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Tory race and new crime rate
Tory leadership race
Who’s in? Who’s out?
We might find out this week.
Bookmark this in the meantime.
It won’t be down for that much longer.
Also keep an eye on this.
The Steinbach MLA says he’s still mulling over putting his name up for leader.
If there’s any other serious contender out there, now’s the time to let it be known.
2010 crime rate
Winnipeg police say they’ve now got their ducks lined up.
On Monday the WPS issued a statement saying they’ve fixed the statistical snafus in their 2010 annual report.
Here’s what they said:
"The Winnipeg Police Service 2010 Annual Report was made available to the public on Dec. 28, 2011. Following its release errors came to light that resulted in the service conducting a review of statistics relative to 2009 and 2010 calendar years.
"Winnipeg Police and Statistic Canada worked closely to verify submitted statistics and identify the cause of any anomalies. The review confirmed accuracy of reported statistics, with the only exception being the Theft Over $5,000 and Theft Under $5,000 categories, where a coding error resulted in approximately 8,000 higher reported incidents in these categories combined.
"All other categories of numbers were confirmed correct.
"The overall impact of the review is a minor change in the crime rate decrease from -7 per cent to – 6 per cent.
"An updated version of the revised Report is now available on our website: http://www.winnipeg.ca/police/annualreports/2010/2010_wps_annual_report_english.pdf.
Police had to re-run their numbers after former Deputy Chief Menno Zacharias blogged Dec. 29 he found a few big flaws in the 2010 annual report. Two weeks later police pulled the report off the WPS website to re-run the numbers.
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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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