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You learn something every week...
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You learn something every week...

In the 14 years I've been managing editor of the Canstar Community News weekly newspapers, I've worked with dozens of journalists and contributors.

Most move on after a time; they regularly find other media jobs or they jump to the 'dark side' and take gigs in the world of communications and publicity. Our community correspondents — people who write about the neighbourhoods in which they live — tend to stay for many years, but eventally they, too, move on as life's demands mean they can no longer commit the time and energy. 

Change is a constant in this job but it's also enriching, as I constantly get to meet new people, read other viewpoints and adapt to different perspectives. I never stop learning.

Last year we added a new column to our monthly Community Homes section. Christian Cassidy, a Winnipeg community worker who writes the popular West End Dumplings blog, was recommended to us by the Manitoba Historical Society, and he offered to write a regular piece on the origins of Winnipeg's street names. It's an excellent idea and I've enjoyed reading and editing Christian's work. He teaches me something every month.

Last month, for example, I learned the answer to a question that is regularly a source of social media and conversational debate: How many lanes are there on Arlington Street?

Hundreds if not thousands of Winnipeg drivers treat Arlington as if its a four-lane roadway, even though it's not quite wide enough to support four proper traffic lanes. It turns out there are, in fact, only two lanes.

These are broader lanes than normal, which is what regularly sparks the two-versus-four debate. Arlington's width is owed to early-20th-century plans to connect the north and south ends of the city with a central streetcar line that would have spanned two bridges — one across the railyards (the Arlington Bridge) and the other across the Assiniboine River.

Tracks were even laid on Arlington between Notre Dame and Portage Avenues in 1907, but were ripped out when the project did not come to fruition. Arlington remained two lanes wide after removal of those tracks and it is to this day. Read Christian's full story.

And, if you want to learn what's going on in and around the city this week, please visit our Events listings page

One of the purposes of this newsletter is to offer a select list of upcoming events, which you will find below. If you work with or volunteer for an organization that presents or hosts events and would like to add your listing, use the event submission page.

I hope you enjoy Community Calendar. I'll see you next week...

John Kendle

John Kendle, Managing editor, Canstar Community News

John Kendle



Music 'N' Mavens 

Clara Trio • March 1, 2 p.m., Rady Jewish Community Centre — The newly formed Clara Trio features Minna Rose Chung, cello, Kerry DuWors, violin, and Katherine Dowling, piano. The Singing Spirit is an offering to fellow prairie dwellers – speaking to the present moment, and creating space for catharsis, for comfort, for hope. Featuring the work of Ludwig van Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Marjan Mozetich, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn; all extraordinary artists who created at the springtime of Romanticism. Tickets $7 (members), $11 (non-members) at

Ego Spank • March 3, 2 p.m., Rady Jewish Community Centre — Ego Spank, which is comprised of Gilles Fournier, bass and vocals, Murray Pulver, guitar and vocals, and Daniel Roy, drums and vocals, presents Apples to Oranges- Hits from the ′60s to the ′80s.  Tickets $7 (members), $11 (non-members) at

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Two Pianos: Mozart, Hotoda & Woo • March 5, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Concert Hall — Former WSO assistant conductor Rei Hotoda returns as guest conductor in a program featuring Jessie Montgomery’s autobiographical tone poem Records from a Vanishing City, Robert Schumann’s Spring Symphony and, in a duo performance with assistant conductor Naomi Woo, Mozart’s engaging Concerto for Two Pianos. In-person tickets start at $25; livestream $10 at


2022 Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages • March 6 - March 13, Centre culturel franco-manitobain — The 2022 edition of the Freeze Frame International Film Festival is a hybrid event, you can watch online from March 6 -13 or in-person at the CCFM on March 6, 12 and 13. Visit for full program and ticket information

Calls for submissions

Manitoba Society of Artists 90th Manitoba Open Juried Competition and Exhibition

OJCE2022 will be both virtual and a gallery show. All Manitoba artmakers over age 16 are eligible to enter. Deadline for Entry is May 5, 2022.  Email for more informaiton The online show will run from May 18 to Aug. 31.  All entries will be exhibited for the entire length of the show, and the shortlist will be exhibited from June 1 to 28 at Eagleridge, 15 Eagleridge Ct. Information on awards, dompetition rules and conditions is online at

This week in the FPCR West

Taking Friendly Manitoba to the streets

Two university students who graduated just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit and with job opportunities looking a little slim, decided to start their own clothing line celebrating Manitoba friendliness. Read More


No Fun Club loses guitars to theft

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