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Toys for Big Boys

Powder Kings: Cut up the trails this winter on a new sled or a pimped out ATV


Cleared for Take Off

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Pubs ‘n Grub: Where to head for the best screens, suds and eats on game day

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Winnipeg The guide for living local


Fall 2013: Volume 9, Issue 3


ootball season has been back for a while and now hockey is gracing our TVs once again. Check out our feature on Pubs ‘n Grub for three of the best sports bars in the city and what they have to offer by way of food, viewing and what’s on tap. Winnipeg Men is all about supporting our local franchise, and our feature, Cleared for Take Off, covers how the Jets plan on taking the Western Conference by storm this season. Here’s hoping head coach Claude Noel can get our boys where we want them to be.

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If you’re planning on buying a new sled this winter, Toys for Big Boys gives you a rundown on some of the best new sleds, the tried and true machines, and even some info on how to pimp out your ATV for the colder weather. Snow is no reason to stay indoors – it’s actually a reason to head out!


This issue is also our annual Pursuit edition. We’ve done things a bit differently this year, with




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Pubs ‘n Grub By Kelly Parker

Where to head for the best screens, suds and eats on game day


he 2013 NFL season is a month old, but what hockey crazy Winnipeggers were really licking their

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chops about was the

Hat Tricks: “We subscribe to NFL

NHL season kick off, which is now upon us, bringing with it another monthslong season of living and dying with every win or loss. But if you’re not one of the lucky few watching the action inside MTS Centre, where to go? Although by no means a comprehensive list, Win-

Arsenal of TVs: Hat Tricks: “24 big screens, and we’re in

three of the premiere sports bars in the

the process of adding two more 60-inch TV screens, and adjacent to the bar we have a VLT lounge with four big flat screens as well. “

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Tavern United: “Over 30.”

to the best screams, screens, suds and

Shark Club: “63 TVs and two big 12-foot

eats come game day.

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Sunday Ticket, the NHL Centre Ice package and Setanta for rugby as well, so we make sure that we have all of the sports on our TVs.”

Tavern United: “We screen all of the major sports that people expect. Our Transcona and Fort Garry locations screen every UFC card, and the downtown location has a few of the bigger cards (like) the GSP fights.”

Shark Club: “Of course, we’ve got the standard NFL Ticket, NBA, golf, UFC, CFL and the Jets. We’re the Bombers home away from home sponsor, so when the Bombers are playing out of town we’ve got Bomber alumni, head office people and cheerleaders down here.”


As you might expect, each of the three we spoke to say they offer tons of TVs, cold beer, good food and atmosphere, so what sets each apart from the other? The downtown Tavern United (CanadInns) at 260 Hargrave St. is not a true sports bar at all, and there’s a reason for that, says brand manager Andy Fosty, who calls Tavern a “new world” sports bar. “We’re a pub that also caters to the sports-minded individual, but we’re still a pub in the traditional sense. We have that Canadian pub feel, whereas a traditional sports bar has hundreds of TVs and sports tickers (and) cater specifically to the sports-minded individual, Tavern is a little more well-rounded (because) sometimes patrons don’t come in for sports, even though sports are playing. Sometimes they come in for a party atmosphere on St. Patrick’s Day and have no interest in the sports.” Hat Tricks Sports Bar & Grill – inside the Howard Johnson Express at 3740 Portage Ave. – on the other hand (as you can guess by the name) is hockey mad. “We wanted to make sure that it was a place to come to for a game-like experience,” says General Manager Shane Nobiss. “We have the lights and sirens, the Jets emblem in lights all the way

Full menu or bar nosh? Hat Tricks: “Full menu, and our specialty is our homemade wings. Our hamburgers are homemade ground chuck, and we have a wide range of other sandwiches and salads on the menu.” Tavern United: “We have a full menu, but on NHL game nights we have a limited menu of just our most popular choices of appetizers and sharing dishes, as well as individual entrees and dinner selections – a little bit of everything – in a streamlined menu that ensures that people can get in and out quickly in order to get to the game.” Shark Club: “One of the descriptions that we use internally is that we are a ‘culinary sports bar’. We’ve got an international level chef who has worked in some of the best restaurants in Vancouver and trained in Europe. He’s very serious about the food without going too far and making it food that people wouldn’t expect to see in a sports bar. They might not expect to see an Ahi Tuna taco, but it’s still a taco.”

