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August 21-22: Expect traffic impacts from community events in Cambridge Common and North Cambridge

August 21-22: Expect traffic impacts from community events in Cambridge Common and North Cambridge

Expect traffic impacts near Cambridge Common and Danehy Park due to community events on Sunday, August 21, and Monday, August 22. 

The Working Class Fighting Back Against Corporate Greed Rally will take place on Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. on the Cambridge Common. Speakers will include Senator Bernie Sanders, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Sean O’Brien, and Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson. Expect traffic impacts around the Cambridge Common.

The 28th Annual Oldtime Baseball Game will take place on Monday, August 22 at 7 p.m. in North Cambridge. The event, which will be held at St. Peter’s Field at 65 Sherman St. near Danehy Park, has a rain date of Tuesday. August 23. Expect traffic impacts in the Sherman Street area between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Cambridge residents should also expect increased traffic over the next month as the MBTA closes the entire Orange Line and part of the Green Line for safety improvements and upgrades, beginning on August 19. We expect traffic increases on streets and highways in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, and throughout Boston. Learn more about the closures and alternate routes

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Reflections, impacts of slavery shared at Manitoba’s first official Emancipation Day event | CBC News

Reflections, impacts of slavery shared at Manitoba's first official Emancipation Day event | CBC News

Winnipeggers gathered at the St. Norbert Arts Centre on Monday to mark the creation of legislation that abolished slavery in Canada 188 years ago, and reflect on the ongoing hardships Black people face. 

Co-host Uche Nwankwo said the anniversary is an opportunity to discuss Black history and discuss the work that needs to happen to end the ongoing effects of slavery.

“History is important. It’s a way of remembering what had happened and then finding a way to prevent a future occurrence of such ugly history,” he said on Monday.

In addition to addressing ongoing anti-Black racism in Canada, Nwankwo said the local Emancipation Day programming also looked at the similar treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The event included speeches from community advocates and politicians, and finished with a sacred fire outside the arts centre.

Co-host of the Emancipation Day event Uche Nwankwo said it’s an opportunity to discuss Black history and the ongoing impacts of slavery and racism. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

Former CFL and NFL player and current Winnipeg resident Willard Reaves, who also co-hosted the event, says marking Emancipation Day is important.

“We’re still feeling the impacts because racism is still alive and well in both the United States and in Canada. If we just put it on the back burner, it will never, ever go away.” he said.

Reaves said he hopes marking the anniversary of Emancipation Day will encourage people to put aside their differences and engage in more respect for one another. 

“It’s for people to remember a very dark, dark time … it’s a stark reminder of just how cruel human beings can actually be. And this will be a stepping stones to make sure that we never repeat history again, especially as hideous as slavery is.”

Emancipation Day event co-host Willard Reaves said the time of slavery was a dark time for humanity. He said actively acknowledging and fighting racism is important to prevent history from repeating itself. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

Traditional knowledge keeper Michael Pierre sits on the board of directors for the St. Norbert Art Centre. He held a sacred fire at the end of the event and said the arts centre has been recognized as a sacred site by many traditional people.

Pierre said marking the anniversary of Emancipation Day was also important to the Indigenous community.

“Recognizing that as an Indigenous person and seeing my relatives in the Black community … We have a shared history and common experiences,” he said. “But again, all of us as human beings are impacted by all of these types of injustices that we do toward each other.”

Pierre said he was pleased to see many young people at the event, as well as community and political leaders who recognized the importance of recognizing Emancipation Day. 

“This is a day to acknowledge and say thank you for all the sacrifices that our ancestors have been through. The strength that they had to keep going,” he said.

Knowledge keeper Michael Pierre is originally from Thunder Bay but has called Winnipeg home since the 1970s. He says Emancipation Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice and strength of ancestors. (Megan Goddard/Radio Canada)

It’s the first year that Manitoba has officially recognized Emancipation Day, which marks the day the Slavery Abolition Act took effect in the British Empire (including Canada) in 1834. Two years ago, Ottawa named Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day, but the province didn’t officially adopt the legislation to name it a holiday until October of that year.

Around 30 people attended the event Monday.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.

Being Black in Canada highlights stories about Black Canadians. (CBC)
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Event evaluation reports showcase broad impacts achieved by WFC 2020 and WFC 2021 – IFF Main Site

Event evaluation reports showcase broad impacts achieved by WFC 2020 and WFC 2021 - IFF Main Site

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Men’s WFC 2020 and the Women’s WFC 2021 delivered wide-ranging benefits to the host cities and the sport as a whole, according to event evaluation reports conducted by Quantum Consultancy, an Edinburgh-based sport and event consultancy.

