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Former Manitoba Cabinet Minister Demoted in 2013 to Retire

By The Canadian Press

Nancy Allan
NDP MLA Nancy Allan is not seeking re-election in 2016. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG – Another Manitoba politician has decided not to run in next year’s election.

Nancy Allan says that at the age of 62 and after 16 years in the legislature, she feels it is time to retire.

Allan held a number of ministerial portfolios over the years, including labour and education.

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Manitoba Set to Join List of Provinces Limiting Use of Electronic Cigarettes

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Electronic Cigarette
(Electronic cigarette image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba is about to join a growing number of provinces that limit the use of electronic cigarettes.

Healthy Living Minister Deanne Crothers says she will introduce a bill in the legislature on Monday aimed at protecting people who don’t want to be exposed to the vapour.

Crothers says she cannot reveal details until the bill is made public.

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Manitoba Taking Aim at Zebra Mussels

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Zebra Mussels (CENTRE FOR GREAT LAKES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is taking aim against zebra mussels with phase two of its assault on the species.

A detection and awareness campaign has been launched and will more than double the number of staff and equipment available for detection since zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Winnipeg.

“Fighting the expansion of this highly invasive species takes a concerted effort by everyone who enjoys our lakes and rivers,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff. “We took an aggressive approach to control zebra mussels last year in four harbours, but mussels survived outside the harbours, so now more than ever, we need everyone’s support and vigilance.”

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Winnipeg Goldeyes Ink Pitcher Jonathan Cornelius

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed left-handed pitcher Jonathan Cornelius for the 2015 season.

Cornelius, 26, has played the last five seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals system, including reaching Class AAA Memphis of the Pacific Coast League for two starts last season.

Cornelius will make his Goldeyes debut tonight against the Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

The Fish also announced veteran outfielder Mike Wilson has signed with Veracruz of the Mexican League.

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St. Andrews Woman Killed in Crash on Highway 9

RCMP Crest LogoA 50-year-old woman from the RM of St. Andrews was killed Wednesday night after her vehicle was hit by a semi-trailer truck.

The crash happened at around 10:20 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 9 and Netley Road.

RCMP say the semi was travelling eastbound on Netley Road when it collided with a northbound vehicle.

The woman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Fewer Manitoba Foster Kids in Hotels, But Usage Could Continue: Minister

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Kerri Irvin-Ross
Manitoba Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross listens to media questions about the release of the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Friday, January 31, 2014. The Manitoba government says fewer foster children are being put up in hotels, but the accommodation may still have to be used occasionally. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government will continue to use hotel rooms as emergency placements for kids in the child welfare system beyond a promised June 1 deadline.

The government is on track to virtually eliminate hotel use within Winnipeg by the start of next month, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said Thursday. But in some rural and northern areas it is a different story.

“As we were sort of working through our plan, we identified that there are not the same depth of resources in the north, and that it’s going to take us time to meet that goal,” she said, adding the target for those areas is Dec. 1.

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CBC Dethrones CJOB as Winnipeg’s Top Radio Station

Radio MicWINNIPEG — A major shift in the local radio landscape shook up the spring ratings book.

Numbers released Thursday by Numeris are the first indicator of the newly-branded stations of Kiss 102.3, 99.1 Fresh Radio and 97.5 BIG FM.

But the main story is the drop of 680 CJOB as the city’s No. 1 radio station. That new title belongs to CBC Radio One, showing while listeners still prefer news talk, the king on Jack Blick Avenue has taken a backseat — at least in the last couple months.

Another change was the jump of 92 CITI FM’s morning show to TV with “Wheeler in the Morning” to City on January 12. Compared to the same period last year, CITI rose to a 7.9 share from a 6.6, but maintained its position in the latest book.

The data measured the period from March 2 to April 26, 2015.

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Churchill Tundra Buggy Retired to Wisconsin Zoo

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Frontiers North Adventures has retired one of its former tundra buggies to a zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. (HANDOUT)

A former tundra buggy used to transport visitors around the sights of Churchill, Manitoba has a new home.

Frontiers North Adventures has retired the buggy to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. Tundra Buggy 5, also known as the Ice Maiden, which operated in Churchill from 1989 to 2008, has been refurbished and now plays an integral and interactive part in a new exhibit.

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Workout Tour Preludes Upcoming Spartan Race

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The Spartan Workout is Saturday, June 20 in St. Boniface. (HANDOUT)

A travelling workout series ahead of an adrenaline-filled race later this summer will prepare competitors and non-competitors for any challenge they face.

Spartan Race is holding its popular Workout Tour in St. Boniface on Saturday, June 20. The tour is a travelling workout guided trained Spartan Race certified coaches, including trainer Jesse Cox .

The cost is $10 to participate and partial proceeds will go to charity.

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