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14  Your Life

Warm, Furry Love: A guide to adopting and caring for pets

20  Fashion

Blue Jean Baby Queen: Denim for every day

23  Summer Family Fun 24  It’s All About the Journey DEPARTMENTS

8  Q&A 9  Fitness 10  Your Health 12  Ask the Expert



26  Out to Lunch 28  From the Cellar 30  From the Chef HOME & GARDEN

31  Kitchen Revamp 34  Get Fenced 36  Our Home and Native Land


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n summerrrrrrrrr! I`ve watched Frozen enough times with my daughter over the past few months to know that song by heart and I`m looking forward to finally being able to sing it in the appropriate season. Our summer issue is packed with great editorial and fantastic photography, so be sure not to skip a page! Our feature on pet adoption tells you all there is to know about welcoming a new fuzzy (or scaly) creature into your family. That topic is partnered with our legal column, explaining what you need to know if Muffy causes some damage in your neighbour’s yard. You may be on the hook for more trouble than you realize.

The Staff of Winnipeg Women wish to extend congratulations to our valued editor and friend, Alison, on her marrige!

Our fashion pages feature everybody`s wardrobe staple: jeans. Check out our spread for ways to wear denim this season. Special thanks to The Forks for letting us get in the way for a couple of hours, and thanks also to the Hempyrean for letting our models use their fitting room. Our cover story is a sister piece to the Winnipeg Men cover. We interviewed Gail Asper on what spearheading her father`s dream to see a Canadian Museum for Human Rights meant to her, and how it all happened, from dream to reality. The museum is set to open its doors in September and the entire city seems to be counting down the days.

Our Home & Garden section is one I`m particularly excited about. Read up on what you need to know to fence in your yard, how to update your kitchen either by re-facing old cabinets or installing new ones, and my personal favourite, learning how to create your own prairie garden. For someone with a black thumb, I`m stoked about trying my hand at growing things that are MEANT to grow here. I may even be able to keep things alive for the entire season! And if you`re just looking forward to getting out and enjoying the sunshine, grabbing lunch with your family or friends and taking it easy, read our Out to Lunch piece on some of the best burger places in the city. The pictures alone have me making plans to try out each of these places over the summer. Enjoy your summer temperatures Winnipeg, you`ve earned them!


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Early to Rise, First to Shine By Amanda Thomas

Courtney Ketchen followed her career all the way home


fter working in many locales across the country, Winnipeg native Courtney Ketchen was able to land her dream job right here in the ’Peg. Armed with passion, a strong work ethic and a twist ice cream cone, Ketchen takes the city by storm weekday mornings on Breakfast Television.

After following your career all over Canada, what made you decide to finally choose Winnipeg? Winnipeg is home, I was born and raised in the city! After high school I studied journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Then I was able to land an internship at CTV Saskatoon, which led to my first job at CHCA News in Red Deer, Alberta. In 2009, I worked as an anchor/reporter at TBT News in Thunder Bay, Ontario. And three years ago I was hired at Breakfast Television and was able to move back home. I joke that my mom nearly called my boss at the time to thank him for hiring me! It was great to come back after many years away to all the family and friends that I had missed so much.

What’s a typical day like for you? I get up at 2 a.m. Yes, 2 a.m. I arrive at the station by 3:30 a.m. and work alongside the morning writer to gather news of the day, write and edit scripts. I also prep for my interviews for the show, and surf the web to see what people are talking about - this is important because I go to bed around 8 p.m., and a lot happens after that time! At 5:30 a.m. we have a rehearsal and team meeting to go over the show. We are live from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays. During that time, I anchor seven short newscasts, and host a variety of segments. After the show, I book guests for upcoming interviews or take part in various shoots outside the studio. I finish my day at 11:30 a.m. and usually take an afternoon nap!

What is your favourite part about your job? Winnipeg is not exempt from its challenges and this spring proved that. Between frozen water pipes



leaving thousands of residents without running water, to potholes crumbling roads, and the coldest winter in decades, it would have been easy to focus on the negative. But my job allows me to highlight the successes of Winnipeg no matter what! I get the chance to meet the hard working, inspirational, talented people that make this city special. We have a wonderful network of people who work tirelessly to plan fundraising events and raise awareness of various causes, and it’s great being in a position to shine a spotlight on their work. Every professional athlete, touring musician, local artist, politician, and hilarious kid I get the chance interview leaves me feeling inspired in one way or another.

Any advice for women trying to thrive in the media world? Chase down your dream job like you would chase a story. Make phone calls, write emails, be persistent, but respect people’s space and time. The media world is constantly changing and evolving, which means you have to be ready to jump at any and every opportunity. If it means moving to a new city, look at it as an adventure. If it means taking lesser pay than you hoped, remember it’s temporary. My job now isn’t one that I initially applied for. Due to changes at the station, my former position as news anchor evolved to include co-hosting duties and I couldn’t be happier about the dual roles.

What is your favourite Winnipeg past-time? As someone that favours warm weather, I love making the most of our beautiful summers by spending as much time as possible outdoors. One of my favourite places to be is Assiniboine Park with my two dogs, Kingston and Phoenix. A day at the park wouldn’t be complete without a trip for ice cream across the footbridge to Sargent Sundae or visiting the famous Bridge Drive-In. A soft serve twist cone is my favourite, hands down. WINNIPEGMAG.COM


Keeping yourself

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here’s nothing that can stop a fitness regime as quick as an injury. And the unfortunate part is that many common injuries can be avoided with nothing more than a little rest. Many people go into training programs with the thought that “if a little is good, more must be better.” That may be the case but not on day one. Everything in terms of getting more physically fit boils down to stimulus-response. And we can distil this even further by saying that when you do an exercise your body counters that by getting better at it. It’s very simple but often overlooked. It’s not uncommon to have somebody come into my office, say they want to get into the best shape of their lives, and want to come in every day. It’s our job to pump the brakes and bring them back down to earth. The body can’t go from 0-60 just like that, eventually it will but you have to give it some time. When I was going through school this principle was demonstrated to me with this: ”A one horsepower motor with a five horsepower load on it will never budge, but a human with the same variables with rest and time will eventually move it.” Just like the motor, if somebody tries to move a load greater than their capacity they will burn out. What is needed is a gradual increase in load followed up with some rest. This rest period is when your body actually works its magic and starts to lay the groundwork for improvement. I don’t think this is the proper forum to get into the nitty gritty physiology of it all but trust me, very cool things happen on the cellular level. We can look at rest on a few different scales, the first being rest during a workout. It’s something that can be easily manipulated to adjust WINNIPEGMAG.COM

the intensity of a workout. What I mean by that is imagine if I asked you to do 10 push-ups and 10 crunches with no rest between, it would be a much different workout if I asked you to take 60 seconds between each set. This inter-set rest is very important when planning a program, depending on the outcome you’re expecting you would need to adjust this appropriately. Scaling up slightly we can look at rest day-to-day, which of course boils down to sleeping. It is something that we often sacrifice to reach our goals in life and career, but in terms of fitness goals it is the unsung hero of being successful. Having a restful sleep will allow your body to recover from the previous day’s workout. This recovery is important for your body to gain the positive response to exercise we’re seeking. Having a full night of sleep also allows your brain to take a rest. Believe it or not, some workouts can have a huge effect on your nervous system. Don’t believe me? If you can safely do it, perform a hard 30 minute plyometric workout and try to do some mental math after. It will be more challenging.

