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September 25, 2012

On The Same Page announces this year's book

Released: 10:22 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - September 25, 2012 - Manitobans have selected Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water edited by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou as this year's featured book for On The Same Page, a province-wide reading initiative. The book is published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press.

On The Same Page, a project of The Winnipeg Foundation and Winnipeg Public Library, encourages all Manitobans to read, and talk about, the same book at the same time. The program includes book giveaways, author appearances and special events to take place early in 2013.

Published in 2011, Manitowapow is an anthology of Aboriginal writings from Manitoba that takes readers back through the millennia and forward to the present day, painting a dynamic picture of a territory interconnected through words, ideas, and experiences. It is a rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches.

One of four titles shortlisted for the 2012-13 On The Same Page program, Manitowapow garnered the most selections through online and in-person voting between June and September.

From the publisher: "We are honoured to be part of this important initiative that promotes literacy across our province. Through Manitowapow, readers will experience the breadth and brilliance of our rich Aboriginal literary heritage."

From the editors: "Manitowapow was created to honour our past; the voices we collected will be heard far into the future."

"On The Same Page is Manitoba's biggest book club, and what better place for a book club than in a public library" says Rick Walker, Manager, Winnipeg Public Library. "With generous funding support from The Winnipeg Foundation, On The Same Page is helping to bring all Manitobans together to share, with this year's selection, in the province's rich Aboriginal heritage through a unique reading experience."

"On The Same Page encourages lifelong literacy, celebrates Manitoba arts and culture and helps build community through conversation and shared experience," says Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. "We're pleased to partner with Winnipeg Public Library on this important community initiative."

On The Same Page was launched in 2008 and has featured In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier, Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas, Juliana and the Medicine Fish by Jake MacDonald and The Setting Lake Sun / Le soleil du lac qui se couche by J.R. Léveillé.

For more information, visit www.OnTheSamePage.ca

Editor Biographies:

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair’s critical and creative work has been translated into several languages and can be found in periodicals such as Prairie Fire, Canadian Literature, The Goose, Urban NDN, Canadian Dimension, and The Winnipeg Free Press. In 2009, he co-edited (with Renate Eigenbrod) a double issue of The Canadian Journal of Native Studies (#29.1&2) focusing on “Responsible, Ethical, and Indigenous-Centred Literary Criticisms of Indigenous Literatures.” Other short stories and essays have appeared in Tales from Moccasin Avenue (Totem Pole, 2006), Across Cultures/Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures (Broadview, 2009), Stories Through Theories/Theories Through Stories: North American Indian Writing, Storytelling, and Critique (Michigan State UP, 2010), and Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010). Originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, he now lives in Winnipeg, where he is completing his PhD in Anishinaabeg literature (University of British Columbia) while raising his beautiful daughter.

Warren Cariou was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, into a family of mixed Métis and European heritage. He has written many articles about Canadian Aboriginal literature, especially on Métis culture and storytelling, and he has published two books: a collection of novellas, The Exalted Company of Roadside Martyrs (1999) and a memoir/cultural history, Lake of the Prairies: A Story of Belonging (2002). He has also co-directed and co-produced two films about Aboriginal people in western Canada’s oil sands region: Overburden and Land of Oil and Water. Cariou has won and been nominated for numerous awards. His most acclaimed work to date, Lake of the Prairies, won the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction in 2004. His films have screened at many national and international film festivals, including Hot Docs, ImagineNative, and the San Francisco American Indian Film Festival. Cariou has also served as editor for several books, including an anthology of Aboriginal literature, W’daub Awae: Speaking True (2010), and he is the fiction co-editor of Prairie Fire. Cariou is a Canada Research Chair in Narrative, Community and Indigenous Cultures at the University of Manitoba, where he also directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.

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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service reminds citizens to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide

Released: 2:34 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - September 25, 2012 - As the heating season approaches, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is reminding citizens to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas that is released when heating oil, gasoline, diesel, propane, kerosene, natural gas or wood burns without enough oxygen. Dangerous accumulations of carbon monoxide can result from a faulty appliance, clogged chimney, inadequate venting or a buildup of engine exhaust.

The symptoms of minor carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic those of the common flu such as headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, mental confusion, weakness, vision or hearing impairment and shortness of breath. These symptoms can often be confused with the flu.

Severe poisoning is usually the result of prolonged exposure to highly elevated levels of carbon monoxide and can lead to unconsciousness and even death.

Tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Have fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, wood-burning fireplaces and gas dryers cleaned and checked annually by a qualified service technician.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector on all levels of your home and especially near bedrooms.
  • Never idle vehicles in an attached garage even if the door is open.
  • Ensure that all external vents - such as fresh air intake vents, exhaust vents and chimneys - are clear of snow, insulation, leaves, birds' nests, lint or debris.
  • Make sure wood and coal-burning stoves are properly installed and vented.
  • Don't operate gasoline-powered engines, kerosene stoves or charcoal grill in closed spaces.
  • Never operate barbecue grills indoors.
  • Check forced air fans for proper ventilation.

If you suspect carbon monoxide in your home, exit immediately and call 911.

For appliance inspections, call Manitoba Hydro at 204-480-5900.

For more information on carbon monoxide safety visit winnipeg.ca/fps/pdfs/Carbon Monoxide Safety.pdf

Mayor Cheers for Colleen Furlan in Over the Rainbow

Winnipeggers invited to show support Wednesday

Released: 4:42 p.m.

Colleen FurlanWINNIPEG, MB - September 25, 2012 - Winnipeg's own Colleen Furlan is in the running to become the next Dorothy in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Wizard of Oz, and Mayor Sam Katz joins other Winnipeggers in cheering her on.

"It's exciting to see Colleen compete on national television for such a coveted prize," said Mayor Katz. "Although she's only 19, Colleen is already a veteran in Winnipeg's musical theatre community."

Winnipeggers who want to support Colleen can head out to a rally at the University of Manitoba's Great Hall at University College Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Supporters of the "Red Dorothy," as Colleen is known, are encouraged to wear red and cheer for Colleen in a televised production for broadcast this Sunday on CBC's Over the Rainbow.

Eight contestants remain in the competition. Each is vying to become the next Dorothy in the Toronto-based production.

CBC's Over the Rainbow is broadcast on Sunday and Monday nights. Each week, Canadians vote for their favourite Dorothy. Contestants with the least votes compete in a sing-off and each week one contestant goes home. Winnipeggers can vote for Colleen at www.cbc.ca/overtherainbow. Voting instructions are found online.

"I know Colleen feels the support of Winnipeggers behind her," said Mayor Katz. "We're proud of her accomplishments and wish her all the best in the competition!"

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Last update: 26.09.2012

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