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City Homicide Victim Identified as Woman, 44

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police have identified the city’s latest homicide victim after a stabbing early Friday morning.

Beatrice Ann Crane, 44, of Winnipeg was found with serious injuries in a suite in the 500 block of Victor Street at around 3 a.m.

She was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died.

Members of the homicide unit continue to investigate and no arrests have been made.

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Police Lay Charges in Historic Sexual Assault Case

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police have laid charges against a man for alleged sexual assaults dating back 16 years.

Ronald Walter Peterson, 68, of Winnipeg was arrested on November 13 after a lengthy investigation.

Police say Peterson had contact with five male victims under the age of 16 between January 1998 and May 2014 while engaged in a professional capacity as well as socializing in a public setting.

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Winnipeg Transit Orders Up 58 Xcelsior Buses

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Transit
St. Vital Councillor Brian Mayes and Winnipeg Transit director Dave Wardrop in front one of the city’s articulated buses in November 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Transit has awarded a contract to local bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries for 58 Xcelsior buses.

The contract for the clean diesel 40-foot low floor transit buses includes three one-year optional contract extensions for approximately 33 additional buses each year.

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The Great Demise of Bill Cosby: Currie

By Roger Currie

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby (RANDY MIRAMONTEZ / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM)

A few years ago when it appeared that his career as a comedy performer was just about over, Bill Cosby made a lot of noise about young African American men who were fathering children out of wedlock and then abandoning their responsibilities. As America’s favourite TV dad who had endured the personal tragedy of losing his eldest son to a murderer, Cosby earned a lot of support at the time.

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Christmas Concert to Pay Tribute to Stan Rogers

Stan Rogers
Stan Rogers (STANROGERS.NET)

A tribute to late Canadian folk musician and songwriter Stan Rogers will fill the West End Cultural Centre on December 19.

“At Last I’m Ready for Christmas — A Holiday Tribute to Stan Rogers” will feature Nathan Rogers, Sweet Alibi, Red Moon Road, The Riel Men’s Choir and members of The Duhks.

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Bothwell Cheese Wins for Tasty Marble Cheddar

Bothwell Cheese
Workers from Bothwell Cheese hold up their award for winning first place at the 87th Annual British Empire Cheese Show. (HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s Bothwell Cheese has picked up another tasty award for its product, coming in first place at the 87th Annual British Empire Cheese Show.

Bothwell won in the marbled cheddar category, making it the eighth time in the past nine years the company has placed first.

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New Program to Link Manitoba Youth with Career Prospects

By Sarah Klein

Kevin Chief
Manitoba, Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief announces the Manitoba Career Prospects program at Complex Games on Market Avenue, Friday, November 21, 2014. (GOV.MB.CA)

The Manitoba government has launched a new program to connect students with experts in career opportunities in the province.

Manitoba Career Prospects will improve high school students’ access to employers when it comes to selecting a chosen career field.

“Many high school students struggle with the all-important question, ‘What do I want to do when I grow up,'” said Manitoba, Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief. “This program will create valuable connections between students, parents and employers, helping our youth get a better idea of which careers they would like to pursue and what jobs are in-demand.”

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Milt Stegall to Lead Youth Football Camp at UWinnipeg

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Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Milt Stegall at the UWinnipeg United Health and RecPlex on Friday, November 21, 2014. (SARAH TAYLOR / CHRISD.CA)
Milt Stegall
Milt Stegall will run the high performance skills camp May 23-24, 2015. (SARAH TAYLOR / CHRISD.CA)

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Milt Stegall will head up a new high performance football skills camp at the University of Winnipeg next spring.

Stegall played 14 years in the CFL and is now an analyst on TSN. He’ll use his knowledge of the game to coach players aged 13 to 17 in the quarterback, receiver and defensive back positions.

“Everyone knows how much I love Winnipeg, and how well this city has treated me, and I can’t wait to come back and coach these young players,” Stegall said during a news conference on Friday.

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Morris to See Bridges, Roads Rebuilt to Avoid Closure During Floods

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A view of the Morris Bridge from the community’s ring dike on Friday, November 21, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It’s a common occurrence during flood season in Manitoba — the closure of Highway 75.

The province hopes to alleviate some of those transportation delays and reroutes by raising two bridges and sections of the highway near Morris. The construction will keep the critical commercial route to the U.S. open for business during major floods.

Premier Greg Selinger made the announcement Friday in the community south of Winnipeg alongside Morris Mayor Gavin van der Linde and Reeve Ralph Groening.

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APTN Wins Award for Take Our Kids to Work Day

By Sarah Klein

APTNWinnipeg-based Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has won an award for its participation in the national Take Our Kids to Work program.

The broadcaster was recognized by the Learning Partnership Canada with an outstanding employer award.

The program encourages parents to bring their Grade 9 children to work for a day and was launched in 1994 by the national charitable organization that champions a strong public education system. The program also aims to recognize employers who make exemplary commitments to students.

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