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Campaign Targets Winnipeg Food Bank’s Pad Shortage

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Leanne Cater and Michelle Cattani of QX 104 hold up donations of feminine hygiene products for Winnipeg Harvest. (HANDOUT)

In the month of January, Winnipeg Harvest had almost 7,000 request for feminine hygiene products, and were only able to fill 125 of those requests. So local radio station QX 104 is doing something about it.

Leanne Cater and Michelle Cattani have started a campaign to collect donations. Until March 8, the station is accepting tampons, pads, and Diva Cups to donate to Winnipeg Harvest. There are now seven drop off locations throughout the city, and one in Stonewall.

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Manitoba Bus Beheader Vince Li Could Be Moved to Group Home, Gets More Freedoms

By The Canadian Press

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Vince Li, the accused in the Greyhound bus beheading of Tim McLean appears in a Portage La Prairie court Tuesday, August 5, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – A man who beheaded a fellow passenger aboard a Greyhound bus in Manitoba has been granted more freedoms and could eventually be moved into a community group home.

A decision by the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board says Vince Li must remain in the Selkirk Mental Health Centre or at the psychiatric centre at a Winnipeg hospital.

He is also being allowed unsupervised visits to the Manitoba capital as long as he is carrying a cellphone.

The board is also allowing the possibility of Li living in a group home.

“Upon receipt of an updated assessment report, including a detailed community living plan … the board may consider and approve … an extended pass to reside at a Level V group home in the community,” the board said in its decision released Friday.

During a hearing earlier this week, psychiatrists testified Li has shown profound improvement and is a low risk to reoffend.

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Musician Gord Bamford to Gift $10K to Winnipeg Children’s Hospital

By Sarah Klein

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Gord Bamford (SCOTT PROKOP / SHUTTERSTOCK)

Country star Gord Bamford will be in Winnipeg on Saturday to make a hefty donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

Bamford is on a cross-Canada gaunt to donate $130,000 to charitable causes through the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. Since beginning in 2008, the foundation has raised approximately $2 million through an annual charity golf classic hosted in his hometown of Lacombe, Alberta every summer.

Bamford will donate $10,000 to the Winnipeg-based foundation, similar to amounts given to other hospitals in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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Manitoba Spring Flood Risk Very Low in Most Areas

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Westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway begin to be submerged just east of Brandon, Manitoba on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (TREVOR SURGENOR / FILE)

WINNIPEG — It’s good news on the flood-fighting front in Manitoba, as officials say the risk of flooding this season is relatively low.

In its first flood outlook of the season on Friday, officials said soil moisture and snowfall levels are normal or below-normal in the Red River Valley and in the southeast, the Interlake and the north. However, some concerns lie in western areas, where heavy rains last summer have saturated soil along the Assiniboine, Souris and smaller rivers west of Winnipeg.

Flood forecaster Fisaha Unduche says the situation is nowhere near as bad as 2011, when the Assiniboine rose so high it forced the evacuation of some Brandon areas.

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Manitoba Seeing Soybean Boom

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Manitoba’s soybean industry is seeing a boom as new research and development furthers the reach of the product.

The rapid growth has allowed the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA) to work on seven research projects over the past few years that maximize the potential soybeans have to grow in Manitoba’s specific elements.

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Two Canadians Sentenced in Australia for Importing Drugs into the Country

By The Canadian Press

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SYDNEY – Two Canadians living in Australia have received stiff sentences in Sydney for importing drugs into Australia worth almost $254 million.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on its web site that Mark Clermont, 36, was sentenced to life in jail on Wednesday with no chance of parole for 20 years.

His co-accused, Mathieu Horobjowsky, was sentenced to a 20 years with no parole eligibility for 13 years.

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Manitoba Museum Names New Director of Philanthropy

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Heather Laser (LINKEDIN)

The Manitoba Museum has named Heather Laser its new director of philanthropy.

Laser was most recently acting director at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, and prior to that was director of development at Plug In ICA, Manitoba Opera and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Laser will oversee the Manitoba Museum’s opportunities for giving that include memberships, corporate partnerships, endowment and legacy giving, capital projects and several programs for donor participation including Adopt an Artefact, Love Thy Nonsuch, and Say It With A Star.

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RCMP Investigate Shots at Selkirk Home

RCMP Crest LogoRCMP are investigating after a homeowner in Selkirk reported gunfire on his property early Thursday.

Police were called at around 3:30 a.m. and located a shotgun shell on the ground outside of the home. The exterior of the residence also had minor damage.

Two men were inside at the time, but no injuries were reported.

– Staff

Dine and Dash Duo Struck by Truck on Regent Ave.

Winnipeg Police CrestTwo people who police say refused to pay their restaurant bill early Friday were struck by a vehicle shortly after fleeing the restaurant.

Winnipeg police were called to the 1500 block of Regent Avenue at around 12:15 a.m. after getting a call from staff.

Before officers could arrive, the intoxicated 38-year-old man and 41-year-old woman left the restaurant and crossed Regent Avenue near Stapon Road on foot heading north. They crossed both east and westbound lanes before being hit by a westbound truck in the curb lane.

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Winnipeg Zoo Marking International Polar Bear Day

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A bronze polar bear sculpture by Manitoba artist Peter Sawatzky at the entrance to Assiniboine Park Zoo. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Today is International Polar Bear Day and the Assiniboine Park Zoo has a weekend full of festivities planned to mark the occasion.

Visitors to the zoo can learn about the polar bear species, conservation, and what they can do to help.

“It’s important for us to celebrate this initiative and draw attention to the impacts of climate change on the Arctic and polar bears,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, director of zoological operations for the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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