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Seeds planted for green economy in Manitoba

Late last month, I was in Winnipeg and elsewhere in southern Manitoba for a roundtable and a series of field visits. Representing the Green Economy Network — a national alliance of civil-society organizations committed to transforming our economy in response to environmental challenges, notably climate change — I was blown away by what I saw[…]

Education key to Merchants revival

Young North End activists hailed it as the latest example of “North End rising.” That was the response when Premier Greg Selinger announced recently the provincial government will invest more than $9 million in the redevelopment of the old Merchants Hotel and six adjoining lots on Selkirk and Pritchard avenues. At the heart of what[…]

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Notorious hotel gets new life

The Merchants Hotel, once a hive of drunken street crime on Selkirk Avenue, is finally getting a fix-up, part of a slow renaissance now underway in one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods. After more than two years of planning, the province announced $11 million in cash and loans Tuesday to help turn the old hotel,[…]