Lifestyle Research Program is Recruiting

TMPLR

The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) Program is looking to recruit 800
Manitobans for a study looking at how genetics, lifestyle and microbiota interact to
influence the development of chronic diseases.

For more information and contact details, please see below.

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TMPLR Mobile Research Unit

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone who is between 30-46 years of age and has lived in Manitoba for at least 5 years.

WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS DO?
Participants come for 2 assessments (2 hours each on 2 consecutive days) at the
Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba,
or to TMPLR’s mobile research unit. Remuneration is provided.
Assessments include:
• blood pressure
• body scan to measure lean mass, fat mass and bone density
• blood and urine samples for biomarker analysis
• stool sample for gut microbiome analysis
• DNA sample for genetic analysis
• physical activity test on an exercise bike
• activity monitor for one week to assess day-to-day physical activity & sleep
• questionnaires about current lifestyle and childhood experiences

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING?
The research team will provide participants with their information from the measurements
performed such as the body scan, blood pressure and strength test. Participants will also
be remunerated for their participation in the trial. Finally, we hope the information from
this study will benefit Manitobans in prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic
syndrome, cardiovascular disease and kidney diseases.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US:
TMPLRtrial [AT] umanitoba.ca • t: 204 480.1042 / 204 298.5483
or visit http://TMPLR.ca

Benchmark 2018 – Call For Proposals Now Out!

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Along with our partners at StorefrontMB, we are proud to announce round two of BenchMARK – a unique place-making competition for designers – is underway. Make your mark on Winnipeg. This time, BenchMARK will be adding two new installations along trails in beautiful Transcona. See more info about the locations and full competition guidelines here (PDF).

Huge thanks to both the City of Winnipeg and the Transcona BIZ for making this possible.

We are Hiring! Fall 2017

*November 22 Update

Thank you to all applicants for your interest in Winnipeg Trails!

We have now completed our hiring process. Successful applicants will have heard back about the position.

 

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Work with Winnipeg Trails this Fall/Winter!

We are looking for up to 6 people who want to work from the best “office” in Winnipeg—our growing network of trails and protected bike lanes!

Are you interested in a modern city? Do you like learning more about how cities plan for cycling and walking and accessibility and doing something about it?
Do you have a passion for the future of Winnipeg and its people?
Do you like nature, urban landscapes or spending time outdoors?
Do you like citizen science, city planning or helping people?
Are you social media savvy?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be a great fit.
Keep reading.

We are hiring up to six (6) Trails Surveyors to work with us over the Fall and upcoming Winter.

How To Apply:

  1. Review the Job Descriptions below.
  2. Write a short email describing why you think you would be a good fit for the position to coordinator@winnipegtrails.ca with the subject line “Winter Job Application” and attach a brief resume.
  3. Apply as soon as possible.

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Surveyor Job Description

Wage: $17/hr
Timeline: Short term position representing approximately 16 weeks @ 7.5hrs/week between now and April 2017. Exact work hours will be subject to other team member’s availability, but expect 2-3 shifts a week taking place in the evening, afternoon, and/or weekend. There is a potential to extend contract for next 3 years.
Workplace: Work will be carried out in teams of two on site on urban trails throughout Winnipeg, and/or at home and/or at our HQ in the East Exchange. Some surveying will take place outdoors in Winter.

Surveyors will be responsible for:
Using active transportation to and from surveying sites. (cycling, walking, skiing – a working bicycle is an asset),
Setting up and taking down the surveying site and equipment,
Engaging members of the public to complete the intercept survey,
Conducting traffic counts using the CounterPoint app in vicinity of the survey site,
Collecting data on the quality of the built environment,

Surveyors may be responsible for:
Testing surveys for accessibility and user-friendliness,
Reviewing methods to improve future surveys.

The ideal candidate(s) will have:
Excellent communication skills,
High degree of organization,
An understanding of CounterPoint,

Education: Ideal candidate for this position is attending or just finished high school, or attending Post-Secondary (Community College, CEGEP, Technical Institute, University) studies.

Note: Some of the work will include use of mobile applications to communicate. All applicants should have access to a working smartphone, ideally both platforms or iOS only, and extra battery packs.

Applying as a team of two is welcome and encouraged.

All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

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This project is in partnership with the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.  Funding for this project is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

International Trails Day – June 10

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International Trails Day
Saturday June 10
#ITD2017

Every year we celebrate International Trails Day as a way of recognizing the contributions of trails to a community and to a city. This year our party is on the move! We want to see as much of Winnipeg’s Trails as we can and we want you there with us!

9:00am – Meet up at The Forks Market Plaza for coffee and doughnuts and head south!

10:00 – Arrival at Crampton’s market. Tune-ups and set up.
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Come celebrate the first annual BenchMARK competition winner unveilings!
 Together with our partner StorefrontMB, we will kick off the day by celebrating the installation of two pieces designed last summer for the BENCHmark competition.

10:30 Unveiling of Pothole Bench. We’ll hear from a few sponsors as well as the bench designer, finish any last bikes in the tune-up stand, and enjoy some tasty treats provided by Crampton’s Market. When the speeches subside, join us as we slow roll east to the next site.

