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Two charged in 3D-printed guns investigation

Malak Abas 4 minute read Yesterday at 4:32 PM CST

Two more people have been arrested and charged with trafficking “ghost guns” in Manitoba.

Investigators believe a “criminal network” manufacturing and distributing firearms made with plastic receivers and assembled with factory-made working parts solicited a legitimate 3D-printing service to cobble together so-called “ghost guns,” as they do not have serial numbers and can’t be traced.

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HazMat spill injures two people in Winnipeg

Wednesday, 7:30 PM CST

A hazardous material spill at an industrial building on Scurfield Boulevard sent two people to the hospital Wednesday morning.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of the spill around 10:46 a.m. Members of a specially trained HazMat unit used specialized equipment to protect themselves, enter the building and ensure it was safe, WFPS said in a release.

Both people injured during the spill were assessed by paramedics and transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident.

Missing girl, 12, found

Wednesday, 4:14 PM CST

A 12-year-old girl who was missing from Little Saskatchewan First Nation has been found and is safe, RCMP said Wednesday.

RCMP said last week that Zoe Shorting had last been seen leaving her home on the night of Jan. 23 and that she might be in Winnipeg.

Armed stand-off after stabbing ends with arrest in Peguis First Nation

Wednesday, 12:41 PM CST

A man is in custody after a person was stabbed, a home was set on fire, and an armed stand-off with police ended with an arrest in Peguis First Nation.

A 53-year-old man in Peguis First Nation was sent to hospital with serious injuries after he was stabbed Sunday night. Fisher Branch RCMP believe the 46-year-old suspect was known to the victim.

The next day, RCMP found the suspect in a home on Peguis First Nation at around 4 p.m. He was armed and barricaded himself inside the home. Not long after, officers noticed the home was on fire and crews were called.

Officers then noticed the man lying on the ground just outside of the resident and he was arrested without incident. He was hospitalized but released shortly after.

The man has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, arson, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and theft of a motor vehicle. He remains in custody.

Hide Caption The site of an armed stand-off, and later a fire, that ended with an arrest of a man also charged with a stabbing the day before.
The site of an armed stand-off, and later a fire, that ended with an arrest of a man also charged with a stabbing the day before.

Two charged with trafficking 3D-printed “ghost guns”

Wednesday, 12:21 PM CST

Two men already in prison have been charged with trafficking 3D-printed "ghost guns" as part of a criminal network.

Investigators, including the Canada Border Services Agency, say legitimate 3D printing services were solicited to manufacture handgun frames, which were allegedly assembled into functioning guns and sold between June and December 2022.

Jashon Anthony Fernando, 23, was arrested at the Winnipeg Remand Centre on Dec. 21. On Monday, 24-year-old Blake James Ellison-Crate was arrested at the Headingley Correctional Centre.

Both face weapons trafficking charges and remain in custody.

Flair Airlines adds Winnipeg routes

Wednesday, 11:16 AM CST

Flair Airlines announced new and more frequent routes through Winnipeg Wednesday.

Beginning in June, the low-cost airliner will fly from Winnipeg to Victoria, Kelowna and London, Ont.

Flair is also adding six weekly flights to Toronto, five weekly flights to Calgary and four weekly flights to Vancouver.

Fares to Kelowna and Victoria will start at $49. Tickets to London, Ont. will begin at $69.

IIU investigating police officer accused of uttering threats

Tuesday, 1:21 PM CST

The province's police oversight agency is investigating a Manitoba First Nations Police Service officer who allegedly threatened a person while on duty.

RCMP reported the incident, which occurred Nov. 4, to the Independent Investigation Unit on Dec. 9. According to that report, the MFNP officer threatened a person, who then reported it to their local RCMP detachment.

The IIU told RCMP it would monitor their investigation, before the watchdog reviewed RCMP's investigation and told Mounties it would take over the probe on Monday.

It's unclear what the threat was or where it occurred. MFNP has detachments in eight First Nations, mostly in southwest Manitoba.

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation man dies in snowmobile collision

Tuesday, 11:51 AM CST

A 27-year-old man was found dead after a snowmobile collision outside of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation on Monday.

Nelson House RCMP were called at about 3:30 p.m. about the man who had gone out on his snowmobile on Sunday and failed to return home. He was believed to be headed toward a camp north of the First Nation, which is about 88 kilometres west of Thompson.

Mounties were then told the man's body was found on a trail to the camp. Officers snowmobiled to the scene and determined the victim had been traveling fast along the shore of Footprint Lake when he hit a tree.

The victim, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Missing boy, 14, found

Tuesday, 9:31 AM CST

A missing 14-year-old boy has been found and is safe.

The Winnipeg Police Service asked for the public's help in finding Ayub Askar, who had last been seen at about 3:30 p.m. Monday in Elmwood, at about 6:05 p.m. that evening.

Police announced shortly before 8 p.m. Monday that the boy had been found.

Another fire at vacant Stella Avenue home

Tuesday, 9:12 AM CST

Fire struck a vacant home on Stella Avenue for the second time in months.

