2019 Run for the Cure 

The 2019 CIBC Breast Cancer Run for the Cure took place across the country on Sunday, October 6th. Iwent to the run in downtown Winnipeg, and it was an amazing experience. I went with my team called “Kimmy’s Krew,” named after my aunt Kimmy who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She fought hard and has been in remission for three years. This was Kimmy’s Krew’s fourth annual year at the run. We donned our Run for the Cure shirts and pink layers (as it was cold and rainy out)  and walked (or ran) the 1-5km. For the first time, we brought our Labradoodle dog Libby to the run, and she did great. I was a bit hesitant about bringing her as she is a very social dog and I thought she would be a handful but my sister went up ahead and handled her the whole time. Libby very much enjoyed her 5km walk! (Pictured below: My sister Morgan and dog Libby)

pc: mallory johnson

I got a chance to reunite with some family and family friends that I hadn’t seen in a while, and have a nice visit with them! Walking a kilometre is a good way to catch up.   

pc: mallory johnson

(Pictured above, from left to right: Me, my aunt Kristin, Morgan, family friend Jodi, cousins Sophie and Katie, Gramma, and family friends Marnie and Lisa.) 

There were many people in attendance, approximately 3500. There were booths at the start of the course from sponsors, like the Running Room store and the CIBC bank. There were cookies, hot chocolate and coffee offered (no donuts this year).  

pc: mallory johnson

pc: mallory johnson

(Pictured: the crowd before the run started) 

There were many volunteers with tambourines over the course of the run, to cheer us on! Additionally, there were two groups of people drumming at two separate spots on the course. 



pc: mallory johnson

(Pictured above: One of the drumming groups, and my aunt Kimmy’s dog, Teddy) 


pc: mallory johnson

pc: mallory johnson


(Pictured above: the crowd during the run) 


pc: mallory johnson

(Pictured above: Me during the run: note my rain poncho!) 

pc: mallory johnson

(Pictured above: my mom donning an iconic bright pink wig, and my aunt Kimmy, her younger sister - and who we all ran for) 


pc: mallory johnson

(Pictured above, left to right: My cousin Katie, me, and Morgan) 

In conclusion, I had an amazing day showing my support for all those who have fought or continue to fight breast cancer. Together over the years, Kimmy’s Krew has raised $17,500 for breast cancer. Rain or shine, we kept our promise to keep running in support. 

Trudeau Facing Scrutiny Amidst Federal Election

Earlier this week, the shocking controversial photos and video of

current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have shaken up the

political world and have taken the top headlines of many major news

outlets in Canada and internationally. What exactly were these photos

of though?

Nearly two decades ago in 2001, when most of the freshmen here would

have been newborns, photos and video of Mr. Trudeau depicted wearing

black face and brown face were taken. The Prime Minister has been very

defensive of and cautious about what to say in response, having

apologized to many people already for the incidents, stating that he

has no memory of the occurrences.

While some believe 18 years is a long time ago and that things were

different back then, it certainly doesn't help the Liberal party's

campaign, as rather than focus on promoting Trudeau's ideas of how

they plan to make Canada better, they are instead rapidly trying to do

damage control, and with Trudeau's approval rating within areas like

Alberta and Southern Manitoba facing an all time low, this certainly

drives him to a point some would even refer to as beyond rock bottom.

Some say that it would have helped if Trudeau had spoken out and came

forward about these incidents beforehand, rather than just shrugging

them off and not saying anything about them, as though they didn't

exist. In one of the photos, he can be seen in brown face with a

turban, something that the NDP party leader Jagmeet Singh calls both

deeply hurtful and offensive.

Singh took over the position of leader from Tom Mulcair who previously was Trudeau and Stephen Harper's adversary in the 2015 election. Singh is from Scarborough Ontario, and had an upbringing in a Sikh family, and his parents were immigrants from India. He is a devout member of the religion, and is the first non-Caucasian leader of a political party in Canada, so he did have quite a bit to say about the ordeal that our Prime Minister faces.

Trudeau has stated that he will apologize to Singh for what he had

done and hasn't done so yet, but has said he will. Singh has invited

Trudeau to have a private one on one discussion relating to the racist

pictures. Trudeau had this to say to reporters in Toronto:

             “I will be apologizing to him personally, as a radicalized Canadian, as I have been apologizing to Canadians, who have suffered discrimination and intolerance their entire lives in ways that some of us, like me, have never had to experience on a daily basis,”

Trudeau expressed deep regret, likely due to how this will be

affecting his campaign and career moving forward, but did say this

about Singh's idea to meet:

“And on that I am certainly in deep agreement with Mr. Singh and I

look forward to having a good conversation with him.”

While many claim that Justin had made a few dumb decisions way back when, but it still hurts for some, including many of the immigrants

who helped support him in 2015 during his campaign. How this will

affect liberals has yet to be determined, but it doesn't look too good

for them at the moment. 

As stated before, some say that it was a

different time, while I would like to point out the fact that 18 years

ago it was any less okay. Racism is racism, and in 2001 it still would

have been deemed as highly offensive. Perhaps during the 70's a stunt

like that wouldn't have seemed that bad at the time, 2001 was long

after acceptance towards black people had become mainstream, which I

would say is likely going to do Justin no favours in this election.

Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer has been attacking Trudeau,

and has mainly been focused on this issue, which doesn't come as a

surprise, as the liberals were busy digging up dirt and raiding the

closets of Conservative party members for skeletons, and had found

allegations of racism with plenty. Scheer states that though the

actions of those members are shameful, as long as the people guilty

are honest about what has happened and take accountability for their

actions, then  it shows a level of maturity, one that unfortunately

our own Prime Minister seems to be lacking. Scheer calls the scandal

deeply shameful.

While Scheer may be using this as political ammunition against Trudeau in hopes of letting the Conservatives reclaim Parliament which they lost after Stephen Harper's defeat in 2015, Sheer is also probably

using the incident to draw attention away from his own scandals, which

relate to his homophobic views which have recently come to light, but

have now been overshadowed by Trudeau's scandal. Scheer had previously skipped many LGBT celebration events, and a pride parade back in August and has been very cautious about sharing his views on the subject of gay marriage, with the homophobia scandal being an ongoing trend for the Conservative leader. Trudeau and Singh have both

attended pride parades, yet Scheer hasn't and with the more recent

strings of homophobia attached to him, it's likely that LGBT voters

will be steering clear of any Conservative rallies and ditching their

support for the party. Trudeau's scandal hasn't just been dominating Canadian headlines.

Stateside, people have been discussing the issue there as well. Host

of Comedy Central's “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah, who is biracial and living in New York happens to be an immigrant from South Africa, and the comedian has proposed a law to stop incidents of black face from happening as often. Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump has mentioned that even he is surprised by how many times the PM has been shown wearing black face. Trump is no stranger to allegations of racism, even before he was campaigning for President in 2016, having accused former President Barrack Obama of being a “Secret Muslim” and had requested that Obama show the world his birth certificate. During the campaign too, Trump had proposed anti-terror and border control plans that obviously did seem to stem from fear of ethnic minorities, with a proposed Muslim entry ban to the United States that sounded like the evil plan of an off brand James Bond villain, and his border wall, which if I'm being realistic about, he probably got the idea

from watching “Game Of Thrones” on HBO.


Even someone who seems more racist than Trudeau is shocked by the racist scandals he has been involved in, and keep in mind, Donald

Trump was backed by the KKK in the 2016 election and tried to downplay the Charlottesville incident in 2017 with the comment “There were good people on both sides.” So maybe this is more serious than some people think. 

Either way, Trudeau is trying to make amends without further hurting his campaign, and hasn't been specific on if the documented incidents were the only ones that he had been a part of, or if there were more. Until after the election, we likely won't get an answer

unless more surfaces on its own.

Until then, Canadians will have to decide themselves who they want to run this country. Elections take place next month, so for now Trudeau and Scheer must both try to get their incidents under control.

Trudeau Under Fire

Trudeau Under Fire 

By: Mallory Johnson

If you haven’t seen the news lately, last week Time Magazine ran an article exposing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of wearing blackface. The first instance of this happening was at a prep school costume party, which had a theme of “Arabian Nights”. Justin dressed as Alladin, complete with a turban, a black painted face, and a black painted hand.(pictured below). 

Trudeau was 29 years old at the time of this party, and he taught at the school which hosted the party. Many people also noticed that his hand is touching a woman’s breast. A second instance was revealed after Trudeau was asked if he had worn the racist makeup since 2001 and said he didn’t know. After that, a third instance was revealed, this time a video. He has also been seen visiting places like India and wearing a turban. 


Trudeau apologized for the issue, saying “This is something I deeply, deeply regret.” Regarding wearing blackface, he said it is “always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface. I should’ve understood it then, and I should have never done it.” Some accepted his apology as valid while others disagreed. In comparison, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper wore yellow face and wore a First Nations headdress. He was given little to no media attention/flack for the racial makeup and costume (although, I have limited knowledge regarding what happened). 


Shortly after his apology, Trudeau promised on Twitter that, if re-elected, he would ban all assault rifle guns from Canada. He clearly did this to distract from the drama and to make people want to vote for him again, as the federal election is looming (go vote on October 21st!). In conclusion, this controversy will surely hurt Trudeau’s chances of getting re-elected to Prime Minister. Please make sure you are registered to vote (I am a first time voter and I’m registered!) and go make your voice heard on October 21st! 

A Birthday With the Brandon Wheat Kings

Are you a Wheat Kings fan? Is you child a fan? Here’s some information to make the birthday the best one yet. 

Make your next birthday party and BWK birthday! Save on tickets and pizza’s, receive an autographed birthday card from the Brandon Wheat Kings and get the birthday girl or boys name on the Jumbotron! 

8 child tickets, 2 adult tickets with 2 medium pizza’s and an autographed birthday card. $164 value for only 130$. 

Call the Wheat Kings Office at 204-726-3535 to book your next birthday today!

