Police investigating serious assault near Winnipeg hotel

By | August 7, 2020

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police are investigating a serious assault on Friday morning near a hotel in the South Point Douglas neighbourhood. Officers are on scene just outside the Mount Royal Hotel, located on Higgins Avenue. They said there is at least one adult victim. The Winnipeg police forensic unit is examining evidence in the hotel’s parking lot, which… Read More »

For the Winnipeg Jets, the strangest season ever ends with a Kubrick-worthy anticlimax

By | August 7, 2020

There’s a pivotal scene in the film version of The Shining where Dick Hallorann — the psychic chef character played by Scatman Crothers — rolls up to the snowy Overlook Hotel. Hallorann’s arrival is built up carefully as a hero’s entrance in third act of the 1980 movie. But as soon as he steps inside the hotel lobby, he’s ambushed… Read More »

Manitoba processing plant with COVID-19 should learn from Alberta facilities and shut down, union leaders say

By | August 7, 2020

Union leaders who witnessed a devastating COVID-19 outbreak at meat-packing facilities in Alberta are calling on a Brandon, Man., plant to shut down before its eight cases of the novel coronavirus become many more. There’s no time to waste, said Alexander Shevalier, president of the Calgary and District Labour Council. He’s speaking from experience: In Alberta, 900-plus employees at a Cargill meat-packing plant tested positive… Read More »

Older students in Winnipeg’s St. James-Assiniboia School Division will get masks when they go back to school

By | August 7, 2020

Students in grades 6 to 12 at all schools within Winnipeg’s St. James-Assiniboia School Division will be encouraged to wear reusable masks in class when they go back to school in September. The division says two reusable masks will be made available for each middle school and high school student who wants them. Parents are welcome to send their kids… Read More »

Manitoba processing plant with COVID-19 should learn from Alberta facilities and shut down, union leaders urge

By | August 7, 2020

Union leaders who witnessed a devastating COVID-19 outbreak at meat-packing facilities in Alberta are calling on a Brandon, Man., plant to shut down before its four cases of the novel coronavirus become many more. There’s no time to waste, said Alexander Shevalier, president of the Calgary and District Labour Council. He’s speaking from experience: In Alberta, 900 plus employees at a Cargill meat-packing plant… Read More »

Canada’s labour market gained 419,000 jobs in July: StatCan

By | August 7, 2020

OTTAWA — Canada’s labour market gained 419,000 jobs last month as more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen, Statistics Canada reported Friday, moving past the halfway mark in recouping heavy losses at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The national unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July, down from the 12.3 per cent recorded in… Read More »

Storage of ammonium nitrate in Canada so tightly regulated that a Beirut-like blast unlikely here

By | August 7, 2020

Lebanese officials have blamed a powerful explosion in Beirut on thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored and neglected at the capital’s port. The blast flattened entire sections of the strained city Tuesday, killing at least 145 people, injuring 5,000 and leaving more than a quarter of a million homeless. One Canadian expert said the devastation that occurred in Beirut is… Read More »

Flames take steam out of depleted Jets to clinch qualifier series with shutout

By | August 7, 2020

The Calgary Flames overwhelmed the injury-addled Winnipeg Jets, beating them 4-0 Thursday to knock them out of the NHL’s post-season. Dillon Dube, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Rasmus Andersson scored for the Flames while Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout at Rogers Place. Calgary won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30-of-32 shots in… Read More »

NDP pans government pitch to axe nursery school grant, cap on some parent fees

By | August 6, 2020

The Manitoba NDP is rallying against proposed changes to early childhood education that may strip funding from child-care centres and eliminate a cap on some parent fees. The Official Opposition is calling on the government to back off from the proposal, which it is seeking public feedback on. The government is thinking of axing the enhanced nursery grant — a… Read More »