Lake Manitoba First Nation’s plans for June powwow worry community member

By | May 29, 2020

A knowledge keeper and former chief in Lake Manitoba First Nation worries the plan to go ahead with the annual powwow in June could bring the novel coronavirus to his community. “The risk is there. That’s the bottom line,” said Robert Maytwayashing. “Anything can happen between now and three weeks, but right now I’m not impressed.” On Monday, the… Read More »

Federal government changes course, backs airport on Polo Park development plan

By | May 28, 2020

A letter from Transport Canada to the City of Winnipeg may set back a residential development plan for the Polo Park area by months or even years and is a major victory for the Winnipeg Airports Authority. It could potentially scuttle the development entirely.  Late Thursday, the city’s legal department sent city councillors a memo from Transport Canada confirming the Winnipeg Airports… Read More »

Winnipeg tree canopy faces threats on multiple fronts

By | May 28, 2020

WINNIPEG — The unprecedented October storm combined with invasive pests is dealing back-to-back blows to Winnipeg’s urban forest.  “We’re already battling three invasive pests, then add on a significant weather event,” said City of Winnipeg forester Martha Barwinsky Thursday. Crews are still cleaning up tree debris, seven months after the record snowfall. “There are a lot of remnants… Read More »

9,000 customers impacted by power outage in Elmwood area

By | May 28, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro said power is being restored to thousands of customers after a power outage in the Elmwood area Thursday evening. Hydro tweeted that it was investigating the cause of the situation just after 6:40 p.m. We’re looking into this #mboutage but there’s no estimated time of restoration yet. Over 9,000 customers are affected. We appreciate… Read More »

Staff rushing to find child care, prepare for limited reopening of schools: Manitoba Teachers’ Society

By | May 28, 2020

School divisions say they’re trying to accommodate teachers stressed by health or child-care challenges, but the Manitoba Teachers’ Society is still panning the government’s decision to partially reopen schools as an unnecessary disruption to remote learning.  MTS president James Bedford said teachers were caught off guard when they learned of the limited reopening of schools beginning June 1, which the province first… Read More »

Empty offices a cause for concern for small businesses downtown

By | May 28, 2020

WINNIPEG — Businesses across Manitoba have started to reopen, but COVID-19 is still causing challenges for some small businesses in Downtown Winnipeg — the main concern is empty office buildings. Chris Bisignano is the owner of Concourse Sport Ergonomic Physiotherapy, he says appointments are fewer and further between than before. “Just sheer numbers, there’s just not the same… Read More »

Winnipeg firefighter, martial arts instructor on trial for sexual assault

By | May 28, 2020

WINNIPEG — WARNING: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing to some readers. The trial for Winnipeg firefighter and martial arts instructor Manuel Ruiz continued Thursday with more testimony from a woman who told court about unwanted touching and sex. Ruiz was charged in September 2017 with sexual assault but court heard the alleged offences happened… Read More »

No charges for officer who fired warning shots as intoxicated man drove tractor toward him: police watchdog

By | May 28, 2020

An RCMP officer who fired warning shots into the air as a man drove a tractor toward him acted reasonably and won’t face charges, Manitoba’s police watchdog says. Crown attorneys recommended against laying criminal charges against the officer following the 2019 incident, the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba said in an investigation report released Thursday. On June 1, 2019, two Mounties responded to a family… Read More »

‘Nothing short of staggering’: How controlled entrances at Liquor Marts have reduced thefts

By | May 28, 2020

WINNIPEG — Thefts from Liquor Mart locations have dropped dramatically since new security measures were implemented last year, CTV News has learned. According to data from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MBLL) provided Thursday afternoon, thefts have dropped from over 400 in one week in August 2019, to less than 12 in each of the last four weeks. “Even… Read More »