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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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NDP Can No Longer Govern for Manitoba: Bokhari

Rana Bokhari
Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari says the political infighting happening with the province’s NDP government shows they can’t govern for Manitoba voters.

“While the NDP is playing political games, Manitoba families will suffer,” said Bokhari. “Manitobans need a government that is working for them. What they don’t need are Ministers who are only concerned with their own interests.”

Five ministers spoke out against Premier Greg Selinger this week after a drop in poll numbers show the party’s popularity is waning after last summer’s PST increase.

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Manitobans to Pay More to Heat Their Homes

It will cost Manitobans more to heat their homes this winter after the Public Utilities Board approved a rate increase.

An application from Centra Gas Manitoba sought to raise the rate five percent effective November 1. The increase works out to be about $43 a year.

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Manitoba to Spend $1.14M on Rural Bridge Improvements

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba LogoThe Manitoba government is funding 13 infrastructure projects focusing on bridges across the province.

More than $1.14 million will be spent to replace or improve municipal bridges, the province said on Thursday, during an announcement in Swan River.

“Closing a bridge disrupts traffic flow particularly in rural areas where there are fewer alternate routes,” said Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers. “The effects of severe weather and recent floods have increased the wear and tear on bridges and culverts.”

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JP Hoe to Headline Holiday Concert at the Burt

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JP Hoe (HANDOUT)

Manitoba singer-songwriter JP Hoe will headline a Christmas-themed concert at the Burton Cummings Theatre on December 20.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is presenting the “JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show,” accompanied by a 12-member holiday orchestra.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 1 through Ticketmaster for $29.50 (adults) and $19.50 (children 13 and under).

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Police Bust St. Vital Marijuana Grow-Op

Winnipeg Police CrestA 67-year-old Winnipeg man was arrested Wednesday after police busted a marijuana grow-op in the St. Vital area.

Police executed a search warrant in the 1000 block of St. Mary’s Road, where they found 55 marijuana plants worth an estimated $61,600.

Also seized was grow operation equipment valued at $7,000, dry marijuana worth $80 and $3,145 in Canadian currency.

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Man Charged in Maryland Street Cocaine Bust

Winnipeg Police CrestA search warrant on a home in the 100 block of Maryland Street has turned up over $12,000 in crack cocaine.

Winnipeg police searched the residence on Wednesday shortly after 11:30 a.m., where they also seized marijuana worth $110, and $11,300 in currency.

Darin Michael Ferbrache, 52, of Winnipeg was arrested without incident.

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Tories Renew Calls for Digital Mammography in Breast Cancer Screening

Myrna Driedger
Conservative Health Critic Myrna Driedger (FILE)

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are calling on the NDP government to implement better screening technology to detect breast cancer in women.

The Tories say Manitoba is the only province in Canada without the capability to use digital mammography — a method backed by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

“CancerCare Manitoba has been asking for digital machines since 2009, yet five years later we are the only province without digital mammography in our public healthcare system,” said PC health critic Myrna Driedger.

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Manitoba Museum Celebrates 41 Years of the Nonsuch

The Manitoba MuseumNovember is all about the famed Nonsuch ship at the Manitoba Museum as it celebrates its 41st anniversary since arriving to the dry dock.

The museum is planning an entire month of celebrations surrounding the exhibit, as the Nonsuch Gallery provides special programming every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

“Love Thy Nonsuch is a great way for Winnipeggers to reconnect with one of the Manitoba Museum’s star attractions, the replica Nonsuch ketch,” said Amelia Fay, curator of the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection.

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