Country singer Thomas Rhett coming to arena

09/24/2018 6:05 PM

He released Life Changes, his third studio album, in 2017, but Georgia-born country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett is just getting ready to embark on a tour in support of the much-nominated release.

Rhett comes to Bell MTS Place on May 4. Ticket prices have yet to be announced. Dustin Lynch opens the show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. via and

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Colin James just released his 19th album, Miles to Go, and the Canadian blues singer-guitarist is celebrating with a Canadian tour that comes to the Burton Cummings Theatre March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $45 and $59.50 and go on sale Friday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at and


Thomas Rhett plays Bell MTS Place on May 4, 2019.

Police on the hunt for stolen front-end loader

09/24/2018 3:56 PM

Police are on the hunt for a stolen front-end loader that vanished without a trace from the North End over the weekend.

The Winnipeg Police Service major crimes unit is asking for the public’s help in tracking down the massive piece of construction machinery.

The loader went missing from the area of McGregor Street and Manitoba Avenue sometime between Saturday and Monday.

The machine is an orange coloured Caterpillar 928H front-end loader. It has a BayView Construction logo on both sides. The serial number is CXK01701.

The loader was taken sometime between September 22 and 24, 2018, from the area of McGregor St. and Manitoba Ave. (Supplied)
The machine is an orange coloured Caterpillar 928H front-end loader. (Supplied)

Singer-songwriter Dan Mangan to play Garrick in February

09/24/2018 2:44 PM

Juno winner and Polaris Prize shortlister Dan Mangan is planning to release a new album, More or Less, on Nov. 2; the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter will then head out on tour.

The tour takes Mangan to Europe this fall, but back to Canada in the new year, including a stop at the Garrick Centre on Feb. 6. Tickets go on sale Sept. 27 for $32.50 to $40 at

Dan Mangan plays the Garrick Feb. 6. (Vanessa Heins photo)

Premier not apologizing to Manitoba Metis Federation

09/24/2018 2:43 PM

Premier Brian Pallister said there’s nothing to apologize for regarding his past comments about the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF).

The MMF asked for an apology from the premier Sunday in regards to his past comments calling them a special interest group.

On Monday, Pallister said he did not regret the comment, which was made around the time Manitoba Hydro considered paying millions to the MMF as compensation for its megaprojects so the MMF would not oppose future construction. 

”We’re not in the business as a government of trying to buy favour by paying money to people so they like us,” Pallister said.



Premier Brian Pallister attended a Bell MTS announcement in La Broquerie Monday.

Bell MTS extends wireless network to Southeastern Manitoba

09/24/2018 2:29 PM

Bell MTS will be extending its coverage network to include the communities of Stuartburn, Woodridge and Zhoda in the coming months.

Dan McKeen, vice chair of Bell MTS and Western Canada, made the announcement Monday at a fire hall in La Broquerie flanked by local politicians, including Premier Brian Pallister.

Extended service to Woodridge will be available starting this month and in Stuartburn and Zhoda in the new year. 

Dan McKeen, vice chair of Bell MTS and Western Canada.

Search underway for two overdue hunters

09/24/2018 1:06 PM

A ground and air search are underway for two overdue hunters.

Grand Rapids RCMP said the pair of experienced outdoorsmen were reported overdue at 12:40 a.m. Monday. The men, aged 60 and 73, were part of a larger hunting party that had been camping at Long Point on Lake Winnipeg, south of Grand Rapids. The two men, both from Winnipeg, set off together on ATVs Sunday at about 3:30 pm. 

One of the ATVs has been located, but there are no signs yet of the missing men. 

RCMP search and rescue has deployed ground search teams. CFB Trenton has deployed a search plane. Overnight weather in the area was 3 C with rain.


Man found lying on road in Berens River dies

09/24/2018 12:26 PM

Police are asking for the public's help after a man found beaten and lying on the road in a northern Manitoba community died.

The 53-year-old man was discovered in early morning hours of Sept. 16 by community members in Berens River. The victim appeared to have been assaulted and was transported to the local nursing station with life-threatening injuries, according to the RCMP. The victim was transported to Winnipeg hospital in critical condition.

