3 Winnipeg neighbourhoods experiencing higher population of cankerworms, city says

Cankerworms — the green worms you see hanging from trees in Winnipeg — have started popping up around the city, but officials say there are some neighbourhoods that are seeing them more than others.According to the City of Winnipeg, if you live in the west end, River Heights or North Kildonan, there are more cankerworms in your neighbourhood than the rest of Winnipeg.Story continues belowThe city says the cankerworm population has been low in previous years as the insects live in cycles, however their number has begun to increase this…

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Sentencing of Winnipeg man found guilty of killing city transit driver begins Monday

Sentencing is scheduled to begin Monday morning for the Winnipeg man found guilty of killing a city transit driver.A jury found Brian Kyle Thomas guilty of fatally stabbing bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser on Valentine’s Day 2017.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Guilty — Winnipeg jury rejects self-defence argument in bus driver killingFraser died of multiple stab wounds after an altercation with Thomas that began on the transit bus, which was parked at the University of Manitoba campus.A jury found Thomas guilty of second-degree murder in January.READ MORE: Video footage shows bus…

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With invasive species killing many Winnipeg trees, what can you plant?

With the City of Winnipeg battling multiple invasive species and diseases affecting the urban canopy, homeowners should consider diversifying the trees on your property.More than 350,000 ash trees in the city will die in the next 10 years after emerald ash borer beetles were found here in 2017, said Martha Barwinsky, the city’s forester.“We have three major invasive pests threatening our urban canopy right now — Dutch Elm Disease, we have been managing that, and emerald ash borer and the Cottony Ash Psyllid,” she said.Story continues belowWhen the city was…

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Do you believe in life without a Cher concert?

It’s not the news Cher fans were hoping for.The singer’s show was shut down when she fell ill shortly before she was scheduled to hit a Winnipeg stage in May.Bell MTS Place was looking at finding a replacement date, but as of Thursday, the show has been cancelled entirely due to scheduling difficulties.READ MORE: Cher falls ill, tells waiting Winnipeg audience concert is cancelledTickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically refunded, while people who bought their tickets in person can get a refund at their point of purchase.The…

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Wawanesa Insurance to be major tenant at new True North Square building

Winnipeg’s True North Square development is getting a new addition.Global News has learned Wawanesa Insurance will be the major tenant at a building which which will be constructed across the street from True North Square, at the old Hull’s Family Bookstores location on Graham Avenue.RELATED: True North Square Plaza open to publicTrue North’s real estate arm and James Richardson and Sons will own the new building, and it will also result in the demolition of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet parkade. The RWB parkade.Jordan Pearn/Global NewsAn official announcement will be made…

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Winnipeg police use armoured vehicle more than 30 times in 2018

The Winnipeg Police Service‘s armoured response vehicle was in high demand last year.The ARV was used for tactical deployment 34 times in 2018, according to the city police board’s latest report.Of those times, the vehicle was deployed on eight occasions for active firearm calls, including an incident in which the vehicle was shot at, the report says.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Police Service adds armoured vehicle to its fleet“Notably, one of these events included an active shooter situation in November 2018. The ARV sustained multiple shots directed at members, saving…

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Expectations are high for new look Winnipeg Blue Bombers

With training camp now in the rear view mirror, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had their first practice on Tuesday with the new-look squad.“Waking up today, it was just a lot of excitement,” quarterback Matt Nichols said.“To get in here with the official team for this year, and get to work, and start normal work weeks, and get back on that routine.”Story continues belowREAD MORE: ‘Friday night was a long night’: Blue Bombers GM explains final cutsThe team is coming off a 10-win season that saw them win their first playoff game…

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Hi Neighour Sam needs a $23,000 makeover

A popular statue depicting the mascot of Transcona’s biggest festival is in need of a few good neighbours.Hi Neighbour Sam needs a makeover — and it’s more than just a splash of paint, say the friendly folks at the Hi Neighbour Festival.“He needs to be moved from his location to be repaired, restored and painted. It is a going to be an extensive job,” said the Hi Neighbour Festival in a social media post.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeggers spoiled for choice with at least 7 street festivals happening this weekend“We…

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Pikangikum First Nation evacuees heading home as officials bring forest fire under control

The first of several hundred people evacuated due to a forest fire near Pikangikum First Nation are heading home on Monday as officials continue to hold the fire at its current size.About 90 people who had been flown to Winnipeg are going back to the community in northern Ontario. A total of about 420 people had been flown to Winnipeg, while other evacuees were staying in Thunder Bay, Red Lake and other Ontario towns and cities.Story continues below“There are two flights scheduled today to fly evacuees back to the northwestern…

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Fail to cut your grass? Winnipeg will mow it for you – then fine you for it

Mow your lawn or the City of Winnipeg will mow it for you – and charge you to do so.A city-wide pilot project is making the neighbourhood livability by-law a little tougher by clamping down earlier on those who don’t cut their grass.Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) told 680 CJOB Monday it may not seem like much of a priority, but added councillors hear about it all the time.READ MORE: Manitoba cosmetic pesticide ban leads to dandelion infestationStory continues below“I worked quite a bit around the University Manitoba, dealing with…

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