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Long-Time Mascot for CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers Says the Show’s the Thing

By Josh Crabb, CTV, The Canadian Press

Buzz and Boomer
Winnipeg Blue Bombers mascots Buzz and Boomer (BLUEBOMBERS.COM)

WINNIPEG – Mascots can be key characters on professional sports teams, working the crowd to make their home arena loud and proud and keeping the fans entertained.

In Winnipeg, one man has spent 27 seasons behind the mask for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

James Deighton says it’s all about putting on a good show.

“It’s a very unusual position,” says Deighton, who plays Boomer the bird, a taller, more laid-back partner to the more outgoing Buzz.

“There’s always something to talk about. People always find you interesting when you say you’re a mascot.”

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Toronto’s Favourite Dead Raccoon Now Memorialized in Butter

By The Canadian Press

Raccoon Memorial
A memorial for a dead raccoon collected on a Toronto sidewalk Thursday after more than 12 hours in July 2015. (JASON WAGAR / TWITTER)

TORONTO – First he was toast, now he’s butter.

Conrad the raccoon is back, sculpted into a slab of butter at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition.

The furry critter whose demise on a downtown street in July brought Torontonians together in grief and giggles is now being memorialized by a sculptor.

Every year, the CNE — fondly known as “the Ex” to local residents — invites local artists to create butter sculptures in a refrigerated, glass-enclosed space as visitors watch. Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Yoda were among the fan favourites of years past.

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PHOTOS: Winnipeg Hammered by Flash Flooding

WINNIPEG — A severe thunderstorm system hit the city Friday, contributing to more than a few stalled vehicles, “booters,” and water-logged basements.

The deluge hit as Environment Canada’s severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect for most of the southern portion of the province. The system flooded major city streets, including Waverley Street, Pembina Highway, Regent Avenue and numerous underpasses.

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More Human Remains Found in Leaf Rapids

RCMP Crest LogoFor the second time in a week, human remains have been discovered in Leaf Rapids.

RCMP in the northern Manitoba community responded Thursday after civilian searchers found the remains of a body.

“We are not in a position to confirm the identity of the remains at this time, pending further forensic examination and investigative steps to ensure certainty,” said Sgt. Bert Paquet of the Manitoba RCMP.

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YouTube Canada Teams with Rogers Radio Network to Create One-Hour Weekly Show

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Rogers is launching a radio program called “YouTube Hits” that will feature on-air appearances by some of the Internet portal’s biggest attractions from Canada.

The one-hour program will be hosted each weekend by Blake Carter and Adam Wylde of KISS 92.5 in Toronto in collaboration with YouTube Canada.

It will also be on other youth-oriented Rogers stations in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

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Repair Techs Find Child Porn on Man’s Laptop

Winnipeg Police CrestA 20-year-old man is facing charges after the laptop he brought to a Winnipeg computer repair shop turned up child pornography.

Police say technicians began a restoration on the computer July 7, when videos of females between the ages of three and seven engaged in sexual abuse acts were discovered.

Members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit were notified and began an investigation.

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Manitoba Government Adds Support Money for Syrian Refugees

By The Canadian Press

Greg Selinger
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, left, speaks as Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil looks on at the closing news conference of the summer meeting of Canada’s premiers in St. John’s, N.L., on July 17, 2015. The Manitoba government is boosting funding for churches and other organizations that help refugees, in a bid to accommodate people fleeing Syria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is boosting funding for churches and other organizations that help refugees, in a bid to accommodate people fleeing Syria.

Premier Greg Selinger says an extra $40,000 is being given to settlement service providers in the province, so that they can accommodate hundreds more refugees in the coming months.

Selinger is also calling on the federal government to boost immigration and refugee numbers.

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Photo Project with The New Yorker Magazine Features Residential School Survivors

By Chelsea Lakowski, MBC, The Canadian Press

This is @dzalcman sharing images from an ongoing project on the survivors of Canada's Indian Residential Schools. Thank you for following along! This is Leona Wolf. She went to Muskowekwan Indian Residential School from 1960-1966. "My mother and her siblings went to school [at Muskowekwan] too. When my mom's sister was 7 years old, she was pushed down a flight of stairs by a nun and broke her back. She died instantly. All of the kids were terrified that the same thing would happen to them. My mother didn't tell me her story until 1993, when she was crippled by arthritis and at the end of her life. It finally became clear why she had never been able to care for me — when I was two weeks old, she abandoned me in high grass on our reserve. … We all abuse each other this way. It's what we were taught." This project was supported by a grant from the @pulitzercenter. #pulitzercenter #signsofyouridentity

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REGINA – International photojournalist Daniella Zalcman has partnered with The New Yorker magazine to show her project on Canada’s residential school survivors.

Zalcman, who is based in London and New York, says she never heard anything about residential schools until she came to Canada researching a project on HIV rates in colonized countries.

Zalcman was in Saskatchewan between July 31 and Aug. 13, meeting 45 First Nations people.

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Sound & Sky Concert Cancelled Due to Weather


Assiniboine Park was to be rockin’ tonight with live music, beer gardens and food trucks. But those plans are off.

Extreme weather has forced the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to cancel the second annual Sound & Sky Benefit Concert, with headliners Hedley and special guests Sloan and The Proud Sons.

Funds from the concert were to support the Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series at the park.

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Manitoba Woman Diagnosed with West Nile Virus

MosquitoA Manitoba woman in her 50s has the first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

Manitoba Health says the woman lives in the Southern Health–Santé Sud region and did no experience neurological symptoms and was not hospitalized.

It’s believed the woman was exposed during the week of July 26. The investigation is ongoing.

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