Expert Suggests Leaving Seatbelt Sign on Too Long Could Be Bad for Flight Safety

Expert Suggests Leaving Seatbelt Sign on Too Long Could Be Bad for Flight Safety

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

Airport Runway - Airplane

An airline safety expert says plane crews may be unwittingly compromising flight safety by leaving seatbelt signs on too long.

Greg Marshall suggests passengers may not see the need to remain buckled up if the signs remain illuminated during a smooth ride or if no one has explained to fliers what’s going on.

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Government Says Longer Leave Not for All, But Higher-Paid Moms Need Help Too

Government Says Longer Leave Not for All, But Higher-Paid Moms Need Help Too

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press

Patty Hajdu
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu speaks to reporters during a weekend meeting of the national caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, March 25, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said even wealthier women need more support when it comes to moving from their careers into motherhood — and back again.

The 2017 budget extended parental leave to 18 months, but anyone who wants to take the lengthier time off must spread 12 months worth of Employment Insurance payments over that time — receiving 33 per cent of average weekly earnings — because there is no corresponding increase in benefits.

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Have Your Say on the Future of St. James Roads

Have Your Say on the Future of St. James Roads

City of Winnipeg LogoWINNIPEG — The roads and infrastructure surrounding Polo Park Shopping Centre have been a nightmare for motorists over the years.

With a $17.4 million project planned to infrastructure, pedestrian and cycling improvements in the area, the City of Winnipeg is sharing some of its preliminary plans.

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PM: UN Peacekeeping Mission Possible in 2017, Even Though Canada Mum on Details

PM: UN Peacekeeping Mission Possible in 2017, Even Though Canada Mum on Details

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for a weekend meeting of the national caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, March 25, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not ruling out sending troops to a peacekeeping mission this year, even though Canada has not yet told the United Nations what it is up to.

“We have a difficult history in Africa as peacekeepers and we need to make sure that when we embark on any . . . military mission, we make the right decisions about what we’re going to do, how we’re going to do it, and the kind of impact we’re going to have on the ground and on Canadians,” Trudeau said Saturday.

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A Problem of Perception? Shortages Remain in Field of Tradespeople

A Problem of Perception? Shortages Remain in Field of Tradespeople

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Construction Worker

NEEPAWA, Man. — One of the things I love most about my job is that every week, I get to look at what I’ve created. Every week is a new adventure with tangible results, I can flip through the pages and see the results of our work. If you’ve ever built something from scratch or made something broken work, you know the satisfaction that comes from the skilled trades. Not just that, but you also know how important they are.

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DNA Evidence to Be Allowed in Retrial of Accused in Teen’s Death

DNA Evidence to Be Allowed in Retrial of Accused in Teen’s Death

By Shane Gibson, The Canadian Press

Wilma and Cliff Derksen
Wilma and Cliff Derksen speak to reporters in their Winnipeg home following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that ordered a new trial for the man convicted of killing their daughter in 1984, on Thursday, March 5, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – A judge says DNA evidence will be allowed at the retrial of a man accused of killing a teenage girl more than three decades ago.

Mark Grant is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Candace Derksen. The Winnipeg teen vanished on her way home from school in November 1984 and was found tied up and frozen to death in a shed nearly two months later.

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Manitoba Museum Opens Stunning Remodelled Alloway Hall

Manitoba Museum Opens Stunning Remodelled Alloway Hall

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba Museum Alloway Hall
The newly-remodelled Alloway Hall at the Manitoba Museum is now open. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A newly expanded Alloway Hall at the Manitoba Museum now greets visitors after $5.8 million in renovations.

The 9,750-square-foot exhibit space is the museum’s newest jewel in a series of planned upgrades over the next several years.

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Southern Manitoba Remains at Moderate to Major Risk of Flooding: Forecasters

Southern Manitoba Remains at Moderate to Major Risk of Flooding: Forecasters

By The Canadian Press

Flood Outlook
Provincial officials provide the second flood outlook of the spring season at the Manitoba legislature on Friday, March 24, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – Forecasters say the latest data shows southern Manitoba remains at moderate to major risk of spring flooding.

Officials say the danger of flooding is down slightly from last month, but much will depend on the weather in the coming weeks.

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Trump Announces at White House: I’ve Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Announces at White House: I’ve Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

By The Canadian Press

Keystone Pipeline
In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. The much debated Keystone XL pipeline project is expected to be approved by the U.S. government today.The White House isn’t elaborating on today’s announcement, but the Trump administration has repeatedly said it supports the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON – Canada’s hotly debated, long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline received its elusive U.S. presidential permit from Donald Trump on Friday, eight years and six months after it first applied to cross the American border.

The president made the announcement at the White House.

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