November 2017

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Off with the crowns


Churchill’s wait continues


Downtowners support opening Portage and Main

Stefano Grande

tee passed a $3.5 mil- lion motion in sup- port of implementing a phased approach in making below and above grade improve- ments at the iconic intersection of Portage and Main. At this time, the city of Winnipeg has not committed to the opening of Portage and Main, but is rather presenting an opportunity to introduce pedestrian activity incre- mentally, through the removal of barricades and the beautification of the surrounding sidewalks/plaza. This opportunity is also being greatly supported by the adja- cent property owners. By making these incremental changes, Winnipeg- gers will be able to keep the conversation going and help with finding solutions that will eventually devel- op a consensus on a permanent solution. This incre- mental approach will also give the city time to engage

T his week, the

city’s executive policy commit-

with stakeholders, take a deeper dive on transit and traffic studies, and even

broaden design Photo courtesy of Downtown Biz.

strategies, in order to get it done right. I recently had a con- versation with Tim Tom- kins, a colleague of mine and president of New York’s Times Square Al- liance. We discussed how the opening of the Por- tage and Main intersec- tion continues to be top of mind for many Win- nipeggers and how the question of whether to

open it or keep it closed still remains unanswered. I also explained to him that Winnipeggers are pas-

sionate about this conversation, which really revolves around two main views. Some Winnipeggers feel strongly about getting from point A to point B as quickly and with as little traffic interference as possible, while other Winnipeggers feel strongly in their desire to create a new, exciting place that celebrates our his- tory and culture, and where people can spend time with family and friends.

u 4 'A place to gather'

To do or not to do: exercise and chronic conditions

“If I knew I was going to live this

long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Mickey Mantle

Krystal Simpson

anadians are living lon- ger than ever before. In fact, the average Canadian woman can expect to live until the age of 84 and men until age 80. As life expectancy increases, how- ever, so does the number of Cana- dians living with chronic disease and pain.

C According to a report from

Canada’s chief public health of- ficer, 80 per cent of seniors are living with a chronic condition and at least 30 per cent have mul- tiple chronic conditions. Chronic conditions are defined as health problems requiring ongoing man- agement over a period of years or decades. Examples of chronic con- ditions include arthritis, hyperten- sion, heart disease, chronic back pain, diabetes and depression. So while we may be living longer, the quality of those years is often di- minished by pain and illness. Worldwide, by the year 2050,

the number of people aged 60 and older is projected to reach 2.1 billion. Yes that’s right…billion. The United Nations World Aging Population Report states unequiv- ocally that this increase is, “poised to become one of the most signifi- cant social transformations of the 21st century, with implications for nearly all sectors of society.” One of the more far-reaching impacts will be on the health-care sector. As chronic disease numbers rise, so do the associated health- care costs. For example, according to the Public Health Agency of

u 13 'Exercise'

Honouring our vets


Battle of Vimy Ridge – a memorable win for Canada

The twin pillars rise 30 meters above the surrounding plain and symbolizes the unity and sacrifices of both Canada and France. Photo by Guy Dugas.

Tom Dercola

The Easter weekend had just finished in Win- nipeg. Women had put away their Easter bonnets they bought at Eaton’s for $4.95. Horse drawn delivery wagons made the rounds. A trip to the butcher for prime rib roast cost 21 cents a pound. A man could buy a shirt and tie for $1.50. Win- nipeggers had even decided they could no longer eat “hamburgers” because it reminded them of Hamburg, a city in Germany. Ground beef on a bun came to be known as a “nip”. Yes, it’s a world far removed from our own.


And it’s a world at war, one to be known as the Great War or World War I.

On April 9, a silent movie about Joan of Arc opened at the Dominion Theatre, where the Richardson Building now stands. Admission started at 25 cents. April 9 also marked the first day of the battle of Vimy Ridge. The Ridge in northern France was strongly defended by the Germans who believed that no army could take it. Just two years earlier the French army had tried, and suffered more than 150,000 casualties. What had brought the Canadian soldiers here to the Fields of Flanders? Patriotism? Thirst for adventure? The promise of three square meals a

u 7 'Smells of fear'

t’s Winnipeg, April 1917, a world far removed from our own. There are no VCRs. There are no CDs, no cell phones, no computers.

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