11:40 Unveiling of Scattered Spheres. Come meet the designers, learn how a new machine was invented just for these beautiful orbs and check ’em out!

THEN….

12:15 BBQ and Meetup at Henteleff Park – Winnipeg Trails informal outdoor Summit is also the first BBQ stop for the bike jam. We’ll spend some time getting to know this place and spend time briefly recapping what Winnipeg Trails has been up to over the past year and sharing plans for the summer. We will be joined by representatives of Henteleff Park offering walking tours through the park and hear about the history of the area and the local flora and fauna

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2pm – 6pm We bring the party to you! We’ll be starting up our Mobile Bike Jam Pop-Up BBQ! We’ve outfitted a cargo bike with all the fixings you need for a backyard BBQ and we’re bringing it to a trail near you! 

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This map is only an approximation and subject to radical change, for instance don’t worry St.B we’re aiming for ya, and Riverview, we’re going to do our best. Meet us at the checkpoints that appear in the app, or on this page or see the map below to find the cargo bike WTA roving headquarters in real time! Better yet, meet us Saturday in the am and come for the entire thing!


Come along for the ride or meet us along the way! Join the event on Facebook or Twitter and watch for updates on this real time party tracker:

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Bike Jam! 49.886780, -97.130510 Nuit Blanche Bike Jam!We provide the soundtrack, and you provide the lights! Lets become a moving art piece as a tribute to our vibrant community. Kick off party and launch point provided by Synonym Art Consultation. 782 Main st. Music from Faouzia, Super Duty Tough Work, and DJ Shub The Bike Jam is brought to you by the Rainbow Trout Music Festival and Natural Cycleworks. Sound by Rudolph and Sumguy Ent.Time: 6:00pm-2:00amLocation: Synonym Art Consultation - 782 Main StreetMore Details

Download our app. Expect to find some temporary, lucrative (in terms of points) special gems to pop up on #ITD2017 only! Last year the people with the most points won a sweet longboard at the end of the summer. Stay tuned for special announcements.

 

7pm – 9pm – Our day will be winding down with exciting speakers and a panel discussion at Fools+Horses where we will hear from some local experts and enthusiasts for an informal event entitled Blazing Trails: The past present and future of walking, cycling and the identity of Winnipeg.

Can’t make it to the ride but still want to celebrate International Trails Day?

Here are some ways you can join in:

Make it count. You can help us count traffic along the trails. It does not take long to become an expert in how your favourite trail gets used. Spend an hour on your phone people-watching using Green Action Centre’s made-in-Manitoba, kid-friendly traffic counting app. This is a great way to get outside and get involved. The data collected highlights which trails are being used, when they’re being used, and who is doing the using! This information helps us to build a better trail network for everyone. Winnipeg Trails staff has been counting and analyzing traffic patterns. You can contribute.

To participate, all you have to do is download the app at CounterPointApp.org. Once you are ready, join one of many counterpoints around the city or set up one of your own on a trail near you. Count what goes by, screenshot your results and share them with us on social media! We recommend anything from a 15 minute to a 2-hour count between 1pm and 3pm.

Protip: join the Winnipeg Trails team inside the app and talk to an organizer (or just send us an email saying Hi). We’d love to know who you are so we can consider using your data in our analysis.

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Send us pictures of you out on the trails!

Either by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, we want to see you out enjoying the trails in your own unique way! We would love if you would show other Winnipeggers what there may be missing. Send us pictures throughout the day with the hashtag #ITD2017 or tag us @winnipegtrails. We’ll be watching. If we see something we particularly love, don’t be surprised if you win a sweet t-shirt… 

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Find gems – share gems with our new app. We have been testing and refining and adding to a scavenger hunt-style Winnipeg Trails app and we think it’s pretty cool. We have added a bunch of new gems and are looking for more! Starting June 10 we will be launching our newest Gem Blast Contest! The player with the most gems at the end of the summer wins a grand prize! If you are already familiar with the app, we challenge you to suggest new gems. We know there are hundreds more out there that deserve to be shared. Tell us where they are! The world needs to know!
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May 2nd Launch of Cycling Without Age Program in Manitoba

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and Riverview Health Centre Foundation cordially invite you to join them for the launch of Manitoba’s first chapter of Cycling Without Age (CWA).

Tuesday, May 2nd at 10:30 a.m.

at Riverview Health Centre
One Morley Avenue

First established in Denmark, the CWA program allows individuals with mobility challenges and individuals who are blind or partially sighted to enjoy life on a bike once again. These bikes will continue to support CNIB’s focus to empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to lead rich, full lives, and move us toward a more inclusive world.

They will also support Riverview Health Centre to maximize the quality of life opportunities for its residents.

You are invited to not only see the specialized bike in action but to meet the CWA Founder, Ole Kassow, and learn the history of Cycling Without Age.

Bike Winnipeg AGM April 22

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Please join our pedalling partners over at Bike Winnipeg for their Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday, April 22nd and learn about their accomplishments over the past year and plans to make cycling in Winnipeg a safer, more enjoyable, accessible and convenient experience in 2017.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be followed by a presentation and panel discussion on the Arlington Bridge project and a proposal for protected bike lanes on Arlington. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP`s are appreciated so that we can get an estimate on attendance, but are not required.

