Saturday, December 05, 2015


Friday, November 27, 2015

Global Eyes Magazine December 2015

Bright side of Syrian Refugee Influx in Manitoba and Canada

There are not going to be a burden for long. It is a known fact that Syrian  people are industrious and hardworking. Soon they will be paying taxes, through their settlement and integration jobs will be opened for ESL teachers, settlement workers, school teachers and it might spark more housing development.  Yeah and we can look forward to some great Syrian cuisines around town.  This is great fellow Canadians.
   We may worry for the odd ISIS follower who might escape notice and enter the country but that is one compared to the thousands who are honest, peaceful, intelligent people. Let us give them a chance.

Canadian Falun Gong's follower barred from China

It is  a sad day when one cannot belong to an  organization that promotes truth, compassion, peace, justice, tolerance and all the good stuff that makes life sweet.  To bar a person from entering a country for no other reason but religious or political belief is a human rights violation.  Will China be allowed to get away with this.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Get your applications in


University of Toronto Undergraduate Scholarships for African Students.

Deadline: 10 December 2015.

The University of Toronto is inviting application for the undergraduate scholarship program for African students. The award is open to students who are residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan Africa country. Applicants must be a first-time applicant to the University of Toronto who has not yet begun university study elsewhere.

Scholarship Award:

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship equivalent to the costs of attaining a Bachelor’s degree, including travel, tuition, textbooks, housing, food and living expenses. You will also receive financial, academic, social and post-graduation support which will enable you to gain the experiences and skills you need to succeed.


Applicants must:

  • Be a resident and a graduating high school student of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Demonstrate financial need correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of your country
  • Have very strong academic results within your school system
  • Have a record of leadership and extracurricular involvement
  • Maintain a strong desire to return to Africa to assist and work towards enhanced regional socioeconomic development
  • Be graduating from a recognized secondary school, or have completed the necessary academic requirements
  • Fulfill the necessary English requirements (dependent on country)

For additional information, please visit the official webpage HERE

Deadline: 4:44pm on Thursday December 10th, 2015


Tuesday, November 10, 2015


November 10, 2015

Premier Greg Selinger and Deanne Crothers, special envoy for military affairs, today officially opened a Hall of Honour in the Legislative Building by unveiling a complete listing of all First World War (the Great War) regiments that were based out of Manitoba and announced the Legislative Building will introduce a daily ceremony for the ‘turning of the pages’ for the Books of Remembrance.

The Books of Remembrance have, until recently, always been housed in the Manitoba Room, located on the second floor of the Legislative Building, but were largely inaccessible to the general public.  The Hall of Honour, located in the southwest corridor on the main floor of the building also displays plaques honouring various military regiments and will now feature a complete listing of Manitoba regiments that served Canada in the First World War.

“It is important the public has access to this material to serve as reminder that we should never forget the courage and sacrifice that has been made on our behalf so that we might live in the greatest, freest nation in the world,” said Premier Selinger.

“The ceremony to turn the pages for our five Books of Remembrance will be done each day at exactly 11 a.m., each day of the year,” said Minister Crothers.  “The books honour casualties of war from the Boer War, the Great War, the Second World War, the Korean War and the Merchant Navy.”

In making today’s announcement, the premier also said the government is planning additions to the Hall of Honour to include dedications to Lt.-Col. William ‘Billy’ Barker of Dauphin, the most decorated serviceman in Canadian history, and Sgt. Tommy Prince of Winnipeg, Canada’s most decorated First Nation’s soldier.

The Hall of Honour will be accessible to the public during all regular operating hours of the Legislative Building from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Folklorama - Caribbean Pavillion -

It's party-time tonight.

Join Femfest 2015 - Hear Her Roar

FemFest 2015: Hear Her Roar Sarasvati Productions
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W, 400 Colony Street)
Femfest is a week-long festival of women playwrights, for everyone!
Visiting artists from around the country and local talent present stories celebrating female voices..
There will be plays, workshops and musical cabarets performances at the Asper Centre.
Tickets: Platinum Pass (3 Shows) - $25
Festival Pass ( Entire Show) - $50
Skill development Workshops - $15
A $2.50 processing fee will be added to on-line purchases
Tickets/info: (204) 586-2236, or

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Multiculturalism Day In Winnipeg

I attended three events this Multiculturalism Day.  NICCOM event at St. Mary's Avenue was fun and exciting. There were several multicultural performances from various communities including the Chile, First Nations, Ukranians, African and the Chinese. There was also food and drinks served free of charge. What a treat.
I also attended the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties Multiculturalism Day celebration at the Cube (The Old Market Place).  This event was pretty much rained out but stuck it out and was blessed with perfect weather later in the afternoon. I enjoyed some folk-festival type of music by some awesome local musicians, had some poutine from across the street and enjoy the beautiful evening until around 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday the Jamaican Cultural Centre had their celebration Jamaican style.  People showed up. There was food for sale, cultural entertainment including renditions of Ms Lou Bennett, who made creole respectable in the Caribbean, the maypole and just good time gaffing with people you did not see for some time.
Multiculturalism Day was fantastic.  Here are some pictures of the day

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Edition - GEM - Global Eyes Magazine

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Manitobans for Human Rights

Have you heard of this group?  This is a new group formed to push the human rights agenda in Manitoba.  We're not doing too well being named as the most racist province and the province with the highest child poverty rate ah ah, tsh tsh.

