October 24, 2018 is municipal election day in Manitoba. Across our province, residents will be able to have their say on who will lead their community into the future by choosing their mayor, reeve, councillors and school board trustees. For those of you who think sitting out on municipal elections is no big deal or assuming they are less important and...

Do you think it’s different this time?

The sky last week in Winnipeg was surprisingly eerie and a bit reminiscent of some of the sci-fi doomsday thrillers of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  It has been a long hot summer across the...

Featured Article: Economiser oui, s’amalgamer non

Great to be involved with our Francophone community in the Winnipeg Metro Region! This article speaks to the development of JohnQ Public - a arms-length regional development corporation that focuses on service delivery to...
Finding ways to work together, increase connectivity to communities while maximizing the use of tax dollars is on the agenda for many local governments across the globe. Improving access to high speed Internet is critical to increasing our competitiveness. Initiatives such as these are not only economic drivers, they also improve quality of life in our communities by supporting...

Supporting Local Farmers Never Tasted So Good!

With summer in full swing in Manitoba, it’s a great opportunity to check out the wide variety of local fruits and vegetables available. According to Peak of the Market, Manitoba produces over 120 varieties...

Festivals add life to our community and to our economy.

With another June long behind us, we have now officially entered Manitoba’s festival season. Across our province and the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, cities and towns are preparing to host festivals and events that showcase...
Sometime Facts Don’t Matter You can’t seem to turn on the television these days without hearing about the trade troubles between Canada and the United States. The steady ground we once held with one of our largest trading partners seems to be shifting a little each day.  Last week the United States announced that it would be imposing of 25% tariff...

Avoiding Solo Cities

Avoiding Solo Cities: The benefits of tackling problems as a unified metro region, is an excellent article from the Chicago Forum on Global Cities where a panel of experts talked about the ability of...
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What can we learn from disasters of the past…

A new report Aftershocks: Remodeling the Past for a Resilient Future released by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) takes a good look at various disasters from the past and explores the...
With summer just around the corner lawnmowers and garden tools are getting dusted off and yardwork is on my to-do list. As I’m looking over my brown, patchy lawn, I wonder how it will make it through the summer heat. Going online there are plenty of suggestions for lawn care, but one in particular catches my eye…..clover lawns. If you...
Active Transportation

Active Transportation – Good for Our Environment and Good for Our Health

Active transportation is most often regarded as a way to do our part in reducing our GHG emissions. But what is often left out of the dialogue is that active transportation options - getting...
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The “whiteout” may be gone, but Winnipeg has changed for the better

Oh the ups and the downs……….. Following the Winnipeg Jets over the last few weeks has been quite an emotional rollercoaster, and although this long awaited and thoroughly enjoyable ride has ended, it has left...
  Workforce development drives economic development, and the make-up of the workforce is changing with more workers choosing self-employment as free lancers and solopreneurs. Business leaders and governments better figure out how to respond effectively. Solopreneurs are simply business owners who work and run their business alone.  Using this definition, about a third of the American workforce comprising freelancers and consultants,...
April Showers - Creative Resolutions

Where are the April Showers?

Across Manitoba spring seeding has begun, but unlike other years, where we have to keep an eye on the potential of spring flooding, this year the province is in the midst of an unprecedented...
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Sports:  The Power To Unite Pride and Progress

Some call sports the universal language with the power to unite people from different backgrounds, beliefs or political affiliations, and in the divided world we sometimes find ourselves in, this universal language may be...
Today, Canada joins other countries in supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In doing so, Canada reaffirms its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples at home and abroad. The Government of Canada would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal men and women who played an important role in the development of this...

Reconciliation

This spring, I was privileged to participate in a historic gathering of Indigenous and Municipal leaders. Chiefs, Mayors, and Reeves from southern and central Manitoba met to build new relationships and to begin to...

Speech: Intervention from the floor on the 10th anniversary of the United Nations declaration...

United Nations Headquarters, General Assembly Hall New York, New York April 25, 2017 As Delivered Distinguished guests and colleagues, I'm honoured to be here on the traditional territory of the Lenape people and all the indigenous people who...
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The ties that bind

The ties that bind us… there are a variety of ways we are connected as individuals and as communities.  We have emotional connections, spiritual connections and physical connections. Each day many of us go...
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