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The Government of Canada invests in energy efficient upgrades at Transcona Memorial United Church’s community gathering space



WINNIPEG, MB, June 20, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Russ Wyatt, Councillor, Transcona Ward for the City of Winnipeg, along with Breanna Drennan-Bilyk, Council Chair, Stephen McKendry-Smith, Environmental Coordinator, and the Reverend Carol Fletcher, Team Minister for Transcona Memorial United Church, announced a federal investment of more than $480,000 to upgrade the energy efficiency of Transcona Memorial United Church’s community gathering space.

This investment will enable a major renovation that will reduce the building’s environmental footprint. These improvements include better insulation, new air-source heat pumps to replace gas furnaces, and new lighting. A solar panel array will also be added to the building to reduce electricity costs. Additionally, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system will be upgraded to improve air quality and keep the building at a comfortable temperature.

These improvements are expected to reduce the Church’s energy consumption by an estimated 81.4% and greenhouse gas emissions by 33.20 tonnes annually.

The Transcona Memorial United Church’s community gathering space is an accessible and safe space that is widely used by the community for recreational programming that supports seniors and youth. Programs such as the Transcona Seniors Pickleball Club, Transcona Girl Guides, the Alzheimer Society, and many more make use of the space.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.


“The Transcona Memorial United Church has been a neighbourhood staple for decades, serving Winnipeggers of all backgrounds through their recreational programming and their food bank. We’re proud to be supporting their efforts in building a stronger, more inclusive Winnipeg.”


The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities 

“Transcona Memorial United Church is a community leader, supporting existing, non-religious-based groups such as the Transcona Council for Seniors, Transcona Food Bank, and the Cubs, Scouts, and Guides, just to name a few. This project will enhance the wellbeing of many residents of the community of Transcona.”

Russ Wyatt, City Councillor, Transcona Ward

“We are delighted to have a project that makes a difference in our community and beyond!”

Breanna Drennan-Bilyk, Council Chair, Transcona Memorial United Church

“We have a decades-long track record of providing assistance to all people in the community who have a need. The efficiencies gained through this project will allow us extend this legacy of service. The greenhouse gas reduction that the project affords will help us become better stewards of the Earth.”

Stephen McKendry-Smith, Environmental Coordinator, Transcona Memorial United Church


“What a great project this is, we are so grateful for the Government and community support that we are receiving.  It really shows that when people work together anything is possible!”

Rev. Carol Fletcher, Team Minister, Transcona Memorial United Church

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is contributing $484,151 to this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program and the City of Winnipeg is contributing $50,000 to this project.
  • The GICB program aims to improve the places Canadians work, learn, play, live and gather by cutting pollution, making life more affordable, and supporting thousands of good jobs. Through green and other upgrades to existing public community buildings and new builds in underserved communities, the GICB program helps ensure community facilities are inclusive, accessible, and have a long service life, while also helping Canada move towards its net-zero objectives by 2050.
  • For more information, please visit the Infrastructure Canada website.
  • At least 10 percent of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, including Indigenous populations in urban centres.
  • The GICB program was created in support of Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan: a Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, supporting the Plan’s first pillar through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the increase of energy efficiency, and higher resilience to climate change. It is providing $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades.

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International Day of Non-Violence: Embracing Gandhi’s Legacy

International Day of Non-Violence: Embracing Gandhi’s legacy, promoting peace and non-violent action worldwide. #NonViolenceDay



Today, on the International Day of Non-Violence, we commemorate the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, a man whose teachings have left an indelible mark on the world. Gandhi’s unwavering commitment to peace and justice continues to inspire millions to this day. His philosophy of non-violence, or “ahimsa,” showed the world that there are just means to achieve just ends.

To honor this day, we can reflect on Gandhi’s wisdom and learn from his life. Familiarize yourself with his teachings and seek inspiration from his quotes, reminding us that violence only begets more violence.

International Day of Non-Violence: Honoring Gandhi’s Legacy

Participating in events organized by the United Nations or local communities is another way to honor this day. These gatherings provide opportunities to celebrate Gandhi’s life and principles while fostering a sense of unity and non-violent action.

Alternatively, engage in a random act of kindness. Let Gandhi’s spirit guide you to make someone’s day brighter, whether through a small gesture or a selfless act. By embodying kindness and compassion, we can contribute to a world that echoes the change we wish to see.

On this International Day of Non-Violence, let us remember Gandhi’s profound impact and strive to cultivate a culture of peace, empathy, and understanding. Together, we can create a world where non-violence is the catalyst for positive change.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Taking Action

Make a difference during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking action, supporting early detection, and accessing resources.



Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is a significant time when pink ribbons symbolize the fight against breast cancer. However, it’s crucial to understand that awareness alone is not enough. This October, let’s go beyond awareness and take action.

A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, which is why initiatives like the NBCF Patient Navigation Program exist—to ensure that no one battles breast cancer alone. Early detection is key to successful outcomes, but many people may not know what signs and symptoms to look for. Thankfully, resources like NBCF’s “Most Asked Questions: Breast Cancer Signs & Symptoms” provide answers and guidance.

We can all make a difference during BCAM. Use your voice, passion, and financial support to ensure that every woman has access to critical screening, support, and care. By getting involved, getting screened, making a donation, or taking action, you can directly impact the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month extends beyond awareness campaigns. In the United States, organizations like the National Football League incorporate pink into their activities, and even comic strip artists dedicate a day in October to raise awareness. Additionally, various walks and events raise funds for breast cancer programs, such as the iconic Race for the Cure, which began in October 1983.

Let’s make Breast Cancer Awareness Month a time of action, support, and empowerment. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that everyone facing breast cancer receives the care and resources they deserve.

If you would like to donate to BCAM or get more information, please follow this link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month

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United States Space Force: Protecting America’s Interests in Space

“Learn about the United States Space Force: its formation, purpose, and role in protecting national security and space assets.”



The United States Space Force (USSF) is the newest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, established to protect American interests in space. It was formed on December 20, 2019, when President Donald Trump signed the United States Space Force Act, making it the first new independent military service in over 70 years.

Cloudy rocket launch. The elements of this image furnished by NASA.

While the concept of a Space Force had been discussed since the 1950s, the need for a dedicated space-focused military branch became increasingly evident with the growing importance of space in national security and defense. The USSF operates under the Department of the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps operates under the Department of the Navy. It is led by the Secretary of the Air Force and its military heads are the Chief of Space Operations and the Vice Chief of Space Operations.

The Space Force’s primary purpose is to ensure the freedom of operation in space and protect U.S. space assets. It is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping space forces, which are then deployed to the unified combatant commands, particularly the United States Space Command. The Space Force operates various programs and systems, including GPS, the Space Fence, military satellite communications constellations, X-37B spaceplanes, the U.S. missile warning system, the U.S. space surveillance network, and the Satellite Control Network.

The USSF’s formation marked a significant recognition of the critical role space plays in national security, communication, and technological advancement. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on space-based assets for navigation, communication, and intelligence gathering, the Space Force aims to protect these capabilities, deter aggression, and maintain superiority in space.

By establishing the Space Force, the United States has demonstrated its commitment to safeguarding its interests in space and maintaining its position as a global leader in space capabilities. As technology continues to advance and more nations venture into space, the United States Space Force will play a vital role in ensuring the security and resilience of American assets in this final frontier. Kindly click on the link for further details: https://www.spaceforce.mil/

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