Truck driver fixed blown tire1 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
THIS summer, I was driving to St. Malo when the sidewall blew out on my rear tire just before St. Pierre-Jolys.
In a matter of minutes, a wonderful man in a service truck (that looked like a water truck) pulled over and had my tire changed in less than 10 minutes.
I didn’t catch his name, and he would not take payment or even a cup of coffee.
I will definitely pay his kindness forward. I hope someone sees this and knows him and tells him how much I appreciated the help.
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Smooth end to bumpy ride1 minute read Preview Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
LAST month, I was on my way back to Winnipeg from Winkler. I was driving along Highway 23 when the ride got very bumpy.
I realized to my dismay I had a flat tire. Since I have no idea how to change a tire, I drove on very slowly, hoping to reach a service station in Morris, which was not too far away. However, it wasn’t long before a truck driver made a U-turn on the highway and flagged me down. He had the tire changed in a short time, and I made it safely back to Winnipeg. He would not accept any payment. His name was Joe Anderson, and he lived on a farm nearby.
Thank you very much, Joe Anderson, for your kindness. I shall try to pay it forward.
Free tickets to rock concert a real treat2 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
ON Sept. 17, AC/DC performed at Investor’s Group Field. My husband, my son and I decided we would go listen to the concert outside of the stadium.
We were listening along with a whole bunch of other people outside the gate when a lady and her small child approached the three of us. She offered us her tickets but warned they may not work because they had already been scanned once, so my son and I walked up to the gate and told security about the situation.
The tickets did not work, so we walked back to my husband, who was standing there waiting for us. The lady must have seen us return, because again she approached us and proceeded to give us two other tickets she had and said these ones would work because they had not been scanned yet. This second set of tickets worked, and we went in to watch the concert.
Whoever this lady was, she gave us such a gift and an incredible experience. It’s amazing the people you meet in your life sometimes.
New schools policy quietly changes3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2015
| Education Minister James Allum seemed genuinely surprised.
That the NDP had for many years a policy that school divisions had to put kids from new suburbs into empty school desks in older neighbourhoods before the province would even consider building a new school, that came as news to Allum.
There was even a panicky time among parents when the policy required looking to low-enrolment schools in contiguous divisions.
Bombers fans are ‘the best’1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015
I was a volunteer parking lot attendant at the Banjo Bowl earlier this month.
After games, our job is to help clear the parking lots as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. Some motorists are a little impatient, but for the most part they’re pretty good.
While on duty at my post before the game, one kind lady who was having a Bombers tailgate party nearby brought me a plate with a smokie, pepperoni stick and potato chips on it, as well as a cold bottle of water. Half an hour later, she brought me some dessert.
This was one kind act that shows Bomber fans are the best. They are true blue, with a heart of gold.
Strangers stepped in to retrieve purse3 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015
Recently, my faith in humanity was bolstered. I left my purse on the bus into work on Sept. 12 while travelling down Ness Avenue, a fact I only realized upon trying to unlock my office door.
I immediately called 311 but, as is often the case with lines like 311, I was put on hold. I went back to the bus stop and paced, becoming more frantic with every minute I remained on hold.
After 15 minutes, I was full-out panicking. I finally waved to a driver who was making the turn and explained what had happened.
The woman, without question, told me to get in and she would retrace the bus route until we found the bus.
Badiuk case an opportunity lost3 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
| The Brad Badiuk situation could have been such a teachable moment for a city trying to come to grips with being identified as the most racist city in Canada.
Instead, utter silence.
The Kelvin High School website lists Badiuk as an electronics teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. I haven’t heard from anyone who’s had a confirmed sighting of Badiuk in the school.
Nice treat at nail salon1 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
I would like to say a big thank-you to the nice lady I had the pleasure to sit next to at Central Nails at St. Vital Centre on July 30.
I’m a senior, and I decided to have my first pedicure. I was lucky to sit next to a young lady. We made small talk (no names were exchanged) and just chatted away.
I had a manicure and pedicure. When I went to pay, I was told the lady seated next to me had paid the bill for me. I could not believe it.
I’ve never had this happen before. So again, a big thank-you to the nice lady. It was much appreciated.
