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No more paper, copper in Transit boxes

WINNIPEG Transit will stop accepting pennies and bills on Feb. 1.

Next month, transit will start to phase in its new collection system, which will replace manual fare boxes with electronic ones that will not accept pennies or paper banknotes. The new boxes will accept bus tickets and will also be able to issue paper transfers.

In February, a Blue Loonie will be worth one dollar off any cash fare on regular buses or Handi-Transit service. The loonies are available at participating Downtown BIZ merchants.

Grants for community-centre revamps

TWELVE Winnipeg community centres will receive grants to help them upgrade their facilities.

Last year, the city announced a grant program to help community centres to do a major renovation every year without having to cut back on programming to repair their facilities. Facilities must apply for the grant during spring or fall, and the program provides up to $965,000 in annual funding.

On Friday, Mayor Sam Katz announced the city will spend $386,000 to help 12 community centres who applied for funding last fall. Bronx Park, Linden Woods, Riverview, Robert A. Steen Memorial, Vince Leah Recreation Centre, Norberry-Glenlee, Grendell Park, Dakota, River Osborne, Central Corydon, Gateway and Norway Recreation Committee Inc. will receive funding.

Appeal on banned electronic sign

WINNIPEG'S property department will appeal a decision not to allow an electronic sign at Jonathan Toews Community Centre.

An administrative report, released Friday, said the existing electronic sign was approved for permits by mistake. The city's property department applied for a zoning variance to approve the sign, but the board of adjustment rejected it in November.

Council's appeal committee will hear the appeal at a meeting next Thursday.

Police seek man who threatened girls

POLICE are looking for a suspicious man after he threatened three young girls.

Officers who responded to the call on the 500 block of St. Anne's Road Thursday morning met with three girls. Two of the girls were walking in the area at about 11:40 a.m. when a man came up to them, and then chased them as they tried to leave him. The girls weren't hurt.

Police said the man went up to a third girl in the area and yelled at her.

Police are now looking for a man who looks aboriginal and is in his 30s. He's about 5-6 to 5-9, and had a brown moustache. He wore a black and red plaid jacket, a grey hoodie and dark jeans. He also had black gloves with red on them.

Anyone with information is asked to call 204-986-2857, or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2013 0

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