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Passenger Traffic Increases at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

Passengers check-in for flights at Winnipeg's James Richardson International Airport on Monday, October 24, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

Passengers check-in for flights at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport on Monday, October 24, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

Traffic is still flying in and out of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport this year.

The Winnipeg Airports Authority reported an increase in passenger traffic over the first three months of 2014, up 1.1 percent over the same time frame last year.

“As the quarter ended, we were pleased to note incremental increases in our region’s passenger traffic volume,” said Barry Rempel, CEO of the WAA.

“Winnipeg Richardson  International Airport was a hub of activity this quarter as some of our carriers expanded service options, our passengers took advantage of routes offering an escape from a record breaking cold winter, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes returned home to our airport with numerous medals.”

WestJet Encore launched daily non-stop service between Winnipeg and Regina and Saskatoon, and Sunwing added Freeport, Bahamas to their destination list from the city.

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel also opened during this quarter, said the WAA.


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Winnipeg Man Arrested For Two March Robberies

Winnipeg Police CrestA Winnipeg man has been arrested after two store robberies earlier this year.

Police said a man walked into a gas station store in the 600 block of Notre Dame Avenue on March 11 just before 8:30 a.m. The man approached the 24-year-old clerk and demanded cash, which he received before running away.

Later that day, a man walked into a food mart on William Avenue, selected some merchandise and got in line. Once he reached a female clerk, he produced a knife and demanded the contents of the cash register. He ran away when another employee entered the store.

Police arrested Matthew Stevens, 27, and have charged him with two counts of robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and failing to comply with a probation order. He has been detained.


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Governments of Canada, Manitoba Finalize Job Grants Agreement

Manitoba LogoThe Governments of Canada and Manitoba have signed an agreement that will see job grant dollars flow into the province.

The Canada Jobs Grant is an employer-driven program that will see employers receive dollars to help train employees, with guaranteed jobs at the end of the training.

“By working with business to provide skills training opportunities, we are helping young Manitobans find good jobs right here at home,” said Theresa Oswald, Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy. “Together, the new Canada-Manitoba Job Fund and our five-year, $5.5 billion infrastructure plan will grow our economy, create jobs, and put Manitoba on a stronger, more competitive footing for the future.”

The Federal Government came under fire last year after it was revealed they spent millions of dollars advertising the Canada Jobs Grant before finalizing the programs with the provinces.


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Curbside Yard Waste Collection to Begin Monday

City of WinnipegThe City of Winnipeg’s curbside yard waste collection program will begin next week.

Starting Monday, April 28, waste will be collected at the curb every two weeks on the same day as homeowners’ garbage and recycling pickup.

There’s a calendar at the website for people to access to find out their collection day, or download the free MyWaste app for Apple and Android.

Residents can put their yard waste in:

- any reusable container without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers) – containers should not be broken or damaged
- cardboard boxes
- paper yard waste bags (available at many stores)


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Centra Gas to Raise Rates by 4.6 Percent

Manitoba HydroSorry, Manitoba homeowners, your heating bill is on the rise.

The Public Utilities Board approved Centra Gas’ application to raise primary rates by 4.6 per cent beginning May 1. Centra Gas is owned by Manitoba Hydro.

This means the typical homeowner will see their bill rise by about $38 a year.

Those who have signed fixed-term, fixed-price contracts with Centra Gas or a private broker will not be affected.


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Niverville to See Expanded MTS Fibre-Optic Network

MTSResidents in Niverville will soon have access to faster Internet service and better television-viewing options.

MTS will expand its fibre-optic network to the southern Manitoba community later this year.

“Niverville is growing, and the availability of technology such as this is very important in attracting people and investment to our community,” said acting Niverville Mayor John Funk. “I’d like to thank MTS for making this fibre-optic network available to the residents of Niverville.”

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Downtown Earth Day Clean-Up Collects 2,500 lbs. of Trash

Earth Day Clean-up

Volunteers collect litter during the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s annual Earth Day Clean-up on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ rounded up 2,500 lbs. of litter on Tuesday with the help of business leaders, community members and local celebrities.

About 450 people came out for the Downtown BIZ’s ninth annual Earth Day Clean-up.

“What we saw was a powerful commitment from the downtown community to keep our city clean and green,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ. “This event connects business people with our Metro Enviro-Team so they can see firsthand the important work they do, and how valuable it is to have a downtown that is spotless, clean, and inviting.”

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Goldeyes Plan Season of Fun for Fans

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes are ensuring fans who attend this season’s baseball games have a fun time while doing so.

The club has announced its 2014 promotions schedule, which includes giveaways, entertainment, and theme games.

“Giveaways and entertainment have always been a hit at Shaw Park,” Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said. “Goldeyes fans are the best fans in independent baseball and we try to give them many reasons to come to the ballpark every summer.”

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Red River Crests in Winnipeg, But Forecasted Rain Could Change Outlook

Red River Ice

Ice flows upstream on the Red River through Winnipeg on Monday, April 21, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

While the Red River has crested in Winnipeg and ice jams have caused only minor localized flooding, rain in the forecast could change things, especially west of the city.

The province said the Red River crested at 19.17 ft at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, elevated slightly due to ice jams letting go south of Winnipeg.

However, the rain in the forecast ranges from 40 mm in Yorkton, Sask. to 30 mm in Brandon, 30 mm in the Red River Valley north of Grand Forks, and about 8 mm in Winnipeg. As a result, a flood watch has been issued for the upper Assiniboine River from Shellmouth Dam to Brandon.

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Province to Ban Synthetic Pesticides, With Some Exemptions

Lawn PesticideThe provincial government has proposed banning some synthetic chemical pesticides, but that doesn’t mean your lawn will be defenseless against dandelions.

The proposed legislation, which has been talked about for two years, would permit lower-risk pesticides for weed removal on lawns.

“It is not a matter of to spray or not to spray, but rather what you spray on your lawn,” said Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh.

It would also see synthetic chemical pesticide-free zones on school, daycare and hospital grounds. “Manitoba families want their children to be safe everywhere they play.  This new legislation will ensure it does not matter where they are – at school, home or at daycare – they will be able to play on the grass that is free from potentially harmful chemical pesticides.”

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