Police on hunt for 19-year-old suspect in Portage la Prairie homicide

05/23/2019 1:00 PM

Police are on the hunt for Laurent Beaulieu, a 19-year-old wanted for second-degree murder following a shooting in Portage la Prairie on Monday.

A 22-year-old man from Langruth died on May 20 after being shot in a home on 1st St. NW that morning, according to an RCMP press release.

Beaulieu may be in or around Portage la Prairie, and should be considered armed and dangerous. RCMP ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911, local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Laurent Beaulieu is wanted by the RCMP for second degree murder. (RCMP)

Cankerworm spraying starts Sunday

05/23/2019 11:52 AM

The city's insect control branch announced it will send crews into St. Boniface and Norwood to spray for cankerworms and another bug called a spamworm that infests elm trees.

Weather permitting, spraying will run Sunday through Thursday evening, starting at 9:30 p.m. Buffer zones will be respected and property owners who don't want the pesticide sprayed can contact the city.

The city uses high-pressure sprayers to apply the biologic BTK directly to the foliage of trees. Public parks, cemeteries and city boulevards will also be sprayed this spring. 

Spraying is undertaken to control caterpillar larvae feeding on tree leaves.

Screening for newborns to include rare genetic disease detection

05/23/2019 11:48 AM

A Manitoba screening program for newborns will be expanded early next year to include severe combined immune deficiency (SCID), a group of rare genetic diseases affecting a child’s immune system.

Newborn screening looks for easily detectable and preventable diseases linked to inherited and non-heritable disorders. Early detection can help families become aware of a possible genetic issue and improve outcomes for patients. 

SCID affects approximately one in 60,000 newborns worldwide; however, it is considerably more common in Manitoba, with approximately one in 16,000 newborns born with SCID with about half occuring in the northern Cree and Mennonite populations, often with additional mutations that are Manitoba-specific.

The SCID genetic disease group can lead to early and severe infections. SCID-positive children are at a high risk of poor health outcomes if they are immunized using live vaccines, such as tuberculosis (BCG) or measles/mumps/rubella. If not treated with a bone marrow transplant, children are not expected to live beyond two years of age.


Valour FC set to play Halifax in first round of championship

05/23/2019 11:54 AM

The Canadian Premier League's HFX Wanderers won their first round matchup against Vaughan Soccer Club on away goals with a 3-3 aggregate score in the first round of the Canadian Championship.

With the win, the Wanderers will advance to the second round and take on Winnipeg's Valour FC. The first leg will be played in Halifax on June 6, with the second leg going down at IG Field on June 12. 

The winner will advance to the third round and challenge Ottawa Fury FC.

Carly Rae Jepsen plays the Burt Sept. 9

05/23/2019 11:37 AM

There is no maybe about it — Carly Rae Jepsen is coming to Winnipeg.

The Call Me Maybe singer will take the stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Sept. 9 in support of the 33-year-old B.C. singer's latest album, Dedicated.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 31 at Ticketmaster. Prices have yet to be announced.


Jets sign defensive prospect Gawanke

05/23/2019 11:51 AM

Leon Gawanke has signed an NHL contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The 20-year-old German-born defenceman inked a three-year entry-level contract at an annual salary of US$810,000. He was drafted by Winnipeg in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

He played the last three seasons with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Last season, he was third among QMJHL defencemen with 57 points (17G, 40A) in 62 games.

Firefighters battle Wednesday night blaze

05/23/2019 9:10 AM

Winnipeg fire crews battled a fire at a two-storey, multi-family home on the 100 block of Pulford Street Wednesday night.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called to the scene at 10:36 p.m. Upon arrival, crews launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 10:56 p.m.

The building suffered from considerable smoke and water damage, the city said in a written statement.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. One WFPS member suffered a minor injury during the operation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

RCMP to release on child sex abuse investigation

05/23/2019 8:07 AM

Manitoba RCMP will release information on an investigation into the sexual and physical abuse of multiple children in Garden Hill First Nation this afternoon.

Superintendent Michael Koppang, who is in charge of the Mounties' major crimes services, will address the media at RCMP headquarters in Winnipeg at 1:30 p.m.

Representatives from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Garden Hill First Nation will also be present.

Transit facing $854,000 shortfall

05/23/2019 7:24 AM

Winnipeg Transit is staring down an $854,000 shortfall due to changes in funding for its services during large events.

A city report set to be tabled at the next Tuesday’s meeting of the public works committee is seeking to have funding for additional transit services during large events included in the department’s annual operating budget beginning next year.

The report does not make clear why it is facing the shortfall, but it looks to have been prompted by the Winnipeg Football Club’s decision to pay less this season for game-day bus services.