 The Women’s WFC 2021 which took place in Uppsala, Sweden from 27 November – 5 December 2021 generated a direct economic impact of €1.09m, a figure which was largely driven by 1,468 overnight visitors that stayed in Uppsala County and contributed more than 9,000 bed nights. 86% of spectators and 89% of players reported a positive experience at the WFC 2021. The event was well-received by the local community with 9 in 10 Uppsala residents attending the competition stating a sense of pride from the fact that the WFC 2021 was hosted in Sweden.

Hosting the Men’s WFC 2020 on 3-11 December 2021 was equally successful for Helsinki, Finland. It is estimated that the direct economic impact from hosting the event totalled €7.18m, with the expenditure of visiting spectators on accommodation, shopping, food and drinks accounting for more than 72% of the total impact. 86% of all spectators came from outside Helsinki to attend the event and a majority of fans had a pleasant experience at the event.

Both WFCs enjoyed strong media coverage with around 380 hours of coverage aired for each event. For the first time coverage was secured in Canada and USA on major networks, while the Women’s WFC 2021 was aired on W Sport in 54 territories in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The full evaluation reports are accessible via the following links:

IFF Men’s World Championships 2020 – Evaluation Report

IFF Women’s World Championships 2021 – Evaluation Report

–We are very happy to receive this valuable analytics of our major events. In particular, in the event-free times due to the pandemic, it is important to understand where our events stand in the world of sports. Furthermore, the reports provide great feedback to the local organisers as well as an added value for the countries and associations bidding to host the IFF events in the future, John Liljelund, IFF Secretary General.

– The IFF is one of only a few international federations that did not lose any of its pinnacle events to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context the outcome of the WFC 2020 and WFC 2021 is testament to the commitment of the IFF and the local organisers to stage these world-class sporting events against the odds, said Colin Stewart, Quantum Co-Founder and Director of Consulting.

As part of a long-term agreement with the IFF, Quantum provides strategic evaluation services to assess the impact of the Men’s and Women’s WFC throughout the 2021-2024 period. Quantum is also providing a monitoring service to report on progress made towards objectives set out within the IFF Strategy 2021-2032.

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As special events begin to ramp up after COVID-19 impacts, there are several events taking place this weekend including a concert at the United Center, Chicago Fire Soccer home opener at Soldier Field and the Polar Plunge on Sunday at North Avenue Beach. OEMC reminds participants and spectators to be aware in crowds and call 9-1-1 to report any suspicions of criminal or terrorist activity.

Chicago Fire Home Opener and United Center Concert, Saturday, March 5
Soldier Field: Chicago Fire home opener is at Soldier Field with its earliest start in its history on Saturday. The Chicago Fire opens their 2022 season against the Orlando City SC at 5 p.m.
United Center: New Edition: The Culture Tour with Charlie Wilson + Jodeci on Saturday begins at 8 p.m., with gates open at 6:30 p.m.

The Chicago Polar Plunge, Sunday, March 6
North Avenue Beach: The Chicago Polar Plunge is headed back to the beach with all the polar plungers, volunteers, and supporters on Sunday at North Avenue Beach, located at 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with opening ceremonies beginning at 9:45 a.m. The plunges will happen in waves, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will monitor all citywide events, activities, traffic, and weather conditions throughout the weekend from the Operations Center and coordinate public safety resources as needed with all necessary agencies.

Pole Marker Locations: For public safety, residents are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the poles throughout the Grant Park area to help them reference their location within the park to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency. Pole markings are established within the boundaries of Roosevelt Rd. to Randolph St., Lake Shore Drive (LSD) to Michigan Avenue, Ida B Wells Dr to Michigan Ave to Columbus Dr, Jackson St to Michigan Ave, Monroe St to Columbus Dr, 3900 LSD to 6600 LSD.

Motorists in the areas where events are happening should be prepared for heavy traffic and possible reroutes. To ensure public safety, Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) will be on hand at events citywide to direct flow and impacts from heavy traffic. Public transportation is encouraged. For more information on CTA services and reroutes, visit or call 312-836-7000 from any area code/1-888-YOUR-I CTA.

Report Suspicious Activity: If you See Something Say Something. The city reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious, notify onsite security or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.

Smart911: Residents with an existing or new Smart911 safety profile can volunteer to share with police recorded home surveillance camara footage should a crime occur nearby or outside their residence. By simply opting in on an existing Smart911 profile or by creating a new profile at, residents can agree to share home surveillance camera footage by allowing the CPD to contact them in the event of a crime. All information is private.

OEMC will issue any alerts and notifications needed to keep residents and attendees up to date on weather conditions and emergencies. Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakefront notices, issues affecting businesses or COVID-19 updates:
CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
COVID: Get COVID-19 updates by TEXTING “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3

For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications onFacebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).

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February 2022 severe weather event: Council updates and impacts