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Opposition calls on Manitoba government to release review into teen’s death

By The Canadian Press

Tina Fontaine
Tina Fontaine (WPS / HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s Opposition says an internal investigation into how a 15-year-old girl in the care of social workers disappeared before being found dead in the Red River is complete and should be released.

Conservative critic Ian Wishart says the Child and Family Services review into Tina Fontaine’s death could help save the lives of other vulnerable children.

He accuses Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross of keeping the report secret instead of making changes to prevent similar deaths.

Fontaine was reported missing from foster care in early August and was found days later passed out in a Winnipeg alley.

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Teen Arrested After Knocking Woman Down, Robbing Her

Winnipeg Police CrestA 14-year-old has been arrested after Winnipeg police say she knocked a woman down and robbed her.

Police said Monday the victim, 22, was waiting for transportation in a building foyer in the 300 block of Portage Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday. Suddenly, a girl pushed her from behind, knocked her to the ground and began pulling her hair.

Another teen grabbed the victim’s purse and fled the scene, while the first teen left the building and started walking down Portage Avenue.

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Future Shop Closure ‘Inevitable’ But Doesn’t Spell End of Tech Retailers: Expert

By Tim Callanan, The Canadian Press

Future Shop
Patrons arrive at a Future Shop location in St. Catharines, Ont., Saturday, March 28, 2015. The elimination of the Future Shop brand may be the end of an era for the once-successful Canadian retailer, but it does not foretell the end for stand-alone electronics stores, says one business expert. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett)

The elimination of the Future Shop brand may be the end of an era for the once-successful Canadian retailer, but it does not foretell the end for stand-alone electronics stores, says one business expert.

Mark Satov says closing Future Shop was an “inevitable” move for Best Buy, the American company that bought the Canadian retailer in 2001.

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Semi Rolls in Early Morning Accident on the Perimeter Highway

A semi-trailer tipped over on the Perimeter Highway and McGillvray Boulevard on Monday, March 30, 2015. (SHANE GIBSON/METRO WINNIPEG)
A semi-trailer tipped over on the Perimeter Highway and McGillvray Boulevard on Monday, March 30, 2015. (SHANE GIBSON/METRO WINNIPEG)

A semi rolled over onto its side early Monday on the Perimeter Highway, spilling its goods all over the roadway.

Headingley RCMP said they responded at about 1:30 a.m. on the perimeter near McGillvray Boulevard. The semi-trailer, which was hauling produce, rolled taking the cab with it.

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Air Canada Plane Short of Runway, Hit Antenna Array Before Crash: Safety Board

By Aly Thomson and Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

Air Canada
An Air Canada plane is shown after skidding off a runway as it landed early Sunday, March 29, 2015 in a snowstorm in Halifax, an airport official said, sending 23 people to hospital after passengers described the jet sliding on its belly before it came to a stop. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Transportation Safety Board Canada)

HALIFAX – An Air Canada plane that crashed at the Halifax airport was about 335 metres short of the runway before it hit an antenna array, which ripped off its main landing gear, the Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

The aircraft also lost one of its two engines and left a trail of debris as it skidded along the asphalt for another 335 metres early Sunday morning before it came to a stop, said Mike Cunningham, the agency’s regional manager of air investigations.

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Three Injured in Crash Near Steinbach

By David Klassen

RCMP Crest LogoThree people were injured Sunday evening after a crash just south of Steinbach on Highway 12.

RCMP responded shortly after 7 p.m. to the two-vehicle crash on Highway 12 at Provincial Road 28 North.

Mounties say a pickup truck and car collided head-on. The 55-year-old Ste. Anne man driving the truck, along with a 55-year-old woman, were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 19-year-old Steinbach man driving the car was taken to hospital in Winnipeg with serious injuries.

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Toews Scores Late to Lead Blackhawks in 4-3 Win Over Winnipeg Jets

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his deflection for the game winning goal on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) as Jets’ Tyler Myers (57) defends during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday, March 29, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG – Jonathan Toews knows you don’t always have to win pretty this late in the season.

All that counts is getting the win.

Toews deflected in Niklas Hjalmarsson’s long shot with 31 seconds left in regulation as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Sunday.

“We’re going to have to win games in dramatic fashion sometimes, especially this time of year,” said Toews, who scored his 25th goal of the campaign. “They’re not going to be pretty and winning games by two or three goals, so we’re going to have to find ways to squeak them out.”

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Former Winnipeg Theatre Head Arrested at Border, Charged with Theft and Forgery

By The Canadian Press

Michael Nathanson
Michael Nathanson (JEWISHTRIBUNE.CA)

WINNIPEG – A former manager and artistic director of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre who is accused of fraud has been arrested trying to re-enter Canada after police allege he fled to the U.S.

Winnipeg police Const. Jason Michalyshen says Michael Howard Nathanson was arrested Saturday at the border crossing at Emerson, Man., and has been charged with theft over $5,000 and forgery.

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National Volleyball Setter to Run Clinics at UWinnipeg

Dustin Schneider
Dustin Schneider (HANDOUT)

Volleyball players aged 16 and older can learn from one of the best in the sport during two upcoming clinics.

Dustin Schneider, the current starting setter for Canada’s men’s national team and a former University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s volleyball player, will be conducting two clinics at the Duckworth Centre.

The clinics run Tuesday, March 31 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Schneider, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, completed his university level volleyball with the Wesmen back in 2007-08. He was named both a First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All Star.

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Volunteerism at the Heart of Manitoba Communities

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Manitoban Sign
(Manitoba signpost image via Shutterstock)

Volunteerism is at the heart of most rural Manitoba communities. Almost everything that happens in our communities does so thanks to the donation of time made by community members.

Across the region, volunteer organizations are doing lots of great things. Thinking about the activities, attractions and assets that define our communities, almost all have been done thanks, in large part, to volunteers. But in addition to those initiatives with which we are well acquainted, many organizations are working hard at projects we know nothing about.

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