Manitoba’s Red River Jeep Club rings in the new year, helps community – Winnipeg


A hour north east of Winnipeg, near Seddons Corner, is where you’ll find Manitoba’s steep, rocky terrain.

Most people wouldn’t even consider barreling down these hills in their vehicles, but this is where The Red River Jeep Club thrives.

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“We’re just like-minded individuals that like driving on snow. We’ll do stuff in the winter, the summer, we’ll go to beaches, we’ll do trail runs and overnight camping runs,” says the club’s president, Trevor Schellenberg.

Jocelyn Diamond has been a member for years.

Jocelyn Diamond and her nephew going down a steep hill in her yellow jeep.

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She sees the club as a chance to make friends and spend some quality time with her nephew.

“I’ve always loved jeeps and when I was finally able to get into one, I discovered a whole new world of people who are jeep enthusiasts,” said Diamond.

The drivers meeting prior to hitting the rough terrain near Seddons Corner, Man.

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The club is very active in the community, having just wrapped up a toy drive for the Christmas Cheer Board, and they have more community work planned for 2019.

“Anything that hits close to home, we’ll have a member nominate something and everyone gets behind them very quickly,” Schellenberg says.

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The club continues to grow. Organizers are always looking for new members who want to have fun in their vehicles, and meet new people.

Those interested in getting involved with the club can direct message their Facebook page.

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After last year’s bone-chilling New Year’s, milder temperatures in store as Canada rings in 2019 – National


With some exceptions, Canadians will be raising a glass to relatively mild temperatures on New Year’s Eve.

“This year, parts of the Prairies will experience Arctic air but much of the country will be celebrating in above average, moderate temperatures,” said Global News Meteorologist Ross Hull.

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It’s a dramatic difference from the last time Dec. 31 rolled around, when the weather put a serious chill on festivities in huge swathes of the country.

“There were extreme cold warnings stretching for thousands of kilometres from west to east — including Ottawa, where [some of the] celebrations on Parliament Hill were cancelled due to windchills close to -35,” Hull said.

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This year for Atlantic Canada, things “should be dry,” Hull said, but a weather system emerging out of the U.S. Midwest is poised to bring snow on New Year’s Day.

On New Year’s Eve there’s an evening wind chill of -10 in the forecast for Halifax, warming up to -5 overnight.

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Ottawa and Montreal are looking at some snow on Monday night and the risk of freezing rain, Hull said. Temperatures are set to hover around the zero mark.

“Temperatures have been above average for much of this month in southern parts of Ontario and Quebec and that trend will continue for New Year’s Eve,” Hull said.

Torontonians, on the other hand, along with those living in other parts of southern Ontario, are expecting precipitation as they ring in the new year, but it won’t be cold enough for snow.

“Keep that rain gear and umbrella handy if you’re celebrating outdoors, but you can leave the parka at home,” Hull said.

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By contrast, Hull said, southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba are looking at a truly bone-chilling New Year’s, with windchills approaching -40.

“Southern Alberta will be milder, with windchills only approaching -15 in Calgary,” he added.

And in B.C., Vancouver and Victoria are expected to have a dry New Year’s Eve, with temperatures around freezing.

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‘We share that pain’: Muslims form rings of peace at GTA synagogues in wake of U.S. shooting


In the wake of a deadly attack on a U.S. synagogue last week, people of faith from across the Greater Toronto Area gathered at Jewish places of worship throughout the city Saturday in an act of defiant solidarity. 

More than 200 attendees from various religious backgrounds formed « rings of peace » around 10 synagogues throughout the region on the Sabbath, a weekly day of observance in the Jewish faith.

The events were organized by several Muslim community groups and included prayers, hymns, statements of support and an opportunity to meet neighbours. 

« It is our faith that keeps us together. When one person is hurt in our community, through our moral and religious obligation, we are supposed to help, » said Osman Khan, spokesperson for the Imdadul Islamic Centre, one of the groups behind the show of solidarity. 

Last Saturday, a gunman opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 Jewish people, many of them elderly.

Six people were also injured in the attack, including four police officers.

The accused shooter, Robert Bowers, allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks during the attack, according to police. 

It was just the latest of a series of a high-profile shootings at places of worship on both sides of the border. 

Joanna Sadowski said she was a ‘little bit overwhelmed’ by the show of solidarity at seven GTA synagogues Saturday morning. (Keith Burgess/CBC)

Khan said it only made sense for his community to express its condolences and support for Toronto’s Jewry. In February 2017, some 300 Jewish people from across the GTA, along with many from other faiths, formed rings of peace around local mosques in the wake of a deadly attack inside a Quebec City mosque. 

« It gave consolation to us in that difficult time, and now are doing the same, » Khan said. 

« Not because we feel we have to reciprocate, but because we feel a need to be with our brothers and sisters to ease the pain that they feel, because we share that pain. »

Joanna Sadowski, a member of the Holy Blossom Temple on Bathurst Street in York, said the public display of compassion was deeply emotional for her.

« It was very moving and very, very beautiful. I think I felt a little bit overwhelmed by the support of all the people who came out to show their solidarity, » she said. 

Muslim community leaders recite an opening prayer and a welcome to all those who showed up at Holy Blossom Temple. The assembled group spoke about the kinds of violence that various religious groups face. (Keith Burgess/CBC)

« I think the message is that people want to feel safe in prayer and in community, no matter your religion, no matter your background. That’s a value that we share as Canadians, as Torontonians — that we care and respect each other’s differences. »

Phyllis Denaburg, also a congregate at Holy Blossom, took part in the circles of peace around GTA mosques last year. She said that beyond offering support, the events help connect people who might otherwise not have a chance to meet. 

« It’s definitely a message of solidarity and that we aren’t alone. It’s a shame that these things still continue to happen, because it’s not something new. But it does warm our hearts, » she said. 

Holy Blossom Temple’s rabbi, Yael Splansky, has said that Toronto native Joyce Fienberg, who was killed in the Pittsburgh shooting, was a member of Holy Blossom Temple.

Fienberg spent most of her career as a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, retiring in 2008 from her job studying learning in the classroom and in museums. Before that she was a member of the Holy Blossom Temple community, which is one of Toronto’s oldest Jewish congregations.

Splansky said Fienberg was a « very special person » who was married at the temple and whose confirmation photo is on its wall of honour.

« I know there’s a whole generation of Holy Blossom members who grew up here with her, who went to school with her and celebrated her wedding day here at Holy Blossom, » said Splansky, who said she didn’t know Fienberg personally.

With files from The Canadian Press


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