Friday, October 30, 2009

Black Women and their Hair
Chris Rock took some of their secrets out of the closet and for many black women it was not funny. He simply went too far.

BBC NEWS Africa The good, bad and ugly hair days
President Barack Obama appears to be taking family violence as enough reason to grant asylym to a woman who is terrorized by her partner called husband.

U.S. May Be Open to Asylum for Spouse Abuse -
October 30, 2009


In Toronto today, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson, acting minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs, wrapped up meetings with his federal and provincial counterparts, as well as leaders of five national Aboriginal organizations, with a unanimous commitment to pursue a co-ordinated national effort against the exploitation of Aboriginal women.

“The national tragedy of our stolen sisters knows no provincial boundaries and urgently requires a national strategy,” said Robinson. “I am pleased my colleagues from coast to coast to coast have agreed with me by adding this issue to the agenda of the next meeting of our working group in April 2010.”

In addition, ministers and leaders agreed to concentrate on the priority areas of Aboriginal education, skills training and economic development at future meetings.

“My predecessor, the late Oscar Lathlin, firmly believed that education and training are the key to future prosperity of Aboriginal people,” said Robinson. “I couldn’t agree more, and this commitment from our national, provincial and Aboriginal partners sends a strong message that these issues so vital to the economic growth of our province require the attention of all levels of government.”

This week was the first time in four years representatives of all senior levels of government and national Aboriginal organizations have met to set priorities.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 29, 2009


– – –Province Asks Ottawa to Reform Justice Inefficiencies, Simplify Process for Police to Obtain Warrants Attorney General Dave Chomiak urged the federal government today to take a leadership role in co‑ordinating national efforts to end the tragedy of missing and murdered women.

“In Manitoba, the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service have created an integrated task force to review all outstanding cases and have also stepped up measures to quickly find women who are reported missing,” said Chomiak, who is attending a conference of federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers in Fredericton this week.

“This issue goes beyond the boundaries of Manitoba. It is a national scourge that requires a national effort to solve these horrendous crimes and save lives,” Chomiak said.

The minister also called on Ottawa to reform the Criminal Code to remove inefficiencies that hinder criminal investigations. At present, the code often requires police to make multiple applications before different judicial officers when applying for wiretaps, search warrants and surveillance orders.

“This inefficient process requires police and judicial officials to duplicate their work and can lead to delays in investigations, increased risk of security leaks and the possibility of inconsistent decisions,” Chomiak said. “We urge the federal government to amend the Criminal Code to allow all warrant applications arising from a police investigation to be brought before one judge in a single application.”

While at the Fredericton conference, Chomiak and other justice ministers are sharing information on crime-fighting initiatives and justice reforms. Among the key measures under examination are priorities identified by the western provinces to combat organized crime.

This follows on fruitful meetings of western ministers of justice in September and March of this year, Chomiak said.

“Organized gangs are behind much of the crime we see on the streets of our cities,” the minister said. “By working together on co-ordinated approaches we improve our ability to make all Canadians safer.”
Addressing Blights in Human Rights - The Daily Californian

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Language of Smiles - Olivia Judson Blog -

I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read. Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here's the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.. 'I had a heart attack about 10 :30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up. A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry, grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water. That hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable.

You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m. After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasiming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR)... This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzlingabout what was happening -- we've all read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack! I lowered the footrest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead.

I thought to myself, If this IS a heart attack , I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else ...on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment. I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics.. told her Ithought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, if so, to unbolt the door then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.I unlocked the door, laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness. I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way. I briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery. 'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home. My Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents. 'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.' 1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It's better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be! 2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an Aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.. Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later. 3.. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MI's are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 12:25 AM

The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water hasthe same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warmsalt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
The Africa They Never Show You.

So many people have misconceptions about Africa and what it looks like. This beautiful video which is worth watching if you want to see what Africa's cities look like. Enjoy this photo journey and share it with those who need to know that the real Africa is not all jungle, famine, sickness and war. Click on this video link below:

YouTube - (My Love & Pride) The Africa They Never Show You.

