News in brief for May 18, 2022

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Committee approves study regarding Roxy Theatre’s historical value

On May 9, the City of Winnipeg’s standing policy committee on property, development, heritage and downtown development approved a request from the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee to consider whether the 93-year-old building, which is located at 385 Henderson Hwy., should be nominated for a heritage designation.

The motion, which was filed by Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) at the committee’s April 25 meeting, came after the building was sold in March.

The Manitoba Métis Federation, the new owners of the 385 Henderson Hwy., said historical status could thwart its plans to build a six-storey development, which would include 45-units of affordable housing for seniors with commercial space on the first and second floors.

The sale prompted Jim Smith, president of the North East Winnipeg Historical Society, and Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg, to make presentations in favour of historical designation for the local landmark.

However, the Manitoba Métis Federation, the new owners of the building, told the committee on May 9 that historical status could thwart its plans to build a six-storey development, which would include 45-units of affordable housing for seniors with commercial space on the first and second floors.

“We can’t look at affordable housing, when (we’re) putting astronomical dollars into fixing old bricks,” April Hourie, MMF deputy chief of staff, told the committee.

Should the city’s planning, property, and development director agree that heritage designation might be warranted, the matter would be subject to further discussion and voting at City Hall.

Inaugural Bisons Walk-a-thon to support childhood cancer research

Lace up your shoes this month to help scientists leave pediatric cancer in the dust.

In collaboration with the University of Manitoba Students’ Union, the Science Students’ Association is hosting the first-annual Bisons Walk-a-thon for Childhood Cancer in support of CancerCare Manitoba’s pediatric cancer research.

The event will take place on Sat., May 28, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Manitoba (66 Chancellors Circle).

Volunteers will lead a walk around the U of M campus, followed by outdoor activities on the quad. Food trucks will be parked onsite.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online through eventbrite.ca

— Staff

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