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Governor General Dissolves Parliament for Oct. 19 Election Campaign

By The Canadian Press

Stephen Harper
Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Governor General David Johnston, along with his wife Laureen, to dissolve parliament and trigger an election campaign at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has asked Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, touching off an 11-week campaign in advance of an election Oct. 19.

Harper made the announcement today outside Rideau Hall, square in the middle of the August holiday weekend, ending months of speculation and conjecture about when the campaign would begin.

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WAG CEO Appointed to Board of American Museum Directors

Stephen Borys - Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery director and CEO Stephen Borys (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery has been appointed to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Board of Trustees.

Dr. Stephen Borys is the only Canadian member to be appointed to the AAMD, which represents 242 art museum directors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

“This election to the Association of Art Museum Directors Board of Trustees is great for Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery,” Borys said. “I am honoured to serve on the Board and participate in constructive conversations around the important role art plays in our communities.”

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A Proactive Approach to Health Care in Manitoba

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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(Health records image via Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Like hockey and maple syrup, universal health care is an identifiable feature of Canada. The problem is that, unlike hockey and maple syrup, there are shortages within the health care system that leave many people paying for services they can’t access. We aren’t just paying a little bit either. In 2015/2016, the province in planning to spend $6 billion on health, roughly 38 percent of the entire $15 billion budget.

While it may be relatively easy to attract physicians to work in large centres, that’s not the case for rural Canada. Most rural Canadian communities are in the same boat, there aren’t enough doctors to meet the community’s health needs.

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Two Public Works Projects Singled Out for Awards


Two public works projects in Winnipeg have received awards from the Canadian Public Works Association.

The Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge and the city’s Public Works East Yard Complex were singled out during a ceremony on Friday.

The Disraeli Bridge received the award in the transportation category for a construction project valued at more than $5 million.

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Canadian-Made App Helps Users Find Beaches with the Safest Water

By Michelle Mark, The Canadian Press

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St. Malo Beach (CHRISD.CA FILE)

TORONTO – Canadians looking to take the plunge in safe, clean waters this long weekend can use an app to scour beaches across the country with the best and worst water quality.

The Waterkeeper Swim Guide app monitors the water quality of more than 7,000 beaches across North America, the Baja Peninsula and New Zealand, all aggregated from data contributed by local waterkeepers.

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Ex-Pat Sutherland Irked as Voting Right Stripped

By Roger Currie

Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland (DFREE / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM)

WINNIPEG — I well remember the first time I saw Donald Sutherland on a movie screen. It was the summer of 1967, and he was playing one of Lee Marvin’s crew of desperate men in “The Dirty Dozen.” I had no idea that he was even a Canadian, and the son-in-law of Tommy Douglas, the man who would one day be voted the greatest Canadian.

Donald is now 80 and still going strong in movies like “The Hunger Games.” He’s also quite angry that when other Canadians get to vote in a federal election in October, he won’t be allowed to take part. He was born and raised in New Brunswick and still has a home in this country, but his principal residence has been outside Canada for many years. Such people are ex-patriates, and more than a million of them have been declared ineligible to vote in October by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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Wrestling Star ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dead at Age 61

By The Canadian Press

LOS ANGELES — The pro-wrestling world lost one of its best known personalities on Friday with the death of Canadian “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, he was 61.

The WWE posted on its website that Piper, whose real name is Roderick Toombs, died on Friday, but there was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Piper was born in Saskatoon and rose to prominence in the 1980s, battling the likes of Hulk Hogan in what was then the World Wrestling Federation.

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Ottawa Closes Sale of Canadian Wheat Board, Name Changes to G3 Canada Ltd.

By The Canadian Press

Manitoba Wheat FieldEDMONTON – The federal government has closed the book on what was once called the Canadian Wheat Board.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Ottawa has finalized the sale of the agency that marketed grain for western Canadian farmers since 1935 to G3 Global Grain Group.

G3 says the board, known recently as CWB, will be combined with Bunge Canada to form a new company called G3 Canada Ltd.

G3 CEO Karl Gerrand says the name change is a step toward building a highly efficient coast-to-coast grain handling company.

The federal government announced in April that G3 would buy 50.1 per cent of the board for $250 million.

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Colourful Marble Art Exhibit Moved to Permanent Home

Artist Erica Swendrowski poses next to one of her giant glass marbles as part of a new downtown art exhibit titled, 'Marbles on Portage,' Friday, July 27, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Artist Erica Swendrowski poses next to one of her giant glass marbles as part of a new downtown art exhibit titled, ‘Marbles on Portage,’ Friday, July 27, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Marbles on Portage (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Marbles on Portage has been moved to the Mayfair Recreation Centre. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The colourful marbles that once graced Portage Avenue have been moved to the Mayfair Recreation Centre at the corner of Donald Street and River Avenue.

The collaboration was an effort between the Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Program and the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ to add some colour to downtown Winnipeg medians.

The temporary project proved so popular that the marbles — created by artist Erica Swendrowski — were moved to a permanent location for the public to enjoy.

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Man Arrested in Sexual Assault of Sleeping Woman

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a sleeping woman in her apartment on Thursday.

The incident happened in the first hundred block of Canora Street at around 2:30 a.m., when police say a residential break-in occurred.

The female resident was sleeping at the time when a 29-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted her. He was chased out of the building by residents, who then contacted police.

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