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Winnipeg Explosion Sends One Person to Hospital

By Sarah Klein

Apple Lane Explosion
An entire wall of a condominium complex at 27 Apple Lane was blown out on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (MARTY RABU / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — An explosion Tuesday evening at an Assiniboia area condominium building sent one man to hospital with severe burns.

The explosion and fire happened at around 6:30 p.m. at 27 Apple Lane near Saskatchewan Avenue.

Neighbours heard a loud bang, which blew out an entire wall of the condo complex and damaged several neighbouring units.

One man was taken to hospital with second- and third-degree burns, according to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

It’s unclear what caused the explosion.

No other injuries were immediately reported, however, a dog was being looked at by animal services staff.

Downtown Windows Filled with New Art Installation

Downtown Winnipeg BIZEight new pieces of art have been installed in prominent storefront locations in Winnipeg’s downtown.

The Urban Art Gallery is an annual design competition organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. It supports downtown businesses by integrating curated art galleries with their store frontages.

“Our goal is to create a visual gallery at 295 Portage Avenue to enhance the quality of life and increase community interaction in downtown Winnipeg,” said Linda McGarva-Cohen on behalf of Gendis Inc., one of the supporting organizations of the project. “Art has the ability to bring communities together, build common experience, promote communication and improve the visual landscape of the city block.”

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Empress Street to Close at Ellice on Wednesday

City of WinnipegEmpress Street will be closed at Ellice Avenue beginning Wednesday at 7 a.m. for infrastructure improvements in the Polo Park area.

The city says the northbound lanes of Empress will reopen Friday, September 26 while work continues on Empress southbound lanes for one week. Construction will shift, closing Empress northbound lanes and reopening Empress southbound lanes, for an additional week.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions on Ellice Avenue and local access will be maintained on Empress Street at all times.

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

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Traffic Stop in Portage Nets RCMP Cocaine, Cash

RCMP Crest LogoFailing a stop at a stop sign led to RCMP discovering 24 grams of cocaine in a vehicle in Portage la Prairie on September 18.

Officers on patrol pulled over a 2006 Dodge Charger on Royal Road North at around 10 p.m. for the traffic infraction.

Upon further investigation, police found the lone occupant to be in possession of the drug, along with a sum of cash.

Travis William Lewadniuk, 23, of Portage la Prairie was arrested and is facing drug-related charges.

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Treaty Education Comes to Manitoba Classrooms

By Sarah Klein

(Empty classroom image via Shutterstock)

The Manitoba government and Treaty Relations Commission want aboriginal and non-aboriginal students to learn about their history in the province through a new classroom initiative.

First introduced as a pilot project to a small number of classes in 2010, the Treaty Education Initiative (TEI) is now being rolled out province-wide.

“At its core, the TEI gets students learning and talking about how the Treaties form the very foundation of who we are as a province and as citizens with ongoing responsibilities to each other,” said James Allum, Manitoba Minister of Education and Advanced Learning.

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Winnipeg Goldeyes Release Two, Trade Another

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have released right-handed pitchers Kaohi Downing and Barry Fowler, while left-handed Ryan Bollinger has been traded back to the Can-Am League’s Trois-Rivieres Aigles.

Bollinger becomes the player to be named later in the deal in which Winnipeg acquired him on August 15. He was 3-0 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts with the Goldeyes.

American Association teams have until November 10 to exercise their option on players for the 2015 season.

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Stegall Doles Out Sport Scholarships in Winnipeg

Future Canadian Football Hall of Famer Milt Stegall speaks during a news conference at Canad Inns Stadium on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA)
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and current CFL on TSN analyst Milt Stegall returned to the city on Tuesday to present sport scholarships to deserving young athletes.

Stegall was at the Sport for Life Centre as Sport Manitoba awarded $25,000 in academic scholarships to 15 high school students, seven university students, and four Manitoba coaches.

The Milt Stegall Scholarships award one high school student with $1,000 and a post-secondary student with $2,000.

This year’s high school recipient was Chad Enns, while U of M Bison women’s volleyball player Taylor Pischke won in the post-secondary category. Pischke also picked up a Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarship, worth another $3,000. Curler Daniel Grant of the U of M was also awarded in the same category for $3,000.

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CMHR’s ‘ERA Bistro’ to Open on September 27

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights (PCL CONSTRUCTION)

The new eatery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will open to the public on September 27.

Called ERA Bistro, the food will reflect a “modernist approach, with roots in classic technique and traditional flavours,” said executive chef Barry Saunders.

The 77-seat restaurant will be operated by Inn at The Forks and was designed by Winnipeg’s Number Ten Architectural Group.

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West-Central Neighbourhood Residents to Hold Peace March

Spence Neighbourhood AssociationA march to promote peace in Winnipeg’s Spence neighbourhood tonight will connect people with their community.

“We want to say to people who are victims and people who are scared and who don’t feel safe — there are resources in the community,” said Jamil Mahmood, executive director of Spence Neighbourhood Association — one of seven agencies organizing and attending the march and free BBQ.

The march comes weeks after the body of missing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine turned up in the Red River.

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Theory of a Deadman to Play the Burt in November

Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman is returning to the city later this fall.

The Delta, BC quartet will play Winnipeg’s Burton Cummings Theatre on Tuesday, November 20 with guests Head of the Herd.

The band will be touring in support of their its fifth full-length album, Savages.

Tickets for the Savages Tour 2014 go on sale Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $25 and $37.50.

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