Author: Ashlyn Peterson

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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