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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 5, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A3 TOP NEWS CITY EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN 204- 697- 7292 I CITY. DESK@ FREEPRESS. MB. CA I WINNIPEGFREEPRESS. COM SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015 A 3 IT was hot, humid and a little smoky, but that didn’t stop dozens of Winnipeggers from coming together Saturday to fight for climate issues, taking to the streets — and even the river — to make their voices heard. Led by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition, Manitobans gathered at Assiniboine Park Saturday morning to take part in a bike and boat parade, wrapping up at The Forks for a concert interspersed with speeches from climate advocates and experts in the province. The event called We > ( are greater than) Tar Sands: Winnipeg Paddle and Pedal, was part of a three- day, nationwide push for action against TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, culminating in a march in Toronto today with representatives from more than 100 organizations. The effort is being led by 350. org, an online- based global movement aiming to create organized, united action on environmental issues. Clayton Thomas- Muller, a Winnipeg climate activist involved with 350. org, spoke at the event. He said the event was “ more celebrations” than protest, and said he hoped to nurture a more productive conversation about climate protection in Canada. “ Our message of today, our message tomorrow is really about launching a new kind of climate movement and talking about what we want as a social movement instead of just the things that we’re against,” Thomas- Muller said at Saturday’s event. “ It’s really about moving the goalposts forward, shifting the dialogue, and really having a debate about having a difference of vision for the future.” That vision, he said, is of a Canadian economy “ that doesn’t force us to choose between jobs and the environment.” Issues raised with the pipeline included concern over the possibility of leaks that could affect Winnipeg’s drinking water — which many protesters viewed as “ inevitable” — and skepticism that economic benefits would reach Manitobans instead going to a select few individuals and corporations. “ It really is a high risk for the reward of a very few people,” said Jobb Arnold, one of the protesters at the event. Arnold paddled one of more than a dozen boats in the parade, a canoe with 40 oil cans dragging on a rope behind it. Janice Graham, an organizer with the MEJC, said she was worried about the pipeline and Canada’s environmental commitments in general — but not for her own sake. “ I’m a grandmother, I have six grandchildren,” she said. “ I’m very concerned about my children’s future, my grandchildren’s future.” Graham said she was a little disappointed by the turnout at the event, hoping to see more protesters turn up. She said she thought the heat, and the lure of a weekend at the cottage or beach, kept the numbers down. Thomas- Muller, for his part, said he was feeling positive about the event, even if the numbers weren’t what he hoped for. “ There’s a phenomenal energy here today of community, celebratory tone, and some real talk about economy ( and) about Canada’s lack of climate and energy policy, and a lot of demonstrating commitment by community members here in the city of Winnipeg,” he said. aidan. geary@ freepress. mb. ca L IKE a lot of kids, Matthew Coleshill, 7, didn’t do much sleeping at his first sleepover. Instead, Matthew stayed up to watch a movie, play some football and hang out with his friends. The difference is Matthew spent his Friday night at Investors Group Field, watched his movie on the stadium’s video boards and tossed the football with some Winnipeg Blue Bombers. To top it all off, he got to keep the brand- new bed he slept on. Matthew was one of 23 kids who got treated to the Dream Big Experience, an event put on jointly by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, the Blue Bombers and the Dufresne Group. For the second year running, kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters were brought out to spend the night at the stadium, meet Bomber players and make a few friends. In a surprise announcement Saturday morning, the kids and their families were told the beds each child slept on were theirs for good. “ It’s one thing to donate product and donate money, and we do lots of that. But if we can donate an experience, it’s just memorable,” said Troy Davis, president of Dufresne. “ I know this morning, talking to the kids, I’ve heard comments ( such as) ‘ Hey, those were the best two days I’ve ever had.’ ” On Friday night, children from Big Brother Big Sisters headed down to the stadium to be joined by a handful of Bombers players as well as mascots Buzz and Boomer and the Blue Bomber Cheer Team. In addition to running football drills with the players, the kids were kitted out with personalized Bombers jerseys and gear, plus pyjamas for the sleepover. After a buffet dinner and a movie on the big screens, the kids settled in to new Dufresne beds, but not before a having a blast first. Matthew’s sister, Jennifer Sawka, celebrated her 14th birthday that night, partying alongside her younger brother and sister, Meghan, 11. She said the experience was “ pretty cool.” “ It felt really good,” Jennifer said. She said she spent most of the night “ laughing and giggling,” but her favourite part was playing with the Bombers. Bombers defensive lineman Bryant Turner said it was a night to remember for the players, too. “ It was amazing, just to see the kids’ faces,” Turner said. “... We get a lot out of it, I feel, just how humbling it is. The reason we play this game is just so we can do things like this. It’s really an eye- opener for us.” For Matthew, Meghan and Jennifer’s family, a new bed can make a world of difference, said dad Michael Coleshill. Before Saturday, Coleshill said there weren’t enough beds in the household for the kids to each have their own. Greg Unger, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, said the event was “ really special.” “… A good night’s sleep is a way to wake up and have a good morning and have a good day,” he said. “ It ties into that idea of wanting to have young people thrive, and be healthy and happy.” aidan. geary@ freepress. mb. ca POLICE in Winnipeg continue to say they believe a suspected bomb that seriously injured a lawyer is an “ isolated incident” and the public isn’t at risk. Investigators released no other details on Friday’s incident in which Maria Mitousis, who specializes in family law, was hurt by a suspected explosive device that was sent to the office where she worked. Police say they are still at the scene, and the 38- year- old victim remains in hospital after being taken there in critical condition. The Free Press obtained an email sent by a family member of Mitousis to friends and family: “( Mitousis) is in good spirits and is recovering well. Her surgeries were successful and the results are the best we all could have hoped for given the circumstances. The doctors and staff have been superb. Maria has asked me to express her gratitude for all your well- wishes, prayers and thoughts. She is looking forward to a speedy recovery and looks forward to connecting with you all in the near future.” One source who spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity said Mitousis lost a hand and was in danger of losing the other one. A GoFundMe page has been set up online to raise money for Mitousis, stating she “ sustained very serious injuries” and “ will require financial support as she recovers from this horrific event.” Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact them. Police Supt. Danny Smyth told reporters Friday investigators don’t believe the incident was an attack on the justice system. They said the victim was alone in the offices of the small firm — Petersen King — at the time of the blast and nearby residents alerted them. After the blast, police went to the downtown law firm where she had worked until last fall — Monk Goodwin — and workers were removed as a precaution. Police said they were called there for a report of a suspicious package, but concerns turned out to be unfounded. Mitousis’s boyfriend, Barry Gorlick, had worked at Monk Goodwin before being disbarred Monday on 15 counts of professional misconduct. Smyth said police “ were aware” of the connection to Gorlick and media coverage of his misdeeds, but stressed they had no suspects and no motive yet for the bombing. — staff / The Canadian Press Police asking for public’s help in solving bomb case Maria Mitousis Special night at stadium for kids Big Brothers Big Sisters event includes workout with Bombers By Aidan Geary RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Matthew Coleshill beams after being told he gets to keep the bed he slept on. Oilsands main topic at environment gathering RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Children sign a banner stating ‘ Keep it in the ground,’ in the Oodena Circle at The Forks Saturday, part of events held across the country urging a halting of oilsands expansion. Speeches, boat parade part of national push By Aidan Geary RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Clayton Thomas- Muller, climate activist with 350. org, addresses the crowd. ‘ A good night’s sleep is a way to wake up and have a good morning and have a good day. It ties into that idea of wanting to have young people thrive, and be healthy and happy’ A_ 03_ Jul- 05- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A3 7/ 4/ 15 11: 28: 15 PM

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