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Former Manitoba Mine Contaminating Wetlands: Wilderness Committee

Spruce Point Toxic Water

The former Spruce Point Mine site (WILDERNESS COMMITTEE)

The Wilderness Committee has drawn attention to a polluted bog in a northern Manitoba park wetland.

The committee says toxicity tests conducted on water from the site of a decommissioned mine in Grass River Provincial Park have revealed serious and ongoing water quality issues. They say extremely high concentrations of several toxic substances were found, posing a threat to aquatic life.

Water samples were collected by the Wilderness Committee from a bog at the former Spruce Point Mine site, and were assessed by an independent lab in Winnipeg. The mine, operated by HudBay Minerals until it was closed in 1993, has since been heralded by the company and by the Manitoba government as a success story when it comes to mine remediation.

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Gimli Woman Killed in Vehicle Rollover

RCMP Crest LogoAn 18-year-old Gimli woman was killed Sunday after losing control of her vehicle on Provincial Road 231.

RCMP were called to the scene just after midnight after the westbound vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and hit the south ditch.

Police say the vehicle rolled and the woman was ejected. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede Lands Federal Funding

By David Klassen



The 60th edition of the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede has received $15,600 in funding from the federal government.

The four-day Stampede near Austin, Manitoba wraps up today and includes musical performances and heritage demonstrations on horse plowing, blacksmithing, harvesting, stooking, and threshing.

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Woman Struck, Killed by Car on Highway 10

RCMP Crest LogoA 28-year-old woman from Minitonas, Manitoba was hit and killed by a vehicle Saturday morning.

The accident happened just after midnight on Highway 10 at the intersection of Provincial Road 150 West.

RCMP say the woman appeared to be intoxicated when she tried to flag down a westbound car to ask for a ride. She was struck when she stepped onto the roadway.

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Keeping the Wheels of Safety Oiled on Public Transit

By Roger Currie

Subway Transit

(Transit image via Shutterstock)

More thoughts about public transit. While Winnipeg has been agonizing over committing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and expand a rapid transit system that is little more than an express bus, many Winnipeggers are hugely envious of larger communities like Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver where they have dedicated rail service with its own exclusive right of way.

It was almost 30 years ago, during Expo 86, that I got to ride Canada’s first Sky Train. “Wow and double Wow!” was the response back then, but I think it might be time to ‘re-program’ the computers that run the train. A number of times in recent weeks, the skytrain has been stopped, by electrical problems and a computer glitch. The problem was traced to a failed card in the main control computer. Wait a minute, even an old Boomer like me knows that computers don’t even use cards any more, do they?

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Iskwé to Perform at Park Theatre on July 30



Winnipeg-born musician Iskwé is returning to her hometown for a concert on Wednesday, July 30.

Iskwé will perform at the Park Theatre with special guests The Vikings.

Having released her debut album in 2013, Iskwé now resides in Toronto with musical stints in Los Angeles and New York.

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Tiesto to Headline Frosh Music Festival in September

Dutch DJ Tiesto will headline the Frosh Music Festival in Winnipeg later this summer.

The electronic musician and producer will perform Sunday, September 14 at Bison Stadium at the University of Manitoba.

Tickets go on sale August 1 through Diyobo. Discounted student tickets will be sold on campus.

– Staff

Former Weakerthans Member Joins Manitoba Film & Music

Stephen Carroll

Stephen Carroll (HANDOUT)

Manitoba Film and Music has named Stephen Carroll as its manager of music programs.

Carroll is the former manager of Empirical Artist Services and Weakerthans band member/manager.

“Stephen’s extensive experience in the local and international music industry make him an invaluable addition to our team,” said Carole Vivier, MFM’s CEO and film commissioner. “He has a track record of success in an industry that is challenging and ever-changing. He is in a fantastic position to help grow the careers of Manitoba artists.”

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CONTEST: Win a 12 Pack of Folklorama Passes

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Take a trip around the world without leaving Winnipeg!

Folklorama is August 3-16 and wants to send you to see as many pavilions as you can.

We have two (2) complimentary packs of passes containing 12 admissions each — perfect for getting cultured in multiple countries each night.

The 2014 festival will feature 43 pavilions celebrating the incredible cultural diversity that exists in Manitoba. This year, Folklorama is encouraging festival-goers to consider: “How will you Folklorama?”

“Folklorama is a Winnipeg tradition,” said executive director Debra Zoerb. “And everyone has their own unique way of enjoying their Folklorama experience.”

How do I win?

Fill out the entry form below. We’ll draw two random winners once the contest closes. Good luck!

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REVIEWS: A Winnipeg Fringe Festival for All

By Eden Ramsay (@EdenRamsay)

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

Festival-goers gather around Old Market Square for free entertainment from Fringe performers. (EDEN RAMSAY PHOTO)

It’s been 27 years of unabashed artistic freedom and theatrical spectacle taking over Winnipeg in the form of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

During the festival, Market Square is overrun by performers and musicians put on free shows for audiences throughout the festival. There are also plenty of vendors, food trucks, and surprises abound to discover in the area.

It can be a daunting feat deciding which of the 178 performances to watch in 30 venues through the Exchange District and downtown area. It’s helpful to pick up a Fringe Festival program available at the MTC Box Office, Liquor Marts, and McNally Robinson Booksellers. There are also plenty of reviews in local newspapers and online. As an alternative, don’t be shy to ask fellow festival-goers or people working at the Festival what their top-picks are.

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Prairie Jam Music Festival

Wicked The Musical

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