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‘I Heart Shoes’ Auction Returns for Second Year

Heart and Stroke Foundation of ManitobaThe Heart and Stroke Foundation is throwing the second annual “I Heart Shoes” auction tonight.

More than 130 pairs of shoes will be on display in the rainbow and silent auctions, including from high end designers like Abel Munoz, Escada and Valentino.

Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson and volunteers from the Paramedic Association of Manitoba will model the latest fashions from Hudson’s Bay Downtown, while Winnipeg’s own DJ Mama Cutsworth and the McConnell Irish Dancers perform.

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Girl Mauled to Death by Dogs in Lac Brochet

RCMP Crest LogoA 10-year-old girl has died after being mauled by two dogs in Lac Brochet, Manitoba.

The incident happened on Tuesday at around 6 p.m.

RCMP say the child was rushed to the local nursing station, where she was pronounced deceased.

Community members destroyed the dogs, which were not known to the victim.

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Pedestrian, 17, Dies After Vehicle Crash

Winnipeg Police CrestA teen has died following a pedestrian crash in Transcona early Wednesday.

The 17-year-old male was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Regent Avenue and Lagimodiere Boulevard shortly after midnight.

The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries.

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Three Winnipeg Properties At-Risk for River Flooding

City of WinnipegProlonged cold temperatures has stalled the spring melt, resulting in an increased risk of ice jams on the Red River and a threat to some Winnipeg properties.

Three homes will require sandbags this season, including two on Cloutier Crescent and one on Kingston Row.

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Manitoba to Ban Sale of Flavoured Tobacco

The Manitoba government is moving to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products in the province.

The ban will include cigars and cigarettes marketed to children. Flavoured cigars and cigarettes are often less expensive and use colourful packaging to appeal to youth.

No parent wants their child to smoke and we should do whatever we can to keep them from picking up this dangerous habit in the first place,” said Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Sharon Blady. “Cigarettes that taste like strawberry and bubble gum in flashy packaging are attractive to children and encourage them to experiment with tobacco.”

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Cold Spring Increases Winnipeg’s Flood Risk

The delayed spring melt due to lingering cold temperatures has increased the risk of ice jams on the Red River.

The ice on the river from Emerson to Winnipeg remains 10 to 20 percent thicker, according to Manitoba flood forecasters. The ice depth is at about three feet currently, which is the average thickness of a provincial winter road.

Three homes in the St. Norbert area are at risk of flooding this year and will require ring dikes around their low-lying properties. The city will notify affected homeowners with the precautions they should take.

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Jets Sign Head Coach Paul Maurice to Four-Year Contract

Paul Maurice

Paul Maurice (WINNIPEG JETS)

Paul Maurice will be the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets for at least the next four more years.

The hockey club agreed to terms with Maurice on Wednesday, who coached the Jets for the latter part of the 2013-14 NHL season.

The 47-year-old Sault Ste. Marie native joined the Jets on January 12 after taking over for Claude Noel, who the team relieved of his duties after a dismal start to the season.

During his three months with the Jets, Maurice accumulated an 18-12-5 record in 35 games. As a result, he has earned a career NHL coaching record of 478-469-172 after 1119 games between the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.

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Child Allegedly Sexually Assaulted at St. Vital Pool

Winnipeg Police CrestA five-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted at a St. Vital area pool on April 9.

The boy’s mother contacted Winnipeg police, who said her son had been inappropriately touched by another patron.

Members of the Child Abuse Unit investigated and eventually arrested Jonathan Alexander Baker, 23, of Winnipeg. He has been charged with sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age, sexual interference and failing to comply with a probation order.

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Young Entrepreneurs Get Taste of Downtown with ‘Launch It!’

Launch It! - Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

Anthony Farachi (The Bannock Factory), fashion designer Lennard Taylor, Daniel Marabotto (Delicious Kicks), Nick Danzinger (DigiPlus), Chloe Chafe and Andrew Eastman (Synonym Art Consultation) and Jason Abbott (OI Furniture) in front of Launch It! at Portage Place Shopping Centre on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Launch It! - Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

Jason Syvixay, Brigitte Burgoyne and Steven Paulus with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ next to a 2 Architecture Inc. proposal of flexible floor space for multiple vendors. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

A pilot project for seven small businesses to test the waters of a retail storefront has wrapped up.

Launch It! was an initiative of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Portage Place Shopping Centre to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to see how their businesses would do over a three-week period in the mall.

Participating businesses operated out of the front of a 4,000-square-foot space on the mall’s second floor. The rear of the store was used as office space for the entrepreneurs to conduct business while not interacting with customers.

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Full-Service Liquor Mart to Open in Transcona West

Manitoba Liquor and LotteriesManitoba’s newest Liquor Mart location will open soon in Transcona West.

The new Spring Meadow Square Liquor Mart will be the anchor tenant of an existing retail centre located at the corner of Plessis Road and Devonshire Drive.

“Transcona West is a developing area and a Liquor Mart will provide added convenience to neighbourhood residents while complementing the retail growth in the area,” said Robert Holmberg, vice-president, liquor operations for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries “We look forward to serving the community.”

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Scopus Award Gala 2014