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Gabrielle Piché 2 minute read Yesterday at 9:01 PM CST

Winnipeggers decked out in gowns and tuxedos used to line up at the north Main Street Salisbury House for midnight meals.

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Bombers bring back all-star returner

Friday, 3:10 PM CST

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers re-signed kick returner/receiver Janarion Grant to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Grant was scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 14.

Grant, a Rutgers University product, enters his fourth season in Winnipeg. Last season he became the  Bombers’ all-time leader in kick return touchdowns with seven. He also set a Grey Cup record with a 102-yard return touchdown in the championship loss to Toronto

Flu, RSV cases decline

Friday, 1:49 PM CST

Manitoba recorded no influenza hospitalizations last week as respiratory virus transmission declines.

Declining cases of flu and respiratory syncytial virus were noted in today's epidemiological report from the provincial government.

Weekly average test positivity rates for the week of Jan. 22 to 28 were 0.5 per cent for Influenza A, 0.2 per cent for Influenza B, and 5.7 per cent for RSV, according to the report, which noted ER visits associated with respiratory symptoms also declined.

Despite limited lab testing for COVID-19 in Manitoba, the province logged a 10.5 per cent test positivity rate for that week. No new COVID-19 deaths were recorded, but the province retroactively added 10 deaths to its COVID-19 death toll for this season.

There were six new COVID-19 hospitalizations between Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, and 11 hospitalizations were retroactively added for a total of 2,389 this season.

Manitoba to spend $7.1 million on newcomer integration

Friday, 1:13 PM CST

Provincial spending on the Newcomer Community Integration Support will increase in the next fiscal year, Immigration Minister Jon Reyes said on Friday.

The Manitoba government will spend $7.1 million on immigration settlement services in 2023-24, including $4 million for projects under the Newcomer Community Connections Stream, $3 million for the non-profit settlement agency Manitoba Start, and $100,000 for the Recognition Counts program.

"Expanding the settlement services available to newcomers empowers them to more fully and successfully integrate in their new communities sooner, which has been shown to bolster immigrant retention rates," Reyes said.

Project applications for the Newcomer Community Connections Stream program are now being accepted. Additional information about the program and how to apply is available at immigratemanitoba.com/ncis

Task force commits to reducing red tape

Friday, 12:49 PM CST

A Manitoba task force to reduce red tape for physicians is set up and will produce a public report later this year, Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced today.

Manitoba is following Nova Scotia’s lead in identifying and cutting unnecessary paperwork that puts a heavy administrative burden on doctors. Doctors Manitoba is working closely with the province on the task force, President Dr. Candace Bradshaw said.

Earlier this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business published a report stating doctors across the country spend too much time filling out unnecessary forms and a 10 percent reduction in paperwork could allow doctors to conduct 177,000 additional patient visits a year in Manitoba.

Missing woman may have been spotted in city

Friday, 10:24 AM CST

A woman missing for almost a year may have been seen in Winnipeg recently.

Winnipeg police said on Friday it is investigating possible unconfirmed sightings of 31-year-old Ashlee Shingoose starting in November.

Police said because Shingoose’s hair may be shorter now. A new photograph of her has been released along with one previously put out last year.

Police said members of the St. Theresa First Nation are helping look for Shingoose in Winnipeg. She was last seen in the downtown area on March 11.

Shingoose is described as 5-5 in height, thin build, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Shingoose is asked to call police at 204-986-6250.

 

 

Hide Caption Ashlee Shingoose (Handout)
Ashlee Shingoose (Handout)
Hide Caption Shingoose was last seen in the downtown area on March 11. (Handout)
Shingoose was last seen in the downtown area on March 11. (Handout)

Firefighters contain blaze in Winnipeg high-rise

Thursday, 6:35 PM CST

Some residents in a 21-storey high-rise were forced to evacuate their homes Thursday afternoon after a fire triggered one of the building's automatic alarms.

Fire crews responded to the fire alarm around 12:14 p.m., the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said in a release.

