Consumption sites save lives, B.C. government says after Manitoba premier points to ‘unintended consequences’

By | April 10, 2019

The office of B.C.’s premier says comments by Manitoba’s Brian Pallister were the result of a misunderstanding of a conversation between the government leaders about supervised injection sites. In rejecting demands from the Opposition NDP for a supervised consumption site in Winnipeg, Brian Pallister referred earlier this week of the “unintended consequences” of such harm-reduction facilities — something he says B.C.’s premier cautioned him about. “I just… Read More »

Otter found under downtown dumpster returns to wild after being nursed back to health

By | April 10, 2019

An otter found living under a dumpster in downtown Winnipeg has made a safe return to the wild. The young male otter was rescued by the Winnipeg Humane Society’s emergency response team in February and taken to Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre to recover. The one- to two-year-old otter was likely kicked out by its mother as mating season… Read More »

Tory MLA under fire for alleged inappropriate comments made in front of female staffers

By | April 10, 2019

A Tory backbencher was absent from the Manitoba Legislature on Wednesday on the heels of allegations he made inappropriate comments in front of female staffers.  Kildonan MLA Nic Curry is facing two separate accusations that he made sexually suggestive comments, the Winnipeg Free Press reported late Tuesday. A complaint about a sexual remark the rookie MLA made in early 2018 was investigated to the complainant’s… Read More »

‘They’re going to flip a switch’: Jets fans feel team is ready to win again

By | April 10, 2019

You couldn’t blame Winnipeg Jets fans for feeling apprehensive, crushing their four-leaf clovers in nervous fists. Despite being considered one of the NHL’s elite teams in the 2018-19 season, and sitting in top spot in the Central Division most of the year, something happened on the way to the finish line. They coughed and sputtered and lost hold of first… Read More »

Manitoba couple says they refuse to pay for war, withhold portion of taxes

By | April 10, 2019

People try to withhold portions of their taxes for a variety of reasons, but few of those people send letters to the Canada Revenue Agency informing them of the fact. Ernie Wiens and his wife, Charlotte, have done exactly that for the past decade. The La Salle, Man., couple take roughly the portion of the federal budget spent on the military —… Read More »

Bank regulator’s report on aggressive sales tactics weakened after government — and banks — reviewed drafts

By | April 10, 2019

Last year’s report from Canada’s banking regulator about aggressive sales tactics underwent several drafts that eliminated proposed protections for consumers — edits that were made after the regulator sent early versions to the federal Finance Department and the big banks. Internal documents from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) — obtained under Access to Information and provided… Read More »

Rural grocer doesn’t think $12M Loblaw funding is fair

By | April 10, 2019

One grocer in rural Manitoba doesn’t think it’s fair for Ottawa to give $12 million to Loblaw Companies Ltd. Stevenson’s Foods in Lundar, Man., is facing a bill in the thousands after its refrigeration system recently failed.  “It’s old,” said co-owner Amanda Stevenson. “The compressor blew, and it’s not fixable. So we’ll have to get a new one.” … Read More »

Worried about staff safety, some West Broadway businesses are locking doors during the day

By | April 10, 2019

It’s just after 10 a.m. on a weekday. People are working inside of Parsons Plumbing on Sherbrook Street, just south of Portage Avenue, but the doors are locked. A sign says “Please knock for assistance,” and when you do, someone gets up and opens the doors. “We’ve placed it up for the safety of our staff,” said Jennifer Stefanec,… Read More »