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city essentials around our bar going off every time there is a goal or penalty, and somebody on our mic announcing the goal, penalty, power play or whatever it is. It’s an experience to watch a Jets game in Hat Tricks and if you can’t be inside MTS Centre watching, this is the next best thing.” You’ll find those same elements at the recently opened Shark Club on the second floor of City Place, but you’ll also find a completely different take on the typical brass and wood sports bar in the glass, steel and black granite appointments and upscale lighting “that is more upbeat and friendlier for a larger demographic than just the hardcore sports fan,” explains franchisee Darin Amies, who says Shark Club has also made an effort to try to make women comfortable in the building by having great food and an upscale-looking room with great washrooms. Amies says that when you include the Manitoba Lotteries Gaming Centre that is adjacent to the club proper, there is close to 17,000 sq. ft. of floor space up there. “We’re bigger than anything else in the city,” he says, “and with the gaming aspect, we’re different than anything else in Manitoba. Plus, with our corporate side and training, we’re trying to make sure that we are giving the best service in the city.” m

Suds: Hat Tricks: “We carry all of the local brews, and we also have eight different brands on tap as well, but we keep it to the major brands.” Tavern United: “On tap, we have 16 selections, and in the bottle, we have some of the major local brews. We’ve also introduced beverage features between periods so that people can come over and almost get two beers for the price of one over at the arena.” Shark Club: “We keep it fairly standard, plus we carry some of the local brews. We’ve got 10 different beers on tap, including Stella.”

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ater this month, Winnipeg will become home to a new brand of pub. One that offers what no one else in Manitoba does, and is only offered selectively across the rest of the country: Craft beer. Exclusively.

“The owners have been talking about opening the pub for over a year, but it was in the last six months that the idea took flight. Since then, we have been working hard to transform the dream into a reality,” says Paulo Brochado, general manager. Located at 655 Empress Street at the old Kelsey’s location behind Polo Park mall, the Barley Brothers dream is set to become a reality on October 24.


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In what will be the first pub in Manitoba to sell exclusively craft beer, Barley Brothers is sure to draw a crowd, especially as craft beer continues to gain popularity. “We decided to open Barley Brothers because we want to introduce the regular ‘beer’ drinker to an actual BEER. We wanted to present something to Winnipeg for the beer aficionados. Sometimes, what people need is a little push to try something different; Barley Brothers is here to offer that. But mostly, we wanted to have control over what we offer on tap,” says Brochado.

Look for the Barley Brothers at Gate #1 at the MTS Centre.

The guys aren’t just shying away from large name beer, they’re flat out not carrying it. “Barley Brothers is proud to offer 72 taps, and will carry a more extensive selection of strictly craft beers than anywhere in Canada. We will be carrying mostly beer from North America - there is a vast assortment of craft beer from Canada and the United States that we are excited to offer. We will also be carrying three beers from the old world,” he explains. Among those 72 taps will be brews from Half Pints Brewing Company and Fort Garry Brewing Company of course, both already known on the craft beer scene.


“They both represent the craft beer world of Winnipeg. It would be a big mistake not representing them in our house,” says Brochado. Beyond the taps, the pub will serve a mix of Bavarian beer hall favourites with a Canadiana influence: think schnitzel, bratwurst, perogies, and a mix of classic pub fare. Then to add to your beering experience, the pub will feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights. If you’re not up on your craft beer, or even if you’ve just never strayed from the larger, well-known beer that most places carry, there is nothing to fear. The assortment of brands and flavours Barley Brothers will offer is huge, but for those who aren’t sure what they like, the pub will offer beer flights as well. Flights are usually 4-6 small glasses served on a small paddle, each glass holding a different beer. This allows a taste test of sorts, to discover what you like. “Barley Brothers will be carrying up to 27 flights of beer that all vary in full flavour and colour,” says Brochado. So whether you’re a connoisseur or you just enjoy a cold one now and then, Barley Brothers has got what you want. And it’s crafty. m

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2013 In pursuit of the ultimate vehicle? On the following pages you’ll read about the Cadillac ATS, the BMW X3 and the Volkswagen Diesel TDI; just three of the striking vehicles on the road right now. Read how each has been either developed or redesigned and what they offer so far as horsepower, comfort, safety and of course, luxury, are concerned. Whether you’re looking to upgrade or even just for a new toy, we’ve got the lowdown for you. Following that is our special Revved Up section featuring remote car starters. Long gone are the days of holding your remote up to the window and crossing your fingers that your car managed to start from around the side of the house and down the driveway – now you can even start your car using your cell phone from another province. Read on in the pursuit of luxury and convenience.


