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Recent articles by Ben:

Exhibition tells story of evolution through creatures that roamed South America and Africa millions of years ago

Dr. Graham Young is about six-foot-four. He’s a fairly tall man, but he looks utterly puny standing next to the femur of the Futalognkosaurus, a long-named creature with long legs to match. → Read More

Canadian Museum for Human Rights makes public washrooms gender-inclusive spaces

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is making all its washrooms into inclusive spaces that anyone can use, regardless of their gender identity. On Monday morning, tradespeople removed the signage with the familiar “male” or “female” icons from each of the Winnipeg institution’s 18 public bathrooms, replacing them with signage depicting icons of the amenities inside — toilets, urinals and change… → Read More

A slow trek through history

One Friday afternoon in May, a man named Terry Doerksen crossed Highway 8. That’s not much of a story. Let’s try it again: One Friday afternoon in May, a man named Terry Doerksen crossed Highway 8 in a wooden cart pulled by a Shorthorn ox named Zeke. → Read More

New real estate group head ready to take reins

The Manitoba Real Estate Association has appointed a new president for the 2022-2023 term: Steinbach-area realtor Julie Friesen. Friesen, the manager broker at Delta Real Estate Steinbach, takes the reins from outgoing president Stewart Elston, and said her primary goals are the same as his were, namely to continue pushing the organization toward accomplishing its long-term goals. → Read More

Outstanding in his field

There are 57 keys dangling from Don Ferguson’s hand and he knows what each of them unlocks. These are for storage. → Read More

Venerable spots hit Winnipeg market

Winnipeg’s commercial real estate sector is always busy. Here is a brief round-up of interesting listings in the city. → Read More

Adaptation of Lewis Carroll classic about embracing life's weirdness

Winnipeg’s Brady Barrientos is not quite a teen and not quite an adult. He’s a little bit of both. → Read More

Custom-painted boards raffled off to provide skateboarding gear, lessons to kids

In September 2020, one of Matt Cline’s middle school students walked into the classroom, and the teacher asked the kid how his summer was. “I asked him if he skated a bunch and he shook his head,” recalls Cline, 27. “It turns out his skateboard got stolen and he couldn’t afford to buy new gear. → Read More

Jamboree’s slow, steady path back to the stage

It will be a long-awaited celebration for Jamboree Thursday night when the Winnipeg indie trio finally gets to release its album Life in the Dome to the world in the way they intended: at a concert filled with people losing and finding themselves in the music. → Read More

The art of a new normal

One of the first assignments a fine art student at the University of Manitoba completes is a self-portrait. It’s a straight-forward job, at least at first glance, but peel back the layers of it: these artists — still developing their approaches and only beginning to become the people and creators they want to become — are told to show their teachers and classmates not just what they look like,… → Read More

New housing project offers health-care workers a place to hang their hats near hospital

When Dr. Hossein Kashefi was a resident at Health Sciences Centre a decade ago, he was also a resident of a very outdated, very small apartment a few blocks away. The unit was not much, but the building it was in still had a lengthy waitlist of medical professionals. → Read More

Building a sense of belonging

Last spring, the Noble Court Apartments on Alfred Avenue were in shambles. The North End block’s windows were cracked, brick walls were spattered with graffiti, and there was evidence everywhere of a fire that nearly destroyed the building a half-decade earlier. → Read More

Winnipeg painter’s first-hand experience with conflict colours his new exhibition

A mother cradles her infant as bombs fall behind her. Her eyes are closed as the baby sleeps in her arms. → Read More

Downtown building once headquarters of prominent architecture firm is for sale

A downtown office building designed by one of the most prominent architecture firms in Winnipeg’s history is up for sale. Located at 222 Osborne St. N., the former headquarters of Green Blankstein Russell and Associates — which designed dozens of buildings in Winnipeg, including the current city hall, the former Winnipeg International Airport, the Manitoba Museum and Planetarium, the Wildwood… → Read More

Jacob Maydanyk’s artwork resonates as Ukraine’s history of invasion and suffering repeats

Jacob Maydanyk was never exactly like the others, no matter who the others were. If the Winnipeg Anglo-Saxon elite saw him at all, it was as a Ukrainian, nothing more. → Read More

Playwright’s tense one-person show aims to take viewers’ breath away

When a bomb goes off, a knife is brandished or a gun is fired, blood is often shed and things always fall apart. In the aftermath come the ambulances, the police, the crowds of civilians hoping desperately to find out what happened, who was hurt, or worse, who was killed. → Read More

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #141 searching for a new home after building sold

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch building on Selkirk Avenue has been sold, with members citing dwindling membership and rising maintenance costs as reasons for the change in ownership. → Read More

Province tabs funds for RWB campus plan

Premier Heather Stefanson went to the ballet Wednesday afternoon — announcing $7.5 million in provincial funding toward the expansion and modernization of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s downtown campus. → Read More

Shops of Kildonan Mile project will also include luxury lodgings

Local developer Shindico aims to begin work by next spring on the Shops of Kildonan Mile, a project featuring over 500,000 square feet of luxury apartments and over three million square feet of retail space. The company touts the development as the “first substantial retail growth in over a decade” at the node of Regent Avenue and Lagimodiere Boulevard. → Read More

A Manitoba family turns a 90-year-old barn into a Prairie hockey oasis

HAMIOTA — The puck glides into the corner, and Sam and Matt Rawlings chase it. At seven years old, Sam is bigger and a lot faster than his five-year-old brother, but the little boy is determined. → Read More