News briefs for Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

9:19 AM

Smil on short list for $60K Balsillie book prize

Winnipeg author and U of M professor emeritus Vaclav Smil has made the short list for the Writers’ Trust of Canada 2022 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.

Smil’s book How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going is among five books in contention for the $60,000 prize, which aims to recognize “comprehensive and thoroughly researched nonfiction books that further policy discussions on social, political, economic, and cultural topics.”

The other books on the short list are Dream States: Smart Cities, Technology, and the Pursuit of Urban Utopias by John Lorinc, The Last Doctor: Lessons in Living from the Front Lines of Medical Assistance in Dying by Jean Marmoreo and Johanna Schneller, Canadian Policing: Why and How It Must Change by Ken Roach and Reconciling Truths: Reimagining Public Inquiries in Canada by Kim Stanton.

The winner of the 2022 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 29. Each of the finalists receives $5,000.

11:16 AM

Bombers, Riders will wear orange jerseys for Friday pre-game

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders are partnering with Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) to honour Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On Friday at IG Field, 1,000 members of the Indigenous community will be flown in to watch the Bombers take on the Riders.

Both teams will wear special orange jerseys during pre-game warmup to recognize Orange Shirt Day. The jerseys will be auctioned off online after the game with funds raised going to the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre.

The anthem will be sung in Ojibwe by Strong Warrior Girls Anishinaabe Singers. Pow wow singers, dancers and drummers featuring Ray CoCo Stevenson and the Walking Wolf Singers will lead the team onto the field prior to kickoff as well. The halftime show will feature Norman Chief Memorial dancers. Leaders from the Indigenous community will take part in the coin toss, and four language and culture advocates will be honoured during the game.

12:14 PM

Off-duty police officer, construction worker sprayed with bear mace

An off-duty cop and a construction worker were attacked with bear spray when trying to stop an assault downtown Tuesday, Winnipeg police say.

The police officer was riding a bus downtown when two men started an altercation with another passenger at about 1:30 p.m., Winnipeg police said. The officer identified himself as police and tried to intervene, then the victim got off the bus at Graham Avenue and Fort Street. A suspect followed and began assaulting him.

The officer got off the bus and intervened, then the suspect ran, police said. The officer chased him and a construction worker helped him take the suspect down, who then sprayed them both with bear mace, police said.

The suspect fled and has not yet been arrested. Major crimes investigators ask anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information to call the unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 204-786-8477.

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