News briefs for Wednesday, March 1, 2023


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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Health cards add a letter

9:22 AM

The family registration number on Manitoba Health cards will now include a letter.

Manitoba Health announced Wednesday that one character of the six-character number on new cards will be a letter instead of a number. The change will ensure enough new numbers are available as the province’s population grows.

The nine-digit number for individuals will not change.

Manitoba Health said health-care providers and other sites that need to register health cards have been told about the change so they can adjust their systems.




Kiss to play downtown arena Nov. 15

10:06 AM

Kiss, the band that has rocked and rolled all night for 50 years, will play the Canada Life Centre on Nov. 15.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 10 at 10 a.m. at and, but Kiss’s fan club is holding one of several presales on March 6. Prices weren’t announced.

The concert is part of the band’s End of the Road tour, and a Live Nation release on Tuesday says the fall shows will be Kiss’s final live performances.

The Winnipeg concert is just two weeks before Kiss, which includes original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, winds up its live concert career in New York.

Winnipeg police recover cryptocurrency scam victim’s money

10:09 AM

Winnipeg police cyber investigators recovered most of the cash one recent cryptocurrency scam victim lost — but warn such frauds are difficult to track.

Police said Wednesday that the victim had been duped in a cryptocurrency investment scam over three months and reported it last October. The victim bought 5.806 bitcoin, which was at the time worth around $168,000, and was told how to “invest” the funds over three months.

Cyber investigators began a probe and found that most of the bitcoin had been transferred overseas and converted to another kind of cryptocurrency, tether. Investigators managed to recover $155,000 worth of cryptocurrency and returned it to the victim, police said.

Police said cryptocurrency assets are difficult to track and often impossible to recover.

Nurse recruitment trip concludes

12:52 PM

A provincial recruitment trip to bring nurses to Manitoba from the Philippines is complete and has resulted in approximately 350 letters of intent issued to applicants, the health minister announced Wednesday.

Minister Audrey Gordon made the announcement at the legislature, saying the provincial government is working on a “give and take” relationship with the Philippines in response to questions about the ethics of scooping up trained nurses from the Philippines when that country also needs highly trained nurses.

City teen wins bronze in judo at Winter Games

3:04 PM

Avery Pampolina has added to Manitoba’s medal haul at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

The 14-year-old Winnipegger captured a bronze medal in the under-50 kilogram male individual judo competition at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre.

Pampolina lost a semifinal bout to Connor Hazell of Alberta but rebounded to defeat Bryce Chapman of Nova Scotia to finish in third place.

Manitoba has nine medals, including three gold, four silver and two bronze. The multi-sport event wraps up Sunday.

Winnipeg skaters fifth on Day 1 of junior worlds

3:05 PM

Pair skaters Ava Kemp and Yoni Elizarov of Winnipeg put in a solid short program Wednesday afternoon and hold down fifth spot at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Calgary.

Fourteen pairs from nine countries are competing in WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park.

The Manitoba teens posted a score of 55.88 from the judges and actually occupied top spot after eight duos had performed their routines, however, the American pair of Sophia Baram and Daniel Tioumentsev took to the ice and earned 66.95 points to assume top spot. The U.S. athletes will lead the field heading into Thursday evening’s free skate.

Duos from France, Australia and Ukraine also passed the Canadians, although Kemp and Elizarov are still positioned to take a run at the podium. The young Canadians trail Anastasia Golubeva and Hektor Giotopoulos Moore, the third-place pair from Melbourne, by less than four points.

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