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Wolitarsky, the forgotten man
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With five catches and three touchdowns in his first two games, Drew Wolitarsky was the surprise of the Bomber receiving corps. Now it’s a surprise when he actually gets the ball. Even though he’s a starter, the 23-year-old has just one catch over the last two games, and finds himself running route after route without […]

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Madigan back on track: 2014 Players Cup champ has been battling demons
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Even with the benefit of hindsight, Timothy Madigan has trouble pinpointing the precise moment when he hit rock bottom. But the golfer from New Mexico knows the primary source of motivation for getting sober and pulling himself out of the downward spiral. “Constantly seeing my wife angry and seeing the golf game get worse and […]

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Eight Manitobans in field at The Players Cup: Mackenzie Tour event features field of 156, top prize of $36,000
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Aaron Cockerill is among the eight Manitobans competing in The Players Cup this week at Southwood Golf and Country Club. Cockerill, who was born in Teulon, currently sits 87th on the Order of Merit money list with $5,166 in earnings and his best finish through nine events is a tie for 14th at the Bayview […]

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McCann shines bright for Goldeyes
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STEVE SCHUSTER Special to the Sun Winnipeg Goldeyes’ shortstop Matt McCann has been a bright spot for the club during the second half of the season. While McCann is currently day-to-day after taking a pitch off his helmet leading off Sunday’s game at Chicago, the Princeton, N.J., native has steadily gained more confidence in all […]

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Letters: August 15, 2018
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Too far left….. It is interesting to watch the far left leaning media outlets like CNN and CBC flailing around, crying madly that the sky is falling about every tweet, spoken word or political action taken by Donald Trump or Doug Ford, when it was their left wing agenda that is creating the rise of […]

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EDITORIAL: Trump might help Canada, inadvertently
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Any good things Donald Trump brings to the world are unintentional. But there could be one for Canada. He’s the best argument for a truly national economy that levels internal trade barriers and freely enables export of resources to Asia and Europe. This was overdue a decade ago. Now, it’s imperative. Enough of internal beer […]

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Crown appealing sentence for Winnipeg man who left mother to die on the floor
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Crown prosecutors are appealing the sentence of a man who left his 89-year-old mother on the floor of their home for several weeks until she died. Ronald Siwicki, 66, was sentenced in July to three months in jail for criminal negligence causing the death of his mother Elizabeth. One month was deducted as credit for […]

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Firefighters deploy drone to help battle Selkirk Avenue blaze
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Winnipeg firefighters got their first birds’ eye view as they battled a blaze in the North End on Tuesday. Fire crews deployed their new drone for the first time as they responded to a fire at 702 Selkirk Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Crews took a defensive stance due to the intensity of the fire,  with […]

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Charges heard in case of Calgary man charged in Manitoba boy’s death
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An Alberta man has made his first court appearance following his arrest in a collision last week that killed a Winnipeg-area teenager. Justin Joseph Little, who is 29, appeared Tuesday via closed-circuit television from the Winnipeg Remand Centre on 14 charges that were laid after last Friday’s crash that killed Ben Harris. The 15-year-old was […]

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Irregular asylum claims increased in July after two months of decline
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OTTAWA — The number of irregular border crossers in Canada went up in July after two months of decline. Newly published federal data shows a total of 1,634 irregular migrants were apprehended by RCMP between official border crossings last month. That’s 371 more than the number of people who crossed irregularly into Canada in June. […]

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Group works to encourage newcomers to cast ballots
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For Hadji Hesso, voting is more than a simple check mark on a ballot. To him, it’s freedom. Born in Iraq, Hesso came to Canada in 2000 after spending more than a decade in Syria as a refugee following the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s. “Sometimes people, dictators, in other countries like where I am […]

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Man busted after attempted car theft
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Winnipeg police say a man went on a bit of a tear before being arrested over the weekend in connection with a carjacking attempt. The incident happened around 3:25 p.m. on Sunday when police say the suspect approached a man and a woman sitting in a parked vehicle in the 600 block of Balmoral Street. […]

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Winnipeggers want Bishop Grandin Boulevard renamed
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Some Winnipeggers want to rename Bishop Grandin Boulevard due to its namesake’s lobby for residential schools. Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) said he received two complaints from residents – one concerned over the boulevard and another over the Bishop Grandin Greenway – which led him to request a report from city archives staff to better […]

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Goldeyes bring back lefty pitcher Zack Dodson
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed left-handed pitcher Zack Dodson prior to Monday’s game at Gary SouthShore. Dodson was 5-7 for the Goldeyes in 20 starts last year, and finished 11th in the American Association with 98 strikeouts. The 28-year-old made eight starts earlier this summer for two clubs in the Mexican League. Dodson will join the […]

