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Winnipeg, MB

What Canada Day really is

Canada Day is nothing more than the ultimate way people who work Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. celebrate themselves, and how they don't have to work or sleep, and so they spend all day and night going to The Forks or Assiniboine Park or the Osborne Village Street Festival. Well, news flash: some people have to WORK on Canada Day, and every other weekend day. There are overnight personnel in retail stores, both closed ones and open ones, who have to go to WORK just as the nighttime, segueing into nightclub fun of the Osborne Village Street Festival is starting. And on both Friday and Saturday, while politicians are giving speeches welcoming you to Canada Day festivities and bands are playing in the afternoon, the working overnight people in nearby apartments and houses are trying to SLEEP all day, meaning they have to close their windows and the whole place becomes a furnace. Good luck sleeping. They can enjoy the festival for two or three hours in the evening, then it's off to work again for overnight. And why is the Osborne Street bridge closed? So that people can watch fireworks? My God, PEOPLE HAVE TO GET TO WORK!!!!! And why are cars on Portage Avenue slowing down in front of Assiniboine Park? To see the fireworks? My God, OTHER CARS HAVE TO GET TO WORK!!!!! And why are there tons of people standing on Portage Avenue watching the fireworks? Aren't you supposed to go into the park for that? Quit flaunting your supposed superiority - show some respect for the people who have to work on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night, among other nights. These are not holidays - people have to work on these days! And these people don't get long weekends, either: instead they get paid the extra time-and-a-half for the stat holiday. So, Osborne Village Biz, here's what you should do: Since the "weekend " of these overnight people are days like Sunday night, Monday night, Tuesday night, or Wednesday night, depending on the person, why don't you have another Osborne Village Street Festival on a Wednesday or something so that those people can take advantage of it? But not some boring, sparsely attended affair: They want to see just as many people and girls there as were there on Canada Day! Wednesday is the new Saturday. Make it happen. Same goes for clubs: All you Friday/Saturday nightclub owners out there: Please open Tuesday or Wednesday and pack the place with just as many girls in legs and heels on those nights as you have on Saturday. Everyone do your best to accommodate the overnight retail people who stock your shelves so that you can buy your bread and milk in the morning or maybe overnight. There's the challenge for you, Osborne Village Biz.  (Jul 6, 2016 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

Grey Cuppers! STAY OUT OF DOWNOWN IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE!

Disagree with this more and more, as there are more people in downtown proper late at night nowadays due to more lively bars in the area, like especially The Pint, and also Fame, The Windsor, The Shark Club, that Red Sea place on Portage by the Pint that attracts a LOT of people, and Rudy's. Street parking is no problem. Just don't keep valuables in your car.  (Nov 26, 2015 | post #16)

Winnipeg, MB

Nightclub $10.00 cover charges

I was checking out the websites, Twitter pages, Facebook pages, etc. of hot new Winnipeg nightclubs 441 Main, District Stop, and Reset Ultralounge. Great stuff, but nowhere in all of that does it say that it costs a whopping $10.00 cover charge to get into these places. When it's supposed to cost $5.00! Cover charges used to be $3.00. Then, due to inflation, they raised them to $5.00. Fair enough. They've been $5.00 for a long time now. Increase them to $7.00 or $8.00? No, instead, the clubs have DOUBLED them to $10.00, and are not telling you ONE THING ABOUT IT. Check out my original post, in two parts, which is a proposal to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to legislate these clubs having to state what the cover charge is in all of their advertising: http://www.topix.c om/forum/ca/winnip eg-mb/T9IAUL2SM0AH 33EBN DON'T GO TO ANY CLUB THAT CHARGES $10.00 TO GET IN! Or do what I do now: Instead of drinking two beers, allow time to drink one at home. Buy only one beer at the club and cradle it all night. Arrive at a strategic 12:45 a.m. More than that and it's too hard to drink just one beer. And for sure I won't go after 1:00 a.m. I won't pay $10.00 after 1:00 a.m. PERIOD when I remember a time when the last hour of all bars was free. If YOU arrived at 1:40 a.m., would you pay $10.00 for just 20 minutes? Besides, you're there for the girls, right? It's not supposed to be about the cover charge, and the booze just gives you a buzz. It's about the SEX! It's too bad that these clubs are interfering with that. Maybe that's why lounges with no cover like The Pint and Upstairs In The Village have opened: to retaliate against those clubs with those $10.00 cover charges. DO YOUR PART TO GET RID OF $10.00 COVER CHARGES!!!!!  (Sep 24, 2015 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

Actually, it would be cool to see you and Janet Stewart do some kind of stand-up together where you're wearing a suit and she's in faded old ripped jeans with a blazer and office-type blouse and black high heels. Giving the impression that she has the freedom to do what she wants because she's a woman, but you have to wear a suit because you're a man who would look like a slob in jeans. FEMALE EMPOWERMENT!  (Sep 16, 2015 | post #23)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

