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Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Solving Blast That Injured Winnipeg Lawyer

By The Canadian Press

Law Firm Explosion
Members of a bomb unit enter a law firm as they investigate an explosion in Winnipeg on Friday, July 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Police in Winnipeg continue to say they believe a suspected bomb that seriously injured a lawyer is an “isolated incident” and the public isn’t at risk.

Investigators released no other details on Friday’s incident where Maria Mitousis, who specializes in family law, was hurt by a suspected explosive device that was sent to the office where she worked.

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Growing Number of Canadians Cutting Traditional Television: CBC Report

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press

Marjie Lynn
Marjie Lynn is seen in Hantsport, N.S. on July 3, 2015. Lynn is one of a growing number of Canadians who are ditching their traditional television subscriptions and relying on TV content on the Internet and from streaming media providers. (CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

HALIFAX – A growing number of Canadians are ditching their traditional television subscriptions, according to a new CBC research report.

The May 2015 report said more than half of Canadians currently without cable television have “cut the cord,” meaning they had a television subscription and cancelled it.

“With the prevalence of TV content on the Internet and Netflix, Canadians are seeing less need to have a TV subscription,” the report said.

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Cool Gardens Exhibit Returns for a Third Year

By David Klassen

Citizen Garden
The University of Manitoba’s Environmental Design Program’s “Citizen Garden,” which will take centre stage at The Forks. The group’s installation features 2,015 flags with the faces of Winnipeggers, each describing what ‘cool’ means to them. (COOLGARDENS.COM)

WINNIPEG — Looking for somewhere to cool off from this heat and humidity? The Cool Gardens exhibit is back for a third year.

StorefrontMB is presenting the annual exhibit with eight garden installations to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape.

“StorefrontMB is very excited about the breadth and richness of this year’s installations after expanding our reach internationally to attract entrants from around the world,” said exhibition co-curator David Penner.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Distracted Drivers: Currie

By Roger Currie

Texting and Driving
(Texting and driving image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — One of the many indications that an election is only months away, both federally as well as provincially in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are more moves to get tough on impaired and distracted drivers. Federally, there was a vague promise by Peter MacKay of stiff measures, but parliament is now done until after the vote in October, and MacKay won’t be there when the MP’s come back.

On Canada Day, high-risk drivers in Manitoba who text behind the wheel began facing tougher sanctions. Anyone convicted of such an offense will be hit with five demerits. Attorney General Gord Mackintosh says it’s the toughest penalty in Canada. It could cost repeat offenders as much as $3,000 in higher insurance premiums.

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Woman Injured in Explosion at Winnipeg Law Firm

Law Firm Explosion
Members of a bomb unit enter a law firm as they investigate an explosion in Winnipeg on Friday, July 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)
Maria Mitousis
Maria Mitousis (TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — One woman was sent to hospital Friday after an explosion at 252 River Avenue.

Emergency crews responded at around 10:30 a.m. to the Petersen King law offices.

Const. Eric Hofley says the woman, who has been identified as Maria Mitousis, 35, triggered the explosive device inadvertently and the injuries were to her upper body.

“I am unaware of her condition at this point, but I can acknowledge the seriousness of her injuries,” Hofley said.

Investigators did not know how the device ended up at the law firm, which several websites suggested specializes in family law.

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Premier Brad Wall Says Smoke is Hampering Fighting of Saskatchewan Wildfires

By The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Fires
A massive plume of smoke rises from a wildfire in the LaRonge, Sask., area in this July 1, 2015 handout photo from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment – Wildfire Branch)

Heavy smoke is hampering the fighting of wildfires that are threatening some communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Premier Brad Wall said smoke in the La Ronge area has grounded aircraft that have been battling the flames.

Wall met a group of firefighters and thanked them for their efforts.

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Olympic Bobsled Champion Kaillie Humphries Leads Annual Calgary Stampede Parade

By Bill Graveland and Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

Kaillie Humphries
Parade marshal and Olympic medalist Kaillie Humphries waves during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – Two-time Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries sported a gold-medal smile Friday as she presided over the kickoff to the Calgary Stampede.

An estimated 250,000 people took the morning off work, donned cowboy hats, boots and jeans, and lined up early for the parade, which marks the beginning of a 10-day celebration of the cowboy way of life.

“I’m super excited. This is honestly a dream come true, so I’m speechless. I really don’t know what to say except it’s going to be an amazing time,” said Humphries, sitting on a horse named Que.

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LEGO Store Now Open in Winnipeg

The new LEGO Store on the second level of Polo Park Shopping Centre opened on Friday. (FACEBOOK)
The new LEGO Store on the second level of Polo Park Shopping Centre opened on Friday. (FACEBOOK)
WINNIPEG — LEGO enthusiasts were overjoyed Friday with the opening of the city’s first store dedicated solely to the colourful building blocks.

The Denmark-based toy manufacturer has opened on the second level of Polo Park Shopping Centre.

“Polo Park is constantly evolving as the premier retail destination in Manitoba,” said Deborah Green, general manager of Polo Park, back in May when the store was first announced.

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Horse Racing Community Holding Fundraiser for Injured Jockey

Alyssa Selman
Alyssa Selman (FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG — A horse racing jockey who may never walk again has the support of her colleagues and community when they host a fundraising social in her honour in a couple weeks.

Alyssa Selman, 29, was racing at Assiniboia Downs on June 27 when her horse stumbled and she was thrown to the ground. She suffered a serious back injury that required surgery the following day. She is currently recovering at the Health Sciences Centre.

On Sunday, July 19, the Downs will host a social to raise funds for Selman and her family to assist in her road to recovery. Tickets are $15 and go on sale tonight at the guest services booth, Assiniboia Downs general office, VLT cashiers or the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper.

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Five Things to Know About Threats to Flights. What Are the Consequences?

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

WestJet
A WestJet aircraft is pictured on the tarmac in Ottawa on Thursday. The airline has suffered a rash of threats over the past week, grounding several flights and affecting travel for passengers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

TORONTO – The past week has seen several threats made against Canadian airliners. The disruptions to four WestJet flights and one Air Canada plane left passengers scrambling as airlines dealt with halted operations and route diversions. Although each threat proved to be a false alarm, police are investigating them and aviation experts are taking notice.

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