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Winnipeg Fundraiser for the Australian Bushfires

The devastating bushfires in Australia are continuing to take an almost unimaginable toll on that country. At least 34 people have died, livelihoods have been lost, countless native animals and livestock populations have been decimated, and millions of hectares of land have been burned beyond recognition.

To help those in need, the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) is organising a large local Bud ‘n Spud Fundraiser with monies raised sent to the Australian Red Cross through the Canadian Red Cross office in Winnipeg.

PLEASE NOTE that tickets are only available until end of day on Monday February 18.

  • When — Saturday February 22, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Where — Nashville’s Event Centre at Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona (826 Regent Ave West)
  • Cost — $20 (tickets purchased by Monday February 18) for your choice of either a chicken/baked potato or pasta/pizza dinner with Caesar salad, garlic breadstick, and one complimentary beverage
  • Tickets — to purchase tickets or to make a donation, contact Peter Debenham at 204-955-0393
  • For more information — Peter Munn at 204-237-1805 or Jenny Gates at

In addition to the Silent Auction, 50/50, door prizes, spot prizes, Aussie music and didgeridoo, there will be several speeches and presentations from members of the Australian and New Zealand community, as well as local individuals and dignitaries, and we will acknowledge those members of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre who have returned from Australia after helping with the fires.

The event will be co-emceed by Beau from 99.9 BOB FM and Jenny from the DUCW.

On behalf of the members of the DUCW and the people of Australia, THANK YOU for joining us in helping those affected by these devastating bushfires, the impact of which will be felt long after the fires are extinguished.

  • Jenny Gates, Media and Communications — 204-228-9959
  • Peter Munn, President — 204-237-1805
  • Peter Debenham, CPA, CA, DUCW Treasurer — 204-955-0393
  • Charlie Powell, Silent Auction Coordinator — 204-806-6965
  • EMAIL —

Top two ‘most positive’ countries

A very interesting article from Global Citizen listing the results of a survey on perceptions of the five most peaceful countries in the world.

Earlier this summer, research firm Ipsos released their findings from a poll asking this question to over 18,000 people across 25 countries. They asked participants whether a handful of countries and supra-national governmental agencies (like the European Union) were “having an overall positive or a negative influence on world affairs.”

Their results might surprise you.

One of the entities is not even a country, and based on the fact you’re reading this post on this website, you’ll likely be pleased at #1 and #2.


Australia’s leadership lagging on social progress

Australia’s government is currently circulating a public survey, or something to that effect, on the topic of same-sex marriage. Many are questioning why that country’s leaders are taking this decision to this method of public consultation.

Online news source The Conversation writes in an editorial 

As the nation continues to wrangle over same-sex marriage – when much of the developed world has long since resolved the issue – it might be tempting to wonder if we’ve always been a little conservative on social change, hamstrung by a collective fear of the new. But as Frank Bongiorno writes, it hasn’t always been the case – you need only look at Australia’s early embrace of women’s suffrage, for example, to see that we were once pioneers rather than laggards on social progression.

What’s happening, Bongiorno argues, is a profound failure of leadership rather than any innate cultural problem. Political leaders are trailling behind public opinion rather than doing anything to influence it.

Read their whole story on the topic here.

Aussie Families

Here’s another interesting series by the Aussie online editors of ‘The Conversation’ – and probably worthy of our DUCW readership’s attention…

Check it out here.

Our politicians talk a lot about “families”, but what do they really mean when they use this term? What does a modern Australian family look like and how does it compare with ten, 20 or even 30 years ago? In our ten-part series launching today, we examine some major changes in family and relationships, and how that might in turn reshape law, policy and our idea of ourselves.