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U of W, profs have deal

THE University of Winnipeg and its professors have reached a tentative three-year collective agreement, easing students' fears their education could be interrupted by a strike.

A news release on Sunday afternoon said the deal came after three days of mediation. The release said details of the pact won't be shared until it has been ratified by the U of W Faculty Association.

The mediator was appointed after two days of conciliation failed to get movement on a new deal.

The U of W has never had a faculty strike, though it came within a few hours of a strike in 2010. Professors have been without a contract since March 31, 2013.

University of Manitoba professors earlier settled for a three-year deal with a compounded pay increase of 7.1 per cent.

 

Fatal snowmobile crash

A 32-year-old man is dead after a collision on a snowmobile north of Tyndall Saturday.

Speed and drugs are considered factors in the collision.

A group of riders was on a trail four kilometres south of Highway 317, along Provincial Road 38, when the single-vehicle collision occurred. The man died at the scene, said RCMP.

The investigation continues.

 

Burned at cooking event

A man and a woman suffered burns at a chili cook-off event at a Winnipeg high school Saturday.

"Someone opened an oven door and a fireball occurred," a spokesman for the Winnipeg fire department said. Fire crews responded to the call at 2:16 p.m. Saturday from St. Boniface Diocesan High School at 282 Dubuc St. A man, 66, suffered burns to his forehead and arms. A woman, 50, suffered burns to her arms, hair, upper torso and face, the fire department spokesman said. He said he had no further details about the gas-oven incident.

 

Death seen as homicide

RCMP are investigating the death of a man in a Bloodvein First Nation house fire Saturday as a homicide.

Bloodvein RCMP responded to the house fire at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 8. The Office of the Fire Commissioner has attended the scene to assist in the investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for today in Winnipeg.

 

Injuries at CN yard

TWO CN Rail employees were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the van in which they were riding collided with a locomotive in Symington Yard Sunday morning.

A locomotive was travelling at a slow speed in the yard at about 7:15 a.m. when it struck a van transporting employees, a CN Rail spokeswoman said.

The driver and a passenger were taken to hospital. The spokeswoman said she had no further details.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 10, 2014 A7

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