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New to Winnipeg and Winter

Newcomers prepare for their first Winnipeg winter By: Teah Lytwyn   Winter in Winnipeg can be tough, but for newcomers to the city, it’s a brand-new – and sometimes unexpected – experience.   Tariq Ajam, a Red River College (RRC) student in the applied accounting program, grew up in Syria and lived in Jordan for four years. He moved to Winnipeg in August. According to Ajam, the average winter temperature in Jordan sits between 7 C and 10 C. The coldest temperature he’s felt was -11 C. He said he’s not worried about the cold Winnipeg winters.   “Even if it’s -20 C, -15 C, -30 C, it’s still cold,” said Ajam. “I know it will be cold, but I doubt that it’ll be that cold.”   Ajam is looking forward to the things he’ll be able to do during winter. He said that snow in Syria caused road closures and everyone stayed home.   “I don’t have any experience about winter activities,” said Ajam. “So [I’m] really excited about these things.”   Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS) in Steinbach aims to assist immigrants settling in Southeastern Manitoba. Josie Fast, an employee of EIS, said that the centre usually gets about six newcomer families a month that have never experienced a Manitoba winter.   “We have to give them all the details about what frostbite is,” said Fast. “They usually...

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Survive and THRIVE

Students de-stress during activities that promote positive mental health BY: Kiersten Haight Massages, therapy dogs, and meditation; these are just a few of the events that took place at Red River College (RRC) during THRIVE Week from Nov. 6 to 10. THRIVE Week is a time for students and staff to join the mental health conversation by de-stressing and learning about mental wellness.   RRC’s mental health coordinator Breanna Sawatzky organized most of the events taking place throughout the week. She believes that it is important to have reminders that there are ways to deal with stress and maintain...

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Rebels soccer season is officially a wrap

Both men’s and women’s soccer teams finish the season in fifth place BY: Amber Doyle   Both Rebels soccer teams finished the season in fifth place, just outside the final four.   The season may have come to a “disappointing” end, but “no one ever gave up on playing” said women’s goalkeeper Brittany Derkacz. A strong push in October allowed the women’s team to finish the season with a 4-3-3 record. The team posted two wins and two ties in its last four regulation games, but finished one point shy of playoffs.   Women’s coach Douglas Lawrie said he...

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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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