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And the final denomination we’ll go into for this article is week-toweek rest. On a fitness scope you can plan out your rest Monday to Sunday. This can be as easy as taking days off, or for those who are at a slightly higher fitness level might just be switching up the activity. For example, someone who is on their upper end of fitness may lift weights in a gym twice a week, with a hike or maybe a bike ride, and maybe a plyometric workout peppered elsewhere in the week. For more information about rest and its importance in your goals please visit SUMMER 2014


Your Health

Keep Your

Eyes on the By Holli Moncrieff




sk people what their worst nightmare is, and losing their sight usually high on the list. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy throughout your life.

“People tend to put off getting regular eye exams. We do encourage everyone to keep up with these exams. It’s the entire health of the eye we have to check, not just vision,” explains Cheryl Bayer, an optometrist and the owner of Concordia Eye Centre. Most of us only go to an optometrist when there’s a problem with our vision. But some eye diseases, like glaucoma, have no symptoms until it’s too late. “We call it the silent thief because there aren’t any symptoms. Glaucoma causes damage to the peripheral vision when the pressure in the eye remains high for a long time. This pressure is actually independent from blood pressure,” Bayer says. “Glaucoma can start at any age, but it generally starts to happen in middle age.”

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“You can’t go backwards, but the earlier you take care of your vision, the easier it is to maintain it and stop vision loss from progressing,” says Therresia Pelletier, an ophthalmologist assistant at Eyetech Lasik Clinic. “A healthy person should go every two years.” Manitoba Health covers eye exams for those under the age of 19 and over the age of 65.



The good news is, with early detection, the progression of glaucoma and other eye-health issues can be stopped and the current level of vision can be maintained.

The most common causes of vision loss are accidents, diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure, and macular degeneration. Make sure to wear protective goggles whenever you’re working in an environment where an injury to the eyes can happen. “The most common cause of vision problems is spectacle correction—when people need glasses,” says Dr. Raageen Kanjee, ophthalmology resident at the Buhler Eye Care Centre.


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“Macular degeneration and cataracts are the most common causes as you get older. The frequency of eye exams should increase as people get a bit older. Close monitoring is recommended in situations like diabetes, or where there is a family history of eye problems.”


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which tends to happen in older adults, can be treated— depending on which type of the condition a person has. There are two types of AMD: dry AMD and wet AMD. Smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, a diet high in unsaturated fats and simple carbohydrates, and lack of exercise all increase the risk of AMD. “If something is affecting the rest of your body, it will affect your eyes,” Pelletier says. “Our body has blood vessels throughout. You can have blood vessels within the eye that are under too much pressure or bleeding.” Early symptoms of dry AMD include slightly blurred vision, the need for more light for reading, and difficulty recognizing faces unless they are very close. A symptom of more advanced dry AMD is the presence of a blurred spot in the center of vision. An early symptom of wet AMD is the wavy appearance of straight lines. Dry AMD cannot be treated at present, but progression can be slowed through a healthy lifestyle and, in certain cases, through anti-oxidant vitamins. Injections of anti-angiogenic agents into the eye can be successfully used to arrest or slow wet AMD. Because of new therapies for the wet form of AMD, early diagnosis is particularly critical. “In wet macular degeneration, blood leaks out onto the retina and blocks your ability to see,” says Bayer. “Supplements are particularly important for people who have a family history of macular degeneration or who already have early macular degeneration. You’re mostly looking to add lutein and zeaxanthian to your diet.” Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye. All of us will develop cataracts to some extent as we age, but in some people they are too minimal to cause vision problems, Bayer adds. “Everyone develops a certain amount of cataracts over time. It’s just part of the natural aging process of the lens,” she says. Depending on the type of vision loss you have, lasik surgery may be an option. LASIK or Lasik (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism. An ophthalmologist uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to improve a patient’s vision. For most patients, LASIK provides a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. “Anybody who is over 18 with healthy eyes and a stable prescription qualifies for laser surgery, as long as they have enough corneal tissue,” Pelletier says. “We recommend that anyone who is interested come into the clinic for a free assessment.” Certain eye conditions can seem benign at first, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution. “One thing to be aware of is retinal detachment. If you see spots or floaters, it’s important to see an eye doctor the same day. If you wait, you could lose your vision completely,” says Pelletier. “People just think it will go away.” WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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Ask the Expert

PETS AND By Kristal A. Bayes



ew things in life are more rewarding than pet ownership, and the benefits of sharing your life and your home with a four-legged creature are limitless. However, with great companionship comes great responsibility. In order to protect your pet, yourself, and everyone else, its best to know how the law affects you. In Manitoba, The Animal Liability Act imposes legal responsibilities on the owners of pets for any harm caused by the animals – whether it be injury to a person or damage to property. This article will focus on the issue of damage to property caused by our four-legged friends and the responsibility of pet owners to neighbours and the public at large for such damage. The Animal Liability Act is broad in its application. While we typically think of the family dog digging up the neighbour’s garden vegetables, the Act applies to damage caused by “any creature that is not human”. In addition, the word “owner” is broadly defined in the Act to include any person who “harbours” an animal as well as the traditional pet owner. This means that simply by allowing a stray to seek shelter on your property, you are opening yourself up to liability. The law in Manitoba imposes strict liability on pet owners. This means that the owner does not need to have acted negligently or be considered “at fault” to be found responsible for the damage. It is not a requirement that the pet owner intended for the damage to occur nor is it a defense that precautions were taken such as the animal being tied up or fenced in prior to the damage occurring. This


