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Winnipeg Jets Put Skills on Display in Annual Competition

By Shawn Coates (@shawncoates)

Adam Lowry
Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) skates in the 2014 Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition at MTS Centre on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Fans were the true winners of the 2014 Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition, as 12,045 people watched their hockey heroes take part in a series of fun events at MTS Centre Wednesday night.

The third annual event showcased various skills of the Jets players, who were divided into two squads — Team White and Team Blue. The players participated in five events: fastest skater, accuracy shooting, puck control relay, hardest shot and breakaway competition.

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Winnipeg Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for Dismembering Roommate

By The Canadian Press

(Courtroom image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing and dismembering his roommate in 2012.

Emery McLeod, 40, had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Monias but the jury convicted him of manslaughter.

McLeod claimed he was drunk and stoned when he fatally choked Monias while they were wrestling at their apartment.

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Woman Hit by School Bus on Selkirk Avenue

Winnipeg Police CrestA 58-year-old woman was struck by a school bus Wednesday morning in the 700 block of Selkirk Avenue.

Winnipeg police say the accident happened just before 8 a.m. when the woman was attempting to walk south across Selkirk near Parr Street. The bus had just turned westbound from Parr onto Selkirk.

Police say the bus driver was notified by a witness that the woman had been hit. She was taken to hospital in critical condition and later upgraded to stable.

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BlackBerry Recalls its ‘CrackBerry’ Days in Hopes Customers Will Respond

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

While BlackBerry’s latest smartphone might look familiar, chief executive John Chen said Wednesday the new Classic model is hardly a “rehash” of old technology.

The head of the Waterloo, Ont.-based company stood before an audience in New York and told them he was responding to requests from some of BlackBerry’s most loyal customers, such as the leaders of major U.S. banks.

“A lot of them pulled out their BlackBerry … and told me ‘Don’t mess around with this thing. Don’t mess around with the keyboard, don’t mess around with the track pad,”’ Chen said.

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RCMP Investigating Construction of Winnipeg Police HQ

Caspian Projects Inc.
RCMP raid Caspian Projects Inc. at 2245 McGillivray Boulevard on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. (BERNICE PONTANILLA / METRO WINNIPEG)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba RCMP have launched an investigation into the building of the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters on Graham Avenue.

Officers were at Caspian Projects Inc. on McGillivray Boulevard on Wednesday, carrying out documents and multiple computers.

“The RCMP have completed a review of the forensic audit regarding the construction of the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters and this is now considered a full investigation. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic stations file is still under review,” a statement read.

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Treaties, Other Historic Docs on Loan to CMHR

By Sarah Klein

1960 Bill of Rights
1960 Bill of Rights (CMHR / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A number of historic Canadian documents — that are rarely loaned out — are now on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Library and Archives Canada loaned the museum 11 documents and artifacts, including Treaty No. 1, ratified by seven First Nations chiefs in 1871 at Lower Fort Garry. The museum itself stands on Treaty No. 1 land, which encompasses most of southern Manitoba.

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RCMP Intercept Ontario Meth Destined for Winnipeg

RCMP Meth Seizure
A parcel of methamphetamine seized by Manitoba RCMP on December 10, 2014. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Manitoba RCMP have intercepted a parcel of methamphetamine from Brampton, Ontario destined for an address in Winnipeg.

Police seized the approximately eight kilograms of meth on December 10 with help from the Peel Regional Police Services.

Chaizz Ruf, 18, of Winnipeg, has been charged for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

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Man Who Rescued Toddler from Burning Home Haunted by Baby He Couldn’t Save

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

St. Theresa Point Fire
A burned out house is pictured in January, 2011 in St. Theresa Point First Nation, Man. A man who rescued a toddler from a burning home on a Manitoba First Nation says he’s haunted by the baby he wasn’t able to save.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP via Manitoba Law Courts

WINNIPEG — A man who crawled through a window to rescue a toddler from a burning home on a remote Manitoba First Nation says he’s still haunted by the baby he wasn’t able to save.

Timothy Mason was testifying Wednesday at an inquest into the deaths of three children and an adult in house fires on two of the province’s northern reserves. He was a band constable, working across the street from the home, when fire broke out at St. Theresa Point in January 2011.

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Blue Bombers Fire Defensive Coordinator Gary Etcheverry

Gary Etcheverry
Gary Etcheverry (BLUEBOMBERS.COM)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fired defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry on Wednesday.

“Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels,” said head coach Mike O’Shea in a statement. “The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren’t good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard.

Etcheverry, who was hired last February, previously served as a defensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan (2000, 2009, 2010), Ottawa (2004), B.C., (2001) and Toronto (1999).

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Jets Launch ‘Favourite Things’ Player Auctions

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Some of the favourite things of Jets’ right wing Dustin Byfuglien. (HANDOUT)

Step aside, Oprah, the Winnipeg Jets now have their own “favourite things” list for the holidays.

The team has launched a My Favourite Things auction, featuring a collection of personal items collected for each member of the team, as assembled by Jets wives and significant others.

Each basket has a minimum value of $300 and contains an autographed Winnipeg Jets jersey and copy of the “Our Jets at Home” cookbook.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

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