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Teachers donate $1.5M

MANITOBA public school teachers have voted to donate $1.5 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in return for naming rights to a museum classroom.

It will not only be the largest donation to the CMHR by a union, but larger than all union donations combined.

The vote followed almost an hour's debate at the Manitoba Teachers' Society annual general meeting Friday. Opponents said members should not be forced to make the charitable donation, and questioned the benefit from a $1.5 million contribution.

Supporters said teachers should show support for human rights, as well as labour rights.

The donation will require the deduction of $1.52 per member per month over five years.

A down payment of $300,000 will be made to the museum, with the rest paid over five years.

Teenage girl charged

A 15-year-old female resident of Pauingassi First Nation has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 19-year-old man on the reserve Tuesday.

The victim died of a stab wound.

The suspect cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victim is not being identified due to the family relationship that could potentially identify the suspect.

RCMP from Little Grand Rapids found the deceased while responding to a disturbance on the reserve.

Pauingassi is 280 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Genealogy expert to speak

A genealogy expert will be in Winnipeg on June 1, unlocking the secrets of the world's largest collection of family history records -- the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

The records compiled by the Mormons are available online for those who know how to access them.

The library's Slavic collections manager for 35 years will be sharing his know-how in Winnipeg at the East European Genealogical Society conference. Kahlile Mehr will explain how to comb the Latter-day Saints' databases to locate family roots in the former Russian empire. It included modern-day Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, parts of Poland and Ukraine and other former Soviet republics.

The Family History Library is the largest collection of records of its kind in the world, with more than two million rolls of microfilm and millions of images, the society said in a news release.

The all-day seminar covers topics like "online databases of the Polish state archive, finding places in the former Russian empire and how FamilySearch acquires records from the former Soviet sphere."

The seminar is at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45 Dalhousie Dr.

Registration is $60 for members and $65 for non-members.

For information, go to www.eegsociety.org or call 204-989-3292.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 A12

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