On January 31, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions, at no extra cost to participants:
You can also learn more about the five simple ways to end stigma and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.
Join us as we work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
On Wednesday, January 24 we're honoured to welcome Mary Deacon, the Chair of the Bell Let's Talk campaign, to speak in Winnipeg - exactly one week before Bell Let's Talk Day once again brings mental health to the forefront of Canadians minds, social media and conversation.
Recognizing the importance the workplace plays in the lives of Winnipeggers and the effort to end stigma, we'll be sharing a number of resources from the Bell Let's Talk campaign throughout January (and beyond). The following language guide is taken from the excellentBell Let's Talk Toolkit: Starting the Conversation about Mental Health, which provides solid advice and resources for group and one-on-one discussions.
Terms to avoid
"normal" or "not normal"
"psycho" or "psychopath" or "demented"
Source: MediaSmarts. (n.d.) Teacher Training Guide.
Retrieved from http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/Lets_Talk_Teacher_Training_Guide.pdf
“I love my job and love being able to work with dogs and cats all day,” said Celeste Bennett, facility manager at Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa. “As soon as clients walk in the door, we have something in common and can bond over their pets.”
Opened in June 2016, the luxury dog and cat resort offers a variety of services including dog day camp, dog and cat boarding, grooming and training. The facility is owned by the Bennett family. While Celeste manages the day-to-day operations of the facility, she often finds herself leaning on the wisdom her parents, Shawn and Nadeen, who’ve been training and breeding dogs for forty years.
Celeste has two dogs herself: four-month-old Phoebe, a mini long-hair dachshund and Venus, a six-year-old English Setter. These lucky pups get to come to work with mom every day and help entertain the centre’s visitors.
When Celeste talks about “boarding” at Happy Tails, she’s quick to point out she doesn’t mean crates.
“Our main priority is to create something where we would want to leave our own dogs,” said Celeste. “Our dogs sleep in our beds, so we don’t want them stuck in kennels while they’re here.”
Happy Tails instead uses “pet condos,” which offer animals a living room style environment complete with their private windows, beds, and toys while pooches stay at the resort.
Celeste gets to work with dogs and cats every day and loves to see the impact Happy Tails has on the animals that go there.
“My favourite memories are the dogs who came to Happy Tails really nervous and anxious – but leave that anxiety behind,” says Celeste. “After even just a few visits, it’s so exciting to tell owners their dog found a friend and built some confidence to be a happier dog - not just at Happy Tails but all around.”
Prepared for The Winnipeg Chamber by Chris Davis, a Red River College Creative Communications student.
“This weekend I’m photographing a couple. I just took some photos of a kitty cat, and last week I did a commercial job where I spent 27 hours taking photos in an auto-body shop,” says Bruce Allen Hendricks (MPA, F.Ph. F/PPOC-BC, CPP), owner of Impact Photographic Design.
The challenge of never knowing what’s coming next is the driving force behind his career. Thirty years ago in high school when Hendricks was crawling around the world on hands and knees to get the shot, he realized what he wanted to do with his life.
“The idea of doing the same thing day after day, like punching away at a keyboard or something, really didn’t do it for me,” says Hendricks. “With photography, I know every day is going to be different.”
After graduating high school, he joined the Professional Photographers of Canada Inc. (PPOC) and moved to British Columbia to develop his career. He returned home in 2002 to open Impact Photographic Design.
Being a professional photographer during the most photographed time in history has not been easy. Over the years, Hendricks has had to deal with changes.
“Digital photography has disrupted the industry a little bit; there are thousands of photographers or so-called photographers out there,” he says. “Value and price are not the same things.”
Hendricks says the value of a good photograph lives in its ability to give you glimpse into someone’s life.
“You really realize the importance of having good portraits taken after someone is gone.”
He tells a story about a family portrait he took, early in his career. After the shoot, before the family had a chance to order the prints, the father passed away. The grieving family eventually ordered the prints and were grateful to have captured his memory. Before they picked up the final photos, one of the sons in the photograph died.
“Those photos were a way for that family to hold on to their loved ones for the rest of their life,” says Hendricks.
