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Jets plates here April 19

THE Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba government are issuing another run of Winnipeg Jets specialty licence plates in response to demand.

Motorcycle owners will also be able to buy the Jets plates this time.

An additional 5,000 plates will soon be available at more than 300 Autopac brokers and service centres across the province starting April 19.

Motorcycle owners will now have a variety of plate options available to them: Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, veterans and Winnipeg Goldeyes, with firefighter motorcycle plates available later this summer.

The cost of the motorcycle plates will be $70, with $30 of that fee going toward the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club, Winnipeg Goldeyes' Field of Dreams Foundation, Manitoba Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund.

Mexico trip not sanctioned

KELVIN High School is advising parents that the school has not sanctioned and is not involved in any way with an apparent student trip to Mexico.

Parents have been receiving robocalls from the school this week cautioning them that reports of a trip have nothing to do with the school.

Winnipeg School Division officials said salespeople have been contacting students off-campus to try to organize a trip to Mexico.

Byelections in Seine River

SEINE River School Division will have two contested byelections Wednesday -- the first time board chairwoman Wendy Bloomfield can recall a contested byelection in her two decades as a trustee.

There are two candidates in each ward, Bloomfield said: "Two in each, which for a byelection is pretty great."

Jeff Leclerc resigned for undisclosed personal reasons. Cindy Fontaine is moving to another province, Bloomfield said.

Denise Rocan and Jennifer Stefansson will run in Ward 2, which includes St. Adolphe, Ile des Chenes and Lorette.

In Ward 3, Rose-Ann Weiss and Wes Keating are vying for a seat to represent Ste. Anne and La Broquerie.

Ward 1 represents the St. Norbert area.

Public consulted on signs

THE City of Winnipeg will hear public input on a package of new regulations regarding electronic billboards.

On Tuesday, council's property committee will hold a public hearing on regulations governing outdoor advertising that restrict the size, height and placement of digital signs for traffic-safety and ban scrolling electronic words.

Property committee chairman Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) said he thinks the new regulations are a positive step forward.

Council's executive policy committee and city council still need to approve the regulations.

"I do believe this is the right thing to do," Browaty said Friday.

Owner to appeal city order

THE owner of a derelict building on Burnell Street plans to appeal a city order to bring the property into compliance with Winnipeg bylaws.

Last year, one of the owners of 258 Burnell St. appealed an order to reinstall or decommission a sprinkler system, arguing owners are moving ahead on a plan to redevelop the building. The city denied the appeal and issued a second notice to comply in May.

Council's property committee will hear the appeal at a meeting Tuesday.

St. B Cathedral seeks aid

WINNIPEG will consider giving a $350,000 heritage conservation grant to St. Boniface Cathedral.

A city report released Friday said St. Boniface Cathedral has requested $350,000 in financial assistance from all three levels of government to help protect and preserve the cathedral's integrity and stability. The report said the cathedral's capital campaign is $6 million to help replace the metal roof and altar window, store the 1908 ruins and conduct major upgrades to the electrical and mechanical systems.

Council's downtown development committee will consider the request at a meeting Thursday.

U of M honours Carney

THE University of Manitoba awarded Mark Carney, the outgoing Governor of the Bank of Canada, with an honorary doctor of laws at a private ceremony at the Rideau Club in Ottawa Friday.

U of M said Carney is a visionary thinker and trailblazer who possesses tireless ambition and sterling integrity -- he was honoured for his leadership and impact on the financial world.

Carney will become governor of the Bank of England July 1.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 6, 2013 B4

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