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8 Cadillac ATS Refined engine, refined size, all Cadillac


adillac is finally coming around to the idea that bigger is not always better, the company created the new, smaller ATS specifically to battle sporty compact sedans. The ATS team, led by Dave Leone, created the new Alpha platform with near 50/50 weight distribution as well as rear- and allwheel drive. The ATS has a wheelbase of 109.3 inches and a length of 182.8 inches, similar to the new BMW 328i sedan, and Leone promises that the base ATS will weigh less than 3,400 pounds. The Alpha platform has a strut front suspension with separate lower links in place of a control arm to provide better steering geometry. In back there is a multilink setup, and anti-roll bars with direct-acting links are used at both ends, as are rubber-isolated sub frames to reduce road and suspension noise.

The breaks are four-wheel discs and allseason 225/45R-17 tires on seven-inchwide wheels are standard, but these get upgraded on the more powerful cars. The headlights have a vertical line of LEDs that match a similar line in the fog lights below. The centre brake light doubles as a spoiler at the trailing edge of the trunk. The entry-level engine is GM’s latest 2.5-litre Ecotec four-cylinder from the 2013 Malibu and only comes with

Hydra-Matic 6L45 six-speed automatic and rear drive. The power swells from 190 to 200 horsepower. The next engine up will be a second-gen, 2.0-litre, Ecotec turbo four-cylinder. It produces 270 horsepower and 260 poundfeet of torque. It will come with either the auto or a new Tremec TR3160 sixspeed manual. If you want all-wheel drive, though, you’re stuck with the automatic. The top choice is the 3.6-litre V-6, borrowed from the CTS. With 318 horsepower and 267 pound-feet, this refined engine matches the top non-AMG-type offerings from the German makers. It will come with both rear- and all-wheel drive, but only with the automatic. We expect zero-to-60 times of about seven flat, six flat and five flat with the three respective power choices. Note: A Corvette V-8 will fit under the hood. At first glance, the ATS resembles a shrunken CTS, but it has softer lines, a larger greenhouse relative to the lower body, less bright work and a slightly subdued finish. It’s a restrained, buttoneddown presentation that nevertheless remains identifiably Cadillac. The ATS will have a base price of about $33,500, rising to roughly $50,000 with all options.

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his thought strikes me whenever I drive a vehicle like the BMW X3. To me, the luxury of the X3 is deeper than the fancy blue impeller logo, heated seats and premium sound system. To really reach the luxury buyer, a vehicle must address the core values of driving – excellent handling, effortless power, top-notch braking and passenger safety – first. The rest is window dressing.

I’m driving the X3 xDrive 2.8i, and I appreciate that this model takes those core values and adds another: fuel efficiency. It uses a four-cylinder motor for fuel efficiency and a pair of turbochargers for power when needed. On the road, the X3 is sure-footed, stable and reacts well to sudden steering inputs, which is how the best-handling cars help you avoid collisions.

There are some very handy touches for parking the X3 like the rear-view camera with top view (or “God-view,” as some scribes call it) that provides a wide-angle view out the back and a view that simulates having a camera about 10 metres above the car, very handy if you have to back out of or into a confined area. A sonar-based park distance control also provides a visual representation of items you might be approaching. If there’s something that all luxury brands must get right or all is lost, it’s feel. How does the car feel when your hand hits the touch points? How solidly do the doors close? Fortunately, the X3 and other BMWs hit this mark. The understated but techno interior look combines with softtouch vinyl and leather and a variety of trim pieces; from piano black to tasteful wood grain and a seemingly hand-scraped wood trim you have lots of options to customize your Bimmer. But what I appreciate most about BMW is that it builds cars first, luxury playthings second. They have all the right bling available when you need it, but underneath is a capable, efficient, excellent-handling vehicle. Like with a house, if you don’t get that foundation right, it doesn’t matter how much you spend on the leather. The X3 starts at $42,800. As tested, my X3 xDrive 2.8i was $55,414.

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Remote Possibilities By Jim Peters

Winnipeg keeps remote starters popular year round


ong gone are the days when starting your car in the winter with a remote was viewed as pampered—if it ever was. And it’s no surprise that Winnipeg is an ideal location for remote car starters—river city’s beloved weather extremes provide the perfect climate to take advantage of the technology’s best features. Consumers have also wised up to the option of using remotes to start their cars on blazing hot summer days with the AC cranked on full blast. A couple of the players in town who know a thing or three about car starter installations and service are Absolute Autoguard and Advance Quality Electronics. Chris Rees from Absolute Autoguard describes some of the many options available to consumers these days, “There are essentially three types of starters that we promote. There’s the entry level, one-way key fob communication that starts your car remotely; then you have two-way key fob communication—the device lets you know the vehicle is running; and a third option is two-way communication through an app on your smartphone.”