is in contrast to the previous law in Manitoba which presumed that all pets and domesticated animals were harmless and that required a person seeking compensation for property damage to show that a pet owner had acted negligently or was aware of his or her pet’s tendency to cause damage. Since 1998 and the implementation of The Animal Liability Act, it is no longer a defence that the pet owner acted responsibly and that the damage had occurred regardless. It is also no longer a valid defence to claim that the animal did not have a propensity for misbehaving or causing destruction. Regardless of whether it was the first or tenth time that your cat has destroyed the clothing on your neighbour’s clothes line, the property owner will be entitled to compensation from you, the pet owner. All that must be shown is that damage has resulted and that you are, in fact, the owner of the responsible animal. There is an exception in the Act entitling an owner of livestock to defend against a claim of damage caused by the animals where control of the livestock was in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practice or where the livestock was at large due to an act of God or the act of default of another person. However, even under this exception, farmers are held to a high standard. In its decision titled Manitoba Public Insurance v. Lamb, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench held that where a herd of cattle had escaped a fenced


field and made its way onto a public highway causing traffic accidents and damage to multiple vehicles, the farmer was not entitled to defend against the claim by relying on the statutory exception. The Court found that the fence from which the cattle escaped was not of adequate quality and the cattle were not provided with sufficient feed to keep them from escaping and therefore, the farmer’s general practices fell below the required standard. Therefore, the Court held that in addition to acting negligently, the farmer was also liable for the damage to the vehicles under The Animal Liability Act. In addition to provincial laws, pet owners must also be cognisant of the applicable by-laws in their locale. Like The Animal Liability Act, the City of Winnipeg’s Responsible Pet Ownership by-law stipulates that an owner of an animal within the city must ensure that the animal does not run at large. Should this occur, an enforcement officer is authorized to seize and impound the animal and the owner will be subject to a $200 fine. In addition to running the risk of your pet being injured or causing damage for which you may be on the hook, allowing your animal to run free may also impact your pocketbook.

Kristal A. Bayes is an articling student at Fillmore Riley LLP. She will be called to the Bar in the Province of Manitoba in June 2014. She can be reached at (204)957-8355 or kbayes@

Winnipeg Women/Winnipeg Men magazine would like to congratulate 13-year-old twins, Jessica and Madison Cayer, on their recent successes in the Hall of Fame Competition in Minneapolis, MN. They received the 1st all around score and a platinum for their duo “Amazon” in the National Division as well as 15 other platinums and 15 overall placements including three other 1st all arounds for their numerous groups, solos, duos and trio numbers. Congratulations, ladies!



Your Life


LOVE By Candice G. Ball




ark Twain once said “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” No one knows this better than Kelly Burkitt. Burkitt is the proud adopter of Parker (formerly known as Pardner). Parker, a German-Shepard cross, made headlines in local media in 2013 when he survived a gunshot to his head. After the Swan Valley Animal Protection League found him shot, he was brought to the Winnipeg Humane Society where he underwent a series of surgeries to repair his skull. The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) put him up for adoption when he had healed. Kelly Burkitt and his partner had followed the story in newspapers, but when he called to set up a meeting with Parker, he learned that someone had already claimed him. “We still had to see Parker for ourselves,” says Burkitt. “Even after everything he went through, he was such a kind, happy dog. We took Parker for a walk and immediately fell in love. His tail wagged constantly and he wouldn’t leave our sides.”



Lisa Rasmussen, owner of The Noble Hound Lucky for the couple, the original adoption fell through. “We of course had to adopt him. My girlfriend, Liane, and I weren’t quite sure how he would adapt in our home seeing as he was in and out of several foster homes. But, only after about a week or so, we could just tell he felt at home. We have experienced no challenges with Parker. He is the best dog we could ever ask for.” The couple wanted to make Parker even happier, so they adopted another puppy named Jax from Manitoba Mutts. “I would always go with the adopting route because it gives you such a warm feeling inside. These two couldn`t be any happier together and we are so happy to have them as family members.”

That’s just one adoption success story. In addition to the WHS and Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue, there are organizations that facilitate adoptions such as D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre, Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, Jenn’s Furry Friends Rescue and Manitoba Small Dog Rescue Inc. Most of the adoption agencies have fees that cover the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats, requisite shots and basic health care. Typically, organizations provide an application form with questions about experience with animals, lifestyle, family members including other pets, living arrangements and reasons for adopting. WINNIPEGMAG.COM

All animals at the WHS go through a behaviour assessment that includes exposing them to other animals and finding out whether the animals interact well with children. If you are thinking of adopting, it’s best to bring the whole family, including other pets, down for a meeting. “We take many steps to ensure happy, long-term adoptions,” said Laina Hughes, WHS Communications Coordinator. “Our behaviour department works closely with our animals, and along with our adoptions counsellors they’re able to educate potential adopters on which animals would make the best pets for their homes.” The WHS also offers the YELP line, a phone line run by the behaviour department. Pet owners can call 204-9888808 to receive over-the-phone counselling for their pet’s behaviour issues. BONDING AND TRAINING Contrary to popular belief, just watching The Dog Whisperer will not give you all the tools you need to train your dog, especially if you want to correct problem behaviours such as aggression. Cesar Millan’s wildly popular show has influenced countless dog owners. Lisa Rasmussen, owner of The Noble Hound, says that she has seen the damage inflicted when dog owners have tried to apply tactics they’ve learned on The Dog Whisperer. A certified dog trainer and graduate of the Canada West Canine Centre, Rasmussen favours a scientific-based approach that is based on research about canine cognition and behaviour. “The shift has been to more rewardbased and positive training,” she explains. “The aggressive, pushing the dog to submit approach is tantamount to spanking kids or giving them the belt. It’s old school.” Rasmussen advocates puppy training for a couple of reasons. “It’s a strong bonding experience and the puppy needs to learn impulse control.” She offers puppy training classes, a sixweek basic obedience class for dogs that may need a behavioural tune up, and an advanced class that focuses on building on fundamental commands. She recently opened her doors to a brand new facility where she will offer day training. The day training is appropriate for dogs that need to interact with a small pack and brush up on their social skills. “There are packages available that include daily progress reports. WINNIPEGMAG.COM

It’s a great option for dogs who need playtime and socialization.” Rasmussen offers special rates for dogs adopted from Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue. DOGGIE DAYCARES & SPAS There are no shortage of services for pet owners who want to lavish care and love on their fur babies. From doggie daycare to elegant spas, local business owners do a tremendous job of offering our furry loved ones the best. The Dog Loft offers a suite of services including doggie daycare, grooming and hotel services. With 24/7 staff around, your dog will never be alone. If your dog stays three nights or more, your beloved will receive a complimentary “Bath and Tidy” on pick-up day. “We are all dog lovers and we treat your dog like he or she is our own,” says Katie Heinrichs, owner of The Dog Loft, a 4,000-square foot facility. “It’s our mandate to provide a safe environment for mental stimulation, physical activity, and confidence-building situations for your dog.” When Patrick Maxwell moved to the Osborne Village area, he discovered there were no walkable grooming services for pets. An avid animal lover with a background in grooming, Maxell met the demand in the marketplace and opened up The White Lotus Pet Spa. “I wanted to create a true pet spa. We offer grooming services for all types of animals. We have dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits as clients,” explains Maxwell. Popular spa treatments for dogs include a shampoo with a non-toxic, hypoallergenic shampoo that comes in fragrance free and 15 scents ranging from bubblegum to cookie. Following the wash, your dog is towelled down with a plush towel. The groomers do custom cuts or special brushing that helps eliminate shedding. There’s even nail painting for the girl dogs. Maxwell has devoted 1,000 square feet of the 3,000-square foot spa to an elite Canine Social Club of no more than 10 dogs, allowing for highly personalized service and care. “We keep the dogs stimulated. They play Swedish dog puzzle games for ownerapproved treats.” We Winnipeggers love our fur babies and there are plenty of other businesses located throughout Winnipeg that offer services that will delight you and your pet. SUMMER 2014