Hendricks has built his career on taking photos of people. Whether it’s commercial or portrait photography, he always pushes himself to take the best pictures possible.
As the youngest Manitoban to earn a Master of Photographic Arts from the PPOC in 1998, Hendricks is continually adding to a C.V. that includes a very long list of designations and an even longer list of national awards.
The designations show his dedication to the craft. The awards show his skill. Whether he’s in the studio taking portraits of a new family, doing a promo shoot for an iconic figure like Fred Penner, or flying off to a remote location to document the construction of a hydro dam, he sees an opportunity to capture a perfect moment in every photograph.
Good photography doesn’t just happen. Hendricks is dedicated to getting his clients the photos that matter.
“It’s about being able to show people, fifty years down the road, what you were all about. It’s how you’ll be remembered.”
Prepared for The Winnipeg Chamber by Andrew Bart, a Red River College Creative Communications student.
New year. New tech trends. In the spirit of looking forward, the team at the ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) has compiled a list of what they believe will be four of 2018’s top tech trends in the workplace.
1. Artificial Intelligence Will Automate More Tasks
You probably won’t lose your job to automation in 2018, but it is very likely that more and more of your tasks will be taken over by AI. Jobs will change as the repetitive things you used to do and tasks that involve analyses will be done more quickly with fewer mistakes by AI.
But don’t worry! The parts of your job that require empathy, judgement and communication skills, will expand. Looking for job security? Ask yourself, what skills will be needed to augment AI in the future.
2. “Hello.” Voice Recognition Will be Everywhere
You’re already getting used to voice recognition in your home. Things you never thought you’d talk to, like your TV and your thermostat, are objects you converse with on a daily basis. From our home to the workplace, we are going to rely more and more on digital assistants as computers become much better at translating natural speaking into transcripts and commands.
3. School’s Never Out
There is no longer any such thing as “school’s out” because learning, adapting and improving have become essential to job security – and they will even more so in 2018. Personalized, micro-learning is becoming a bigger part of the workplace. Whether the safety team wants to raise our consciousness of workplace safety or you need to take some computer and technology upgrades in order to remain productive and relevant, it’s never too late to learn something new.
4. Who Needs Walls?
The Donald may want walls, but organizations no longer rely on them. Lines will continue to be blurred between work and home thanks to technology. Mobility is not new, but the degree in which it is embraced by employers is on the rise.
An unexpected requirement of workers in 2018 will be trust. Trust that when your employees are not sitting within the office walls, that they are still hard at work. And trust by employees that they can set boundaries around availability that employers will respect. One way to make this work is to do away with the year-end performance review and to make accountability a weekly conversation where managers provide frequent, informal feedback to help improve performance, rather than just assess it.
On February 1 and 2 join ICTAM and a diverse group of disruptive thinkers at DisruptED18.
Together, you’ll explore the future of work and it’s implications on society as we know it. Featuring sessions on top business trends, millennial ambitions, the tech sector’s diversity problem, and Inclusive innovation, this ground breaking two-day conference will spark conversations and inspire action. Speakers include:
Few issues matter more than the provincial budget in shaping the health, happiness and quality of life of Manitobans. It impacts every citizen, every business and every community in Manitoba.
It's our privilege to speak on behalf of our 2,100 member organizations on issues that shape community prosperity. When the government put out the call for input - and we applaud their track record of wide consultations - we provided the following key points (and our detailed submission) on how Manitoba can achieve its full potential.
1. Establish a tax commission to improve the tax system
Manitoba’s tax system has been without a comprehensive review for 18 years. A lot has changed in that time period, and our tax system doesn’t account for things such as the sharing economy. We recommend the development of a commission to establish a fairer, simpler and more competitive tax system.
2. Outline your plan to reduce the deficit
Manitoba can improve its credit rating and economic outlook by outlining a plan to get the deficit under control. A summary loss of $764 million this past year is an improvement, but Manitoba remains one of only two provinces that doesn’t have a firm timeline for getting back to balance.
