Voluntary Withdrawal Deadline Next Week

November 15, 2017 • Written by

The Voluntary Withdrawal deadline for most Fall courses is tomorrow – November 17th.  (Please confirm this deadline with your program.)

Withdrawing from a course before the VW deadline can help you avoid receiving a low or failing grade, but it can also affect your timeline and ability to finish your program. If you are considering withdrawing from a course, discuss your options with your Program Advisor or Coordinator, Academic Advisor, or with your Student Integration Coordinator. In addition to helping you determine the best course of action, we can also work together to ensure that you have all the supports you need to be successful in future courses as well.

If you would like to contact a Student Integration Coordinator, please fill out our Request for Advising for Current Immigrant and International Students Form. We would be happy to meet with you and help you make an informed decision.

Beware of Scams Targeting Students

November 15, 2017 • Written by

Recent news stories have highlighted a scam targeting international students in several Canadian cities and their families abroad. This scam aims to convince families that their family member has been kidnapped and demand money.

If you are targeted by these or other scams, don’t panic. You can report them to Campus Security or the Winnipeg Police. You may also connect with your Student Integration Coordinator for advice & support.

Growing up with Harry Potter 1997-2017

November 15, 2017 • Written by

A time to reflect on what it means to have grown up with Harry Potter.  A panel discussion will explore the impact and importance of Harry Potter over the past twenty years.


Millennium Library

Buchwald Room, 251 Donald Street

Sunday, November 19: 2:30-4 pm

For more information, go here

Tanya Talaga in conversation with Jordan Abel

November 15, 2017 • Written by

Award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga discusses her new book, Seven Fallen Fathers, with writer-in-residence Jordan Abel.  The book examines the stories of seven Indigenous high school students who went missing in Thunder Bay.

Thursday, November 16, 7-8:30 pm

Carol Shields Auditorium

4th floor Millennium Library

251 Donald Street


For more information, go here

Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management

November 15, 2017 • Written by

Attend this session to understand the meaning of financial management and how to improve the management of your finances.


Tuesday, November 21, 7-8 pm

Pembina Trail Library

2724 Pembina Highway

For more information, go here


Free Community Film Event: A Better Man

November 9, 2017 • Written by

NorWest Co-op Community Health presents a screening of “A Better Man” at the Park Theatre on November 21st for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Manitoba. “A Better Man” (2017) is a Canadian documentary by Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackson. It has been featured in screenings across Canada and is now coming to Winnipeg for the first time. The film is provided to NorWest by the National Film Board of Canada, rated 14A.


“I wish I could have been a better man.”

On a hot summer night 22 years ago, 18-year-old Attiya Khan ran through the streets, frightened for her life. She was fleeing her ex-boyfriend Steve, who’d been abusing her on a daily basis. Now, all these years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet. She wants to know how he remembers their relationship and if he is willing to take responsibility for his violent actions. This emotionally raw first meeting, filmed by Attiya with Steve’s consent, is the starting point for A Better Man. The rough footage also marks a new beginning in Attiya’s own recovery process—as well as an important starting point for Steve. For the first time ever, he speaks of the abuse and cracks opens the door to dealing with the past.

Illuminating a new paradigm for domestic-violence prevention, A Better Man offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. It also empowers audience members to play new roles in challenging domestic violence, whether it’s in their own relationships or as part of a broader movement for social change.

For free tickets:

This event is presented by NorWest Co-op Community Health

Winter is here!

November 9, 2017 • Written by

One of my favorite sights is looking out the window at students enjoying their first snowfall. If that was you out in front of D building, it looks like you were having a lot of fun! After the first few days, once the really cold weather sets in, it may not feel quite so fun. Here are a few tips to help you survive the next 6 months of winter:

Stay Warm !

Winter is a big part of the Manitoba experience, and with a bit of effort, you can enjoy it as much as summertime! Dress warm, go outside, and experience the fun that is available through the winter. There are festivals such as the Festivale Du Voyageur, the Santa Claus Parade, as well as skating, skiing, snowshoeing, sliding, and other fun activities to do through the winter. Remember that as long as you are exercising, your body will produce heat so you don’t need to worry so much about staying warm until you stop!

Your Clothes

In Canada, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing. You can always put more clothes on! The extreme cold can be dangerous, so you should prepare by dressing appropriately.

If you have the money, you can spend a lot on winter coats that are warm enough for the coldest days of the year—but you don’t need to. Dressing in layers serves the same purpose. In the middle of winter, I often wear as many as 6 layers of clothing when I go outside, from thermal underwear to a waterproof outer shell jacket. An advantage of layering is that you can increase or decrease the number of layers so that you can be comfortable at all temperatures and levels of activity: waiting at the bus stop, riding on the bus, or sitting in a heated classroom.

If you have children and do not have money to buy warm clothes for them, talk to your child’s school, daycare, or your contact at a local support agency. They may be able to obtain winter coats through the Koats for Kids program. For adults, Siloam Mission has winter clothing for those in need.

In the winter, your extremities—your head, hands, and feet—can get cold very easily. Be sure to wear a hat, scarf, mittens, and winter boots that are appropriate for the weather.

When you buy mittens or boots, they may have a temperature rating on them. This is the temperature which you should be comfortable when active (walking, running / exercising). If you want to stay warm when you are at rest (such as waiting for the bus), buy clothes with a comfort rating about 15-20 degrees lower than the temperature you will be in.