Cover Story



t h g i L By Jim Peters




Cover Story



he Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. As most Winnipeggers know by now, the vision and driving force behind the museum’s conception was media mogul and local businessman Israel Asper. But since his death in 2003 his daughter Gail has taken the lead and pushed through many of the obstacles along the way to help bring the building to its fruition.

her father’s business empire. She eventually relocated to the Asper Foundation in 2000, working with her father on the organization’s many transformational projects. Winnipeg Women sat down with Gail in early April 2014: WW: What inspired your father to first envision a Canadian Museum for Human Rights? GA: For years, dad had been very concerned about our young people not understanding what human rights really are and how fragile they can be. He wanted to ensure that future generations would become knowledgeable and remain vigilant. So in the late 1990s he asked me to create an educational program where the Asper Foundation would take local kids to Washington, D.C. to visit the Holocaust Museum and other important venues in the Capitol. The program was originally intended for Jewish kids with the intent of teaching them about the Holocaust and also trying to inspire them to learn

By her own admission, Gail Asper is a true-blue Winnipegger, born and bred. Raised in the city with her siblings Leonard and David, she attended public schools and eventually graduated from the University of Manitoba with a law degree. She met future husband Michael Paterson in university while working part time at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. After spending five years practicing corporate and commercial law in Halifax, she returned to Winnipeg in 1989 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Canwest Global Communications Corp.,

its lessons—personal responsibility for all humankind. Dad felt very strongly that we can’t rest when other people are enslaved or persecuted—justice and freedom are all of our responsibilities. As I was still working at Canwest, I needed help expanding the program so we hired Moe Levy as Executive Director of The Asper Foundation, and Moe remains one of the most important and instrumental persons in getting this Museum built. WW: Did your dad feel that today’s generations were out of touch with these issues? GA: It was dad’s feeling that our kids didn’t understand Canadian history and how their rights came about. I’m proud to report that the trips to Washington continue—we still take over a thousand kids, including non-Jewish and inner-city kids, and also started involving other funders like the Winnipeg Foundation. The kids have to take a course in human rights that the Asper Foundation developed and then visit Washington for three days to see the various museums and monuments to freedom that, frankly, the Americans do so well. WW: Was there a particular moment in time that you remember the light going on in your head? GA: Yes, we were in Washington, standing in line to view the Declaration of Independence in the Library of Congress. In the lineup I was talking to the kids and asked them what they knew about Canada’s Charter of Rights. I was saddened to hear them say, not much. They all knew the words, “We hold these

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Cover Story truths to be self-evident,” but they sure didn’t know anything from our charter. So I came back to Winnipeg and told dad we needed to create a Canadian experience for our students. He directed us to start taking the kids to Ottawa. But I couldn’t even find the charter anywhere on display in our nation’s capital. And that wasn’t the only thing missing—there was very little on display about aboriginal issues, or the Holocaust or other important human rights events. That entire experience was the genesis of the CMHR. The date was July 18, 2000, and Moe Levy and my dad had a get-together in dad’s back yard. Then and there they talked about creating a “museum of tolerance” and dad said it should be in Winnipeg—we’re centrally located so kids can come here from across the country and also internationally. We’re going to tell the story of Canadian and international human rights. It will be a call to action to make sure kids today understand how blessed they are to live in this great country and to not take things for granted. So at 11:00 p.m., Moe got a call from dad who said, “I found the land.” Moe was asleep—of course—dad just started working at 11:00. He told Moe he’d been driving around downtown and saw the land, it’s right by the river, right by the bridge, right across from the St. Boniface Basilica. He said, with his usual confidence, “That’s going to be the museum and by the way, I want you to tie the land up and get it secured by the end of the week!” Moe knew that it would be easier said than done but in just a few weeks he had the board of The Forks all signing confidentiality agreements supporting the project. The people from The Forks had been waiting for a big idea for the land. WW: So the securing of the land essentially got the ball rolling? GA: It certainly made things easier! We changed the name to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights because many of us felt that the word tolerance had a negative connotation. About two years go by while dad and Moe worked to develop the business plan and then I start to get involved. Then dad asked Moe and me to start travelling across the country to talk to every group that might have an interest. We told these groups of Canadians that we want to do this with them, not to them or for them, but with them. And everyone thought it was an amazing idea. No one resisted and everyone understood. So we knew from the outset there was an appetite for the concept.



WW: Did your mother play a role in the development of the museum? GA: She initially played a role by simply being on the Asper Foundation Board which was dad, mom, David, Leonard, and me. She completely endorsed it, of course. But she didn’t have much to do with it until my dad died in October of 2003. Everything changed when he died. Dad was our quarterback. Our one-man force. We all took his orders. When he died, we all had to grow up and assume leadership. And mom, who’d never been in the limelight and didn’t want to be, had to lead the way by supporting us. She became the chair of the Asper Foundation. Leonard and David were busy with their careers at Canwest Global, of course. But again I have to give Moe Levy a lot of credit. We were still grieving when two weeks after dad’s death, he dragged mom and me to a groundbreaking and launch of the Architectural Competition at The Forks with all the key people— the premier, the mayor, federal people and aboriginal elders. Dad had always believed that this would have to be an architecturally significant building— Winnipeg was not an obvious tourism destination and this building would have to stand out. It was pretty bleak in the beginning after dad’s death but mom was an incredibly calming and inspiring influence. She could cheer you up and calm you down and fix what was broken. WW: Were there any models or precedents that had been established that you looked to for guidance? GA: The Guggenheim Museum had just opened in Bilbao, Spain—which demonstrated that by building something architecturally significant you could attract hundreds of thousands of people. So we knew we had to have that for the human rights museum—plus have amazing content. WW: What was the experience like during the architectural competition? GA: This was an international architectural competition and it was incredibly interesting. It was the largest architectural competition that Canada has ever launched. We sorted the multitude of entries into dozens of legitimate submissions. These people don’t get paid to do this—they only get paid if they win. Moe pulled together an amazing committee and it was great fun to unwrap these submissions and see the creativity and designs, and in some cases listen to the architects’ explanations. We also had very knowledgeable people on the WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Cover Story committee listening and evaluating and helping us. There were museum curators, architects, journalists, philosophers and other experts. I just felt bad that dad wasn’t alive for the architectural competition—he’d have loved it. WW: When did the fundraising for the museum begin in earnest? GA: We launched the campaign in April 2003 right after the public announcement of the Museum. Moe was asked to incorporate Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as the main fundraiser. Mom would be at all of our news announcements and got heavily involved with fundraising—to the point where people in her apartment block were afraid to go into the elevator for fear of being cornered by her!

