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ver three years ago, U.S. tax expert Christa Walkden decided to make a career change into a demanding leadership position in public practice. Although she was excited about the opportunity MNP gave her, the married mother of two sons, ages four and six, and a 19-year-old stepson had seen other women leave public practice in the quest for work-life balance. Would she be able to juggle the demands of the job with family life and charitable work? Happily, Christa has discovered that career, family and giving back is possible, especially as firms like MNP embrace flexibility for team members in an effort to help people find the right balance. Christa, a Partner in MNP’s Winnipeg office in the U.S. Taxation Services practice, and the Regional International Tax Leader for the Prairies , became interested in U.S. taxation while in university in Minneapolis. Attracted to the combination of accounting and law, she started working with a national accounting firm in the U.S. where she formed the foundation of her knowledge and was exposed to a broad range of tax planning scenarios and clients. After four years, she transferred home to Winnipeg, and was able to continue her focus in U.S. and cross-border tax.

“When I first started at MNP, it was up to me to establish boundaries and to stick with those boundaries,” says Christa. “My colleagues and MNP were always a support for me if, for example, I needed to cut back on my hours temporarily.” Not that this dynamo isn’t capable of working long hours amidst other responsibilities. For the past four years, Christa has run the Winnipeg Police Services Half Marathon, which supports the Canadian Cancer Society. Each year, the run takes place on the first Sunday in May, putting it right in the heart of the tax specialist’s busy season. “As tax season is peaking, I also have to be peaking in my training, putting in a 12-to-13-mile run to be ready for the half marathon,” says Christa, who started taking part when a good friend’s son was diagnosed with leukemia. Committed to supporting cancer research, she has raised a total of $15,660 over four years, and was named top fundraiser for the event for the last two years. This year, Christa also takes on a new volunteer commitment. The Prairie Theatre Exchange, a 40-year-old local theatre and theatre school, invited her to sit on the board of directors. “I’m very excited about it,” says Christa, who has acting in a production on her bucket list. “When I was asked to be on the board I just jumped at the chance because I love what the theatre is doing for Winnipeg and I just have a general love for the theatre. I’m looking forward to being part of the ongoing endowment campaign.” While balancing career, family and community isn’t always easy, it’s worth it for Christa and she hopes other young female chartered accountants will consider staying in or moving into public practice.

Christa & Hayden, Winnipeg Police Services Half Marathon 2012

“You adjust as you go, finding out what works and what doesn’t,” she says. “MNP has accommodated me in terms of a flexible schedule so I can balance my work with my personal commitments and goals. It’s not without its challenges but it’s working”


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18 20 Courageous Crusader: Behind those dimples, Shahina Siddiqui is a force to be reckoned with


18 Cover

Courageous Crusader: Behind those dimples, Shahina Siddiqui is a force to be reckoned with

22 Community

It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA

24 Health

Like a Thief in the Night: Ovarian cancer has subtlety mastered

26 Ask the Expert

Beware the Caramel Apple Cheesecake


30 Fresh Idea 32 From the Cellar 33 Local Assets 34 Out to Lunch 37 Liquid Assets 38 From the Chef


9 Scene 10 We Love 12 Q&A


14 Fashion

42 Heat Your Space

23 Fitness

48 The Pink House

28 Pink Chatterbox

51 Chatterbox

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editor’s perspective

Winnipeg Fall 2012

The guide for living local


Fall 2012: Volume 13, Issue 3 Editor Alison Mintenko


hough I’ll miss the sweet, somewhat lazy days of summer, I long for the cool temperatures and beautiful colours that will soon settle upon us. Fall always makes me think of family perhaps due to Thanksgiving, maybe because routines are back in place and parents and children are working together like a well-oiled machine, or maybe just because it’s nice to cozy up on chilly nights - I’m not positive of the reason, but fall makes me content. This issue of Winnipeg Women is one that I find extremely inspirational. Our cover story, Shahina Siddiqui, helps bring awareness to the Muslim community in Winnipeg. Her attitude and sunny disposition almost seem unreal, but I assure you, she is one of the happiest women I’ve met, even in the face of the sometimes unhappy realities of her job. Our health section brings awareness to ovarian cancer, an article in DreamSpaces does the same for breast cancer, and our community piece on the YMCA/ YWCA shows what an incredible impact they have on the community that surrounds them. Serious topics, but encouraging all the same. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, having friends and family over for drinks, or maybe even just looking for a new jam recipe to turn that end of season fruit into something delicious, our Dish pages are there to help you. Of course, we want you to look and feel great while you’re doing all those things, so read our fitness piece on the TRX system and get inspired to work out, then flip to our fashion pages, featuring smart and sexy looks for fall. As you settle back into your routines this autumn, I hope you do it with a newfound inspiration to do great things. Happy fall!

CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Thomas, Ian McCausland, Holli Moncrieff, Susie Erjavec Parker, Randy Sawatsky, Kathryne Grisim, Wendy Novotny, Bernice R. Bowley, Rebeca Kuropatwa, Rob Thomas

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CTV’s Sports Enthusiast, Leah Hextall From small town to the big leagues, she fits in wherever she goes by Amanda Thomas


eah Hextall, a homegrown Manitoba girl, lives for the grit of sports and the glow of reporting. With the return of the Winnipeg Jets, Hextall has been able to combine her passion for reporting and NHL hockey, all the while being one of CTV’s most adored faces.

Q: How did you get started in broadcasting?

A: I went to university like anyone else right out of high school, and I hated what I was doing there because it wasn’t something I loved. My parents always said, “just do what you love, do something you’d do for free.” I had played sports all my life, and the other thing I’ve always done is a tremendous amount of public speaking and performing in plays so I just went and put those two things together. I went to Columbia Academy in Vancouver and got my broadcasting diploma. I was fortunate to land my first job before I had even graduated and it was back in my hometown of Brandon at CKX. I was one of the lucky ones that landed a gig, I look back now, and realize how fortunate I was.


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Q: What’s been your experience as a woman working in a stereotypically male setting? A: I’ve never looked at being a female in this job as a hindrance. You get a little bit of the old school mentality, but it’s generally a compliment because men will ask, “So do you write what you say? Do you actually know sports?” I guess that could be belittling in some way but I don’t take it like that. I just tell them that every word I say is researched and written by me and I really do have a love for sports. As for the guys I work with, I fit right in like one of them - they’re my guys and they all call me “Hex” or “Hexy.” Leah sounds foreign!