Hustlers Movie Review

I saw the movie Hustlers (not to be confused with the similarly titled “The Hustle” with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson) on Wednesday night. I went to the theatre alone and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. But, before I go any further, I just want to issue a big SPOILER ALERT! This movie follows female strippers who, after getting sick of not being able to make ends meet and being treated poorly, start drugging and scamming their male customers. Did I mention that it is based on a true story? It stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, and Lili Reinhart. There is a severe amount of nudity, which makes sense as it’s a stripper movie. Something that definitely altered my experience watching this film is that I am a lesbian who highly respects sex workers. Moving on, the movie was quite a bit funnier than I expected. One of my favourite lines, from Jennifer Lopez’s character Ramona, was “What are they gonna do? Say ‘I just spent $5000 at a strip club send help?’” Another aspect that added humour was Lili Reinhart’s character anxiously vomiting in the worst times - for example, near the end she puked as police showed up at her house to arrest her. Not only are the acting performances in this film  simply amazing, but also the actual dance performances. Jennifer showed off how strong, flexible and fit she is despite being 50 years old. Something I liked is that not all of the strippers were as thin as Victoria’s Secret models - there were a few scenes with singer Lizzo. There is a scene near the beginning where Jennifer is teaching Constance how to pole dance, and it reminded me of the hilarious Youtube video where Markiplier learns - or tries to learn - how to pole dance. Something I found interesting was how in some scenes.Constance’s character (Destiny) is being interviewed by a reporter who is writing an article about the events in the film. It broke up the actual crimes that were taking place. I definitely would HIGHLY recommend not taking anyone under the age of 17 to see this movie - there is a lot of nudity (as stated before), drug abuse, and alcohol abuse. The casting was absolutely perfect - there was even a cameo from Usher! The rapper Cardi B had a small part in it, which I find appropriate (although I dislike her) because the exact subject matter of the movie is how she got her start before fame. The film is about sexuality, scams, money, friendship, crime, and chosen families, and just how quickly and accidentally you could lose everything that you have. Overall, I would give it a 5/5 star rating! Now, time to (legally!) hustle! 

Food Truck Warz

Last weekend Brandon was able to enjoy another year of Food Truck Warz. This event is relatively new to Brandon and if you were lucky enough to experience it this year, you’ll most likely be impatiently waiting for the next one.  This year it took place at the Riverbank Discovery Center and since there was more space available, more trucks were able to come. There was a variety of different cuisines that were showcased due to the 26 different food trucks that visited Brandon. Among them were Beavertails, Tamale Time, Simba Safar Grill and KYU Grill. These four are just a few examples of everything there was to try and the many choices to choose from. One noticeable absence however was the Churro Truck. It seemed this year it did not want to grace Brandonites with its delicious churros. Overall however 26 food trucks still maintained everybody happy and well fed. While the food trucks were the main event, due to the larger space more rides were able to come as well. This gave the event a more carnival feel, and people were able to enjoy the rides and the food as if they were in the fair again. If you did not get a chance to go and test it out, do not worry. With the success they had they will most likely come back next year with more trucks and more rides for people to enjoy.

This is the complete list of all the Food Trucks that could be found at the event. We hope all of these come back next year and that more come as well. 

  • Smoked & Sauced Mobile BBQ

  • Tot Wheels

  • Trendy Treats

  • Joe Beeverz

  • Island Fusion

  • Tamale Time

  • Poutine King

  • Cory's Pizza

  • Buff's Meaty Goodies

  • Better than Baba's

  • Simba Safari Grill

  • Beavertails

  • Euro Donair

  • Lemon-Train

  • Wings-n-Fries

  • Adele’s Mini Donuts

  • Onion Bloom

  • KYU Grill

  • Habanero Sombrero

  • Dorado Street Tortilla

  • BBK's BBQ

  • Home Style Fries

  • Walleye Wagon

  • Corn Dogs & Lemonade

  • Miss Tiny’s Jamaican Food Truck

  • Meltdown Deep Fried Cheese Curds

Food Truck Warz Coming to Downtown Brandon!

Food Truck Warz runs from September 13-15 at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. 26 food trucks are scheduled to attend, supported by a Select Shows Carnival/Midway, Farmery Beer Garden and Apple and Pine Market.

Organizers shared recently that there will be a small daily charge of $2 per vehicle for those parking on-site at the Discovery Centre for the otherwise-free event. All proceeds from parking after expenses associated with operating the parking service will go to the local John Howard Society in support of their efforts as a non-profit in the community, specifically their Anger Management and Building Healthy Relationship initiatives.

As is the case with other events at the Riverbank, people are not required to park a vehicle to attend Food Truck Warz and may make use of public transport or their own two feet as they see fit. 

This is a fun event to attend, and students wouldn’t need to pay the parking fee as long as they take the city transit, which is already paid for with student fees. 

It’s also a good way to meet people and enjoy a variety of food. 

