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Struck pedestrian dies

A pedestrian hit by a vehicle early Wednesday has died.

The 17-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car at the intersection at Regent Avenue and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

Police said later Wednesday the victim had died. He was not identified.

The incident happened just after midnight. It's believed the boy was crossing Lagimodiere when he was struck by a speeding vehicle.


Measles count increases

A fifth case of measles has been reported in Manitoba.

The latest to suffer the disease is a man in his 20s living in the Winnipeg health region, the provincial government said Wednesday.

It warned people who were at the Bison Primacy Clinic located at the Superstore on Bison Drive on April 11 may have been exposed to the illness.

In order to reduce the spread of the highly contagious disease, the government advises those who believe they have symptoms to call ahead before visiting their health-care provider.

Symptoms generally appear seven to 21 days after exposure. Initial symptoms may include fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability and red eyes.

Measles can lead to complications including ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and encephalitis.

The Health Department's website says three cases occurred in the Winnipeg area, one occurred south of the city and one in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region.


Parents' appeal delayed

An appeal hearing launched by Winnipeg hockey parents banned from watching their son play for three seasons won't be held for at least a month.

Peter Woods, executive director of Hockey Manitoba, indicated an appeal by Leon and Christine Belandiuk won't be heard until the third week of May, due to scheduling conflicts. The hearing had been slated for Wednesday.

Hockey Winnipeg penalized the husband and wife for their role in an altercation that occurred in the opposing team's dressing room following a game on Feb. 8 in Fargo, N.D.

The game was between their eight-year-old son's River East Royals (White) team and the Selkirk Steelers.

The couple will state their case to Hockey Manitoba, as will Hockey Winnipeg, which handed down its harshest punishment ever to hockey parents.

The Hockey Winnipeg investigation found the woman barged into the opposing Selkirk team's dressing room and began yelling at the coach about how her son was treated in the game. The husband got into a physical altercation with the coach.


Sex-assault charges laid

Winnipeg police have charged a man with sexual assault after a boy told his mother he had been touched at a public pool.

Police say the case involves a five-year-old boy.

Jonathan Alexander Baker of Winnipeg has been charged with sexual assault on a person under 16.

The 23-year-old also faces charges including sexual interference and failing to comply with a probation order.


Hearing for PST suit set

The Progressive Conservatives will argue Manitobans' Charter rights were violated when the Selinger government raised the PST last year without holding a referendum.

The PCs announced Wednesday a hearing will begin June 4 in their lawsuit against the government over the tax hike.

The Tories recently filed arguments to support their lawsuit in Court of Queen's Bench. They want the court to order the NDP to reverse the increase.

The Conservatives said the government ran afoul of the law when it hiked the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven per cent without holding a referendum. Bill 20, passed last year, both increased the tax and did away with the need for a referendum under legislation passed in 1995.

The Tories said "this complete disregard for the right of the citizens of Manitoba to express themselves in a mandatory referendum" resulted in a breach of their Charter rights.


-- staff / The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 17, 2014 A20

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