Well friends, long time no see! Sorry about the lack of updating for the last couple months, I’ve been incredibly busy with work and summer school. I also sadly left my downtown Winnipeg apartment in May to move in with Darcy in Osborne Village. I’ve been living in the historic and possibly haunted Roslyn building since then. Everyone who is anyone has a story about partying here. My dad, apparently, long ago partied in the apartment of Burton Cummings (the lead singer for The Guess Who), although he says Burton was out-of-town at the time. But don’t fret, if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to party in the Ros your opportunity is around the corner.
So my first big news update, if the gossip hasn’t already reached you, is that my real move has been confirmed. That’s right, I was accepted to study at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. That means I’m moving to Vancouver this fall, the moving truck is on standby and the flights are booked! So farewell Winnipeg, please accept this as my final notice. I’ve also decided to close down this blog within the coming weeks too. But don’t worry, you won’t be completely losing out on our personal one-on-one time here. I’m in the process of opening two new blogs, one for my personal (and occasional political updates) and another for design/vintage/art stuff. Stay tuned for announcements on those.
Darcy and I leave on Monday, August 29. That’s in about 10 days. A going away party invite will be arriving in some of your mailboxes quite soon. To all my Winnipeg friends, its been a slice. And to Winnipeg, well it has been a blast. I’m certainly not going to miss those mosquitos and long winters. But I’ll never forget your beautiful summers, small town charm, vibrant arts scene and wonderful neighborhoods. So this farewell is a reluctant one, because I absolutely love this city. And I’m sure you won’t be able to keep me away for long. So goodbye my Winnipeg friends and hello Vancouver.
Ever heard of JR the French street artist? Probably not, I hadn’t before. His message in this brilliant TED Talk is that art can change the world. It’s a 24 minute video and worth every second of it. I have to say his projects in South America and Africa are totally stunning.
What do you think?
Here’s a really inspiring story coming from the States. An All American wrestler, Hudson Taylor, has created a website called Athlete Ally , which is a wonderful resource to help support individuals, families and friends, who have been victims of homophobic comments, gestures or acts in the world of athletics. Being heavily involved in sport, as a gymnast for the majority of my life, I can say that this type of tool is absolutely essential. I know firsthand how difficult it is to be both an athlete and gay. The competitive nature of sport leads to some verbal jostling, and too often it takes the form of homophobic remarks.
Obviously some sports will be more susceptible to this kind of abrasive and unhealthy environment. But what I think is important to note is that the source of this type of behaviour is not limited to within the sport. Myself, having been a gymnast, I dealt with the weekly harassment of being called a “fag” or “gay” for practicing a “girl’s sport”. I spent all my teenage years denying my sexuality due in large part to my own persistence in not wanting to reinforce this stereotype.
I’m not saying it’s easier to be out in one sport or another. Everybody has their own experiences and the main point is that any homophobia can – and most likely will – alter the path of one’s life. Kudos to Hudson Taylor (who’s heterosexual, by the way) for bringing to light something that is all to often pushed aside or swept under the rug. If you have a minute to spare head on over to the website and show your support for gay athletes! Here’s a video of an interview he did with MSNBC:
I have been incredibly swamped with work and school lately and I haven’t had time to update the blog. For those of you wondering what my status is for next year you’re just going to have to continue on waiting. I haven’t received word yet on my application to Fine Art school, but I promise you will all be the FIRST to know. Well first after my family, friends, employers, facebookers and twitter followers of course. But you’re seriously at the top of my list.
In other news I wanted to take the opportunity to plug a super-amazing event of pure awesomeness taking place at the University of Manitoba at the end of this month. Seriously awesomeness. The FIRST EVER University of Manitoba Labour Days. That’s right folks you heard about it here first. Labour Days will be a celebration and showcase of the history and achievements of Manitoba’s labour movement and will bring Labour Studies students into contact with our friends and allies in the labour and social justice community.
Labour Days will be held from Tuesday, March 29 to Thursday, March 31. It will include an exclusive career fair for Labour Studies students with key employers from the community and a featured speakers series in the University Centre Fireside Lounge.
Check out the poster for the public speakers series featuring Dave Sauer – President of the Winnipeg Labour Council, Rob Hilliard – WCB Advocate and Director of Workplace Health and Safety at UFCW Local 832 and Dianna Scarth, Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.
Isn’t that poster a beauty? (Yes, I designed it. And I’m quite proud).
The University of Manitoba Labour Days event is being modeled after a similar event held at George Brown College in Ontario.
So seriously, spread the word and make sure to check the events out.
Oh and don’t forget:
Friends don’t let friends cross picket lines
And if you love the weekend (I know I do) thank the union
That’s all folks.
This afternoon I found myself purging the several thousand email messages I’ve acquired in my gmail inbox over the last few years when I came upon a link to a video a friend had sent me for inspiration. I thought that the Lavender Rhino crowd would appreciate its melancholic beauty. Enjoy!