City seeks advice on growth

07/13/2020 8:05 PM

The City of Winnipeg is growing, and it wants advice from citizens on how to plan for that growth.

In advance of an estimated 160,000 more Winnipeggers joining the ranks in the next two decades, the city will host virtual information and feedback meetings later this month on OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities, its two planning initiatives for sustainable growth.

OurWinnipeg is the city's 25-year development plan, which covers many areas, including how residents get around the city and the delivery of services; Complete Communities is a secondary plan looking at growth, development and land use.

The Zoom meeting on OurWinnipeg: Sustainable Development Goals is being held July 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., while the Zoom meeting dealing with Complete Communities: Growing Sustainably is running July 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To register, email at least a day ahead of time. To view draft documents, visit:

Manitoba down to a single active case of COVID-19

07/13/2020 1:57 PM

Manitoba has still to record a case of COVID-19 this month.

On Monday, public health officials said not only were there no new cases, but the number of active coronavirus cases was now down to one despite the fact there have been an average of 700 laboratory tests conducted per day for the virus in recent weeks.

On Friday, there were 798 laboratory tests performed, with 1,149 on Saturday and 573 on Sunday.


Mother charged in collision that killed her five-year-old daughter

07/13/2020 1:30 PM

An investigation into a June 2019 collision that ended with one child dead has resulted in the arrest of her mother.

Police responded to a car accident at 1:40 p.m. on Dalhousie Drive between Pembina Highway and Rochester Avenue on June 19 of last year. It is believed that the driver, a 27-year-old female from Winnipeg traveling westbound, had attempted to pass a vehicle by driving into the opposite lane. The driver lost control of the vehicle, colliding with an eastbound driver.

The driver had three children in the car: a one-year-old and a four-year-old who were in child restraints, and a five-year-old female who was not. The two youngest children were sent to hospital in stable condition, but the five-year-old was in critical condition and later died of her injuries.

The driver, who is the mother of all three children, was driving with a class 5 learner license at the time but a supervising driver was not present. She was arrested Sunday and faces charges of careless driving causing death, driving while in the learner’s stage without a supervisor causing death, and driving a vehicle where a child is not properly restrained. She has been released on a Provincial Offences Act Appearance Notice.

Police attend to suspicious package that turns out to be GeoCache

07/13/2020 10:37 AM

Winnipeg Police Services attended to a suspicious package Saturday at Montrose Park in River Heights but found the package was placed in the park as a GeoCache.

Officers attended to the suspicious package call around 11:50 am Saturday and used multiple police resources, including the bomb squad, to confirm the package was safe, police said.

It was later discovered to be a GeoCache — part of a GPS scavenger hunt activitiy.

Police ask the public be mindful of how geocaching items appear and to avoid disguising items to look unsafe.

Second phase of Travel Manitoba tourism campaign launched

07/13/2020 10:36 AM

Travel Manitoba is now launching the second phase of its Home is Where the Heart Is tourism campaign, which will focus on inviting visitors from western Canadian provinces.

The first phase focused on Manitobans exploring their own province due to restrictions in place due to COVID-19. The province's tourism industry was hit particularly hard by the pandemic — an assessment by Destination Canada estimates a 25 per cent decrease in tourism spending in Manitoba in 2020 —about $411 million in losses.

The Home is Where the Heart Is campaign includes a video series highlighting local tourist destinations.

Fire breaks out on Selkirk Avenue Sunday evening

07/13/2020 10:09 AM

No injuries are being reported after the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a fire breaking out Sunday evening.

Crews arrived at 7:59 p.m to the three-storey multi-family building on the 100 block of Selkirk Avenue and the fire was declared under control by 8:21 p.m.

An investigation is currently underway.

No new COVID-19 cases Sunday

07/12/2020 1:14 PM

The Manitoba government reported no new cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday.

There have been no new cases so far this month.

Since the virus hit the province in March, the province has had 325 cases. As of Friday, four were considered active.

Seven Manitobans have died of the virus since mid-March.

Police search for missing woman, 35

07/12/2020 11:20 AM

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting public assistance in finding a 35-year-old woman last seen May 27. 

Tamara Lee Norman, who also goes by Tamara Lee Benoit, last had contact with her family on that day. 

She’s described by police as caucasian, with blonde hair, blue eyes, with moles under her left eye and on her upper lip. She also has a tribal tattoo on her right bicep. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the missing person unit at 204-986-6250. 

Tamara Lee Norman was last seen on May 27. (Winnipeg police photo)

No injuries in Young Street fire

07/12/2020 10:24 AM

Firefighters battled a blaze in a suite of an apartment building in the 400 block of Young Street Sunday morning.

No one was hurt in the blaze, which broke out around 7:45 and was declared under control 30 minutes later.

The cause is under investigation. Damage was contained to the affected suite.


One person treated after Elgin Avenue fire

07/12/2020 10:16 AM

One person was taken to hospital in stable condition after fire broke out in a two-and-a-half-storey home on the 400 block of Elgin Avenue Saturday night. 

The city said the fire was well-involved and all occupants were out of the house when crews arrived around 9 p.m.

Firefighters were fored into a defensive attack on the exterior after it became too intense to put out the flames from inside the home. They managed to protect neighbouring homes from heat and fire damage.

The cause is under investigation.


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