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Tories to Vote in Myrna Driedger as House Speaker

By Tyler Sutherland

Myrna Driedger
Charleswood MLA Myrna Driedger (FILE)

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives will vote for Myrna Driedger to become the province’s next Speaker.

The Charleswood MLA-elect would be the fourth woman speaker since 1871 in Manitoba if elected.

Party leader Brian Pallister will be sworn in as premier on Tuesday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, along with his cabinet.

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U.S. Stops Trying to Ban Trade in Polar Bears at International Talks

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Polar Bear
A polar bear sits along the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Man. in a Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 file photo. Inuit hunters may have brought down their biggest quarry ever.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to stop pushing for an international ban on the trade in polar bear parts. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Inuit hunters may have just brought down their biggest quarry ever.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to stop pushing for an international ban on the trade in polar bear parts — an effort that has been strenuously opposed by Inuit and the Canadian government.

The U.S. agency has been trying for years to have skins and other parts put in the same category as elephant ivory. It sponsored votes at the last two meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species that would have prevented Inuit hunters from selling hides or teeth even after eating the meat.

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Bisons’ DJ Lalama Invited to NY Giants Mini-Camp

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Manitoba Bisons’ DJ Lalama (25) and Kienan LaFrance (27) celebrate a 1st Quarter TD against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, September 20, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Bison linebacker DJ Lalama has been invited to the New York Giants rookie mini-camp.

The 22-year-old Winnipeg native was a co-captain for the first time with the Bisons in 2015 and tied for 15th in the conference with 36 total tackles (27 solo) and tied for fifth with 5.5 tackles for losses. He played in six of eight conference regular season games.

“Just blessed and thankful for the opportunity to show out in front of the Giants staff. I’m excited for the weekend and looking forward to representing the Bison gang during NFL rookie mini camp,” Lalama said.

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Water Meter Readers Visiting Winnipeg Homes

Water Meter Reader
City of Winnipeg meter reader (HANDOUT)

City of Winnipeg water meter staff will begin making their rounds to households on Wednesday, May 4.

Meter readers will visit homes between 2:30 p.m. and dusk. Each reader will have photo identification, be carrying a hand-held computer and wearing a uniform with the City of Winnipeg logo.

Meter readings are taken at least once per year from each household. If you happen to miss your visit, a meter reading card will be left for you.

— Staff

Two Charged in Death of Missing Thompson Man

Nicholas Brophy
Nicholas Brophy (RCMP / HANDOUT)

Two men have been arrested and charged in the death of a Thompson man.

The body of Nicholas Brophy, 19, was discovered on April 26 after he was reported missing on September 9.

Justin Noah Baker, 19, and Zach Edwin Linklater, 22, both of Thompson, have been charged with first-degree murder and remain in custody.

Both men will appear in court this week.

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Charge Dropped Against ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor Mike Smith in Los Angeles

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Trailer Park Boys
The Trailer Park Boys John Paul Tremblay, as Julian, left, Mike Smith, as Bubbles, centre, and Robb Wells, as Ricky, right, pose for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, November 27, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – A misdemeanour domestic battery charge has been dropped against “Trailer Park Boys” actor Mike Smith a month after his arrest in Los Angeles.

Smith, who plays the character Bubbles on the Canadian cult comedy, was arrested on April 1 after an incident at a Hollywood hotel involving a woman.

He was released on bail hours later, after being booked on suspicion of misdemeanour domestic battery, and had been set to appear in a L.A. court last Friday.

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‘Book of Mormon’ Returning to Concert Hall This Fall

The Book of Mormon

Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon is returning to the Centennial Concert Hall.

The limited run engagement will make a stop in Winnipeg September 27 to October 2.

The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.

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Pride Winnipeg Unveils Grand Marshal, Headlining Acts

Pride WinnipegDetails for this year’s Pride Winnipeg Festival have been announced, setting the tone for 10 days of celebrations to mark the 29th annual event.

Grand marshal Gayle Pruden will lead the Pride Parade this year. The Ojibwe, two-spirit/trans woman has helped the community by using her cultural teachings to be an inspiration to people of all nations. Chelsea Hertzog will be this year’s honorary youth marshal.

Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon will address the crowd at the Pride Rally on the steps of the Manitoba legislature on Pride Day, Sunday, June 5.

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‘No Shortage of Stories:’ North’s Past, Present and Future Found in Comic Books

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Arctic Comics
Thirty years after amazing and entertaining audiences at Expo 86, “Arctic Comics” with its mythological heroes, tall tales and meditations on what it means to be Inuit is back. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-McNally Robinson Books)

It was one of the most successful cultural exports from the North since someone suggested southerners might like those little carvings.

Thirty years after amazing and entertaining audiences at Expo 86, “Arctic Comics” with its mythological heroes, tall tales and meditations on what it means to be Inuit is back.

“There’s no shortage of stories up here,” said Nicholas Burns, one of the artists behind the 88-page, full-colour comic book being published this month.

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BCE to Buy MTS in Friendly Deal Worth $3.9 Billion

By The Canadian Press

George Cope
George Cope, president and CEO of BCE Inc., addresses the company’s annual meeting Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Montreal. BCE Inc. has a friendly deal to buy Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. in a deal they value at $3.9 billion. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

MTSWINNIPEG – BCE Inc. has signed a friendly deal valued at $3.9 billion to buy Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.

The agreement will add Manitoba’s largest phone, Internet and wireless company to a Montreal-based telecommunication business that stretches across Canada.

“Bell and MTS have a shared legacy of service and innovation that spans more than a century,” BCE president and CEO George Cope said in a statement.

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