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and higher—depending on the choice of communication style and type of vehicle. Absolute Autoguard’s Bernie Atchison says, “Two-way LED car starters are still our biggest seller but I’m sure there’ll come a time when smartphone installs become standard. Like virtually everything else in modern society, there appears to be a trend up towards using cell phones for car starters—just like the apps now available to remote control your home’s mechanical systems.” It also appears the days of losing your car in a parking lot are a thing of the past—if your phone is equipped with the app of course. Rees says, “With the Astro phone app you can even GPS-locate your car if you forget where you parked. With a key fob you have to be within transmitter distance. But with a cell phone my wife can call me from Vancouver and ask me to unlock the car because she’s locked out.” Atchison says one of the brands they’ve always favoured is the Astrostart/Autostart product line. “These starters were typically a bit more expensive and didn’t come with fancy cosmetics like some of the other brands. But they have proven to be very

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durable and dependable.” Astro products are headquartered in Montreal, where many of the current players in the car starter business originated. IMMOBILIZER MOBILIZATION For Absolute Autoguard, Manitoba Public Insurance’s decision to ramp up the installations of immobilizers on older vehicle types was in fact the catalyst for their business plan in 2005—but also presented a double-edged sword. Rees explains, “On the one hand MPI’s immobilizer program provided a lot of business for us, but also proved challenging at times. Part of becoming an MPI-certified installer were the strict certifications required, which of course affected our existing staff—many who had been doing installations for years. And because our business model was based on high volume installations we found we were either grossly overstaffed or grossly understaffed—based on the peaks and valleys of seasonal requirements. Ultimately, of course, the program helped to cement our knowledge base and reputation because of the volume and variety of vehicles we were servicing.” Car starters are affected by immobilizers—now standard equipment on newer car models—because they interrupt the circuits required for vehicle starting. The starters have to come equipped with a bypass module in order to function and the two systems need to interact. Atchison points out that another trend in the industry is car companies and dealerships building or installing their own remote car starters. He says, “Chevy and Chrysler now have that option. But many of the cars with factory-installed starters will show up at our shop—we still program many of them. Car companies are also using keyless fob-based entry systems which means the radio frequency on the devices have a limited range—so we can enhance that.” Typical installations take an average of four to five hours. At Absolute Autoguard the boxes are always installed under the dash where they’re not visible—the only thing you can see is the flashing blue light of the antenna on one-way and two-way devices. On a cell-based car starter system there is no antenna. ADVANCES FROM ADVANCE Advance Electronics is another long-time promoter of remote car starters—having specialized in sales and installations for over 20 years. The electronics giant carries a wide range of makes and models with a host of different features. Nick Serino from Advance says, “We offer a multitude of brands, such as Viper, Python, Compustar and Autostart, all with many different features and options. “Common starters are the one-way type where the button on the remote transmitter will start your car but not relay back to the device to indicate your vehicle has started. With a two-way remote most of the brands feature an LCD screen or LED light that indicates your vehicle has started.” Nick adds, “Our car starters begin at $199—up to $449 installed. Most newer vehicles require additional parts and labour for factory installed immobilizers and factory security systems.” WITH RESERVATIONS Advance and Absolute Autoguard’s best advice? The beginning of the fall season is the perfect time for getting a car starter installed. So for the procrastinators out there—which is really everybody—reserve early! m

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toys for big boys

Cut up the trails this winter on a new sled or a pimped out ATV

Powder Kings By J.A. Shapira


im Allen would have had a field day if Home Improvement was still being filmed. This season some of the most insanely powerful ATVs and snowmobiles will be hitting the stores and causing a commotion that would have Tim grunting up a storm. From the new 107hp RZR XP1000 ATV to the professional grade 600 IQ Widetrak snowmobile, Winnipeg dealerships are ready to put you in the driver’s seat. Jill Ruth at Headingley Sport Shop and her sales pro Mitch sat down with me to discuss and show me some of next season’s biggest and baddest toys. With almost 50 years in business, Headingley Sport Shop has fulfilled the needs of powersport enthusiasts time and time again. With a driven passion, they shared some tips and secrets of the trade. “Prices on new models are so good these days there’s no point in buying used,” says Mitch Ruth, Jill’s son and a 10-year veteran of the industry who just got back from a national conference where he got to check out Polaris’ newest toys. His mom Jill agrees that by purchasing through a reputable dealership, at least you have the warranties and service to back up the product.

