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From Here and Away says goodbye to The Forks, hello to new opportunities

Photography and design collective looks to focus on workshops and photo excursions By Kaelen Bell From Here and Away (FH&A) is saying goodbye to The Forks, but don’t expect it to disappear anytime soon. Founded in 2015, FH&A’s website describes it as, “a clothing company and a multifaceted creative platform designed to inspire travel, exploration and self-expression in people of all walks of life.” The clothing company and creative collective have wrapped up its six-month residency at The Forks, a time that 23-year-old FH&A founder Joseph Visser looks back on fondly. “It was just a really big learning opportunity, there was a lot of good growth,” Visser said at the FH&A farewell event. Fans and community members gathered to say goodbye to one chapter and hello to the next. Now that FH&A doesn’t have a physical operating space, Visser hopes to focus on more photography and design workshops. “I’m focused on what can we do without a fixed address,” he said. Visser says he hopes people come to their workshops, such as the upcoming FortWhyte Alive Sunset Goose Migration / Photo Excursion on October 12, with an open mind and relaxed attitude. As Visser puts it, “the true benchmark for success is if someone makes a friend at a workshop.” This emphasis on community building is what draws many to FH&A, like Abdul Isse, who said that his involvement in the...

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“We’re going to take some lumps early, but we’ll win late”: RRC Coach

Rebels men’s volleyball team prepare for their first weekend in competition By Josh Goossen With a new coach and a roster full of young players, Red River College’s men’s volleyball team is looking to surprise the league this season. “We’re going to take some lumps early, but we’ll win late,” said head coach Linsey Habib. Previously a head coach for WinMan Volleyball Club, Habib is confident his coaching experience will give the Rebels a competitive edge this year. Last weekend was the Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Rebels Men’s Vball Tournament. It hosted all of the Rebels’ MCAC opponents, and Habib’s squad played together for the first time. “Overall, we’re young but talented,” said Habib.  “We haven’t been together for long. This weekend will show how the boys flow together on the court.” Habib says player Julian Waldner will be a major factor in the Rebels’ success this year. As the player in the libero position, Waldner is focused on improving the team’s defence and serve-receive. He just started playing the libero position this year but is up for the challenge. In his second season with the squad, 18-year-old Waldner has been named team captain. “I think we have all the pieces we need to be successful,” said Waldner. “We just need to find a way to put it all together.” The MCAC regular season does not start until Nov. 4,...

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Rebels Women’s Soccer Split Weekend Matches

NEIL NOONAN- REPORTER The Rebels’ women’s soccer team is looking for revenge this season. After falling to the Brandon Bobcats in last year’s MCAC Championship Final, the Rebels have retooled once again with eighth-year head coach, Doug Lawrie, at the helm. Typical for a college full of two-year programs, many players come and go quickly. This season the Rebels are welcoming seven new players to the women’s soccer team, including Nina Morris and Emma MacLennan who come from cross-town Wesmen and Bison programs respectively. “The challenge is to build a good chemistry and game cohesiveness in a very short time,” Lawrie said. The Rebels have gotten off to an up and down start to the season and currently sitting with an overall record of 2-1-2. Fresh off a massive 6-0 victory over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars, they dropped a tight one on Sunday, September 24 in the brisk, wet weather on their home field to the reigning champion Bobcats 1-0. The inconsistency may be due to the team finding its footing early in the season, but coach Lawrie continues to stay positive when comparing themselves to the rest of the conference. “The league is more balanced and competitive this year than in previous years,” Lawrie said. “If we play our best in every game and can stay healthy, we give ourselves a good chance to do well.” The...

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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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