Transformation of Winnipeg’s Merchant Hotel a beacon of hope for community

APTN National News
The conversion of a Winnipeg hotel with a dubious history into an educational hub is about to begin.

The Merchant Hotel, in the heart of city’s north end, will soon be home to post-secondary education and affordable housing.

As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports people in the area see the project as a beacon of hope for the community.

Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Dennis is Métis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as a reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.