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Winnipeg, MB

Opera shooting vs. The Cheer last summer

With all the coverage regarding the Opera shooting as it may or may not relate to the 2:30 a.m. police shift change, it begs a comparison to the situation last summer at The Cheer (now Jekyll & Hyde's) where I saw the most amount of police cars I had EVER seen in one place at one time, certainly at any bar. One clarification: This was a night where the bars closed at 3:00 a.m. due to one of the festivals. I don't remember if I saw this scene just before 3:00 a.m. or just after, as I walked past the scene. I saw at least 9 or 10 police cars littered in front of The Cheer and on Stradbrook between Osborne and The Cheer's entrance. I saw no fight, no people, no cops, and the bar appeared to be closed. I think it might have been 2:50 a.m. but I can't remember any more. Everything was quiet and eerie. Unless the cops decided to all park their cars there and get on a school bus and go on a field trip or something. Because if there was that serious an incident, maybe involving a gun or a fatal accident, that required that many cop cars, why was there nothing in the media about it in subsequent days? Yes, Marty Gold on City Circus says the media only goes by press releases, but why didn't the police issue a press release about this incident? If I knew there would be nothing in the media about this, I would have called the "news tip" lines myself. Have you ever heard of incidents involving something fatal where a press release is not issued and the incident does not make it into the papers? So I will acknowledge that this was after 2:30 a.m., after the shift change, so it would have been easier to send more cars. But if it was THAT many, either it was a slow Friday and no cars were needed elsewhere, or they were taken away from other crime calls, who then may have experienced the same thing Opera experienced on this more recent night, or maybe some cars that were scheduled to go off the road at 2:30 a.m. stayed on the job for overtime to go to The Cheer. Whatever the case, it sure would be interesting to compare what happened in front of Opera with whatever happened at The Cheer, if anybody ever knew.  (Saturday Aug 30 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg: Canada's worst city!!!

Ultimately, it's because getting things done is not a priority in Winnipeg. The priority here is family and friends. You can't have both. Why isn't road construction done on the weekend and overnight? Because it would inconvenience the brother-in-law or cousin or friend of a decision maker. Which means it inconveniences his children. And you don't want to have that. A Winnipegger will say about stuff like this in other cities, "They don't fucking care about family and friends over there!"  (Tuesday Aug 19 | post #2316)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

So I saw the ice bucket challenge with Colleen Bready - looked like she was wearing corduroys or something. Previously, at the Yellow Dog she was wearing a business suit. A business suit at the Yellow Dog? Really? And she can't even wear jeans when pouring a bucket of ice over her head? Does she even own a pair of jeans? Now, I've noticed that on Global, whenever the female reporters do reports in studio, they might be wearing jeans. Hip and happening! Good stuff. Robin Meade on HLN wears jeans sometimes. So does Lauren McNabb whe she hosts Global's Focus Manitoba. CITV has always allowed their girls like Jenna Khan to wear jeans. I even saw Terri Apostle wear jeans in a promo for the next CTV Morning Live. But it's these weather girls doing the weather in this boring business attire that bugs me. It's not like they're station management or anything. Why dress like it? Unlike men, they'll look alluring and edgy in those jeans. I admit, men might look like slobs in jeans unless it's a young hipster dude with facial hair. Part of the problem is that CTV has RW & Co. supplying clothes for the women to wear. CTV, you can cut costs by cutting that out, or at least having them wear that stuff only half the time. Media, you may even win more of the public's trust by letting the ladies wear jeans. Think about it.  (Monday Aug 18 | post #4)

North-Hollywood, CA

Drinking Age - North-Hollywood, CA

Well, that happens here in Winnipeg, too, but it's the 16- and 17-year olds who are underage. I was at dozens of drinking parties when I was 18 and 19 when all the below-18s had to get someone over 18 to buy beer for them. I can't remember if I ever did that. Maybe once or twice. No one thought much about it because almost none of them were driving. You can drive with a learner's permit with an adult at 16, but no one owns a car that young. It was mostly someone 18 or 19 driving a car/van full of people around to parties in some form.  (Jan 3, 2013 | post #8)

