Nachbaur leads Raiders past Ice

12/13/2019 9:24 PM

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Cross Lake's Justin Nachbaur scored the game-winner at 16:55 of the first period to lift the Prince Albert Raiders to a 3-1 Western Hockey League triumph over the Winnipeg Ice Friday night.

The result snapped a five-game winning streak for Winnipeg. Ozzy Wiesblatt and Spencer Moe also scored for the hosts.

Owen Pederson had the lone goal for the Ice, which faces the Pats in Regina Sunday.

 

Watchdog probes complaint against Mountie

12/13/2019 3:15 PM

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a Mountie in western Manitoba was accused of committing a sexual assault in 2016.

The Independent Investigation Unit said in a release Friday it was notified on Tuesday about a complaint received by the RCMP D Division that involves inappropriate conduct by an off-duty officer in December 2016. 

 

Krebs to suit up for Ice tonight

12/13/2019 3:14 PM

Winnipeg captain Peyton Krebs is expected to be in the lineup when the visiting Ice take on the Prince Albert Raiders in Western Hockey League action tonight.

Krebs, 18, was one of nine players released by Canada's national junior team Thursday as the squad's roster was whittled down to 24 players with two weeks to go before the start of the world championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Two Manitobans are still with Team Canada: goaltender Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks (Winnipeg) and defenceman Calen Addison of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (Brandon). 

Winnipeg woman charged with identity theft, forgery

12/13/2019 1:56 PM

A 45-year-old Winnipeg woman is facing nearly two dozen charges in a series of alleged frauds, including identity theft and forgery. 

There were numerous reports of identity and financial documents being stolen during residence and vehicle break-ins between August 2018 and December 2019, Winnipeg police said in a release Friday.

A subsequent investigation identified a female suspect. On Dec. 11, a search warrant was executed at the woman’s residence in Winnipeg’s Minto neighbourhood. Among the illegal items seized were nine credit or debit cards in other people's names, counterfeit bills and various forged information, along with a small amount of methamphetamine, a revolver firearm and two zip guns.

Alice Beverly Cameron, 45, of Winnipeg has been charged with numerous fraud-related charges, including six counts of possession of an identity document. She also faces charges related to forgery and possession of weapons and drugs. She was detained in custody.

Canada beats Russia at Deaflympics opener

12/13/2019 1:38 PM

Canada upended the defending gold medallists from Russia 3-1 as round-robin action in the men's hockey competition opened at the 2019 Deaflympics Friday.

Canada, with Ste. Anne's Marc Pelletier on the roster, faces Finland in its next game on Sunday. Pelletier did not play against the Russians.

The games are taking place in Chiavenna, Italy.

New scorecard system launched to track public-service performance

12/13/2019 12:44 PM

The Manitoba government today unveiled a new system to track public-service performance.

The scorecard system has been in the works for two years. It originated in the private sector in the United States.

Manitobans can monitor the province's progress in meeting targets in a wide variety of areas, from student literacy to ER wait times to the time it takes for criminal cases to come to trial.

The information can be found here.

 

Driver charged in connection with child's death at crosswalk

12/13/2019 12:37 PM

A 31-year-old Winnipeg woman was charged in connection with the fatal crosswalk accident in March that killed a four-year-old girl and injured her mother, Winnipeg police say.

The Highway Traffic Act charges include driving carelessly causing death and bodily harm, disobeying a traffic device, and operating a vehicle as a novice driver without a supervising driver. She was released on a promise to appear. 

Genet Bruk and daughter Galila were struck Mar. 18 at the crosswalk at Isabel Street and Alexander Avenue, on their way to Dufferin School to meet her six-year-old son. Bruk was seriously injured and Galila died. The family were newcomers to Canada who lived at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba housing complex nearby on Isabel Street.

Government projects slightly lower deficit than originally budgeted

12/13/2019 12:31 PM

The provincial government is on pace to post an operating deficit of $350 million for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

That is $10 million better than what Finance Minister Scott Fielding originally forecast in his March budget.

In a mid-year report released today, the Finance Department said the government is on pace to underspend its strategic infrastructure budget by $177 million.

Infrastructure budgets in the areas of health, education and housing are forecast to be underspent by a total of $171 million. Roads and flood protection budgets are expected to be underspent by only $2 million.

The mid-year fiscal update is less detailed than in past years, consisting of only five pages. 