Val Thompson is the woman at the helm of this organization and she is working really hard to get the message out.

On Thursday June 4, the inaugural steering Committee was officially installed. It is composed of a group of eclectic people and they are looking for more interested people, so if you are interested get involved and let us work to make Winnipeg the Human Rights Capital in Canada  We can do it. Remember we were the first province where women (Caucasian) got the right to vote, Manitoba has the most protections against human rights but we must work harder to operationalize these rights.

The meeting was held at the Aboriginal Thunder bird House and there was a very uplifting, encouraging discussion and the first thing that the group felt that should be looked at is poverty. there are people falling through the t.  For example we were told that there are no shelters for people who are addicted, those people are routinely being turned away by shelters such as Siloam Mission , Salvation Army etc. and many die on the streets during the winter that we never hear about.

There were about 20 people in attendance. We need you to get involved.

A chance to be a child again

Women healing for Change an organization that has been around in Winnipeg for some time now organized a day of fun for women to explore their lives in a fun and exciting way.  Tracy Fehr Winnipeg Artist who just graduated with hr Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree after being a practicing artist for more than 20 years, led us through the morning session which began with a little meditation and a little dancing - loosening up things a bit. The she let us loose with fabric, paper, paints, threads and shiny stuff to the world of imagination and consciousness.
    It was really fun. There is a child in each of us dying to get out to play sometimes. Yeah, we don't have to be so serious and in our adult clothes all the time, it's okay for your little self to come up and play. Play we did.  At the end or the morning session we shared our process and it was quite a learning and interesting thing.  Women do carry a lot but once you we are open to sharing, the load gets lighter and you find out you are not alone.

Potluck followed and we were very creative in our eating too.  All the colours from the garden of Eden were there.  It was a feast among the group of about 15 women

Janet Carroll led us through a marbling workshop This was magical. It is an old craft which I believe started in the Middle east and was connected to calligraphy but Western artists have modified it a bit bit.  This was fun exciting and surprising.

Thanks to Gerry and Doreen who do a lot of the work in organizing these events for women. We appreciate you and your efforts. Thank you.  I'll post some pictures of what I did later, so watch fir that.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

What's up with Senators and MPs getting a wage hike!

The privileged Senators and MPs got a raise but where's the raise for the rest of us. Everything is going up except wages for the common person.  This does not appear to be right or just.  It is true they say those who have will get and those who don't get didly squat.

Racist Bullies

Winnipeg does have its share of ignorant people but the majority of Winnipeggers are caring  people who would not go out of their way to be mean to others and to do what the creator of the Facebook page that was set up to intentionally assault the dignity of our First Nations people.  Obviously the Creator of the page and those who liked that sort of them are those people who are suffering from the lack of love and self respect. One cannot give away what one does not have and in a way "pity the fools" for they need our compassion too.
   I stand by Winnipeg as being a culturally rich and dynamic city where people mingle freely and have a general spirit of camaraderie.  This does not mean that we do not have our problems but which city of town or village does not have problems with bigotry.  Let us build on our strengths rather than waste precious time with those who do not know better. Forgive them Lord.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Chance to move your body for a good cause

Arthritis anyone?.

Winnipeg is not the most racist city in Canada

Winnipeg is my hometown.  It;s the birthplace of Folklorama.  It`s one of the most diverse cities in the world. It represents true multiculturalism.  One cannot live in Winnipeg without being with other races, everyone is everywhere and I feel at home here.  I was not born here.  Yes, like everywhere else there are issues of bigotry, systematic racism and discrimination and sexism. It`s like Justice Sinclair said, these negative behaviours took a lot time to develop and it will take time to end but but unity and acceptance begin with each of us, start in our hearts. My advice is not to try to abolish these attitudes because by doing so you are giving energy to that which you are trying to change. Instead, start adopting positive behaviours and mindset towards each other.  Here are some things you can do
- go out of your way to speak to those you are afraid of
- smile at a random person who is different
- offer to volunteer with people you least know
- become friends with people who are different and go out to have coffee with them
You will find that the more positive qualities you develop the ones you do not want will naturally fall away. As the saying goes where attention goes energy flows.
I love Winnipeg.

It`s a miracle