Manitoba economy showing signs of life: Pallister

The Manitoba economy is showing signs of life despite a protracted COVID-19 economic downturn that created considerable unemployment.

Based on July’s Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, Premier Brian Pallister said in a press conference on Friday that local and national economies are progressing despite COIVID-19, adding 60% of Manitobans who lost their jobs during the pandemic are back to work. He said the provincial unemployment rate is down to 8.2%, the lowest in Canada. Full time employment is up by 6,200 people, over double the national average. Continue reading “Manitoba economy showing signs of life: Pallister”

Unique cosmetics biz caters to women of all ethnicities

There’s an old saying that goes: “We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who believe and are saved.”

The proverb is a perfect characterization of Carla De Roy, co-owner of The Beauty Box by Sheriff cosmetic boutique in Winnipeg.

Back in the 80s after being turned away from a major brand name makeup counter due to her skin colour, De Roy saw an opportunity for industry transformation. She took the act of discrimination and started The Beauty Box by Sheriff, which caters to women of all ethnicities in a diverse business model that includes retail, online, bridal service, hair service, education and children’s parties. Continue reading “Unique cosmetics biz caters to women of all ethnicities”

REOPENING CANADA: Government scraps may not be enough to save many in restaurant industry

Manitoba restaurants and pubs are on life support in the intensive care unit of Canada’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

Chris Graves, owner of the King’s Head Pub in Winnipeg’s trendy Exchange District, is one of the medics trying to resuscitate a business that flat-lined during the pandemic. Continue reading “REOPENING CANADA: Government scraps may not be enough to save many in restaurant industry”

SNELL: Stereotyping hurts no matter who it is directed toward

In 2008, my father walked into the bedroom that he shared with my stepmother and little brothers, pulled a hunting rifle from under the bed, loaded a bullet, and ended his 35-year battle with schizophrenia and major depression. A week later I painted over the blood splatter and filled the bullet hole in the ceiling with my older brother. This was the end of my father’s story, and the beginning of my career as a storyteller. Continue reading “SNELL: Stereotyping hurts no matter who it is directed toward”