Dutch elm disease surveillance program underway in Winnipeg

The Dutch elm disease (DED) surveillance program is currently underway around Winnipeg. The City of Winnipeg said the disease, which is caused by a fungus, has infected several trees in the city – including in Central Park – which has left some trees bare. In an email to CTV News, the city said it expects to know the final number of infected trees in October when the surveillance program is complete. It says DED removals could start as early as August, but most will begin in fall and continue throughout…

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Priest’s sexual assault trial adjourned due to failing health

The charges against Ronald Léger stem from a period between 1983 and 2013. (Radio-Canada) A sexual assault trial for Winnipeg Catholic priest Ronald Léger that was set to begin this fall has been adjourned after his lawyer told court on Friday the man’s health is failing and he is in palliative care. “My client maintains his innocence. He has from the onset of these charges,” Léger’s lawyer, Saul Simmonds, told CBC News in a written statement.  “Unfortunately he is now in palliative care and is incapacitated. The trial has been…

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Man rescued on Lake Manitoba after spending night stranded on boat

A 60-year-old camper spent nearly 24 hours on Lake Manitoba before being safely brought to shore.The camper didn’t return to his campsite at Vakker Beach Campground on the west shore of Lake Manitoba on Friday night.READ MORE: Goat Island in Manitoba attracting adventure seekers from around the worldStory continues belowLocal campers began a search on the water first thing Saturday morning, after last seeing the man fishing in his boat just after 5 p.m. the night before.RCMP Search and Rescue crews received a call regarding the missing boater just before…

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Cottager helps rescue boater stranded overnight on Lake Manitoba

RCMP received a report Saturday morning that a boater had gone fishing the previous evening and didn’t return to his campsite. (David Bell/CBC) A cottager who helped rescue a stranded boater on Lake Manitoba had no idea what to expect when a neighbour handed him a two-way radio dropped from an aircraft circling above his Lundar Beach cabin. Marty Danielson found himself talking to members of the Canadian Air Forces. “They’re saying that there’s a stranded boater that has been drifting for over a day. And he’s a long way out…

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Missing boater found ‘in good spirits’ after night spent on Lake Manitoba

RCMP received a report Saturday morning that a boater had gone fishing the previous evening and didn’t return to his campsite. (David Bell/CBC) A search for a missing boater ended when searchers in the air spotted the man in his boat on Lake Manitoba. The search began on Saturday after Ste. Rose du Lac RCMP received a report of a missing 60-year-old man who was camping at Vakker Beach Campground.  The man was last seen fishing in his boat on the lake on Friday around 5 p.m. Local campers started…

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A little bit comedy, a little bit drama: Reviews of 6 ‘dramedies’ at the Winnipeg Fringe

Wakey, Wakey runs July 18 to 27 at the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. (Michael Osikoya/Visual Soul Studios) There are comedies and there are dramas — and then there are those shows that don’t fit neatly into either category. Whether they’re comedies with serious notes or dramas laced with laughs, there are plenty of shows billing themselves as “dramedies” at the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe. Here are CBC Manitoba’s reviews of six of those shows. The Open House runs July 19 to 28 at the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. (Sherab Rabzyor…

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Northern, central Manitoba regions bracing for extreme heat

People in northern and central Manitoba could face some extreme heat over the next few days. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press) The next few days could test the heat tolerance of Manitobans living in the northern and central regions of the province. Manitoba Health issued an advisory about hot conditions in those regions beginning Sunday and climbing into Monday and Tuesday. Communities expected to be affected include Flin Flon, The Pas, Norway House, Lynn Lake, Thompson and possibly Grand Rapids.  Some communities could experience extreme heat for two or three days, the…

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Cyclists complete tour across 3 U.S. states, raise $125K for Habitat for Humanity home

John Loewen marks his 24th year involved with Habitat for Humanity’s Cycle of Hope fundraiser. This year, his 15-year-old son Sam Loewen joined him for the first time. (Dana Hatherly/CBC) More than two dozen Winnipeggers who each cycled more than 1,250 kilometres were welcomed back to the city by supporters perched in front of a new home the cyclists helped raise money to build. The cycling tour took the group on a journey across three U.S. states along the TransAmerica Trail from Baker City, Ore. to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. After two weeks on the road, riders in…

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The high price of smashed car windows, petty crime and addiction

Joanne Seiff takes a photo of the smashed back window of her car, the first time it was vandalized. (Joanne Seiff) In June, I joined a large club that I wished didn’t exist. The Broken Window Club. My car was vandalized twice and two windows were broken.  The first episode happened as our sidewalks were being jackhammered by a city contractor. So we wondered if the SUV’s back window shattered due to the vibrations.  More likely, the property damage was criminal, even though the broken back window didn’t allow anyone easy…

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It’s purple-tongue time! Manitoba saskatoon berry farms enjoying bumper crop

Wendy Rutherford of Rutherford Farms near Gross Isle on her saskatoon orchard. She co-owns a Manitoba saskatoon experimental farm. (Bill Redekop/CBC) Health authorities are warning of a strange affliction sweeping through Manitoba that turns people’s tongues a dark shade of purple. In severe cases, individuals display purple-stained mouths and hands, too. Ah, saskatoon berry season is back. It’s that time of year when the luscious berry native to the Prairies ripens into a deep blue-purple hue for making pies, jams or just to roll into your mouth. “It’s the litmus taste…

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