Manitoba’s universities shackled without hike in provincial grant, tuition, budget documents say

By | March 6, 2019

Even if Manitoba’s universities hike tuition well above the rate of inflation, they say they’ll struggle to maintain programming without a jump in provincial funding. Post-secondary institutions will be increasingly challenged as operating costs rise, maintenance needs are shelved and some institutions either let staff go or leave vacancies unfilled, they say. The University of Manitoba, Brandon University… Read More »

The house is back: Tories in ‘good shape’ as MLAs return to chamber

By | March 6, 2019

Short of a scandal, the Manitoba government under Brian Pallister should escape the spring sitting of the legislative chamber largely unscathed, a political scientist is predicting.   “He really is not facing significant opposition parties that can put a dent in the polls, and the polls are showing that the Tories are in very good shape,” said Kelly Saunders, who teaches… Read More »

Winnipeg wildlife rescue says mascara wands work like magic on little animals

By | March 5, 2019

A Winnipeg animal rescue is looking for donations of used mascara wands, which it says work like magic helping to clean gunk stuck in the feathers and fur of rescued creatures. Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre put out a call on Facebook, asking anyone with spare wands lying around to drop them off at either their 24-hour emergency clinic on Pembina Highway or at… Read More »

Fire destroys tire and auto shop in Birtle, Man., forces evacuation of buildings

By | March 5, 2019

Thick smoke forced the evacuation of buildings in Birtle, Man. on Tuesday, as firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed an automotive repair shop. An employee at Birtle Tire and Auto on Main Street called in the alarm at 9:39 a.m., said Andrew Brydon, deputy chief with the town’s fire department. “It was very smoky,” he said. “It’s an old garage… Read More »

January was worst month in 5 years for frostbite, hypothermia cases at Winnipeg hospitals

By | March 5, 2019

The number of patients coming to Winnipeg hospitals with cold-weather related injuries reached a five-year high this winter. In January 2019, more patients were treated for hypothermia and frostbite than in any other month since 2015. Twice as many patients were treated for hypothermia in January of this year than in the same month in 2015 — 12 this… Read More »

Ticket to glide: Manitoba First Nations kids get chance to cross-country ski through Spirit North program

By | March 5, 2019

A new program in Manitoba is giving First Nations children their first chance to cross-country ski. Young people from five Manitoba communities — Nelson House, Berens River, Hollow Water, Bloodvein and Black River— gathered on the trails at Grand Beach Provincial Park Tuesday. Some, like 10-year-old Lorne Wood, stepped into skis this winter for the first time. “Me and my friends are… Read More »

‘More risk’: Communities concerned about traffic and highway safety of proposed silica sand mine

By | March 5, 2019

If a proposed mine is approved north of Winnipeg, trucks carrying silica sand could make nearly 100 trips to and from Winnipeg each day. The Wanipigow Sand Extraction Project is located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, a one way trip that would clock 200-kilometres on the odometer. Canadian Premium Sand, the company behind the development, said… Read More »

Curling fans embracing Brier in Brandon

By | March 5, 2019

The Brier continues this week in Brandon, Man. where curling fans from across the country have converged for the Canadian men’s championship. The event has long been a gathering place for curling fans from right across Canada — a tradition which holds true this year in Brandon. From Atlantic Canada to British Columbia, a cross-section of curling fans… Read More »