Former NHL Agent Charged After Allegedly Defrauding Players of $12M

Former NHL Agent Charged After Allegedly Defrauding Players of $12M

Winnipeg Police CrestAn ex-NHL agent has been charged by Winnipeg police after alleging defrauding former Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips and Dany Heatley out of $12 million.

Police say Stacey McAlpine, 54, used funds provided by the victims to invest on their behalf. Instead, police say McAlpine used the cash for personal business and provided both players with fraudulent account statements for their bogus investments.

Continue Reading

Second Trial in Candace Derksen’s Death Ends in Not Guilty Verdict

Second Trial in Candace Derksen’s Death Ends in Not Guilty Verdict

By The Canadian Press

Wilma and Cliff Derksen
Wilma Derksen and her husband Cliff speak to media about Manitoba’s Court of Appeal overturning the murder conviction for Mark Edward Grant in the 1984 killing of their daughter Candace Derksen at their Winnipeg home, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 . (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – A man tried for a second time in the killing of Winnipeg teenager Candace Derksen more than 30 years ago has been found not guilty.

Mark Edward Grant was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 13-year-old girl, who disappeared on her way home from school in November 1984.

Continue Reading

Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie Dead at Age 53

Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie Dead at Age 53

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

Gord Downie
Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

TORONTO — Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.

Downie died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by,” the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning.

Continue Reading

Dressler’s Return Gives Injury-Depleted Blue Bombers a Timely Boost

Dressler’s Return Gives Injury-Depleted Blue Bombers a Timely Boost

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Weston Dressler
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Weston Dressler (7) celebrates with fans after the team scored against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Blue Bombers should get a boost against the Argonauts with the return of veteran receiver Weston Dressler, who is set to return from injury. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – The return of Weston Dressler gave the Blue Bombers a much-needed boost Tuesday.

The veteran receiver said he’s ready to play against the Argonauts in Toronto Saturday, news that comes on the heels of Winnipeg losing leading-receiver Darvin Adams and star linebacker Maurice Leggett to injuries last weekend.

Continue Reading

Refugee Students to Get Hands-On Construction Training

Refugee Students to Get Hands-On Construction Training

Construction

WINNIPEG — Nineteen newcomer refugee students from Red River College are picking up tools today to help Habitat for Humanity put the finishing touches on a new home for a Winnipeg family.

The students are part of RRC’s Language Training Centre’s Pathway Program to Construction Skills. The students come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan.

Continue Reading

Jack Johnson Helps Blue Jackets Keep Rolling with 5-2 Win Over Jets

Jack Johnson Helps Blue Jackets Keep Rolling with 5-2 Win Over Jets

By Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

Nic Petan
Winnipeg Jets’ Nic Petan (19) can’t score on Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) as Jets’ Marko Dano (56) battles with Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski (8) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, October 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Jack Johnson’s goal 13:54 into the second period was the eventual winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to four with a commanding 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Cam Atkinson broke open a scoreless game just 36 seconds into the second period for the Blue Jackets (5-1-0), powering ahead of Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba and muscling the puck past Winnipeg goalie Steve Mason.

Continue Reading

Manitoba Says It Has the Right to Legislate Public-Sector Pay Freeze

Manitoba Says It Has the Right to Legislate Public-Sector Pay Freeze

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building (SHUTTERSTOCK)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is fighting a court challenge launched by public-sector unions over a provincial wage freeze.

In a statement of defence filed this week, the government says it has the right to pass a law imposing a wage freeze on public-sector workers without consulting union leaders.

Continue Reading

WRHA Shifting Nurse Schedules at St. Boniface Hospital, HSC

WRHA Shifting Nurse Schedules at St. Boniface Hospital, HSC

St. Boniface Hospital

Changes to nursing schedules at St. Boniface Hospital will affect more than 1,000 positions as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority continues to carry out changes to the health-care system as initiated by the provincial government last spring.

An additional 50 nurses will be recruited to work at St. Boniface as a result.

Continue Reading

Family of Indigenous Woman Who Was Decapitated Say Killers Walk Free

Family of Indigenous Woman Who Was Decapitated Say Killers Walk Free

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

MMIWG
Commissioner Michelle Audette listens to family testimony at the opening day of hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Winnipeg, Monday, October 16, 2017. Just one of the many cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women has left a Manitoba community divided, a family struggling with grief and a mistrust of the justice system, a national inquiry was told Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Roberta McIvor
Roberta McIvor (FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG – Just one of the many cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women has left a Manitoba community divided, a family struggling with grief and a mistrust of the justice system, a national inquiry was told Tuesday.

On its second day of hearings in Winnipeg, the inquiry heard about the ripple effects from the killing of Roberta McIvor — a 32-year-old woman who was decapitated on the Sandy Bay Ojibwa reserve northwest of Winnipeg on July 30, 2011.

Continue Reading

Hot Wheels: MPI Opens New Automotive Research and Training Centre

Hot Wheels: MPI Opens New Automotive Research and Training Centre

MPI Repair Training Facility
Manitoba Public Insurance’s J.W. Zacharias Physical Damage Research Centre. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — A new automotive research and training centre will allow Manitoba Public Insurance to collaborate with the auto repair industry to adopt new methods of vehicle restoration when collisions occur.

The J.W. Zacharias Physical Damage Research Centre on Plessis Road is a 35,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will act as a training hub for new and emerging vehicle repair technologies.

Continue Reading