Friday, October 30, 2009
Since my last 'for sale' post in early September I see that Winnipeg's mysterious, self proclaimed 'best burger restaurant' is still up for grabs !
If you have a sweet tooth, the Baskin and Robbins franchise in Portage Place is for sale ! If you prefer a bit more spice in your life perhaps Spice World on Main Street would be more to your liking ?!
Their former store at 640 Ellice Avenue has sold. JS moved recently to a new location further up Ellice to the 1700 block. I blogged about JS a while back when in a Uniter article about the West End retailers the store manager told them: “I’ve been working here for 11 years and I have never seen a worse neighbourhood. You can talk till you’re blue in the face, it’s not going to change the atmosphere here”. Well, the 1700 block of Ellice is probably a better place for you, then. Enjoy your new neighbourhood.
It will be interesting to see who moves in. I don't know the square footage but you can see from the Googles that's it's a lot larger than your average neighbourhood shop.
Calling All Hoteliers:
For the more adventurous types, the Sutherland Hotel is on the market. For $685k you can get a place to live, a brand new job with amenities such as karaoke, a full bar and restaurant that would beat anything that a suburban rec room could offer. Beat THAT for true live, work, play SKY Condominiums !
If you want to ease into the business in more peaceful surroundings check out the Southgate Hotel in Onanole or maybe this $1.2m Bed and Breakfast mansion in Elie - no karaoke set up at the latter, though.
Fit for a Princess:
For a cool $2m you can get yourself the former Penthouse Furniture Building on Princess.
If that's a bit too rich, for about a tenth of that you can score the storefront space at the Miller & Richardson Warehouse at 121-123 Princess (chunk a or chunk b). This is one of those nondescript, hidden buildings that I love. Often referred to as the Western Elevator Building for the sign still on the south side, it's recently been converted into condos "123 Princess Lofts" (see FreeP story). Here's a 1998 write-up of it's history from the City's Historic Buildings Committee.
Beautiful place of the week: Dauphin's old Post Office (also former town hall). The ad in the Winnipeg Real Estate News is a little misleading. it says this fabulous 10,000 sq ft place is for sale at $99k. Though, when you check the realtor's listing, it's advertising a $249k main floor condo. I assume the $99k will get you a wee room in the attic. Still, a beautiful place in a town with some incredible old buildings (check out the historic walking tour brochure (pdf): this place is building is #5.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The tree was said to have been planted around 1860 by Mary Ann Good, the daughter of landowners along the Assiniboine River. As the city grew up around it the tree found itself in the intersection of Wolseley Avenue near Basswood Place.
The earliest mention I can find is from a May 17, 1938 Manitoba Free Press story calling it "...the venerable old elm tree in the middle of the street which has provoked either furious indignation or appreciative delight from passing motorists."
For many the tree came to symbolize more than just a right-of-way issue. One Tribune story from 1942 said that to supporters it was a final, symbolic remnant of the open land that was once there. Some felt it was emblematic of "man's victory over bureaucracy". In the New Years Eve 1958 edition of The Free Press it was referred to as "Winnipeg's famed symbol of non-conformity."
Over the decades the city made a number of attempts to have it removed and it was attacked by vandals on a number of occasions. In 1957 the city stated firmly that the tree would have to go, citing traffic safety.
Teams of residents took to blockading or even chaining themselves to the elm. Most famously a band of a dozen women received international media attention for their fight when LIFE magazine did a story on the elm in October 1957.
A truce of sorts was called in late 1957 when Mayor Juba came down on the side the women, citing public safety concerns from a possible confrontation.At at around 4 a.m. on October 31, 1957, residents for blocks around awoke to the sound of explosions. Streetlights were blown out, a hydro pole lay in the street and the Wolseley Elm was almost split in two. Bore holes in the base suggested that dynamite or other type of explosive charge was used.
The section not felled by the explosion was already badly damaged due to a chainsaw attack earlier in the summer. With the healthy section gone, the tree stood no chance of survival. In 1960 an official death certificate was issued and the remains were removed.
The Wolseley Elm would have been 150 years old this year.
Wolseley Elm Photo Gallery - Wpg Trib Archives
The Tale of the Wolseley Elm - Wpg Time Machine
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It's actually not a bad read in a travelogue, day-in-the life sort of way. He's not letting any state secrets or NAFTA negotiating tactics away.
