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Legislature Hosting Seasonal Open House on Saturday

Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)
Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)

The Manitoba Legislative Building will throw open its doors on Saturday to host the provincial government’s annual public open house.

From 1-3 p.m. on December 7, the public will be welcomed by Premier Greg Selinger, cabinet members and members of the legislative assembly. The offices of the Speaker of the house and the lieutenant-governor will be open to the public as well as the legislative reading room, party caucus rooms and offices, and the office of the clerk of the legislative assembly.

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Legislature Illuminating for Christmas on December 6

Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)
Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)

Christmas lights will glisten across the country in December as the 29th edition of the Christmas Lights Across Canada program launches.

Lighting ceremonies are taking place at provincial buildings from coast-to-coast to mark the annual celebration. In Winnipeg, the Manitoba Legislative Building will flick the switch on more than 3,200 lights on Friday, December 6 at 5 p.m.

“I invite all Canadians to take part in this holiday tradition and enjoy the celebration in Ottawa or in one of the cities across Canada,” said St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

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Selinger Shuffles Cabinet, Promotes Three MLAs

Premier Greg Selinger
Premier Greg Selinger (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Like a deck of cards, Premier Greg Selinger shuffled his cabinet on Friday, making a number of moves before the start of the fall session.

Promoted to cabinet are MLAs Sharon Blady (Kirkfield Park), Erna Braun (Rossmere) and James Allum (Fort Garry-Riverview). Blady is the new minister of healthy living and seniors, while Braun gets the minister of labour and immigration title. Allum is the new minister of education and advanced learning.

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Mothers to Breastfeed En Masse at Legislature

BreastfeedingMothers and their babies will gather at the Manitoba legislature on Saturday to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

The week of promoting the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk will wind down with a breastfeeding challenge. Thousands of moms at more than 100 different sites across the world will breastfeed at the same local time trying to have the highest number of children breastfeeding in one location. Canada won the challenge last year.

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Pro-Choice Advocates to Rally at Legislature

Manitoba Legislative Building (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Manitoba Legislative Building (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Reproductive rights advocates are rallying across the country today to defend a woman’s right to choose when it comes to abortion.

Non-profit organizations will hold a counter “Raise Our Voice for Choice” rally against the anti-choice organization Campaign Life Coalition’s Defund Abortion Rally.

The Women’s Health Clinic of Winnipeg is one of the groups standing up for reproductive rights. They say the CLC’s Defund Abortion Rally is not about money, but rather an attempt to reopen the debate on choice.

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Debt Clock Shows Province’s Mounting Costs

Debt Clock
Colin Craig of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation poses next to the debt clock to show the province’s growing expenditures. (HANDOUT)

The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation erected its national Debt Clock at the Manitoba legislature Tuesday to draw attention to the province’s mounting debt.

The large mobile scoreboard showed Manitoba’s debt increasing by more than $72 per second or approximately $6.25 million per day.

“No one would say our province is going to go bankrupt like Detroit yet,” said CTF prairie director Colin Craig. “However, the government definitely needs to get the debt under control by addressing its spending problem. If they don’t our province will eventually have very serious problems too.”

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Flame to Be Lit for Special Olympics Summer Games

Special Olympics ManitobaAs the 2013 Special Olympics Manitoba Provincial Summer Games approach later this month, the Flame of Hope will be lit on Monday on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.

The Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run will be igniting the flame, in advance of more than 500 Special Olympics Manitoba athletes who will be competing in seven different sports at venues throughout Winnipeg June 21-23. The games will be used to select athletes to be part of the provincial team competing at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver, BC.

The lighting ceremony will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

— Staff

Pembina Trails Students to Walk for Water

Water TapStudents from all four Pembina Trails high schools will walk to the Manitoba legislature on June 10 in the first ever Water Walk.

About 1,500 students are taking part to bring awareness to the issue of clean and accessible drinking water for residents in Northern Manitoba’s remote communities.

“It is inconceivable that everyone in Manitoba is not treated equally,” said Shafagh Daneshfar, student and president of the Free the Children Club for Fort Richmond Collegiate.

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PHOTOS: Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose PST Hike

Colin Craig - Anti-PST Hike Rally
Colin Craig, prairie director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, addresses the crowd at the Manitoba legislature during an anti-PST hike rally on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Approximately 500 people protested the province’s proposed PST hike on Thursday night.

Hundreds gathered at the Manitoba legislature for the 6 p.m. rally to voice their displeasure with the pending one percent PST hike on July 1. The increase — brought forward in the NDP’s 2013 provincial budget — will see the PST rise to 8%.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) jointly organized the demonstration, which lasted for about an hour.

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Hundreds Smoke in 4/20 Marijuana Rally

Hundreds Smoke in 4/20 Marijuana Rally

4/20 - Marijuana
Hundreds gather on the grounds of the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 20, 2013 to celebrate “4/20.” The annual demonstration of pro-marijuana advocates aims to raise awareness of their cause to legalize the drug. Similar rallies took place across the country in other cities. Winnipeg police were on hand, but didn’t make any arrests. Their role has always been to ensure public safety. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)