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Manitoba Hydro Planning Power Outage in South Whiteshell

Manitoba Hydro Power Outage
(HOWARD WONG / CHRISD.CA FILE)

A planned power outage will affect customers in Falcon Lake, West Hawk Lake and Caddy Lake on Tuesday, February 3.

Manitoba Hydro will interrupt service between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., affecting approximately 2,000 customers, including those in Barren Lake and Star Lake.

The planned interruption is required to allow crews to safely repair a switch at the Star Lake Substation.

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Boil Advisory Hard to Follow When Power Outage Hits Some Winnipeg Neighbourhoods

By The Canadian Press

Brian Bowman
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman updates media at a press conference as Geoff Patton, acting director of the Water and Waste Department, listens in Wednesday, January 28, 2015 a day after Winnipeg authorities issued a boil water advisory after a positive e.coli test. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Insult was added to injury in Winnipeg when thousands of people already facing a city-wide boil-water advisory couldn’t turn on their stoves because of a power outage.

About 9,000 Manitoba Hydro customers were left in the dark Wednesday evening when a power pole in a northwest neighbourhood caught fire.

Around 4,000 people were brought back online shortly after 9 p.m., but the rest had to wait until very early Thursday morning before their service was restored.

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Elphinstone Resident Manitoba’s Newest Millionaire

Richard Flett
Richard Flett of Elphinstone, Manitoba holds up his $1 million cheque won by playing the Set For Life scratch ‘n win game. (WCLC)

An Elphinstone man is Manitoba’s newest millionaire after scratching his way to a $1 million fortune.

Richard Flett won on a $5 Set For Life scratch ‘n win ticket purchased at Rossburn Dollar Store & Gift Shop in Rossburn.

“I stopped in to get a pop,” he said. “I saw the Set For Life tickets and I bought one.”

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Winnipeggers Hoping for Clean Water Tests and Lifting of Boil-Water Advisory

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 – Officials in Winnipeg are hoping another round of tests expected today will confirm the city’s water supply is safe and allow them to lift a boil-water advisory.

The advisory was issued on Tuesday after routine testing found coliform and E. coli at extremely low levels in six of 39 water samples.

Further testing came back clean on Wednesday but regulations require two clean tests in a row before the all-clear can be declared.

Mayor Brian Bowman said the city’s experts have concluded it’s likely the original samples were false-positives.

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CRTC Bans Simultaneous Ad Substitution During Super Bowl, Starting in 2017

By The Canadian Press

LONDON, Ont. – Canada’s broadcast regulator is banning the substitution of Canadian advertisements over American ads during the Super Bowl.

The decision won’t take effect in time for this Sunday’s game, but it could be in place for next year if Bell Media – the rights holder for the 2016 event – waives its rights to switch ads.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says the new rule will be officially in place for the 2017 Super Bowl.

Television networks will, however, still be allowed to simultaneously substitute advertising on programming broadcast over local TV stations, but not on specialty channels.

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‘Astonished Heart’ to Open Up Merlyn Productions’ 7th Season

The Astonished Heart
The cast of “The Astonished Heart” – L-R Leonora Vail (KALYN BOMBACK), Christian Faber (MITCH KROHN), and Barbara (NANCY SLATER)

A gripping drama will open the seventh season for the Merlyn Productions Theatre Company for CowardFest 2015.

“The Astonished Heart” by Noel Coward runs February 11-15 as part of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Master Playwright Festival.

This singular play from the famous “Tonight at 8:30” series is the only Noe?l Coward tragedy being staged in the comedy-dominated line-up of CowardFest 2015!

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Goldeyes Sign Infielder C.J. Ziegler for 2015 Season

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed infielder C.J. Ziegler for the 2015 season.

The 29-year-old was the 2013 American Association Player of the Year and Baseball America’s Independent Player of the Year the same year under the Wichita Wingnuts.

He played last season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League, hitting .276 with 17 home runs and 79 RBI in 132 games.

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Siloam Mission Receives 144 Cases of Donated Bottled Water

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)

WINNIPEG — With the boil-water advisory remaining in effect until at least Thursday, Siloam Mission has received a large bottled water donation.

Red River Co-op delivered two pallets of 144 cases of water each this morning — a total of 3,456 500ml bottles.

“Due to the generosity of the Red River and Federated Coops, as well as others who have already donated water, we are able to continue service to our community without any interruption,” the homeless shelter said in a release.

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Latest Winnipeg Water Tests Clear, But Boil-Water Advisory Remains

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Brian Bowman
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman updates media at a press conference as Geoff Patton, Acting Director, Winnipeg Water and Waste Department and Michael Jack, Acting Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Winnipeg listen in Wednesday, January 28, 2015 a day after Winnipeg authorities issued a boil water advisory after a positive e.coli test. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — The most recent tests done on Winnipeg’s water supply came back clean Wednesday, but the city’s 700,000 residents remained under a boil-water advisory while the results were verified.

Mayor Brian Bowman said it could be Thursday afternoon before yet another round of tests was completed and people would be able to safely drink the water without boiling it first.

“I’m pleased to advise that the testing we’ve conducted in the last 24 hours has come back negative, which means, according to our experts … (the original samples) are false positives,” Bowman said at an update.

Under provincial guidelines, a boil-water advisory cannot be lifted until two consecutive retests come back clean.

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Facts About E. Coli, the Reason for the Winnipeg Water Scare

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Winnipeg, a city of about 700,000, remained under a boil-water advisory Wednesday after routine sampling turned up some potentially harmful bacteria in the municipal water supply, namely the presence of E. coli and cloriform at extremely low levels. No illnesses have been reported and more tests could show the original test results to be false positive. But why, in any case, does a test indicating a few bacteria trigger such an immediate and wide-scale response, a call for hundreds of thousands of people to boil their water before drinking it? Here are some facts about Escherichia coli, called E. coli for short.

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