Spring Gardening

The first day of spring officially past back on March 20th, and with it came warmer weather and melting snow. Soon enough the ground will be fully thawed and the planting season will begin, both in rural and urban circles. So, if you were looking for a hobby to take up this summer as you hopefully get somewhat of a breather from studies, growing your own garden might be in your cards. 

pc: creative commons

There are various benefits associated directly or indirectly with growing your own produce. The source of the food is well known as any pesticides, fertilizers, or any other details are left up to your own discretion. In the same breath, if you’re concerned about buying organic products for whatever reason this is a potentially cheaper way to eat organic without paying grocery store prices. Organic seeds can be purchased at stores like Canadian Tire or The Green Spot. Additionally, when growing your own vegetables you’ll have easier access to them and they’ll end up on your plate more often than not, plus some leftovers you may have can be cut up and frozen to have ready. It can help out with any definitely-not-abandoned New Years resolutions that were made to amp up your health. 

Assuming like most university students there’s no large garden readily at your disposal, it is possible to grow some vegetables and herbs indoors. Things to consider first are the amount of sunlight and the types of containers you’d be working with. Some produce, like certain types of carrots, require deep soil in order to grow so any containers that are used have to be able to provide the necessary room. Vegetables in general need a lot of sunlight and warmth, so figure out what window is going to provide the best of each- if they’re too high up consider finding a stool or small table that can be propped underneath them in order to reach the height. Vine tomatoes that can be purchased in pots with cages to grow up would work well depending on your space. Looking for something that takes up a little less space? Spinach can be easily grown in pots and some can withstand a little bit of shade. Really, any vegetables (maybe not full sized corn) can be grown indoors, simply type it into your internet browser and there will be plenty of different instructions available to guide you on your indoor gardening adventure. There’s even specific potting soil that can be bought. 

Another option if you’re low on space would be growing some herbs. Generally, they require smaller containers to grown, and anything from mint, parsley, to chives can be grown in small little containers. Pro tip though, don’t use old soup or bean containers. They’ve got a really nice aesthetic, but rust is unfortunately a factor. Apparently, among their many uses mason jars can also be used to grow a herb garden, stones simply need to be placed at the bottom to make up for any drainage issues. 

Happy Spring!

Annual Fundraiser For Local Museum

The Daly House Museum is having their annual fundraiser on March 9th, 2019 beginning at 6pm. The event is being held at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall and features wonderful dinner of roast beef, perogies, mashed potatoes, salads and wine. There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 draw, trivia and a play put on by the Assiniboine Theater company, called “HERstory.” The play highlights challenges and accomplishments of historic female figures such as Viola Desmond, Kaye Rowe, Emily Carr and Agnes Macphail. The play is being directed by Kenneth Jackson and will be set up like an episode of “The National.” This event which is themed for International Women’s Day (March 8th) helps the Daly House with funding. Proceeds go to the curation of exhibits, management of the archives, program development and upkeep of the museum. Tickets are $60 for people who are not members of the Daly House, and $55 for those who are. Call 204-727-1722 for tickets! After the event guests are invited to stay for the Annual Meeting of the Daly House. 

The Daly House Museum is located at 122 18th street (right down the street from the university). Their hours for September-June are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, and from July-August their hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, and Sundays 1pm-4pm. To visit the museum the cost is $6 for adults, and seniors/youth/children/students are $5. The second and third floors of the museum are not wheelchair accessible. The Museum is a historical home, and was previously the home of Thomas Mayne Daly who was Brandon’s first mayor, Manitoba’s first federal cabinet minister, and Canada’s first juvenile court judge. He lived in the house from 1882-1896.

Information from this article came from the Daly House Facebook page, and the Brandon Sun article “Daly House fundraiser will make ‘Her Story,’” and the Daly House website.

ACC Days In Portage

Assiniboine Community College will be hosting a day of activities and events out in Portage La Prairie on February 27th as par of ACC Day series. ACC has always had a proud history of serving the region and surrounding area with quality courses and training opportunities. Assiniboine sees a lot of growth opportunities and unique areas of development for Portage. 

The event itself kicks off from 7:00-9:00 a.m. at the McDonald’s on the highway. There will be a draw and a chance to meet with he mayor of Portage. at 11:00 a.m. the continuing studies at Assiniboine are offering a free Lunch & Learn on the topic of Global Citizenship in a Changing Community. People who attend will be able to reflect on cultures and develop their own intercultural skills. The lunch at this two hour workshop will be held at Season’s Family Restaurant. For the lunch pre-registration is required.

Students from PCI will have a chance to get involved with certain programs and sessions offered by ACC. An afternoon of hands-on bell-ringer sessions will give students a chance to experience what certain programs have to offer. These sessions are a fun and fast-paced way to explore the college programs offered at ACC. The students often have specific questions that want to ask about certain programs and job opportunities available after graduation.

At 6:00 p.m. ACC invites alumni and friends to gather in the Portage Daily Graphic Room at Stride Place before attending the Portage Terriers’ game at 7:30 p.m. More details about the day’s activities can be found at assiniboine.net/accday.

ACC has been involved around the region throughout Portage for decades. There is the  Enhanced Aboriginal Practical Nursing program based in Southport. Assiniboine has offered the program in the Southport location nine times since 2000, and they also have partnership with Long Plain First Nation. This relationship results in offering community-based training in the areas of Applied Counselling, Office Management, Medical Administration, and construction safety programming. There is also the Heavy Duty Truck & Transport Mechanic training for 11 Hutterite colonies, resulting in Red Seal certification for many of the participants.

