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I Go By Bill

By Maddy Pauchet In the control room, the atmosphere is laid back. A dozen monitors blink in red and green light. Six-inch screens display the upcoming the news line-up: an indigenous cartoon, an interview of a tearful family, a cooking segment. Ten minutes before the show goes live, the camera pans close to the news

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Why are we here?

By Kieran Murphy As our van pulled out of the airport and into the quiet streets of Winnipeg, the question my friends had been asking me for weeks slowly creeped into my mind: “why Winnipeg?” I had known since September I would be heading to the seventh largest city in Canada for my journalism class

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Of course everybody wants to come here

By Allison Light “It’s gonna take a while for Canada to be the generous liberal Canada it once was,” said Mr. Khan, the Immigration and Refugee Law Barrister and Solicitor. This stuck with me as an overall takeaway from our dinner conversation – that on this trip we may not find exactly the forever-immigration-friendly northern

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Shaping the refugee narrative

By Francesca Billington Refugee lawyers providing free legal aid in Canada (responsible only for 13 hours of aid for each client) are tasked with the challenge of learning the emotional stories of asylum seekers and refugees. For their court hearings, refugees will be asked to explain why they should be granted refugee protection status. Sometimes,

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American Woman, Stay Away From Me

By Maddy Pauchet Bashir A. Khan takes occasional sips from his cranberry juice, lime wedge, no ice. He pulls out a dozen business cards. “I want to be of service,” he says. “If you have any questions, please contact me.” We do have questions—many, in fact, that he fields tirelessly, weaving in history lessons and

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On the Bus

By Rose Gilbert My first glimpses of Winnipeg through the bus windows confirmed what I had learned in class: it’s a multicultural city, shaped by the contributions of immigrants from a wide variety of backgrounds. A German grocery advertising sausage — “Our WURST is the BEST!!” —  abuts Dr. Lin Liu’s Eastern Healing Center. Enrico’s

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Arrival

By Nicholas Wu The first thing we saw when we arrived in the customs and immigration section of the Winnipeg airport was a sign for a beach. In friendly, slightly kitschy text with a cartoon dolphin, it welcomed us to Winnipeg and invited us to the “South Beach Hotel and Casino.” All were confused, having

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