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Monday, September 30, 2013

The CMHR may not open until 2015 - but see what you're paying $351,000,000+ for

What do you think?  

A Human Rights Museum insider with intimate knowledge of how the exhibits are progressing posted this on a website:

Canadian Museum For Human Rights — Winnipeg, Canada — Completion September 2015

Say what?  Until now the various talking heads from the CMHR have sworn up, down and sideways that the museum will open in 2014--- only two years behind schedule.  They even collected $45 million from the federal government last year on their sacred pledge that this boon (plus a $35 million loan to be co-signed by the government of Manitoba) was all they needed to guarantee a 2014 opening.  Guarantee!  Pinky swear!

Suddenly they're talking about opening two years from now?  Three years behind schedule?

We started beating the bushes.

"This" magazine was in no doubt what year the CMHR would open:

"Friday FTW: Human rights museum asks gay couples to share their stories for exhibit
by Catherine McIntyre    March 8, 2013
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is asking for marriage photos from same-sex couples couples for the museum’s opening exhibit in 2015.
The exhibit pays tribute to the struggle for gay rights, but it is also intended to “normalize” LGBT relationships for people who are perhaps a little homophobic..."

You've heard of enEoute, Air Canada's in-flight magazine.

"Winnipeg's Architectural Renaissance

From condos on stilts to an iceberg-shaped museum, Winnipeg is designing a novel architecture scene.
May 30, 2013 · By Alec Scott | Photos by Lorne Bridgman

The prairie stretches out seamlessly before me as I look through the glass walls of the new Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Past the runways, long yellow grasses ripple in the breeze and wispy clouds drift across the sky. Inside, the blue, gold and white carpet riffs on the dominant colours of the landscape. In the soaring arrivals hall, where sky-blue LEDs rim the circular skylights, I pass a mother welcoming a returning daughter. "It's been too long," the mother admonishes. So it has, I think, as it's been more than a decade since I visited the Peg myself. 

And, as I'm soon to discover, the airport (designed by the Argentinian-American starchitect Cesar Pelli, in collaboration with Winnipeg-based David Essex) is just one playful part of the city's post-millennial makeover.

On my first morning in town, I jog toward the Forks, the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers that shapes the downtown core. 

I'm shocked by the Great Pyramid scale of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights rising just beyond. One side is a series of stepped levels clad in yellowy, veined Tyndall stone, quarried nearby and used on Winnipeg's important buildings. On the other side, arc-shaped swathes of glass lead up to the Tower of Hope, which looks like a giant pilot light. Slated to open in 2015, the museum has been igniting many questions: Will architect Antoine Predock's building draw crowds to Winnipeg like Frank Gehry's Guggenheim drew them to Bilbao? Will media baron Izzy Asper's dream prove worthy of its $350-million-plus sticker price? Whatever the answers, the structure is not the only big architectural development poking the skyline; it's just the tip of the iceberg, which, come to think of it, is what it resembles."
Et tu, Tourism Winnipeg?

"Past, Present, Future: Winnipeg's Captivating Stories

Whether discussing human rights, learning about Winnipeg’s gripping history and its colourful characters, or taking in a modern-day theatre production at one of Canada’s largest fringe festivals, the city is alive in summer with an intriguing story to tell at every corner.

Day 1

Arrive in Winnipeg.

Explore Winnipeg’s rich historic past on a guided city “Heart of the Nation” tour aboard a charming heritage trolley. From 1870 to 1920, Winnipeg was the driving force of Canada with a disproportionate amount of wealth. The Winnipeg Trolley takes your group back in time to learn why Winnipeg was once called the “wickedest city in Canada,” how an underdog local hockey team became the world’s first Olympic hockey champions, the city’s connection to the world’s most famous spy—James Bond, and more.

Day 2

Spend the morning with Mother Nature at Winnipeg’s prime green space, Assiniboine Park. While on a guided tour, stroll through colourful, fragrant flowers in bloom at the English Garden. Then, marvel at fine art sculptures complemented by lily ponds, fountains and flower beds in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Your adventure is complete with lunch in a restaurant overlooking the verdant lawns of the park.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Set for group programming in 2015, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an “idea” museum. Designed by Antoine Predock, this national treasure is redefining Winnipeg’s skyline. The museum will share stories of human rights issues from around the world; its goal is to bring people together to engage in discussion and commit to a world where everyone is respected."

But fear not. Thanks to the magic of Google, we can bring you a glimpse of what you are going to see within the giant walls of the CMHR whenever it opens:

CMHR vision of entrance

CMHR Holocaust gallery
First impression----what an enormous waste of open space!

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