Commonwealth Day was celebrated at Government House in Winnipeg, with several DUCW members in attendance. L-R: Jenny Gates, Gordon Keatch, Lt. Gov. Janice Filmon, and Besty and Murray Burt. Photo: Leon Badali.
The second Monday in March is the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day. And every year, the Province marks the day with an event hosted at Government House.
On Tuesday March 15, members of the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) and the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) gathered at Government House to celebrate Commonwealth Day. As president of the Manitoba Branch of the RCS, Murray Burt addressed the gathering at the evening’s event, which was hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Janice Filmon. Members of the DUCW in attendance were Murray and Betsy Burt, Gordon Keatch, Leon Badali and Jenny Gates. Continue reading
By Murray Burt
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Former Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council, Rebecca Kitteridge, has taken over the position of Director of Security for the Security Intelligence Service (SIS).
Announcing the appointment, Prime Minister John Key said Kitteridge was a “highly respected and professional” public servant. Continue reading
The 2014 issue of The Southern Yarn is now available for you to download.
Inside you will find some fascinating stories of early aviation history down under, an interview with The Ashworths as well Murray Burt’s collection of Commonwealth news (anyone want to buy property in Kiribati?) and our regular sections.
Go to the Yarn page, or use this direct link to the PDF.
The Kiwis’ aching loss in the America’s Cup saga in San Francisco last month does not augur well for the nation’s future association with the oldest exotic yacht-racing event of modern times. Continue reading