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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.