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BOMBSHELLS: Bombers Wild, a workhorse on and off the field, has post-football career all lined up … LaPolice on the defensive when talking about Nichols … Bighill named CFL top performer for second time in eight games with Bombers
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It would be fair to say there’s never really an off-season for Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Ian Wild. The 28-year-old CFL veteran, who has been used primarily on special teams and in a few special defensive packages this season, also recently became a certified financial planner after completing 6,000 hours of work experience. Over the […]

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Bombers’ Harris and Redblacks Sinopoli once again leading the way at putting the Canadian in CFL
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The leading rusher in the CFL this season and the man with the most receptions have more things in common than just their Canadian passports. Running back Andrew Harris of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and receiver Brad Sinopoli of the Ottawa Redblacks are both guys who became professional football players through unconventional means. They had […]

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Mayoral candidate pledges to put more buses on road, switch to electric
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Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk says she’d increase the number of Winnipeg Transit buses by 30% and switch the entire fleet to electric models within six years, if elected. Motkaluk estimates that plan to buy 830 new electric buses, which would replace the current 640-bus fleet and add 190 more, would cost about $581 million. She […]

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Ninth candidate steps foward to run for mayor
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A ninth candidate has registered in the race to become Winnipeg’s next mayor. Venkat Machiraju, a Hindu priest, said he was inspired to compete in the mayoral contest to push for the expansion of the city’s roads. Machiraju said more lanes are badly needed on Bishop Grandin, Kenaston and Lagimodiere boulevards, as well as Chief […]

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Police warn of phishing scam
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A recent text-scam trying to get banking information is prompting Winnipeg Police Service to remind the public to be on alert. Known as a phishing scam, police say individuals may receive an unsolicited text message that warns the individual’s bank account will be closed or access will be limited. The text provides a link and […]

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Kenora duo face drug charges
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Winnipeg police officers seized an estimated $7,100 worth of drugs from two Kenora people standing by their open vehicle over the weekend. On Saturday around 1 p.m., officers of the Street Crime Unit were patrolling in the area of Sargent Avenue and Furby Street when they saw a vehicle parked with its doors open and […]

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LONG RIDE HOME: Winnipeg man with Parkinson’s completes 10,000-km cycle
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A Winnipeg man diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease was welcomed back to Winnipeg on Monday after completing a 10,000-kilometre trek across Canada and the United States. Nearly 30 people cheered as 77-year-old Rick Riewe and his wife Jill Oakes, along with their four-person support team, rode into the parking lot of Sobeys at the Sage Creek […]

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FRIESEN: Bombers Spooner says he’s not a cheater
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As a reserve offensive lineman, Qadr Spooner hasn’t taken many hits on the field this season. But the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ second-round draft pick has taken a big one off it. To his reputation. The 6-foot-4, 309-pounder from Brossard, Que., recently failed a drug test, the news coming out Aug. 9, two days after his […]

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Doping infractions at five, and counting
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It’s one record the CFL won’t be trumpeting in a press release. In the third year of its new drug policy, the league already has announced five players who’ve failed doping tests, the most recent offensive lineman Qadr Spooner of the Blue Bombers. There were just two positive tests announced in 2017, after four in […]

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LIFESAVING HABIT: Canadians asked to roll up their sleeves and give blood
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Canadian Blood Services is asking more than 22,000 people to donate blood by Aug. 26, just in time for Labour Day weekend and one of CBS’s most challenging times of the year. The number of unfilled appointments across the country is on the high side this year as the last long weekend of the season […]

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Lankford eager to take Dressler’s spot in Bomber offence… Nichols can’t understand the fixation with the 300-yard game… Bennett having fun on special teams
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With receiver Weston Dressler knocked from the Blue Bombers’ win over Hamilton last week, and on the sidelines for practice, Monday, it appears it’s time for Ryan Lankford to get another chance when Ottawa visits Winnipeg on Friday. After suiting up for 15 games last season and leading the team with 50 kickoff returns, Lankford […]

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RailCats have big Gunn
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Left-hander Alex Gunn has helped anchor the Gary SouthShore RailCats’ four-man starting rotation for the better part of the last three seasons. Last year, Gunn set an American Association record by making 25 starts over the 100-game regular season. The 26-year-old effectively took the ball every four games without interruption, and shares what might be […]

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Letters: August 13. 2018
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Keep criticisms private The Saudi prince with his easing of some restrictions has a tiger by the tail and, yes, it will be a long arduous road to change. Women drivers is a big step. We should be helping, not hindering as we did. Canada has to remember that Saudi Arabia is a tribal kingdom […]