Firefighters were sent to the two-and-a-half-storey house in the 400 block of Stella at 9:46 p.m. Monday. Crews went inside to battle the blaze and declared it under control at 10:31 p.m.

A cat was found and taken to safety, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said in a news release Tuesday morning.

The home was previously damaged by a fire on the afternoon of May 28, the WPFS said. No one was inside the house when fire crews extinguished that fire.

Flu, RSV numbers down at Children’s Hospital

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Flu, RSV numbers down at Children’s Hospital

Katie May 2 minute read Yesterday at 4:29 PM CST

Respiratory viruses are no longer causing a surge of hospitalizations among children in Manitoba after a prolonged and severe flu season.

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January brought a significant drop in patient volumes to the children’s emergency department at Health Sciences Centre Children’s Hospital, recent figures from Shared Health show. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Court filing seeks suspension for Manitoba premier

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Court filing seeks suspension for Manitoba premier

Carol Sanders 3 minute read Yesterday at 6:12 PM CST

A court filing asking a judge to suspend Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson for 90 days and fine her $5,000 for violating conflict of interest rules is likely to fail, a legal expert says.

“I think it is extremely unlikely that the judge will suspend Ms. Stefanson from the legislature for what was — I think no one is really disputing — an oversight,” University of Manitoba law Prof. Gerard Kennedy said Wednesday.

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Premier Heather Stefanson is being taken to court by Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont for allegedly violating the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Conflict of Interest Act in 2016 and 2019.

Finance minister takes reduced role in pre-budget public sessions

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Finance minister takes reduced role in pre-budget public sessions

Carol Sanders 3 minute read Yesterday at 7:26 PM CST

Manitoba’s pre-budget consultations are getting back on track with a “whole-of-government approach,” rather than being led by the finance minister, Tory officials say.

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WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

On Tuesday, a pre-budget consultation was held in Steinbach — without the new finance minister, Cliff Cullen.

Resign from law society or face disbarment, disgraced city lawyer told

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Resign from law society or face disbarment, disgraced city lawyer told

Erik Pindera 4 minute read Yesterday at 4:56 PM CST

A Winnipeg lawyer and former property manager who admitted to misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property trust funds has been told he can either resign from the province’s law society or be disbarred.

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Jeff Rabb, the former head of Winpark Dorchester Properties, admitted to misappropriating more than $360,000 in trust funds from a number of the company’s properties between 2009 and 2015. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Two B.C. Mounties charged with manslaughter, three others face obstruction charge

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Two B.C. Mounties charged with manslaughter, three others face obstruction charge

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Yesterday at 5:04 PM CST

VICTORIA - Two RCMP officers are accused of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of an Indigenous man in Prince George, B.C., while three of their fellow Mounties are charged with attempting to obstruct justice.

The BC Prosecution Service said in a statement Wednesday that constables Paul Ste-Marie and Jean Francois Monette have been charged with manslaughter.

Sgt. Jon Eusebio Cruz and constables Arthur Dalman and Clarence MacDonald are accused of attempting to obstruct justice.

The person who died was 35-year-old Arthur Culver, also known as Dale Culver, an Indigenous man from the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en Nations, who was arrested in Prince George on July 18, 2017.

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The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. British Columbia's prosecution service says two RCMP officers are accused of manslaughter in the death of a suspect in July 2017 in Prince George.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Former Tory interim leader, longtime Manitoba MP Candice Bergen stepping down

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Preview

Former Tory interim leader, longtime Manitoba MP Candice Bergen stepping down

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Yesterday at 12:47 PM CST

OTTAWA - Former Conservative interim leader and longtime Manitoba member of Parliament Candice Bergen announced Wednesday she is stepping down.

Bergen said in a video posted to Twitter that she submitted a letter of resignation as the representative for Portage-Lisgar following the party's weekly caucus meeting.

"I won't be going back into the House of Commons. I'm not really one for long goodbyes," she said in the video.

She also thanked her family and colleagues in Ottawa, "regardless of your political stripe."

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Conservative MP Candice Bergen speaks at the Conservative Party of Canada leadership vote, in Ottawa, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Former Conservative interim leader and longtime Manitoba member of Parliament Candice Bergen has announced she is stepping down. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Flair adds flights from Winnipeg to B.C., Ontario

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Flair adds flights from Winnipeg to B.C., Ontario

Gabrielle Piché 4 minute read Yesterday at 3:43 PM CST

Flair Airlines has announced new destinations and route times from Winnipeg on the heels of the city airport’s busiest year since the pandemic.

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Flair Airlines has announced new destinations and route times from Winnipeg on the heels of the city airport’s busiest year since the pandemic.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes Wiwchar

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Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes Wiwchar

Jeff Hamilton 5 minute read Yesterday at 6:26 PM CST

Joe Wiwchar has spent a majority of his 87 years helping grow the game of baseball in Manitoba and across the country, an illustrious journey that began in 1953 and continues to this day.

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Joe Bryksa/ Winnipeg Free Press files

Joe Wiwchar with memorabilia from the Manitoba Baseball Hall Of Fame.

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