Manitoba Waives entry fee for provincial parks in February

Assiniboine Park.      Photo by Von Louie Cruz

Feel free to head to any of Manitoba’s provincial parks anytime in February, the provincial government is offering free entry to parks for the entire month.


“Winter is a wondrous time to visit our provincial parks,” Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox said.

“Our parks offer countless opportunities to take part in winter activities or to simply enjoy the splendor of nature in a beautiful snowy setting. We encourage everyone to take a moment this winter to get outside and enjoy a walk in the park or blaze a trail with skis or snowshoes.”

Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park, but SnoPasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks

There are groomed trails in 12 provincial parks across the province for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking. Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills while fat biking is welcome at Birds Hill Provincial Park on the Oak Ridge Mountain Bike Trail.

Source: Winnipeg Sun: Manitoba offers free February park entry, retrieved February 1, 2017.


Canadians’ Favorite Contest is Back!!!

At exactly 150 days until Canada’s  150th birthday, Tim Hortons, the country’s coffee giant officially brings back Canada’s favorite contest –  RRRoll Up the Rim to Win.

In a press release, Sami Siddiqui, Tim Hortons Canada’s President announced that this year’s RRRoll Up the Rim to Win will be bigger than ever.

Sami Siddiqui:

“The return of Canada’s favourite contest is our way of kicking off the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and be sure to stay tuned, because it’s just the beginning.”


Those who purchase coffee or other hot beverages at participating locations will have the chance to win one of more than 49 million prizes. Prizes this year includes 40 grand prizes of the new 2017 Honda Civic Coupe EX-T, as well as 150 55″ LG 4K UHD Smart TVs, 100 $5,000 CIBC prepaid cards, 24,000 $100 TimCards and millions coffee and food prizes.

Guests can once again also win with RRRoll Up at Home. From February 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017, guests who purchase Tim Hortons at-home coffee products including single serve products, canisters and bags of coffee as well as the bottled Iced Capp®, can take a photo of their receipt, upload it to, and register for a chance to win one of 10,000 prizes.

The contest will run for six weeks, starting February 1st until March 15th, or while cup supplies last. Prizes may be claimed until May 4, 2017.

The “Winning” RIM TABS for the Prizes will be distributed by  Region, as set out below.


Contest rules, odds of winning and prizing information can be found at participating Tim Hortons Restaurants or at

Winnipeg is Officially a Winter City

It’s official, Winnipeg is now an official winter city! Winnipeg can now own “Winterpeg.”

In a ceremony held at the Assiniboine River on January 30, 2017, the City of Winnipeg and Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) officially announced that Winnipeg is now an accredited member-city of the World Winter Cities Association for Mayors (WWCAM). The association is network of 20 northern cities worldwide dedicated to promoting winter technologies and experiences.

Mayor Brian Bowman:

“Everyone knows that Winnipeg is famous for our cold weather… Today I’m excited to announce that we are making our frosty reputation official.”

Winnipeggers need not to defend the fact that our city is a cold barren place, this city is now recognized as a place to embrace during the frigid and snowy season.

Winnipeg has been embracing winter in fun ways for years, efforts have been made to promote Winnipeg’s winter identity. The city is known for places that highlight winter attractions like The Forks and the Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo and Fort Whyte Alive.   Aside from that, Winnipeggers and a lot of people outside the city look forward to the annual celebration of Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival.

Photo by Von Louie Cruz

Because of the very cold climate in Winnipeg, the city is home to GE Aviation Engine Testing, Research and Development Centre, New Flyer Industries’ manufacturing plant that test its electric buses in cold weather, Red River College’s imminent Motive Lab, and the new MTS Data Centre, where cold weather reduces their cooling costs.

From both a recreation and economic perspective, Winnipeggers are increasingly embracing their winter-city reality with open arms, open minds and open wallets,” said Dayna Spiring, president and CEO of EDW in a statement. “We want to do more to capitalize on these Winnipeg strengths by connecting local ingenuity with like-minded external markets on the lookout for better strategies to address winter living. Becoming an accredited WWCAM member positions Winnipeg on a higher level as a smart city ready to share its know-how and elevates its appeal as a place that owns winter unlike anywhere else in the world.”

Other countries that belong to the World Winter Cities Association for Mayors are Edmonton, Anchorage, Alaska, Rovaniemi, Finland and Sapporo, Japan.

Source:  CBC News Manitoba – Embracing Winterpeg: City joins global group to promote winterretrieved January 30, 2017

HMV Canada Set to Close Stores

HMV Canada Inc., a music chain company that first opened in Canada in 1986 is set to close its stores nationwide.  According to reports because of the rise of the digital  music and video streaming and the continuous shift of  customers with the use of media,  the company was badly affected and was continuously losing especially in North America, thus, HMV Canada has been experiencing hard times in recent years.

