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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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Exploring the Healthiest Communities in the United States: California Counties Shine Bright

Discover how California’s Marin County leads the healthiest U.S. communities, boasting high life expectancy and low obesity rates in a recent study.



A recent study by MarketWatch has unveiled a list of the healthiest communities in the United States, with California counties claiming top spots. Marin County, nestled across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, emerged as the healthiest county, boasting a remarkable life expectancy of 85, a lower-than-average adult obesity rate, and a mere 5 percent of residents without health insurance.

The study evaluated 576 U.S. counties using 14 key metrics, including food insecurity, healthcare access, life expectancy, health insurance coverage, and environmental factors like water and air quality. Western states dominated the top 10 list, with Colorado, Hawaii, and Montana also showcasing exemplary county health profiles.

The findings emphasized a correlation between community health and wealth, with affluent areas exhibiting lower rates of food insecurity and higher levels of health insurance coverage. The presence of nature parks in many of the healthiest counties underscored the positive impact of green spaces on well-being, aligning with scientific research on the subject.

However, the study also shed light on disparities, highlighting that residents in the unhealthiest counties face challenges such as limited access to grocery stores, higher rates of food insecurity, and inadequate primary care services. Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, was identified as the least healthy county due to high uninsured rates and poor environmental quality.

In California, 37 out of 58 counties were ranked, with Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties clinching top positions. The data revealed a stark contrast in median incomes between the healthiest and unhealthiest counties, with Marin County boasting a median income well above the national average.

This comprehensive analysis serves as a valuable resource for policymakers and healthcare professionals striving to address disparities and promote well-being across communities. It underscores the importance of factors such as access to healthcare, environmental quality, and socioeconomic status in shaping overall community health outcomes.


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Celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Day

“February 17th marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day, a celebration encouraging acts of kindness that spread joy and positivity nationwide.”



Every year on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day gains momentum as a day dedicated to spreading goodwill and positivity. People from all walks of life come together to celebrate this occasion, emphasizing the importance of kindness in our daily interactions.

“Embracing Kindness: Celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Day”

The essence of this day lies in the simplicity of performing acts of kindness, both big and small, to brighten someone else’s day. Whether it’s buying a coffee for a stranger, complimenting a co-worker, or simply offering a listening ear, these gestures have the power to make a significant impact on someone’s life.

What makes National Random Acts of Kindness Day truly special is its ability to inspire a ripple effect of positivity. Acts of kindness not only benefit the recipient but also uplift the spirits of the giver, creating a cycle of compassion and empathy that transcends boundaries.

As individuals, groups, and organizations come together to participate in this day, the message of kindness spreads far and wide, fostering a sense of community and unity. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference in the world around us.

So, this National Random Acts of Kindness Day, let us embrace the spirit of generosity and compassion. Let us take a moment to brighten someone’s day, spread a little joy, and make the world a kinder place for all.

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The US Air Force Prepares for Great-Power Conflict: Overhauling Aircraft Fleets for a New Era

US Air Force overhauls fleets for potential great-power conflict, shifting focus from counterinsurgency to peer-level conflicts.



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In a strategic shift to prepare for potential great-power conflict, the US Air Force is undergoing a massive overhaul of its aircraft fleets and pilot readiness. With the looming possibility of conflict with China in mind, the Air Force is downsizing, upgrading, and reconfiguring its fleets, moving away from the counterinsurgency warfare focus that has dominated for the past two decades.

Lt. Gen. Richard Moore highlighted the urgency of modernizing the aging fleet, with 44% of Air Force aircraft past their designed service life. As the Air Force transitions from a focus on counterinsurgency to peer-level conflicts, the need for enhanced capabilities and pilot training becomes paramount.

The Pentagon’s acknowledgment of China as America’s “pacing challenge” underlines the growing threat posed by the Chinese military. Recent incidents in the South and East China Seas, where Chinese fighter jets have engaged in aggressive intercepts of US aircraft, highlight the escalating tensions and the need for preparedness.

Recognizing the evolving threat landscape, the Air Force is streamlining its fleets and intensifying pilot training for potential aerial combat scenarios with near-peer adversaries. The emphasis is on readiness for contested environments with complexities unseen in recent conflicts.

The planned changes aim to reduce fleet age, enhance capabilities, and field only relevant assets. These adjustments are driven by the realization that China’s rapid advancements in air force technology are narrowing the historical advantage held by Western forces in the air domain.

As the US military pivots towards preparing for a new era of conflict, the Air Force is embracing changes to meet the challenges posed by potential great-power adversaries. The shift signifies a strategic reorientation towards readiness for high-intensity conflicts, marking a significant departure from previous operational priorities.


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