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Driver Accused of Dragging Manitoba RCMP Officer After Alleged Gas and Dash

RCMP Crest LogoAn Alberta man is in police custody after allegedly dragging a police officer as part of a gas and dash.

Police say the suspect was reported to be impaired when he left a gas station without paying for fuel in Gladstone, Manitoba on Friday at around 11 a.m.

The driver took off in a white SUV heading westbound on Highway 16 towards Neepawa. Police tried to intercept the suspect, but a cruiser was struck by the runaway vehicle in the process.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Donates Sketch to CMHR Fundraiser

By The Canadian Press

CMHR Trudeau Sketch
The Canadian Museum For Human Rights is shown in this undated sketch by Justin Trudeau. A watercoulour sketch drawn by Justin Trudeau shortly before he became prime minister is up for auction. Trudeau drew the image of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights in Winnipeg last spring. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Friends of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights, Justin Trudeau)

WINNIPEG – A watercolour sketch drawn by Justin Trudeau months before he became prime minister is up for auction.

Trudeau drew the image of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights after visiting the Winnipeg building last spring.

Postcard prints of the image were given recently to Liberal party donors, and museum officials approached Trudeau about getting the original for a museum fundraiser.

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Police Highlight Importance of Neighbourwood Watch

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police officers will be on hand at two city malls this weekend to educate the public on the Neighbourhood Watch and Block Parent programs.

As well as dishing out crime prevention tips, officers will inform the community on how such programs can combat crime and add a layer of security to Winnipeg neighbourhoods.

The Neighbourhood Watch program is meant to reduce residential break and enters and other property-related crime, while the Block Parent program acts as a safe location for children in need.

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Fort Richmond Townhouses Destroyed by Fire

By Sarah Klein

Ulster Street Fire
Tudor Village at 160 Ulster Street in Fort Richmond is considered a total loss after a fire on Friday, February 5, 2016. (BRAEDEN JONES / METRO WINNIPEG)

A fire at a townhouse complex in south Winnipeg completely destroyed the building on Friday.

Crews were called to Tudor Village in the 100 block of Ulster Street in Fort Richmond at around 9:30 a.m.

Smoke could be seen billowing over the area for nearly an hour as flames attacked the roof of the complex.

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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actress on Hot Seat at Ghomeshi Trial About Racy Emails, Photo

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Lucy DeCoutere
In this courtroom sketch, witness Lucy DeCoutere, second from right, is questioned by Crown attorney Corie Langdon, right, as Jian Ghomeshi, bottom left, and Justice William Horkins listen in court in Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould)

TORONTO – “Trailer Park Boys” actress Lucy DeCoutere is fending off an onslaught from Jian Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer on a series of fawning correspondence she sent to the disgraced broadcaster after he allegedly assaulted her, including one that contained a raunchy photograph.

One of the emails, sent just hours after Ghomeshi allegedly choked and slapped her, shows DeCoutere using racy language to express her sexual desire for him and regret that she didn’t spend the night with him.

She has told Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial that she doesn’t remember sending it.

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FAB No Longer: ‘94.3 The Drive’ Debuts on Winnipeg Airwaves

94.3 The Drive

Winnipeg has a new radio station on its FM dial.

94.3 The Drive launched Friday after a re-brand from the former FAB 94.3. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group station will continue to spin the greatest hits of the 70s and 80s and will also launch a new morning show.

Kerri Salki and Trevor Gowen will wake listeners up each weekday morning, while mid-days will be hosted by Alix MichaelsKelly Parker will handle the drive shift late afternoons.

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Nahanni Fontaine Seeks Manitoba NDP Nomination in St. Johns

By Sarah Klein

Nahanni Fontaine
Nahanni Fontaine with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2013. (GG.CA

Indigenous women’s advocate Nahanni Fontaine is seeking the Manitoba NDP nomination in the constituency of St. Johns.

Fontaine has been the special advisor for aboriginal women’s issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee for the province.

Fontaine is looking to fill the spot recently vacated by longtime NDP MLA Gord Mackintosh, who announced last week he would not seek re-election.

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WHS Offering 500 More Subsidized Spay and Neuter Procedures

Kitten Vet
(Kitten image via Shutterstock)

The Winnipeg Humane Society will perform an additional 500 feline spay and neuter surgeries for $5.

The Fix ‘Em February program proved to be so popular, the Winnipeg animal shelter will provide more cat surgeries for low income pet owners with a goal of reaching 1,000 by next month.

“We’re grateful for the response and hope more people will register. Fix ‘Em February demonstrates the urgency and need for offering extremely low cost spay and neuter options,” said WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky.

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Cara Foods Commits Its Restaurant Chains to Serve Cage-Free Eggs by 2020

By The Canadian Press

Swiss Chalet
(Swiss Chalet image via Kevin Brine / Shutterstock)

TORONTO – Cara Foods, the owner of such restaurants as Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s and East Side Mario’s, will switch to cage-free eggs in its entire supply chain by 2020.

The announcement was made Thursday by the group Mercy For Animals, which said it collaborated with Cara Foods to develop the policy.

Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King, took a similar stance on Monday to serve cage-free eggs at all locations throughout North America by 2025 amid pressure from customers for ethically-sourced food.

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Do You Even Lift? Brickhouse Gym Holding Powerlifting Competition

Powerlifter
(Powerlifter image via Shutterstock / Sportpoint)

Which way to the beach?

Powerlifters of all physiques will be polishing up their “guns” this weekend for the first powerlifting competition of 2016 at Brickhouse Gym.

The meet on Saturday is sanctioned by the Manitoba Powerlifting Association and offers powerlifters in Manitoba a platform to compete in a best-of-three lifts format, scored on their bench press, back squat, and deadlift.

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