Beloved aunt’s funeral a day to remember3 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
My aunt Claire, Mom’s sister, was a beautiful, vivacious woman with a sense of fun and adventure. That is, until an accident several years ago changed her life forever.
She passed away last January, and as per her wish, her ashes were to be buried next to her parents in Ashern. The day of the service and burial, Aug. 28, started out with a thunderstorm that gave way to a beautiful, sunny late summer day.
My parents had driven to Winnipeg from Edmonton a couple of days earlier, and when it was time to make the drive to Ashern, Dad handed my husband the keys to the Cadillac, and off we went.
And then it happened — the Caddy died. Right there on Route 90.
Two WSD trustees not in the club2 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015
| As dysfunctional as the ongoing Mike Babinsky saga makes Winnipeg School Division’s board of trustees, it’s also clear that the other seven trustees have frozen out Cathy Collins.
She was the finance chair not so long ago, and along with Babinsky and board chair Mark Wasyliw, Collins is one of only three veterans among the nine trustees. And she’s a member of the NDP majority, too.
Monday night, the board shut Collins out of any significant committee chair’s role. Wasyliw is chair, Sherri Rollins vice-chair, Chris Broughton has finance, Lisa Naylor the pivotal committee handling policy and program, Allan Beach chairs building and transportation, Dean Koshelanyk gets communications. I haven’t asked, but I suspect Kevin Freedman would have been given much more responsibility had he and his wife not just had their first child.
Anyone thinks there won’t be a next time for Babinsky?4 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
It was extraordinary that no other school board in Manitoba has ever gone so far in disciplining a school trustee as Winnipeg School Division trustees did this week in barring Mike Babinsky from board and committee meetings for a month.
No other board has ever used Section 35 of the Public Schools Act to go beyond censure and give a trustee the temporary boot.
It sounds as though the WSD board went a long way, but you have to wonder what any trustee would have to do to warrant the even greater sanctions available under the act. WSD could have barred Babinsky for three months, and could have suspended him from any access to information and any activities as a trustee.
Mr. Pallister, I have operators standing by2 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
| I got a call a while back from Tory MLA Wayne Ewasko, the opposition's education critic, who was pretty miffed that I hadn’t asked him to comment on an education story we ran.
I can’t recall what the story was about, but Ewasko pitched a really strong case that the party wants to be asked to comment on any kind of systemic education story I do, or anything in which the government is quoted.
Which makes sense, and that’s why I’d been doing it pretty often.
Gift from caring driver comforted boy after collision2 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 5, 2015
I was driving in the south end when I came to a busy intersection.
Traffic had slowed down a great deal because of a pretty bad accident between a car and a minivan. There were at least five adults on the scene, as well as a young boy, none of whom seemed to be hurt.
While waiting at the light, I saw a Shaw van signal, pull into the lane in front of me and turn towards the scene. The driver then went towards the crash site, pulled off to the side, put a pylon behind his truck and went towards the assembled people with a plastic bag in hand.
He walked up to the boy and his mother and then crouched down to talk to the boy. After a short exchange, he pulled a stuffed teddy bear out of the bag and gave it to the boy, who gratefully snatched it up. This was obviously a situation where the child could use some extra comfort, and a total stranger went well out of his way and far beyond his call of duty to provide just that.
Strange silence from U of W4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015
| I’ve been trying to figure out why the University of Winnipeg wasn’t ready Friday with a communications strategy when the Alberta government named president Annette Trimbee to a four-person panel reviewing the highly-contentious royalty rates on Alberta’s oil and gas industry.
I should point out right up front that the person with whom I usually deal at UW was not working that day.
This review is a national story — I think the Alberta panel made second story on CBC radio’s national news that day.
Restaurant surprise a real treat1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015
My husband and I were having lunch at Smitty’s on Pembina Highway when a nice young man in the next booth surprised us by paying for our lunch. (He and I had a non-verbal exchange, which may have prompted the lovely treat.) We will try to pay it forward.
— Pat Johnston
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Blown away by generosity shown by strangers2 minute read Preview Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
I want to give a great big thank-you to Sam Henderson and her family for hosting a surprise fundraiser in benefit of my family.
I had only met Sam once through a mutual friend, and she was moved by how my family was dealing with a very difficult situation. She knew our family and friends had contributed a lot to help, so she organized a fundraising event and invited her family, friends and associates.
