Handi-Transit contracts should wait until ‘oppressive’ system is improved, critics say

People with disabilities want Winnipeg to hold off on awarding $17 million worth of new Handi-Transit contracts until Manitoba’s ombudsman completes a report into allegations the system is “unjust, oppressive and unreasonable” to its clients. On Friday, city council’s public works committee will consider a Winnipeg Transit recommendation to award a pair of seven-year contracts to the companies that operate the Handi-Transit system. Winnipeg’s existing Handi-Transit contracts expire on Dec. 15. Public works committee has the authority to award the new contracts, worth $8.9 million and $8.4 million, respectively. Winnipeg’s…

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Manitoba man gets 8 years behind bars for sexually assaulting teen daughter in CFS care

A man from rural Manitoba with a series of past assault convictions was sentenced to eight years behind bars on Thursday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his teenage daughter while she was under the care of Child and Family Services. In the morning, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Candace Grammond handed down the eight-year sentence, less time served, after the 39-year-old man entered a guilty plea in what Crown attorney Michelle Bright described as the “predatory” sexual assault on his daughter, who had been living with her CFS foster mother in Winnipeg. A charge of incest was…

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2 Brandon youths charged after stealing, trespassing in rural Manitoba

Blue Hills RCMP received a report around 2 a.m. Thursday of a suspicious vehicle on a rural property in the RM of Elton. Police said the caller stated he saw a suspicious pickup truck drive onto his property, and believed the occupants had stolen his neighbour’s pickup truck. Both vehicles then sped away and the caller followed them. The caller told police one of the suspects crashed into a hydro pole in Douglas, and the occupants left the scene in the original truck heading towards Brandon. Shortly after, the suspects…

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Mayor prioritizes pooches over promises at Fort Garry dog-park opening

The dog days of summer may be over, but Winnipeg’s mayor took time on Thursday to address another pet project. Brian Bowman attended the opening of a temporary dog park north of Parker Avenue to serve Fort Garry residents while construction continues on the Southwest Transitway. “It’s wonderful to be able to provide our canine friends in the area with some space to run and play safely,” Bowman said at the ceremonial appearance, which took place 47 days before Winnipeg’s election. To date, the incumbent mayor has not made a…

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Youth lead cops through chase around Brandon, Man., wreck 2 vehicles

Two youths lost a police chase in the Brandon, Man. area early Thursday, after one stolen vehicle hit a hydro pole and a second crashed at an intersection.  Blue Hills RCMP became involved on Sept. 6 around 2 a.m. when they received a report of a suspicious vehicle on a rural property in the municipality of Elton. The caller also reported seeing his neighbour’s pickup truck. When both vehicles sped away, the neighbour followed them.  One of the trucks was driven into a hydro pole in the community of Douglas. The driver then got…

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Panel: The challenges faced by Indigenous students in post-secondary education

As the school year begins, many Indigenous students are starting their post-secondary educations. On Thursday, CBC Indigenous spoke with a panel of current and former post-secondary students to talk about the challenges that Indigenous students face. For Tara Williamson from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba, learning how to navigate the application process as a first-generation post-secondary student and getting accepted to a university was a challenge.  Williams is now an instructor at the University of Winnipeg and at Ryerson University. For Ryan Beardy from Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba, it was feeling…

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Manitoba Hydro pumps the brakes on subsidized transit route

Manitoba Hydro is cancelling a transit route it has been subsidizing with ratepayer money for the last decade.Hydro has decided to cut its losses on the bus service, which has cost them more than $55,000 annually over the last two years.During peak a.m. and p.m. hours, an average of 36 riders used the route.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Rapid transit stop work order lifted, still no answersThe Taylor Avenue stop outside of the old Hydro offices was created in 2008 to help employees get to their new workplace in downtown Winnipeg. But the…

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Trucks catch fire in midday blaze at Winnipeg dealership

A number of tractor-trailers went up in flames in a Thursday afternoon fire at a truck dealership in northwest Winnipeg. The vehicles caught fire in a truck compound on Route 90, south of Inkster Boulevard, around 12:30 p.m., said Erin Madden, communications officer with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. The blaze, which sent plumes of black smoke into the air, probably looked worse than it was, Madden said. “The rubber, when it’s burning, it makes it look a little bigger, more involved than I think it actually was.” She believes five trucks were damaged in the blaze.…

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3 provinces to share $68M boost for First Nations health care, including $42M for Manitoba

The federal government has taken another step in transferring control over Indigenous health programs to First Nations. Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott announced $68 million over three years for Indigenous communities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan in Winnipeg on Thursday. The money follows up on plans first announced in the 2017 budget to boost First Nations-led health services in sometimes remote communities. “The idea is to increase the control and the design of health systems in the hands of First Nations governments,” Philpott said. “The health outcomes for First Nations are…

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Bear Clan Patrol picks up more than 30K needles in first 8 months of 2018

The Bear Clan Patrol is sounding an alarm after seeing a drastic increase in the amount of needles volunteers are finding during patrols. “Last year we picked up 4,000 needles, and I really didn’t believe we would be able to meet that target again, and sadly we are,” said James Favel, executive director of the Bear Clan Patrol. Favel said this year the group has already collected 30,000 discarded needles, and there are still more than three months left in the year. Volunteers put the dirty syringes into medical boxes,…

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