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Bowman, EPC back intersection revamp plan
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A plan to upgrade the Portage and Main intersection with the intention of eventually opening it up to pedestrians was endorsed unanimously Wednesday by Mayor Brian Bowman and members of …

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Manitoba MP tables bill aimed at cracking down on texting motorists
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OTTAWA — A Manitoba MP tabled a bill Wednesday aimed at cracking down on people using smartphones while driving. “Right now, you are more likely to be a victim of distracted …

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Investigation a 'tall order': commissioner
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The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is just weeks away from filing its first report to Ottawa — and the weight of family expectations must …

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Make family law system user-friendly: province
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The Pallister government plans to introduce reforms to Manitoba’s family law system to make it more accessible and less adversarial. Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said legislation could be introduced as early …

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Singer shined light on nation's social issues
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EXACTLY one year after the National Arts Centre (NAC) helped debut Gord Downie’s Secret Path album, book and film, Downie has died and an Ottawa orchestra is in Winnipeg to …

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PMO won't explain Trudeau's fire hall visit
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OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office refused to explain Wednesday how Justin Trudeau managed to visit Winnipeg’s busiest fire station without the city’s fire chief knowing. In an arbitration hearing last ……

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Fire chief wasn't told about PM visit
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It was a revelation at last week’s labour arbitration hearing between the city’s ambulance paramedics union and city hall that raised eyebrows and raised the question of who, if anyone, …

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To beard or not to beard?
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I have some disturbing news for guys of my gender who currently have lots of unsightly hair covering their faces. What you need to know is that today just happens to …

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A blustery day in store for Winnipeg
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Batten down the hatches, Winnipeg. Environment Canada warns that wind gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are heading this way. “Very strong wind gusts that may cause damage are expected or …

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Winnipegger and former NHL player agent Stacey McAlpine facing criminal charges
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Former NHL player agent Stacey McAlpine of Winnipeg is facing a number of criminal charges stemming from allegations he defrauded his clients out of millions of dollars. McAlpine faces two charges …

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Belair wildfire brought under control
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A raging wildfire in the Belair Provincial Forest near Grand Beach has been brought under control as of late Wednesday morning despite high winds, said the chief of the East …

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3 men in disguises shoot up St. James bar
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A St. James bar was a scene of mayhem Tuesday evening after staff and patrons went after an intruder who fired a shotgun into the ceiling of the business. At about …

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Man who fatally stabbed wife found not criminally responsible
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A man with mental illness who stabbed his wife to death shortly after immigrating to Canada in 2012 has been found not criminally responsible. Teklu Mebrahtu was suffering a mental disorder …

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A kiss goodbye to Gord Downie
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Knowing something is coming doesn’t mean you’re ready for it. The sad news broke with the daylight on Wednesday morning: Gord Downie has died. We’ve known this news was coming since …

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Taxi industry representative issued threat, mayor claims
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During a tense exchange at city hall with representatives of the taxi industry Wednesday, Mayor Brian Bowman said he was “threatened” on the weekend by one of the members of ……

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Mark Grant found not guilty in Derksen murder trial
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Mark Grant was found not guilty of second-degree murder for the 1984 killing of 13-year-old Candace Derksen. Today, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Simonsen delivered her verdict following a six-week …

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An opportunity to banish barriers, build bridges downtown
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As we get ever-nearer to the removal of the pedestrian barriers at Portage and Main, a nagging question remains. Is this iconic intersection, and the neighbourhood it anchors, going to be …

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No-sedation cataract surgery addresses long wait list, anesthesiologist shortage
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Twelve minutes after he walked into the operating room at Misericordia Health Centre, Grant Kolodie walked out with perfect vision. “It’s absolutely immediate how it works,” he said, recuperating in a …

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Job deletions, scheduling changes will affect 1,000 nurses at St. Boniface
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Forty nurses will be laid off Friday at Victoria Hospital, while an additional 1,000 nurses at St. Boniface Hospital will soon receive position-deletion notices. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority provided an …

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'A very fixable problem'
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OTTAWA — A Saskatchewan-based operator says Churchill’s looming winter without a rail connection could have been avoided. The comments came as Via Rail’s stranded train cars were loaded onto a ship …

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Province files statement of defence for wage freeze legislation
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The Manitoba government says it acted within its rights in passing legislation earlier this year to freeze public service salaries. In a 15-page statement of defence filed this week in Court …

