Viola Desmond to Be First Canadian Woman to Grace Face of Banknote

Viola Desmond to Be First Canadian Woman to Grace Face of Banknote

By The Canadian Press

Viola Desmond
Viola Desmond

GATINEAU, Que. – Viola Desmond, often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre, will be the first woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018.

“Today is about recognizing the incalculable contribution that all women have had and continue to have in shaping Canada’s story. Viola Desmond’s own story reminds all of us that big change can start with moments of dignity and bravery,” Morneau told a news conference in Gatineau, Que.

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Bisons, Wesmen Volleyball Clash in Duckworth Challenge

Bisons, Wesmen Volleyball Clash in Duckworth Challenge

University of Manitoba BisonsWINNIPEG — Before the Manitoba Bisons kick up their feet for the holiday break, some unfinished business against their crosstown rivals needs to be settled.

The Bison volleyball teams host the University of Winnipeg Wesmen tonight in the final portion of the annual Duckworth Challenge. It’s also the end of the first half of the 2016-17 conference season.

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Long-Awaited Canada Border Bill Moves Ahead in U.S. Congress

Long-Awaited Canada Border Bill Moves Ahead in U.S. Congress

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

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Traffic makes its way to Ambassador Bridge that connects Canada to the United States Windsor Ont. on Friday June 15, 2012. Canadian truckers fear a planned new border security measure will steer them into a complicated maze of U.S. law that dents their pocketbooks, or even creates immigration difficulties. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Spowart)

WASHINGTON, United States of America – A bill to simplify crossing the Canadian-U.S. border moved ahead in the American Congress on Wednesday, with little time left to get it passed before lawmakers break to form a post-election legislature in the New Year.

It’s a long-awaited development.

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Pride Organizer May Be First Tire-Kicker in Manitoba NDP Leadership Race

Pride Organizer May Be First Tire-Kicker in Manitoba NDP Leadership Race

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Michelle McHale, who organized the first-ever pride march in Steinbach, Manitoba, is photographed on the route in Steinbach Friday, June 24, 2016. McHale says she’s mulling over a possible run for the provincial NDP leadership. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – A woman who gained national prominence for organizing a pride parade in Manitoba’s so-called Bible Belt is eyeing a jump into the political arena.

Michelle McHale says she is considering whether to run for the leadership of the Manitoba New Democratic Party, which is trying to rebuild after a devastating election loss.

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Virden Comes Together to Help Stranded Motorists Caught in Storm

Virden Comes Together to Help Stranded Motorists Caught in Storm

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Highway 1 from the Saskatchewan border to Headingley, Manitoba was closed Tuesday overnight into Wednesday, stranded motorists near Virden. (CHRISD.CA)

Motorists who had been stranded on Highway 1 near Virden since Tuesday were looked after by emergency personnel over the last 24 hours.

RCMP say more than 200 drivers were stranded, including a long line of semis stretching several kilometres.

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Jennifer Jones and Kelsey Rocque Suffer Blowout Losses at the National

Jennifer Jones and Kelsey Rocque Suffer Blowout Losses at the National

By The Canadian Press

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Team Jones skip Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, looks down the ice during her draw 1 victory over Kelsey Rocque of Edmonton at the Canada Cup of curling in Brandon, Man., Wednesday, Nov.30, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Michael Burns )

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Winnipeg skip Jennifer Jones dropped an 8-3 decision to Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher on Wednesday afternoon at the National.

Jones, who’s coming off a Canada Cup victory last weekend, gave up three points in the opening end and four more points in the fifth.

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Tom Jackson Puts on Impromptu Concert for Snowed-in Travellers in Manitoba

Tom Jackson Puts on Impromptu Concert for Snowed-in Travellers in Manitoba

By The Canadian Press

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The Humanitarian Award recipient Tom Jackson poses with his award at the Juno Awards gala dinner in Saskatoon, Sask. Saturday, March 31, 2007. Travellers stranded by a blizzard in a Manitoba town got a treat on Tuesday night when Jackson put on an impromptu concert in the storm shelter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

VIRDEN, Man. – Travellers stranded by a blizzard in a Manitoba town got a treat on Tuesday night when singer Tom Jackson put on an impromptu concert in the storm shelter.

A dump of snow and howling wind shut down the Trans-Canada highway at the Manitoba-Saskatchewan boundary, which forced people to hunker down in the town of Virden. Jackson and his Huron Carole musical group were travelling from Regina to Brandon, Man., and were among those stranded.

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Winnipeg Plowing Residential Streets Beginning Friday

Winnipeg Plowing Residential Streets Beginning Friday

A convoy of snow plows clear Winnipeg streets in this file photo. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)

The City of Winnipeg will begin plowing residential streets on Friday morning.

The city continues to receive snowfall on Wednesday as part of a system that made its way into Manitoba on Monday and moved eastward. Up to 30 cm was expected by the time the precipitation was to taper off later this afternoon.

A residential parking ban will be in effect at 7 a.m. on December 9.

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Poor Visibility, Blowing Snow Remnants of Winnipeg Storm

Poor Visibility, Blowing Snow Remnants of Winnipeg Storm

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Driving visibility, as shown here on Tuesday, won’t be much better today with a blowing snow advisory in effect for southern Manitoba. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — A storm that blasted Winnipeg and southern Manitoba on Tuesday isn’t done with us just yet. A blowing snow advisory remains in effect for much of the southern portion of the province, reducing visibility mixed with lighter snowfall.

Another 2-4 cm of snow is expected to fall today, paired with winds gusting to 60 km/h.

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