Winnipeg family with autistic son donates $300K to research, in late daughter’s name

One Winnipeg family impacted by autism hopes that by making a $300,000 donation they can help shed light on the many different types of the disorder. The donation comes from the Kali Dyck Foundation, which was started by Lloyd and Jackie Dyck, whose family owns the Winnipeg-based agribusiness BrettYoung seeds. The foundation is named for their daughter, who died in a traffic accident in 2011 at the age of 26. Foundation director Erik Dyck says his sister was a champion for their older brother, Chad, who lives with autism. “She…

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Government blames job vacancies, not cuts, for eastern Manitoba infrastructure delays

It’s not funding cuts that is behind construction delays on Manitoba infrastructure projects, but a lack of workers, the province says. In an interview with CBC News on Thursday, Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler blamed the work interruptions in eastern Manitoba on job vacancies, disputing the NDP’s allegation that funding cuts are at fault. During question period earlier in the day, the NDP presented a memo sent to senior officials in Manitoba Infrastructure that listed “ever-diminishing staff allocations and resources” for “missed steps and processes” in the design and construction of capital projects that took too long and cost too much. …

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2 years after Occupy INAC, Winnipeg office still closed to the public

Jasmine Kabatay is one of two recipients of the 2018 CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, established to encourage Indigenous voices and better understanding of Indigenous issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets. Gord Bluesky remembers the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Office on Hargrave Street in Winnipeg as a busy spot. Manitoba has 63 First Nations in the province, with more than 148,000 registered First Nations members. Winnipeg has the highest number of Indigenous people in any major city in Canada. Bluesky remembers lots of people at the INAC office filling out…

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Hidden camera reveals trampoline parks ignoring dangerous behaviour

When eight-year-old Chelsea Garrod jumped off a platform into a foam pit at a trampoline park in Kelowna, B.C., she thought she’d land like a flying squirrel. Instead, she landed in the hospital, unable to feel her legs. More than a year later, Chelsea is still recovering, with a fractured spine and significant nerve damage. She can walk again, but her physiotherapist says her nerve damage is permanent and her back will never be the same. “When I hit the foam, I heard a crack and it really hurt,” said…

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Transcona residents ‘outraged’ over planned sidewalk that will slice driveways in half

Residents who live along the south side of the newly constructed El Tassi Drive in Transcona are upset over plans to install a sidewalk that will cut through the middle of their driveways and have pedestrians walking within 20 feet of their garages. “We were never informed, never told whatsoever, that this was going to happen,” said El Tassi resident Anish Rathore. “If I had the slightest idea this was going to happen we would not have purchased the house,” he said. Rathore and other neighbours say they only just…

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4-goal 3rd period lifts Winnipeg Jets past St. Louis Blues in season opener

Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Thursday night.Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev also scored and Mark Scheifele had a pair of assists as the Jets won their fifth season opener in six years. Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves and improved to 5-2 against St. Louis in his career.Story continues belowLowry’s unassisted short-handed goal at 5:51 of the third began a Winnipeg three-goal outburst in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds…

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Jets fly past Blues with furious 4-goal 3rd period

Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Thursday night. Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev also scored and Mark Scheifele had a pair of assists as the Jets won their fifth season opener in six years. Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves and improved to 5-2 against St. Louis in his career. Lowry’s unassisted short-handed goal at 5:51 of the third began a Winnipeg three-goal outburst in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds…

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Transcona residents want city to reconsider ‘illogical’ plan for sidewalk

Construction is just a part of life in new developments. But one particular project is upsetting some Transcona residents. It isn’t the noise — they’re concerned about a sidewalk slated to be installed in front of their homes on El Tassi Drive. “Slicing right through the center of your driveway,” said Anish Rathore. “Cutting across 20 homes? This is illogical.” Residents say the sidewalk is roughly one car length away from their homes. “I have a truck that as it stands I won’t be able to park, because it will…

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Manitoba soured on being ‘used as a prop’ by federal government in carbon tax debate: premier

The same visit to Winnipeg where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed to Brian Pallister as an example of a “conservative” supporter of a carbon tax is when discussions between the two governments took a turn, the Manitoba premier suggested Thursday. “I don’t think anybody likes to be used as a prop,” Pallister told reporters, after he was grilled during question period about scrapping the carbon tax from Manitoba’s green plan. On Wednesday, Pallister announced he was abandoning his “made in Manitoba” plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions at a price of $25/tonne. He said Manitoba will instead focus on further developing clean…

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‘That’s not enough time’: Winnipeg mother calls for harsher sentence for teen charged with son’s murder

It was an emotional day in court for Jordan Thomas’ family as they faced the person charged with his murder. “We have to deal with the loss of Jordan for the rest of our lives,” said Kathleen Bremner, Thomas’ mom. Thomas was 18 years old when he was stabbed outside David Livingstone School in the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2017. He was with his brother Brandon at the time. Court heard the brothers were attacked by three others who had tried to steal their alcohol. The two were…

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