Upon arriving at the 185 Smith St location, firefighters discovered thick, black smoke pouring from one of the suites. Most of the residents on the affected floor had already evacuated, but crews searched to ensure others were not in danger. Nobody was injured, the WFPS said.

Some residents from other floors were able to shelter-in-place as firefighters brought the blaze under control. Most of the damage was contained to the suite where the fire originated, but several other areas in the building sustained smoke and water damage.

Damage estimates are not available, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

She stops to help crash victim and this is the thanks she nearly gets?

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She stops to help crash victim and this is the thanks she nearly gets?

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Yesterday at 6:03 PM CST

A Winnipeg driver who pulled over to comfort a crash victim at a downtown intersection was taken aback when an enforcement officer told her she was getting a parking ticket.

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MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Natalie says she was given a ticket for parking illegally just north of Portage Avenue and Notre Dame, when she pulled over to help a car crash victim — holding his hand while “in shock,” then driving him home. See Chris Kitching story 230203 - Friday, {month name} 03, 2023.

City reduces library staffing shortage, but union says more employees needed

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City reduces library staffing shortage, but union says more employees needed

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Yesterday at 5:21 PM CST

A persistent staffing shortage that previously forced the city to reduce hours at Winnipeg’s public libraries has now eased, though a union says there are still too few employees.

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The vacancy rate for all city libraries combined was 7.8 per cent, with 28 unfilled positions, as of Jan. 17, down from 22.8 per cent vacancy and 92 unfilled positions on July 23, 2021, according to data from the city.

Manitoba task force to target doctors’ paperwork burden

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Manitoba task force to target doctors’ paperwork burden

Katie May 3 minute read Yesterday at 4:41 PM CST

A new provincial task force on cutting unnecessary paperwork for physicians is expected to make a public report on its progress later this year.

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Dr. Candace Bradshaw, president of Doctors Manitoba, with Health Minister Audrey Gordon.

New trial ordered in West Broadway slaying in 2019

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New trial ordered in West Broadway slaying in 2019

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Yesterday at 4:52 PM CST

Manitoba’s highest court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing a stranger in an unprovoked knife attack while high on meth.

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Robert Donaldson, 51, was fatally stabbed when he a friend were walking near the intersection of Sherbrook Street and Sara Avenue on a June evening in 2019. (Facebook)

‘Digging ourselves out of a hole’: Manitoba school divisions prep for new funding test

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‘Digging ourselves out of a hole’: Manitoba school divisions prep for new funding test

Maggie Macintosh 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:28 PM CST

URBAN and rural superintendents are likening the latest provincial education funding announcement to life support for public schools, although some still anticipate staff and program cuts will be required to balance upcoming budgets.

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URBAN and rural superintendents are likening the latest provincial education funding announcement to life support for public schools, although some still anticipate staff and program cuts will be required to balance upcoming budgets.

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PTE's newest offering channels those taken in endless pattern of violence

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PTE's newest offering channels those taken in endless pattern of violence

Jill Wilson 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:17 PM CST

Makambe K. Simamba’s Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers starts by making us wait. As the 2007 hip-hop track Crank That by Soulja Boy plays, evocative video projections by set designer Trevor Schwellnus spool out, white lines on black capturing a gated community at dark, moonlight or streetlight limning the outlines of trees and buildings, leaving the rest in shadow.

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Police alerted to separate slayings two hours apart

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Police alerted to separate slayings two hours apart

Erik Pindera 3 minute read Yesterday at 11:24 AM CST

The 25-year-old man accused in a slaying outside a Henry Avenue shelter has a history of armed assault while intoxicated.

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Winnipeg police said they have arrested a suspect in a slaying outside the Salvation Army shelter Thursday.

Manitoba boosts funding to help immigrants integrate

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Manitoba boosts funding to help immigrants integrate

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Yesterday at 3:56 PM CST

Michelle Puno, an internationally educated nurse, nearly gave up on a career in Manitoba.

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Michelle Puno received a loan from SEED Winnipeg to help her pay to become a registered nurse in Manitoba. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

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