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Thousands Gather to Form Canada Day ‘Living Flag’ in Downtown Winnipeg

Thousands Gather to Form Canada Day ‘Living Flag’ in Downtown Winnipeg

Canada Day Living Flag 2016
Thousands gather at Shaw Park to form the Canada Day living flag on Friday, July 1, 2016. (DAN HARPER PHOTO)

Winnipeggers assembled by the masses on Friday to form the country’s largest Canada Day living flag.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ says more than 3,158 people gathered at Shaw Park decked out in red and white to form the flag.

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Syvixay to Represent Winnipeg’s Downtown in New York

Syvixay to Represent Winnipeg’s Downtown in New York

Jason Syvixay
Jason Syvixay (CPRS / HANDOUT)
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ managing director Jason Syvixay is off to New York to represent the city to the International Downtown Association.

Syvixay is one of 26 industry professionals chosen to attend the inaugural Emerging Leader Fellowship Program, June 19-24.

“I’m eager to learn from my colleagues around the world about placemaking best practices to best engage businesses, residents, and community to imagine what is possible, and to learn more about the various public-private partnerships that can be built to stimulate development plans and mixed-income housing and neighbourhoods,” Syvixay said.

“I’m also excited to share with the other fellows all of the exciting initiatives and programs that are making Winnipeg a world-class destination and urban lab.”

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Indigenous Garden Planted in Downtown Winnipeg

Indigenous Garden Planted in Downtown Winnipeg

Indigenous Garden
Volunteers with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata help plant an Indigenous garden in downtown Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BIZ / TWITTER)

Downtown Winnipeg BIZWINNIPEG — Green thumbs were hard at work on Portage Avenue Tuesday as the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ planted its second annual Indigenous garden.

Garden beds have been planted in front of APTN and Air Canada Park showcasing Indigenous planting schemes and materials, based on community ideas and feedback.

“The aim of our second annual Indigenous Gardens on Portage Avenue is to build on our work towards ensuring downtown is inviting, welcoming, alluring and a visually attractive place that will leave tourists and visitors with a memorable and positive impression,” said Ari Driver, chair of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Placemaking Committee.

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Aboriginal Artwalk Seeking Artists for Storefront Displays

Aboriginal Artwalk Seeking Artists for Storefront Displays

Aboriginal Artwork
Aboriginal artists are being sought to submit their work to be displayed in storefronts of downtown Winnipeg using the theme ‘Welcome.’ (VISION QUEST CONFERENCES INC.)

A new art installation this summer will include the work of 10 aboriginal artists in a display in downtown Winnipeg storefronts.

The Aboriginal Artwalk is looking for artists of any age and experience to create in any medium. The pieces should somehow reflect the theme of ‘Welcome.’

Those interested in having their art as part of the walk are asked to submit a brief bio and a headshot, a short proposal describing their project and how it reflects the theme and any relevant photos.

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Provincial Parties Chat Downtown Issues at Upcoming Forum

Provincial Parties Chat Downtown Issues at Upcoming Forum

Downtown Winnipeg BIZDowntown is on the agenda for the three main political parties on March 21.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will host a two-hour forum at the Winnipeg Art Gallery to get parties on the record about issues surrounding the city’s core.

Liberal leader Rana Bokhari, NDP leader Greg Selinger and Progressive Conservative Party candidate Heather Stefanson will attend. PC leader Brian Pallister will not participate.

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Portage Place Hires Indigenous Security After Elder Removed

Portage Place Hires Indigenous Security After Elder Removed

Portage Place Shopping Centre
Portage Place Shopping Centre (AVISON YOUNG)

Portage Place Shopping Centre has hired an indigenous security contractor after a community elder was wrongfully removed from the food court in February.

Joseph Meconse, 74, was eating when a security guard warned him he only had 30 minutes left to be in the mall. When that time passed, Meconse was kicked out for loitering.

The mall has since apologized for how it treated Meconse, but has also gone several steps further to become a more inclusive destination in the city’s downtown.

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Portage Place, Indigenous Leaders to Outline Relationship-Building Initiatives

Portage Place, Indigenous Leaders to Outline Relationship-Building Initiatives

Portage Place Shopping Centre
Portage Place Shopping Centre (AVISON YOUNG)

Indigenous community leaders have met with officials from Portage Place Shopping Centre after an elder was mistakenly asked to leave several weeks ago.

Joseph Meconse, 74, was eating in the mall’s food court when a security guard warned him he only had 30 minutes left to be in the mall. When that time passed, Meconse was kicked out for loitering.

The mall later issued an apology and the war veteran has returned.

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Monkeying Around in Chinatown: New Banners Going Up

Monkeying Around in Chinatown: New Banners Going Up

2016 Chinatown Banner
The 2016 Year of the Monkey banner, designed by Zhiling Liu, will hang in Winnipeg’s Chinatown. (HANDOUT)

Banners celebrating the Year of the Monkey will begin going up Friday in Chinatown.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ collaborated with the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre to run a design competition in finding the banner’s new design.

“The banner competition is a wonderful tradition that provides local artists with the opportunity to showcase their talent and enhance Chinatown’s vibrant streetscape,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

Zhiling Liu, a graphic design student at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, is this year’s competition winner.

Her banner design was jury-selected out of 34 entries for its strong visually artistic, symbolic and engaging image.

The installations will take place at 9 a.m. Friday on King Street and work their way down Main Street, Princess Street, Logan Avenue and James Avenue.

— Staff

Farmers’ Market Returning to Downtown Winnipeg

Farmers’ Market Returning to Downtown Winnipeg

By Tyler Sutherland

Farmers' Market
(Farmers’ market image via Shutterstock)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s farmers’ market is returning for a fourth year and will grow to 85 vendors.

The market will launch January 28 until December and be held at Manitoba Hydro Place.

“Every year, employees and their customers, as well as local residents, look forward to visiting the farmers’ market at Manitoba Hydro, and it’s just another reason to enjoy downtown in the summer,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ.

“Farmers’ markets not only help to support the local economy, they reduce transportation costs and food waste.”

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