WW: How did you handle all of the controversy surrounding this project— particularly in early days? GA: Dad taught me the power of perseverance. He always said that if you don’t think you’re right you’ll have a problem dealing with adversity. I knew what we were doing was right—the conversations we had with hundreds of people across Canada had a big impact on my view. And for every nasty email I got I would have 10 others supporting me. We had to convince the federal government that the project was far beyond just what the Asper family wanted—the mayor, the premier and thousands of supporters and ordinary Canadians wanted it. Clearly, we should all feel proud that equality and justice for all is a real Canadian value.

WW: Were you ever afraid the museum would veer off from your father’s vision through the complexity of the process?

WW: Your involvement with and time spent on the museum must have meant some sacrifices. Any regrets?

GA: Dad actually had an amazing interview with Evan Solomon from CBC a few months before he died. In that interview he described in chapter and verse what the content should be and what the architecture should look like and what his view of the building was. He said it has to be a symbol of Canada so when you see it you’ll know you’re in Canada—like when people see the Sydney Opera House they know it’s Australia. So when we unwrapped New Mexico architect Antoine Predock’s designs there was an almost unanimous feeling around the table that this was something special, something that was speaking to what we were after. It was a real “wow” moment. Most important is that the vision for the exhibits and content has been respected and I am very pleased with the exhibit plan.

GA: Of course I feel a little guilty— ,my two sons were sadly neglected by me over these last 11 years. And I can’t imagine what this would have been like without a loving, supportive husband and incredibly tolerant children. Stephen and Jonathan are 23 and 21 now, but much younger when this was under full development. But Mike really stepped up and supported the boys while I was away and otherwise occupied. I guess I consider the museum like a third child—a very colicky child that we love very much and that is finally growing up!

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magine coming face-to-face with a polar bear; the only thing separating you is a very thick layer of strategically placed bear-proof glass.

This is the kind of thrilling experience visitors can anticipate when they visit the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s expansive new Journey to Churchill exhibit, which officially opens on Thursday, July 3rd. “Journey to Churchill will open as the greatest northern species Zoo exhibit anywhere in the world,” said Margaret Redmond, President and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC). “We are beyond excited to show our visitors an entirely new Zoo experience.” To fully prepare for the opening, the Zoo will be closed for 10 days starting on Monday, June 23rd. When the Zoo re-opens at noon on July 3rd, visitors will enter through the Zoo’s new entrance and welcoming plaza, located just east of the current entrance on Roblin Boulevard. An underwater tunnel in Gateway to the Arctic is 9” thick in some places to accommodate water weight and be completely polar bear safe.

“Journey to Churchill is going to be spectacular and we want the entire Zoo looking its absolute best,” said Don Peterkin, APC’s Chief Operations Officer. “Everything from paint touch ups, to landscaping, to repair work, the small things really make a big difference. It is also very important that we give the animals the proper amount of time to acclimatize to their new environments.” Journey to Churchill is the signature exhibit in a dramatic revitalization of Assiniboine Park Zoo that includes more enriching environments for animals, enhanced facilities for visitors, and a more active contribution to environmental education, research, and conservation.

not all, of their natural behaviours and, by doing so, provide our visitors with an extraordinary experience,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, Director of Zoological Operations for the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Gateway to the Arctic will be the primary viewing point for polar bears and seals. This multi-purpose venue is home to Sea Ice Passage, a 10-foot wide underwater tunnel that allows visitors to view swimming polar bears and seals from below the surface of the water. Though physically separated, the polar bears and seals will see and smell each other, creating a dynamic and enriching environment. “The opportunity to observe the interaction between polar bears and seals from this unique perspective is something you won’t be able to get anywhere else in the world,” said Redmond. The domed Aurora Borealis Theatre – also located in Gateway to the Arctic – will house Manitoba’s largest 360 degree theatre. The multi-purpose theatre, which doubles as a special event space after hours, will show a short film about how climate change is affecting northern people, animals and ecosystems. Outside the theatre, a life-sized replica of a male beluga whale skeleton will be suspended adjacent to a ramp and a vibrant mural depicting the unique marine life of the greater Hudson Bay area, one of many interactive interpretive features designed to entertain and inform visitors about the wildlife and ecosystems of the north. Upon exiting Gateway to the Arctic, visitors will come to the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC),

which opened in January 2012. The IPBCC is home to the Zoo’s research and conservation programs and an interpretive centre that features interactive multi-media displays that provide insight into the impact of climate change on northern environments and the importance of biodiversity, conservation, and research. The IPBCC also houses Canada’s only transition centre for orphaned and at-risk polar bears. Polar bears from northern Manitoba are brought to the IPBCC under very special circumstances and always as a last resort after exhausting all other viable options. These decisions are made by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship in consultation with the Zoo. Three polar bears from Churchill Manitoba – two orphaned female cubs and a three-year-old male – were transferred to the facility last fall. They will move into Journey to Churchill when it opens along with Hudson, a two-year-old male who was born and raised at the Toronto Zoo. The final section of the exhibit, which resembles the town of Churchill, features the Tundra Grill, a 150-seat restaurant and event space, and the Polar Playground, a fully-immersive indoor play area designed as an Arctic wonderland that encourages active play, discovery and exploration. “With the opening of Journey to Churchill, the Assiniboine Park Zoo experience is going to be one of the most impressive Zoo attractions in North America,” said Redmond. “That’s something of which Manitobans should be very proud.”

“Journey to Churchill will be an experience and adventure like no other,” said Redmond. “Visitors will be entertained, amazed, informed and inspired.” Journey to Churchill will house polar bears and other northern species in large, naturalistic habitats. Dramatic changes in elevation, natural elements inspired by the tundra landscape, and hidden barriers located discretely between enclosures will create a more realistic and stimulating environment for animals. “Our goal is to provide our animals with a healthy physical and social environment where they can carry out most, if WINNIPEGMAG.COM

The Zoo’s four polar bears – Hudson, Storm, Aurora, and Kaska – will move into Journey to Churchill before it opens. The exhibit has enough space for eight to 12 polar bears.



