Ecological engineering a new way to say use our natural systems to clean up waterways

Back in the good old days we went to work in a plant to make things. Today, we are learning to let plants do the work for us. This was the essential message of a panel of experts about using natural assets to work with and even replace some of our engineered infrastructure to deal with waste and run off from urban environments.

What does all that mean? Simply that natural wetlands, sloughs and urban forests can do much more of the cleanup in our communities than we have allowed them to do over the past century. Continue reading Ecological engineering a new way to say use our natural systems to clean up waterways

Memories of Christmas

Jim Pappas

I remember going to the old Tivoli Theatre across from Westminster Church to a Saturday matinee as a young boy. Every Saturday there was a double bill of two movies with cartoons, newsreels, and several serials that we all loved to cheer or jeer at.

One Saturday, as was our usual trek with our allowance burning a hole in our pockets, my brother Chrys and I were off to our Saturday movie. Much to my surprise the movie was called “O. Henry’s Full House” and what stayed with me was a charming vignette called “The Gift of the Magi” with Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger. As I have always been a very sentimental person, I loved the story and the fact that they both gave up something that was precious to themselves to get a gift for one another. Continue reading Memories of Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

Domestic abuse is not a “women’s issue.”

Myrna Driedger, MLA Winnipeg Manitoba Progressive Conservative (PC) caucus
Myrna Driedger
Broadway Journal

Deck the Halls… Joy to the World… Silent Night… As we rush around doing our shopping and getting ready for Christmas, we hear Christmas carols and dream of family get-togethers, chestnuts roasting in an open fire, shortbread cookies and all the wonderful sights and smells of Christmas. But do we set ourselves up for failure? Do we have unreasonable expectations of providing an idyllic experience over the holidays? Continue reading ‘Twas the night before Christmas…

It’s great to be grand – the health benefits of a close grandchild-grandparent bond

“Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.”

– Jay Kesler, author of Emotionally Healthy Teenagers.

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

With the holiday season upon us, the ties that bind us are never more pronounced than they are at this most wonderful time of the year. Steeped in family tradition, the holidays give us a reason to connect with the ones who matter most. Some of my fondest holiday memories are of my grandparents and our trips to the small prairie town they called home. A pot of tea was always ready for our arrival and the smell of fresh baking drifted into the opening of the doorway when we stepped into their old Victorian house. Continue reading It’s great to be grand – the health benefits of a close grandchild-grandparent bond

Community Invited to Free Holiday Party at WAG

Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 6, 2017: The hot chocolate is warming up, cookies are in the oven, and festive crafts are ready to go! The Winnipeg Art Gallery invites you to attend a free Holiday Party, Sunday, December 10. Gather your family and friends together for this annual fun-filled afternoon that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Continue reading Community Invited to Free Holiday Party at WAG

All about living in the age of maturity

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