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Remembering Selkirk-born Laufey Olson

A Manitoba deaconess for four decades, a passionate leader in the province’s Lutheran Church

By Fred Morris

Sister Laufey Olson, Deaconess from 1959-1969

As the Lutheran Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is appropriate to remember one of Manitoba’s legendary Lutherans. In 1917, Laufey Olson was born in Selkirk. She married Pastor Carl Olson. They served in Flin Flon and a couple of Nebraska parishes. After his 1951 death, she continued her church work. Between 1952 and 1955, she was the parish secretary of Grace Lutheran in Lincoln, Neb. She earned two university degrees. On June 8, 1959 she was consecrated as a deaconess. Continue reading Remembering Selkirk-born Laufey Olson

The Possibilitarians – let’s just do it!

Manitobans used to be among the most entrepreneurial people in the world, full of bold ideas and get-it-done gumption. Then for years, we seemed to lose this spirit as big government put a hold on our energies and inertia set in. Now Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Region is showing that we still own our let’s-just-do-it nature and how we can get it back.

I have an aboriginal friend who is also an entrepreneur and who has the best advice in the world for his fellow man: If you want to do something, just do it!

That used to be the spirit that motivated Manitobans to move mountains, and we did. Continue reading The Possibilitarians – let’s just do it!

Report from the senate: Rail service for Churchill

Common sense and compassion seem to have deserted the main players in the debate over fixing the rail line to Churchill, where the citizens are facing a cold, hungry and expensive winter if something doesn’t happen soon.

Our advice to the federal government would be to repair the rail line first and try to collect the money later. Indeed, Polar Industries of Ice Road Truckers, is looking to create a winter road from Gillam to Churchill to bring in supplies during the frozen months. This would be a good opportunity to use that road to haul in the materials needed to repair the line. Using the overland route to bring in supplies could save transportation costs and reduce the repair bill that Omnitrax estimates at $43 million (although locals say the cost would be much less). Continue reading Report from the senate: Rail service for Churchill

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