Reading Harry Potter in a new light during the coronavirus pandemic

Reading Harry Potter in a new light during the coronavirus pandemicBy Andrew Deman Professor of English, University of Waterloo This has not been the best year for the Harry Potter franchise, assailed as it has been by the fallout from transphobic comments by J.K. Rowling and an abuse scandal surrounding Johnny Depp, star of the Fantastic Beasts spin-off franchise. Of course, this hasn’t been the…

Ag recycling pilot program moves ahead

Ag recycling pilot program moves aheadFarmers and other stakeholders invited to comment on Manitoba plan to transition to permanent ag plastic waste recycling MOOSE JAW, SK, Dec. 16, 2020 /CNW/ - A pilot project in Manitoba that collects and recycles plastic agricultural waste such as grain bags and baler twine is set to transition to a permanent, province-wide, industry-funded ag…

Library programming defies pandemic boredom

Library programming defies pandemic boredomBooks may not be flying off the shelf at a normal pace at the Portage la Prairie Regional Library due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but pages in its interactive programming continue to turn. "Why not while away the winter days with reading?,” suggests library Programming Coordinator Ashley Nelson. “Pick up a reading challenge at the…

It’s time for Canada to address environmental racism

It’s time for Canada to address environmental racismBy David Suzuki In Canada, we’re quick to favourably compare ourselves to our southern neighbours. COVID-19 caseloads may be at an all-time high here, but the U.S. situation is even more dire. Canada hasn’t managed to curb carbon emissions, but the U.S. abandoned emission reduction targets when it pulled out of the Paris Agreement. We…

WSO’s Holiday Celebration concert now a free live stream

WSO’s Holiday Celebration concert now a free live streamThis year, more than ever, we all need a little bit more festive cheer to get into the spirit of the holidays. Thanks to the support of Manitoba Hydro, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Tour sponsor, and Manitoba Arts Council, we are pleased to offer you a live stream presentation of the WSO’s Holiday Celebration…

Kids write letters to God

Kids write letters to GodI asked children to write a letter to God about what Christmas means to them as part of the Kids’ Christmas Art Contest. Here are excerpts of their letters: “Dear God: Every Christmas Day, I always get up first. I look to see if the cookies are gone. One time, I saw a footprint. We…

Portage MCC reopening

Portage MCC reopeningIn light of reduced public health restrictions for thrift shops starting Dec. 12, Portage MCC Thrift Shop will reopen with some limitations and safe practices in place. “We are thankful that we will again be able to serve our community by accepting donations and providing access to quality donated goods at affordable prices,” says Portage…

Heinz's 570-piece, all ketchup-red puzzle is the perfect gift to help Canadians slow down together this holiday season Just in time for the holidays, Heinz is re-releasing a limited run of its infamously slow Heinz Ketchup Puzzle -- the gift that keeps on giving and giving, and giving. With 570 identical pieces, all in Heinz…
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