Unlike blogs from some other political officials I've stumbled across in the past: a) it gets updated; b) it doesn't sound like a 23 year old staffer ghost-writes it; c) it doesn't sound like it's been drafted by a committee of communications consultants.
Jacobson's digital regime also includes a folksy flickr page and a Facebook page.
I wonder if Ambassador Doer will embrace anything like that while he's in office ?!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"The first day of H1N1 vaccination clinics across Winnipeg and most of Manitoba drew lineups nearly three hours long at some locations. There were reports Monday of some people getting frustrated with the wait in Winnipeg and walking away."Their main reports from the city were from the two shopping mall locations: Grant Park and Portage Place. Yeah, those would be busy locations. Did you try any others ?
I called two people I knew who were high risk and were going to get the shot today. Both went, not to malls, but to community clinics and both reported no problems getting in and out. One went to Holy Eucharist Parish Hall on Monroe. She reports that "It was great and quite fast and staff were very organized and friendly".
Choosing what would be the absolute busiest locations and reporting to people who might want / need the shots to basically not bother - you might not even get in, is pretty piss-poor. Scoot the CBC vans, (remember, the new CBC News is all about pace !), and you may have been able to report that steering clear of malls and hospitals to get your shots could get you in and out without hassles.
- Clinic locations in Manitoba
- Clinic locations is Winnipeg (mapped)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Some random thoughts:
- Manitoba revamped the "Flu in Manitoba" website to include a 'q and a' about the vaccination and a 2009 fu clinic schedule.
- Thankfully, the H1N1 virus is returning to us looking and acting much the same as when it left, which doesn't always happen with influenza. As it hasn't mutated and remains rather weak we can take lessons learned from southern jurisdictions and apply them here. (See this week's EuroSurveillance for a number of country / region-specific reports - a summary article is here, the reports are linked on the right-hand side).
- The biggest challenge will likely be treatment capacity. Research, including a large study headed by the U of M, shows that while the number of people who get severely ill was small, those that DO crash fast and hard. This resulted in the need for an immediate ICU bed and mechanical respirator, something not usually associated with treating the flu.
The Australian study found that ICU's were caught by surprise at how ill people got. Nationally, ICU admissions increased between 10 and 20% due to H1N1 infections during the peak weeks of their flu season. That's a lot of extra capacity needed to have waiting around manned, equipped and ready to go.
Given that a large percentage of our cases could be in remote locations this will pose logistical challenges as well.
- A Winnipeg Sun editorial today lambasted MKO's Grand Chief David Harper for comments hinting that some aboriginals likely won't get vaccinated, wary of the shot and more comfortable with traditional methods of warding off disease. I assume that the editorial is in response to this Canadian Press article. If that's the case, The Sun is crapping a bit hard on Harper. He appears to merely stating what 'the buzz' that's out there - if you look at polls such as this, most Canadians down south aren't too taken on the vaccine either.
In a CBC story from Friday Harper seemed to be with the program.
I'm not sure if beating up on a Chief who seems to "get it" in terms of the need to get set-up for vaccinations, though perhaps a little weak in the advocacy of it, just to generate some column inches of newsprint is any better than a chief beating up on the government just to generate some column inches of newsprint.
Local Group's National Flu Plan
H1N1 Daily Media
Saturday, October 24, 2009
at http://winnipegtime.blogspot.com/, slapped a bunch of ads all over it and then, in a master stroke of time and brain-power savings, has proceeded to copy and paste word-for-word and picture-by-picture posts by Winnipeg bloggers.
I haven't scrolled through the hundreds of posts that have been skimmed dating from last Tuesday right back to 2007. In August alone, though, I found over 200 of my posts from This Was Winnipeg, Downtown Places and Dumplings.
I have also noticed dozens of posts from places like Siamandas' Winnipeg Time Machine (sample 1, sample 2), Winnipeg Love or Hate (sample 1 sample 2) and a lot of the news posts look like they may be from Chris.D. There are many I do not immediately recognize the source of, including many images.
If you blog about Winnipeg you may want to check it out. Google has an online form that you can complain about poaching to.
The creation of a Veteran's Week poster goes back to 1982 - you can see the full series here.
If you want one for display you can order them, and other Canada Remembers materials on-line through this Veterans Affairs order form. They also have them in various sizes at the local VAC office, 5th floor of CityPlace.
I see, too, that there is a Canada Remembers facebook page this year.
