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Jenna Khan to Co-Host New Energy 106 Morning Show

Jenna Khan
Jenna Khan (SUPPLIED PHOTO)
WINNIPEG — Energy 106 has finally landed a morning co-host after months of searching.

Jenna Khan will join Frankie Hollywood for “Energy Mornings with Frankie and Jenna” beginning Monday, September 7.

Khan was most recently a remote host on “Wheeler in the Morning” on City until earlier this year, but is perhaps more prominently known to Winnipeggers from her “Breakfast Television” days as weather and entertainment anchor.

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Waiting for Work: Canadian Retail Workers Face Volatility of On-Call Shifts

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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TORONTO – The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada — mainly work in the services and retail sectors — has brought with it some questionable employer practices that have employees stressed out and labour activists fuming.

They’re calling for the elimination of “on-call” shifts, a practice where management schedules shifts for part-time employees each week, but then requires them to call in ahead of their start time to find out if they’re actually working.

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Hal Anderson Debuting New Show on FAB 94.3

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Hal Anderson speaks with ChrisD.ca during an interview in April 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Veteran broadcaster Hal Anderson is returning to the airwaves with a new show on FAB 94.3.

Anderson last worked as the morning host at 680 CJOB and before that at sister station Power 97 (formerly).

“Hal Anderson Sundays” will debut September 27 and air Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Besides the weekend stint, Anderson will also join Kelly Parker and Alix Michaels weekdays at 7:20 a.m. for a daily feature segment.

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Manitoba Hydro Names Interim CEO

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Interim Manitoba Hydro president and CEO Darren Rainkie (HANDOUT)

Manitoba Hydro has chosen Darren Rainkie as its interim president and CEO.

Rainkie is Hydro’s current vice-president of finance and regulatory affairs and chief financial officer.

“The search for a new president and CEO is proceeding well and we hope to have it completed within the next two months,” said Bill Fraser, chair of the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board.

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Police Investigating Pair of Sexual Assaults

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police are investigating two sexual assaults in the past week.

The first occurred on August 30 when a woman was waiting for a bus in the 100 block of Pembina Highway.

A man approached the victim at around 8:40 a.m. and asked her if she wanted to go for a ride. When she declined, she was inappropriately grabbed before the man returned to his vehicle. The victim wasn’t injured.

The suspect is described as caucasian, approximately 6’1″-6’3″ tall, 180-200 pounds, with light brown hair and a beard, with a dark tattoo on his upper right arm.

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Busy Fall Season for Manitoba Musicians

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Manitoba MusicWINNIPEG — You would think summer has been hectic for local musicians given the offering of festivals and events, but fall is proving to be just as busy.

Manitoba Music is hitting 10 cities in the next three months to help bolster the careers of independent music entrepreneurs in the province.

Beginning in Halifax on September 8, the association will be at Canadian Country Music Week for a series of showcase events featuring performances by sibling country duo Petric, singer/songwriters Quinton Blair and Kendra Kay, pop country acts Leanne Pearson and David James, and others.

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Whether to Split Up Twins, Triplets in School Can Pit Parents Against Educators

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

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Twin eight-year-old brothers Riley, left, and Taylor Dalby sit for a photograph outside South Park School where they will enter Grade 3 this year, in Delta, B.C., on Monday August 24, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – With the new school year starting, most parents are thinking about the basics —buying supplies, preparing to pack lunches, and hoping their child gets on with their teacher and fits in with classmates.

But for parents of twins and other multiples, September means dealing with a question that moms and dads of singleton children never have to consider: should their same-aged siblings be separated or kept together? And who should decide?

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Plus-Size Model Battles Back Against Cyberbullies After Being Body-Shamed Online

By Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press

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Model Ruby Roxx is seen in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Inez Lewis)

A plus-size Vancouver model says she’s been boosted by the support she’s received since battling back against cyberbullies who body-shamed her online.

Ruby Roxx said she received a link from one of her Facebook followers featuring a photo of the curvy model digitally doctored to make her look thinner.

“The caption that they put on with it was: ‘Look how much better she looks, she looks so much younger. Imagine how much potential she’d have if she looked like this,'” recalled Roxx, whose real name is Jenn Palsenbarg.

“My initial reaction was I kind of laughed because the Photoshopping was so poorly done and I looked so unnatural — all of the Photoshopped girls did.”

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Manitoba Alzheimer Program Expanding to Six Sites

Alzheimer Society of ManitobaA popular program by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is expending to six locations across Winnipeg.

Minds in Motion unites families and communities, combining physical activity, socialization and mental stimulation for people living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease, or other dementias.

“People are responding very positively to the inclusive community programming,” said Maria Mathews, manager of family education for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

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Canadian Cyclocross Championships Returning to Winnipeg

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Geoff Kabush and Michael Van den Ham are cheered on at the 2014 Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI PHOTO)

Cyclists will mount up for another year when the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships return to Winnipeg this fall.

The three-day racing event will include intense racing competition, cycling clinics and numerous social events.

Last year’s event saw 35,000 come out to The Forks to see competitors from across Canada and the U.S. Attendees this time around can look forward to the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross, which will feature a much deeper field of international competition.

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