Winnipeg Whiteout!

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here are many folks who do extraordinary things in Man- itoba without expecting any kind of accolade. Some of them are well known, others may be com- pletely anonymous. We would like to celebrate all of them.

Over the past five months, I have

shared some of the accomplish- ments of a few of our wonderful citizens and here are three more. If you would like to nominate

The Whiteout reached fever pitch as the Jets advanced in the playoffs and the party spilled out onto the streets around ther arena.

still backpacked and hosteled with thousands of other world travelers to be part of the excitement and cama- raderie, dancing in the Congo line with the Dutch in their wooden shoes in France, or singing “Olay, Olay, Olay!” in Piazza Novana, while watching the game on a big screen in Italy. Par- ties (and great reasons for parties) bring people of all types together, who share in drink and food, in passion and sorrow, celebrating

their sport

heroes and the incredible downtowns and cities in which they are held. During these past few

Stefano Grande Downtown

weeks, I, among thou- sands of Winnipeggers, finally felt that vibe in our own city, and I felt very fortunate to be part of it. The #WPGWhiteout Street Parties was where

thousands of downtowners came together to celebrate their heroes, the Winnipeg Jets players. Friends and families, many with no game tickets, showed up at the party early and rubbed shoulders. The entire city block on Donald Street next to Bell MTS Place screamed at missed referee calls, oohed incredible hits, and cheered on the goals to a Jets Victory. People got out of their homes and came downtown to celebrate, mingle and meet each other, hugging and slapping hands, creating that emotional attachment to our city, which leads to so many positive things. Res- taurants and bars within 10 minutes walking distance were packed before, during and after, at levels never seen before. The economic and community develop- ment metrics can be captured I am sure, but who can measure the coolness factor registered on the grins of young people from across the country watching the game live, wishing they were in Winnipeg. The upward, positive, spiraling emotions of opti- mism, hope, resilience and victory engendered by the Whiteout Street Party is a factor in creating the posi- tive psycho-economic health of Winnipeggers. This was a great way to create community and build pride among our citizens, stimulating business, and even at- tracting long term economic development. While events like this don’t happen overnight, they did in Winnipeg. True North Sports + Entertainment and Economic Development Winnipeg need to be commended for taking the lead and putting on a party that comes with financial risk and liability. They be- lieve in our city.

The city and our Mayor Brian Bowman also need to

be thanked for taking a leap of faith in moving to mo- bilize its resources (policing, streets, transit and oth- ers) in record speed to make this a reality. The can-do attitude is refreshing. And of course I am proud of my Downtown Winni- peg BIZ Team, our Watch Ambassadors, our Custom- er Service Team and our Cleaning staff, who threw out the welcome mat to create a safer, cleaner and friend- lier downtown. We are your hosts. Events like this send a message to the world. Win-

nipeg has arrived. We are hip, cool and can throw a world class street party. And Winnipeggers made a statement: “We will come downtown, because it’s safe, fun and the place to be.” Let’s keep it going, Winnipeg! Go Jets! Stefano Grande is executive director of Downtown Win- nipeg BIZ.


your Unsung Hero, email me with the name, a photo and 100 words about why your hero deserves rec- ognition. We will try to publish as many as we can. Lifestyles55@peg-

• • • The Bear Clan Patrol. Indige-

nous writer and activist, Larry Mor- rissette, who helped create Children of the Earth High School, died on Sept. 20, 2016, knowing that the concept of a native patrol that he introduced way back in 1992 was up and thriving again. He was in- strumental in helping James Favel to create the Bear Clan Patrol after the death of Tina Fontaine in July, 2015. Starting with a dozen volun- teer patrollers, the numbers quickly swelled to 400 within months, then to 500 and 900 and so on. Today, the patrol, which walks the streets of the inner city, have inspired like-minded patrols in 13 cities in six provinces with 25 chapters

across Canada.

They are determined to take back the streets for their communities and keeping them safe for everyone. Today, the patrols are equipped with Naloxone to rescue folks who have overdosed with drugs and the Win- nipeg group even have a portable defibrillator donated by the Para- medics Association. Many of the pa- trol are trained in first aid. We bow in respect to these courageous and dedicated people who are showing the way to a better future.

The Bear Clan Patrol.

Unsung heroes T

Dorothy Dobbie

Delaney and Kiersten.

Delaney Coehelo and Kier- sten McDonald. Keep your ears open for more news from these two powerful young millenni- als, the co-chairs of Equal Voice, Manitoba. Equal Voice encour- ages and supports women who wish to enter politics either from behind the scenes or on the front lines. On the surface, the pair couldn’t be more different. Del- aney is tall and athletic and her political background aligns with NDP. Kiersten, on the other hand, is slight and soft spoken. She works for Conservative MLA and Speaker of the House, the Hon. Myrna Driedger. But both of these women have immense energy and a steely determination. Their dedication has quickly made Equal Voice a significant force in

Kevin Klein.

the non-partisan political life of Winnipeg. “We work so well to- gether,” explains Kiersten. Kevin Klein. The former pub- lisher of the Winnipeg Sun and the founder of Mytoba and the Mani- toba Post, has many reasons to be celebrated. A former broadcaster, radio executive and frequent lec- turer on the topic of violence to- ward women, Kevin is celebrated by us for his determination to bring local news to Manitoba’s digital audience. In a day when so many purveyors of information are simply replicating what they read on line and serving it up to local audiences, Kevin is working hard to find ways to generate first- hand material of relevance to the people of the province. Congratu- lations on your foresight, Kevin.

Report from the Senate

The Senate of Canada does much good work that is little heralded. Lifestyles 55 believes Canadians need to know what the senators do and to understand their points of view.

Senator Pat Bovey questions what is happening in Churchill Hon.


Bovey asked the Minister of Crown- Indigenous Rela- tions and Northern Affairs about the cri- sis in Churchill: “It’s now been more than 11 months since the Port of Churchill, the gateway to the North and the Arc- tic, and all the Indig- enous communities between Gillam and Churchill in Manitoba, have been cut off as a result of the flooded rail line. Minister, can you tell us when you think these people will again be connected? When will they have access to food? When will they get their jobs back, and when will Churchill be able to fulfill its role and connect to the Indigenous people in other communities in Nunavut, the

Northwest Territories and points both east and west in the Arctic Ocean?” Here is how the Hon. Caro- lyn Bennett responded: “I thank the senator for the question as well. The future and the promise of Churchill are ex- citing to all of us and for

anybody who

From the Senate

has been there to see the opportunities, as you’ve described, for resupply but also to be able to go up to Arviat and the com- munities there in Nunavut. “We hope this ter- rible tragedy of the railway will focus everyone’s attention on how we actually plan for the future in a sustainable way for that beautiful part

of Canada. As you know, in our department we’re immediately able to include Churchill in the Nutrition North approach, and that subsidy of perishable foods is ongoing until there’s a perma- nent solution. It is, as you know, a gateway to the North, and the deep-water port is unique. “Wayne Wouters, the former clerk of the Privy Council in Ot-

Hon. Patricia Bovey.

tawa, is leading those discussions about the rail

line, and we un-

derstand those conversations are going very well. It is an essential part of our Arctic strategy. But when you think about the four absolutely solid tourism seasons – of the bird watching, then the belugas, the polar bears and the aurora, I think this is an opportu- nity for that part of Canada to be very well known by all Canadians, and I hope we will all be working together to make that happen.” And we wonder why nothing has changed for the folks in Churchill? And by the way, a quart of milk still costs over $10! –Ed.

June 2018

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