Category Archives: Winnipeg

Self-reliance and the Helping Hand

Someone asked me recently if my books were linked by a common trait and for a moment I found the question daunting. Then I leapt at the one attribute that they all possess, from my long poem to academic work … Continue reading

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Hostile Architecture 2

I have commented before on hostile architecture in Winnipeg, but now that I have collected a few more examples, I thought I would share what we walk by every day and ignore. Perhaps our own privilege blinds us. For if … Continue reading

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Living in Cities and Hiding in a Box

Increasingly we gather in cities. All around the globe the movement is toward the urban areas, and here in the west, just outside the principal urban areas, into the suburbs. The glitz and excitement of the city is not experienced … Continue reading

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Hostile Architecture

I recently read an article about hostile architecture and began to wonder about my own city. I’d noticed the trend before in Winnipeg but foolishly, although I should have known better, I hadn’t viewed it as a movement. As our … Continue reading

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Back in Winnipeg—Again

I was hoping to attend a few meetings this summer but they are scheduled strangely. The May meeting was midmonth, the June one on the 20th, and the July one on the 27th. Instead I used the time in Winnipeg … Continue reading

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The Righting of a Hollow Tree

I had a dream a few nights ago that I was standing before a huge fallen tree, some sixteen metres in width and hollow, with a bemused expression on my face. In my dream I was wondering how I could … Continue reading

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The Gutting of the Community

Osborne Village was once a thriving community, but now the edges are being nibbled by big box stores and franchises. Of the coffee shops at the corner of Osborne and River none are locally owned and operated. That is a … Continue reading

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Marching Against Bill C-51

I don’t think it’s a secret that Canada is shifting into something other than what most of us expected. We always touted Canada as a country that was less warlike than the US, the neighbour we most like to compare … Continue reading

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Introduction to my book about Winnipeg

In the Aboriginal storytelling tradition, which is more than applicable to stories about Winnipeg, your right to tell a story is important. You cannot merely claim, as those from the European tradition do, “I read this in a book”. You … Continue reading

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The Stories of Winnipeg

I am working on a collection of my stories about Winnipeg and this is the description of the text: the stories of Winnipeg are as varied as the city is itself. Caught in the middle of the continent by the … Continue reading

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