Out to Lunch



By Kathryne Grisim, The Media Chef

Bonanza “A

lways Remember Where You Come From” is emblazed across one wall of Market Burger. When you come from Winnipeg, the home of the Salisbury House, Kelekis and Junior’s you know you come from the origin of sensational burgers. At one time, a burger was a burger (even if it was called a “Nip”) but in 2014, burgers are a total experience!

For example, take Market Burger. We knew heading in that we were going to share a Bacon/Cheese Burger, but the decision making process had only begun. Did we want beef, bison, pork, chicken, a sun or black bean burger? Did we want it on brioche, multi-grain Kaiser, skinny bun, gluten-free bun or no bun at all? See what I mean? To make a long story somewhat briefer, we opted for a pork burger on a whole-wheat Kaiser with Bothwell maple-smoked old cheddar cheese, grainy mustard, classic ketchup, and red-pepper mayo. Lettuce, tomato and onions are a given and naturally we added the bacon. In the end, our unique creation was a complexity of flavours with the moist pork patty shining through and the abundant strips of high quality bacon crowning the masterpiece. Menu creator Alexander Svenne of Bistro 7 ¼ demonstrates that he knows where he comes from by selecting the best products that Manitoba has to offer, right down to the Elman’s dill pickle that accompanied the burger.

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As luck would have it, we visited when it was Manitoba Poutine week, which meant that in addition to five selections of poutine typically listed on the menu, there were three more offerings including MB Poutine (which could stand for Manitoba OR Market Burger). House made cheddar potato perogies were to be topped with Bothwell cheese curds, kalbassa from European Meats, gravy made with Farmery Beer, sautéed onions, bacon bits and sour cream, but they were so popular that they had run out of perogies, so we opted to have everything on top of their WINNIPEGMAG.COM

top-notch fries instead. Market Burger could be considered the new kids on the block, or avenue I should say, having opened in 2013 right in the heart of east Corydon. My husband and I are not vegetarians or vegans but we do consciously try to eat meatless meals a couple of times a week. It makes sense to us that if most people in the world can healthfully sustain themselves without meat, then we should be able to as well. We consider ourselves “moderates” in this and most other issues. I have not consciously visited a vegan restaurant in Winnipeg before my inaugural visit to Boon Burger. What is lovely about this genuine restaurant concept is that you are not inundated with vegan literature to sway you one way or another. We selected Boon patties, fashioned from cremini mushrooms, brown rice, tofu and oatmeal. They arrived on a wholewheat square, mine with lettuce and tomatoes and his also with “bacun” (a plant based look alike) and “cheese.” He was perfectly pleased with the mock ingredients. Mine was lacking a little something and then I realized that the promised red pepper peach chutney was not on the sandwich. This was agreeably delivered by one of the staff. Burgers are all about the sides and the oven roasted sesame seed fries were exquisite. Sweet and greaseless, the addition of the toasted sesame seeds provided a nutty crunch that was deliciously satisfying. Had either burger or fries needed enhancement, there were bottles of organic catsup, banana chili sauce, sirachi sauce or sweet chili sauce placed on the communal tables. Most Winnipeggers can’t remember a time when VJ’s (former dubbed Junior’s) wasn’t on the west side of Main St. just north of Broadway Ave. Not a lot has changed since it opened in 1958 except perhaps the addition of an enclosed waiting space. The Fatboy burgers are still made to order and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, dill pickles, diced onions, cheese and the piece de résistance: made-from -scratch chili sauce. The result is a burger that is messy, moist and juicy and there is only one thing that could possibly make it taste better and that is a side of VJ’s french fries. The potatoes are always double fried to bring out the maximum crispiness. The skill of stacking the just cooked fries into a pyramid in the white paper bag is an art that must be passed down generation to generation. Just when you think that it is impossible to add another fry to the stack, the person working the window manages to and then with a swift and fluid motion, they tip the bag onto the cardboard tray so that salt and vinegar can be added. Our favourite of the three? That would be like comparing an apple to an orange to a banana. All were scrumptious in their own distinct way. WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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From the Cellar

Everybody Loves

the Sunshine By Clarence Jackson


t’s true. And, not just because we’re told by Roy Ayers in the quintessential summer groove from his 1976 album of the same name. “Just bees and thangs and flowers…Yeah, everybody loves the sunshine.”

The garden has come back to life; the tulips and daffodils have come and gone and the lilacs will follow shortly. Maybe you’re harvesting your first lettuce and have already been making rhubarb pie. Looking forward, berries (strawberries, Saskatoons and raspberries) and apples are around the corner. Echinacea, Black-eyed Susans, hydrangea and lavender are also on deck. Oh yes, delicious tomatoes and fresh basil as well. I’m told that when planning a garden you should keep in mind scent, colour and repetition. Whether you’re an avid gardener, gardening magazine reader or live vicariously through those neighbours while strolling through your neighbourhood or at the lake, Manitoba’s summer bounty is upon us, and it looks, smells and sounds great. You’ve completed the day’s to-do list: pruned dead and dying branches and added to the bonfire pile. Check. Mowed the lawn. Check. Picked up and put away previous day’s swim things and towels. Check. Cleaned and re-arranged the patio furniture (again). Check. Time to relax. From the comfort of your deck or dock, in the city or out at the lake, drop in visitors are frequent and casual entertaining necessary. Simplicity pays dividends here with easy to serve items on hand to eat: Cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, chips and salsa. The same can be said for summer refreshments. The record 21 days in December where temperatures reached -30°C or colder are but a distant memory. To quote Roy Ayers again: “Folks get down in the sunshine... Folks get brown in the sunshine. Everybody loves the sunshine, yes they do.”



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From the Chef


Kick it up with

Breathe new life into your salad


ooking for a new kale salad recipe? Maybe not, but this one has found you. The combination of baby kale, roasted tomatoes and wheat berries (yes, wheat berries, not an actual berry) breathes a whole new life into this salad. Once it’s tossed in a creamy avocado chipotle dressing, your taste buds will wake up and beg you for more.

Baby kale, roasted tomato and wheat berry salad with avocado chipotle dressing FOR THE SALAD



1 ea


1 ½ C Roasted baby tomatoes

2 ea

Chipotle pepper in adobo

(toss in olive oil , and roast at 400F for 15min, let cool)


Olive oil


Baby kale

Cooked wheat berries

2T Lime juice Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until thick and creamy. Place kale into a bowl, Add the tomatoes and wheat berries and 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing. Toss by hand or with a pair of tongs. Enjoy.