Q: How did your love of sports begin? A: We have three generations of NHL hockey players in our family. My Uncle Denny played, Ron Hextall is my cousin - the NHL goaltender, and my grandfather is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, so I was raised in a hockey family. Since I can remember I was sitting at the kitchen table listening to stories about the sport. For us that’s the thread of who we are;

we are a hockey family. I have such a passion and joy for watching it, and I really love covering it. As cheesy as it sounds - because I’m never going to put on skates and be a player in the NHL this is the way I can carry on my family’s tradition within the sport.

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Behind those dimples, Shahina Siddiqui is a force to be reckoned with

Courageous By Holli Moncrieff Photography by Ian McCausland


or Shahina Siddiqui, being the president of the Islamic Social Services Association is not a job— it’s a calling. She receives hate mail and death threats on a regular basis, but nothing has deterred her, even though she runs the association as a volunteer. A soft-spoken woman with a ready laugh and a quick wit, Shahina relies on her family and her faith to get her through the darkest days. “I don’t take those things seriously; I laugh it off. The message is always the same: ‘go back where you came from’,” she says. “Racism will always be with us, but I’m a person of faith and I have reason to be positive. The majority of people may be ill-informed, but not racist. Just because someone disagrees with me doesn’t make them racist.”


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While the association was founded 12 years ago to help Islamic communities access services and resolve issues, Shahina finds that a lot of her time is spent on education and outreach. “It’s an ongoing job. There are a lot of misunderstandings about Islamic law. Post 9-11, there was so much that needed to be done. There was a disconnect between Muslim Canadians and the public at large. War does horrible things to people—to take it as an example of normal Muslim society wouldn’t be fair,” she says. “We can whine and complain, or do something about it. For me, as a Muslim, it was not a choice. When you’re needed, you do what you can.” The most common misunderstandings Shahina struggles to correct are the role of Muslim women, how Muslims view democracy, and how they view other faiths.

While Shahina has held volunteer positions through all of her adult life, the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) keeps her busy full-time. On some days, she is interviewed by six or seven different reporters. On others, she arranges Muslim funerals.

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“In our faith, if you give 10 dollars, God makes it seem like you have given a hundred. It never lessens your time when you are doing human service. Sometimes I seem to have 72 hours in a day.” Personal tragedy led Shahina to found the association, which was originally developed with (45) other social service providers during a meeting in Washington, D.C. In 2003, ISSA split into two separate organizations to serve Muslims in Canada and the United States.

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“There is this perception that Muslim women don’t have minds of our own, or any rights, and all that nonsense. That we’re all repressed, repressed, and repressed—that we are these helpless creatures. We do have a brain under that scarf—we are free to choose,” she says. “There is very little accurate information available. It seems like freedom is attached to how much you wear.”

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“The association was my own personal commitment, having lost a child to a rare (medical) condition. I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I had. I saw how many services were lacking in the community,” she remembers. “You have to keep reminding yourself why you’re doing this—it’s not so anyone will say I’m great. People need to think of Muslims as any other human beings.” When it comes to the misunderstandings between Muslim and non-Muslim Canadians, Shahina believes that friendship is the answer. “Make a Muslim friend. We’re not angels—we have our share of crazies,” she laughs, “but I’d love for people to make friends from all over the world. It’s such an enlightening experience and it’s sad that we don’t expose ourselves to other cultures and making friends from other parts of the world. We’ve limited multiculturalism to festivals.” Shahina grew up in the south of Pakistan. She was living in New York with her husband in the early 1970s when a visit to her sister changed her life forever. “My sister lived in Brandon and she wanted to impress me because I was living in Manhattan, so she took me to Winnipeg. It was June, and it was so green—I thought it was beautiful,” she recalls. “I said to my husband, ‘This city has a soul. It’s where I want to be’.”

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Within a year, Shahina and her husband had immigrated to Winnipeg. Their parents and siblings eventually followed. She arrived in the city in 1976.

“I’m very blessed to be a 24-hour grandma—they have so much energy,” she says. “A hug from them and my bad days melt away.”

“It was March, and it was the blizzard of the century, as it always is. I’d never seen snow in my life and I thought it was so romantic. The romance hasn’t ended. I still love winter.”

A lot of the counseling conducted through ISSA is focused on family and pre-marital compatibility. The growing rate of divorce in the community is of deep concern.

Though she misses her friends and the ocean, Shahina can no longer stand the heat of her native Pakistan. “The last time I was there, I got heat stroke,” she chuckles. Much of her time is spent training counselors from all over the world, particularly in spiritual and marital counseling. She is also an avid freelance writer who has been published in newspapers and magazines. When she has time, she works on her book about marriage and family life, a subject she knows plenty about, she has been married for 38 years. Shahina and her husband live with their son, daughter-in-law, and two young grandsons, ages four and five.

“As tough as it is to be a parent of any religion, imagine being a Muslim parent when you have to tell your child there is no dating, no alcohol,” says Shahina. “We don’t have arranged marriages, but we have what you would call an old-fashioned culture. The parents get involved—it’s a marriage between two families, not just two individuals. In Winnipeg alone, there are Muslims from 54 different nations and countries—that’s a huge amount of diversity. Just because two people are Muslim doesn’t mean they’re compatible.” In her spare time, the 57-year-old escapes by reading romance novels and watching Law & Order. “Romance is my weakness because it

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doesn’t require attention. I do love TV—it relaxes me completely,” she says. “And I do a lot of baking.” She embraces her age in a way many women might envy. “This is a wonderful age. As women get into their fifties, there are no inhibitions. Women get stronger and more confident as they age…and men get weaker,” she jokes. Retirement is not on her horizon. When the going gets tough, Shahina will continue to keep the faith. “I’ve been blessed—my faith is very deep, thanks to my grandmother. But don’t get me wrong—I’m human. Sometimes I do want to run. People get so defensive when you talk about religion or faith— they think ‘are you trying to convert me? Are you trying to prophesize?’ People need to relax a bit and enjoy each other. I’ve learned so much from different faiths and cultures. I invite everyone to get out of their comfort zone—they will be rewarded immensely.”