Your Home

Your first reaction to freezing temperatures may be to go inside and turn up the heat, but be careful! You may like to keep your home at a tropical 30 degrees throughout the year, but doing so could cost you hundreds of dollars each month in heating costs. Keep the temperature to a reasonable 17-20 degrees, and wear a sweater indoors to stay comfortable.

Another important strategy is to keep the cold out. Seal up any cracks or openings that let the heat escape from your home. You can get clear plastic coverings for your windows at any hardware store, and you may place a towel or blanket along the foot of your exterior doors at night to keep the wind from coming through.

Stay Healthy

Winter is cold and flu season, and there’s a chance that you may catch something during the winter. If you do get sick, make arrangements with your instructors and take a couple days to rest and fight off the sickness before you get back to your studies. Going to school while you are contagious can spread your illness to many others, and can delay your recovery. Boost your immunity with healthy eating and regular sleep and exercise through the winter. You can also take advantage of the flu immunization clinics available on and off campus. Visit the Health Centre at your campus for more information.

Winnipeg winters are dry and this can be harsh on your eyes and skin. Keep moisturized by drinking lots of water, using skin creams, and avoid activities that dry you out further, such as showering in hot water.


A balanced diet is important to keep your energy high through the winter months. Be sure to prepare nutritious meals with a balance of many different kinds of food. Exercise regularly, and eat foods that are high in vitamin D (which you normally receive from the sun), or talk to your doctor about supplements that may be right for you.

Don’t forget to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. They may be a bit more expensive in the winter, but they are important to strengthen your energy, mood, and immunity. If you are having a hard time paying for groceries, sign up for the Food Bank (or access a community Food Bank near your home) which can provide some supplemental food.

Stay Safe

Manitoba roads can be more dangerous in winter, and whether you are driving, walking, or taking the bus, do whatever you can to get where you need to go safely.

If you drive, consider buying winter tires that will give you more traction on ice and snow. If you park outside, you will need to plug in the block heater to help your car start in cold weather. Also, make sure to keep a winter emergency kit in your car, with blankets, food, and other basic supplies to help in case you are stranded or have an accident. If you are on foot, consider that cars need more time and space to change directions or to stop, so don’t step out onto the street unless it is safe to do so.

If you are drinking alcohol, be extra careful. Alcohol can make you feel warm, but your body can actually lose heat faster. Many cold-related injuries are complicated with alcohol. If you drink, do so in moderation, and have a plan for staying warm and safe.

Stay Positive

Shorter daylight hours can affect your moods and feelings, and some students struggle with depression and loneliness during the winter months. If this is your experience, talk to one of our College Counsellors—they have resources and strategies that can help you cope with your new environment. Caring for your mental health by keeping a positive attitude about your environment and the challenges you face daily is an important part of adjusting to a new country. Your mood can also be affected by your diet and lifestyle.


Winter is here—enjoy it!

Free Tickets to Experience the Manitoba Opera -Friday, November 24th – 30 Seats Available

November 8, 2017 • Written by

Experience the Manitoba Opera: Friday, November 24, 7:30 pm

MUSIC: Giacomo Puccini

LIBRETTO: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Performed at the Centennial Concert Hall

Love and Betrayal

The world’s most beloved opera is the intensely moving story of a devoted young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American naval officer.

Puccini’s glorious music embodies all the passion and heartbreak of this timeless story of a doomed romance. A deeply emotional experience.

Set in Japan at the dawn of the 20th century, East meets West in this clash of values and traditions.

CANADIAN CONNECTION PROGRAM: Free Tickets to explore Winnipeg

November 8, 2017 • Written by


In order to help students in taking a study break, the Diversity and Intercultural Services Department has lined up the following opportunities for you:


Friday, November 24, 7:30 pm

MUSIC: Giacomo Puccini

LIBRETTO: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Performed at the Centennial Concert Hall

Love and Betrayal

The world’s most beloved opera is the intensely moving story of a devoted young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American naval officer.

Puccini’s glorious music embodies all the passion and heartbreak of this timeless story of a doomed romance. A deeply emotional experience.

Set in Japan at the dawn of the 20th century, East meets West in this clash of values and traditions.



The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club will host a Community Open Practice on November 13, 2017.

The Community Practice is at 11:00 a.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. (30 minutes before practice).  No admission will be granted earlier.

This opportunity if for mentor partnerships or students who are not scheduled to be in class at this time.

A maximum of 4 tickets per student will be granted.

All students Interested in attending can contact Student Integration Coordinator, Lauren Konrad at to express interest in attending and what dates you would like. Those who are selected will be contacted with event details. Limited tickets are available.



Your Stories of New Beginnings Wanted

November 8, 2017 • Written by

Sarasvàti Productions is an independent Winnipeg theatre company with a vision to transform society through theatres by presenting significant social issues on stage, engaging in community collaboration and supporting emerging artists.

Their project, entitled New Beginnings, brings newcomers’ stories to the stage, working together with a diverse range of artists, community members and groups, recent newcomers and established immigrants to gather stories, and then weave those stories into a performance in collaboration with the community as a means to educate the public. Story gathering will take place in group theatre-based workshops, or one-on-one interviews—whatever someone prefers.

This will be presented in May 2018 with a mix of professional artists and community members, including dancers, musicians and visual artists.

If you would like to share your story please send your information to Samantha at or call 204-586-2236 before November 15, 2017.


For more information, visit