Blue Bombers Re-Sign QB Matt Nichols to Three-Year Deal

Blue Bombers Re-Sign QB Matt Nichols to Three-Year Deal

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15) throws against the B.C. Lions during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, October 8, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The waiting game is over on whether the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would bring back quarterback Matt Nichols.

The football club has inked the veteran pivot through the 2019 season.

“We made it very clear heading into the offseason that getting Matt signed was a top priority for us,” said Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters.

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Businessman Kevin O’Leary to Run for Conservative Leadership

Businessman Kevin O’Leary to Run for Conservative Leadership

By The Canadian Press

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Kevin O’Leary speaks during the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, Friday, May 27, 2016. Businessman O’Leary has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Kevin O’Leary has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership, suggesting that as a businessman, he is better qualified that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to work with president-elect Donald Trump.

O’Leary said he intended to run in a video posted to his Facebook page Wednesday morning, moments before making the official announcement on CTV.

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Drop a Puck, Become a Canuck — New Citizens to Be Sworn In at Hockey Game

Drop a Puck, Become a Canuck — New Citizens to Be Sworn In at Hockey Game

By Chris Vandenbreekel, CKOM, The Canadian Press

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SASKATOON – Drop a puck, become a Canuck.

That might be the idea behind a ceremony to be held this weekend at a Saskatoon Blades hockey game, where 20 new Canadians will be sworn in as citizens.

The group will take their oaths of citizenship with both the Blades and the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League looking on, and will also get a chance to don skates, grab a stick and learn a bit more about the game.

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McDonald’s Courts Criticism After Relaxing Policy on Allergens Such as Peanuts

McDonald’s Courts Criticism After Relaxing Policy on Allergens Such as Peanuts

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo shows a McDonald’s sign in Miami. McDonald’s Canada has started serving its first product containing peanuts or tree nuts that do not come in an individual package, causing concerns for customers with severe nut allergies. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alan Diaz)

TORONTO – McDonald’s Canada relaxed on Tuesday its policy for how it handles allergens such as peanuts, a move critics say reverses its long-standing position as a safe place for people living with allergies.

The fast-food chain introduced a Skor McFlurry on its menu, its first product containing peanuts or tree nuts not contained in an individual, sealed package. The dessert contains chopped almonds in the pieces of chocolate bar used to make the frozen treat.

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Jets Goaltender Pavelec Prepared for First NHL Start of the Season

Jets Goaltender Pavelec Prepared for First NHL Start of the Season

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, right, makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov during second period NHL hockey action, in Toronto, on Nov. 4, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

WINNIPEG – It’s been months since Ondrej Pavelec sat in the Winnipeg Jets dressing room, but he felt right at home on Tuesday.

The veteran goaltender was in net at Winnipeg’s practice after being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose for the first time since being sent down after the NHL club’s training camp.

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Wood Carving Challenge Coming to Festival du Voyageur

Wood Carving Challenge Coming to Festival du Voyageur

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New this year to Festival du Voyageur is the first Wood Carving Challenge inside Voyageur Park. (CHRISD.CA)
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Ginette Lavack Walters, executive director of Festival du Voyageur, unveils this year’s programming on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — This year’s Festival du Voyageur will help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with plenty to keep you busy over its 10-day span.

The 48th annual French-Canadian festival is February 17-26, featuring a lineup of more than 150 musical acts, the snow sculpting symposium, canoe races, traditional food, an ice bar, an outdoor disco, singles night and the first-ever wood-carving challenge.

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New Web Crawler Being Used to Scrub Child Pornography

New Web Crawler Being Used to Scrub Child Pornography

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Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, introduces Project Arachnid during a news conference in Winnipeg on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. (CANADIAN CENTRE FOR CHILD PROTECTION / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A new online tool is being used to detect and remove child pornography and sexual abuse material from the Internet.

Project Arachnid is a tool being used by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to detect images and video based on confirmed digital fingerprints of illegal content.

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Manitoba Removing Addresses on Vehicle Registration Cards in the Name of Privacy

Manitoba Removing Addresses on Vehicle Registration Cards in the Name of Privacy

The home address of vehicle owners will soon be removed from Manitoba vehicle registration cards in order to protect driver privacy.

Manitoba Public Insurance is making the change, effective March 1, 2017, to non-commercial vehicle registration cards.

“Vehicle registration cards are often left inside the vehicle which makes them susceptible to being taken should the vehicle be broken into,” said Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler.

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Clean Needle Programs Too Dangerous, Federal Prison Officials Tell Court

Clean Needle Programs Too Dangerous, Federal Prison Officials Tell Court

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A injection kit is seen Insite in Vancouver, Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say.

Syringe needles could too easily be used as weapons, the Correctional Service of Canada’s security director and a veteran prison warden say in affidavits filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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