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It’s Fun to

By Susie Erjavec Parker

Stay at the YMCA 125 years young, the YMCA-YMCA shows no signs of slowing down


or over 125 years, the YMCAYWCA of Winnipeg has provided thousands of children and adults with programs and services dedicated to personal growth and community development. In May 2013, Winnipeg’s downtown Y location will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. Although the Y is best known for its work with youth and promoting healthy living, the modern day Y also provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, philanthropic attitudes and a global perspective – many of the tools needed for value-based personal development. Marlene Beaudet, manager of community programs, shares how much of a positive impact the Y programs have in their neighbourhoods and schools. For instance, the North Y Youth Centre caters to school-age children from the afterschool hours until 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday. “We currently have 1,200 members of this program and the majority are 12 and under. We partner with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Splash Day Care, and


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Ma Mawi. This program really helps our communities shine.” The positive effects reverberate throughout the neighbourhood, too. Continues Beaudet,” A nearby store recently donated football tickets to the Centre. When the manager was asked why, he told us that since we had opened, the theft in his store had decreased and there was less graffiti and less garbage in the parking lot.” The Y also provides Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) for those who may not be able to financially participate in these enriching activities otherwise. ROC offerings range from piano lessons to babysitting courses to full sports. According to Beaudet, “We even have a program that can help supply a family with a bicycle so the parents and children can bike ride as a family. It’s hard to imagine how helping a family buy a bicycle can improve their quality of life— but we have seen the changes. It makes the families so happy.” Partly funded by the provincial department of Family Services, this is just one example of how the modern Y helps build better communities by investing in the children and their families. Beaudet adds, “The ROC program continues to make major changes in the lives of the young people and families that get the opportunity to be involved with us. One child has had the chance to dance and train with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a result of her continued effort to partake in the program. When the

RWB was screening for participants and noticed all the commitment and involvement this young lady had had with our program, they chose her because of her success and dedication. “ Another recent addition to the Y’s communities programs is called Alternative Suspension. Currently implemented in conjunction with Manitoba Schools Divisions, the program offers support for students aged 12 to 17 years old, who, for different reasons, are temporarily suspended from school. The program includes a supervised homework component to encourage the continuation of school duty despite not being physically allowed in the school during the suspension. The goal of this project is to decrease the number of repeated suspensions by offering young people an opportunity to transform the time they spend on suspension into a positive experience that promotes self-development and self-reliance, in an environment that encourages self-esteem, the acquisition of social skills and the promotion of self-respect as well as respect for others. As the 100th anniversary date gets closer, it is clear to see the Y continues to enrich the lives and communities of its supporters and partners on a daily basis. The history of the YMCA Winnipeg is the stories of countless volunteers, staff, and members who made, and continue to make, a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities through their leadership and service.



Suspension By Wendy Novotny


Simple and effective


t looks intimidating in its simplicity. A strap in bumblebee yellow and black… what is it and what do you do with it? Simply put, it’s a workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to help you perform exercises. When I was a new trainer I did a lot of residential personal training. Typically, clients didn’t have a ton of space nor equipment and while I strongly believe all movements should be functional and body weight exercises (squats, lunges, pushups, planks, burpees) are king, I’m not going to lie: there are only so many ways, patterns and workouts in which to do those exercises until things get stale. One of my biggest challenges was getting into the back and challenging the core. I’ve said it before: the core in a human body is like a chassis is to a car. If it’s not strong and bolted tight, things are going to rattle, and strength and performance will be hindered. I also think there’s only so much plank a person can do. Then there’s the back - often overstretched, yet weak. I started out with one TRX and now have three. I tote them around to client’s homes, use them in my studio, and bring them to my group fitness classes and my boot camp classes in the park. Often, I hook up the TRX to a door using the door stopper attachment (a word of caution here: make sure the door you’re using is sturdy!) and get clients to support themselves for back row, jump squats, pushups, lat roll outs and pike abs. Honestly, the options are endless. Even more so if you have a beam in which you can bolt in the TRX x-grip as the anchor point rather than a door. Then you have 360 degrees of options! If you think you need to be a seasoned fitness buff to gain value from the TRX

you’re wrong. If you are a beginner or recovering from an injury the TRX is a great way to ease yourself into certain exercises. The most common, basic and functional movement a person can perform is the squat. I love squats. I’m always in fierce pursuit of a beautiful squat. Think toddler playing. Straight back, feet shoulder width, shoulders pinned back and down, chest proud, great depth. I can hear you now, “I’m no toddler!” I know. The straps of the TRX can act as an aid ensuring perfect form. It gives clients the trust they need while the strength is being gained. It will be best to learn a squat well with assistance rather than with poor form resulting in strain. Once you’ve mastered the squat, you can advance to the single leg squat.

The anchor point of the TRX acts as a gauge of difficulty. The closer your feet are to the anchor point the longer the leverage you’ll have, the more body weight you’ll be pushing or pulling and therefore the more difficult the exercise can be. When I teach TRX classes some of the participants have their feet under the anchor point, others a foot away from it and there’s always someone doing it on one foot – the most difficult option. The TRX is a fantastic option for the traveller, the small space home gym user or a fan of the outdoors! I challenge you to get suspended! You can find more information on their website or ask me! FALL 2012



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Thief in the Night Ovarian cancer has mastered subtlety By Susie Erjavec Parker


espite the advances made in cancer screening and testing, there is still no screening test for ovarian cancer. And while with other cancers early diagnosis and treatment can reduce mortality rates, with ovarian cancer late diagnosis results in five year survival rates of less than 30 per cent. Currently, 17,000 Canadian women are living with ovarian cancer. The 11th annual Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope was held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 across Canada. Winnipeg’s Walk was held in Kildonan Park at Rainbow Stage. For the last eight years, sisters Cindy Sanchez, RN, BN, and Christa Slatnik, RN, BN, have chaired the organizing committee. As nurses they have the educational side they deal with in their work, but the Walk of Hope is a personal cause for them as well because their mother, Cheryl Pragnell, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 1998 and passed away from the disease in March of 2000.


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“We want to help save lives, and with ovarian cancer the only way to do that is to be aware of the subtle symptoms and be vigilant about reporting these symptoms to your doctor in the hopes of an early diagnosis before the cancer can spread,” explains Christa Slatnik. “In the first two stages of the cancer, survival rates can be as high as 91 per cent. Most cases are diagnosed when they are already in Stages 3 or 4. By then it is almost too late except in very few cases. Early detection is the lifesaver here.” Carol Carlson and her daughter Shannon, who was the family’s team captain for the Walk of Hope last year, have been walking every year since 2009. Carol recalls the day she was finally diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. In hindsight, Carol believes she was likely experiencing symptoms as much as two years prior to her formal diagnosis. Recalls Carol, “I didn’t even know what ovarian cancer was before June 2, 2009. I had no family history