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Growing up on snowmobiles, you can see the glisten in Mitch’s eyes as he talks about the sport he’s so passionate about. “Nowadays people are buying more side-by-sides because it’s a lot more fun riding next to the person than behind them” he says. Mitch talks about all the new Polaris products hitting dealerships this season. Although there aren’t many new models hitting the market, one thing that the manufacturers are constantly improving is the drive. Jeff Snowdon, sales manager at Rond’s Marine echoes that statement. “I don’t know that there’s a lot that’s brand new, but the snowmobiles do change and are improved every year,” he says. As he talks

about his love of snowmobiles he tells me about the Polaris Pro-Ride which has been one of the best-selling snowmobiles in the last few years. With a whole new suspension design coming out this year, the ride quality is expected to be second-to-none. “It’s very forgiving to the passenger. This new rear suspension is completely different from any other snowmobile that’s ever been on the market,” he continues. With a swing-arm suspension similar to the kind you’d find on your vehicle or motorcycle, the track moves up and down between the rider and the snow, instead of the machine moving over-top of the track. In the same way a motorcycle suspension is on a swing-arm, Polaris has created a snowmobile with similar features. Providing exceptional rider comfort as well as minimal impact on bumps, its adjustable components allow riders big or small to change the suspension without the use of tools. Snowden expects that the hottest model to hit markets this season is the Assault by Polaris. With a longer track similar to a mountain sled, it allows the rider versatility in almost any condition. Great for the trail, it also works equally well off-trail, permitting the rider to hit deep snow without being bogged down. “It does it all,” says Snowdon. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

While the Pro-Ride is currently the only model with the new suspension, Snowdon expects it to gradually become optional on other models produced by Polaris.

“It’s important to do your research,” says Mitch. All the experts suggest asking lots of questions and being honest about your level of experience.

Although both Headingley Sport Shop and Rond’s Marine exclusively sell Polaris, when I ask about other brands the experts tell me how these days they’re pretty much all equal. As long as it’s Arctic Cat, Polaris, Bombardier or Yamaha, chances are you’ll find a quality machine that meets your needs and your pocketbook.

Another popular trend is turning your ATV into a snowmobile. While you won’t have the same speed, it’s a great way to make your ATV more versatile and capable of being used year-round. “Unfortunately, you can’t use an ATV on the trails,” points out Mitch. Snowmobiles, obviously much narrower, give you an extraordinary rush virtually incapable of achieving on an ATV with tracks. However, Snowdon reminds me that what you do get with a side-by-side is the ability to ride next to each other which is not only safer, but often more enjoyable for the riders.

Another benefit to converting your ATV is the ability to stay warm through such options as cabs with heaters. In addition, being able to trudge through deep snow on an ATV is far easier than trying to navigate it with a snowmobile. “Because of the big footprint it provides and the torque, you don’t go anywhere as fast, but if you’re on a lake going ice fishing, there’s no better way to stay comfortable,” says Snowdon. From attaching snow plows to stereos, the options this season are endless and the capabilities outstanding. m

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FALL 2013 |


get outdoors


g n i t Hun

By Jim Peters

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ith another summer fading behind us in the rear view mirror, many Winnipeg men have set their sights on exploring some of the more traditional fall adventures—such as hunting, fishing and camping excursions—all abundantly available in North America. And if staying closer to home is more your style, many lodges, retailers and outfitters in the province provide packages and excursions to accommodate every taste. Peter Tully, retail marketing manager with Cabela’s in Winnipeg, says the renowned outfitter boasts an outdoor adventures program that provides a good place to start. “Many people start their planning online and I would encourage anyone looking at an outdoor trip to begin with our website. Just go to Cabela’s WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Canada and work your way through the kind of experience you’re looking for. For example, once you’re at outdoor adventures, click on the hunting and fishing sidebars for a breakdown of species, locations and excursions to your liking. For example, if you were interested in a black bear hunt in Manitoba, click the tabs and you’ll find some of the adventures and locations we recommend,” explains Tully. Cabela’s program serves as a liaison for lodges and campsites throughout North America, acting like a virtual travel agent for outdoor adventures. Tully adds, “The demand is always seasonally affected. Right now, a lot of people are gearing up for waterfowl and archery hunting excursions.”

As befitting the organization’s mandate, Turenne says, “I think there’s a growing realization that world class lodges and resort locations exist in our own backyard. You don’t have to travel to B.C. or elsewhere for a great adventure—revealed in the increasing numbers we see from Winnipeggers and Manitobans booking these trips.” In addition to the local contingent, Manitoba has always been a haven for American sportsmen. Turenne says, “We’re still seeing a lot of hunting and fishing trips in Manitoba being booked by Americans—and

Cabela’s also promotes with special events, promotions and advertising. Tully says, “Our Great Outdoor Days event in August is a pretty big deal. Together with our own in-house seminars and expert outfitters we provide booth space for some of our partners and associates— such as Ducks Unlimited, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, and Eagles Nest Lodge. It’s a win-win—these organizations benefit from traffic volume and we benefit because they’re an additional draw.”

