Author: The Projector

An open letter on cost cuts

What’s next on the chopping block, writes Mel Hansen BY MELISSA HANSEN Dear Mr. Premier, I understand our provincial government has a massive deficit looming over them and they are scrapping to find money everywhere they can. I get it, I really do. I understand we can’t keep spending the way we had been and that someone is going to be effected. But right now, it feels like the little guys are taking the biggest hit. When will it be enough? I am asking as a concerned student. It’s hard enough as it is to find jobs that pay enough to pay off monstrous student loans. Students are graduating and unable to work in their fields, just so they can afford to pay their bills. I understand it is important for students learn how to pay our way, but when it becomes crippling — is it really a fair lesson anymore? My instructors are worth the money and I feel lucky to get to study at such an amazing school. But I look around me and so many of my classmates are in debt, the type of debt it will be really hard to climb out of. Bill 31 — a scary thought.  For many students, this bill could mean the difference of getting an education or not. A potential 5% increase isn’t a small number. In fact, it’s...

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Goodall speaks of hopes

Jane Goodall speaks at University of Winnipeg BY KELLY O’DONNELL Jane Goodall spoke in Winnipeg on Friday night at the Burton Cummings Theatre, and said that her greatest hope for our planet is young people. The theatre was filled with people who came from Winnipeg and surrounding communities to hear Goodall’s well-known story. Many were students and youth who left feeling inspired and encouraged by her. Declan Smith, 14, came from Neepawa for the event and says the two-hour drive was well worth it. “It was very inspiring. It makes me want to help the environment through activities like...

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Sports smorgasbord

October gives array of options BY DECLAN SCHROEDER As the weather cools, the sports world heats up. Fast approaching is that magical time of year where the stars align and the schedules of the four most popular sports in North America – hockey, baseball, football, and basketball – overlap, overjoying sports fans everywhere. The sports world truly reaches its apex as leaves start to fall. While baseball and Canadian football have been more than enough to consume a lion’s share of my time spent rapt and vegged in front of the idiot box this summer, many hanker for more. Ladies and gentlemen: more has arrived. NFL players are back on the gridiron, the puck has just dropped denoting the start of the NHL’s season, the MLB postseason is looming large, and NBA players are set to hit the hardcourt later this month. Even for a person like me who doesn’t go out or have friends, it can be onerous to keep up with it all. Even if you’d like to bar yourself in your basement or strap yourself onto your sofa with a cache of comestibles colossal enough to last until Christmas, you probably have that boring old thing called a job, errands to run, and other obligations that require you to turn off the television and put on pants. So, here’s one man’s opinion on the top three...

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Kinew’s race not the issue

Criticism shouldn’t focus on Kinew’s race, writes Hansen BY MELISSA HANSEN I remember the first time I called someone out for making a racist comment. It was in 2002. I was twelve-years-old and sitting in my backyard. One of my older relatives was on the deck chatting with my dad about 9/11. I immediately started eavesdropping. A comment was made about an Indian man. My relative called him a terrorist. I jumped in and said it was not fair to say, that the colour of his skin didn’t make him one.  My dad supported me standing up to my older relative and ended the conversation there. I still think of that moment years later, an exchange between three people sitting on the back deck in the suburbs of Winnipeg. It was a moment that represented someone’s fear. I did not understand why people thought that way, but I knew I believed it was wrong. Growing up as a millennial, we are not spoon fed limited news and information the way they were 50 years ago. Although much of that news was also biased and did not tell the whole story, there was more of a cohesive system people followed. It is now our responsibility to sift through the words and find ones we think are ethical and true. All of this sifting can be dangerous. It is easy to...

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CFL commissioner back in the trenches

Bold, brash Ambrosie born to protect, perfect the game BY DECLAN SCHROEDER Randy Ambrosie knows a thing or two about working in the trenches. From 1985-93, he spent 142 games digging in and protecting quarterbacks as an offensive guard for the Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos. 24 years later, he’s back in the channel, this time to protect the CFL game from irrelevance and its players from impairment. A successful player with a Grey Cup ring, Ambrosie understands the intricacies of Canadian football and is the perfect person to move it forward. In fact, less than three months into his new gig, he already has, confidently instituting sweeping changes midseason. Anyone who thought Ambrosie would tiptoe into the commissioner’s office and quietly maintain the status-quo was surely and sorely mistaken. The 6’4, 250-pound native Winnipegger bulldozed onto the scene, getting right down to the foundation of the league’s terrible video review policy. Over the last few seasons, the CFL expanded video review, allowing coaches to challenge pass interference and later, unnecessary roughness. At the start of this season, coaches each had two challenges per game at their disposal – and a third if they challenged successfully. This led to coaches indiscriminately littering the field with flags, desperately challenging every perceived bump and push – even if the contact occurred on the other side of the field and...

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