Operation Red Nose launches 25th year in Manitoba, covering 11 communities

By | November 15, 2019

Operation Red Nose kicked off for the holiday season on Friday.  The program is celebrating its 25th year of driving people’s cars home for free, if they’ve been drinking or smoking weed.  This year, it’s operating in 11 communities: Winnipeg, Brandon, Flin Flon, Gimli, Portage la Prairie, La Broquerie/Steinbach, Saint-Malo, Selkirk, Shilo, The Pas and Thompson. Last year,… Read More »

Domestic violence issues need more attention: advocate

By | November 15, 2019

WINNIPEG — It’s one of the reasons for Winnipeg’s near record number of homicides this year but advocates are concerned domestic violence isn’t getting enough attention. Zita Somakoko, a domestic violence survivor and organizer of a community forum called ‘Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence,’ pointed to high numbers of calls to police and recent homicides as a… Read More »

Budget freeze could force closures of Winnipeg’s arenas, rec facilities

By | November 15, 2019

Another budget meeting, another series of grim options facing Winnipeg city councillors. Under the new four-year budget planning process the city unveiled last month, Winnipeg’s property and planning department faces a freeze in its funding. To meet that target, councillors on the property and planning committee were told Friday by department staff that building maintenance and repairs might be scaled back dramatically for arenas,… Read More »

Facing budget freeze, Winnipeg planning department proposes trimming jobs, maintenance cuts

By | November 15, 2019

Another budget meeting, another series of grim options facing Winnipeg city councillors. Under the new four-year budget planning process the city unveiled last month, Winnipeg’s property and planning department faces a freeze in its funding. To meet that target, councillors on the property and planning committee were told Friday by department staff that building maintenance and repairs might be scaled back dramatically for arenas,… Read More »

Property department looking at ‘critical repairs only’ as budget freezes for four years

By | November 15, 2019

WINNIPEG — There are more austerity proposals at Winnipeg City Hall as another department tries to stay within extremely tight budgets. On Friday, the property department mandated to freeze its budget over the next four years offered its proposals to scale back. It is recommending deferring repairs and renovations on up to 900 city-owned buildings. Many are old… Read More »

Waiting for the Pantages Theatre curtain to rise

By | November 15, 2019

WINNIPEG — For the better part of a year, the curtain has been closed at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre — and it appears the spotlight will stay dim for the near future. This past March, Winnipeg City Council passed a proposal to sell the century-old building to two local developers. Alex Boesma, one of the prospective buyers, tells… Read More »

Union wants safety review after 2 Manitoba corrections officers attacked by inmates in 1 week

By | November 15, 2019

The union that represents corrections officers in Manitoba’s jails is calling for an immediate health and safety review, following reports of two attacks on corrections officers by an inmates in the space of a week. Winnipeg police say around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a guard at the Winnipeg Remand Centre was tackled by an inmate and then beaten with… Read More »

Manitoba Metis Federation signs 10-year, $90-million post-secondary funding deal with Ottawa

By | November 15, 2019

Métis students who want to go to university will now have access to a multi-million-dollar program that will pay for their tuition. The Manitoba Metis Federation announced Friday it has signed an agreement with the federal government for a $90-million, 10-year post-secondary education accord, to provide financial help and support for Métis students throughout their degree.  This new… Read More »