FACT SHEET – OVARIAN CANCER • Ovarian cancer is Canada’s most fatal women’s cancer • 17,000 Canadian women are currently living with ovarian cancer • Ovarian cancer is overlooked and under diagnosed • There is no screening test for ovarian cancer and therefore late diagnosis results in 5 year survival rates of less than 30% • Common symptoms include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, feeling full quickly or difficulty eating, and urgent or frequent urination. If a woman experiences these repeatedly for more than a few weeks, Ovarian Cancer Canada urges her to contact a physician. • There is no vaccine or screening test for ovarian cancer. However, if you and your doctor determine that you may be at risk, or you have symptoms which persist for more than three weeks, ask about these diagnostic tests: - a pelvic exam - a transvaginal ultrasound - a CA-125 blood test (in combination with other diagnostic tests)

and thought I was doing everything right in terms of my health.” When she began to gain weight around her middle area and felt bloated she chalked it up to getting older. Even the back pain that crept into her daily life wasn’t alarming enough for her to think something could be seriously wrong. “Only when my back pain got to be debilitating was I convinced to go to the hospital. I was stunned to get the diagnosis.” She began a routine of treatments and today still lives with ovarian cancer. “The key to stopping ovarian cancer is education. There was no warning. This came out of nowhere. My goal is get the message out there that the subtle symptoms one may think mean nothing could, in fact, mean ovarian cancer. Learn the signs, promote early diagnosis and hopefully, save lives.” “We had more than 700 participants for last year’s walk and raised almost $100,000. We are so proud of our teams, captains, and volunteers,” says Slatnick. “This year it would be great to build upon those numbers and get even bigger.” To find out what was raised at this year’s walk, please visit

FACT SHEET Cont’d • The CA-125 blood test is not a test for ovarian cancer. It is a tumour marker and is best used in combination with a bimanual exam and ultrasound. CA125 is increased by many conditions including pregnancy, menstruation and endometriosis. Conversely, some women with early stage ovarian cancer can have CA-125 levels that appear normal. • It is important to know what reduces the risk of ovarian cancer:

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et’s make this clear. I am not suggesting that you should go around, willy-nilly, threatening to sue servers and restaurant owners (because we all despise people who do that, especially lawyers who do that, right?). However, someone who suffered an anaphylactic reaction to a piece of walnut in his apple caramel cheesecake did just that. In a decision released last summer, Brian Martin set one of the first Canadian legal precedents on the liability of a server and restaurant owner for failing to give an accurate answer to a patron’s inquiry about the presence of nuts in the food. Not surprisingly perhaps, he is an American. (Martin v Interbooks Ltd.)

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At a hotel restaurant in Saskatchewan in 2006, Martin consumed one bite of cheesecake and declared there were nuts in it. He asked the others in his party to locate a hospital while he retrieved his EpiPen. Three minutes after his arrival, he received epinephrine. Over the next four hours, he received many additional doses because he was not responding to it or to other medications aimed at reducing his reaction. He had the usual anaphylactic reactions, loss of consciousness for a period of time, and felt extreme anxiety and fear. He was released from hospital the next day. There was, as usual, some “he said, she said” in how the conversation between Martin and the server occurred. However, Martin had the benefit of having three other people at his table. The server’s evidence was uncertain and inconsistent. Based on the group’s recall, the judge found that the exchange occurred as follows: Martin asked the server whether there were nuts in the cheesecake he wanted to order. He said he was allergic to nuts and had had severe reactions to consuming nuts. The server said there were no nuts and when the cheesecake arrived, he took a bite.

It might surprise you but the judge did a detailed analysis of whether the server had “a duty of care” to Martin which could give rise to liability for his illness and damages. Generally, she only owed him a duty to ensure that no obvious condition of the food she brought to the table rendered it unfit for human consumption or dangerous. However, once the server received the specific information from Martin, her duty became more specific. She owed him a duty to serve him food that she knew did not contain nuts. She breached her standard of care to Martin by failing to make reasonable inquiries as to whether the cheesecake contained nuts. A member of Martin’s party went into the kitchen and retrieved the box from which the frozen cheesecake came. The list of ingredients indicated “nuts.” The court found that her breaches of duty and standard of care rendered her liable as having caused Martin’s anaphylactic reaction. The court also found that her advice to Martin was a negligent misrepresentation. Since the server was acting within the scope of her duties at the time, the restaurant owner was vicariously liable for her actions. This meant that Martin could recover his damages from either or both the server or the restaurant owner. The question of assessing Martin’s damages was a trickier matter. Martin claimed all sorts of ongoing effects from the incident including depression, anxiety, and an aggressive personality change. The expert medical evidence didn’t endorse these as being caused by this reaction, which was one of several similar reactions previously experienced by Martin. The judge did not come right out and say that he was exaggerating but instead, focused on the four or so hours where Martin was in acute distress, and awarded him general damages of $25,000.

Martin also tried to make a loss of income claim of over $1,000,000. The judge dismissed that aspect of his claim saying that he had not proven it. All of Martin’s other claims for special damages and out of pocket expenses were dismissed as well. This is why I don’t necessarily recommend litigating should some irresponsible person cause you or yours an anaphylactic reaction. After five years of legal wrangling, numerous appearances in Canada, and a lengthy trial, Martin received an award of general damages of $25,000. He had to pay his lawyers’ fees and related expenses including his expert doctors’ fees. While the server and restaurant owner were ordered to pay his tariff legal costs (they had liability insurance), that usually covers about 30 cents on the dollar of legal fees. After factoring in his own time and personal expenses, it is likely that Martin walked away with less than half of his general damage award. Depending on your perspective, a result like this may not be worth the aggravation. Conversely, I would advise servers and restaurant owners to be very careful about nut and other allergies. You have an obligation to be responsible. The server and owner in this case were dragged through the legal system, incurred personal expenses and were publicly found to be negligent. The consequences of a cavalier attitude can be severe for all involved.

Bernice R. Bowley is a senior partner at Fillmore Riley LLP. She can be reached at (204) 957 8353 or bbowley@

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True Support For the month of October, a portion of the proceeds of every bra sold at Sofia’s Boutique (836 St. Mary’s Road) will go to Cancer Care Manitoba in the area of breast cancer. Their bra is made of cotton and silk - no underwires, but designed to give optimal support. They carry sizes 30A - 42JJ. The bra is covered by most health care plans because it is an orthopedic bra that helps correct posture as well as helps the lymphatic system drain under the arms and in the bust area.

Pink Day Keeping Abreast ( will host a Winnipeg Blue Bombers “Pink Day” on October 13 at 12:00 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of pink Bombers merchandise at the football game will go to the Keeping Abreast Fund, in support of Breast Cancer Reconstruction Surgery Research & Education.

Peppertree Fashionistas During Breast Cancer Awareness month Peppertree Fashions is offering fashionistas a gift with any regular price clothing purchase when they donate a twoonie to the collection box. Not only will fashionistas look fabulous, they will feel great, too, for supporting this important cause. Peppertree Fashions will match donations!