Jets release Gustafsson to Sweden for world junior championship

12/13/2019 12:13 PM

Winnipeg Jets centre David Gustafsson is going to the Czech Republic for the holiday season.

The NHL club has loaned the 19-year-old rookie to Team Sweden for the upcoming 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship.  The annual tournament is set for Ostava and Trinec, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Gustafsson, a second-round draft pick (60th overall) in 2018, scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 27 in San Jose against the Sharks, his only point in 22 games on the fourth line this season.

He's been a healthy scratch the last three games since the Jets claimed Nick Shore off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

IIU investigates alleged off-duty RCMP officer assault

12/13/2019 11:49 AM

The provincial police watchdog is investigating an allegation of assault by an off-duty RCMP officer in northern Manitoba.

On Dec. 11, RCMP notified the Independent Investigation Unit of a complaint it received on Dec. 6 concerning an alleged assault. There were no serious injuries, the IIU said in a release Friday, but the watchdog has determined it is in the public interest to investigate.

No additional details were made available Friday due to an ongoing investigation. 

The IIU investigates all serious incidents involving on and off duty police officers in Manitoba.

Taylor Avenue to close for sewer work overnight Monday 

12/13/2019 11:22 AM

A stretch of Taylor Avenue will be closed off to motorists early next week as city crews complete sewer work.

Taylor Avenue, between Pembina Highway and Stafford Street, will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 16 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 17. 

Motorists are being advised to plan ahead and expect delays. 

New penalties for impaired driving come into effect Monday

12/13/2019 10:52 AM

Tougher penalties for impaired driving, including immediate roadside prohibition, come into effect on Dec. 16.

The provincial government is reminding motorists that they may be fined, have their vehicle impounded or be required to have an ignition interlock if they choose to drive under the influence.

Drivers who register a 'warn' on a blood alcohol content test (.05 to .079) will have their vehicle impounded for three days and face a fine of $400 for their first violation. Sanctions escalate with subsequent violations and an ignition interlock is mandatory on the third violation.

The minimum cost for a ‘fail’ will be $3,520, and the minimum cost for refusal of blood alcohol content test will be $3,970, the province said.

No charges after lengthy probe into police headquarters construction

12/13/2019 10:39 AM

The province's prosecutions service will not authorize any criminal charges related to Project Dalton, a lengthy RCMP investigation into the construction of the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters.

Manitoba Justice made the announcement in a press release Friday morning.

"After a comprehensive review of the legal issues and the foundational facts provided through the investigation, (the prosecution service) has concluded that there is not sufficient evidence to approve and criminal charges as there is not a reasonable likelihood of conviction," the press release said.

Several prosecutors were consulted based on their knowledge and experience related to this type of investigation and related legal disciplines, the release said.

Charges considered included breach of trust, fraud exceeding $5,000, forgery of documents, uttering forged documents, keeping false books or documents, and money laundering.

Outreach agencies get boost ahead of winter season

12/13/2019 10:38 AM

A boost in funding has allowed five Winnipeg outreach agencies to expand efforts to help the city’s most vulnerable citizens keep warm in the wintertime. 

The Main Street Project, 1 Just City, Spence Neighbourhood Association, Salvation Army and Wahbung Abinoonjiiag will all benefit from a combined $75,000 in funding for winter initiatives. 

The funding, which is, in part, from the federal government’s homelessness strategy, will help agencies hire more staff and extend program hours for van patrols and safe spaces.

"These projects save lives by connecting those who experience or are at risk of homelessness with basic amenities, support services and our communities,” said Lucille Bruce, CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg, in a press release Friday.

Bombers reach multi-year extensions with O'Shea, Walters

12/13/2019 7:44 AM

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced multi-year contract extensions for head coach Mike O'Shea and general manager Kyle Walters. 

O'Shea has spent the last six seasons with the Blue and Gold, and was on the last year of his deal when he helped lead the Bombers to a Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The new contract is for three years, which will take O'Shea through the 2022 campaign.

Walters, who still has one more season left on his current contract, also signed a three-year extension. The Bombers GM will now be paid through the 2023 year.

“We’re thrilled to have Kyle and Mike remain at the helm of our football team for the next few seasons,” said Bombers president and CEO, Wade Miller, in a prepared statement by the team. “Continuity in our football operations department is critical as Kyle and Mike continue to build a strong culture in and around our locker room.”

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