Manitoba Drops Promise to Hire Former Bank of Canada Governor for Budget Review

Manitoba Drops Promise to Hire Former Bank of Canada Governor for Budget Review

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

David Dodge
David Dodge responds to reporters questions concerning the Monetary Policy Report, at a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday Jan 24, 2008. The Manitoba government is cancelling a plan to have former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge review the province’s balanced-budget law. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is cancelling a plan to have former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge review the province’s balanced-budget law.

The move is the latest in a series of Tory reviews or cancellations of pre-election promises made by the previous NDP government which Pallister has labelled expensive and desperate.

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Ontario Minister Says Opposition to Nestle Water-Taking Based on Misinformation

Ontario Minister Says Opposition to Nestle Water-Taking Based on Misinformation

By Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press

Bottled Water
(Bottled water image via Shutterstock)

TORONTO – A senior Ontario cabinet minister is coming to Nestle’s defence, suggesting public opposition to the renewal of the multinational company’s water taking permit in a small community is based on “misinformation.”

There has been vocal opposition and protests against renewing Nestle’s permit in Aberfoyle, Ont., after the area suffered a drought this summer that forced residents to restrict water use for watering lawns and washing cars.

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St. Andrews Lock and Dam Closing for the Season

St. Andrews Lock and Dam Closing for the Season

St. Andrews Lock and Dam
St. Andrews Lock and Dam (CAROLYN JANZEN PHOTO)

The St. Andrews Lock and Dam is preparing to close for the season on October 14.

The dam’s control curtains will be raised on or soon after this date. Water levels on the Red and Assiniboine rivers around Winnipeg and north of Lockport will gradually be lowered over the next two to three weeks as the water is released.

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WAG Partnership with Assiniboine Park Curates Art for Pavilion

WAG Partnership with Assiniboine Park Curates Art for Pavilion

The Pavilion - Assiniboine Park
The renovated Pavilion inside Assiniboine Park was officially reopened on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. (APC / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The renovated Pavilion at Assiniboine Park has reopened after undergoing upgrades that began in February.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has partnered with the Winnipeg Art Gallery to mark the launch of WAG@ThePark, which will provide the park with expertise to curate exhibitions drawn primarily from the APC collection, as well as from the WAG collection.

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Small Biz Pushes Manitoba to Freeze Minimum Wage

Small Biz Pushes Manitoba to Freeze Minimum Wage

Small BusinessWINNIPEG — An organization representing the province’s small businesses is calling on the Manitoba government hold the line on further increases to the minimum wage.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a new survey, showing there are better ways to help low-income earners, such as additional income tax relief and improving training opportunities.

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Manitoba Man Shot While Hunting

Manitoba Man Shot While Hunting

Hunter
(Hunter at sunset image via Shutterstock)

A 24-year-old man from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is in hospital after being shot while hunting on Tuesday night.

RCMP say it happened at around 11 p.m. in a rural wooded area in the RM of Riverdale, Manitoba.

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Changing Climate is Raising Forest Fire Risk, Says NRCan Annual Report

Changing Climate is Raising Forest Fire Risk, Says NRCan Annual Report

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

Fort McMurray Fire
A giant fireball is visible as a wildfire rips through the forest by Highway 63, 16 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, Alta on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – A new government report says that by the end of this century, a changing climate is expected to at least double the area burned each year by forest fires in Canada.

The annual forest assessment of 2015 data by Natural Resources Canada says a warming climate will contribute to a 50 per cent increase in large fires, new tree diseases and more insect infestations.

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