3. Enable better access to capital and labour
To improve economic performance, we need to improve investment conditions, including access to a skilled and highly qualified workforce. A made-in-Manitoba access to capital strategy will encourage new investment into the Province. As recently as 2014, Manitoba tied PEI as the worst provincial performer in this area, with zero venture capital investment.
4. Improve value for money in government services
Manitobans consistently expect better value-for-money from our government while balancing demands for improved social outcomes and service delivery. The Chamber appreciates the value-for-money audit that has been undertaken and the initial steps toward developing social impact bonds in Manitoba, we also hope the government explores unique opportunities to innovate service delivery models.
5. Civic Partnership
The City of Winnipeg is also facing significant fiscal challenges, and unlike the Province of Manitoba, they have to balance their budget each year. Without revenue increases, the estimated gap between total expenditures and revenue could be as high as $400 million by 2027 for the City of Winnipeg, and that doesn’t account for the infrastructure deficit. With both governments facing fiscal challenges, a strong partnership is needed.
6. Carbon Price Revenue
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce applauds the Province for their Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, as opposed to the federal one size fits all system. Regardless of pricing levels, any revenues raised must not go to debt or deficit reduction, or into general revenue. Carbon pricing revenues must go to help offset the increased costs on low-income Manitobans and towards initiatives that will lower our greenhouse gas emissions.
In late 2017 Finance Canada released their long term economic and fiscal updates for the country. The report forecasts how Canada’s economy will do up until 2055-2056, as well how the federal government’s finances will look.
The report forecasts deficits for the federal government until 2045-2046, or another 28 years. While that number is headline grabbing, it is important to recognize that assumes relatively modest growth scenarios. If the government based their projections on the four highest forecasts for GDP growth, the federal books will achieve a $3.9 billion surplus in 2023-2024. However if the lowest four forecasts are used, the federal governments books won’t be balanced until the mid-2050’s.
Higher debt levels make everyone, not just governments, more susceptible to economic downturns. We have been in a period of (albeit slow) economic expansion since 2008, one of the longest stretches on record. Inevitably this will change at some point, and typically governments borrow heavily during economic downturns to help stimulate the economy. This goes for governments of all colours. Coming out of the last recession in 2010 for example, the Canadian government posted a record deficit of over $55 billion.
All that debt has a carrying cost. Interest payments on the federal government’s debt total around $25 billion a year. That money can’t go to fixing roads, building schools or to enhancements in our healthcare system. It also can’t go to cutting taxes, as federal debt servicing costs are roughly equal to 80% of what the goods and service tax (GST) takes in!
As well with interest rates expected to rise further in 2018, the carrying cost of all that debt will most likely increase as well.
Compounding matters on the government side, is the rapid spending growth forecasted in the future to deal with an aging population. Seniors require more health care typically, as well we can expect Old Age Security (OAS) payments to balloon over the next several decades. Today’s report from Finance Canada forecasts federal spending to more than double in the two decades from 2026 to 2046, increases of around 5.25% a year on an annual basis.
This forecast extends decades into the future and will undoubtedly change over time. What we do know for certain is that more debt results in more tax dollars being spent to service it, and for that we should all be concerned. With pressures on the horizon, a stronger timeline is needed to get the federal government’s books back to balance.
The Manitoba Museum is in the midst of a transformation. Our Chair, Johanna Hurme, visited the beloved cultural gem with CEO Claudette Leclerc to get an update and a sneak peek at their next steps...
Johanna Hurme: Great to be here and tour the Museum with you Claudette. What are we looking at here?
Claudette Leclerc: This image captures the three-step Capital Renewal Vision of the Manitoba Museum as it was envisioned in 2009 as result of extensive community consultations.
JH: I understand you’ve completed the first step of the plan?
CL: Yes, our expanded and renewed Alloway Hall opened in March 2017 and has already hosted our massive Manitoba Day celebrations, a number of special and travelling Canada 150 exhibitions, as well as the World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibition, while also providing a rentals space for corporate events.
JH: That makes a lot of sense - a lot of NGOs need alternative revenue sources. That’s entrepreneurial and should be celebrated as a good way to be sustainable.