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all harvest is in full swing and now’s the time to perfect your jamming abilities or to learn the tricks of the trade. People have been preserving, canning and making jams out of fresh produce for hundreds of years and it’s a healthy alternative that can also save money. There are so many types of jam and jelly that can be made by fruits found right in our own backyards. Apples, rhubarb and strawberries are among the most popular fruits in Manitoba. Once you have secured your fresh fruit there are a few simple steps to follow and you’ll be eating homemade jam in no time.

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5 cups

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1/2 cup

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Lime Juice

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No Sugar Pectin

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1 cup

• leave an inch of space at the top of the jar for settling room • sterilize, seal, and enjoy! If you don’t have access to fresh fruit, you can join organizations like Fruit Share. Fruit Share was formed in Winnipeg by Getty Stewart, author of Prairie Fruit Cookbook, in 2010. The organization has two sorts of volunteers, the pickers and the property providers. Property owners with a surplus of fruit on their land register online, then volunteer pickers go out and pick the unused fruit. The produce is then split in equal parts to the homeowner, the volunteer picker and a charitable organization like a food bank. Anyone interested in taking part in Fruit Share, as a picker or a provider, can visit where a registration form can be found. It’s time to start picking for the fall harvest and canning for winter! The Prairie Fruit Cookbook is also available online at and it’s the perfect guide for beginners interested in preserving and canning. TIP: Two techniques are required when canning fruits: sterilize the jars before use and process filled jars in a hot water bath.


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1. Wash berries. 2. Crush strawberries, one layer at a time with a potato masher. You’ll get approximately 3 cups of crushed fruit. 3. In a large pot combine strawberries, juice, Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and pectin. Mix until pectin is fully dissolved. 4. Stir and bring to a full boil, then add sugar. 5. Return to boil, and boil hard for 3 minutes. 6. To test for jam consistency, cool a small amount on a plate in the freezer, then let stand for a moment. If the jam is firm on the plate then the mixture is ready, if it runs on the plate cook for another 2 minutes. 7. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. 8. Pour into hot sterilized jam jars leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. 9. Wipe rim with cloth and seal with hot sealing lid. 10. Screw band on top tightly. 11. Process in hot bath water for 10 minutes. 12. Remove jars. Cool undisturbed jars for 24 hours and check seal.

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From the Cellar

Tofurkey, or not tofurkey? By Randy Sawatsky


hanksgiving is around the corner and wine bloggers, magazines and newspapers will start extolling their turkey wine pairing ideas. I usually don’t write about my wine pairing strategy that doesn’t revolve around some form of meat. But this year, I feel it is my duty to my vegetarian friends and family to post wine pairing ideas for Tofurkey…which also works quite well with the real thing.

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As its name suggests, tofurkey is best described as faux turkey. It is primarily made of tofu, with other protein-rich ingredients like soybeans, garbanzo beans and wheat gluten and is sometimes textured with a mixture of brown rice and whole wheat bread crumbs. So, excluding a big tannic red wine, the pairing possibilities are quite extensive. For those who lean towards white wines, find something with wellbalanced acidity like a Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc. Reds require fairly tame tannins that match the flavours of the food. Light fruity reds seem to pair well with turkey. But remember, stay away from big wines and ones with heavy oak, and lean towards a Pinot Noir.


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By Rebeca Kuropatwa


all Grass Prairie Bakery was started in 1990 by a group of people from the Wolseley neighbourhood connected to the Grain of Wheat church community. This was at a time when farmers were getting paid as much for a bushel of wheat and barley that they were 100 years earlier, according to Tabitha Langel who today co-owns the Tall Grass Prairie Bakery located at #1 Market Road at The Forks, along with her husband, Paul. “You can only imagine how different the cost structure was, so many farmers were losing their farms,” she said. “Farmers were doing a good job, but the math didn’t add up. “We decided that people of conscious and faith should be concerned about how 300 farms every day are being sold. Only in B.C. are they starting to reverse this...with urban hippies heading up the movement. “As our first step we decided to start up the very first bread co-op, making our daily bread personal. We contacted our grain farmers and asked them how much they needed to take care of the land and their families. We paid six times the market price and it was worth it for that quality and to support local farmers.” Once the co-op was established, the group went about turning it into a business. Although the bank refused to endorse the idea, five investors (including the Langels) stepped in, willing to sign away their homes or whatever was needed to make it happen. On the opening day of Tall Grass’ first (and still successfully operating) location at 859 Westminster Avenue, the bakers baked 30 loaves of bread, a dozen muffins, a dozen cinnamon buns, and some cookies. “When we opened the doors, 200 people were waiting in line,” said Langel. “In 10 minutes, there was nothing left to sell. In that moment, something clicked for me – this is what happens when a community opens a bakery with the understanding that the land belongs to God, and it’s up to us to look after it. It doesn’t matter how good an idea is, you need people supporting and helping you.” One of Tall Grass’ most popular items is its cinnamon buns (made with whole wheat

flour and high-end cinnamon), which from the bakery’s inception, became an overnight sensation. The bakery has begun cold-pressing its own, local canola oil. The reason for this, said Langel, is in line with its use of local, whole grain wheat. “Eighty per cent of all oil seeds in Canada are grown in Saskatchewan or Manitoba but are processed in Ontario or B.C. – and they’re chemically altered beyond all recognition,” she said. The bakery’s main income comes from its large assortment of bread. “We have a French baker who is very good and an old-school artisan,” said Langel. We’re moving back into the old method of baking of ancient grains and sourdough bread, which are a lot healthier and tastier. “Thanksgiving and the fall season is a huge pie feast for us. We press our own pumpkins, so they’re very fresh. We have two organic farmers who supply us with about 1,000 lbs of pumpkins each. The pies just taste better. “The same goes with our apples. We get fresh apples locally in the fall, and then freeze and dry them – using local apples year-round. Saskatoon berry is our most popular pie, a hand-picked item in Manitoba.”

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Out to Lunch

On Tapas

By Kathryne Grisim, The Media Chef


remember when I first came upon the term “grazing”, defined as eating a variety of appetizers in place of a full meal or entrée. We love to graze, a.k.a. dine “tapas” style, to such an extent that even this past weekend while travelling in the U.S., we ordered from a “Small Plates” section of a menu which stated this: “The concept of tapas was originated in Spain and is a meal consisting of several smaller portions of various selections. Tapas dining promotes the sharing of food and adds conversation and fellowship to the meal experience.

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Everyone chooses their favourite and you sample a little of everything. It brings a level of sophistication to your dining by adding many different flavours to the meal.” I also recall my introduction to tapas here in Winnipeg: The Tap and Grill was the name of Basil’s restaurant, which has morphed into Bistrot by Basil. Another of our favourites, Lux Sole, has been replaced by Luxalune just a few doors down. These were the first couple of Winnipeg restaurants that included tapas sections on their menus, and we became regulars. As a result, we were well informed the first time we went to Segovia for dinner and our stellar server walked us through the tapas concept as a refresher.

Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar Our eldest daughter, who is a regular at Segovia, decided to change things up and requested that we celebrate her recent birthday at Hermanos. As a family, we are very comfortable in the wide open space and rustic décor that Hermanos in the Exchange District offers. Among other delectable small plates that are available from lunch until close, we choose the ceviche, calamari, three kinds of empanadas, Milanese bites and grilled sea scallops. I am always excited


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about the prospect of tasting everyone else’s choices, but a little reticent about sharing mine. Case in point was the pickerel ceviche that I selected from Hermanos extensive tapas list - so good, I wanted it all to myself.

than a year later, he recognized us and we made small chat once again. Now that is amazing guest recognition!

We had the pleasure of meeting Noel, the accommodating owner of Hermanos on our very first visit there. He shared with us his passion for Argentinean cuisine as well as his love for Winnipeg and how he considered himself so fortunate to have married his passions with the opening of Hermanos. When we returned more

Unlike Hermanos, Deer + Almond has only been open for a short time. My first visit to Deer + Almond was also for my birthday celebration. Our first bites were of Potato and Egg and I could have happily eaten an entire plate (potato lover that I am). The tiny multi-coloured potatoes where lightly squashed and

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then topped with shredded egg and fish eggs. The saltiness of the roe was a perfect compliment to the silky oil and perfectly cooked potatoes, which tasted almost sweet. We also loved the Grilled GUSTO and no wonder it was so good: made with fontina cheese, roasted garlic, fermented chilies and pancetta. The bread was perfectly grilled with what tasted to me like an extra generous dollop of butter.  The chef and part owner has plenty of Winnipeg culinary experience, having tenured at Fresh, the now defunct Gluttons, and Segovia.

Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant This brings me to my favourite tapas restaurant in Winnipeg, which is only open in the evening - pity. I recently took my seat on Segovia’s comfortable patio and then declared to my husband and daughter that whatever their tapas choices were, I was happy to go along with them, because I had never tasted anything at Segovia’s that I was not delighted with. But by the time we had a chance to settle in and sip on our refreshing sangria, I was remembering all

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the tastes that I had experienced before. When the server came around to take our order, I found that I was blurting out all of my “must haves” before anyone else had a chance to get a word in edgewise. Patatas bravas were a must.  I cannot decide if it is the perfectly cooked potato slices themselves or the succulent aioli and brava’s sauces. I think I may actually have to travel to Spain to get my fill of these.  I understand that there are a few subtle variations in how the dish is prepared according to the regions of Spain.

I also remembered Segovia’s aioli and really wanted more of it. The Spanish tortilla is topped with aioli in abundance!  The first time I tasted this dish I was surprised because (in my ignorance), I thought that I was going to be served something in a Mexican tortilla.  But because “tortilla” actually means “little cake” in Spanish, tortillas can be made from a variety of concoctions.  The version from Spain is a little cake of eggs like an omelet or frittata.  The richness of the eggs and the aioli is countered with the grassy freshness of the soft herbs. We also chose the sea scallops, which are as huge as any I’ve seen.  They sit perched upon scallop ceviche with a twist of a sweet potato crisp as the crown.  We enjoy our scallops just barely seared and these were perfectly cooked.

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My daughter added the malfatti. I cannot say with certainty that these are a Spanish dish, as the word is actually Italian, meaning “badly made.” That is as if they were “a sloppily made gnocchi” or “ravioli without a pasta encasement.”  I do know that there is nothing “badly made” about this amazing dish. I suppose they become  Spanish when made  by Segovia’s  recipe with manchego cheese, which is named for the La Mancha region of Spain (think: Man of La Mancha).  The pale yellow of the cheese is typical as are the small, unevenly distributed airpockets.  The buttery cheese taste was offset by the spicy tomato sauce. Call it “grazing,” “small plates” or “tapas,” Winnipeg has many wonderful places to choose from.


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In a large pitcher add ½ can frozen limeade concentrate (undiluted), and two fresh limes, sliced. Stir and fill with cold beer (for drier or sweeter versions use less or more frozen limeade).

Combine vodka and blue curacao in a chilled highball glass. Stir. Top with cold beer.

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From the Chef

A Tasty Bird

By Rob Thomas


he one question I get asked the most when it comes to cooking turkey is how do I keep it from drying out? The next question is how do I make it taste good? It’s time to put those questions to rest and the turkey in the

oven. Here is an easy recipe that will make your friends, family, and guests happy, and your turkey juicy and full of flavour.

Rosemary Rubbed Turkey ¼C

olive oil


minced garlic

¼ C

fresh rosemary


ground black pepper

¼ C

Coarse salt

1 whole turkey (washed and cleaned, patted dry) 1 ½ C

White wine

Method: Preheat oven to 325° F

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In a small food processor or mini chopper, pulse the salt and rosemary together until rosemary and salt are the same size. In a separate bowl mix the olive oil, garlic, and black pepper. Set aside.  lowly loosen between the breast and the skin S of the turkey. Be careful not to tear the skin.  ub the garlic and oil mixture under the breast R skin and all over the thighs, legs and the rest of the turkey.  ub the rosemary and salt mixture over the R outside of the breast, thighs, legs, and the rest of the turkey. (Save the unused rosemary and salt, as you can use it for seasoning other foods)  lace the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. P Add white wine to the bottom of the pan. Roast for 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.


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Maric’s expected craftsmanship and originality. Located at 2300 St Mary’s Road, the new head office will be both the workspace for Maric Homes’ staff and a showcase of what Maric Homes can build.

furniture placement consultation, even decorating. Maric Homes believes that by immersing customers in the design process as a whole, the finished product will be more fully realized.

