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Electoral Forums on UMFM
on April 15,2011 by jared

In an effort to shed some light on issues affecting young people in our province, and those facing post secondary students, UMFM will be hosting two electoral forums live on our airwaves featuring candidates from two of the ridings closest to our home here at the University Of Manitoba.

The first forum will take place on Tuesday April 26th, from 5PM until 6PM, and will feature candidates from the Winnipeg South Centre riding including:

You can now hear the Winnipeg South Centre Candidates forum in it's entirity here.

The second forum will take place on Wednesday April 27th, from 6PM until 7PM and will featur candidates from Winnipeg South riding including:

You can now hear the Winnipeg South Candidates forum in it's entirity here.

ArtsVote Winnipeg Federal Election Forum on Arts and Culture!
on April 10,2011 by jared

The ArtsVote Winnipeg Federal Election Forum on Arts and Culture will be held on Wednesday April 20, from noon until 1:30 PM, at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (#2, Forks Market Road).

This forum will be moderated by David Angus, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Confirmed participants include:

- Rod Bruinooge, Conservative Party of Canada
- Anita Neville, Liberal Party of Canada
- Pat Martin, New Democratic Party of Canada

Information on other representatives from the four main federal parties that will be partcipating will be updated shortly.

This event is free and all are welcome.  We sincerely hope that everyone will be able to attend this very important forum, however, if you can't please tune in to one of the following broadcasts on UMFM to hear audio from the event.

  • Thursday, April 21 - 430PM - 6PM
  • Saturday, April 23 - 12PM - 130PM
  • Monday, April 25 - 5PM - 630PM
  • Thursday, April 28 - 430PM - 6PM
  • Saturday, April 30 - 12PM - 130PM

If you can't listen during one of the broadcasts, you can also download the file and listen at your convenience.

ArtsVote Winnipeg is a non-partisan coalition established to create awareness about the importance and impact of the arts in Winnipeg and Manitoba. We join with our colleagues across the country in promoting bold, visionary cultural policies and greater public investment in the arts as essential to fulfilling Canada’s potential as a creative, prosperous country. ArtsVote Winnipeg does not endorse any political party or candidate.

Help Survivors of Japan Quake & Tsunami
on March 16,2011 by jared
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan late Thursday night approximately 250 miles northeast of Tokyo, sparking a tsunami warning across the Pacific region.  According to news reports, the death and injury tolls number in the hundreds. The powerful tsunami waves triggered by the earthquake swept cars, buildings, and trains away, causing additional widespread damage. The area remains on alert due to powerful aftershocks, which may last for days.

Many of our listeners, as well as many of UMFM's own volunteers, have contacted us today asking how they can help with the relief efforts. After a little research, I can suggest that donating to one of the following organizations will certainly help to make even a little difference.

Special series broadcast: Women and Water
on March 11,2011 by michael

Starting Tuesday, March 15th and running for 9 weeks, UMFM is pleased to be airing a very special series called Women and Water.

Developed by BC MLA Michelle Mungall (Nelson-Creston), this 9-part series promotes the protection of water as a human right. Stemming from representing her water-rich region and her efforts to save the Glacier-Howser watershed from a proposed private power project, Michelle developed and hosted this radio series that looks at issues sure to strike a chord with UMFM listeners concerned about the conditions of Lake Winnipeg and Manitoba's rich water resources locally and water rights globally.

About the series:

"Women and Water is a radio series that shares the stories of women advocating for water. Host Michelle Mungall is the MLA representing Nelson-Creston, a beautiful water-rich constituency in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. The show raises consciousness about threates to this basic human need through passionate interviews with women crusaders who have made it their mission to defend access to clean, pure, public water.

As activists, women play important roles in society. They stand up for their beliefs and give a strong voice to issues that matter to everyone. The women on this program are no exception. And when it comes to water they will not be mute."

While UMFM will not be airing it, Michelle will be hosting a live talk show event in Vancouver on March 22nd to mark World Water Day. The event will be broadcast live on ustream and via the Women and Water website, and will be available as a podcast on that site at a later date.

Councillors Launch Ad Campaign Asking Winnipeggers to Challenge Katz on Budget.
on March 10,2011 by jared

Six Winnipeg City Councillors are launching a social media blitz asking Winnipeggers to join them in sending a message to Mayor Sam Katz: he should think twice about controversial budget choices like recreation fee hikes, frontage levies and using sewer and water revenues for general revenue - all of which hit working families the hardest.

            Councillors Ross Eadie, Jenny Gerbasi, John Orlikow, Mike Pagtakhan, Harvey Smith, and Russ Wyatt have pooled their resources to launch a run of radio ads on  CJOB today as well as a Facebook page “No Way Sam” that asks Winnipeggers to call the mayor’s office at 986-5665 or e-mail him at to say “No way” to this budget.

            The Councillors said that the Mayor’s approach means that working families are being asked to pay more without getting improvements in infrastructure or recreation services in return.

            “We are calling for an open and responsible budget,” said Councillor Wyatt. “There should be a better way to balance the budget than hiking frontage levies and Recreation fees for working families.” 

            The frontage levies are also a “regressive” tax measure, which means everyone pays the same, no matter their income or the value of their property. In practice, it means that owners of lower-value properties with a wide lot may pay much more than people with higher-value properties with a small lot. In one example, a home worth $75,000 on would pay $84.15 - nearly five times as much as the $17.85 paid by a million-dollar residence worth 13 times more.

            Though it has been argued the frontage fee is justified because it costs more to service larger lots, the budget shows the funds going to general revenue, and not being dedicated to fixing infrastructure and roads.

            Using sewer and water fees for general revenue is also controversial, since the City of Winnipeg’s combined rates for sewer and water are among the highest in Canada.

            “This is a fundamental issue of tax fairness,” said Councillor Pagtakhan. “The Mayor has chosen as his main new source of revenue a levy that simply does not take into account the homeowner’s ability to pay, and that isn’t right.” 

            The issue of recreation fees are also significant because city facilities are an affordable way for families and children to get involved in sports and exercise. The Mayor has justified increases by saying that the programs aren’t profitable.

            Councillor Gerbasi said that profit-making is not the main reason for providing recreation programs. “They’re not a business, they are a service we provide that helps families exercise and play together, and keeps kids out of trouble.” 

            The six councillors say that the Mayor needs to go back to the drawing board and find a fair solution “We are willing to be a part of any deliberations, but so long as it is a closed process, the onus will remain on the Mayor to propose solutions,” said Councillor Smith.



Ross Eadie – 986-5188

Jenny Gerbasi – 986-5878

John Orlikow - 986-5236

Mike Pagtakhan – 986-8401

Harvey Smith - 986-5951

Russ Wyatt - 803-4049