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Chief Peguis and the Selkirk settlers: 200 years of reverence

2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the signing of the Selkirk Treaty between Chief Peguis and Lord Selkirk. Even after two centuries, Chief Peguis is still held in the highest esteem by the descendants of Manitoba’s first homesteaders.

How miserable does life have to be to drive people to a wilderness that is 5,633 kilometres away from home and filled with unknown dangers? For the people who became the Selkirk settlers anything was better than what they were suffering. Continue reading Chief Peguis and the Selkirk settlers: 200 years of reverence

Canada Summer Games turns 50

The hottest summer games in half a century

After the excitement of the games Winnipeg will benefit from new and enhanced sport facilities that will assist our own athletes here at home for years to come. Photo courtesy of Canada Summer Games.

By Tania Moffat

What do Sidney Crosby, Lennox Lewis, Steve Nash, Cindy Klassen and Diana Matheson all have in common? Each are professional athletes within their fields, most are Olympic champions and all of them are Canada Games alumni.

This summer, Winnipeg has the honour of hosting the Canada Summer Games which will feature 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the games, previous host cities and notable alumni. Winnipeg will welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches as well as more than 20,000 visitors coming to attend the games. It is our chance to shine and showcase our fabulous city and province, to show the rest of Canada what Manitoba summers are all about. Continue reading Canada Summer Games turns 50

The promise of The Pas

Black Angus beef from The Pas is sold in Canada’s best restaurants.

Manitoba is a treasure trove waiting to be unwrapped

By Dorothy Dobbie

Traditionally, Manitobans have viewed the North as a vast, empty hinterland of muskeg, snow and damned poor sledding, topped off by an icy northern seashore teeming with polar bears roaming on rock and lichen. This view has been supported by a lack of access, real and perceived, and very little real promotion. If and when we do venture in that direction, we often go by air, which offers a vantage point that underlines the impression of uninhabitable wasteland, dotted with a couple of mines and some indigenous reserves. Continue reading The promise of The Pas

Finding the payoff from a walk in the woods

We all know that people today are busy, busy. So there’s always a quick answer available when someone puts a question like, “Why don’t we do more of what makes our brains happy?” But hold it a minute. That’s a very new question. How are we supposed to know what makes our brains happy, anyway?

Most of us probably have no idea. But we’re in an age when answers have started to emerge and, busy or not, many of us could find it a worthwhile investment of our time to sit down with The Nature Fix, a new book by Florence Williams, who happens to have been the person who put the question. Continue reading Finding the payoff from a walk in the woods

Countless oaks, elms vanish in Assiniboine Park conversion

Irreplaceable old trees are being replaced by new ‘attractions’: hundreds of old elms for the zoo and parking, 150 mature trees for the Diversity Gardens, many bur oaks for the 10,000-square-foot Qualico Family Centre.

By Matt Vinet

Despite its stated good intentions, Assiniboine Park is in my view being anything but sustainable when it comes to the park’s trees. Particularly the mature, irreplaceable ones. Continue reading Countless oaks, elms vanish in Assiniboine Park conversion