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This article was published 31/1/2012 (3471 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A muskrat who must have had a tough weekend walked right in behind a customer at the Kenaston Village Liquor Mart on Sunday at about 1 p.m. He was just looking around at the bottles -- until people noticed him and started reacting. Then he ran and hid, poor fella. Staff called for experts to come and remove him. Said my spy, "He didn't look 18 to me!"
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O WHAT A NIGHT! -- The Future Leaders of Manitoba Council awards bash Thursday night at Fort Garry Place was vibrating by 6:45 p.m., after 90 minutes of bubblies and appetizers in cocktail-party mode.
Hired tweeter Susan Hurrell alerted the Twitterverse as each arrival walked up the ramp to the Lord Selkirk Room -- a modern version of the red-carpet treatment. President Andrew Kirk wisely thanked his wife "for her patience." She was at home with their eight-week-old baby.
Winners for 2012 were Kristie Sidwall for arts, Dr. Jordan Hochman for business and professional and Luciana Fernandez for community service. Fernandez, an Argentine Canadian, said she had no family here to thank, except her husband and baby (on the way). "So I just want to thank Canada," she said.
Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall fame asked MC Ace Burpee why he wasn't nervous getting up to speak in front of all those people! Meanwhile, honorary chair Jim Carr (from the Manitoba Business Council) praised the Future Leaders organizational gang for following through with it, when so many with "great ideas" don't make the effort.
"This is one of my favourite nights," declared Bob Silver, one of the owners of the Winnipeg Free Press. "These are the people who will one day replace us!"
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SUGAR FALLS -- Prairie Ink restaurant at McNally Robinson bookstore was the scene of a launch Thursday evening for Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story, by writer David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson. They've collaborated on a four-book graphic-novel series, Generation 7. Robertson wrote Stone and The Life of Helen Betty Osborne. The Swampy Cree writer said he is educating aboriginal youth about their history "to try to eliminate racism, sexism and indifference."
Spotted: Actress Tina Keeper, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, author and assistant professor in the departments of English and native studies at the University of Manitoba, Sandra DeLaronde, executive director of the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation, Ted Fontaine, elder and author The Broken Circle, a memoir of his days in residential schools, and Catherine Gerbasi, who's with Portage & Main Press.
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OH NELLIE! -- Celebrating Nellie McClung's and the suffragettes' heroic effort to push through Manitoba women's right to vote, female media and politicos mixed and mingled at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café in the Exchange District on Friday evening. Free Press editor Margo Goodhand and PC MLA Myrna Driedger addressed the crowd.
Spotted noshing on Chef Dom's hors d'oeuvres: Flor Marcelino, Melanie Wight, Paula Havixbeck, Jenny Gerbasi, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Sharon Blady and Free Press staffers. Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer's daughter Emily Doer, a Red River Creative Communications student, attended with her mom, Ginny Devine of Viewpoint Research. Emily was presented Sunday night with a Jack Matheson Award from the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
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MUSICAL TRIBUTE -- Musicians crammed Joe Grande's Mona Lisa restaurant Sunday night for a tribute to musician BJ Garrison. Said organizer 92 CITI's Howard Mandshein: "I had met BJ here and watched him mentor these young singer/songwriters and saw how they just gravitated to them. He was so encouraging and so gracious, saying in effect, 'You can do it!' "
Billy Joe Greene did the Jimi Hendrix version of All Along the Watchtower; CBC producer Janice Harding-Jeanson, who sang in '70s band Sally Screw and the Drivers, did a rendition of Aretha Franklin's hit Respect that was so gutsy and then so vulnerable, the whole audience went quiet, then burst into roaring applause; Tim Butler played guitar, fiddle and drums; Rod Hussey played bass for hours along with Sean Borton, and drummer Big Bob James, and Cam Miller, singer Shandra Levreault, sax players Deano Dean and Doug Wilson, keyboardist Gerry Atwell and singers Lindsey White and Luisa D'Abramo.
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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.