The new Head Office and Design Centre aims to create comprehensive customer involvement in the design and building process. The goal for Maric Homes is a completely integrated homebuilding experience, allowing clients to be engaged in every aspect of the homebuilding process. This includes everything from the floor plan layout, colour and material selection, finishing and custom hardware ideas,

Maric Homes achieves impressive communication fluidity between client and staff by keeping the design team in-house. This begins in the Architectural team’s office, who works hand-in-hand with both client and the interior design team to create spaces of exceptional beauty and intelligence. The architectural design office will also be a place for floor plan inspiration, as Maric Homes’ award-winning designs

will be on hand for reference and spatial insight. By integrating décor and design with the engineered components of the house, every facet of the home’s layout can be accounted for when planning each space and room. Basement teleposts, beams, staircases, and everything else that is essential to a home’s structural integrity is used to enhance – not hinder – the look and feel of the home. Something as simple as incorporating structural posts into the basement bar or utilizing raw, beautiful wood for a canopy beam changes the entire character of the home – the impression while looking at a well-designed Maric Home is that the whole is greater than just the sum of its parts. This is a direct application of another of Maric’s guiding principles - balance function and form to produce beauty. To better combine architecture and décor, the architectural team’s office is right beside the Design Centre. The Design Centre will be the place where clients can see a complete selection of the materials that enhance Maric Homes’ renowned awardwinning showhomes. Samples from every material can be mixed, matched, and laid out side-by-side to better capture the look and feel that the customer wants in their home, both inside and out. Whether it is assistance with the entire home’s furniture and decor or advice on how to accessorize or hang art, the Design Centre’s purpose is to be able to help the client with any aspect of the completion of their new home. However, the Design Centre’s most effective tool will be the staff. Maric Homes’ team will provide guidance and an expert eye to help their clients create a living environment that will truly be a reflection of their personal taste. The concept of total customer integration goes beyond the design stage, though. Maric Homes’ entire staff – site supervisors, construction coordinators, service team, and sub-trades – is actively involved and available from the first meeting through to turnkey. This heightened communication is not only a means for Maric Homes’ staff to accurately capture their client’s home ideas,

it is also a way to reciprocate and guide their customers through the many decisions they will encounter during the build. By offering insight and comprehension that years of experience provide, Maric’s team help customers make a fully-informed choice. It is also the basis for one often overlooked aspect of the homebuilding business that Maric Homes excels at: post-possession service. The staff at Maric Homes takes great pride in their commitment to their customer beyond the possession date. These relationships are why many of their customers are often building their second, even third homes with Maric.

By building a new head office and Design Centre, Maric Homes looks to improve upon its already formidable reputation for craftsmanship and beauty. The new space is a means to grant Maric’s customers more input into the design of their home, and more seamless communication between every party involved in the building process. The tools of great teamwork, peerless expertise and unrivalled design were already in place for decades at Maric Homes. The new head office and Design Centre are now the newest tools that Maric Homes will use to continue to exceed every benchmark in the homebuilding industry.

Maric Homes New Head Office and Design Centre 2300 St Mary’s Rd., Winnipeg 204-339-2035


Heat Your Space By Rebeca Kuropatwa

for a Cozy Fall


hen looking to heat up your space as our Manitoba temperatures begin to drop, the array of options are vast.

To get a handle on the subject, Winnipeg Women consulted with some experts in the field who share their knowledge and know-how on the topic of heating up indoor and outdoor spaces. According to Reliance Superior Heating and Air Conditioning’s Dave Kenny, there are a wide variety of indoor heating options. “Some rural homes have a blended fuel source, where the furnace uses wood and electricity, but most anyone who has natural gas available to them would be strongly urged to convert to a natural gas burning appliance,” said Kenny. “Natural gas costs, on average, 40 per cent less as a fuel source than does electricity (based on today’s energy rates).” Another indoor heating avenue homeowners might select is a fireplace, which Kenny said is “mostly an option for aesthetic purposes. It’s not a particularly efficient method of heating a space, but they do look lovely. Forced air systems allow for far more air quality and air filtration options.” There are three main factors in the air that can cause the body harm, conveyed Kenny. These include particles (i.e. dust, dander, and allergens), organisms (i.e. mould spores, etc), and VOCs (i.e. gases, waste products, glues, paint fumes, formaldehyde, etc). For a good web-link on this topic, visit



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Most of Wholesale Heating Supplies’ Gerry Chammartin’s customers looking to heat up their indoor space choose the fully-modulating gas furnace option. “Many people are also having installed direct vent gas fireplaces,” said Chammartin. “We carry Montigo (www. in the three and four-season room. There are also direct vent space heaters and patio heaters to warm up in chilly temperatures.” According to Chammartin, “When it comes to new homes, the government is asking for a minimum efficiency of 94.1 per cent AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Energy). All gas furnaces must be Energy Star rated. In Manitoba, a lot of electric furnaces are being installed due to the province’s low-cost hydro. “Many gas and electric boilers are also being installed to heat up spaces that have an insufficient heat source. Even water heaters need a minimum .76 Energy Factor.” Although Prairie Fireplaces/Hearth & Patio’s Jamie Langdon said traditional, wood-burning fireplaces are still in the mix when it comes to indoor heating, natural gas and propane have become the popular choice. When it comes to newer indoor heating trends, Langdon said, “Gas fireplaces are available with modern, clean view fronts, getting rid of the older louvered look. Glass crystals, rocks, river rocks, and other types of media are available instead of traditional log sets.”

said, “There are still a few customers who are installing outdoor wood and gas burning fireplaces, some of whom are going the old school way and building masonry wood fireplaces. “Natural gas and propane fire pits are the most popular choice, again utilizing different types of media in the burner area, such as glass crystals and rocks for a modern appearance. “Gas patio heaters are another option, some being tablemounted while others are pole-mounted. Electric is another choice, although not as popular.” As far as what Langdon would recommend to most of his customers, that would be a natural gas or propane model for it’s ease of use and available variety of choices. “For those customers who are die-hard when it comes to sticking with heating with wood, there are many wood options also available. I’d recommend that people come and visit the showroom to see the many different choices available. We have something to suit almost anybody’s needs. Outdoor spaces, in particular, are becoming more popular every year, as people are looking to turn their backyards into sanctuaries, making them more comfortable and enjoyable.”

When considering outdoor heating options, Langdon

While costs are difficult to estimate, Langdon ballparked that products can cost as little as a few hundred dollars for a gas fire pit and $3,500 for the average gas fireplace installation, noting that people can spend as much as $10-15 thousand depending on what end result they have in mind.

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Making design decisions easy is all part of the Kensington Homes package.

The Vista This innovative and functional two-storey home features stunning design and dĂŠcor details inside and out. The designer kitchen offers abundant counter space and granite counter tops with stainless steel accents. The second floor features a large family room and three bedrooms. The master suite is nicely situated at the rear of the home with a large boxed out window and walk-in closet. In a word magnificent!

The Cypress ll This luxurious two-story awaits the entertaining owners who will call this home. A grand two-story entrance welcomes all guests and leads them into the open great room bathed in natural light from the large windows. The gourmet kitchen is designed with plenty of counter space and a built-in cooktop and oven. The second floor features four bedrooms, a lofted TV room overlooking the foyer and great room. The master suite offers a spacious walk-in closet and deluxe private bath with corner jetted tub. This 2,700 sq. ft. home has it all!

