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Scam Dupes Selkirk Senior into Surrendering Medication

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Manitoba RCMP are warning of a prescription medication scam that occurred in the Selkirk area.

On Tuesday, a 70-year-old woman received a knock at her door from a man informing her of a recall on her medication. The suspect was wearing fraudulent identification from a local pharmacy and requested the woman turn over the prescriptions.

The victim was duped into handing over two weeks’ worth of medication.

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Fire at School in The Pas Deemed to Be Arson

Mary Duncan School
A fire at Mary Duncan School in The Pas on September 28, 2014 is being investigated as arson. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A fire that destroyed a school in The Pas is being investigated as arson.

The fire last Sunday at Mary Duncan School broke out in the early morning hours and at the time, wasn’t considered suspicious.

RCMP say their investigation has since shifted to a criminal element.

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James Bond-Inspired Mural Goes Up in West End

A Man Called Intrepid
‘A Man Called Intrepid’ mural honouring Sir William Stephenson was revealed on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. (WEST END BIZ / HANDOUT)

A mural honouring a fascinating Winnipeg fighter pilot, entrepreneur, industrialist has been unveiled in the West End.

Sir William Stephenson was born and raised in the city and lived for a time on Ingersoll Street. He was also an inventor, spy and advisor to President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill as part of his historic significance.

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Manitoba Musicians to Benefit from $462K Growth Project

The Crooked Brothers perform at The Forks in 2010. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA FILE)
The Crooked Brothers perform at The Forks in 2010. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba government is providing the province’s vibrant music industry with $462,000 for the Manitoba Music Industry Growth Project.

The funding will be used to open up new markets for Manitoba musicians and helping the industry stay competitive in the global marketplace.

“Manitoba is known internationally for producing groundbreaking artists and music companies,” said Sara Stasiuk, executive director of Manitoba Music.

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Former MPI CEO Under Contract as ‘Insurance Policy’

Marilyn McLaren
Former MPI CEO Marilyn McLaren (HANDOUT)

The former CEO of Manitoba Public Insurance remains on the company’s payroll as a consultant, but the new CEO of the Crown corporation says it’s under a ‘no-work’ contract.

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party says former CEO Marilyn McLaren receives $50,000 annually to provide consulting services.

During a legislative committee meeting on Tuesday, new CEO Dan Guimond called the no-work contract an “insurance policy.” The Tories say when pressed on what work the annual salary was comprised of, Guimond said “none.”

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Steeves Plans $150M for Infrastructure Repair

By Brian Schultz

Gord Steeves
Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves plans to inject $150 million per year into Winnipeg’s crumbling roads if he’s elected.

Steeves said his plan for rebuilding infrastructure would also include an around-the-clock construction schedule.

“I will ensure that money is spent on building quality regional and local streets which are built right the first time so we don’t have to keep going back to make repairs every 10 years,” he said.

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Parsons, Harper Unveil New Anti-Bullying Program

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Two new educational modules to curb cyberbullying will help save lives, says the mother of a teen who took her own life.

Leah Parsons was in Winnipeg Wednesday for the launch of new material put out by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Her daughter, 17 at the time, died in April 2013 after being taken off life support following a suicide attempt.

Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was also in the city for the rollout of the modules, which are aimed at Grades 7 through 10.

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Winnipeg Man Accused of Defrauding Women He Met Online

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Police have arrested a Winnipeg man after they say he allegedly defrauded two women he met online of $27,000.

During two brief relationships orchestrated through a dating website between September 2-12, the man is said to have gained the victims’ trust and then accessed their banking information.

Police say the man deposited fraudulent cheques, then withdrew the funds from several ATM transactions.

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Man Sought After Two Winnipeg Bank Robberies

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Winnipeg police are looking for this man after two bank robberies in July. (WPS / HANDOUT)

A robbery suspect carefully tricked two bank tellers into being shortchanged during two alleged thefts in Winnipeg this past July.

Police say the suspect entered two financial institutions on Dublin Avenue and St. Mary’s Road to exchange funds, but ended up leaving with more cash than he entered with.

The thefts were carried out when the man entered with a significant amount of Canadian currency, looking to exchange $20 and $50 bills for $100 bill denominations.

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Minimum Wage Increase Hurting Employers, Workers: CFIB

Canadian MoneyMinimum wage increases to $10.70 per hour in Manitoba today, and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says that’s hurting small businesses and youth looking to obtain a job.

It’s the 11th hike in 10 years the provincial government has made, making it the fourth highest wage rate in Canada behind Ontario, Nunavut and Yukon.

“The massive increase of the minimum wage over the last 10 years makes it increasingly difficult for Manitoba entrepreneurs to expand their businesses and create jobs,” said Elliot Sims, CFIB’s Manitoba director of provincial affairs. “Mitigating factors, such as a training wage, are needed to ensure youth don’t pay the price for the provincial government’s policy to increase the wage rate far faster than inflation”

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