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More Pedestrian Countdown Signals for Winnipeg Streets

Pedestrian Countdown SignalWINNIPEG — The city is installing approximately 45 more pedestrian countdown signals this year.

The locations for the new signals are selected and prioritized based on a number of factors including: crosswalk distance, intersection complexity, traffic volume, land use, speed limit, proximity to schools or large populations of seniors, and ridership at nearby transit stops.

The signs display the number of seconds remaining for a pedestrian to safely cross the street and are meant to increase safety.

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Mosasaur Adopted as Eighth Manitoba Emblem

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The mosasaur has been designated as Manitoba’s eighth official emblem. ‘Bruce’ is displayed at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden. (HANDOUT)

Manitoba has a new provincial emblem in recognizing the mosasaur, one of which is proudly displayed at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden.

The famous mosasaur Bruce — Tylosaurus pembinensis — became the province’s official fossil emblem when Manitoba’s lieutenant governor Janice Filmon gave royal assent to Bill 200 last week.

“This designation will have a very positive impact on tourism and education in the province of Manitoba as it highlights our unique history and heritage to the nation and the world,” said CFDC executive director Peter Cantelon.

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Changes Coming to How Parking Tickets Are Disputed

By Sarah Klein

Proposed changes would see on-street parking in some downtown areas increase from $1 to $2 per hour. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
(STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Motorists who want to fight their parking tickets will no longer have to stand in front of a provincial court judge and plead their case.

New Manitoba legislation coming into effect in mid-2016 will see a City of Winnipeg screening officer review the circumstances of a ticket. If the motorist disagrees with the screening officer’s decision, a provincially-appointed adjudicator will handle the dispute at the Winnipeg Parking Authority office.

The new system will cost the city approximately $550,000 annually.

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Manitoba Man Charged in Crash That Injured Six

RCMP Crest LogoSix people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday on Highway 59.

The crash happened at around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Oak Grove Road in the RM of Ritchot.

RCMP say a pickup truck was travelling westbound when it attempted to cross Highway 59 and collided with a car travelling southbound on the highway.

The 20-year-old RM of Tache man driving was not injured, however, the 35-year-old woman driving the car, along with her five passengers, were taken to hospital in Winnipeg. The group from Niverville included four children between the ages of two and seven, and a 42-year-old man.

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Police Believe Alleged Mail Bomber Targeting Ex-Wife

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 police have reason to believe Guido Amsel is targeting his ex-wife, who has been involved in a lengthy litigation case.

The 49-year-old allegedly sent an explosive package to a law firm on River Avenue that seriously injured lawyer Maria Mitousis, 38, last Friday.

Over the weekend, police took their investigation to addresses on Washington Avenue, Pandora Avenue, Springfield Road, and most recently 280 Stradbrook, where an explosive device was found Sunday night in the law firm of Orle Bargen Davidson LLP.

Amsel remains in police custody, charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and a number of offences related to possessing explosives.

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Paul Vogt Named New Red River College CEO

Paul Vogt
Paul Vogt is the new president and CEO of Red River College. (UMANITOBA.CA)

Red River College has named Paul Vogt as its new president and CEO.

The former provincial civil servant joins the college after serving as an executive in residence at the University of Manitoba.

“While Paul’s extensive background is well-suited for institutional leadership, his relationships within the community are key to driving strategic planning initiatives with various stakeholders who contribute to the mission of the College,” said Lloyd Schreyer, chair of RRC’s Board of Governors.

Vogt has taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University over the past 25 years, lecturing on a wide variety of subjects, such as public administration and governance, Canadian politics, political theory, feminist theory and economics.

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Habitat for Humanity Receives $6K Donation

Habitat for HumanityWinnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman began his Monday bright and early with a $3,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Bowman is spending the day helping to build a home in the west end for a deserving Winnipeg family.

“Habitat does tremendous work in our city building safe, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families in our community,” Bowman said.

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Paving Work Scheduled for Main Street, Redwood Avenue

City of WinnipegPaving work will affect traffic this evening near the intersection of Main Street and Redwood Avenue.

The City of Winnipeg says paving will occur between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with several closures in effect during this time:

  • Northbound Main Street to Eastbound Redwood Avenue (access to the Redwood Bridge) will be closed
  • Southbound Main Street to Eastbound Redwood Avenue (access to the Redwood Bridge) will be closed
  • Eastbound Redwood Avenue (access to the Redwood Bridge) will be closed at the Main Street intersection
  • Westbound Redwood Avenue at Main Street will be reduced to right-turn only

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Man in Custody After Winnipeg Law Office Bombing

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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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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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