In the report, Winnipeg Transit service development manager Bjorn Radstrom suggests additional funding for the department may be required this year.

“Transit’s approved 2019 operating budget assumed the costs associated with providing this service would be recovered. For 2019, all efforts will be made to absorb costs into existing budget; however, it is not currently known if this will be possible,” Radstrom wrote.

City committee to vote on Arlington Bridge project

05/23/2019 6:58 AM

A preliminary design study for the replacement of the Arlington Bridge will be submitted to the city’s public works committee next week.

Municipal engineers are seeking permission to reach out to CP Rail and open discussions on a land transfer agreement that’s necessary to begin work on a 556-metre tub-girder bridge that would replace the existing structure.

The price tag for the engineers' preferred option is $319 million.

If given the green light, the plan would see the city prioritize the Arlington Bridge project over other major construction projects that remain unfunded.

Manitoba-born author Casey Plett wins $60K Amazon first novel award

05/22/2019 8:12 PM

For the third year in a row, a Manitoba-born author has won the lucrative Amazon First Novel Award.

Casey Plett won the $60,000 award for her novel Little Fish, published in April 2018 by Arsenal Pulp Press. Plett, a former Winnipegger now based in Windsor, Ont., beat out fellow Manitoba-born author Joshua Whitehead, nominated for his novel Jonny Appleseed, as well as Liz Harmer (The Amateurs), Tyler Hellard (Searching for Terry Punchout), Tanya Tagaq (Split Tooth) and Ian Williams (Reproduction).

Little Fish chronicles the life of Wendy Reimer, a 30-year-old transgender woman living in Winnipeg who uncovers evidence which suggests her devout Mennonite grandfather, a farmer, may have also been transgender. The novel was shortlisted for a Lambda literary award earlier this year, and also made the short list for the Carol Shields Winnipeg book award at the Manitoba Book Awards earlier this month.

In 2017, Winnipeg author Katherena Vermette won the Amazon First Novel Award, presented in conjunction with the Walrus magazine, for her debut full-length adult fiction The Break. The following year, local author Michael Kaan won the award for his novel The Water Beetles. Vermette and Kaan each won $40,000 for the award; 2019 is the first year the prize is has been valued at $60,000.

Two Manitobans awarded Icelandic accolade

05/22/2019 4:00 PM

Manitobans Stefan Jonasson and Judy Dalman Bradley have been granted Iceland's highest honour for individuals, the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon.

Jonasson is a Unitarian minister and the editor of Icelandic community newspaper Lögberg-Heimskringla, according to a press release. Bradley is a former president of the St. James Teachers' Association and the current president of the Icelandic Canadian Frón, a 100-year-old cultural preservation group. 

The pair were inducted into the Order of the Falcon by Icelandic president Gudni Th. Jóhannesson at the country's Winnipeg consulate general on Sunday. Fifteen living Canadians are members of the order, including nine Manitobans.

Pallister to meet with Trudeau to talk Hydro

05/22/2019 3:14 PM

Premier Brian Pallister said he has a meeting confirmed with Justin Trudeau next week.

Pallister made clear Tuesday he wanted to speak with Trudeau about federal delays on approving construction of a Manitoba-Minnesota transmission line and he was willing to fly to Ottawa. 

The Liberals sought an extra month to consult with about two dozen Indigenous communities and the Manitoba Metis Federation on the transmission project, extending their deadline for a decision until June 14.

Pallister said further delays to the project could cost the province and Manitoba Hydro as much as $200 million.


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Province releases preliminary report on planning review

05/22/2019 2:58 PM

Work is proceeding quickly on a provincial review of municipal planning, zoning and permitting.

The provincial government said the interim findings of the review being performed by the province's Treasury Board secretariat will be completed next week.

The government released a preliminary report today that includes a summary of best practices across Canada.

Treasury Board secretariat staff have already interviewed 50 individuals, including developers, professional organizations and current and former executives of Manitoba Hydro, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the City of Winnipeg and others.

Man in critical condition after police encounter in St. Boniface

05/22/2019 1:59 PM

A man is in hospital in critical condition and the police watchdog has been notified after an incident on a bus involving Winnipeg police officers Tuesday evening, according to a police press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they were called to the area of Provencher Boulevard and Tache Avenue at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, after receiving "reports of a male believed to be hallucinating and wandering in traffic."

"The male attempted to get into several vehicles and entered a restaurant before boarding a nearby bus," the release said.

After police officers boarded the bus, they say they "encountered" the man, who was subsequently "found to be in medical distress" and transported to hospital.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notifed of the incident, police say. The IIU is typically called to investigate when police actions result in someone's injury or death.

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