The practical reality of policing in a city like Winnipeg can be summed up like this:
A few weeks ago, during the middle of the deep freeze, I was sent to take photos at the RAW: Almond pop-up restaurant on the Assiniboine River at The Forks.
The atmosphere inside the crazy tent/structure that Sunday morning was jovial and filled with anticipation as people arrived for brunch.
While I waited for the reporter to arrive I chatted with one of the crew working the counter. He was wearing a big fur hat and gold rimmed sunglasses. Besides the cold, all I wanted to do was figure out how to get a chance to take his photo.
Avi Waldman it turned out was the brother to the head chef that morning, Talia Syrie from Tansi at Neechi Commons.
While we talked I noticed a lot of effort was being put towards de-frosting the water supply and keeping the structure somewhat heated. Considering recent issues in the city regarding frozen pipes, I’m sure many can understand the situation they were in.
We chatted for a few minutes about the issues they were having trying to battle the weather.
“The biggest problems is the heaters staying on... when they’re on they’re great when they’re not, you don’t realize until it’s really cold.”
I asked how the patrons are with the cold temperatures, “They dance. They dance a lot. We entertain them with music and sing to them. So, they will often dance with us. It distracts them and gets them warmed up.”
I finished by asking him what he would do differently if they had a lot more financial resources to make the experience better.
“I would do it in Hawaii.”
I keep seeing these tweets about alleged nasty doings in the current U of M Students Union elections.
After shopping at Costco, I headed to my car with a loaded cart, my purse in the bottom rack.
I learned long ago that when Shelly Glover calls, you'd best drop what you're doing and listen.
As Festival du Voyageur draws to a close and the Winnipeg Whisky Festival gets underway, I find myself at a crossroads — namely, that I'm attending the whisky fest but also have to make an appearance at the Festival's beard-growing contest in the same night.
A dozen Winnipeggers, nearly all Tories, are travelling with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his mission to Israel. This is quite inconvenient for us because many also happen to be in the centre of the latest round of political speculation. It's tough to ask someone whether he's running in River Heights when he's a little busy gladhanding in the Knesset. The Winnipeggers in Israel include:
- Michael Kowalson, the rambunctious River Heights Tory. Is he thinking about another run for city council now that John Orlikow is stepping down to run for mayor? Or, might Kowalson be interested in provincial or federal politics, perhaps doing the kind of backroom work he did in the area during the last provincial election?
- Ian Rabb, the property manager and addictions expert. His next political move is being watched closely. Will he challenge Jenny Gerbasi again for the Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry city council seat, or will he run provincially against Education Minister James Allum down the line?
- Joyce Bateman, the Winnipeg South Centre MP. What's her take on the rumours swirling about who the Liberals will run against her in 2015?
- Marty Morantz, the cerebral Tory candidate in River Heights in the 2011 provincial election. Will he run again in 2016? Kowalson was his campaign manager, which might make for some interesting chatter during the long flight home.
- Shindico's Robert and Sandy Shindleman. They've most recently been embroiled in city hall's land swap debacle.
- David Asper, chair of the Asper Foundation.
- Several Winnipeg lawyers, including David Kroft and Howard Morry.
Since the deep freeze hit in December, North Americans from coast to coast to coast to coast are heading outdoors in the name of science.
Well, it's more than that - the cool factor of the hot water vs. cold air experiment is really high.
If you're unfamiliar with this concept, it's really simple. When the temperature drops to below 30 degrees Celsius (the colder the better) boil some water, put it in a cup, go outside, and toss the water out of the cup and into the air as vigorously as possible.
It was a number that leaped off the page at me.
Grave. Serious. Vulgar. Horrific.
House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer is mulling over a point of privilege calling on him to let the House of Commons decide whether Manitoba MPs Shelly Glover and James Bezan should be allowed to sit and vote in the House until their dispute with Elections Canada over their 2011 election expenses is settled.
I couldn't believe it when I woke up yesterday morning to a stack of emails about an alleged serial killer. For years, there has been rampant speculation about a serial killer in Winnipeg. What has been a highly sensitive issue for policing -- in the constant roller-coaster of First Nation/policing relations -- had shown up at the forefront, at last.
This blog is titled Manitoba Parks: A(sessippi) to Z(ed) Lake. I travelled to Zed Lake early on in the journey, but after visits to 75 provincial parks I still had not been to the “A” park from the title, Asessippi Provincial Park. That all changed the weekend before Christmas, when my odyssey to visit all of Manitoba's road-accessible provincial parks came to an end with a trip to Asessippi.
LOS ANGELES - All quiet on the Western front.
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