RCMP officer investigated over sexual assault allegations: watchdog

By | December 13, 2019

WINNIPEG — The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) is investigating allegations of sexual assault by an RCMP officer. On Dec. 10, the IIU was notified by RCMP “D” Division that there had been a complaint about an off-duty officer. The complainant alleged the officer committed a sexual assault in December 2016. The IIU is now conducting an… Read More »

Transit fare increases coming in the New Year

By | December 13, 2019

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Transit fare increases will be coming into effect in the New Year. As of Jan. 1, 2020 general full cash fares will be $3, and youth fares will be $2.45 – an increase of five cents. The new rates will also affect tickets and passes, though Transit said 2019 bus tickets, plus the applicable cash… Read More »

IIU investigates sexual assault allegations against off-duty RCMP officer

By | December 13, 2019

The province’s police watchdog is investigating allegations an RCMP officer in western Manitoba committed a sexual assault. The Independent Investigation Unit was notified on Dec. 10 of a complaint made to RCMP about inappropriate conduct of an officer while off duty. This officer is accused of committing a sexual assault in December 2016, IIU said. The investigation is ongoing so… Read More »

Manitoba’s deficit lower than expected as education, housing spending drops

By | December 13, 2019

The Manitoba government says its deficit is running a little lower than expected. New figures from the finance department show the province is expecting to be $350 million in the red for the fiscal year that will end in March. That is $10 million lower than the Progressive Conservative government predicted in the budget last spring. Finance Minister… Read More »

Budget airline Swoop expanding to Victoria next year

By | December 13, 2019

VICTORIA — Canadian budget airline Swoop is adding Victoria to its route roster next year. The discount carrier announced Friday that it will launch a direct connection between Victoria International Airport and Winnipeg starting in April 2020. The route is scheduled to fly up to five times weekly between the two cities, according to Swoop. “We are very… Read More »

Woman arrested after Brandon police officer stabbed in head with needle

By | December 13, 2019

A 25-year-old woman was arrested in Brandon, Man., Thursday night after allegedly stabbing a police officer in the head with a “needle loaded with an unknown substance,” the Brandon Police Service said Friday. Police responded to a disturbance at a residence just after 8 p.m. Police say the first officer to arrive on scene was confronted by a woman wielding a… Read More »

Warming hut winners include river beast, forest village and ‘swirling vortex of mystery’

By | December 13, 2019

Six new warming huts will enrich Winnipeg’s winter landscape in 2020, adding a Muppet-like creature, a tower of snow shovels and a campsite-style village to the list of creations that have been built in the past 10 years. “The warming huts competition, which started out totally organically with the creative community right here in Winnipeg, continues to attract fantastic art and… Read More »

Former Superstore security guard says staff routinely flag Indigenous shoppers as suspicious

By | December 13, 2019

A First Nations man’s claims that he was racially profiled at a Winnipeg Superstore are being backed up by a former security guard who says three locations he has worked at routinely flag Indigenous shoppers as suspicious.  On Wednesday, Chris Wescoupe filed a complaint against the Real Canadian Superstore with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Wescoupe’s complaint alleges he… Read More »