Response to video by Winnipegger:

Much resspect to you Frank. But........let me address a few buts. But we Africans are aware of all this, so this is preaching to the Knowledgeable, But many other people may also know of this and choose to ignore it. But their intent may be to keep the majority in ignorance to perpetuare their deception on the majority. But they still wish to keep us characterized as primitive, uncivilized animals, who need their leadership to emerge to co-exist with them. Maybe they are right; because all we have demonstrated here is the ability to MIMIC them....adopting their style and content. We should be forging our own path. Don't forget we built the Pyramids, Developed Agriculture and Animal we are seen as Nothing but Followers and Neo-colonialists. What do YOU think. In Love and Unity R

Congratulations to all Award Recipients who were recognized by Premier Greg Selinger

October 27, 2009



Winners of this year’s Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards are leaders in making meaningful contributions to improve the quality of life for older Manitobans, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for seniors, said today at a Seniors and Elders Month event recognizing award recipients.

“These awards winners know there is no greater calling than to serve Manitobans and there is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well,” said Irvin-Ross. “Today I am honoured to provide well‑earned recognition to those who have made Manitoba a more age-friendly province.”

“This is a wonderful celebration of seniors and their contribution to the well-being of communities throughout Manitoba,” said Jean-Yves Rochon, chair of the Manitoba Council on Aging, during the presentation of the awards.

The 2009 recipients are:
· Loreen Amann of Austin, for her active involvement with the Austin and Area Leisure Club as a participant, coach, key fundraiser and a board member;
· Shirley Johnston of Winnipeg, who served as the first president of St. Boniface Hospital Retirees Association;
· Josie Lucidi of Winnipeg, a founding member and vice-president of the board of directors of both the Villa Cabrini and Villa Nova seniors residences;
· Ellen Rawlings of Glenboro, an active volunteer with organizations such as the Glenboro Personal Care Home, Meals on Wheels and the Glenboro centennial committee;
· Joyce Rose of Stonewall, a founding member of the South Interlake Seniors Resource Council;
· Flora Zaharia of Winnipeg, a highly regarded member of the Aboriginal community and a respected elder;
· Patricia Corbin of Stonewall, who currently serves as chair of the South Interlake Seniors Council board; and
· Jane Kilpatrick of Winnipeg, who has served on the board of directors for Age and Opportunity since 1999 and as board chair from 2006 to 2009.

The 2009 Murray Smith Award went to Sophie Kolt of Winnipeg, an active member of Partners Seeking Solutions with Seniors since its inception in 2001. The award was established in honour of the late Murray Smith, former chair of the Manitoba Council on Aging. Smith was a prominent educator and an active volunteer and advocate for seniors. The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional skills in the areas of advocacy, volunteerism and policy influence.

In addition to the award winners, honourable mention certificates were presented to Jake Froese, Bert Johnson, Henry Sawatzky, Gordon Young, Sadie Leepart, Millie McLuckie, Theresa Nault, Vernice Sheppard and Virginia Tate.

Manitoba has developed the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative to support seniors in leading active, socially engaged and independent lives that contribute to healthy aging. The provincial initiative works together with communities to enhance many initiatives and services that benefit seniors and support the health, independence and well-being of all Manitoba seniors.

The Manitoba Council on Aging was established in 1980 as an advisory body to the minister responsible for seniors. The awards were established in 1996 to recognize extraordinary individuals for their exemplary efforts on behalf of seniors and to pay tribute to the seniors who continue to contribute to their communities.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Check out this interactive website and get involved in the program. It's so cool.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Manitobans are lining up for their shots
HINI Flu - Big Decision to be made by each individual

I am wavering whether to take the flu shot or not. My co-worker advises that I should because my job exposes me to the public. I am never in favour of taking something that is not absolutely necessary and I have an innate belief that the body should be allowed to fight off a virus as much as possible so that it can develop its own immunity to the bugger for later on.

This could be foolhardy. The fact is that I am not within the high risk category. I am not very old or young but sitting comfortably in the middle somewhere. I have a few weeks to think deeply about it.