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Reports indicated that  HUK 10 Ltd., which lent money to HMV, filed the application to put the chain into receivership to the Ontario Superior Court on January 26 (Thursday) and was approved on January 27 (Friday). A sworn affidavit submitted by HUK 10 director Christopher Emmott  claimed  that HMV owes almost $39 million and has received no cash payments since November 2014.  To continue operations, HMV would requite an “immediate cash injection” of $2 million and then $5 million of additional cash injections every year after that, the affidavit added.

According to the sale guidelines issued Ontario Superior Court of Justice after approving the application to place HMV Canada Inc. into receivership, HMV stores must cease operations and its stores by April 30.


Source: Toronto Star:  HMV in receivership, stores to close by Apr. 30

Alerts issued by Environment Canada

Blowing Snow Advisory:
Issued at 07:34 Thursday 12 January 2017

Poor visibility locally near zero in snow and blowing snow is expected or occurring.

A fast moving cold front has swept across southern Saskatchewan overnight and southern Manitoba early this morning. Light snow and blowing snow will reduce visibilities to near zero in open areas for a few hours with the passage of this front as northwest winds gust as high as 90 km/h. Temperatures will drop back to minus 30 or colder behind the front with wind chills entering the extreme category. Visibilities will improve later this morning in southeast Saskatchewan and Westman. Improvement will be seen over the Red River Valley this afternoon as winds diminish.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Road closures are possible.

jan12 2017 extreme cold warning

Extreme Cold Warning:
Issued at 04:16 Thursday 12 January 2017

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

A fast moving cold front produced light snow and blowing snow as it swept across southern Saskatchewan overnight and will do the same over southern Manitoba this morning. Behind the cold front, more extreme wind chills in the -40 to -45 range are expected as temperatures drop. Extreme wind chills redeveloped overnight in Saskatchewan and will redevelop throughout the day in Manitoba as the cold air deepens. Conditions will begin to moderate over western Saskatchewan Thursday night.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Source:  The Weather Network: Alerts in Effect – Winnipeg, MB


Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass


As part of an initiative brought in by the Liberal government to make parks accessible to Canadians, Catherine McKenna, the minister of the environment and climate change, who’s responsible for overseeing Canada’s parks, had the plan laid out in her ministerial mandate letter. The letter indicated that admission for all visitors to National Parks free in 2017, which is the 150th anniversary of Confederation of Canada is free and that beginning in 2018 the admission for children under 18 is free while any adult who became a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months will be provided one year’s free admission.


For all of 2017 this pass gives you unlimited opportunities to enjoy National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across the country!

To get a Discovery Pass for your group or family, please visit Parks Canada Passes and Permits.

Validity Period: January 1st 2017 to December 31st 2017.

This pass is only accepted at national historic sites which are operated by Parks Canada.

Source: CBC News: Parks Canada to waive entrance fees in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th, retrieved December 30, 2016.

Kevin and Cindy Lamoureux will hold immigration workshop in the Philippines

Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament (MP) for Winnipeg North and his daughter Cindy Lamoureux Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (MLA) for the riding of Burrows left for India and Philippines on December 20th to have discussions on why Manitoba is a great place to live.

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Image courtesy of Twitter: @CindyLamoureux

As of this writing Kevin and Cindy are still in India and will be in the Philippines in December 29, 2016.

Kevin Lamoureux Group Pic in an EventBoth Kevin and Cindy have been very active in advocating immigrant rights. Kevin will be the first MP that will come to mind of most people in Winnipeg when it comes to advocating immigrants’ right. He is well loved and supported by local Filipino community. On the other hand, Cindy rightly deserves praise for her efforts as well, like her father, she has been very active in advocating increased immigration and fairer application of the Immigration Act, she is very vocal against the recent government plan to charge a $500 fee to people who have been approved to come to Manitoba under the provincial nominee program.

This father and daughter tandem will hold an immigration workshop at Mabuhay Manor Hotel on December 29 at 7:00pm. The venue address is 2933 F.B. Harrison corner Ortigas Streets, Pasay City, Philippines.

The worksop will focus on explaining the different ways on how people can come to Canada giving emphasis on the Provincial Nominee Program, working, student and visit visa.There is no cost to attend this workshop, however, everyone is encouraged to register. If you would like to register your friends or your family, please call 204-984-1765.

They will be in the Philippines until after New Year and will also be visiting Cavite, San Mateo (Rizal), Malolos (Bulacan) and Guimba (Nueva Ecija).