Via Rail Seeks to Limit Scope of Wheelchair and Mobility Aid Policy

Via Rail Seeks to Limit Scope of Wheelchair and Mobility Aid Policy

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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A VIA Rail train sits idle at the train station in Churchill, Man., on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex de Vries)

TORONTO – Via Rail is trying to limit the scope of a policy to make its trains more accessible to travellers using wheelchairs and mobility aids.

The national rail provider had revised its policy in May in compliance with an order from the Canadian Transportation Agency, which directed Via to double the number of mobility devices that could be tied down on trains from one to two.

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McDavid Disappointed at NHL Decision to Not Participate in 2018 Olympic Games

McDavid Disappointed at NHL Decision to Not Participate in 2018 Olympic Games

By Brennan McDougal, The Canadian Press

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Connor McDavid competes against Aaron Sanchez and Eugenie Bouchard in a “60 Second Scramble” promotional event ahead of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

TORONTO – Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he’s disappointed that the NHL won’t be sending players to the Winter Olympic in South Korea next year.

McDavid told reporters at a charity event Wednesday that Team Canada will not have the same talent at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, thanks to the lack of NHL players.

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Red River College Repurposes Broken Jets Hockey Sticks for Youth

Red River College Repurposes Broken Jets Hockey Sticks for Youth

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Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Copp (9) battles Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin (33) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 26, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

Hockey sticks that were broken during last season’s Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose games have been brought back to life thanks to Red River College.

Students in RRC’s Aerospace Manufacturing Program repaired the sticks using composite materials after receiving a donation of the broken hardware from True North Sports + Entertainment.

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Loblaw Expects Higher Minimum Wage Rules Will Increase Its Labour Costs by $190M

Loblaw Expects Higher Minimum Wage Rules Will Increase Its Labour Costs by $190M

By Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press

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Galen G. Weston, Executive President and Chairman of Loblaw Limited poses for a photo at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill)

TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canada’s largest grocery and drug store operator, warned Wednesday that minimum wage increases in Ontario and Alberta threaten to harm its bottom line and it will have to find ways to cut costs.

The company, which owns Shoppers Drug Mart and grocery chains including Loblaws and No Frills, estimates that the wage hikes will mean its labour expenses will balloon by about $190 million next year.

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Winnipeg Relaying Real-Time Traffic Delays Surrounding Waverley Underpass Project

Winnipeg Relaying Real-Time Traffic Delays Surrounding Waverley Underpass Project

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Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman speaks during a news conference regarding the Waverley Underpass on Friday, May 5, 2017. (KATE FENSKE / CN / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A new system has been put in place to notify drivers of potential delays during their commute around the Waverley Underpass construction project.

The City of Winnipeg says travel time information will be displayed in real-time on an electronic message board on northbound Waverley Street in advance of McGillivray, so motorists can consider alternate routes.

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Celebrity Likeness Dupes Manitoba Couple of $180K

Celebrity Likeness Dupes Manitoba Couple of $180K

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An unknowing rural Manitoba couple is in the hole more than $180,000 after being duped in an investment scam featuring the unauthorized likeness of a well-known Canadian celebrity.

The Manitoba Securities Commission says one of the victims saw an online advertisement for “WM Option” and the promise of large returns. The pair was lured in after seeing a prominent Canadian public figure portrayed as having made money on the investment.

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Saskatchewan Reserve to Get Clean Drinking Water After More Than Five Years

Saskatchewan Reserve to Get Clean Drinking Water After More Than Five Years

By Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

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Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett speaks as AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde looks on at the Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Regina, Sask., Tuesday July 25, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor)

REGINA – Plans are underway to get a Saskatchewan First Nation clean water after more than five years under a drinking water advisory, and to meet a pledge to end such advisories on all reserves.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced $9.2 million to replace the water treatment system on the White Bear First Nation, southeast of Regina.

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