! Campbell’s Classic Tomato Reduced Sodium brings the sodium down to 480 mg per half-cup serving, 960 mg for one cup, which is still a very high dose of sodium if you are aiming for only 1,500mg per day. Why do we need to be so careful about our

intake of sodium? Te first thing most people think of is hypertension, or high blood pressure. Sodium can cause fluids to be retained in the body, which increases the pressure on the blood

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Homemade soup is good food, and good for you.

vessels in the body, and also causes the heart to work harder to pump the extra fluid volume. Hypertension increases the risk of stroke, and of dam-

age to the heart and coronary arteries, including heart attack, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection (tearing

of the large blood vessel of the heart), and atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque in the arteries). Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, excessive so-

dium can increase calcium excretion from the body (bad for our bones), can be hard on the kidneys, can stiffen the blood vessels (increasing the likelihood of plaque buildup), and can also cause the heart to enlarge (a larger heart has to work harder and is more prone to fatigue). Keeping our intake of sodium to a target of

1,500-2,300mg of sodium per day is beneficial for our health, whether or not we have hypertension or heart disease. Soups can be a very healthy winter meal- when

they are made at home. Use a chicken carcass or beef bones to make a broth, and add plenty of veg- etables, herbs, spices and legumes (dried beans, peas, lentils), to get a good mixture of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants without all the extra sodium added to canned soups as a preservative. For recipe ideas for homemade lower sodium

soups, check out these websites: • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, • Mayo Clinic, • SOS Cuisine, • Tenille Sonnichsen is registered dietician at the

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