Eight new pieces of art have been installed in prominent storefront locations in Winnipeg’s downtown.
The Urban Art Gallery is an annual design competition organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. It supports downtown businesses by integrating curated art galleries with their store frontages.
“Our goal is to create a visual gallery at 295 Portage Avenue to enhance the quality of life and increase community interaction in downtown Winnipeg,” said Linda McGarva-Cohen on behalf of Gendis Inc., one of the supporting organizations of the project. “Art has the ability to bring communities together, build common experience, promote communication and improve the visual landscape of the city block.”
Empress Street will be closed at Ellice Avenue beginning Wednesday at 7 a.m. for infrastructure improvements in the Polo Park area.
The city says the northbound lanes of Empress will reopen Friday, September 26 while work continues on Empress southbound lanes for one week. Construction will shift, closing Empress northbound lanes and reopening Empress southbound lanes, for an additional week.
Traffic will be maintained in both directions on Ellice Avenue and local access will be maintained on Empress Street at all times.
Motorists are reminded to allow additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.
The Manitoba government and Treaty Relations Commission want aboriginal and non-aboriginal students to learn about their history in the province through a new classroom initiative.
First introduced as a pilot project to a small number of classes in 2010, the Treaty Education Initiative (TEI) is now being rolled out province-wide.
“At its core, the TEI gets students learning and talking about how the Treaties form the very foundation of who we are as a province and as citizens with ongoing responsibilities to each other,” said James Allum, Manitoba Minister of Education and Advanced Learning.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and current CFL on TSN analyst Milt Stegall returned to the city on Tuesday to present sport scholarships to deserving young athletes.
Stegall was at the Sport for Life Centre as Sport Manitoba awarded $25,000 in academic scholarships to 15 high school students, seven university students, and four Manitoba coaches.
The Milt Stegall Scholarships award one high school student with $1,000 and a post-secondary student with $2,000.
This year’s high school recipient was Chad Enns, while U of M Bison women’s volleyball player Taylor Pischke won in the post-secondary category. Pischke also picked up a Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarship, worth another $3,000. Curler Daniel Grant of the U of M was also awarded in the same category for $3,000.
A march to promote peace in Winnipeg’s Spence neighbourhood tonight will connect people with their community.
“We want to say to people who are victims and people who are scared and who don’t feel safe — there are resources in the community,” said Jamil Mahmood, executive director of Spence Neighbourhood Association — one of seven agencies organizing and attending the march and free BBQ.
The march comes weeks after the body of missing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine turned up in the Red River.