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Aboriginal AIDS awareness

Every three hours, someone in Canada is infected with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. Though indigenous people only make up four per cent of the Canadian population, twelve per cent are infected with HIV.

To raise awareness about this discrepancy and AIDS in general, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will hold Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5.

During this week, CAAN will hold awareness and prevention-related events across Canada, including a Winnipeg session about HIV testing held on Dec. 2 at the WestEnd Commons Neighbourhood Resource Centre.

Out of the park

The Winnipeg Goldeyes will hold their annual Holiday Skills Camp on Saturday, Dec. 19. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre.

The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of eight and 13. Goldeyes relief pitcher Brendan Lafferty and members of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s baseball team will run the camp.

Participants will each receive lunch, a T-shirt, prizes and autographs. Registration is $80 per person, and application forms are available online at

Raise your glass

Gimli is putting Manitoba on the world map — with its whisky.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye earned the title of 2016 World Whisky of the Year. It’s the first Canadian whisky to win the honour. The whisky is brand new and is produced in a small distillery. It received a record-tying 97.5 out of 100 points, claiming this year’s top prize. British whisky expert Jim Murray reportedly tasted 1,000 whiskies before choosing the local drink.

After the announcement, Manitoba liquor stores sold out of the whisky, but Northern Harvest Rye was restocked quickly and is still garnering international attention.