Week Of Action In Ontario

Students across Ontario are hard at work in order to demand an immediate reversal of Premier Ford’s disastrous plan for post-secondary education. The students launched the “We The Students,” campaign which calls on several changes to be made from the provincial government.

The campaign demands the government to: Provide more grants, not loans; eliminate tuition for all students; increase public funding for public education; protect students’ independent voices; and, defend the right to organize. The PC government is up against Nour Alideeb, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O). The claims here are that the government is attacking ideologies on campuses.

As part of the “We The Students” campaign, the CFS-O are not alone, They are supported by the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union (OPSEU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), the United Steel Workers (USW) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

These cuts that the Ford government is implementing slash at students associations funding and RM Kennedy of OPSEU claims that this will greatly affect the students supports and chances of success in and out of the classroom. The OCUFA stands in solidarity with students against the government to reverse the changes in place meant to undermine the post-secondary education system. Rights and representations are in danger on campus and it is feared that both the accessibility and quality of post secondary education in Ontario will suffer. 

Sam Hammond of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it best “No student should have to pay for government cuts.” For more information on last weeks Week of Action you can check out the Facebook event “We The Students: Week of Action.” 

Diversity Is Our Strength: A Taste Of The Multiculturalism Of Wheat City

This past weekend marked the 16th Annual Westman Multicultural Festival, formerly known as the Lieutenant Governor`s Winter Festival, which ran from the 31st to the 2nd. This year nine pavilions were dispersed across the city: Honduran, English, Scottish, Indian, Métis, Mexican, Mauritian, Jamaican and Ukrainian.  All the pavilions were free to attend.

pc:raelee fehr,mexican and english pavilions

On the Thursday I checked out the Métis, English and Mexican Pavilion. Those working the Métis pavilion, which was located here on campus at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, are always hospitable to attendees. Dancers and musicians entertained guests in the auditorium while downstairs there was a screen to watch the entertainment for those who were grabbing a bite to eat.

Next, I went over to the Mexican pavilion, where the dancers were flown in from Mexico for the event. As shown here, one of the dancers grabbed a lady from the audience to dance with and entertained a full house at the Shrine Club. There was also a variety of food, merchandise and beverages available for purchase.

The last stop for me that evening was the English pavilion, located at the Victoria Inn. The entertainment was great and included a band in which one of our students plays in, the Chris Ghidoni Band. I consider myself pretty lucky to have gotten in, even though Thursdays aren`t that busy, as for the previous two years I couldn’t get in on the weekend. As the English and Scottish pavilions tend to run later and are licensed to sell alcohol, usually they’re full houses.

The Multicultural Festival is one of the few fun and free events that entice me to leave the house in the dead of winter, but it also shows how diverse Brandon is becoming. Major sponsors for the event included the City of Brandon, the Government of Manitoba, Canadian Heritage grant from the Government of Canada, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and Manitoba Hydro. 

pc:raelee fehr,mexican and english pavilions

Chinese New Year

     The pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. This year the Chinese New Year falls on February 5th. The Chinese New Year celebration is a traditional activity in Brandon which is organized by BUCSSA (Brandon University Chinese Students and Scholars Association). 

     Usually there will be a dinner before the celebration and lots of great performances and several lucky draws during the events. We will invite the mayor, the president of BU and some sponsorships who support the activities during the Chinese New Year celebration. There will be lots of citizens from around the Westman region and members from the BU community who come to this event. 

     The dinner being offered for the celebration will be served from several different Chinese restaurants which will include their delicious traditional Chinese foods. The tickets being sold will include several different meal options for attendees. You could also buy more food separately. The performances will be prepared by some Chinese performers and maybe some Canadians who are interested in Chinese culture. The lucky draws are the most exciting part for the audience because we will play some games during every section of the celebration and contestants could win different gifts! 

     Last year, we threw lots of “Hong Bao” which we called ‘Red Bag’ or ‘Red envelope ’ at the end of the performances to the audiences. It is a traditional monetary gift that is given during holidays to send luck to others. Usually in China it’s a tradition for the elder to send money as a gift to the younger generation in the new year.  

     This year, the Chinese New Year celebration will be on March 2nd in the WMCA (Westman Manitoba Centennial Auditorium), which is a little bit late due to booking complications but it still will be a great celebration. BUCSSA invites everyone to come to our celebration, we would love to see you there to enjoy our foods and performances. We will send the best luck to you and wish you can get the gifts during the lucky draws. We will selling tickets in Living Delight, Sushi Hut, Neo Tea Shop and Princess Grocery. The advance tickets will be $10, $12 at door. 

Canadian Democratic System

Canada is faced with an upcoming election in the fall and it’s important for citizens to understand what that means for Canadian society. I’m not here to talk opinions on parties, there will be more than enough of that in your life, I am here to talk about the voting system in Canada and just how the election system works. For people to be able to understand how the election system works I want to look at a few of the changes Canada has been going through as well as some of its institutions which have shaped our democracy. Now due to the reason I doubt many of you remember much about politics from your high school classes, I will give a brief overview of the Canadian democracy then get into the concept of voting.