Although most adventurers bring their own gear, the vast majority of lodges and campsites provide their own equipment on a rental basis. Another frequent question from the novice is how the lodges handle emergencies? Turenne says, “Every one of these places has their own rules in place—such as always letting other people know where they’re going. And many of them have cell phone coverage or satellite Internet options. Don’t forget, these guys have been doing business in the bush for many years.”

Tully is an avid angler himself and gets out fishing whenever he can. “I love to fish for a variety of reasons—one of them is the long season, which opens in May and runs through to the end of March. The season only shuts down at the beginning of April to mid-May to allow fish to spawn. Hunting seasons, of course, vary depending on the animal and the location.”


At the lodge, much of the activity is centred around fishing—walleye, northern pike, lake trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout are some of the species regularly caught. Although fishing remains very popular, the hunting excursions are the most profitable for the lodge—now open year round. Sancartier says, “We’ve expanded the business model to cater to snowmobilers and ice fishermen and we also provide room and board for work crews who may be in the area.” ALTERNATIVE ADVENTURES Interestingly over the past decade there has also been a much larger interest in eco-tourism—the only shooting taking place is with cameras. By far the most popular location for viewing and taking pictures of flora and fauna remains squarely centred in Churchill. Paul Turenne also points out that some family members tag along for traditional hunting and fishing trips and find their own ways to entertain themselves.

In addition to being a retail paradise for outdoor gear and equipment, Cabela’s offers in-store seminars—timed to the season and species. Tully says, “We’re approaching the waterfowl season right now so we offer seminars on goose and duck calls and how to properly set up blinds and decoys, among many other topics.”

OUTFITTERS ASSOCIATION Another resource for people looking for an outdoor adventure is the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. As Paul Turenne, executive director of the MLOA points out, “We have a huge diversity of experiences in Manitoba that are tailor-made to every taste. There’s everything from five-star luxury fly-in lodges to drive-to family friendly resorts in the Whiteshell. For someone planning a trip they may want to start with deciding on driving or flying in. For example, you can go to an outpost site with no service staff whatsoever. You’ll be flown in and have the lake to yourselves.”

people are just not doing it in the same numbers. They don’t seem to like travelling as far from home as their parents or grandparents did.”

And what about outdoor adventure trends, if there are any? Peter Tully says there’s been a huge upwards trend in the popularity of archery and Cabela’s has responded accordingly with gear, equipment and store space. He also points out that more women are getting involved with hunting and fishing and Cabela’s is trying to foster that market segment in a host of different methods—such as ladies days and special promotions. not necessarily those close to the border. One of the big reasons for that is repeat business—some of our guests have been coming every year for over 25 years.” That being said, Norm Sancartier from the Caribou Lodge at Cranberry Portage adds, “What I’ve noticed over the last few years is that the majority of our American guests are an older crowd. The younger

And at the opposite end of the spectrum a market segment many didn’t predict— bachelor parties. Paul Turin confirms that the association has seen large numbers of men booking adventures in groups these days as bachelor parties. “It’s a chance to get out and experience the great outdoors and have a few laughs with your pals. I think that part of the market is only going to increase in popularity.” m FALL 2013 |



Don’t Worry. You Have Cancer. The realities of being diagnosed with prostate cancer


ow would you feel if you were told you had prostate cancer? Probably pretty scared. But what if you could spend your entire life living with prostate cancer and never even feel it? What if you wouldn’t die from it, but with it, and from old age or another disease late in your life?

Would you still want to find out you had cancer? Well for 97 per cent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer, death is not the outcome. “As men age, problems with your prostate are as common as your hair going gray. It’s just one of the facts of life,” says Dr. Jeff Saranchuk, Manitoba’s leading expert on prostate cancer and an oncologist at Cancer Care Manitoba whose career has spanned two provinces with a fellowship at New York’s prestigious Memorial Sloan Cancer Center. “Prostate cancer is extremely common. If you live long enough you’re going to get it,” states Saranchuk. While advertisements preach screening at an early age, Saranchuk believes this is a terrible idea unless there’s a history of family members dying at an early age from it. While most of us know not to get screened after the age of 75, Saranchuk also discourages people with other underlying health problems from being tested. “My view is screening does not outweigh the harm and the harm is over-treatment,” says Saranchuk. “The lifetime risk of death from prostate cancer is only three per cent, despite the fact that almost everybody is going to get it.” There’s a common misconception that screening saves lives, but according to the actual facts, figures, stats and research, that’s never been shown.

