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Manitoba Commits $2.2M for Central Region Infrastructure

By Tyler Sutherland

Manitoba LogoThe Manitoba government is spending more than $2.2 million to fund repairs and upgrades to municipal roads and community traffic routes.

The province announced Friday in Portage la Prairie the new funding is in addition to the $50 million already committed over five years for infrastructure repairs.

“The central region is the transportation hub of the province, funneling commuter and commercial traffic in all directions and linking many major communities to the province’s distribution centres,” said Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers. “Our investments in infrastructure are important to ensuring safe and smooth travel for local families, commercial vehicles and tourists.”

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Woman, 67, Struck by Vehicle in St. James

Winnipeg Police CrestA 67-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle in St. James on Thursday evening.

Winnipeg police say she was in the area of Albany Street and Ness Avenue when she was hit at around 7:45 p.m.

The woman was taken to hospital in stable condition.

The man driving the vehicle remained on scene and spoke with police.

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Man Charged in Niakwa Road Sexual Assault

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg Police CrestA 42-year-old woman was able to escape her home after a man known to her forced his way in and allegedly sexually assaulted her on Wednesday.

Winnipeg police were called to a residence on Niakwa Road at around 2:30 p.m. after the victim says she was hit and sexually assaulted after opening her door to the man.

Police arrested Jeffrey Alexander Hilz, 52, of Winnipeg at the scene without incident.

Hilz has been charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and other offences.

He remains in custody.

Public Meets Zoo’s New Polar Bear Cubs

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Male polar bear cub Blizzard munches on raw fish in an enclosure at the Assiniboine Park Zoo on Friday, October 31, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine Park Zoo has a new Star amid a Blizzard of fanfare surrounding two new polar bear cubs.

The two orphaned cubs came to the zoo in September after being rescued from the Hudson Bay shoreline in northern Manitoba. They underwent a standard 30-day quarantine process before being introduced to the public on Friday.

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Wesmen Testing Matinée Games for 2014-15 Season

University of Winnipeg WesmenThe University of Winnipeg Wesmen are testing out afternoons in a scheduling experiment for weekend games.

The hope is afternoon university sporting events will free up Saturday evenings for players and spectators.

The trials are being tested with basketball and volleyball contests for the 2014-15 season, beginning this weekend when the Wesmen basketball teams host the University of Calgary Dinos.

Start time for the women’s game will be 2 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m. Games are in the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium inside the Duckworth Centre.

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Bisons, Dinos Clash in Final Game of the Season

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U of M Bisons football coach Brian Dobie (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Playoff implications are on the line Saturday as the Manitoba Bisons host their last football game of the season.

Manitoba sits fourth in league standings at 3-4 while the Calgary Dinos are ranked #2 at 6-1.

Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan have already clinched a playoff spot, where the remaining teams in the conference could tie for third place in a freak scenario.

“It’s crazy. Every one of us, I’m sure, we’re all shaking our heads,” Bisons head coach Brian Dobie said. “Everybody’s made their own bed.”

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Buddy System Keeps Halloween a Safe Experience

Halloween Trick-or-TreatersAs children hit the streets tonight for Halloween, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has some tips on remaining safe while doing so.

The centre recommends parents implement a buddy system for their children, whether they’re heading out to trick-or-treat or going to a Halloween party with friends.

“The buddy system is a safety strategy that should play an integral role in children’s lives, and what better time to practice it then on Halloween,” said Noni Classen, director of education at the Canadian Centre.

“To make this Friday a safe and fun Halloween, we encourage parents to take a few minutes between selecting the costumes, buying candy, and face painting to talk about the buddy system with their children.”

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‘The Past’ Breaking into Winnipeg’s Music Scene

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The Past (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg musicians The Past are carving a name for themselves on the local music scene.

After travelling and working on their debut album in Los Angeles, the duo is getting set for a show on November 22 at The Handsome Daughter bar on Sherbrook Street in support of Movember.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into (our) live show and if people are gonna pay money to see us play, we want to make it worth it for them,” said guitarist/vocalist Jordan Heppner in a release. “We want to entertain the crowd, not just stare at our shoes and mumble some words. This means something to us and we hope people enjoy it.”

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Clocks Fall Back on Sunday Morning

ClockAn extra hour of sleep is in store for Canadians this weekend as the clocks fall back one hour.

Daylight saving time ends on Sunday morning at 2 a.m., at which time clocks should be set back to 1 a.m.

Under the Official Time Act, daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November and resumes the second Sunday in March.

It’s also an opportune time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

– Staff

Three Men Arrested in Grand Rapids Home Invasion

RCMP Crest LogoThree men have been arrested following a home invasion in Grand Rapids, Manitoba last Sunday.

Five masked men entered a home at around 3:30 a.m. with various weapons, including firearms. Police say the residents were having a party at the time.

Police say shots were fired, but none of the victims were hit. The suspects allegedly assaulted some of the party-goers before making off with alcohol.

Reginald Ballantyne, 24, Christopher Arthurson, 23, and Dillon Lavallee, 21 — all from Grand Rapids — are facing multiple charges, including robbery with a firearm and break and enter.

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