Wow. We were completely taken aback by this. She organized a party at her house in the country, and more than 130 people came out on a hot summer night. The entire evening happened thanks to donations and strangers showing kindness to our family.
The result was more than $8,000 raised and gifted to my family. I cannot even begin to thank Sam, all the people who attended and those who donated prizes for the auctions, food and the tent, tables and chairs. A special thanks to Kim, who donated her eatery’s services, and the band Rylan, which kept the crowd dancing all night.
An alleged WSD scandal I’m ignoring11 minute read Preview Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
| Whoever you are who’s flooding Canada Post with those vicious and vile 12-page diatribes alleging a scandal centred around Winnipeg School Division custodians, you really need to seek some help.
And you really, really need to stop mailing that stuff. |
Great Red River College legend — alas, it wasn’t true2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
| It was quite the legend while it lasted.
Alas, it wasn’t true.
One of the most popular stories on our website for a few days last week was my story on new Red River College president Paul Vogt’s contract being made public, and particularly the detail that Vogt not only pays for his own parking spot, he has to scramble for a parking spot just like everyone else on campus.
Thanks to Grace Hospital for the great care1 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
I would like to commend Grace Hospital’s emergency department for the attention extended to me during a recent visit.They have an excellent staff who did a great job taking care of me. Too often we are quick to criticize, but not often enough quick to praise.Thank you for a job well done.
— Walter Lotocki
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Tow trouble1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
WHAT a sinking feeling when I went to my car in downtown Winnipeg and found it was gone.
Feeling desperate, I returned to the last business outlet I had visited. The owner of Warehouse Artworks, Rod, said to his daughter, “Give her a ride to the car storage.”
He knew right away my car had been towed. Marielle walked me to her car and kindly drove me to the car storage site on Higgins Street, and sure enough, my vehicle was there. Marielle told me they have done this many times before.
Thank you so much to Rod and Marielle for their empathy in helping visitors to Winnipeg who get caught unaware parking on Notre Dame Avenue is different from parking on the side streets connected to it. Their quick response provided the calming assurance needed in a tense situation.
Stranger helped senior in need1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
ON July 8, my 91-year-old mother was not feeling well and arranged to travel from her apartment to the walk-in clinic at Grant Avenue and Kenaston Boulevard.She was surprised and unnerved to receive a diagnosis of shingles, and was given a prescription. My mother uses a walker, and the closest pharmacy was in the Real Canadian Superstore, across a busy street and too far to walk.I would like to thank Lynn Krepart — who happened to be in the waiting room and understood how difficult it would be for my mother to get the prescription — for volunteering to pick it up for her. You took time out of your day to help a stranger in need. Though it may have seemed to be a small act, your kindness and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.
— Cheryl Rajfur
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Couple took the time to help stranded strangers1 minute read Preview Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
THE early afternoon of July 7, my wife and I were travelling north on Highway 206 just outside of Oakbank in our classic car.
The gas gauge read a quarter full, and I mentioned to my wife we would need to fill up at the next opportunity. About 10 seconds later, the car sputtered.
It was 30 C out that afternoon, but we never had time to worry. After only a few seconds, a couple pulled up in their truck and asked what was wrong. Minutes later, they headed to Oakbank to fetch us some gasoline. A short time later, they returned with 19 litres of gas and would not take anything for helping us out. The man simply replied, “I hope someone would do it for me.”
Thank you very much to all the people in this day and age of ‘rush rush rush’ who will still take the time to save someone on the side of the road.
WSD’s fulsome dysfunction3 minute read Preview Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
It was cringeworthy.
You could feel for Winnipeg School Division trustee Chris Broughton Friday as fellow school board member Cathy Collins humiliated him in front of the entire public meeting.
Do these people not understand irony, that one of their members would pull such a stunt just as they were trying to refute Prof. John Wiens’s contentious report — whoops, the word "scathing" always has to be used to describe it — that called the board out of control and guilty of reckless dysfunction?
The trustees had been doing a half-decent job up to that point of making the case that, as board chair Mark Wasyliw has put it a bunch of times, that Wiens was at times over-the-top in his attack on WSD’s governance, openness, and transparency.