WhenSaturday April 22nd, 2017
12:30pm – 3:00pm (meeting starts at 1pm)
Where: West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice @ Sherbrook)

See more here.

We Are Hiring! Summer 2017

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Work with Winnipeg Trails this Summer.

We are looking for 3 people who want to work from the best “office” in Winnipeg . . our growing network of trails and protected bike lanes!

Are you interested in a modern city? Do you like learning more about how cities plan for cycling and walking and accessibility and doing something about it?
Do you have a passion for the future of Winnipeg and its people?
Do you like nature, urban landscapes or spending time outdoors?
Do you like citizen science, city planning or helping people?
Are you social media savvy?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be a great fit.
Keep reading.

All applicants must be:
(a) between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
(b) registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
(c) intending to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
(d) a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
(e) a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and
Refugee Protection Act* and;
(f) legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

We are hiring three (3) Trails Analysts to work with us over the summer.

How To Apply:

1. Review the Job Descriptions below.
2. Write a short email describing why you think you would be a good fit for the position to info@winnipegtrails.ca with the subject line “Summer Job Application” and attach a brief resume.
3. Apply as soon as possible.

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Trails Analyst Job Description

Wage: $14/hr
Timeline:Short term position representing 9 weeks @ 30hrs/week between now and September 2016. Exact work hours and vacation time are flexible and negotiable, depending on start date and needs of project.
Workplace: Work will be carried out on site on trails throughout Winnipeg, and/or at home and/or at our team meeting point at The Forks.

Trails Analysts may be responsible for:
Evaluating the usage of Winnipeg’s Trail extensive network of asphalt, limestone, barkchip and nature trails for and collecting important data on walkability, bikeability and barriers to accessibility.
Revealing new opportunities to create on road pathway connections, intersection improvements or trail surface quality changes.
Raising awareness and promoting information on the trail network through public outreach, staffing booths at events.
Promoting trails tourism.
Content management for a new mobile app and contest management.
Communication and social media.
Mapping data

Tasks will include:
Developing a schedule for a methodically investigating/collecting data on the trails network in Winnipeg
Establishing hidden gems using our mobile app: http://www.winnipegtrails.ca/app/
Greeting members of the public while on site or at trails-related events
Attend regular meetings with the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator
Independence and self motivation

ALSO:
Self-directed projects based on discussion with Coordinator (tell us what you think is important!)

Education:
Ideal candidate for this position is attending or just finished high school, or attending Post-Secondary (Community College, CEGEP, Technical Institute, University) studies.

Note: Some of the work will include use of mobile applications to communicate. All applicants should have access to a working smartphone, ideally both platforms or iOS only, and extra battery packs.
All applicants should be familiar with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, the CounterPoint app for counting traffic and our own Winnipeg Trails app.

How do you feel about Railways? Contribute to an artwork!

Winnipeg Trails received an intriguing inquiry from Marie Claude de Souza, a poet/planner/artist/story-teller from Quebec. Ms. de Souza is seeking individuals willing to talk about railroads and the role they play in communities across Canada. She is working on a piece connected to Canada’s 150th. 

From our trail-building work in Winnipeg, we know railways can represent both opportunities and barriers, connections and disruptions.  Railroads occupy mental and physical space and can shape and even define social interaction and have lasting effects who we are. Therefore we are pleased to help her find participants.

If you have 15-30 minutes to share with the artist, we encourage you to read the background info below and contact her.

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CONTRIBUTE TO AN ARTWORK !

About the artist

Marie-Claude De Souza explores the boundaries between literature and contemporary art. She creates poetic installations and performances in public spaces by collecting stories, vocabulary or handwriting samples from citizens. Through oral transmission, she provokes beauty between strangers. Her work is based on collaboration and conversation.

About her current work

Marie-Claude De Souza’s next artwork entitled Traverse (Crossing) will be presented at Stewart Park (Pointe-Claire, Québec) as part of Canada 150. For this purpose, she is recruiting citizens, from different parts of Canada, to explore the symbolic of railroad tracks. Through a series of exchanges around the expression “the other side of the track”, she wishes to discover what rails mean on a community scale. Beyond their extent a mari usque ad mare, do they appear as an interconnection or a boundary ?

Participant’s profile

• Anglophone or Francophone

• To take part on an individual basis

• Living in a canadian municipality crossed by a railway

• Diversity : participants of all ages, opinions, backgrounds, etc.

Context

• Discussion with the artist will last 15 to 30 min. By Skype or phone (or, alternatively, by email or Facebook)

• The artist will select a few quotations to incorporate in her work.

 

Headingley Grand Trunk AGM

Our friends to the “slightly west” are having their Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 24th at 7:00 PM. Join them! Always interesting. 

Guest Speaker: Marilyn Latta

DATE: Monday, April 24, 2017

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Headingley Recreation Centre

5353 Portage Ave.

Refreshments will be served.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

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