North-Hollywood, CA

Drinking Age - North-Hollywood, CA

It is the most ridiculous thing in the world to have a drinking age that is 3 years higher than the age at which you become a legal adult. It's been 21 in the U.S. for so long now that some people are starting to believe that you don't become fully legal until you are 21. NO! You're an adult, booze or no booze, at 18. (Would parents want to be legally responsible for their children until they're 21?) Now, here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the drinking age has been 18 since 1970, so there are NO police resources being wasted on raiding college parties and busting legal adults between 18-21 for the "offense " of drinking alcohol. Here, you're an adult at age 18, PERIOD. No problems whatsoever - the vast majority of car crashes and deaths due to alcohol here are caused by people over 21. And here, some people get boozing and partying out of their system by the time they're 20, or 21, or 22, so there are no 21- or 22- or 23-year old teenagers here. And certainly, adults between 18-21 come up here from North Dakota/Minnesota all the time to go clubbing. It's so painful to watch the Campus PD show and see adults busted for something that is, to us Manitobans, perfectly legal, and has been forever. Also to watch Haley's current storyline in Modern Family. Thank God all those CW shows like Gossip Girl and 90210 ignore the U.S. drinking age of 21. (i.e., those characters are all 19 or 20 and have no problem getting served anywhere.) Everyone reading this come up here and observe our culture, then do what it takes to get your law changed. Ronald Reagan made the drinking age national, and raised it to 21. He's dead now.  (Jan 3, 2013 | post #6)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

Okay, so I walk past Osborne Village boutiques like Shout and Hush and Luxe Charm all the time. I see their mannequins in their windows dressed in hot, sexy, microminidresses. And I see the hot chicks in the clubs and on the street wearing those same minidresses with black high heels. And I see those same hot chicks, when they're not wearing those dresses, wearing jeans with their black high heels. For many years now, I might add. Nothing new so far, right? In fact, I love the message those boutiques are sending out with those mannequins: All dresses and skirts are short now, people. Deal with it. Not to mention all the hot chicks on TV. Reality shows, music shows, dating shows, dramas, sitcoms, all shows, really. All dressed in the same ways I've mentioned. Well, maybe with one exception. Then I turn on the 6:00 news and I see all these weather girls in dress pants or - shudder - skirts that go below the knee?!?!?! Did they have to raid their grandmother's closet for those? Do they even still MAKE skirts that long anymore? Holy shit - why are these weather girls so overdressed? This ain't a funeral - Why can't they wear the same old minidresses and jeans that every other girl wears everywhere? Everyone on The Score wears jeans. You see jeans a decent amount of time on the female KTLA Morning News anchors. Anyone can wear jeans on the CITY-TV newscasts and morning shows. All the females on CTV's ETalk wear the sexiest minidresses seen anywhere. Actually, even on Global here in Winnipeg, on their weekend Focus Manitoba program, you see mostly jeans on the girls. So why not on the 6:00 weather girls? Why do they have to dress so matronly? Even the WPIX newswomen are wearing dresses that at least are knee-length or slightly above the knee. And who could forget the Sun News Network's "right to bare arms" issue? You know what would be awesome? Female anchors and weather girls wearing painted-on, faded, ripped and distressed jeans with black high heels and a sexy office-type blouse, perhaps with a pinstripe blazer, the kind Heather Steele wears all the time. Yummy. Hip. Happening. And the alluring contrast of the office-type attire above the waist mixed with the distressed jeans below the waist. And heck, black high heels could represent both the offfice and "da club" in 2012. Another aspect to this awesome and awestruck scenerio is this: if a female was seen dressed like that on air, if anyone in the audience then starts forming misleading and unfair opinions in their minds, well, then they listen to what she's actually saying and realize that she can still be a professional broadcaster, perhaps with a degree, who knows her stuff. It brings us into 2012! Who says you can't be a professional and dress really hip and street at the same time? Times have changed, people. It ain't 1971 anymore. Are you listening, news directors?  (Aug 13, 2012 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

More time to shop on Sundays

Doesn't affect me much because I'm busy on Sunday morning (laundry) and Sunday evening (napping). However, if the current Sunday shopping laws were cancelled, that would allow the 24-hour Wal-Marts to also go 24 hours on Sunday (and Saturday) nights, too. Sunday (and Saturday) overnight shopping at Wal-Mart after the bars close? YEAH! Now THAT would be convenient! That would be fucking awesome. Can hardly wait.  (May 7, 2012 | post #84)

Entertainment

Make this song an American hit!