Friday, October 23, 2009
CBC Newsworld will be rechristened 'CBC News Network' with new graphics and set. The flagship program, The National, relaunches with a new set, features and an 'erect Peter', (Mansbridge, of course, standing instead of behind a desk).
Behind the scenes, the on-line, radio and tv newsrooms at the national level have all been amalgamated into one unit.
The CBC has, to put it in CBC-talk, 're-imagined' all of their news programs and there are some interesting things to watch out for:
Some regional news will return to the night schedule. A ten minute local newscast will follow the new erect Peter National.
I noticed earlier this year that the lovely Amanda Lang, a U of M architect grad, had been wooed over from BNN. With her comes SqueezePlay co-host Kevin O'Leary. They made an entertaining duo over at BNN and should make CBCNN's business coverage a little more interesting with the Lang & O'Leary Exchange (weekdays at 4:30 p.m).
CBCNN's political beat has done away with former Don 'thanks for dumping my broad-caaast' Newman vehicle Politics and the BBC News simulcast in favour of a new show hosted by Evan Solomon, formerly of CBC Sunday. Power & Politics (5 p.m weekdays) will feature a cast of characters including Kady O'Malley, formerly of The Hill Times and Maclean's.
Mark Kelley, the National's former Correspondent for Nothing in Particular, gets a show called Connect which is going to 'involve' the public using new media such as Twitter, Skype, Facebook and I'm sure a few other social media apps that I have not yet heard of. Not sure about this one - I've yet to see a news segment or show featuring new media that doesn't come across as boring and awkward.
press for exploding pizza
Changes to National as CBC Unveils New Look - CBC
CBC Newsworld Gets New Name - CBC
Sweeping Changes at CBC - Media in Canada
CBC News Reveals New Look - National Post
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It's called 'Think Big-Buy Local'. A reminder in these tough times to support the little business person down the street.
'Chicken Jerk' is one of a number of posters being rolled out.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Glen Murray is expected to announce in the coming days that he will be a candidate in the November 2010 Toronto mayoral election.
Aside from his campaigny-feeling facebook page, Murray now Twits with the moniker Glen4TO. Heck, he even has a personal trainer to help get him into performance mode, (note to potential future pols: GOOD idea !).
Murray, City Councillor from 1990 to 1998 and Winnipeg Mayor from 1998 to 2004, has seen his fortunes improve greatly in the past few days thanks, of all things, to the eHealth Monster that has been taking a Godzilla-like stroll through Ontario's politicos.
So, that's one high profile candidate likely out.
Between the two men they were expected to suck up much of the media spotlight, fundraising opportunities and key political operatives around the GTA. If Smitherman bows out that would leave Tory, who has decades of Ontario political experience - aka: baggage, as the only Goliath in the race, leaving it to the media to choose a David.
Of sitting council members, the only person to officially sign up for the race is Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti. Coun. Karen Stintz announced today she would not be running. Counc. Shelley Carroll is still mulling it over.
Stay tuned !
**UPDATE: Murray to Run for MPP**
An historical aside....Winnipeg has had its own "serial mayor."
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Something cool announced this week: on November 1st, 2009 National Geographic is releasing a 6 DVD set of it's ENTIRE archive going back to October 1888 !! It's technically a re-release as NG did something similar in 1997 but backed down to enter into a legal battle over the rights of a publisher to publish free-lance work.
On a related note, her are some digital archives that I sometimes dig into. The full list can be found on the sidebar of my history blog.
Virtual Heritage Winnipeg
Winnipeg Tribune Archives
Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
Peel's Prairie Provinces
Library and Archives Canada
Smithsonian Online Collections
Library of Congress Image Collection
UNESCO World Digital Library
Monday, October 19, 2009
Copyright Gods forgive me, this page is from the Winnipeg Free Press Archives October 9, 1980. It's a great one page summary of the key issues and how council voted (granted this was a summary for election purposes it could also be used for single meetings).
Despite on-line newspapers, up-to-the-minute updates, live Twittering etc. this old-fashioned chart is great coverage of meetings past.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The original McPhillips St. (Pumping) Station c unknown & 2008
Ellice and Balmoral Looking South 1950 & 2008
Friday, October 16, 2009
It has advice, templates and other resources aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses (less than 500 employees) develop plans in case the flu gets worse as winter comes. Part of the program is a national tour of cities and webinar series coming over the next month or so.
If H1N1 does pick up steam I'd be interested to see how sick leave policies will work and whether businesses, or governments, step up to the plate about them. The PHAC rule of thumb is that if you are sick, stay home until your symptoms clear up
which can be from 2 to 7 days. Hmmmm.....