CL: Thank you. We’ve balanced our budget for 25 years, and we’re the first museum in Canada to be accredited by Imagine Canada.
JH: You mentioned community consultations – what else came out of that?
CL: What we heard – and what we already knew - was that after nearly 50 years, the Museum Galleries are tired and the Manitoba story needs to be updated. We have 56,000 square feet of gallery space and its very costly to keep them up to date.
We also learned that Manitobans are really interested in science. One-third of our attendees come to the Science Gallery and its only 6,000 sq feet. We would like to establish a stand-alone Science Centre that celebrates the science-based innovative industries of this province.
JH: This was the first museum I visited as a high school international exchange student. I felt the whole history of Manitoba really came alive. I remember walking through and being surrounded by the history – the city, immersed in the First Nations history – it was really powerful.
CL: Indigenous people had a very successful society before Europeans arrived, and we want to do a better job of connecting with that past. Step 2 of our Renewal project, Bringing Our Stories Forward, will help us tell those stories better, and we want to tell the contemporary story of Indigenous people too.
JH: It just feels like it is about time the Indigenous story gets updated from all kinds of different parts of society. I’m glad you are taking the lead on that - providing a proper stage so people ‘get it.’
Which is the first Gallery slated for renewal?
CL: The first gallery we’re going to renew as part of the Stories Project is the Nonsuch Gallery. We’re turning the story around so that instead of the Nonsuch leaving Deptford England, the ship has just arrived back from Hudson Bay so the sailors can share stories of meeting and trading with Indigenous people.
JH: It’s amazing how the smell of the ship takes you back.
CL: Yes, and we will ensure that the senses are engage with scent, sounds and visuals using interactive digital media to help tell the stories of the sailors returning from the New World. The gallery will be closing January and reopening in June.
JH: It’s a very impressive schedule you’re planning.
CL: We’re on a schedule to complete the entire Renewal project in time for 2020 when the Hudson`s Bay Company celebrates 350, and this coincides with Manitoba’s 150 and the Museum’s 50th anniversary. It makes sense that we complete our renewal in time for these anniversaries. It’s a huge job.
JH: It’s so unique to see this kind of exhibit, a whole ship in a museum. You really should be so proud. What other galleries will be updated?
CL: Next up will be the Winnipeg Gallery which has two parts. Winnipeg is such an interesting and dynamic city. The Winnipeg Gallery will tell the story of Winnipeg as a meeting place and settlement for thousands of years. We will tell more contemporary stories with an immersive multi-media environment, and in the Urban Gallery we’ll have new approaches to storytelling while still placing authentic artifacts at the core of the experience.
JH: Is the Urban Gallery the little town?
CL: That’s right. It was always meant to be Winnipeg 1920 but the space has bit of an abandoned feel. We want to enliven it with people sounds, projections, audio - so it feels populated. We also want to include the women’s right to vote story, as well as the Winnipeg General Strike.
JH: So we have the Nonsuch and Winnipeg Galleries to look forward to, what else?
CL: The Grasslands Gallery opened in 1971 and while some exhibits have been renewed the entire 6,000 sq foot gallery is under review. While some exhibits like the log cabin and tipi will stay with enhanced interpretation, there will be many changes in this area. We have a lot of research and community consultation to complete over the next two years, talking with Indigenous communities and updating the immigration story.
JH: We’ve had so much immigration since 1945, it’s vital to tell more stories of more recent waves of immigration.
CL: Yes and we’re consulting with those groups to find ways to bring their stories into the Museum. With over 300,000 visitors and 80,000 student visits we have a diverse community to connect with.
JH: Perfect. I love that idea. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I feel any Winnipegger or Manitoban who has visited this museum will find their own story inside - hopefully even more so with these updates – so they can feel ‘I am connected to this place no matter where I come from.’ We all came from somewhere, and it’ll be really nice to see the Museum come to life again in a new way.
CL: Thank you. The Museum is a real jewel in our community and we hope it`s been a place of pride. With updating the Museum and the stories we tell, we can build more pride, especially with the Indigenous community and newcomers who can see their stories reflected here.
