Winnipeg Free Press

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Articles from October 28, 2013

Academic Freedom Key to Social Interest
University of Manitoba professors were ready to strike over academic freedom. Manitoba very narrowly dodged a strike that would have disrupted the lives of 29,000 students when, after many months of negotiations, the university compromised on its original...
A Gourd Guru I Am Not.Please Help
Vote for my jack-o'-lantern I am starting to feel a lot like Linus van Pelt from the timeless animated TV special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.If you have survived as many Halloweens as I have, you know exactly what I'm talking about.Every year,...
Another Councillor Leaving EPC
Vandal says he's not trying to distance himself from Katz For the second time in three days, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz has lost a member of his inner circle.St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal told Katz on Sunday he would like to leave council's executive policy...
Art Interpretation Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Throughout art history, there have been plenty of arguments over how works of art should be interpreted. Willem de Kooning, for example, disagreed with how feminists interpreted his 1950s "woman series" as acts of violence towards the female form.Interpretation...
Blood Clot Sidelines Postma
No surgery, but Jets D-man out indefinitely DENVER -- The Winnipeg Jets defensive corps has taken another hit as Paul Postma has been shelved indefinitely after it was discovered Sunday he has a blood clot in his leg.Already without Jacob Trouba, who...
Business Calendar
Today's opening numbers:TSX: 13,399.42DOW: 15,570.28NASDAQ: 3,943.36DOLLAR: 95.65 cents USComing this week:Monday -- No major events scheduled.Tuesday -- In Toronto, Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, speaks to the...
Counting Cost of Pot Laws
Criminalizing marijuana wastes potential billions to treasury Public policy is about trade-offs. There are few instances where a policy has no disadvantages, even if it is extremely beneficial on balance. A failure to recognize this makes us prey to...
Drescher Delivers Strong Cancer Message
Fran Drescher may have been the nanny, but she also wants to look after others by fighting cancer with early detection.Drescher, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated star of the 1990s TV sitcom The Nanny, told a crowd of more than 1,400 people at the...
Dresses, Tiaras Put Troubles Away
Sick girls treated like princesses For the dozens of young girls wandering the halls of Canadian Mennonite University, Sunday was a day of fluffy pink dresses and sparkling tiaras. For nine-year-old Chlo´ Poirier and her mother, Marj, it was about finding...
Four 'Toba Teams Make Playoffs
MANITOBA will be extraordinarily well represented in the playoff round today at the richest annual women's curling bonspiel in the province -- the $60,000 Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Women's Curling Classic at Fort Rouge Curling Club.Winnipeg's Jennifer...
Have Your Say
An inspiring teacherI wish to commend Matt Henderson, a teacher at St. John's Ravenscourt, who won the Governor General's Award and you for publishing the story (Awards for work on aboriginal issues, Oct. 24).I had the pleasure of working with Matt when...
Herd to Host Huskies after Stomping Bears
Canada West playoff game Friday at IGF THE University of Manitoba Bisons football squad stormed to victory in Alberta on Saturday and, with that, sealed their dream of a home playoff game.It was a blowout tilt, as most would have predicted. The first...
Living on the EDGE
Manitoba's social safety net is riddled with holes The letters in Todd Donohue's fat social assistance file look as though they were printed in the 1970s on an old dot-matrix printer. And there are a lot of them.They detail an almost absurd battle last...
Ms. Bokhari Could Show Some Grit
The new leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party has indicated she will not seek election in one of two byelections expected this fall. As well, Rana Bokhari, the 36-year-old lawyer who on Saturday won the leadership vacated by Jon Gerrard, seems to agree...
Municipalities Want Hydro to Rethink Closures
BRANDON -- The Association of Manitoba Municipalities, still fuming over announced closures of Manitoba Hydro offices across the province, is demanding the Crown corporation reconsider its decision.Hydro said it will close 12 rural service centres by...
New Leader of Liberals Starts Slow
Nowhere to go but up for Bokhari This past Saturday, Manitoba Liberals gathered in a Winnipeg hotel ballroom to accomplish two critically important goals.First, the Liberals needed to choose a new leader. And second, they needed to produce a show of...
No Holiday from Drama
IT was a dramatic weekend of jazz that included a big-band nod to tango and a singer's tribute to the great Billie Holiday.Art of the Tango, with trumpeter, composer and arranger Michael Philip Mossman and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, was a high-energy...
Portage Pitbulls Find Pigskin Heaven
Atom team thrilled to win title at flashy, new stadium At first, surrounded by the gleaming steel and crisp turf of Investors Group Field, Portage Pitbulls pivot Andrew Stasiuk felt a twinge of nerves.He wasn't the only one who felt that way among the...
Power Play? What Power Play?
Jets continue to stumble with man advantage DENVER -- It is a recipe for disaster in the National Hockey League... heck, in any hockey league anywhere on this green earth.It goes like this: An impotent power play, mixed with nightmarish defensive-zone...
Robbing Basic Right: Life Itself
CALGARY -- The most fundamental part of who we are is we are live human beings. The most fundamental right we have is our right to life. Without a robust right to life, our lives can easily be put in danger.Our right to life is being challenged. Not...
School Bill Flawed
The Harper government's draft First Nations education bill holds promise for schools on reserve. Schools will be expected, finally, to hold to a minimum number of school days and to educational standards, now absent in the Indian Act. But conspicuously...
Selkirk Set to Boast New Hotel
Among major new tenants in growing power centre Another hotel chain is about to enter the Manitoba market.Canalta Hotels, a 35-year-old, family-owned company that operates 38 hotels in Alberta and Saskatchewan, has a new 84-room hotel under construction...
Task Ahead: A Rebuild Job That Lasts
Young Grit chief looks beyond next election Rana Bokhari has high ambitions for the Manitoba Liberal Party.In an interview Sunday, the new Grit leader said she wants to lay a foundation that will make the party a big player in the province's political...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT Caution: Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 7:15 a.m. until 10:50 p.m. After that the moon moves from Leo into Virgo.ARIES (March 21-April 19)Aries people are good with their hands. They will try anything once. Indeed, it's...
Volunteers
THE following is a list of volunteer opportunities advertised in the Winnipeg area. For more information about these listings, please contact the person/organization directly. You may also call 204-477- 5180 ext. 230 to set up an appointment to see an...
We're No. 7! We're No. 7!
Canadian women no longer rule the curling world Question -- What do the top six teams on the women's World Curling Tour money list right now all have in common?Answer -- They're all from somewhere other than Canada.Remember a few years ago how people...
Wife Cagey about Visiting Jailbird
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My wife is talking way too much about this guy we both know who just went to jail. I can tell she has a crush on him. I've been to jail a few times, but it was nothing really serious. (Who hasn't, that I would know?) The thing...
Winnipeg-Born Pianist Excited about Return to City
New York-based pianist Bryn Roberts is "thrilled to be coming back to Winnipeg to play," even in mid-November.But first he's taking his band on a tour of Spain where the sun will be decidedly warmer than in Winnipeg on Nov. 17 when he visits the city...
You Can Help Raise 'Mo' Money for Men's Health Issues
Good time to grow 'stache for worthy cause During the month of November, something happens in Winnipeg -- at first it's imperceptible, and then over time it starts to creep up, much like winter. Men. Moustaches. Everywhere. Pencil-thin moustaches. Horseshoe-shaped...