Winnipeg North constituency report
Kevin Lamoureux is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North.
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It was back on Jan. 4, 2020, that the World Health Organization tweeted, based on a report it had received that “Investigations are underway to identify the cause of this illness.”
The weeks that followed saw countries around the world reporting on how quickly this novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was spreading. We were initially told masks were not necessary but that we had to wash our hands a lot more.
How things have changed. Let there be no doubt there will be a new normal when things do get better.
We all had decisions to make with respect to the things we did, whether inside or outside our homes. Jobs, families, businesses and so much more were going to be impacted. It became clearly that the severity of the impact was going to depend on decisions made by governments.
Anyone driving north on Keewatin Street will notice two things once you hit Adsum Drive.
One is, Keewatin Street turns into Dr. Jose Rizal Way; and two, there you will find a more-than-life-size statue of Dr. José Rizal. On Aug. 24 I had the opportunity to attend the unveiling of a new monument and someone later asked me, “Who is Dr. José Rizal?”
A quick Google search will give a lot of detail as to who he was. Rizal is recognized by many people as the founding father of the Philippine Independence movement. While vast majority of people living in Canada of Filipino heritage are familiar with Dr. Rizal, he’s not so well known internationally compared to say, Mahatma Gandhi.
Dr. José Rizal was born in 1861 and led a remarkable life. A brilliant and highly educated person, he spoke 22 languages, worked as a scientist, ophthalmologist, writer and artist. He wrote several novels like Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not) that pointed out the terrible unfairness in his society, and fuelled the struggle for Philippine independence.
Summer has always been my favourite season. It’s the time when our community usually gathers to mark so many important milestones.
We celebrate Filipino Heritage Month in June but this year we had to cancel our wonderful street festival and cultural events. June 21 marked Indigenous Peoples Day, and this year I had hoped to launch my first annual celebration in honour of it. We also usually celebrate our great country’s birthday with block parties, concerts and so much more.
I’m sure a few of you missed my annual fireworks show at Tyndall Park. I know I certainly did. I’ve been hosting it for almost 30 years, and cancelling this year’s event was tough.
We’re all adjusting to a ‘new normal’ and it’s been really strange not having the big public parties we’re used to. Even so, that doesn’t mean our holidays are cancelled.
Winnipeg North is a diverse community and we aren’t strangers to the issue of racism.
Like many people, I get chills thinking about the video of George Floyd’s death and his last, terrifying words: “I can’t breathe.”
The incredible show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement at our legislature on June 5 brought this problem to light for many people, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s tempting to think that these problems are far away in Toronto, or the United States, but the sad truth is that many of my constituents face racism every single day.
“Minority communities” actually make up the majority of people in Winnipeg North, and yet they still face unfair barriers and discrimination.