Canada is formally run by a constitutional monarchy and has what is called parliamentary democracy. Canada’s parliament consists of three parts: the Queen (as represented through the governor general); the Senate; and the House of Commons. Each part of the government has it’s own specific roles and responsibilities. Some of these seats in parliament are elected, while others are hand picked. Canada also has three divisions of powers and governments including: the federal; territorial or provincial; and municipal. Canada has many different parties at each level and several options for different types of leaders of who they want to run their country, province or city. Some popular parties include the Conservatives, Liberals, New Democratic Party, the Green Party and the Quebecois. Elections occur every four years.

The main focus for this article though is the idea of our voting system. First things first, there are 338 ridings in Canada. These are based on geography and population size and each riding has one Member of Parliament (MP). As a Canadian, voting is voluntary and you vote only for your local candidate. You do not vote for a party, but for an individual. The candidate who gets the most votes in your electoral district wins. The winning candidate represents you in the House of Commons and this is called the First Past the Post system (FPTP). You do not vote directly for the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is the leader of the political party which has the most seats in the House of Commons.

Some people have an issue with this FPTP system and are pushing for a proportional representation system, where the numbers aren’t based so much on individuals and ridings but focus more on total votes. The Liberal party currently with a majority government had actually promised to get rid of this system and move to a system which is a little more fair. However it is unknown in the coming months how much not getting rid of the FPTP system will affect the Liberal chances at getting elected again or if it will have any affect at all. Maybe the FPTP system isn’t seen as bad enough yet by Canadians? Maybe it will be pushed out of the way shortly? The most recent change to the election system came to us just last week on a supreme court ruling about Canadians living abroad. In the decision made it was decided that a Canadian Elector, living abroad, who has previously resided in Canada, is entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections, regardless of how long they have been living abroad.

OP On Why APA Is The Worst And What Everyone Should Know

Other styles might have their own tiny, obtrusive rules that you need to be mindful of, but the one I need to use most is APA and so I’m going to write (whine) about it. APA is the Arguably Poor and Awful formatting style used in many of the social sciences and liberal arts classes when writing papers. 

I was going to introduce this in a more responsible/well-mannered way, but to hell with it. Fuck APA formatting. Did you know there are three different hyphens and rules on how and when to use them? I didn’t and let me tell you, you can definitely lose marks on using the wrong hyphen. One hyphen is the regular hyphen, the second is an N hyphen (because it’s as long as the letter N) and the last is the M hyphen (for the same reason). Each one has its use and if you mix them up… you’re fucked. And tough luck if the URL you’ve copied has the wrong one in it. 

Or how about page numbers? I bet you haven’t checked what automatic typeface you are using on your page numbers, because it might not be Times New Roman, and if you forget something like that… Yep, you’ll lose some marks. 

Double spacing after periods that are before another sentence is just plain stupid. Where do you get off APA?

There’s a way in APA to cite the back of a Cracker Jack box. If you are citing information from a candy box, perhaps academia is not for you. 

You can use ampersands (&) when sourcing more than one author but in almost no other place is this acceptable. Fuck you APA. It’s my ampersand and I will sprinkle it liberally through the entirety of my paper, including titles, page numbers, and use it instead of quotation marks if I damn well want. I will change my legal name to & if I have to. 

The alleged purpose of APA is to standardize writing papers while also making them easier to read. Instead what happens is I fly into an apoplectic rage when I lose marks in the Running Head and how it is not all capitalized except for the words ‘Running head’, but not the ‘h’, for… reasons? Confused? Too bad. APA doesn’t care about your feelings.

Fuck you APA. You’re the worst. 

PSA Grey Owl

There is some exciting news happening over at Assiniboine Community College. The Grey Owl restaurant will soon be back up and running. Every year the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts hosts a four week long dining restaurant in which culinary arts students test their skills by preparing dishes for attendees. Students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management diploma also get to display what they have learned. They have the opportunity to practice and develop their hospitality and service skills. Grey Owl is seen as one of the most anticipated events at Assiniboine Community College each year and does an exemplary job in highlighting their slogan, "Learn by Doing."

This year, Grey Owl will run from January 21st till February 15th. The restaurant will only be open in the evenings throughout the week. Reservations must be made in order to attend the event. The restaurant is located at Assiniboine Community College's North Hill campus. The grand and historic dining room is inside the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, where students study for two years to get their Culinary Arts diploma.

