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Province Contributes $150M to U of M Campaign

Greg Selinger
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is contributing $150 million to the University of Manitoba’s Front and Centre campaign.

The campaign kicked off last November with a goal of raising $500 million. To date, $365,294,636 has been raised through private and corporate donations.

“We know that students want to have access to the best programming and opportunities they can, and that’s why we’re focusing our investments in key priorities areas like innovation, inclusion and teaching excellence,” said Premier Greg Selinger.

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CBC Introduces Bullying Helpline for Staff in Wake of Jian Ghomeshi Scandal

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

People walk into the CBC building in Toronto on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – The CBC has introduced a “bullying and harassment helpline” to hear complaints about inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

The measure is in response to the Rubin report, which lambasted managers for the way they handled alleged misconduct by disgraced radio star Jian Ghomeshi.

Members of a committee working on the report’s recommendations announced the phone line in a memo to staff.

The committee says the line will “help ensure a workplace we can all be proud of.” They also promise no personal information will be shared with CBC/Radio-Canada or anyone else.

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Winnipeg Police Service Dog Riley Passes Away

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Winnipeg Police Service Dog Riley has passed away. (WPS / HANDOUT)

Winnipeg police are mourning the loss of one of their canine colleagues after Riley lost a battle with cancer.

The five-year-old died on Tuesday and was the partner of Const. Jeff Katcher from 12 weeks of age.

Riley was part of the service’s in-house breeding program, completing training and then hitting the streets as a team member in September 2012.

He was given the badge #52 and trained in narcotic detection as well as being assigned to the Tactical Support Team.

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Investors Group Field Going Purple for World Mental Health Day

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Investors Group Field (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The southeast exterior of Investors Group Field will be lit up purple on Saturday to mark World Mental Health Day.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are taking part in the Light Up Purple campaign in support of the Amanda Todd Legacy Project. Landmarks across the world will be illuminated in purple, showing solidarity in de-stigmatizing issues around mental illness.

“We are honoured to have been asked to participate in this incredibly worthwhile campaign by the Amanda Todd Legacy project,” said Wade Miller, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Portion of Wellington Avenue to Close for Pipe Repair

City of WinnipegWellington Avenue is closing in both directions between Empress Street and St. James Street beginning Saturday.

The City of Winnipeg says the closure is to repair a pipe and will last until Thursday, October 15.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

— Staff

Coveted Free Agent Muamba Gearing Up for Debut as Alouettes Linebacker

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

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Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Henoc Muamba (10) celebrates a big hit in CFL action at Investors Group Field on November 2, 2013. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

MONTREAL — Linebacker Henoc Muamba is in a crash course to learn the Montreal defence ahead of his Alouettes debut Monday against the Toronto Argonauts.

The coveted free agent, who signed a lucrative (by CFL standards) two-year deal with Montreal on Sept. 30, is to take over the middle linebacker position that was left vacant by injuries to Bear Woods and Kyler Ellsworth this season.

“It’s a long week,” Muamba said Thursday of the 12-day break the Alouettes are enjoying since their crushing 39-17 loss in Ottawa on Oct. 1. “I had an opportunity to come in early and sit down with some of the coaches and get into the playbook, watch some film and see what they expect each play.

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Labatt Breweries Buys Craft Brewer Mill Street; Hopes to the Brand’s Reach

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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Mill Street Brewery CEO Irvine Weitzman, left to right, Labatt Breweries Canada President Jan Craps, Brewmaster Joel Manning and Mill Street co-founder Steve Abrams pose for a photo in the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto on Friday, October 9, 2015. Labatt Breweries of Canada have announced it’s purchase of the Mill Street Brewery, a craft brewery based in Toronto. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

TORONTO – Mill Street Brewery, one of Canada’s leading makers of craft beers, is being swallowed by Labatt Breweries — the formerly independent industry giant that now belongs to the world’s largest brewing group.

The acquisition of the privately held Toronto-based company will help Labatt market the craft label in new areas, including Quebec — the only province that currently doesn’t have any distribution of the Mill Street brand.

“We think that this partnership will really help expand awareness of craft across the country,” said Charlie Angelakos, Labatt’s vice-president of corporate affairs, in an interview Friday.

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What’s Open and Closed in Winnipeg on Thanksgiving Weekend

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What’s open and closed on Thanksgiving, Monday, October 12 in Winnipeg…

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place — Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Vital Centre — Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Polo Park — Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Manitoba Liquor Marts
All Winnipeg Liquor Marts will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for cityplace which will be closed. Most Liquor Marts outside of Winnipeg will be operating on their regular Sunday schedule.

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U of M Students Get One Shot at Elevator Pitch

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The pressure will be mounting today for 13 student entrepreneurs at the University of Manitoba.

The students are participating in an elevator pitch competition hosted by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Manitoba, an entrepreneurial student group at the U of M’s Asper School of Business

Each competitor will have just under 60 seconds to convince two judges to invest in an original business idea as they ride an actual elevator in the Richardson Centre downtown.

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Jets Open Season with 6-2 Win Over Bruins, Snap 13-Game Losing Streak in Boston

By Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

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Boston Bruins players line up as they are introduced for the opening NHL hockey game of the season against the Winnipeg Jets, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – Six different Winnipeg skaters scored in the season opener, and Jets coach Paul Maurice is happy about that.

Not just for the well-distributed scoring, but because he’s got a half-dozen players who can spend another day in fantasy land.

“Everybody’s got hopes and dreams when they come into a season, thinking they can score 50,” Maurice said with a smile after the Jets beat Boston 6-2 on Thursday night. “There’s six guys that still think they might.”

Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after the Bruins came within one goal, and the Jets opened the season with the franchise’s first victory in Boston since 2007. The Bruins had beaten the Thrashers and Jets 13 consecutive times in Boston.

“I’d never won here, so it’s been at least five years,” said forward Blake Wheeler, who played with the Bruins from 2008 until he was traded to the Thrashers in 2011, their last season in Atlanta.

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