What stories attracted the biggest attention of Manitoba residents this year? 2018 was filled with many interesting and important events. Here are 5 of them that are worth remembering at the end of the year:
1. The cancer patient who stood up to expensive hospital parking fees
Collin Kennedy entered the history of the province this year after he decided to protest against the thousands of dollars paid for parking in the hospital where he was treating his cancer. His protest attracted the attention of many people. The man believes that parking in the provincial hospitals should be free, especially for chronic patients. Now, Collin has died. However, several hospitals are already considering the option of canceling parking fees for the patients.
2 The Gilligan's Island puppies of Manitoba
Seven puppies were found in a very unusual place for them. Moreover, no one could explain how they got there. Puppies were brought to Winnipeg in order to find a home for them. Volunteers involved all means of disseminating information so that as many people as possible learn about puppies.
3. A fundraiser for a school trip becomes a thriving clothing business
Crissy Slater wanted to give her children the life she never had. The woman organized a small business: she created T-shirts and hoodies with interesting patterns to raise money for a trip to Italy for her daughter. Clothes become very popular, and the sale of them has become the main income of the family. Crissy’s children became her business partners and the older one even got 10% of the profit.
4. A mother is left blind in one eye after getting shot in her own home
Around 2.30 in the night, a group of teenage drug addicts broke into Nicole Rondeau’s house. When the woman said that there were no drugs in the house, they became very aggravated and decided to use a weapon. There was a small kid in the house, and in an attempt to protect her daughter, the woman left blind in one eye.
5. What it's like crossing Portage and Main — in a wheelchair
On the day of election of Winnipeg mayor, the city residents solved another important problem: the opening of Portage and Main for pedestrians. A few days before that, a group of people decided to check how necessary it was to open the intersection and asked a city resident in a wheelchair to cross it. It took him about 15 minutes to cross Portage and Main. A lot of people discussed that experiment even after taking the decision that the intersection should be left closed.