Cuddly But Costly: Nenshi Seeks Federal Funding for Calgary Zoo Panda Exhibit

Cuddly But Costly: Nenshi Seeks Federal Funding for Calgary Zoo Panda Exhibit

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

Pandas
Five-month-old panda cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue play in an enclosure at the Toronto Zoo, as they are exhibited to the media in a March 7, 2016, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

CALGARY – It’s from one self-declared lover of baby panda snuggles to another.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for Ottawa’s help in defraying the considerable cost of housing the critters at Calgary’s zoo in two years.

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Winnipeg’s Amber Balcaen Claims Victory and Makes NASCAR History

Winnipeg’s Amber Balcaen Claims Victory and Makes NASCAR History

By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)

Amber Balcaen
Amber Balcaen (HANDOUT)

After spending all summer at Motor Mile in Radford, Virginia racing her heart out to become Canada’s first Canadian female to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race in the USA, 24-year-old Winnipeg native Amber Balcaen reached her goal on Saturday night.

Balcaen, who grew up in Charleswood, has made history by beating the pack and getting the checkered flag after rain delays threatened to douse her dreams.

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A Province on the Move

A Province on the Move

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Semi-Trailer Trucks

NEEPAWA, Man. — Over the centuries, many things have changed in Manitoba, but throughout our history, one thing hasn’t — the importance of transportation. How we move has changed, but the fundamental importance of transportation to Manitoba and her people hasn’t.

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Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden Receives Provincial Status

Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden Receives Provincial Status

Morden CFDC
Left to Right: Dr. Kevin Campbell, CFDC board president; Morden mayor Ken Wiebe; Cameron Friesen, MLA for Morden-Winkler and Manitoba Minister of Finance; Rochelle Squires, Manitoba Minister of Sport, Culture & Heritage; Peter Cantelon, CFDC executive director; and Colin Ferguson, president and CEO of Travel Manitoba, in Morden, Man. on Saturday, August 27, 2016. (CHRIS LEACH PHOTO)

MORDEN, Man. — The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre has joined Manitoba’s Signature Museum grant program.

The museum is home to Canada’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils, including the largest mosasaur on display in the world, named Bruce.

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Appeal Court to Hear Trader Joe’s Suit Involving B.C. Man Reselling Groceries

Appeal Court to Hear Trader Joe’s Suit Involving B.C. Man Reselling Groceries

By The Associated Press

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Pirate Joe’s owner Mike Hallatt, who resells products from U.S. specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s, stands for a photograph outside a new larger location where he’s working to reopen his store, in Vancouver on July 14, 2016. A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe’s against a man who buys the company’s products and resells them in Vancouver at Pirate Joe’s, a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe’s, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe’s against a man who buys the company’s products and resells them in Vancouver at Pirate Joe’s, a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe’s, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

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Trouble in the North: Currie

Trouble in the North: Currie

By Roger Currie

Tolko Industries

Ten years ago, I had an eye-opening experience about what has been happening to the old notion that “Canadians are hewers of wood and haulers of water.” Twice within a few weeks, I drove a truck across the north shore of Lake Superior, passing through a handful of communities that were slowly dying.

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Sobeys Withdraws Appeal of Discrimination Decision as Company Faces Boycotts

Sobeys Withdraws Appeal of Discrimination Decision as Company Faces Boycotts

By The Canadian Press

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A Sobeys grocery store is seen in Halifax on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

HALIFAX – One of Canada’s largest grocery store chains has withdrawn its appeal of a human rights decision that found a Sobeys employee discriminated against a black customer.

In a statement, Sobeys said Friday it had reached a settlement with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and would apologize to Andrella David, pay her $21,000 in compensation, and develop a staff training program on racial profiling and discrimination.

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Suspicious Package Clears Area Near Winnipeg Police HQ

Suspicious Package Clears Area Near Winnipeg Police HQ

Graham Avenue and Garry Street
Winnipeg police shut down Graham Avenue at Garry Street while investigating a suspicious package on Friday, August 26, 2016. (ERNIE CUCHERON / CONTRIBUTED)

Winnipeg police blocked off the roadways surrounding their new downtown headquarters on Friday after a suspicious package was located.

Officers say the item was found at around noon near Graham Avenue and Garry Street.

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