I certainly don't want someone sick serving me, especially if I am in a vulnerable state like in a hospital or similar setting. Still, I cannot imagine many people taking that sort of time off. For people in many hourly jobs, say at a restaurant or retail, three days off means three days no pay. Even for those with generous sick leave policies a lot of people will try to work through an illness or come back to work while still showing symptoms.
A CROP poll released yesterday found that nearly 25% of Quebécois would show up at work even if they knowingly were sick with the H1N1 virus. That's not going to do much to help contain things.
PHAC's "Business & H1N1" page.
HR: Prepare your business, staff for H1N1 concerns
Winnipeg Free Press Oct 10, 2009
Retailers and many other businesses are also providing hand sanitizers at every counter while facility managers have placed special hand sanitizer modules in front of their elevators.
Swine flu raises questions about sick leave policies
CBC News September 25, 2009
Smaller businesses that can't afford to pay employees to take time off when they are sick are struggling with what to do if a second wave of swine flu hits this fall.
Biggest pandemic worry for business: absenteeism
CIDRAP News Sep 25, 2009
Business officials who attended a conference this week on how the business world can cope with the H1N1 influenza pandemic said employee absenteeism was far and away their leading concern
Business panelists stress practicality to slow flu spread
CIDRAP 23 September 2009
To mask or not to mask, hand washing versus hand sanitizers, how long to stay away from the workplace if sick with novel H1N1 influenza, tips for travel—these were some of the issues addressed in a panel discussion yesterday during a business preparedness summit in Minneapolis.
Crossing fingers won't lick H1N1
Winnipeg Sun 22 September 2009
One business owner I talked to recently told me that the company's plan to deal with any potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus and the impact it may have on the business is to simply cross their fingers and hope for the best.
Survey: U.K. businesses see flu risk but have planning gaps
Financial Times Sep 21, 2009
A survey of 400 companies by the British law firm DLA Piper revealed that about half of them believe they are at high or very high risk for disruptions caused by the next wave of pandemic flu. About 80% said they were reviewing their continuity plans, but only slightly more than half had communicated the strategies to employees, customers, or suppliers.
Monday, October 12, 2009
The largest study is that from a team of scientists led by the U of M's Dr. Anand Kumar. They monitored 168 critically ill H1N1 patients and found that, though the average patient age was 32, the fatality rate was 17% indicating that young people appear to be most at-risk to the H1N1 virus.
The U of M study appears to back up the smaller, related studies also published today:
58 critically ill patients; median age 44; fatality rate 41%.
Australia / N.Z. Study:
68 critically ill patients; median age 34; fatality rate 21%.
The research found that access to mechanical respirators is key as patients' respiratory systems appear to become quickly overwhelmed once they reach the point of serious illness.
Kumar says that the results are not cause to panic, as reported by HealthDay News:
- Critically Ill Patients With 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) Infection in Canada
JAMA Oct 12, 2009
- Young Canadians Most At-Risk
Toronto Star Oct 12, 2009
- Sickest swine flu patients require heroic measures
Reuters Oct 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Steven Yablonski, 23, worked at the downtown Pizza Hut and performed as Kerri O'Kee.
I went by the site today and I just can't imagine the scene that night. My condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
- Aquarius Bath Home Page
- 457 Notre Dame Map
- 2 Die in 'Suspicious' Bathhouse Fire CBC
Yablonksi Remembered at Vigil - Xtra, Oct. 13, 2009
AQ: No Alarms or Recent Inspections - CBC Oct. 14, 2009
Bathhouse Owner: Possible Hate Crime - WFP Oct. 14, 2009
Bathhouse Owner 'Sick' Over Fire - CBC Oct. 14, 2009
Second Victim Named - CBC Oct. 14 (Robert Clark, 62, of Saskatchewan).
Yablonski Laid to Rest - WFP Oct. 20, 2009
Bathhouse Fire a Homicide Investigation - WFP Oct. 21, 2009
Manslaughter charges laid in bathhouse fire - CBC Oct 28, 2009
Charged Man Named in Bathhouse Fire - WFP Oct 30, 2009
Details of Second Victim Emerge - WFP Nov 4, 2009
Co-ed' night at scene of fatal fire recalled - WFP Nov 5, 2009
April 2010: Renovations continue at 457 Notre Dame. Apparently part of the building is, however, open for business.