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Suspect Sought After Woman Sexually Assaulted in Point Douglas

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police are looking for a man after a woman was sexually assaulted in the Point Douglas area Sunday morning.

Police say the 25-year-old victim was walking eastbound Euclid Street at around 5:30 a.m. when she was approached by a man on a bike. The suspect struck up a conversation with the woman before allegedly sexually assaulting her in the area of Barber Street and Prince Edward Street.

He fled on his bicycle and police were called.

The victim was taken to hospital in stable condition.

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Robert-Falcon Ouellette Announces $250M Infrastructure Plan

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Robert-Falcon Ouellette (HANDOUT)

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette has a plan to fix Winnipeg’s crumbling roads and infrastructure without solely relying on the two other levels of government.

Ouellette on Sunday said he would create a $250 million infrastructure fund dedicated to addressing basic infrastructure needs, such as maintaining and building roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

His first step would be better snow clearing and removal from roads and sidewalks, saying meltwater from snowbanks plays a major role in feeding the freeze-thaw cycle that damages the city’s roads throughout winter and spring.

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Manitoba Bisons Soccer Defeat Wesmen in Duckworth Challenge

University of Manitoba BisonsThe Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team put up a win Saturday night against the rival Winnipeg Wesmen to win the Duckworth Challenge.

The Bisons defeated the Wesmen 2-0 at the U of M Turf Fields, with rookie Jasmine Flett scoring one of the two goals for the Herd.

“Great performance. Jasmine earned the opportunity to be on the roster today. She had an amazing training week and that shows that the competition on our team is strong and all our players are fighting for spots,” said Bisons head coach Vanessa Martinez Lagunas.

Manitoba now moves to 2-1-0 while the Wesmen fall to 0-3-0.

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Reduced Speeds to Better Protect Roadside Workers

By David Klassen

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(Tow truck image via Shutterstock)

New rules to better protect roadside workers in Manitoba are now in effect.

The province announced amendments to the Highway Traffic Act late Friday, making it safer for emergency responders and tow truck operators by expanding and clarifying the precautions motorists must take when passing emergency personnel.

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Girl, 11, Offered Ride & Marijuana While Walking to School

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police are looking for a suspicious man after an 11-year-old girl was offered a ride while walking to school on Friday.

Police say the girl was walking in the area of Rothesay Street and Springfield Road at around 9 a.m. when the man stopped to speak with the child. The man also asked the girl if she wanted any “weed,” but drove away when she told him she didn’t smoke.

The suspect is described as aboriginal in appearance, about 25-years-old with short brown hair. A tattooed word was noted to run along his left jawline.

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Downtown BIZ ‘Raising the Bar’ to Combat Homelessness

By David Klassen

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The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will host its inaugural Raising the Bar services fair for the homeless on Sunday — just days before the 4th annual CEO Sleepout.

The event is a collaborative effort from social service agencies, business organizations, and volunteers in bringing together under one roof essential supports and services for the city’s homeless.

“Business leaders are realizing that they need to become part of the solution,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Raising the Bar challenges our CEO Sleepout participants and the private and public sector to give back to the homeless and to help create a more tolerant and compassionate downtown.”

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Bamboozled at the Border with Stricter Passport Requirements: Currie

By Roger Currie

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Vehicles wait in line to cross the U.S. border in Pembina, North Dakota. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The major American city that is closest to both Manitoba and Saskatchewan is Minneapolis, and I have enjoyed visiting there a number of times over the years. In the early 1970’s, we could drive down to shop or enjoy some Twins’ baseball, with not much more than a wave at the Canada-U.S. Border.

What a different world it is since that horrible Tuesday 13 years ago. Last week I was all set to cross the line for the first time in a couple of years, but there was a problem. My Canadian passport had expired in July. A frantic dash to the passport office in downtown Winnipeg was a frustrating waste of time.

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Bisons Trample Rams 42-18 in Home Opener

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Manitoba Bisons quarterback Jordan Yantz (10) throws a pass in Canada West action against the Regina Rams at Investors Group Field on Friday, September 12, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons needed an early season comeback and they pulled off a huge one Friday night at Investors Group Field.

The Herd (1-1) found redemption against the Regina Rams 42-18 in front of 6,435 fans in their first regular season game at home.

The Bisons had built a comfortable 27-2 lead at the half to seemingly run away with the victory early on, allowing the Rams to rack 16 more points before it was all over.

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Mounties Bust Multiple Outdoor Marijuana Grow-Ops

RCMP Crest LogoTwo outdoor marijuana grow-ops caught the attention of police recently, resulting in the arrest of a 36-year-old Minnedosa man.

RCMP executed two search warrants on September 5 in the RM of Odanah and in the town of Minnedosa.

Officers found 327 marijuana plants and approximately two lbs of dry marijuana.

David Lyle Hartley was arrested and charged with several drug-related offences.

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Wyatt Pulls Out of Council Race, Will Seek Liberal Nod

Councillor Russ Wyatt. (METRO WINNIPEG/FILE)
Councillor Russ Wyatt. (METRO WINNIPEG/FILE)

Winnipeg city councillor Russ Wyatt has withdrawn his reelection papers to potentially federally for the Liberals.

The Transcona councillor will seek the nomination for the federal party in the riding of Elmwood — Transcona.

“Although I have not secured the Liberal nomination at this time, I feel that it is in the best interest of the residents of the Transcona Ward, and in fairness to any potential candidates that may be considering to register to run municipally, that I make my intentions known at this time in order to provide them with sometime for said registration,” Wyatt said in a statement.

Wyatt says as part of leader Justin Trudeau’s team, he looks forward to “building a Canada we can be proud of.”

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