Each year, the students at Assiniboine Community College prepare a vast variety of tasty and savoury dishes for attendees to enjoy. What's on the menu this year? A better question is, what isn't? At Grey Owl the students and staff will be serving up full course meals with plenty of options available for anyone fortunate enough to attend. Even better, Grey Owl has vegetarian and gluten free menu options. Attendees can dig into appetizers like the Pan Seared Scallop and Tiger Prawn or head over to the Chilled Seafood Bar. If you’re looking for something a little lighter to start off the meal there are a variety of soups and salads such as the Mediterranean Salad. The menu gets even better heading into the entrees. There, you can have everything from Brome Lake Duck to Southern Fried Cornish Game Herd. All entrees come with a choice of soup and salad as well as a vegetable, Harvard beet and freshly baked bread. To finish things off, Grey Owl also has a desserts menu. Here attendees can enjoy a Turtle Cheesecake or a Classic Creme Brûlée. In celebration of Grey Owl's 30th birthday, you can also order a slice of Classic Vanilla Birthday Cake. There are some higher end items on the menu and due to that, the prices at Grey Owl are more expensive than your average restaurant. However, not only is the food delicious but attendees can take part assisting in the education of new chef's.

This tasty and enriching event sells out quickly! Reservations can be made as of Thursday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m. There is no charge to make a reservation, however there is maximum of one reservation per caller. Reservations are available for tables of two, four and even six. To make a reservation at Grey Owl you can call 1-204-725-8738. For more information regarding Grey you can visit www.assiniboine.net/calendar/manitoba-of-culinary-arts-events/grey-owl<http://www.assiniboine.net/calendar/manitoba-of-culinary-arts-events/grey-owl> or by phoning 1-204-725-8741.

photo credit: ACC Website

Positive Economic Impact On Manitoba's Economy

January 10th 2019 something incredible happened. A comprehensive report was created regarding Manitoban finances. What’s even more mind blowing? It is centred around Indigenous people in Manitoba and shows the strong contributions that were made to the provincial economy. Some of you (racists or bigots, take your pick) are going to want to take a seat, this news might seem ludicrous to you, I mean, Indigenous people… being a positive factor on the economy??? Well better believe it because this report is local, comprehensive and was based on research only within the past few years.

One of the major findings of the paper includes the fact that Indigenous spending in Manitoba totalled $9.3 billion in the year of 2016, equivalent to 3.9% of the provincial GDP. That spending and putting back into the economy is greater than the contributions made from oil and gas, food and accommodations or manufacturing.

This is a huge number that shows the scale of ongoing Indigenous impact in Manitoba. Who did this report though? Why should it be considered credible? Because it comes from local organizations and community members like those people at Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute (RDI). Together with the Southern Chiefs’ Organization Inc. (SCO) and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) the team produced the report as just a single year snapchat of Indigenous contributions. It is reports like these which can be used to unlock even further potential in the future, through study and research. 

The director of RDI, Bill Ashton, said “Indigenous economic impact has enormous growth potential,” and this is due to the fast growing Indigenous populations as well as the opportunities for economic development. Ashton notes that the economic development is increasing “both on-reserve and off-reserve, but also by expanding the opportunities provided by urban reserves.”

This report is the first one of its kind, being foundational in terms of research and analysis which was in accordance with the First Nations principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession.

Truly an incredible feat, congratulations goes out to those people at RDI and the people in surrounding communities who helped create this groundbreaking research. For those interested in reading the report you can check it out on Brandon University’s webpage at https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/projects/indigenous-economy/

photo credit: BU Website

Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

Though November is quickly drawing to a close, the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium has a packed lineup of holiday performances going on for the Month of December. 

On November 29th , November 30th, and December 1st the WMCA will be hosting a Vincent Massey High School production of the popular “High School Musical”. All three showings will take place at 7:30pm. Tickets for Adults are $20, Senior and Students pay $15, and Children’s tickets are $10. 

Monday December 3rd will feature a performance by The Barra MacNeils in An East Coast Christmas. The Barra MacNeils are a family group renown for their Christmas performances. Songs performed include ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘Ave Marie’. The group consists of Kyle, Lucy, Sheumas, Stewart, and Boyd. Their talents range from instrumental performance to dancing. Tickets will be $40 and can be purchased online. 

Saturday December 8th at 7:00pm has Tom Jackson and guests performing “The Huron Carol”. The guests performing with him consist of Tom McKillip, Carly McKillip, Darren Savard, and Craig Bignell & Suzanne Levesque. Tickets are $35 and attendees are encourages to bring contributions for the Brandon University Food Bank. 

Sunday December 9th at 7:30 will have Don Amero three time Juno nominee and Canadian country music icon performing “Amero Little Christmas” alongside guests. The performance promises to make the audience laugh, provide heartfelt music, and enchanting tales with a goal of bringing the meaning of the season back to relaxing and being grateful for the things in your life. Tickets are $35.

Wednesday December 12th features a performance by George Fitton School in “A Pirate Christmas,” all tickets for this performance will be $4. 

Saturday December 15th at 7:00 has Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn performing “A Salute to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.” Grandson of Conway Twitty, Tre Twitty is teaming up with Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter Tayla Lynn as they cover various songs by the duo. Tickets are $52.80. 

And finally to end off their December showings, The WMCA will have a performance by École Harrison as they perform “Le Réveillon de Noël” on Wednesday December 19th. Tickets are $6.50 with children under eighteen being $1.50. 

All tickets for performances can be purchased online or through the WMCA Box Office. 

