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Former Winnipeg police deputy Chief Menno Zacharias has another blog post on Mayor Sam Katz’s push for a police helicopter.
This should be required reading for anyone considering agreeing to fund $1.3 million a year to keep a helicopter in the air, which is exactly what the Selinger government is pondering.
City hall has already approved spending $3.5 million to buy a chopper. Katz wants it in the air later this year.
Zacharias left the force a couple of years ago when Keith McCaskill became chief. Zacharias now works for the province doing preparatory work on the upcoming inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair.
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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