I never watch your weather - you're a man. Who cares how you're dressed?  (Sep 15, 2015 | post #21)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

Ha ha ha! Re: What I said above about CTV personalities being forced to wear the RW & Co. outfits when their whole bodies will for sure be shown in studio. (Although in the field, it's okay for reporters to be seen in jeans.) See what I mean? They don't even look or act naturally in those crappy clothes. CTV, let the girls wear their jeans! And to the late-night CTV cameraman: I'll give you 10 bucks if you back up your camera when Andrea's doing weather or sports so that we can see the old jeans she's wearing. Yeah.  (Apr 21, 2015 | post #16)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

I now suspect that Andrea Slobodian on the late night CTV news is wearing faded old jeans with her office-type blazer and blouse from RW. That's 'cause one night the camera accidentally aired her below the waist while she was doing the weather and we saw it! (As Terri Apostle sarcastically says in those CTV Morning Live radio promos, "Oh boy.") But the effect was minimal because she wasn't wearing great stuff above the waist that night. But it seems every night the camera is strategically poised on her; if she's wearing a dress or dress pants, they do show her below the waist, but if they don't show her below the waist, I'll bet she's wearing old jeans, and she certainly wears some blazer/blouse combinations that would look fly and happening with old jeans! Similiar to Katie on TMZ. C'mon, CTV, let your cameramen back up and show her old jeans - it's 2015, nobody cares! Don't you want to look contemporary? It's not like Andrea wears them every night, either. Hey, Andrea, maybe you can convince them. Just turn on your sex appeal. Speaking of TMZ, I love how they're allowed to wear jeans, and ripped/shredded jeans in the office! Anna's ripped jeans look so hot on her! So alluring in an office setting. I just wish Anna would wear black high heels with those ripped jeans, but that's another subject - I haven't brought that up here because it's hard to see a broadcaster's shoes. But when I'm watching TMZ, I just think, "Wow - I never would have thought when I was a little kid that when you get a college degree, you can get a job where you get to wear ripped jeans to the office every day."  (Mar 12, 2015 | post #6)

Winnipeg, MB

Nightclub cover charges

(Part 2- continued from main postng) Then there are the clubs that make you empty your pockets first before you even know what the cover charge is, never mind pay it. If you expect the cover charge to be $5.00, and find that it is $10.00, and you turn around and walk out, wasn't that a waste of time for the security guys to make you empty your pockets first? If there was a sign on the door stating what the cover charge is, people who didn't want to pay wouldn't try to enter in the first place, and the security guys' time would be saved. I actually deliberately went through that a few times, as opposed to asking security what the cover charge was before I emptied my pockets, because I just wanted to show them how stupid it was and how much it was wasting their time that I empty my pockets when all I was going to do after that was turn around and walk out after hearing the cover charge was $10.00 and not $5.00. Now, as the amount of clubs charging $10.00 increases, that doesn't necessarily mean I will never go to the ones that do charge $10.00. I just won't go to them as much. That leads to the reason I am writing this anonymously. I don't want any hassles with clubs barring me because of this letter. Because I do have plans to send copies of this letter to journalists at our Winnipeg newspapers to create interest among them in doing a story on this neglected issue. I am also posting this letter on the Topix Winnipeg Forum website. While those journalists are writing about this, they might even want to pursue why, in this increasingly cashless society we're living in, bar cover charges continue to be payable only in cash and not via debit or credit. So to be clear, here is the legislation I am proposing: 1) Bars and nightclubs would not be allowed to increase the price of the cover charge past a certain percentage point. Kind of like rent controls. To go from $5.00 to $8.00 is a 60% increase; that sounds like a good maximum. 2) Bars and nightclubs must put a sign on the outside of the door stating what the cover charge is. 3) Bars and nightclubs must, in posters advertising the goings-on at a club on any given night, as well as on their website, state that night's cover charge. These suggestions will allow potential patrons the entitled opportunity to plan their evening, and their spending, in a more effective manner. I certainly hope these suggestions will be taken seriously. Thank you.  (Dec 2, 2014 | post #2)

Winnipeg, MB

Original U.S. network affiliates

Does anyone know when Winnipeg first started to receive our original affiliates from CBS, NBC, and ABC, which would be the all-North Dakota ones? That would be, of course, KXJB (CBS) on ch. 4, KTHI (ABC, later NBC) on ch. 11, and WDAZ (NBC, later ABC) on ch. 8, as we had them in the early '70s. All I know is that my apartment building started to get them in September 1972 when I was a little kid. And I was so excited! The Saturday morning lineup! But what about Winnipeg as a whole? When did the city start to get them?  (Oct 19, 2014 | post #1)

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.  (Aug 30, 2014 | 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!"  (Aug 19, 2014 | 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.  (Aug 18, 2014 | 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)