WINNIPEG — Nearly 1,000 people gathered on the lawn of the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday night in solidarity for a vigil honouring the victims of the senseless mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub Sunday morning.
At least 49 were killed and 53 injured when gunman Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. He was killed in a shootout with police who used an armoured vehicle to break down a wall into the club.
Members of Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ* community and other supporters gathered for a candlelight vigil, where names of all 49 victims were written on cards and placed on the steps of the legislature.
The doors to the Manitoba Legislative Building are being thrown open to the public on Saturday, December 12.
The annual open house will include a look inside offices of the premier and MLAs, the party caucus rooms and offices, the offices of the lieutenant-governor, speaker of the legislature and the clerk of the legislative assembly as well as the legislative reading room.
Children’s activities are planned in Room 254 and a photographer will snap festive photos in the Rotunda.
By Dave Baxter (@davebbbaxter)WINNIPEG — The Canadian Football League’s holy grail made a very grand entrance at the Manitoba Legislature on Wednesday.
Representatives from the Manitoba Metis Federation escorted the Grey Cup from Upper Fort Garry to a ceremony at the legislature, just days before the trophy will be handed out to the team that prevails in this Sunday’s championship game at Investors Group Field.
CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said he was “awestruck” seeing the cup arrive at the steps of the leg.
“This procession is truly awesome,” said Orridge. “I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of ceremonies, but this one will stick with me.