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Police Charge Man in Bombing of Winnipeg Law Firm

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Guido Amsel
Guido Amsel, 49, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and a number of offences related to possessing explosives. (WPS / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg police have charged a man with sending explosive devices to law firms and other businesses in the city, and they caution that more packages may be discovered in the coming days.

Guido Amsel, 49, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and a number of offences related to possessing explosives.

The hunt for Amsel started last Friday, when a bomb went off inside a small law firm south of the downtown area, severely injuring Maria Mitousis, 38.

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Man in Custody After Winnipeg Law Office Bombing

Law Firm Explosion
Members of a bomb unit enter a law firm as they investigate an explosion in Winnipeg on Friday, July 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)
Maria Mitousis
Maria Mitousis (TWITTER)

A 49-year-old man has been arrested as a suspect in the bombing at a Winnipeg law office on Friday that severely injured a lawyer.

Maria Mitousis, 38, lost a hand and suffered severe injuries to her face and chest when a bomb went off when she opened a suspicious package.

Mitousis was working at the Petersen King law offices on River Avenue when she was injured at around 10:15 a.m. She has since been upgraded from critical condition to stable in a city hospital.

Winnipeg police continued with their investigation and discovered another suspicious package at a business in the 500 block of Washington Avenue on Saturday afternoon. The bomb unit responded and detonated a package containing an unknown material. No one was injured, but police say significant damage was caused to the business in the process.

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Fixed-Date Election Comes with Concerns, Observers Say

By Melanie Marquis, The Canadian Press

Marc Mayrand
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand arrives at a Commons house affairs committee hearing in Ottawa on Thursday, March 6, 2014. When the Conservatives introduced a fixed election date nine years ago, political financing rules were not adjusted accordingly, says Elections Canada boss Mayrand. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – The first fixed-date election in Canadian history is just around the corner, but some observers are raising concerns about overspending because of a law they say is flawed.

When the Conservatives introduced a fixed election date nine years ago, political financing rules were not adjusted accordingly, says Elections Canada boss Marc Mayrand.

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Man Seriously Assaulted on Manitoba First Nation

RCMP Crest LogoA 62-year-old man, who was seriously assaulted in Crossing Bay, Manitoba on Friday, is not expected to survive.

Moose Lake RCMP responded to a residence in the northern community to find the man suffering from critical injuries.

Officers located a 23-year-old suspect and made an arrest. They say the two men are known to each other and both live in the community, which is located about 700 km northwest of Winnipeg.

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Last Chance to See WWII Bombers Up Close

Sentimental Journey - Boeing B-17
Boeing B-17 “Sentimental Journey” (BRIAN LOCKETT PHOTO / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — They’ve nearly been here a week, but today is your last chance to see the B-17 and B-25 bombers from the Second World War.

The Royal Canadian Aviation Museum is hosting “Maid in the Shade,” a twin-engine B-25 bomber used for high- and low-level bombing, plus “Sentimental Journey,” the B-17 bomber that last visited the city in 2013.

The crew will be available to answer questions from visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

B-25 Maid in the Shade
B-25 “Maid in the Shade” (HANDOUT)
Museum members are admitted free, while non-members pay $10 ($5 for students, seniors and children).

Visitors wishing to tour the inside of these aircraft are asked to donate $5 per person/per plane to the Commemorative Air Force, Arizona Wing.

— Staff

Op-Ed: There’s More to Being Canadian Than This

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Living Flag
New Canadians assemble at Shaw Park on July 1, 2015 to create the largest Canada Day living flag. (HOWARD WONG / FOR CHRISD.CA)

NEEPAWA, Man. — This week, we celebrated Canada Day. In 1867, Canada was established as a self-governing dominion, an autonomous region under the British crown, through the British North America Act. The document created the federal and provincial levels of government, as well as the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In the subsequent years, we would see our country grow and change shape, but literally and figuratively.

While Canada 150 may still be two years away, 2015 marks another important anniversary in the country, the 50th anniversary of Canada’s national flag. Canada’s iconic maple leaf flag was first raised over the Parliament Buildings on February 15, 1965. The creation of a distinctly Canadian flag was one of Parliament’s priorities heading into Canada’s centennial.

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Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Solving Blast That Injured Winnipeg Lawyer

By The Canadian Press

Law Firm Explosion
Members of a bomb unit enter a law firm as they investigate an explosion in Winnipeg on Friday, July 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Police in Winnipeg continue to say they believe a suspected bomb that seriously injured a lawyer is an “isolated incident” and the public isn’t at risk.

Investigators released no other details on Friday’s incident where Maria Mitousis, who specializes in family law, was hurt by a suspected explosive device that was sent to the office where she worked.

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Growing Number of Canadians Cutting Traditional Television: CBC Report

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press

Marjie Lynn
Marjie Lynn is seen in Hantsport, N.S. on July 3, 2015. Lynn is one of a growing number of Canadians who are ditching their traditional television subscriptions and relying on TV content on the Internet and from streaming media providers. (CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

HALIFAX – A growing number of Canadians are ditching their traditional television subscriptions, according to a new CBC research report.

The May 2015 report said more than half of Canadians currently without cable television have “cut the cord,” meaning they had a television subscription and cancelled it.

“With the prevalence of TV content on the Internet and Netflix, Canadians are seeing less need to have a TV subscription,” the report said.

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Cool Gardens Exhibit Returns for a Third Year

By David Klassen

Citizen Garden
The University of Manitoba’s Environmental Design Program’s “Citizen Garden,” which will take centre stage at The Forks. The group’s installation features 2,015 flags with the faces of Winnipeggers, each describing what ‘cool’ means to them. (COOLGARDENS.COM)

WINNIPEG — Looking for somewhere to cool off from this heat and humidity? The Cool Gardens exhibit is back for a third year.

StorefrontMB is presenting the annual exhibit with eight garden installations to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape.

“StorefrontMB is very excited about the breadth and richness of this year’s installations after expanding our reach internationally to attract entrants from around the world,” said exhibition co-curator David Penner.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Distracted Drivers: Currie

By Roger Currie

Texting and Driving
(Texting and driving image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — One of the many indications that an election is only months away, both federally as well as provincially in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are more moves to get tough on impaired and distracted drivers. Federally, there was a vague promise by Peter MacKay of stiff measures, but parliament is now done until after the vote in October, and MacKay won’t be there when the MP’s come back.

On Canada Day, high-risk drivers in Manitoba who text behind the wheel began facing tougher sanctions. Anyone convicted of such an offense will be hit with five demerits. Attorney General Gord Mackintosh says it’s the toughest penalty in Canada. It could cost repeat offenders as much as $3,000 in higher insurance premiums.

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