Saturday, July 25, 2009

Spoke Impact, Tour for Life

I'd like to let my readers know about a feat of great physical and mental strength happening right here in Winnipeg.

Tomorrow will be the final day of the 23-day Tour for Life lead by ultra-cycling-marathonist Arvid Loewen. The Tour for Life is designed around the start and end dates of the Tour de France, and starting early Sunday morning, Arvid will embark on a 24-hour marathon day to raise money for a Kenyan orphanage. A whopping $69 dollars will be pledged for every kilometre Arvid packs on during the final 24 hours.

You can check out the Tour for Life page right here.

Of course it doesn't end there, the more physically active readers out there can participate in Spoke Impact as well.

On Spoke Impact, you can contribute to the charities by keeping track of your physical activity. It works by pledging a nominal amount of your choosing, per kilometre or per minute you run/bike/swim/whatever it is that you do. You can sign up at

I have decided to pledge 5 cents per kilometre I run, which should work out to around 8 or 9 dollars per month.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 serious are we about this new Plan Winnipeg?

Here's the first test.

City councillors? You can get on board the new plan. Before it's even drafted.

Save the Grain Exchange Annex from doom. We all know the last thing we need downtown, is more fucking parking.

The city's historic buildings committee says it's a rare downtown example of 1920s architecture, but council's Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan community committee supports the owner's plan to demolish the Annex to make way for a parkade.

The committee did not have quorum on Tuesday, so the hearing is now slated for July 13

Seriously, these kinds of shit plans only send our downtown into further debauchery. If the easiest thing to do in this city is bulldoze an old building an erect a parkade, then no wonder our downtown isn't a bustling centre. One only needs to use half their brain to figure out that something BETTER than a parkade can go on an empty lot or old building.

Ultimately the new Plan Winnipeg will not have room for this kind of stupidity of putting up parking lot after parking lot after parkade. So why not get a head start on things?

Isn't that what we want downtown to be? Better?