When you hear the name Deer Lodge Centre, you probably think of aging military veterans in long-term care. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Deer Lodge started out as a convalescent home for First World War vets and still maintains 140 priority access beds for veterans as part of an agreement with Veterans Affairs Canada.
A look at the majestic artistry of Oriental rug-making
Handmade rugs are beautiful, versatile and last forever! Ten Thousand Villages has been working with Bunyaad rug artisans in Pakistan since 1982, and we have volunteers and staff dedicated to educating customers about Oriental rugs and the fair trade difference — both in the quality of the artisans’ lives and the quality of their product.
Bunyaad is the name of the fair trade rug program we work with, and also the Uurdu word for “foundation”. The program’s purpose is to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Oriental rug-making in all its myriad forms and styles. Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Bunyaad’s rug artisan group includes over 850 families involved in hand-knotted rug production living in over 100 villages. Continue reading A look at the majestic artistry of Oriental rug-making→
As the 20th century began, government members were determined to construct a building that brought honour to Manitoba. They succeeded: our legislature is reputed to be one of North America’s finest public buildings.
I consider myself very lucky to come to work every day in such a beautiful building. In fact, I never tire of it. Manitoba’s legislative building is reputed to be one of the finest public buildings in North America.
At the turn of the 20th century, members of the provincial government were unanimous in their desire to construct a building that would serve as a symbol for the people of Manitoba. Excavation began in 1913. By the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, walls were beginning to take shape above the foundation. Continue reading Our legislative building does us proud→
There are chemical scents in the air. I can taste them, even before I can smell them. My eyes are red and burning. Now I am beginning to wheeze and cough. My eyes hurt so much. I go to the bathroom and bathe them in cold water. It helps but when I go back into the room, it starts all over again.
The gathering was a bit sparse, but the temperature was a near-perfect 22 degrees and the sky a deep blue, as Mayor Brian Bowman approached the podium to participate in raising the Multiple Sclerosis flag over city hall for its fifth consecutive year to mark Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in Canada. He was accompanied by representatives of the MS Society and MS sufferers.
And there was reason to call attention to this mysterious, wilful and fearsome disease, which continues to elude human efforts to tame it. As the society’s ambassador would tell the assembled group, Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, and this province has one of the highest concentrations of MS in the country. Some 3,500 Manitobans are known to be affected.
MS, the mayor testified, is “a chronic, often disabling neurological disease. There is no known cause, or cure. It is unpredictable and costly, directly and indirectly impacting the lives of thousands of Canadians and their families.” Besides providing more than $80 million for research over the past half-century, he told the assembled group, the MS Society provides a wide range of programs, services and social action for people living with the disease.
The MS Society describes the disease’s symptoms as affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility, but says researchers are daily learning more about MS and zeroing in on ways to prevent it.