Agency Cites Costs, Deficit for Downgrading Manitoba Credit Rating

Agency Cites Costs, Deficit for Downgrading Manitoba Credit Rating

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
The Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Saturday, August 30, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government has had its credit rating downgraded for the second time in 13 months by S&P Global Ratings.

The international bond-rating agency said the province continues to post large deficits, which are adding to a long-term debt left by the former NDP government.

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Winnipeg Installing Massive Sign at The Forks

Winnipeg Installing Massive Sign at The Forks

Winnipeg Sign
An artist’s rendering of a new Winnipeg sign to be installed at The Forks. (HANDOUT)

It’s one of the first places Mayor Brian Bowman is likely to snap a selfie for his Instagram later this week.

Winnipeg is getting a new, giant sign at The Forks to tell visitors that they’re, well, in Winnipeg.

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Pair Charged After Random Robberies, Assaults in South Winnipeg

Pair Charged After Random Robberies, Assaults in South Winnipeg

Winnipeg Police CrestTwo people have been arrested and charged after three separate robberies and assaults in south Winnipeg on Saturday night.

The crime spree began at around 10:55 p.m. when a 25-year-old woman was confronted at a restaurant in the 2700 block of Pembina Highway. Police say she was assaulted without provocation by an unknown woman. The victim suffered minor injuries.

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Saving Omar Khadr: ‘We Plugged All the Holes,’ Chopper Medic Recounts

Saving Omar Khadr: ‘We Plugged All the Holes,’ Chopper Medic Recounts

Donnie Bumanglag
Donnie Bumanglag stands in the backyard garden of his home, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Lompoc, Calif. Bumanglag is a former U.S. soldier who served in Afghanistan. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Owen Baker)

TORONTO – ‘This is human life’

For years the battle-hardened and decorated American veteran wrestled with his conscience, with whether he’d done the right thing in saving the life of Omar Khadr, seen by many as a terrorist who profited from his crimes.

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Winnipeg Jets Sign Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to One-Year Deal

Winnipeg Jets Sign Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to One-Year Deal

Connor Hellebuyck
Despite the face-wash by Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (29) Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) stops the shot as Dustin Byfuglien (33) defends during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 4, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is back in the fold for the 2017-18 season.

The hockey club has inked the 24-year-old to a one-year contract valued at $2,250,000.

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Winnipeg Airport Workers Hit the Picket Line

Winnipeg Airport Workers Hit the Picket Line

Winnipeg Airport
Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport (THEHUBWINNIPEG.COM)

Approximately 150 employees walked off the job Monday at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport. The strike comes 72 hours after the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) served airport officials notice on Friday.

The employees are seeking a wage increase of 5.5 percent in each year of a two-year agreement, retroactive to 2016.

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Sears Canada Faces Online Calls for Boycott Over Treatment of Ex-Employees

Sears Canada Faces Online Calls for Boycott Over Treatment of Ex-Employees

By Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press

Sears
Bargain hunters are seen at the Sears store Friday, July 21, 2017 in St. Eustache, Quebec. Sears Canada is facing a social media campaign calling for a boycott after the company said it planned on paying millions in bonuses to keep executives on board during restructuring, despite not offering severance to laid-off workers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Sears Canada is facing a social media campaign calling for a boycott after the company said it planned to pay millions in bonuses to keep executives on board during restructuring, while not offering severance to laid-off workers.

The retailer’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments from people vowing not to shop at Sears, and the hashtag #BoycottSearsCanada has been gaining traction on Twitter.

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Vehicle Catches Fire at Birds Hill Park

Vehicle Catches Fire at Birds Hill Park

Birds Hill Park Fire
Smoke billows at Birds Hill Park as firefighters extinguish a vehicle fire on Sunday, July 23, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

Plumes of black smoke were sent billowing into the air at Birds Hill Park Sunday afternoon after a vehicle caught fire.

The blaze began in a sedan at around 5 p.m. in the East Beach parking lot, quickly spreading to three other vehicles.

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Credit Agency Pushes Feds to Give It Access to List of Social Insurance Numbers

Credit Agency Pushes Feds to Give It Access to List of Social Insurance Numbers

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Credit Cards
Credit cards are displayed in Montreal in a Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

OTTAWA – An international credit reporting agency is pushing the federal government to give it access to a monthly list of new social insurance numbers despite years of rejections over privacy concerns.

TransUnion made the request anew earlier this year, shortly after Patty Hajdu became labour minister, to access the list that contains the range of social insurance numbers issued each month in various regions of the country.

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