Freda Steel pays homage to her parents’ role in leading her to law career

Madam Justice Freda Steel

By GERRY POSNER

Perhaps one of the most remarkable stories about a child of Holocaust survivors who began with humble origins and then rose to a level even she could never have dreamed, is that of Freda Steel, or more properly Madam Justice Freda Steel.

B'nai Brith supporters Earl Barish & Eddie Rice receive B'nai Brith's highest award

Earl Barish (left)/Eddie Rice

B’nai Brith Canada wishes a hearty mazel tov to two of its great supporters, Earl Barish and Eddie Rice, on receiving high honours at B’nai B’rith International’s 2020 International Leadership Forum.

Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University announce two new co-chairs

Deandra Etkin/Aaron Migie

The Winnipeg Chapter of Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University of the Negev (CABGU) is delighted to announce the appointments of two new co-chairs: Diandra Etkin and Aaron Migie.

JNF holds successful online event - with home-delivered nosh thrown in

Danny Greaves of "The Watchmen"
was one of the performers

By MYRON LOVE
On Sunday, November 15, Jewish National Fund (JNF) chapters across Canada “hosted” “A Night of 100 Dinners” during which participants received in their homes a mix of nosherei and watched a virtual performance featuring YidLife Crisis and a host of other celebrities. David Greaves, the JNF’s executive director for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, reports that the Winnipeg response exceeded expectations.

Gray Academy has gone eight months with not one single case of COVID

Grade 9 math class, with teacher
also teaching students in
room across hall via Google Meet

over 675 cases in other Manitoba schools

By BERNIE BELLAN
While Manitobans can rightfully be said to be in a state of shock over how this province has gone from having one of the best records anywhere at keeping COVID at bay to now having one of the worst in Canada, the focus has very much been on the tragic situations in many personal care homes.

Montreal Jewish nursing home hit hard by COVID infections in 2nd wave

Maimonodes Geriatric Centre

This Chanukah - bring a concert directly to your front yard!

Bryan (left) & David Borzykowski

Have your own Chanukah concert right outside your door featuring the talented Borzykowski Brothers: Bryan & David.

Longtime human rights activist Irwin Cotler named as Canada’s first envoy in anti-Semitism fight

Irwin Cotler 
Irwin Cotler (left)
(Brendan Sialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

BY RON KAMPEAS

Nov. 25, 2020 (JTA) — Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister and a human rights activist, is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s choice as his nation’s first envoy to combat anti-Semitism.

Diary of the pandemic situation at Simkin Centre

Simkin Centre logo

(Updated each day as new reports arrive)

Dec. 14: Good news - We are glad to report that, as of today, there are no active cases of COVID-19 at the Simkin Centre. After almost two consecutive months with at least one active case every day - either among residents or staff, there is now reason to believe that the worst is over. Following is a chronology of events, beginning with the first reported case of COVID-19 on Oct. 22:

Is the Manitoba government deliberately underreporting COVID cases in the downtown area?

The type of bar graph the Man. government uses to show numbers of COVID cases
By BERNIE BELLAN

I’ve been keeping track of the number of new COVID cases that the Manitoba government has been reporting on the website where it provides information on COVID: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/cases.html

Gwen Secter online concert series fill much needed role in community’s cultural life

Karla Berbrayer introducing singer
Aaron Hutton in Concert #4 of
Gwen Secter Concert Series

By BERNIE BELLAN
It’s been almost eight months since the province imposed the first lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. While we’ve had our fair share of stories in this paper about how the pandemic has affected so many of us, we’ve also been trying to avoid dwelling on the terrible toll it’s taken.