This song was a hit in Canada already. Spread the word on it, people, and let's make it a U.S. hit as well. I've tweeted Rolling Stone, MTV, and Ryan Seacrest this link, and also via Twitter, suggested to David Guetta he could try to do a slammin' 2011 remix of it. Maybe if someone reading this knows a music director for a network TV drama they can e-mail him/her the link. Get creative, people! Let's satisfy ourselves and bring this song into mainstream American conciousness! Besides, who DOESN'T love a song about a hot chick who secretly shakes under the hot lights at night? Song is "Snow White" by Streetheart. Here's the link (not me putting it on You Tube, I just found it there): http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=OpMdJ wt12bk  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

What The Newspapers Won't Tell You

Okay, now here's Part 2: So it's interesting to note that the Free Press has now opened up this News Cafe at McDermot and Arthur. That sure is a gutsy move, as they are opening up itself to the possibility that fans, disciples, and supporters (like the head of Osborne House) of Marty Gold and The Great Canadian Talk Show can now show up there and confront the Free Press reporters and personnel in person regarding ALL the issues and stories that Marty covered that the Free Press won't publish (i.e. asking them WHY they don't publish this or that), including issues relating to the Winnipeg Parking Authority, the whole Active Transportation/bik e lobby/Assiniboine Avenue debacle (that one they did eventually just touch on, but long after Marty was covering it), as well as the whole TGCTS cancellation issue. I wonder how the reporters would respond to all this. I wonder if Margo is even going to show up there. (I wonder if Marty is, too.) Could be a hornet's nest waiting to happen. I wonder what Peter Warren would think of what happened to Marty, and Marty's crusades and detective work against injustice. I wonder if he knows who Marty is and what TGCTS was. I wonder if someone out there is filling him in on what has been happening in Winnipeg. Now THAT would make a great newspaper article. So there you have it, people. There's news and issues out there, and it's all being ignored and/or unreported by the mainstream media. Thank God, then, for all the blogs and message boards out there that can and DO report it. Which leaves Red River College journalism students scratching their heads and wondering what kind of a career they have gotten themselves involved with.  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #2)

Winnipeg, MB

What The Newspapers Won't Tell You

Have to do this in two parts due to length: If you think all the things Winnipeggers are concerned about automatically get written up in our two daily newspapers, think again. Both papers have those issues that hit a nerve with them that they won't discuss in any way, shape or form, including printing letters from the public regarding those issues. They ignore them. In The Winnipeg Sun's case, it's their comics page. First they cancel all the great old strips like Archie, B.C., and Luann in favor of just a few mostly sub-par ones. Why? They won't tell us why. So we try to get used to these new strips. It's apparent that the best ones are Strange Brew and Rubes. So what does the Sun then do later? They shorten their comics page again by cancelling.....Str ange Brew and Rubes! ARRRGGHH!!! I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels angry and betrayed by The Winnipeg Sun for these moves, but they have NEVER explained why they are doing these moves in any articles in print, and they have NEVER published even ONE letter to the editor criticizing them for what they've done, although I'm sure they have received some. Ironically, the Sun replies in print to their letter writers, so there could be their opportunity to respond. But nothing. The Sun ignores this issue completely and just smugly changes their comics page whenever and however they feel like it because they can. In the Winnipeg Free Press' case, of course, it's (among other things but keep reading) the fiasco regarding The Great Canadian Talk Show (TGCTS) and it's host, veteran broadcaster Marty Gold, that appeared on Red River College radio station KICK FM. In a Free Press piece covering a civic candidates forum, the reporter who wrote the piece didn't include in her story the fact that candidate Ross Eadie said he couldn't afford to campaign without campaign contributions from the NDP, which is illegal. Marty reported this on his show and Margo Goodhand, editor of the Free Press, then illegally teamed up with new Red River College president Stephanie Forsyth to have his show removed from the KICK FM airwaves after first lying about whether she had ever listened to TGCTS or not. Margo should be ashamed of herself and really should be fired. (Maybe replaced by Marty Gold.) You can read more about all of this on Marty's blog at http://www.tgcts.b logspot.com And, of course, this story, Marty's cancellation, and the fact that The Great Canadian Talk Show ever existed in the first place has all been ignored by the Free Press. And, similiar to The Winnipeg Sun's comics issue, the Free Press has NEVER published even ONE letter to the editor regarding this issue, any of the issues that Marty covered through his investigate reporting skills on TGCTS, or that acknowledged the existance of TGCTS or Marty Gold himself, although I'm sure they have received such letters from the public. They ignore all of it. Now go to Part 2 in my next post.  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #1)