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Ukraine military to get Canadian-made .50 calibre sniper rifles
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PGW Defence Technologies of Winnipeg will be delivering its LRT-3 .50 calibre sniper rifle to Ukraine’s military. In an interview with Ukrainian media outlet, UATV, Ross Spagrud, the owner of Winnipeg-based PGW Defence Technologies, confirmed that the firm is providing Ukraine with the LRT-3, .50 BMG bolt action rifle. He said the deal is worth […]

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Relief is sight from Winnipeg’s heat wave
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There’s a light at the end of the tunnel as Environment Canada predicts Monday will bring an end to Winnipeg’s relentless heat wave. With Sunday’s temperature reaching the high thirties and a Humidex in the forties, the majority of the city has retreated to the cool of the air-conditioning. Though Winnipeg remains under a heat […]

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Leftie gets first pro start for Goldeyes
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Left-hander Brennan Bernardino is scheduled to make his first career professional start this afternoon at Chicago. Bernardino was signed on Wednesday, and made his Goldeyes’ debut later that night against Cleburne. The Californian worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh to keep the Goldeyes within three runs. Winnipeg went […]

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Lucky Winnipegger 60 grand richer in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw, $12.7M jackpot unclaimed
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TORONTO — While no winning ticket was sold for the $12.7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw, one lucky Winnipegger is $60,000 richer this morning. Four tickets – including one sold in Winnipeg – matched five of the six numbers plus the bonus to win $63,112 each. The guaranteed $1 million prize was […]

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AIDS worker calls for more drug pipes to combat high HIV rates
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REGINA — An AIDS support worker in Saskatchewan says pipes should be more available to drug users if the province wants to reduce HIV rates that are among the highest in North America. Jason Mercredi of AIDS Saskatoon said there aren’t any pipes available as a means of harm reduction in Saskatchewan. The province says […]

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No winning ticket for Friday night’s $10M Lotto Max jackpot, no Manitoba winners
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TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. There were no Manitoba major prize winners but tickets purchased in Ontario and Alberta matched six of the seven numbers plus the bonus to earn $140,371 each. A Calgary ticket holder matched the last six numbers of […]

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BOMBSHELLS: Winnipeggers Harris and Demski doing something special in hometown … O’Shea doesn’t care about his overall coaching record … It got nasty against the Ticats … Petermann stepped up with Dressler out … Defence appreciated crowd’s input
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It’s pretty impressive that the two best offensive players for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers the last two weeks are both homegrown athletes. Not only are the Bombers getting terrific production from their Canadian talent, they are getting game-breaking performances from a couple of Winnipeggers — running back Andrew Harris and slotback Nic Demski. Both products […]

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Winnipegger killed in multi-vehicle collision
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A 28-year-old man from Winnipeg was killed following a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 52, two kilometres east of Mitchell, Man., on Friday morning. At shortly after 10 a.m., a gravel truck was travelling westbound on Highway 52, when it signalled that it was going to turn south, RCMP said. The truck slowed as it waited […]

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Winnipeg’s relentless heat wave breaking records
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Winnipeg’s relentless heat wave is breaking 30-year-old records Environment Canada says. Between the heat and the forest fire smoke blowing over the prairies, an air quality warning has been issued for Winnipeg cautioning the public to avoid spending too much time outdoors. Yet another heat warning is in place over Winnipeg, with Saturday’s high temperatures […]

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20 Questions with Josh Romanski
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Slugger Josh Romanski is in his 10th season of professional baseball and third with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Originally signed by the Goldeyes on Dec. 1, 2015, Romanski had his contract purchased by the Minnesota in early 2017 before returning to Winnipeg for the 2018 season. A member of the Goldeyes 2016 and 2017 American Association […]

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Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols, Aug. 9
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols speaks with the media on the eve of the Bombers tilt against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday at Investors Group Field.

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St. Andrews boy dead following hit and run
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A 15-year-old St. Andrews boy is dead, and another is in hospital after a fatal hit and run on Friday night with a stolen truck left the boys injured in the ditch on the side of the road, RCMP said. RCMP confirmed that at approximately 11:45 p.m., Selkirk RCMP, EMS, and St. Andrews fire department […]

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WYMAN: His numbers are way down, but Bombers’ quarterback Nichols is winning and that’s all that matters
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Is it time to worry about Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols? Probably not. Not when he has a 4-1 record as the starter this season and not when the Bombers have a 5-3 mark that is good enough for a share of second place in the West Division. But you can’t say it’s been […]

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Folklorama second week preview: Twenty-one different pavilions set to open Sunday
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It’s been one week since the start of Winnipeg’s 49th Folklorama Festival – now only one more week to go. Last week, Winnipeggers enjoyed 22 different pavilions featuring a plethora of cultures and traditions from around the world. “(Folklorama) has been excellent,” said Teresa Cotroneo, acting executive director of the festival. “There’s a heightened sense […]

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