By Rob Thomas Chef Rob is a welltravelled, Private Chef for hire, with close to 20 years of experience in the Culinary Arts. His culinary and global experiences connect people, culture, and ultimately the world. His cuisine is considered a mixture of modern and traditional, with many international flavours, blending together to create flavourful, fresh and inspiring dishes. Rob.Thomas www. chef_rob204




Home & Garden

KITCHEN REVAMP Images Courtesy of Green’s Cabinets Plus


By Jon Waldman


ith the change in season, Winnipeggers are now free to roam outdoors. Soak up the sun, take a day trip up to the lake, maybe get a ball game going.

Yet with all the lures that bring us out of our homes in these warmer months, we still spend a lot of time in our homes, and all this extra time gets us thinking renovations; and given the amount of time we spend inside it, one of the first – and often most intimidating – rooms we look to work on is the kitchen. Because of all that is contained within the kitchen, approaching a reno here can seem like a gargantuan task – that is, if you take on the whole job at once. What is an easier option, though, is to give your kitchen a new lease by concentrating on one area - your cabinetry. It really can be amazing just how much this single-focus project can do to change the entirety of your food prep space.





Of course, given the nature of kitchen reno, the cabinetry sometimes does follow hot on the heels of another element of change.


“A lot of people will put a granite countertop in and then get to their cabinets and think they’re pretty crappy next to the new top and call us, saying we need to facelift these cabinets,” admits Lyle Green of Green’s Cabinets Plus.

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For look, there are a few different styles, naturally, that one can go with. Ranging from the classic hand-carved fronts to a modern flat face, each style of cabinet door comes with its fans, and generally, a reno project won’t be done as a project on a whim. Green notes that his clientele will look at a variety of styles before coming to the shop which he runs with his wife, Terrie. “I’ve had a lot of customers come in having bought magazines and researched on the Internet,” he acknowledges. Even in making that decision of visuals, though, there is an element of functionality that comes into play. Lorne Klassen is with Jake Klassen’s Kitchen Gallery. He remarks that maintenance plays into decision-making, with his customers favouring one style as a result.

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“Our clients and I would dare say most people thinking of changing their kitchen are looking for ease of cleaning,” he says. “This has made flat door styles very popular. It is a more contemporary look.” Still, as with any element of the home, the bottom line of visuals turns to timelessness versus trends. This is where materials start to come into play a little more. Witness, for example, thermofoil, which has a lifespan of only seven to 10 years as the Greens indicate, versus a wood door which has a longer lifespan. “For people who are in a big panic to sell their house, thermofoil is probably the way to go,” Green says. THE NEED While visuals may come and go, what often becomes the bottom line is whether a cabinet is doing what is needed in the kitchen. Is it being used to full capacity? Are there other changes that are going to affect storage space? These are the questions asked before one simply rips out existing cabinetry in exchange for other space plans, and when you’re in a Winnipeg home that was built decades ago, this can be challenging. “Houses that were built 30 or more years ago usually did not have a lot of thought put into kitchen design,” Klassen says. “They were strictly utilitarian.” This build not only played havoc with storage back then - it’s also causing issues today with some of the more basic renovations. Popular trends like dampers on cabinet doors or sliding drawers are made impossible with the past constructs, and as Green points out, simple modifications aren’t always possible.

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“There are certain baskets that you can do but in certain cases they don’t work in kitchens that are already made,” he says. “In some of the older kitchens, we’re trying to get away from facelifting because we’re restricted in what hinges we can actually use and a lot of the older cabinets have angled fronts, so even if you do a facelift it looks like an old kitchen.” THE PRICE Once these factors have been decided upon, the final decision one has to make is whether they’re going to go with a custom cabinet maker or go the “big box” route. This is where misconceptions come in. That word custom often has the conception of expense to it, and certainly a specific piece will have a higher price tag than that which comes off a mass production line. Where savings can be eaten up, however, is in the assembly. “The secret, when you’re talking about IKEA or those sort of stores, is you have to educate people. IKEA is a knockdown cabinet,” Green reflects. “If the person isn’t going to assemble it themselves, it brings the price right back up to where custom prices are.” While perceived cost becomes a decision-maker in the larger construct, it appears not to be the same for systems that dwell within. Klassen comments that a customer is less timid about opening their wallet when it comes to decking out their drawers and cabinets in the name of optimizing space.

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“We are definitely finding that clients are more willing to spend for organizational items than in the past, drawer organizers being the most popular items,” he says. No matter which way a homeowner chooses to redo their cabinetry, there is an immediate feeling of justification when the project is done. When all pots and pans are away and the doors are closed, in that moment of reflection as you stand in front of your new cabinetry, you truly see just how worth it all the work and planning was. WINNIPEGMAG.COM



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he snow has finally melted and soon the invitations for backyard barbecues will need to be sent out. Now is the time to build that dream fence you’ve been wanting. No matter your style, a fence is a landscaping tool with a job to do - even if that job is simply esthetic. The key is finding a fence that fits your particular style, purpose and budget. First you have to decide exactly why you want a fence. Pinpointing the purpose will help you determine the ideal size of the openings you require and the height. Often, installing a fence meets many needs simultaneously. While it can embellish your property lines, it can also shade your garden or keep your children and pets safely in your yard. A fence can also help maintain privacy from your neighbors and keep wildlife from wandering onto your property. After you’ve highlighted your reasons for a fence, determine where you want the access points to be. Having gates and doors added to a fence can drive up the cost so be sure the placement is easily accessed and beneficial to you and your family. If your fence is going right on the line between your and your neighbour’s property, try speaking with them first and see if they’d like to split the cost with you.



Once you’ve determined what it is you’d like to have built there are many companies within the city that will come out, survey your area and provide you with a free quote. Tyler Birch, coowner of TNT Fenceworks explains the process from start to finish. “A customer can call us and we will come out to their home to quote the job with installation. Then from there we will set a date and take a deposit. We then send out a crew to complete the fence installation. Depending on the size of the yard we can usually complete a chain link fence in less than a WINNIPEGMAG.COM

day. For wood, vinyl, brick and ornamental iron the job will be completed within a three day time period depending on the size and complexity. The balance of payment is due only once the customer is completely satisfied with our work.” The size and materials used are the biggest factors when determining a price. Wood, brick, vinyl, iron and chain link are the most common materials used in fence construction and they all have specific benefits. For example, the average lifespan of a treated wood fence is less than the lifespan of a metal fence due to the way natural materials are affected by climate and sun damage. Wood fences have a lifespan of 20-25 years while an iron or metal fence can have a life expectancy of up to 40 years. Chain link fencing is certainly the most affordable option for a backyard or front yard fence. And while sometimes it is assumed that a chain link lacks privacy, there are many options to solve that issue. There are privacy weaves that attach to the chain link and they come in many different patterns. You can also do a hybrid fence made of both wood and chain link to create the look you want. Chain link is often available in many colours like taupe, green, brown, black, white, or grey. Before installing your new fence make sure to consider the City of Winnipeg bylaws for all you need to know on fence construction.