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The Newhaven This stunning bungalow offers design and functionality to please even the most sophisticated tastes. From the impressive front entrance through to the dĂŠcor design details of the interior, sophisticated style is everywhere. The large kitchen, including a designer island, opens onto the great room featuring a beautiful built-in fireplace and entertainment centre. The large master bedroom features a deluxe ensuite and walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms and a front study are all on the main floor of this spacious modern bungalow. Come and see what sets Kensington Homes apart!

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Maric Homes builds pink to help create awareness By Amanda Thomas

Pink House

Photo by Daniel Wexler

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s one of Manitoba’s leading custom home builders, Maric Homes has the innate ability to change the way we think of what’s possible when building a home. Maric has surpassed expectations yet again with their “Pink House” project in Sage Creek. The luxurious 2,257 square foot home on 70 Silver Sage Crescent was built with Maric’s renowned attention to detail; but this home also utilized a new environmentally friendly lumber that happens to be pink in colour.

The Pink House is dubbed accordingly, as it is built with Pinkwood product from Spring Hill Lumber. Pinkwood lumber is coated in a low-VOC, environmentally friendly coating that makes it mold, fungus, and rot resistant. Pinkwood joists are coated in PinkShield, a new technology that swells when exposed to fire, insulating the wood from the heat of the flame. This extra protection provides homeowners with extra crucial minutes to exit the home in case of a fire. Pinkwood also has a distinct design flare if left unfinished! However, in the Pink House, the only pink left showing is in the garage and mechanical room. Those bits of pink were left exposed for display purposes, and in turn make a great conversation piece. This two storey house is definitely true to Maric form from a design perspective, with each square foot extensively manicured. The beautifully designed kitchen, spacious great room and cozy den enhance the walk-out lake setting, making this the perfect family retreat. Maric Homes viewed this project as more than a uniquely pink house built with state-of-theart materials, it was seen as an opportunity to help create more awareness for breast cancer research. They also committed to contribute $5,000 from the sale of the Pink House to Canadian Breast Cancer Research. Caroline Maric, Marketing Director at Maric Homes, explained the reasoning behind the project.







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“We simply decided to put our money where our mouth is. Pink is associated with breast cancer research and fighting cancer is something we all believe in. We initially donated $5,000 to start the fundraising drive and then sought out our contacts with a goal of raising $15,000 total. We are elated to say we have surpassed our goal, with donations exceeding $15,000! We are also working with CBCF for future fundraising and awareness initiatives, as well.”

Monique Levesque-Pharoah, Senior Development Officer with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Prairies/NWT Region is thrilled with the outcome of the Maric Homes Pink House Campaign. “This support ensures that we can continue to fund relevant research and community grants in our region towards our vision of a future without breast cancer.” Maric Homes plans to continue the fusion of craftsmanship and charity well into the future. They’re aware that their contributions to our community can and should make a difference. Pinkwood has benefits that the Maric Homes team believes people should be aware of. “Moving the company forward with new and innovative products like Pinkwood is an exciting part of the evolution of construction. We are trying to get the word out on Pinkwood and hopefully use this product often on future homes for private clients, as well as to raise awareness in a charitable fashion. In fact, we are building another client’s home right now in Sage Creek, and they chose to use Pinkwood joists throughout the home for both the safety and structural benefits.” Maric Homes has been recognized with various distinctions from the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and they continue to strive to over service clients and compliment the industry they’re so passionate about. “Not only does the Maric Team stand behind the tried and true construction process, we are always looking for products that will ensure each of our customers has successfully built their dream home that is functional and safe in a cutting edge design.” The Pink House is completed and available to view or purchase during the Fall Parade of Homes in September. For more information on the Pink House visit

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Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, Experience the Beatles with RAIN will be at the MTS Centre October 20, 2012, and Winnipeg Women wants to send you!

L & Via Fashion Boutique held their grand opening July 9, 2012. Located at B-545 Academy Road, the boutique is home to unique fashion by designers Bernini Group, Bernis, and Robyn. Check them out on Facebook at

Here for just one show, RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. To enter, visit by October 4, and share your favourite holiday tradition with us. If your entry is chosen, you’ll receive two tickets to RAIN, plus your entry will be published in the winter issue of Winnipeg Women!

A True North Foundation Grant The popular University of Winnipeg Eco-Kids summer camp has scored a generous give of $25,000 from the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation. “Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation is committed to strengthening our community,” said Dwayne Green, Executive Director, Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation. “UWinnipeg’s work with inner-city youth and education programs like the UWinnipeg Eco-Kids summer camp mirrors the initiatives we support that provide positive programming for children and youth and positively impact our community as a whole.”


Legacy Run for ALS On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the ALS Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Runners’ Association will be hosting the Legacy Run for ALS. ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a rapidly progressive fatal neuromuscular disease which can strike anyone; it is not contagious and it does not discriminate. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the St. Vital Park Duck Pond, the run is to honour all those who have been lost to the disease. You can find more information at

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Fall 2012

Index to Advertisers Bijou Treasures................................ 25

Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.... 3

Canadian Western Bank.................. 13

Maric Homes.............................. 39-41

CD Whyte Ridge Pharmacy............. 25

MNP.................................................. 4

Cheryl Renee.................................. 20

Morden’s of Winnipeg Candy Mfg.... 31

Closet Works................................... 17 Commissionaires Manitoba............. 28 Corydon Dental..... Inside Front Cover D.A. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware.... 35 Delta Winnipeg............................... 13 Dr. Ziesmann Cosmetic Clinic.......... 11 European Shoe Shop...................... 13 Fort Whyte Alive............................. 17

October Boutique........................... 27 Plastic Surgery Associates............... 29 Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar......... 36 Robinson Bath Centres................... 50 Skin Deep Aesthetics...................... 17 Sofia’s Boutique Ltd........................ 31 St. John’s- Ravenscourt School....... 21 Sue’s............................................... 26 The Bra Bar & Panterie................... 11

Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd......... 49

The Lobby on York.......................... 31

Hearth & Patio................................ 43

True North Sports & Entertainment.... 32

Hook & Smith Barristers, Solicitors and Notaries Public......... 17

Vita Health...................................... 29

Lambskin Specialties....................... 20 Loka Clothing.................................. 33

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Morrison Custom Homes................ 50

Glastar Sunroom Systems............... 42

Kensington Homes Ltd.............. 44-47



Winnipeg Art Gallery...................... 19 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra...... 29 Women’s Enterprise Centre............ 19

Lola Boutique.................................. 34

Woodhaven Lexus Toyota................. 8

L & VIA Fashion Boutique................. 7

Yvette Orr....................................... 48

Winnipeg Women Fall 2012  

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