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in Manitoba and beyond!

Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Australia is playing catch-up to many modern democratic countries in moving forward with permitting same-sex marriage. Controversially, the parliament put it to the public to voice their opinion.  

Read all about it here in The Conversation.

Australia has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage with 61.6% marking the “yes” box. But even though Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is on the winning side and aiming to have same-sex marriage legalised by Christmas, his troubles are far from over, with a stoush over the wording of the bill set to heat up.

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Not so Formal Dinner 2017

 

The DUCW’s annual (Not so) Formal Dinner had a great turnout on Saturday night. 

Photos by Brian Hydesmith.

You are invited to attend …

Thanks to Winnipeg immigration lawyer Bashir Khan for bringing this event to our attention.

The Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian International Council is holding an event on Tuesday October 31 at 5:30 pm, at the Jekyll & Hyde Pub, 437 Stradbrook Avenue.

Dr Wil Hoverd will speak on “Five Eyes” from a New Zealand perspective. The smallest Five Eyes country has a thing or two to teach Canada about how a small country can hit above its weight in the world.

Free to attend and no RSVP is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The “Five Eyes” refer to an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.

Lamb anyone?


If you enjoy lamb as much as many of our club members do, you might be interested to know that you can order a whole lamb for your freezer from the same Manitoba producer who has been supplying some of our club members for years.

Susan Proven of Minnedosa has a small flock with about 25 lambs available annually and takes orders, usually delivered around November. The lamb is delicious, of course, and you get a mixture of all the possible cuts. You can specify they way you want it cut, too.

You can order a whole (about 20kg/50lbs), or half lamb (about 10kg/25lbs). The price is $6/lb plus a processing charge which is about $50. 

Basically, a lamb will cost you about $350, and a half lamb, well, about half that.

Delivery is to Winnipeg addresses, usually some time in November. That gives you enough time to free up some space in your freezer. 

If you have never bought a whole lamb, it is much smaller than a quarter portion of beef, for instance. If you have a small deep freeze with some room, you should have no trouble fitting it in. It is also nice to go shopping all year and not need to even bother looking at the lamb there.

If you are interested, contact the Hydesmiths at 204-487-0067 and they’ll put you in touch with the producer.