Sagkeeng health centre director accused of questionable spending faced similar audit in 1990s

The man at the centre of an 800-page First Nations health centre audit that alleged more than $1.3 million in questionable spending has been in a similar position before.Global News has confirmed Ken Courchene, who was the former health director at the Fort Alexander Health Centre at Sagkeeng First Nation, was also the Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Fontaine Addictions Treatment Foundation in the early ’90s.Story continues belowThe foundation was the subject of a federal audit in 1995, which uncovered nearly $1.2 million in “unsupported per diem billings,” $1.3…

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University of Manitoba students union calling for ban of student-faculty relationships

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) is calling on the university to prohibit sexual relationships between students and staff, where there’s a direct power imbalance.This comes after further allegations against faculty at the university.In September, the university’s president David Barnard said the school had multiple ongoing investigations into sexual assault, harassment and human rights; several of which involve faculty.READ MORE: Five sexual harassment investigations involving faculty ‘ongoing’ at the University of ManitobaAccording to numbers provided by the university, five open investigations under the University of Manitoba’s Respectful Work and Learning…

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Two people taken to hospital after Winnipeg house fire

Two people were taken to hospital after a house fire in Winnipeg Monday evening.The blaze in the 100 block of McLaughlin Avenue in Silver Heights broke out around 6:30.Both victims are in listed in stable condition.When fire crews arrived on scene, flames were shooting out of a top floor window, but crews were quickly able to put the blaze out.The cause of the blaze is under investigation and there is no damage estimate available. Get daily local headlines and alerts

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DNA tests reveal 10 half-siblings across western Canada: ‘I always wanted a sister’

When Janice Carlson-McLeod, 63, was growing up, she never knew what it was like to have siblings.“It sort of hasn’t sunk in with me yet. It’s something that’s so foreign to me, never having siblings that it’s hard to grasp,” the Edmonton woman said.“To go from being an only child for 63 years to suddenly being one of 10.”Story continues belowRelated

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Crews battle blaze on Selkirk Avenue

Fire crews battled a blaze in the 700 block of Selkirk Avenue between Parr and McKenzie Street Tuesday night.No injuries were reported in the fire, which started just after 7:45 p.m. Crews treated it as a defensive fire and also used a drone to help survey the scene and ensure the safety of the firefighters.READ MORE: Fire destroys Ebb and Flow First Nation’s only church – againThe cause of the fire is under investigation and the public is being asked to avoid the area.  Get daily local headlines and alerts

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