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Police Search for Driver Who Struck Pedestrian

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police are trying to track down the driver of a vehicle which struck a pedestrian on Friday evening.

The male victim was hit at around 6:44 p.m. near the intersection of Inkster Boulevard and McGregor Street. The vehicle fled the area before police could arrive.

The victim is in hospital within life-threatening injuries.

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Jets Grind Out 2-1 Win Over the Bruins

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (33) drops Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (37) in NHL actiontMTS Centre on Friday, December 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome (24) fights Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille (20) for the puck at MTS Centre on Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — With the injury bug not just biting down on the Winnipeg Jets but fully engorged within their defence corps, the patchwork club entered Friday night’s game with the Boston Bruins down their top four defencemen.

But despite the lack of some of their best players in the lineup the Jets were able to come away with a 2-1 victory in front of 15,016 at MTS Centre.

“Real good goaltending,” was the initial response from head coach Paul Maurice when asked how his team pulled out a win over the perennial contenders from New England. “And then just an awful lot of hard, scramble battles. It was about a picture-perfect first period.”

Michael Hutchinson‘s 30-save performance earned the rookie netminder his seventh win of the season, bettering his already sterling record to 7-2-2 and his club’s to 17-10-6. The young netminder now leads the entire NHL with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.

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Riding Mountain to See $39M for Infrastructure

Riding Mountain National ParkRiding Mountain National Park will see $39 million in federal funding to improve infrastructure throughout the park just north of Brandon, Manitoba.

Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette MP Robert Sopuck made the announcement Friday, saying $36.4 million will be spread out over five years for the resurfacing of Highway 10 throughout the park.

The Wasagaming Campground will receive $2.7 million to expand the oTENTik rental facilities, add water and electrical utility services to approximately 200 sites, and improve washroom buildings and picnic shelters for an improved visitor experience.

– Staff

Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

New Year's EveWinnipeg Transit will once again offer free rides on New Year’s Eve with the support of Manitoba Public Insurance.

Buses will begin service at 7 p.m. on December 31 with the last buses leaving downtown at approximately 1:38 a.m.

“As Winnipeggers celebrate New Year’s Eve, I encourage everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and safely by taking advantage of the free ride on Winnipeg Transit,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

Last year, more than 15,000 people rode the bus for free on New Year’s Eve in Winnipeg.

– Staff

Gang Member Jailed for Reentering Canada Near Emerson Border

By Brian Schultz

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)A man who illegally reentered Canada after being barred has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in a Winnipeg courtroom.

Xandros Efren Zelaya Fuentes tried to illegally enter Canada near the Emerson, Manitoba port on December 1. He was quickly apprehended by RCMP and turned over to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be charged.

“This case demonstrates how efficiently the CBSA works with its partners to keep dangerous criminals, such as Mr. Zelaya Fuentes, from establishing themselves into Canadian society,” said Kim Scoville, acting regional director general, CBSA Prairie Region.

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Manitoba Retailers to Offer In-Store Beer, Wine Making

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(Beer and wine image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — In-store beer and wine making is coming to Manitoba retailers.

Consumers will soon be able to make their own brew at local stores and take it home after it’s ready.

“In our consultations on modernizing liquor laws, Manitoba consumers and businesses expressed interest in establishing in-store wine and beer making,” said Mineral Resources Minister Dave Chomiak, minister responsible for liquor and gaming control.

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Receives Royal Treatment

WINNIPEG — The Western Canada Aviation Museum has gone Royal with a designation from Queen Elizabeth II.

The Ferry Road museum is now known as the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada after an official ceremony on Friday.

“Canada’s aviation history and heritage are rooted in Winnipeg — from the early bush flying pioneers to the birth of Canada’s national airlines,” said Shirley Render, the museum’s executive director.

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Theresa Oswald, First Contestant for Manitoba NDP Leadership, Talks Tax Cut

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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MLA Theresa Oswald (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Former Manitoba health minister Theresa Oswald became the first official contestant Friday for the leadership of the provincial New Democrats and the premier’s chair.

Oswald filed her nomination papers at party headquarters, two months after she and four other senior ministers suggested Premier Greg Selinger consider resigning amid sagging opinion polls. The move prompted Selinger to call a leadership contest for March 8 at the party’s annual convention.

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No Bail Hearing for Winnipeg Woman Accused of Hiding Dead Babies in Storage Unit

By The Canadian Press

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The U-Haul storage facility where police discovered the remains of six infants. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — A woman accused of hiding the remains of six infants in a Winnipeg storage locker could spend the holidays behind bars after her bail hearing was delayed yet again.

The lawyer for Andrea Giesbrecht (GEEZ’-brehkt) says he can’t go ahead with a bail application because the Crown has not shared a complete autopsy report.

Greg Brodsky says autopsy results are needed to determine how the infants died and how old they were, including whether they were stillborn.

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Winnipeg’s Airport Adding New Food, Lounge Options

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The future Plaza Premium Lounge post-security at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It’s still considered new, but the James Richardson International Airport is set for a slight makeover in the New Year.

The Winnipeg Airports Authority will be switching out some of the restaurant offerings located post-security.

Felicia Wiltshire, manager of communications and public affairs at the WAA, says passengers have been asking for more selection and different choices of the food available.

“Our travellers are going to start to see a lot of construction starting at the end of December and probably heading into the springtime,” Wiltshire said. “It’s going to be phased-in construction and we’re going to be approaching one restaurant at a time and changing them up.”

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