JH: In closing I have to say how important it is we have a Museum that expresses a general understanding and appreciation for how the human and natural worlds coexist. How important it is that we share other perspectives – the variety and diversity – that’s the beauty of Canada.
This is such a rich community. The quality of life you can afford to have here. It feels like anything is possible. You can, with a bit of sweat and effort, make almost anything happen and I think that’s what you guys are doing here every day.
CL: Thank you Johanna, I think that sums it up really well.
In a recent survey of 1,000 Manitobans conducted by Probe Research, 75 per cent of respondents support conducting a comprehensive, system-wide review of Manitoba’s tax system.
The last time our tax system was reviewed in Manitoba was close to 20 years ago – a lot has changed since then, says Loren Remillard, President and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, who commissioned the survey.
“These results clearly show Manitobans believe the time for tweaking is over and a deeper dive into the entire system is required,” notes Remillard. “Not only that, but the results are remarkably similar regardless of a respondent’s gender, age, education, income, place of residence and even their voting intentions.”
The survey accompanies The Winnipeg Chamber’s annual budget submission to the Province of Manitoba. Since 2016 The Chamber has advocated for a tax reform commission, and it is the primary recommendation for the 2018 Provincial Budget. The Chamber’s primary recommendation to the province is to form a commission that will make recommendations to reform our tax system. In addition, The Chamber calls on the Province to develop strategies to foster access to capital and skilled labour, as well as for the Province to clearly outline its plan to eliminate the deficit.
“With carbon taxes coming in 2018 and the promised PST cut on the horizon, now is the opportune time to look at our tax system,” added Remillard. “A fairer, simpler and more competitive tax system is in the best interests of all Manitobans. Our competitors are making changes to their tax system to improve competitiveness and we can’t sit by idly.”
With a sample of 1,000, one can say with 95 percent certainty that the results are (plus or minus) within 3.1 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire adult population of Manitoba had been surveyed.
Every month, we ask different participants of our Leadership Winnipeg class to blog about their experience...
As a participant in Leadership Winnipeg, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn from an amazing array of successful professionals and inspirational leaders, all of whom have had a significant impact on the organizations they lead, and the communities they support.
Throughout the course, one theme always came up in both formal and informal conversations with this diverse group. Paul Soubry (President and CEO of NFI Group) summarized it best when he addressed the class on day two:
“Give more than you take.”
The act of donating, whether it is time, skills or expertise, seems to be the consensus of how to live a truly successful and happy life.
The experience and knowledge I’ve gained through the program has really inspired me. I’ve learned more about myself, the city of Winnipeg, the unique volunteer needs and opportunities in our community, and various ways in which we can give back.
One great way people can give back is by volunteering. In 2013, 44 per cent of Canadians volunteered their time: an equivalent of 12.7 million people devoting close to 2 billion hours to their volunteer activities. That is the equivalent of roughly 1 million full-time jobs!
Manitoba is an especially great place to volunteer, having the second highest rate of volunteerism among the provinces with 52 per cent participation, and is also number one for charitable donations.
Volunteer Manitoba has played a substantial role in our province’s success as a leader in engaging and connecting people with volunteer opportunities that they will enjoy, by promoting volunteerism and providing leadership and counsel in the voluntary sector. They are truly dedicated to developing and enhancing people’s capacity to anticipate, understand, celebrate and meet community needs in Manitoba.
Leadership Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba partnered together to provide a unique and innovative way to both lead, and give back through the Winnipeg Foundation’s Board Connect program. It helps to connect boards or standing committees with motivated leaders who are prepared to serve. It is a tremendous responsibility to be a board member, but if you can commit, you have a real opportunity to help, and positively impact people’s lives.
Canada and Manitoba wouldn't be the same without all the help from its volunteers. Giving back to the world—whether your contributions be through time, unique skills, or a charitable donation—is the key to creating and nurturing a community that not only grows, but thrives. As we begin a fresh new year, there’s no better time to consider how you can make a difference.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
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