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Friends-of-Feathers Flock Together to Save Ducklings Imprisoned on Police Patio

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Vancouver’s finest have hatched a plan to help 10 jail birds fly the coop from police headquarters, and everything turned out ducky in the end.

Sgt. Randy Fincham says a concerned citizen reported a mother duck and nine ducklings marooned on the third-floor patio ledge at the police department on Sunday.

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Manitoba’s Francophone Musicians Showcased in Ottawa

Manitoba MusicThree Manitoba musicians are up for awards at Gala des prix Trille Or in Ottawa next month.

Singer/songwriter Jocelyne Baribeau is up for western Canadian emerging artist while her children’s act, Madame Diva, is up for western Canadian album, alongside pop songstress and past winner, marijosée. Former Manitoban, Geneviève Toupin, will also be honoured with the award for artists from outside Ontario who have had the greatest impact in Ontario.

Manitoba Music, through its Francophone Music Program, is hosting an industry showcase at the awards show and conference on May 6.

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PHOTOS: OneRepublic Plays MTS Centre in Winnipeg

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OneRepublic performs at MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Monday, April 27, 2015. (BRUCE FEDYK / CHRISD.CA)

OneRepublic performed Monday night at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre with special guest Lights.

The Colorado Springs rockers are on their 2015 cross-Canada tour, which wraps up in Vancouver on May 2.

View the photo gallery below.

Three Separate Busts Net 60,060 Contraband Cigarettes

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(Cigarettes image via Shutterstock)

Manitoba’s Finance Taxation Special Investigations Unit has seized 60,060 contraband cigarettes in three separate cases.

Investigators executed search warrants at the Variety Taste Restaurant at 613 Sargent Avenue on March 25 in Winnipeg, an associated vehicle and a nearby residence.

Seized from the store were 38 cartons of various brands of cigarettes (7,600 cigarettes) that were not marked for tax purposes in Manitoba. Also seized was $1,345 in cash.

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‘Grazing in the Outfield’ Dinner Set for Shaw Park

By Brian Schultz

Grazing in the OutfieldA new event to Shaw Park this summer will benefit the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ Field of Dreams Foundation.

Grazing in the Outfield is a dinner on Thursday, July 23, hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba.

Guests will dine in the outfield and feast on creations by Chef Ben Kramer with an emphasis on dairy products.

Guests will witness a cow milking demonstration and learn about the process of bringing the farm to the fork.

“I can’t wait to show Winnipeg our twist on ballpark food in such a beautiful setting,” chef Ben Kramer said. “We have had a blast at every DFM event we have partnered with, and this one is no different.”

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Police Dog Helps Track Down Suspects in ATV Thefts

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PSD Eddie is being credited with assisting in the arrest of one of three teen suspects in the Ochre River area on Sunday, April 26, 2015. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Three youth from Sandy Bay First Nation were arrested Sunday after allegedly driving stolen ATVs near the village of Ochre River, Manitoba.

Police were called after witnesses spotted the suspects near the Ochre River bridge on Highway 5. Two ATVs were found hidden in some bushes, and RCMP set up a perimeter to contain the suspects before a police service dog was called in.

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Police Identify Victims of ‘Homeless Homicides’

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Winnipeg police investigate a homicide on Hargrave Street early Saturday, April 25, 2015. (SHAUN MCLEOD / FOR CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg police have identified the victims in two separate homicides on Saturday.

The deceased man found at the rear of 329 Hargrave Street at around 12:45 a.m. has been identified as Donald Collins, 65, of Winnipeg.

The man found deceased at the rear of 333 Portage Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. has been identified as Stony Stanley Bushie, 48, of Winnipeg.

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Breast Cancer Gene Found in French-Canadian, Polish ‘Founder’ Populations: Study

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Researchers have identified a new genetic mutation strongly linked to hereditary breast cancer in two specific populations of French-Canadian and Polish women.

The Canadian-Polish research team found recurrent mutations in the RECQL gene among the women, who have a strong family history of breast cancer but do not carry one of the more common BRCA mutations.

One type of RECQL mutation occurred 50 times more frequently among Quebec women with familial breast cancer compared to control subjects.

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Manitoba Premier Asked About Tax Increases in Advance of Budget Thursday

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger appears optimistic that his NDP government might avoid tax increases as it continues to struggle to balance the budget.

But he doesn’t rule them out.

“If we can keep growing the economy, we think there’s good prospects to do that,” he said Monday when asked about avoiding tax hikes. “But economic forecasts have been brought down.”

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Man Allegedly Exposes Himself Outside Carman Seniors Home

RCMP Crest LogoManitoba RCMP are looking for a man they say exposed himself on two separate occasions outside a Carman seniors home.

Police say the man was spotted by an overnight female employee on April 11 outside a window when he proceeded to masturbate. He fled on foot when police were called.

A similar incident took place at the same seniors home on November 15, 2014 at around midnight.

The suspect is described as a tall Caucasian man with a thin build.

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