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New Flyer Lands Contract for 74 NYC Buses

New Flyer’s Xcelsior bus model (WIKIPEDIA)

Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries Inc. has been awarded the contract to build 74 CNG (compressed natural gas) buses for the New York City Transit Authority.

Production on the heavy-duty 40-foot buses will begin in August and are expected to be delivered to the NYCT by the end of the year. The contract includes an additional 30 option buses that will not be ordered at this time.

The present order will be virtually identical to New Flyer’s existing contract with NYCT for 385 buses currently in production. Final assembly of the fleet will take place in New Flyer’s Crookston, Minnesota facility.


Students Travelling to NYC for Human Rights Conference

University of Winnipeg collegiate students Zainab Doleeb, Claire Paetkau, Benjamin Chafe, and Karis Hutlet will attend the United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights in New York City, accompanied by the collegiate's acting dean, Richard Martin. (HANDOUT)

Four University of Winnipeg Collegiate students are joining this year’s United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights in New York City.

Benjamin Chafe, Zainab Doleeb, Karis Hutlet, and Claire Paetkau will be alongside 10 other Canadians from Quebec and Alberta, when they leave today on the five-day trip to mingle with other student delegates from around the world.

The students will tackle this year’s theme of Discrimination and Human Rights Defenders at UN headquarters, with four sub-themes, including Discrimination Against Persons with HIV/AIDS, Discrimination Against Women, Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, and Racial Discrimination.

Acting collegiate dean Richard Martin will be accompanying the students on the trip.

Classic Guy Maddin Film Coming to Life On Stage

Classic Guy Maddin Film Coming to Life On Stage

Tales from the Gimli Hospital (FILMLINC.COM)

Acclaimed Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin’s 1988 classic “Tales from the Gimli Hospital” is getting some renewed attention in the form of a live performance in New York City this weekend.

“Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed” will feature an in-person performance directed by Maddin himself, and a new score created by composer Matthew Patton. The 90-minute live cinematic and musical event will run tonight and Saturday at the Walter Reade Theater.

Icelandic musicians, acclaimed Seattle-based musical collective Aono Jikken Ensemble, and live electronics engineer Paul Corley will also contribute to the film’s revival.

“The original film tells the dreamlike, elliptical story of the jealousy and madness instilled in two men sharing a hospital room in a remote Canadian village. The film first propelled Maddin to international prominence, becoming a success on the midnight movie circuit, and is now being completely transformed by this brand new performance,” according to FilmLinc.com.

Maddin last directed “Mundo Invisível” earlier this year — an anthology film following different stories around the theme of invisibility in the modern world.

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Fallen Winnipeg Fire Fighters Honoured at Memorial

By Brian Schultz

Several members of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg will be attending a special memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday in honour of their fallen colleagues.

The annual I.A.F.F Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial on September 11 honours men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty this year.

Three Winnipeg fire fighters will be honoured at the memorial, including Jim McDonald, Abe Neufeld and Alfred Papson. These three brave fire fighters died of occupational disease and gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Winnipeg.

This year’s memorial will honour 125 fire fighters from across North America.

U of M Students Ringing NASDAQ’s Closing Bell

Advertisement at night in Times Square, New York City, NY, USA

A select group of University of Manitoba students will get to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange later today — almost exactly one year to the day they last had the honour of doing so.

The university was invited to New York due to its reputation for launching enterprises based on business plans developed by its students. The most successful of these businesses is Toronto-based NovaDAQ Technologies.

NovaDAQ now trades on the TSX and was recently identified as one of the fastest growing technology firms in Canada.

Nygard in Legal War with the CBC

Winnipeg-based Nygard International is going after the CBC over coverage the network did of a recent grand opening of one its stores in New York.

The fashion designer recently wanted to raise its profile in the United States and opened up a location in Manhattan. For the grand opening, only a select few media outlets were invited to shoot the event, which was done carefully to protect the image of the Nygard brand. A media agreement had to be signed before any cameras were let in. This is where things turn ugly.

A correspondent for the CBC — Winnipegger David Common — showed up to the event with a cameraman ready to shoot. According to designer Peter Nygard, in an article in the New York Times, the CBC was not invited and did not sign the media agreement when asked.

Nygard said Common was found to be attempting to fasten an electronic listening device to the podium — most likely a lavalier microphone. Both Common and his cameraman were thrown out of the store, but not before returning a short time later with a Canadian flag draped over the camera. Nice touch, boys.

Nygard has filed a lawsuit and wants compensation for unspecified damages, costs and for the CBC to hand over its recordings.

They should have gone undercover and filmed the event with a Flip Camera like the other attendees.

Timmies Goes Digital in NYC

Timmies Goes Digital in NYC

By Tyler Sutherland

Tim Hortons - New York City

You’re not in the bizarro world if you don’t recognize the menu boards, it’s just Tim Hortons’ New York City location. Blogger Dave Haynes pointed out the digital boards in the popular Canadian coffee chain’s outlet at Penn Station, which appear to be video.

After doing a bit more research into these new menu displays, head office can apparently change the menus at all of its locations at once without having to get on-site staff to do it.

As far as we know, Winnipeg doesn’t have these menus yet, although there are video screens in several locations throughout the city that display specials and promotions.

Can I get some more pixels with that double-double?

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