Wood Carving Challenge Coming to Festival du Voyageur

Wood Carving Challenge Coming to Festival du Voyageur

Wood Carving - Festival du Voyageur
New this year to Festival du Voyageur is the first Wood Carving Challenge inside Voyageur Park. (CHRISD.CA)
Ginette Lavack Walters
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

Lianna McDonald
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

Needle Injection Kit
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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WestJet Launches Non-Stop Flights Between Winnipeg and Hamilton

WestJet Launches Non-Stop Flights Between Winnipeg and Hamilton

WestJet
The tail of a WestJet plane dwarfs the Calgary skyline before the airline’s annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Travellers flying to Hamilton, Ontario from Winnipeg and vice versa can now do so directly on WestJet.

The airline launched its non-stop service between the two cities on Tuesday with a departing flight from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

“These routes mean lower fares and reduced travel times for Hamiltonians visiting friends and family in Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg and vice versa,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet vice-president, network planning.

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Victoria General Hospital Considers Scrapping Visiting Hours for Families

Victoria General Hospital Considers Scrapping Visiting Hours for Families

Victoria General Hospital
Victoria General Hospital, 2340 Pembina Highway (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

WINNIPEG — Victoria General Hospital is considering doing away with set hours families can visit loved ones and opening up visits 24/7.

A 2015 study by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) found that fewer than one in three Canadian hospitals had accommodating visiting policies, and even less offered 24/7 access to designated family members.

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Blue Bombers Sign Receiver Kenny Stafford

Blue Bombers Sign Receiver Kenny Stafford

Kenny Stafford
Montreal Alouettes’ Kenny Stafford, left, is tackled by Edmonton Eskimos’ Neil King during first half CFL football action in Montreal, Monday, October 10, 2016. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed free-agent receiver Stafford to a two-year contract on Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

International receiver Kenny Stafford has inked a two-year contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Columbus, Ohio native spent part of last season with Montreal, where in nine games he caught 16 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

“Kenny is an experienced receiver in our league, with great athletic ability and big play capability,” said Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters. “He’s got the range to go up and get the football and he’s a competitor. We’re very confident he will fit comfortably into our locker room, and are excited about what he will bring to our offence.”

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Canada’s Party for Trump: Poutine, Salmon, and a Reduced Bill for Taxpayers

Canada’s Party for Trump: Poutine, Salmon, and a Reduced Bill for Taxpayers

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

Canadian Ambassy
The Canadian Embassy is shown in Washington Tuesday, July 23, 2002. As the Canadian government prepares its quadrennial U.S. presidential inauguration bash at its embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue, this year’s menu plans include poutine, salmon, beef, tourtiere and a reduced bill for taxpayers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Doug Mills)

WASHINGTON – As the Canadian government prepares its quadrennial U.S. presidential inauguration bash at its embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue, this year’s menu plans include poutine, salmon, beef, tourtiere — and a reduced bill for taxpayers.

The government hopes to have companies foot the full cost for this year’s festivities, unlike in 2013, when sponsors covered three-quarters of the cost and taxpayers paid the remaining $44,096, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act.

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Pavelec Gets the Call Up to Solve Jets’ Goaltender Woes

Pavelec Gets the Call Up to Solve Jets’ Goaltender Woes

Ondrej Pavelec
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)

After an embarrassing 5-2 loss Monday to the San Jose Sharks, the Winnipeg Jets are looking to turn their luck around by calling up Ondrej Pavelec.

The 29-year-old returns from the Manitoba Moose, where he has played 18 games this season for the AHL affiliate.

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Manitoba Charities Impacted by Changes to Giving Program

Manitoba Charities Impacted by Changes to Giving Program

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

NEEPAWA, Man. — Changes to Manitoba Hydro’s charitable giving policy are making it a little harder for employees to support charitable organizations close to home. Previously, employees could donate to charities directly through automatic payroll deductions, as well as to one of 14 local allocation funds, which was matched by the corporation and distributed by the local fund committee. Under the old giving program, smaller, Neepawa-based charities, such as the Neepawa United Way, Neepawa and Area Palliative Care and the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation received numerous donations from Hydro staff.

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