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By J.A. Shapira

While there are some who say there may be a mild decrease in the risk of death with screening, Saranchuk just simply doesn’t agree. “Screening is generally a blood test in conjunction with a rectal exam,” he explains. The problem with it is that the test detects a lot of cancer that according to Saranchuk, doesn’t need to be found. With the vast majority of prostate cancers, the patient would never even have known they had it. They wouldn’t experience any symptoms; they would have lived a normal life and died of another cause that’s completely unrelated. Once a patient finds out they have cancer, typically they’re willing to do just about anything to get rid of it. However, it’s important to recognize that unlike other forms of cancer, in the majority of prostate cases, nothing needs to be done about it because it won’t have any impact on their health. While radiation is a common treatment option, the most common is surgery. Unfortunately, what most patients don’t take into account is that 80 per cent of patients that undergo surgery will end up suffering from incontinence or erectile dysfunction which in most cases will last the rest of their lives, resulting in an inability to have sexual intercourse and the possibility of having to wear an adult diaper. Dr. Anne Katz, a PhD with a nursing background is responsible for dealing with the many men and their families who have just been told they have cancer. Generally, Katz sees patients about one week after being diagnosed, when the dust has settled, but where the man is commonly still panicked. An honest and straight-forward practitioner, Katz’ role is to get down to the nitty-gritty and have a WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

frank discussion about their pathology results and the often devastating side effects caused by the treatments that are offered to patients. “One hundred per cent of men probably think that they have to have treatment that afternoon,” says Katz, explaining that her biggest challenge is to try and educate them that some patients don’t need treatment. It’s not a matter of delaying, or long wait times or even a shortage of physicians; immediate treatment, or even any treatment at all, is sometimes unwarranted. Katz explains that the side effects of the treatments profoundly affect quality of life, so not if, but when you end up with those side effects, you may have significant regret if you choose a specific treatment. There’s a lot of what Katz calls “magical thinking” that goes on with prostate cancer patients. Even though the majority of patients who seek treatment may end up with life-long incontinence or erectile dysfunction, many of her patients admit later to thinking it wouldn’t happen to them. “When I say to a man that 80 per cent of men will have erectile difficulties after surgery, I just can’t say it any plainer,” explains Katz. “The magical thinking is that they’ll be one of the 20 per cent.” What often happens after diagnosis is the man’s spouse will think that it’s a choice between sex or death. The partner will say “I don’t care, we’ll never ever have sex again. I just want him to be around.” Then three months after treatment, the couple shows up and all of a sudden sex matters. “We are sexual beings,” says Katz. “It’s not just about intercourse, it’s about masculine self-image and how men see themselves.” A side effect like incontinence is social. You can’t hide it. So many men change their lifestyle. They stop playing golf, they stop going to the gym because they’re wearing an adult diaper and think everyone can see it. The sexual issues may be more private, but in Katz’ experience it can erode the relationship and for those men who are single, dating can become a lot more stressful. What it comes down to is that we can’t believe everything we hear. While some may push for screening and in some cases it may be beneficial, according to Manitoba’s leading experts, the reality is that if you live a long life you will get prostate cancer. m

MOVEMBER There’s not many charities capable of raising $450 million dollars in a month, but Movember is one of them. In a casual chat with Manitoba co-chair Jamie Hopkins, he explains how it’s a fun and unique way to raise a lot of money for a worthwhile cause like prostate cancer. November becomes one of the only chances in today’s age where men can don 70’s style staches and not look like idiots in front of their boss and coworkers. To learn more about how you can help change the face of men’s health, visit Movember online at

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r o f d e r a Cle

F F O E K A T By J.A. Shapira

Photography by C. Hay

How the Winnipeg Jets plan to take the Western Conference by storm

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n a city where hockey tickets are treated like gold and season ticket prices are up by two per cent, dozens of reporters and sportswriters filled the small, sweat-stenched locker room at the MTS Iceplex, as player after player came in expressing their desire to hit the playoffs with a bang this year. With just one day of training camp under their belt, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel smirked as he began answering each reporter’s question.

