Sheldon Birnie is the reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time.
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The East Kildonan-Transcona community committee met recently the first time since the Oct. 26 municipal election.
The committee approved a non-conforming approach to the property at 160 Greene Ave. in North Kildonan. The owners of the property, which includes a home which has been vacant for some time, intend to tear down the existing structure and build a new home “consistent with the neighbourhood,” which includes a front driveway.
“This property has been problematic, being vacant, for the neighbourhood,” Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) said. “I’m happy to see this property replaced with a new development. It’s not uncommon to have front approaches on Greene Avenue.”
Plans for a new sign for Kildonan Crossing (1615 Regent Ave. W) were also approved, as was a $975.50 per capita grant from the Elmwood-East Kildonan ward for the Prince Edward Legion’s 2022 Canada Day celebrations.
New programming at four high schools in River East Transcona School Division is helping students with additional needs find their place in the workforce.
Project LIFE, a multi-year transition program for students aged between 18 and 21 years old that has been used in 26 locations across the United States, was launched as a pilot during the 2021-22 school year. RETSD is the first division in Canada to implement the programming, with four high schools currently participating: Murdoch MacKay Collegiate, River East Collegiate, Kildonan-East Collegiate, and Transcona Collegiate.
“We’re looking to support different programming for students who are near completion of their high school credits and are interested in securing competitive employment as an adult,” explained Mary LaPage Leclerc, a student services consultant with the division. “This program provides that bridge.”
Now in its second year, students are already seeing the results.