CITY GUIDELINES: Is a permit needed to build a fence? No, a permit is not required to build a residential fence. Are there any height restrictions? Yes, the City of Winnipeg bylaws limit the fence to have a maximum height of: 2 metres (6ft 6in) for a back or side fence, and 1.2 metres (4ft) for a front yard fence. How do I determine my property lines? You should access a Manitoba Land Surveyors Staking Certificate. Accredited land surveyors can be found online or in the Yellow Pages. You should also be sure to check your properties original paperwork as some homeowners already have the certificate filed away from previous use or from the previous homeowner. What type of materials can be used to construct a residential fence? Brick, wood, concrete, vinyl and metal can all be used. Electric fences are not permitted in residential areas within Winnipeg. Does my neighbour have to be consulted if I want to build a fence? No, your neighbour does not have to be consulted if the fence is on your side of the property lines. Often however, homeowners will approach their immediate neighbours to see if they’d like a fence and then both parties can share in the cost. It is totally up to the individual whether or not they consult with their neighbours.

Take it Outside Introducing the Harvest Grove Outdoor Kitchen – a collection of eight highly affordable modular kits built with top of the line precast concrete and stainless steel components. Now, more than ever, it is easier to own the backyard living space of your dreams. For more information, locate a dealer at and get a free copy of our 2014 catalogue.


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hy bring some biodiversity to your backyard or cabin? Because Big Bluestem, Manitoba’s provincial grass, is beautiful. Because planting milkweed species will help to save the exquisite monarch butterfly whose numbers have hit a record low due to loss of its habitat. Because what’s native to Manitoba will thrive in harsh conditions. The resurgence of interest in native plants comes as no surprise to John Morgan, an ecologist and owner of Prairie Habitats. He has spent 27 years educating Manitobans about why it makes sense to restore the plants that created our rich soil, nourished Aboriginals and fed the bison herds that once roamed the land. Unlike the European and Middle-Eastern lawn and garden imports which have few defences against our extreme climate,



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native species have adapted to Manitoba over thousands of years. Not only will these plants thrive, they encourage wildlife, such as butterflies, pollinating and predatory insects as well as songbirds, to thrive.

“These plants are more resistant to disease, there’s less watering, and you don’t have to use fertilizers,” explains McDonald. “They’re perennials. Once they’re planted, they’ll come back year after year.”

Prairie Flora is one of the local businesses that grows and sells native prairie wildflowers and prairie grasses for landscaping. “We collect all the seeds locally and have our own stock gardens with over 90 native species,” says Aimee McDonald, who owns Prairie Flora with her husband Wes.

Both McDonald and Morgan are particularly passionate about the milkweed family because of its impact on monarch butterflies. They are the only plants monarchs will lay their eggs on and their caterpillars will eat. The systematic “weeding out” of milkweeds has endangered the monarch’s entire North American population.

From native prairie flowers such as the Black-Eyed Susan, Three Flowered Avens, and the Prairie Crocus to native grasses such as Big Bluestem, Canada Wild Rye and Indian Grass, Prairie Flora has indigenous species you can plant in your own backyard.

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has been supporting the campaign by donating proceeds from every milkweed plant purchased to the David Suzuki Foundation to aid in their efforts to help the monarch butterfly. “Monarch butterflies find milkweeds like sharks find blood in the ocean,” says Morgan. “Milkweed plants have a wonderful scent, almost like lilacs, and the ability to nourish butterflies, nectarseeking bees and other insects.” Even the White House recently created a pollinator garden by adding Swamp and Butterfly Milkweeds to its 1,500-squarefeet. So how do you make milkweed a part of your garden or yard? The first step is to select milkweeds that are native to Manitoba. Examples include Swamp, Dwarf and Whorled Milkweeds. “Swamp Milkweed is a favourite of both monarch butterflies and our customers,” says McDonald. “It’s a beautiful, fragrant cluster of wine-coloured flowers atop a tall branching stem. It is a gorgeous addition to any garden.” There are no hard-and-fast rules to creating a native prairie garden. If

you have a green thumb and an eye for landscaping, you can create a beautiful backdrop of tall prairie wildflowers and grasses along the back fence, in a front yard garden, cottage lot or even in deep containers. If you’re just introducing native species, Morgan recommends starting small with a clean, weedfree space in full sun. Try a handful of native wildflowers and grasses with a variety of colours and blooming times, planted at a density of about 2-4 per square foot. See how they do in your yard, and gradually add to your planting over time. Every year Morgan gives native plant and butterfly gardening workshops hosted by Living Prairie Museum at 2795 Ness Avenue. Included are descriptions of dozens of beautiful Manitoba species, plus tips on how to design, plant and enjoy a native landscape. There are also a number of native prairie plant sales throughout the spring and summer. Prairie Flora will be selling plants at the Living Prairie Museum in May and June and at their greenhouse in Teulon. Prairie Flora also has shipping and delivery options.

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Your First-Class Folklorama Experience This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Folklorama Festival. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Folklorama invites all Winnipeggers to come on out to the largest and longest running multicultural festival in the world from August 3 to 16 to celebrate 45 years of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding. And, let’s face it: it’s also been 45 years of fun!

“Touring two or three pavilions in one night is a great option for busy people,” says Zoerb. “Folklorama will take care of all of the details and you simply get on our special VIP bus and let us take care of the rest. It’s truly a first class experience.”

“This year, we are pleased to offer 43 different cultural pavilions in venues throughout the city,” says Debra Zoerb, Folklorama’s Executive Director. “We want all of Manitoba to come out and celebrate our 45th anniversary with us. From singing, to dancing, to dining, to cultural exploration, there is so much to experience at Folklorama!” One of the best ways to ensure you have a great time at Folklorama is to do the Festival in style and book a Folklorama VIP World Tour experience. It’s a perfect opportunity to get together with friends or family and be pampered for the entire evening. Folklorama’s VIP World Tour options enable you to bypass line-ups, enjoy premium

A spectacular performance is guaranteed at Folklorama’s Israel Pavilion – Shalom Square.

seating, a progressive meal, and the convenience of air-conditioned transportation throughout the evening. Folklorama takes care of all of the planning and all you have to do is enjoy your night away from it all.

Depending on your interests, there are several VIP World Tour options to consider, including: Two or Three Pavilion Tours, Late Night Tours, Party Tours, Walking Tours, Cycle Tours and Accessibility Tours. However you choose to enjoy Folklorama, you’re sure to have a great time and experience something new. To plan your Folklorama VIP experience, visit or call 204-982-6222. The 45th anniversary of the Folklorama Festival happens August 3 to 16, 2014.

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