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U of M innovator honoured

A memorial walkway at the University of Manitoba called Innovation Plaza will officially open this morning with the unveiling of the first bust -- a sculpture of Prof. Baldur Stefansson, the "Father of Canola."

Innovation Plaza will eventually include a series of commemorative busts to honour distinguished U of M researchers and innovators.

It will be located at Auld Place, south of the Buller Building on the Fort Garry campus.

U of M president David Barnard and donors who contributed to the establishment of the walkway will officially open it at 11 a.m. by unveiling the bust of Stefansson, a Manitoba scientist who invented a new strain of canola that had a major impact on crop science in Canada.

Stefansson, who died at the age of 84 in 2002, worked at the U of M as a professor and researcher from 1952 to 1986. He was the recipient of the Order of Canada (1985), the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1998), the Order of Manitoba (2000) and the Icelandic Order of the Falcon (2000).

 

Taking a bite out of MS

YOU can chow down on a Teen Burger today and bite into the fight against multiple sclerosis.

More than 780 A&W restaurants across Canada will host the fifth annual Cruisin' for a Cause Day in support of ending MS, during which $1 from every Teen Burger sold will be donated to the MS Society. Customers can also purchase cutouts for $1, $2, and $5 to support the battle against MS.

At the A&W restaurant at 1520 Portage Ave., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., local MS ambassador Lizelle Mendoza, 18, will be on hand to discuss her personal battle with MS.

 

Brazil comes to Bannatyne

IF you have ever wanted to dance in the streets of Winnipeg, here's your chance to do so without getting hit by a car.

Bannatyne Avenue, between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive in the East Exchange District, is the place to be on Friday and Saturday for the second annual Brazilian Carnaval.

The street festival will showcase the South American region of Winnipeg that has made its home in the East Exchange.

The Carnaval, free for all ages, will feature live Brazilian/Caribbean-style music beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Festivities will wrap up around 11 p.m. both nights.

The headlining musician Thiago Corrêa is coming to Winnipeg from Brazil.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 B4

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