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U of M opens new biology labs

The University of Manitoba celebrated the completion of renovations to two major facilities in the faculty of science last Friday.

The renovations to the Biological Sciences Building and laboratories in the Bueller Building were made possible because of provincial and federal funding provided through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP). KIP is a national program aimed at improving infrastructure at post secondary education institutions across the country.

Renovations to the Biological Sciences Building included five new teaching labs and two, 40 seat lecture rooms, at a cost of $13.26 million. Renovations to the Bueller Building included upgrades to research and teaching laboratories, at a cost of $4.75 million.


Fear of crime highest in Manitoba

A national poll from the Environics’ 2011 Focus Canada survey showed that Manitobans rank highest in the country for fear of crime, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.

The province was also the only one in the country to show a significant increase in the number of people who believe that crime is getting worse. Sixty nine per cent of those polled said they believe crime is getting worse, versus 63 per cent in 2010, despite Manitoba being one of the provinces to see a decline in the homicide rate.

This is significantly higher than the national average of people who think crime is getting worse, which sits at 46 per cent, down from 52 per cent last year.


Assiniboine Forest competing as greatest place in Canada

The Assiniboine Forest is in the running in the annual Great Places in Canada competition, reported CBC News.

The competition celebrates the nominations of Canadians for their favourite place in the country.

Osborne Street, the Portage and Main intersection and Saint Boniface have also been nominated for the distinction.

Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes garnered as well as the opinions of a panel of professional city planners.