Those people who have compromised immunity I would strongly encourage to take it because your body just do not have the same capacity as the rest of us. Those within the risk category should take it, I think. It is the prudent thing to do.
I have to say this - the media and pharmaceutical companies got us over a barrel with all kinds of fears about the disease. I am always skeptical when this happens because someone benefits - in this case, the pharmaceutical industry and big business. Do you know how much money will be going into the coffers of pharmaceutical companies having people all over the world taking their vaccines for fear of contracting it and dying. I think the public never really knows how bad it is - if one or two person dies - good Lord a pandemic is upon us and everyone goes helter skelter. What can I say I am a born skeptic. I hope you have an easier time making a decision. According to reports, many Manitobans have no second thoughts about it they just do what their doctors tell them to do like obedient children.

Left to right: Dave Angus, Bill Morrissey, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Robb Denomme, CEO Genuwine Cellars, Andrew Swan, Manitoba Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade and Vic Toews, President of Treasury Board announce $280,000 in Economic Partnership funding for Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Project “Selling Winnipeg to The World”.

October 26, 2009

Youth taking part in leadership and citizenship volunteer activities that promote healthy living are encouraged to apply for youth leadership scholarship awards and the Premier’s Healthy Living Award, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“Volunteer activities give students an excellent opportunity to develop skills while supporting their schools and communities. These scholarships in turn help to inspire young leaders to stay involved and help their communities grow and prosper,” Selinger said.

The Youth Leadership Scholarship Program recognizes Grade 12 students who have volunteered in activities that promote healthy living in their communities and schools. Two hundred scholarships of $500 each are available for students graduating from Grade 12 during the 2009-10 school year. Scholarships must be used toward post-secondary studies at recognized post-secondary institutions.

This is the fourth year the scholarships have been offered and, to date, 504 scholarships have been awarded.

The premier noted students who apply for a Youth Leadership Scholarship will automatically be considered for the Premier’s Healthy Living Award, a medal presented each year to a Manitoba youth who has shown leadership in healthy living.

“We are letting our young leaders know their efforts to promote healthy living are valuable and greatly appreciated,” said Selinger. “I want to encourage students to submit an application for the chance to be recognized for all their hard work.”

Applications are due by March 26. Complete eligibility requirements and application forms for the scholarship program and award are available at:

Friday, October 23, 2009

October 23, 2009

Following a detailed review, the Crown has brought homicide proceedings against Kyle Unger to an end and he has been acquitted of all charges related to the murder of Brigitte Grenier.

“The process that was followed was recommended after the Driskell Inquiry,” said Attorney General Dave Chomiak. “The Crown brought the case to court and called no evidence, bringing it to a conclusion.”

A re-investigation by the RCMP using today’s scientific expertise and current prosecutorial standards led the Crown to conclude Unger should not be retried. Hair evidence at the trial, which was scientifically accepted at the time, has been disproved by DNA testing and the jailhouse informant used at the time would not be asked to testify using today’s standards.

The province has determined that no further inquiry is needed.

“The causes of wrongful convictions have been exhaustively explored in two recent Manitoba inquires into cases of about the same vintage. We also have the benefit of inquiries in other provinces into these issues. Together, they have resulted in substantial changes in the way evidence is now gathered, weighed, disclosed and presented in court,” said Chomiak.

Based on external legal advice, compensation in this case was deemed to be inappropriate as it was Unger’s confession to undercover officers that caused the charges to proceed to trial and conviction.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tales from the Underworld and Other Stories Thursday, November 12Grant Park in Prairie Ink RestaurantGather at 7:30 pmReading at 8:00 pm

This is a unique and fascinating collection of real life stories and anecdotes – some funny, some tragic, some bizarre. Included are chapters about a legendary judge and criminal lawyer, the mysterious murder of a Winnipeg heiress in Florida, and a fatal duel in a blizzard in Northern Manitoba – as well as anecdotes on the often humorous,and sometimes testy relationship betweenjudges and lawyers, and lawyers and their clients.

