Sparks fly as 50th annual Festival du Voyageur gets underway

By | February 15, 2019

Winnipeg’s 50th annual winter celebration of fur-trapping and Franco-Manitoban culture got started with a bang. Festival du Voyageur opened Friday night with fireworks that filled the night sky over the St. Boniface festival grounds. George Forest founded the festival in 1969, coinciding with Canada’s centennial and distinctly tied to the francophone heritage. Festival-goers warm up by a fire near a table… Read More »

Premier expresses frustration, calls for calm in barbed tweet to Winnipeg mayor

By | February 15, 2019

Tense relations between the City of Winnipeg and provincial government continue to take the form of tweets, this time from Manitoba’s premier. On Twitter Friday, Premier Brian Pallister called for calm in the ongoing back-and-forth between Mayor Brian Bowman’s office and the province. “Despite our frustration with the assertions made by the mayor’s office in the past few weeks,… Read More »

Former B.C. premier hired for Manitoba Hydro review faces sex assault allegation: U.K. report

By | February 15, 2019

A former British Columbia premier hired to review cost overruns with Manitoba Hydro megaprojects is being investigated by Scotland Yard for an alleged sexual assault related to his stint as Canadian High Commissioner in London, according to U.K.-based publication The Telegraph. Gordon Campbell is under investigation for an incident said to have occurred in January 2013. Scotland Yard has confirmed… Read More »

Winnipeg man who installed hidden cameras in ex-wife’s home sentenced to 2 years in jail

By | February 15, 2019

A Winnipeg man who broke into his ex-wife’s home and installed hidden cameras in the walls was sentenced on Friday morning to two years in jail. But his ex-wife remains fearful of the man — and worried that he still has intimate images from the cameras. Because of a court-ordered publication ban, CBC News is not naming the people involved… Read More »

Roundabouts, reduced speed limit recommended for Roblin Boulevard in R.M. of Headingley

By | February 15, 2019

A transportation plan commissioned by the Rural Municipality of Headingley proposes some changes along a section of Roblin Boulevard, west of Winnipeg. The preliminary recommendations involve lowering the speed limit from 80 to 70 km/h, installing a traffic signal at Caron Road, and adding turning lanes and three roundabouts. R.M. of Headingley Mayor John Mauseth said the study… Read More »

What’s open and what’s closed for Louis Riel Day, Monday

By | February 15, 2019

Louis Riel Day on Monday is a general holiday in Manitoba. Here’s what’s open and closed: Winnipeg garbage and recycling The City of Winnipeg’s garbage, recycling and yard waste will be picked up according to a normal Monday schedule on Feb. 18. The Brady Road 4R Winnipeg Depot will be open to residential customers on Louis Riel Day… Read More »

Amber Alert for missing Ontario girl leads to influx of calls to Winnipeg 911

By | February 15, 2019

An emergency Amber Alert about a missing Ontario girl sent to some Winnipeg cellphones late Thursday led to a spike in calls to the city’s emergency call centre — many expressing displeasure about receiving the message — that police say tied up Winnipeg’s 911 system. Winnipeg police spokesperson Const. Tammy Skrabek says the influx in calls put lives at risk.… Read More »

Manitoba Metis Federation program to help 400 families buy homes this year

By | February 15, 2019

A new program from the Manitoba Metis Federation is aiming to give some families a head start on home ownership. The Metis First Time Home Purchase Program will roll out this spring and provide up to $15,000 for down payments to roughly 400 ​Métis families this year, the federation said in a news release Friday. “The Métis were promised land.… Read More »