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Red River College's refugee students learning reading, writing and roofing
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At 47, Alazar Elyas is starting over in a new country in a new language for the third time but he’s undaunted. When the plumber who installed and repaired water pumps …

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St. B residents excited by plans for $10-M walkway
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St. Boniface residents are reacting positively to an announced $10-million walkway and riverbank stabilization project planned for a section of Taché Avenue. Louisa Ryz, who lives in the condominium between the ……

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911 call at odds with evidence: Crown
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Jurors in a second-degree murder trial Monday heard the 911 call made by the accused after a bullet fired from a high-powered handgun killed Michelle Stobbe on Canada Day in …

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Slam brakes on opening intersection, Transit union says
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The president of the union that represents Winnipeg Transit drivers says allowing pedestrians into the Portage and Main intersection will cause traffic delays and poses a safety hazard to pedestrians. The …

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Churchill waits as blame game continues
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OTTAWA — The federal government rejected an offer by Omnitrax last week to restore restricted service along the northern Manitoba rail line to Churchill before next month’s freeze-up, the Free …

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Winnipeg must develop firm rules for Uber
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I was in Montreal late last month — happily riding around the city using the Uber app — just when the Quebec government concluded a one-year pilot program with the …

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Paramedics union concerned grudge delaying winter jackets
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The president of the local ambulance paramedics union is concerned a dispute with Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) Chief John Lane is holding up delivery of winter-wear jackets promised three …

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Consumer spending drives Winnipeg's strong GDP growth: report
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With the fastest rate of population growth in nearly 30 years and low unemployment, Winnipeg is one of six Canadian cities that will see real GDP growth of 2.9 per …

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Syrian refugee resettlement experience the focus of public forum
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How have Manitoba’s cities and towns managed the resettlement of a surge of Syrian refugees? Manitobans are invited to a public forum Oct. 24 at the University of Winnipeg to …

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Teen arrested after disturbance on bus
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A 16-year-old girl faces several charges after a drunken ruckus on a Winnipeg Transit bus Monday evening. Police said a city bus driver reported a disturbance at about 8 p.m. Monday ……

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Beware the kiss of the lady beetle
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People try to kill most any insect that lands on them or that gets into their house, but not the lady beetle. It’s too cute. People are more apt to blow …

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MPs staying within expense-report guidelines
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OTTAWA — Manitoba’s 14 MPs have an affinity for Tim Hortons, fly home frequently and grapple with their large ridings, according to expense reports released by the House of Commons …

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Hockey pool seeks divine intervention
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To: The Gods of Hockey From: A humble worshipper Re: Our office hockey poolDear Hockey Gods, As you know, I do not spend a great deal of time praying to any deity in …

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Carbon-reduction plan nears
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After nearly two years of teasing, Manitobans are perilously close to hearing Premier Brian Pallister’s carbon-reduction plan. On Oct. 11, Pallister promised he would reveal his plan in two weeks. Applying …

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Hospital volunteers find joy in helping kids
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Anna Sikora’s reason for volunteering is simple: “Because I can.” “I am privileged to be able to do things to help others,” Sikora says. “Life is good, and we do what …

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Girl dies after falling in water tank on farm
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A 14-year-old girl on a farm west of Brandon has died after falling down a water holding tank Sunday afternoon on a farm west of Brandon. The girl was walking in …

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Parker lands protesters seek legal defence fund
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The protesters who occupied the Parker lands for two months in an attempt to block development and save the forest are setting up a legal defence fund, saying 49 of …

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Pedestrian dies after falling on ice, getting hit by vehicle in South Indian Lake
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A man who slipped on ice and fell into a roadway died after being struck by a vehicle in South Indian Lake. The incident occurred Saturday night at about 10 p.m. South …

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Some parents object to Winnipeg school banning costumes on Halloween
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WINNIPEG – A new Winnipeg school’s decision to stop students from wearing their costumes to class on Halloween has upset some parents, who argue its not fair to deny their …

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MPI reports $42M profit in first six months of fiscal year
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Manitoba Public Insurance’s financial picture is improving. Due to lower vehicle damage and bodily injury claims costs and higher revenues, MPI posted a six-months’ profit of $42.3 million after losing $26.9 ……

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