Downed power line causes unusual light show over Northern Winnipeg

10/22/2019 9:59 PM

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to calls of arcing due to a downed power line in the 200 block of Oakland Avenue in Northeast Winnipeg. 

When they arrived on the scene, responders found a downed line near Devon Ave and Roch St. which was sparking significantly with some reports of fires due to the acitivity.

Hydro crews shut off power to the area to prevent further sparking.

Nearby homes on Devon Avenue, Roch Street, and Oakland Avenue were also evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

The report comes on the heels of social media posts by several people referring to strange glowing lights in the sky over the city. Apparently, the result of light from the downed line and resulting fire being reflected off low level clouds in the area.

– Ben Kahler

New Manitoba cabinet to be sworn in tomorrow

10/22/2019 4:25 PM

Premier Brian Pallister will unveil his new cabinet Wednesday.

He lost one member of cabinet in the September election — former Crown Services Minister Colleen Mayer — who was replaced by Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton, who now holds both portfolios. 

Pallister may bring a new minister into the fold to fill Mayer's vacancy. 

The announcement will be made at the Manitoba Museum at 11 a.m.

First watershed projects funded by provincial trust fund

10/22/2019 3:08 PM

Premier Brian Pallister has announced the first three watershed projects to be funded by a provincial trust fund.

Pallister said up to $1 million will be spent by the $52 million Growing Outcomes in Watersheds Trust to replant the TransCanada Shelterbelt from west of Headingley to Portage la Prairie.

As well, Pallister said $250,000 apiece will go to the Seine-Rat River Conservation District and the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District to pay for projects to conserve wetlands and to battle the impacts of both floods and drought.

The GROW Trust was funded by the province and is managed by The Winnipeg Foundation.

Premier Brian Pallister speaks to Tim Sopuck, CEO of the Manitoba Heritage Corp., and Lara Ellis, Vice President of ALUS Canada

Four arrested in Pembina Valley armed robbery

10/22/2019 3:07 PM

Police have arrested four people from Long Plain First Nation in connection with an armed robbery at a hotel in Somerset.

On Monday afternoon, a man and woman allegedly robbed an employee at the Somerset Hotel at gunpoint, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash in a stolen tan Chevy Impala, RCMP say.

Officers began a search, and a public tip led them to the car in a ditch near Cartwright. A 19-year-old woman was found inside and arrested. The driver, a 25-year-old man, fled on foot before stealing a pick-up truck from a nearby home before being arrested.

Public tips led officers to Crystal City, where they arrested a man, 43, and a woman, 25.

All four are in custody with charges pending.

Traffic tickets for unsecured loads prompts caution

10/22/2019 1:34 PM

A rash of traffic tickets handed out by police over the weekend to motorists taking storm debris to the Brady landfill has prompted city hall to caution motorists to properly secure tree debris.

City hall posted a warning on its Twitter account Tuesday, advising motorists how to transfer tree debris.

There was no mention in the tweet of the RCMP ticket campaign, where motorists have been issued $300 tickets for failing to secure debris in the back of trucks and trailers.

Police looking for missing girl, 17

10/22/2019 12:58 PM

Winnipeg Police are seeking public assistance in locating 17-year-old Kailene Fiddler, who was last seen Oct. 14 in the St. Boniface area.

Police are concerned about her well-being.

A release said Fiddler is Indigenous, 5-foot-4, weighing about 130 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in a grey sweater and grey sweatpants.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the missing persons unit at 204-986-6250, or Crime Stoppers.

Kailene Fiddler, 17, is five-foot-four, 130 pounds, with brown eyes and dark brown hair.

WRHA balances budget for second year in a row

10/22/2019 12:26 PM

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will host its annual general meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday where officials are expected to discuss the its latest annual report and financial statements, available online here. 

The documents show the WRHA balanced its budget for a second year in a row. Before last year, the health authority had run deficits since 2011. 

The annual report also outlines the increasing number of complaints about services, with the WRHA fielding 984 complaints about care or treatment in 2018-19 compared with 841 complaints the previous year.


Disney on Ice brings Mickey's Search Party to Winnipeg

10/22/2019 12:24 PM

Mickey Mouse is going to hunt for Tinker Bell downtown.

Disney on Ice is bringing the interactive show Mickey's Search Party to Bell MTS Place from March 13 to 15 for seven performances. 

A collection of classic characters will make appearances, including Captain Hook, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Moana and Elsa, as well as recognizable faces from Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Tickets for Mickey's Search Party start at $15 and go on sale Oct. 29 at Ticketmaster. 


Bitetto in, Poolman out as Jets host Kings

10/22/2019 11:43 AM

Defenceman Anthony Bitetto will return to the Winnipeg lineup tonight when the Jets host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Bell MTS Place.

Bitetto, who has missed last two games with a lower-body injury, will take the place of Tucker Poolman. Poolman will sit due to what head coach Paul Maurice called a minor injury.

Meanwhile, Connor Hellebuyck will make his fourth consecutive start in net for Winnipeg.



Louis Riel silver dollar unveilved

10/22/2019 11:34 AM

A limited edition silver dollar of Manitoba’s Métis founder, Louis Riel, has been unveiled to commemorate the leader on his 175th birthday.

The Royal Canadian Mint and Manitoba Métis Federation revealed the limited-edition coin during an event at the Fort Garry Hotel Tuesday morning. 

The silver dollar depicts Riel’s headshot in a buckskin coat, inside a circle of the traditional Métis sash. 

It is the first piece of Canadian currency with words engraved in the Michif language.

Representatives of the MMF unveil the coin on Tuesday morning.

Woman found dead in Elmwood, man shot by police at scene

10/22/2019 11:25 AM

Police shot a man Friday at an Elmwood residence where they found a 48-year-old woman dead. 

Winnipeg police responded to a domestic incident call about 8 a.m. on the 300 block of Riverton Avenue. Officers found the woman — identified Tuesday as Karen Jane Letniak of Winnipeg — before encountering a male. A confrontation occurred, resulting in an officer shooting the man, police said. 

The man was taken to hospital where he remains in stable condition and will be facing charges. His name was not released. 

The woman's death is being treated as a homicide, which is the 32nd this year in Winnipeg. The man and woman were known to each other, police said. 

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was notified of the incident and is handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting/



Province opens new personal care home beds in Winnipeg

10/22/2019 11:18 AM

The provincial government unveiled a new $66.7 million personal care home addition at Main Street and Redwood Avenue on Tuesday. 

Holy Family Home, a four-storey facility with 157 new long-term care beds, replaces the former 116-bed 'B' building with more modernized services. It includes seven 21-bed units, each with its own dining, activity, bathing, lounging and staff-support areas. 

The new building also has a self-contained, 10-bed special care unit, which will be reserved for residents with severe dementia and disruptive behaviour.

Alan Doyle tour lands in Winnipeg Feb. 21

10/22/2019 10:44 AM

Order of Canada recipient, Great Big Sea frontman and general national treasure Alan Doyle is heading back out on the road for his most extensive solo tour yet, the Rough Side Out tour, which brings him to the Burton Cummings Theatre on Feb. 21. 

The tour is in support of Doyle's upcoming EP, Rough Side Out, which is due in February. The first single, We Don't Wanna Go Home, featuring fellow Canuck Dean Brody, was released earlier this month. 

Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster. No pricing information was made available. 


Scroll for more