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Selkirk death investigated
RCMP in Selkirk are hoping autopsy results will help determine how a young woman living in the city north of Winnipeg died under suspicious circumstances.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, police and paramedics rushed to a home located at 206 Dufferin Avenue.
There, they said, a 26-year-old woman was found dead and her 32-year-old husband unconscious.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital and released Monday.
He is not in police custody, Sgt. Line Karpish said.
Foul play has not yet been ruled out, and the death is still being considered suspicious, police said.
Initial reports suggested that two children were in the home at the time of the incident.
Leadership review sought
Are the knives out for provincial Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard?
The long-time Grit boss is hearing rumblings from some dissatisfied Liberals who want a leadership convention to jump-start the party's fortunes.
They've launched www.altlib.ca to spread the word to party members before the Liberals' annual general meeting March 20.
"I don't have a knife out. I have a door open," said Brenden Sommerhalder, president of the Liberal party's Radisson constituency association.
Sommerhalder said he's one of several party members behind a proposed amendment that calls for a mandatory leadership convention to be held when the party fails to increase or maintain its popular vote — or number of elected seats — in two consecutive elections.
The only other Grit in the legislature with Gerrard (River Heights) is Inkster MLA Kevin Lamoureux.
Gerrard said the call for a leadership contest is based on the mutterings of only a few people and does not reflect party members' widespread support for him.
"This effort by a small group of people is not going to go very far," Gerrard said.
"Things are improving in the party," he said.
There was a similar move against Gerrard last year but it quickly vaporized.
Toilet rebates a hit
The number of new "johns" in Manitoba just went up by more than 3,000.
That's how many dual-flush toilets were sold Saturday during a one-day event in which buyers got an instant $50 rebate from the Manitoba government.
Before the big day the province said it hoped to see 1,500 dual-flush toilets sold under the incentive program, held in order to get more Manitobans saving water.
Don Norquay, deputy minister of Water Stewardship, said Monday he expects it will be a few more days before participating retailers tally up exactly how many of the dual-flush toilets were sold.
But he added that preliminary information suggests the sales were more than double the province's original target.
He said each new toilet will save consumers on average 25,000 litres of water a year. That translates into about 75,000,000 litres saved each year.
Norquay added old toilets are to be collected at the Brady Road landfill in a special area. They will be picked up for crushing and recycling.