5 People’s Party of Canada members resign in Winnipeg, accusing supporters of racism, anti-Semitism

The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) has lost five of its Winnipeg members over allegations the federal party is harbouring racists, anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists.In an open letter to PPC Leader Maxime Bernier posted online, party members of the Elmwood-Transcona riding wrote that they were excited for a “principled alternative in Canadian politics.”Story continues below“The biggest problem we face locally, though, are our own supporters,” the letter reads, claiming that PPC supporters “spread disinformation and distrust online via their personal and sometimes official party channels.”The letter is signed by five former…

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6 more Winnipeg building inspectors fired during city investigation

The city has fired more building inspectors as it continues its investigation into allegations employees were slacking off while on the job.Global News has learned six more inspectors have been fired as the city continues to do a deep dive into employee’s work days.READ MORE: City to pay $18K for hidden camera footage of workers allegedly slacking offStory continues belowThe internal investigation into the city’s Planning, Property and Development (PPD) department stemmed from a private investigation that caught several employees on camera making personal shopping trips, running errands and taking…

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Review of Winnipeg police AIR1 helicopter to be released Friday

A review of Winnipeg police’s AIR1 helicopter is set to be released Friday.Consulting firm MNP was selected to look into the effectiveness of the police chopper in 2018.The service initially announced its plan to have an assessment in 2016, but it was cancelled after changes to provincial funding.READ MORE: Effectiveness of Winnipeg’s Air1 operations to be reviewedThe survey on the flight-unit was to involve conversations with police service members, external stakeholders and the public.The helicopter was purchased by the city for $3.5 million in 2010.In the most recent survey, the…

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Manitoba hopes to woo Quebec civil servants worried about religious symbols ban

The Manitoba government is planning to recruit civil servants from Quebec who are concerned about a new law in the province banning religious symbols.Manitoba has a shortage of bilingual civil servants, Premier Brian Pallister says, and will send letters to Quebec professional organizations, colleges and other entities to invite public-sector workers to move west.“We think that there may be people in Quebec right now who want to come to a province where we don’t have clothing police, where their freedoms will be respected and their rights will be respected,” Pallister said Thursday.The…

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Portage Place ‘failed along the street’; hopes remain for improvement

The ongoing debate over Portage Place’s future continues, with some arguing it’s time to spruce up the mall and others wondering where they will go if the mall changes.Shareholders of the downtown mall will hear from residents with concerns at City Hall on Wednesday, with the potential sale of the 32-year-old mall in the offing.Toronto-based Starlight Investments has offered $22.9 million for the shopping centre, with an additional $47 million for its land and underground parkade.View link »View original article here Source

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Commissioner finds Manitoba cabinet minister’s constituency group broke rule

Manitoba’s elections commissioner has ruled that a Progressive Conservative constituency association broke a rule when it accepted merchandise to be used for prizes at a golf tournament.But Bill Bowles says the infraction was unintentional and does not warrant prosecution.Bowles investigated a fundraising golf tournament organized last year by the Tory constituency association in St. Vital, a seat held by Crown Services Minister Colleen Mayer.READ MORE: Pre-election blackout slated for Wednesday as Tories hold announcement blitzThe tournament gave away prizes donated by the Insurance Bureau of Manitoba and an insurance firm,…

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Winnipeg police chief urges officers to ‘hang in there’ amidst elevated calls for service

Winnipeg’s police chief is urging his officers to “please hang in there” as they deal with what he calls a higher-than-normal call volume and a significant illicit drug crisis.In a newsletter sent Tuesday aimed not only at officers but at local politicians, Chief Danny Smyth said he was “tired and frustrated by what I see going on around us.”Story continues belowSmyth praised various units, including Homicide, Guns and Gang, Forensics, Tactical Support and General Patrol, commending their “hard work, service and professionalism,” but said he understands a higher crime rate…

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Increased accountability key to solving slacking workers problem: lawyer

A lawyer representing a group of anonymous Winnipeggers who hired a private investigator to look into building inspectors said it’s time to move the investigation up the management ladder.John Prystanski, a former city councillor, told Global News the investigaton’s next step is to find out how much the employees’ immediate supervisors knew about them allegedly slacking off.Increased accountability, he said, will help Winnipeggers have faith in city staff.Story continues below“There has to be accountability. Ever since I’ve been around, we always had concerns – are our civic employees performing accordingly?…

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University of Manitoba drops faculty member amid RCMP investigation

The University of Manitoba has severed ties with a faculty member in its health sciences department after she was linked to an ongoing RCMP investigation.Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, an award-winning Ebola researcher who worked as an adjunct professor in the department of medical microbiology, is no longer at the university, according to spokesperson John Danakas.“Dr. Qiu’s appointment as a non-salaried adjunct at the University of Manitoba has ended, pending the RCMP investigation,” he wrote.Story continues belowRelatedView original article here Source

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Manitoba Election 2019 Promise Tracker: Where do the parties stand on the major issues?

Manitobans are heading to the polls for a late summer election on Tuesday, Sept. 10.If you’re undecided on who to vote for, Global News Winnipeg has you covered. From health care and education to infrastructure and the meth crisis, we’re keeping track of every promise made by the main political parties vying for your vote.Here’s a running list of all the campaign promises made so far.Manitoba Liberal PartyView original article here Source

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