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Panel tackles free speech on campus

An event at Menno Simmons College comes following “racist” posters on North American campuses By: Keila DePape   The line between free speech and hate speech can sometimes be thin.   That’s one likely subject for a panel on Nov. 13 at Menno Simmons College.   “We figured it would be a discussion to have because we haven’t really a seen an event like this before here,” said Mia Ryder-Marks, chair of the Global College Student Advisory Council.   Monday’s panel titled “Freedom of Speech Within Safe Spaces” may be a first for this student group, but Canadian colleges...

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Improv Crossovers and Collaborations

The Winnipeg If… Improv Festival connects improv artists from across Canada BY: Christina Burridge   Stephen Sim, the co-founder of the Winnipeg If… Improv Festival, believes the week-long festival has helped the city develop its own comedy style.   “The festival has introduced and connected local improvisers to national and international performers and theatre companies,” said Sim. “This does nothing but add to the unique Winnipeg improv style that we are proud of.”   The annual Winnipeg If… Improv Festival was founded in 2000 by Stephen Sim and his partner Caity Curtis, two comedians with extensive backgrounds in improve. Both created shows and performed at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and hosted at TEDxWinnipeg. They have also travelled far, bringing their special brand of humour to various provinces and festivals.   This October, the festival once again welcomed performers from Winnipeg and out of town. And it hit a first when an all-female ensemble performed at the Thursday sketch comedy night. “Improv has been through many evolutions since the festival was formed in 2000,” said Sim. “Winnipeg has certainly benefited and been influenced by the different improv guests, ideas and techniques that have made their way here through the festival.”   The festival also collaborated with Winnipeg Writer’s Festival THIN AIR for one of their shows.   There is the old saying that “laughter is the...

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New Solar Installation Highlights Need for Clean Energy

FortWhyte Alive Opens the Largest Solar Panel Installation in Manitoba BY: GERALYN WICHERS   FortWhyte Alive hopes their new solar panel installation will highlight the need for clean, renewable energy across the globe.   “One of the main pillars of our mission is to educate about sustainability,” said Ian Barnett, director of operations at FortWhyte Alive. “Most of the world produces their energy by burning fossil fuels. That’s got to change.” FortWhyte Alive cut the ribbon on the 60-kilowatt solar installation, the largest in Winnipeg, on Oct. 12. Barnett said it will save FortWhyte Alive $350,000 in the installation’s...

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Source of NDC Power Outage Fixed: Manitoba Hydro

A broken transformer caused a power outage and disrupted exams at NDC last Monday By: Keila DePape   A power outage at Notre Dame Campus (NDC) last Monday follows on the heels of another outage last month. But Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said students shouldn’t worry about it becoming a regular disturbance.   The issue at hand—a broken transformer—was fixed during the most recent outage.   “We did hear reports of loud bangs and even a bird flying into the power line but it looks like it has more to do with aging and infrastructure,” said Owen.   Questions about the need for system replacements at the college are complicated, said Owen.   “There’s different components of the system installed at different times, from poles to power lines to insulators to transformers…,” he said, adding Monday’s outage was not related to a similar incident on September 11 at NDC.   That day, the school closed the campus after the outage caused cooling systems to fail, leading to warm classrooms and offices.   The Red River College (RRC) campus was just a “small area of the outage,” on Monday, but it affected roughly 11,000 students—during exam week.   This time, classes carried on and the college kept its doors open during the two-hour outage, when the lights went out along with all computers and electrical equipment.   Staff were...

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Bodegoes to close its doors

Building changing hands forces Bodegoes to close BY: GINA CONTRERAS   Exchange District restaurant Bodegoes will close its doors Friday.   After 17 years in the Exchange, Bodegoes has established itself as a home for many.   “It’s always been a community. We wanted to be there for all the residents,” said Nick Van Seggelen, Founding Member of the Bodegoes Restaurant Workers Pool.  “Whether it was for people going to school or for people that lived or worked in the area.” Seggelen says it’s sad to see the restaurant’s doors closing on the people that have come to love the staff and its food.   The restaurant did not choose to shut down operations. The property owners decided not to renew the restaurant’s lease.   The property was sold in August 2016 and the new owners have planned to demolish and redevelop the space into a condominium and a mixed youth space.   Bodegoes decided to close its doors quietly saying farewell and thanking customers for their support. The managing partners will focus their efforts at their other location at City Place and hope to find a new building in the area soon.   Located a few minutes away from Red River College’s Roblin Centre Campus, the restaurant has given its customers exciting dishes, a relaxed atmosphere, and affordable prices. “It’s pretty sad that they’re leaving,” said Neil Cymbalisty,...

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