Money collected through newcomer application fees far outstrips announced spending

The amount of money the province announced it was spending on newcomer services last week is much less than the total amount collected through fees from the provincial nominee program. Last week, the province announced it was spending $3.1 million to support newcomer services across Manitoba, using money generated from program application fees. In response to a freedom of information request filed by the NDP, however, the province revealed it had taken in nearly $5 million from those fees since the start of 2017. “Newcomers to Manitoba need services like…

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Winnipeg artists’ collective nominated for $100,000 national prize

A Winnipeg-based group is on the long list to win a prestigious award for emerging contemporary artists in Canada. The Ephemerals — a collective made up of artists Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western — were nominated for the 2019 Sobey Art Award this week. The award is open to Canadian artists 40 and under. The winner receives a $100,000 prize, which was doubled in 2018 from the usual $50,000. Each long-listed artist receives a $2,000 award, and four finalists from the list will receive $25,000. The Ephemerals have collaborated…

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Former Winnipeg sportscaster pleads guilty to robbing 2 banks in Medicine Hat, Alta.

A former journalist arrested almost two years ago after two banks were robbed in Medicine Hat, Alta., has been convicted of the crimes. Stephen Vogelsang, who is 55, entered guilty pleas Thursday in provincial court to two counts of robbery. He is to be sentenced on July 30. Vogelsang was arrested in October 2017 after a Royal Bank of Canada branch and a Bank of Montreal branch were robbed. Earlier this month he was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of bank robberies in…

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Cost of compost machinery too high for southern Manitoba communities

The high cost of large-scale compost machinery has pushed a trio of southern Manitoba communities not to renew a three-year pilot program. People in Morris, St. Pierre Jolys and De Salaberry responded well to the curbside pickup program, but the municipalities couldn’t afford the cost of the equipment, said De Salaberry Reeve Darrel Cure. “Curbside was a simple service. What was complex was the cost of running the compost operation,” he said during an interview with Marcy Markusa, host of CBC’s morning radio show, Information Radio. For example, a compost…

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‘Right where we want them’: Winnipeg Jets fans optimistic heading into Game 5

Winnipeg Jets fans are hoping to help reverse the home-ice disadvantage tonight, as the team heads into Game 5 against the visiting St. Louis Blues. After losing the first two games at home, the Jets stole both games on the road from the Blues to even the first-round series at 2-2. “We’ve got this series under control now,” said Jets fan RoxaneWiebe before Thursday’s game.  “Everyone is feeling a lot more optimistic about what the end result is going to be, some big players, big names have come up and performed well.” The Jets and Blues…

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Jets facing elimination in St. Louis after late goal stuns Bell MTS Place

The St. Louis Blues stole Game 5 on the road against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night, thanks to a third-period surge capped by a winning goal in the dying seconds to take the series lead. The narrative of a home-ice disadvantage reigns supreme, as the home team has lost every game in the series thus far. After a dream start with two goals in the first period, the Jets were hit with a nightmare finish in the third, as Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winning goal with just 15 seconds remaining. Fast start for…

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New trial ordered for 2 men involved in $250K drug bust who argued charter rights were violated

Two Alberta men are headed back to court in connection with a bust involving more than $250,000 worth of drugs, almost two years after a Manitoba judge ruled police had violated their charter rights.  Charges were dismissed against Jaden Omeasoo and Benjamin White in June 2017 after a judge found police had not told them why they were being detained and failed to provide them with their right to counsel. Omeasoo and White were charged with numerous drugs and weapons charges after Winnipeg police got reports of a road-rage incident in the…

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RCMP looking for missing woman in northern Manitoba

The RCMP are asking for help looking for a 23-year-old woman who they said may be in the Thompson, Nelson House or Flin Flon areas. Skye Charlette was last seen on April 10 in the community of Cranberry Portage, 726 km northwest of Winnipeg. She was reported missing on April 13. Charlette is 5-foot-7 and 125 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Cranberry Portage RCMP at 204-472-4040 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com. Skye…

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Cyclist says he was doused with pepper spray after he asked officer to turn high-beams off

A Winnipeg cyclist says a police officer pepper-sprayed him in the face moments after he asked the officer to turn his vehicle’s high-beam headlights off. Thomas Krause, a 29-year-old audio-visual technician who works late shifts at a downtown hotel, says he was biking home in the West End around 3 a.m. on April 12 when he crossed paths with a marked Winnipeg Police Service SUV. “There were high beams in my eyes,” Krause said Wednesday, adding the incident began as he and the officer were travelling in opposite directions on Home Street at St.…

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Home-ice advantage ‘doesn’t seem as powerful,’ coach says as Jets come back to Winnipeg with series tied

Fans might think the Winnipeg Jets have all the momentum coming home after winning the last two games against the Blues in St. Louis, but no one was hearing that from the team’s coach and players Thursday. Head coach Paul Maurice and a few of his players talked about what they have to focus on as the Jets get ready for the fifth game in their best-of-seven series against the St. Louis Blues. The players will hit the ice at Bell MTS Place at 7:30 p.m. CT Thursday, with the series…

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