Speech From The Throne

On Tuesday November 20th, 2018 the Pallister Government made its Speech from the Throne. The Speech from the Throne highlights the ruling governments plans for the upcoming legislative session, in this instance the current government is entering its fourth session. The Speech was delivered by Lt. Gov. Janice Filmon. 

A wide range of goals and directions for the government in the upcoming sessions were discussed. Among them were familiar declarations of balanced budgets, tax relief for families and small business. There was mention of a new Referendum Act to allow “Manitobans to vote on major tax increases”. 

A brief list of some of the issues: 

-A goal of strengthening the current healthcare system by reducing wait times in the St. Boniface Hospital and Health Science Centre. Specifically, they want to direct their attention to wait times for “procedures such as joint replacement, cataracts, and diagnostic imaging”. They explained how ambulance fees have been reduced by 35% and will be cut in half by 2020. They declared that the healthcare system they inherited was top heavy and that they would continue to remove administrative layers. 

- In order to respond to recommendations for changing to the child protections programs they plan on bringing forward legislative amendments in both The Child and Family Services Act as well as The Child and Family Services Authority Act. 

-A renewed framework for the provision and finer aspects of sustainable housing was mentioned. They acknowledged that some feedback they have heard is the implementation of access to skills training in order to aid people in becoming economically secure and independent. 

-A new approach to transitioning individuals from welfare into the workforce promises “more timely and holistic assessments, based on more accurate data to individual need”, with a goal of getting people back into the workforce sooner. 

-Investments in new school and child care spaces, and the new Child Care Centre Development Tax Credit is targeted to increasing “access to affordable, licensed early learning and child care spaces”. 

-The government declared that they were committed to making communities safer. Previously in 2016 they explained that a review revealed the areas requiring the most amount of adjustment to the criminal justice system. The ‘Criminal Justice System Modernisation Strategy’ has four key components such as “crime prevention, targeted resources for serious criminal cases, more effective use of restorative justice and responsible reintegration of offenders”, these changes have been seeing a positive response. Starting in 2019 Manitoba Justice will receive reforms in order to further improve the current justice system. 

- Future testing of autonomous vehicles is predicted for the future, and as a result they plan on introducing legislative amendments to allow safer testing of such vehicles. 

-Two new pilot programs are planned in order to support victims of domestic violence. 

-Improvements to the system for those who are separating, divorcing, dealing with child custody issues, and spousal/child support were purposed for the upcoming session. 

-Improvements to the elementary and secondary schools are a focus, as well as providing “higher quality vocational and professional education” in regards to colleges in Manitoba. 

These are only a few summaries of the topics address in the Throne Speech. The full PDF copy of the speech can be read on the Manitoba Government website at www.gov.mb.ca/thronespeech/ along with the full video of the speech along with the following press conference that Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister spoke at. 

Canada's Most Dangerous Cities Report

Just in time to ruin your holiday spirit, MacLean’s has released their annual “Canada’s most dangerous places” report. Considering there’s 229 Canadian cities considered, Brandon falls fairly close to the top of the list. 

The data used for the calculation is taken from Stats Canada’s crime severity index that annually analyzes police-reported crime rates across the country. The way in which the rates are calculated has been modified to better reflect the state of nation-wide criminal activity, and the data shows that the severity of crimes committed in Canada is rising. 

The index seeks to understand if crime gaining police attention has increased in severity, and if the reported crime in a given city or province is more or less serious compared to all of Canada. The traditional crime rate measured the number of police reported incidents occurring for a given population without taking into the consideration the seriousness of the crime – every offense carried the same weight in the overall calculation. Without this consideration, the rates were heavily influenced by any fluctuation in less serious offenses, as 40% of police reported crime in Canada comes from thefts under $5,000 and mischief.  Further, because of their relatively low volume, serious crimes have very little impact on changes to the overall crime rate. The revised system assigns each offense a seriousness weight based on court sentencing including the incarceration rate and the average length of the prison sentence for each type of offence. The overall crime ranking of each city takes into consideration the change in volume of a particular crime, and the relative seriousness of the crime in comparison to other crimes. 

The change in calculations has not rectified all biases, as less serious crimes (which dominate the crime rate) are much less likely to be reported to police, and consequently less likely to be factored into the calculation. 

Of 229 cities total, Brandon is #4 for youth crime. The youth criminal justice act offenses rate is 255.6 per 100,000 people, while the Canada average is 16.7. Brandon is #11 for firearms offenses, with 19.8 per 100,000 people, the Canada average being 6.8. With 114.9 sexual assaults reported per 100,000 people, Brandon scores #21 in Canada, with the national average being 56.6. While 703.4 incidents per 100,000 people put Brandon at #38 for general assault, with the national average at 430.7.

Brandon had rates very similar to the national average for robbery, breaking and entering, fraud, and impaired driving. The numbers for drug offenses including cannabis, cocaine, and other controlled drugs trafficking and production was well below the Canadian average. Fortunately, Brandon ranked extremely low for homicide. As a more general indicator of ‘danger’, Brandon is 33 of 229 on the violent crime severity index, and 52 for crime severity index. On a positive note, Brandon’s rates for every category has decreased since the 2017 report.