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Winnipeg Officials Await Further Water Tests After Positive Samples of E. Coli

By The Canadian Press

Bottled Water
With a run on bottled water earlier in the day late night shoppers were were greeted with empty shelves after Winnipeg authorities issued a boil water advisory after an e.coli positive test Tuesday, January 27, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeggers remained under a boil-water advisory Wednesday as health officials continued to test the city’s water for E. coli bacteria and coliform.

Six routine samples taken on Monday tested positive on Tuesday for bacteria at extremely low levels.

The results led Mayor Brian Bowman to issue a cautionary citywide advisory, with the hope that additional testing would show the previous results to be false-positives.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Geoff Patton, acting director of the Water and Waste Department, said officials were putting samples through various “what-if” scenarios to determine whether there is a bacteria problem.

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Bisons, Wesmen Hash Out Rivalry in Duckworth Challenge

University of Manitoba BisonsWINNIPEG — There’s no greater rivalry in the city than pitting two competitive Winnipeg universities against each other in the arena of athletics.

The 24th annual Duckworth Challenge returns on Thursday, as the University of Manitoba Bisons and University of Winnipeg Wesmen fight it out on basketball and volleyball courts for ultimate bragging rights.

For the second time in the challenge’s history, women’s soccer will be included, as both teams battle on the pitch for supremacy.

The action gets going on Thursday at the Investors Group Athletic Centre with both women’s and men’s volleyball teams getting play underway at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT.

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Record Number of Winnipeg Divers Competing in Invitational

By Tyler Sutherland

Serena Buchwald nails one of her dives at the 2014 Manitoba Diving Championships at the Pan Am Pool on Sunday, June 15, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

A record number of Winnipeg divers are competing this weekend at the 47th annual Polar Bear Classic diving invitational.

Revolution Diving has more than 20 local divers set to compete against teams from Victoria, Saskatoon, Regina and Thunder Bay from Friday, January 29 through Sunday, February 1 at the Pan Am Pool.

“We are going to have 21-25 divers between the ages of nine and 25 competing this weekend,” said Manitoba provincial team head coach Dallas Ludwick. “This is the biggest contingent we have had at this competition in over a decade.”

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Entire City of Winnipeg Under a Boil-Water Advisory After Positive E. Coli Tests

By The Canadian Press

Bottled Water
With a run on bottled water earlier in the day late night shoppers were were greeted with empty shelves and pallets after Winnipeg authorities issued a boil water advisory after a e.coli positive test Tuesday, January 27, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The entire city of Winnipeg was under a boil-water advisory Tuesday night after routine sampling turned up some potentially harmful bacteria in the municipal water supply.

The city, which has a population of about 700,000, said the move was precautionary after six water samples showed the presence of E. coli and coliform at extremely low levels.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are issuing it citywide,” Mayor Brian Bowman told a hastily called news conference Tuesday evening.

“Hopefully we will find out that these were false positives tomorrow and very soon thereafter we will be able to lift this notice, but we do need to be cautious.”

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Manitoba-Based Soldier Found Dead in Ontario, Body Recovered from River

By The Canadian Press

CFB Shilo
CFB Shilo (FILE)

SHILO, Man. – A Manitoba-based soldier who served in Afghanistan has died.

Media reports say the body of Sgt. Jesse Tait, who was 34, was recovered from a river near Thunder Bay, Ont.

Tait was a member of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

A spokeswoman for Canadian Forces Base Shilo near Brandon, Man., confirmed Tait’s death but declined to provide any details.

Tait joined the military in January 2002 and served in Bosnia in 2003 and in Afghanistan in 2008.

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Entire City of Winnipeg Under a Boil-Water Advisory

Boiling Water
(Boiling water image via Shutterstock)

Winnipeg is under a boil water advisory as a precautionary measure.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority issued the advisory late Tuesday afternoon, saying two clusters positive water tests turned up E. coli. The original advisory was only for those located east of the Red River, but it has now been expanded to include the entire city.

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Tim Hortons Lays Off Unspecified Number of Staff at its Headquarters

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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Cups of coffee sit on a counter in a Tim Hortons outlet in Oakville, Ont. on Monday September 16, 2013. Tim Hortons is laying off an unspecified number of employees at its headquarters in a reorganization of its operations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

TORONTO – Tim Hortons is not saying how many employees will lose their jobs at its headquarters and regional offices in a reorganization of its operations announced Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the coffee chain said it’s “still in the process” of notifying staff members who will be affected by widespread changes to its Oakville, Ont., offices and seven regional offices across the country.

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‘I Don’t Like’ Balanced Budget Law: Manitoba NDP Leadership Candidate

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Theresa Oswald
NDP leadership candidate Theresa Oswald (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG _ One of the leadership candidates for Manitoba’s governing New Democrats has left the door open to changing the province’s balanced budget law if she becomes premier on March 8.

Theresa Oswald, one of NDP three vying for the leadership, said Tuesday she had not formulated a detailed stance on the topic, but feels the law is too restrictive and changes should be considered.

“I haven’t taken a position as of yet … on whether or not I would make significant amendments to the balanced budget law or blow it up in its entirety,” Oswald told reporters.

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Marriott Expanding in Canadian Market with Purchase of Delta Hotel Brand

By The Canadian Press

BETHESDA, Md. – Marriott International Inc. has signed a deal to buy the Delta hotel brand from B.C. Investment Management Corp. for $168 million.

Under the agreement, the U.S. hotel chain will take over the management and franchise operations for the 38 Delta hotels and resorts including 10,000 rooms across Canada from the provincial investment manager.

Marriott, which has more than 4,100 hotels around the world, says the acquisition will bring its operations to more than 120 hotels and 27,000 rooms in Canada.

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Manitobans Lauded with 12 Juno Award Nominations

The Bros. Landreth
The Bros. Landreth (HANDOUT)

Manitoba musicians have landed 12 nominations for the 44th annual Juno Awards. The nominees were announced Tuesday ahead of this year’s music industry festivities in Hamilton, Ontario.

Manitobans making the shortlist are Brandon-based Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq with two nominations for alternative album of the year and aboriginal album of the year for Animism.

Del Barber is represented for roots traditional album of the year in the group category for his acclaimed release, Prairiegraphy. Barber was a double winner at the Western Canadian Music Awards in October for his work on the album, including the roots solo and songwriter of the year categories.

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