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Manitoba Government, Jockey Club Reach Agreement

Assiniboia Downs

Assiniboia Downs

The Manitoba Jockey Club and the provincial government have reached a settlement after a year of bickering about who will pay for and control live-horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs.

“This agreement recognizes that MJC has entered into a partnership with Peguis First Nation which, in the long run, will enhance revenue streams at ASD,” reads a statement from the province. “With today’s agreement, the government is providing a bridge to MJC that intends to get it into a position where it will be able to enjoy the benefits of those enhanced revenue streams, while maintaining sustainability for horse racing in the interim.”

The key elements of the agreement include a VLT siteholder agreement for the MJC with Manitoba Liqour and Lotteries for 12 years. During the first 10 years, the province will provide grants that start at $5.4 million and grow smaller. After that, revenue for the Manitoba Jockey Club will come only through VLTs.

The province says with the agreement, the MJC will discontinue all of its outstanding litigation against the province.


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Province Encouraging Manitobans To Sign Up For Organ Donation Online

Sign Up for LIfeOfficials are hoping ‘Tobans will continue to sign up for organ donation through the Province of Manitoba’s official organ and tissue donor website. turns two years old on Wednesday, but so far only 9,751 people have signed up.

“We all have the ability to save a life by signing up for an organ or tissue donation,” said Health Minister Erin Selby. “I’ve signed up and have encouraged my family, friends and colleagues to do the same.”

“When you think about it, more people take in a Jets game on a single night than have signed up to be organ and tissue donors,” added Dr. Faisal Siddiqui, an organ donation physician.

There are currently more than 200 people on the waitlist just for kidneys.


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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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Scopus Award Gala 2014