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→
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!
Recently, as part of Canada150 celebrations, Canada played host to the Invictus Games in Toronto. The Invictus Games provided an opportunity for us to celebrate our veterans and also our serving members from Canada and other nations for their courage and their determination not to be defined by their injuries. As I watched the opening ceremonies, some of the events and the closing ceremonies, I was struck by the strong emotions displayed both by spectators and participants in this event. I was also moved by the efforts of Prince Harry, who initiated this event as a way for injured veterans to demonstrate how they still have what it takes to compete at this level. First established by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games in Toronto included 550 ill and injured serving members and veterans and 1,100 family and friend spectators from 17 participating nations. Continue reading Invictus Games honour injured vets from Canada and outside nations→
From October 26th-29th, CJNU held its Fourth Annual Pledge Weekend – a celebration of everything the radio station is, does, and can be – and the one time during the year when the phone lines are thrown open, and the community is asked to give back to ‘the little station that could’. CJNU is still on the air largely thanks to direct listener support – and that support has been truly overwhelming. Fifty-seven hours of special programming later, and we’ve smashed through our fundraising target of $40,000 – currently sitting at $44,237 and rising. We couldn’t be more grateful for the vote of confidence we’ve been given by our listeners. Continue reading CJNU Fundraiser success!→
This week, the city’s executive policy committee passed a $3.5 million motion in support of implementing a phased approach in making below and above grade improvements at the iconic intersection of Portage and Main.
At this time, the city of Winnipeg has not committed to the opening of Portage and Main, but is rather presenting an opportunity to introduce pedestrian activity incrementally, through the removal of barricades and the beautification of the surrounding sidewalks/plaza. This opportunity is also being greatly supported by the adjacent property owners. Continue reading Downtowners support opening Portage and Main→