Portage la Prairie man set apartment ablaze, trapped woman inside: RCMP

Police arrested a Portage la Prairie man and charged him with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to trap a woman inside a burning apartment suite. RCMP responded to a call about a fire and possible domestic situation at an apartment complex on 5th Street in Portage la Prairie around 1:25 a.m. on Feb. 15. When the first officer arrived, he saw thick black smoke coming from the basement apartment and heard screaming from inside. After entering the building, he saw the door to the apartment open and smoke billowing…

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Train derailment highlights cellular shortcomings in St. Lazare, residents say

Even if the province had tried to send out an emergency cell phone alert after a trail loaded with crude oil derailed near St. Lazare, most of the people in the village wouldn’t have received it. Like many areas of Manitoba, cellular service in the small community near the Saskatchewan border is non-existent. “Lives are at stake here,” said resident Terry Haney. On Saturday, nearly 40 cars derailed and began spilling crude oil on a farm in the community, about 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. Although no injuries or fires…

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Family donates land near Riding Mountain National Park in memory of Roblin man

The family of a Roblin man are donating a diverse swath of land near Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park to be preserved for future generations. The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced the creation of the Bob Mickelson Conservation Lands on Monday. The 169-hectare area (1.7 square kilometres) consists of grasslands, wetlands, forests and a lake, and his home to a wide variety of species of plants and animals. The Canada warbler has been designated as threatened in Canada. (Nick Saunders) The forests on the land provide shelter for moose, elk, and many…

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Trucking in meth: How smugglers sneak the destructive drug into Winnipeg

Allan Rodney was never alone on the open road, police allege — bags of illicit drugs were treated like his passengers. Court records say Rodney, a long-haul trucker from Surrey, B.C., who is in his 70s, made frequent trips into Winnipeg over a period of months to unload the legal freight he was supposed to ship — and the illicit drugs he wasn’t. Police believe such trips are a snapshot of how the methamphetamine infiltrating Winnipeg’s streets has arrived here — a problem one former gang investigator says is akin to a flood police are trying to…

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‘Hero,’ ‘traitor’ or ‘it’s complicated?’ When it comes to Louis Riel, labels matter

Quick! What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you see the name Louis Riel? Hero. Traitor. All of the above. It’s complicated. One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Louis Riel took one small step for the Métis and created one giant, complicated leap for his legacy. Since then, his story has not stopped evolving and the labels we’ve put on him haven’t either. For 14-year-old me, my answer to the Riel question would have definitely been “traitor,” because that’s how his story was taught to me…

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Winnipeg mother looking for answers after daughter dies during Caribbean vacation

A Winnipeg mother is returning home without her daughter after a winter vacation ended in tragedy less than a day into their planned week-long holiday. Holly Twoheart and her daughter Danielle Twoheart, 26, left Winnipeg for an all-inclusive hotel in the Dominican Republic Thursday. Holly says she went to bed around 2 a.m that first night, but Danielle decided to stay up. Hotel security woke Holly an hour later and told her Danielle had fallen off a third-floor balcony at the hotel. “They said there’d been an accident and I looked…

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Landowner says CN hasn’t reached out after train carrying oil derails on his ranch

While CN Rail publicly apologizes for a derailment that leaked crude oil onto a western Manitoba farm Saturday, the man who owns the land where cleanup efforts are now underway says he hasn’t heard from the railway company. In all 37 crude oil cars derailed on land owned by rancher Jayme Corr near St. Lazare, in the rural municipality of Ellice-Archie, about 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. No one was injured in the crash. As the first train since the derailment rolled past his home Sunday, Corr told CBC News he’s been…

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Manitoba elder Joseph Meconse dies at 77

Prominent Indigenous elder Joseph Meconse died suddenly at the age of 77 on Sunday.  Condolences poured in online after his daughter Renata Meconse confirmed that the Order of Manitoba recipient and Canadian Forces veteran from the Sayisi Dene First Nation had passed.  “My father was a friend to many people and he was very active in the Indigenous community in Winnipeg and Manitoba. You could see him at every powwow,” she said. “He’s going to be dearly missed by many people. Many people are going to be very sad,” Renata Meconse…

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What’s open in Winnipeg on Louis Riel Day

Monday marks Louis Riel Day — here’s a roundup of what’s open and closed in the city. Entertainment On Monday at Festival du Voyageur there will be a number of events, including crafts with Art City and horse-drawn carriage rides. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.   At The Forks, The Common and retail shops will be open regular hours. Shopping CF Polo Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

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Running, biking, and skating for a cause: Triathlon raises funds for Winnipeg homeless shelter

It may have been –20 C, but triathletes participating in Beat the Cold at The Forks on Sunday had warmth on their minds. Beat the Cold, a triathlon in which participants complete a 5K run, 5K bike, and 5K skate on the Assiniboine River, took place Sunday, raising funds for 1JustCity’s Just a Warm Sleep emergency warming centre.   Beat the Cold, a triathlon in which participants complete a 5K run, 5K bike, and 5K skate on the Assiniboine River, took place Sunday. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC) Race organizer Luke Rempel said…

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