Roland Penner was Chairperson of Manitoba's new legal aid system, former Attorney-General and Minister for Constitutional Affairs. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba 1989 to 1994 , and for his accomplishments - was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000. He is also the author of an award-winning memoir, A Glowing Dream (2007).

Norm Larsen practised law for 30 years in Winnipeg, starting with Zuken, Penner and Larsen, then with Legal Aid Manitoba as its first staff lawyer, and finally with Manitoba Justice as a legislative drafter. He retired in 2000.

Message from Manitoba's new Premier, Mr. Greg Selinger

Anywhere you go in our province, you will see why Manitobans are understandably proud of where they live. Our unique mixture of people, culture, history, arts and nature is a source of inspiration and energy.The warmth of our people and the community spirit that nurtures our cultural diversity helped build Manitoba’s reputation as a welcoming society - small enough to remember its roots and large enough to realize its potential on the world stage.Propelled by an unmistakable spirit of innovation and possibility, Manitoba businesses are capitalizing on our highly skilled workforce, untapped renewable energy potential, dynamic economy and low Hydro electric rates to reach their fullest potential.In Manitoba, we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy many natural wonders, from abundant, captivating cottage country to world-famous ecotourism vacation spots.I invite you to explore this website and discover our spirited energy for yourself. This excellent overview of Manitoba is rich in valuable information about the many programs and services that give us great momentum - our people, our industry, our province. Enjoy!
Greg Selinger Premier
Congratulations Mr. Premier, I have many friends who are pleased with this appointment because there are many immigrant women in Manitoba who have worked with Mr. Selinger and were taught by him in their Social Work Program at University of Manitoba.
I am sure that expectations will be high. I hope that Mr. Selinger do a little bit more to help organizations that promote multiculturalism and diversity rather than focusing on cultural silos.
As a province with more diversity than most, it is paramount that the cultures come together in unity in cross-cultural and intercultural activities. This should always be the priority of Canada so that we can break down barriers for good. I think we have done a great job breaking down barriers between immigrants and the mainstream but we have to put equal vigor in breaking down barriers within and between ethnic groups.
Thank you and may your reign be successful.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nancy Allan, Minister of Labour and Immigration and responsible for the Status of Women with Judge Susan V. Devine (retired) keynote speaker at Manitoba's celebration of Women's History Month.
October 21, 2009


In honour of Women’s History Month, the province paid tribute today to the women judges of the provincial court of Manitoba, celebrating their achievement and dedication to justice and equality. Women now make up 50 per cent of the provincial court judges.

“The passion and dedication of these women is undeniable,” said Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan, minister responsible for the status of women. “They are outstanding role models who will inspire young girls and women to lead the way in their professions and their communities.”

The keynote speaker at this year’s event was retired judge Susan V. Devine who, in 1988, became one of the first women appointed to the position of provincial court judge. Devine was recently awarded the 2009 Cecilia I. Johnstone Award from the Canadian Bar Association for her work to advance women in the legal profession. Devine spoke about her personal challenges, experiences and successes in her career.

“Having a woman in the ultimate decision-making role in the courtroom not only reflects the diversity of our society, it also sends a powerful message of equality to all who enter her courtroom,” said Devine. “Manitoba can justifiably take pride in reaching this equality milestone and in the exceptional group of women who now constitute one half of the provincial court of Manitoba.”

Allan noted the 20 women judges of the provincial court bench represent one of the highest percentages of women judges at any court level in the country. She also extended congratulations to Judge Janice le Maistre who was recently appointed associate chief judge, a position formerly held by Judge Mary Kate Harvie.

Women’s History Month is held nationally each year in October to celebrate the advances and contributions of women in all aspects of Canadian society.

The Legislature was packed with people mostly women. It was a day of celebration to learn that Manitoba leads the way in Canada when it comes to appointment of women judges. The food was not so shabby and was served in a hygiene conscious fashion so as to avoid being contaminated by people's hands. This is a far and progressive cry from the way food used to be served where everyone dug their little hands on the food, touching and leaving food they did not want.