After an enjoyable summer Noel claims to be “ready to go” and is looking forward to the season. Watching scrimmages perched high atop a private balcony, he and his team of gladiators silently stalk the motions of the players, analyzing their attributes and ripping apart their mistakes like vultures on the prowl. It’s this kind of perfected oversight that gives each player the courage and confidence to believe that unlike previous seasons, this will be the time for the Winnipeg Jets to set the stage and make the playoffs. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM


With many of the players hitting the gym hard in the off-season, almost all of this season’s starters look as though they haven’t put on a pound. Jets’ D-man and heavy hitter Dustin Byfuglien wouldn’t give exact numbers, but did say that he’s slimmed down and bulked up for their introduction to the Western Conference. “(I) did what I had to do to come to camp ready to go” says Byfuglien. Evidently in better shape than some years prior, Byfuglien will likely become even more of an asset to the team with the Western Conference well known for their checking games. Anxious to hold the coveted title of Olympian, Byfuglien didn’t hold back answering questions about Team USA’s interest in the monster defenseman. “It would be nice to steal the gold from Canada,” he quips. For now though, his primary focus, like that of his teammates, is consistency, a better effort and making Winnipeg a tough place to play. “We want to get to that game level as fast as possible” says Andrew Ladd in his post-practice interview. While each player gave mostly the same-scripted answers, one thing was obvious; this is not last year’s team. All-in-all the team seems confident, unnerved and fairly relaxed considering that if their predictions are right, this could be the Jets biggest season yet. While Noel is taking the new roster “one day at a time,” rumours and questions about where Mark Scheifele will place was still up for debate. “We’ll take it one day at a time, one game at a time, and we’ll go from there,” says Noel. As Noel takes his always-conservative approach to the roster, Scheifele’s hope is to be stuck right next to Evander Kane, something Andrew Ladd seems to think he’d be well-suited for. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Andrew Ladd with Dream Kid Hailey

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“To be able to play with players like that, unbelievable scorers, it would be an honour to play with those guys,” Scheifele said. What it comes down to is that every player needs “to keep elevating their game” says Ladd. By taking advantage of the ice time, players can begin to focus on creating a three-linedeep army of good scorers – something every other top team in the Western Conference already has.


The playbooks and strategies are still tucked away in Noel’s vault, but where the head coach really needs to focus is on being proactive rather than reactive. Constantly talking about becoming “tougher” yet not putting too much pressure on his players, is all-in-all, nothing but fluff. With this season’s schedule, the Jets have a unique advantage of having more home-time and not having to travel as much as they have in the past. If Noel can become more effective at pushing his players and strategizing between games, he should stand a better chance at leading his team to victory this season. Unfortunately, if we base our expectations on precedence, Noel seems to wait for the games to come up with advancement ideas. While there are many ways to manage a team, Noel isn’t exactly a proven leader in the NHL. He’s been given a chance to lead in a city that supports its hockey team better and with more passion than any other city in North America. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has given him the resources and players he needs to win, but he needs to become more effective as a motivator and stop worrying about creating too much pressure for his players. After all, these guys are paid millions of dollars; they deserve to be pressured. If the Jets are right, then this season will be one of the most exciting and interesting years in Winnipeg’s history, but if they’re wrong, then perhaps it’s time for True North to begin looking for a new head coach. m

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The Shat. This is a photo of me at a meetand-greet with the legends William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. It was Awesome.

Humble Beginnings. These are drawings by my 3-year-old daughter. I started with drawings like this. I sometimes wonder if art and design will be as important in her life as it is in mine.

Dual Monitors. I’m able to keep all the palettes from the various design programs on the left leaving the right monitor free to display the magazine at full size. Very helpful, the advtange to dual monitors in the design process cannot be underestimated.

Tablet. A Wacom Intuos 3. The pengrip of the stylus provides for a more natural hand position and the pressure sensitive controls afford me a control over Photoshop that cannot be achieved with a traditional mouse.

WHAT’S ON YOUR DESK James Mitchell, Senior Graphic Designer at MediaEdge Publishing Inc. A veteran to the design world, James is the epitome of artist and designer. Besides his work on Winnipeg Men, Winnipeg Women and the vast array of other publications he designs, he is forever drawing pictures, designing T-shirts and has even published his own graphic novel.

Ecto-1. An ornament of the car from Ghostbusters and gift from my co-workers. Every year for halloween I wear my authentic Ghostbusters uniform to work. Who you gonna call?

The Magazines. I’ve been designing magazines for over a decade now. I’ve been privileged to be the designer on Winnipeg Women and Winnipeg Men and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks to every one of our readers!


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did you know? The Second World War’s most famous spymaster Sir William Stephenson, the man called Intrepid, was the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s 007. He was born and raised in Winnipeg.


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