Author: Ashlyn Peterson

Musick’s Notes-Arts Column

By Larysa Musick Art-lovers like me are enjoying the improving aesthetic of Winnipeg. Eighteen public art installations by various artists have been built in the past few years. Multiple commissioned murals, organized by Synonym Art Consultation’s Wall-to-Wall series, have been enlivening the downtrodden corners of the North End. Opportunities for artists to find paid work is ever-increasing, such as the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Nuit Blanche, Interstellar Rodeo, Third+Bird, The Exchange Alleyways Market, and Sherbrook Street Festival. Winnipeg, the unassuming prairie city with a small-town feel, the central Canadian sinkhole we retire in to take over walk-in clinics and hospitals with our withering elderly health, has been shifting steadily into an artist’s hub. The divide between art business opportunities in the Peg and big cities like Toronto and Vancouver is getting smaller. Look out Christopher Robin, this city named after Winnie The Pooh has a rumbly in its tummy, and tourists are starting to notice. You can’t argue with the numbers. Studies done by Downtown Winnipeg Market Research shows four million people visit the Forks each year. If you went to the Canada Games Festival as I did, struggling to manoeuvre through crowds of people, you’d get the picture. Last November Vogue called Winnipeg “peak Canadiana”—a far cry from the central Canadian sinkhole. Restaurants in the city are gaining traction—Enoteca and Clementine’s Café were on...

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Red River College sets new sustainability goal

By Danton Unger Imagine if we stacked every single piece of paper that Red River College used in one year. According to RRC’s blog, Red Goes Green, that tower would be made of 14 million pieces of paper and stand over 4000 feet tall. The Sustainability Office has seen these facts and is doing something about it. Starting this fall, RRC will be introducing new strategies for paper and energy reduction at their campuses. Sara MacArthur, the director of sustainability at RRC, says students can look forward to contests and incentive programs to help promote resource reduction at the college. She says the college is still in the planning phase, so there will be more details to come. This year the sustainability office is expecting to save 10 to 30 per cent of the college’s current print environment costs. To reach this goal, Whitney Crooks has been hired as a resource reduction specialist. Crooks will be heading many new strategies for reducing the amount of paper and energy used at our school. “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Crooks on Red Goes Green. “We know that there’s a great culture of sustainability at the College.” Fatima DeMelo, public services technician at The Roblin Centre and an RRC alumni, said the college’s sustainability has improved since her time as a student. She says there is less paper being wasted at the...

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First annual VegFest a nod to growing meat-free trend

By Aimee Souka More than 2,300 Manitobans were at the Axworthy Health & RecPlex building on September 16, 2017, to kick off the first annual Winnipeg VegFest. Everyone gathered to listen to keynote speakers, try all sorts of vegan foods, browse the 40+ local vendors and show the city how beneficial a meat-free lifestyle can be. Winnipeg VegFest is an initiative of the Farm Animal Compassion Committee of the Winnipeg Humane Society. The event focuses on the positive effect a meatless lifestyle has on not only oneself but on the entire planet. A study by Springer Nature shows the production of red meat will emit anywhere between 10 to 40 times as many greenhouse gasses than vegetables and grains. Many vendors were selling a variety of eco-friendly alternatives to things like soap, makeup, and clothes; showing how important sustainability is to this community. Keira Nichol, 18, stayed at the event for the whole day, intrigued by the number of speakers and the promise of a Mac ‘n Cheese cook-off. Keira has been a vegan for two years. “I can’t imagine any other lifestyle. It feels really guilt-free,” she said. Leanne Cutler, 18, is always excited when people tell her that they’re going vegan. “Global warming is a big deal right now, it really helps when people cut meat out of their diet,” said Cutler. Both Cutler and Nichol agreed...

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Power outage gives RRC students a day off

BY NEIL NOONAN — REPORTER Students and staff at Red River College’s Notre Dame campus got an unexpected day off yesterday. A power outage in the surrounding neighbourhood caused the campus to close down. RRC spokesperson Connor Lloyd said the outage affected multiple systems including the ventilation and alarms. Since the proper health and safety systems couldn’t be in place for the staff and students, the College decided to close the campus and cancel all classes. Students were let out of class around 9:00 a.m. President of the Red River College Students’ Association Lauren Slegers, had the lights go out in a meeting around 8:30 a.m. “We heard the fire alarm from a distance in another building,” Slegers said. “Security came through and told us all we needed to evacuate and the fire alarms weren’t working in our building.” Selgers recommends all student and staff download Red River College’s Mobile Safety App from the app store. An alert was sent out yesterday to everyone with the app about the campus closure. The campus reopened today and classes resumed as...

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