On Saturday, the man — whom police have not identified — died. His death is being investigated as a homicide by the RCMP major crimes unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Berens River RCMP at 204-669-3268 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Man charged for dragging police officer behind stolen car

09/24/2018 11:51 AM

A Winnipeg man has been arrested in connection with an assault on a police officer dating back to Aug. 24 when an officer was dragged behind a stolen vehicle while attempting to make an arrest on the 2500 block of Waverly Street.

On Sept. 22, a black Ford Focus was reported stolen from the 100 block of Claremont Avenue. The next day, the stolen vehicle was located on the 300 block of Beliveau Road. A woman was arrested inside the vehicle and a man was arrested inside a residence at the location.

Ian Thomas Shupena, 37, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the Aug. 24 assault and two additional accounts of being in possession of stolen property.

Jade Lilian Shuman, 26, of Winnipeg, faces one count of possessing stolen property.

Both were detained in custody.


More than 60 grams of cocaine discovered during traffic stop

09/24/2018 11:47 AM

A 27-year-old Manitoba man is facing multiple drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop.

Winnipeg police pulled over a vehicle for speeding around 10:45 a.m. Friday in the area of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Prairie Grove Road.

Sixty-one grams of cocaine were allegedly found in the possession of the lone occupant. Later that day, police executed a search warrant at the man's house in Mitchell.

Five firearms, including a loaded .357 handgun were found in the home. The man faces seven charges. He was released on a promise to appear.

Man dies in single vehicle crash

09/24/2018 11:47 AM

A 19-year-old man is dead after a single vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Emergency services responded to a report of the crash in the area of St. Mary's Road and Springside Drive around 2:50 a.m. Sunday.

The deceased was the only person in the vehicle, which reportedly crossed multiple lanes of traffic before crashing into a tree.

The man was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead. It remains unclear if alcohol or speed were factors in the crash, police said.



Police investigating homicide

09/24/2018 11:45 AM

City police are investigating the homicide of a 40-year-old Winnipeg man "violently assaulted" in a North End home Saturday.

Police responded to a well-being check on the 300 block of Pritchard Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, police found the man dead.

The victim has been identified as Jason Peter John James. The Winnipeg Police Service homicide unit is investigating.

Santa Claus Parade still needs $68k

09/24/2018 10:50 AM

Santa Claus won't be comin' to town without your help.

Organizers of the annual Santa Claus Parade say $68,000 is still needed by Oct. 5 in order to hold this year’s parade on Portage Avenue, scheduled for Nov. 17. In July, it was revealed Santa's float was unfit to use this year and organizers hoped Winnipeggers would step up to donate $100,000 for a new one. 

The Gofundme campaign has raised $33,000 as of Sept. 24.

Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade board chairman Rennie Zegalski issued a public plea Monday for financial help. The statement said parade organizers had begun building a replacement float for Santa when its sponsorship was lost and now need money to finish a sleigh for Santa and his helpers.

Individual donors are encouraged donate on the event’s Gofundme page here. Interested sponsors can email 

St. Vital gets first pot store

09/24/2018 9:58 AM

Homegrown pot producer Delta 9 Cannabis disclosed the first legal cannabis store location in Winnipeg to be opened the first day of cannabis legalization in Canada, Oct. 17 - a 3,200-square-foot outlet located in St. Vital Square at 827 Dakota St.

The Winnipeg company also announced its Thompson location, at the City Centre Mall in the northern Manitoba city.

Delta 9 is currently awaiting provincial approval for two more outlets one located in Osborne Village and the other in downtown Brandon.

Delta 9 stores will stock a wide range of Delta 9 varieties as well as various partner brands including products from Canopy Growth-owned brands such as Tweed.

Tweed also announced today it will be opening two stores in Winnipeg and one in Brandon.

Photo of Delta 9's first cannabis retail store in Winnipeg, with artist rendering of logos and signage. This first outlet is located in the St. Vital area of the city.

Bowman promises more transparency at city hall

09/24/2018 9:24 AM

Mayor Brian Bowman is once again committing to increasing openness and transparency at city hall, echoing promises made during his first mayoral bid in 2014.

Bowman said he wants to see the public service compile and release details on all travel undertaken by senior level public servants.

In addition, he also recommitted himself to initiating a system where the votes of city councillors are tracked and released publicly.

"This is public information and it should be released publicly," Bowman said, in a written release.

"As taxpayers, we have a right to know who's travelling on our dime, how much it costs, and expenses of this nature should always be publicly defensible and accessible."

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