Welcome back, Thorbs

Welcome back, Thorbs Same double-twos on his back, same long, black hair jutting out of his lid, same grit and tenacity. Same Chris Thorburn, just a different jersey. The ex-Jets right-winger made his return to Winnipeg Sunday afternoon, admitting he needed some help from new St. Louis teammate Brayden Schenn finding his way to the opponents’ dressing room while visiting town with the rest of the Blues. But he was pretty excited to be back at the downtown rink in the city his family called home for six NHL seasons.…

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Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. During the call, the two leaders’ second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA information. The Kremlin said it allowed Russia’s top domestic security agency to track down a group of suspects that planned to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites this weekend. “The information…

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Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9 QUETTA, Pakistan — Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country’s Islamic State group affiliate. Hundreds of worshippers were attending services ahead of Christmas when the bombers appeared in the city of Quetta and clashed with security forces. One assailant was killed at the church entrance. The other made it inside, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the…

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Oldest Manitoban dies

Oldest Manitoban dies The oldest known Manitoban has died. Elder Sarah Harper, who lived her 111 years on Bunibonibee Cree Nation hundreds of kilometres north of Winnipeg, died Saturday night. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, who has known Harper all her life, shared the news online. In a statement Sunday afternoon, she offered condolences to Harper’s family, many of whom attended the centenarian’s final birthday last August. “(Harper) was a lady full of compassion,” North Wilson said. “She was a gift to the generations of her family…

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Community in disbelief following deadly plane crash: Reeve

Community in disbelief following deadly plane crash: Reeve The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is deploying a team of investigators to the site of plane crash where a 60-year-old Manitoba man was found dead. The crash occurred near Baldur, Man., about two hours southwest of Manitoba. Family members have confirmed the man who died in the crash is 60-year-old Harold Parsonage. A close family member of Parsonage told CTV News he had been flying a long time and his death is tragic news. RCMP said the deceased is from the…

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'Avery keeps me going:' Survivor recalls 10 freezing hours with young daughter

'Avery keeps me going:' Survivor recalls 10 freezing hours with young daughter BOISSEVAIN, Man. — Kristen Hiebert has a tattoo on her arm, written in Arabic, that sums up her outlook since the night she and her young daughter almost froze to death on the side of a rural Manitoba highway. “I lived. I suffered. I changed,” she says, reading it to a visitor. Almost two years after her car crashed, Hiebert is still adapting to life without her lower legs — amputated due to frostbite — and continues to work to build a better life…

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Three charged in meth bust

Three charged in meth bust Winnipeg police have charged three people after seizing more than 21 ounces of methamphetamine during a bust Saturday. Police said Sunday that officers from multiple units executed a drug warrant at a home on the 500 block of St. Johns Avenue. They seized more than $4,500 in cash, as well as 21.5 ounces of meth, which has a value of $21,500. Three people in the home at the time were arrested. Officers also seized two more grams of methamphetamine and $745 in Canadian cash from…

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Closeted councillor a victim of the times

Closeted councillor a victim of the times Charles Harold Spence was a rising public figure in Winnipeg in the 1950s and early 1960s with a high-profile job and a seat on city council. Spence also had a secret: he was gay. When this became public knowledge following an all all-night police surveillance operation, his public life came to an abrupt end. Born in 1925 and raised in Poplar Point, Man., Spence settled in Winnipeg after serving with the Navy during the Second World War. He then worked a series of…

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Clearing a path to Churchill

Clearing a path to Churchill CHURCHILL — Peering out the window of a propeller plane, Remi Foubert-Allen looks at the barren tundra between his hometown of Churchill and Gillam. Amid frozen lakes and clusters of birch trees, he sees opportunity. “I’ve been put in a position, thankfully, that I feel I can help out our small little town,” says the ambitious 26-year-old, who today is launching a temporary lifeline for Manitoba’s Arctic port. “I want nothing more than to see the community succeed.” Foubert-Allen is leading a crew of employees…

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Pilot of small plane found dead after he was reported overdue in Manitoba

Pilot of small plane found dead after he was reported overdue in Manitoba BALDUR, Man. — Police in Manitoba say the pilot of a small plane that was reported overdue on Friday has been found dead. RCMP say a 60-year-old man was flying alone in his personal Piper aircraft from Gillam, Man., to a private landing strip in the Rural Municipality of Argyle. Just past his scheduled arrival time of 6:30 p.m. Friday, contact was lost. A Canadian Forces Hercules plane searched for the missing aircraft Friday evening, and the search…

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