Author: The Projector

Cheaper transit fare for RRC students dependent on city: transit

By Maggie Wysocki Red River College students were one step closer to receiving more affordable transit fare after voting to accept the U-Pass early last year, but can’t expect a cheaper rate until at least 2019. It was approved by a majority (50%+1) through referendum that met the voting criteria as set by the Students’ Association (SA) Bylaw. But even with the majority vote, Winnipeg Transit and the SA being on-board, it isn’t enough for the plan to go forward, says SA President, Lauren Slegers. “We have had some delays in navigating through the approval process…. this is a...

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Print Shoppe swap leaves some students head-scratching

College says move was to provide “one-stop shop” for students By Aidan Cloet The unifying of the Print Shoppe and the Red River College Campus Store at the Exchange District campus seems to be a cause for celebration, but many students consider the Print Shoppe’s recent change in location to be “awkward,” and “unnecessary.” In Dec. 2017, Red River College’s Roblin Centre announced they would be moving the school’s personal printing space, the Print Shoppe, to a new location – inside the RRC Campus Store. Anthony Francisco, the manager of the Campus Store & Print Shoppe, called the amalgamation...

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Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market has a waitlist of vendors

Bringing fresh vegetables into the downtown By Aislinn Hicks An outdoor market put on by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ that started in the summer of 2013 has grown into a year-round market with a waitlist of vendors wanting to participate. In the summertime, the market takes place from the beginning of June to the end of September outside Manitoba Hydro Plaza. At the summer market there is fresh produce, food trucks and a CBC cooking demo where they feature a downtown chef who shops the market in the morning and then does a cooking demo with what they buy. The cooking event is streamed onto Twitter. In the winter, the market takes place every other week in the Cityplace mall on both the first and second floor and averages 60 vendors a market. Cityplace provides the space to the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market for free. This market has baking, canning, grooming products, jewelry, and often live music. “We get tons of people that are just starting out,” said special projects coordinator for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Susan Ainley. The waitlist for vendors in certain categories ensures that vendors who do participate will offer something different from the other vendors at the market. “I think that’s really the key thing is finding something that you do really well that’s a different take on something,” said Ainley. Some vendors like Glenlea Greenhouse (located...

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Deadline dispute halts construction on multi-million dollar RRC building project

RRC and federal government butt heads By Cody Zaporzan       A dispute over deadlines between the college and the federal government has halted construction on Red River College’s multi-million-dollar Exchange District campus expansion. The federal government has frozen a $40.6 million contribution for RRC’s construction of the new applied learning centre in the Exchange District — if the dispute isn’t resolved, the college won’t get the funding. On Tuesday, the college announced that it is putting construction of its new 100,000 square foot Innovation Centre on hold, as result of a disagreement with the federal government over what constitutes a reasonable timeline for competition of the project. To receive the money, the college had agreed to complete construction by November 30, 2018. According to RRC spokesperson Conor Lloyd, the main issue for RRC is that the agreement with the federal government was finalized near the end of June 2017, giving the college roughly 17 months to build the Innovation Centre. Lloyd said that despite a significant and aggressive amount of design and construction work completed, it’s not physically possible to finish construction of the $95.4 million building before the deadline and the federal government has been unwilling to grant an extension. “As a result, construction is on hold while the college continues to seek a resolution with the federal government,” said Lloyd. Shovels are already in the...

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U shall not pass

Universal bus pass for RRC students delayed until 2019 despite 2017 vote By The Projector The Red River College Students Association is conducting a survey with Winnipeg Transit about the implementation of the universal bus pass, or U-Pass for short. Last year, in spring 2017, RRC students voted to bring the U-Pass to RRC in the fall of 2018. But, a schism about the implementation has pushed the date back to 2019. To take part in the survey, check your academic email for a survey link. The University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg both issued universal passes in fall 2016. The cost is added to student’s tuition — whereas now, RRC students have to pay a monthly post-secondary rate. The Projector will be following this story to help you understand why the U-Pass won’t be available for RRC students for another year and a half.  ...

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