Manitoba Refuses to Sign Climate Framework Over Health Spending Concerns

Manitoba Refuses to Sign Climate Framework Over Health Spending Concerns

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks during the closing news conference at the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa, Friday December 9, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister staged a one-man protest of sorts Friday, refusing to sign on to Justin Trudeau’s pan-Canadian climate change framework without first getting an agreement on more federal money for health care.

Manitoba is one of only two provinces that wouldn’t support the climate agreement finalized in Ottawa following a first ministers meeting between the premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Ontario Police and Store Replace Stolen Christmas Toy Drive Presents

Ontario Police and Store Replace Stolen Christmas Toy Drive Presents

By The Canadian Press

Christmas Toys
(Christmas toys image via Shutterstock)

EXETER, Ont. – Police officers and a Canadian Tire store have united to replace gifts a southern Ontario woman bought for needy children after the presents were stolen from her car.

Ontario Provincial Police say the woman had built up a collection of colouring books, craft supplies, board games and toys — all destined for a church Christmas toy drive in the Exeter, Ont., area.

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Keeping the Lights On: Jackman-Atkinson

Keeping the Lights On: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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NEEPAWA, Man. — Skyrocketing expenses have put Manitoba Hydro in the headlines again, but this time, it isn’t related to multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects. The crown corporation was in the news this week with the release of its 2015 payroll.

The highlight wasn’t so much that the company spent close to half a billion dollars paying staff last year, but how that money was divided among the corporation’s 6,410 employees. Including base pay, overtime and benefits, 2,251 employees earned more than $100,000 and 52 employees earned more than $200,000. While most base salaries appear in line with comparable private sector jobs, the big driver for large compensation packages was overtime. An analysis done by CBC News found 90 employees who saw their salaries more than double because of overtime payments. When they included other perks and northern allowance payments, 133 employees saw their pay increase by more than double their base salaries.

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Assiniboine Park Polar Bear Run Back for 2017

Assiniboine Park Polar Bear Run Back for 2017

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An orphaned female polar bear is the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newest resident. The 2017 Polar Bear Run is Sunday, February 16. (ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY / HANDOUT)

The family-friendly Polar Bear Run is returning to Assiniboine Park for a second year.

The 10 km and 5 km runs, walk and skate will take place Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Proceeds from the run, presented by the Manitoba Moose, support the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Polar Bear Rescue Team.

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Mumps Cases on the Rise in Manitoba

Mumps Cases on the Rise in Manitoba

The cases of mumps in Manitoba has exploded since the province first reported on the outbreak earlier this fall.

The majority of cases, in people between the ages of 17 to 29, remain on post-secondary campuses within Winnipeg. The University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Université de St. Boniface have seen the most cases, but some are not connected to these sites.

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Blue Bombers Extend GM Walters, Head Coach O’Shea

Blue Bombers Extend GM Walters, Head Coach O’Shea

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Mike O'Shea
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea grimaces after watching a reply of an Edmonton Eskimos’ interception during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, September 30, 2016. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have given their general manager and head coach votes of confidence. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Negotiations to extend the contracts of Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters and head coach Mike O’Shea were casual and went smoothly.

The CFL team announced Friday that both men signed three-year deals, with O’Shea staying on the sidelines through 2019 and Walters adding to his one remaining year to keep him at the helm through 2020.

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Saskatchewan Researcher Helps ID Feathered Dinosaur Vertebrae Encased in Amber

Saskatchewan Researcher Helps ID Feathered Dinosaur Vertebrae Encased in Amber

By Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

Dinosaur Tail
Specialized photography and microscopy at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina were used to help identify a 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail with feathers which has been preserved in amber. The amber was discovered in Myanmar in 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Royal Saskatchewan Museum)

REGINA – Researchers say they have found the 99-million-year-old tail of a theropod dinosaur preserved in amber and a Canadian is key to the discovery.

The specimen was purchased from a Myanmar amber market in 2015 by Lida Xing, a professor at the China University of Geosciences, who recognized its potential.

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Arctic Science Conference in Winnipeg Roiled Up Over ‘Sexist’ Banquet Joke

Arctic Science Conference in Winnipeg Roiled Up Over ‘Sexist’ Banquet Joke

By The Canadian Press

Arctic Ice
This 2014 photo provided by NOAA shows the Arctic ice coverage. Vanishing sea ice is creating a whole new Arctic for both people and places. Scientists are warning that this winter’s Arctic sea ice could turn out to be the lowest area ever measured. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/NOAA)

WINNIPEG – Canada’s annual gathering of top Arctic scientists has been roiled by an open letter from researchers protesting what they call a sexist joke at the conference’s gala banquet.

The joke was made Wednesday during a tribute to Martin Fortier, retiring head of ArcticNet, which co-ordinates northern research in Canada.

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Five Charged in City-Wide Break & Enter Spree

Five Charged in City-Wide Break & Enter Spree

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — Five people are making Santa’s naughty list this year after a string of residential break-ins between September and November.

Winnipeg police say approximately $240,000 worth of property was stolen from homes across the city, including five vehicles and numerous credit cards used to make purchases at stores.

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CMHR Wins Gold Award for Inclusion

CMHR Wins Gold Award for Inclusion

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has won an award for its efforts in making the museum an inclusive environment for visitors of all abilities. (CMHR / HANDOUTS)

WINNIPEG — The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has won an award for inclusion surrounding its efforts to create a rich museum experience for people of all abilities.

The prestigious Gold Award from the International Association of Universal Design (IAUD) was presented on Friday at a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan.

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