It’s ‘a community matter’: Feds abdicate responsibility for questionable health care spending to Sagkeeng council

Federal officials say it’s up to a Manitoba First Nation to decide what to do about health care money funding questionable purchases, despite the fact the funding comes from Canadian taxpayers.An internal audit into the a Sagkeeng health centre showed more than $1.3 million was spent on things like travel allowances, speeding tickets, toys, movies, and honorariums for paid staff at Fort Alexander Health Centre in the community.Story continues belowThe audit was called for by the current Chief, Derrick Henderson, after being elected in 2017 and firing the previous board…

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Weird, wonderful items at Winnipeg cops’ unclaimed goods auction

Are you in the market for a Super Nintendo with no power cord? How about a golf bag with “miscellaneous clubs” or a high-end fog machine?If you’re interested in these or a host of other items, the Winnipeg Police Service’s unclaimed goods auction might be worth your while.READ MORE: Winnipeg police auction off unclaimed itemsThe auction – which includes items from Criminal Property Forfeiture – isn’t all weird stuff, though.Among the 1990s stamp collections and multiple lots of hockey cards are gold jewelry, power tools, musical instruments, and more.The auction…

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NBA, NFL adding extra cash into Winnipeg businesses’ pockets

Sports events happening outside of Winnipeg are putting some extra money in local pockets – and right now basketball is drawing more people to bars than hockey.Tony Siwicki of Silver Heights Restaurant and Lounge said the bar is packed full when the NBA’s Toronto Raptors are on the court.“It’s pretty crazy, there’ll be screaming and complaining at each other over the game, there will be one eye on the basketball game,” said Siwicki, laughing.“But it’s all sports in the end.”Story continues belowREAD MORE: NFL preseason game between Oakland Raiders, Green…

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Winnipeg Railway Museum closed due to structural concerns

Residents looking to explore the Winnipeg Railway Museum will be out of luck for the foreseeable future.The Museum has been closed because of structural concerns.The building’s owner, VIA Rail, said an engineering analysis to refurbish the train shed at Union Station that houses the Museum lead to the closure.READ MORE: ‘Gateway to the West’: Railway museum celebrates Winnipeg’s past“As we were progressing and getting a better assessment of the work involved,  an inspection revealed that there were some risks regarding certain elements of the structure,” VIA said in a statement.“Since…

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Winnipeg inches closer to a possible organic waste program

Winnipeg is one step closer to launching an organic waste program.The City’s Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment Committee approved a motion Wednesday to have city staff look into potential pilot programs.Staff would explore how other cities across Canada are doing organic waste programs, calculate potential costs, and layout options on what a pilot would look.READ MORE: Regina gives the okay to a green pilot programAn organic waste plan would divert things like animal bones, kitchen scraps and coffee grounds from the landfill.The plan is based on a…

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Winnipeg Transit Union to ban voluntary overtime as fight for new contract continues

The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 has announced it is banning voluntary overtime for its members.The ban means that ATU members cannot sign up for any additional overtime while the contract dispute carries on.This comes three days after the ATU voted 96 per cent against the City of Winnipeg’s latest contract offer.Story continues below“Our goal is to encourage the city to return to the table, bargain in good faith and work with us to build a public transit system that Winnipeg and its transit riders deserve,” said the union’s president, Aleem…

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Find an abandoned shopping cart in Winnipeg? Here’s who to call to pick it up

You see them everywhere – halfway down the side of a river bank, toppled over and trashed, or laying in the middle of your favourite Winnipeg park.Shopping carts are stolen and abandoned on a regular basis, but what do you do when you see one? It’s as easy as making a phone call.READ MORE: Independent grocer faces $10,000 fine for opening Winnipeg store on Good FridaySpeedy Cart Services picks up abandoned carts for all the stores in Winnipeg except for WalMart and Superstore – and they’re picking up as many…

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Independent grocer faces $10,000 fine for opening Winnipeg store on Good Friday

A man who owns a chain of independent grocery stores in Winnipeg says he was fined $10,000 for opening one of his stores on Good Friday.Munther Zeid, who owns several Food Fare locations in the city, was handed the ticket on Tuesday by a pair of Winnipeg police officers in his store, he said. Provincial law forbids most stores from opening on statutory holidays.Story continues below“Its very unfair,” he said. “It’s a stat holiday, a general holiday, and yet this morning I looked on the website after getting the ticket,…

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PUB grants Manitoba Hydro 2.5 per cent increase, after asking for 3.5 per cent

The Public Utilities Board has granted Manitoba Hydro a 2.5 per cent increase after being asked for a 3.5 per cent increase.For the average homeowner, it’ll mean a $25-$30 increase per year, more for those who use electric heat.Story continues below“The good news is that certainly our clients and large industrials managed to persuade the Public Utilities Board that 3.5 percent — which would have been $60 million annually — was way too much and the Public Utilities Board has knocked off about $16 or 17 million in terms of…

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Bears looking for missing owners after Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Several owners have gone missing after the Teddy Bears’ Picnic Sunday.Some bears are hoping to be reunited with their owners after they apparently wandered off without them.The bears are currently snoozing in a big cuddly pile in a den at the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, but if their owners want to call 204-787-4400, the staff at CHFM will wake up their bear and reunite them.RELATED: Teddy Bears’ Picnic goes off without a hitch View original article here Source

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